Let’s be thankful this day for our right to speak truth to power. But we should know this may not last. We either use it or lose it.
Our First Amendment right to free speech is being reduced to the right of corporations and the wealthy to unlimited speech and influence. We the people need to speak out. Voting is our most important political speech.
Let us be thankful for what representation we have remaining, but we should also know this may not last either. We use it or lose it.
Our founding document, the Declaration of Independence tells us:
“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.”
How’s that been working out? More Americans voted for Democratic senators, yet the Republicans hold the Senate. Only an amendment to the Constitution can remedy this inequality.
Democracy is being suppressed across the states as well.
In the state houses of Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and North Carolina Democrats got more votes than Republicans. Republicans still control them. Voters in Michigan have had enough, and passed a ballot proposal to end partisan gerrymandering. The sooner the rest of the country follows this example the better.
The time has come to draw the line and speak the clear truth that few dare to utter.
Trump the self-proclaimed nationalist is a racist. He is a tyrant who has sought to pervert our civil law enforcement into imprisoning political opponents. Half the country knows this. What most of us need to learn is who the enemy of the people really is, and it is not our free press, despite the corporatized lap-dog it has become.
Trump is doing what the founders rebelled against.
“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.”
The Declaration also states:
“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.”
In our time, the history of the present Party of Trump is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations.
The corporatist/nationalist Right are the enemies of democracy, enemies of truth, and enemies of our right to life and liberty, for health care is essential to life. Clean air and water are the essentials of life.
They are betraying the founders' ideal of consent of the governed. It is obvious these extremists do not love our country. They love only power and wealth, and democracy is in their way.
Trump has bent the knee to Putin and given a green light to more assassinations of journalists. This was all blatantly in defiance of our security agencies. His is the face of treachery, betrayal, and evil.
Trump and the Party of Trump are the worst threat to democracy this country ever faced. And that makes them all evil. This is the bottom line, folks. Just as there are no good Nazis, and no good white supremacists, there are no good Republicans. Not anymore.
The good among them have left the party. Their denial of Obama's Constitutional duty to appoint a Supreme Court Justice has proven this. The confirmation of Kavanaugh has proven this. Their loyalty to Trump has proven this. Their exclusive fealty and service to the economic elites have proven this. Their war on voter rights has proven this. What more evidence do we need?
“Let Facts be submitted to a candid world.”
This truth must be repeated as urgently and as frequently as their lies are repeated.
Those who support Trump and his party are wittingly or unwittingly supporting evil. Period.
In order to act on the truth, we must first speak the truth. And the Right is at war with the truth. We need to be aware that our ability to act on truth is threatened each and every day by the Party of Trump.
Let’s exercise our rights and take up our founders’ cause to form a more perfect union, and establish their dream of consent of the governed.
Let’s be thankful we have the wits and ability to identify the enemy of the people, the tyranny that is upon us. Patriots must now take a stand, and continue to stand, against the white nationalists and corporatists in power.
We must never forget we hold these truths to be self-evident. And we must always remind the enemies of democracy we know who they are.