cj#343> Ferguson re: election reform

1995-12-16

Richard Moore

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Date: Fri, 15 Dec 1995
Sender: •••@••.••• (Joe Ferguson)
Subject: Re: cj#339> Noam Chomsky - Media Power

>   JC -What the USA needs is Ralph Nader as President -to  squash
> the media barons and lift all US illegal blockades; Noam Chomsky
> as a Special Person to replace the CIA, Pentagon, USAID, US
> Interests Section and Mafia.

   Well, if you're going to dream, might as well not go half way!

   This post did remind me of a thought I recently had that I wanted to
post.  Focusing on campaign finance reform used to strike me irrelevant,
but really reforming our system might turn around this "government of the
greedy, by the greedy and for the greedy."  As long as only wealthy
persons with avaricious motives are electable, can we expect our
government to serve anyone but the wealthy and avaricious?

   I recently accepted a flyer from Reform Party organizers and was
favorably impressed with what it said, even while not trusting Perot's
brain-child to deliver as promised.  The flyer focused on a comprehensive
program to reform campaign funding and lobbying activities.  The flyer
had no racist or intolerant language, and said, regarding further planks
in a platform "it's your party, you develop the platform."

   Ronnie Dugger's call to action in a recent issue of "The Nation" is
now starting to yield results, as local chapters of "The Alliance" are
popping up like mushrooms arouing the country.  I think campaign reform
and reform in how PACs and lobbyists influence our elected officials may
not only be more relevant than at least I thought, but I know it is an
issue that mainstream Americans are interested in.

   Any thoughts on this?

   - Joe

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