America- We Ignore our Central Problem and Fail

(Note: This article is very obtuse unless you know me and PeopleCount. If you don’t, start with this 2-article piece about the nuts and bolts of PeopleCount, or the site’s How it Works page. For more background, see the piece about how America has been blind to political accountability. A Guide to the Blog is also available.)

Obama failed. The Democrats failed. The Republicans failed. Bush failed. Before that, Clinton failed. Bush Sr failed. They all left us with a more dismal, less workable future. Why?

Ignore the central problem, it gets worse

They failed because they ignored the most central problem in America. When you ignore the most central problem, it gets worse.

What IS the most central problem in America today? It’s not climate change or pollution. It’s not income disparity. It’s not poverty or education or racial or sexual prejudice. It’s not economic at all.

Our leaders ignore, or skirt it

Google and Facebook and Twitter and Musk are not working on it. Bill Gates and Steve Jobs and Marc Randolph and Reed Hastings ignored it, and still do (though Jobs now has an excuse.) Peter Thiel and Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter and George Soros skirted it. The Pope’s were concerned about it, but none of them tackled it. Nor the Dalai Lama.

The central problem is not lack of knowledge. It’s not nuclear war, or any of our weaponized conflicts.

There’s one solution that is touted as being the most promising for reversing climate change, ending wars, improving prosperity worldwide. It’s taken seriously by world leaders, but isn’t yet valued in many parts of the world. But it also skirts America’s, and humanity’s central problem.

The solution isn’t enlightenment (though it would certainly help). The solution isn’t education, though that’s a side-effect.

Hints

A little over a year ago, Obama pointed in the problem’s general direction. He admitted it had gotten worse and he regretted it. Yet in his entire tenure, he failed to use the considerable power of his office or his persona to bring resources to bear on the problem. Never mind that he had no solution. He, and all of Congress failed to focus on it. Bush, Carson, Christie, Cruz, Fiorina, Gilmore, Graham, Jindal, Kasich, Pataki, Paul, Perry, Rubio, and Walker, and Chafee, Lessig, O’Malley, Sanders, and Webb all failed to focus on it. Many mentioned its edges.

The amazing thing is, most of the people above have the resources to actually FIX the problem, worldwide. But they’re not listening. They’re not aware. Many think it’s too hard. They think it’s part of the fabric of humanity.

Blind to our failure

Do you know what it was like before we knew about bacteria and germs? Most people were positive there were good and bad demons. They thought that sickness could be cured by blessing.

Humanity is walking around believing its mythology. You are going about your everyday life, ignoring our central problem. Yet, it could easily be solved.

Stirrings

There are a few small groups working on it, and one quick and effective solution is available. Larger groups are working on its edges, committed to unworkable approaches. But the media wants to ignore them until after they’re successful.

Gandhi and King and Mandela were on the right track, but their goals were too small. They addressed applied pieces of the problem, not the problem itself. And that was great. We can now stand atop their work.

Pride keeps it hidden

What keeps the problem in place is pride. You actually think that if there were a “most important” problem that you’d know about it. And you actually believe that if you learned about a simple solution, you’d recognize it quickly. You forget that we’re human. We’re really the same beings that thought diseases were caused by spirits.

If you want to learn about a solution, it’ll take about a week of spending time with me, if you’re bright. Building it would take six months and having it change our world for the better would take a year.

So far, people with resources that I’ve reached have not taken the time or effort to understand it, yet wrote it off as unworkable. Others have had their people filter out the contacts. Most simply aren’t reachable. And I am very, very frustrated…

PS: This is by far the most obtuse piece I’ve written (I think). Some are very straightforward.

Having Two Major American Political Parties is Bad

Parties are bad

Parties are not all bad. They help publicize important issues and give Americans a choice about them. But parties are mostly bad.

Dominate political power and conversation

Parties concentrate political power in a narrow-minded hierarchy. I’ve tried to reach people in both parties. They are largely unreachable. When reached, people are too busy to consider a new approach.

They dominate the political conversation. Many want a balanced budget or to audit the Federal Reserve Bank’s decisions. Some want a central US Bank. Others want deregulation or to end to the shadow banking system. Many want an end to corruption or climate change. But politicians and the parties dominate the media with news against the other party. Their messaging floods the airwaves with one-sided rhetoric. Other ideas gain little of no attention.

Corruption: Parties represent the elite

Both parties are dominated by the economic elite. Clearly the wealthy have more time and money to spend on politics. But America has effectively become an oligarchy, serving a variety of wealthy special interests, rather than its voters.

Parties represent the political elite. Most Americans are in favor of term limits for Congress. Neither party will touch this issue, so it has been virtually invisible for decades, even though a compromise is available. When it did a survey, the above anti-corruption effort found 97% of Americans favored it. Congress did nothing and we hear nothing from big media.

Parties work against freedom and choice

Parties work hard to stifle third parties. In the last election, the Democratic party worked hard to ensure Lawrence Lessig was kept out of their debate. After the primaries, the parties refused to let the Libertarian and Green parties take part. Part of this is the natural desire to beat all opposition and collect power. But part is that there is no check or balance to them. The two parties run the Federal Election Commission and years ago they took control of the presidential debates. They steadfastly oppose a voting method that would make third-party candidacies easier.

They end up working against democracy, choice and representation. Our representatives can only form coalitions today with their party’s blessing. Many successfully “reach across the aisle”, but without party support, no legislation is passed. The message of parties to America- support one of us or have no political say.

Solution

There are lots of ways to organize ourselves and lessen or eliminate our 2-party monopoly. But almost all of them involve changes in laws. That means fighting the powerful parties.

PeopleCount proposes making politicians accountable to voters rather than parties, donors or special interests. It starts by letting Americans vote on interesting issues, chosen by themselves. But it doesn’t stop there. It includes communication with and from your politicians, a system that creates a relationship of accountability with voters. This relationship between voters and politicians will supplant the both of their dependence on parties.

After a short time of using PeopleCount, voters can easily influence their politicians to align with the will of the people. And when they disagree, they’ll be motivated to compromise, such as with term limits.

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America’s Political System was Poorly Designed

The American political system was poorly designed for modern times. Most people praise America’s founders for their wisdom and foresight in creating a system of government that seemed to be a highly workable system. It largely resisted tyranny. And it clawed its way back from many types of corruption.

A system of government is not a political system.

There’s more to a political system than just a system of government. The government is the institutions that make and interpret laws and carry them out, plus the laws about election. The political system includes all the ways the government is chosen and influenced. While the founders said a lot about government, they said little about elections and almost nothing about influence.

Our political system was designed for 1776, poorly designed for the 1900s

Our political system was founded on some ideas about good people acting in good faith for the benefit of a free country. In 1776, Freedom and Democracy were old ideas but new practices. It hadn’t been tried on a national level for over a millennium. We honor our founders and find wisdom in their writing. But we shouldn’t think their basic solution was sufficient, especially for today’s world, which was very different from theirs.

America’s first Constitution ignored rights, corporations and political parties

In the beginning, America’s constitution did not even guarantee basic rights. The constitution was signed in September, 1787. The Bill of Rights was proposed two years later, and signed into law after another two years.

What else didn’t they plan for?

They warned against political parties

Washington warned against political parties and “factions” before he left office. Madison wrote about it in the Federalist papers. He hoped being a federation would stop them from taking over. He was mistaken. No checks and balances were designed to keep them from warping our politics or stealing our power.

They did not plann for lobbying

In their day, lobbying was abhorrent. People had the right to petition government. But no one had the right to hire influential people to petition government for them. That was unthinkable. Prohibitions of it were written into state constitutions at times, but eventually those were lost.

Corporations and even huge companies

Corporations were abhorrent to America’s founders. Their rise in America was against everything the founders believed.  They certain never intended corporations to have the rights of people. Yet today, corporations with budgets larger than most countries operate with near impunity, often influencing and even bribing our Congress.

Accountability was never designed

Mostly, the founders didn’t think much about democracy. To them, citizens were unreliable, uneducated and poorly informed. The founders had debates about whether they should have any say at all- perhaps just landowners? Perhaps just the educated? They didn’t foresee a time when most people could read and write. They didn’t foresee a time when most every citizen had access to media. They certainly didn’t conceive of the anything like the internet.

To them, voting for representatives was a pretty new idea. It hadn’t been around long enough for them to see the possible flaws and corruption. They didn’t think hard about ensuring that politicians would be accountable to people, accept in elections. Nor did they foresee that elections would be influenced by huge corporations and politicians would be corrupted by lobbyists.

What we need is a new design

PeopleCount has taken a hard, deep look at accountability. We’ve designed a way for politicians to be accountable to citizens after the election is over. And a way for citizens to hold their elected officials accountable. But we need your support. Please add your email address to our announcement list.

America’s Failed Elections

America has failed elections. Another piece of evidence is the talk of overturning Trump’s election.

Overturning Trump’s election

I see three ways to peacefully overturn the election of Donald Trump.

  1. The votes in three swing states are being recounted. There’s a slim chance they’ll find voter fraud. There’s a slimmer chance they’ll simply find inaccurate counting. If the results change, Hillary could win.
  2. Enough electors in the electoral college could deem Trump unfit that they vote instead for Hillary. Some arguments maintain that no electors are required to vote for Trump. Below, we’ll see why.
  3. The Republican Congress could impeach him. There are many charges they could level. A potent one could be his conflicts of interest.

All of these could result in peaceful transfer of power. Though there would be some upset citizens, all of these are legal methods. None are “trickery,” though that would likely be a common accusation.

Our failed elections

Our primitive party system was never designed. It evolved. We struggle under its burden as if we can do nothing about it. Actually, it’s only our own lack of ability to organize and communicate that makes us powerless.

Similarly, or system of primaries has failed. In some states they’re open, in other states they’re closed, locking out independent voters. And while most voters want one or more new parties, third parties are almost entirely locked out.

The presidential election system also has failed. The electoral college idea was never updated. It was never redesigned for our modern world.

1. The electoral college was needed until the last few decades. Elections were slow, expensive, manual processes. And until the 1890’s, the postal service didn’t even deliver to small towns. In the case of the vote not choosing a president, the electors would be together and could choose.

Some founders had two other reasons:

2. They wanted to give small states more power. The smallest states have only one representative in Congress. But they have two senators, the same number as the largest states. Every state also gets the same number of electors as representatives, plus two more. This imbalance was designed in.

3. They wanted an obstacle to tyrants. Quoting the above article: “They feared a tyrant could manipulate public opinion and come to power”.

To many, this is exactly what happened in 2016. To many, Trump is a liar and manipulator and has neither the judgement nor the temperament to serve America. Obviously, many think he’s best-qualified, too. But our country is designed to let the electoral college decide, given the way the people voted, who would should be president?

After the presidency, then what?

Personally, I’m hoping the electoral college recognizes the failed elections. I’m hoping they elect neither Donald Trump nor Hillary Clinton. Since Congress is Republican, I suggest Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren. Jill Stein’s a remote possibility. Another possibility is to choose a centrist member of Congress.

But the real question is, what’s next? Should we fix our election system so it produces better choices? There are many ways of doing this, but it’ll take commissioning a new task force, and working with the many groups who are already working on this.

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The Conversation is Stale about Fixing our Broken Democracy

I did a search for “Fixing our Broken Democracy” on Google. The top results are stale. We already know them. They have good ideas, but no real path to get them implemented.

#1 – A 36-minute YouTube video from February, 2015 called Fixing Our Broken Democracy by Paul Lauenstein. It’s about Move to Amend, a constitutional amendment saying money is not speech and corporations are not people.

#2 – The search phrase isn’t even on this page on the site of the Communication Workers of America. The page is about the 1% silencing their voices and the link between rights at work and political rights.

#3 – A June, 2014 Huffington post article titled: How to Fix our Broken Democracy. It discusses some important concepts in the history of politics, and says we need to balance them, but doesn’t offer a solution.

#4 – A book called:  Fixing our broken democracy: The case for ‘Total Representation’. It proposes a way to give losing votes in an election some weight, and is focused on the UK. It’s an important concept. But implementing it will probably first require fixing democracy.

#5 – A 2009 paper by an engineer at Columbia University. It’s about money in politics, fraud, plurality voting and a bit more. It’s nicely written, but goes along the lines of the usual answers.

#6 – An article on BillMoyers.com: Five bills to help fix our broken democracy – They could help a bit, but they’d first need help getting passed.

#7 – The Brennan Center for Justice at NYU has their page: Is Democracy Broken. It has similar ideas about elections and voting.

#8 – An article on Medium by John Lisney advises citizenship education, more hands-on issues and events (vague), and re-thinking elections. This last intrigued me. But he quickly concludes that elections are all that is possible, so we should get more young people to vote.

#9 – A pointer to a now-finished workshop on fixing democracy.  It seems to have been about money in elections and corporate personhood.

#10 – An European idea- get more young people to vote.

#11 – The Green Party on the topic, with a host of the usual ideas, plus advocating changes to help third parties.

#12 – An article about the UK supporting instant-runoff elections.

After these were articles about fixing our voting system and fixing immigration. And many thousands followed. So far, PeopleCount seems unique. Please add your email address to our announcement list.

Thinking vs Stupidity: The Difference Matters

ISIS was formed  due to gross stupidity of Bush and his neo-cons. Don’t believe Trump’s lie (see FactCheck.org and Politifact). It wasn’t just a horrible turn of events. It was due to a lack of thinking.

Bush disbanding the Iraq military was crazy

I was reading this article in the Washington Post about how the power behind ISIS is mainly the Baathists who were thrown out of the army after Bush invaded Iraq to depose Saddam Hussein.

The de-Baathification law promulgated by L.­ Paul Bremer, Iraq’s American ruler in 2003, has long been identified as one of the contributors to the original insurgency. At a stroke, 400,000 members of the defeated Iraqi army were barred from government employment, denied pensions — and also allowed to keep their guns.

I remember having the thought, in 2003 when the army was disbanded, “What are all those ex-military people going to do?” But my wife was more clear-eyed. She likes to read about history. She knew the Sunnis had been suppressing the Shiites. She blurted out, “That’s crazy!”

“Being stupid” is under-thinking, not being cautious

Another quote from the article:

He cited the case of a close friend, a former intelligence officer in Baghdad who was fired in 2003 and struggled for many years to make a living… If someone had given him a job and a salary, he wouldn’t have joined the Islamic State. … There are hundreds, thousands like him.

Republicans accuse Obama of being too cautious, over-thinking. But it was precisely under-thinking, the lack of caution, that created this huge, multi-trillion dollar mess. It was lazy right/wrong thinking. It was believing a simplistic thought like, “Our army is the best. We’ll just beat them and win!

Bush’s decision to disband the Iraq army was not the result of thinking. Maybe you could call it, having thoughts. Or maybe, confident guessing. It’s not thinking.

Politics requires thinking, and caution

Acting without caution is stupidity. Unlike everyday stupidity, political stupidity can have huge, long-lasting, detrimental effects. Effects like the continuing threat of ISIS and the continued US involvement in the Middle East are two examples. But political stupidity can affect us in ways that aren’t as obvious.

Political stupidity manifests when pundits choose controversial opinions just to drive ratings. Like Fox News’ decision to demonize the Clintons and Obama at every turn.

Political stupidity rears its ugly head when candidates offer sound bites over truth, like the Trump lie about Obama and Hillary starting ISIS.

Stupidity comes from emotional reactions

When voters celebrate a candidate like Trump who’s different but not qualified, that’s a form of stupidity. The emotional decisions of Trump’s followers don’t involve thinking. They’re grounded in instinct and emotion bred from years of Republican lies against “liberals”. This was leveraged by the Bush campaigns 16 and 12 years ago, and is now usurped by Trump. We can’t afford to have our leaders chosen by people who ground decisions in instinct and emotion.

And Republicans in Congress have been stupid to let problems fester instead of developing real solutions to problems. The Republicans had plenty of time to propose ways of lowering spending or changing Obamacare. They could have worked with the Democrats to make it happen. Instead of thinking, they assumed the best they could do was to let the debt balloon and Obamacare remain intact while they simply blamed these on Democrats.

But they didn’t underestimate Republican voters. Most believed the rhetoric. They continue to support their representatives fighting others in Congress instead of working together.

Caution is good

Obama is a cautious leader. But his caution is an indication of his thought process. It’s a thought process that led to successful navigation of the huge economic collapse Bush left us with. And under his leadership, America increased tolerance and rights for our LGBT citizens, positive job growth, lessening our Middle East troop levels and more access to health care. He did not play every part of his presidency perfectly. For instance, he’s made no headway in lessening divisiveness in politics or even in thinking outside-the-box about it. And I think the TPP is a huge mistake. But he has done pretty well.

We need more politicians who can really think. We need wise leaders, not “deciders.” We need a leader with experience and not ones that lack even basic management skills. It’s the only way we’ll find good solutions. We need more progress and less stupid decisions.

How Imperfect is American Democracy?

How imperfect is American democracy? Someone asked me on Quora so I thought I’d share the answer here.

I’m not aware of a scale. It’s very, very far from good.

America isn’t even close to being a decent democracy

Read Ozgur Zeren’s answer and watch the video he recommends. In that video, Noam Chomsky says America is, and was designed to be, a polyarchy. That’s a government by a small number of people. In this case, men of the “responsible class”. Those who were educated, which at that time was almost synonymous with wealthy.

We had a chance of a real democracy before the civil war while corporations were prohibited. But after they were unleashed, the polyarchy began to be taken over by agents of myriad wealthy corporations. Today, that takeover has been mostly completed. Legally, people still have power to choose their leaders, but the wealthy are still far better organized and able to maintain power.

Today we no longer have a polyarchy. It’s really to an oligarchy. That’s also a government by a small group of people, but it’s also for that small group.

How to improve our democracy

We could come closer to the ideal of a representative democracy with a parliamentary system. Currently, our parties don’t represent us well. They represent a few of us well, but many citizens favor issues that the wealthy don’t want to even talk about, and many share positions with both parties.

Personally, I favor a system where our representatives don’t have their own positions or philosophies. Instead, we vote on issues to say what we want, and they study and deliberate and find good solutions and compromises and report back to us. This would be possible with no changes in law, if we supported something like PeopleCount.org.

Can’t stupid people ruin a democracy?

There is a danger of stupid people voting stupidly, but we already have that with many Republican candidates (Gohmert, Inhofe…) and now Trump. Part of this, though, is a system that gives ordinary citizens no other responsibility than voting for a personality. Plus a broadcasting system that’s allowed to call propaganda “fair and balanced” and allowed to call editorials “news.”

If we had a decent system, though, perhaps the stupid people wouldn’t be so stupid or have such a poor choice of candidates. Part of the problem is as above- there’s no real reason to think deeply about issues since we only choose parties and personalities.

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Is America’s Constitution Good?

This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series America's Design

In all fairness, I’d have to say that the Constitution, though good for its day, is now seriously flawed.

My last post was about how America is racist, and that’s not good enough. I concluded that we should find some metrics for measuring it, then set some goals and achieve them instead of committing the sin of pride and just asserting that America is great.

The Constitution was flawed

Similarly for our political system. Elsewhere I’ve written that our Constitution is seriously flawed. And pointed to some flaws present when the country was founded. When it was first ratified:

  • There were no protections for citizens rights.
  • America’s disdain of corporations was not recorded
  • No system was designed to handle political parties.
  • No system was set up to handle running for office

The first one was rectified in the first amendment. That was good, but it points to the fallibility of the founders. What else did they omit?

The second was forgotten. America hated the British East India Company. So each state imposed very strict constraints on corporations. So the founders didn’t think to put anything in the Constitution about it. Over the years, people forgot how important it was. And after the civil war, one greedy group of people asked for just one little change…

The third was a problem beginning very early. George Washington complained about political parties. But no system was ever designed to remedy the problems. Pretty soon, they just assumed parties were a necessary, uncontrollable phenomenon.

The fourth wasn’t a problem in the beginning, but it is now. We ask the Supreme Court to decide whether money is speech and whether corporations are people. These might not have been an issue in the 1700’s. But they are today. Elections are a free-for-all with few rules. Today these omissions in the Constitution are serious defects.

No system for political accountability

Another flaw was that it set up no system for accountability, except for elections. But party politics have been ruining our elections for a long time and those problems have gotten worse. There have been many party bosses and other kinds of corruption. And they unfairly prevent third parties from having a chance. Today, elections barely work. For Congress, they’re mostly a rubber stamp for incumbents.

We need a system, a process, of assuring government is both representative and accountable to the people.

The Constitution was great for its time, and set a good example. But when measured against what the people want, America no longer even seems like a democracy. It’s time we admit the flaws and address them.

Let’s make America great

In the previous post, on racism, I said if America wants to not be racist, we should stop asserting we’re not and instead create ways to measure it. Then we should set some goals and achieve them.

The whole goal of PeopleCount.org is to rejuvenate democracy, so it’s representative and accountable to the people. In the next post, we’ll look to see how we might measure these, to know when we’re successful.

Immoral Politicians are usually Self-Righteous

If you want moral politicians, avoid those who are self-righteous.

Remember all those Republican men who called for Bill Clinton’s impeachment on the grounds of his marital indiscretion? Those same men were hiding very similar secrets of their own.

Newt Gingrich led the impeachment, then resigned because he was having an affair. He was cheating on his wife. Then Bob Livingston led the impeachment. He later resigned because he had had lots of affairs. Then Dennis Hastert took over. In April of 2015, Hastert was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison for illegally structuring payments to cover up his molestation of two high school boys.

Immoral and self-righteous, corrupt hypocrites

Power-hungry hypocrites. Immoral people. Corrupt politicians. They are wedded to stuff they’ve been told. They can follow the Bible as long as they’re under the close scrutiny of their pastor. But on their own, they cave in to temptation, blinded by their own thoughts. They really don’t think for themselves. They can’t.
 
In essence, this is why so many people of religion stray. They attempt to live good lives according to what they’ve been taught. The problem is, morality comes from judgement, not from a book. Whether you’re talking Evangelical Christians, devout Muslims or Orthodox Jews, most of these people have a stunted sense of morality.

Are these the people we want in Congress? Newt Gingrich is still a major influence of the Republican party. Republicans have been following his advice for decades. His motto seems to be: “If lying doesn’t work, keep repeating them till it does.” Is that the kind of person we want steering a major party?

The cheater/rapist/child-molester Trump

I have nothing against conservatives, except for who they’ve chosen as their leaders.

McCain was a good man. Ron Paul seems good. Mitt Romney, too, although he got rich by stripping US companies of their value and didn’t come clean about it.

But now Trump is the Republican presidential candidate. In 2012, it was reported he didn’t run for president because his businesses were shady. And not only did he cheat on his first two wives, but he’s proud of making married women cheat on their husbands. This article says:

In The Art of the Deal, Trump boasted about bedding other men’s wives:
“If I told the real stories of my experiences with women, often seemingly very happily married and important women, this book would be a guaranteed best-seller.”

And now, he’s been accused of rape, and child-molestation. He’s proud of leading people to sin, and he’s leading the Republican party.

Evil and self-righteous

And, Trump is the most self-righteous major candidate we’ve ever seen. He behaves like a child. He bullies. He calls people names. He makes fun of disabled people. He insults people’s heritage. The very conservative David Brooks wrote:

Donald Trump is epically unprepared to be president … His vast narcissism makes him a closed fortress. … Trump is perhaps the most dishonest person to run for high office in our lifetimes. All politicians stretch the truth, but Trump has a steady obliviousness to accuracy. … He is a childish man running for a job that requires maturity.

Let’s choose moral politicians

I believe that America’s biggest breakthrough in politics will be to create ways for politicians to be accountable to citizens and ways for citizens to hold politicians accountable. We shouldn’t be so dependent on politicians’ personalities.

But until that day comes: Please America, don’t vote for evil politicians.

Bernie’s “Our Revolution” Seems like the Same Old Politics

Bernie’s “Our Revolution” seems like the same old politics.

I’m on a lot of different political mailing lists. I received a message from Bernie Sanders. Well, it wasn’t really from him. It was signed “Bernie Sanders”, but the “From” address was info@berniesanders.com. I’ve written to them many times, but never received an answer. It’s the same political run-around.

The gist of the message was in a paragraph:

Join Our Revolution and help continue our critical work to create a government which represents all of us, and not just the 1 percent – a government based on the principles of economic, social, racial and environmental justice. Add your name here.

 

Same old plea for money

If you click on it, you’ll see it goes to OurRevolution.com. It’s a simple 2-page site (for now). The first page asks for your email address and zip code. I filled it in and clicked on the submit button which is named: “Join the Fight.”

That brings you to the second page, which is TRULY REVOLUTIONARY! (Trigger warning, facetiousness!) You won’t believe how brilliant it is. Unlike any other campaign in history- can you guess? There’s a donation form!!!

I was very disappointed.

They want to create a revolution!

But are using the same-old politics.

They want to represent all of us!

But they use the same old kinds of push-communication, like emails.

They want to overturn Citizens United!

Their plan: Donate money.

This is OUR Revolution!

The Democrats will be running it from an undisclosed location. Who’s running it? ActBlue. There’s no phone number, no person to contact. It’s the same people that have been running half of the political system for the last century. Don’t talk to them, just send money.

I can promise a REAL revolution

I’ll make you a promise. Whatever money you’ve donated to politicians, if 1% of you donate 1/10th of that amount to PeopleCount.org, I’ll guarantee you a revolution that’ll blow your socks off within 3 months.

Or, email Bernie. Well, his dwindling campaign. Maybe your letters will get his attention. Mine didn’t.

We need more than a few new laws

We need new laws. The Democrats’ New American Security Agenda is a good start. But we need much more than those. In its unveiling at the Democratic convention, they said it took a year and a half to put these common-sense changes together! That’s much too long. Most of them were known 7 years ago when the Democrats had control. Plus, there’s no realistic plan for how to get Congress to pass it. And many more changes will be necessary. Those will take decades. And the Republicans will have ample opportunity to hinder and stop the progress. And to reverse it.

We need more. Please add your name to our announcement list. Your participation will be key to making a REAL revolution successful.