Saving America - Zer Netmouse — LiveJournal
|Date:||September 25th, 2012 04:13 am (UTC)|| |
I want legislators who are brave enough to listen to the citizens in the region they are supposed to represent, and vote (regularly) and submit legislation that is in their constituents' best interests, as best they understand them.
I understand that some peoples' interpretation of the best interests of the citizens will be different than mine, and I accept that. It's when the system of contributions from corporations that do not reside (or in some cases, even operate) within their home state influences legislators more than other considerations that worries me.
You can't completely get away from that, but I believe it ought to be possible to at least lessen the tremendous independent or party funding requirement that currently seems to be necessary for a candidate to have a decent chance of being successfully elected or re-elected.
There are exceptions of course. I'm greatly enjoying the stories about progressive grassroots politics in How to get Stupid White Men Out of Office, for instance. But they require years of groundwork and spectacular and dedicated candidates.