After walking nearly 150 miles over the course of nine days, hundreds of marchers arrived in D.C. on Monday and joined thousands of supporters to launch a full week of mass sit-ins and direct actions in the nation's capitol in an unprecedented protest against moneyed interests' influence over politics.
They "don't walk 150 miles for fun", and after seeing how the media and many voters have discounted Bernie Sanders' marching for civil rights in the 60s, they are not doing it for personal gain either. Like Occupy Wall Street (OWS), they are doing it to reverse the ever accelerating transfer of personal and collective wealth and power from the 99% to the 1%.
Combine this with Bernie and Europe and what do see? Sea change, a tidal-wave of Sanity. If there are any democrats left in government it might be wise of you to join this or loose big time but are there any left? Russ Feingold is trying to run again, that's a start, and we have Bernie, should we start counting heads??? I will go so far as to suggest...no...better not, not now, not just yet.
A Sanders nomination will result in more progressive "down ticket" candidates opting in to the general election races since they know that Sanders at the top of the ticket will draw more progressive voters in to the polling stations in November.
A Clinton nomination will give us many down ticket corporate Democrats, some of who will lose to GOP candidates since so few Democrats will bother to vote in November.
And shut K street down.
The weather was clear and cool and so they all had the chance to march in relative comfort.
The useful cardio exertion was strong enough to help everyone drop a few pounds of health damaging fat.
The chance to interact with actual people instead of either social media or passively watching TV like so many zombies in the making no doubt improved social skills.
Fast food places got a little boost in their usual sales.
Participants are even darkening the doors of churches which has surely done these non-violent trainees no harm. Churches have discovered that political activism sells and is better at packing the pews than the gospel.
So far there are no reports of violence or police brutality which might be as useful training for the cops as for the protesters.
Best of all, the unwashed masses get the chance to clutter up the offices of congressional and senatorial representatives whose pampered existence needs to be shaken up from the paradigm of privilege to which they have grown accustomed.
In the northern half of the US there will be about 45 more days of good weather for such marches and down South maybe 30.
Pro basketball finals aren't going to happen for another month or so, baseball has just begun and has about 5 more months to go, pro football is still 4 months away and who cares about NASCAR or golf anyway? What else do the entertained starved and frustrated peoples of the US have to do?
This could and should be an exercise in community building and the cultivation of new friendships because the change these "protesters" expect is not going to happen, but that does not mean that nothing useful will be accomplished.
Last week, my son was in DC with his 8th grade class from California. I wish they could have been there this week - to see this! People actively participating in Democracy. Wonderful to see.
I would like to personally thank these people for doing what is needed in this country. The elite should know by now we are not playing around and will not go away. They have literally raped this country and they've had enough. The revolution is coming with pitch forks and if they don't listen and act, we will.
If we can elect Bernie we will have him on our side fighting with us. We must win the soul of this country back.
Now that it's spring, have some fun, but you might as well change the theme of "saving democracy" to something that actually fits.
"democracy: a system of government by the whole population or all the eligible members of a state, typically through elected representatives."
This is not what liberals have been calling for. They stand ONLY with those who at least have a min. wage income. They continue to implicitely "preach" that only those who are of current use to employers/the corporate state are deserving of full civil and human rights. Indeed, they have been fine with stripping our very poor of the most basic human rights, per the UDHR, of food and shelter. Democracy requires an egalitarian perspective that is absent in the US today. Today, no candidate, no party, represents the truly poor. Not a single pol has called for restoring the basic human and civil rights that have been taken from the poor since the 1990s.
Great to see the people awakening from their slumber. If Pete Seeger were alive in the flesh he would be with you:
What is it actually then? While you lament the poor not having a champion how does this help do anything to relieve their plight? I can't imagine a corporately run country even bothering to acknowledge their existence let alone to do anything to help them. Who are these poor that you tell us all that we are ignoring, Are they the unemployed youth who lack training to hold a job capable of providing a living wage or are they the homeless who have dropped out? What are we to do with or for these individuals? Please stop your rants and instead come up with a plan and demand to be helped to bring it to fruition, You might be pleasantly surprised.
And, in the Land of LameStream Media, CBS News goes on to say, "dozens of protesters were in Washington, D.C. today. Some arrests have been made." And goes on to their next story. This is how they are destroying what's left of the inferior Democracy we have. Enough is Enough!
It is because of this type of thing that you know we will win in the end. When protestors have truth on their side and injustice is on the other side, people respond when they see that. It is seeing the marchers and the sit ins and the other protests that make people recognize that it isn't for fun and that some people are truly committed to what they believe in. It changes those who see things like this because they sense the realness of it and mostly they argree with it themselves.
Americans need to see this kind of thing and whenever they do, more join next time.
I agree. Sanders will bring enthusiasm, which is more voters, to the polls in November, resulting in more Democrats elected at the national, state, and local levels. The corporate media talk of him harming down ticket Democrats is bogus. Because the Democratic Party is seen as corporate controlled by so many voters, it is the reason that potential voters for Democratic candidates have simply stayed home in elections, especially those in off-year ones such as 2014.
NOTE: The National Popular Vote bill would guarantee the presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in the country.
Every vote, everywhere, would be politically relevant and equal in every presidential election. No more distorting and divisive red and blue state maps of pre-determined outcomes. There would no longer be a handful of 'battleground' states (where the two major political parties happen to have similar levels of support among voters) where voters and policies are more important than those of the voters in 38+ predictable states that have just been 'spectators' and ignored after the conventions.
The National Popular Vote bill would take effect when enacted by states with a majority of the electoral votes—270 of 538.
All of the presidential electors from the enacting states will be supporters of the presidential candidate receiving the most popular votes in all 50 states (and DC)—thereby guaranteeing that candidate with an Electoral College majority.
The bill has passed 34 state legislative chambers in 23 rural, small, medium, large, red, blue, and purple states with 261 electoral votes. The bill has been enacted by 11 small, medium, and large jurisdictions with 165 electoral votes – 61% of the 270 necessary to go into effect.
Alan Grayson of Florida, now in the House, running for the Senate nomination against Clinton Democrat Patrick Murphy. If he can get in, probably the most progressive member of the Senate, and certainly the most audacious, unflinching progressive.
I used to think along those lines but discovered Alan has a hedge-fund-goose around his neck and it's rotting. It has made him very wealthy and rather unseemly, clever fellow that he is. It's too bad, he is a good bull-dog when cornered. We'll just have to wait and see if he can shed-off that goose that laid that golden egg.
Maybe someone will make a sign or speech promoting Senate Bill 1371 (Sanders) Inclusive Prosperity Act a tax on the $660 trillion in US markets. Currently it has only a 0.00042% tax but that raises $1.7 billion.