We better get on right away
Well you get on your feet
And out on the street
Singing Power to the People
Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.
--John Quincy Adams
Even white men without property could not vote under the original Constitution, so this nation has always been “by and for” the white male oligarchy. Populist movements have subsequently gained universal suffrage but only at great personal sacrifice to so many.
Even though we women, property-less white males, and people of color now have the “right” to vote and even hold high elected office, there is just an illusion of universailty in our nation today. If anyone thinks that politicians truly cast their votes out of integrity and some kind of shared values and not with their own best interests at heart, there is some self-delusion happening there. We the People essentially have no power and no real say in how we are governed, how our tax money is spent, how our armed services are used, or even, essentially who we get to vote for. The primaries are just an exercise to see which candidate raises the most money and the corporate media follows that person and makes him/her the presumptive nominee before any American citizen even gets a chance to vote.
How do we change this paradigm in America?
We must have a people’s referendum that changes our election laws. Again, we cannot wait for the fox to clean up the henhouse. Election seasons must be shortened; maximum amounts that candidates can raise and spend must be set within moral and reasonable limits; instant run off voting must be instituted; voting must be changed to weekends; and other electoral reforms must be implemented so candidates who truly care about elevating the human condition and our country can be viable against the oligarchy that has, for all intents and purposes, always won elections throughout our history. Each seat in Congress is treated as if it is a birthright and the presidency is auctioned off to the highest bidder.
Our corporate media is being used as propaganda outlets for the established elite and have become false prophets and the “soma” (from Huxley’s Brave New World) of our time. We get our dosage of some despicably biased news show, then we check-out on our “soma vacations” of American Idol, Dancing With the Stars, or Desperate Housewives. Twenty-four hour news cycles and inane “reality” programming have succeeded in keeping us dumb, numb and just plumb lazy. We need to get back to the days where news was news and “equal time” is guaranteed for all viewpoints, not just the singular viewpoints of war and supporting a dangerous imperial presidency.
If in the highly likely event that your Congress rep is failing at his/her job, run for office (requirements) against him/her, or support the candidacy of someone who is running that conforms to your beatitudes, not the beatitudes of the greedy and bloodthirsty oligarchy
Finally, financially support populist candidates, like me, who will fight to put the power back into the hands of the people where it belongs. When the power is spread horizontally, the burden lightens and we will mirror true American values of generosity, integrity and honesty, reflected for the entire world to see.
You know you have those values, now use your power to force your employees in Congress to have them, too.