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Citizens Show Up to Tell a Do-Nothing Government Enough is Enough

800,000 Pissed-Off People Get Themselves to Washington

We followed the crowd flow, past some National Guard troops with a desert-camouflaged humvee and a black federal SWAT team tank with its teammates all tricked out in the latest AR15s and SWAT fashion, until we ran into people. And there we stayed for the duration, hanging with a crowd of wonderful, engaged citizens you could only describe as a diverse collections of ordinary citizens who shared a collective sense of being fed up with one too many outrages and a government that seems deeply devoted to the Ozzie Myers Rule. Myers was a Philadelphia congressman caught in the ABSCAM corruption scandal. His famous remark on camera before being handed a briefcase of money was “In this town, money talks and bullshit walks.”

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So I look at it as the Woody Allen Rule trumping the Ozzie Myers Rule. For me, it was a powerful feeling to be part of such a massive outpouring of political feeling and engagement. The story for me was the ordinary people who got it together to show up, many with young children in tow or sitting on their shoulders; some of the kids had clearly made the signs they were carrying themselves. Others seemed adult-made. The remarks by Parkland students one-after-another were played on a giant video screen, their words thundering through the air. All the while, we were catching up with old friends coincidentally encountered in the crowd.

One of the themes expressed in many different ways was Throw The Bums Out and replace them with reasonable, honorable, hard-working Americans willing and able to be constructive and at least moderately progressive in a time of grave emergency noted for what, in a January 2018 collection of essays, The Journal of Democracy calls "The Rise of Kleptocracy", a phenomenon that works in synch with the much talked about rise of authoritarianism and the globalized features of money laundering, reputation laundering, "black PR" and self-serving, institutionalized dishonesty. The only way out of this is the expression of mass outrage, via the ballot box or in the street -- or both. Currently, those running our government have done nothing about a festering cycle of absurd violence, and they show no inclination to ever do anything. With the ongoing corruption of the National Rifle Association virtually owning the United State Congress and now with the ascendancy of war hawk John Bolton to the diplomatic post of Secretary of State, things are getting pretty damn serious. So the really big question is: How will this youth movement affect the mid-term elections coming in November? Can the radical left and the moderate left get their acts together and find common ground? Will electoral turnout be strong enough to overcome Republican gerrymandering? Can the Woody Allen Rule continue throughout 2018 to trump the Ozzie Myers Rule?



story | by Dr. Radut