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Big Money's Big Mouth

Updated on October 5, 2015
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Writer, editor, publisher Demas W. Jasper's articles on HubPages have had over 62,000 Views and 9,100 Comments 85 of his Hubs are featured.

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?

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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?

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    • Perspycacious profile imageAUTHOR

      Demas W Jasper 

      3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Party loyalists, Johnny-Come-Lately voters who show up uninformed at the last minute and voting only on emotion, and the non-voters who don't care to be informed.....a sad lot to determine the fate of this great country.

      Actually bring about a Constitutional Convention? If somehow that were possible, a lot could change for the better (or worse) and its sure worth a try!

    • Perspycacious profile imageAUTHOR

      Demas W Jasper 

      4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      aviannovice - And I have suggested a Hub (to cleaner3) on how it is that we leave the Native Americans alone and let them suffer on their sovereign reservations, unless there is something they still have that we want....such as the XL Pipeline, that will chew up their sacred Mother Earth, for which their delegation was arrested and hustled out of the Senate Gallery for disorderly conduct (?) for singing a Native American song while the vote was being taken. Treaty? Or no Treaty? How lasting the indignities are that we have shown them! Canada has honored their treaties with them.

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      Deb Hirt 

      4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Exactly, Demas. As an example, this is an oil and gas state, so the politicians fight for who literally, pays them. Our politicians care nothing about animals, global warming, informed trade decisions, GMO labeling, so-on-and-so forth. Pretty sad, eh? That is Oklahoma...

    • bradmasterOCcal profile image

      Brad 

      4 years ago

      Perspycacious

      I believe that anything that can change the current system from bad to good, or even better requires a change in the people to change the constitution.

    • Perspycacious profile imageAUTHOR

      Demas W Jasper 

      4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Checking it out, and interesting change that requires a Constitutional Convention and a mass approval to get legislators off their pedestals and salary/benefits bandwagon.

    • bradmasterOCcal profile image

      Brad 

      4 years ago

      Perspycacious

      As I said, I didn't comment on term limits, but I wrote a hub about no reelections, which I prefer to term limits.

      Basically, the house, senate, and president all have one six year term, therefore no incumbents, and no reelection campaigns.

    • Perspycacious profile imageAUTHOR

      Demas W Jasper 

      4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      bradmasterOCcal - I am still looking. I credit Mr. Trump for trying, and I like Kasich for his his leadership skills and experience. I like Ben Carson for his mind and humility, and also for trying and the nature of the support he is receiving.

      It will be interesting. I take it you do not plan to vote, and may not favor term limits?

    • bradmasterOCcal profile image

      Brad 

      4 years ago

      Perspycacious

      I didn't mention term limits.

      There are no responsible, capable leaders who can unify us. These candidates don't exist.

      Only the loyal party voters can find better candidates, by leaving their party, and not just give giving them their loyal vote.

      As long as the loyal party voters believe that their party has a solution, and the problems are all from the other party, the longer we exist with the same gridlocked congress, and presidents that put their party above the people and the country.

    • Perspycacious profile imageAUTHOR

      Demas W Jasper 

      4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Coming back to check my replies I have found none of my wisdom-centered pronouncements. So I repeat, after a fashion:

      bradmasterOCcal - I agree with finding a way to introduce term limits. Not an easy task, I know. Now is the time to participate in nominating a responsible, capable, leader who can unify us. It is certainly not early enough to give up on trying to nominate one.

      MsB - 18-25 year olds brought dedication and enthusiasm to the 2008 and 2012 national elections here. They may not be as happy as they were sure they would be with President Obama. But, just as with your own dedication and enthusiasm, that's what it takes to give anyone that much power. The trick is to give that much power to someone who will use it wisely and well. We will see what can be accomplished in this election cycle here in the USA.

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      Doris James MizBejabbers 

      4 years ago from Beautiful South

      Big Money is shouting so loud that nobody else can be heard. You're right, Demas, but where do we put our money so that it will do some good? It takes a lot of money just to become a candidate. For years, I donated to a certain political party, and I volunteered in their campaign headquarters. Our candidates got elected and balanced the budget, only to see the other party gain control in the next election and all was lost in the budget department. I volunteered again and donated, but we lost again. My health hasn't been good lately, so I can't volunteer anymore, and Big Money has been shouting so loud that my little mites haven't made a hill of beans difference. I give up. You younger folks can carry the burden for awhile.

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      Brad 

      4 years ago

      Money wouldn't work without the loyal party voter.

      It is the loyal party voter that will elect any candidate thrown at them by their party.

      In fact, the two party system is the reason why the country is in a decline, and has been for a while.

      The big problem with the two parties is that they are diametrically opposed to each other, and they can't, more likely won't even try to find a common ground for the sake of the country, and the people.

      You read a lot of hubs about how one party or the other party is responsible for the problems of the country, but in reality neither party is working for the country or the people. Neither party has any solutions to help the country or the people.

      As long as we keep blaming the other party, the longer we will repeat history, and history is what brought us and the country to where it is today.

      It took both parties to get us here, and neither party will move the country forward in 2016, no matter which party, or which candidate wins.

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