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Why a peaceful, people's revolution is the only way to take back our government

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In God-blest America , the land of the free, our founding fathers' sacred idea of a government "of the people, by the people, for the people" has become but a cruel joke--along with that "godamned piece of paper" we call our Constitution.

Our political system is openly rigged against the best interests of the American people. A massive market mechanism is securely entrenched in our political system where political influence is openly bought and sold. Tens of thousands of highly-paid middlemen called "lobbyists" facilitate the legal transfer of millions between moneyed special interests and our so-called "representatives" in Congress.

This very lucrative business of buying and selling political influence (which wouldn't be very lucrative if it didn't produce very lucrative results) has become the driving engine of our government. Our so-called "representatives" in Congress vie for millions in legal bribes in return for delivering billions of our tax dollars to moneyed special interests. It's pure folly to think our current political system could possibly look out for the best interests of the American people.

Looking back ten years

Just ponder what our government has done to us (not for us) in the last ten years alone. It's utterly mind boggling. The best interests of the American people have been sacrificed to moneyed special interests time and time again. But that's exactly how our current political system is designed to work.

The banking industries paid millions in bribes for a legal license to steal billions from the American people. When greed got them in trouble, our so-called "representatives" gave them billions more of our money. But that's exactly how our current political system is designed to work.

After the health insurance industry paid its bribes, our so-called "representatives" refused to even consider single-payer (despite its proven track record of providing cheaper, superior health care, and providing it to all citizens). Instead, millions of Americans will continue to suffer (or go bankrupt or die) for lack of health insurance. If a policy would significantly reduce the profits of moneyed special interests, it's simply designated "off the table" by our so-called "representatives". But that's exactly how our current political system is designed to work.

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In the last ten years, our so-called "representatives" shared nearly a billion in bribes from the "defense" industry. In return, they doubled our defense budget to $700 billion (equal to all other countries combined!) and lied us into unnecessary, endless, expanding wars that will ultimately cost us trillions (aside from the extreme human costs).

Our so-called "representatives" are cutting social spending just when the American people need it most. Yet they continue to spend hundreds of billions on weapons of mass destruction to "protect us" from our enemies. But most of our "enemies" are purposely created by our government's blatantly unjust foreign policies (that openly support regimes that oppress millions of human beings) and by our violent military occupations of their homelands. Without a perpetual supply of "enemies", "defense" industry profits would plummet.

If that weren't enough, our so-called "representatives" have worked hard to keep America the number one weapons merchant on earth. Our so-called "representatives" continue to support the sale of billions in weapons to oppressive regimes around the world, which creates still more "enemies", which creates more special interests profits, etc. But that's exactly how our current political system is designed to work.

All these outrageous government actions are exactly what we should expect from a government openly for sale to the highest bidder. Moneyed special interests paid for these outrageous government actions, and they got what they paid for. We, the people, got screwed.

We, the people, are just government-controlled fodder for moneyed special interests. But that's exactly how our current political system is designed to work.

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Real change is impossible under our current political system

Our current political system guarantees our so-called "representatives" will continue to pass and sustain legislation that transfers billions of our hard-earned tax dollars to moneyed special interests. Why "guarantees"? Because members of Congress who oppose moneyed special interests are promptly punished, ostracized, or replaced (if their offense is great enough). For example, dare to oppose the AIPAC and your days in Congress are numbered.

Further, our current political system guarantees both moneyed special interests and our so-called "representatives" must participate in this influence-peddling scam against the American people (because they'd be stupid not to). Big corporations would be at a competitive disadvantage (and would cheat their shareholders) if they refused to buy political influence. Likewise, our so-called "representatives" would be at a competitive disadvantage getting elected or staying in office if they refused to sell political influence. But that's exactly how our current political system is designed to work.

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Carmen Yarrusso, a software engineer for 35 years, designed and modified computer operating systems (including Internet software). He has a BS in physics and studied game theory and formal logic during his years with the math department at (more...)
 

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But can he write satire?... by Carmen Yarrusso on Tuesday, Oct 19, 2010 at 9:02:58 AM
A thought for talking to those who don't already u... by Stewart Wechsler on Tuesday, Oct 19, 2010 at 12:18:00 PM
is ok, but "war budget" would be a more accurate c... by Jon Fox on Tuesday, Oct 19, 2010 at 3:24:02 PM
Well said. But what do you suppose will take to ov... by Joice Biazoto on Tuesday, Oct 19, 2010 at 10:18:40 AM
but what truly positive change has been. I feel t... by Donald on Tuesday, Oct 19, 2010 at 10:33:15 AM
I want to second Donald's thoughts. We empower ... by Stewart Wechsler on Tuesday, Oct 19, 2010 at 1:33:41 PM
...and I'm really glad you brought up IRV...at the... by Bia Winter on Tuesday, Oct 19, 2010 at 2:11:05 PM
Great points Donald. Weee the people continue to f... by Nancy S on Tuesday, Oct 19, 2010 at 6:47:21 PM
Yes, I was excited about the title, about taking b... by Paul Kinzelman on Tuesday, Oct 19, 2010 at 11:44:25 AM
The idea of "peaceful revolution" may apply to soc... by Bill Cain on Tuesday, Oct 19, 2010 at 12:43:24 PM
Poland, then the Soviet Union itself, then the "Ea... by Jim Arnold on Tuesday, Oct 19, 2010 at 9:30:59 PM
If you really want to fight for your COUNTRY thenh... by bruce bowman on Tuesday, Oct 19, 2010 at 12:46:12 PM
(Had to check and make sure you weren't another te... by Bia Winter on Tuesday, Oct 19, 2010 at 2:19:17 PM
Great Article and congratulations to Carmen Yarrus... by aberamsay on Tuesday, Oct 19, 2010 at 12:49:00 PM
If People really knew the depths of this depravity... by Bia Winter on Tuesday, Oct 19, 2010 at 2:21:20 PM
But we'd all like to know how this gets done when ... by Bill Cain on Tuesday, Oct 19, 2010 at 3:55:09 PM
9/11 is the key. We should not give up pursuing th... by Bob Gormley on Tuesday, Oct 19, 2010 at 4:53:52 PM
1) Work for investigations and revelations of gove... by Jim Arnold on Tuesday, Oct 19, 2010 at 1:51:57 PM
As a fellow NH resident I am happy that we have so... by John Farrell on Tuesday, Oct 19, 2010 at 2:15:10 PM
Exports from our Country are out of balance with o... by greg timmons on Tuesday, Oct 19, 2010 at 2:53:50 PM
yes,i agree.peaceful revolution.a violent revoluti... by tim mcghie on Tuesday, Oct 19, 2010 at 3:03:14 PM
I personally want us to pick a race in 2012 that E... by ear on Tuesday, Oct 19, 2010 at 4:27:32 PM
I think that the best solution to this problem is ... by Anton Grambihler on Tuesday, Oct 19, 2010 at 4:30:00 PM
I totally agree. Well written, pertinent, and impo... by John Little on Tuesday, Oct 19, 2010 at 8:06:43 PM
Carmen Yarruso has made a powerful plea for a peac... by Frank Legge on Tuesday, Oct 19, 2010 at 8:47:05 PM
The two movements have trouble merging and uniting... by aberamsay on Wednesday, Oct 20, 2010 at 6:28:25 AM
sane comments accompanying this piece, which was n... by Ned Lud on Wednesday, Oct 20, 2010 at 6:50:59 AM
...the greatest swindler of all times Mr MICHAEL M... by aberamsay on Wednesday, Oct 20, 2010 at 12:10:46 PM
Great article. I am in total agreement with you; w... by Beverly Maisey on Wednesday, Oct 20, 2010 at 12:31:36 PM
Great Piece. However I tend to see things a littl... by Kevin Tully on Wednesday, Oct 20, 2010 at 5:03:49 PM
An interesting article, but no real change will co... by Bruce Morgan on Sunday, Oct 24, 2010 at 4:27:45 PM
Carmen, Good analysis. The establishment politic... by Bobby Emory on Sunday, Oct 24, 2010 at 9:51:02 PM
A peaceful revolution, but not the one anyone migh... by R. A. Landbeck on Monday, Oct 25, 2010 at 9:32:06 AM