American Tough Love
In the form of 24/7 nonviolent protest and civil disobedience.
Hello. I published an editorial at Medium today. Click on the link to read “American Tough Love Is 24/7 Nonviolent Protest & Civil Disobedience.” I would appreciate your feedback and ideas.
INTERVENTION: 24/7 nonviolent protest and civil disobedience on the Washington D.C. mall, and in cities across the United States. It’s the only way to save our country. It needs to be continuous. It needs to be inconvenient. It needs to be impactful.
Your position for nonviolent protest and civil disobedience, being the solution, reminds me of Chris Hedges. I agree that this tactic will accomplish the short-term goals of getting public attention and for esprit de corps. But, then what???
Far-right nationalist Republicans AND the corporate-fed (and led) Democratic Party are both fascist, and foolish. We need many, many, many democratic reforms — in order to end the 2-party duopoly, to restore democracy, to implement progressive policies, and to save the planet.
We need ranked choice voting, public-funded elections, and to abolish the Electoral College. We need to end gerrymandering and the filibuster. We need all these reforms, just to empower democracy. We need to completely remove Big Money from our political system and government.
These are goals with no long-term strategy. How will nonviolent protest and civil disobedience get us to these goals??? We need a long-term strategy and there is one as noted hereinbelow.
THEN honest, serious-minded elected officials, of all political stripes, can work to hammer out good legislation for The People. (I don’t give a flying fig if they are conservative or progressive. They only need to be intelligent and ethical.)
What is the mechanism by which we “work to hammer out good legislation for The People???”
Who is the real opposition, the ones behind the scene? The American Oligarchy.
The real opposition, as you well know, are politicians that take SuperPAC money from corporations, foreign countries, or /and large donors and make laws that benefit them as opposed to the voters.
The ruling elites, the ones with money and power who MUST stick their self-serving fingers into politics and government, cannot check themselves. They lack self-awareness, much less objectivity. Perhaps they are sociopaths, without conscience. Maybe they suffer from adult-stage affluenza or an addictive personality, but they are truly spoiled (and ruined) beyond belief.
I do know this: They need correction. Now.
Nothing will happen until we get money-out-of-politics and nonviolent protest and civil disobedience by itself will not get this done.
The People must behave like strong, caring parents — acting to save a willful child from its own demise, and from taking the entire family down with him!
It’s time for American Tough Love, in the form of 24/7 nonviolent protest and civil disobedience. We will make it imperative that Congress leave the oligarchs out to dry. F*ck*d up self-appointed elites WILL, finally, respect The Common Man (and Woman).
Get organized, and prepare for an INTERVENTION to save our nation:
While 3rd parties are a good idea in theory the system is fixed for two parties only.
Robert Steele: RIGGED – Twelve Ways the Two-Party Tyranny Rigs the US Electoral System to Block Out Independents, Small Parties, and 70% of the Eligible Voters. https://archive.vn/NsMIe
Meagan Day, a DSA member, is brilliant and although the post is dated it is still relevant and discusses why the timing is not right for a 3rd party. Meagan Day talks with Krystal Ball about the future of the left. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P6Wf9fxGM2Q&t=314s.
Join your local DSA, or a progressive activist group of your choice. Start saving your pennies. You will donate them to keep the continuous 24/7 protest going — until The People take back our country.
Any progressive group will not do. The only plan that has any reasonable chance of success is taking over one of the two, major, political parties. It must be remembered that one does not support or join and become a member of any party by registering with the state in order to vote for progressives running on a party’s ballot-line in local, state, or /and national offices.
The Berniecrat inside /outside tactic uses the DP ballot-line in order to be allowed to vote for and to elect progressive candidates in primary elections for local, state, national, and DP offices. This inside /outside tactic is supported by
The Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) 2021-22 National Electoral Strategy - https://drive.google.com/file/d/1VpSL2DnwVtk93aYoiFlhtpHW8mXpHELL/view (pp.3-4, § 2, ¶¶ 2, 3, 6); and see: https://convention2021.dsausa.org/2021-dsa-convention-resolutions/ Search text for: ballot-line at Resolutions #6, #8, #11 (3, 5). And see:
The Social Democrats USA (SDUSA): https://socialistcurrents.org/?page_id=621 @ Item #6, “A strategy, in general, to work within the Democratic Party….”
https://socialistcurrents.org/?page_id=18 @ item eleven. “WE, IN GENERAL, WORK WITHIN THE TWO PARTY SYSTEM IN THE UNITED STATES.”
The Progressive Democrats of America (PDA): https://pdamerica.org/about-pda/, and
The Working Families Party (WFP): https://workingfamilies.org/about/
In summary, we do need nonviolent protest and civil disobedience, but we need a long-term strategy to get our goals into law and that strategy is to use the ballot-line of the DP.
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