Make it Fair is dedicated to shining a spotlight on the corrosive effects of money in our political process and its clear threat to our democracy. Equity is key. The dollars to run elections needs to come from everyone, so everyone is represented.
Our government isn't working. What's wrong? Finger pointing and accusations abound. It’s a liberal or conservative thing. It's a Democratic or a Republican thing. It's an urban or rural thing. In reality, however, almost everyone has realized the government isn't listening to them.
Close to 80% of Americans don't feel our US government represents their interests. Just 60 years ago, that number was flipped and 80% believed the US government was working in their best interest. What's changed?
Make it Fair's goal is to help illuminate that the very small percentage of people who do feel the government represents them are the people who are able to influence the government.
We're governed by a written Constitution which was adopted in 1789. Since its inception its been amended 27 times. It’s a wonderful document, but like everything conceived of by man it isn't perfect and is open to interpretation. Over the last 60 years the Constitution has been interpreted so that people with unlimited wealth are able to influence the government. This has created an unprecendented inequity in the power of their voices over the average citizen. These current laws and interpretations have made it so money is speech. Lots of money allows you to speak loudly. Lack of money forces you to whisper. You won’t find these laws written in the Constitution. Again, this is something which has been interpreted by judges over time. Do you think the engine behind the judges interpretations were the poor whisperers or the shouting super wealthy?
At Make it Fair we will strive to identify and discuss the many ways money has not only influenced government, but also popular opinion. We welcome you to join in the dialogue.