In a minute, you will find a link to a must-read article by blogger Valentine Logar.
But first: wedon’t care what your politics is. This woman is right.
Yes, of course, Val is coming from a Democrat perspective, but she is actually speaking for all Americans who care about the quality of their civil society.
About a truly participatory democracy, with freedom and justice for all.
It’s this simple.
Democracy in America is for sale, and the last chance to prevent it becoming completely corrupted is right now.
If you’re American, read this. Read it now. If you are living anywhere else in the world, but you value a vibrant and growing American democracy as a key bulwark against totalitarianism, read it now. Click now:
There is a concerted effort by the extreme right in America – by which I mean the extreme corporatist right, “big business” that is – the 1% – to BUY the American government. Legally. Under the “cover of law”.
All of it, not just the Republicans, but Democrats too.
The Republicans apparently could care less – or maybe they are already so controlled they can’t fight back – although I strongly suspect many Democrats are equally compromised – but the people of America, those who value the land of the free, it is the people that must wake up and realise what is happening to their democracy.
The shadow men that have always circulated behind the seats of power obviously no longer think they need to fear people realising what they’re doing. They are using the froth and bubble of the debate over healthcare, and the upcoming possible debt default, to mask far murkier moves.
The land of the free. For all our sakes, bury your differences, before you become the land of the bought and paid for.
Which would make the whole world tremble.
Please, America, the reforms you need are not that difficult:
- Stop your election funding laws becoming an international joke
- Stop allowing political parties to gerrymander boundary changes – create an independent electoral boundaries review commission
- Insert a circuit breaker in your Constitution so that governmental logjams cannot persist forever.
PS On a related issue: if you do default on your debt ceiling, America, and throw the entire world economy into chaos again, just please remember who did it. As trade dies, as your jobs disappear, as your prices rise, as your programs are cut, as you can’t afford new roads, or schools, or your armed forces, please remember those politicians who really refused to negotiate. And remember this, too: some people make money in a recession just as easily as they make it in a period of growth. They have the levers, they can throw them whichever way they want, and still buy and sell at a profit.
Just remember, as you hurt, they won’t be.