Full Spectrum Advocacy in 2016.
The United States Constitution was devised to protect us, the people, from abuses of power by the federal government. Washington’s Constitution was written not only to protect individuals from our State government, but also from those corporations and elites which prey on the people to create and maintain their wealth.
A primary means by which the authors of both the United States’ and Washington State’s Constitutions chose to protect us was by separating and arranging governmental branches and offices in such a way so that each might be a check on the other. Today, the wealthy have figured out a way around the check and balances enacted by our founders to ensure the inalienable rights of all individuals.
Today, the wealthy simply purchase the government, lock, stock, and barrel.
What looks like three cars is really only transportation for one; the person who owns all three cars.
Similarly, wealthy corporations and people use their money to purchase the strings of government to manipulate the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of federal and state governments for their own benefit. They have become the puppeteers of each of the branches so that they can stage a tragi-comedy of government they expect us to take seriously because they have the money to get away with it.
Our framers predicted tyranny would result if the checks and balances they created to protect us became corrupted. For example, Alexander Hamilton explained in Federalist Paper #78 that judges needed to be protected from politics as a way of maintaining that separation of powers necessary to protect us, the people..
… [T]hough individual oppression may now and then proceed from the courts of justice, the general liberty of the people can never be endangered from that quarter; I mean so long as the judiciary remains truly distinct from both the legislature and the Executive. For I agree, that “there is no liberty, if the power of judging be not separated from the legislative and executive powers.” And it proves, in the last place, that as liberty can have nothing to fear from the judiciary alone, but would have every thing to fear from its union with either of the other departments; …
It is true that “power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” It is also true that in today’s world money is the equivalent of power and that less than 1% own more than 90% of the world’s wealth. Our founders knew that good government could not exist where such realities were tolerated.
In a world where a few own everything any notion of political or social equality is illusory. It has been recognised that where courts of laws promote unjust results to benefit a few they must be balanced and, if necessary, be trumped by courts of equity.
Government “is advantageous to men [individuals] only when all have something and none too much.”
There can be no doubt that what we have in the 21st century american government is a bad government, one which “serves only to keep the pauper in his poverty and the rich man in the position he has usurped.”
As 2016 approaches we, the people, should look each other straight in the eyes and determine if we want to end the two party political system which has foisted its evil upon us.
Of course, elections are not the only way for us, the people, to fight the domination and influence of our governments by money. We can invoke those advocacies which have been used in the past to bring about societal, moral, and political changes, much like occurred in several communist countries a few decades ago; through the Civil Rights movement in the sixties; and the peaceful and triumphant revolution in which India gained its independence in the nineteen forties.
We, as people, now need to engage similar full spectrum advocacy to curb the obscene disparities of wealth and freedom that our governments and their corporate masters promote. Much the same way money is used to grease the checks and balances of our system, we as the real sovereign need to be overseeing the separate branches of government to make sure they work.
Full spectrum advocacy requires us, or at least a good percentage of us, to be aware of what is going around us. We need to actually see and find out what is happening to our neighbors (as the same fate may be forced upon us soon.)
We must determine whether corporations and banks are acting in the best interests of society; or whether their use of our resources advances only their own interests. We must decide whether the corporations provide the people with a fair return for those public resources they utilize.
It no longer makes sense to let the courts be the final arbiters of justice in a system which has always contemplated their sovereignty stems from the people’s approval of judge’s decision-making.
We do not have to let the obscene distribution of the world’s resources continue. We can, even in the 21st century achieve meaningful governmental, societal, and moral change through full spectrum advocacy which touches the hearts and souls of the people at all levels, including those we allow to utilize our sovereignty to make decisions while temporarily in public office.
2016 can be a turning point.
Let’s start using Full Spectrum Advocacy to achieve change in 2016.