What is the FBA? What Does It Do?
The Fourth Branch of America, or the FBA, is about empowering you,
as a Citizen, to:
- Keep informed regarding issues and legislation— We
will provide an easy way for people to stay on top of the issues
that are important to them, and the related legislation at the
local, state, and federal levels. Members could indicate their
preferences in their member profile, even customizing how often
they receive newsletters, and what level and type of information
to include. Armed with information, a person is more empowered to
act, and act wisely.
- Take an active and vocal role in their government —
Working together, the FBA will effectively form a ‘union’ of
citizens, giving the people a louder collective voice that would
be heard at all levels of government, whether at the federal,
state, or local levels. As our membership and notoriety grows, so
will our influence. The FBA would facilitate communications with
our governmental representatives, letting the government know
where their constituents stand on various issues, and encouraging
participation in the political process. The idea is that an
informed constituency is an empowered constituency. Politicians
could ignore the voice of the people at their own peril. Come
election time, we would remember, and act accordingly.
- Hold their governmental ‘Representatives’ accountable —
It will now be easy to follow how our
Representatives have voted on various issues, and whether or not
they are effectively representing us. Prospective candidates would
also be reviewed. Local elections would no longer be determined by
whether it was a red sign or a green sign on the side of the road
that caught a person’s eye, but rather on the information they
were able to learn on what each candidate actually stood for, and
what they would to do for them if elected.
- Offer unbiased forums for debating various issues —
The FBA is neither liberal nor conservative, Democrat
or Republican. Our purpose is simply to establish the conversation
between people, the dialectic, so that we may further understand
each other, and the real reasons for our varying viewpoints. The
FBA would present controversial issues from multiple perspectives
across the political spectrum, allowing all sides to present their
best arguments. It is through this debate and public communication
that we may all grow in understanding, and perhaps find common
ground, and mutually acceptable resolutions. Even if we can only
agree to disagree, we can do so with civility and respect.
- Help those with a passion for a cause find
organizations and projects where their participation will make a
difference— By tapping into a vast network of organizations
already in existence, we can help people find others who feel like
they do about their cause, and are doing something about it. In
addition, the FBA itself will be proposing and organizing various
projects, particular those leading to community enrichment . It is
we the people who are the strength of this country.
What Is The Plan?
We believe that an organization like this would
be very popular with people very quickly. Given the current
frustration and cynicism many people feel with their government,
and the partisan game playing that occurs on Capital Hill by
both sides, many people would be eager to increase their voice
in their government, and feel more empowered. The idea has
already been very popular locally.
Because of the information technology that we possess today, the
functionality described above is now quite possible. However, it
will take resources, financial and otherwise, to make this a
The FBA will proactively recruit members throughout the country
using a variety of methods. This would include directly
approaching prospective members that have demonstrated
themselves to be likely candidates, such as members of other
special interest groups and politically active glitterati. As
our membership grows and our infrastructure is developed, we
will expand our media presence to include radio and TV. We would
produce Public Service Announcements (PSA’s), and establish the
forums for discussing the issues, legislation , and candidates.
As these shows become more popular, it becomes possible to
generate revenues from the advertising that accompanies such
productions. This would be in addition to the nominal membership
fees collected to support our infrastructure, and expand our
We need the support of sponsors who believe the Fourth Branch of
America would be a benefit to our country, and the political
process that runs it. Please help us launch a vehicle that would
allow citizens to have a voice in the political process that
governs them. Let us end the feeling of separation from our
government. Let us remind citizens that it is our
government, and they are our representatives.
How Did the FBA Get It’s Name?
Traditionally, we were told to only think of
three branches of our government. The Executive Branch,
meant to enforce the laws, the Legislative Branch which
makes the laws, and the Judicial Branch which interprets
the law’s compatibility with our Constitution.
We suggest that the true power of this country actually rests
with the people...
we the people… ostensibly the Fourth Branch of America.
It is from the people that each of the other three branches
derives their mandate. We wish to remind both our government and
the populace itself that, as Abraham Lincoln so eloquently
stated, this is a country “of the people, by the people, for