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The Democratic Manifesto

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The Democratic Manifesto

Constitution We the People
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Our country now faces an historical crisis that could determine whether its founding philosophy of government of, by, and for the people will perish. Its constitutional purposes to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, have been greatly compromised.

The government was constitutionally structured to create a balance of powers between legislative, judicial, and administrative departments to assure adherence to those democratic principles promoting equality of justice and opportunity to all.

These principles have been seriously undermined by widespread unscrupulous actions of parties who now effectively control the government to serve only their self-interest - powerful interests mainly of global corporations that are fundamentally amoral economic entities. Through the influence of their wealth on political parties, they have corrupted the process of electing representatives by selectively restricting voting and by influencing the selection and success of their candidates, with the help of the major media under their control.

These tactics have long been intrusive in our political history, but with the present administration they have reached an intolerable boiling point. The government is now fully under control of a Republican Party dominated by interests apathetic to our democratic principles. This party masquerades as the party of Abraham Lincoln, but, in truth, it is now the party with the legacy of the Confederacy and all that it represented. By virtue of its discriminatory election practices throughout the South and elsewhere, it has put in place the least qualified person imaginable as president who, with his cabinet, have set out to erode what is left of our democratic traditions and violate the very Earth upon which life depends. What we have now is a democracy of hypocrisy, or a "demockracy".

True democracy is but an ideal - an endless path towards better government that constantly strives to improve the lot of its people and the world around us.

". . Governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. Whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive to these (democratic traditions), it is the Right of the People to abolish it and to institute new Government. Prudence dictates that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes .. But, when a long train of abuses and usurpations".evinces a design to reduce mankind under absolute Despotism, it is their right (and) duty to throw off such Government and to provide new Guards for their future security."

We have not yet reached the point of absolute despotism, but according to these words from the Declaration of Independence, we are on a path leading in that direction - an absolute plutocracy. Many people are oblivious to these dangers, being tranquilized by their comfortable life and the endless entertainments offered them. But more thoughtful people can look beyond their own circumstances and empathize with the multitudes who suffer and lack these comforts. For them, under present circumstances, the conditions have been met to pursue an alternative.

There is no constitutional recourse under the present government to secure an immediate remedy for these complaints. Therefore, peaceful, independent first-steps have to be taken to prevent further endangerment to our democratic form of government and our environment, such as:

Organize mass resistance to any regulatory "dictates" of the administration.

Support unified counteractions by independent jurisdictions of cities and states beyond the scope of the federal government to control.

Withhold tax moneys on mass scale.

Coordinate country-wide strikes in crucial work places, schools, government offices, to close down all but the most vital commerce.

Motivate members of police and military to sympathize with and act with restraint against the resistance.

Petition to impeach the president and remove key legislators from office on grounds of subversion, perjury, etc.

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