When the framers of the Constitution designed the checks and balances of our nation, Congress, the legislative branch, offered the most protections for the people of the United States.
As the framers felt that Congress was the most important, they dealt with it first. Article 1 of the Constitution outlines the functions and functionality of the US House and the Senate.
Congress was designed to be the house of the people. The executive branch can do things in secret, the judicial branch can do things in secret, but not the legislative branch. All sessions were to be open to the people, all activity strictly accessible by our citizenry.
Today we have lost this. Our Congress is driven largely by the 0.01% of Americans who fund the election cycles. As the cost of winning an election has skyrocketed to more than $2,000,000, candidates rely on bribes in the form of donations to stay competitive.
Very few Americans can afford to spend more than $10,000 on an election, and only those with extreme wealth and the desire to get big tax breaks or lucrative government contracts can spend hundreds of thousands to millions on PACs and Super-PACs. Because they need the money, our reps spend their time pandering to the wealthiest 0.01%, or those with an annual income greater than $30,000,000.
If you aren’t one of the 35,000 Americans making more than $30,000,000 a year, our Congress just doesn’t care what you think.
The people’s House no longer listens to the people.
But we can change that. The first step is to vote in your primaries. Yes, your primary elections. For the sake of making it difficult for us to generate a lot of votes in the primaries, every state picks its own date for the primary elections, every state picks its own rules, and every state has a different way of deciding who gets to be on the ballot in November.
Three states, including California (June 7, 2016), have an open primary system with the top two candidates making it to November. That means a bunch of candidates run in the district and then on June 7th the two biggest vote getters make it to the November election, whether that’s two Democrats or an independent and a Republican or whatever.
We could have two independents on our November ballot, but we haven’t so far because voter turnout in our primaries is less than 30%.
Some states like Maryland and Idaho have a mixed primary system, where each party holds a primary to determine who they will send to the November election and each party gets to decide who can vote in their elections. Others, like Florida or Maine have a closed primary system where each party determines its candidate. For a great explanation of all the different primary processes, check out this IVN article.
Now, once you’ve made up your mind to vote in the primary, look and see if there is an independent or third party candidate registered to run in your district. If there is, reach out and connect with them. You can search the FEC for these kinds of candidates here.
If there isn’t an independent candidate: You should consider running for Congress. We need regular folks like you in the US House. We need more people who aren’t connected to the elite of our Federal Government to bring fresh ideas and dedication to our people to the legislative process. Win or lose you will be doing your duty as an American to turn the tide on this corrupt, broken system.
And you can win! Depending on the kind of district you have, there are really simple tools and powerful strategies to help independent candidates make waves in the 2016 election.
(If you decide to run as an independent, contact our campaign and I will give you a head start –help you understand how many votes you need, give you access to our data aggregation capacity, help you with strategy, even lend you work hours form our dedicated staff to get you on your feet.)
When you make the decision to run for Congress you are making a massive sacrifice, but an important one. When you decide to run with us, to drum out the lifelong politicians and the extremely polarizing political sycophants, you are striking a hammer-fist against the system that is eating our nation.
This is an important time. We all can see that we need better people in Congress. To get better people: We need you to be one of them.
Join us. Let's get in a fight with corruption.