#Con­front­cor­rup­tion Vig­ils Call for An End to U.S. Gov­ern­ment Cor­rup­tion

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While other coun­tries make steady progress in re­duc­ing gov­ern­ment cor­rup­tion, the U.S. is rapidly go­ing in the other di­rec­tion and be­com­ing in­creas­ingly cor­rupt at ev­ery level.

Shortly af­ter Don­ald Trump’s more than a lit­tle odd per­for­mance in a press con­fer­ence with Vladimir Putin on July 17 in Helsinki, a col­lec­tion of grass­roots ad­vo­cates and na­tional ad­vo­cacy groups chose to use the oc­ca­sion to call for a se­ries of vig­ils across the U.S. on July 18.

These vig­ils fell un­der the ban­ner of “Con­front Cor­rup­tion and De­mand Democ­racy”. They were or­ga­nized by a num­ber of spon­sor­ship groups, in­clud­ing: Cit­i­zens for Re­spon­si­bil­ity and Ethics in Wash­ing­ton (CREW), Com­mon Cause, CREDO Ac­tion, Democ­racy for Amer­ica, Green­peace, Hip Hop Cau­cus, Moveon, Peo­ple’s Ac­tion, Public Cit­i­zen, and the Lead­er­ship Con­fer­ence for Civil and Hu­man Rights.

To­gether the groups de­manded that, “From at­tacks on the Rus­sia in­ves­ti­ga­tion to ethics scan­dals in the high­est of­fices in the land, we must re­ject at­tempts to shield cor­rup­tion from po­lit­i­cal con­se­quences, public scru­tiny, and le­gal ac­count­abil­ity.” The groups also noted that, de­spite the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion with the Repub­li­can-dom­i­nated Congress and Don­ald Trump be­ing the trig­gers for the cur­rent events, “re­cent self­deal­ing, con­flicts of in­ter­est, and at­tacks on the rule of law have dragged our coun­try to a new low, but the roots of to­day’s cor­rup­tion ex­tend well beyond any one pres­i­dent or Congress.”

The coali­tion which put this to­gether put down as their cen­tral state­ments about the cause that of “Restor­ing faith in our democ­racy and en­sur­ing gov­ern­ment works in the best in­ter­est of all Amer­i­cans, not to the per­sonal ben­e­fit of po­lit­i­cal in­sid­ers and the wealthy and well-con­nected, re­quires com­pre­hen­sive re­form.” The group also named its top four de­mands as:

• Our democ­racy must en­sure the free­dom to vote and have the vote counted.

• Our democ­racy must be hon­est

• Our democ­racy must pro­vide trans­parency into

our gov­ern­ment and our elec­tions.

• Our democ­racy must be re­spon­sive. Over 170 sep­a­rate lo­ca­tions across the U.S. held vig­ils on July 18 in honor of the #Con­front­cor­rup­tion cam­paign.

Un­for­tu­nately, de­mand­ing change doesn't cre­ate change and even wide­spread protest won't ac­com­plish much of any­thing. Amer­i­cans need to stop buy­ing into the delu­sion that they live in a democ­racy, stop al­low­ing them­selves to be di­vided by a two party sys­tem, re­take their power from the crim­i­nal cor­po­ra­tions that run the Wash­ing­ton pup­pet show and im­ple­ment a new gov­ern­ment by the peo­ple, for the peo­ple.

Those who think that so­cial­ism is the an­swer should spend a year liv­ing as a lo­cal in Cuba.

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