I can be partisan sometimes. Not ashamed. But maybe it would be good for me to be less so? I do have complaints about both Democrats and Republicans but I just can’t shy away from the fact I have many more complaints about the Rs. I’m so liberal. so progressive. And I like being liberal and progressive. I almost always vote democrat but I would love to vote for an independent (socialist) like Senator Bernie Sanders (Vermont) if I lived in his district. Now, I’m my congressional representative is Rep. Jim McDermott from Washington’s 7th cong. district and I’ll vote for him this November since redistricting just happened but he is in one of the safest districts in the country. I used to be in WA 1st district, which was also a safe district for Dems, but I’m afraid the 7th is even more so.
I wish Congressmember McDermott would take more risks and be more liberal. He always wins by a landslide and there are many political donors in Seattle. I would like to see him fundraise more in his district to support Democratic candidates running in close races in other part of Washington, or the US. I think Senator Bernie Sanders could fundraise more too to help other progressive candidates elected.
Sanders wants campaign finance reform and so do I. I think its the only way we will ever get close to a socially just society, and that wont happen until a majority of Americans vote and get active in our government and political process. Whether our votes really do count or not, what might be more important right now is that too many people believe in the idea that their vote doesn’t really count. But in 2008 when President Obama was elected, over 60% of eligible voters participated. That’s not a bad number, actually, and I was a bit surprised turnout was that high. But we need to restore confidence to the American people so they will stand up for what they believe and educate themselves so they will speak out for justice, equality and democracy.
Jonathan Soros, son of George Soros, recently started a super pac to promote campaign finance reform. The super pac, called Friends of Democracy, aims to launch negative attack ads at candidates who oppose campaign finance reform, also sometimes known as publicly financed campaigns. (I gotta admit, I like their up front attitude of taking candidates out.) The city of New York recently began implementing a publicly financed campaign system and they are working to expand this system to the great state of New York. I look forward to watching and learning how the system works and if it stands to improve the quality of candidates elected to public office, and if it improves or alters the types of legislation introduced by state legislators, and if it alters the votes of elected officials that have been elected with a publicly financed campaign. The goal is to help remove money, corporate interests and all the lobbyists working to keep corporations and rich people rich.
I think campaign finance reform will be central to the achievement of economic justice in America. Much more will need to be done to provide equal opportunity to all Americans, but this would be a good step — as would tax reform! I look forward to how this new pac Friends of Democracy plays out… I might like to be involved or work for them at some point. I often want a job doing something much bigger than myself and taking money out of politics is a passion of mine currently.