Have you ever been so fed up with Congress that you wanted to send all the lawmakers packing? Tim Cox, founder of the GOOOH movement (pronounced “go”), is trying to do just that.
The movement stands for "Get Out Of Our House" and seeks to replace all 435 members of the House of Representatives with true citizen representatives.
Cox's mission means a 24/7 road trip that requires shuffling through airports and eating on the run quite frequently. In just the last month, he's bounced around to seven states including Maryland, Arizona, New York and Ohio-- where he met with CBN News.
In Cleveland, the audience listened intently to the GOOOH process. Cox's challenge is getting the support of 500,000 Americans to make this dream a reality.
"When we get 500,000 people rallied together, we'll start the process. We'll collect the signatures to get on the ballot, we'll raise the funds to advertise, we'll let you choose a candidate in your district and everything will go forward," Cox told the crowd.
How does the GOOOH process work exactly? Those interested fill out an online questionnaire about the issues of the day. Then, they meet face-to-face with small groups within their district. Eventually, supporters will vote on the two people they want as their citizen representatives. Winners then move through rounds just like a sports bracket until there is a final true citizen representative from the district.
“The Founding Fathers thought the key to the government was to have a true citizen legislator go to Washington, do the work of their people and go home," Cox told CBN News.
Simplifying the Process
Cox knows the steps can sound intimidating so part of his road show is to conduct mock selection sessions that help people understand the process.
One of the main activities at a GOOOH event is filling out a candidate questionnaire. People divide up into groups of six. Then within each group there will be one mock candidate selected based on their answers.
Bill Fry, a GOOOH volunteer in the Cincinnati area, called the process fascinating.
"I think if you've gone through this process and see what's happening you will realize this is truly government by the people,” Fry told CBN News.
Tom Benson, who attended a GOOOH event in Cleveland, was also impressed.
"It’s nice to listen to Glenn Beck and Bill O'Reilly and all of them, but they're just talking about the problem. This is a solution," he said.
Cox points to a quote from Samuel Adams as the idea behind the GOOOH movement. More than 200 years ago, Adams wrote, “If ever a time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin."
Cox believes that time has come.
“They knew this day would come and they said it would be us, the experienced patriots, that need to do something to prevent the ruin," he said.
Inspired by 'A Brilliant Solution'
So how did Cox get to this point? He quit his job as a successful Dell computer executive in 2007 to do this and has been self financing the non partisan venture-- for now at least.
“This is my purpose in life and this is why I’m here,” Cox said.
One day while in a book store, a woman told him to read the book A Brilliant Solution, about the makings of the American Revolution. He did so reluctantly and was fascinated.
After sitting at home complaining of how Congress was broken,it was a conversation with his son that got him off the couch.
"I just complained a little too loud," Cox recalled. "I don't think he'd ever really seen me go off like that and he kind of flippantly said 'hey dad you're supposed to be a smart guy. You tell us not to complain about stuff. Why don't you go fix it?'"
Cox never looked back.
"In the computer world, when you want to fix stuff what you do is understand the root cause of a problem and I said this one's easy," he continued.
The Problems in Congress
Cox believes he has identified four problems in Congress: special interest money, too much party influence, politicians focused on self preservation and no accountability.
In the GOOOH system, citizen representatives would have to sign a legal document committing them to vote the way they said they would in their candidate questionnaire. The biggest complaint Cox hears from people is that the GOOOH citizen candidate may split the vote with either the Republican or Democratic candidate. Cox acknowledges that could be an issue.
"The members of the House of Representatives, they know [the system] is broken," he said. "They absolutely know and I believe the true patriots among them as we get bigger, they will step aside."
Getting bigger is the key, but it's going to take people getting off the couch.
Tammy Roesch is one of those people who decided she couldn't just sit around anymore. She discovered GOOOH and is now one of the movement’s national directors.
"A lot of Christians have this idea that, 'well the Lord is in control and we’ve just got to sit back and He's going to take care of us,'" she said. "That's true. God is in control, but He expects us to do our part. He helps those who help themselves."
The Makings of a Movement
Cox has directors in nearly every state and hundreds of volunteers. More than 60,000 members are signed up now, but over 200,000 seem to be in reach.
“This is a bandwagon country," Cox said. "Once we get that 500,000 and we start pushing this forward all those people that are afraid-- they'll join."
In the meantime, Cox goes about his business-- whether it's sitting alone doing radio interviews or being driven from Cleveland to Columbus, Ohio, in the middle of a snowy winter night by fellow GOOOH volunteers. For Cox, it's all worth it.
“This is what I’m meant to do. This is it," he said. "We're on a mission. We're going to make it happen."
It’s a bold plan by a computer guy who solves problems for a living. Cox says America is about to experience a new, peaceful, citizen revolution.
"I’m absolutely convinced that 100 years from now the history books are going to tell the story of the GOOOH revolution,” he said. "It's only a matter of time. It's only a matter of time."