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It is my opinion that today, and for the past several years, the representative government, that thing called "self government" by our ancestors, no longer exists in the nation still known by the name United States of America.
2. If I were to state a date, I would say it happened the day Barack Obama was elected to the Presidency, not because of (then-Mr.) Obama's doing, but because Mitch McConnell decided, literally on that day, to take the power of his minority, and certain quirks in Senate rules,
3. and prevent the government for doing anything desired by the majority of Americans.
This is a matter of public record, not some disputable accusation.
It could be dated to the day the Supreme Court decided that a disputed 500-some vote majority in Florida, and the Electoral C
4. trumped the undisputed, several hundred thousand vote plurality nationwide, and made George W. Bush President.
Yes, I acknowledge the Constitutional provision of the Electoral College, but to me a disputed decision ought to go to to the popular vote winner.
5. You could make a case for other days, but one thing is clear: today the government of the United States works for the benefit of the wealthy few, literally regardless of what nation they reside in, rather than the benefits of the majority of American citizens and residents.
6. It is also clear that the President* is self dealing out of the Treasury, scamming payments to his own golf courses and resorts, in direct violation of the plain language of the Constitution, and that Congress will not act on its power and, I would say, responsibility to halt.
7. I could go on, but you know the details.
So: personally I think that the failure goes far beyond Trumpov's corruption, horrifying as it is. I believe that #MoscowMitch did more to destroy the republic than Trumpov did, but I think it's beyond his control now.
8. I believe that that the billionaire - owned media provides an infotainment platform which is powerful enough to sway enough votes, and define enough concepts (such as "self-government" and "freedom") that it is unrealistic to hope that an election or two can save us.
9. President Obama had two years of a Congress that would grant him any desired legislation, and that only if he was able to conjure up 60 votes in the Senate.
There was a time - I personally remember a time - when an opposition Congress would pass legislation for a President
10. if said President could convince the people, and the Congress, that said legislation was to the benefit of the people.
Our media controllers have, since that time, literally convinced a majority of voters that it is not right or proper for government to benefit the people.
11. I think that my belief that the information ecosystem within which a people lives fully or mostly defines their choices is a minority belief. I think most people disagree. I can't change that.
Meanwhile, what shall we do?
We have a tax structure that fails utterly to fund
12. Our needs. We have had it for so long that there is no possibility that we can pay off our debts.
We have a polity who believes - possibly correctly - that there can be no peace or common ground between people of different skin colors.
13. We are marching headlong into a global ecosystem collapse. There are no plans on offer that are designed to restore a balanced carbon cycle, because the pretense is that the loss of carbon extracting ecosystem services simply doesn't count and only emissions matter.
14. I honestly don't know what to do about this all. Three Americans own more than half of all other Americans. Information technology (TV, radio, major internet sites) are so costly to own and operate that there is only a tiny sliver of our populace whose voices can be heard.
15. Bees, bugs, and animals of all sorts globally are sinking into extinction.
Republics are dying on all sides. The US. Great Britain. Poland. Hungary. Brazil. Argentina. Guatemala. India is threatened.
16. Speaking just of here: what is to do?
If all the following things happen in 2020:
Democrats elect a President
Democrats elect a House
Democrats elect a Senate
And if
A significant percentage of those elected Democrats are not beholden to billionaire funders
17. And if the Democratic Senate does away with the filibuster / 60 vote blockage rule,
And if people of good will pass a few critical laws...
And renew functioning government agencies...
We might have a chance.
18. Ultimately the information ecosystem within which the nation lives is the deciding factor. Our nationwide propaganda is at least as thorough, as intense, and as unavoidable as North Korea's.
19. Just because the propaganda machine doesn't belong to the government, but rather to the government's owners, doesn't make it any better.
I'm old. I guess whatever comes, in my remaining years, comes.
20. If any of my readers are young, you'd do well to look for a way to gain power, to gain control, and to inform yourselves of some hard science and some means of surviving on less than you grew up with.
The 100 richest families don't care about you.
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