Top 10 Reasons You Should Use
the Citizens' Advisory
Summary: Why should you use the Citizens'
Advisory voting advice system? In short, personal convenience and a strong democracy.
How, you ask? Here are the top 10 reasons...
When it's time to vote, you go one place to get advice advisors you trust.
You don't have to go hunting for them.
You get recommendations from every advisor you trust, on all
issues they've thought about. For example, someone you might be unaware that
one of the people you trust has recommendations on a particular ballot measure--so
you might not even think to look for their thoughts on the subject.
A democracy in which elected representatives are truly accountable, because
the people who are watching over their shoulders can easily reach everyone
who is eligible to vote for that official. If your legislator isn't doing
what you expect them to do, you'll find out about it--from someone
A democracy in which you're more inclined to vote: because the process is
more convenient, because politicians are more truly accountable, and because
the system finally begins to reflect what's important to you--because politicians
are talking to the people you're listening to, who are representing your concerns.
A democracy in which anyone has a reasonable chance of being elected,
because the outcome depends on the strength of their ideas rather than on
the depth of their pocketbook. Instead of having to reach hundreds of thousand
of voters, you only need to reach a few hundred influential advisors--and
you can find out who they are.
Newspaper columnists have a large readership. But how large, exactly? How
many people trust their judgements enough to act on them? How many even reading
their columns? Simple counts of newspaper and magazine readership can't provide
those numbers. But a site like the Citizens' Advisory can. As a result, columnists,
organizations, and advisors you trust get a stronger voice in government.
If they represent 100,000 votes, and a corporate lobbyist is offering 100,000
dollars that might buy some votes, who is the politician going to
listen to? To the person with the votes, every time. And that scenari is much
different from business as usual in the Capitol.
Existing columnists act as watchdogs on our politicians, but their readership
is sporadic. And voters might not get have the information they provide handy
on election day. Many watchdog organizations exist, as well. But their outreach
is confined to a limited membership and the occassional interview. With the
Citizens Advisory, their readership is multiplied many fold. They don't have
to be a establish columnist to reach voters. And the reward of readership
will encourage many existing agencies to act as watchdogs, as well, because
they know their recommendations will be heeded.
Does your organization influence enough votes to get an alternative candidate
elected. Probably not. But with the Citizen's Advisory, you can find other
organizations with similar agendas, and find out how many people they're influencing.
If you play your cards right, you can put together a coalition that's truly
Economy of Effort
As important as it is to know what you can achieve, it's important
to know what you can't achieve, as well. Is your organization considering
support for a candidate who has no possibility of winning? If you find that
out early, you can save the time, energy, and risk of being deemed "out
of touch", and instead join a forming coalition and support a candidate
who can succeed. The Citizens' Advisory makes that possible.
- No More "Sound Byte" Politics
When people make their decisions based on advice from people
they trust, rather than on the basis of what they hear in the media, there will be little point in spending enormous sums on the glitzy
production and ceasless repetition that are the hallmark of media propaganda. In short, an advice network is an anti-propaganda system--one in
which decisions are based on thoughtful deliberation, rather than on continuous repetition of slogans,
lies and mudslinging attacks
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