What it takes to run an effective campaign in this country (both at the local and federal levels) has become an unmitigated disaster for representative government of the people, by the people, and for the people.
We are now a republic of the money, by the politicians, and for the campaign contributors.
And still, I hear people talking of constitutional amendments, or new legislation, or more regulation. But how, might I ask, do you ever expect the people who are benefiting from confusing laws, archaic reporting systems (here’s looking at hennepin county), and big corporate donors to ever enact legislation that makes any sort of improvement?
There are two things you can do
- run for a local office. Find out for yourself. Speak your voice.
- Make your choice, and vote for me in the top three, and send a message that if we must have money in politics, it will be a local currency. Let’s clean up this mess, and put a farmer in the mayor’s office.