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  •  It only goes so far (0+ / 0-)

    Yes, it is nice to think in those terms, and it is nice to remember that, but the reality is that I lack the same power that the Koch brothers have.

    Koch can call a governor impromptu and get a detail report about whatever situation he wants. I can barely get my representative to listen to me.

    Can I vote him out? Sure, as long as I can find another 20% to 30% voters to overcome his gerrymandered district.

    The U.S. now has, in effect, a money election, through campaign donations, and a vote election.

    To claim that the average boomer has the same power as a Wall Street donor is absurd and incorrect. It is better to have an accurate view of reality and work from there.

    •  Power is a funny thing. (0+ / 0-)

      Power is an abstraction, unless it comes down to physical power.

      I agree with you- us 99ers do not have the same monetary power as say the Koch brothers.

      But we do have the power to vote, we do have the power of the street, and we fail to use said power.

      Until the Constitution of the United States of America no longer provides for democratically elected representatives and overtly becomes the inverted totalitarian state that we are inching toward, all of us hold the same electoral power.

      Those Wall Street donors have been stealing more wealth for themselves over a period of decades. It wasn't too long ago that the wealth disparity in our nation was at an acceptable level. The Reagan Revolution was more of an overthrow of ideas and core beliefs rather than a political changing of the guard.

      I doubt seven months ago that the Tunisians and Egyptians felt that they had the same power as their oppressive dictators. They decided that their lack of monetary power would no longer suppress the power of numbers, of the people.

      I sound like a Tea Bagger. But power is what you make of it. Money holds a ridiculous amount of power over the American psyche- so much so that we are cowed into believing that it is the ultimate power.

      BTW, I find it mildy offensive that you would assert that my view of reality is, in fact, fanciful. What is fanciful is allowing ourselves to be fearful of the monetary power that is arrayed against us. We will not have the money, not now, nor in the near future to fight this unjust system on their terms.

      We have to use our strength: the forgotten, but not lost, Constitution and democratic processes that rely upon communication. We have to overcome the doubt that is cast upon us when we have little capital at our use and realize that the true power in a nation lies in the physical realm.

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