Please watch this 8 minute video!
What is going on is not a joke, nor something we can ignore.
Nor is it someone else’s problem. It is my problem. It is your problem. It’s our problem.
I know most of us don’t like to play the game of politics. But there won’t be a democracy or a game of politics if Trump’s “slow-moving coup” reaches fruition. A democracy cannot survive as a one-party system. Only despotic corruption does. Venezuela, Egypt, the Philippines. All run by despots, first democratically elected. Then carelessly ignored by the people as the despots solidified power.
Jefferson wrote in our Declaration of Independence that people form governments to protect “unalienable rights.” We don’t have unalienable rights when a despot rules. The only rights we have are those “gifted” to us by the whims of the despot.
The Constitution’s preamble stating our Constitution was adopted to promote the “General Welfare” is meaningless when the General Welfare – the Common Good – is obliterated by what’s only good for the despot-oligarch and his clan. Freedom that doesn’t embrace the Common Good is not freedom. It does not promote the General Welfare.
In his Common Good, UC Professor Robert Reich defines the Common Good as, “our shared values about what we owe one another as citizens who are bound together in the same society.” The common good is “not about securing borders, erecting walls and keeping others out….To the contrary, the common good is about inclusion — joining together to achieve common goals.”
James Madison, the prime author of the Constitution, warned us in Federalist Papers #10:
“The latest causes of factions are thus sown in the nature of man … inflamed them with moral animosity, and rendered them much more disposed to vex and oppose each other than to co-operate for their common good.”
Ben Franklin’s also warned us in 1787 at the Constitutional Convention:
“I agree to this Constitution with all its faults.… I believe, further, that this is likely to be well administered for a course of years, and can only end in despotism, as other forms have done before it, when the people shall be so as to need a despotic government, being incapable of any other.”
After citing both Madison and Franklin, I add in Democracy of Dollars:
The University of Gothenburg, Sweden, global V-Dem study, Democracy Report 2020, was released before the November 2020 presidential election. “V-Dem’s findings about the United States were not surprising nor pleasant. The United States, the report concluded, is undergoing a ‘substantial autocratization’ — a loss of democratic traits. The acceleration increased precipitously during the Trump administration. More shocking, however, was V-Dem’s conclusion that only 20% of the countries that undergo substantial autocratization can avoid ‘succumbing to full-blown autocracy.’ Globally, national autocracies are now in the majority. They include 92 countries housing 54% of the world’s population. Autocratizing nations, like the U.S., house 35% of global population. That leaves 11% of the world’s population with true democracies, and, though we think of our DNA as being democracy, America is no longer a member of that select group! V-Dem concluded: ‘The United States — former vanguard of liberal democracy — has lost its way…. The United States of America is the only country in Western Europe and North America suffering from substantial autocratization.’ In a Washington Post article about the V-Dem report, Michael Coppedge, a V-Dem chief investigator, is quoted as saying, ‘Executive respect [in the U.S.] for the Constitution is now at the lowest levels since 1865. Corruption in the executive branch is basically the worst since Harding.’”
If we don’t stop the “slow-moving coup,” we could well be on our way to full autocratization.
Florida’s state government is equally out of step with the will of the people and a people’s democracy. The list is long, the subject of a future blog.
Contribute more money than you want to contribute to candidates that do not support and are not part of the ongoing slow-fermenting coup. Vote. Volunteer: Get out the votes; Be a poll watcher.
More to follow.
Extra credit: Watch a 4 minute clip of Jon Stewart’s recent program on Freedom.
Democracy of Dollars is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple Books, and other online book sellers, in hard back ($19.95), paper back ($10.94) and electronic form ($3.95). I priced the ebook at less than $4.00 so that students and most everyone could afford to buy it and read it. Any profit goes to Our Children’s Trust.