Revolution Is a Legitimate Option

Seize DC! September 10, 2011

By Timothy Gatto
The Peoples Voice

The current state of affairs in America is untenable. The government that the American people put into power has turned its back on the majority of Americans. Both major political parties are sustained by corporate dollars for their political campaigns and by out-and-out bribery. There are fundamental ills that are destroying the United States that must be addressed. These are:

1. Unpopular wars in the Middle East, North Africa and in the Horn of Africa, some that have been waged by the President without consulting Congress, which is the law of the land, as spelled out in Section 1, Article 8 of the U.S. Constitution. We are spending far too much on the military and the American “security state”, ignoring the general welfare of the citizens of the United States.

2. Laws which were imposed on the American people that usurp the Bill of Rights and therefore limit our civil liberties. These include the Patriot Acts (in all forms), The Military Commissions Act, The new FISA Laws and other draconian laws and Presidential Directives including the PD that authorizes the assassination of American citizens under orders from the President with no oversight.

3. The budget, which contains the repayment of bail-outs to certain entities in the financial world to pull this nation out of a recession caused by the very same entities that caused the crises. This crisis was caused by “Fractional Reserve Lending”, casino economics i.e.: credit default swaps and other usurious practices by the biggest financial companies in this nation of which would have been illegal if not for the rescission of “The Glass-Segal Act”. The root of the worldwide economic collapse has yet to see any charges brought by this government, of wrongdoing by any individuals that committed massive fraud.

4. The continuing practice of allowing the Federal Reserve to conduct this nation’s monetary policies in violation of Section 1, Article 8 of the U.S. Constitution. This private banking cartel charges interest for every dollar printed in this nation. Our currency starts as debt and continued borrowing from the Federal Reserve will only put this nation further into debt. We are throwing good money after bad. This nation should reassert its sovereign right spelled out in our Constitution to issue its own money free of debt.

5. Finally, social programs that were paid into by the American people during their working years should not be offered up to trim the national debt. Taxing corporations and those individuals that make an inordinate amount of money, stopping these continuing wars that we have been involved in since 1991, and cutting foreign aid along with the dissolution of the Fed, will be enough to balance the budget.

Most Americans will probably agree with me that there is a snowball’s chance in hell of seeing this government, or any government offered up by this corrupt corporate-controlled two-party system, adopting any of these measures. I propose then, that it is The People’s right, under The Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, to change this government. There is a major demonstration coming to Washington DC in October called Seize DC! We can use this event to start a non-violent Revolution not unlike those in Egypt and Tunisia.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”

I believe that as a nation, we have entered into a situation where the above passage from The Declaration of Independence applies. Unless this government is willing to come to terms and look for other ways out of this financial crisis such as stopping these wars of aggression and holding corporations to the same standard it holds its citizens insofar as taxation, I believe that the government is not looking out for the welfare of the people. We have a right to act accordingly.

I speak for nobody but myself, but I would hope that the fundamental ills I have listed will be considered by the people that read this. We used commonsense in the eighteenth century; maybe it is time we used it in the twenty first century.


By Timothy V. Gatto Read Tim’s Book “Complicity to Contempt” and his Novel “Kimchee Days or Stoned Cold Warriors From Oliver Arts and Open Press and available on Amazon and all other online bookstores.lable on Amazon and all other online bookstores.

7 responses to “Revolution Is a Legitimate Option

  1. IF I were CIA I would love this post. This idea is exactly what is necessary to ensure civil war. There are many preposterous sentiments, but the unity of the People has to be the most silly one.
    This nation is too large for one right opinion only, and there is always going to be disagreement over that opinion, and yes, that is politics.
    If government has failed, and it has, why would replacing it not fail?
    Is it the idea that we toss elected officals out and instill by popular acclaim a new government from the mob that ushers in Justice? How is this different from VOTING? The solution to bad government lies with the People to be sure, but if the People do not act DAILY in their capacity as the Electorate then there surely is no way that good government can result from negelcting responsibility. In fact, a Bolshevik style coup in DC would result in even worse governance than we have now. In Greek the word used for Revolution is “stasis” in Latin it is “revolvere” to GO IN A COMPLETE CIRCLE.

  2. Nice post, Publius. And while I agree in principle with the author, that Revolution is now or never, we need only look to Tahrir Square to know that what you say is true.

    I say the revolution come from below, and from non-cooperation with the status quo.

    Oh, and here’s your {{{hug}}} for today 🙂

  3. There is also a sub-argument. The “revolution” is exactly necessary for the final blow. I would be thinking about an obscure artillery officer named Napoleon. Hmm, if she or he were in D.C. that fateful day and fought with the People and grabbed a media spotlight …..why we could have the NAU practically overnight.

    Our government is bad precisely because we are lazy. And we are reactionary. And as a populace untutored in history or self rule, I can only say there are plenty of precedents in history for popular uprisings used to consolidate invisible power positions.

  4. The problem with voting as a solution is that there is generally no one worth voting for. What is the solution? I don’t think there really is one anymore. I have become a pessimist of late, as I watch/read too much news, and things just seem to keep going inexorably from bad to worse. These days, my biggest hope is that something good and more permanent will arise from the ashes of our civilization. And God help our children and grandchildren.

  5. The solution is relentless political engagement at the grass roots. Voting is the least important action. If we do not engage politically then our children will not inherit even desolation for our imaginations will be demonstrated to be unequal to the task of human liberation. Unliberated we then will see the end of mammilian reproduction and the ushering in of Brave New World. Homo Superior-(that is to say, the notion of) replaces Homo Sapiens.

  6. Alternatively one could argue that the Revolution began 50 years ago and has yet to reach Thermidor. One can have a revolution from the Right.

  7. Revolutions tend to just get swallowed up these days, with little changing in actual substance. Heck, I don’t want to be discouraging. We certainly need people to keep struggling for a better future.

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