Friday, August 31, 2018

1990 Take the Law into Your Own Hands

You don’t need a map to know where this road goes.

Our title today sounds like a call to action and that’s exactly what it is.  Take the law into your own hands -- it’s the only defense left against an anti-American president, an anti-American Congress and an anti-American supreme court.

This is not as much a call to vote against trump, as it’s a call to vote for America. To save America from a reality show president and the sycophants who play along out of either fear or stupidity.

Take the law into your own hands because you are the final judge of what should be legal.  Do it by voting the bums out in November and then keeping the pilot light on until 2020 and keep up the good work.

Take the law into your own hands by voting even if you don’t like the opposition candidates.  Do it at every level you can from city or county government to the state legislature, the governor and both houses of Congress.

If you don’t, you’re going to get more of what we have now.  And what we have now is a death march along the road to hell.

We have doctrinaire purists of every stripe and they’re all wrong.  Some are on the left, those who want to turn the US into Denmark.  That can’t happen here.  Well, let’s put it another way: that’s unlikely to happen here.

And then we have those of the right.  Some want everyone to become Christian.  Nothing wrong with that choice if it’s what you want.  But many of today’s Christians would find Christ’s message too goodygoody. The treat Christ like a spiritual ATM machine and babysitter.

Others don’t care about religion, only about money. They want all of it.  They have never thought through the single most important words of Henry Ford, the greedy, anti-Semitic and Hitler-loving former king of the auto industry when he raised workers’ salaries to $5 a day because otherwise “Who will buy my cars?”

A living wage, the right to organize, health insurance and government are all evils that today’s super-rich  -- with few exceptions -- want to eradicate.

The government won’t help you, it’s too busy navel-gazing and largely beholden to the right wing.  Your city council or state or congressional representative won’t help you.  These people are too busy doing their real job, running for the next term.

The supreme court won’t help you. They hand down strange decisions … like “citizens united” and strange interpretations of the first, second and fourth amendments.

The president won’t help you… he’s too busy doing his real job, running a group of shady companies, paying off hookers and porn stars to keep silent, destroying education, courting enemies, alienating allies, telling lies and tweeting.

Here’s what won’t work:

Either or both of these will set up a storm that made the Oklahoma dust bowl look like a breezy day at the beach.

But please remember what we’re trying to do here.  Replacing a budding dictatorship and carnival with the normal rough and tumble of politics, not promote any one party or candidate.

So what’s left?

Take the law into your own hands.  It’s the only way to get the country back off that road to hell.

I’m Wes Richards. My opinions are my own but you’re welcome to them. ®
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