The proof is in the pudding, as the saying goes. The people participating in our current corporate-cash-dependent campaign system, no matter how many positive qualities they may have, cannot rise above the corruption and dysfunction. Better to simply have a random lottery where the people chosen to hold office will not be beholden to powerful interests who actively seek an agenda that conflicts with the common good, the general welfare, and our basic democratic principles.
But the Voter Farmers Market wants action and it wants smart action. How do we go about empowering voters to opt-out of the corrupt and dysfunctional political process they would gladly surrender to a random selection fromt he phone book? The answer is we create a candidate market place that brings together candidates and voters who choose not to go down the road of campaign donations, millions of dollars in paid advertising, and worthless promises developed by marketers to be delivered in 30 second soundbites. free, public communications systems. We create a political market place where voters and candidates commit to political campaigns based on the discourse of ideas alone conducted on free, open communications networks, such as through interviews, speaches, candidate websites, op-ed pieces, and position papers. We make the deliberate decision that any candidate, however limited their chances of success, however limited the reach of their message, so long as he or she is independent of money and paid advertisements, is better than any candidate unwilling to uphold such a democratic standard.
If you'd rather choose out of a phone book, the question is are you willing to participate in an effort to create an alternative to the candidates you would reject if a phone-book candidate was available? The Voter Farmers Market is just such an effort. We hope you will visit our website frequently and learn more about all the promise and potential of this movement. We also invite you to participate in building this movement. There is lots to be done and we could use your help!