Our democracy is in trouble! Our political system is not working for everyone! There has been a takeover of our representative democracy, especially in the last 35 years, by the wealthy corporate elites. Their 'excessive' economic power has been used to gain political power which has been used to gain more economic power. We now have government of the 1%, by the 1%, and for the 1%. A recent study (HERE) confirms this.
Why Has This Happened:
The wealthy corporate elite have always wanted to control the system as they did in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In the last 40 years they have put billions into doing just that and have succeeded. 'We the People' have been guilty of not staying informed about and getting actively involved with the political process and the media to the degree necessary so that the interests of We the People are heard and fully considered. Therefore, government regulations and laws that protect the public interests, have been weakened or removed. This has allowed a small group of wealthy corporate elites to increase their wealth and political power.
Restoring truth, fairness, and justice to our political system so we have a government of the people, by the people, and for 'We the People'.
Meeting The Challenge:
Increasing the number of informed, involved, and take-action voting citizens who:
(1) understand the urgency and scope of this 'problem',
(2) speak up and take deliberate corrective actions regularly, and
(3) commit to bringing more citizens
into the 'Stand Up 4 Democracy ' movement.
Click HERE to 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 (HERE) is also inspiring in his TED talk about the root of the problem.
A Place To Start:
To fix the problem, we must start by understanding the extent of the problem and how it happened. Pages 1, 2, 3, and 4 look at how we become so politically and economically unequal and why that is a problem.
How can I stay informed about and get involved with this issue?
Page 5 has articles, videos, and books by respected authors about this problem.
Page 6 list groups that are working on this issue. It makes sense to connect with groups that are already working on this issue.
How can I get started in helping to fix our dysfunctional political system?
Page 7, page 8, and page 9 have some ideas.
What is the 'Stand Up for Democracy Working Group' idea and how can it work to fix our broken political system?
Page 10 explain this idea.
What are some of the key areas of our democratic system that need to be repaired and what can be done in these areas?
Pages 11, 12, 13, and 14 discuss more ideas to fix things.