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We The People Need to Occupy The Agenda

The first demand should be PUBLIC REFERENDUMS so the PUBLIC can MAKE/CHANGE LAWS, and AMEND THE CONSTITUTION.

Then WE THE PEOPLE CAN OCCUPY THE AGENDA!

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7 Steps to Democracy

Broad Spectrum Political Appeal

Steps to a More Fair and Democratic Capitalist Society

Step 1: Amend the constitution for public referendum mechanism so the people can change laws and amend the constitution.

Step 2: Public Awareness and Involvement Act

Establishes websites and monthly newsletters nationwide detailing all bills at the federal level voted on the month before; the votes of politicians relevant to the region listed with each bill; and all bills to be voted on within 1 month. To be delivered to every occupied residential and commercial property in the country and placed in convenience stores and gas stations.

Step 3: Political & News Media Rules

  1. Require advertising to be sold based on demographics and scale, then evenly distributed to the desired demographics. This would avoid advertiser blackouts. (ie: Air America advertiser blackout)
  2. Bring back the Fairness in Reporting Act to all news agencies & programs, not political talk shows. Political talk shows are not news, they should label themselves as such and receive 1st amendment protection. All other rules still apply to political talk shows.
  3. Independent rating agency for the possibility of corruption of corporate ownership and directorship based on affiliation, and business structure (ie: Tenured reporters, or controlled?)
  4. Independent rating agency for news bias and omissions.
  5. All news must be labeled what organization it comes from and who wrote it. (ie: “Associated Press provided the content for this telecast” which is an umbrella group off all mainstream media organizations.)
  6. More public news media for different viewpoints – funding for these organizations can be demographics and scale based advertising, or underwriting, and by donors limited by the “Money as Speech” idea of $1 per person (per month? adjusted for inflation?). A fair and formula based subsidy followed by a fair and formula based closure process is needed so no one can pick and choose winners.

Step 4: Amend the constitution to more properly define what is a person and what is not considered protected speech.

  1. Define people as only individual homosapiens
  2. Define rights of groups in a unique entities in a position of power such as corporations, employers, and labor unions
  3. Restrict financial flows to any mass media with a political message $1 1 voice.

1) Who/What has full rights

  1. A person is 1 homosapien
  2. People who group together for a common political goal

2) Who/What should have limited rights in as unique entities in a position of power

  1. Employers, corporations, businesses, and “non profit subsidiaries of a for profit business” should be apolitical, their political speech should be limited to honest and complete facts about how they will be affected by political decisions. Individuals leading these organizations have every right to express their opinion, but not as the opinion of the organization, unless representatives from the organization are called upon for their expertise. It is not appropriate for these legal entities or their leaders to: spread a political opinion on behalf of the entity, spread false or misleading information, tell their employees who to vote for, lobby the government, or write model bills. Their role in politics is to offer information as to how they will be affected and adapt to changes in law that reflect the legitimate demands of the people. All people have full freedom of speech no matter what their cause; a corporate entity is a legal entity, but not a person; therefore a corporate entity no right to express any political opinion, other than honest complete, non-bias facts. Leadership of a corporate entity does not have a right to represent the corporate entity’s political opinion because the entity is not allowed political opinions. Like minded individuals can form politically active groups that support the cause of a corporation, but the entity itself can’t join politically active groups.
  2. Labor unions – should be apolitical unless it is the actual voted opinion of the members of the union, otherwise their political speech should be limited to honest and complete facts about how they will be affected by political decisions. Individuals running unions have every right to express their opinion, but not as the opinion of the union unless it is the actual voted opinion of the members of the union, or representatives from the union are called upon for their expertise. It is not appropriate for unions to tell people who to vote for, lobby the government, or write model bills unless it is the actual opinion of the members of the union. Their job is to organize and protect their members from the employers through group strength and offer information as to how they will be affected. All people have full freedom of speech no matter what their cause; a union entity is a legal entity, but not a person, rather a union of people. Some are forced to pay dues and take part in the union against their will, so opinions should be generated by popular vote. Unless it is the actual opinion of the members of the union, leadership has no right to express the political opinion of the union entity or speak about a political cause on behalf of the union, other than honest complete, non-bias facts. Like minded individuals can form politically active groups that support the cause of a union, but the union itself can’t join politically active groups.
  3. Politically active groups should be limited to individual people that want to be in them.

3)“money as political speech” is an exclusive right of individual people and groups of willing people organized for the purpose of their political agenda but:

  1. Should be limited to ($1 total, adjusted for inflation, per person per week or comparable plan) for lobbying, paid advertising, and other mass media.
  1. Sponsorship of anything with a political message or effect should be considered political speech through mass media and limited to $1 per person, or sponsorship as described in Step 3.
  2. Other than limiting lobbying, paid advertising, and other mass media, it is not right or practical to stop a person from spending their own money on political speech.

Political speech definition:  Expressions or financial support of expressions which comment on or attempt to influence government action, society and communities rather than the private conduct of individuals or business advertisement.

Mass media definition: A medium of communication that is designed to reach the mass of the people.

Step 5: Elected Cabinet Officials

all branches of government under the control of the executive branch should become independently operating agencies with elected leaders. All government agencies should be audited for their constitutionality and for financial waste and efficacy. Federal agencies should only exercise powers granted to the federal government in the constitution. The president would be put back to the constitutional role of a president, and Americans could elect leaders of organizations such as the Department of Education, SEC, FTC, FCC, EPA, DEA, etc. to determine their course of action separately from picking a president.

Step 6: Citizen Jury to decide constitutionality of laws

  1. Citizen Jury to replace the authority of the Supreme Court in civil challenges to state and federal laws. Possibly be randomly selected like jury duty for 2 weeks to 1 month and be highly guarded and sequestered
  2. Supreme court authority on constitutional issues changed to criminal justice only. Supreme court must hear all death penalty cases, even at the state level.

Step 7: Corrections to the legislative process

  1. If committees are required they should be publicly elected experts in their field.
  2. Committees should be required to act on all bills they recieve and output results for all bills in a reasonable time frame
  3. Bills should not expire before they are voted on.
  4. No riders tucking and hiding legislation into other legislation. Like what was attached to Amber Alert by Joe Biden.
  5. End maximum debate time.
  6. All representatives must vote.
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