Chris Hayes is an American hero.
HAYES: “It means that the culture of Washington is totally and completely corrupt. And that the country is ruled — and I know this sounds radical, but true — by a very intense financial oligarchy, that basically has purchase on both parties. I mean, what you see here — and I don’t want to downplay the import of the derivatives bill that passed out of the Ag Committee and the financial regulations, some of the measures of which are quite strong and built because of this public anger — but the fact of the matter is, drawing these lines between who’s on the side of Wall Street and who isn’t, every single one of these members is talking to Wall Street every day, and raising money from them, and having them whisper in their ear. And over the years, we have seen finance metastasize so that it’s 40 or 50 percent of corporate profits, and funneling that money back into purchasing the assent of elected representatives in a way that brought us to this crisis point. So we can make technical fixes to regulation, but what we have to do is break the political/economic power of the banks, and that I don’t see on the horizon.”
It took a thousand years to progress from empire to feudalism and a thousand years to progress from feudalism to democracy. Capitalism existed in ancient Rome. It existed in feudal Europe. It existed in slavery America. How long will it take to progress from capitalism to economic democracy?There are two Americas.
There are two great power centers. There are two capitals. Washington is the capital of America’s great democracies. Wall street is the capital of America’s great oligarchies. Empowering people, today, means understanding, approaching, and convincing these power centers to share power and make room for more participation. Speak common sense to genius. Speak common sense to power.
It’s a tall mission to convince the powerful to share power. Years, decades, and centuries pass and the work continues. “Empower the people” is a mission for the strong, wise, patient, and noble among us.
Bad service requires more waiters. Fires everywhere requires more fighters. Crime everywhere requires more police. Elected oligarchy requires more congresspersons. Elected monarchy requires more presidents. America lacks governance? Keep the congress and add 11k more. Keep the president and add 8 more. Democracy disperses power. Autocracy consolidates power. Step it up, America. Be proactive. Check out plan-b.
Citizen is coach to team democracy. Coach is responsible for success. Be proactive. Check out plan-b. It’s your call, coach.
Seeking presidential candidate (for one of 9 elected executive branch presidents) 2016