When we hire out to any company it’s always clear who the boss is. If you are a parent of a young child, there’s little question as to who the boss is. But when it comes to government most people don’t have the foggiest as to who the boss might be. We know the term “we the people” but we are just not sure how to apply it to our daily lives. As a political and peace activist I hear things like “our hands are tied” or “what am I supposed to do about it”? In this writer’s lifetime there as never been a more important moment to take charge and declare “I’m the boss”. Therefore I often attend Town Hall meetings and charge my Senator and Congressman as scoundrels and liars. I enjoy asking them questions that I know they will not answer. They both squirm with a flare.
So where do we start? How about taking a long look at what power you really have as a citizen. If you agree with me, we are living in a well defined Oligarchy which is simply defined as a form of power structure in which power effectively rests with a small segment of society distinguished by royalty, wealth, family ties, military control, or religious hegemony. Why is this so? Simply because our employees, which include our Senators and Congressional representatives, are working without our supervision. Make no mistake they work for us, therefore they are our employees. So let us evaluate these employees.
(a) They are allowing corporate America to essentially write our laws, through their corporate dollars payable to the law makers through lobbyists with fat wallets.
(b) They have decided not to prosecute a President that illegally attacked and invade a sovereign country without provocation.
(c) In fact they have refused to prosecute a myriad of crimes of the previous administration.
(d) They are also ignoring the crimes committed by this administration as Obama continues extraordinary rendition and commits another $32 Billion to Afghanistan.
I am sure I can go from A to Z with these sins. So how do we correct these employees? It’s really simple. If 100 of us attended each Town Hall meeting as our employees came to town to take our temperature, we would make the impact needed. If we 100 at each meeting insisted on a specific topic. They would be forced to vote differently when they returned to Washington. Those topics could include, Prosecution of the sinners, funding of the invasion and occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan or stopping the torture, etc., etc.
Remember the only thing our employees respond to, is their own welfare. They will do anything to keep their jobs. Even something as radical as listening to “we the people”.
Ed Dunphy is a small business owner and Political and Peace Activist in the Princeton area of New Jersey.