This LINK is to yet another sobering look at reality. It cannot be overstated that time is running out. In the very near future, perhaps within months, soon after all of Bannon/Trump/Pence fascist appointments take control of their respective offices and departments, the walls will come crashing down, which will reveal a different manifestation of reality, unlike anything we can imagine.
Therefore, it is imperative that we find common ground, build unity, and hit the streets en masse in a nonviolent uprising–including repeated national general strikes. This will require sacrifice on all our parts. However, our nation and the planet itself are at stake, not to forget the dignity and sacredness of human life.
Dorothy Day was correct when she stated: “Our problems stem from our acceptance of this filthy rotten system.” The rot before us is far greater than the current regime; it is the entire system that must be rejected. As Peter Maurin stated: We must “create a new society in the shell of the old.” This may appear to be an impossibility; but we must remember that through faith all things are possible. When we act out of love for God and God’s created order, the Spirit will guide us through.
An excerpt: “The four-decade-long assault on our democratic institutions by corporations has left them weak and largely dysfunctional. These institutions, which surrendered their efficacy and credibility to serve corporate interests, should have been our firewall. Instead, they are tottering under the onslaught.
‘The biggest asset Trump has is the decadent, clueless, narcissistic, corporate-indentured, war-mongering Democratic Party,’ Ralph Nader said when I reached him by phone in Washington. ‘If the Democratic strategy is waiting for Godot, waiting for Trump to implode, we are in trouble. And just about everything you say about the Democrats you can say about the AFL-CIO. They don’t control the train.’
The decay of democratic institutions is the prerequisite for the rise of authoritarian or fascist regimes. This decay has given credibility to a pathological liar. The Trump administration, according to an Emerson College poll, is considered by 49 percent of registered voters to be truthful while the media are considered truthful by only 39 percent of registered voters. Once American democratic institutions no longer function, reality becomes whatever absurdity the White House issues.
A sustained, nationwide popular uprising of nonviolent obstruction and noncooperation is the only weapon left to save the republic. The elites will respond once they become afraid. If we do not make them afraid we will fail.
We are in the twilight stages of the rolling corporate coup d’état begun four decades ago. We do not have much left to work with. We cannot trust our elites. We cannot trust our institutions. We must mobilize to carry out repeated and sustained mass actions. Waiting for the establishment to decapitate Trump and restore democracy would be collective suicide.”