From the diaries by Erick
America was founded on the belief that the power of this nation originates and resides among “We the people.” However, over the years, we have seen a slow decline in our ability to find honest and transparent representation that serves us. In a day and age when most politicians serve themselves, and the special interests, more and more of the American people are demanding new leaders that will answer to us.
As a political training organization, we are constantly looking for new ways to empower individuals and promote greater transparency and accountability in our government and elected officials. With those goals in mind, American Majority is constantly pushing ways in which social media and emerging applications can elevate the voice of “We the people,” not only during an election, but in the day-to-day governance of this great nation. Given the capabilities of today’s interactive media, it’s now possible to continue the conversation started in television debates and newspaper coverage and take them to new levels.
- Citizens can post text questions or video questions through YouTube for candidates in the 2010 midterm elections; each race has its own page where they aggregate questions posed for candidates for that specific race.
- Using Google technology, visitors to 10Questions can vote questions up and down. After a set period of public engagement, the 10 top-voted questions in each race are posed to the candidates.
- Candidates then have the opportunity to post video responses, and voters rate those responses for completeness, directness, depth and substance — criteria that are sometimes hard to get out of politicians in the rapid-fire context of a live question.
- Taking part/action only takes a few minutes and anyone can participate in the debate.
- Question submission and voting are open through September 14, so take action now!