We need non-violent revolution here too

To paraphrase Gandhi, “What do you think about democracy in America?” “I think it would be a good idea.”

Washington’s Blog is eloquent in two detailed posts about why Americans need to Walk Like an Egyptian too. We’ve been hoodwinked. We’ve been bamboozled. It needs to change. Non-violent civil disobedience, especially in the form of millions simply refusing to go to work, can and will bring down governments.That’s what just happened in Egypt. It could happen here too. But first we need to realize who the real enemy is.

This is not a question of left-versus-right.

The war between liberals and conservatives is a false divide-and-conquer dog-and-pony show created by the powers that be to keep the American people divided and distracted. Until we stop falling for this trick, we will remain powerless.

Instead, it is a question of the powers-that-be waging war on the freedom and wealth of the American people.

Wake up, liberals.

Wake up, conservatives.

Hear the whispers of the Founding Fathers … and of Gandhi, and King, and the Egyptian people.

Bob Herbert of the New York Times agrees.

As the throngs celebrated in Cairo, I couldn’t help wondering about what is happening to democracy here in the United States. I think it’s on the ropes. We’re in serious danger of becoming a democracy in name only.

While millions of ordinary Americans are struggling with unemployment and declining standards of living, the levers of real power have been all but completely commandeered by the financial and corporate elite. It doesn’t really matter what ordinary people want. The wealthy call the tune, and the politicians dance.

The Obama forces reportedly want to raise a billion dollars or more for the president’s re-election bid. Politicians in search of that kind of cash won’t be talking much about the wants and needs of the poor. They’ll be genuflecting before the very rich.

The U.S. may be the belly of the beast but Tunisians and Egyptians at serious risk to their lives just overthrew vastly brutal and repellent governments. To those who say it can’t happen here, please realize, it just happened in countries where no one thought it could.


Leonard Cohen. Democracy is coming to the USA

Excerpts. Full lyrics

It’s coming from the sorrow in the street,
the holy places where the races meet;
from the homicidal bitchin’
that goes down in every kitchen
to determine who will serve and who will eat.
From the wells of disappointment
where the women kneel to pray
for the grace of God in the desert here
and the desert far away:
Democracy is coming to the U.S.A.

Sail on, sail on
O mighty Ship of State!
To the Shores of Need
Past the Reefs of Greed
Through the Squalls of Hate
Sail on, sail on, sail on, sail on.

It’s coming to America first,
the cradle of the best and of the worst.
It’s here they got the range
and the machinery for change
and it’s here they got the spiritual thirst.
It’s here the family’s broken
and it’s here the lonely say
that the heart has got to open
in a fundamental way:
Democracy is coming to the U.S.A.

I’m sentimental, if you know what I mean
I love the country but I can’t stand the scene.
And I’m neither left or right
I’m just staying home tonight,
getting lost in that hopeless little screen.
But I’m stubborn as those garbage bags
that Time cannot decay,
I’m junk but I’m still holding up
this little wild bouquet:
Democracy is coming to the U.S.A.

Let’s make it so.


  1. As I have spouted at street corners, in bars and at bus stops, it is not about left and right, that’s the smoke and mirrors bit. It is all about the people against the state. Wake up people, the parties divide you to the benfit of the state apparatus and the corporations. All in your own little self righteous groups waving your special flag and with the wonderful grand plan that will save the world. meanwhile, the parasites laugh all the way to the bank, their very own bank.

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