Do you have the required insight and maturity?
- Ignore the ambulance-chasing, drama-queen media and the wag-the-dog politicians?
- Overcome apathy and avoid time-wasting, windmill-tilting?
- Team with others to execute some simple tactics that will guarantee Congress does what YOU want?
Then, you can be an Agenda Setter.
Being an Agenda Setter requires insight and emotional maturity. Specifically…
- You don’t focus on the trivia that the media and the politicians want you to debate. Instead, you focus on the change you want to cause.
- You refuse to submit to the distractions your rulers deploy. You recognize that they want you to feel impotent. You choose to embrace the tactics that will empower you.
There’s no such thing as “voting harder.” And arguing on Facebook consumes vast amounts of time and energy. But think what would happen if you used a tiny fraction of that time and energy doing what your rulers do. And what do they do? Take note…
They meet behind closed doors to write the legislation that will rule your life. Special interest lobbyists are visiting congressional offices all day long.
But you’re not visiting even once! This is what needs to change.
You need to be represented at Congressional meetings!
Does that sound impossible? Are you too introverted to participate in such meetings? Do you feel unqualified? Do you think you lack the time? Are you afraid to go alone? Is travel to Washington, DC too expensive? We’ll show you how you can…
- Never leave your hometown (the meeting can happen in your local district office)
- Go in the company of others (lots of company)
- Let others do the talking for you, unless you’re really good at it!
- Help set the congressional agenda by spending only an hour or two per year
Better yet, you don’t have to do much of anything until or unless 300 other people in your district agree to do the same. That way you can be certain your effort will bear real fruit. We call this Option Activism.
- Imagine that 300 people agree to visit your local congressional office to lobby for a bill that has support from all sides – liberal, conservative, and libertarian.
- Imagine that those 300 people go in waves of roughly 5-10 people each, week after week, month after month.
Most members of Congress will agree to introduce or co-sponsor your bill at some point during that process. It isn’t just likely, or probable, it’s virtually guaranteed. Better yet…
No bill ever requires all 435 House members. We just need a majority – 218 in the House. That will give us enough support to force the bill to a vote, using a special procedure called a discharge petition. But the congressional leadership will probably schedule a vote long before that point.
What kind of bills could we pass using this method?
Are there good bills that have transpartisan support, that would move America in the right direction? Yes, there are. Some are ideas we created ourselves. For example…
- The One Subject at a Time Act (OSTA): HR 2240 reintroduced by Russ Fulcher [R-ID] – each bill passed by Congress must deal with only one subject. Any bill passed in violation of this requirement will be unenforceable in court. We’ve gotten this legislation introduced in Congress multiple times. It currently has 7 co-sponsors.
- S. 2566: Prohibiting Punishment of Acquitted Conduct Act – this bill already has bipartisan support in Congress. It would prohibit judges from sentencing people to prison for allegations that were acquitted in court. Yes, such things do happen. Estimates are that 30,000 people are currently serving long terms for crimes they didn’t commit.
- Restore federal parole. We need to empty the American Gulag. There’s no bill yet, but we know there’s growing bipartisan support for sentencing reform, as represented by the recent passage of the First Step Act. And we think restoring federal parole is either the next step or perhaps the third step, after passing 2. 2566. It’s wrong for the land of the free to lead the world in incarceration.
- There’s no need to visit your local congressional office until 300 people have committed to do so — and you won’t go alone!
- You’ll be able to organize your visit in a way that fits with your personal schedule.
- You won’t need to talk much during these visits unless you want to. Each group will choose a primary spokesperson.
Here’s how you sign up to be one of the 300, and then do nothing further (unless you really want to) until success is guaranteed…
- Click on one or more of the proposals above. Use our advocacy system to send a letter to Congress. Constituent messages, from Advocates like you, are counted by staff and reported to your representative. Plus, you’ll get our email newsletter progress reports so you can easily track our progress.
- Keep the box checked to be one of the 300 who will participate in visits to the local congressional office. We’ll keep you updated with progress reports. We’ll tell you how things are going in your district and across America.
- Our advocacy system will also HELP you make a phone call. This reinforces your letter to Congress. Why should you consider doing this? Calls are more effective than letters (but less effective than meetings).
In review, what does it mean to be an Agenda Setter?
- You ignore the ambulance-chasing media and the wag-the-dog politicians.
- You overcome apathy and avoid windmill-tilting.
- You team up with others to execute the simple tactics that will guarantee success.
Please choose a proposal to get started…
- HR 2240: The One Subject at a Time Act.
- S. 2566: Prohibiting Punishment of Acquitted Conduct Act
- Restore federal parole