Friday, April 16, 2010

A Few Things We All Need to Understand About the Current American Political Situation


Problem: The political problems we face today in Washington are not of the either/or variety, they are of the both/and variety. The fact that things are so screwed up (politically) in Washington is not the fault of either the Democrats or the Republicans; it's the fault of both the Democrats and the Republicans.

Solution: Stop blaming either the Democrats or the Republicans and start blaming both.

Problem: Voting in elections never really seems to change anything.

Solution: stop voting and start protesting.

Problem: Protesting never really seems to change anything.

Solution: Start conducting real protests: ones without a permit that will stop traffic.

Insight: Voting in elections and engaging in legal protests are things which the Washington government wants you to do. The government knows that neither of these two things will ever change anything (meaning: putting an end to the corrupt politicians' hold on power) but that our being involved in these will cause us to feel as though we are doing something to effect change when in fact our doing so will never effect real change. Elections and legal, permitted protests are cathartic—meaning our involvement in them causes us to feel better by allowing us to let off some steam, so to speak.

Problem: The Washington politicians of both parties are in bed with the big corporations and with the big Wall Street banks; therefore the People are no longer able to use the power of the federal government to control the abuses of big corporations and the big Wall Street banks. In fact, rather than Washington protecting the People, the People are now being forced by the Washington politicians to bail them out.

Solution: Stop blaming either the Democrats (i.e., Obama) or the Republicans and start blaming both. Stop thinking the next election will solve anything, because it won't. Start protesting in Washington against the politicians and their corporate banker friends and for the freedom and liberty of the People; real protests (without permits) that stop traffic.

Problem: The Washington government isn't doing enough to help the People.

Solution: The People, if they want help, are going to have to start helping themselves. Since the Washington politicians, the big corporations, and the big Wall Street banks have now become one, ungodly symbiotic entity: start organizing to resist it by active and effective non-violent civil disobedience. And let's start taking care of one another. It's not the Washington government's responsibility to take care of us, it's our responsibility to take care of one another (i.e., we are our brothers' keeper).

Problem: There's too much discord in the People's movements that already exist (e. g., the (rightist) Tea Party movement and the (leftist) Anti-War movement), which have been organized in order to protest against the Washington government/big corporation/Wall Street banker entity and protest for the rights and well-being of the People.

Solution: Let's curb our sociopolitical dogmas, prioritize, and begin focusing upon the issues we can all agree upon. For example, can the right and the left not agree to work together in order to put an end to the un-American Washington agenda, which both political parties in Washington endorse: wars of empire, torture, spying on Americans?

Problem: Economically, it seems as though Americans endorse either capitalism or socialism; therefore it appears that Americans will never be able to agree about economics and will be continually fighting over the issue.

Solution: Economics in America never has been—and never will be—an either/or issue, and we're just spinning our wheels arguing about it if we think that it is, which is exactly what the Washington government/big corporation/Wall Street banker entity wants us to do: spin our wheels while they laugh at us all the way to their banks . . . with OUR money. American economics has always had—and always will have—elements of both capitalism and socialism. When it comes to capitalism and socialism, economics in America is not an either/or issue: it's a both/and issue.

Problem: The Washington government/big corporation/Wall Street banker entity is just too powerful; it appears that nothing we can ever do will ever change anything.

Solution: People power can effect real change, if the People are will to get involved as the real, active and effective agents of such change. It will not be easy, and it will not be without cost. But nothing worth having is ever easy, nor is it ever cheap. We have only two options: 1) we can do what the Washington government/big corporation/Wall Street banker entity wants us to do, which is nothing or what amounts to doing nothing (e.g., voting, legal protests); or 2) we can do that which the Washington government/big corporation/Wall Street banker entity doesn't want us to do, which is to do something that will cause and effect real change: protest—without permits—against the government/corporation/banker entity and protest for the rights, liberty, and dignity of the People. This entity will never simply hand-over these rights, liberty, and dignity to the People, the People must demand them from their oppressors.

As the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said: "Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor, it must be demanded by the oppressed."

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