It is time to stop complaining and start acting. We need to go to the source of the cancer that is destroying our country and remove it. That cancer is the fact that our government is for sale to the highest bidder. A government that is accountable to the People -- a government that is actually responsive to promoting the general welfare and protecting the country and the constituents -- is the only institution we have that is powerful enough to protect us from corporate predators. This is the only battle that counts. We are currently scattered out and engaged in hundreds of individual battles where the game is rigged in their favour. Even when we attain a token tactical victory, we must then aggressively defend that victory. They deploy their army of high-priced lawyers and we are forced to fight seventeen motions, four appeals, and a sabre-tooth tiger. As long as they own the government, they will just keep grinding us down with mountains of well-financed obfuscation and strategically placed feces. They will continue to do whatever it takes, and they will continue to get whatever they want because they own our government.
William C. Dudley, the head of the New York Federal Reserve, just gave Goldman Sachs $600 billion. Before he was head of the New York Federal Reserve, William C. Dudley worked for Goldman Sachs. Goldman Sachs was Bush's top contributor. Goldman Sachs was Obama's top contributor. We are never going to fix anything as long as our government is for sale to the highest bidder, especially when the highest bidder is Goldman Sachs.
Action: First, watch the 6 minute video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTUY16CkS-k for a concise [and hilarious] portrayal of what the Goldman Sachs/Federal Reserve nexus is up to. Then go to http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/12697/64868 for Matt Taibbi's comprehensive reporting upon Goldman Sachs long and sordid history. Then, take your outrage to http://movetoamend.org/ to do something about it.
Next week, a local group I am working with is going to present a petition with over 1,000 signatures to our city council asking them to pass the following resolution:
"We request the City of Olympia pass a resolution endorsing Move-to-Amend Olympia's efforts to amend the Constitution of the United States to state that only living, natural persons receive the rights and protections of the Constitution."
One of the councilmen has already told us that this will probably pass. Then we get to work on the state legislature"
We understand our cause is probably hopeless. We also understand that unless we act, our cause is absolutely hopeless.
We need all the help we can get.