Big Money's Big Mouth
Call the room to order, please.
Which leader can silence the room,
and make us listen to what is really best for America?
Big Money is shouting so loud
that we can't hear what we need to listen to,
and we can't be heard either.
How do we make ourselves heard?
A Call To Little Donors
If Big Money donors are the dominant source of the life blood of candidates. their themes and priorities are the ones we will hear in Campaign 2016.
An average donation of just $5-$10 from each adult American could drown out Big Money's influence and give voice to our national aspirations.
The lie we have accepted is this one: "Your little donation won't make any difference."
There have been lies in every national election. Sadly, Campaign 2016 is likely to have its share.
But failing to "put our money where our mouth is" just allows Big Money's big mouth to get all the attention, and to claim all the prizes money can buy.
Citizen input is not just our individual votes at the end of the shouting, as important as those votes are.
We have to regain control of the process, and the process depends on donations so candidates can get across their messages.
If we can't hear them, and if they can't afford to be heard, the squeaky wheels will get the greased palms, and all we will hear is what Big Money supports.
If we want a system that is really government by the people, of the people, andforf the people, all the people need to get involved, stand up, and be counted all through Campaign 2016.
Already the field of candidates is narrowing for lack of funds to continue some candidates' efforts. It takes money to get out their message, and so far the Big Money is determining who can afford to be a candidate.
If we have a candidate who is speaking for us, we owe it to ourselves to give that candidate our financial support so others can hear what we are hearing and rally around that candidate.
We don't have to give a lot. Small Money could drown out Big Money any day of the week.
Surviving businesses depend on "word of mouth" and surviving candidates can survive in the same way, but only if the word gets out and more of us put our money where our mouth is.
The time when our small donations can make the biggest difference to a candidate of our own choice is now. Tomorrow could be too late for any sincere and qualified candidate who lacks the funds to continue.
We want to elect "the best and the brightest" not just those who have the best connections to Big Money donors.
If we sometimes wonder why the "top 5%" benefit most from our system of government, we need to examine the system and make it work better for all of us.
If we want "the good old days." we can resurrect the "five and dime" approach and all get involved with our nickles and dimes. Make a $5 or $10 contribution to your favorite candidate today and keep them in the race. And speak up with your own "word of mouth" to encourage others to do their part, no matter how small, to make democracy work again.
It can take so little to once again have a government of the people, by the people, and for the people. Won't you get involved?
© 2015 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.
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