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Time to Ignite the Power of a New Populist Movement and That of the American People

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Power to the People! "We the People" ordained and established the U.S. Constitution but over time that power has been greatly diminished. It's now time for it to be restored. But the question is: who or what is going to do it? Well, we may finally have the answer in the form of a new and exciting Populist Movement; one that has the potential to harness the tremendous, but currently dormant, power that the American people possess.

There could not be a better time to get this movement underway. The people of America are angry, frustrated, they want an end to gridlock and obstruction; they want new ideas, visionaries, and strong leaders who will finally do what is right for this country. Millions of Americans have been waiting for this kind of movement for a very long time. Many have lost all hope and resigned themselves to accepting this current contaminated political system. That's why so many millions refuse to vote. But now it is quite possible that their hope will be restored.

Anyone paying close attention should be fully aware that we are all living in a nation that is beset by extreme divisiveness and polarization, the likes of which have not been present in this country since the prelude to the Great Civil War. But as bad as conditions may seem all is not lost for new voices are surfacing to bring positive and constructive messages to the American people; messages that could attract millions of Americans to this movement and could generate the power to reunite this country and do away with this deep polarization.

But what exactly is this movement, what does it stand for, who are its leaders and why is there this feeling that it could have the potential to cause a political revolution in this country? We know very little about it so far, thus much of what I say here will be hope and conjecture on my part. But there are some really great individuals who are stepping forward as its leaders, and that bodes very well for its future success.

Here are the two prominent, highly-respected individuals who are at the forefront of this movement; strong, highly intelligent and rational-thinkers; Senators Bernie Sanders, Independent of Vermont. and Elizabeth Warren, Democrat of Mass. This movement could also attract these Democratic senators: Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Jeff Merkely, Oregon, Edward Markey, Mass., Mark Udall, Colorado, and Ron Wyden, Oregon.

Sanders and Warren give this movement immediate strong credibility, such that it could attract and recruit the best minds within the Democratic Party as well as progressives and independents. These seven senators could form the nucleus of this movement that could help to bring on like-minded thinkers and problem-solvers. I can't possibly envision Hillary Clinton becoming a part of this group because she would have to make almost a 180 degree turn in her thinking and agenda.

Here's a link to an article from the Campaign for America's Future (ourfuture.org) that spells out this movement's agenda and the key issues that it intends to address in taking back this country. Here is a list of these critically important issues:

*Revive Sustainable Economic Growth, Creating Jobs for All.

*Invest in America's Infrastructure and in New Jobs for the 21st Century.

*Make Work Pay -- and Fight to Reduce Inequality in America.

*If The Rising American Electorate Succeeds, America Succeeds.

*Guarantee a High Quality Public Education for All.

*Strengthen and Expand Social Security. And Fight for Health Care for All.

*Make the Rich and Corporations Pay Their Fair Share.

*Stop Bad Trade Deals, and Balance Trade Based on Global Labor Rights.

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I see this movement as emerging at the exact righ... by michael payne on Thursday, Jun 26, 2014 at 11:06:01 AM
Comment to everyone:As you may have noticed the im... by michael payne on Thursday, Jun 26, 2014 at 4:32:26 PM
Yep. You seem to be advocating a democratically ta... by Pal Palsimon on Friday, Jun 27, 2014 at 12:34:17 AM
vaughn_p " 8 hours ago Capitalism arose within th... by Pal Palsimon on Friday, Jun 27, 2014 at 12:48:50 AM
Jeez Pal. That was impressive. But could you give ... by Paul Easton on Saturday, Jun 28, 2014 at 12:35:28 AM
Really simple: We must all follow the Golden Rule... by Pal Palsimon on Saturday, Jun 28, 2014 at 2:10:35 AM
It is impossible to disagree with your comments. Y... by Hosea McAdoo on Thursday, Jun 26, 2014 at 4:22:17 PM
Sounds good and I hope it succeeds, but I would ad... by E. J. N. on Thursday, Jun 26, 2014 at 5:03:18 PM
e.j.n. I need to clarify one important poi... by michael payne on Thursday, Jun 26, 2014 at 6:34:23 PM
Michael, I understood that. I'm not talking about ... by E. J. N. on Thursday, Jun 26, 2014 at 7:26:46 PM
e.j.n. We're both on the same frequency to... by michael payne on Thursday, Jun 26, 2014 at 8:07:35 PM
Michael, I understand why you are pessimistic abou... by E. J. N. on Friday, Jun 27, 2014 at 1:03:51 PM
E.J.N. and Pal: I can't seem to get this point a... by michael payne on Friday, Jun 27, 2014 at 2:02:02 PM
Unless I'm entirely mistaken to do the following: ... by Amy Schreiner on Friday, Jun 27, 2014 at 2:25:09 PM
Amy: I didn't make that statement about write-in v... by michael payne on Friday, Jun 27, 2014 at 6:51:28 PM
The term "write-in vote" is not meant literally as... by E. J. N. on Saturday, Jun 28, 2014 at 12:02:10 AM
EJN, your statements above are basically in agreem... by Pal Palsimon on Saturday, Jun 28, 2014 at 2:50:44 AM
You won't get honest government until you get mone... by Pal Palsimon on Friday, Jun 27, 2014 at 12:42:29 AM
Pal:Did you not read just what I said about pursui... by michael payne on Friday, Jun 27, 2014 at 10:16:37 AM
See my previous comment about that, which addresse... by E. J. N. on Friday, Jun 27, 2014 at 1:06:44 PM
You and others keep trying to push the Constitutio... by Amy Schreiner on Friday, Jun 27, 2014 at 2:40:21 PM
The people who must get a Constitutional Conventio... by Pal Palsimon on Friday, Jun 27, 2014 at 5:33:59 PM
I respect your comments and what you have to say, ... by Amy Schreiner on Friday, Jun 27, 2014 at 6:49:00 PM
The main, long term goal should be to abolish the ... by Pal Palsimon on Friday, Jun 27, 2014 at 5:18:42 PM
You cannot PROVE your point (with real statistics ... by Pal Palsimon on Friday, Jun 27, 2014 at 6:23:10 PM
Do you understand how many politicians, in particu... by michael payne on Friday, Jun 27, 2014 at 7:00:55 PM
Pal: I wrote this article in order to inform reade... by michael payne on Friday, Jun 27, 2014 at 10:08:28 PM
Yes.... you are right. And I do think the movement... by Pal Palsimon on Saturday, Jun 28, 2014 at 4:57:20 AM
I understand the road is temporarily blocked. I un... by Pal Palsimon on Saturday, Jun 28, 2014 at 2:56:57 AM
Pal, I respect your comments and what you have to ... by Amy Schreiner on Friday, Jun 27, 2014 at 7:44:33 PM
There are many suggestions out there about utilizi... by E. J. N. on Saturday, Jun 28, 2014 at 12:11:52 AM
I understand the fears. Please look at my post to ... by Pal Palsimon on Saturday, Jun 28, 2014 at 2:59:27 AM
We know the destination.Where's the map? ... by John Rachel on Thursday, Jun 26, 2014 at 6:22:18 PM
John, my friend: Try as I might I can't se... by michael payne on Thursday, Jun 26, 2014 at 6:56:31 PM
As I have suggested many times here on OEN, though... by Michael David Morrissey on Friday, Jun 27, 2014 at 11:06:43 AM
Article V Convention with newly elected servants o... by Michael Dewey on Friday, Jun 27, 2014 at 3:44:09 PM
You are doing great things if you are out empoweri... by Pal Palsimon on Friday, Jun 27, 2014 at 5:28:05 PM
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