When the government is undermining of “the (peoples’) pursuit of life, liberty and happiness….it is their right, it is their duty, to alter or abolish it”. Thus says the Declaration of Independence. Time to cut the apron strings and declare our independence anew?
If that sounds “radical”, think of how our country was founded. Just by that exact deed.
Okay, and if that poses some “slight” practical hurdles, here’s another solution:
Refuse to finance criminal activity against others and the abuse of our own selves! Either claim so many legal loopholes on your taxes that you end up paying nada, or perhaps consider the even better alternative: Leave the country.
And please let’s remind Congress---publicly, in letters to the editor et al--- that we PAY them to uphold, protect and defend the Constitution! And that we are not psyche ward basket cases willing to actually PAY to fund our own abuse!
SOME MORE IDEAS OF HOW TO EFFECT THE SOLUTION:
A) Check out the congressional voting record of Any Candidate you wish to vote for, prior to going to the polls. Publicize that record in letters to the editor, on blogs, by dialing in to radio talk shows, etc: Did they vote for the Patriot Act? Torture bill? FISA broadening?
B) Check out who is funding any Candidate before voting for them, to determine any likely political bias. Publicize that information as above.
C) Consider joining an election watchdog group in your County
D) Write your Congressmen like crazy. They want to be re-elected. According to the ACLU, paper letters are much more effective than emails.
E) Scandals work! Notice how many politicians are resigning to avoid scandal? Here is how we can purge our Congress of any Constitution-trashing offenders! This should be a signal to us that our collective voice Does have power and the greater public opinion Does matter! Take heart: The belief that what we say/think doesn’t matter, is being publicly disproven. It’s not true!
F) In letters to the editor, on blogs or radio talk shows, identify and rebut common public beliefs such as, but not limited to:
“It will never happen to me/you” “They are only after the terrorists” “Just let them wiretap me: I have done nothing wrong, so I have nothing to hide” “So-and-so is on the ball, so there is no need to take action”
G) Write your favorite grassroots organization, using the “Contact us” button on their website, and ask them to get behind any particular cause you are concerned about, showing them concrete facts to underscore your concerns. There is a power in the grassroots, and it‘s getting more powerful all the time!
H) To side-step the warrantless wiretapping, consider switching your phone and/or internet service to the following organizations, which have pledged in writing not to wiretap without court warrant, thus supporting the first and fourth amendments:
Qwest (phone and internet provider in many US States)