March against corporate government…

…that you are not hearing on the corporate-backed media…while they promote their corporate-owned candidates, 24/7/365.

I have read a couple of chapters of Ralph Nader’s The Seventeen Solutions, and just in the first two chapters, you can see all that is wrong in the country — the IRS is understaffed to the point that they are not collecting an estimated $30 BILLION in taxes per year; and the Commons (what used to be citizens collectively talking to each other and deciding what actions to take) are being silenced.  The active, vocal, passionate (or not) debates no longer take place.  Corporate-owned politicians make changes slipped into bills by sneaky ways so that the American public is unaware of policy changes until it has passed.  The corporate-owned media does not do its watchdog job of informing the public of the politicians’ actions.    And there are those who still blame the American public for not knowing what is going on…when they are deliberately kept in the dark…

It is imperative to protest in Cleveland and Philadelphia during the Republican and Democratic conventions later this year.

Yeah…except that you will be herded into a chain-link cage a block away from the Convention so that your Freedom of Speech doesn’t interfere with the limousines’ path…

Most people attracted to power, Popper wrote, are at best mediocre and usually venal.

Word.

This is why, as Ralph Nader points out, our last liberal president was Richard Nixon. Nixon was not a liberal or endowed with a conscience. However, powerful grass-roots movements, including the anti-war movement and labor unions, frightened him and others in power. Nixon in 1974 signed an amendment to the Fair Labor Standards Act that raised wages by more than 40 percent. He created the Environmental Protection Agency and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. He called for universal health insurance and passed progressive legislation including the Mine and Safety Act, the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act—much of it authored by Nader. He pushed through a minimum tax on the wealthy—the alternative minimum tax—and called for a guaranteed minimum income for the poor under the Family Assistance Program. During his administration, for the first time since World War II, spending on social service programs exceeded expenditures on the war machine.

But the problem is that we saw all of these great progressive moves be quietly disempowered.  It’s as if we think *ah, well, that’s done…* and then go about our business thinking it will continue without our vigilant attention.  As soon as we let our attention be directed somewhere else, *they* know that they can give Deep Pockets back their goodies.  I’ve seen it happen over and over.  And Nader makes note of that in his book, as well.  Taxes were raised on the wealthy and then after the public’s attention is turned somewhere else, the taxes were relaxed again back to levels that allow them to acquire 2% of the wealth of the world….

…and I still am thinking we should demand paper ballots come November. And write in Ralph Nader’s name on the ballot.  And if we are denied paper ballots, to have spontaneous sit-ins outside of voting places, holding signs stating that the American voter demanded a paper ballot to ensure their vote was counted–but their demand was denied.  And people from both parties, independents, and even non-voters have a chance to count the ballots. It’s harder for those feeding the Dark Side to get away with it when they can’t hide in the shadows…

 

 

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