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That is the question I see at the end of every discussion that focuses on our current political realities. More and more people are waking up to the truth and the truth is becoming harder and harder to ignore. I believe the solution is simple or at least I believe in a simple solution.

You might ask well what is the problem and get a lot of varying answers, but I believe almost all can be traced back as mere symptoms of an underlying problem.

Let me share with you my solution...

The problem:

The link between the people and their representatives is broken.

Thats it and everything else can be attributed to this. Its so bad that if you were to look at polling data and compare it to Congressional voting in almost all cases we would get better results from people's cold opinions than from the actual actions of Congress. Given all our faults and failings as a people the fact that our random opinions make better politics than what we get is incredibly glaring.

How did we get here?

Over a pretty long period of time stretching back most obviously to the 80's with pieces going even farther back. In simplest terms what happened was politicians were manipulated to allow more money to be channeled to special interests through tax code and other legislation, who then used the money to buy more access and legislation. Most of this occurred in very small pieces with a clause here and a law there and only recently have we seen it really become so fast and aggressive that its no longer easy to ignore.

So how do we fix it?

Well now that we have defined the problem fixing it becomes a lot more obvious. We need to make it so politicians are no longer being purchased for their votes and the way to do that is public financing of election. The need for all the money is to finance these insanely long and expensive federal election that force politicians to have to take money from special interest and thus buying their votes. Get rid of the expensive campaigns, the outside ad groups, and re-regulate the lobby system.

This will remove the outside influence from the system and force the politicians to have to actually listen to their constituents again to keep office, instead of the current system where you listen to the money and the money buys the election. Now this isn't going to solve all our problems over night, but we can not solve any of our problems until we do this.

The movement behind this I call The DeRevolution: Not trying to take the country, just trying to take the country back. There is absolutely no policy in this because policy is for government and we just need to take our government back and then policy can be decided as it was meant to be, through representation of the citizenry from politicians actually beholden to them.

The point is a clear simple movement with a clear simple solution. No personal politics or partisan divide. Every American can feel part of such a movement because it truly does represent them and only those that are actually benefiting from our current corrupt system have anything to lose.

So if you really want an answer to that question in my title here it is, but it will take ALL of us through action and just general support to turn this drop of an idea into a sea of change.

So join the DeRevolution: We are not trying to take the country we are just trying to take the country back.

(Yes for those that noticed I did a similar diary last night, but it was late and I believe this is important enough to try again)

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  •  Tip Jar (5+ / 0-)
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    Jim P, DeadHead, jbsoul, lostinamerica, NancyWH

    Join the DeRevolution: We are not trying to take the country, we are trying to take the country back. Get the money out of politics with public financed campaigns so 'Of the People, By the People and For the People' rings true again.

    by fToRrEeEsSt on Sat Apr 12, 2014 at 03:46:14 PM PDT

  •  I guess it wasn't worth trying again... (2+ / 0-)
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    jbsoul, NancyWH

    This really is the solution and at some point its what has to be done, but I guess people just aren't ready yet.

    Not sure what will make them ready at this point :(

    Join the DeRevolution: We are not trying to take the country, we are trying to take the country back. Get the money out of politics with public financed campaigns so 'Of the People, By the People and For the People' rings true again.

    by fToRrEeEsSt on Sat Apr 12, 2014 at 05:45:04 PM PDT

    •  I don't think people understand exactly (2+ / 0-)
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      terrybuck, NancyWH

      what you want them to do. There isn't a specific action plan in your diary.

      "let's talk about that"

      by VClib on Sat Apr 12, 2014 at 07:23:12 PM PDT

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      •  Focus on the real solution... (1+ / 0-)
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        NancyWH

        You can't solve a problem till you define it and everyone seems to not agree and what is actually wrong and what can be done. I am not motivator or charismatic leader but i'm a pretty good analyzer.

        This is my contribute to analyze the situation and clarify it so people who are far better in the motivational and footwork part have a clearer idea of what we need to do.

        Why this is important is because the way I have laid this out has almost no counter arguments since not one person will be disadvantaged by it, except those gaming the current system.

        A real movement on these ground would be tough to stop, those arguing against it would have a very hard time hiding bias.

        Join the DeRevolution: We are not trying to take the country, we are trying to take the country back. Get the money out of politics with public financed campaigns so 'Of the People, By the People and For the People' rings true again.

        by fToRrEeEsSt on Sat Apr 12, 2014 at 07:41:22 PM PDT

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        •  Your analysis suggests a solution (2+ / 0-)
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          terrybuck, NancyWH

          with several major challenges. First, lobbying is a Constitutionally protected activity so it's very difficult to control. You can't limit the access of lobbyists without amending the Constitution. Public financing of campaigns, using tax receipts, does not have broad public support. Even before all candidates abandoned public financing for POTUS, in 2012, the number of people who checked the box to allocate $3 to the public financing of the presidential campaign was on a long steady decline. This was an allocation of tax dollars, but NOT an increase of $3 in extra taxes. While public financing of political campaigns is constitutional you can't restrict candidates from accepting campaign contributions without a Constitutional Amendment.

          "let's talk about that"

          by VClib on Sat Apr 12, 2014 at 08:46:48 PM PDT

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          •  Well if you don't fix the money to politician.. (2+ / 0-)
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            lostinamerica, NancyWH

            pipe line then kiss your democracy good bye. The route to success is one that gives no wedges to put between different factions of the population. I might not have all the details down, nor do I claim to, but this is the path.

            Join the DeRevolution: We are not trying to take the country, we are trying to take the country back. Get the money out of politics with public financed campaigns so 'Of the People, By the People and For the People' rings true again.

            by fToRrEeEsSt on Sat Apr 12, 2014 at 09:04:34 PM PDT

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  •  Sadly, (1+ / 0-)
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    fToRrEeEsSt

    most people won't change until it becomes more painful to remain the same.  

    "The light which puts out our sight is darkness to us." Thoreau

    by NancyWH on Sun Apr 13, 2014 at 06:06:15 AM PDT

  •  this is a conversation worth having (1+ / 0-)
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    fToRrEeEsSt

    I am watching Melissa Harris-Perry's update on the war on voting. I think the reason people are not more energized on that topic is that it has become clear that the individual voter's two cents worth is irrelevant in the face of Adelson' s billions. And BTW, don't be discouraged about not being able to energize people in this space. A large vessel turns slowly

    •  Its less the energize and more about... (0+ / 0-)

      the lack of conversation. I don't claim to have all the answers but I think I have done a good job of defining the problem in a way that is completely inclusive and clear enough that it will be easy for the general population to accept the solution.

      But as you can see the number of posts even wanting to discuss it was few. None the less I agree with your large vessel analogy and went into this understanding it takes time for things to catch on.

      Join the DeRevolution: We are not trying to take the country, we are trying to take the country back. Get the money out of politics with public financed campaigns so 'Of the People, By the People and For the People' rings true again.

      by fToRrEeEsSt on Sun Apr 13, 2014 at 12:19:46 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

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