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How can we use crowdsourcing/crowdfunding to reinvent our political process and rescue our democracy?

Most people agree the United States is a plutocracy, not a democracy. Our politicians are beholden to the moneyed interests that helped them get elected, not the American people. We are all aware of the problem but have felt powerless to change it. But we are living in a unique time in human history - a very empowering time.

What if a social contract existed that all elected officials had to sign in order to get elected and were held accountable to adhering to while in office (or we voted them out)? Couldn't we empower millions of currently disenfrachised Americans to actually vote if they had a vested interest in defining the solution....if they helped write this social contract? What would you include in this social contract? What would you like to see changed about our political system? Term limits? Campaign finance regulations? We all know that politicians will never limit their own power and that they are all stuck in a broken system. The question is how to we marshall the power of the crowd to solve this problem. How do we use technology and the power of the crowd to rewrite the rules for our political system and save our troubled democracy?

For a more detailed description please read the following - http://contractforcongress.wordpress.com. All ideas welcome.


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  • Jun 10 2013: This is simple.

    Public Campaign Finance.

    No outside spending, no PAC's and no 501c4 spending.

    All federal positions require the same rules for qualification.

    This won't solve all of our problems but it will solve 80% of them. Yes, unemployment would go up but I am convinced that the lobbyist would eventually find gainful employment.

    We have a second term president that supports this and an astounding number of representatives but it will take a groundswell of the people to make it happen.

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