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A Call for the Popular Front, USA

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"We hold these truths to be self- evident"'

T. Jefferson. Declaration of Independence

To all the educated folks of the US:

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Dear folks,

This article will not be a calm, analytical one. As a scientist I know how to write cool, concise, distinct articles. People would read such an article, admire my style and prowess; then they would forget it. People like to forget. This one has a goal to disturb the reader so much, that he/she should not be able to forget, no matter how hard he/she tries. Get afraid and do something. There isn't much time left.

A. We are betraying our country and our people

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Dear educated people of the US, we are betraying our country and our people. We are also betraying ourselves in the process, and unless we wake up and smell the coffee, we will all die a violent death. The bell tolls for us. It is up to us, though to make it the victory toll or the toll of doom.

We live now under fascism in the US. It is not some kind of a dystopia; it is real and we are its enablers. There are many definitions of fascism, but the following one can be directly attributed to the people like us.

-Under fascism the everyday life activity, from waking up to going to sleep becomes a series of malicious acts.

Recently one development made me especially upset. City of Huntsville, Alabama, is one of the centers of NASA space operations. NASA Marshall is there. It is a hub of highly educated, intellectual people, the US techno-cultural elite. Yet those folks were silent when Alabama invoked the anti-women "law" recently. The space people suddenly went numb. Same happened with the universities.

The very similar phenomena took place before in Nazi Germany: total spiritual castration of the academia and industrial elite in the face of advancing barbarism.

At the same time, the spiritual alchemists are "filled with passionate intensity", per Yates's "Second Coming". People like Franklin Graham, Liberty University cabal, other pseudo-educational establishments-they howl, praising Trump and Trumpism; they are invigorated and are genuinely happy with the success of their cause. What is our cause, I wonder?

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Many years ago I watched an old movie. In it a well-to-do lawyer lives in the German-occupied Czechoslovakia. The German administration announces that young people must go to Germany to work. His two sons are targeted. And he can do nothing. He then starts remembering how many times he could interfere before, when the country was not occupied, how he arrogantly dismissed politics, how he pretended to be objective about "both sides", how he lied to himself and his family oh, so many times. And then the barbarians came; now they want his children and he cannot protect them.

We all are on the brink of that fate. We need to recognize the threat, abandon the self-deceit and embrace the coordinated action.

B. In order to survive we need first to acknowledge the truth

Let' first acknowledge the truth: the country is in seizure and the three branches of government are dysfunctional. Republican Party practically had become a neo-KKK, and Democrats are complicit. We can talk our ears off about corporate power or power of money in politics but we will only deceive ourselves; the real reason it so happened is that we, the honest and educated folk of this country, had abandoned our societal duties and responsibilities. It is our fault that we have what we have now.

In 1857 Feodor Dostoyevsky travelled through Western Europe and postulated a scathing conclusion, which I personally call "The Dostoyevsky's Law":

-You know what? Even a hardened

criminal can retain a sense of honor, but here they all are so honest, that they totally lost any sense of honor. Thus they do dishonorable things out of the goodness of their hearts...

That's about us. We are those "honest", dishonorable people, who just care about feeling good about ourselves. It's time to stop lying to ourselves first and foremost. We are guilty as sin: we knew what was happening all along and we did nothing. Oh yes, we whined. But we never stuck our own heads out; we let others do our bidding. Isn't it shameful that when it comes to a real fight we rely on little women and minorities? We had been sitting on a fence for decades, basking in our honest dishonor and in our "spiritual ignorance. "

The US professional and academic community is as ignorant as a dirty hick from Louisiana; we here are spiritually ignorant because even the best of us do not want to acknowledge the fundamental truth about this nation-it is not a nation yet, it is by far inferior to other nations on Earth when it comes to what means to be truly human. We here in the US had become a threat to the survival of the Humanity, an evil force on the prowl.

So now we know that we, the educated people of the US had become a part of the problem. How can we reverse that and become a part of the solution?

C. Popular Front

Obviously, we first must start acting honorably. We, the educated people must become the initiators of the Popular Front movement in this country.

Popular Front, or People's Front, as it is called sometimes, is in a nutshell-a unified, coordinated action of all healthy, progressive forces of the country against an existential threat. Trumpism is that threat and it gets worse every day. Trump is like a diphtheria bacteria; he sits in one place, but his poison pollutes the organism of the country. It is thus imperative to bring all the forces against him together, not to just resist, but to go on an offensive, to get rid of him politically once and for all.

Traditional Popular Front is described by Dr. Steve Jonas, using the French example from the 1930s, when it successfully, though temporarily blocked the expansion of Nazism in France. click here

The movement was eventually betrayed by its own leadership, the French liberal wealthy elite, which was more scared of mythical "ghost of communism" than of real Nazis. It collapsed, and France found itself defenseless against Hitler in 1939-1940.

Here in the US, we don't have a foreign threat. Our situation mostly resembles the last period of Weimar Republic in Germany; right after German Nationalist Party reached an agreement with Hitler and transferred to him their key people in all branches of real powers. In our case it was the Bushist-branch of GOP which recently gave Trump their people in all branches of federal and state governments. Like now in the US, at that time the anti-hitlerian forces in Germany were powerful and strong. But they were divided and bitterly quarreled with each other. They failed then and we all know what happened next.

The clock is ticking in the US. Someone must start the process of the consolidation of the forces of light in this country and do it now. We here in the US have a great advantage- the perception of the grass-roots movement is a natural thing in this country and is still valued by the people.

In the era of internet and social media it seems only self-evident that the OEN website is ideally suited for such task; in fact, it is its destiny, its goal all along.

When I joined the OEN in Y2003, its goal was to bring into the light as many of the liberal and progressive opinions as possible. That was spectacularly achieved and now it is only reasonable for the site to make a next step and become a hub of the US People's Front.

Here's how it can be done:

  1. Open a new webpage "The Case for the USA Popular Front." On that page - proclaim the declaration of the Popular Front movement with the ultimate goal -to renew and improve the US political democracy through several steps, the first of which is to be the removal of Trump from office as a dangerous fascist shill.
  2. Invite on this page the process of cooperation of all organizations, no matter what affiliation, who would like to urgently join forces in the coordinated effort to remove Trump and repubs from power in a peaceful, legitimate, non-violent, but relentless and powerful way; by the will of the majority of the nation.
  3. Announce an exploration committee on calling the United Conference of the true US patriots with the goal of the proclamation of the Popular Front and its political initiatives.
  4. Line up the following political long- term initiatives:

- Initiation of an urgent impeachment process targeting the most corrupt and incompetent-members of the Trump cabinet: AG Barr, Ben Carson and Betsy De Vos.

-Call Trump and his enablers what they really are: liars and crooks. Adopt their own language against them.

-Campaign for sweeping tax redistribution reform with the emphasis on environment, education and affordability, cutting the military budget and taxing all religious

organizations involved in politics in any way.

-Universal healthcare-Medicare for all -now. ACA should be preserved as a framework until the full transition takes place.

-Dismantling of the DHS, repeal of the Patriot Act and destruction of the wall. Instead activating the aggressive destruction policy of the narcocartels and violent right-wing forces in Central America and initiation of the job-creation programs.

-Elimination of the student debts in all public high education establishments.

-Demand accountability: No candidate will receive any support unless he/she defines his/her stand on the key issues above clearly and responsibly.

-Liquidation homelessness and hunger in the US.

-Ultimate House Impeachment of Trump and Pence.

  1. Identify the following top priorities to campaign for immediately:

-Opening of the impeachment proceedings on Trump Pence and members of the cabinet.

-Blocking absolutely all GOP and Trump's initiatives while the investigations take place.

-Opening the judiciary inquiry on Judge Kavanaugh and demanding of the restructuring of all federal judiciary confirmations with the emphasis on competence in criminal justice system and practical experience on the bench.

-Denouncement of the FOX channel as a pathologically lying organization and boycotting it on all bases.

-Campaign to abolish the Electoral College and introduce the popular vote.

-Campaign to rejoin the Paris climate accord.

-Last, but not least-the US must at last adopt the metric system of measurements and join the civilized Humanity.

  1. Invite all honest politicians and every honest person from any organization, who would like to contribute in any way to join the movement.

The Ultimate Slogan of the People's Front of the US should be "Power to Honest and Qualified People of the US!"

My dear educated, cultured, knowledgeable folks. This is your final call. As a person, whose country of birth paid by 26 million lives to defeat fascism and whose father and mother survived by pure chance, I can recognize that moment of truth absolutely. If you ignore the calling now, continue basking in spiritual ignorance and fear, writing articles and waiting for others to save you, not only you, but your children and grandchildren will suffer an unprecedented demise at the hands of the Stupid. Stupid are always cruel and mean. Never underestimate them. We can either die in dishonor or gain an honorable victory, save our country and maybe even the world. The choice is ours to make. It is good we still have one. In the US the victorious one takes everything. We shall overcome if we are up to it but we must overcome now.

Two articles of mine on OEN from Y2008 and Y2011 precede this call.

https://www.opednews.com/articles/Serve-and-Protect-by-Mark-Sashine-081114-831.html

https://www.opednews.com/articles/2/No-Pasaran-by-Mark-Sashine-110915-267.html

The first one is my open letter to then president-elect Barack Obama. The second one is my lineup of the principles of the true US citizen.

Folks, it is simple: United we stand and divided we fall. Common sense, just as Thomas Paine formulated it.

"Humanity fears reason most of all. It should fear stupidity instead, if it only knew what was really fearful."

W. Goethe

 

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My current hope for the country -- and the world, since we all suffer from US wars -- is Tulsi Gabbard. I don't see how she can get anywhere as a Democrat, but at least she is trying. Maybe she will switch to the Greens if she gets enough momentum. In any case I would love to see her reaction to this article.

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How right you are, Michael. Lots of us here at OEN hoping same. TULSI IS IT

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I do think Bernie could have won on a Green ticket in 2016, because the country essentially hated both candidates. But if the Dems end up with WArren or Bernie, it could never work. The people's vote would split and trump would stay in office.

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Hence Tulsi. I keep looking for her reaction to oil tankard attack accusations. I hope she stands her ground.

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Some good points, but when the author - who considers himself, "we the educated people" - thoughtlessly resorts to a classist simile like "...as ignorant as a dirty hick from Louisiana," he provides a perfect example as to why Trump won in 2016. Unfortunately this kind of unaware condescension is embedded in liberals and ironically ratifies the author's own take on the failure of the French popular movement to prevent Petain's collaboration when "the movement was eventually betrayed by its own leadership, the French liberal wealthy elite."

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you don't astound me, John L; you do please me a lot. Keep it up. It's getting more difficult mounting my fordnewholland diesel

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IMHO, a good article until I reached the bit about, how everything happening these days, is all Trumps' fault. From my perspective you can't have it both ways, lay the blame at the feet of the people of America for not doing their societal duties and then at Trumps feet as well. It seems to have escaped the author's insight, that events unfolding today, were planned a good twenty or more years ago, a quick examination of the Laws passed by Congress during that period will quickly establish laws were put in place to ensure anyone wishing to object to the agenda would be quickly short circuited by these laws put into place in ANTICIPATION of objections from the rabble. The author conceeds, the rabble are to blame for being asleep at the wheel when these laws were passed, and in that, give him credit, he's correct in that regard.

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Yet, the irony is he still blames Trump, despite his knowledge of the agenda for the last 30 years, when Trump did not arrive on the scene until the last U.S. elections. I remind everyone, it was not TRUMP who wrote and submitted those laws ensuring compliance of the populace to the agenda. I suspect Trump had no idea of what the agenda was, until his bum hit the chair in the W.H. where I believe, it was explained to him in no uncertain words and that HE comply to the agenda or else. Americans are missing the plot entirely, by trying to lay the blame for everything coming down upon us these days on Trump and his Party.

I also, do not share the author's view, that somehow the folks of the U.S. will magicly grow a pair, and right the wrongs of their nation that they themselves have allowed to reach this stage. If they haven't the testicles to voice their objection to the crappy legislation passed by their own Representatives in Congress, what makes him think, that all of a sudden they'll get a back bone and stand up now ????????? From my observation of human behaviour over my lifetime, it's clear to me, the penny has not yet dropped on the American people's. There needs to be many more made homeless and jobless, living in squalor on the streets before they realise what's been done to them, and then the penny finally drops when they have nothing else left to lose than their lives. Then, MAYBE then, we MIGHT see a change. But I seriously doubt it, the desire to change, is no longer within the American concousness.

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I live in Delaware, a state so totally dominated by the Democratic Party that Republicans pretend to be Democrats in order to get elected. Try crossing that party and see what happens if one is in government or aspiring to a corporate career. Obeisance to authoritarian control is not only done in response to Trump.

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To all commenters- thanks

I had to come out of dormancy because of those comments.

Folks, the article purpose was to disturb. You are disturbed, Good, now what are you going to do about that? Add to the cause, please

Thanks in advance

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The article is a call. I urge everyone to join Thanks Mark Sashine

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