Optional background music: Mrs Robinson by Simon and Garfunkel especially these lines:
This song is over 50 years old and unfortunately truer than ever.
We believe that our opinion, our voice, our vote doesn’t count. A Princeton study from last year confirmed our gut feeling, the US isn’t a real democracy anymore:
Using data drawn from over 1,800 different policy initiatives from 1981 to 2002, the two conclude that rich, well-connected individuals on the political scene now steer the direction of the country, regardless of or even against the will of the majority of voters.
The system is rigged. Powerful monied special interest groups are
ruining running our country.
Quoting freely from Abraham Lincoln: “Best way to
predict change the future is to create it.”
Let’s create a system, where our opinion and vote counts, where we may all start to engage again because we make a difference. A system, where we take pride in doing our little part to make all of our lives better.
Our best shot to fix our democracy is Larry Lessig’s Citizen Equality Act
The core principle of representative democracy is that we are all equal citizens. Corruption creates 2nd class citizens. The Citizen Equality Act of 2017 would fix that, and a referendum president would have the mandate to pass it. Once it is passed, we could begin to rebuild a democracy that inspires free people everywhere, and gives us a government that works again. Three core principles:
- EQUAL FREEDOM TO VOTE
- EQUAL REPRESENTATION
- CITIZEN FUNDED ELECTIONS
Larry wants to run for president on this single issue: the citizen equality act. Once it is made law he will resign and let his yet to be named running mate finish the term.
His campaign has made a difference already: Larry Lessig in his announcement post on the 11th of August links to Bernie’s Sanders Issue page, where Getting Big Money out of Politics is literally the last item on his agenda. The same day Bernie Sanders campaign updates that page and that issue has moved up to 2nd place.
There are 7 days left to come up with the million dollars that will make Larry Lessig run.
Even if you are not sold on his campaign, just give $5 to ensure that Lessig and election reform continues to be the number one issue of the discourse and the TV debates. Thanks!
Bonus link Larry Lessig’s TED talk
Bonus link II: The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz — Who is greatly missed and would put all of his weight behind this initiative if he was still alive.