We believe in you — that you as an individual should have a voice in your government and that your elected officials should hear it. For you to believe in us, you need to know who we are and why we created this site.
Q: What are AmericanDream’s objectives?
A: Our two key objectives are:
1) To provide the best news experience possible and organizing it all for you in one web portal. The old way was letting the media determine what you should read. AmericanDream puts you in charge by helping you select what to explore, share, and discuss with your family, friends, and colleagues.
2) To put citizens back in control of their government. AmericanDream is a unique social networking community that provides customizable information (all sources are clearly identified by bias) to help you learn more and articulate what you believe — whatever those beliefs are — and hold your politicians accountable. We are helping you rebuild our democracy from the ground up. That’s why everything we do is focused on your voice, your vote, your future.
Q: What is the origin of AmericanDream?
A: Our political house is on fire. We decided to not watch it burn anymore. Together, we can save it. Even though we might like the idea of elected officials peering over the walls they have formed to see millions of electronic torches and pitchforks headed their way, we know that is not the answer. It is your words and frustration at the system they have created that will make the difference — not anger and apathy, which just fuels their power. Publicly they say that they must do better, but behind closed doors they perpetuate the system that keeps them in power. Special interest groups drive a lot of the activity behind the scenes for politicians; doing a lot of work pushing agendas that often represent fewer and fewer people. It’s time to put the people first by putting your words, thoughts, and desires into action.
Q: How can AmericanDream be impartial?
A: It’s not easy and we certainly aren’t perfect. The key is this: it’s not about us being left, right, or correct. Someone has to be the impartial referee and stand by while you get in the game — it’s your action on the political field that counts. And when we get it wrong you need to call us out to help us do a better job. That hindsight works like instant replay: we use it to constantly improve this site for you and your communications with elected officials.
Q: Who are AmericanDream’s competitors?
A: Plenty of sites provide political information. Many do a good job of providing access to information to help citizens learn more about their government. But we aren’t aware of any whose primary mission is that of an unbiased arbiter — helping users find great content that is clearly identified by its perspective, determine their own views, share those views with their friends and family, and take action to reform the political system and hold politicians accountable for serving the people. Most of the other sites find ways to perpetuate the current system (fundraising, matching current officials to user views, etc.). We believe that your voice is what should count and that the political system should be reoriented so that you aren’t only important to officials during the election season, when they need your vote and your money.
Q: Why does AmericanDream use a .org domain?
A: Our community service role called for a .org domain. There are several non ".com" websites (like govtrack.us, factcheck.org, and votesmart.org) dedicated to making information available and to improving our government. We look forward to working alongside them to help fix our political system.
Q: What are AmericanDream’s next steps?
A: The 2014 midterm elections changed the Congress and the 2016 presidential elections sent a clear message to politicians and the media. Are they listening or are they just designing the latest ways to ignore us?AmericanDream is preparing to launch to the public soon so you will be able to discuss issues, convey to politicians what is important to you and your family, hold everyone accountable, and restore trust in our public institutions. If you would like to provide resources or discuss partnering opportunities to help perpetuate our impartial mission, or if you know of others who want to, please contact us at partnering@AmericanDream.org.
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