On Wednesday, I sent an e-mail to our supporters saying that I’m deciding whether to run for the Senate, and I need to gauge your support. In 24 hours, we raised more than $110,000. From one e-mail.
But it’s not about me. It’s about a new way to elect our elected leaders. Because the old way isn’t working anymore. Democracy is dying. Special interests rule us. Elected officials are just tools of multinational corporations and the super-rich.
In 2012, I was the ONLY Member of Congress who raised most of his campaign funds from small contributions of less than $200. And in 2014, again, I was the ONLY Member of Congress who raised most of his campaign funds from small contributions of less than $200. Just one, out of 435.
You know the old paradigm: elected officials chop up the law into little pieces, and they sell them to the highest bidder. They raise all the campaign money that they can, from lobbyists and PACs, and favors and flattery. Then they spend it on personal indulgences, like Senator Rubio’s back-waxing.
Now here is the new paradigm: I reach out to you, and you help. First to take a House seat and then, if you help, a Senate seat.
The revolution will not be televised; it will be e-mailed and ActBlue’d.
This is the path forward, toward the oldest new form of government: government of the People, by the People and for the People.
Let freedom ring: the freedom from oligarchy and plutocracy.
If you support our campaign today, you show me that you want an unbought and unbossed Senator, standing next to Elizabeth Warren. You show me that it’s still possible for ordinary people to take charge of their government and their lives, by coming together.
So I’m asking you, and I need to know, today: Are we in this together?
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Rep. [Sen.?] Alan Grayson
P.S. If you click on any link, you can not only show your support, but also enjoy Gil Scott-Heron’s famous song, “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.” Thanks.
You will not be able to stay home, Brother.
You will not be able to plug in, turn on and cop out.
You will not be able to lose yourself on skag,
And skip out for beer during commercials,
Because the revolution will not be televised . . . .
The revolution will not give your mouth sex appeal.
The revolution will not get rid of the nubs.
The revolution will not make you look five pounds thinner,
Because the revolution will not be televised, Brother. . . .
You will not have to worry about a dove in your bedroom,
The tiger in your tank, or the giant in your toilet bowl.
The revolution will not go better with Coke.
The revolution will not fight the germs that may cause bad breath.
The revolution will put you in the driver’s seat.
The revolution will not be televised, will not be televised
Will not be televised, will not be televised.
The revolution will be no re-run, Brothers.
The revolution will be live.
– Gil Scott-Heron, “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” (1970) (from the album “Small Talk at 125th and Lenox”).