I am back from a week off practicing for a Halloween concert. I play percussion in a Concert Band. We had a great time!
Before I start the article on Election Campaign Finance Technology I want to have the definition of Democracy understood with certainty. There is some confusion on the definition of Democracy. There is confusion between a Democracy and a Republic. There really isn’t much difference between the two except in a Democracy you have “equal rights for all citizens.” They can be the same or they can be slightly different. The main deference is that in a Democracy we have a political or social system of equality, “all men are created equal.” The political system in America is a Democratic Republic. The definitions for both words were studied in several dictionaries.
The following definitions are from the Random House Dictionary of the English Language.
Democracy: 1. government by the people; a form of government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them or by their elected agents under a free electoral system. 2. a state having such a form of government. 3. a state in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised directly by them rather than by elected representatives. 4. political or social equality; democratic spirit.
Republic: 1. a state in which the supreme power rests in the body of citizens entitled to vote and is exercised by representatives chosen directly or indirectly by them. 2. a state in which the head of government is an elected or nominated president, and not a monarch.
The political system in the United States aligns with the first definitions of both words. The supreme power is vested or rests in the people or in the body of citizens entitled to vote. The people, the voters, elect agents or representatives to exercise the supreme power of the people. This gives us a Democratic Republic political system in the United States.
In a Democracy there may be a choice between how the supreme power can be exercised. The supreme power can be exercised directly by the people or by their elected agents or representatives. Also, “all men are created equal” in the Declaration of Independence aligns with definition four of Democracy. This is where the concept of equal rights arises. We have the right to a system of political or social equality.
The non-producers work to take that basic unalienable right away from us. By arguing that we are a Republic, they can say they have more power and rights, because of their wealth, than the majority of the citizens. Then they can covertly seek to force their domination over the producers and create a slave state. In this type of a society they can continue to steal the wealth from the producing citizens. This must not be allowed to continue! This rewarding of non-producers has continued too long on this planet. It has resulted in much suffering, recessions, depressions, and wars, to say the least.
The rich and powerful non-producers fear the producing citizens will exercising their supreme power directly without elected representative. With the electronics available today this could become a reality. If the producing citizens exercised their supreme power directly the rich and powerful non-producers would have a very hard time controlling all the citizen producers. In a strictly representative form of government they can and have been controlling the representatives with their money and power.
In a Republic the supreme power is exercised by representatives chosen directly or indirectly by the citizens. There is no choice as to whether citizens can exercise their supreme power directly. Their supreme power can only be exercised by representatives chosen by them.
It has become increasingly apparent that the supreme power is being taken from the people at large and is being placed into the hands of a small minority of ultra rich citizens and corporations. Many of these ultra rich are rewarded non-producers, taking huge sums of wealth without the correct exchange in produced, by them, goods and services. The vast majority of citizens have been slowly loosing the supreme power that is supposed to be vested in them to the ultra rich non-producers. This article covering the Election Campaign Finance Technology is a set of rules that will insure all citizens have their right of supreme power. All citizens have the right to equal supreme power to use in electing their representative.
The following article contains a set of rules for election campaign contributions. This is a set of rules which aligns with the intent of the Preamble of the U. S. Constitution and the Constitution of the United States of America. It also aligns with the intent of the Declaration of Independence. It is a Democratic set of rules regulating election campaign contributions.
This system of rules frees politicians from being bought and pressured by big business, the wealthy and political action committees. This set of rules would free politicians from being bought and influenced by individuals of foreign citizenship, by foreign governments, foreign companies and by individuals of American citizenship residing outside of a specific politician’s district of representation.
Elections would become truly Democratic affairs. We would see the principle of one-man-one-vote truly implemented. Today and in the past big money, with excess campaign contributions, has or had more than one-man-one-vote! Excess campaign contributions give the large money contributor much more power in selecting who gets on the ballot and then who wins in the final election. This is allowed to happen in a “supposedly Democratic Society.” A wealthy individual or group can have a much, much greater influence on swaying an election, thus they in effect have much more power than what one-man-one-vote would allow them to have. This is not a Democracy, it is not the self evident truth of “all men are created equal.” This also violates our unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
Contributing money is like voting. The more money an individual contributes, the more votes he has. Money can be counted as votes. Money is not speech. In a Democracy the main principle is, “all men are created equal.” Using the Rules of Election Campaign Finance Technology we put in the equal vote for all. All citizens, in a Democracy must have equal access to the process of electing representatives. Also, in a Democracy, all citizens, must have equal free speech. If either of these is violated then we don’t have a Democracy, we have minority rule. Minority rule leads to Authoritarian rule. Authoritarian rule results in Fascist and Communist type government systems. This is traveling down the death spiral road to succumb for a society.
Democracy, “all men are created equal,” is a pro-survival governmental system. Anything less than, “all men are created equal,” is on the road to succumb for a society. This is riding down the death spiral for the society. With Democracy a society is riding on the survive spiral.
There may be one exception when it comes to voting and campaign finance. “Non-producers do not have the right to vote or contribute to any election campaign while functioning as non-producers. When they re-form and become producers then they gain the right to vote and contribute to election campaigns.”
Non-producers have as their purpose to succumb and take the society with them. They are destroying a society by taking money without exchanging goods and services for it. In many cases they create contra-survival activities and contra-survival goods and services. These contra-survival activities, goods and services are things that are destructive to the survival of their fellow man, the society and themselves.
When they are allowed to vote and contribute to an election system they vote and contribute to contra-survival candidates, initiatives and referendums. They pull a society down to succumb. They destroy themselves, their families, their society and their Nation. Non-producers are on the death spiral. They work to take all around them down with them.
Allowing big money to contribute huge amounts of money to a political campaign and thus giving big money a much, much greater influence on determining the outcome of an election violates the first clause, after the Preamble, in the Declaration of Independence. This situation violates the, “all men are created equal,” part of the clause. This situation also violates the, “unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness,” part of the clause.
This is the first clause of the Declaration of Independence following the Preamble:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
RULE ONE: No candidate for public office shall receive any money from any source other than the Citizens of the United States of America for political campaign funding.
RULE TWO: No candidate shall receive any money from outside of that candidate’s district of representation for campaign funding.
- Candidates for President of the United States have the citizens residing and voting across the whole country as potential campaign contributors.
- Candidates for Senator of each State have those citizens residing and voting in their State as potential campaign contributors.
- Candidates for the U.S. Congress have the people residing and voting in their Congressional Districts as potential campaign contributors.
- These rules also apply to all state and local candidates for public offices.
- Candidates for State Governor have, the citizens residing and voting in the State the candidate is running for Governor in, as potential campaign contributors.
- All candidates for State Legislative Offices have, the citizens residing and voting in the District the candidate is running for office in, as potential campaign contributors.
- Candidates running for Mayor have, the citizens who reside and vote in the City the candidate is running for Mayer in, as potential campaign contributors.
- All other candidates for any other public office must take campaign contributions only from voters who reside and vote in the district the candidate is seeking office in.
- All Referendums and Initiatives placed on the Election Ballot could only be funded by citizens who reside and vote in the State or District where the Referendum or Initiative applies.
RULE THREE: No Company, Corporation or Group of any kind, what-so-ever, can contribute to any campaign fund what-so-ever or operate a separate campaign fund (example, Political Action Committee.) Money for political campaigns can only come from individual citizens who are eligible to vote in the United States.
RULE FOUR: Each candidate shall have only one campaign fund. There may not be any political action committee or any other campaign fund operated separate from the individual candidate’s campaign fund.
RULE FIVE: Only individual people can contribute to a campaign fund! For these are the only and true entities for which this Democratic Republic Stands. Individuals are the basic building blocks of the Democratic Republic. From individuals we build families and groups. Individuals are the only entities that can vote in elections, therefore only individuals can be the only entities who are allowed to contribute to a campaign fund. Groups can’t vote! Only individuals vote!
RULE SIX: No one individual shall contribute more that five hundred dollars to any one campaign fund in a given campaign.
RULE SEVEN: An individual can contribute to as many election campaigns as he is eligible to vote in. He shall only contribute a maximum of 500 dollars to each campaign fund.
RULE EIGHT: The violation of any of these rules by a political candidate intentionally or unintentionally is a felony. It is also a felony for people running campaigns for Referendums or Initiatives to violate any of these rules. It is also a felony to contribute to a campaign the individual is not eligible to vote in. As a penalty, the violator is barred from participating as a candidate for any public office for the duration of his or her life. If the violation is discovered after the candidate has won an election, the violator is immediately dismissed from office. The vacated position is refilled through existing rules and laws that cover vacancies for death, resignations and etc.
With Referendums or Initiatives, if these Rules are violated, the violators are charged with a felony and the Referendum or Initiative is voided and placed on the Ballot for the next election cycle.
These Rules are necessary because we as a Nation are loosing our Democratic Republic political system to the rule of a few rich non-producers. They are taking the supreme power that is vested in the people and placing it into their own hands. Many of these rich non-producers are on a death spiral affecting themselves and their society. This is not Democratic rule, it is an Authoritarian rule.
A 1% of minority has stolen the supreme power from the citizens and is ruling with their massive campaign contributions to candidates. These candidates will reward them handsomely with large military spending and policies which allow the owners of companies to take larger and larger profits from the working producers. These profits come from the profits of the working producers who create the wealth. These massive campaign contributions help set an economic climate that allows speculators to take huge amounts of money out of the Market with, very little and in most cases, no exchange for it. This situation sets up a massive “redistribution of wealth” from the working Producers and places that wealth into the hands of the rich non-producers. This is a system of “class warfare.” It is the rich non-producers who are waging “class warfare and redistributing wealth.”
This Country was set up as a Democratic Republic style Government which represents individual citizens. This Country was set up to be Government by the Rule of a simple majority across the board. The only exception is the two thirds required to override an Executive Veto. All other votes are required to be by a simple majority.
Any thing more than a simple majority leads to a “Rule by the Minority.” Example; if a Legislative House requires a 60% vote to pass legislation then 40% of the Legislatures can control that Legislative House. This is minority rule. Logically this sounds good that a 60% majority vote is required. However, it allows a minority of 40% to stop Legislative activity. The rich and powerful non-producers like this because it opens the door for them to control the majority of the citizens.
Companies, corporations or any other groups are represented indirectly through the citizens of the country.
Citizens are the true bodies which are and can be represented by this Democratic Republic. Human beings, the citizens, rightfully are the only entities who may contribute to any political campaign.
Any contribution made by any group shall be deemed illegal since a group is not an individual citizen and thus not represented directly by the government. A group does not vote! The individuals of the group vote!
A group is made up of individuals who are the direct recipients of this Democratic Republic’s representation. Companies, corporation and groups are not alive in the true sense of the word alive. If the people who make up these companies, corporations and groups are removed, all that remains are substances of the physical universe. All life, which is vested in human beings, would be removed.
Human beings give groups their life! Without the presence of human life groups do not exist!
This Democratic Republic represents living citizens or living individuals.
The principle that individuals are directly represented by the Democratic Republican Government of this land is a self evident truth.
Individuals vote for their representatives. Companies, corporations and groups do not vote. Individuals have the power and the privilege to donate to election campaigns.
A limit is placed on the amount of money that one individual may donate to an election campaign because a wealthy individual can have more power and influence by donating large sums of money to specific political candidates and causes. Therefore, a 500 dollar limit brings the power and influence of a wealthy individual into proper alignment or perspective with the power and influence of the less wealthy citizens.
These Rules are a Democratic set of principles which fall in line with the Constitution of the United States. The present system of campaign contributions violates the spirit of the Constitution.
Allowing campaign contributions to be accepted from areas outside of the candidate’s City, District, County, State or Country is misrepresentation. People from another voting area have no right to have any influence in the elections outside of their voting area.
When donating funds to a campaign in another City, District, County, State or Country an individual is influencing the political process where he does not reside. This is like casting votes of influence outside his legal residence.
Donating money is like votes. The more money an individual donates the more votes he is placing. Money in reality is a form votes.