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Revolution is A Legitimate Option

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The current state of affairs in America is untenable. The government that the American people put into power has turned its back on the majority of Americans. Both major political parties are sustained by corporate dollars for their political campaigns and by out and out bribery. There are fundamental ills that are destroying the United States that must be addressed. These are;

1.        Unpopular wars in the Middle East, North Africa and in the Horn of Africa, some that have been waged by the President without consulting Congress, which is the law of the land, as spelled out in Section 1, Article 8 of the U.S. Constitution. We are spending far too much on the military and the American "security state", ignoring the general welfare of the citizens of the United States.


2.        Laws which were imposed on the American people that usurp the Bill of Rights and therefore limit our civil liberties. These include the Patriot Acts (in all forms), The Military Commissions Act, The new FISA Laws and other draconian laws and Presidential Directives including the PD that authorizes the assassination of American citizens under orders from the President with no oversight.


3.        The budget, which contains the repayment of bail-outs to certain entities in the financial world to pull this nation out of a recession caused by the very same entities that caused the crises. This crisis was caused by "Fractional Reserve Lending", casino economics i.e.: credit default swaps and other usurious practices by the biggest financial companies in this nation of which would have been illegal if not for the rescission of "The Glass-Segal Act". The root of the worldwide economic collapse has yet to see any charges brought by this government, of wrongdoing by any individuals that committed massive fraud.


4.        The continuing practice of allowing the Federal Reserve to conduct this nation's monetary policies in violation of Section 1, Article 8 of the U.S. Constitution. This private banking cartel charges interest for every dollar printed in this nation. Our currency starts as debt and continued borrowing from the Federal Reserve will only put this nation further into debt. We are throwing good money after bad. This nation should reassert its sovereign right spelled out in our Constitution to issue its own money free of debt.


5.        Finally, social programs that were paid into by the American people during their working years should not be offered up to trim the national debt. Taxing corporations and those individuals that make an inordinate amount of money, stopping these continuing wars that we have been involved in since 1991, and cutting foreign aid along with the dissolution of the Fed, will be enough to balance the budget.


Most Americans will probably agree with me that there is a snowball's chance in hell of seeing this government, or any government offered up by this corrupt corporate-controlled two-party system, adopting any of these measures. I propose then, that it is The People's right, under The Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, to change this government. There is a major demonstration coming to Washington DC in October called Seize DC! We can use this event to start a non-violent Revolution not unlike those in Egypt and Tunisia.

  "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. -- That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, -- That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness."

I believe that as a nation, we have entered into a situation where the above passage from The Declaration of Independence applies. Unless this government is willing to come to terms and look for other ways out of this financial crisis such as stopping these wars of aggression and holding corporations to the same standard it holds its citizens insofar as taxation, I believe that the government is not looking out for the welfare of the people. We have a right to act accordingly.

I speak for nobody but myself, but I would hope that the fundamental ills I have listed will be considered by the people that read this. We used commonsense in the eighteenth century; maybe it is time we used it in the twenty first century.


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Tim Gatto is Ret. US Army and has been writing against the Duopoly for the last decade. He has two books on Amazon, Kimchee Days or Stoned Colds Warriors and Complicity to Contempt.

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