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Given current networking and opensource possibilities is it possible to conduct a run for high office using little or no money?

I think politicians are bought and sold like any other commodity. While I don't think money is the root of all evil, it contributes mightily, and has no place in deciding who we choose as leaders. I've noticed that campaign finance reform is only talked about when someone gets caught with their hand in the cookie jar, and then is dropped as soon as the heat dies down. There is no incentive for our employees to change the rules, because the rules favor them.
We could publicly pay for campaigns. Everyone gets the same money, and when it's gone it's gone. This would eliminate special interest contributions, and give everyone a skin in the game, but only one. This seems a better choice to me than what we're doing. What we have now is tantamount to jury tampering for which jail time is required.
Beyond public financing, would it be possible to run with no money at all? We're becoming a more and more interconnected bunch, with the resources to share without the input or contribution from the typical media.
Any other ideas?

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  • Feb 26 2013: Let's see:
    It seems all posters agree that you cannot run in a totally corrupt system, unless you have enough money to become corrupt. And you still want to fool yourself into thinking some kind of "movement" is going to change it and make it not corrupt i.e. a just system? Maybe a bowel movement, but nothing more.
    "would we be better served to protest and start a movement that demands serious reform....."
    The movement has begun and how much more serious do you want it to be?
    You have lost most of your liberties, many have lost your homes. You have certainly lost much of your equity, if you had any to begin with. Your schools are prisons. Your prisons are private businesses. Your food is owned and polluted. You are told what to believe, what to think, what to say and what to do, what not to believe, what not to think, what not to say and what not to do, at great peril and threat should you. Your police, who are outfitted and armed, not to fight terrorists but to be used against you, the citizens, can now enter your homes without warning, without cause, detain indefinitely, without reason or answer and even make you disappear. You are watched wherever you go and your private information doesn't even belong to you. Your children are being tasered and TSA'ed to teach them while they are young, how to adapt to growing up in a Fascist regime while mommy or daddy stood by and did nothing.
    How much more of a movement do you need before you jump sky high and do something?

    You still have the Declaration of Independence that authorizes you, compels you and tells you what to do.
    Maybe you should use it.
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      Feb 26 2013: All the points you make are accurate. What's your solution? Snap your fingers and institute Venus? Let 'er rip. Even that has to start someplace. I don't need any more evidence to decide something needs to be done. What concrete things are you suggesting, or better yet doing?
      • Feb 28 2013: Hi Ward.
        I keep seeing my comments disappearing and I don't know why.
        I am doing what I can to try and wake people up to really thinking differently, try to find what it is they can do and urging them to do it. Tell someone, don't tell someone, find others to help, or do it alone if that is the situation. Whatever. I am old, near death but right now, closer to homelessness. They are running neck-and-neck.
        I guess one place to start would be to simply not do anything authority or government tells us/US to do.
        After all, we are the Constitution, not a piece of paper, not the words, and also, laws are not our authority.
        We are the corporations, not those at the top, so we need to take them over to ensure they continue to produce foodstuffs, water, clothing, etc and continue distribution and ensure availability of them.
        We have to step out of the power structure and it appears the only way to do that, is to not do what they say.
        They are rigging elections in Michigan. They are getting ready for the Sequester, the so-called "starving of the beast".
        Well, since probably the 1700's the term beast was used by those in power to describe the populace and also revealed just how much disdain and disgust rulers have for people.
        To me, the Sequester, the starving of the beast, refers, in a very sneaky way, to starving the populace.
        The economic Keystone Kops we are watching and wondering what they are doing and why, is simple to me.
        They are intentionally going to destroy it all so that they can have the populace 100% willing to rely upon them and a new system, for survival, which they will offer and which the people should refuse.

        But they didn't with the bailouts. They did however, listen to the threats of how much worse it would get if they didn't accept. This will be the same scenario.
        The only way to begin to successfully get through it is to refuse it and stand that ground.

        What ideas do you have to begin? What to do, what kind of action? It will vary for us/US all.
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          Mar 1 2013: I couldn't agree more with your assessment of this insanity we are subjected to.
          I do have some specific ideas about what we can do. Unfortunately I'm on a trip out of town and typing this on my phone. I'll elaborate when I have access to better equipment.

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