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Forum Post: The First Step is Cutting Off the Corrupt Funding - End the Legalized Bribery and Real Statesmen/Women will begin to be Elected!!!

Posted 12 years ago on Nov. 28, 2011, 5:29 p.m. EST by LSN45 (535)
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There are a lot of improvements that need to be made. The list reforms people Americans want to see is long and varied depending on who you talk to. That said, I believe there is one reform that would provide the American people the best chances of seeing other meaningful reforms actually happen - that is REAL, loop-hope free CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM! I have seen others on this site calling this the "fulcrum" or pivotal issue. Right now the current legalized bribery, pay-to-play system of campaign donations and paid lobbyists has disenfranchised the American voter. Until this is fixed, any other reform the politicians may try to placate us with (be it a change to healthcare, clamping down predatory school loans, new financial regulations, etc.) will be about as effective as a farmer putting a new roof on his CHICKEN COOP, but still letting the FOX guard it.

We need to go back to the original political currency. Instead of the current system of who can collect the most money from corporations and special interests it should be who has the BEST IDEAS to EFFECTIVELY RUN THE COUNTRY (we don't need "Wealth Redistribution," what we need is "Political Influence Redistribution")!

For the sake our our children and future generations of Americans, we need to take back our democracy from the rich and powerful who are using their vast sums of money to "speak" as if they represent millions of Americans. This "Corporate Personhood" that has crept into our laws is allowing them to manipulating our policies in their favor at the expense of the average American (the recent "Citizens United" Supreme Court ruling is a miscarriage of justice and must be reversed. The $50 or $100 a normal American may give to a political campaign becomes meaningless when corporations or other special interests are handing our millions to buy political access to the decision making process.

For decades now the corporations and special interests have had our "representatives" bought and paid for (both on the right and the left). Concentrating our efforts on getting the money out of our politics is the best way we can create an environment in which further reforms can be realized. Until we end the current system of legalized bribery (campaign donations) and paid lobbying our politicians will continue to be the LAP DOGS of the corporations and special interests. What we need first and foremost is real, loop-hole free CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM!!!! If the corruption is not dealt with first, the chance of any other meaningful reforms becoming a reality is almost zero - the special interests will just use their money to buy votes and put forward bills that create loop-holes or otherwise twist the law in their favor. If we want our children to live in a country where there vote matters, we need to get the money out of our politics, otherwise they will increasingly become the 21st century version of the "landless peasant." Spread the word - End the LEGALIZED BRIBERY!!! CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM needs to be THE main goal of the protests!!!



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[-] 1 points by RuthCalabria (1) 12 years ago

Hoorah for Ruth Calabria, presidential candidate of the Occupy Vendetta Party.

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[-] 1 points by federalist (1) 12 years ago

We must defend true democracy from the self intrests of the few. A simple but effective Ammendment might just help, something along the lines of "A corporation,group,or orginization is not a person under law." We need to realistically support our elected representitives with emoluments worthy of their high office, so they are less likely to take the skewed charity of big businesses and special intrests. We need also to forbid them to do things which might be construed as bribery, such as taking lavish gifts, free travel,free entertainment,and campaign contributions from those who are attempting to buy their votes.

[-] 1 points by LSN45 (535) 12 years ago

Bingo! Well said. I believe this goal is what "99%" of Americans can rally behind. Spread the word!

[-] 0 points by gawdoftruth (3698) from Santa Barbara, CA 12 years ago

you bring up a good bunch of issues, but fail to mention forming a new political party or an article 5 convention.

"first and foremost" etc.


a new third political party and an article 5 convention need to be the THE main goal.

mere campaign finance reform won't solve thousands of other issues.

[-] 1 points by LSN45 (535) 12 years ago

Good points! I did not mention an Article 5 convention, but I agree that in practice real reform will probably require that the Constitution be amended (the 99% declaration talks about this and others are making big pushes to end corporate person-hood in an effort to "get the money out."). I also agree that a new political party would be nice, although I fear that it would be either outspent by the establishment or eventually end up just as corrupt as the others if we don't revamp our campaign finance laws (this is my replacing the roof but not getting rid of the Fox idea above). That said, please share your ideas and spread the word with those you come into contact with. We need to let people know that what the establishment is portraying in the media about the protests is not correct.

[-] 1 points by gawdoftruth (3698) from Santa Barbara, CA 12 years ago

campaign finance reform is an important issue, i hope you will help with the work on the wiki on that issue.


the current article is embarrassingly short.