Occupy Wall St. – Detroit is moving out of Grand Circus Park after an occupation of about 6 weeks after successfully raising awareness and avoided the violent assaults from police that has characterized other occupations. What now? A recent survey indicated that the vast majority of Americans agree with the premise of the Movement that our democratic process has been totally corrupted by corporate money and no longer represents the needs of the People. We all know this to be true, but I guess the first step to recovery is admitting the truth. So what can we do?
One message that has become increasingly more consistent among Occupiers is support of a Constitutional Amendment banning all corporate money from government: from elections and from lobbying. It would mandate publicly funded elections limited to individual citizens and distributed equally among candidates. Candidates would be forced to run on the strengths of their policies and character alone and on an even playing field. It would ban any gifts, contributions or economic incentives (such as a promise for employment after government service) from lobbyists. Anyone or any group could lobby Congress, but the only influence they could have would be based on persuasion.
The chances of such an Amendment to be put before the People seem to be very slim, but then again the only other revolution in our history wasn’t given much of a chance either, until we beat the British and won our freedom. You may not agree with the tactics of the Occupy Wall St. Movement, but you can’t rationally refuse to support their goal. Support the Occupy Movement with whatever actions you feel comfortable taking, but certainly you can encourage everyone you know to write your Congressperson and demand that a vote be put to the amendment known as the “Outlawing Corporate Cash Undermining the Public Interest in our Elections.”