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October 26th, 2005
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New political party name - what do you think?

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From:netmouse
Date:October 27th, 2005 05:39 pm (UTC)
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Right now I'm focusing on the name. Then we need an animal. An Owl has been proposed but I'm not sold on the idea. A little too lofty, I think.

So far as I can tell, generally people want government to be more open, more ballanced, more constitutional, and for laws (and taxes) to be less complex.

I think potentially some of the power platform planks for this party would be process based. Not just campaign finance reform but things like eliminating the two-party jerrymandering system, making sure people have access to the polls and that their polling places don't change arbitrarily. Making sure the federal government follows its own laws and the decisions of the courts. Insisting on sufficient time for representatives to review a bill before it is voted on. Making the full text of bills available to the public, in such away that proposed changes and the people who proposed them are transparent - creating an online information system like Thomas.gov that is actually purposed for use by citizens, not legislators. Making sure public resources are used for the public good (there I'm thinking in terms of taking away television broadcasting priviledges from companies that abuse them by presenting lies as news, for instance).

In general, I want to promote the idea that representatives should represent their constituencies and not vote in party blocks. Representatives should be involved and informed and policy decisions should be made or at least informed by people who know how the world works and how to get things done.
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Date:October 27th, 2005 07:07 pm (UTC)
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"In general, I want to promote the idea that representatives should represent their constituencies and not vote in party blocks. Representatives should be involved and informed and policy decisions should be made or at least informed by people who know how the world works and how to get things done."

Sounds a lot like Tammany Hall to me.
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