Re: Louis Black’s July 30 “Page Two
”: We want to take our government back from corporations. Thanks to the Supreme Court, they now have the rights of individual Americans, plus additional protections endowed to financial institutions. Corporations and the men who run them are setting agricultural, environmental, energy, foreign relations, and human rights policies here and globally, and the U.S. mainstream corporate-owned media is keeping most of our public dull and distracted. Thank goodness for alternative news media and foreign TV news such as al Jazeera and the BBC. Watching foreign TV news shows that many other countries’ citizens are better informed than we are about U.S. policies here and abroad.
The public is against the U.S. presence in Iraq and Afghanistan, yet our “statesmen” recently funded $37 billion for our continued presence there, even though the Pentagon has misplaced billions and we still owe the Iraqi government billions. Who, then, is in control?
While Diebold and other corporations are taking over the electoral process (see their numerous mistakes and power grabs in documentaries and online) and corporations can give candidates as much as they want, a strong anti-corporate third party might still be a way for people to regain control. It would take awareness and teaching, hard work together, and focusing vague or misplaced anger onto peaceful electoral change. I’m afraid the public is unable or unwilling to go that route.
As our lives become increasingly intolerable, people will probably resort to civil disobedience, which will be put down by corporate/government entities like Blackwater. I hope I’m brave enough then to stand for what I believe is right.
Right now, dialogue about these issues is very important and should be encouraged rather than put down, as Louis Black does.