Grassroots News 10-31-2018

While a lot of people focus on the upcoming midterm elections, their candidates, polls, and votes; there is grassroots work to be done going beyond merely voting:

 

I. End Money in Politics

Represent.Us, the organization which fights money in politics through ballot initiatives all over the country announced two days ago:

The most impactful thing you can do to fight corruption right now is call voters in South Dakota and give them the facts on Amendment W.

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South Dakota is where voters passed America’s first statewide Anti-Corruption Act, and where politicians overturned the will of the people in a display that outraged the country.

If the lobbyist-funded misinformation campaign succeeds and the Anti-Corruption Amendment loses, politicians everywhere will think they can ignore the will of voters too. …

If passed, Amendment W will:

  • Restrict lobbyist gifts to politicians.
  • Ban campaign contributions from unions and corporations to candidates and political parties.
  • Ban foreign money from South Dakota politics.
  • Stop politicians from using public office for personal gain.
  • Toughen ethics law enforcement.
  • Protect voter-approved laws from legislative meddling.

End Note: They are hosting virtual phone banks every day for the remaining days. You can join calling voters in South Dakota and help win this crucial fight that will set a precedent for the whole country.

 

II. Rescue Valuable Media

CounterPunch is one of the few remaining truth-telling and establishment-fighting magazines. Since outlets like that can’t survive on advertisement money (read: corporate bribes), it depends on donations.

You can help Ensure CounterPunch Won’t Have to Cut Operations.

Endorsements:

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It is, regrettably, no exaggeration to say that we are living in an era of irrationality, deception, confusion, anger, and unfocused fear – an ominous combination, with few precedents. There has never been a time when it was so important to have a voice of sanity, insight, understanding of what is happening in the world. CounterPunch has performed that essential service with unusual success. It is a matter of paramount importance to ensure that it will continue to do so, with even greater resources than before.” – Noam Chomsky

 

III. Inside-Outside Strategy

Since the takeover of the “Democratic” Party from within seems to be ebbing out, I should take the opportunity to remind everyone of my inside-outside strategy suggestion: make pressure on the establishment both from within the DP and from the outside (nut crackers need to squeeze from two sides!). The outside pressure comes in the form of building a strong new party that truly represents the American People (not the oligarchy), takes no corporate and billionaire’s donations, and has a bottom-up democratic structure, a true grassroots party in other words — one that either forces the “Democratic” Party to reform itself in its image or replaces it when it continues to resist this reform. Setting up a new party takes work, and you can volunteer.

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Electoral & Economic Integrity – Not Just Votes & Jobs for All

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for Jimmy Dore and the title: “Fighting Debbie Wasserman Schultz & Election Fraud w/Tim Canova”)

This brief piece joins two major topics together around a neat video shared above.

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QuickyConfession: Motivation

To be frank, I am tired of spending my whole life searching for survival opportunities and pouring my utmost efforts into them. Every survival opportunity gets destroyed about as soon as I latch on to it. And this has become the life for countless millions of my human brothers and sisters. A precarious life like ours – a life of broken dreams and endless survival struggle, despair, misery, anguish, and hopelessness – is no life worth living. In fact, I consider it no life at all. I want to end the systemic corruption that is behind all this misery, so that at least younger generations may be saved from this Hell on Earth that murdered my life in my cradle. Is that hard to understand?

If not, then you now know why I squeeze time out of my little off-work or sleep time to write about political/economic issues. You may read them out of similar motivation. My plea to you: If you find my writings and the videos I share meaningful, please share links to my posts. Thanks. Power to the People!

In solidarity,

Dirk Droll

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Manifesto of the Elders (addressed to the Young)

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Photo by JOHN TOWNER on Unsplash

Some people, when they begin to realize how long and deeply the cruel corruption of our socio-economic and political system has been entrenched, feel like there is no more hope.

My response to that is this declaration:

Manifesto of the Elders

When you have been crushed as much as many of us, there is no point in giving up. We have one thing left to do on our way out of this hell called “life”, and that is to do our part so that future generations won’t have to suffer like us. While the millennials are beginning to revolt because they see no viable future ahead of them unless they upturn the insanity of the system, those of us who were broken decades earlier and robbed of all hope for ourselves have one last thing to do.

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Why a New Party: Insightful Discussion between Jimmy Dore & Nick Braña (commented video)

An uplifting start into a new week. Find out why we need and can have a powerful new political party to kick the butt of the corrupted old major parties:

  1. The major parties are fiercely immune to change from within and characterized by anti-democratic internal command structure beholden to Big Money. Challenging newbies are caught in a web of wheeling and dealing.
  2. It will take the weapon of a new party ready to replace a corrupt old party to overcome the establishment.
  3. Getting a new party on the ballot in all 50 states is not nearly as hard as we keep getting told. Much easier than taking over a huge money-governed party from within.
  4. America is more ready than ever for a new party. Almost two out of three Americans are calling for a major new party now.

Listen to what Nick Braña, National Political Outreach Coordinator on Bernie Sanders’ presidential 2016 campaign and one of the founders of Our Revolution, has to reveal about the establishment’s walls and how to break them down:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “3rd Party Formation Very Doable Says Former Bernie Official ”)

What do you think about it? I think: let’s make it happen. And to do this, work on bringing change-desiring people and existing third parties and challenger candidates together, supporting each other, working out a big tent platform of changes we all want. Such a coalition may by itself make change possible and – if things come to a head – give birth to a grand new party, a People’s Party.

Connect:

Most of the web presence and action seems to be happening on Facebook (a page and numerous groups):

 

P.S.:
A common question: Why not simply support the Green Party which advocates many or all of the broadly desired changes? Answer: people wanting change are more likely to try a new party than one that has been around but small. It’s the psychology of confidence. Also, the Green Party has suffered a lot of smears and misrepresentations that circulate through people’s heads. Other than that, the Green Party is awesome and well worth voting for at every chance. It would (or will) make a great member in a People’s Coalition.

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Independence Day: What Are We Celebrating Today?

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Today is the big national holiday in which we traditionally celebrate independence. But independence from what? From the U.K.? The U.K. nowadays has full health coverage and a democracy (of a “constitutional monarchy” type). If we were still part of the U.K., tens of thousands of Americans wouldn’t needlessly be dying each year from lack of healthcare.

Geography matters little. What we meant by independence from the British crown was an independence from aristocracy, the British aristocracy back then, its kings, dukes and so forth. In other words, our founders had had enough of being ruled by a handful of oligarchs and replaced their rule with a republic-style democracy. (a republic is a representational democracy by definition, not an alternative to a democracy as some head spinners sometimes claim) Democracies have their flaws, but putting the steering wheel in the hands of the people who are affected by government policies is the best guarantee for responsible policies, a point which Thomas Jefferson tirelessly kept driving home. (see quotes at the bottom)   Continue reading “Independence Day: What Are We Celebrating Today?”

Strategy Condensed: The Way Forward

To solve our tragic and growing problems while we still can(!), we must put aside traditional party allegiances and blind loyalties, and instead join forces to focus primarily on election integrity (so our votes count and aren’t suppressed), on getting money out of politics (so our votes even matter), and on reforming our extremely rigged economic system so it can’t continue to fuel money in politics and the manipulative narratives which currently shape much of public opinion. Blood money from our rigged economy finances two corrupt major parties, an army of lobbyists 42,000 strong, and nation-wide brainwashing through “think tanks” and corporate mass media. This is how the establishment recovered from FDR’s New Deal and re-corrupted absolutely everything. I suppose that, while we are at it, we should also break up the big media trusts, not just the big banks. What say? In the meantime, let’s make use of and support alternative media like this one, so we can grow our own awareness and that of those around us. Naturally, let’s push for our immediate needs, as well: healthcare for all and reasonable drug prices, income security, a fair corruption-free justice and law enforcement system, free education at all levels, protection of communities and the environment, and so on.

Be a leader. Be one of the first to vote outside the twin party tyranny when outside candidates are far better than the corporate stooges dominating the Dempublican charade. There are still people who let themselves be played by the you-can’t-vote-third-party-or-independent-unless-the-majority-is-already-doing-so fib. That’s a trick to maintain the status-quo, and the way to break through this is to lead the way rejecting this false choice narrative.

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Ending Note: It takes me at least 100 hours a month to research and write for this site and work on my book. Please widely share links to these articles or help in other ways, so this work is not for naught. Financial support is really helpful, too! Only together can we change this messed-up world. 🙂