Posted 1 year ago on Sept. 29, 2011, 7:13 p.m. EST by GammaPoint
from Oakland, CA
This content is user submitted and not an official statement
Let's face it, there a tons of things wrong with this world, and all of them need to be changed. But we can't change all of them at once. I feel that we need to back a single demand (or perhaps couple of demands) to focus our attention. Only then will we be able to appeal and gather the interest and support of the rest of the nation (and this is needed if we want to enact real change).
So what should the goal be? There's end foreign wars, end tax breaks on the rich, regulate wall street, prevent American jobs from going oversees, etc etc. But one thing all these goals have in common is that they rely on the goodwill of politicians to enact these things and keep them going. As soon as the movement starts to fade in people's minds, politicians will quickly move to go back on these changes.
What we really need is democracy. With a better democracy we can achieve all of these other goals in time. So what is an achievable means of securing a better democracy?
1). We have to get the money out of politics. I believe it should be the biggest, and non-negotiable, demand of this movement that all federal elections be supported with ONLY public-financing.
2). I think we need to enact some sort of Instant Runoff Voting such that third-party candidates will then be viable and people will get to vote for people whose policies they actually support rather than the "lesser of two evils".
These two issues, if we united behind them, would be achievable in the short-term. They are also non-partisan, and we would get the support from people all over the country, "left" and "right. Hell, even the TeaPartiers should be down with this.
While hard-core activists will always be interested in this as long as it goes for, I feel that if we want to attract the interest of the rest of the population we have to come out with clear goals. And making our elections more democratic is the single goal that would allow us to later accomplish the other goals. It's the "asking the genie for more wishes" request.
"We are the 99%"