Agitate, America!: ‘The end of the world’: Time for change is now

Nancy Churchill

By Nancy Churchill
A Progressive Visionary

According to the Mayan calendar, the world ended Dec. 21, 2012. Well, we’re still here, but perhaps we have the power to end some of our world, beginning now, if only we will. I’ve compiled a list for starters.

We can, and will, end the world of more children slaughtered needlessly because Wayne LaPierre of the National Rifle Association (NRA) thinks the answer to guns is more guns, and the Second Amendment prohibits us from banning assault weapons. Nonsense. It’s not up to him. And if millions of people must take their shoes off in airports every day because once a guy with a shoe bomb tried unsuccessfully to blow up an airplane, we can ban assault weapons without violating the Second Amendment.

We can, and will, end the world of austerity as a way out of our economic crisis, enriching plutocrats on the backs of the poor, the elderly and the middle class. There are better ways out of this mess than exchanging cuts to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, veterans’ benefits, and many other social programs, for greater tax cuts for the wealthy.

We can, and will, end this world of plutocrats that aim to shrink government, not to drown it in a bathtub, but to put it in its pocket. We will no longer call earned benefits “entitlements.” We are, indeed, entitled to them, because we earned them, but they are not “government spending” — they are “investments in America” by us, the taxpayers. And we will end exploitative deregulation that deprives the public of its rightful protection.

We can, and will, end the upward distribution of wealth that crushes unions and stagnates wages. We will demand the right to organize for fairer wages and benefits in exchange for our work, and reveal “Right to Work” laws for what they are: the right to work for less and less.

We can, and will, end the world of unelected corporate government, of voter suppression and Citizens United, where voters are disenfranchised by the thousands, and secret money from unnamed, even prohibited, sources can buy our elections. We will have federal election reform.

We can, and will, end the world of fossil fuels, end its death grip on our energy policies, because the life of our planet is more important than Big Oil profit.

We can, and will, end the world of global warming, because doing nothing will be the end of us all, and none is so blind as he who will not see it.

We will end the world as we know it; out with the old, in with the new. We can, and will, adopt a new vision for our world, and lay its foundation on such principles, to paraphrase our founders’ Declaration of Independence, and organize its powers in such form as will seem to us most likely to affect our safety and happiness. Because we know, regarding assault weapons, stolen elections, corporate government, plutocracy, austerity, fossil fuels and global warming, our world is unsustainable.

Highlights of Nancy Churchill’s life are growing up in Congo, Africa, until she was 15, racing stock cars as an adult from 1976 until 2001, and writing as a liberal political junkie since the early ’90s. She lives in Oregon, Ill.

From the Jan. 2-8, 2013, issue

One thought on “Agitate, America!: ‘The end of the world’: Time for change is now

  • January 2, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    “Progressive Visionary”? Or “Daydream Believer”? I’m convinced it’s the latter.

    Let’s see, growing up in the Congo means that this daydreamer knows nothing about our Constitution and Bill of Rights…they don’t teach that in the Congo. Her comments on the 2nd Amendment provide no facts, only words, and are therefore nothing more than rambling.

    From all of her mumbo-jumbo about unions, fair wages, blah, blah, blah, she is either blind to the world around her or just ignorant. What jobs that remain in the United States are moving to “right-to-work States”, NOT to union-dominated states. Where did Caterpiller build their new factory? Illinois? or Geoagia? Why do you think that is?

    You see, the world has discovered that poor, uneducated third world labor can build products just as good as those built by your over-priced union labor. The days of people looking for that “Union-Made” or “Made in the USA” are long gone.

    Whose going to buy the products of your union workers? Who will even stay in your unions? The Wisconsin Teachers Union experienced almost 50% drop-outs after Scott Walker implemented his policies. Yeah, those people were sure eager to stay in the union!

    The only place union membership is growing is in Government. Thats because that’s the only place where ordinary people don’t have a voice. Politicians spend and lie.

    When people have a choice, txhey buy based on price and quality. These days, you can only get this combination overseas.

    The harder you union thugs fight, the worse it will be for all of us.

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