Auburn University Journalism Student stops by to interview TBOR

Auburn University Journalism student Justin Trausch came by the Auburn office to talk about the work that TBOR is doing to fix our broken political system. We had a great conversation about his opinions on the state of our country, the political climate, and the important work we are doing at the state and national levels. It was also great to announce to him our plan to start a Take Back Our Republic chapter on Auburn University’s campus. Please take a moment to read the paper he wrote from our interview!

The U.S. Government is in Desperate Need of Change – Here’s How We Can Fix It

By: Justin Trausch

 In a country of 330 million people that rely on the government, keeping our elections fair and our politicians true are detrimental to our democratic society. Now more than ever is our nation in vital need of change when it comes to these issues because of alleged outside election interference and the widespread corporate and dark money lobbying throughout politics. With midterms coming up in 2022 that could decide the fate of the country, we are at a breaking point.

Take Back Our Republic is a political organization founded and headquartered right here in downtown Auburn, and their goal is to tackle those exact problems. They are a nonprofit, nonpartisan group that operates across the country fighting not just election interference and dark money lobbyists, but other hot button topics like gerrymandering, foreign campaign financing, and overall election reform that would give more power to the voters instead of the broken two-party system in place now. 

TBOR’s Central Field Director Noah Durham has been with the organization since 2015 and has worked in states from coast to coast to fix these issues. The issues in question should have total bipartisan support if you are a citizen that wants what is best for the United States, but our elected politicians seem to have their own interests in mind.

“So we started out kind of as a heavy ‘money in politics’ group, so we’re really concerned with how money was being spent in different campaigns in the United States and where the money was coming from,” he said. “That was kind of our first goal, making sure everyone was being transparent with the money that they were spending and receiving.”

How they accomplish this is quite simple. Since they are a true grassroots movement, they use their platform to lobby state and national Congress for reform by writing hundreds of educational papers and articles, arranging and speaking at large events, staying active on social media, and setting up community programs to get people more informed on who they are voting for and why they should care. They believe “We The People” should retain the influence in government, not outside special interest groups, and this approach has seen great success in achieving reform and change.

Justin Hill, the organization’s Deputy Director, talked briefly about the recent gerrymandering problems going on in Michigan and the steps Take Back has been taking to solve this problem.

“What we did there, instead of a boots-on-the-ground grassroots campaign, we went big on digital marketing. So, we did a lot of digital ads to people talking about the issue and why it was important, we sent a lot of placement letters to the editor, and our former Executive Director did a local TV interview in Detroit,” he said. “Instead of actually being on the ground we try to be in local media and talk to folks that way about why it can be helpful to redraw these lines and have a commission that would be able to do it in a fairer manner.”

The 2020 presidential election saw the highest voter turnout in the country’s history, with 66.8% of eligible voters 18 or older showing up to the polls on November 3rd. 81 million people voted to elect Joe Biden as President, an all-time record number of votes. Not to mention Donald Trump also received 74 million votes, which is the second most votes ever received after Biden.

Fair elections are the backbone of democracy. Whether they were completely fair or not is beside the point. It does not take long for a population to lose faith in the system if they feel that the system is rigged against them. Why vote at all if the people don’t feel like their voice is being heard? 

Along those same lines: why vote for politicians who don’t do what’s in the best interest of their constituents? With the laws that are currently in place, there are too many loopholes that allow foreign nationals and dark money organizations to donate millions of dollars to US politicians’ campaigns by funneling it through citizens and other accepted organizations. How should the people trust their elected officials when their pockets are being filled by corporate oligarchs and Chinese conglomerates that have ulterior motives? These policies are what has gotten this country into such a huge mess financially, ethically, and politically.
The time is now or never to take back our republic, so if you would like to get involved with TBOR visit and get started.

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Take Back Our Republic strive to be the leading organization in promoting a culture in politics where character and ideas are the basis of being elected and every election is financed with transparency, primarily by the people to be represented and not by outside interests. Headquartered in Auburn, AL since 2015, TBOR has strong financial backing, an engaged board, more than 100 volunteer coordinators in 47 states, and a staff who stands by our mission.


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