Time to set term limits by we the voters. Everybody's rep cannot be fantastic. Term limits by the voters at the ballot box. STOP voting for the big spenders ....... they are in debt to the sources that don't give a damn about 99% of the people.
How about the nation being prosecuting voting suppression groups STAT!
We are facing growing societal problems in health care, education, labor, energy and the environment. These are problems for which active citizens have solutions, yet their voices are not carrying across the democracy gap.
Citizen groups and individual thinkers have generated a tremendous capital of ideas, information, and solutions to the point of surplus, while OUR government has been drawn away from us by a corporate government. Our political leadership has been hijacked.
Citizen advocates have no other choice but to close the democracy gap by direct political means. Only effective national political leadership will restore the responsiveness of government to its citizenry. Truly progressive political movements do not just produce good results; they enable a flowering of progressive citizen movements to advance the quality of our neighborhoods and communities outside of politics.
Current politics, in which incumbents and candidates daily extol their own inflated virtues, paint complex issues with trivial brush strokes, and propose plans quickly generated by campaign consultants.
The systemic political decay that has weakened our democracy kinda makes one feel like vomiting.
WE can no longer watch people dedicate themselves to improving their country while their government leaders turn their backs, or worse, actively block fair treatment for citizens. It is necessary to launch a sustained effort to wrest control of our democracy from the corporate government and restore it to the political government under the control of citizens.
This campaign will challenge all Americans who are concerned with systemic imbalances of power and the undermining of our democracy, whether they consider themselves progressives, liberals, conservatives, or others.
Presidential elections should be a time for deep discussions among the citizenry regarding the down-to-earth problems and injustices that are not addressed because of the gross power mismatch between the narrow vested interests and the public or common good.
The unconstrained behavior of big business is subordinating our democracy to the control of a corporate plutocracy that knows few self-imposed limits to the spread of its power to all sectors of our society.
Moving on all fronts to advance narrow profit motives at the expense of civic values, large corporate lobbies and their law firms have produced a commanding multi-faceted and powerful juggernaut:
They flood public elections with cash, and they use their media conglomerates to exclude, divert, or propagandize.
They brandish their willingness to close factories here and open them abroad if workers do not bend to their demands.
By their control in Congress, they keep the federal cops off the corporate crime, fraud, and abuse beats,
They imperiously demand and get a wide array of privileges and immunities: tax escapes, enormous corporate welfare subsidies, federal giveaways, and bailouts. They weaken the common law of torts in order to avoid their responsibility for injurious wrongdoing to innocent children, women and men.
Food for thought: