Project Vote Smart


Anything in quotations is not the PVS
voice-over guy. “Bob Abrahams lobbied to raise his own pay.” Candidates and political parties bombard citizens
with issueless, negative rhetoric And have a history of using tactics like
anger and fear to win votes. “These are the stakes!” “To make a world
in which all of God’s children can live,” “or to go into the dark.” “We must either love each
other, or we must die.” It is easy to become frustrated and confused
by these endless manipulations that
sell emotions instead of the facts. James Madison once said, “a popular government without
popular information is but a prologue to a farce or tragedy.” Our founding fathers worried
that if they turned power over to the people, selfish factions would thorn and crush the
people’s ability to self-govern. At an extraordinary place, an extraordinary group of Americans
armed with computers and other communications tools, have set their differences aside and
have begun a battle to defend that most precious element in the struggle to self-govern: the
people’s right to the facts about those who govern our lives and those who wish to replace
them. “There’s so much mudslinging out there
and you never know exactly who’s telling you
the truth about what”. “I think is so noble.” “Democracy’s supposed
to be based on this supply of information that is available at any time to voters”. The founding board is made up of prominent leaders who must join along with a political
enemy to ensure balance. People like Jimmy
Carter, Gerald Ford, John McCain, Michael
Dukakis, and dozens of others heard of Project Vote Smart’s idea to build a voter’s self-defense
system to research, investigate, and confirm millions of relevant facts, they offered their
support. When Project Vote Smart announced
its plan, more than 15 years ago, to build
a voter’s self-denfense system, journalists enthusiastically endorsed the idea. “And a
question everyone has asked this year, ‘How
do you sort through the political rhetoric
and find out where the candidates really stand?’
” “Well, you might try Project Vote Smart. It’s
a non-profit, non-partisan organization-” 6,000 people and 16 years. That’s what it’s
taken to build the nation’s first voter self-defense system. It is ready for delivery to millions
of our fellow Americans who will now discover
that tolerance is no longer our only option. “I don’t think Thomas Jefferson ever imagined
that the situation would be like it is.” “So
we’re taking the changes that hurt the system
and turning it around to help to voter”. Project
sifts through a mind-boggling amount of information. “Well, we track the key votes and all the
state legislatures”. “We’re monitoring everything that Congress is doing. On the floor, in committees,
in hearings. I work in summarizing a lot of the key legislation going through Congress.” Researching year-round more than 40,000 candidates and law makers to find their backgrounds,
past professions, voting records, where their money comes from, issue positions. he Project
even gathers evaluations of candidates made by more than 200 competiting liberal and conservative
special interests. And just to make sure they don’t miss a thing, Project Vote Smart collects
every speech and public statement made by the incumbents and candidates for President,
Vice President, Cabinet, Governon, and Congress and compiles them into a searchable database.
So citizens can compare candidate’s self-serving claims with their actual performance in office. “I’m a product of parents born in a segregated South. My dad turned 18 in the state of Alabama
and was turned away from voting. So, my whole life he’ss encouraged me and my brother and
sister to be politically active and to do voter education because his whole life he
was denied the right to vote, as well as my
mom.” “So, sort of like Freedom Summer, where
people got on Greyhounds and went to way-out places sort of like Montana” And all of this
is possible because of dedicated people from a
ll backgrounds and of all ages who have signed
on for 2 weeks to 2 years. Some are volunteers and take no salary while others work for minimum
wages. The Project does not accept help from speial interests, corporations, or even the
government. It will be funded by the American
people, or not at all. There isn’t even a
hint of partisanship to taint the Porject’s mission of providing spin-free facts. Facts
that are checked, double-checked, and then checked again. “Everything gets checked 5
times here. So you- the date is entered and then other people come along and check to
make sure it’s accurate”. “Very painstaking
work. There’s an impressive system here with
first and second checks and web tests, web checks to be absolutely sure everything is
gotten in correctly”. Everything is put on
Project Vote Smart’s website so all citizens,
regardless of their education or political sophistication, can instantly access information
about candidates and issues of importance to them and not just what the candidate’s
??? wants them to hear. “We’re not trying to write to the policy wonks that have a lot
of background and understanding.” “With the website you can just go on not knowing anything.
Search by keyword, by category, by sponsor.” Or people can call the Project’s toll-free
voter research hotline which connects callers with a trained researcher who will look up
information on any candidate. Or tell you
about political organizations and issues and
check out the often misleading claims candidates make as they bargain for your vote. “And he
voted yes on that.” “Okay.” “And that’s it in that- in gun issues for him.” “Okay” So,
all of Project Vote Smart’s information is as close as your phone, or the click of your
mouse. “And if you wanted to find out about your other Senator, you can check our webpage
and all this information is on it.” “Okay, I will” “Alright” “Project Vote Smart is wonderful”
Or, you can just order one of the Project’s Voter Self-Defense Manuals which gives an
extensive sampling of information including a breakdown of key information for each member
of your congressional delegation. Defending the public’s right to know the facts is important
work. Crucial work. Tedious work. But those willing to intern or volunteer can find relief
from their work at this very special place. “The Great Divide Ranch is just spectacular.
I mean, there are like lakes and animals and no where else would I drive to work every
morning and have moose sightings and elk sightings and eagle sightings”. “Yeah, the ranch is
beautiful. I think I spent the first three days here going, ‘Wow’!” High in the Montana
Rockies surrounded by wilderness, the Project’s headquarters at the Great Divide Ranch- a
wilderness, research retreat donated and built by citizens and Project members- is a place
of extraordinary, natural beauty. Where these champions of freedom are doing extraordinary
things while enjoying the experience of a lifetime.” “Everybody is so dedicated to what
they do. And knowing that we’re going to be part of something that’s really, really going
to kind of change the way that campaigns are
run”. And change the face of democracy. As
James Madison reminds us, “A people who mean to be their own governorsmust arm themselves
with the power which knowledge gives”. Remember, you don’t have to be a member to use our services.
Project Vote Smart provides these services free to all our fellow Americans. But, if
you can afford to help us- we could really
use your support. So, help us if you can,
but most importantly- use us.

10 thoughts on “Project Vote Smart

  • This video is a must see. It makes me want to go and volunteer. I can see it helping any individual trying to sincerely elect an individual with middle class values.

  • This Sounds great I truly hope it works out well. But how will you keep it going without secrecy and partisanship and corruption and stealing money from honest hard working citizens the way government has done for decades? LOL

  • VOTE SMART IS ALL SCREWED UP! YOU PEOPLE AT VOTE SMART MAKE IT DIFFUCULT FOR A CANDIDATE TO POST A SPEECH ON YOUR CRAPPY VOTE SMART, YOU CROPPED MY PICTURE IN MY THRONE ROOM MAKING ME LOOK LIKE BIG BIRD TO PEOPLE. U R BILDERBERG-ROCKERFELLER BIG MONEY INTEREST, & THE PROOF IS IN IN THE WAY YOU ALL TREAT CANDIDATES. I IN A SYMBOLIC WAY OVER THREW THE USA BACK IN 1996 & HAVE BEEN THE TRUE PRESIDENT SINCE THEN, U R ALL SCREW BALLS & ARE NOT WORTH THE TIME, JUST LIKE THE MEDIA. CHECK MY
    VIDEOS.

  • Can you make a really short video? I think it might be helpful to have a :30 to :60 sec clip to get people informed about your site.

  • Thank you for (reason). I hold that, "the (majority) unless poisoned, or damaged in some way, will always trend to moderation. Moderation is the island from which we explore new possibilities, or be forever tossed in a sea of ("excess")."

    Plato said; "(Excess) generally causes reaction, and produces a change in the opposite direction, whether it be in the seasons, or in individuals, or in governments."

    It is no longer a partisan issue, when we have rogue lawless members of congress acting as willing stooges for a kleptocracy, jeopardizing national intelligence sources, methods, and individual agents in the field. Some errant fools are planning exactly that as we speak, in a sickeningly brazen attempt to cover obvious criminality by members of the administration, and campaign staff some of who have plead guilty to felonies, and others pending trial. At very least, they, the (conspirators) are (obstructing justice) by trying to bury the Mueller investigation. Regardless of the banter, punditry, propaganda, spinning, and screams of the fanatics, a major crime is being committed against the people of the United Staes. So far we seem to be incapable from stopping this train wreck. Putin's spies, and (micro targeting) strategy has caused a devastating blow to our democracy, and Republican extremists couldn't care less. Whether your a disgruntled Trump supporter, a conservative, liberal, progressive, or none of the above, every single American should be acutely aware of exactly what a dangerous, destructive, and possibly catastrophic spot we are in. (Republican Tea party / ("freedom caucus ?") excesses, gross miscalculation, self dealing, and malice of forethought, have brought us to the edge of constitutional crisis of unknown destructiveness .They have confused the possibility of a bold move with the benefits, or (unforeseen repercussions) that result from it. I find myself a left leaning centrist, defending the FBI vehemently despite decades of excesses on it's part, such as (COINTELPRO). I may have questioned their collective political / social leaning, but never questioned their skill, courage, patriotism, or desire to protect this nation from dangerous enemies, and adversaries like North Korea, Vladimir Putin, and the Russian mob etc. It is astonishing to say the least to see (so called) conservatives attacking the FBI headed by a powerful members of their own party appointed by Trump, and approved under their watch. The repercussions will be severe, and will most certainly damage our democratic republic in ways we can't yet imagine. The excesses must be stopped at all cost. The conspirators must be severed from any remnants of power, and must be harshly punished. We are approaching the event horizon of the black hole of totalitarianism, and may be dragged to our doom, unless we fire some retro rockets damned fast.
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