Historically, every democracy in the world has failed when it lost the trust and confidence of the people.

Today, the vast majority of Americans polled don’t trust their federal public policymakers to be honest and ethical—and it doesn’t have to be that way! [1]  We the people have the ability and right to change that.

The new Sample Ethical Standards Amendment (ES1) is only 12 words and could result in one of the most significant upgrades in the history of the American democratic process. It’s designed to:

  • Establish the highest ethical standards for public policymakers.
  • Prohibit dishonesty, self-dealing, conflicts of interest and self-granted privileges.
  • Provide a strict and effective system of enforcement. 

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Thanks!

Blair C. Henry J.D.
Executive Director                                                              

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Sources and Calculations Follow    

 



[1] Public Opinion

The vast majority of Americans polled believe Members of Congress
a. Are bribed by lobbyists (81%).Pew Research Center for the People & the Press survey conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. Jan 11, 2006.
http://www.people-press.org/2006/01/11/americans-taking-abramoff-alito-and-domestic-spying-in-stride/ 

b. Don’t tell the truth (65%).
The Harris Poll. July 7-10, 2006. http://www.pollingreport.com/values.htm

c. Have low standards of honesty and ethics. (64%)
Gallup Poll Nov-Dec 2011, http://www.gallup.com/poll/151460/record-rate-honesty-ethics-members-congress-low.aspx

d. Give special priority to special interests before their own constituents.
Diageo/Hotline Poll conducted by Financial Dynamics. Jan. 12-15, 2006. http://www.pollingreport.com/politics4.htm

e. Should be prohibited from lobbying for 10 years after serving in government (66%).
National survey of 1000 likely 2012 voters conducted April 28-May 1, 2012 by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research for Democracy Corps and Public Campaign Action Fund.
http://www.democracycorps.com/strategy/2012/05/money-in-politics-is-a-ballot-box-issue/

f. And other candidates subjected them to false or misleading campaign advertising (91%).
Misinformation and the 2010 Election, by Clay Ramsay et al, conducted by WorldPublicOpinion.org, The Program in International Policy Attitudes, University of Maryland,  and Knowledge Networks (Dec. 10, 2010)
http://www.worldpublicopinion.org/pipa/articles/brunitedstatescanadara/671.phpq                                                  [end]

 

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