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“And the three men I admire most
The Father, Son, and Holy Ghost
They caught the last train for the coast
The day the music died…”
    So ends the last verse of Don McLean’s classic rock song “American Pie”. That’s what I was thinking about yesterday… the song is a tribute to the end of an era. Thought the subject matter is of course very different, I think it has a lot of relevance this week.

    By now, reader, you’ve no doubt heard the results of McCutcheon vs. FEC. It’s no surprise that Mr. McLean’s mournful words were the first thing that came to mind when I read the news in my inbox yesterday morning. Once again, the Supreme Court Justices have proven that they are phenomenally disconnected from the will of the American people, and that the only ones whose justice they are willing to fight for are lobbyists, corporate shills, and the ultra-rich. Mark my words: if the deaths of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J. P. Richardson on February 3rd, 1959 marked “The Day the Music Died”, and the death of Charles Schulz on February 14th, 2000 was “The Day the Laughter Died”, April 2nd, 2014 should go down in the history books as “The Day Democracy Died”.

    You and I both know what this means, reader. The tide of secret corporate cash and billionaire influence on our politics will now come in, more destructive than ever before, drowning out the wishes of the 99% and putting yet more oligarchs into positions all over the country. These “people” (and I use the term loosely) will launch unprecedented attacks on the lower and middle classes, coming after our jobs, our welfare, our health care, our education, our science, our voting rights, everything we hold dear. We’ve already seen what happens when businessmen call the shots: gridlock, dysfunction, blatant and naked attempts to dismantle everything that doesn’t contribute to the already overflowing pockets of the über-rich. It’s a dark road ahead.

    Not enough people in Congress can help us. The Supreme Court Justices have conclusively proven that they aren’t on our side. I still believe President Obama wants to help us, but his efforts are being held back by the unprecedented obstruction of the rabid conservatives in Congress and their corporate overlords. So the only people we can count on to reverse this disastrous ruling, the only people who can save democracy itself from corporate hell, are now you and me.

    We cannot sit back and let this happen. Starting right now, we must fight tooth and nail against the twin evils of McCutcheon and Citizens United until both are repealed. We must rally, protest, do whatever is necessary to take back our country. If it takes throwing out or disbarring each and every billionaire and pro-corporate lobbyist in every political position at local, state, and national level, then that’s what we have to do.

    We must fight like hell. We must not let them win. We must not let them get away with this.

    There are enough of us. We call ourselves the 99% for a reason. If we gather together, if we pool our resources, we can do this. If we overcome our shared sense of weariness and apathy, we can win. The will of the people has beaten impossible odds before, and it can do so again. They may try to silence us, to shut us up with the unlimited money at their disposal, but if we shout loud enough, we’ll force them to hear our voices.

    The Declaration of Independence contains these words: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal. That they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” As of today, the great words that Thomas Jefferson wrote are tragically invalidated. We are not equal. We do not have the unalienable rights to life, liberty, and happiness. They have struck a blow against us, to take these rights away. We are gravely wounded, but we still stand. Our heads are bloodied, but unbowed.

    If we can rise as one, if we fight this, they will not stop us. They will not silence us. They will not hold us back. We will make them live to regret The Day Democracy Died.

    The fight to reclaim our country from the rich begins now.

    Who’s with me?

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  •  If democracy is truly, finally and conclusively (3+ / 0-)
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    Gooserock, angel d, unfangus

    dead (and it may well be), just watch, they'll find a way to revive it so they can kill it again.

    Nice work on the diary. But so far the American people are just lying down and taking it. Maybe that'll change one of these days. Ya never know.

    •  Politics is just so boring (3+ / 0-)

      Liberals are polite, well-meaning and ineffective. Offending anyone is just not acceptable. For an example of the fate of "liberalism" in the face of determined radicals, see Alexander Kerensky, first president of post-czarist Russia. Lenin swatted him away without blinking. Kerensky ended up as a professor at Stanford. Lenin and ilk ran Russia (aka USSR) for the next 70 years.

      If we don't find some pitchforks soon (and use 'em), get used to Koch-ocracy or Sheldon-ocracy.

      "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." George Santayana

      by GEldridge on Thu Apr 03, 2014 at 09:09:14 AM PDT

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      •  Democracy has been more or less (1+ / 0-)
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        One Pissed Off Liberal

        dead for a while. We never really had a highly democratic system, despite the advertised description. It was designed from the outset to give the minority wealthy class more power.

        And direct action has been criticized so much by the Democratic Party supporters of a purely political process (working completely within the corrupt, flawed system) that people just lie down and take it.

        I don't wish for this, but I think its going to have to get much worse before people wake up. The sooner people realize the system is badly designed, and terminally flawed, the sooner we can start to do something about it.

        "The political arena leaves one no alternative, one must either be a dunce or a rogue." Emma Goldman, Anarchism and Other Essays

        by ZhenRen on Thu Apr 03, 2014 at 10:46:05 AM PDT

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    •  Well Around 1/3 of Them Have Never Had Any (4+ / 0-)

      option other than to take it. So they're just keepin' on not truckin' same as always, because for them, this is the same as always.

      A good 1/3 more are backing the takeover. They're winning, not "taking it" and many of them are really putting their backs into it frankly.

      That leaves our roughly 1/3. If we'd make common cause with the 1/3 that have always had to just take it, the other 1/3 would be a straightforward problem to deal with.

      But right now we don't have leadership that both knows how and wants to make that common cause. Our highest leadership even on our side clearly prefers that that 1/3 keep on taking it, and as for the rest of us, well society's coffers are pretty much tapped out.

      A century of modern activism is premised on there being a liberal party to whom injustices can be pointed out as an anomaly they would logically want to correct. It's also premised on ownership, however greedy and evil individually, being individuals and too busy chasing profits to prevail against the hearts and wisdom of humanity.

      Both those premises are false. Both parties are conservative and work to strengthen and enrich the powerful at the peoples' expense; and the powerful are now much better organized and more activist than the people. With the assets of a planet, the hearts, minds and legacies of the people are of dubious utility, thus far unproven.

      We're off the roadmap here. We're a portion of the only large comfortable and generally secure middle class ever known to humanity. Despite all we've been losing we're continually still in better shape and with more than the peoples who've lived through every prior empire or national collapse.

      So far.

      Nobody seems to know what to do about this because nobody does know what to do about it. All kinds of obvious moves would change things but there's no convincing plan or movement to reconnect the American dream even for the white plurality that briefly had it.

      It sucks to be here but when the fog rolls in it doesn't come with a published departure time.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Thu Apr 03, 2014 at 09:20:52 AM PDT

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  •  Democracy was killed years ago (1+ / 0-)
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    angel d

    This was just wrapping the corpse in a tarp and burying it in a shallow grave out in the woods somewhere.

    If the pilot's good, see, I mean if he's reeeally sharp, he can barrel that baby in so low... oh you oughta see it sometime. It's a sight. A big plane like a '52... varrrooom! Its jet exhaust... frying chickens in the barnyard!

    by Major Kong on Thu Apr 03, 2014 at 08:56:29 AM PDT

  •  Our best bet (1+ / 0-)
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    BHSDesk

    is to unify with our anti-progressive counterparts on this issue. It's a chance to put our differences aside for a day and demand real change as one voice.

    Crazy, I know. But the conservatives in my life agree that this isn't good for our country. Sure, some might believe that "corporations are people," and that "money equals speech," but when you start talking about foreign dollars influencing our elections, it makes the paranoid mind start to race.

    And who knows, maybe we can go a step further and push for publicly-funded elections and new restrictions on lobbying. Representatives on both sides of the aisle absolutely despise fundraising, and they typically spend 30 hours a week dealing with some special interest group because they need the cash for their campaigns. It should be a relatively easy idea to sell.

    The real fight will be against the recipients of the billions of dollars that are spent during election cycles: the media. It seems like every four years, my local news outlets get a makeover. New sets, new weather technology, maybe even a new traffic helicopter... those non-stop ads bashing one candidate or another really pay off.

    All in all, I think this is a fight we can win. We spend so much time arguing with each other about our disagreements, we seldom find common ground. This is a small piece of that common ground.

    We don't see things as they are; we see things as we are.

    by EighteenCharacters on Thu Apr 03, 2014 at 10:00:04 AM PDT

  •  Possibly the most ironic title in (2+ / 0-)
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    BHSDesk, unfangus

    American government:  Supreme Court Justices.

    LBJ, Van Cliburn, Ike, Wendy Davis, Lady Bird, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

    by BlackSheep1 on Thu Apr 03, 2014 at 10:34:20 AM PDT

  •  Huh. Thought it would be about Bush v. Gore (0+ / 0-)

    Our government is not yet small enough to drown in a bathtub. That doesn't mean it can't be waterboarded.

    by furrfu on Thu Apr 03, 2014 at 01:23:46 PM PDT

  •  Congratulations on your first diary. (0+ / 0-)

    I understand your dismay, and I have already been doing some work to counter these forces. But I'm beginning to realize that's probably not enough.

    Welcome from the DK Partners & Mentors Team. If you have any questions about how to participate here, you can learn more at the Knowledge Base or from the New Diarists Resources Diaries. Diaries labeled "Open Thread" are also great places to ask. We look forward to your contributions.

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    by peregrine kate on Thu Apr 03, 2014 at 08:47:13 PM PDT

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