Truthout: Talkin’ ‘Bout a Revolution

-by Michael Pirsch

May 24, 2011- Our country is in tatters. While more and more of us plunge into official poverty status, our elected leaders, who are in service to the wealthy elite, argue about how much to cut from programs that "promote the general welfare." They squander our exhaustible resources on illegal wars. The rich have stolen so much from us that they comprise the wealthiest 1 percent in well over 100 years, and they are supported in all this by their pet pundits, who dominate the corporate media. And none of our elected leaders from either of the two parties question the morality of shredding the most basic programs "to promote the general welfare."

To imagine that the Democratic Party would provide any leadership to end the "long train of abuses and usurpations" brought upon us is akin to reaffirming our belief in Santa Claus. The time has come to break the chains that bind us and to establish a new government based on true, not humbug, democratic principles.

Therefore, we are very fortunate in the USA to have not only the right, but also the duty to throw off the current form of government. According to the Declaration of Independence, our nation's most revered document, our responsibility to overthrow, or not, is contingent on government protections of the "… unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these Rights governments are instituted among men deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed." In other words, it is up to us, the governed, to determine the mechanisms necessary to secure these rights. It goes on to state "that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it …"

The authors also predicted "… that mankind are more disposed to suffer while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed." The question each of us has to answer is: Have I (and/or my children) suffered enough? Do I really want to suffer more?

President Abraham Lincoln observed in his first inaugural address, "This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or their revolutionary right to dismember or overthrow it."

It is important for each of us to personally acknowledge and exercise these rights "to overthrow" or "to abolish" our government rather than "alter" or "amend" because we will only hurt ourselves and future generations if we continue to buy into the presently conceived "alter or amend" strategy. By now, we should understand the propaganda-driven, mind-control apparatus controlled by the wealthiest individuals and corporations. Nielson Holdings NV, on April 7, 2011, announced advertising across the world rose 10.6 percent to $503 billion for 2010. This might be low considering all forms of advertising. The same highly developed mind-control techniques that are used to sell us cars, underarm deodorant, toothpaste and shoes are also used to sell politicians to us – and it works. The more than one-half trillion dollars is a safe investment since it has convinced us to act against our own interests again and again. This money spent by the advertising and propaganda industry and their corporate or special interest clients also guarantees corporate media stays on message. We are only allowed to hear a discussion from points A-B. Points C-Z do not exist in what passes for a fair and free press and the election campaigns it reports.


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