*Forget A Civil War, We need A New American Revolution Washington Post, May 29, 2018, by John Ferling
This was an editorial by the Washington Post, over a year ago. I was of course suspicious by that alone. However, it appears almost on target.
Before the American revolution the English representatives were hereditary or despotic. Keeping the same elite aristocracy as the major representatives for all the people.
The middle tier, farmers, labors were very under represented. As the cost for a seat in the USA costs $1 million to $10 million. With SUPER PACS and major donations coming from the wealthy Elite. Who through their purse strings actually control congress.
Thus we have the same Oligarchs as pre- revolution England.
Our congress has become so polarized, set in a time loop of continuous, intrigue, looking for corruption everywhere but in their own house. Thus they are polarized, paralyzed, tigers chasing their own tales.
The English and some US constitutional writers, fear of a too powerful executive branch over the legislative branch is a fact, because the legislature is truly the Circus in America’s government, not Donald Trump.
Another similarity with resistance to English rule was perpetual war. The latest period of wars in the Mideast – Desert Storm 1990, Invasion of Afghanistan 2001, Invasion of Iraq 2004. You could say the troops on the ground and terrorism recruiting as a result, has created a 19 year war, unless you consider state sponsored terrorism beginning in 1990. Thus a 30 year war.
As an afterthought, consider reading Jack London’s “Iron Heal” published one 1904. He did write other books than about dogs. “The Call of the Wild “ was likely one of the first books that got me hooked on reading, no matter how much of a juvenile delinquent I became, I always read.
I don’t necessarily agree we need a revolution, but our government needs to be grabbed by the collar and given a good shaking.
The anger, frustration, politicians destabilizing, and the polarization may actually cause a revolution or a period of nationwide violence with devastating results. Someone or some many, need to start showing restraint and consider doing what’s best for all Americans, and our democracy.
By James Kirk-Wiggins, (c) September 30, 2019.