Wednesday, June 20, 2018

The Time Is Now -- #OurRevolution

A common refrain heard among non-trump circles is that a blue wave is coming, and that Democrats are going to keep the cheeto-colored snot-gobbler in check. I had my doubts, but I was willing to wait to see what happens this November.

However, the latest imbroglio over the separation of families at the southern border was the last straw.

See, here's the thing. The Democrats may very well win in November and regain the majority in both houses. They may even put forth token measures to hold trump in check.

Big deal.

Big, fat, hairy deal.

The problem isn't trump, or the Republicans, or Obama, or the Democrats.

The problem is that elected representatives have absolutely zero incentive to work in the best interests of their constituents.

Back in 1776, Thomas Jefferson penned the Declaration of Independence, a document that was a bold statement of our desire to separate from England, of our need for self-governance. It included a list of grievances against King George, among which were things like "He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good," and "He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation: ... For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world: ... For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury: ..."

Is any of this sounding familiar? It should. Our current president "refuses Assent to Laws" in that he has violated the Emoluments Clause, and he maintains that he can pardon himself for any crime. His trade war is isolating the United States economically, and his general buffoonish behavior is isolating us diplomatically. And along the southern border, he is imprisoning people -- children -- without due process (granted, the lack of due process is the least of these offenses ...). And every member of the Legislative Branch -- at least, the ones seeking re-election -- are beholden to big money donors ... to the point that each Representative and Senator has to spend six out of ten working hours on the phone, begging for campaign domnations.

Given all this, and the fact that even if the Democrats regain the majority their first obligation will be to the major donors, it is my opinion that the United States, in its current configuration, is beyond repair.

When your car is totaled, you don't waste time trying to polish the paint. You toss it and get a new one. Which is precisely what I am proposing. To quote the Declaration of Independence again, "... when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce [the People] under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security."

Our country has been totaled. Smashed beyond repair, or even recognition. We have an official policy that calls for immigrant children to be taken from their families, with no information given as to when (if ever) they will be returned. Our Attorney General -- the most senior law enforcement official in the country -- has gone on record as stating that this policy will continue until trump gets the money for his border wall.

This is, not to put too fine a point on it, extortion. It is also using thousands of human beings as nothing more than bargaining chips.

The time has come to dismantle the current government and replace it with one that is actually responsive to the people -- all the people, not just rich white guys.

In the coming days I will be publishing various strategies and tactics to achieve this goal. My first choice is that this be nonviolent -- the last thing we need is a civil war; that would give these assholes everything they need to suspend fundamental rights and complete the transformation of the United States from a shining example of self-governance into just another banana republic run by a greedy moron whose sole concern is lining his own pockets.

The first action I am calling for is a nationwide, universal strike on Monday, July 9. In order to make this effective, we need to get as many people on board as possible.

Tell everyone you know that they need to take part. After all, it's their country as well, and the only way these chuckleheads in Washington will listen is to make it extremely uncomfortable fro them to conduct "business as usual."

I gotta lie down.


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