“The more serious crisis is the limitation of our imaginations…The future of our country and, perhaps, the world requires us to break through those limitations.” ~Bernie Sanders, Our Revolution, p. 447
Revolt Against Plutocracy* announces a new strategy to help get left-leaning populists elected to Congress in 2018. You can think of this as Bernie Sanders’ Agenda or Bust, but it’s better than that. We are using a tactic called a Contract For American Renewal, CFAR (pronounced “see far”). We call this new strategy #CFARorElse, but think of it as “see far to win in November” if you want. Every congressional district-based CFAR leverage activist will have the flexibility to market this innovative strategy as he or she sees fit to the people in their district. Forming a political action committee (PAC) is an option for CFAR activists.
On Peaceful, Political Revolution: Senator Sanders openly called for one, proving he was the only major party candidate who grasps the peaceful but forceful revolt needed to overthrow corporate oligarchy (plutocracy on steroids). We did not become political revolutionaries because of Bernie Sanders; we were Bernie or Bust because we were already political revolutionaries.
Turnkey Revolution: We still need a political revolution to electorally overthrow the neo-liberal Democrats and Republicans. If you would like to become part of the Populist CFAR or Else revolutionary army, please listen to this short video which briefly outlines the strategy.
CFAR or Else! “Or else” conveys the leverage Revolt Against Plutocracy pioneered in 2016. We want Democrats and third party progressive candidates to sign a version of the CFAR below and make the 2018 midterms a populist-left wave election to replace neo-liberal (establishment) Democrats and Republicans in Congress. RAP co-founder Victor Tiffany presented the #CFARorElse on a fair trade webinar. To understand more details about the national #CFARorElse strategy, please take the time to watch this video.
Mission: Build an unstoppable force of #leverage activists RAP will guide and tutor to organize in 435 congressional districts around the nation and in 33 states in support of contract-signing candidates. A team of 2-4 core organizers in each district are all that’s needed, fewer for some districts. Not mentioned in the video above is that next step, to find reliable collaborators who can help divide the labor of organizing your local #CFARorElse strategy. (For more tips and guidance about finding who the candidates are and how to approach a candidate to sign a CFAR, please check out the TUTORIALS tab above.) Sign up on the symbol to the right, above, to become a core #leverage organizer, and then go out and find a few collaborations. We will soon convey exactly how you and your local team will then find supporters willing to vote for a contract-signing, third party candidate if the major party candidates are unwilling to sign the contract (#CFARorElse you’ll lose in November). This is an inside/outside strategy we deem leverage. (If the Democrats elect non-contract candidates in the primaries, we will work to help elect C-FAR, pronounced, “see far,” candidates.)
Strategy: The Bernie or Bust pledge was a demand. In 2016 it did not work because the Democratic party was, in effect, the Clintoncratic Party: rigged and, unlike the Republican Party, impervious, by design, to challenges from outside the establishment. Our mission is to use leverage again in 2018 to let Democrats know they must choose elect a C-FAR candidate in the primaries or else we in the #RenewOrElse movement pledge to not vote for the Party candidate in November. It’s fair to think of this as #CFARorElse, Bernie’s Agenda Or Bust or as a #WarOnNeoliberalism.
Tactics: We intend to deploy legal, effective online activities in support of candidates advocating anti-establishment economic ideas and anti-oligarchic campaign finance solutions outlined in the Contract For American Renewal. We intend to build on what we developed and deployed during the Bernie or Bust movement. In 2018, “or Bust” does mean not voting for anyone for Congress if no one will sign the CFAR but only in the seven states with no write-in option on the ballot. This website and the RAP YouTube channel will serve as a resource for information and tactical ideas for the application of #leverage in congressional districts. For complete, nationwide coverage, a new, populist-oriented Congress requires 430 to 1290 leverage activists to build their local movement of people first asking, and then demanding candidates who sign a Contract for American Renewal. CFAR activists will send candidates to the toned-down, Citizens Against Plutocracy website to consider signing a CFAR where they can download either the House or Senate version and register as a CFAR candidate.
RAP committee member and contract inventor John Rachel explains:
The Contract For American Renewal (CFAR), Pronounced See Far:
Are CFARs Binding? While it is unlikely to ever go to a court of law, be aware that CFARs would challenge current case law. CFARs are significantly different from previous attempts to hold politicians to their campaign promises. If a class action lawsuit is ever undertaken by constituents to compel a member of Congress to resign for breach of contract, most of us believe a CFAR agreement will unsuccessfully challenge settled law if need be.
Remember, candidates can and should modify and negotiate CFAR to suit local, political conditions. It’s not a purity test as written; it is a negotiation between leverage activists and candidates. While adding issues to the contract should be done with great caution (do a majority of voters support the issue?), removal of a 5-6 contract issues is OK. Copies of Senate and House CFARs are available on our CFARs page.
CFAR or Else Pledged Voters: The idea is to have local leverage activists create lists of voters within their districts pledged to support only CFAR candidates. However, if you can’t find a #CFARorElse effort in your congressional district, you can make the pledge to support ONLY a CFAR candidate by clicking here or the pledge symbol ==>>
Revolt Beyond Bernie: We seek political power for the sane majority, who are opposed to government of, by and for the wealthy. Bernie Sanders was never responsible for what we did, and neither will any other candidate going forward. RAP is an independent, public interest organization. Citizens Against Plutocracy is our PAC name. CAP PAC is a grassroots PAC with a $1,000/person donation limit in an election cycle and an agenda to eliminate all super PACs.
Be the media: Our revolutionary tactics are primarily online. While we encourage offline tactics such as phone banking, demonstrating or going door to door for contract-signing candidates as well, the revolutionary army RAP has been growing since June of 2015 will be able to participate in “democracy commando force multiplication” tactics to assist with candidates we support. Our newsletter will provide guidance and suggestions. Our primary media outlet is the RAP YouTube channel.
CFAR Workshop: Posted on the RAP YouTube channel and linked to here is the #CFARorElse (originally CFAR or Lose) workshop presented at the Democracy Convention in Minneapolis, MN on August 5, 2017. In it,Victor explains how election leverage evolved within the Bernie or Bust movement and how we (you and populist-left allies in your congressional district or state) can use this to help build a populist wave election in 2018. If there is a better way for the minimal costs in emailing people to support a campaign’s ground game in a close race, leave a comment on the About Us page.
- Plutocracy: A country or society governed by the wealthy few. “America, today, is much closer to a plutocracy than a democracy.” Join the revolt against the establishment. The “neo-liberal” establishment, corporate elite’s so-called “free-trade agreements” like the Trans-Pacific Partnership are corporate coups, not of state power but of the system of government itself.