Why the Restore Democracy Amendment is a Bipartisan Solution
One of the biggest problems with the current movement to get big money out of politics is that it has not truly become a bipartisan movement that appeals to both Democrats and Republicans. Most amendment proposals take on corporations while sparing unions, which prevents Republican legislators from getting on board. Until our movement appeals to both major parties with a bipartisan solution, we will never enact the changes we desperately need. The good news is that success is within our grasp because reclaiming our democracy truly is a bipartisan issue!
According to a recent poll, 80 percent of Republicans, 83 percent of Democrats, and 71 percent of independents support overturning Citizens United. That’s because this cause isn’t about destroying corporations or unions. At its core, getting big money out of politics is about representation and about restoring our democracy so that our representatives are beholden to We The People rather than to a few powerful special interests. By keeping that in mind we can explain to those who aren’t yet part of the movement why they should get involved regardless of their political affiliation.
How to Proceed
Citizens Take Action drafted the Restore Democracy Amendment as a bipartisan solution to the challenges posed by big money in politics. By going after big money from both corporations and unions, we can attract supporters on both sides of the aisle. But we must be thoughtful about how we speak to people of different political persuasions about the amendment. The points that will resonate with a supporter of Occupy Wall Street may not connect with a member of the Tea Party. Success will require a strategic approach. But don’t worry, Citizens Take Action is here to help.
On our Talking Points page you will find talking points to use when speaking to others about getting big money out of politics and the Restore Democracy Amendment. Get familiar with them so that you are well prepared next time you’re volunteering or speaking to a friend, colleague, or family member. Remember, because getting big money out of politics is truly a bipartisan issue getting any potential supporter on board is merely a matter of respecting your audience and explaining the issue in a way that will resonate with them!