Paper pitchforks (in this case, words on screen, to be printed on paper) have huge potential. We can do a lot toward cleaning up Washington from all across the land, without need to travel there!
And clearly, words expressing our thoughts are much more valuable, by every human virtue, than are real mobs with real pitchforks (or their modern equivalent)!
I’m not so interested in how effective internet based campaigns, (petitions), may have been ‘so far’. I am keenly interested in how – IF we increasingly use them – they will gain effectiveness. By the time you read this, more than 300,000 Americans likely will have signed, with 2 weeks to go to ‘campaign end’.
(My apologies that this post is directed at American “issues”, but of course, the principle of effective internet use in bettering human affairs applies globally, and we know it can be effective!)
Here’s a post I shared this morning with email correspondents:
Dear Fellow Citizens!
(My own greeting – I think it’s time more of us ‘conceptualized’ ourselves as thinking, acting, participating, in our self-governance, and “citizen” is the word for this!)
This morning I realized internet is a “paper pitchforks” opportunity!
“The whole point” of representative democracy is for citizens to openly participate in their own governance – hard to do with the massive practical restrictions on ordinary incomes in ordinary lives!
There is a campaign to gather legislator signatures on a pledge to clean up Washington politics. (text pasted below).
I urge you to read the pledge, and follow link provided.
Send a message to your legislator that you want them to sign, as the same pledge is circulating among them.
It is time legislators, and we, jointly commit to cleaning up Washington. WE (not lobbyists and not powerful internal major party ‘machines’) are the “voice of the people”.
- This is not about Republican/Democrat/Other – it is about trans-national corporate, and other highly placed and financed, behind-the-scenes manipulation of our votes and dollars.
- I urge conservatives among you to not instantly turn down something associated with “MoveOn.org”.
- Pay attention to what the pledge says, rather than judging it by ‘party leaning’.
- For what it’s worth, I am among the 40-some per cent of the population registered Independent, and my personal ‘dream team of integrity’ (so far) includes Ron (NOT Rand) Paul – and Elizabeth Warren, (among a few others.)
- Overturn Citizens United:
Amend the Constitution to protect America from unlimited corporate spending on our elections by overturning the Supreme Court’s decision giving corporations the same First Amendment rights as people.
- Fair elections now:
Pass the Fair Elections Now Act, providing public financing to candidates who are supported by small donors so they can compete with corporate-backed and self-funded candidates.
- Lobbyist Reform Act:
Pass legislation to end the overwhelming influence of corporate lobbyists by: prohibiting individuals from switching from corporate lobbying to government service, or vice-versa, within a 5-year period; stopping corporate lobbyists from giving gifts and providing free travel to government officials; and posting online the attendees and content of all meetings between lobbyists and government officials.
Link to sign: http://www.standfordemocracy.org/ratify/index.html
My Best! –MaggieAnn
(By the way: I happen to own a pitchfork – a real one. I use it all summer long to carry weed material to composting and to lay out mulch!)