Why “Politics” Matters

I heard one pundit being amazed over conflicting poll numbers. Forgetting the details, one poll showed that a majority of Americans in favor of something, but the republicans were against it. How could this be? Easy: most Americans do not vote, even those who are eligible. After all, as the media tells us, both parties are the same. (Except Faux News, of course, which tells us anyone not their kind of republican is an atheist and a traitor.)

Ever since 2001, those in positions of power have been using the Shock Doctrine to steal everything they could, including our civil liberties:

A federal district court in New York has ruled that the federal government cannot enforce the domestic military detention provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2012 because it unconstitutionally infringes on the rights of journalists and activists to associate with people the government might consider terrorists—exposing them to arrest and indefinite detention without a trial.

“This court is acutely aware that preliminarily enjoining an act of Congress must be done with great caution,” wrote U.S. District Judge Katherine B. Forrest, in a 68-page decision handed down on Wednesday. “However, it is the responsibility of our judicial system to protect the public from acts of Congress which infringe upon constitutional rights.”

The judicial suspension of the most controversial provision in the NDAA was a major and unexpected civil liberties victory. The government must now return to court and argue anew for the contested provisions, or Congress must pass new legislation if it wants the military to arrest and hold terrorism suspects on U.S. soil without trial, including U.S. citizens.

Yes, the government wants to be able to legally disappear people, including U.S citizens merely on their say so. Welcome to 1980’s Nicaragua.

I listened to a speech by Van Jones, and he had this to say:

You can’t get everything you want just by voting . . . but by not voting, you can lose everything you got.

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