Lawrence Lessig as Referendum President?

Dr. Lawrence Lessig is considering a 2016 run as Referendum President. The idea is that, assuming Lessig won the election, his sole objective would be to pass the Citizen Equality Act, which would abolish corruption (pretty much) and restore true democracy to our country.

With that accomplished, Lessig would then resign from the presidency. The vice-president would take over as president. With corruption abolished and democracy restored, this president and the Congress would at last be free to deal effectively with the many urgent issues that concern Americans.

The Citizen Equality Act

The Citizen Equality Act aims to eradicate corruption from our political system by implementing three fundamental reforms:

  • Equal right to vote
  • Equal representation (goodbye, gerrymandering)
  • Citizen funded elections (it would also close the Revolving Door between government service and work as a lobbyist)

Lessig has long promoted the truth that corruption in our political system is the paramount problem of our country. Until corruption is fixed, our political system cannot work as it should, representing the people (not just the wealthy elite).

Lessig makes the powerful argument for a Referendum President here:

For more background, the following resources:

Larry Lessig Believes Democracy Is Screwed. So He’s Running for President to Save It. (Link)

WASHINGTON — Larry Lessig, a well-known legal theorist and political activist, is taking the plunge into electoral politics, announcing on Tuesday that he will formally explore a run for the presidency in 2016 as a Democrat. ~ Sam Stein, Hufington Post


Here’s the idea we’re going to test: a Referendum President, a candidate who runs for president, making a single promise that if elected he would serve as long as it takes, but only as long as it takes, to pass fundamental reform to finally achieve citizen equality. Once that reform is passed, this president would step down, and the elected vice-president would become president to fill out his term. The candidate is the referendum. The campaign is for that referendum. ~ Lessig 2016

Finally, the big question…

Could the Referendum President Idea Really Work?

As much as I admire Dr. Lawrence Lessig, I don’t see how he could possibly be elected. It’s just too radical of an idea.

However, I do hope Lessig does run on this platform. Between him and Sanders, the mainstream media would just about be forced to report on political corruption, and other important issues. What might happen from there?

What do you think would come of a Lessig run for Referendum President? Let it out in the comments.

Doug Hughes’ Democracy Club

Doug Hughes in his gyrocopter.

Doug Hughes, an actual USPS mailman, landed his own gyrocopter on the Capital lawn to personally deliver letters to Congress. The letters address the problem of corruption in politics, and its solution – campaign finance reform.

I have thought about walking away from this whole thing, because it’s crazy. And I have thought about being 75-years-old and watching the collapse of this country, and thinking that I’d had an idea that might have arrested the fall – and I didn’t do it.

And I would tell you, completely honestly, I’d rather die in the flight, than live to be 80-years-old and see this country fall.
— Doug Hughes

We are grateful to Mr. Hughes for his heroic action of protest. We are very glad he was not injured. But a lot of folks secretly, regretfully, believe his action was in vain.

Not so.

The Democracy Club

Doug Hughes has a website: The Democracy Club. Thoughtful, well-written, nicely laid-out. Along with coverage of his ‘Flight’ plans and his political essays, he also spotlights the following anti-corruption groups:

The only reason I know about Hughes’ website is from my email. There, I noticed a person joined Wolf PAC after they learned about it from his website. (Which, I presume, he/she visited out of curiosity after seeing coverage of Mr. Hughes’ amazing Capitol lawn mail delivery.)

Outlandish Mail Delivery Is Successful

FACT: Doug Hughes’ brave action encouraged at least one person to believe they could do something about saving our democracy. EDUCATED GUESS: Most likely, there are many, many more!

Mission accomplished.

Doug Hughes wasn’t trying to convince Members of Congress to do something about campaign finance reform. That would be futile.

Rather. he admirably demonstrated to The People how to stand up and use our own power.

Welcome to the Democracy Club.

Inequality for All: Film Review

Editor’s Note:Inequality for All was released in 2013. The content is presented by economist Robert Reich, and is based on his 2010 book, Aftershock: The Next Economy and America’s Future. Robert Reich is also professor of public policy at UC Berkley and former Secretary of Labor under President Bill Clinton.

The new documentary, Inequality for All, was released on Netflix two weeks ago. I borrowed the DVD and watched. My opinion? Informative!

Robert Reich is engaging and easy-to-comprehend. In Inequality for All, he connects the dots between all the factors that are exacerbating the ever-widening riff in America between the rich and poor.

Watch the official trailer:

Official movie trailer: Inequality for All

Country With the Best Economy?

When asked which country is the best example of a thriving economy, Reich answers: The U.S. — during the three decades after World War II. At that time, America enjoyed a Virtuous Economic Cycle:

  • Productivity grew
  • Wages Increased
  • Workers bought more
  • Companies hired more
  • Tax revenues increased
  • Government Invested more
  • Workers were better educated
  • Economy expanded

Forgotten Economic Lessons

How did the U.S. slip away from an economy that was working really well? In his article, Why the Three Biggest Economic Lessons Were Forgotten (which is basically an excerpt from Inequality for All) Reich explains what happened. The article is just a taste of the many clear-sighted insights to be found in Inequality for All.

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Senator Bernie Sanders: Progressive Champion

Editor’s Note: Upon reviewing some old posts on my website, I have to say, “Look there!” I was writing about Bernie Sanders in 2013, two years before he announced his 2016 run for President. I guess I’m as consistent in my views (at least, on Bernie) as he is in his. ~ January 21, 2019.

Who is Senator Bernie Sanders?

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is an independent member of Congress, and a champion of progressive reform. Philosophically, he is a Democratic Socialist.

Does the word “socialist” scare you? That depends on how easy you scare. Sanders is interested in preventing big money from controlling U.S. politics. (Hmm, that sounds like preserving democracy.) He wants more balance between capitalism and the common good of the people.

Although Senator Sanders does not belong to a political party, he caucuses with the Democratic Party. His political priorities include:

  • Restoration of the shrinking middle class
  • Reversal of global warming
  • Universal health care
  • Affordable education
  • Fair trade policies

Senator Sanders serves on five U.S. Senate committees:

  • Budget
  • Veterans
  • Energy
  • Environment
  • Health, Education, Labor and Pensions

Sanders currently chairs the Veterans’ Affairs Committee. When he was a member of the House of Representatives, Sanders was known as the Amendment King.

Visit the Bernie Sanders website to learn more about this hard-working senator.

On Being an Objective Voter

In order to be an objective voter, you need to put on your critical-thinking cap. Become knowledgeable of the different sides of a political issue. Listening to an Independent can be helpful. So. Be sure to include Senator Bernie Sanders as one of your sources of political information.

You don’t have to agree with Sanders. But you will appreciate how clearly he makes his point. You will have a better grasp of the big picture, and his perspective will give you food-for-further-thought.

Senator Bernie Sanders Video

Thom Harthamm hosts “Brunch with Bernie” on his show. The video below is an example:

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The Butler: Film Review

Editor’s Update: It was from watching the 2013 film, The Butler, that I first began to ponder who our modern heroes are. Shortly afterwards, I began this website. At that time, it was a curating blog, called Aware & Fair. The Butler movie review was one of the first posts I wrote. One thing I learned, from running the blog, is that there are many, many dedicated people and groups who are fighting for democracy and justice. The Progressive Movement has taken off since then. Well-known and everyday heroes are everywhere. ~ J.C. January 21, 2019

American History

“The Butler” is a story about the life and career of Cecil Gaines, African-American White House butler. He served through eight presidencies, from Harry Truman to Ronald Reagan. You see a whole chunk of American history through his eyes: the Civil Rights Movement, the Kennedy assassination, Vietnam, and more.

Personal Lives

The Butler is also about a father-son relationship. The riff between them is unbearably stretched when the son joins the Black Panthers.

Then, there are the revealing views of well-known personalities sprinkled throughout the movie. You see presidents, first ladies, Martin Luther King Jr., little Caroline Kennedy – close up.

The Butler is a truly great film. Because of the brilliant script, all-star cast, and insightful direction, the story unfolds with simplicity and elegance. It’s understated, yet incredibly deep, rich and full.

Personally, The Butler didn’t make me tear up. I actually sobbed. In the end, I realized the movie was about heroes, the famous ones and the ones we never heard about.

Official movie trailer: The Butler

The Real Man Behind the Story

The Butler is based on the true story of Eugene Allen, an African-American butler who served at the White House from 1952 to 1986. His story first came to light in the 2008 Washington Post article A Butler Well Served By This Election, written by Wil Haygood.

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