And thank you for your honest reply –
The Declaration of Independence
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.
Good to go back and look at that document and we’re pretty much in the same boat that we were in then.
And, from what I’ve read of the Revolution, the interference with the Right to Free Assembly was the last straw which put it in motion.
The citizenship of the 13 states didn’t vote on the Constitution, nor did anyone at the time seem to recognize that in the wings were Elites ready to claim the government and that they had used the Constitution to put control of the “people’s” government into their hands – and control over the nation’s wealth and natural resources.
“WE” did NOT allow the rich and powerful to take over.
Our Founders put our government into the hands of Elites/wealthy and put the population under their power and control. THIS did not happen immediately, of course. The myths carried forward successfully for some time. But the groundwork had been laid.
If you notice in the Declaration of Independence – as you look back on the history of the US government and its seeking of Empire – the PLAYBOOK by which Elites work is made clear. It is always in use, with various improvements.
But, sadly, it did take a violent Revolution to jar us loose from British Elites.
Are we ready here to be bombed, to become refugees, to see our own children legless and armless as the US/CIA has done to many children in their wars?
Women have for thousands of years sought to overturn their oppression – and turn the world right side up – only in non-violent revolution. Additionally, we have watched the courage of the African in overturning their Enslavement through non-violence and by use of their innate intelligence. In the 1960’s, they waged a new campaign against 100 years of Segregation in the South, enforced with violence and by depriving them of the vote. Their non-violent campaign for Civil Rights is a model for all Americans. Same for the homosexual so long oppressed by “Christianity” which underpins Elite-Patriarchy. They also engaged in a non-violent decades long campaign to overturn the propaganda of hatred which had so long been taught by the RCC – and which was so effective that even parents learned to hate their homosexual children and turn them out of their homes. Again, another model of non-violence resistance – creative and inspiring.
Again I do not deny the facts you put forward showing how we have allowed the rich and powerful to take over. That does not mean we are trapped under their thumbs. There have been many freedom movements in our country and everyone was hard fought and we all paid dearly for civil rights, women’s rights, labor rights, child labor laws and many others. We seem to have forgotten how we fought and won on these issues and yes more needs to be done but it will not happen without our demands, the work needed to be done, and our never letting go.
Our scientists were aware of the damage being done to Nature by the 1880’s and the beginning of the Industrial Revolution.
Global Warming WAS within our grasp to change when the model of Global Warming was introduced to the public in 1957. At that point, or very soon thereafter, the oil industry colluded in a campaign across 50 years and at a cost of $50 billion to lie to the public about Global Warming. Even if scientists did write about it, it was in the terms of hundreds of years in the future. Obviously, this was also a concern for the coal industry as all burning of fossil fuels should have ceased. For decades, the New York Times colluded in this campaign in allowing ExxonMobil to run “ad-editorials” in their newspaper – and on the Op-Ed pages – which they did not allow replies to by any means.
In the 1960’s automobiles had higher MPG than they do now.
In California, the government demanded 10% of cars be electric by 1980 and they fairly accomplished that in the manufacturing of more than 5,000 electric vehicles which were leased to consumers. The buyers loved the cars and wanted to buy them. There was a long and growing list of other drivers who wanted to buy electric cars. The cars were taken back and crushed.
See Movie: “Who Killed the Electric Car?”
In many of your recommendations you echo what I have been saying – i.e., that the public needs to return to work in their communities with their Town Councils and State Legislatures to pressure them begin to respond to the will of the people
on all of the issues which our Federal Government and both national parties have been ignoring for the benefit of Elites wealthy.
This will require slowly and gradually limiting the work day by ALL labor.
I’ve also suggested that many – perhaps thousands – of mechanics across the nation know how to re-engineer a vehicle as electric or solar.
I’ve also suggested that all aware Americans STOP the eating of animals “meat” which is the source of a long chain of violence with billions slaughtered every year.
But primarily because it negatively impacts Global Warming.
And other similar suggestions based in STOPPING our cooperation with Elites and Corporations/Capitalism/Christianity.
Also that we STOP supporting and funding organized patriarchal religion - “Christianity” – which is male supremacist religion and which underpins Elitism/Patriarchy. We also have them to thank for the very destructive influences of “Manifest Destiny” and “Man’s Dominion Over Nature” which was the license they granted to Elites to exploit Nature. Not only Nature, but Animal Life, Natural Resources – and even other human beings according to various myths of “inferiority.”
And YOU … haven’t paid taxes for 25 years?
(Btw … Notice that Ivanka Trump’s clothing business has been suffering a boycott in our major stores and losses – and that she announced the other day that she is removing herself from the business. Perhaps she thinks a name-change will end the boycott?)
Forgive your children for wanting to stay in communication with you – and think of how splendidly children/education by our public schools and TEACHERS did in convincing them to NAG parents until they stopped smoking!!! (smile)
Mass transportation has been under attack since at least the end of WWII when it was bought up by car manufacturers who ripped it up. Every day, hundreds and hundreds of cars sit at our RR stations in the suburbs. Our Town Councils continue to prevent local trolley service from our neighborhoods to the RR stations … because legislators who served Elites said … “Elites wouldn’t like it.”
So you do drive –
Keep on telling this story and making suggestions – members will read it …
I have in the past worked with CELDF to write laws on the local level to protect communities from corporate damage and that from of democracy works if people would use it. There are so many things that can be done. It just takes imagination to think and do what needs to be done. It is a joyous task to work to relieve the pressure and to get yourself free. It is more than hope it is agency.
Sadly, Global Warming has by now passed so many tipping points that it is difficult to see how it could be nullified. See: World Scientists Warning to Humanity 1992