Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How do I know I can trust you?
A: Information about Citizen's Coalition for Democratization and our associated educational charity can be found at the California State Department website. Information about the members of the board of directors can be found here. Detailed financial information will be made available soon (we file our first year's taxes in November), but we can say that all funds go directly toward promoting the program. We have no employees; all work, including board meetings, is done voluntarily by the members of the board of directors.
Q: What is your platform?
A: Our platform is anti-corruption. We figure that since nobody likes corruption, we can all come together around that. We need to insist on it, and our insistence needs to be organized. That’s where we come in. We are providing our anti-corruption contract as an organized platform around which Democrats, Republicans, and Independents can unite.
Q: What incentive does a politician have to sign the contract?
A: Sitting elected officials will have little or no incentive to sign it until we generate enough support that they fear losing their jobs, in which case they are more than welcome to draft and introduce the legislation themselves. Our task is to get all of the honest candidates together on one website for the benefit of the voters.
Q: Why drug tests? Isn’t the problem the war on drugs?
A: Whatever you think about the war on drugs, drug testing our elected officials really does make sense. They have some of the most important and powerful jobs in the world, and we have a duty to hold them to the very highest standards. Members of the armed forces are punishable under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, which takes from them certain rights that the rest of us enjoy. We don't see any reason that members of Congress should not be held to a similar, if not the same, code of justice. It makes even more sense when politicians are the ones keeping drugs illegal in the first place.
To be sure, drug-testing members of Congress won't fix government. The problem that we're addressing with drug tests is the issue of hypocrisy. Every hypocritical aspect of our political system erodes public trust in government. It's part of our larger goal to bring politicians down to our level. We want our elected leaders to be hard-working public servants, not aristocrats.
Q: Isn’t this just like that anti-tax pledge put on by Grover Norquist and Americans for Tax Reform?
A: People often seem turned off by the association, but we don’t think they should be. Whether or not you think taxes should be raised, as most Americans do, it has certainly been effective. Almost all sitting Republicans have signed that pledge. We want ours to be signed by all members of all parties. And why shouldn’t it be? It’s designed to appeal to Americans on both sides of the aisle.
Q: Isn’t one party worse than two?
A: In the case of the former Soviet Union, yes. As far as this program is concerned, the contract is the basis for the support that we receive, and it is specifically designed to give more power to the population in general, independent of political affiliation. It's important to understand that we are simply trying to give regular people the vote that they deserve. In any case, we do not plan to register as a formal political party.
Q: Is the contract binding?
A: We have been told that it would be difficult to make the contract binding. However, none of the provisions in the contract will be made into law unless we elect a majority into office, in which case the public pressure will be too strong for officials to back out. The key is turning this into a mass movement.
Q: Am I able to join your group if I don’t plan to run for office?
A: For now, you can join our mailing list on our website and follow us on social media. Another important thing you can do is contact the candidates who are running to represent you in Congress, and ask them to sign our contract. We plan to adopt a formal membership structure in the future but there isn't currently any way to join. We are working on creating new ways for people to play a role in this movement. Do you have some ideas? Let us know!
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