It’s Time for a People’s Coup

Our President is mentally disturbed, incompetent, oblivious to democratic processes, prone to governing by decree and an outright liar. His administration, six months in, is shedding players due to incompetence, criminal behavior, and failure to obey his insane orders. He has installed his family and numerous right wing extremists into his incoherent inner circle of advisers.

Our Congress has been coopted by two political parties that rigged the election process so that no third parties can effectively complete with them. They have gerrymandered and whored themselves into office, taking ungodly amounts of money to supposedly “represent” the citizenry that they routinely and almost completely ignore. They’re wasting our tax dollars either debating unsubstantiated accusations about Russian “interference” in the last presidential election or trying to pass a healthcare law that 82% of the American people think is horrible. Most of their time they spend trying to raise money from the mega rich. Almost never do they meet with the public to discuss what they are doing to help ordinary Americans.

It must be vastly disruptive and persistent. We can’t just do this on a single weekend and expect anything to change. 

Our state governments are likewise populated by politicians who now gerrymander districts so that they face little to no opposition for re-election. State representatives are cutting taxes on the rich and bankrupting their public school systems, their public services, and withholding healthcare services by refusing to expand Medicaid. Like their federal peers, their decisions are influenced almost entirely by monied interests who will gladly write legislation for them.

Our court system is overwhelmed and understaffed, and our Supreme Court appointment process was completely violated by Congress this last year. Republican legislators have refused to fill over 100 judicial vacancies in the federal court system (many for over 18 months), which leaves courts dragging out cases far too long.

Our police are vastly undertrained and cases of police brutality against unarmed civilians are so routine that we can hardly catch our breath before the next horror is reported. The resources that are given to police, rather than extended training, are military equipment. Such armament leads them to abandon neighborhood policing strategies in exchange for brute force and intimidation.

Changing our Constitution is not as radical as it sounds, and we need to recognize that ours is in dire need of revisions. Other countries – modern, developed countries – have changed their constitutions for the better and are thriving today. Failing to do so in the United States is no longer an option. 

Our media is owned by corporations who control who is reported about, who gets on air, and who and what gets ignored. There are no guidelines that prevent them from reporting the news from only one point of view, and they seldom do. Collusion with elected officials is commonplace and rarely reported to the public.

And income inequality in this country has reached levels not seen since just before the Great Depression.

It’s time for a people’s coup. Seriously.

It’s time to organize the biggest protests we can in every state capital, in every big city, in Washington, D.C., and to demand changes to our Constitution that will end this miserable failure of a government.

We must stop giving money to the big political parties, must stop cooperating with them in any way. We must disrupt them in their places of work, the city, state and national capitols, anywhere we can. We must be loud, disruptive and persistent. We must demand Constitutional amendments that end money in politics and provide practical recall processes for everyone in government, from city representatives all the way up to the President of the United States. These must be methods that can be initiated by voters, not by legislators. We must regain power over our government.

It must be vastly disruptive and persistent. We can’t just do this on a single weekend and expect anything to change. It must be more like Occupy Wall Street than like the Women’s March, in that it has to go on for as long as it has to. Unlike Occupy, however, this time we have a very specific goal:  a Constitutional amendment that prohibits any and all outside money from going to elected representatives and judges. That amendment (or a second one) will also provide a recall referendum function that allows citizens to vote anyone out of office regardless of what legislators think or do. 

Changing our Constitution is not as radical as it sounds, and we need to recognize that ours is in dire need of revisions. Other countries – modern, developed countries – have changed their constitutions for the better and are thriving today. Failing to do so in the United States is no longer an option.

We must all have an answer when the corporate media sends its news personalities out to ask us “What do you want?” The answer should always be, basically, “We want all outside money out of politics and a constitutional referendum mechanism that allows recall of elected officials.” 

Of course, no existing elected representative is likely to endorse this idea, so we must insist. Insisting means ongoing, daily protest, non-violent disruption, and a single-minded focus on the goals articulated above. We must all have an answer when the corporate media sends its news personalities out to ask us “What do you want?” The answer should always be, basically, “We want all outside money out of politics and a constitutional referendum mechanism that allows recall of elected officials.”

Until we get that, and nothing less, we will be in the houses of government, getting in the way, raising our voices and signs, making our representatives miserable. We will be in the streets, the highways, the shopping malls, at the resorts where they vacation, at their offices, at their rallies, wherever the fuck we can cause a disruption to the status quo, to their sense of peace and quiet.

We will fill their social media pages with our demands, overwhelm their mailboxes with the same demands, interrupt their fundraisers and embarrass their wealthy donors by capturing them in pictures doing their dirty work. We will out every rich donor we can, exposing their vast bribes, their offshore accounts, anything we can find. We will make being an anonymous donor very difficult by naming as many of them as we can.

We will disrupt the media when it serves the purposes of the two parties rather than our goals. We will interrupt their interviews, their duplicitous political punditry, everywhere that we can.

If you can think of any way to non-violently disrupt, interrupt and interfere, do that thing. Martin Luther King, in “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” wrote “(T)he question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be… Perhaps the South, the nation and the world are in dire need of creative extremists.”

Let the creativity begin.

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