Voter-Focused Articles (4)
Hey Supreme Court:
It is widely acknowledged that the amount of money a candidate has at his or her disposal is the decisive factor in American politics. As a result, both our political discourse and the one person/one vote principle are now worthless.
The Voter Farmers Market is a BIG FAN of Annie Leonard and the Story of Stuff! Annie ends the video clip below with the observation that getting money out of our electoral process is "the first and most important step in making reall progress on all the issues that people care about most." We completely agree.
The Voter Farmers Market is inspired by the awareness that the lack of political process integrity in our current system is the single most significant obstacle that gets in the way of addressing all of the other issues that need attention (the deficit, health care, unemployment, social security, the environment, education, etc...). As such, a campaign to achieve political process integrity is the one cause that unites all Americans in a positive mission to save our democracy. Watch Annie's clip from her video, The Story of Citizens United v. FEC, and then read our commentary about where the Voter Farmers Market fits in to this movement to save American Democracy.
The idea of Constitutional Amendment and the idea of passing publicly funded election legislation through our current congress are both important strategies we need to pursue. But we think the Voter Farmers Market adds an essential additional strategy for saving our democracy that deserves prominent attention!
A Rasmussen poll taken in February found that 43% of Americans would prefer a candidate randomly selected out of the phone book to their current elected representative. The Voter Farmers Market was inspired by a notion very close to this growing sentiment among the public that ANYONE randomly chosen without participating in our dysfunctional and corrupt political process is better than the people who do participate and succeed in such a system.