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The VFM Pledge

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Welcome to the Voter Farmers Market

 

Chapter One: It's About Culture

To learn more, go to: http://voterfarmersmarket.org and https://www.facebook.com/voterfarmersmarket/ Also check out the links below!

To follow the Voter Farmers Market on Twitter, go to: https://twitter.com/VoterFarmersMkt

To check out some great Bernie murals, see: http://tinyurl.com/jf9usex

To hear Bernie inspired music, go to: http://www.betterworld.net/quotes/BernieSongs/ or check out this music festival: http://thesource.com/2016/04/16/welcome-to-berniechella-the-music-concert-inspired-by-bernie-sanders/

For video bloggers see:

Empire Files at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCG29FnXZm4F5U8xpqs1cs1Q
The Sane Progressive at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxpfmCp2Z9VPTO7eWV6ebzQ

Also don't miss Redacted Tonight (https://www.youtube.com/user/redactedtonight) and The Young Turks (https://www.tytnetwork.com/)

Check out Brand New Congress at: http://brandnewcongress.org/home

And to see another aspect of my ecological perspective, see my mediation practice website: http://familytreemediation.net

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  • The Voter Farmers Market Pledge
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    The VFM Pledge contains four promises:

    1. Each VFM candidate promises not to accept any campaign contributions, not to advertise, and not to spend any money other than what is required to comply with election laws and regulations.

    2. Each VFM candidate promises that all campaigning will be confined to public speaking, media interviews, op-ed pieces, downloadable white papers, YouTube-type videos, websites, and other forms of outreach that do not involve paying another for the use of their venue to campaign or paying for large volume duplication of campaign materials.

    3. Each VFM candidate promises, if elected, to make his or her first priority while in office the creation of a fair and equitable, publicly financed federal campaign and election system that eliminates money from the political process and promotes political decision-making based on rational discourse and careful evaluation of policy proposals.

    4. To ensure that only one VFM candidate is ultimately on the ballot for each seat in Congress, each VFM candidate promises to submit to a VFM selection process when more than one candidate has qualified in order to determine who bows out and who remains in the contest as the sole VFM candidate for a given seat.

Creating a Market for Integrity

 

Chapter 2: Creating a Market for Integrity

Originally published in Common Dreams in April, my op-ed, "When They Come For Our Vote," is perhaps even more relevant as the Convention is almost at hand. The focus here is not on Bernie and his careful and conservative "endorsement" focused on beating Trump in order to preserve his delegates at the convention; the focus is on the voters, particularly those going to the convention, hopefully millions of them, to protest the theft of the primary elections in California, New York, Ohio, Arizona, Iowa, Chicago and all across the nation in a thousand different dishonest ways. You can find it here: http://www.commondreams.org/views/2016/04/20/when-they-come-our-vote and here: http://greenworldethics.com/index.php/activism/267-when-they-come-for-our-vote .

Brand New Congress is a natural and fantastic outgrowth of Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign. When I first conceived of the Voter Farmers Market, one of the most important ideas behind it was: If you want to change American politics, our focus should not be on the symbolic figure of the president, but on congress. Frustrated with all the adoration and hype over Obama's administration, which I view to have been extremely establishment and lacking in urgently needed progressive leadership, and aware of the much more challenging and corrupting dynamics of presidential campaigns, my thought was: congressional seats are smaller goals and can be achieved incrementally. Once a critical mass of congressional seats is won by candidates rejecting toxic campaign donations, the office of the president will fall under the sway of the movement. I never expected a presidential candidate like Bernie Sanders to come along and show the world that a people's movement could succeed led by an honest presidential candidate in our corrupt system. But since Bernie Sanders has been so successful, we have all the more reason to also direct our attention to congress, which is exactly what Brand New Congress seeks to do. We'll talk more about them as time goes on. In the mean time, check out their website and get involved! http://brandnewcongress.org/home .

The Story of Stuff and the Voter Farmers Market

The Voter Farmers Market is a BIG FAN of Annie Leonard and the Story of Stuff! Annie ends the video clip below with the observation that getting money out of our electoral process is "the first and most important step in making reall progress on all the issues that people care about most." We completely agree.

The Voter Farmers Market is inspired by the awareness that the lack of political process integrity in our current system is the single most significant obstacle that gets in the way of addressing all of the other issues that need attention (the deficit, health care, unemployment, social security, the environment, education, etc...). As such, a campaign to achieve political process integrity is the one cause that unites all Americans in a positive mission to save our democracy. Watch Annie's clip from her video, The Story of Citizens United v. FEC, and then read our commentary about where the Voter Farmers Market fits in to this movement to save American Democracy.

The idea of Constitutional Amendment and the idea of passing publicly funded election legislation through our current congress are both important strategies we need to pursue. But we think the Voter Farmers Market adds an essential additional strategy for saving our democracy that deserves prominent attention!

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Bringing Healthy Farmers and Consumers Together

The Farmers Market Model

It is widely acknowledged that the amount of money a candidate has at his or her disposal is the decisive factor in American politics.  As a result, both our political discourse and the one person/one vote principle are now worthless.  

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85% of Americans feel that Corporations have too much power in our democracy and people have too little. 85%! Hey, that’s a majority.

- Annie Leonard of The Story of Stuff Project

Upcoming VFM Think Tank Conference

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