Exercise Your Rights
Who are THEY?
- They are the multi-national corporations, banks and their investors who direct legislation and public opinion via lobby firms, political payoffs, and think tanks that spew dis-informational studies and reports. The Cato Institute and Heritage Foundation are just two of the many groups funded by big businesses (such as ExxonMobil) to create reports that attempt to obliterate the facts about such issues as Global Warming and pollution, homosexual parents, the causes of terrorism, the effects of marketing and so on.
- What do these think tanks and corporate raiders have to do with civil liberty? First, they divide us as a nation. Any solidarity that we should have as working-class and poor citizens is driven right out of our heads. Marketing and advertising firms seek to manufacture wants and needs. There is also a hidden cost; the way we perceive is also manipulated. We are judged by how much we earn, what status symbols we own, and so on. Likewise, we have been driven further apart socially. Our information comes at us a million megabytes/megahertz a minute and we rely on these politicians, media centers, and think tanks to assess the issues for us. You can now add to that, the cavalcade of disinformation from Donald Trump, QAnon, and countless internet sources. We are fat, lazy, and sickly as a nation. Consequently, civil liberties are being chipped away. The response is lukewarm disdain and malaise at best.
Unprecedented right? Well, set the precedent. There are zero professional politicians who represent us. It is time to fire (impeach) them and if necessary, charge them with crimes. I am passionate about my civil rights. If we are to support our troops and they are supposed to defend our freedom, then giving up our rights (like the 4th Amendment) means they are dying and being mutilated for nothing.
Regardless of your views on my rhetoric, we must all exercise our rights, or they will be gone. Vote, speak out, contact your representatives, write an op-ed, form civil groups, join a union, read all sides of an issue, and most importantly...fight the power; but do so legally with knowledge. The extremism manifest in the various Tea Party groups, Sovereign Citizens, and Trump Supporters, has lowered the bar. We are better than this. We can rise above the ignorance and under-educated ravings of people like Glenn Beck, Ken Ham, Sarah Palin, Michael Pence, and Donald Trump. It is not chic to be dumb, nor is it a sign of patriotism to exhibit intolerance and belligerence.