For more than 12 years, Capitol Hill Blue has watched, monitored, criticized and chastised politicians from all political persuasions for what we see as their failure to serve the Constitution and their country.
We’ve fought the good fight but something was, and is, lacking. Our critics are always quick to point out that while we are there to criticize we do not offer any real solutions to the many problems that confront our nation.
Earlier this year, we tried to address that problem with the launch of The Campaign for Our America, a grassroots organization aimed at serious government reform, media monitoring and fraud watch.
We started strong but we started too late and failed to garner enough grassroots support to operate as a legitimate grassroots organization in key states so I suspended operations for the balance of this election year, knowing that we could regroup after the November mid-terms. Our media monitoring operation continued and we contributed to reports on MSNBC and other networks on stories about bias in news organizations.
The November mid-term elections provided some hope for change as voters tossed out the corrupt Republican leadership of Congress and gave Democrats a temporary lease to prove they could do better.
But more must be done. Early indications show reform will be slow in coming, if at all, and some of the early actions by the incoming leadership of Congress show the agenda may be more of the same.
So the Campaign for Our America returns to the fray, ready to pursue governmental reform along with continued media monitoring and a constant watch for fraud.
On January 1, Capitol Hill Blue comes an official part of the Campaign for Our America, both as the online voice for reform as well as a major contributor to its causes. In the coming year, Blue will dedicate all of its advertising revenue to the CFOA budget and serve as a public discussion forum for reform.
But we can’t do it alone and I’m asking for your help. Capitol Hill Blue’s ad revenue will fund the bulk of our expenses. I will continue to pay all operating expenses personally so that all contributions can be used for CFOA activities.
I’m asking the readers of Capitol Hill Blue to step forward and take up the challenge. We will need at least $25,000 in donations to make this work and is 1,000 Capitol Hill Blue readers contribute just $25.00 each we can achieve that goal. Of course, any amount, large or small, will help and those who do help will be part of the only grassroots political organization whose goal is serious, non-partisan, reform of our political system and government.
How will we accomplish this? By speaking out as a unified, non-partisan voice for real reform – reform based on the needs of the nation, not the agenda of any political party. Reform based on ideas from you, our readers, not from professional politicians or professional reformers with hidden agendas.
I think we can do it but whether or not we can is up to you.
Our mission is direct and straight forward:
We feel the American system of government and politics is broken and needs not only repair but complete overhaul.
So our goal is realistic, serious campaign reform and a rethinking of how we elect our leaders and conduct our government.
We believe such an effort can succeed only if it is non-partisan. We are political agnostics, not affiliated with party or ideological organization. We apply the same standard of conduct and expectations to all elected officials — Republican or Democrat, liberal or conservative, right or left. We will not work towards the defeat or election of any specific candidate or elected official but will use our resources instead to provide useful information so that voters can made meaningful decisions on their own.
We believe Our America belongs to the people but the people have, for far too long, been absentee landlords.
Our programs include:
Campaign reform: Working with campaign professionals, constitutional law professors and reform-minded organizations, Our America is developing realistic campaign reform proposals aimed at returning government to the people. Our proposals will be crafted around a belief that government service should be just that — service. So we are advocating limits on salaries, limits on special interest groups, increased campaign reporting requirements and tougher laws to punish those who abuse the system. We are working on our first set of campaign proposals and will seek Congressional co-sponsors from both sides of the aisle. As our programs grow, we hope to expand our efforts into state elections.
Media monitoring: Too many people in this country rely on an often-biased media for information that leads them to make important decisions on those elected to office. We will examine print, broadcast and Internet-based media and spotlight those we feel distort the news or hide behind political agendas.
Fraud alerts: We will monitor the actions of our officials plus elections, advertising, campaign promises and actions of candidates with a non-partisan eye towards fraud, misleading claims and outright violation of the law. We have lawyers ready to file class-action lawsuits against those we find abusing the public trust and will use available tools and resources like the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to aid our cause.
Our charter members include those who contributed to the campaign earlier this year and those who will help us meet our goal in the coming months. In addition, we will depend on you, our supporters, to provide new ideas and directions for much-needed reform.
If you want to help start something that can bring about real change for America, I’m asking you join me by clicking on the "donation" link below and adding your voice to the Campaign for Our America.
We have 22 months before the critical elections of 2008 and the time to start is now. For the last 12 years, Capitol Hill Blue has tried to be there for you, the readers. Now we’re asking you to be there for us.