Democracy- noun, plural -cies. - government by the people; a form of government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised directly by them or by their elected agents under a free electoral system.
America and each of her 50 united states face unprecedented challenges. Our political system has closed out participation of the very citizens who were meant to actively shape it by diluting the most direct and powerful manifestation of our citizenship, the vote. Now, the average American sits on the sidelines of the political process, frustrated by the open sale of political influence to the highest bidder and apathetic in the face of problems that never seem to get solved, just blamed on new people.
Democrats will tell you that the main problem is the Republican party. Republicans will tell you that the main problem is the Democratic party. They are both wrong, at least in part. The main problem with American politics is not the Republican or Democratic parties. The main problem with American politics is the Republican AND Democratic parties. These two parties have established a system of monopoly over political power in the United States that has stood largely unchallenged for decades. They compete
with one another for a market share of political power, selling us their candidates like companies selling us the same soda in either a red or blue can. More importantly, they cooperate with one another to effectively close out the ability of anyone else to utilize political power outside of their direct influence.
And why do they work so hard to keep this political power to themselves? Because
it's worth money. Their candidates and politicians are professional sales people. They work for their company (party), not the people who elect them to office, and their job is to manipulate you to spend your precious votes for them. These parties have no incentive to reform or change the status quo, because the status quo is most beneficial to them. They profit from a system that is based on legalized bribery in the form of campaign contributions, which makes them rich by selling political influence and keeps anyone outside of their system from breaking in because of the costs of running for office are so high.
Many people in our country consider themselves to be "independent" voters. Yet, how independent can a person be if he or she has no truly independent candidates from which to choose. The only way to change this is to begin to replace professional politicians with amateur politicians -politicians that don't work for any political party and can therefore work for the voters that choose them - politicians that don't accept campaign contributions or gifts from lobbyists and therefore are not beholden to financial contributors - politicians that have no intention of holding office year after year because they view a political office as a form of public service, a civic duty to be shared by citizens, not a money-making opportunity or a career - in short, truly independent politicians.
The two major parties have prevented this so far by controlling access to information. But in today's world, that is no longer so easy. Now the opportunity to challenge the status quo exists through the ability of virtually anyone to communicate to the world via the internet. The internet is our way past the walls that the Democratic and Republican parties have built to protect their system from us. We now have the opportunity to introduce into the system candidates who can offer viable competition with the politics of the Democrats and the Republicans. And, if we can be successful in this, we can use this competition to force the major parties to improve how they serve us, or to force them aside.
The goal of this project is to revolutionize the American political system by providing this competition. The goal : to have at least 100 amateur politicians elected to either state or national level legislative or executive offices by the November election of 2020. That is the spark that will ignite a new era of expanded freedom, democracy, and progress in the United States. Government for the people must be by the people!