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We summarize last week’s activities; share next week’s events; and reflect on undemocratic “lame duck” legislative sessions, the Affordable Care Act, the latest figures on economic (and political) inequality, how Trump’s cabinet picks and funding sources for his inauguration are anything but “populist” and how ExxonMobil corporation argued that their corporate constitutional rights shields it from disclosing climate change documents (Length 36:53).
I know the Declaration of Independence (agreed to on July 2 and declared on July 4, 1776) was written by slave owners and the wording is sexist, but there are sections (below) that are as relevant today as then. If on any day, today they should be read. The best aspirations of the Declaration never made it into the Constitution, which was a document to protect property (i.e. only white, male, property owners had rights, only 5-6% at the time) rather than the inalienable rights of all people. The tyranny of government and corporations are more widespread today, but insufficiently resisted because of slick propaganda, mass distractions and the multiple myths that what’s happening is inevitable.
“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.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.”
It will only get worse unless we become more politically active. Political change isn’t like the tides, planetary rotations of other conditions that occur according to physical laws. What’s happening today is not predetermined or destined. It’s conscious. It’s deliberate. Just as it’s been done, it can be undone. And we’ve got to do it.