Here’s a Thing


You ever get the feeling that the DemoCons and Republicrats are …well, the same outfit? Well, what about this?

THE GOAL OF AMERICANS ELECT is to nominate a presidential ticket that answers directly to voters—not the political system.

American voters are tired of politics as usual. They want leaders that will put their country before their party, and American interests before special interests. Leaders who will work together to develop fresh solutions to the serious challenges facing our country. We believe a secure, online nominating process will prove that America is ready for a competitive, nonpartisan ticket.

…Americans Elect is a “2nd way” to nominate a President, not a traditional 3rd party. Our process is open to any qualified candidate and any registered voter—no matter their party. We have no ties to any political group—left, right, or center. We don’t promote any issues, ideology or candidates. None of our funding comes from special interests or lobbyists. Our only goal is to put a directly-nominated ticket on the ballot in 2012.

…Americans Elect is a neutral, nonprofit organization that is not affiliated with any political party, ideology or candidate. It was founded by pioneers in direct technology and citizens from across the political spectrum who are worried that political divisions are keeping our nation’s big problems from being solved. Americans elect is funded by individual contributions, and intends to pay back the bulk of our initial financing as more delegates join, so that no single individual will have contributed more than $10K. Ultimately, Americans Elect candidates will answer only to American voters. Americans Elect believes that we can rebuild hope and trust for a better future for all of us, and opening up the system to new ideas and real solutions will put our country back on track.

…We’re using the Internet to give all voters an equal voice through a secure, online convention, but the winning ticket will really be on the 2012 ballot. The Internet is simply the technology that makes Americans Elect possible. For the first time, America will nominate a president directly. Your voice, your choice, your president.

…The primary focus of Americans Elect is to put a direct, securely-nominated ticket on the 2012 ballot. After this process, we will not campaign for the winner—what happens next is up to the delegates and leadership to decide. But we anticipate that our success in 2012 will spur further innovation at the local, state and national levels.

That’s the basic What: Here’s the Who.


  1. dick, not quite dead white guy
    Posted December 4, 2011 at 9:28 am |

    After looking at the cast and their bona fides, I’d say that group is another leg on the Soros spider. In their real jobs, they lobby for (name your weird cause of the day) At best, they have a few RINO’s who walk that way for profit, not idealogy.
    Non-profit my ass. Betcha there isn’t a single volunteer on that page.

  2. Posted December 4, 2011 at 9:50 am |

    OK, I nominate:


    ;-) I keed, I keed; just thought that was funny and wanted to get it out there!

  3. geezerette
    Posted December 4, 2011 at 10:03 am |

    It is:)))—Thanks!!!

  4. DougM (jackassophobe)
    Posted December 4, 2011 at 10:34 am |

    Citizenship not required.

  5. Justin Credible
    Posted December 4, 2011 at 10:36 am |

    It’s the No Labels crowd, version 2.0.

  6. Colonel Jerry USMC
    Posted December 4, 2011 at 10:39 am |

    Kahlil Byrd on 2 November, 2011 announced massive resignations from America Elect. The 3 kingpins all have jobs as : private equity holders.

    Could this be “Carter`s Little Liver Pills”—–before they made em remove the word “Liver”?

    Changes proposed can not be accomplished without years of debates; the quicker it is done, the more dangerous…..

  7. Merovign
    Posted December 4, 2011 at 11:47 am |

    Political insiders promise to stop being such weasels, just as soon as you give them *their own* President. Honest.

    You know what you have when you have a political movement that claims to be apolitical? A scam.

    “Come to our free seminar, we’re *totally* not going to try to sell you anything…”

  8. PeggyU
    Posted December 4, 2011 at 1:55 pm |

    Yeah … the “Who” kills the interest in a hurry!

  9. ZZMike
    Posted December 4, 2011 at 2:16 pm |

    Some of their leaders:

    “Peter Ackerman (born November 6, 1946) is the founding chair of the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict…”

    Details of the organization here: “To Understand Americans Elect, Understand Peter Ackerman’s Theory of Movement Organization”

    And here: “The Unrepentant Marxist”

    Not pretty.

    But back to basics: “…for the first time, America will nominate a president directly. Your voice, your choice, your president.”

    [And carefully chosen by us.]

    There are good reasons the Founding Fathers set us up as a Republic, not a direct democracy. A direct democracy is prone to mob-think – electing the loudest and most vocal candidate. Or the candidate who promises the most. (Anybody we know?)

    A direct democracy might work, on the huge scale we have in this country, but it absolutely depends on an educated and involved electorate. (Fail on two counts.)

  10. Colonel Jerry USMC
    Posted December 4, 2011 at 2:28 pm |

    Peter Ackerman`s tactical callsign = “Liver”……

  11. Posted December 4, 2011 at 3:01 pm |

    #1 guy worked for Deval Patrick?

    Nuff said. I’ve already been mugged this month. Nigga got a lotta splainin’ to do.

  12. mech
    Posted December 4, 2011 at 6:16 pm |

    Thanks, you all confirmed my initial skin crawl on this.

  13. dick, not quite dead white guy
    Posted December 4, 2011 at 6:58 pm |

    Ackerman’s Theory of Movement Organization
    It’s amazing what some people think they should get paid for:

    First, eat lots of fiber, drink liquids.
    Next, make sure there is toilet paper.
    Next, drop trou –
    — Y’all know where this is going, right? OK, I’ll stop.

  14. Claire: barbarian, etc
    Posted December 4, 2011 at 11:51 pm |

    I love this place!

  15. Hopefulone
    Posted December 5, 2011 at 4:44 am |

    Looking for info about who is involved I found The Republican Mother listing a bunch and stating her opinion.

    It looks like, instead of an array of Americans from across the economic spectrum, it is a bunch of insiders. Looking through the list I saw “Philip K. Howard” an attorney and author of books with titles like “The Death of Common Sense” and “Life Without Lawyers.” ‘Sounds good, as does, “Trial lawyers and associated interests are Howard’s most vocal critics,” and “In 2001, a week after the 9/11 attacks, Howard was contacted by architect Richard Nash Gould who suggested that two spotlights be placed at the World Trade Center site. Along with David Rockefeller, Howard organized a committee of leading citizens to support and fund such a project. The ‘Tribute in Light’ memorial went up on the six month anniversary of the attack.”


    “In 2002, Howard formed Common Good, which advocates reforms to restore reliability to law and to rebuild authority structures needed to make common choices. The Advisory Board of Common Good includes a wide range of national leaders, including Howard Baker, Bill Bradley, Thomas Kean, George McGovern, Jeb Bush, Newt Gingrich, and Alan Simpson.[9] Before becoming the U.S. Attorney General, Eric Holder was a trustee of the organization.”


    “Howard has worked closely with leaders of both major political parties in the United States. He wrote the introduction to Vice President Al Gore‘s Common Sense Government”

    It really does look like an insider club.