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By J. Glenn Evans
This is an essay of thoughts, ideas and personal opinions of the author that may seem arbitrary, but are meant to challenge your thinking about ways and means of making this a better world for us all. As you read this, just think “Why Not? It might work, but here is something better; here is my idea.” The 1% will not save us. Their greed will destroy us all, even themselves if we do not stop them. What we have been doing is not working, so it is time for some radical thoughts that break established rules that no longer work for the people. If you have some ideas please feel free to present them. Perhaps we can use them in an addendum issue, but please indicate whether you wish author credit or to be treated anonymously.
We have serious problems in our country and most of us know it. They are not going to just go away by waiting. To wait will lead to total destruction. The destruction will not be limited to the economic system, but the environment and perhaps elimination of most of life, as we know it here on earth. We have had plenty of warnings; just read the books and articles that are coming out. If there is any life left in the future, many of the folks, now denigrated by the 1% and their media, will be called prophets.
Most of us know; that the corporate greed of banksters and big business have captured control of our government, not only of the legislative, but the executive and as well the judicial branch as high as the Supreme Court. So what can we do about it? First, we must realize that nothing is going to change until we the people have a change in mindset and develop the backbone of determination to break the power of those who are running things. It is awesome, but we must face reality. We cannot expect the governments of the world to make the necessary changes like stopping wars and start taking care of people’s needs. They never have and they never will because there are too many powerful people that find war and conflict profitable. Loss of lives mean little to them. They have no use for people unless they can be used as cheap labor or as profit-making consumers. They create money by manipulating values as has been done on Wall Street, banker dollar manufacturing with compound interest and government-financed cheap interest rates to bankers. Then they stick it to us with debt enslavement and keep us chained to loan pits, rising rents and humbled with economic fear.
Our country started out with ideals of freedom, high hopes and aspirations of opportunities for the good life for all. (See readers comment at the end on this thought.) This has all been hopelessly destroyed by greed and corruption. War crimes take place before our very eyes. Our Constitution has been trashed by unconstitutional laws, such as Homeland Security Act, the Patriot’s Act, the Military Commissions Act, and the NDAA that allows the president to maintain a kill list that even includes American citizens without the benefit of a trial. The present Supreme Court fails to act by condemning such laws as unconstitutional. The system of Fascism, a partnership between big business and government, that we do not openly admit, has crept upon us. The corruption between big business and government has gotten so bad it is beyond repair.
Great wealth is based on exploitation of the indigenous peoples, the laboring and creative people of the world. Thomas Paine called them brigands. Financial manipulators steal from the real creators of wealth. Then with their ill-gotten wealth they outbid everyone else; drive them to the brink of slavery. They buy control of our governments, and then change the laws to make their actions legal. Resources of this world are for all life, not reserved for a few rich grabbers. Why should one person accumulate enough for a thousand lifetimes and a thousand families go hungry and unsheltered. This hogged-up wealth has not been created, but taken from others. Food, shelter, health care, and public education of our young must be brought about for all of our citizens.
To break their power and save our world, we can start by building an alternate economy and bring our food production and processing close to home. If you have some vacant land, grow food. What you don’t need you can sell or give away. We as individuals can start by shopping locally, dealing with locally owned and operated banks, credit unions, co-ops and farmers markets. We must break up the large monoculture firms that are destroying our soil. Put those engaged in parasitical industries to producing goods and services that people really need, as well as rebuilding and repairing the damage that unregulated capitalism has created.
Change will not come easy. The 1%, who rules the world, will not give up without a fight. The only way real change for the betterment of humanity can be made is just like when feudalism was replaced by capitalism, the power of those in control has to be broken. We have all seen how great wealth is used to subvert our democracy. Historically, gross inequality leads to revolutions, most often bloody. We need a massive worldwide equalization tax that will take into public ownership all wealth accumulation that exceeds ten million dollars per individual ownership and tax annual income that exceeds one million dollars at the rate of 95%. If the rich, such as Rockefellers, the CEOs and such can no longer support their mansions, they can always take in boarders. Tax loopholes and shelters are to be eliminated. They make a mockery of a fair and just tax system.
The Supreme Court in allowing unlimited and undisclosed private campaign finance has totally corrupted our election process. On political campaigns and elections all private finance contributions that exceeds $5.00 per person to show public support must be removed from our elections. People who can get 200 signatures of support with a $5.00 donation can draw a small stipend for campaign costs. All media companies that utilize public airwaves must devote 20% of all time slots 30 days prior to election days to free use by qualified candidates as a royalty to the public for use of our airwaves. Unless the Supreme Court withdraws this unlimited private finance of elections, we must tax campaign contributions that exceed $5 at a rate of 50% or higher if necessary and us the proceeds to public finance those qualified candidates who accept no greater campaign contribution then $5 per person or institution. Election days should be declared holidays for those who actually vote. No one serves in the same elected office more than two consecutive times. If they leave public office they are not permitted to serve as lobbyists calling on their former associates prior to 4 years.
All the assets of the briber and all the assets of the public official accepting the bribe shall be taken into public ownership as a penalty for their crimes. All banks must be taken into public ownership and if not, they are to be regulated as public utilities, without musical chairs played between the banking industry and the regulators.
Lobbyists who work to press their agenda on public officials are to be treated like any other private citizen and take their place in line to plead their case with public officials. Bribes and perks offered public officials by lobbyists or any other persons or institutions are treated with the same stringent penalties as any other briber with confiscation of their assets and even jail time.
A thorough re-examination of all people in prison is to be made and those deemed not a danger to society are to be released to halfway houses for rehabilitation to society. When qualified for release, they shall be granted their freedom with full citizenship rights and with assistance in finding satisfactory employment based on their talent and ability. Incarceration is a state responsibility subject to control of elected officials and no longer delegated to private industry to profit on the misery of others. The death penalty is abolished worldwide; the state does not give life, therefore, it shall not take it. Incarceration for crimes shall lean toward rehabilitation rather than vengeance. Except for a modest personal stipend for work expended while incarcerated, value produced shall go for their upkeep and to compensate victims of their crimes.
Why should one owe allegiance to a government that denies their right to vote? Every citizen of legal age shall have a vote, both in and out of prison with severe penalties on those who thwart this right. When laws are made that affect all our lives, voting is a right, not a privilege. If state legislatures and the federal government do not take steps to open up the right to vote for all citizens of legal age, we the people have a right and a duty to organize and elect people’s legislatures and a people’s congress with universal voting right to all citizens of legal age and to make these legislative bodies that have become owned and controlled by the 1% superfluous because they no longer represent the people.
We the peoples of the world shall set up an International Parliament with representatives subject to recall by those who elected them. Representatives in turn shall elect the executives to carry out the laws and functions to protect human rights as called for in the UN’s International Declaration of Human Rights for all people regardless of race or gender, settlement of international conflicts and holding state criminals to account. National sovereignties may not subvert the rulings of this international body, but may request a vote of membership of this international body on the ruling of the executive administration at the next annual meeting of that body. During the meantime they must desist in the outlawed action. All national armies are to be abolished, except for limited national guard for internal emergencies and subject to call by the International Parliament in protection of human rights and maintain international peace when abuses of power come into being. No nation shall maintain weapons of mass destruction. If such weapons exist, they shall come under the ownership and control of all.
World populations must be brought under control or we all will perish from destruction of environment and wars for resources. Peer pressure and taxation should limit offspring to no more than one child per couple during their lifetimes at least until world population declines to a sustainable level. There should no purchase of breeding rights permitted from others who do not produce offspring. If peer pressure and taxation do not work, then more severe measures must be taken. Perhaps draconian, but what can be more severe than war and destruction of all.
Our local police shall be subject to public oversight and police brutality shall become a thing of the past. We must have a highly trained police force that operates with integrity in protecting the citizens and maintaining the peace and laws of the land. We have had presidents assassinated with the complicity of members of government, mass murder by the likes of 9-11, peace and environmental activists prosecuted and criminalized by the present ruling regime and the present system not holding to account those responsible for these crimes.
There is no turning back. We the people must act. We will replace our corporate toadies in office with people who will truly represent the people and bring corrupt officials to justice.
The ruling few along with international Zionism have usurped and used our government to the neglect of our own people for their own private interests and for the benefit of Israel. Remember the USS Liberty, Rachel Corrie and 911 triggering the Iraq war. They have turned our government into an international bully that is committing war crimes and crimes against humanity that would be punishable by a Nuremberg type trial if we did not have our present military might. Those who hold dual citizenship of US and Israel or any other country should not be permitted to hold public office here in the US.
Change is an awesome task, but we must not lose hope and we must not shirk the responsibility to our kids and grandkids and those who follow. Again, I repeat, resources of this earth are for all life and not reserved for a few rich grabbers. Why should one person accumulate enough for a thousand lifetimes and a thousand families go hungry and unsheltered? I believe like the Jewish activist, the late Abe Osheroff, often said, “If you believe you are right, even if you know you are going to lose, you keep trying.” Others who come later may pick up the gauntlet and carry on the fight for justice.
Copyleft 2015 J. Glenn Evans (Feel free to copy and distribute as broadly as possible)
J. Glenn Evans: Founder of PoetsWest and Activists for a Better World, hosts PoetsWest at KSER 90.7FM, a nationally syndicated weekly radio show, and is author of four books of poetry: Deadly Mistress, Window in the Sky, Seattle Poems and Buffalo Tracks, author of three novels, Broker Jim, Zeke’s Revenge and Wayfarers with The Last Lumber Baron as a works in process. Evans is a former stockbroker-investment banker. Part Cherokee, native of Oklahoma. Lived in Seattle 54 years and since December of 2014 has resided in Olympia, Washington. Worked in a lumber mill, operated a mining company and co-produced a movie, Christmas Mountain, with Mark Miller and co-starring Slim Pickens. Evans, an award-wining poet and in addition to poetry books and novels, has written numerous political essays and is the author of several local community histories including a history of Seattle’s Pike Place Market. Has been published in many literary Journals. Listed in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World.
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THOUGHTS AND COMMENTS BY OTHERS:
“Our country started out with ideals of freedom, high hopes and aspirations of opportunities for the good life for all…”
No, this nation did not start out “with ideals of freedom, high hopes and aspirations of opportunities for the good life for all.” It started out by genociding several million indigenous people and stealing their land and enslaving them along with several million Black Africans. Our nation was born in genocide and slavery. Then we stole a good part of Mexico, slaughtered the people of the Philippines, then later in the 20th century A-bombed two civilian populations in Japan (the greatest two terrorist crimes of the war), & not long afterwards slaughtered millions of Koreans and then millions of Vietnamese while we kept murderous dictators as our surrogates in Latin America and Haiti, assisted the genocide of East Timor, the ethnic cleansing of Palestine, and most recently have destroyed Yugoslavia, the Libyan nation, Afghanistan and Iraq. No, this nation has never in its history been on the side of popular egalitarian democracy. You are living a myth—Anonymous-(did not indicate whether he wished to be identified)