The American Union represents a block of swing voters, voting strategically to influence the 2022 midterms in pursuit of a specific legislative agenda crafted outside the two party system. It is a new paradigm for cooperative democracy, by which the people crowdsource functional government on behalf of the legislative branch.

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Functional government

“Functional government,” in this case, means enactment of a specific legislative package, one written by the people, for the people. Inspired by Martin Luther King Jr. …

Hey, woodchuck chuckers, it’s Groundhog Day!

In the classic 1993 movie Groundhog Day, Phil (Bill Murray) discovers he is reliving the same day over and over again. A profoundly self-centered man, Phil goes through the five stages of grief before finally accepting the new circumstances of his life. He spends much of the film trying to use his unique position to enrich himself with worldly pleasures, but eventually discovers that real happiness comes from helping those around him. …

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On January 5, 2021, with the Georgia runoff elections for two US Senate seats, the 2020 election cycle will finally come to an end.

Although a plurality of Americans are dissatisfied with the two major parties, every single winner in the 471 federal races will be a Republican or Democrat. The duopoly is firmly in control of the electoral and legislative machinery; Congress ignores many systemic issues in America, giving them an approval rating that hovers around 20%. Despite that, their reelection rate is north of 90%.

In 2020, the Phoenix Congress offered America a constructive alternative to the two…

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We hear a lot of talk in the news about systemic problems in America. What does that mean?

It means we have faced the same problems in this country for generations. But instead of solving problems at their root, our politicians simply put a band-aid on them to make them go away for a while.

Over the years, these unresolved issues reach deeper into our institutions and become harder to fix.

Some of the gravest systemic issues we face in America include:

  • Poverty: Despite being the wealthiest nation on Earth, America has always had a large impoverished class of people…

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[This is a special guest post from Sandra M. of New Jersey]

If you passed me or any member of my family on the street, you would not look twice. We are a fairly average family; my husband and I have two children and we live in a suburban neighborhood. The kids are healthy, happy and well cared for; we overall are very lucky. Yet like so many other middle- or lower-class American families, 2020 was a nightmare of a year for us.

In March, my husband lost his job for months. Soon after, I found myself forced to leave…

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America has spent $6 trillion on foreign wars over the last two decades. Over the same two decades, this has happened at home:

  • Healthcare and education costs have risen by over 50%
  • Housing costs have gone up by 30%
  • The American people suffered an economic recession leaving 1 in 9 homes empty
  • Our cities have been destroyed by fires, floods, and hurricanes
  • A virus swept through the nation, bringing death and poverty to the homes of millions
  • American infrastructure is crumbling
  • American wages are stagnant

Why are we spending so much overseas when there is so much work to be…

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Mass incarceration is a plague on America. For decades, politicians and corporations have been filling prisons with non-violent offenders to gain clout and cash.

That is not justice in the land of the free. And it’s only getting worse.

1 in every 100 Americans is now behind bars. Millions of innocent families have been torn apart, and millions of innocent children are forced to grow up without a mother or father (contributing to a cycle of incarceration).

Many inmates suffer from mental illness or addiction — disorders that have long been recognized as medical. …

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Five thousand, five hundred and ninety-three.

That’s how many pages are in the legislative package passed by Congress this week. The House approved it just hours after its members received copies of the legislative package, a $2.3 trillion monstrosity that was created by combining various bits of legislation and delivered to the House and Senate for an up or down vote. The Senate followed suit a few hours later.

With more than $740 billion for “defense spending,” it includes the largest military budget in human history. …

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Congress just passed a bipartisan $740 billion defense bill while millions of Americans risk being evicted from their homes. Christmas is coming and our troops are stuck overseas while their spouses and children are suffering. What are we defending against, while our families are being ripped apart?

I refuse to accept the cynical notion that nation after nation must spiral down a militaristic stairway into the hell of nuclear annihilation… I believe that even amid today’s mortar bursts and whining bullets, there is still hope for a brighter tomorrow…

- Martin Luther King Jr.

MLK was speaking about the Vietnam…

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On May 25, 2020, George Floyd was murdered over an alleged counterfeit $20 bill.

This was a tragedy for his family and community, but it was also a tragedy for American justice.

Why? Because George Floyd was murdered by 4 police officers in broad daylight. He was killed by the very officers that had sworn to protect Americans like you, I, and him.

The world was shocked at the callous indifference demonstrated by the Minneapolis police officer who knelt on his neck for eight minutes and forty-six seconds, ignoring him as he begged for his mother in the last moment…

Phoenix Congress 2020

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