Monday, July 12, 2004
Letter to BuzzFlash.com re: No Confidence Movement
You have been a consistent source of valuable information and I have made multiple daily visits to your site over the past two years. You have recently presented articles that describe proposals to cancel or postpone US elections this fall. This is of course in addition to the many varied stories demonstrating an array of election anomalies and systemic shortcomings that all but guarantee another uncertain outcome in November. It is for this reason that I ask you to drop the pretense that support for Kerry is in America's interest. The only plan on the table that really takes aim at the problem here (as well as offering some very meaningful solutions) is the No Confidence Movement.
The thesis of our effort says "there is no BASIS for confidence in the legitimacy of United States federal elections." In three months, not a single opponent has emerged to argue that there IS a basis for confidence. In Arcata, CA the City Council is considering what we hope will be the first of many resolutions to this effect. We are mindful of the trend represented by the more than 300 anti-Patriot act statements that have failed to restore our rights. Yes, it is a good thing that so many communities have spoken out, but as a strategy it has failed to produce tangible change.
The No Confidence Movement is aiming to learn from this. The Arcata resolution ponders its role as the first of its kind, urging other communities to contribute to a cumulative impact (also phrased as "triggering a domino effect that will build to a tipping point"). We have done this through the language of the Declaration of Independence which says that the "just Powers" of the Government are derived from the "Consent of the Governed." It is clear, not only through voting fraud but also "free speech zones," "safe" Congressional seats in gerrymandered districts, and secret budget expenditures (among many other examples) that the Consent of the Governed is being denied, ignored and otherwise deemed irrelevant. The Declaration of Independence says it is our "Right and Duty" under these circumstances to "alter or abolish" our "Form of Government."
We are not seeking anarchy but rather the creation of a new democracy built on competition in the free market-place of ideas. Our vision includes designation of Election Day as a national holiday, instant runoff voting (IRV), proportional representation, state by state elimination of the winner-take-all system (or the entire Electoral College), public campaign financing, national standards for uniform election machines (or no machines at all), and an explicit determination that money does not equal speech and that corporations do not have the same rights as humans.
BuzzFlash has risen to such a high level of prominence and influence that your site alone could solidify the country's understanding that democracy is currently a myth in America. Many of us are pooling our voices to say we will not allow ourselves to be lied to anymore. Please amplify our chorus and step into the truly meaningful leadership role that your vast audience needs you to play. Everything there is to know about the No Confidence Movement can be found at http://guvwurld.blogpot.com.