How to MOP Congress with the 20% Solution*


By Robert Baroody

It’s a very simple idea.

Most members of Congress have one overriding goal: to get elected, and then re-elected. Campaigns now cost obscene amounts of money. The really big bucks come from the largest corporations, narrowly focused interest groups, and extremely rich individuals.

The people behind the money are not stupid—they expect, and get, favors in return for their money. This is legal bribery. Also, politicians can spend as much of their own money as they want to—if a multimillionaire, they can spend millions of dollars to buy an office. It is unlimited.

This so-called system is the opposite of democracy. Americans are so disgusted that in any given contest more registered voters stay at home than vote for any one candidate. If things don’t change, and soon, the U.S. will become a banana republic where the richest 1% control everything. The rest of us will have to make do with the crumbs.

There are many reform proposals that look to change this situation. Most have merits, but, in the end, the ONLY real solution is to get Money Outta Politics (MOP). It really is that simple.

Here’s the plan: the 20% solution

Citizens commit to one-issue voting: the MOP bill. If a candidate pledges, in writing, to vote for MOP, a voter will deliberately put aside all the other political, economic, and social issues for that one election. No matter where the candidate stands on ANY other issue, if he/she supports MOP, you vote for; if not, against. Incumbents who refuse to endorse the MOP legislation are turned out of office.

This can be tough for many people. An incumbent may be good on many issues. An opposing candidate may stand for things you despise. But if that candidate is the only one who pledges to support MOP, or the incumbent will not, he/she will get your vote. Why? Because until we get money out of politics, ALL other issues will continue to be corrupted by big money campaign contributions.

Single-issue strategic voting was used successfully about 90 years ago. The issue was the prohibition of alcohol which was passed as a constitutional amendment even though the majority of the population were drinkers as were a bigger majority of Congress. The goodness or badness of prohibition is irrelevant. It is the strategy that is important.

It took only 10-20% of voters to demand a do-or-die vote to get prohibition passed. A candidate voted for prohibition because if they voted against it, the very worst thing in their life had a good chance of happening: they would be voted out and have to look for a real job. OK, but the majority should rule, not 20%.

Isn’t this strategy itself anti-democratic? No, it is not. Polls consistently show a majority of Americans believe that the system is broken. We are in crisis. It is time for a smaller group of committed citizens to take a leadership position. Exactly as did the patriots who founded our country. Patriots defend the Constitution against its enemies both foreign and domestic, whether from violence or corruption. These patriots, united in support of MOP, are the 20% solution.

Aside from fear—an excellent motivator for those having everything to lose—the passing of MOP would liberate those representatives who still believe in doing good for their constituents. A representative or senator will typically spend close to 50% of their time soliciting funds. Once MOP is passed they will be able to devote this wasted time to actually reading the bills they vote on and becoming better at serving we, the people.

*Warning: Electoral Disinfectant Solution Will Harm Plutocrats at 20% Concentration

For more detail see Money Outta Politics

9 Responses to How to MOP Congress with the 20% Solution*

  1. This is an absolutely superb idea. If the politicians do not commit to getting money out of politics, throw them out of office. That’s the only way we’ll make progress on the other issues.

    (Well, actually, I also like — I think it’s Singapore — where they execute corrupt politicians. 🙂 )

    • Judy says:

      They don’t count on our money (since they get corporate funds and jobs after office) nor our vote (since party royals pick the candidate and who they will support in the primary).

      The vote is staked and manipulated like in Wisconsin for that RW judge. No protest from the Yale Democratic candidate who lost or the FEC. The people are upset and were in the streets. Obama has been mostly silent on the government take over by the governor and his cronies.

      No anti-globlist and anti-war candidates are supported. If they do then it is arranged to lie to do it. A lot of them who swing to the “dark side” after being elected on a progressive mandate are removed or do a scandal.

      Many Progressive Democrats are leaving this Congress than before such as Dodd, Dorgan, Woolsey, Jankowski. Three governors, Switzer, Sanford, and Blago for scandals, etc.

      Even Lie berman is (I-CT) retiring. His job is done. We are in five or six war fronts.

      Blago (D-IL) goes to jail for minor political influence while Dennis Hastert (R-IL) walked away with three million of a IL land deal. Fitzgerald biased? You bet. Any protest from our Democratic Justice Department? Nope.

      It is not apathy which keeps us from the polls. It is the reality that our system is broken and our leaders corrupted by big money. This is our pay back from party leaders for living in a free and democratic country?

    • Judy says:

      Too bad we can not longer “tar and feather” them. That is “local control” by the people.

  2. The Anti-Bush says:

    This is a great idea, but I doubt it’s going to work because of one thing: The corrupted politicians in power (both parties) know darn well that the only reason they’re in power is their money.

    If they didn’t have that advantage, I don’t think any single current politician would stand a chance at reelection.

    So if it comes down to that, they will think “I might lose reelection if I vote against MOP, but if MOP passes, I’ll definitely lose every election afterwards” — while that presents them with 2 options they don’t like, they’ll prefer the former.

    Alternatively, they’ll pledge in writing to support MOP but vote against it anyway if they think it has any chance of passing.

    Now doing the same thing in Switzerland (where the constitution gives the people the right to pass MOP without any politician’s approval – but where politicians are as bad as everywhere else) could be interesting…

  3. Interesting take on it, Anti, and it sure indicates that we must get people to vote against any politician who is supported by outside money and advertising. The good part is that (especially with our warped Supreme Court) people are getting more involved and knowledgeable about the political corruption.

  4. LK says:

    Anti, don’t forget that Prohibition was enacted by a bunch of drinkers, and supported by only the 10-20% who were not. The sociopaths attracted to politics in our current corrupt system are awfully focused on that next fix – which is the next election.

    • Judy says:

      You are right. Progressives made change in the beginning of the last century. We can do it again. People have wanted Progressive change but it is not here yet.

      We in the parties have to insist only the elected delegates get a vote on policy otherwise the same ole exists. Super Delegates are undemocratic since some have been removed from public office because we didn’t like them. Others living in a different time. Honor their public service but not their vote.

      Are we going to support or hear a vote from “elected party delegates” regarding war and trade policy? We don’t need more “terrorist” banter.

  5. Thanks Judy, and you are very right. Suffice it to say that the people are very mad, and they are just now learning that their trusty bankers and politicians and corporate leaders have been engaged in a cooperative strategy to transfer the country’s wealth to the top 1%.

    I can surely understand the motives of the non-politicians … that’s what incentive is all about. I cannot accept that the politicians have abused the trust of the people who pays their salary. I support the MOP strategy.

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