eBook – How to Change a Law

Have you ever wondered why some special interests always get the laws that they want but you never do?

Now, in this free eBook we explain what you can do about it.

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  • The top three components every campaign must have
  • The seven key steps to advocacy success
  • Why issue clarity is essential to your efforts
  • How the top 1% get the laws that they want
  • And the five critical mistakes most people make

So stop sitting on the sidelines feeling lost and confused. Download our free e-book now so you can improve your community, influence your country, and impact the world.

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How To Change A Law With iLobby and John Thibault | CB163

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The Party is Not Much of a Party

The Party Is Not Much of A Party

The party is a brand. But all brands need to evolve. As brands, the Democratic Party and the Republican Party do not adapt and change quickly enough to meet the needs of their audience. Also, because we only have two brands we flip back-and-forth between (R) and (D).

Since neither one satisfies effectively, we have a lot of independents. I saw today on CNN where someone started a party called the “Party Party.” But every party needs a platform. If you ask anybody who is an advocate for an existing establishment party what their top issues are, they probably can’t list very many. And the issues that they can list are probably only vague generalities.

The key here is that issues are dynamic but parties are not. If the party is a brand, then it needs to adapt to the changing issues. The party usually puts out a policy platform on a periodic basis. This is a high level think tank paper that people are expected to believe in and follow. But since the party doesn’t adapt well to the needs of every individual, it only sort of fits the things that you want, but not entirely. The one thing it is sure to do however, is leave you out.

And maybe you’re not sure why.

Often the party is not connecting with you specifically. There are several reasons for this. For example, the party platform may not encompass the issues that you think about or are concerned with. Or maybe the party only covers issues that occur on the national level but doesn’t capture issues on the state or the local level where party is much less relevant. Sometimes even when the party names some of the issues that you care strongly about, it does not clarify or identify where you stand. So what does this mean?

Your position on an issue is the point of view or side that you support.

And this is where the whole party platform thing begins to break down. The party has a general idea of what their position is on a particular issue and for your allegiance; they demand that you adhere to their same position. However not all issues are black-and-white anymore. Times have changed. Science continues to advance, new facts emerge, technology is changing and the economics underlying most of the issues we face have a complexity that goes beyond what the parties’ issues are.

So you could have people in Washington supporting the party platform but nobody really gives a damn.

Does that mean you should create a new party that has its own fixed ideas about what the top issues are and a general idea of where it stands as far as positional alignment?

Not necessarily.

As I said earlier, parties need to adapt.

Why are they called parties anyway? Isn’t a party supposed to be fun, engaging, interesting, and community oriented?

But the parties of today are none of this.

The political parties of today want strict allegiance and accordance to their policy platform. You do this by giving them money so that they can continue to propagate the same message they have been delivering for the past 25 years.

If that doesn’t sound like much fun, it isn’t.

If this sounds like a reason for people not to be affiliated with a party, well then I think you’re really onto something here.

Certainly, issues and granularity are important. Nuance is also important but a party, like any brand, must adapt to the consumer.

In this case, the consumer is the voter. We hear again and again that the party does not care that much about the voter, only that the voter votes along party lines. And of course many voters do this because they have very little choice. The rules are stated in a particular way so that you have to vote either Party A or Party B. There’s really no other choice.

Today you can either wear a black dress or a white dress, but nothing else. You can either paint your house blue or red, but no other color. You can eat cereal or eggs but nothing else. Now think about this. Does that comport to your view of the world? Does that match up with the way you live your life?

In Russia years ago, they only had two color choices of cars: black or black.

Well in America we have diversity. We have unlimited options of colors, brands, sizes, features etc. As an advanced culture we actually prefer having choices.

So isn’t it about time that parties begin to recognize that they are dynamic brands? And that dynamic brands live and die based on the appeal of their brand to the population? But more importantly, don’t brands open the opportunity for newer brands to emerge, come up with new ideas, stimulate creative thinking and bring in a cross pollination of ideas and cultures that can find new solutions?

Without this in American politics, we really only have a two-way dead end system that is unable to compromise, adapt, change or provide political efficiency to the consumer/voter.

So if you run a party, become a dynamic brand; learn how to adapt, listen to the voter and let’s start solving some of these ignored problems!

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Podcast Interview re: iLobby

This is a 60 minute podcast interview conducted by Lamont Patterson and Matthew Anderson with John Thibault on BlogTalk Radio (Can a Playa Play?) today September 11, 2016.

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How Laws Are Made

How Laws Are Made

Have you ever noticed that there is no real instruction for people on how laws are made? When you search on the Internet for how laws are made, you will usually find diagrams. These diagrams show where the laws start, usually in one chamber of a legislative body, and then how they go from committee to sponsor to legal counsel for review and a vote etc.   However, nowhere in these diagrams does it show where the voters are involved in the process, except sometimes at the very beginning. So basically you are not included in the lawmaking process, if you’re an average person.

Why is that?

Well for starters, the passive wording, “How Laws Are Made” makes it sound like an anthropologist is studying the Argentinian beetle in 1805. For example, “Please observe how these laws are made.” It makes it seem like the laws have feet, get up on their own and walk from committee room to committee room and scream out “please vote on me.”

That’s what these diagrams show us. But that’s not how the process works.

So don’t you think we need a place where citizens can come together to come up with ideas for improvements that they think the government should implement? I think so. The title should not be “How Laws Are Made” but instead “How Do I Make A Law?”

Or change a law, fix a law or repeal a law… You need to be in the picture.

Right now, all the power is left to whoever is familiar with the process and is on the inside. However, an individual voter can affect most of what needs to happen.

Imagine making laws was like the Kentucky Derby. Instead of only showing the horse race from the track on the day of the race, what if we showed how the horse owners, trainers and everybody else spent years developing their horse for the big race? In other words, instead of just showing the bill once it enters a government legislative chamber, what if we showed the entire process from the beginning to the end; how an individual needs to nurture an idea, build a coalition, gain followers, refine and debate the idea, and then finally move it toward a sponsor or representative?

Then you don’t come in at the last minute with a half-baked idea. We know that when people are involved in a process early on, they are much more likely to support and nurture the idea to which they have contributed.

No contribution, no interest.

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So is it any wonder that when a 2000 page omnibus bill is passed and then implemented, such as the Affordable Care Act, that the citizenry looks at it in complete disbelief and wonders why they were never involved in the process.

The government on the other hand thinks that if they have a few meetings with a couple of special interest groups, that all of the people in the country have been included. Well no, that’s not actually true. The only people who were involved were a few special interests like the healthcare providers, insurance companies, doctors, medical staff and maybe some of the underwriters. Furthermore, the government most likely uses leading questions like “Don’t you agree with page 35?” when sharing the proposed legislation with the special interest groups.

That’s what bad writers do. “Don’t you think this is the best movie you’ve ever seen?” “Didn’t you love that particular scene on page 87?” “Don’t you think I have a great character here?” The answer ultimately to all these questions is no.

If you do not consult the individual voter, member, audience listener or reader early on, then the likelihood of engaging them later on is very remote.

So to the legislators I say get your people, the voters, involved early on. And to the citizens and voters I say go further than just learning how laws are changed. Instead learn about your personal role in the process and how you can change a law. And to everyone else, isn’t it about time you cared more and took some interest in the governance of your own life? After all you’re paying for it.

 

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Hillary or Trump?

Generally the people who are the least empowered are the ones who are the most agitated and in need of the answer to the big question. Are you voting for Hillary or Trump?

I was questioned and pressed by a woman yesterday who took me aside and told me Trump was the worst possible candidate and Hillary wasn’t much better. But, who will I vote for?

I told her it didn’t matter because a delegate in the Electoral College would determine the outcome. It didn’t matter how many ways I said this, she still couldn’t get over it. In the past few weeks I have encountered several other people with the same compulsive behavior and line of questioning.

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They have fallen prey to the myth of what Elliott Wave’s Robert Prechter calls the “omnipotent director.” They believe that one man (Superman) will save them. All I know is no one is up to the task. This kind of thinking is a projection of the “I am helpless” myth and “someone should save me” but there’s no one good enough so I should just remain a victim forever.

So what I’m saying is, people who are further away from the center of power are more likely to experience this affect and phenomena. It’s like some medical condition of the brain when as Dr. Daniel Amen says the Cingulate Gyrus can’t stop obsessing about one side of an equation and the rational frontal lobe does not interfere or help calm them down. So the prefrontal cortex stays out of the equation. They just can’t get over it.

But there is a group not bringing this up because they seem to understand the subtleties of the political system. Who are they? Well naturally they are informed, engaged and closer to the center of power, politically speaking.

They are the 1%. They are the donor class because they know what’s going on. They are not preoccupied by who the president will be six months from now. They have bets on both sides because they understand policy and are simply positioning themselves for the best outcome regardless of who is chosen.

So who is involved in this human drama on the outskirts of town? Who is constantly obsessing over how the next president is going to affect their life, take away the right to choice, take away their business and all their opportunity or make sure that they have no money left after he/she is in office?

Who are these people? Well you would think they would be the people who have something to lose but in reality they have nothing to lose. In fact the strangest thing about this is that some of these people are actually not even citizens or US registered voters. I know for a fact that some of them are green card holders who do not vote at all. Yet they are incredibly obsessed with this question and they need an answer from everyone they know right now.

And that is a problem.

The media picks up on this and shows that they are victims. Like Lilliputians on a spinning bowl shaped on lathe, as the curves of the outer extreme on the circumference are molded, these people are falling out over the edge into nothingness as it spins faster and faster.

They have the least to lose. They are the most susceptible and therefore the media focuses on them because they seem to present a good tragic story. They are falling off the spinning bowl as it goes faster and faster, and we have to help them. I think.

The least powerful are the most concerned and the least effective, yet the most powerful are the least concerned yet they are the most effective.

The key?

Get away from the edge before centrifugal force throws you off. Move toward the center and once you arrive at the center all will be still and every choice will be equidistant from you and nothing will seem extreme.

Once you’re there, you will know who to vote for. Let me know in November.

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How to Change a Law

Check out my new book on Amazon.

“This is for any American who believes they can change the system. – Jackie T. (WA-07)

“This seems a more cost-effective way to ensure the voice of the small business owner is heard.” – John G. (IL-10)

How to Change a Law is a simple do-it-yourself manual for voters and policy advocates who want to take political action and change laws.

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Using the iLobby platform and our 7-step guide, you will learn how to craft your message, build a coalition and move your issue forward. You will also learn to vote on issues, not just for candidates. Most of us confuse politics with policy.

In this book we’re not talking about getting people elected to office. We are talking about helping our elected leaders find solutions to problems that affect all of us. Issues like student debt, gun violence, immigration, cyber security, privacy, ISIS, energy independence, healthcare, taxes etc.

If you are willing to go on the journey, this book will be your roadmap to becoming a “Citizen Legislator.”

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iTunes Podcast

Podcast Orig copy SoundCloud.jpgWe now have a new iTunes podcast where we discuss politics, policy and political persuasion.

Let us know what you think.  It’s called Change a Law.

And for the best debates on iLobby we we will select the most interesting ones and create a podcast around them.

Sign up for our new e-book and you can also earn a chance to get some freebies, like a debate writers guide, a debate template and getting started with iLobby.

We also have a free mini-course which you can find in the bonus section.

 

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Getting Started with iLobby

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Here’s a quick way for you to understand the process at iLobby and how easy creating policy really can be.

In this series of steps you are going to go from very simple easy to follow directions and work your way step-by-step through the process of developing an issue and creating a debate.

So go ahead, keep it handy, and use it often.

 

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How to Get Politically Involved Without Falling in the Pool

Anyone Can Change a Law

It is appalling and extremely unfortunate that apathy has become very common among the politicians who are absolutely indifferent towards many of the bitter truths of reality that need recognition and justice. They just don’t bother to take an action to make things work in the right manner that it should. The common masses are just not allowed, in most cases, to speak and place their opinion. It is high time that some new ways and processes are introduced that will engage more and more members to bring some change starting from grass roots politics.

Anyone Can Lobby

There has always been a gap between what the set aim and goals and what actually happens and how government handles these goals. This gap can be bridged by lobbying. Lobbying is a necessity that will make organisations focus on what should be done and influence the decision makers to advance towards making things right and the way it should actually be.

Laws are made and broken. You yourself can make laws that are deemed to make situations better. Common people have always been deprived of the rights to make political decisions but lobbying will help to raise a voice and create space for opinions and views to be registered. This will compel the politicians and the government to take heed of the opinions and strive to do things the public actually wants them to so.

Your Opinion Matters

Yes, it is feasible to get involved in hard core politics even without falling in the pool through grass-roots lobbying. Politics is difficult but “Anyone can change a Law”. This is what the motto of iLobby is. This is what iLobby has strived for. To help people get the opportunity to take decisions that they think are right and change the law for absolute betterment.

Communication, Community and Currency

iLobby is a community where people can actually change a law. One can stay in the backdrop and just enjoy the show or can sign in at iLobby and cast their vote, comment, debate, like, share or vote. One person is entitled to give one vote. There is nothing fake about iLobby. All are real voters and all real names who just want to change things that are wrong. The best thing is that you can put your own issue in front and can claim its approval. You can start your own debate and hence start a following.

You might get a chance to employ a lobbyist to represent your group if your issue is strong enough and your crusade is triumphant.

No more slogans, no more marches, no more petitions, no more getting drenched standing in the rain while waiting for media attention, no more writing to your congressman for democracy and then being ignored.

At iLobby you can change a law, you can bring out the real meaning of democracy.

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