Alexis de Tocqueville was a Frenchman who, after traveling throughout the United States and observing American democracy in action published the renowned study of American people and its government Democracy in America.
Many of his observations from 1835 will sound familiar to any American citizen:
"The will of the nation is one of those expressions which have been most profusely abused by the wily and the despotic of every age. To the eyes of some it has been represented by the venal suffrages of a few of the satellites of power; to others by the votes of a timid or an interested minority; and some have even discovered it in the silence of a people, on the supposition that the fact of submission established the right of command."
LegisMe seeks to remind those in power that the will of the American people is not theirs to invent. By providing a platform through which you and other Ameican citizens can easily engage with your elected representatives, LegisMe will make obvious the will of the people to those in government would otherwise pretend that they create and control that will.
"In the United States,"
wrote de Tocqueville:
"society governs itself for itself. The nation participates in the making of its laws by the choice of its legislators and so little do the authorities forget their popular origin and the power from which they emanate."
With LegisMe you can make sure your elected representatives never forget from where their power comes. You.
LegisMe embraces a few princples when it comes to your data. We highly value privacy, but also realize that using your information is a way in which we can support this enterprise. We therefore want to 1). Give you as much control over how you give us data and how we can use it, and 2). Pay you for the data you give us.
Paying people to engage in politics is not exactly a new idea, but LegisMe is taking the idea into present day. In the late 19th and early the 20th century, it was not illegal to pay people to vote. Indeed many organizations (political parties) would pay voters to vote for the party's candidate. When the secret ballot was introduced and paying people to vote was made illegal in 1925, voter participation, probably expectedly, dropped.
We make it easy to engage with your representatives at the local, state and Congressional levels.
Make your elected representatives listen to your opinions, not those of large special interests.
Control your data and reveal to LegisMe what you want to share.
Get paid for using LegisMe and for engaging with and influencing your representatives.
All revenue we obtain, whether it's from you clicking on ads in the LegisMe app, from data access by a third party, or from and any grants or gifts, goes into paying for the cost of supporting LegisMe.
In order to provide the best experience we pay for servers, databases and for the people who work hard to keep LegisMe secure and easy to use.
If you feel inclined to support our endeavor to strengthen democracy through increased civic engagement you can make a tax-deductible donation to Plebeian Technologies Incorporated a 501(c)(3) Organization.
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