Putting it all together
Over the past few years, reform movements from all over the U.S. have been experimenting with how to end institutionalized corruption in Washington. A corruption so deep that Congress has become completely unresponsive to its citizens, negating the one sole purpose for which it was created: To provide a government that was “dependent on the people alone.”
This is what outrage should look like.
In New Hampshire, volunteers with the NH Rebellion collectively walked thousands of miles across a frozen countryside to recruit residents in asking presidential candidates how they will fix this problem. Across the nation, thousands of citizens then responded to the Mayday call sponsoring congressional candidates that promised to pass real reforms. This year, we even had a presidential candidate dedicated to the single principle of restoring our equality as citizens.
With each experiment we learned something new. Through the first we found out that 96 percent of voters were desperate for change, but that only 9 percent believe change is even possible. In the next, we demonstrated a pathway for change only to discover that we must get on this path earlier in the elections. Most recently, however, we learned that even when you approach the issue of citizen equality in the primaries the political establishment is not exactly eager to hear the message.
On January 1, 2016, all of that can change. No longer would we just put candidates on the record with their vague someday reforms. No longer would we continue to wait for the political establishment to come up with practical and honest solutions. Instead we can take it upon ourselves to create a day-one act for the very next Congress.
The Citizen Equality Act of 2017.
After the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve, we will have ten months leading up to the November election to try and complete the biggest civil rights project in over fifty years; crowdsourcing the Citizen Equality Act (CEA) and winning a Congress and a President that would make passing it the number one priority for the next government. This one single statute would mark the beginning of the end for the institution of corruption in Washington by fixing three fundamental problems at the same time: 1) money in politics, 2) representation in Congress, and 3) voting.
There are already a number of really great reform ideas out there, so we are not starting from scratch, but they do not automatically fit together. We need to assemble these individual reforms into a coherent whole so that they work together to provide the best possible result. Before we do can do that, however, we need a really good process.
Building on the advice and technology of crowdsourcing revolutionaries from around the world, starting January 2016 we will launch a radically new process for turning the idea of the CEA into a reality. How big we go is entirely up to you. The approach we are taking is fully scaleable so the process should work just as well with thousands of people as it would millions.
So what do you say? Are you in?
We know. This all sounds like a tall order, but we also know that the political establishment is not going to fix itself. For decades, lobbyists have literally written the legislation for Congress. It is high time we take our own shot. The 2016 election is our best chance in the next four years to make ending the institution of corruption not just a someday reform, but rather a reform that is ready for the next Congress on day-one.
Join us now at citizens4equality.org