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 elites. Their 'excessive' economic power, which is shown in this video (Here), 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 (Here) confirms this fact.
Has our country always been this economically unequal?
This chart (Here) answers that question with a resounding no!
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 (Here) 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:
(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 is also inspiring in his TED talk (Here) about the root of the problem and working for the solution.
If you are reading this home page and agree our political system needs to be repaired, please use this website as:
1. A place to check daily to STAYING INFORMED about and TAKE ACTION on ways to make our Representative Democracy work for We the People.
2. A reference for ideas about why and where the system is dysfunctional and how to fix it!
A Place To Start:
First, we must decide what kind of America we want (Page 1 - Here)! 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 - Here) A Hedrick Smith video (Here) explains why things changed in the late 1970's to create the wave of corporate control we have today.
Who is working on repairing our political system so it works for everyone?
It makes sense to connect with groups (Page 3 - Here) that are working to fix the economic/political inequality problem and the corrupt political system that results.
What can each person do to stay informed about and take action on this problem?
It is important to stay informed. The DAILY DOSE on page 4 (Here) has several great sources of general information. Connect with daily updates from Bill Moyers, Thom Hartmann, Jim Hightower, Democracy Now, and the Progressive Breakfast.
Next, act on the BASIC FIVE on page 5 (Here)!
The WEEKLY ACTION in SUPPORT on page 6 (Here) and the WEEKLY ACTION in OPPOSITION on page 7 (Here) present current issues each week that needs our attention and action.
The MONTHLY 'FIX IT' on page 8 (Here) presents new information each month on repairing our dysfunctional political system.
Plus, the WTP MONTHLY UPDATE on page 9 (Here) has an archive of the monthly email about the effect of economic and political inequality on democracy.
A worksheet to record the contact info about your elected officials is on page 10 (Here)!
What is the 'Stand Up 4 Democracy Working Group' idea and how can it work to fix our broken political system?
We need people in each of the 435 Congressional Districts working to fix our broken system. A Stand Up 4 Democracy Working group in each CD would be a good idea (Page 11 -Here for ideas).
Fixing our voting and election procedures; minimizing money's role; fixing the Senate; supporting a 'medicare for all' healthcare system; changing the ideas that corporations are people/money is speech with a constitutional amendment; and reforming the judicial system to provide justice for all are discussed in detail on Page 12 (Here).
The main goal of this website is to encourage citizens to move from apathy to concern AND from just being concerned to becoming activists who Stay Informed, Get Involved, and Take Action.
Hedrick Smith in his TED talk (Here) agrees. To fix our many problems like climate change, racial injustice, decaying infrastructure, gun violence and economic inequality, we must fix our dysfunctional political system.
Lawrence Lessig in his TED talk (Here) agrees!
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