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The Best Way to Fix The American Political System  

Desertrat89
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List Rules Wide-sweeping political changes only. Please no partisan nonsense.

How would you best fix a political system that all Americans (no matter which side of the spectrum they fall on) can agree is broken? Vote on the ideas you think would work best, and add any brilliant thoughts you might have.

Our System's failure starts with the ever-turning wheel of the election cycle and the politicians that slavishly turn it. If all public office means is doing what you have to do and saying what you have to say to get, first elected, and then re-elected? If serving the money that serves the campaign is all a politician is and does... how can that person serve the interests of the people who elected them? If a representative government's representatives don't represent? What do we do to fix it? This is a system that is happy to keep going the way it is, it's a massive industry, and billions of dollars drive it. It's not in the System's best interests to fix itself, and the System has nothing to gain from divorcing itself from monied interests. It's a bad spot we are all in, and it's going to very hard to pry this machine out of the track it is on.
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Lobbying Regulation is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Way to Fix The American Political System
Lobbying Regulation
Take bribes out of government, and maybe the government starts acting on the interests of the people and not the corporations.
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Require Politicians to Follow ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Way to Fix The American Political System
marcooch76 added Require Politicians to Follow the Law
There are laws about passing budgets by a define date
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Make Educated Choices When Vot... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Way to Fix The American Political System
zxray added Make Educated Choices When Voting
Vote based on facts, not media interpretation of them...as Vice President Biden said, America has a "short attention span".
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Politicians Not Allow to Becom... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Way to Fix The American Political System
marcooch76 added Politicians Not Allow to Become Lobbiest
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Transparency for Super PACs is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Way to Fix The American Political System
zxray added Transparency for Super PACs
In the United States, a Political Action Committee (PAC) is a type of organization that pools campaign contributions from members and donates those funds to campaign for or against candidates, ballot initiatives or legislation. At the federal level, an organization becomes a PAC when it receives or spends more than $1,000 for the purpose of influencing a federal election, according to the Federal Election Campaign Act. At the state level, an organization becomes a PAC according to the state's election laws. Super PACs, officially known as "independent-expenditure only committees," may not make contributions to candidate campaigns or parties, but may engage in unlimited political spending independently of the campaigns. Unlike traditional PACs, they can raise funds from individuals, corporations, unions and other groups, without any legal limit on donation size. Super PACs may support particular candidacies. In the 2012 presidential election, Super PACs played a major role, spending more than the candidates' election campaigns in the Republican primaries. By January 2010, at least 38 states and the federal government required disclosure for all or some independent expenditures or electioneering communications.These disclosures were intended to deter potentially or seemingly corrupting donations. Despite disclosure rules, it is possible to spend money without voters knowing the identities of donors before the election. In federal elections, for example, political action committees have the option to choose to file reports on a "monthly" or "quarterly" basis. This allows funds raised by PACs in the final days of the election to be spent and votes cast before the report is due.
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Change Inside Trading Laws for... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Way to Fix The American Political System
marcooch76 added Change Inside Trading Laws for Politicians
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Bootsdad added Adhering to the American Constitution.
The U.S Constitution has enabled America to become the greatest nation man has ever created. It was devised to ensure individual freedom, and equality. The Founders of this nation were weary of an all powerful centralized government. They would be appalled to see the way our elected officials impose rules and regulations on it's people. The methods they use, e.g. (unelected bureaucrats, executive fiat, and legal precedent) were not meant to legislate the citizenry at all. Our elected officials use them as a way to avoid the limits imposed on them by our Constitution. If we go back to living in a country that adheres to our founding principles, we will all be better off.
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Stop Letting the Media Tell Yo... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Way to Fix The American Political System
zxray added Stop Letting the Media Tell You How to Vote
Hope and Change, I wear Boxers not Briefs....Remember Patti La Belle at The Inauguration? Remember how cool her hat was? First Black President 'Yall!....Remember when I played the Sax on MTV??? And then bombed the shit out of Christians so the Moslems would love us after they tried to blow up the WTC the first time??? And then they blew up our Embassies, The USS Cole....but I so didn't have sex with that woman!....etc.,...etc....etc.,...they're ALL cool and fantastic until the US Media says they aint.
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Politicians Require to Follow ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Way to Fix The American Political System
marcooch76 added Politicians Require to Follow the Budget Laws
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A Real Third Party is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Way to Fix The American Political System
A Real Third Party
This is one Americans could actually accomplish if a third party didn't have to rely on money to get in front of the public eye, it could actually happen.
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Media Deconsolidation is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Way to Fix The American Political System
Media Deconsolidation
When the media drives the trends and how we think and the questions we ask... it serves no one but the owners of the massive conglomerates. The media can't be a watchdog when the guys trying to break into your house are the ones who trained it.
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Enforced Regulations of Monied... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Way to Fix The American Political System
Enforced Regulations of Monied Interests
It's hard to make these guys play by rules, when they are writing them. It's hard to get a level playing field against them when they are the ones who own the stadium. It's not "anti-business", it's about protecting public interest.
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Term Limits is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Way to Fix The American Political System
Term Limits
If a politician didn't have to spend all their time making sure they got re-elected, they might have time to actually accomplish something. Plus, only a true public servant would enter the job in the first place if there was no chance of keeping the position indefinitely.
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End Corporate Welfare is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Way to Fix The American Political System
muzziac added End Corporate Welfare
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Politicians to Be Held Legally... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Way to Fix The American Political System
marcooch76 added Politicians to Be Held Legally Libel for Their Statement
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Politician Have No Pension Pla... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Way to Fix The American Political System
marcooch76 added Politician Have No Pension Plan Only 401k
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Politicians to Have Obama Care... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Way to Fix The American Political System
marcooch76 added Politicians to Have Obama Care Health Plan
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End Gerrymandered Overly Parti... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Way to Fix The American Political System
ravi2 added End Gerrymandered Overly Partisan Districts
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Don't Let Technology Trump Civ... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Way to Fix The American Political System
kaylive added Don't Let Technology Trump Civil Liberty and Freedom.
if you dont think of what is coming it will take a route all its own and that route not allways good for us.
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Stop Politician from Promoting... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Way to Fix The American Political System
marcooch76 added Stop Politician from Promoting Race and Class Warfare
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Vote. is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Way to Fix The American Political System
muzziac added Vote.
40% of the voting age population doesn't even show up on election day.
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Government to Have Obama Care ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Way to Fix The American Political System
marcooch76 added Government to Have Obama Care As Their Health Care
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Public Financing of Elections is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Way to Fix The American Political System
Public Financing of Elections
This one, alone, might do more to fix things. Remove money from elections and our politicians can no longer be bought outright.
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The People Have More Say in Th... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Way to Fix The American Political System
DECA_Kerstin added The People Have More Say in Things
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Stop Electing Lawyers Into Off... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Way to Fix The American Political System
zxray added Stop Electing Lawyers Into Office
Seriously? They are ALL Lawyers for the most part.....