What allows the opinion of the MINORITY to rule the day…
It’s nothing more than the appearance of DOUBT.
Another possibility. Alternative facts. That legal grey area… where in one instance, if one person shoots another in the middle of 5th Ave, that person goes to JAIL. But of course… there are some instances where that doesn’t happen.
Because the shooter has a BADGE and LEGAL AUTHORITY.
Those people… they get TIME OFF.
That didn’t just happen. That wasn’t an accident. That wasn’t done out of fear for the safety of others. There was no judge. There was no jury.
There was no Enforcement of LAW… just an execution.
No one to hold accountable for their crime, and no one held to account.
Has anyone stopped and considered the consequences of our just carrying on like nothing ever happened? You know, back to business as usual. Nothing to see here! Just move along to the next shiny object…
Never mind that gaping WOUND we’re walking around with… the soft underbelly exposed for all to see.
Why does our Democracy STILL STAND?
Because there was someone there, to PUSH BACK against the depravity. To uphold Righteous Values. Because evil prevails when men of HONOR stand silent… and this Nation is worthy, of every ounce of effort called for in this moment.
To be SILENT is to be COMPLICIT in Her demise.
Every year we till the fields, in anticipation of the bounty we will receive. With patients and practice, our gifts continue to grow. Our work only rewarded once the harvest is done.
Every year we toil and every SPRING we start anew, but every year brings with it new challenges. In the blink of an eye, our hard work can be washed away or left to whither… all dependent upon the desires of the STORM.
But every year regardless of the outcome… if we CHOOSE to start anew… our fields must be cleared, the remains turned back into the soil. With hope that someday… maybe this year… our bounty and our harvest will only GROW.
I believe in the Promise of Renewal.
I believe in the Infinite Potential of what might BE.
I long for our FUTURE with the same nostalgic passions, that some people harbor for our PAST. Our Better Days may still be ahead of us, but I question embracing a strategy of inaction, as the means of making it come to be. Watching. As TIME passes… just hoping someday, those dreams might become reality.
It’s one of the fundamental laws that govern our physical reality. The pendulum will swing TRUE… because it must. That energy doesn’t just go away. It remains. It must be released. Like a hammer striking chisel or a sledge raining down destructive blows… that choice is always OURS.
IF I were to sit down and think about it hard enough… I’ll bet I could come up with a list of at least 100 reasons why I cannot vote for anyone running as a Republican this fall. Chief among them, the delegitimization of the Office of President of the United States.
Because of that, they delegitimize the continued relevance of their own Political Party… so I will vote accordingly.
On the flip side of that, right now I can’t seem to come up with a list of 10 reasons why I should vote FOR the Democratic Party. Yes, the GOP is running on NO national agenda, other than to OPPOSE. Their dog whistles have now become blow horns. They champion causes that disturb the MAJORITY of Americans and they slow any attempt to further the causes of Social Justice and Equality, even as their party holds a MINORITY in Congress.
The Democrats can’t protect a Woman’s Right to CHOOSE. The Democrats can’t protect our Right to VOTE. A Police Officer murdered a man with his knee while he had his HANDS in his pockets… yet the Democratic Party can’t pass a Justice Reform Bill that has that man’s name on it.
ONE PARTY is doing everything they can to roll back the clock, denying us that More Perfect Union, while the OTHER PARTY can’t seem to tie their OWN SHOES. And when they lose this fall, they’ll say it’s all OUR fault… THE VOTERS.
I guess they’ll have to spend more MONEY on “voter education” next time around.
I have no desire to vote FOR the Democratic Party. They have NO AGENDA. No message. No unifying principle that defines who they are… other than pleasing their DONORS at all cost… and yet somehow they say, it’s not THEIR fault.
It’s the VOTERS’ fault.
Yes, it is the voters’ fault… because we’ve allowed this BS to go on for way too long. The charade is UP. The jig is OVER… the “BIG LIE” walks hand-in-hand with the “BIG GRIFT” and we are ALL being taken for a RIDE.
The Democratic Party has become the Neville Chamberlain to the Republican Party’s Adolph Hitler. The President continues to seek bipartisan solutions to problems caused by the OTHER PARTY… while the other party won’t even recognize him as the legitimate President of the United States.
And why do we feel like it’s all our fault? WE VOTED! Just like they told us to.
But it always seems just out of reach… ‘Not this election, but the NEXT! Next time, with YOUR HELP… your financial support… we’ll get this DONE!’
… tick tock tick tock…
Time passes, and the narrative rolls along.
The conversation moves on, and the crisis de jure dominates the front page. War. Terrorism. Climate change. Inflation. Jobs. Jobs. Jobs…
Same as it ever was. Same as it ever was.
The People haven’t moved on… the Politicians have. Leaving in their wake a mountain of DEBT. A heaping PILE of unfinished business and unresolved problems, many of which they’ve raised MONEY on while they were in office.
Don’t talk to me about being a PRO-CHOICE party if you can’t pass a bill protecting a Woman’s Right to Choose. If the ACA can continue to STAND because it’s seen as Congress exercising its power to levy TAXES, then there must be a legislative path forward that will secure the support of all 50 Democratic Senators.
Yet one Senator still stands opposed.
And NO ONE seems surprised! He’s just doing what his “constituents” want him to do. He works for the people he represents… THE DONORS.
This isn’t a story of US vs THEM. This is a story of preparedness. This is a story of an inability to anticipate the consequences of enforcement of rules and regulations. This is a story about the real-life impact bad government has on ALL our lives.
This is a story demonstrating how incompetent our government has become, as they can’t even get the SIMPLE THINGS right.
It’s as if we must TEACH our government how to WALK all over again.
I can SEE the problem, just as clearly as everyone else. We’re stuck with no alternatives. BOTH parties contributed to this crisis… and it’s not as if this crisis couldn’t have been anticipated.
It was the Federal Government that enforced the law, shutting down that producer. It was the Federal Government that failed to anticipate the downstream impact of shutting down only ONE PRODUCER… knowing that they produce 1/3 of our domestic supply of formula.
And it was the Federal Government that crafted the legislation, that turned a BLIND EYE to the rise of a monopolistic takeover of our FOOD SUPPLY.
From the FIELD to the TABLE. Every aspect of our agricultural industries, from production to logistics has been SLIMMED DOWN. Cutting the FAT. Leaving more meat on the BONE at the end of the day… for less mouths.
All we have to do is read the news and everyone can SEE it. It should have been a Presidential priority from DAY ONE. Where’s the Democratic Party? Where’s the party that supposedly represents our FARMERS… the GOP?
IF we assume that our legislators work for the DONORS, then it is clear that they are getting exactly what they want.
Our two-party system is now BROKEN, and the parties will not seek to reform themselves. They continue to thrive on the dysfunction. They’ve become masters of the GAME they’ve created… and the losers of past political contests become the LEADERS of their party.
@3:58 in the video: “I know folks- Republicans, Democrats, Independents; purple people, blue people, white people…”
And why is that? Because he raised a massive amount of MONEY.
And it’s all like variations on a theme… I swear I’ve heard this song before. The People demand it with their VOTE, but after the election the conversation starts to change.
The answers we seek as a Nation can be found… but only if we stand UNITED. As EQUALS. MY rights are not secure unless YOUR rights are secure. My Liberty is not secure unless your Liberty is secure as well…
And right now, neither Political Party is doing what’s necessary to secure our Democracy.
Those judges are on the bench because they were nominated and confirmed by elected officials, who hold their office because of a discriminatory system. A system that is not representative of The People overall, but only a segment of the population.
A poll is a scientifically accurate snapshot of the electorate because of the deliberate attention paid to BIAS and efforts made to minimize its influence…
… and any politician worth their salt, pays attention to the polls.
Our response to crime isn’t what eliminates crime or deters people from committing crime in the first place. What drives someone to commit a crime.
The overall societal elements that drive someone to pick up a GUN instead of a PHONE… the dire straits that lead someone to STEAL just to pay the BILLS… the conditions that lead one to find more in common with a criminal organization than with a worker’s union…
That is what changes. That’s what makes fertile ground. Not the actions of police. The police officers are only doing what they’re TOLD to do— Enforce the Law.
The Law… as created, by elected officials who are BEHOLDEN to campaign contributions.
You got a GOOD IDEA? Great! Let’s run it past the DONORS and see what they think… ’cause if they don’t agree, you might not get re-elected. If it hurts their BOTTOM LINE or stands opposed to their ideology, they might not DONATE to your campaign. Worse still, they might DONATE to your political opponent.
Hell… they might back a PRIMARY CHALLENGER for that election.
Did Stop and Frisk work? Crime went DOWN during that period in time, so elected officials took credit for that progress… until it was found to be locking up BLACK MEN disproportionately, then it was shunned and disavowed.
Does the beating and killing of MORE BLACK MEN by police reduce crime?
Then why does it continue to happen? During periods in time where crime rates are HIGH. During periods in time where crime rates are LOW. Whether we create MORE LAWS or REPEAL THEM. When our Nation’s economic activity is soaring AND when our economic activity is dismal… some things just remain CONSTANT. Some things are just a given.
Getting Tough on Crime is kabuki theater of the Highest Order… an enterprise, worth BILLIONS of dollars.
Throwing BILLIONS at crime does not address the underlying conditions that give rise to the criminality in the first place. So why would we associate a reduction in crime with MORE COPS, MORE LAWS, and MORE JAILS? Because they can’t STOP the crimes already in-progress.
There’s a delay effect… a temporal echo. What was PASSED by previous legislatures creates what we see TODAY. More cops, more policing, more violence does not solve the problem NOW. It only addresses the product of their inadequate and flawed legislation. It’s a parallel to Trickledown Economics.
You want people to NOT do crime? Then you have to present them with a viable alternative to a life of crime.
If life keeps biting you in the ass, eventually you stop caring about all the other noise and just focus on yourself. Me against the WORLD. Do or die…
We must avoid getting to that place.
And that doesn’t happen overnight. You can’t hire MORE COPS and solve a financial crisis. You can’t stop and frisk people and expect to solve the problem of increased murder rates. If you tell someone their JOB depends on them finding CRIME… then they WILL find it. Whether it exists or not.
Because they wouldn’t want to lose their JOB now. That could lead them down a dangerous spiral… and we all know where that could lead.
So why would we allow it to happen in the first place.
So NOW… let’s reduce crime. Let’s make MORE laws. Let’s get rid of LAWS. Let’s stop enforcing laws or shift the threshold of what constitutes a breaking of the law…
If we do THIS, or if we do THAT. If we tweak it around the edges. If we look into the problem… let’s form a panel. A committee… an Investigative Body. MORE COPS. MORE POLICING. ‘I’m outraged!’… by the apparent result of their own INACTION? By the inability to anticipate the consequences of their legislative actions?
By the intentional limiting of options, caused by their need to FUNDRAISE for their re-election.
So, how do we fix it? How do we get back to NORMAL… without going back to Business as usual? More SUNLIGHT is always the answer.
How do we CLEARLY interpret the Will of The People? Is it with LESS participation? Will we find it through practices of exclusion and disenfranchisement? One man should not rule over a FREE PEOPLE, but should a small handful of elected elites be allowed to decide FOR US who is worthy of that position?
More participation equals BETTER GOVERNANCE. Everyone has a role to play, and everyone’s VOICE should matter equally.
With each successive HOUR, with each passing DAY… the generation that came after the LAST, now knows more than their predecessors… BECAUSE of the work they have done. What we have now was unimaginable to them… and what will come, is beyond our wildest dreams.
When we push the boundaries and expand our horizons… when we step outside our own little world… we find the answers. We gain KNOWLEDGE. And, of course… we find the answers to questions, we never even knew existed.
And what will we SEE? The fine points, the details, the minutiae… at the heart of it all, is our LIVES. When the Rule of Law reigns Righteously and Equally, we will know what the opinion of the MAJORITY is. It’s the difference between thinking we know what The People want, and actually knowing what they want.
The answers to these problems exist. The question now becomes—
Do we have the COURAGE to find them?
CLARITY. Above all else. MORE SUNLIGHT is always the answer.
This is not a time for cowardice. This is not a time for the faint of heart. DEMOCRACY and our interpretation of what it means, is on the line. Two-hundred-and-forty years are at stake… and the fate of the next 240 may soon be determined.
This is a moment that calls for THOUGHT. This is a moment that calls for REASON… two things that disappear when our emotions take control. Our right to STAND UP and SPEAK OUT isn’t unique in this world, but it is fleeting. Hong Kong comes to mind… Belarus as well. Steps taken backwards. Liberty taken away.
Where once there was FREEDOM, state-sponsored SILENCE remains… and for what reason. At who’s direction… at who’s EXPENSE. Because if it’s REVOLUTION we’re talking about here, then we must be CLEAR. Every one of us must understand what that entails… exactly what that means.
This Nation helps DEFINE the word Revolution. THIS Nation. The United States of America. Where it is our RIGHT to decide our FATE.
Revolution is violent. Bloodless coups do not exist. In battle AND upon the streets, when nations engage in war, civilians on BOTH sides die… as those who STARTED the war suffer no consequence.
When the fighting is INTERNAL, when the ever-consuming fires turn brother against brother… there is no hiding from that. There is no safety on our streets. No matter what side is victorious, there are no winners in a civil war… this Nation still bears the SCARS of that.
We even have the deeds of our OWN ACTIONS. What has our meddling in the affairs of other nations produced? In how many countries have we tipped the scales? How many times have we paid the price… because of our own ego.
By our hands, with our consent. At the ballot box… Elected Officials, BEHOLDEN to the DOLLAR. Don’t forget! If you are outraged AT our elected officials, or enraged BY our elected officials, that’s exactly what they want.
Who in the hell would take up ARMS at the direction of a POLITICIAN? Have they earned even a modicum of TRUST in that regard…
‘We’ll be greeted as liberators.’
‘Wanted dead or alive.’
‘This would have happened if we left 10 years ago or 10 years from now.’
‘We’re gonna walk down to the Capitol, and I’m going with you.’
To those who would say NOW is the time for Revolution, I would say I can sympathize. I can understand that desire… I voted for Al Gore. I voted against the agenda carried out for 8 years. But I believe in the Constitution, and I believe in the Will of the American People, whenever they are fully informed.
Right now NONE of us are fully informed… and it’s by design. Now, it’s effecting our CHILDREN as well.
Let us address the reason it continues and not give in to our base instincts. This is not a Democrat issue. This is not a Republican issue. This is a TRANSPARENCY issue… not a call for revolution. This is a call for CLARITY.
Who among us isn’t angry? Who among us isn’t ready to cry REBELLION? The “Revolution” isn’t going to be fought on a battlefield… it’s going to be fought in the arena of OPEN DEBATE. Because in that battle, we can LOSE without falling BACK. Everyone goes HOME after the rhetorical shots are fired, and we can look forward to the next engagement.
The MAJORITY of this Nation stands for what is RIGHT. Those who call for violence to solve a POLITICAL ISSUE… do not.