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Platform

Editor’s note: the follow text was written in the timeframe between Summer 2016 and Summer 2017 during which Google completely censored this and the .org site. Given the heavy handy nature Google played to benefit the Clinton campaign (and perhaps giving Trump the presidency in the face of wide-scale support for Bernie Sanders), as well as the fact that both the .com and .org sites had retained a top-scoring position for nearly 15 years, someone saw fit to drop this site from it's search results, as it had clear endorsement of Senator Sander's campaign. Some of the text, particularly about Google’s censorship, has been removed, but will be included in an upcoming book that brings together the writings on the site, as well as the personal story by the person behind the screen. With the site’s censorship being stopped, the below ‘keyword blasts’ are somewhat out of place, at least visually for the flow of what the home page should be, at least will be moved to my own page. I’d also like to say that the entire presentation of this site is really only a preview, placeholder for what I hope to build. Still, the fundamental value of what is beginning to happen I hope you’ll find to be inspiring: an open canvas to create a vision for the nation's future.

"I believe this effort is important. Even in this early (really proof of concept) phase. If you web search for “vision for America” what you’ll most likely find is a mix of news articles, some about our current president, some about the president from the 1980s (for some odd reason is a top scoring page). But (despite being censored by Google—tho that is changing by the day) there’s a chance you’ll find this site. Instead of it being about the ‘vision’ of a politician, you’ll find it’s about the voice of citizens. Yes, some will be from those in politics. But this is an idea to let ideas rise over ideology. To give voice to anyone who wants to speak. I think this can be powerful, empowering. I think this can change our destiny from being controlled by political parties to being put in the hands of the people. Our hands. Of course…. it’ll take a LOT of people to rise to the level of power that creates power. But on this very digital thingy we’re using to chat and comment… a lot can happen, quickly. Winters have become on fire. And spring is in the air. Change is in the air. Anything is possible… if we choose it. I know there’s a very good chance that nobody will choose to even listen to my idea. Perhaps one idea to listen to me, is if I listen to you. Maybe we’ll find a lot more common ground, and we can discover that much more can be accomplished if we work together. It’s good that we don’t agree on everything! Diversity in ideas, diversity in actions lead to many more things become accomplished.. But we can’t let a few issues divide us, keep us from making progress towards a collective vision. This site is about creating that collective vision. And we need vision. Otherwise, if we keep our heads down, we’ll just wind up walking in circles, getting no where. We need to blaze new trails. New ways of doing things. Because our future is a stake. We are in this mess because citizens have been excluded for far too long. It’s time we take control of our destiny. It’s time WE declare what the vision for America is. It’s time for a revolution, like this song says. -Ben Mater, Founder

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Vision for America is an idea for all citizens to take part in, to have a voice in our collective decisions, to establish real democracy. Ideas must overcome ideology. It is time for citizens to take responsibility for our future and become involved in our nation's destiny.

Vision for America as an open-source styled political platform

The most tantalizing aspect of this effort is help break the two-party death grip on democracy. As the founders of the nation warned, political parties are a threat to the nation. You need no better example than to look at the legacy of the Democrats and Republicans. Perhaps the most powerful vision for America is to be free of political parties completely and let ideas and voices stand on their own.

As we collective march along on this path of corruption, keep in mind the foundation for the nation was created in the age of candles and lanterns. The very form of “representative government” — having others do the voting for you — made sense when you could count the horsepower of your vehicle by the number of horses you had pulling your wagon! We can no longer continue to outsource democracy to those who put their political party ahead of the nation.

Vision for America model: Citizen Platform + Initiatives

The base value of what a community-created vision can offer is unlimited. Every step taken today unlocks a new future. By putting into physical from, we are willful creators of our own destiny. We are both the particle and wave. We are the past, present and future. Collectively we are actors of a play we are creating every day. By simply becoming aware of this amazing ability, by observing it in the many reflections of modern communications, we can create just about anything. The planet we exist on gives us amazing resources to accomplish our goals. But because of the greed of a very small few, this planet is at risk. The fate of humanity as we know it risks destruction and despair. The good news: change can happen like never before and the rules of what "is" and what "can be" do not exist except in our own minds. The fate of the world can be changed by just a few people. To reach a few people we just need a few more people. Is the act of observation the key to changing reality? Perhaps what we are learning from the quantum world can be a guide.

What if the "vision for America" could be looked at in physical form? What if everyone had a chance to help create our own destiny? Can we finally be free from the scum of those in political parties and short-sight corporations? Remember: it is WE the people who give them the power. They are nothing without us. WE the people have the power! THAT is the vision for the future of this nation.

The media got us into this mess, and will not get us out

It's rather odd watching Trump go after the MSM which despite a few surface disagreements (crowd sizes etc) really is working in concert with nation's power brokers of wall street, coal/oil, war (i.e. NBC owned by GE). CNN et al GAVE TRUMP THE PRESIDENCY with their nonstop coverage of his rallies, billions of free advertising, helping legitimize his campaign (and limit any third party or progressive voices i.e. Sanders). Anytime Trump wants to start a war, the MSM will have his back, gladly put the parade of generals on, limit any opposing views. The CIA put a lot of hard work and hard-earned drug-smuggling money to buy out almost all the major networks and/or have their planted agents/anchors/actors/MKultras to do their bidding. This is how the system has been built for decades, and the plan has worked: America is far removed from being a democracy, and may never be one again as there is enough wealth for just enough people to keep the system in place. People are rather easily bought off, or silenced. BUT something new that has never happened history is now happening: large scale communication among citizens. These are only the beginning years of a new age in humanity where knowledge is the new power. What might have taken years can happen in days. Hours. Minutes.

Whatever damage Trump creates now will be undone, and the pendulum will swing back. TRUTH is the new power, the center for nation. The majority of Republicans and a good portion of Democrats will try to keep TRUTH from the people, continue their grab of power and money, but their game isn't working quite as well. The question is, can the people of the nation be objective in their own values, question not the "opposition" but ourselves. Can we approach discussion not with the intention of persuading the other side, but with the intention of understanding why the other side feels how they do. I believe a mass majority agrees on the major issues we face: we need fair economics and valid science. We need real democracy. The system of "representative democracy" was formed the age when we travelled on horseback and wagons.

The average citizen is FAR MORE INFORMED AND RATIONAL than a majority of those in Congress. A look at how things are going at town halls are an indication that it's time for a change. That Trump was elected is the symptom of the problem. His game was known and on full display for years, yet a quarter of the nation had enough with the status quo and truly wanted to "drain the swamp." Trump played their song, did his dance, selling talking points like salt water to the thirsty. But now that the first few swallows have gone down, the consequences are beginning. IT IS TIME we realize that there is no "left", no "right". Those are artificial divides, art of war tactics. Just as we have a mix of backgrounds in this ethnic melting pot, we can have a mix of values, yet still function and flourish as a nation. We must now find a way to flourish “politically.” Or more to point: we must find a way to govern without politics and the poison that the founders of the nation warned about: the influence of political parties.

Donald Trump is a symptom of this poisoned well. He was a Democrat before he was a Republican. The MSM realizes this and thrives off chaos he creates.

Our Revolution
Democracy Now!
Citizens Take Action
Socialist Alternative
Real Progressives
Bill Moyers & Company
Truth-Out
The Resistance
Swing Left
Backbone Campaign
The Free Thought Project
Redacted Tonight
Green Party US
ThinkProgress
Rewire
350.org
CredoAction
Defenders of Wildlife
Other98
Bioneers
Center for Biological Diversity
Mother Jones
Common Dreams
libertarian Party
The American Prospect
Daily Kos
The Progressive
Center for American Progress
In These Times
The Nation
Brand New Congress
FreePress.net
TruthDig
AntiWar.com
Ron Paul Institute
OurFuture.org
Counter Punch
AlterNet
The Jimmy Dore Show
EcoWatch
ACLU
PR Watch
Grist
Avaaz
Huff Post Voices
Nation of Change
Ulection.com
OpenSecrets.org
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turnoutpac.org
greenpeace
liberty tree foundation
mercy for animals
farm sanctuary
Code Pink
OCA
ccrjustice.org
whistleblowers.org
Earth Justice
NRDC
League of Conservation Voters
Democrats
GOP
SIIP
People's Defense
People's Defense
MoveOn.org
Standup America!
Every voice
People for the American Way
BoldProgressives.org
Ultra Violet
Working Families
Lambda Legal
Demos
TYT
counterpropa
politico
Town Hall Project
NextGen Climate
The Laura Flanders Show
Emerge America
Run For Something
The Nation Institute
the investigative fund
Tom Dispatch
Run For Office
Let America Vote
Justice Democrats
Environment America
Food and Water Action Fund
The Action Network
Vox The Big Idea
Wilderness Society
Yes! Magazine
Progress Media
Education Votes
nextgenamerica.org
People's Party
Roots Action
Fight for 15
Indivisible
Vision for America is providing the above links not as explicit endorsement but for the sake of democracy and hearing all voices. Maybe we can find there isn’t such divide in our nation after all we take some time to actively listen and find common ground.

Vision for America is a citizen platform for voices and solutions, a community-created vision for our nation.

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Protect National Monuments

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Protect National Monuments

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Protect Wolves!

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Be The Change

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Trump Forest

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The Problem With Participatory Democracy

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A 21st Century Vision for America is a document that describes our country as most Americans would want it to be. It envisions an America that cares about people, protects our rights, provides opportunity for all, nurtures its lands and waterways, and serves as a good global citizen. This America serves as a beacon and model to the rest of the world, reminding everyone of what is possible when people of good will come together to do what is right.

Get vocal for democracy!

Add your voice to Vision for America! Make a comment, write an essay or poem, share your art. This is for you America. This is just the beginning.

Our Revolution
Democracy Now!
Citizens Take Action
Socialist Alternative
Real Progressives
Bill Moyers & Company
Truth-Out
The Resistance
Swing Left
Backbone Campaign
The Free Thought Project
Redacted Tonight
Green Party US
ThinkProgress
Rewire
350.org
CredoAction
Defenders of Wildlife
Other98
Bioneers
Center for Biological Diversity
Mother Jones
Common Dreams
libertarian Party
The American Prospect
Daily Kos
The Progressive
Center for American Progress
In These Times
The Nation
Brand New Congress
FreePress.net
TruthDig
AntiWar.com
Ron Paul Institute
OurFuture.org
Counter Punch
AlterNet
The Jimmy Dore Show
EcoWatch
ACLU
PR Watch
Grist
Avaaz
Huff Post Voices
Nation of Change
Ulection.com
OpenSecrets.org
=
turnoutpac.org
greenpeace
liberty tree foundation
mercy for animals
farm sanctuary
Code Pink
OCA
ccrjustice.org
whistleblowers.org
Earth Justice
NRDC
League of Conservation Voters
Democrats
GOP
SIIP
People's Defense
People's Defense
MoveOn.org
Standup America!
Every voice
People for the American Way
BoldProgressives.org
Ultra Violet
Working Families
Lambda Legal
Demos
TYT
counterpropa
politico
Town Hall Project
NextGen Climate
The Laura Flanders Show
Emerge America
Run For Something
The Nation Institute
the investigative fund
Tom Dispatch
Run For Office
Let America Vote
Justice Democrats
Environment America
Food and Water Action Fund
The Action Network
Vox The Big Idea
Wilderness Society
Yes! Magazine
Progress Media
Education Votes
nextgenamerica.org
People's Party
Roots Action
Fight for 15
Indivisible
Vision for America is providing the above links not as explicit endorsement but for the sake of democracy and hearing all voices. Maybe we can find there isn’t such divide in our nation after all we take some time to actively listen and find common ground.