Operation Texas

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Congratulations to Texas for becoming the first state to file an official Wolf PAC Resolution!
In the coming weeks we will be putting pressure on Texas state legislators to pass resolution HCR 25. We need your help to make sure it passes. We literally can't do it without you. Please RSVP below to our two very important upcoming events.


Click Here to become part of the team who will be contacting Texas State Legislators in the coming weeks.
 

 

We are having a conference call this Saturday at 2pm Eastern.  We will be describing in detail how you can help with this vital operation.

Click Here to join Wolf PAC, Cenk, and others on a conference call this Saturday. 

 

*If you live in Texas you are encouraged to send an email to Todd Jagger who is our Texas State coordinator. 
You can reach Todd here:   Todd@wolf-pac.com 

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commented 2013-01-13 14:06:12 -0500 · Flag
Hi Doogie – You’ve raised a lot of points but I’ll hit on as many as I can without getting too long (I’ll fail miserably on that). I’m not trying to “convince” you of anything but just giving you an “on the ground” perspective from Texas.

We were able to introduce HCR-25 because Rep. Lon Burnam is truly a man of the people. He’s not afraid to propose legislation that he believes in, and, like Cenk & Prof. Lessig, he believes that the only way we can fix the problem is by forcing Congress to act. They aren’t going to do it by saying “Pretty please, fix yourself.” If we’re successful (and we will be, I have no doubt) he will be recognized as the man who took the first real step.

Actually, from what I understand, the political dynamics are exactly the reverse from what you assert. The populist tea party here in Texas is being steamrolled by the corporate wing of the GOP and they’re the ones who want to level the playing field. The support we get from the GOP on this will almost certainly come from the populists and those who understand that this affects every facet of policy making and economic growth. For example money buys non-competitive, overly complex regulation which stifles startups and small businesses. The microbrew industry is a prime example of this.

Texas might be the first state to introduce a Wolf-PAC bill but it’s premature to say we’ve got traction. We’ve got interest, for sure. We have to turn that in to traction. We’re going to have to work hard on that and build a coalition of people who may not have a lot in common except the certainty that big money in politics is destroying our democracy. Whether it comes from the left or the right, corporations, unions or individuals, corruption is corruption.

Texas is notorious for egregious jerrymandering by whatever party is in power. That’s why the fed had to step in and make it less awful not too long ago.

As far as state referendums… uh, Montana? Basically the Supreme Court has said state’s rights are tolerable when it comes to some social issues but when it comes to rigging the system, no sir.

Finally, calling a convention through our State Legislatures is essentially the “national referendum” you want. This is exactly the intended purpose of Article V!

We (and Prof. Lessig) believe that the threat of a convention will force Congress to adopt an amendment acceptable to the People that will address all the concerns you raise about the mechanics of how we fix this problem. If the amendment doesn’t represent the will of the People the Convention can proceed. This was the intent of the framers of the Constitution; that’s why they put Article V in there. If a Convention were to happen that’s where a viable solution will emerge, through discussion and consensus. I’m reading Madison’s journal from the original Convention and it’s fascinating. One might contend, perhaps rightly, that the framers were of a different intellect and motivation, but a primary reason for the original Constitutional Convention was essentially the same: the union was basically non-functional due in large part to corruption and self-interests, large and small.

Having this dialog is what’s going to move this forward. That’s what formed the original Constitutional Convention. It’s what makes us stronger. It’s what’s going to save our republic.
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