I made the t-shirt "We
Are Your Government"
So often these days people
cannot participate in decision making when it comes to issues and
policies that gravely effect their lives, loved ones, liberties,
and livelihoods-- whether it be about welfare, war, globalization,
etc.-- and often can't even access the officials who make decisions
behind locked doors in guarded fortresses.
Elected officials are
as corrupt as ever, and they don't represent the people or the true
national interest in most cases.
When people want to get
involved in the most important decisions our society faces, they
are often patted on the head, pooh poohed and promptly shut out
of any real role. Or, they are ridiculed and insulted. If they decide
that the issues they are concerned about are too important to be
left to the corrupt politicians (bought and paid for by corporations)...
if they attempt to exercise what should be free speech rights to
make the voice of grassroots organizations and communities heard
by protesting or even merely handing out literature... they are
more and more frequently assaulted
by police in the streets and/or arrested.
When they are starving
to death and dying of exposure after major catastrophes like the
recent hurricanes Rita and Katrina... they are met with abusive,
gun toting police and military rather than aid workers. Goodness
gracious, I can't imagine why people would loot when they have lost
everything including food, water, and other basic necessities needed
for survival if the aid agencies aren't able (or willing) to help
them. FEMA merged into the department of Homeland Security becomes
worthless at best and merely another arm of an increasingly repressive
and secretive government at worst.
The lesson is that the
only government entities that most people come into contact with
or have access to is the police and the military. That seems to
be the very definition of a police state.
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