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Now we are
confronted with the problem of a relative minority of people in our
culture who hold massive wealth and power. They use this to mold
our opinions in their media, to control our legislators by making
obscene campaign contributions just to protect their wealth and power,
and to control our lives by owning the great majority of jobs.
They believe that the aristocracy and feudal power of giant
corporations and enormous personal wealth entitles them to decide and
dictate how all Americans should live – completely removing American
Freedoms from our hands.
They are wrong,
and the vast majority of Americans know it. We have not just a
duty but an obligation to confront and defy this sort of power.
Our first obligation is to the generations that came before us and
fought for democracy: they didn’t fight, die, or work so hard to bring
about a new corporate aristocracy.
obligation is to the generations that will follow: we hold
this world in trust, having borrowed it from them, and they will not
easily forgive us if we bequeath it to them in worse shape than we
And our third
obligation is the present: to return democracy to America so that our
foreign adventures will be restrained by democratic processes, our
domestic taxing and spending priorities will reflect our true needs,
and our courts, legislatures, and governors and president will answer
to us, rather than corporate special interests.
Despair is not an
option, action is necessary, and both biology and history tell us that
democracy is the right path to take. By exposing the conservative
frauds and presenting the realistic and practical possibilities of a
democratic republic uncontaminated by corporate special interests, we
can bring about a healthier, happier, and more peaceful America and
world. But to do so will require that we each become activists,
we each become passionate, and we each speak our truth, promote our
vision, and vote our conscience.
ended the Declaration of Independence with these words:
For the support of this Declaration,
with a firm reliance on the
protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our
Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.
Can we do
To free a nation
from error is to enlighten
the individual and it is only to the degree that an individual is
receptive of the truth that a nation can be free from that vanity which
ends in national ruin.
— Homer Lee