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  1. Rhana Bazzini

    MTA has done so much research regarding the wording of an amendment I think we should follow their lead. Check their website for the 6 proposals already filed and how they fall short of our goal.

    My main frustration with Project Granny D has been trying to get groups to liaison and work together. So much time and duplication could be saved by that.

    You may publish my email and phone number as I wish to make all the contacts possible. Granny D walks are springing up all over. We need to coordinate. I’m starting October 13. Wouldn’t it be great if we could get all 50 states to walk the same month! I think it’s a pretty good month for walking in most states.

    Go Grannies!

    Rhana Bazzini
    rhana3@verizon.net
    941-922-3610

    • pewestlake pewestlake

      Thanks for your comment, Rhana. There are many groups working on this issue. Some play well with the other kids better than others. I am a member of the MTA national Law & Research Committee and I support the MTA language but I don’t believe it’s the only or even the best proposal out there. Free Speech for People has an equally good proposal but neither cuts the cancer created by the Supreme Court from the U.S. Constitution as cleanly and definitively as the one we propose here (in our opinion, of course). But none of that matters until we build enough populist momentum to spur both parties into action.

      Which brings me to my other point. The biggest problem we’ve identified, other than bad language and unnecessary animosity between allied groups, is the fact that most (if not all) of the groups working for an amendment are easily and proudly identified as left wing. We strongly believe it’s going to take a lot more than a progressive wave in this country to assure passage and ratification of a good amendment. The groups that are using this as the centerpiece of a larger social movement, MTA included, may be doing us all a disservice by so blatantly associating what should be a non-partisan process with liberal ideology. I (and others) lost that fight with the MTA leadership, but I still count them as my friends and allies. However, I remain deeply concerned about the damage that association with left wing ideology can have on the prospects of success.

      Thanks again for the comment. Keep up the good fight.

      Paul Westlake
      Managing Editor

      • Jonathan

        I agree that it is a problem that all the leaders on this are from the left. It is clearly necessary that we need a broader movement if this is ever going to happen.

        I also find it puzzling but I can hardly claim insight into the psyche of conservatives. I do think it is worth making a serious effort to broaden the coalition.

        • Char Gil

          I believe that pewestlake made some valid observations regarding the wording on this amendment. I also agree with those observations. The wording of the amendment does need to be stronger and clearer, more plain language, less beating around the bush! Speaking plainly, it needs to say that by taking money from these groups or those rich power mongers then that person or entity will definitely get much more than a slap on the wrist. By doing so the language would challenge them and get their attention, which I believe is the major point! Then give the amendment the necessary TEETH to make sure the amendment is noticed and believed.
          Once the amendment appears in this type of form, it is likely that conservatives and middle of the roaders will sit up and pay attention. Also, if they are so inclined to support something like this, then a strong, well worded, coherent and truly useful amendment will draw them to it’s support like bees to pollen!
          It also seems to me that ya’ll could use as resource, to get you on track and keep you on track. A resource such as a couple or three working Mothers with a sound grasp of Common Sense, well versed in Time Management and quite practiced in Crowd Control. Also excellent in Diplomacy with a sound grasp of getting touchy egos and ruffled feathers to all work in the same direction! Then you would likely see a useful, well rounded and effective amendment, all done in a timely fashion.
          All of which would surely impress the opposition with the knowledge that we have already won and they should just give in graciously!
          I’ll leave off here with some words from Sun Tzu, to put us all in the right frame of mind[although obvious to most, politics is a form of war];
          “What is essential in war is victory, not prolonged operations.”
          “The best victory is when the opponent surrenders of its own accord before there are any actual hostilities… It is best to win without fighting.”
          “Do not engage an enemy more powerful than you. And if it is unavoidable and you do have to engage, then make sure you engage it on your terms, not on your enemy’s terms.”

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