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Sunday, April 15, 2012
Challenging America's Plutocracy: The Power of Individual Voters to Transform Their Government
America is once again in crisis! All three branches of its
government and its major political parties are controlled by a plutocracy
composed of large corporations and the wealthy elite. Irrespective of the
candidates they elect, the voters are neither represented nor protected. Every
American is at great risk, not only for their freedoms, but for the very safety
and well being of their families and for the future of their children.
Individual voters are the
essential element of every democracy. Their effectiveness and the power they
exercise determine the quality and extent of the freedoms they enjoy and the
protection of the government they employ.
U.S. voters appear to be increasingly powerless to fight
the plutocracy which runs their government. As a result, Americans are living
in an ever more repressive police state that is illegally committing acts of
violent aggression around the world.
The only thing that can
possibly transform the U.S.
government to one that cares for the voters who elect it, rather than for the
plutocracy that controls it, is a unified opposition by allof the
People, irrespective of their social class or political beliefs. The energy
driving such a mass movement must flow from the personal actions taken by each
of its individual participants.
The existing political
situation in the United States
can be compared to that of India
prior to its independence. There the people were ruled by a foreign country,
and in the U.S.
the people are ruled by a government controlled by a plutocracy of privilege.
As in India, the U.S.
government has little care or concern for the people who contribute their
hard-earned taxes to support it and the lives of their young people to defend
Mahatma Gandhi, the Father
of India, led a mass movement of nonviolent civil disobedience participated in
by Indians of every class, religion and political party for more than 30 years
until they forced the granting of independence in 1947.
demonstrated the collective power of individual actions, such as the refusal to
purchase government-controlled salt and the march to the sea by hundreds of
thousands to gather their own salt.
All Americans, irrespective
of social class, religion or political party, are being cynically manipulated by
an unaccountable plutocracy which turns one against the other. Once they come
to realize this, they will find the courage and the ability to
reverse the power structure and to transform their government into one which is
concerned about their welfare and that of their families.
The People are not unaware
of the crisis. Republicans and Libertarians are alarmed by the massive federal
budget deficits, and Democrats and Greens are concerned about cuts in health,
education and social programs. All are worried about government intrusion into
their privacy, the curtailment of their civil rights, corporate personhood, and
Political activity is
rampant on the right, left and the middle, with hundreds of organizations
taking aim at one or another of the issues that most concern them; however,
there is no single focus to unify all elements of political activism into an
effective defensive force which will ultimately provide a political mechanism
to peacefully resolve everyone's concerns.
Gandhi taught that people
have the right to defend themselves when their lives are threatened, but he
also believed nonviolent civil disobedience was the most effective defense of
As in India, the
power of a mass movement of Americans will be an aggregation of the basic
strength of each individual participant, and their vote is the only effective,
nonviolent power that every individual citizen possesses and controls.
The faceless plutocracy that
controls the U.S.
government promotes an illusion of legitimacy by allowing the people to vote
for a variety of political candidates, the majority of whom have been bought
and paid for by the plutocracy. The fiction extends to the
"independent" judiciary, whose members are carefully selected by the
plutocracy and who promote its agenda.
Gandhi recognized that
"A government builds its prestige upon the apparently voluntary
association of the governed." Thus, the legitimacy required by the
plutocracy to remain in power depends upon misleading voters to vote against
their interest. This leaves alarmed and informed American voters with two
choices: They can either refuse to vote or figure out a way to make their vote
Already, more than half of
all qualified voters do not vote, which makes it easier for
corporate-controlled candidates of both major parties to dominate elective
politics. Therefore, the American People must find a way to cast their votes in
a manner that emphasizes their personal strength and which diminishes the
corporate power of the plutocracy.
There is one simple
expedient that can be used by every voter to demonstrate their power. When
voting for president, or for any other office they choose, they can take their
ballpoint pen out of their pocket and carefully write in the name of the person
they want to represent them. Whether or not that name is on the ballot!
There will be little or no
effect if only one voter, or a hundred, writes in their choice; however, if
thousands, tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands, or millions of voters,
nonviolently as in India, do the one thing each has within their personal
control, they can and will defeat the plutocracy and will take charge of their
government and direct its activities for their benefit.
The Voters' Rights Amendment
(USVRA), which provides all of the People with the right to cast effective
votes and guarantees that each write-in vote is counted, is intended to serve
as a catalyst for the discontent that is widespread among American voters. It
will operate for the benefit of every citizen and it will serve as a common
cause for everyone, irrespective of their social, political or religious
There are no leaders of the
USVRA. To the contrary, every voter is a leader, and every voter has the power
and obligation to make a difference -- for themselves, their families, and
In 1776, Thomas Paine called
"not upon a few, but upon all: not on this state or that state, but on
every state: up and help us; lay your shoulders to the wheel; better have too
much force than too little, when so great an object is at stake. Let it be told
to the future world, that in the depth of winter, when nothing but hope and
virtue could survive, that the city and the country, alarmed at one common
danger, came forth to meet and to repulse it."
Now, 236 years later, with
the nation once again in crisis, let it be said in the future that the People
once again rose up and demanded the true freedom and democracy that had been
for too long denied to them.