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OpEdNews Op Eds    H2'ed 10/3/13

What Will It Take To Restore The Deteriorating Foundations of America?

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Message Michael Payne

A strong nation must be supported by strong foundations and many of America's most important ones are in a state of deterioration. This should not be happening in the wealthiest country in the world but it most certainly is because this government has done a terrible job of arranging its national priorities in line with the most important needs of this nation.


Of greatest concern, our democracy is bleeding, it is under attack from various divisive elements that in their quest for power and dominion, are determined to eliminate the "government of, by and for the people", the cornerstone of our national being. They want to exclude the people of America from the process of governing this nation, which is their Constitutional right. And so far, they are succeeding because of their immense power and control that has turned the American people into little more than bystanders rather than involved activists.


We the people have to find the ways to reverse this process. While there are 313 million of us in this country, right now we, collectively, are seemingly powerless to stand up to those who have no use for democracy and are determined to set priorities that benefit their own interests rather than those of the American people. These divisive elements have been hard at work in establishing control over our election process, our judicial system, our regulatory systems, and our national intelligence agencies (think NSA) as well as other critical areas of our government and society.


America has now arrived at a point in its history when it must undergo a somewhat radical change in its national priorities:


First of all nothing will change until the monumental power that Corporatism holds over this government and the election process is removed. Just as there should always be a separation between church and state the same should hold true for the separation between the government and invasive corporate influences. Every one of America's most critical problems can be solved by using logic, reason and rationality but not a one of them can be solved when those who wield the legislative power to do so take their orders from Corporate America.


When the voices of the American people have been silenced, when our elected representatives no longer listen to them, then our democracy is dying. Somehow, some way the Supreme Court ruling in the Citizens United Case, which gives corporations the same rights of "free speech" as that of its citizens must be reversed; and that can happen, as remote as it may seem. Whether that is done by the judicial process, a Constitutional Amendment, or some other way, it must be done.


One way that might force this pathetic Congress to divorce itself from the power and control of Corporatism would involve the buildup of a massive movement, something like a giant Occupy Movement that would bring very intense and unrelenting pressure on the members of both houses of Congress to create the legislation that would ban corporations from having the capability to use their immense power to influence the decision-making process in the government. Strict rules and restrictions must be put on the activities of corporate lobbyists.


I hear the voices of more and more angry and frustrated Americans who are so fed up that they are more than ready to initiate some kind of revolution to turn this country around. That's a great idea and that's what we should do. But it should be a totally non-violent revolution that would unleash the immense power of the people of on the Congress so that its members could not withstand the full fury coming at them from a constant barrage of letters, emails, phone calls, messages on the social media, direct confrontations in the halls of Congress, on the streets of Washington, in town hall meetings and virtually any place where they dare to show their faces in public. If they have to be hounded and turned into national pariahs to make them come to their senses, if that's what it takes, then so be it.

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