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Candidate Contracts: Weaponizing Populist Electoral Campaigns

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Recognize this . . .

Establishment candidates cannot and will not sign the contract. Why? Because if they do, they will lose the fat checks from their deep-pocketed campaign donors -- corporations, Wall Street, big banks, the ruling elite -- and the corrupt pay-for-play major parties will withdraw their support as well. The major party campaign machine will be put to what they judge as better use supporting someone who knows how their bread gets buttered.

Thus, the establishment candidates effectively surrender to the populist candidate exactly what's needed to put up a great fight and turn the tables. The candidate contract becomes a weapon of mass destruction which can be aimed at the opposition, to gain the advantage and turn the whole campaign on its head.

The candidate contract, used properly and relentlessly, destroys the message, credibility, viability of anyone who won't sign on the dotted line.

Without any hesitation, it should be displayed proudly and prominently at every public event.

"Here it is, good people. My guarantee to you the voters. Look at this! This is not some wishy washy campaign promise. It's a legally-binding contract, spelling out in precise detail what I'll be doing for you, the voters, when I arrive in Washington DC. That's my signature there at the bottom."

The other side of that is at every public appearance, town hall meeting, press event, photo op, the establishment candidates should be confronted with their lack of courage, honesty, and commitment to voters. Using the candidate contracts, they should be called out by campaign and citizen activists who want real action, not posturing and prevarication.

I'm dead serious!

Vilify, demonize, discredit the establishment candidates for their disloyalty to the people. If they were serious about serving the vast majority of citizens, they'd sign on the dotted line. Not signing the contract means only one thing: They're blowing smoke. All their nice-sounding speeches and wonderful TV ads are just more vaporous, hollow blather.

Let me offer three examples. Use your imagination and you'll come up with many more.

Get the FightFor15 crowd at campaign rallies for the 'bad guy' candidate. Wave signs that say: Why won't you sign the contract for the $15 minimum wage so I can afford to live?

Line up old people on the sidewalk in front of his campaign headquarters. Beautiful old folks in rockers, wheel chairs, leaning on aluminum walkers. Have them wearing t-shirts saying: Why won't you sign the contract to protect my Social Security and Medicare? Make sure the local press and TV stations are there to cover the geriatric insurrection.

Have the Veterans For Peace and Code Pink at his campaign rallies. Hold up big banners: Why won't you sign the contract to bring the troops home from Afghanistan? No more American soldiers in body bags!

Is this negative? Is this mean?

No, it's not negative. And it's not mean. It's a public service. Voters need to know what they're getting when they vote for someone. If that person won't come clean, then we need to come clean for them. Not signing the contract is a BIG DEAL! It's a BIG RED FLAG! Voters deserve to know.

Especially with incumbents, it's absolutely our public duty to call them out on their false claims and excuses. They haven't in the past demonstrated a basic understanding of their duties and responsibilities to their constituents. And judging from their refusal to sign a simple, straightforward contract -- which reflects the will of majorities of citizens across the nation on issues that have now reached crisis levels -- these establishment candidates will not in the future be working for the everyday people of this country. Instead they'll be working for the Wall Street banks, the multinational corporations, the rich and powerful. Instead of passing the legislation to address the critical problems we face, they'll be drumming up more campaign contributions for their next run for office.

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