Posted 5 months ago on Dec. 19, 2012, 11:21 a.m. EST by KevinPotts
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“My own view is that we have a very good system designed by the founders and that it has been temporarily hijacked by corporatists.” -therising
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A system that can be hijacked from the very beginning by such an elite minority of Democracy-fearing, slaveholding oligarchs -and perpetuated successfully to this extent and to such a catastrophic degree on so many levels, by such elite corporatists, banksters and capitalist plutocrats, who continue to rule it and to maintain it to this very day, who have managed to get away with it and to remain unchallenged and unchecked for so long is not “a very good system” to begin with if you ask me. “Choosing” between 2 Masters to make all of your decisions for you and for everyone else is not real democracy nor does it by any means make you and everyone else “free”. Being told over and over your entire life that “you are free” and that “you live in a democracy” does not make it so. In a Democratic Republic, which is technically a "Polyarchy" leaning towards "Oligarchy", such as the United States, "we the people" are for the most part, powerless and at the absent mercy of our chosen Masters. We have no real political or economic power.
“None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.” -Goethe
“The American Revolution was the result of a series of social, political, and intellectual transformations in early American society and government, collectively referred to as the American Enlightenment. Americans rejected the aristocracies that dominated Europe at the time, championing instead the development of republicanism based on the Enlightenment understanding of liberalism. Among the significant results of the revolution was the creation of a democratically-elected representative government responsible to the will of the people. However, sharp political debates erupted over the appropriate level of democracy desirable in the new government, with a number of Founders fearing mob rule.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Revolution
Those "Founders" who feared Real Democracy and Real Freedom decided WE THE PEOPLE shouldn’t be allowed to have any Real Power, so we never got any. They never trusted us to truly govern ourselves to begin with.
"all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed." -Declaration of Independence 1776
"Experience has taught us, that men will not adopt and carry into execution measures the best calculated for their own good, without the intervention of a coercive power." -George Washington in a letter to John Jay dated August 1, 1786
They viewed us (The People) as a dangerous, irresponsible mob -which was the same type of mentality the British Monarchy used to justify its rule over the British Empire. The same British Empire WE THE PEOPLE Had Just Fought And Died Fighting To Break Ourselves Free From In A Violent, Bloody, Revolutionary War of Independence, Which Required The Sacrifice of The Very Lives of More Than 25,000 American Revolutionaries And Resulted In The Deaths of More Than 20,000 British Loyalists And Allies to "the crown" of the Kingdom of Great Britain. And instead of becoming Truly Free, Truly Liberated And Truly A REAL PEOPLE-POWERED DEMOCRACY, we only ended up trading one Master for another. Just like we still do to this very day every four years when we “vote”.
-Kevin Potts 12 / 21 / 12
America Is Not A Democracy - Noam Chomsky http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MeTbDdl7XiE
"Our rulers will become corrupt, our people careless. A single zealot may commence persecutor, and better men be his victims. It can never be too often repeated, that the time for fixing every essential right on a legal basis is while our rulers are honest, and ourselves united. From the conclusion of this war we shall be going downhill. It will not then be necessary to resort every moment to the people for support. They will be forgotten, therefore, and their rights disregarded. They will forget themselves, but in the sole faculty of making money, and will never think of uniting to effect a due respect for their rights. The shackles, therefore, which shall not be knocked off at the conclusion of this war, will remain on us long, will be made heavier and heavier, till our rights shall revive or expire in a convulsion."
Thomas Jefferson (Notes on the State of Virginia) 1781
DIRECT DEMOCRACY = POWER TO THE PEOPLE!
Direct Democracy Now! http://occupywallst.org/forum/direct-democracy-now/
Direct Democracy - Rally Here http://occupywallst.org/forum/direct-democracy-rally-here/
Now this is what (Direct) Democracy looks like!!! http://occupywallst.org/forum/now-this-is-what-direct-democracy-looks-like/
Direct Democracy = FREEDOM http://occupywallst.org/forum/direct-democracy-freedom/
Vote for Direct Democracy at the national level. http://occupywallst.org/forum/vote-for-direct-democracy-at-the-national-level/
Electronic Direct Democracy http://occupywallst.org/forum/electronic-direct-democracy/
A Vision For A New Democracy - Direct Democracy http://occupywallst.org/forum/a-vision-for-a-new-democracy-direct-democracy/
Democracy 2.0 - we need democracy now .. actually we need direct democracy http://occupywallst.org/forum/democracy-20-we-need-democracy-now-actually-we-nee/
Short, powerful OWS demands: FDR's Economic Bill of Rights and more "direct" democracy http://occupywallst.org/forum/short-powerful-ows-demands-fdrs-economic-bill-of-r/
Direct democracy http://occupywallst.org/forum/direct-democracy/
Direct Democracy v. Delusional Democracy http://occupywallst.org/forum/direct-democracy-v-delusional-democracy/
Direct, Participatory Democracy over the Internet http://occupywallst.org/forum/direct-participatory-democracy-over-the-internet/
The Solution: Developing a True Direct Democracy http://occupywallst.org/forum/the-solution-developing-a-true-direct-democracy/
Direct, participatory, consensus based democracy http://occupywallst.org/forum/direct-participatory-consensus-based-democracy/
Vote for direct democracy Where the people rule! http://occupywallst.org/forum/vote-for-direct-democracy-where-the-people-rule/
Constitution of Direct Democracy http://occupywallst.org/forum/constitution-of-direct-democracy/
Wouldn’t You Rather TRUST YOURSELF To Make The Best Decisions For You? Wouldn’t You Rather Have A REAL VOICE That Could Make A REAL DIFFERENCE? Wouldn’t You Rather Have THE POWER To Take A Meaningful Part In The Decision Making Process On The Most Paramount Issues That Dramatically Effect Practically Every Aspect Of Our Everyday Lives?
Or would you rather “trust a politician” to do ALL of that for you?
Only content slaves need Masters. And even children do not deserve to be subjugated, neglected and ignored. Nor do "we" deserve to be so subjugated, neglected and ignored. Nor should the blatant suffering of millions and the legitimate grievances of an entire nation continue to be so neglected and ignored. Nor should the poverty and oppression of nearly half of the population of The Wealthiest Nation On Earth continue to be so neglected and ignored. Nor should “Our Natural Rights”, “Our Liberty“ and “Our Independence“ continue to be so neglected and ignored. Nor should “Our Sovereignty“ and “Our Ability To Self-Govern” continue to be so neglected and ignored and superseded by such uncaring, irresponsible and absent “caretakers”.
Are WE THE PEOPLE? Or are we a dangerous, irresponsible mob never to be trusted with our own lives?
-Kevin Potts 12 / 22 / 12
Occupy Our Democracy!
“There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world, and that is an idea whose time has come.”
‘Become Part of The Global Movement to Spread Direct Democracy’ Direct Democracy Now! http://www.directdemocracynow.org/
"(...) Consider the form of government that the Founders had instituted in contrast to a form of government similar to a Democratic Congress http://occupywallst.org/forum/amendment-for-a-democratic-congress/ that the Founders (including James Madison) would have been opposed to simply for being a democracy. Also consider the actual democracy that has existed in Switzerland since 1848 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voting_in_Switzerland that the United States Congress has never considered for the American people.
We like to refer to our elected officials as being our public servants yet Thomas Jefferson had plainly referred to them as being our rulers. Under the form of government agreed upon by the Founding Fathers, the electing body must obey the laws of the elected body. The electing body cannot create laws for itself. The electing body cannot revoke the laws of the elected body and the most that the electing body can do to affect the members of the elected body who choose not to represent the interests of the electing body is to continue electing members to the elected body. We are obliged to abide by their decisions but they are in no way obliged to abide by our public interests. So, who is truly the servant? ("None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.") In short, while people talk of fascism as a growing danger to American freedom, the Founding Father republicanism of restricting the people to a representative democracy had been detrimental to American freedom from the start. What just and selfless cause in the interests of liberty could a group of men have had in establishing themselves (or their class) above the collective will and revocation of the people? As they had plainly known, a non-initiative representative democracy is a restrained democracy, an imposition upon the political freedom of the American people, denying them the status of being a sovereign people."