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Forum Post: American Spring: Peaceful Revolution 2.0

Posted 10 years ago on Dec. 23, 2011, 1:26 p.m. EST by Proftrek (5)
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American Spring: Revolution 2.0 by Andrew Bosworth, Ph.D./ multipolarfuture.com

It is easy to imagine an “American Spring” in 2012, and a non-violent revolution that restores the Constitution and gives Americans a chance at peace and prosperity.

People would converge to create a critical mass: the original Tea Partiers (1.0) and Occupy Wall Street protesters, among others, in a united front. This is not a remote possibility. This article is not speculative but is rather reporting stirrings visible today… This convergence would advance core goals, but it would also encourage debate in order to transcend the “liberal-conservative” spectrum. Only a convergence, after all, can create a nation in which free markets and social cooperation are mutually reinforcing – taking Americans to the next level of individual liberty and solidarity. Fortunately, the US Constitution already provides a working template for decentralization and bottom-up change. There is no need to re-invent the wheel.

Tea Party 1.0

How soon people forget. The original Tea Party (1.0) began in 2008, when the sitting president was a Republican. It opposed the entire Washington – Wall Street axis of power and greed.

Back then (before the Tea Party became the Neanderthal wing of the Republican Party) the Tea Party 1.0 advanced 5 basic goals:

  1. Ending the debt-based, fiat money system of the Federal Reserve, and moving towards a system of sound money.
  2. Ending banker bailouts and corporate welfare.
  3. Limiting the federal government and upholding States’ rights.
  4. Protecting the civil liberties of the Bill of Rights.
  5. Disengaging from foreign wars and entanglements in the Middle East and bringing troops home to “nation-build” in America.

The Establishment panicked. The two political parties, the corporate media, and even “Homeland Security” worked along parallel lines to give the Tea Party an ugly make-over.

The federal government planted agents among protesters with racist signs – which then attracted true racists. The corporate media spotlighted the most uneducated, beer-swilling protesters.

Within three months, the Establishment transformed the original Tea Party into a mob of rednecks, hayseeds and suburban rabble.

The Republican Party then delivered the coup de grace. It encouraged the more compliant Tea Partiers to run for Congress, hijacking the movement: Tea Party 2.0.

Today, Tea Party 2.0 Republicans do not fight to “End the Fed” or work to create a system of sound money. Tinkering with the budget without abolishing the Fed simply renegotiates America’s indentured servitude.

Today, Tea Party 2.0 Republicans also adopt a moralistic platform, concerned with the marriage preferences of strangers and what they smoke. Tea Party 1.0 did not distract themselves (or others) with divisive social issues. Instead, the original Tea Partiers focused on the economy, federalism, and ending the wars.

Today, Tea Party 2.0 Republicans are even militaristic, their ranks filled with bugle-blowing Islamophobes.

Tea Partiers 2.0 are willing to launch another war – this time in Iran, engineered by the same neo-cons responsible for the Iraq fiasco.

Not only does Russia insist that Iran does not have an active nuclear weapons program, but the actual 2011 IAEA report highlights activity that ended in 2004. There has been much ado in the western press about computer modeling of explosions in 2008 and 2009 (common in reactor physics), but they not prohibited in the IAEA Agreement or Protocols. (links below the article) . Yes, Virginia, there really is a whole lot of war propaganda goin’ on…

Yet this neo-con, globalist faction is itching for World War III, and they need Tea Party 2.0 to provide them with some fake patriotism.

Indeed, Tea Party 2.0 is an absolute disgrace.

This is unfortunate, because Tea Party 1.0 brought a powerful constitutional message to national politics. Tea Party 1.0 recognized – as did the Founders – that domestic tyranny and foreign empires go hand in hand.

What is to be done? People who joined the original Tea Party movement (1.0) should reclaim it. Using the 1.0 designation helps. This means renouncing the Republican Party and its Astroturf organizations, and returning home to libertarianism and constitutionalism.

Just like the Democratic Party, the Republican Party is an Establishment party of deficit spending, corporate welfare, police state legislation, and endless wars.

Together, these Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee parties have maintained a duopoly of power since the 1830s, but America is now experience a surge of democratization.

Tea Party 1.0 knew that solutions are state and local, not national. While many OWS protesters talk about localization, some remain fixated on national and even international solutions.

Tea Party 1.0 also knew that “taxing the rich” only provides Washington DC with more money to waste and steal. Taxation simply feeds the Beast.

Besides, as the Founders detailed in the Constitution, the states must collect taxes - not the federal government.

It follows that the states must organize medical, social, educational, and other programs – not the federal government.

“The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite.” James Madison

Occupy Wall Street Occupy Wall Street reminded us that American society is now extremely stratified, with a huge gap between the wealthy (the 1% of the population) and everyone else (the 99%).

Interestingly, the corporate media often stereotypes OWS protesters, singling out punks, meth addicts, dazed-and-confused aging hippies, and anyone else who could deflect attention from the fact that most OWS protesters are ordinary workers, students, retirees and single mothers – often with children in tow.

OWS protesters are often quite articulate. They regularly note that globalization is not based on free or fair trade. It is based corporate monopolies, financial speculation, human trafficking, and war. In this top-down globalization scheme, governments often facilitate wealth extraction, colluding with high finance to defraud the People of their income and property.

When some OWS protesters denounce “capitalism” what they are really denouncing is the “crapitalism” that prevails today. Technically, what the protesters are actually denouncing is “neo-fascism,” the interlocking of Big Government and Big Business, with an anti-democratic agenda. After all, the United States has not had true capitalism or free markets since before the creation of the Federal Reserve in 1913. But that does not prevent the 1% from using the rhetoric of free enterprise, rather cynically, as a smokescreen for their predatory and parasitic business practices.

The OWS did learn from the mistake of the Tea Party. It refused to be assimilated, or co-opted, by the Democratic Party, by Moveon.org, or by any liberal group. OWS is still OWS 1.0.

Establishment conservatives, especially in the corporate media, pretend that OWS is “liberal.” OWS is not liberal. If anything, OWS is non-ideological, interested in pragmatic approaches that combine individual liberty with social justice.

Most OWS protesters reject both parties and the entire liberal-conservative paradigm. Many of them feel betrayed by liberal-democratic politics and refuse to vote for Establishment clones of either party. The OWS movement does not have any constant or universal goals. But OWS does have strategies, evident in its actions.

OWS displays 2 valuable strategies:

  1. Maintaining independence from the two-party system in order to accomplish fundamental transformation rather than superficial reform.
  2. Building a long-term movement, with a focus on bottom-up, adaptive and horizontal cooperation.

Revolution 2.0 Tea Party 1.0 and OWS would benefit from sidelining peripheral issues of drug policy, abortion, and immigration - until these issues can be addressed within a healthier political climate.

These issues are important, but they are not as important as the core issues of the economy, political decentralization, or war and peace. As a unified front, the Tea Party (1.0) and OWS can reach a critical mass and restore peace and prosperity. Returning to the Constitution would, in and of itself, be revolutionary.

Last time (1776), the winds of change swept across the Atlantic to help fuel the French Revolution (1789).

Perhaps if Americans set an example, Europeans might break out of their bankster Euro-prison and replace its authoritarian technocracy with people-powered democracies.

In the US, the answer to Orwell’s 1984 is 1776; in Europe, the answer is 1789. But this time around, the ultimate outcome should be political decentralization. That is how both revolutions developed before being reversed by counter-revolutions.

A Revolution 2.0 would limit the federal government to its enumerated powers – making room for ordinary people to return to their states, counties and cities, to begin the work of restoring America from the bottom-up.

A Revolution 2.0 would Occupy Washington DC and the institutions that deprive the nation of peace and prosperity; compromise national sovereignty; entangle the nation in foreign alliances; divert national resources; and perpetuate debt slavery.

More specifically, a Revolution 2.0 might also include:

  1. Advancing a “Petition of Grievances.”
  2. Demanding resignations across a swath of the legislative, executive, and judicial branches.
  3. Insisting upon a full Audit of the Federal Reserve.
  4. Drafting proposals for state Nullification of unconstitutional acts and orders.

This, therefore, might be what an “American Spring” looks like: Tea Party 1.0 + OWS 1.0 = American Revolution 2.0

free media/ for distribution by Andrew Bosworth, Ph.D./ multipolarfuture.com links: http://www.iaea.org/Publications/Documents/Board/2011/gov2011-65.pdf



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[-] 2 points by fucorporatemedia (451) 10 years ago

Some Ron Paul haters really need to see this, as they apparently missed the whole tea party 1.0.

[-] -1 points by GirlFriday (17435) 10 years ago

I hate Ron Paul. He is a fucktwit. To be honest, if you back and read the history---it was a really big sham.

[-] 1 points by FrogWithWings (1367) 10 years ago

Which history of what specifically?

[-] 0 points by GirlFriday (17435) 10 years ago

Tea Party (OG)

[-] 1 points by fucorporatemedia (451) 10 years ago

I was working for the Kucinich campaign, so I know all about these sham candidates. Ron Paul, just like Kucinich, wasn't really trying to win in 2008. He actually raised more money than any other Republican, but the campaign did not use it wisely at all.

They give us these fringe candidates to make people who know the truth look goofy and marginalized.

But, their pre picked candidates have done so horribly, Ron Paul is now the accidental leader...and I think it is hilarious. The right wing is freaking out. They don't know what to do so they are bashing him as a racist.

[-] 0 points by GirlFriday (17435) 10 years ago

I don't think the right wing has a shot in hell and that means that once this is over, Ron Paul will probably not run again.

I am down with that.

[-] 1 points by FrogWithWings (1367) 10 years ago

My what an amazingly clear crystal ball you have, my dear! He's 76 right now and would be 80 come next election!

[-] 0 points by GirlFriday (17435) 10 years ago

Elementary my dear Watson!!!

[-] 1 points by FrogWithWings (1367) 10 years ago

I wanna nibble on your brain, I'll try not to slobber.

[-] 0 points by GirlFriday (17435) 10 years ago

with fava beans and a nice chianti?

[-] 1 points by FrogWithWings (1367) 10 years ago

I've never tried fava beans and think I'd prefer Gewurztraminer to Chianti, for a dessert type treat. However, if the menu is set, I'm not difficult as long as hands have been washed and such.

[-] 1 points by fucorporatemedia (451) 10 years ago

He is not going to win, but the issues he brings to the table will benefit us all, particularly when we stop the bastards from starting another war!

And Obama definitely needs to be called out on his violations of our bill of rights among other things.

[-] 0 points by GirlFriday (17435) 10 years ago

He isn't the only one.

[-] 1 points by Anachronism (225) 10 years ago

There is no such thing as "sound" money. There were depressions every few years under the gold standard. As well as revolutionary bubble collapses leading to war

This silly narrative that this is not capitalism is delusional and willful ignorance

[-] 1 points by JadedCitizen (4277) 10 years ago

This is one of the best posts I've read so far. I could easily see the inserts with the racist signs at a Tea event. Just as easily as I believe inserts have been put in OWS events to make them look bad. Take out the trash and restore democracy before worrying about any peripheral agendas. I like it.

[-] 1 points by SparkyJP (1646) from Westminster, MD 10 years ago
[-] 1 points by Shule (2638) 10 years ago

Good read.

Tea party and OWS don't actually have to unite. Tea party 1.0 only has to do their thing, and Occupy does their thing, know enough to not get in each other's way, and we as a people would get somewhere.

[-] 2 points by fucorporatemedia (451) 10 years ago

we could unite, but too many people believe tea party 1.0 is the same thing as tea party 2.0 because they weren't paying attention and the first they heard of it was on the Corporate media or Glenn Beck and Limbaugh claiming to be the leader.

What is funny now, Ron Paul is leading in the polls and the so called leaders Beck and Limbaugh who stole the movement from 1.0 are calling him racist too(like the corporate media propaganda push), showing that they in fact are NOT leading anything. 1.0 is alive and well and taking back the party = good job guys!

[-] 1 points by fucorporatemedia (451) 10 years ago

great post!

I think the focus needs to be on Accountability. We need to throw some people in prison, put the fear in our future public servants.

Insider Trading is the perfect way to throw members of Congress as well as wall street execs in prison.

We have congressional members already admitting these trades under the guise that when they do it, insider trading is perfectly legal. Of course there is no exemption for Congress to trade on inside knowledge so they should be thrown in prison. It could be argued that when Congress does it, basing their votes on their portfolio and vice versa...it is bordering on treason.

Yesterday it came out that Lieberman directly informed the hedge funds on the health care bill before the vote:

Lieberman Caught Passing Insider Information to Hedge Fund Managers http://getsmartnews.com/news/319096

I feel very strongly that the way for OWS to get any of our demands met, is to go to the TV stations, surround the TV stations, camp out at the TV stations....until they stop lying and start covering the real issues that OWS cares so deeply about.

The corporate media is THE source of all the lies, all the propaganda, and without a functioning investigative news source, the politicians and 1% and getting away with everything, and apparently feel more empowered than ever.

We must take back our free press(I know we have the internet but that is not enough as millions of Americans still get their 'news' from corporations) to make our democracy function again.

[-] -1 points by timir (183) from Brooklyn, NY 10 years ago

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