Hope for a better world needs new civil protests

OlympiaAugust 13, 2013 

The top 1 percent offer to save American cities by destroying them with bankruptcy. It is all about corporations getting rid of their debt to the workers, young, aged and our communities. They slash meals on wheels, school lunches and then transfer the “savings” to their Cayman Island accounts and give agribusiness cronies additional tax supports.

Paul Ryan happily collected Social Security benefits to pay for his college education, but now would deny the same benefits to his parents’ generation. Tea party Republican-1-percenters offer us austerity measures, and go-silent Wall Street profiteers use bailout monies to pay obscene bonuses to the greedy CEOs.

In privatized America, expect to pay tuition in kindergarten, higher rates for insurance and health, and more for gas and food and road tolls. Your retirement income will be cut in half.

Shock and awe bullying always backfires, as it did in the Middle East and South America. The repressive McCarthy-Bircher attack on civil liberties exploded into the riotous ’60s.

The current campaign to keep the minimum wage at a poverty level brings us to a discussion of maximum wage caps and progressive taxes on the greedy.

I’m betting that true patriots will not go quietly into the dark night of bankrupt America. We reject Fox News stoking the cauldron of hatred and fear. We won’t be intimidated by gun toting brown shirts gathering in Idaho, eager to mop up a collapsed America.

Our hope for a better world will depend on a renaissance of mass protest and civil disobedience.

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