250 years ago, the founders of the United States declared independence as an act of visionary leadership to pursue the ideal of government of, by and for the people. After running this extensive national experiment, it’s now our time to declare independence again from political systems that undermine the original promise of life, liberty & the pursuit of happiness. As millions of Americans affirm their discontentment with, and independence from, the two-party system, the time has come for independents from a wide range of backgrounds to unite in principle and practice–working together as a United Independent Movement to design, test and institute Good Governance That Improves Quality of Life for All as our prime objective.
Articles of United Independents:
We choose to be independent from 1) groupthink, 2) self-serving ulterior motives and 3) tactics of manipulation.
2) United Independent Practice
We choose to practice thinking, speaking and acting our own conscience in service to carefully considering and improving the quality of life for all.
Our ultimate purpose is to 1) prevent harm, 2) reduce suffering, 3) increase societal efficiencies 4) improve quality of life for all people, and 5) steward our natural world well for future generations.
We choose to rise above the division of Left-Right polarization, and us-vs-them win-lose thinking, into a new domain of civic discourse that listens to, and integrates diverse perspectives into unifying, creative and synergistic new solutions.
5) Unifying Principles of Good Governance
We align on and work together towards enacting these shared priorities of good governance:
Stark transparency in government, while respecting individual privacy
Documented, goal-based representative accountability to progress civic purpose
Distributed, stewardship-based civic culture of engaged citizens
Productive constituent interactivity between each other, and with government officials
Perpetual improvement of public sense-making and choice-making (*voting)
Ongoing technological optimizations to governance processes and government functions
An imperative to practice legitimate due-process
6) Coordination for United Independents to Succeed
We commit to work together in high degrees of coordination and relatedness with other United Independents to progress these priorities of good governance and ensure that United Independent candidates are elected into seats of local, state and national stewardship.
While we may also individually identify with other groups, we simultaneously affirm our 'Independent identity' to associate with other Independents, and the larger movement.
Of my own free will and personal perspective, I choose to align with this declaration. In signing this document I affirm myself as a United Independent and commit whole-heartedly to contribute my time, energy, attention, resources, access and influence to participating in fulfilling the intents of this declaration to the best of my ability, through the means I deem most appropriate and effective to fulfill our mutual purpose represented above.