posted on May, 30 2008 @ 04:56 PM
Giving America Back to Americans
With a mere 35% of Americans approving of the job that Congress is doing, it is apparent to many of us that our government has become fundamentally
flawed. Most Americans believe that there is no longer a choice, so they have stopped voting or being involved in their government. However, these
flaws and their means to their corrections lie in the hands of the American people. If we expect to have a country that we can be proud of—a country
that we can feel safe in—average Americans must take a stand.
Many independents and others with unpopular opinions have run for office, but they often fail miserably. Currently, there is one independent in the
House of Representatives, and there are two in the Senate. There are two reasons for this. Our country has become increasingly polarized:
democrat/republican; conservative/liberal. Instead of looking at the issues that plague our nation, we look to the black and white answers that are
easier. In most areas, a vote for anything other than a democrat or a republican is a wasted vote. Independents rarely get enough money or enough
media coverage to actually make a dent in the voting population.
The answer to this is for those of us who have lost faith in our vote and in our legislatures to band together. Instead of having mere individuals
running low-budget campaigns that get little to no media coverage, it would be more effective to have a large group of independent candidates working
together towards a common goal.
If you want to change the face of this country, we have to get into positions where it is possible to do so. If you like the job that your senator or
congressional representative is doing, it would not be prudent to run against him or her. However, there are numerous positions throughout the country
that are up for grabs. Unfortunately, there is little time to implement this plan.
If you would like to be a part of this plan, we need to move quickly. The deadlines for declaring one’s candidacy are fast approaching. However, the
more people we can get together, the more of a chance we have of making changes and blocking the “business-as-usual” attitude in our government.
If this plan works as I hope it will, we must be prepared for anything. For this reason, I do not believe that we should look for the most perfect
among us. We are all human, but we don’t have the money or power to hide all of our dirty little secrets. I think it would be more effective to be
forthright with our constituencies about any skeletons that might lie in our closets. Open up the books and let them see that we are no different from
those we are proposing to represent.
The Ron Paul Revolution started things, but many of us got caught up in the idea that one person could change things. We staked our hopes in the one
branch that is supposed to have the least power. It’s time to focus on strength in numbers. We can use our numbers to our advantage and then we, and
others, will know that writing to one’s senator or representative might actually have some meaning.
In order to be a campaign for the people, there are a couple of things that should be basic principles of our joint effort:
• We will support the Constitution and limited governmental powers.
• We will be loyal to no one but the people.
• We will not play the “game” in Washington and will expect the people to hold us accountable.
• We should take campaign contributions of no more than $100
• We will not accept contributions from major corporations.
Beyond these basic tenents of our joint candidacy, we can work on the more detailed aspects as we move along.
There are 435 seats in the House and about a third of the seats in the Senate are being voted on this year. That doesn’t count the governors that
are up for reelection and the state senate and house seats and other local government positions. There is plenty to go around, and the more candidates
we have, the better.
If you’d like to be a part of this idea, let’s get started. Take a look at the candidacy requirements for various positions in your own state and
we’ll talk about what you find. If you think that this idea is workable, send it out to others who would be willing to join. Some might not want to
be candidates, but they might have other talents or believe in the concept enough to support it. We’ll start with email, and if there are enough
people who want to get involved and make a difference, we’ll start a webpage and move from there.