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The voting is over and there is something that I wanted to share……I waited before posting this because I was a afraid that too much would be read into the subject…….
By now every American that is not in a coma knows the slogan…”Make America Great Again” right?
Bernie’s run for the presidency has started a bit of a revolution….he has shown that a campaign can be run without the massive amounts of cash from the influence seekers….though there is still some doubt that he could have ever won the nomination without the “fat cats” in his corner.
Let’s be clear….when one hears the term used….revolution….the thoughts immediately track to guns, bombs and violence….that has been the case in some situations….but revolution basically means “change“. Change…that magical thing that ALL Americans claim they are searching for….but they keep giving the reins of power to the same sorts election after election….and that change is still as elisive as it has been for decades.
If you want to make America great again then it is time for an A.R.M. (American Revolutionary Movement)……a movement for real change….we Americans have had about enough rhetoric and doublespeak…..time to get up off their butts.
It has only just begun….now there must be a plan to continue the work started in this election…..do not allow the movement to die…..the way we did in the 70’s……you want change? Then be willing to work for it.
A new American Revolution is possible….but only if you want a change in the way things are done in this country.
We need to revive the radicals in this country…all great leap forward for this society came from the work of so-called radicals…..fair labor laws, overtime pay, healthcare…..etc.
Today we’re going to discuss the political radicalism that gripped especially young people, African Americans, in this country a few decades ago, in the 1960s and the 1970s, and what happened to it. Where did it go? How was it repressed? Why has that militancy, especially in our system of what Sheldon Wolin calls inverted totalitarianism and this corporate coup d’etas that we have undergone, why isn’t it being expressed within the wider society?
And with me to discuss that is the great civil rights attorney Lynne Stewart, who was disbarred because of her activism, standing up to power for three decades, caught up in the war on terror, but who has spent her life defending the poor and the marginalized, who wept in court when one of her clients, Omar Abdel-Rahman, the sheikh, was barred from presenting a credible defense, and is everything a lawyer should be.
There was a chance when Bernie announced the formation of “Our Revolution“…..but for me it fell well short of what is needed….
Lila Garrett here to report on Our Revolution. The concept of “Our Revolution” Left Something Out yours and mine, was the one started by Bernie Sanders who almost got us out of the government by-for-and-of the 1% into government of, by, and for the people. Democracy I believe it’s called. It’s been so long since we had one, it’s hard to remember exactly. But it had to do with one person, one vote, no gerrymandering districts to manipulate that vote, no phony identification requirement to make that vote, no hiding polling places so it’s impossible to find them, and no having to be a billionaire to get in the game. (Thanks a lot, Citizens United.)
Bernie Sanders in his campaign called that change a “revolution” and he won 22 states and 46% of the committed delegates doing it. To the victor belongs the spoils, and while Hillary went around the country collecting those spoils….megabucks from the millionaires & billionaires…we all sat around biting our nails, nervously wondering when the revolution to give us our country back would start.
But if the word revolutionary turns you off then how about a progressive party?
Time for a real masses party……
We need to build the institutions that will make us great again…..
Politics is a game of fear. Those who do not have the ability to make power elites afraid do not succeed. All of the movements that opened up the democratic space in America—the abolitionists, the suffragists, the labor movement, the communists, the socialists, the anarchists and the civil rights movement—developed a critical mass and militancy that forced the centers of power to respond. The platitudes about justice, equality and democracy are just that. Only when power becomes worried about its survival does it react. Appealing to its better nature is useless. It doesn’t have one.
We once had within our capitalist democracy liberal institutions—the press, labor unions, third political parties, civic and church groups, public broadcasting, well-funded public universities and a liberal wing of the Democratic Party—that were capable of responding to outside pressure from movements. They did so imperfectly. They provided only enough reforms to save the capitalist system from widespread unrest or, with the breakdown of capitalism in the 1930s, from revolution. They never addressed white supremacy and institutional racism or the cruelty that is endemic to capitalism. But they had the ability to address and ameliorate the suffering of working men and women.
To reiterate…..the needs of Americans is dire…….time for a strong A.R.M.
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