The candidate contract allows honest, committed 'good guy' candidates who have integrity and are willing to answer directly to the good folks who elected them, to blow off the doors of calculated deception and treachery, and expose the corruption that has become endemic in American politics. Corruption which silences the voice of the people and locks everyday citizens out -- individuals just like you and I -- preventing us from participating in our democratic form of government.
At the same time, it opens other doors. And through those doors will walk representatives who represent, public servants who serve the public, determined, hard-working elected officials who will begin reinstating accountability, transparency and integrity, to a good system gone bad -- a unique promise of self-rule by all citizens, corrupted and co-opted by the crushing anti-democratic forces of unlimited money in politics, and unchallenged power by an autocratic ruling elite.
It's time we fight back. Candidate contracts are the weapon of choice.
[ As a footnote, let me add one highly encouraging recent development. Revolt Against Plutocracy is building an entire campaign around the candidate contract strategy which will constitute a major thrust in an effort between now and the 2018 election to challenge centrist/neoliberal candidates, and promote genuinely progressive/populist campaigns. The folks there integrated the candidate contracts, which they call CFARs -- Contract For American Renewal -- with what they call their leverage strategy. Keep a keen eye out for some significant electoral activism from this excellent organization, of which I'm now a board member and contributor. ]