In Bushco's first term, we protested the War of Lies -- to no effect.
In Bushco's second term, we protested the continued slaughter as well as torture and the trashing of the Bill of Rights. And we also elected (in 2006) an opposition majority to both houses of Congress-- all to no effect but continuation of the treachery.
In 2008, promised peace and decent governance, we elected a Democrat president to lead a now all-Democrat political powerhouse. We got an escalation of slaughter in Afghanistan, advice to ignore the evidence of torture, silence on issues of constitutional abuse, and an ever more erosive debate on national healthcare.
What is the problem here? In our republic form of government the citizens elect and well pay persons to enact good laws and treaties, to authorize expenditures of our government as appropriate, and to generally represent the will of the citizens and their best interests. We've had none of this of late. What we've gotten is gross misrepresentation of our best interests.
A dramatic case in point is the recent majority-Democrat Senate vote on the so-called "supplemental" to fund the war, a war increasingly disapproved by a large segment of the electorate. The Senate vote was 93 to 1 in favor, that is 99 percent of the senators attending voted in favor of funding continuation of a war we now know to be based on lies and for which no clear beneficial objective for the citizens has been established. This 99 percent approval is an insulting smack to the face of the sizeable portion of the electorate that opposes the war, and is also a refutation that our elected representation in Congress can be said to honestly represent the will and the best interests of the citizens of the republic. Our Congress has sold themselves and has sold us out.
The terrible truth is that nothing adverse to the profits of the powerful medical, pharmaceutical, insurance, banking, investment and weapons interests is going to happen until we the people raise our voice clearly and loudly.
The ultimate answer, of course, is to ILLEGALIZE ALL CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS AND POLITICAL PAYOLA, the real stimuli to political actions that affect us all. Reasonable campaign expenses must be allocated by the government (meaning us) thereby depriving anyone seeking and holding office of any incentive other than keeping his elected job and perquisites by honestly and capably representing the best interests of the republic -- or else he loses his job. And incidentally -- despite the mountain of flack we can anticipate to the contrary -- this approach will ACTUALLY COST US LESS THAN DOES THE CURRENT LEGALIZED GRAFT. It is high time for the prostitution of our government to be brought to an end.
Now, how to get there you ask? Realistically, even if it were possible to rouse the electorate to action on the necessity and benefits of this approach, the vested interests and their political lackeys will not give up without a fight.
It is possible -- and God knows we should already have done this -- to passively mass sufficient a body of convinced citizens on the steps of power in Washington and refuse to move until we are assured of decent governance. But after eight long years of treacherous war, constitutional abuse, and political bullshit, not even the peace biggies can get beyond their various organizational turfs and actually unite to suffer the inconveniences, discomfits and risks to do this. They, we fully deserve the abuse we suffer, and it will endure, no, get worse until we finally take on the challenge.
The alternative -- to sit on our backsides and complain -- accomplishes nothing but to encourage our abusers. But despite the general pacifist persuasion and my specific abhorrence of violence, history advises that if one day it becomes so intolerably oppressive, a small group -- much smaller than today's peace-talkers and sign-wavers -- may likely rise in revolution. It doesn't take many. The Russian Revolution was sparked by a single company of cadets from the local naval academy.
What follows is not necessarily a solution. In Russia's case it was a decade of civil war followed by decades of political repression. Revolution always promises but does not guarantee the hoped for results.
A possibly worse scenario is that the family of decent governments may finally get fed up with our international misbehavior and decide to put it to an end, a result, for us, very likely to be no better than the revolution's.
What then are the alternatives? (1) Doing nothing, with the abuse to escalate. (2) Passive but Massive and Enduring Presence at the seat of power. (3) Revolution. (4) Foreign intervention.
Somehow we must get it through our thick skulls, our whining larynxes and our inert backsides: OUR SITUATION WILL NOT GET BETTER JUST BECAUSE THAT WOULD BE THE NICE AND PROPER THING TO HAPPEN.