They are doing a good job, as Congressional disapproval ratings
have been increasing for years and are currently in the high 80s percentile.
But it is obviously not enough, as Congressional reelection rates
are consistently in the high 90s percentile.
How can this be? How can they keep getting reelected when so many of us are so thoroughly disgusted with them?
The reason is because all of the above broadcast general information to large numbers of people. Thus the
return swath of anger is equally as broad: "the public" overwhelmingly disapproves of "Congress."
The problem is that "the public" doesn't vote for "Congress" - individuals vote for individuals.
We all know what's going to happen in the next election if we don't do something to change this:
In doing so, we need to address the following issues:
And if that isn't challenging enough, we need to do this with large - really large - numbers of people.
And given that, let's be honest: it has to be simple and quick or it ain't gonna work.
And they have to know we will vote them out of office - or they will never, ever change. Period.
There are strong incentives for various groups to submit SellOuts,
which means our site will consist of many pieces of information for every politician - which so far makes us just like
every other "broadcast" site out there.
What makes us different is that our SellOuts can be rated, and that people can rate SellOuts for
only their representatives.
What makes us effective is that this process will lead to people actually voting their representatives out
of office if they are constantly catering to the rich special interests that fund their campaigns.
This resolves the following issues:
→ Members can receive an automatic email or text-message notification whenever a SellOut
for their representative is added to the site.
→ Ratings are forever. And all ratings are factored into a cumulative score for each politician - which is also forever.
→ The number of ratings is displayed for each politician, which means they
will know how many other voters in their state or district feel the same way they do, i.e. they will know they are not alone.
They will know that their representative will hear this "yell", not this nebulous thing
called "Congress" which will ignore them because they don't have enough money.
They know that it will actually change things. (See below.)
It is simple and quick. (Hey, that matters.)
Before, they were mad at "Congress"; now they will be mad at their representative. BIG DIFFERENCE.
They will know they are not alone.
They know that it will finally - finally! - change things. Because now they will have someone representing them, not
whoever is writing the biggest check.
They will know that a SellOut rating will not only affect the upcoming election, but all elections thereafter.
And that it will be seen not only by their current constituents, but all future ones as well.
This gives the SellOut far more weight and value than any dollar figure attached to the bribe... er, lobbying.
They will know that the anger is emanating from their constituents, not "the public."
And that it is directed at them, not "Congress."
They will know that their constituents will vote. And that that vote will reflect this anger.
Can you spend that much of your time not doing your job? Can anyone?
Electing officials whose prime concern is not raising money for their reelection will give us politicians
who spend more time actually working for us.
Can you expect that kind of raise when you leave your job? Can anyone?
Breaking the lobbyist-legislator link will give us politicians who care more about what we want,
as opposed to their future employers (assuming they "play ball").
Their staff need only scour the Web and submit SellOuts which illustrate how the current so-called "representative"
has been selling him- or herself to the highest bidder.
In fact, the very process of reading and rating SellOuts will serve to make up the voter's mind about whom he or she will vote for
long before the commercials start airing.
This is huge. We have to prevent rich special-interests from buying and controlling our government.
Think about the difference this can make if millions of us do it!
Spread the word any way you can.
Submit SellOuts. The site has been built. And, as they (kinda sorta) say: "If you fill it, they will come."
We have done an initial seeding to get things started, but due to time and money constraints we could
only find and add data from a couple of sites.
See our Submissions page for details.
This is your site - help maintain its integrity: