Power to The People
“American life and its citizenry have seen many ups and downs, and sometimes, they must stand up to save the Constitution and the Freedoms it affords. That time has come. The call has gone out. Where do you stand?” Randy Deabay 07/26/2020
A government not willing to protect its citizens from a Pandemic, and that attacks peaceful protestors with militant federal officers. Add this with a President who laughs at people while they are down are more than a reason to pull yourself up from the bootstraps and protect America before it is too late. A president and a political party that is working to dismantle the Constitution, cheers on supremacists, and supports sexual predators is not part of the American fabric.
There is the power of the citizens through a united march of protests across the Country. A demonstration that shows the federal government that Enough is Enough and the people will no longer accept the abuse! The time has come to stop Donald Trump, Mitch McConnell, and the criminal element of the GOP. If you want to be free to walk the streets of America, to travel from coast to coast, and enjoy spending time with your neighbors, you must be a voice that protests the current situation. The time to sit by and do nothing has long since traveled.
Time to demand the end of Warrantless Wiretapping. Your privacy is a guarantee of the Constitution. The Fourth Amendment protects privacy against unreasonable searches, which a wiretap is an illegal search. Stand up against Torture, Kidnapping, and Detention — In the years since 9/11, our government has illegally kidnapped, detained, and tortured numerous prisoners. The government continues to claim that it has the power to designate anyone, including Americans, as “enemy combatants” without charge. We see a mass culmination of this in Portland, Oregon, and threats to do the same in other cities. Torture, the infliction of severe physical or psychological pain upon an individual to extract information or a confession, or as an illicit extrajudicial punishment, is prohibited by international law and is illegal in most countries, including the United States.
We, as citizens of once the freest Country in the world, needs to turn back The Growing Surveillance Society. In perhaps the greatest assault on the privacy of ordinary Americans, the Country is undergoing a rapid expansion of data collection, storage, tracking, and mining. The FBI’s Investigative Data Warehouse, as an example, has grown to over 560 million records. Over and above the invasion of privacy represented by any one specific program, a combination of new technologies, expanded government powers, and expanded private-sector data collection efforts are creating a modern “surveillance society” that is unlike anything Americans have seen before. We, being surveyed where we go, with cameras at stoplights, cameras on the building tops, cell phones with transponders for the government to tap into, and even where we spend our time for entertainment on the internet. Throughout the last 20 years of studying how trust is won, violated, and lost, two essential elements of faith are effectiveness, and ethical conduct has come to the forefront. These qualities have always been critical to any trusting relationship. What has changed profoundly are the expectations for what institutions must do to meet these promises before people trust them. Social media accelerated the deterioration of the traditional trust model, the ill-conceived invasion of Iraq led to a destruction of trust in the United States and the U.K. and their governments. Over the past several years, confidence among the informed public has soared to record highs while the mass population continues to distrust institutions. Now while distrust builds in the leaders, especially in the last three and half years has caused a severe chasm. The government rode to the rescue after the Great Recession, and the economy recovered. But it didn’t return to normal, as wages of middle-income earners were stagnant while the top 1 percent soared. Beginning in 2012, a gaping chasm in the opinion of institutions opened in the U.S., U.K., and France, the beginning of populist outrage against elites. Trust must be built through participation. People expect that their voices will be heard. Trust has moved toward the local.
Government Secrecy has become out of hand. The current administration has been one of the most secretive and nontransparent in our history. The Freedom of Information Act has weakened, the administration has led a campaign of reclassification and increased secrecy by federal agencies. The 2005 Real ID Act, rammed through Congress, lays the foundation for a national ID card and makes it more difficult for persecuted people to seek asylum. The No-Fly list, established to keep track of people the government prohibits from traveling because they are labeled as security risks. Since 9/11, similar watch lists have mushroomed to about 720,000 names, all with mysterious or ill-defined criteria for how names are placed on the listings, and with little recourse for innocent travelers seeking to get off them.
So much has become an out of control federal government ignoring of the individual citizen’s rights and freedoms. The time of pursuing a simple life without government intervention has become more elusive by the week, month, and year. There is an awakening occurring with the abusive batons of nontransparent federal Gestapo units that were hired by Donald J. Trump’s administration. These units are heightening and creating more violence and destruction of property while Donald J. Trump laughs about a city Mayor being tear-gassed by these for hire brown shirts.
The time is upon the American citizen. They must no longer stand silent in the darkness of the shadows and hope change for good occurs. The time to elect a sensible and caring President is upon the American citizens, and it is far from the Trumps and their criminal ventures.
America must hear these words from the Movie Independence day. ‘WE WILL NOT GO QUIETLY INTO THAT GOODNIGHT. We will not vanish without a fight! We’re going to live on! We’re going to survive! FREEDOM, MANKIND-THOSE WORDS SHOULD HAVE A MEANING FOR ALL OF US TODAY. WE CAN’T BE CONSUMED BY OUR PETTY DIFFERENCES ANYMORE. THERE IS MORE AT RISK. WE WILL BE COMBINED IN OUR COMMON INTERESTS. We’re fighting for our right to live, to exist, and should we win today, it will be remembered as the day when the NATION declared in one voice, “We will not go quietly into the night. We will not vanish without a fight. We’re going to live on. We’re going to survive. Today we celebrate our Independence Day!”
Let us begin anew, with a determination to bring power back to the individual citizen, and take the usurping by the government away. Let us declare in one voice across America, We will no longer accept this abuse, and we will not go quietly into that goodnight!!!
Trust has fractured. It’s not that trust has been broken, it’s that we are deeply divided on faith: the fortunate few have far higher levels of confidence in the system than the many. And the gap is getting wider. Today is the day that you can determine America’s future, stand tall, stand proud, stand with America’s statue of liberty, and ring that liberty bell. Elect Joe Biden with the most fabulous turnout that this Country has ever heard, or seen. Let us take our Country Back.