- Dimke: ‘I’m not going to retire’
- IMRF responds: Pay spiking against the rules
- Bill limits automated license plate readers
- Private uni’s subject to FOIA says House
- Guest Commentary: Earth Day or April Fools Day?
- State Roundup: Concerns raised about proposed change in DUI pot standard
- Bill would decrease pot penalties; small amounts would draw only ticket, fine
- Senate votes to restore human service cuts; bill moves to House for consideration
- Bill to restrict red light cameras passes House
- State Roundup: Budget fix in current FY not yet done
Agitate, America!: Corporate fascism, and taking our country back
By Nancy Churchill
A Progressive Visionary
The bad news is, democracy was just dealt another blow. The good news is, we still have time to fix it, if we act fast.
I’m referring to the Supreme Court’s recent ruling in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, which basically says the wealthy’s First Amendment rights count more than yours and mine.
Thomas Jefferson said, “I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies.”
Mayer Amschel Rothschild, known as the “founding father of international finance,” said, “Give me control of a nation’s money and I care not who makes the laws.”
Speaking of which, according to the Classic Liberal: “Inflation is not a ‘natural’ occurrence, either. It’s a deliberate act by the Federal Reserve … to STEAL your wealth. This is not a conspiracy theory. It’s ‘just the facts, ma’am.’” (http://the-classic-liberal.com/give-me-control-nations-money/)
And that brings us to “Corporate Fascism,” defined in the video, Corporate Fascism: The Destruction of America’s Middle Class (YouTube.com/watch?v=hTbvoiTJKIs): “n. 1. the merger of corporate power and state power, such that corporate power dominates. 2. the ability of large corporations to gain unfair advantage by borrowing fiat money at below-market rates. 3. undue influence over the government (hence U.S. citizens) by a corporate elite (special interest, plutocracy, corporatocracy) that uses financial means (campaign contributions, perks, too-big-to-fail) and other means (lobbies, revolving door, withheld technology) to dominate.”
If you care about our country, this long video is worth the time.
Narrator: “Did the Founding Fathers write the Constitution for real flesh and blood people, or for corporations — artificial entities that are creations of the state? If one suspects that the Constitution was written with real people in mind, then is it fair to those real people that artificial people get to write and influence the passage of all manner of laws? And expect these laws to be binding upon these same real flesh and blood people?”
Democracy is not a spectator sport, as Charles Blow points out in the New York Times (http://mobile.nytimes.com/2014/04/10/opinion/blow-we-should-be-in-a-rage.html?_r=0&referrer=). Too many people shrug or sleep, he says, when they should be in a rage. “A vote is the great equalizer, but only when it is cast.”
So, vote. Educate yourself. Run for office or get involved in campaigns of those running against corporate fascists. Otherwise, that small group of people who do those things will think we’re disinterested and say, “We can run things our own way, we don’t have to get in touch with the people, because they don’t count!”
We count only when we act. Sign the petition to overturn McCutcheon at DemocracyIsForPeople.org, and learn what else you can do right now to support (or become) a representative to represent We the People. Join the progressive movement gaining momentum that will block corporate fascism and allow us to take our country back. But only if we vote!
Nancy Churchill was raised in the D.R.C. (Congo), raced stock cars on short dirt tracks for 25 years, and is a proud, lifelong member of “We, the People.” She lives in Oregon, Ill.
From the April 16-22, 2014, issue