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Too many people are giving up now politically. Bad idea

Tom Morello

Recent events clearly show that our government is hopelessly corrupt and compromised. Cops do indeed sometimes act like thugs. I’m seeing too many people say it’s hopeless, there’s no way we can change things so let’s just roll over and let that boot Orwell talked about start smashing our faces. Wrong. As our government becomes increasing delegitimate and hollowed-out, that’s precisely when real protest and change can occur. But it won’t happen if people give up. Mandela and the fight against apartheid triumphed against much tougher odds.

Tom Morello says, win or lose, stand and fight. I agree.

“Some might find they’re weaker
Some stronger than they thought
Well I’ll stand or fall right here
In my country, in my home
I ain’t alone no more

Hollow box
Steel string
Union made
Let freedom ring
Me and my people are hungry
Me and my people are through
Me and my people are ready
Me and my people are just about due
I’m a massive air strike on a beautiful night
Yeah this is my song I’m singing
Somebody better start counting
We’re coming out and we’re coming
Out swinging.”

The Democratic Party is not your friend. Neither, of course is the Republican Party. Neither can be reformed from within.

The Democratic Party is different. They act as a “broker” negotiating and selling influence among broad layers of the people to support the objectives of corporate rule. The Democratic Party’s core group of elected officials is rooted in careerists seeking self-promotion by offering to the corporate rulers their ability to control and deliver mass support. And to the people they offer some concessions, modifications on the platform of the Republican Party. One important value of the Democratic Party to the corporate world is that it makes the Republican Party possible through the maintenance of the stability that is essential for “business as usual.” It does this by preventing a genuine mass opposition from developing. Together the two parties offer one of the best frameworks possible with which to rule a people that otherwise would begin to move society towards the rule of the people (i.e. democracy).

This country needs the spirit of Bluto Blutarsky. Seriously.

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