The People's Plan to Reform America
The vast majority of Americans understand that our political system is dangerously corrupt and will require profound reforms to restore the general welfare, the fair administration of real justice as well as the integrity of the nation and our standing on the world stage and more. We know that it's the money in politics that is the primary vector of corruption. We know what we need to do, but how to get the job done is proving more difficult. Hopefully, the following will help to clarify what we need to do and contribute to how we get it done.
Before we attempt to implement solutions, it's imperative to understand how we got into this mess and the roles that corporate powers and the Supreme Court have played.
Here is the bare bones of the plan. The plan is a combination of existing efforts and organizations with the addition of a Reform Caucus and an order of actions/goals that look something like this;
Represent.us + Move To Amend + The National Popular Vote + Fair Vote + The American Anti-Corruption Act, members of Indivisible, Our Revolution, Black Lives Matter, 18 million rising and more need to coordinate efforts. We must create a Reform Caucus within our existing political bodies. The Progressive Caucus is the most logical place to start.
We have state and federal election considerations. We have to factor in the judicial...how the Supreme Injustices factor into the principles of representative democracy. We need legislation to spearhead the courts, keep progress in litigation, focus our ambitions while we build public consensus and move to the next phase which is to amend the US Constitution.
- passage of The American Anti-Corruption Act (or something similar) that will:
1. remove corruptive money from our campaign and electoral processes
2. prohibit the legalized bribery practice known as lobbying
3. close the revolving doors between industries and state
- amend The Constitution to;
1. create a constitutional right to vote
2. ensure that spending money to buy political favor can never again be construed as free speech
3. ensure that protections established through the Bill of Rights only apply to humans, never again to be usurped by corporations.
4. abolish the electoral college
Thirdly, we will break the chains of the two-party system by changing our party affiliations and by voting only for Reform Party candidates who will legislate and institute the reforms outlined in the party platform.
After these primary matters of business are concluded and the world's first modern democracy is restored to a government Of, By and For The People, we can create the policies and legislate law that serves justice for all in place of laws serve the interests of the few and create injustice for too many.
Supplements to The Peoples Plan to Renew America
1. a) The government of the USA is not controlled by The People - Considering that Congressional approval ratings are at historic lows and we now have a President with unprecedentedly low approval ratings and more people protested the establishment of the new administration than attended the inauguration...one would think that the government not being controlled by the people is self evident.
1.b) The government no longer has legitimate authority - Going back to the 2000 Bush v Gore presidential contest, it was proven the Gore had more votes than Bush in Florida despite the Catherine Harris administered purge of eligible voters leading to the Supreme Court's decision to thwart the will of The People and grant the office of Presidency to GW Bush. Since that time the Supreme Court then continued to subvert democracy through the Citizen's United Ruling and by invalidating portions of The Voting Rights Act. Meanwhile the Republicans successfully implemented a series of voter suppression tactics in states they controlled. In addition to those injustices are unverifiable, easily hackable voting machines some of which had their security systems deactivated and the Interstate Crosscheck voter purging system uncovered by investigative journalist Greg Palast. It should also be noted that corporate media seems complicit in electoral fraud for it's refusal to air the scandal of the Interstate Crosscheck voter purge and for giving candidate Trump an effective inordinate amount coverage while marginalizing important issues and other candidate, most notably Bernie Sanders.
The Harvard report showing Bernie was probably cheated from the nomination
2. Creating the Reform Party;
Rather than starting a new political party from scratch is our hope that the Green Party (http://www.gp.org/) should volunteer it’s organizational infrastructure to be utilized and reformed into the Reform Party with support from Our Revolution (https://ourrevolution.com/), The Congressional Progressive Caucus (https://cpc-grijalva.house.gov/ and others. Supporters of The People’s Plan should contact these organization and ask them to participate in our efforts.
The Party Platform is a combination of existing efforts promoted by the following organizations;
The American Anti-Corruption Act -
Represent Us -
Move To Amend - does not yet include a right to vote
National Popular Vote -
Addition reference regarding revolving doors between industries and government visit
Open Secrets -
Supporters of The People’s Plan should be prepared for a media blackout. Corporate media will refuse any mention of this movement. It is possible that the government will censor attempts to disseminate information concerning these efforts. Before leaving office on Christmas Eve, President Obama signed into law the Anti-Propaganda Act that was slipped into the National Defense Authorization Act and could easily be used to shut down websites and media sources that the present administration deems subversive to national interests. Ten states have proposed legislation that attempts to ban our Constitutional rights to peacefully protest.
Supporters of The People’s Plan should therefore print copies of the plan, associated petitions and related materials. Share these materials at your discretion.
More protests of the Trump administration and Congressional actions are sure to ensure. These events are excellent opportunities to share The Plan with massive numbers of people. Integrative Activism has developed Deep Demonstration Dates to facilitate protest/demonstration planning. Some suggested dates and themes include
Jan 21 was the infamous Citizens United Ruling and the Women's March on Washington. Let's have a repeat in 2018 and include public educational materials about election fraud that is the cause of so many nefarious policies that plague our electorate.
March 25 and 26, 2017 ; Voting Rights and Electoral Integrity;
These dates help to educate the public about the long struggle for voting rights and electoral reforms in our country. This would be an opportune time to spread the word about the massive electoral fraud and stolen elections that occurred in 2016. Purchase dvd's of Greg Palast's The Best Democracy Money Can Buy and resell them at the rally.
On March 26, 1790 the Naturalization Act legislated that Blacks, Asians and Native Americans were denied the right to vote. Black Lives Matter should take significant responsibility for organizing because way too many black votes are suppressed and never counted. 18 Million Rising should also be at the forefront on this day because that organization was created explicitly to rebel against Asian voter suppression. Email Black Lives Matter and 18 Million Rising and urge them to make this or these dates massive protests against voter suppression and electoral fraud and for electoral reform and make sure that there are plenty of petitions available to sign for common sense reforms that include; The American Anti Corruption Act and National Popular Vote. We can win these fights! It was 80 years later on March 30, 1870 that black men finally won back their right to vote.
April 9, 1886 was the passage of the Civil Rights Bill granting blacks the rights of citizens
April 11, 1968 President Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act - let's work together to ensure the civil rights of all people!
May 10 was the passage of the Tea Act of 1773 that gave a hefty tax break to the worlds first multi-national-corporation, the East India Trading Company, that lead to the Boston Tea Party two and a half years later.
Therefore May 10 could be a tax the corporations or fair tax day.
June 4 in 1919 is the date that the 19th Amendment was passed giving women the right to vote. Let us all celebrate this day and remind one another that not all of our votes really do get counted and we must continue the fight for democratic representation!