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Friday, February 24, 2006

Saving democracy in the US.

Bill Moyers is giving one hell of a speech on his current speaking tour out on the West Coast. If you don't already understand how corrupt the current US government is now, you'll get the picture after reading what Moyers has to say:

More corrupt than you want to imagine

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I have painted a bleak picture of democracy today. I believe it is a true picture. But it is not a hopeless picture. Something can be done about it. Organized people have always had to take on organized money. If they had not, blacks would still be three-fifths of a person, women wouldn't have the vote, workers couldn't organize, and children would still be working in the mines. Our democracy today is more real and more inclusive than existed in the days of the Founders because time and again, the people have organized themselves to insist that America become "a more perfect union."

It is time to fight again. These people in Washington have no right to be doing what they are doing. It's not their government, it's your government. They work for you. They're public employees — and if they let us down and sell us out, they should be fired. That goes for the lowliest bureaucrat in town to the senior leaders of Congress on up to the President of the United States.
You can read Moyers' full speech here, or download it in PDF form here.

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