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There Couldn't be a Better Time to Challenge the Corporate Parties

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Back to The Electoral College; if we do spark peoples' interest, we want a one person, one vote system.

5. I was around and protesting the war in Vietnam in the late 60s and early 70s.   The Students for a Democratic Society, The Black Panthers, the Weather Underground and other groups got tired of peacefully demonstrating only to be beat up by policemen (who really should have been on the side of the protesters) and started to become less nonviolent.   Their goal was not to hurt human beings, although when they protested peacefully, those human beings didn't think twice about hurting them.   Their goal was to "interfere with the integrity" of the property of the elites.   We have to stop our milquetoast, pansy ass peaceful protests, which only get us pepper sprayed, tear gassed and thrown in jail and does nothing about the inequality of capitalism, and we have to really occupy places.   Occupying the Stock Exchange would be a place to start.

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I guarantee that if we physically defended ourselves against the elites and if some of us are seriously injured in doing so, many Americans would wake up.   When Americans saw what was happening in Selma, they forced Johnson to sign the Civil Rights Act and when they saw what happened at Kent State, they finally were sickened enough to force Nixon to put a stop to the war in Vietnam.   No one notices peaceful protests and no one cares about peaceful protests.   Besides, today's media will marginalize a peaceful protest, if it covers it at all, even if it draws a million people.   Look how fast supposedly liberal MSNBC stopped covering the Occupy Movement.   GE and Comcast weren't going to stand for covering a movement that showed corporations in the light in which they should be shown.   

We can chain ourselves to the fence of the White House every day for the rest of our lives.   What will be accomplished?   We'll have broken their law.   They'll send their law enforcers to arrest us and put us in their jails.   We'll post bail according to their guidelines and nothing in society will change.   We'll have obediently done everything within their system.   "Honey Boo Boo" or "Dancing With The Stars" will not be interrupted to bring anyone "this news bulletin".

We must "interfere with the property" of the elites, make them pay some money, which is their life blood, and then we'll get noticed.   We must put our bodies on the line.   But we must do this en masse.   If I do anything like that tomorrow, I may make the news, but I'll make the news as a nut case, an outlier, a person doing something that most people in their right minds would never do.   If enough people want to make significant change, then enough people will do it.   If not enough people do it, then they're lying when they say they want to see change.

The labor movement became strong only because groups like The Wobblies (The Industrial Workers of the World) put their lives on the line and actually spilled blood.   They didn't merely hand cuff themselves to the factories that were killing children and women.   They didn't walk around in costumes or make "drum circles".

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One of the remarkable things is that we can do this with little or no change to the US Constitution, even though it was put together by White men who had no intention of implementing direct democracy in The US and had no intention of creating an egalitarian society.   They purposely left out who can and can't vote in the original Constitution and the so called Bill of Rights.   That Bill of Rights directs Americans to be fair with one another, but needs to be expanded to reflect today's realities.   In fact, if we did this, we'd be protected by The Constitution.   Despite what some brainless people believe, The Constitution was written to protect the rights of people, not to take them away.

There's never been a better time to challenge the corporate parties, especially The Democratic Party, from the left.   However, fifteen different varieties of socialist parties and the Green Party, splintered as they are, won't and can't do it.   We must pool our resources and strengths and become one large political presence.   We must raise every bit as much money as the corporate parties raise and raise it, dollar for dollar, for every election, no matter how large or how small.

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Our candidates must look acceptable to Americans.   Just because we believe, "It's not what one looks like, it's what one believes", the majority of American people would instantly reject those who purposely presented themselves as cross-dressers or guys in t-shirts.   And they can't look and/or sound like Roseanne Barr, who was the Peace and Freedom Party (a socialist party) candidate for president on the California ballot.   How stupid was that?

If we can't raise the money or if we can't become one large political presence, then it will become blatantly obvious that the vast majority of Americans want nothing to do with socialism.   It will be the proof that we need that they don't even want to learn about it and every member of every socialist party could stop wasting his or her time and begin to watch "Honey Boo Boo".

I'll stop voting for the "dime's worth of difference" when the socialists in this country unite and become serious about elective office.   I'll stop voting for the "dime's worth of difference" when the socialists in this country fight fire with fire and stop being pansies.   I'll stop voting for the "dime's worth of difference" when the socialists get the attention of the American people and, judging from where the American people are psychologically headed at this point, that looks as though it would be a very difficult job.

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He is also a published poet, essayist and musician who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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