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As citizens of the United States (and Earth) we face two pressing and major issues:
1) Global Warming/Climate Change
2) Loss of democracy/erosion of Bill of Rights

Upcoming actions around the US where you can stand up and be counted on these issues:

•    ACTION: Aug 3rd Summer Heat in Richmond CA addressing Global Warming & the fossil fuel industry in its various forms: XL pipeline, fracking etc.
 http://joinsummerheat.org/...

•    ACTION: Aug 4th  RESTORE THE FOURTH (as in 4th amendment) “1984” in various cities around the country.
 http://www.restorethefourth.net/...    

These two major issues and most all the other issues stem from only one thing: the corrupting  influence of Big Money (usually corporate) on legislators and government to the point where we have become a nation by and for Profit at the expense of people, nation and life itself.     And although it seems as though it has always been thus (people stepping on people for personal gain and power) it is now at a point where our very future as a species is in the balance.

For the past few years, since retirement, I have felt driven to do all I can while I still can; not knowing just how many good years might remain.   Plus when one is retired you have time to pay attention and learn what is happening.   And it seems that the more I learn the more I am compelled to speak up and act:  to stand up for democracy, justice and a future on earth.  (Having grandchildren makes that last aspect sharper than it might otherwise be)

Today  I had a letter to the editor published in our local newspaper that touched on these two major topics…and I would like to share it with you:

Kudos to the Marin IJ for its July 23 editorial on our growing surveillance state and the recent demonstration against it at a Democratic Party fundraiser in Belvedere.

Whereas many recognize that our democracy is being increasingly endangered and fractured — and many are thanking Edward Snowden for the whistleblowing that brought surveillance abuses to our attention — sadly some like Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Sen. Dianne Feinstein and President Barack Obama (all persons I supported) are blaming the messenger rather than addressing the problem.

For those who would say it is all about security; it isn't, at least not the security of "We the People" or our democracy and certainly not the security of our jobs, our homes, or our health care.

I think the security they mean is the security of the existing corporate power structures and their own share of the profit and power at our expense. If it were truly about security they would be fighting the only real enemy we have: global warming and climate change.   But that is not happening.

I expect Feinstein to always stand with the "Military Industrial Complex" and existing power/money structures, but I wondered: Where are Sen. Barbara Boxer's and Rep. Jared Huffman's voices?  Quite frankly, I expected Huffman and Boxer to be in the vanguard on this topic, protecting our democracy.  So, it was good to learn of Huffman's July 24 vote on the amendment to curtail NSA and to read his press statement on the issue.

And yet, I still wish that one of them had spoken up for the brave whistleblower who pulled back that curtain.

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  •  Tip Jar (4+ / 0-)
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    Gooserock, LaughingPlanet, Kombema, AoT

    Dollarocracy is not Democracy

    by leema on Mon Jul 29, 2013 at 07:56:50 PM PDT

  •  Could not agree more. Likely the biggest issues (2+ / 0-)
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    leema, Calamity Jean

    of the century (aside from the ruination of the economy by the neoliberals -- though both are strongly correlated with the latter, since without democracy or a functioning environment, the economic prospects of the working and middle class are fucked anyway).

    Thanks for the diary, leema! :)

    "Government by organized money is just as dangerous as Government by organized mob." -- Franklin D. Roosevelt

    by Kombema on Mon Jul 29, 2013 at 08:38:47 PM PDT

  •  Finding Courage (2+ / 0-)
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    We live in a time of confusing crises.  This is my attempt to sort these matters out and rank the various crises.

    I think that the U.S. is suffering from the excessive growth of what once were beneficial institutions.  A few thousand very wealthy businesses have managed to dominate the government and culture of the U.S.  Vying with them for power is the military-industrial complex.  

    The dominance of very wealth businesses have deformed the economy and government for their benefit.  In my view the Constitution and the amendments and democracy in general are not very popular nor are the details well known.  A few people with very limited knowledge complain about a few amendments such as the second amendment.

    Although the U.S. is not facing any major enemies, Americans are full of fear and anxiety.  Although they are suffering from the dominance of very wealth businesses and huge costs of the military-industrial complex, the fear prevents them from acting to remedy the situation.

    The scope of climate change is unlike any crisis faced in the history of humanity.  To make matters worse, the organizations seeking solutions not only must arouse a fearful public but must battle very wealthy fossil-fuel interests.

    To resolve these crises will require helping a fearful public to find their courage.

  •  Really? (0+ / 0-)

    The destruction of our precious ecosystem is on par with the US government collecting metadata that can only be accessed with a court order? Really?

    •  They are both pressing and urgent...but that does (1+ / 0-)
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      Choco8

      not put them on a par.   That is your word, not mine.    Read the paragraph in bold print.  Realize that one diary can talk about more than one problem ...sort of like ...what is that saying....walking and chewing gum at the same time?

      Dollarocracy is not Democracy

      by leema on Mon Jul 29, 2013 at 10:47:34 PM PDT

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      •  The fear that someday you will (0+ / 0-)

        die in a domestic drone attack because the govt will target you based on a phone call you made to your aunt is pretty hypothetical (to put it gently). Global warming is real, happening right now.

        •  Talk about a strawman (1+ / 0-)
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          leema

          For god's sake, are you serious?

          Why don't you go back to calling people wearing Guy Fawkes masks terrorists.

          If debt were a moral issue then, lacking morals, corporations could never be in debt.

          by AoT on Tue Jul 30, 2013 at 02:27:15 PM PDT

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    •  They aren't just collecting metadata (1+ / 0-)
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      leema

      And you know that.

      Not to mention that they are likely using the information collected against environmental organizers given the constant equating of environmental activists with terrorists.

      Not that you care much about facts.

      If debt were a moral issue then, lacking morals, corporations could never be in debt.

      by AoT on Tue Jul 30, 2013 at 02:25:31 PM PDT

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