There are a multitude of things that are happening in our world right now that will have a lasting impact on our society and our environment. All can be changed with the right political move. We have: the NSA; GMO; oil spills and radiation leaks killing the earth and everything on it; GOP/Tea Party war on women; "Christian" fanatics trying to put religion into law; the 1% pushing for an oligarchy or corpocracy; the dismantling of the VRA and the new laws to disenfranchise minorities and women; whistle blowers being jailed while the corporations go without punishment for their illegal acts; heroes being treated as traitors; journalists being threatened with treason charges; no changes at all to banking regulations while millions lose their homes, jobs and pensions; President Obama trying to appoint Larry Summers, author of the End Game Memo that collapsed the world economy, as the new chairman of the Federal Reserve; the Koch Brothers and others like them buying the media, the elections, with the goal of shutting down the federal government.
Each item is as important as the next and it is difficult to know where to begin. The only way we have a chance to change anything for the better, is to change how elections are funded. With the Citizens United decision and current donation laws, corporations and special interest groups can and do spend the money they need to influence the outcome of elections. Most individuals do not have the funds to match these donations. Every year the amount of funds spent on elections increases. The unprecedented amount spent by Koch and other corporations is something that cannot be matched by average individuals.
The Fair Elections Now Act, HR269, would, among other things, stop the deep pockets of corporate donors from having so much say over federal elections and would level the playing field for small donors. But the Bill has only 68 cosponsors in the US House of Representatives.
If we want our government to work for us again, we have to start with elections. A person that runs for an office should not have a louder amplifier, a higher stage, a wider reach and longer stride than any other person running for that office. Having the backing of the richest among us gives them that advantage. It is time to stop inequities in elections.
To find learn more and out what you can do to help, visit http://www.commoncause.org/site/pp.asp?c=dkLNK1MQIwG&b=4773857
Or read/watch any of Greg Palast's articles, book and DVDs on Vote Wranglers and Ballot Bandits http://www.gregpalast.com/
For more information on the End Game Memo http://www.gregpalast.com/larry-summers-and-the-secret-end-game-memo/
It is amazing to me that Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir were charged at all. The lesser charges and community service might seem reasonable to most. It would to me too, if it weren't for the fact Larry Summers, Jamie Dimon, all the banks, have gotten off without punishment for bringing down the world economy.
The current political environment that is prosecuting whistle blowers and protestors, yet allowing the real crimes against the economy and civil rights to go without prosecution, is just a prelude to things to come.
We need to become one voice. We NEED public funding for elections. We need to demand prosecution of Jamie Dimon, Larry Summers, anyone and everyone involved in the End Game Memo.
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