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  •  I'm all in favor (15+ / 0-)

    How do we accomplish that though?  I always hear "we should do this...." and never any concrete way of making it happen.  I'm all ears.  I see no way politically except for a slow and gradual replacement of Senators and House members with progressive politicians and we're talking maybe decades to push that through.

    Revolution certainly MIGHT work but there are never any guarantees who ends up in control after violence and tons of innocents die.

    Massive national strikes, work stoppages can push politics but we'd have to get everyone to turn off their TV's long enough to do it.  

    "A celibate clergy is an especially good idea, because it tends to suppress any hereditary propensity toward fanaticism." -- Carl Sagan

    by artmartin on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 09:33:06 AM PST

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    •  I was thinking the same thing. (6+ / 0-)

      I'm glad you brought it up.  How do we go about this?

      It seems to be one of the most important changes we could ever accomplish.  Yet, we don't hear much of anything about it.  

      So many problems have this as their root cause, or one of their root causes.  

      I'm not a fan of revolution.  

      The first way to start an action plan is to talk about it with the sole intent of taking action.  

      Other countries have it.  I'm very curious how it developed there.  

      McCain and Feingold banded together. However, a watered down version was passed.  And, of course, Citizens United opened the proverbial Pandora's Box.  I just need to remember Hope remained inside of it.

      "If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin." Charles Darwin

      by Rockydog on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 09:53:15 AM PST

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    •  We should ask our law-makers (7+ / 0-)

      There are many ways to accomplish the goal of 100% financing of elections.

      The first step is for we the people to do our duty as citizens and let our elected officials know our wishes.

      We should do this with letters, phone calls, emails, tweets, etc.

      I have no doubt that our elected law-makers will initially ignore such messages.  After all, they are getting paid to wealthy and corporate types to ignore the best interests of we the people.

      So we need to increase the number of messages our law-makers get.  

      And add to those with public protests.  The Occupy movement did much to raise awareness of the corruption in our government, and put a great deal of pressure on those public office holders.  We should do more of that as well.

      Finally, we the people have a large degree of control over corporations through our buying habits.  If we stop buying stuff, the government and corporations will take notice.  Some of them already have.  Nationwide Insurance now runs ads saying they are more responsive to their customers because they have no stockholders to satisfy.  It is not much, but it shows the power we the people have.  

      "The fool doth think he is wise: the wise man knows himself to be a fool" - W. Shakespeare

      by Hugh Jim Bissell on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 10:33:58 AM PST

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    •  How do we accomplish though? (1+ / 0-)
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      Well, I am certainly in the camp of "slow and gradual replacement" of politicians.
      We are taking action.
      See my reply to  Rockydog's comment (just above):

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