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People Power! (Putting Birkenstocks on the Ground: Part VI)

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No contract = no vote.

It's that easy to stick up for ourselves.

Let me explain.

Politicians value one thing above all others ...

Job security.

These days they assure their job security by raising astronomical sums of campaign money. Most of this money comes from the rich and powerful, Wall Street, big banks, corporations, the 1%, the .1%, and the .01%. This treasure trove of tainted money allows the "sponsored" candidates to use all of the expensive mechanisms at their disposal to message voters; i.e., tell us what they think we want to hear, paint pretty pictures of the glorious future we will all share if we vote for them. Yes, the money pours in, the image consultants and PR spin doctors get to work, the candidate gets elected, then heads to Washington DC and takes care of his well-heeled donors. It's a sublime arrangement indeed. Lots of back scratching going on these days.

We play along with this insidious game because frankly we don't know what else to do.

But what if voters just said ... 'No'?

That's right! What if we the voting public lay it out in no uncertain terms to these politicos that it's we the people who are in charge from now on -- not the deep-pocketed campaign contributors, the rich and powerful who presently fund campaigns and have turned our democracy into a form of legalized bribery? In a nutshell ...

What if elections and elected officials could no longer be bought?

Here's the deal: We can ooh-and-aah over pretty campaign ads or ... we can ignore them and decide for ourselves what's really important. Hint: Just because a candidate stands in front of an American flag and looks lovely strolling through a park with a picture-perfect family, does not mean he or she gives one whit about you or intends to take your needs and wants into account when it comes to voting on bills in Congress.

What if voters said: "Well, your ads looks great, your yard signs are attractive, we love the billboards and bumper stickers .. . BUT we're still not voting for you!"

What good would all the campaign cash do if voters simply stood their ground?

What could the rich and powerful do if everyday citizens just said: "Enough is enough! You've had your turn. Now it's our turn to benefit from all of the riches and wonderful things this country has to offer! My congressman is no longer for sale."

Let's take it a step further. Squaring off and looking a candidate right in the eye ...

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John Rachel has a B.A. in Philosophy, and has written eight novels and three political non-fiction books. His political articles have appeared at OpEdNews, Russia Insider, The Greanville Post, and other alternative media outlets. Since (more...)

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