Monday, May 4, 2015

If you want to go outside the box

On May 1st, MAYDAY launched its 2015 citizens' lobbying campaign to recruit 70 more members of the House of Representatives to support fundamental reform.

MAYDAY has set forth this Take Action protocol for citizen participation in the campaign.

There is plenty for MAYDAY supporters to do there.

If that does not satisfy and you would like to do more (go outside the box), I would like to throw something out for you.

I think most agree that "fundamental reform" is a long shot. It is a long shot for MAYDAY, and it is a long shot for other campaign finance reform organizations that are hard at work on their various agendas for bringing about change.

I would like to think that anything that adds to the collective efforts can help.

I would like to add something related to MAYDAY's objective of recruiting 70 more members of Congress to support fundamental reform.

Members of Congress have hundreds of appeals lapping at them from their constituents. The prime motivation of these Congresspersons was to get into office, and their prime motivation is to stay there. They are most responsive to their calculations of what will help accomplish that.

"Fundamental reform" comes down to said calculations, meaning that "fundamental reformists" need to maximize impressing on the members of Congress that "this will affect you."

"Fundamental reformists" are competing with hundreds of others in importuning their Congresspersons about many things.

The adage of "the squeaky wheel gets the oil" should guide "fundamental reformists."

A focal point for the "squeaking" by "fundamental reformists" is, I believe, very beneficial.

Consider Bernie Sanders getting into the Presidential race. If you are a "fundamental reformist," aren't you going to look for ways to synergize your messaging with Bernie's candidacy?

Think about it, and decide for yourself what you think of the benefit (or not) of having a candidate to be a focal point for campaign finance reform messaging.

If you agree that candidates as focal points can be very helpful, please apply the idea at the Congressional level of MAYDAY's overall plan to elect a reform minded Congress by 2016.

Can Congressional candidates be found who would be good focal points?

I don't know, but I have been working on it.

Please read and consider You be a Congressional candidate.

Than tell me what you think.


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