"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be."
Thomas Jefferson - PRINCIPAL AUTHOR OF THE U.S. DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE
Our Democracy Needs Informed Citizens
Our democracy cannot properly function without informed citizens who know that politics is the marketplace of democracy where ideas are evaluated and decisions are made. They know the difference between fact and opinion. They want their votes to matter and their communities to receive adequate services, so they actively participate in democratic processes.
Money Can't Buy Votes That Are Not for Sale
Although millions of dollars flood the airwaves with negative ads during campaign season in an effort to sway votes, most of them target people who have abdicated their civic responsibility to stay informed on key issues. Money doesn't vote and has little influence over informed citizens who are able to sort through the noise to access the worthiness of the various candidates.
"It does not require a majority to prevail but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds."
Samuel Adams - 2ND PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Multiply Your Influence
Many of the problems faced by communities everywhere are so pervasive as to require a significant effort to rectify. However, even problems such as hunger, poverty, and unemployment can be solved when people come together to find and implement workable solutions.
"So long as the people do not care to exercise their freedom, those who wish to tyrannize will do so; for tyrants are active and ardent, and will devote themselves ... to put shackles upon sleeping men."
Voltaire - FRENCH ENLIGHTENMENT WRITER, HISTORIAN, AND PHILOSOPHER
Democracy Requires Your Participation
When informed citizens engage in democratic processes, they improve their ability to influence the outcome of elections, formulate good policies, and shape budgets which fund good government and essential services.
Government Is Never The Problem
In a democracy, government is never the problem! The problem is always with the character and judgment of people to whom we entrust the reigns of power. But regardless of how often elections disappoint us, the results will only improve if we all stay informed and involved.
"One ant can carry many times his body weight but a million ants can move an elephant."
Find Strength in Numbers
Americans are more powerful because of the union of our fifty states. Workers leverage more influence as members of a union. Candidates for elected office gain strength from the support of a political party. Citizens are more able to move elected officials and community leaders to action when they organize.
"Be the change you want to see in the world."
Mahatma Gandhi - FATHER OF THE INDIAN INDEPENDENCE MOVEMENT
Solutions to Our Problems Already Exist
Most problems society faces already have solutions. Implementing those solutions requires informed citizens to generate enough political will to overcome powerful influences who have a different agenda. When we make the economy work for everyone, hunger, poverty, and other symptoms of social and economic inequality will fade with the re-emergence of the American Dream.
Dare to Free the Dream
We welcome your help in pursuing this worthy mission to realign American priorities with genuine American values.