So here’s the story. The 2012 election cycle was the most corrupt in our nation’s history. The voice of the people, the voice of the 99% continues to be drowned out by overwhelming influence of the big, tainted money of the 1% special interest “funders”. Who represents these “funders” in Washington? Who holds the purse strings of our Congressmen and Senators? That would be the lobbyists who spend their days wining and dining and bothering our legislators so that their interests come before those of the people. These lobbyists prevent any semblance of a real and serious discussion on a whole number of issues ranging from gun control to educational reform to economic policy. This is wrong. This is morally corrupt. This is inhumane. This is not a democracy. But most of all it hurts us….THE PEOPLE. And its time to put a stop to it. I recently became a member of Rootstrikers, a nonprofit, grassroots organization that strives to reduce the influence of dirty money in politics by acting with consequence at every turn. Rootstrikers supports the efforts of Represent.Us, an unprecedented movement of conservatives and progressives to pass the American Anti-Corruption Act which would sever the tie between politicians and special interest lobbyists, without requiring an amendment to the U.S. Constitution. You may be asking how could this possibly be done. If special interests have almost total control of the Congress than why would they even bring a bill such as this to the floor? THEY WON’T.
“That’s why we need a million Citizen Co-Sponsors – ordinary Americans united behind the Anti-Corruption Act before we ask Congress to pass it. We need to show them we’ve got the political power to hold them accountable if they don’t support this sweeping reform. That’s where you come in. Add your name and be a Citizen Co-Sponsor of the Anti-Corruption Act here at act.unitedrepublic.org.” (act.unitedrepublic.org)
So to all my 30 or so odd facebook friends and all the people who follow my blog and read this post please be a citizen co-sponsor of this bill and then share it with all your friends. Its important to your future. Its important to the future of your children and the future of our democracy. Participating in the political process involves more than just voting. In the end, if our democracy is to flourish, the citizens must use every avenue available to force change when our politicians refuse. And contrary to popular belief, there are avenues available to force change.
Considers these numbers if you are or have ever been a student:
In 2012, Collegeboard, the makers of the dreaded SAT incurred $179,290 in lobbying costs. They contributed $31,585 to individual candidates….$10,875 to our President Barrack Obama. Educational Testing Service (ETS), the makers of nearly every standardized test in this country and one of the drivers of our broken educational system, incurred $10,713 in lobbying costs in 2012. They contributed $8,459 to individual candidates….$6,145 to our president Barrack Obama in 2011-2012. Look no further for the root of our educational ills and the crap that our students, teachers, and parents have to deal with when know-nothing politicians think they have the answer to fixing our educational system. That would be more accountability and more standardized testing…cause that has really worked so well for the last fifteen years. Right????? Numbers from opensecrets.org