Transparency by Design
Transparency has been promised by every American political party. And every one has thus far broken it.
The reasons for this pays homage to an old quote: “those who like sausage and respect law should never watch either being made.” The backroom deals necessary to secure political contributions and build coalitions in today’s government would cause disgust if they were seen by the public, so the ‘say one thing in front of a microphone, and another behind closed doors’ becomes the new normal. As a result, our halls of power are filled with ambitious people who effectively lie for a living, leaving truth as an afterthought as the American people are sent the bill.
We believe that approaches can be taken to help address this problem, and much of our platform reflects them. But there is only one true way to see this problem solved. That comes from an embrace of transparency within government, based on a simple mindset: actions speak louder than words, and sunlight is the best disinfectant.
For this reason, everything from our party leadership, finances, platform and future goals are laid all out in the open for public review. Entities of public service should always be transparent, and regaining the trust of the American public must come through actions that demonstrate worthiness of their trust. We can only be better than the political establishment by actually being better. This must be transparently proven through consistent action. Not just through internal party action, but also through the laws we seek to pass and how we seek to pass them.
In doing so, this requires of us to shine light on the lawmaking process - all of it in entirety - and force uncomfortable questions to be asked about what exactly is going in the “sausage.” If there's ingredients to it that the public would find objectionable, we'll shine light on those. If some special interest is using backchannel efforts to fund something contrary to the national interest, we'll shine a light on it. If they fund a politician's campaign and that politician does their bidding, that money, interest and politician will be placed under a spotlight.
While we recognize that the way the world works today requires certain information to be kept secret, in no way should secrecy stand as cover to improper behavior. Under our proposed Government Accountability Agency, all information classified as secret would be continually scrutinized for appropriateness. If the government can't prove to an independent authority why that information needs to be classified as secret, then it shouldn't be - and uncomfortable realities shouldn't cut it.
We believe we should be seeing the drone strike footage, the actual body counts of our wars, the end results - blowback or otherwise - of our past clandestine operations. If that's what freedom costs, then we should see that check written. Mindful of this, we would further seek to expand inquiry powers under the Freedom of Information Act and restrict the cases in which government can deny information to the public.
We will also stick to our guns in raising money. We have every intent of getting private money out of politics and publicly funding elections, but until we get to a place where we can see that goal achieved we are subject to the rules of the game where we need outside money to fund our efforts. However, in doing so, all donations will be under a transparency policy that will see any donation over $500 released to the public. We are honored and humbled for any support we receive, but we're only interested in support that can be reviewed by the public because we work for the public.
Transparency by design is essential to our strategy because it also keeps our boat safe in stormy seas.
Many of us were born at night, but it wasn't last night. We fully expect that should we receive any large degree of public support it will paint a target on us. Indeed, if there's anything that will whip the divided political establishment into uniting on a common goal, it will be to resist any movement that forces them to do their jobs honestly and tell the truth to voters. This approach shields us from that because sunlight is the best disinfectant for a reason, and both parties have far too much history of corruption to subject themselves to that spotlight.
Of course, we're perhaps wrong and invite both the Republican and Democratic parties to embrace transparency and open up their finances for public review, but we're not holding our breath.
By structuring ourselves this way, we do not carry the baggage nor secret obligations endemic to the political establishment. And as walking into today's political dynamic seeking to change things for the better is like walking into a stone-throwing fight, we are not throwing stones from glass houses.
For more information on our commitment to transparency, please review the following information:
- Transparency Policy
- Media Outreach and Accessibility
- American Alliance Party Finances
- American Alliance Party Leadership