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Forum Post: The "Fulcrum Issue"!!!

Posted 12 years ago on Jan. 6, 2012, 10:26 p.m. EST by LSN45 (535)
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There are a lot of improvements that need to be made. The list of reforms 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 of 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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[-] 3 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 12 years ago

indeed the political system does not represent the people

representatives are influenced by money

I propose a direct democracy in which all citizens must all be compensated with money to be influenced

[+] -5 points by ZenDogTroll (13032) from South Burlington, VT 12 years ago

I propose a direct democracy in which all citizens must all be compensated with money to be influenced

bwa hahaha

gotta clean the key board - does coffee come out?

[-] 2 points by Rico (3027) 12 years ago

Methinks we could likely bundle votes into derivatives and make a fortune in the secondary markets !

Muhahaha !

I'll have to call all my Repelican buddies with this one !

Maybe I could even get a few DemonGnats on board !

Seriously, though, getting the money out has been my primary focus for a long time.

See http://www.themultitude.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=47&p=4355&sid=0977dd41e25c9b38f39e28b20a1a0914#p4355

See http://www.themultitude.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=28&p=4258&sid=0977dd41e25c9b38f39e28b20a1a0914#p4258 .

[+] -6 points by ZenDogTroll (13032) from South Burlington, VT 12 years ago

getting the money out is key to any meaningful reform.

[-] 1 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 12 years ago

destroys the electronics

[+] -6 points by ZenDogTroll (13032) from South Burlington, VT 12 years ago

I wasn't seriously drinking coffee - not this late.

but if I had been it would not have been pretty . . . .

[-] 1 points by jomojo (562) 12 years ago

"follow the money". That would lead us to the media laughing all the way to our beloved banks, back to wall street, then to D.C.

[-] 1 points by EtinEckwack (40) 12 years ago

True. But, how, pray tell, would you implement it? It would take something short of a miracle for the pseudo-serfs to rise up.

[-] 1 points by shadz66 (19985) 12 years ago

For further insights : http://documentarystorm.com/inside-job/ ~{;-)


[-] -1 points by burningman2012 (187) 12 years ago

capitalism well always lead to corruption. http://www.realitysandwich.com/video/occupy2012

[-] 1 points by EtinEckwack (40) 12 years ago

Not if done with the right blend of socialism.