Senator Bernie Sanders' marathon speech yesterday was a Historic Event in America. It defined, and accurately detailed, the vast problems we face as a nation. It exposed "The Open secret": That America has failed. That we are going backwards. That poverty is growing at alarming rates. That the Middle Class, what once made America the greatest economic powerhouse in the history of the planet... is now in obvious decline and in danger of destruction. That America is decaying, rotting, dieing... starving and freezing... in front of our eyes... in our lifetimes. During our watch.
Senator Sanders did something
quite amazing, something not seen in over 100 years on the floor of the Senate
since Teddy Roosevelt's day (or perhaps even before): He spoke Truths" all the
truths, he exposed the facade. Among many other things, Senator Bernie called
the "banksters" of Wall Street, those behind the current Depression this nation
is experiencing: "Crooks" and criminals. He openly stated, on national
television... that these people are too powerful to be Prosecuted for their
Any person that says that on the Floor of the Senate deserves our support, no?
It deserves, at least... a Letter, Email, FAX, or Call to our Representative, no?
What this was really mainly about (in the author's opinion), was not just the blatantly corrupt tax breaks for the wealthiest 1% of America. It is about the wrong path this country has taken for the last several decades. It was about the destruction of our manufacturing sector, the great and alarmingly growing changes in the Distribution of Wealth, about the growth of Poverty in America. It is about the total ignoring of our crumbling infrastructure, of the "mysteriously disappearing" green energy / Solar Initiatives so oil and coal remain "King" in perpetuity, of the critical protections needed for Social Security to survive and be solvent". In short, the ignoring and working against of virtually "anything" that does not directly benefit the "oligarchy", who's endless piles of money buys nearly every election to Federal office... who's THIRTEEN THOUSAND registered Lobbyists swarm the halls of government like a pestilence.
What the filibuster was about most of all, was a call for Grass Roots action by the American people. Senator Sanders repeatedly called for us to contact our Representatives in the House and Senate, to let them know we are SICK OF IT. That we support a Republic based on The Rule of Law. And we will not tolerate these perversions that transform this to "The Rule of the Lawless". That we want the situation to change: No more blatant corruption, no more totally ignoring the Will of the People. We want more honest government, not increasingly less. We want our representatives to Serve The People, not the special interests that pay for the lobbyists and campaigns. And that we, the citizens who vote, are watching. We still "exist". We still have some power. We are not all "asleep", we are not all apathetic, and we are damned mad about this latest blatant and disgusting travesty, that is illustrated by the current tax bill; the "perfect" framing issue for what has, and is happening to our Nation, and all our futures.
We can agree to disagree with
Senator Sanders on some social issues. We can decline to fully embrace his
Progressive stances on many things. But, all of us who care about a better
America, should support him now in this. We owe him that; he has Spoken Truth on
the floor of the Senate, something many of us would have believed could not be
done. On December 10th. 2010, Truth was spoken. And perhaps the
greatest and most important message of all from Senator Sanders is this: It is
now up to us. Up to the American people, to let our representatives know. We
must ALL do this. It is critically important. A victory here, on this "small"
issue of tax breaks for billionaires, can have very long lasting benefits for
America; it can be the turning point, the historic "Stalingrad", the "End of
The Beginning"" that leads us to greater victories in the war against the Middle Class... that we are clearly losing.
The time to act is NOW. Please
write, call, fax, email. Contact your Senators and Congresspeople, no matter
what Party affiliation, and let them know you support Truth. Let them know,
that we know things are not "right". Let them know that the time to change our
path is now; that the current path is proved WRONG for the nation and our future. Let them know
that what they do here, is noticed by the People. That what they do defines
When a nation has more hungry children than any other developed county, when it has the worst Distribution Of Wealth of any other, when it has lost over 80% of its manufacturing, when it has the worst unemployment since the Great Depression, when it is sinking farther into debt so incredibly huge that the Human mind cannot comprehend the numbers, when all we have to look forward to is more chaos in the financial sectors, when those that caused the current financial disasters actually profited from it and are now larger and more powerful than ever before.... We can all see this is clearly not sustainable. It cannot go on. It must change. Even those who lobby for special interests, those who now ANONYMOUSLY pump millions into campaigns (a surprising Revelation... the campaign laws about "publishing names" in place for many decades has changed; and the media somehow "forgot" to mention it), must understand at heart the absurdity of what is going on. The current path can only mean utter destruction for all in the end. The time for our Congresspeople and Senators to honesty and openly look at these issues is long past due, and the time for bare facades and lies are over now. Senator Sanders has courageously broken the blockade on Truth for us all; and now it can come out, now it can be spoken openly and without fear. Now the truth can be faced, and real work towards stopping the destruction can be done.
Please, contact your elected officials and let them know you support Sen. Sanders' points made during the Filibuster. They are quite aware of them; it was an explosive and "dangerous" event for Washington; even if it was mostly suppressed by the corporate-owned mainstream media. Let them know, we are "here", we are "watching", and that corruption and decay, that blatant lies, and the pretense of "normalcy" in the face of disaster... the childish and absurd ignoring of deeply pressing issues... will no longer be tolerated.
Because, we have seen what "government" can be; what a real Representative of the People is capable of, and sounds like: And in comparison.... well... they will get the picture.
In short, Let them know, that you support the speaking of Truth.