Do you readers, know who has all the real power in this nation?
And I'm talking outside the organized political parties that lead their members around by their noses; steer them where they want them to go; get them to vote for the people chosen by elitists at the top echelons of the political party organizations.
I do. You do. We do. All of us out here thoughout this nation have the real power to dictate policies in economics, consumer responses, the workplace, politics, etc. etc..
You know why "we" aren't getting anywhere with the power we have?
Because "we" common citizens are about as organized as a Chinese Fire-drill and follow people we consider our betters and smarter than ourselves like little tail wagging puppies or worse...follow like contented sheep grazing in a pasture that leads to a fleecing shed.
President george w numbnuts said, "Go shopping!" And what did the U S Citizenry do? They went shopping and still are shopping.
The congress, democrats and republicans alike voted on and passed The Patriot Act. I never heard one person say "WHOA! Wait just a darned minute there congress. Let us already patriot citizens read this Act before you force us to live under it."
Have any of us formed even a small citizens group and went to a single local congressman's office to say "Do something about the domestic oil company's gas pump price outrage; tell them that they have to take a few notches up in their profits belts for a change instead of the consumers eating all the bullets."
Has this been done? No it has not...all we do is sit around and bitch and moan a little louder every time the pump prices go up again and again and again; when we could if we would only organize on a national basis stop them ALL dead in their tracks
by buying only one brand of gas for a month, refuse to go to work, refuse to shop for anything but the things absolutely necessary to live, refuse to pay our utility bills, refuse to pay credit card bills...what could they do? Forclose on everyone's home? Fire every worker? Put everybody in jail for refusing to pay their bills and credit card bills etc.?
What do you think would happen if all over this nation no one shopped at Wal Mart for 30 days, or Sears, Target, Lowe's, Home Depot and all the other national retail chain stores and bought gas only from Shamrock/Valero?
What do you think would happen if nobody showed up for work at any of the General Electric manufacturing plants, or G M plants, Ford plants? How about every workplace in the U S A growing cobwebs? Think any of these companies could afford to fire all their employees and find other "TRAINED SKILLED" workers to replaced them?
What do you think would happen if every independent trucker or truck driver period just flat refused to go to work and make deliveries for just one week?
Whom does history dictate as being the most effected by a recession or depression...the businesses or the worker/consumer/family? Every time, at least at first, its the worker/consumer/family that suffer first and ultimately the most because the recession/depression is always generated from the top down; the lowest at the bottom first falling and failing under its effects.
It would be ludicrous to think that every big business could be taken down all together all at once.
But with national organization there could be a purposeful reversal of fortune, every business could be brought to its knees one or a few at a time by national worker walkouts, and consumer/family boycot of their products and services.
Would "we" have to make sacrifices? Damned right "we" would; painful but temporary sacrifices would have to be made by all.
You could count on the "BIG BUSINESSES" being boycotted and losing gigabucks in weekly profits screaming to the government for intervention.
But what could the government do?
Sic the military on the citizenry? I dare say not for two reasons. It would be impractical the nation is too big, and it would be illegal because it's not against any national, state, or local law for not going to work, not shopping or buying gas except at specifically chosen places, then switching from week to week or month to month.
Now the questions in your minds are "would all this really do any good" and "would this break any of the businesses."
The answer to the first is yes, and no to the second question.
The idea is not to break businesses outright, but to temporarily limit their outrageously huge profits long enough to where their stockholders step in and say enough is enough and accept the fact that a temporary reversal of profit fortunes can be made permanent if a company should try to hold out for too long and their products or service are boycotted long enough to where a company of any size would collapse and fail.
"Deprivation of profits." What lovely three words.
The first target companies would naturally have to be the largest oil company corporations that were taught, yes I said taught, how to steal and get away with it. Read Ayn Rand's book, "Atlas Shrugged" among other books that were primers to teach how to buy off politicians that could regulate them and learn how to use every available methond to fob consumers blind and get away with it.
And in a capitalistic republic the only thing that surprises me is that this all didn't happen sooner. It was actually already tried in the Antebellum and failed. Read up on "The Carpetbaggers."
Even bush alluded to it aloud when he said..."We are addicted to oil," when what bush should have been saying "Hey you U S Citizen dummies, you're being held HOSTAGE to oil by the BIG OIL COMPANIES," which in fact we are being held hostage, not to the oil itself, but the unregulated, uncontrolled by any government compliance agency entity, pump price dictates demanded by the oil companies. The congress could, but both the democrats and republicans have proven repeatedly they WILL NOT bring the oil producers under regulation and control and it started in 1973 with the first conjured up fictitious socalled energy/oil crisis. There is more NEW oil being discovered and pumped today than ever before all over the globe. The deep oceans oil pools lying dormant for millions of years haven't even been touched yet because of technology limitations for mining those gigantic pools of oil have not yet been solved.
Shut down the biggest five major oil companies through national boycot for one month, and DRIVE ONLY AS A MUST DRIVE OR IN AN EMERGENCY and watch the price at gas and diesel pumps drop like a lead weight; those big five will be begging people to buy their stuff. And then when fuel transport cost goes down so will the retail price of everything else go down or the boycot of all the other type retail store chains continues until they too learn the value of "CITIZEN REFUSAL POWER!!
The beauty of it all is its completely legal...the downside however is that it would take NATIONAL CITIZENS ORGANIZATION to pull of a reversal of fortunes, which I don't think will ever happen as politically divided as it is and as godawful selfish and greedy we have become; not willing to sacrifice a damned thing even if it meant we could whip corporate American into line in less than six months and restore national sanity.
What it boils down to is this. "We" work, live, and consume in this nation and act like that should be our total investment even though the vast majority of U S Citizens get worse off day by day year after year decade after decade while a few in the socalled upper crust 2% get more and more filthy rich.
This nation has taken on the general appearance of being a "FEUDAL STATE" ran by an oligarchy of local feudal lords, with arbitrarily made national parlimentary and king dictates enforced by sheriffs like jolly old England once was, rather than being any form of a modern free citizens republic.
How many of you readers even know that today's U S resident REpublicans are the rebirth of old England's pub owning tax collectors for the king Publicans, and that England was the last outpost of The Roman Empire, an empire who's influence is still alive and here in the United States of America today?
Any and all comments made on this subject, if any comments are made, should be quite interesting.