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I Want You - To Remember Who is #1
We The People!
On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat, and move to the back of the bus. More than anything, she said she was tired of giving in – to injustice. Her quiet simple act, followed by many others and building to bus boycotts and many other actions helped spark the Civil Rights movement.Please consider joining a new Democracy movement, for all Americans, by the simple act of reading and endorsing the Resolution for Open and Honest Publicly Controlled Elections. It makes the case plain that nothing less than Freedom and Democracy depend on reversing changes in our elections since about the year 2000 that result in an undeniable fact: America's votes are counted in total secrecy and invisibility. Americans need to put aside any partisan differences to realize that no single party or person or group of people can count the votes in secret with any credibility.
Consider the stakes in elections: Control of the world's richest country (USA) and sole military superpower (USA). The government of the USA holds OUR power via delegation to our representatives in elections. In turn, elections transfer the power of We the People to our elected representatives.
Government gets 100% of its legitimate power from We the People, via only one channel: Elections.
But somehow, in the last decade, the government got the idea that they could count almost 100% of our votes in total secrecy on corporate computer hard drives, and that We the People would just think that the government determining its own power in secret counts via its chosen corporate vendors was just fine.
So, as of today, December 1, 2007, We the People are starting to refuse to give up OUR seat on Bus USA: the driver's seat.
This is about who is in charge of this country, We the People or the government. The answer to that question is the difference between dictatorship, and a representative democracy or republic.
If the people lose control over the election process, they lose the right to govern themselves. The inalienable right of self-governance rests squarely on the integrity of our elections. The very essence of the American revolution was the establishment of self-government by the people, and tossing out the King who believed he could dictate to us without us consenting to it.
We the People are the only legitimate rulers of this country, and our representatives and public servants can claim only the power we delegate to them through the election process.
We the People REFUSE anything less than full CONTROL of elections in OUR country; the country we love, we own, and we cherish. It is completely impossible that our public employees or public servants could EVER legitimately HIDE the vote counts from us, just as it is impossible for an employee to legitimately hide something from their employer.
We refuse to give up the driver's seat of our country; we insist that public servants will always by loyal to the public alone.
We will not be ignored.
We will be heard.
We celebrate, cherish and protect our freedoms and our representative democracy, and we expect politicians to uphold what the Declaration of Independence says is the very reason our government was instituted: "to secure [our] rights."
For securing rights, We start with the right that protects all other rights: the right to vote which includes, if it has any meaning at all, the right to have that vote counted openly and properly.
Without that observable transparent count of the votes, we are not free – because a free people can elect and remove their representatives at will. Secret vote counts are always unaccountable vote counts, creating government unaccountable to the people.
If the government does not listen to THIS demand, when their #1 reason for existence is to secure our rights, then we will KNOW why the government isn't listening any more.
Roll Call for Democracy presents, the first ever singing performance of the full Declaration of Independence
Though Thomas Jefferson was an accomplished violinist and had a good musical ear, this composition by Cheryl Conner of the Declaration of Independence for piano and singing voice is the first known vocal performance of the full Declaration of Independence in US History.
Though our government has persisted in denying Suzanne's right to vote independently by forcing her to accept a computer in between her and her ballot (or its count), the fact that Suzanne has never known if her voice has been heard through her vote is transcended now by finding her voice in the singing the Declaration of Independence. This recording is a "first listen" in more ways than one."
If you'd like to help fund a professional performance and recording of this historic composition, please make a donation and specify that it is to support the Singing Declaration. We hope you enjoy this short performance clip by Suzanne Erb. Thank you.
(for inclusion on list of endorsers, please contact Paul Lehto)
Artwork by Kathleen Peterson
Roll Call is a campaign by Permanent Progress