Monday, April 20, 2015

So, How Do We Fix Our Government?

In my opinion, there is no magic bullet to fix things, but...
if we don't vote, much more can be done than just waiting for the collapse.  Even if people do vote, much more can be done.  There's a huge obstacle, though...
PROPAGANDA from Neoliberals (in general, the highest levels of Repubs & Dems).

Unfortunately, Americans seem to have forgotten that this country was founded due to 
the efforts of Activism.  Violent activism is not an option nowadays, but peaceful activism is 
always possible... one issue at a time.  It's a long haul.  The trouble is, due to Propaganda, 
the ~ 25% of adults who are on the "Right" think that demonstrations, protests, boycotts, etc. 
are "Leftist", or "Socialist", or "UnAmerican".  Nothing could be more American.

So, what could be done?  Well, about a gazillion things could be done... IF Americans had the 
will and weren't so distracted & propagandized.  Here's one tiny thing that could be done:  as 
much as possible, boycott all Mega Banks.  Destroy their credit card biz with boycotts.  Is it 
inconvenient for people?... of course.  You can't change who finances your mortgage, but you 
can have an impact in other areas such as credit cards.

By the way, most politicians voted in by most Americans (Repubs & Dems) just recently gave 
the Corporatist Obama so-called Fast-Track Authority on the TPP.  That means one man 
(Big Biz Obama, not Congress) will do the negotiations for that abomination.  When it comes 
up for a vote in Congress, there will be no debate, no amendments, just a yea or nea.  If it's 
approved, we lose.  Big Biz likes the TPP 1000%; so does Obama, so does McConnell.  If 
Congress votes it in, there will be a downward pressure on wages (because of greed, not 
a lack of choice for biz owners), a decrease in food, toy (& other goods), & pet safety, the 
elimination of Buy American in Gov't procurement contracts, more offshoring of jobs,
& the ability of any corporation to sue our Gov't (or any gov't) for infringement on their profits 
caused by EHS regulatory compliance***.  Way to go, you Gravy Train, Fat-Cat Congress 
people!  [EHS: Environmental/Health/Safety]
***The "court" will be a private, corporate tribunal.  It will have the capability of allowing corporations to "legally" raid the U.S. Treasury.

Everyone in Congress who voted for Fast-Track should be inundated with phone calls, 
emails, or letters berating them for such stupidity.  But that won't happen... because of 
Propaganda, distraction, apathy, or ignorance.  The Neoliberals win again. 

So, what am I getting at here?  Simply, I think the very first step in "fixing" our Gov't and 
overcoming the coup of Neoliberalism is this:  somehow we have to destroy and/or expose 
Edward Bernays style Propaganda.  That propaganda has deceived and immobilized the 
American people.  It has misinformed and distracted them.  They are, for the most part, lost 
in the charade of Right v. Left.  The whole thing is a Rigged Game.  The Main Street "true 
believers" in politics have been duped... completely.  [None of this is a "conspiracy".]  Can this 
"first step" be accomplished?  I doubt it, but maybe.  In any case, it's worth the effort to try.  
NeoFeudalism in America is fast approaching.  Doing nothing is not a good choice.  The 
solution to the problem is not to be found in the current major political parties... they 
are a major part of the problem.

Not just my opinion.  Happy Trails

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