The presidential primary season is in full swing, yet there are so many of us who just don’t care.

Regardless of political affiliation, the majority of Americans agree that large corporate donations negatively influence U.S. policy. Perhaps this why we no longer trust our government to represent us. Even Donald Trump has exposed the truth that big donations demand recognition. That is a sign that our Republic is no longer a democracy.

Enter Larry Lessig.

Lessig is a Harvard law professor and Democratic presidential candidate running as a “referendum president”. This means that, if elected, he would serve only as long as it takes to pass one statute, and then step down to let his Vice President finish his term.

Lessig proposes the Citizens Equality Act of 2017, a package of reforms that aims to bring systemic changes that would give us back a government – of, by, and for the people. If passed, the Act would allow Congress to truly align themselves with their constituents’ needs instead of worrying about that corporate hand on their shoulder. It proposes to make voting day a national holiday so that everyone can get to the polls, as well as ending partisan gerrymandering!

This single issue platform is based on the belief that we must restore the people’s representation in government – before – tackling other important issues like climate change, domestic issues, foreign policy, tax reform, etc. We must force our elected officials to listen to the citizens!

Recently, Louisiana attempted to pass a law R.S. 37:1866 to make it illegal to use CASH in secondhand transactions, for example, yard sales and flea markets. Certain banks are banning cash as an acceptable payment for credit cards, mortgages, and auto loans. The push to ban currency is nothing more than total control of the citizens.

We need to recover our heritage now more than ever as big business and government gain dominance. Please cover Lessig’s candidacy, along with the others. He is running an open campaign based on a simple idea that deserves our consideration.

 

Lorna Day

Keyport, NJ