More than likely, you probably didn’t know that Lawrence Lessig was running for president. He wasn’t in the first debate and other than a handful of interviews and moments in the press, including an interview with Bill Maher, he hasn’t received much attention.
If you did know, then you’re likely a bit saddened by the news that the campaign-finance crusader is ending his bid to be president.
The Harvard Law professor released a video announcing his exit from the race, a decision he says was forced primarily by the DNC’s change in rules for eligibility in participating in the debate.
I may be known in tiny corners of the tubes of the Internets, but I am not well-known to the American public generally. But last week, we learned that the Democratic Party has changed its rules for inclusion. Unless we can time travel, there is no way I can qualify.
His claim is our democracy is broken until we fix one single thing – corruption in congress. It is only when we correct the blemish that is big money buying representation are we truly equal. Currently, our votes aren’t equal. They can’t be. He called his proposal the Citizen Equality Act of 2017.
Honestly, I am a bit disappointed that Lessig won’t be in one of the debates. The value of having him on stage to bring attention to an issue that goes to the very core of our democracy is immeasurable. Unfortunately, the DNC establishment didn’t see it that way.
Here are the three parts of the Citizen Equality Act plan:
- “All citizens deserve equal access to the ballot.”
- “All citizens deserve equal representation in Congress.”
- “All citizens deserve an equal ability to choose our leaders.”
Watch Lessig explain the Citizen Equality Act of 2017 below:
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