Our democracy is in trouble! There has been a takeover of our representative democracy, especially in the last 35 to 40 years, by the wealthy corporate elite. Their 'excessive' economic power, which is shown in this video, has been used to increase their political power. We now have government of the 1%, by the 1%, and for the 1%. A recent study confirms this fact.
Has the United State always had such extreme economic inequality?
This chart shows that after WW II we had relative equality until the late 1970's. But for the last 40 years, things have changed.
Why has this happened?
In the last 35 to 40 years the wealthy corporate elite have put billions into gaining control of the political system at the national level and in many states. Government regulations and laws that protect the public interest and common good have been weakened or removed by corporate-friendly elected officials and a corporate-friendly Supreme Court. The 'money in politics' flood-gates have been opened! This article comparing the 2012 elections at this point to the 2016 election makes that point.
Restoring fairness and justice to our political system so we have a government of the people, by the people, and for 'We the People'. As Justice Louis Brandeis said "We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both!
Meeting The Challenge:
Increasing the number of informed, involved, voting, and take-action citizens who:
(a) understand the need to build a democracy with leaders who are beholden to all citizens,
(b) speak up in support of policies and resources that build and maintain such a democracy,
(c) commit to bringing more citizens
into the 'Stand Up 4 Democracy ' movement.
Listen to 'We Are The Many'. May you be further inspired to fight for a government of officials that
do the bidding of the many, not the few. Lawrence Lessig is also inspiring in this TED talk about the root of the problem and working for the solution.
If you are reading this home page and agree our political system need to be
repaired, please use this website as:
A place to STAY INFORMED about where and why our system is dysfunctional and ways to TAKE ACTION to make our representative democracy work for everyone.
The main goal of this website is to encourage citizens to move from apathy to concern, and from concern to activism.
Hedrick Smith in this TED talk and Lawrence Lessig in this TED talk both agree that to fix our many problems like climate change, racial injustice, decaying infrastructure, gun violence, and economic inequality, we must fix our dysfunctional political system. No one should give up working on their key issues, but everyone should also become activists dedicated to getting to the root of the problem and fixing it.
A Place To Start:
First, we must decide what kind of America we want (Page 1)! Next, to fix the problem, we must understand the extent of the problem and how it happened. How did we become so politically and economically unequal in the last 35 to 40 years and why is that a problem? (Page 2) Hedrick Smith in a video interview explains why things changed in the late 1970's to create the wave of corporate control we have today.
Next - How can I stay informed about economic/political inequality and what groups are working on repairing our political system so it works for everyone?
Page 3 has information (articles, videos, and books) about the economic/political inequality issue. Page 4 list groups and websites of those working on this issue with whom you might want to connect.
What repairs to the American political system are needed?
Page 5 has information on a long list of repairs that are needed using the book by Steven Hill called '10 Steps to Repair American Democracy'. Page 6 gets specific about needed repairs with Five First Steps to get started.
What can each person do to stay informed about and take action on this problem?
The MONTHLY SPOTLIGHT on Page 7 puts the focus on one way each month that we should repair our democracy so it works for everyone. Also, info is given about joining the SU4D E-Newsletter list.
The SU4D Monthly E-Newsletter archive of past updates is Page 8.
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