In December, I became a state organizer for Wolf PAC and pledged myself to joining forces with Democracy Spring. With that, one of my New Years Resolutions was officially to do every single thing in my power to get money out of politics.
In just over a week, I will be leaving Franklin, TN for Philadelphia, PA. There, next to the Liberty Bell, I will meet with people from all across the country who want one thing – to end the corruption in our government and take back democracy. To do so, we will march for 10 days until we reach Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.. There, we will have mass, peaceful sit ins, lasting as long as it takes for Congress to decide they can no longer ignore us.
noun, plural democracies
1. government by the people; a form of government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised directly by them or by their elected agents under a free electoral system.
2. a state having such a form of government:
The United States and Canada are democracies.
3. a state of society characterized by formal equality of rights and privileges.
4. political or social equality; democratic spirit.
5. the common people of a community as distinguished from any privileged class; the common people with respect to their political power.
Reading through this, even though the USA is included as an example of a democracy, we can no longer claim that to be true. No matter what you were taught in your high school history class… no matter how proud you are of living in America the Free… no matter how many times you hear our country referred to as a democracy in the media… with the state of corruption in our government, we can only be called an oligarchy.
noun, plural oligarchies
1. a form of government in which all power is vested in a few persons or in a dominant class or clique; government by the few.
2. a state or organization so ruled.
3. the persons or class so ruling.
The majority of United States citizens are the “common people” – those who are not wealthy. Some may live comfortably, and some may not have anything but the clothes on their back. Only 1% of our country is wealthy, and they are the ones who influence the government, because they can afford to fund campaigns and bribe politicians.
While a few recent news stories about Democracy Spring have called us extreme leftists and tried to make us look like the scum of society, this is a truly bipartisan issue, and 9 out of 10 Americans think campaign finance reform is important. If the United States is going to get away with continuing to claim that we are a Democratic society, then something has to change.
That is why this April, I am taking time away from my two jobs to march and sit in with Democracy Spring. I will be losing a couple weeks worth of necessary income, but this is more important. My generation grew up being taught that our democracy is great and that voting is important – but a majority of my peers do not vote because they do not feel heard. We understand that we don’t have a voice because we haven’t had time to acquire or earn the sort of wealth necessary to make our voices hear. That’s why so many Millenials (including me) feel the Bern – he is the only presidential candidate who is not bought by the wealthy few, and he is working to make this country what it is supposed to be – a Democracy.
If you want to end corruption in our government and make sure that each generation can make their voices heard in this country, consider marching and sitting in with Democracy Spring this April, or support me by donating towards my marching expenses.
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
This small group of people isn’t as small as our government believed, and it continues to grow. Spring is coming, and we will no longer be overlooked.