April 27, 2015
After dedicating his life to serving America, Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Daniel Davis, retires from the Army to tackle the corruption of the American electoral process and governance by big money. The objective of his brand new non-profit organization, Democracy Awake is to bring integrity to the methods and processes of politics in Washington DC.
While the mission appears daunting, Davis contends most Americans acknowledge that the country is on the wrong path and the current state of dysfunction is unsustainable. “To this point, most Americans believe it is impossible to take on the implications of big money on US campaigns. The key is to mobilize our power.”
Davis knows a thing or two about taking a stand. After the Pentagon sent him to assess progress in the Afghan war, he spent a year zigzagging 9,000 miles in the tribal nation. Once he assembled the puzzle pieces, he was shocked to discover a major disconnect between the truth on the ground and the reports being disseminated by the Pentagon. Davis said he agonized about his loyalty as an Army officer and his oath to defend the American people. He knew he had to set the record straight. Upon returning home he penned two reports, one document archived “classified” details for Pentagon leadership, and the other included “unclassified” information detailing the conditions other service members described during his yearlong mission. “Dereliction of Duty ll” won him the 2012 Ridenhour Prize for Truth-Telling. However, the prestigious award came with a price—he became persona non grata within the Pentagon for bravely speaking-out against senior military leadership and the disingenuous portrayal of the War in Afghanistan.
Looking to expand his military leadership skills, Davis decided to shake the foundation of the US political system by beginning the shift of power back to the American people. He explained that the large sums of money required to run a successful political campaign caused candidates to look toward large donors and special interests that have left most Americans feeling disenfranchised and powerless.
So what would possess Davis to leap from the structure of the military to the abstract world of political theater? “The conditions demand it and the time is right. We crafted a strategy at Democracy Awake to produce three key outcomes: 1) reinstate the people to their rightful place of influence in the political system; 2) greatly reduce the oppressive influence of money in the electoral process, and 3) make it possible for a much broader range of Americans to competitively run for Congress.”
According to the Sunlight Foundation, in the 2012 election cycle, “one ten-thousandth of the U.S. population” – just over 31,000 individuals – contributed $1.7 billion to political coffers. To demonstrate the power this one ten-thousandth of the US population has on determining who wins each election, the Sunlight Foundation also reported that not a “single member of the House or Senate elected [in 2012] won without financial assistance from this group. Money from the nation’s 31,385 biggest givers found its way into the coffers of every successful congressional candidate.”
Though many of these wealthy Americans are good people and leaders, Davis believes a system that is supposed to represent 315 million citizens should not be the exclusive domain of a small minority.
Democracy Awake has launched an indiegogo.com campaign to raise the capital necessary to implement the tools required to take on the Washington DC political machine.
Unlike the litany of government insiders who talked about the Middle East failures in multi-million dollar tell all book deals after they left the military, Davis spoke up while he was still in the service, an experience that he believes has well prepared him for his assault on the electoral elitists.
The words of a fellow soldier, the last American general to become president, Dwight Eisenhower, remain timeless … “Leadership cannot be exercised by the weak. It demands strength—the strength of this great nation when its people are united in purpose, united in a common fundamental faith, united in their readiness to work for human freedom and peace: this spiritual and economic strength, in turn, must be reinforced in a still armed world by the physical strength necessary for the defense of ourselves and our friends.”––GEN Dwight Eisenhower, Department of the Army PAMPHLET 360–50, August 1982.
To learn more about Democracy Awake visit their website.
To learn more about LTC Davis truth telling report Dereliction of Duty ll, read: “Afghanistan War- Operational deception or political hoodwink?”
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