Welcome to Stand Up 4 Democracy - a website dedicated to fixing our broken representative democratic system so it works for everyone.

The Problem: 
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.

The Challenge:

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
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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.


The Inspiration: 
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.

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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 just being concerned to become activists who STAY INFORMED, GET INVOLVED, AND TAKE ACTION!

Hedrick Smith in his TED talk (Here) and Lawrence Lessig in his TED talk (Here) 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.

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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.

How can I stay informed about economic/political inequality and who is working on repairing our political system so it works for everyone?
We all need to be informed about the economic and political inequality (Page 3 - Here) in our political system!

Also, it makes sense to connect with groups (Page 4 - 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?
 
Start with the BASIC FIVE on page 5 (Here)! Here is a worksheet to record the contact info about your elected officials.

THE DAILY NEWS on page 6 (Here) lets you connect each day with some top progressive thinkers. Bill Moyers, Thom Hartmann, Jim Hightower, Democracy Now, and the Progressive Breakfast provide daily insights into the issues of the day.

The WEEKLY SPOTLIGHT on page 7 (Here) presents a current issue 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.

Some things are URGENT and TOP PRIORITY ISSUES 
As events warrant, I will post information on an important issue that we must act upon now! The first such issue if the TPP trade deal.The STOP the TPP on page 9 (Here) explains why The Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Deal (TPP) is bad for We the People, good for the wealthy corporate interests and what action is required now to stop it!

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 (Here is info on that idea).

Your feedback is appreciated at tomulrich41@gmail.com


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