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Unbreaking America: A NEW Short Film about Solving the Corruption Crisis


Our government is broken, and we have to fix it. RepresentUs board member Jennifer Lawrence and Director of RepresentUs Josh Silver, walks through three lines that show what’s wrong with legal corruption in our government, how we fix it and what you can do about it. Find out how you can get involved at Jennifer Lawrence will be at Unrig Summit 2019 in Nashville March 29-31. Register now at


Sources and Credits

Sources for facts presented in the video:

Unbreaking America
Jennifer Lawrence
Josh Silver

MJ Delaney

Written By
Josh Silver
Joshua Graham Lynn
Jennifer Lawrence

Sachio Cook & Niko Guardia

Ryan Kleier
Drew Levin
Carrie MacFadden

Executive Producer
Joshua Graham Lynn

Director of Photography
Drew Levin

Ryan Kleier

Derek Sexton-Horani

Camera Operator
Nikita Carpenter

Assistant Camera
Jennifer Hart Gardner

Josh Fordham

Theodore Johnson

Gio Lima

Production Assistant
Paris Peterson

Lou Blackman

Filmed at BE Electric Studios

Art & Concepting
Adom Balcom

Sound Design
Hobo Audio, Inc

Original Music By
Garth Stevenson

Zachary Gobetz

Rebekah Forecast

Kate Synnott

Assistant to Ms. Lawrence
Meghan Grimm


John Norris – A Government of the People


John Norris is running for Iowa Governor with a campaign based on a government of the people, by the people, and for the people. John is a 5th generation Iowan, raised on his family’s farm in southwest Iowa, and a graduate of Simpson College and the University of Iowa College of Law. Take a look at his campaign video below.


John Norris’s experience is phenomenal — Chief of Staff for Tom Vilsack, as both Iowa Governor and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture — Chairman of Iowa Utilities Board — Appointed by President Obama to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission — State Director of Iowa Farm Unity Coalition — Managed Iowa presidential campaigns of Jesse Jackson and John Kerry — Represented the U.S. at the UN’s Food and Agricultural Organization and World Food Program in Rome, Italy.


Read about John Norris’s positions on the issues at:


Below are a few photos of John.


What a U.S. Constitutional Crisis Would Look Like

On 12 January 2017, Senior White House Advisor Stephen Miller seemed to be advocating that the President be given supreme power over the Legislative (Congress) and Judicial (Courts) branches of government. This would represent a Constitutional crisis because it attacks the structure and function of our government.

Below are two segments from the “Morning Joe” show (MSNBC) posted to YouTube on 13 Feb 2017.

Video Part 1

Video Part 2

Further Reading

For further reading, see “Branches of Government” on the website.


POLITICS – Transcending the Party Divide

As part of a larger project, we’re compiling examples of bi-partisan collaboration. The following is the audio of a discussion with Iowa legislators Jim Ross Lightfoot and Dave Nagle discussing how past cooperation among legislators and civility helped bring progress. This is audio from the Iowa Public Radio show “River to River” with Ben Kieffer and Emily Woodbury on 25 Jan 2017. This content has been placed here in compliance with fair use to provide the ability to embed it for purposes of social commentary and education in a non-commercial context for limited use.

Marco Rubio Addresses Violence and Intolerance in Politics


In this video clip, Marco Rubio addresses the recent wave of violence and intolerance in politics. This video is being used for educational purposes and is posted here in compliance with Fair Use guidelines.

Date: 12 March 2016, 10:12 AM ET
Source: NBC News

Trading Privacy and Freedom for Security

Benjamin Franklin Quotes

  • “They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
  • “Those Who Sacrifice Liberty For Security Deserve Neither.”
  • “He who would trade liberty for some temporary security, deserves neither liberty nor security.”

Video Synopsis

Must we give up privacy and freedom to gain national security? Would we be safer with a totalitarian police state or fascist dictatorship?

In this video, Apple CEO Tim Cook discusses Apple’s encryption and privacy policies, as well as governance issues, with WSJ’s Editor-in-Chief Gerard Baker at the Wall Street Journal’s technology conference in Laguna Beach, California, in October 2015.

This short excerpt video clip is being shared here for educational purposes only in a Fair Use capacity to be used as a supportive curriculum resource for discussions on governance.

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Bernie Sanders FAQ – Q&A

The following is taken from the website

I Like Bernie, But…

… isn’t he a socialist?

Bernie Sanders is a democratic socialist. He believes that our current economic system isn’t doing enough for poor and middle-class Americans and that democratic change is needed to create a more fair and just America.

But this isn’t radical or scary! Many of the programs instituted by Franklin D. Roosevelt and Lyndon Johnson that we take for granted today — such as Medicare, the 40-hour work week, the minimum wage, and Social Security — can be considered socialist programs.

… I heard he wants to raise taxes!

If you’re one of the 1.5% of Americans making more than $231,450 a year, your marginal tax rate will go up slightly — money you earn above $231,450 will be taxed at 37% instead of 33%.

If you’re one of the 0.6% of Americans making more than $500,000 a year, your marginal rate will go up from 39.6% to 43%. Above $2,000,000 the rate will be 48%, and above $10,000,000 the rate will be 52%. These are tax increases that will only affect the very, verywealthy.

On the other hand, the vast majority of Americans will see significant savings when factoring in tax and healthcare changes under Bernie’s plans.

… is he even electable?

Absolutely. Bernie probably has a better chance in the general election than Hillary would have:

Bernie performs better than Hillary does in all hypothetical match-ups against Republicans in poll after poll(2.4% better against Trump, 4.6% better against Cruz, and 1.5% better against Rubio, on average).

Bernie significantly outperforms Hillary in surveys of independent voters, and with 30-40% of Americans identifying as independents, they will play the deciding role in the general election.

And Bernie has a big lead in favorability, with a +10% net favorability rating among all Americans, compared to Hillary’s -10% net favorability ratingNopresidential candidate has ever won with a negative favorability rating.

… how could he get anything done with a Republican Congress?

Bernie is actually well-known for his ability to compromise to get things done without sacrificing his values. In the House, he was known as the Amendment King, and passed more amendments — addressing exclusively progressive goals — than any other legislator, by forging cross-party coalitions.

He has earned respect from Republicans ranging from John McCain to the ultra-conservative Jim Inhofe. If any Democratic president can reach across the aisle to work with a stubborn Republican Congress, it’s Bernie Sanders.

… isn’t he too weak on gun control?

Hardly. He has consistent high ratings from the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and a D- rating from the NRA.

His position is that a broad consensus of common-sense gun control measures is possible if neither side is alienated through overly divisive rhetoric.

… I heard he wants to get rid of Obamacare!

Bernie wants to expand health care coverage, not get rid of it!

Obamacare has made things a lot better, but it’s only a step in the right direction: Americans are still paying more for healthcare than any other country, and more than 10% of us still don’t have health insurance.

Bernie’s Medicare-for-all proposal will do just what it says — provide coverage for every American citizen, while saving the average American family $2000—$4000 per year. [Try the calculator!]

… does he have any experience with foreign policy?

While Bernie’s main focus is on domestic issues, he has shown remarkable foresight when it comes to foreign policy decisions. He was a member of a small minority voting against the War in Iraq in 2003, arguing in an impassioned speech that overthrowing Saddam Hussein would result in “disaster”. He was right.

… how will he pay for all this?

Every dollar in Bernie Sanders’s proposals is matched by a corresponding dollar raised in revenue — it’s all accounted for.

For example, the $75 billion/year College For All plan will be paid for by a tax on Wall Street speculation, while the $100 billion/year Rebuild America Act will be paid for by taxing corporate offshore income.

… aren’t his supporters all young white men?

This is a false narrative that keeps getting pushed. In reality, Bernie has the support of 50% of young women, is viewed more favorably than Hillary by Hispanics and Asian-Americans nationwide, and does better among African-Americans than whites in Pennsylvania and some other states.

And this is not surprising given Bernie’s unwavering commitment to rights for all Americans throughout his life. He took part in MLK’s March on Washington in 1963stood up for the rights of LGBT soldiers in 1995, and has maintained a 100% voting record with Planned Parenthood for his entire career.

… he’s too old!

At 74, Bernie Sanders would be the oldest president ever elected to a first term. But so would Donald Trump. And Hillary Clinton would tie for oldest. As medical science improves, people are able to be fit enough, mentally and physically, to run a country well into their 70s in a way that wasn’t possible before. And Bernie is in very good health.

To learn more about Bernie Sanders’s positions on more than 50 different issues, check out

You can also watch Robert Reich challenge these critiques of Bernie much better than I can in his recent video.