We think a huge problem – the decline of America into a plutocracy and the true diminishment of our rights and power as a people – is so serious and so vast and forebodes such a bleak future that there is no alternative to a mass people’s movement to overwhelm the resistance. To NOT ACT is absolutely the most uncreative and faithless response possible. Every entrenched power structure in history that needed to be overthrown has been undone by a mass people’s movement. It won’t be different in this case.
On our side is the fact that mass mobilizations are so much easier in the Internet era. Look what happened in March with the SOPA bill to control the Internet – instant organizing via the web and defeat via mass emails to Congress. It took the Suffragettes 80 years to get their Amendment. We doubt it will take even eight years to get ours. Even before the Internet, Prohibition was removed in a few years once the populace mobilized against it.
By explaining the problems clearly, and presenting some simple and easily-executed steps to remedy them, we can speed up the process by increasing the size and volume of the public's demand to get this task done. Make no mistake: no office-holders will be willing to give up private campaign financing voluntarily unless they’re assured it will happen for everyone at the same time and that some kind of approximately level playing field will result.
The majority of public officials truly dislike the extent to which the constant pursuit of campaign funds has taken over their lives and their politics.They recognize the distortions caused by what has become very nearly an addiction, and we think they will ultimately welcome an intervention from an outside source - especially if we make it clear their jobs are at stake.