Moveon: Contributions To Impeach President Bill Clinton

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MoveOn.org The website MoveOn.org describes itself as, “a community of more than eight million Americans from all walks of life who use innovative technology to lead, participate in, and win campaigns for progressive change.” This organization is a non-profit, public policy advocacy group that has been able give the people a stronger voice as well as raise millions of dollars for candidates running for elected office that they identify as “progressives”. Joan Blades and Wes Boy who are software entrepreneurs cofounded MoveOn in 1998 just as the US House of Representatives was attempting to impeach President Bill Clinton. The couple started by passing a petition around asking Congress to “censure President Clinton and move on to pressing…show more content…
This part of the organization was launched in 2001 and encourages its members to set up their own campaigns for social change by using MoveOn’s online petition tools. Members have created petitions for things raging from pressuring Governor Christie of New Jersey to resign, to a petition to tell Congress to Strengthen, Support and Pass the Voting Rights Amendment. To me this is something that is amazing because sometimes the little guys voice never reaches the halls of congress and maybe even to the Presidents Desk; with these tools it has been heard loud and clear. I really admire the efforts of this particular part of MoveOn because it really is direct democracy in action. It is also my belief that by enabling people to share their concerns with the organizations vast number of members can empower someone who may feel they do not have much of a voice when it comes to change. I absolutely find that this is what our country needs more of because at times it is hard to for me to completely have faith that our elected officials really know and understand the trouble of the common man. I found this part of the site to be useful and I may even start a campaign or two here in my own state to get our representatives to be more involved in insuring every student has access to the arts and that they all…show more content…
This organization uses the power of its huge number of members to raise money to elect candidates they consider to be progressive and defeat those who stand in the way of change. I found myself taking much pause when I read about this particular topic. I am not old enough to remember if politics has always been about who ever raises the most money to make his or her opponent look bad, wins the election. It is rather unsettling that on their website there is a petition to “Take Big Money out of Politics” when this website and the millions of member are in fact “big money”. If this this is something MoveOn practices, I don’t think I can support this part completely. I believe politicians should sell us on the good they have been able to do before they were elected, their character, and weather or not they will be to person who really listens to the people and makes our voices heard. I will acknowledge that MoveOn supports many candidates through donations that are less than $20 and that is something I would rather have than major corporations donating billions to “buy”

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