Democracy Springs Eternal?


“He who in given cases consents to obey his fellows with servility, and who submits his will, and even his thoughts, to their control, how can he pretend that he wishes to be free?” 
― Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

 

When the government becomes part of the problem CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE  becomes the tool the people are obliged to use in order to be heard. This is the era of rampant corruption, a system that has corporations at the top of the social strata, the greatest danger to democracy today is the ” PEOPLE’S”passivity that allows the collusion between the government and corporations to remain unchecked.

 

Our Demands – Democracy Spring
http://www.democracyspring.org/demands

THERE ARE REAL AND IMMEDIATE SOLUTIONS – SUPPORTED BY DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS ALIKE – THAT WOULD REDUCE THE CORRUPTION OF BIG IN POLITICS AND PROTECT FREE AND FAIR ELECTIONS FOR ALL.

Democracy Spring demands that Congress pass four bills that have already been introduced and confirm a nominee to SCOTUS who will ensure an end to legalized political corruption and support equal voting rights for all: one person, one vote.

HERE ARE OUR DEMANDS:

PASS THE VOTING RIGHTS ADVANCEMENT ACT (H.R. 2867, S. 1659)

http://vrafortoday.org/current-legislation/

This would restore the protections against voting discrimination that were struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court in its Shelby County v. Holder decision, and make additional, critical updates to the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

PASS THE VOTER EMPOWERMENT ACT (H.R. 12)

https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/114/hr12/summary

This would modernize voter registration, prevent deceptive practices that keep people from the ballot box and ensure equal access to voting for all.

PASS THE DEMOCRACY FOR ALL AMENDMENT (H.J.RES. 22, S.J.RES. 5)

http://freespeechforpeople.org/the-amendment/democracy-for-all-amendment/

This would overturn U.S. Supreme Court decisions like Citizens United and allow elected representatives to set common sense limits on money in elections.

PASS THE GOVERNMENT BY THE PEOPLE & FAIR ELECTIONS NOW ACTS (H.R. 20 AND S. 1538)

http://www.demos.org/publication/government-people-act

This would encourage and amplify small contributions from everyday Americans by matching small donors with limited public funds.

CONFIRM A SUPREME COURT NOMINEE WHO WILL ENSURE POLITICAL EQUALITY BY VOTING TO PROTECT VOTING RIGHTS AND END THE CORRUPTION OF BIG MONEY IN POLITICS.

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317 Responses to Democracy Springs Eternal?

  1. MSolomon2 says:

    Money influences everybody. That includes Hillary Clinton
    Democrats were quick to criticize Republicans who flirted with banks and big oil. Why won’t they admit that Hillary’s links are a problem too?
    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/apr/14/money-hillary-clinton-banks-oil-links-presidential-campaign?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Version+CB+header&utm_term=167141&subid=18265640&CMP=ema_565

  2. waverly says:

    From this article at Damocracy Now, it sounds like they are saying 400 were arrested on Monday, 85 on Tuesday, and 100 were arrested (Wednesday) yesterday.

    100 Arrested at “Democracy Spring” Protests Against Money in Politics | Democracy Now!

    About 100 more people have been arrested in Washington, D.C., as part of the ongoing Democracy Spring protests against corruption and big money in politics. Wednesday marked the third consecutive day of mass arrests at the U.S. Capitol, after 85 were arrested Tuesday and more than 400 on Monday.

    http://www.democracynow.org/2016/4/14/headlines/100_arrested_at_democracy_spring_protests_against_money_in_politics

  3. waverly says:

    Once again our media is silent. Gotta go to RT to see what’s going on. This is what happened yesterday. Don’t see anything on today’s arrests yet.

    More arrests on the third day of the Democracy Spring protest taking place in Washington DC. This time around, police detained activists from the Black Lives Matter movement.

  4. MSolomon2 says:

    Keep this U.S. mining company out of Colombia’s Amazon
    https://actions.sumofus.org/a/keep-this-u-s-mining-company-out-of-colombia-s-amazon/?akid=18565.627617.hM5HQq&rd=1&source=fwd&t=1
    A U.S. mining company has launched a $16.5 billion lawsuit against Colombia.

    What did Colombia do to earn this dubious distinction? Well, the government stopped a deadly gold mine that was threatening the Amazon rainforest.

    Not only does the Colombian government have a right to protect the world’s most diverse rainforest from profit-hungry mining interests — it has a duty to do so.

    This lawsuit is just but one example of corporations undermining national sovereignty for the sake of private profits. We can’t let corporations sue governments when they can’t make a profit.

  5. MSolomon2 says:

    Toomey knocks Garland after long meeting
    ‘I’m not convinced that he would be willing to play the role of a sufficiently aggressive check on an administration,’ the GOP senator says.
    http://www.politico.com/story/2016/04/garland-toomey-supreme-court-221861#superComments
    that’s -NOW- when it’s a Dem administration, if it was otherwise he’d be singing a different tune. We in PA. so desperately need to be rid of this p.o.s. (wouldn’t mind being rid of our nominally Dem either – he’s too “blue” for my tastes!)

  6. waverly says:

    Ok I’m posting excerpts from this writer’s article in HuffPo. Used this source as a last resort ’cause no one else is reporting on the Democracy spring. In his article the author makes a very impassioned plea, however for brevity I only posted the gist of what he was saying.

    Why I Plan to Get Arrested for Democracy Spring by Christian Chiakulas

    Democracy is founded on the principle of one person, one vote. It is a radically egalitarian system of electing representatives that is meant to ensure that the immortal declaration embedded in America’s founding document, “that all men are created equal,” remains true. Ignore the patriarchal, chauvinistic language of that old, old document. It is the spirit of the phrase, the purest intention, that matters.

    The vote of the lowest beggar on the filthiest street corner matters as much as that of the richest entrepreneur in the most lavish estate. Wealth, privilege, and status afford many things in this world: luxuries, a higher standard of living, a higher degree of personal freedom, and even better access to essential services like medical care. But even granted that, the hope of liberty never ceases, because the destitute and the dispossessed are not so in the political realm. Their home, their clothes, their life may not be as valuable as those of the rich man, but their vote is worth exactly the same, and through this great equalizer, there is hope that those other iniquities may be rectified.

    At least, this is the way it would be in a perfect world. Unfortunately, we do not live in a perfect world.

    On January 21st, 2010, a date which will live in infamy, the Supreme Court ruled in Citizens United vs. FEC that the government does not have the right to restrict independent campaign expenditures by any corporation, union, or individual. This disastrous (we’ll get to why in a minute) decision had its roots in the 1976 decision Buckley vs. Valeo, when the court essentially argued that money spent to influence the outcome of elections is protected by the First Amendment’s guarantee of free speech.

    And here we’ve already run into the problem: if money is speech, then no, the lowest beggar on the filthiest street corner has absolutely no countervailing power against the richest entrepreneur in the most lavish estate. The radical egalitarianism embedded within the Declaration of Independence is ignored as surely today as it was when written.

    Look no further than this Washington Post examination of the measurable effects of Citizens United. It has so far mainly benefited the Republican Party, which is no surprise, as it was the five conservative justices that handed down the ruling in 2010. But this is an issue which affects and corrupts both political parties; just look at the staggering amount of money raised by these outside groups for Hillary Clinton in her primary challenge with US Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt).

    This is not about Bernie vs. Hillary, or even Democrats vs. Republicans. This is about the meaning of Democracy and the soul of America.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/christian-chiakulas/democracy-spring-arrests_b_9648824.html

  7. MSolomon2 says:

    Attack on Titan animators tackle Frankenstein’s tale in shocking new The Empire of Corpses trailer
    http://www.funimationfilms.com/movie/the-empire-of-corpses/

  8. waverly says:

    Jack I can understand why you would register Green Party. Dr. Jill Stein has some very enlightening information to share with us about our elected officials.

    • MSolomon2 says:

      preachin truth! Absolute! Agree with every single word! SHillary and Obama, just the slightest bit less evil at best, and not enough less to matter.

    • Jack says:

      Her supporters can at time be a bit woo-woo but I have no issues voting for her if it comes to it.

      • MSolomon2 says:

        that’s all too true of all candidates, people get that whole hierarchical perfect god-king to be revered mania going.

  9. waverly says:

    More Arrests at Democracy Spring, Still NO Media Coverage! | Thom Hartmann

    Thom Hartmann comments on a piece by Lee Fang in the Intercept on the lack of media coverage on cable news channels.
    http://www.thomhartmann.com/bigpicture/more-arrests-democracy-spring-still-no-media-coverage

  10. waverly says:

    Watching this now. Says Sit In Day 4 Public Stream. So not sure who’s recording this, but it’s been interesting so far.

    • waverly says:

      Anyone watching this? Pretty cool to see what’s going on there. These are regular everyday people.

      • waverly says:

        The guy who recorded this came out from Colorado. He spoke as he recorded and from the sound of his voice he sounds kinda young. He starts by recording the morning march to the capital steps, then the police split the protesters up. Anyone who didn’t want to be arrested had to move off the steps and back to the grass. Because the guy recording had been arrested yesterday he went over to the grass to avoid another arrest. So we missed out on seeing the actual arrests. Then he just sort of hung out and milled around the remaining protesters recording indiscriminately. I think he ended up with about 2 hours worth of recording. If for nothing else, it was interesting to see what when on at the nation’s capital this morning.

    • waverly says:

      Here’s the YouTube link in anyone is interested.

      • waverly says:

        Oops didn’t mean to post this. Jack you can delete this if you want. Sorry for any confusion.

  11. Jack says:

    Hey, hey!!!!!!! still trying to catch up on things but will play in 2 hours or so.

  12. waverly says:

    Ok the guy who recorded today Thursday (day 4) of Democracy Spring actually did a pretty decent job conducting an interview.

  13. waverly says:

    Democratic debate in New York: What to watch – CNNPolitics.com

    Watch CNN’s Democratic debate in Brooklyn New York at 9:00 p.m. ET on CNN and CNN.com

    New York (CNN)Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders will face off in CNN’s Democratic presidential debate in Brooklyn Thursday night as they spar ahead of a critical contest in New York — a state where both candidates have deep roots.

    http://www.cnn.com/2016/04/14/politics/democratic-debate-brooklyn-what-to-watch/

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