"What kind of country do we wish America could become? And how might we get there?"

Vision for America is being built to answer those questions. This is a platform for visionary ideas and voices, a plan to create a collective vision for the nation's future. This is a call for real democracy. The first step is sharing voices and inspirational messages -- defining the future we want. Everyone is invited to help create what can become a physical representation of this collective idea, and become involved in helping implement it. For more about this effort please see VisionForAmerica.org and get involved!

Your voice matters! Write an article or essay for what YOUR vision for America is. Share your art or poem, help promote efforts and organizations that are working for a better country. Everyone is invited to join in... to become a movement for citizen voices, a community of those who value ideas over ideology. Get involved to define and create the future we want.

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Writings and comments about Vision for America and the effort to bring real democracy to the nation by founder Ben Mater

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


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.

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Trump’s ‘America First’ looks more and more like America alone - It is not just on trade that Trump has sought to stake out positions that have isolated the United States from the rest of the world. His plans to withdraw from the Paris climate accord at the earliest opportunity in 2020 could mean that the United States is the only country in the world not committed to it, since Syria announced its intention to join this past week.

W. Bush lays out Trump’s false vision for America

The benefits of public wildlands, explained - It’s not just good for the economy to keep public wildlands protected — see why it’s never been more important to preserve these spaces.

The Tax Bill And The Republican Social Vision For America’s Future - The current incarnation is very different: it firmly embraces the notion of the corporate state over that of the individual...the Republican desire to tie U.S. government interests with corporate interests, and to create a massive and radical new imbalance between corporate and individual tax rates.

Millennial Mormons Abandon Political Labels In The Age Of Trump - In interviews with HuffPost, Utah college students said they were increasingly turned off by both the Republican and Democratic parties.

California Fires Now Deadliest In State’s Recorded History; The death toll ticked up to 31 people Thursday, and it’s likely to climb still higher.

NRDC: Why We Need the Clean Power Plan to Fight Climate Change

Cities and states solidify their plan to move forward on climate without Trump - More proof that local governments will move forward with the Paris agreement even if the federal government won’t.

Cal Thomas: President laid out his vision for America, world

File under LACKING VISION: Republican Lawmakers Take A Raise Away From St. Louis Workers - GOP statehouses around the country are blocking local progressive policies through “preemption” laws. Missouri may be the most glaring case yet.

Trump hit by twin Russia bombshells as he departs for foreign trip - The president allegedly told the Russians that firing 'nut job' Comey relieved 'great pressure,' while federal probe appears to get more serious.

White House Looking At Ethics Rule To Weaken Special Investigation - The Trump administration is exploring whether it can use an obscure ethics rule to undermine the special counsel investigation into ties between President Donald Trump’s campaign team and Russia.

The Undoing Of The Donald - His panic and bad judgment increase in magnitude with each day.

Counterterrorism Expert Slams ‘Narcissist’ Donald Trump - “He doesn’t represent 320 million Americans, he represents one,” former FBI official Philip Mudd says.

Moring Joe: ‘The Truth Doesn’t Matter To Donald Trump’  - "It's an absolute trainwreck.

Rachel Maddow: False Denials From VP Mike Pence Continue To Stack Up

Jake Tapper 5/19/17: Trump To Russians That 'Nut Job' Comey's Firing Relieved 'Great Pressure'

Trump trip shows US hypocrisy on human rights - President Donald Trump's trip through the Middle East should puncture a myth Americans have been fed for generations: that this country's foreign policy lives up to its high-minded rhetoric on the advancement of human rights.

Speaking of human rights: Trump’s $110 Billion Arms Deal With Saudi Arabia May Be Illegal

NYC Spends $116 Million A Year Jailing People Who Can’t Afford To Pay Their Way Out

Donald Trump's son-in-law Kushner personally intervened in $110 billion arms deal to get Saudi Arabia a better price

NYT: Donald Trump Says Firing Comey Eased Pressure on Russia Probe

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Jimmy Kimmel on Response to Emotional Monologue About Baby & Health Care Debate | Trump Leaking Classified Information to Russia

Donald Trump Warned Us About Himself

Inside Russia’s Social Media War on America

"Nut Job" Will Testify in Open Session Before Senate Intelligence Committee

Prince Charles: It's Time to Solve the 'Human Disaster' of Plastics in the World's Oceans;

What can JFK’s speeches teach us today? - Stephen Kennedy Smith, co-editor of "JFK: A Vision for America," shares collection of JFK's visionary speeches

Lee Camp: Our Internet Will Be Destroyed In The Coming Weeks & No One’s Talking About It

The impeachment trap: Be careful what you wish for - Trump is odious, but impeachment is dangerous – both for the Democrats and the progressive movement.

Trump’s Response To Disaster Relief Raises Alarms - Concern mounts as hurricane and wildfire season nears.

An Unlikely Resistance Surges Against Trump’s Clean Water Threats - By targeting specific regional efforts alongside more general environmental justice funding, the Trump administration might have inadvertently given opponents a means to fight back.

Congress going on the record: Rep. Maxine Waters | Sen. John McCain | Sen. Bernie Sanders | Sen. Kamala Harris

The 'I’m Really Smart' President Faces Crises Of Ignorance

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Joe: New Sheriff In Town With Robert Mueller Taking Over Russia Probe

CNN: What did Mike Pence know? | Frustration with Trump -- even among Republicans -- mounts on Capitol Hill | Why the latest White House crisis is a really big deal

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Jimmy Dore: What's Neoliberalism? And How It’s Killing You!

Trump Campaign Had At Least 18 Undisclosed Contacts With Russians

Steve Kerr explained why an NBA coach today couldn't succeed with a Trump-like approach

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Donald Trump’s Week Of Chaos Met With Talk Of His Removal - “Discussion of Trump’s presidency ending before his four-year term is up is no longer an oppositional fantasy.”

‘We’re in impeachment territory’: David Gergen, former presidential adviser, on Comey’s Trump memo

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Joe to Republicans: ‘Donald Trump is not worth it’- Joe Scarborough says Trump is sullying the reputations of career public servants and urges them to reconsider their unwavering support of the president. 

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Stephen Colbert fires away at Trump: 'You're a bad president. Please resign.'

Another GOP Congressman Calls For Special Prosecutor To Probe Russia's Election Meddling


Joe Scarborough Says The GOP Will Be Judged For The Next Fifty Years

Donald Trump 'not even aware of where intelligence was from' before telling Russia, White House reveals

Donald Trump Just Betrayed America’s Intelligence Community

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Ann Coulter Calls 'Grotesque' Donald Trump A Disappointment

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Can Americans Remove An ‘Incompetent’ President?

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Morning Joe: President Donald Trump Might Eliminate Press Briefings, Challenging Free Press

The Last Word: Donald Trump Firing James Comey Could Be An Obstruction Of Justice

Morning Joe: President Trump Firing James Comey Is 'A Constitutional Crisis’ - "Trump is detached from reality."

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The Resistance with Keith Olbermann: Here’s How Trump Could Already Be Prosecuted | (video)

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Hillary Clinton Announces New Political Group Onward Together

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Politico: Trump stokes fears of how he'd handle real crisis

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Lee Camp on the DNC lawsuit, Obama's corruption and the insanity of Donald Trump's presidency (video)

James Clapper On Donald Trump: ‘Our Institutions Are Under Assault’

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Trump’s Know-Nothing Tour de Force - The president is winging it, even on an issue that risks his entire presidency.

Morning Joe: Echoes Of Watergate In Trump Administration

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It is a grotesque abuse of power by the president of the United States

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