Democracy for Sale

wake up

I didn’t write yesterday because there is a certain goal of these posts and that is for me to be able to write about something I feel passionately about and present it in such a way that promotes conversation and learning. Yesterday, I had nothing nice to say about anything and I felt writing for public consumption would be counter productive because my anger would have been the underlying message rather than an educational or informational post. Basically, I follow the “if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all” adage; and yesterday I had nothing nice to say.

Today isn’t any different. If anything I am angrier today than I was yesterday. Our government has been purchased by the highest bidder, democracy as we know it has failed spectacularly, and the mainstream media has lost all semblance of responsibility and accountability. Our elected officials have proven over and over again that our interests are not important to them, and that regardless of what the American people want – they will stop at nothing to ignore our voices and cast their votes based on cash, personal views, and absolute disdain for our elected President. They don’t care what is good for the people, nor do they care what the people of this country want.

“Republican” has become a dirty word to me. I cringe when I hear it and when I have to say it I can’t control the scowl on my face. I now use Republican as an insult. I am not going to temper myself for the rest of this post. I am just going to lay out some simple facts and then I am going to post this on every Republican website and Facebook page I can find. Before they come to this post and start throwing the title of my blog in my face – I am just going put the definition of “tolerant” up for easy reference:

tolerant [ˈtɒlərənt]

adj

1. able to tolerate the beliefs, actions, opinions, etc., of others
2. permissive
3. able to withstand extremes, as of heat and cold
4. (Medicine) Med (of a patient) exhibiting tolerance to a drug

tolerantlyadv

Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003

Everyone has their limits. Even Jesus Christ got pissed off enough to turn over the merchants tables in the temples, and I am ready to toss some tables.  So while I am a tolerant person – I am not tolerant enough to stand by while Republicans allow democracy to be sold. I will not tolerate the demise of my country. I will not tolerate blatant racism and ignorance and allow those values to dictate my life. I will tolerate the fact that you don’t like my president. I will tolerate the fact that you believe what you believe. I will not however tolerate the wanton destruction of democracy. Let me put up one more definition for my dissenters and those who would come here and try to disagree with me:

de•moc•ra•cy (dɪˈmɒk rə si)

n., pl. -cies.

1. government by the people; a form of government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised directly by them or by their elected agents under a free electoral system.
2. a state having such a form of government.
3. a state of society characterized by formal equality of rights and privileges.
4. political or social equality; democratic spirit.
5. the common people, esp. with respect to their political power.
[1525–35; < Middle French démocratie < Late Latin dēmocratia < Greek dēmokratía popular government; see demo-, -cracy]
Random House Kernerman Webster’s College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.

I really don’t care whether you like or agree with President Obama. It doesn’t matter what you think really because the MAJORITY of the people in this country had enough faith in him to elect him to the highest office – TWICE.  I don’t care what your arguments on background checks are because the MAJORITY (about 91%) of Americans SUPPORT the requirement for background checks for the purchase and sale of guns (that includes a MAJORITY of NRA members as well). In a democracy – we are supposed to respect the majority, and if we don’t like what the majority is saying we need to present a case to make the majority switch sides. If we can’t succeed in that – we just have to suck it up and wait until the next election.

If you notice in the definition of democracy – there is no mention of money. There is no mention of lobbyists or corporations. There is no clause in there that says we get to ignore the majority because we don’t like having a black man in the White House. There is nothing in there that says – even when the majority demands something – a lobbyist group gets to override the desire of the people. There is nothing in there that says that democracy belongs to the highest bidder. There is nothing in there that states that a minority can override the majority based on personal beliefs or opinions.

I would say that the MAJORITY of people in this country believe that democracy has not only been comprised – it has been decimated. Yesterdays vote on backgrounds checks proves it. Republicans filibustered a bill that 91% of Americans support. 91% is pretty high number – I would say that is a majority that should be impossible for elected officials to ignore. However  not only did they ignore it, they are celebrating their payday from the NRA. The 9% are celebrating the end of democracy while they wave their flags and put tea bags on their hats. Their bank accounts just got bigger and the people of our country are going to pay the price in blood.

Now this isn’t a gun control conversation. I really don’t give a shit what you think should be right now if you are one of the 9% against background checks, you are in the minority and you should have lost yesterday. If we still had a democracy in this country – background checks for all gun sales would be a law right now. All I know is that the MAJORITY of people supported this bill and the Republicans (and 4 Democrats) ignored the majority and choose instead to line their pockets with blood money. Democracy is for sale and I for one will not tolerate it. I swore to protect this country from all enemies both foreign and domestic and just because I don’t wear an Army uniform anymore doesn’t mean that I don’t still take that oath seriously.

I see the elected Republicans (most of them) as enemies to democracy. I see them as domestic terrorists (they promote fear and hate and that is what terrorists do). I see them as greedy people who will stop at nothing to destroy the basic principles our country was founded on; Democracy. We are no longer a model for the world. We are yet another example of what a FAILED democracy looks like. I am sickened and disappointed, but most of all I am angry.

I don’t care which party you support as long as you support democracy. I didn’t make Republican a bad word – they did that to themselves. I also understand that not every Republican is a democracy hater – but the actions of your elected leaders have made it clear that they don’t want democracy. They don’t care about the people. They ignore even what the people who put them in office want. 91%. I bet there are a lot of citizen Republicans in that number – not just socialist, commie, Democrats. If you are a Republican, chances are even your elected leaders ignored your voice. Will you tolerate that? If you love America like you say you do, if you believe in democracy – demand better from your elected leaders on either side of the aisle.

We need to rise against the money machine and let them know that democracy is NOT for sale.

You can do something. There is a bipartisan organization out there that is fighting to take the money out of politics. No matter which side you are on (unless you are a billionaire) you should go check this organization out and sign your name and donate money if you can. The PEOPLE need to fight fire with fire, and if you are tired and angry like I am start making your voice heard.

Go take a look and do what you can to get democracy back.

Represent Us

10 thoughts on “Democracy for Sale

  1. Getting rid of lobbyists and special interest groups would be a huge step toward having representation by the people again. I would write more, but I am angry too and I don’t want to leave a diatribe on your page. I will go check out Represent Us tonight.

    • Bikerchick – you can post that diatribe on your blog and I will share the living hell out of it. Money needs to be out of our government and getting rid of lobbyists is the first step, the second step is to make sure those elected leaders (on either side) are held accountable for representing the people that elected them. The third step is to support any organization that promotes democracy and not a political party.

      • ** Money needs to be out of our government and getting rid of lobbyists is the first step, the second step is to make sure those elected leaders (on either side) are held accountable for representing the people that elected them !

        This is the solution and everyone knows it! Every democratic country must make this an absolute law.

  2. HA! I did what I said I was going to do and posted this everywhere. Facebook responded by banning me from posting for 15 days. So much for free speech huh? So you know – if you agree with what I have written here – share it.

  3. I believe that the most practical and pragmatic first step to eradicate the influence of deep-pocketed lobbyists and PAC dollars is to pass campaign finance reform. That sounds like a small step, but sometimes one has to start “small”, and pick up the pace and rhetoric once things get moving. I believe it can be done, but it would require a BIG educational program to inform those who need help understanding such a goal.

    • That is what Represent Us is all about. It is a grassroots effort to get money out of politics through finance reform, donation accountability, and transparency about where the money from lobbyists and campaign donations come from.

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