By Robyn Short
Our nation was founded on the very enlightened principle that our government should be of the people, by the people, and for the people. This is not the government we have today. When 90% “of the people” support gun reform legislation, and yet congress refuses to pass gun reform laws, the government is not adhering to this founding principle. When most Americans can list off the top of their heads numerous U.S. Presidents who have admitted to using illegal drugs (Clinton, Bush, and Obama to name a few), and yet the United States is waging a “War on Drugs” that imprisons and disenfranchises millions of its own citizens and corporate America prospers as a result of this imprisonment, we do not have a government of the people. When the U.S. Supreme Court determined that the First Amendment prohibits the government from restricting political independent expenditures by corporations, associations, or labor unions, they essentially put American political campaigns on the auctioning block, squashing our founding fathers’ vision of a free nation guided by the honesty, common sense, and good will of its citizens. This U.S. Supreme Court ruling, known as Citizens United, gives corporations the same First Amendment rights as human beings. And as we all know, corporations are not people.
The American Anti-Corruption Act
The American Anti-Corruption Act is a step in the right direction for reclaiming our government and getting money out of politics. Government should be a level playing field, and in order to create a field in which all people have equal access to opportunity, freedom, and basic human rights such as equal education and civil rights, we must have integrity in how important issues that impact all Americans are discussed and decided upon every day in Washington D.C. and in statehouses. Citizens United took the power out of the hands of the people and placed it in the hands of corporations. Do you want Walmart, Monsanto, the Koch Industries, the NRA or any other corporate entity making important decisions on issues such as health care, education, immigration, or any other issues that have powerful and direct effects on your life?
Watch this video to learn why the American Anti-Corruption Act is so important.
The American Anti-Corruption Act Campaign
In order to reclaim the American government, the people must stop politicians from taking bribes from large corporations and special interests groups. Members of Congress who sit on powerful committees accept extraordinary amounts of money from special interest groups that regulate congressional committees. Through fundraising and special interest lobbyists’ contributions, the U.S. Congress has been sold off to the highest bidder. By accepting the money, politicians are forced to create laws that favor corporations and that are often in direct conflict with the best interest of the people.
Represent.Us has “hatched an audacious plan to free our country from the grips of special interests.” Represent.Us is comprised of conservatives and progressives who have come together to pass the American Anti-Corruption Act, a comprehensive legislation written by former Federal Elections Commission Chairman Trevor Potter and dozens of constitutional attorneys, advocates and academics. The American Anti-Corruption Act aims at severing the tie between politicians and special interest lobbyists, without requiring an amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Read the American Anti Corruption Act.
The American Anti-Corruption Act will completely transform how elections are financed, how lobbyists influence politics, and how political money is disclosed, reshaping the rules of American politics and restoring “the people” as the most important stakeholders of our government.
Reform is always born out of a moment of crisis. As a result of Citizens United, the 2012 election cycle will be remembered as one of the most politically corrupt elections in American history. The American Anti-Corruption Act is the solution to this crisis.
Click here to join me in being a citizen co-sponsor to the Act.
A “Citizen Co-Sponsor” is someone who has added their name in support of the American Anti-Corruption Act, the new law to get money out of politics. That’s it. No money, no work, just add your name to help reach our goal of one million co-sponsors.
In order for our government to be of the people, by the people, and for the people, the people must step up and take ownership. We must wake up and reclaim our nation.
Robyn Short has ghostwritten numerous books and is the founder of goodmedia press and goodmedia communications. She is a student of A Course in Miracles, a self-study system of spiritual psychotherapy. Robyn is a passionate believer in peace and social justice. She holds a Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Auburn University, a Masters of Liberal Arts from Southern Methodist University and will graduate with a Masters in Conflict Management and Dispute Resolution from Southern Methodist University in 2014. Robyn is the author of Prayers for Peace, and the forthcoming children’s book Peace People, co-authored with Nanon Williams. Robyn is available for book signings and to speak on topics of peacebuilding and nonviolence, especially as it relates to these core issues. Contact Robyn by email.