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Votestrike.com has put forth plans for a General Strike beginning on September 11, 2008, which is quickly gaining a tremendous amount of support. Chris Rice, Founder of Votestrike, said, "General strikes shut down the normal operations of a city, state, or nation for a period of time. These strikes aim to force action on a single issue or broader set of concerns. The reason for this shutdown is not to hurt this country in any way shape or form. But is in fact a peaceful method of sending a message to Washington, D.C."

As support for this sentiment grows daily the strike's appeal has increased worldwide. Rice goes on to say, "The General Strike is a national call to action, from citizens to other citizens. It's not about a single issue. It is not an anti-war protest, a gas price protest, a civil rights protest, and election fraud protest. It is not about torture, surveillance, corporate media, or the environment. This strike is about all these issues and more."

Votestrike.com is calling for YOU, to set things right by calling for people to participate by refusing to shop, go to work, go to school, and instead to non-violently protest and engage in acts of non-violent civil disobedience nation-wide.

The strike targets key issues facing the general public, issues that have not been addressed in any meaningful way by any branch of government. Now is your moment to join with thousands who are saying enough is enough. The Votestrike.com website reminds people of this admonition from the Supreme Court: "It is not the function of our Government to keep the citizen from falling into error: it is the function of the citizen to keep the Government from falling into error." -U.S. Supreme Court, in American Communication Association v. Douds, 339 U.S. 382, 442

We the people...The Constitution of The United States of America spells out in the first line where the power of our great democracy lies. Unfortunately we the people have allowed the power to slip away to special interest, lobbyist, corporations and career politicians. It is time to reclaim our democracy from the people that are destroying it. Thomas Jefferson said that "All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent" now is the time for all people to be heard.

The framers of our democracy did not intend our representatives be career politicians. They foresaw the danger in this. The constitution states that "The Congress shall assemble at least once in every year." The framers intent was for our democracy to be governed by everyday people not career politicians for obvious reasons. Legislators would meet enact laws and go back to their chosen profession. Career politicians will do and say anything to keep their power. Power corrupts even those with the best intentions.

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Jefferson understood that "experience hath shown, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny." The framers had no fear that the result of their experiment would be that men may be trusted to govern themselves without a master. Unfortunately today's politician does have a "master." This master is the special interest, corporations and lobbyists that are destroying our country. Ronald Reagan once said "It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first." We need to get politics as usual out of government and start to tell our leaders to GIVE BACK CONGRESS.

FDR said that "the only sure bulwark of continuing liberty is a government strong enough to protect the interests of the people, and a people strong enough and well enough informed to maintain its sovereign control over the government." FDR further stated that "nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting." Let us never forget that government was not meant to be a power over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not the President, Senators, Congressman or Government Officials, but the voters of this country.

It does not matter if we vote Democrat, Republican or Independent. We have seen Congress change power since 2006. Each time we were promised that the ways of old were over. We were told that the new party in power would return the power to the people and get rid of the status quo in Washington DC. We were promised solutions to the health care crisis, social security crisis, taxation, inflation and the deficit. In fact these were the same problems we spoke about in the 1960's. They are still not fixed. WHY? Because the special interest, lobbyist and corporations have a stranglehold on our career politicians. The special interest, lobbyist, and corporations do not care which party is in power because there are enough career politicians in both parties willing to take their money and perks to look the other way. Thomas Jefferson said "Whenever a man has cast a longing eye on offices, a rottenness begins in his conduct." We must tell our leaders enough is enough." GIVE BACK CONGRESS.

The day that "politician" became a career choice is the day we started losing the Republic. Let's get it back!

Votestrike.com has experienced a marked increase in membership, going from just over 60,000 members last month to more than 160,000 members, this gain taking place in an astounding 30-day period. As momentum grows nationally and globally for the General Strike it is clear that the people will once again be a force to be reckoned with as they work to take back America. Be part of that force.

For more information and how to immediately get involved visit: http://www.votestrike.com

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