We have discussed just how detrimental the policy-making of the past 40 years has been for Americans. It’s clear that circumstances are on track to worsen, especially with the status quo in place.
Why is that?
Our politics have almost entirely removed the people from power. Almost all established politicians, including the current incumbent of CA-34, are entirely driven and directed by their corporate contributions. Their campaigns, their very mandate to govern, was neatly provided to them by these corporate donors. In exchange, they follow the direction of those corporations’ lobbyists when in office. Who is cut out of the process? The American people. That is precisely the reason why little meaningful action is taken on Capitol Hill. It is why our political actions of the last 40 years seem to only empower the profit margins of large corporations, not the lives of Americans. It is why conditions on the streets of CA-34 have failed to meaningfully improve.
Making our politics people-powered is the final step to shifting the paradigm of governance. We can achieve that feat through a comprehensive effort of policy reformation.
- Our political system is broken. Dependency upon the constant cycling election battle, and the efforts to attain donations for these cycles aren’t serving the people. By working to reverse the effects of Citizen United, reduce the unlimited power of corporate contributors, and elevate the role of grassroots support within campaigns, we dramatically shift the paradigm for how our political system operates, transferring direct power from corporate influence to the people’s influence
- For too long, the needs of impoverished communities and marginalized peoples have been entirely ignored within the modern political system. The reason? The lack of campaign dollars flowing from these communities to politicians in power. We can force our representatives to listen to their true constituents by delivering political power to the people’s hands, in the form of a democracy voucher which they can use to donate to any representative who truly meets their needs.
- It’s time for us to re-examine our election system, with the question of who it truly benefits? Right now, it solely benefits the interests of the two parties’ establishment at the helm of the political machine. Established incumbents keep taking advantage of the two-party system, forcing unsatisfied voters to keep voting for the status quo, in order to prevent a worse option winning. Ranked-choice voting allows people to vote for the candidates they truly desire, without succumbing to the pressures of the current two-party restriction. It allows true progressive candidates like David to take on establishment incumbents all across the country!