A root cause is an initiating cause of either a condition or a causal chain that leads to an outcome or effect of interest. Commonly, root cause is used to describe the depth in the causal chain where an intervention could reasonably be implemented to improve performance or prevent an undesirable outcome.
What is the cause of our unrest; of our inability to establish political leaders who work for us?
Some people who became politically active during the crapstorm of 2016 never intended to stay involved. For some, it was all about winning a victory against Trump, and when that win didn’t materialize, they just moved on. For others, it was about saving the spirit of the Republican party and reducing the ever-escalating divisiveness that prevents cohesion around the country. Unfortunately, there were many folks in all categories who are ready to lay down and take whatever our corrupt government has in store. But I believe that there are plenty of us ready to continue fighting. So what’s next?
Really, it’s the same thing that we’ve needed to address for decades now. Big money has corrupted our politicians and ruined any chance at trust between them and the people. The worst aspect of this, being that our votes don’t matter.
Do you want your vote to matter? Like, do you actually care about preserving whatever control over the government your vote is supposed to represent? If not, you’ve come to the wrong blog, because we want our votes to matter over here. And right now, they don’t matter nearly as much as they were intended to when our democracy was founded.
From the moment someone gets elected to the federal congress, they spend more time trying to raise money than actually doing their job. This has gotten to the point where raising money is one of the most important keys to continued success, if by success you mean “keeping your elected office.” So out yourself in the seat of a new politician. Maybe you really are one of the good guys who wants to ‘drain the swamp’ or ‘bring our troops home’ or ‘end climate change.’ But how will you win if nobody knows your name?
You could probably raise enough money locally to present a challenge to the sitting congressman. You could probably get famous enough from that attention to grab even more support and launch yourself into office based on your fresh ideas. But what are you going to do when you get there? Your political party introduces you to your fundraising responsibilities before you even finish orientation.
So now you need to raise money again; a LOT of money, because someone will be coming to challenge you in a few years. Also, because your party-mates have challengers and they need money, too. Your political party needs money all over the country to advertise its candidates, and now you need to pitch in. If you don’t make money, you will have a very hard time finding support from all those politicians who are spending half their week in the fundraising call room.
Your state has rich people in it, and it’s got poor people in it. Who are you going to call when you need some money donated to your campaign? The rich people who you know will donate to you. Who will you call next? The rich people who you aren’t sure if they will donate to you. Who do you call after that? Any other rich person to which you have access. We can hopefully agree based on logic that you aren’t going to spend all week calling the middle-class and poor of your constituency; they don’t have any money to give you!
So now, public servant, what members of the public have enough access to actually demand what they want from you? Rich people. You could have all the best intentions about helping the impoverished of your community, but if you need a CEO’s donation more than a veteran’s vote, then the writing’s on the wall. You get the money you need to maintain (or advance) your position within the party, and the rich people get their opinions heard in Washington D.C. at a much higher rate than the average American.
This is why the DNC deceptively pushed Clinton as their candidate from the very beginning- fundraising juggernaut in control of the whole party. This is also why the Democrats want to push the same establishment politicians that everyone hates- they choose whoever can pull the most cash from corporations and rich people. The Republicans would have stood no chance against a candidate that people wanted to vote for. As it stands they got the victory by electoral-fail, and we all look like idiots again.
So do you want your vote to matter? Let’s do something!
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