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Tue Jul 8, 2014, 09:53 AM

Am I in the wrong place? Are We at DU not ready to do something about the Money in our Politics?

Is it that we are content to Bitch about the symptoms to the corruption that causes the Congress to represent their Donors and not us?

I sense a growing frustration and acknowledgment that the corruption has gone too far, but I see many more people willing to comment about Cliven Bundy posts than the few who comment that they agree that it is time to actually do something about the money in politics, which is the reason we have to fight tooth and nail to get to get even watered-down legislation on our issues, usually we get nothing but denied!

I am proposing we start planning to march/protest in cities and towns across America to get the money (campaign contributions) out of our elections and start actually protesting on Saturday, September 13th through the mid-term election. While I thank the few who wrote to support and agree with me, mainly what I got was, "That is the day of the ERA march on Washington." I would welcome ERA protesters into the mix because that is a perfect example of what I am talking about. Most Americans support ERA, but it hasn't passed in almost 4 DECADES because Big Business doesn't want to have to pay the same to women as men, give them their earned promotions... Besides, their march is planned for just D.C., to the best of my knowledge.

I am not experienced with this sort of thing, but I am fed up to the point that I want to do something about it, and I know here at DU there are a whole lot of caring, talented people, that can help pull this off. I am pretty sure it is in my approach and lack of technical skills to set up a website, FB page etc., that this hasn't received even a lukewarm response.

My thinking is that the time is right due to the fact that:

The campaign money will be flying all around in record amounts;
I have been seeing more and more stories and interviews on the subject (watch Bill Moyers (on his website www.Billmoyers.com) interview with Jim Hightower (former longtime Democratic politician in Texas, back when there used to be such a thing);
Most Democrats (not all) and all Republicans are owned and controlled by their donors, not "We the People";
Time is quickly running out on our environment, and despite growth in Solar and Wind power, it will be delayed until it is too late by the power of the oil and coal companies, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and Wall Street; and lastly
Polling shows that 87% of Americans believe that they have no say in their government due to the corruption of the campaign donations!

I believe we that if we can focus on ONLY getting the money out of politics by demanding/building support for Publicly Funded National, State, and Local Elections, money is NOT speech, and corporations are NOT people, we can accomplish our goals. After that we should have Representatives responsive to our other issues that have been ignored such as ERA. I would like also to have them bust up the Big Banks on Wall Street and the media and cable oligarchies and make them donate the time for the political ads for a two month campaign season as part of their keeping their license to use the public airwaves. Stop the revolving doors between private enterprise and government regulatory agencies. But the first and only thing, until achieved, is getting the money out, cutting off the power that allows the corporations and 1% to hijack our government and judiciary!

I am not trying to be "Flame Bait," but neither am I afraid of it. Good people of DU, let's do this! Help me do it much better and help spread the word. I am committed and attending my county Democratic meeting on the 14th, meeting with local union leaders, and even holding my nose and going to a county Republican meeting to speak to them. I plan on telling them that they don't want George Soros, unions, or those ambulance chasing trial lawyers buying their politicians, lol!

9/13/2014 - 11/4/2014 We have time to plan and spread the word, then let's get out and do this. The politicians that raise the most money (outside of small donors) are the ones we can attack the most to prove our point! As Jim Hightower told Bill Moyers, "There will be blood!" He, Bill and I advocate peaceable demonstrations, but they will come with guns, billy clubs, and spray! Talk to cops you know between now and then to let them know what and why we are doing it. Let's not leave this just up to the young, get your asses in gear!

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Reply Am I in the wrong place? Are We at DU not ready to do something about the Money in our Politics? (Original post)
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Squinch Jul 2014 #1
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L0oniX Jul 2014 #2

Response to Dustlawyer (Original post)

Tue Jul 8, 2014, 10:03 AM

1. I love threads that boil down to, "I don't know what to do, but you people aren't doing enough"

You don't know what we are doing. What we do here is not the sum total of our political activity. If you feel more needs to be done, then do it. Don't chastise us because you don't think enough is being done.

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Tue Jul 8, 2014, 10:52 AM

3. You obviously didn't read all of my post. I explained what I am personally doing and I am merely

asking for help to get done what I believe will be a positive change that will allow all of our Democratic/Progressive ideas to be fairly heard by true Representative Democracy. I was not getting much of a response as I have been posting this issue for quite sometime. I know that people here at DU are very active in the issues that are close to them, LGBTV, Women's rights, immigration, environment, the list goes on and on. I am doing this because I too care about all of these issues and want them to be resolved in a positive manner. It is either not happening, or going too slowly because of the control Big Business has over our government and judiciary.

I guess my frustration offended, for that I do apologize, but I am disappointed in the lack of response. In my post I say that I'm pretty sure that it is my lack of experience that is hampering getting this going. I am asking for help from a group of people that I mostly agree with and whom I believe care a great deal. I think that many are focusing their limited time and energy towards those issue close to them as they naturally should. My point is that by accomplishing this will allow them to achieve what they have not been able to because our politicians Represent Donors and not us. That is my message in a nutshell. I know there are people here with a wide reach to Democratic organizations and movements, and experience organizing that I don't have, that would naturally support this protest!

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Tue Jul 8, 2014, 10:04 AM

2. Yes ...some are going entrench the money in politics by voting for Hillary.


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