Part 2: Real Democracy Is Coming to the U.S.A

 
 
 
How and Why We, The People, Must Progress Forward
 
Fortunately, the U.S. Constitution contains provisions that enable Congress and the states to overturn such Supreme Court decisions that unfairly favor the rich with ordinary legislation. One of those provisions is in Article 3, Section 2, Clause 2, which states that there are exceptions to the Supreme Court’s jurisdiction, and Congress may overrule the Court through the legislative process (which is what Senate Joint Resolution 19 is about, as previously mentioned).

The Founding Fathers carefully wrote the Constitution to protect the republic against a rogue Court, including the “Exceptions Clause” because they foresaw the potential problems that could be caused by a partisan Court that serves special interests (as the present Court does).
 
With that clause, and with The 21st Century Declaration of Independence, we the people can and must overrule the Court, because it was bad enough that corporate funding of political campaigns had already driven the ad wars, and corporate lobbyists wield all the power that money can buy to influence and bribe members of Congress. Now the rich can spend all they want to buy elections, and corporate lobbyists indulge in bribery even more.
 
For example, watch this video of the Sixty Minutes interview of lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who finally listened to his conscience and exposes the utter corruption of lobbyists and members of Congress. And consider that just in the first three months of 2009 the corporations and industries spent at least $500 Million on lobbying to influence politicians in Washington, D.C. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce spent $47 Million last year on political issue ads on TV, mostly against health care reform, and they spent another $144 Million on lobbying Congress to fight any regulation of corporations.
 
In fact, the Chamber of Commerce is the most powerful influence on the public and on Congress, serving the interest of profit-making corporations to the detriment of the environment and the public. And now, the court’s ruling has enabled new right-wing groups like the American Action Network (ANN), which paid for slanderous, misleading and often false attack ads against Democrats in the 2010 mid-term election season and later during the fight over health care reform. It’s funded by the ultra wealthy and their corporations, and its board consists of right-wing Republican politicians and millionaire and billionaire businessmen, industrialists and financiers.
 
They know who serves their interests most obediently, and their most loyal servants now include Republicans in Congress and five members of the Supreme Court. That is one of the reasons why money now rules more completely than ever before. The powers-that-be are the wealthiest few, and they serve their own interests at our expense.
 
We must, therefore, face facts, because civilization, and indeed even the human race, will not survive if right-wing “Conservatives” keep either having their way or obstructing and preventing reform and progress.
 
The truth is that what they strive to conserve are mainly the political, economic and religious traditions and institutions that have allowed them to gain power, wealth and domain in the world. And, in fact, their focus on materialistic concerns has caused them to lose sight of what is most valuable in the world, which we should conserve above all else.
 
That is clear if you look at what they have NOT conserved.

Just look at the degradation and deterioration of our environment, the oceans, our waterways, our atmosphere, our infrastructure, and the standard of living of the majority of the people and especially the working poor — all of which have suffered because the wealthiest few control most of the wealth, invest much of it in lobbying legislators and buying or influencing elections, and want government to spend taxpayers money mainly on police and military forces and all other means that will protect their wealth and enable them to gain more.
 
The culture of greed and self-interest they have created has, especially during the last hundred years, been detrimental to many people in the world, and it has brought a terrible tribulation upon the earth. And we, the people, are the only ones who can and will fix it -- by initiating and peacefully bringing about a reformation of both religion and government so that they both serve the interests of humanity as a whole body.

As it is, our government not only favors the wealthiest few at our expense. It also violates our civil liberties. So we could, for instance, repeal or amend the FISA laws that have enabled the government to violate our privacy, to wire tap and spy on citizens in violation of the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution. (That's because the FISA law gives all the power not to any of the three branches of government, but to one man, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, who alone appoints the FISA court members who give approval to the NSA and other surveillance and intelligence agencies. And since the FISA court is rigged by a right-wing ideologue, it has ignored and violated the Constitution, which is why FISA and the NSA have come under such heavy criticism lately.)
 
We, the people, can change all that, in America and in all nations. The fulfillment of the actual, real prophecies of Judaism, Christianity, Islam and of all other divinely inspired religions of the world, foretells it. The prophets foresaw a future of harmony and peace following this terrible conflict and tribulation. But, we will not enter that future unless and until we expose and refute the hypocrites and establish freedom and justice for all. That, in fact, is what Jesus of Nazareth intended, foresaw, and prophesied, as did all other genuine prophets.


A Democratic Republic
 
What we need is a Democratic Republic, with real Democracy. That is what Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and other Founding Fathers tried to establish, but even though they prevailed in their day against the Hamiltonian Federalists who claimed they wanted a Republic, Jefferson's and Madison's view eventually faded because the Hamiltonian idea persisted and prevailed in the long run. Why? Because it was more like Plato’s, whose writings and ideas have  influenced and enabled wealthy elites and aristocracies ever since. 
 
The traditional definition of a real Republic is a state in which the supreme power rests in the body of citizenry entitled to vote, and political power is exercised by representatives chosen directly or indirectly by the whole body of citizens.
 
You see, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison and other Framers of the Constitution were indeed concerned about the what democracy could become, which is why they tried to establish a balance of government powers and limits on power, and an intricate system of checks and balances. But they wanted a Democracy in a Democratic Republic, and they trusted in the ability of the people to use a democratic process to try to establish a government that was of the people, by the people, and for the people, which would promote the general welfare and ensure domestic tranquility and justice for all the people, and deal with ongoing problems.
 
That was in large part why the Founders, including Madison, wrote the Commerce Clause granting Congress power to regulate interstate commerce, assuming that democratically elected representatives of the people would actually serve in the best interests of all citizens to promote the general welfare of all  the American people.
 
Unfortunately, the Reaganite ideology runs counter to that in many ways, as is discussed in several other articles. And that is especially evident in the decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court, which is apparently preparing to reverse the Founding Fathers with regard to the Commerce Clause. That is because five Reaganite Republican justices -- John Roberts, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas, Anthony Kennedy and Samuel Alito, believe in what Ronald Reagan said at the end of his second term as president.
 
Reagan said: "There's a clear cause and effect here that is as neat and predictable as a law of physics: As government expands, liberty contracts." He also said: "Through more and more rules and regulations and confiscatory taxes, the government was taking more of our money, more of our options, and more of our freedom."
 
That was extremely misleading, but, because it was delivered by a very charming television performer and corporate pitchman who may have sincerely believed what he said, many people believed it.
 
Now, however, Americans should understand Ronald Reagan's Real Legacy, and understand that the Reaganite ideology was born of a merger of a pseudo-conservative movement called Neo-Conservatism and corporate propaganda, which Reagan learned well from top executives at the General Electric Corporation as he was very carefully groomed in the 1950s and '60s for a career in politics. 
 
The Reaganite ideology has sought to indoctrinate Americans with the idea that government is the problem, not the solution, that labor unions are bad, that government regulations are oppressive and wrong, and that taxes are “confiscatory” and unfair, and take away our freedom. 
 
The truth, however, is that our freedom is ensured not by banks or corporations. Our freedom is ensured only by a good government the protects us all, that promotes the general welfare and ensure justice for all. And, even though the Reaganites have succeeded during the last 30 years in selling that ideology to many Americans, it is actually an un-American, un-Constitutional ideology concocted by the greediest of the wealthiest few who simply do not want to be regulated or taxed according to their ability to pay.
 
Government cannot operate without sufficient revenue to provide sufficient regulation of commerce, to provide for public safety and the common defense, to build and maintain the infrastructure, promote the general welfare, and ensure justice for all -- among all the other things that good government should provide. And in order to do that all citizens need to contribute to the common wealth for the common good, and pay taxes according to their ability to pay.
 
In spite of that, the Reaganites on the U.S. Supreme Court operate under the assumption that Reaganism is a good ideology and that the Federalist Society that was formed during Reagan’s first term as president is correct in its interpretation of the Constitution. But Reagan was wrong, and the Federalist Society is wrong, which is readily apparent by the utter failure of Reaganism as it infected America with a corrupt culture of greed and self-interest that increasingly caused more and more problems during the last 30 years.
 
We still suffer from it, not only because the Supreme Court made things worse in its recent decisions favoring corporations and the wealthiest few to the detriment of the vast majority of the people, but because Republicans and even some Democrats in Congress and the Executive Branch have done the same. 
 
That is why we need a reformation of government, recognizing that a real Republic is a state in which the supreme power rests in the body of citizenry entitled to vote, and political power is exercised by representatives chosen directly or indirectly by the whole body of citizens, not merely the wealthiest few who think their wealth entitles them to rule.
 
However, as was stated above, we should be able to directly choose who represents us, because as it is the U.S.A. is neither a Republic nor a Democracy, and we the people do not have free choice to determine who represents us. We are presented with choices, which gives the appearance that we have a choice. 
 
That is ultimately our fault, because we allowed it, albeit unwittingly and naively. But it is largely the fault of both Republicans and Democrats, and even though the Republicans are worse, the Democrats have proven themselves to actually be the “lesser of two evils” that divide us and keep us divided and weak.
 
Right-wing Republicans are the worst, however, because they blatantly serve the forces of greed and self-interest while pretending to serve all the people. But we should understand whySocrates believed that the philosophic soul has reason, will, and desires united in virtuous harmony. A good philosopher has the moderate love for wisdom and the courage to act according to wisdom, and wisdom is knowledge about the good or the right relations between all people.
 
The Wisdom of Socrates is rather like the Wisdom of King Solomon, who wrote that: “Wisdom produces friends of God and prophets. She is firm, but Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all Her paths are peace. She is a Tree of Life to them that lay hold upon Her. And Wisdom is far better than weapons of war.” 
 
To be even more specific, Solomon also wrote, in the same vein, "Be wise and consider the ways of the ants, which having no guide, overseer or ruler, provide food in the summer and gather in the harvest."
 
That is consistent with the wisdom of Samuel, who wrote: "If you want a king, you reject God." 
 
It is also consistent with Jeremiah's prophecy, which states: "In those days, and at that time, will I cause the Branch of righteousness to grow up unto David; and he shall execute judgment and righteousness in the land. In those days shall Judah be saved, and Jerusalem shall dwell safely: and this is the name wherewith she shall be called, The Lord of our righteousness. For thus says the Lord: David shall never want a man to sit upon the throne of the house of Israel." -- Jeremiah 33:15-17
 
The Lord of Righteousness is not actually "she," as Jeremiah wrote, nor is the Lord our God a man, nor a son of man, as Moses wrote. For God, by any other name, is God the Eternal Infinite One, the Great Spirit-Parent of all. And God's will is for government to not be on the shoulders of one man, but for one man who was chosen by God to liberate and empower the people so that they may govern themselves.
 
When government is not of the people, by the people, or for the people, whoever rules does not serve all the people. If we are ruled by an aristocracy, a wealthy elite, a nobility, an oligarchy, kings, or a presidential form of monarchy, we cannot have government of, by, or for the people. For power in the hands of one, or a privileged few, does not produce a true Democracy or Republic with government of, by, or for the people..
 
Therefore, Plato’s logic, like Hamilton's, is flawed in the opinion about who should be entitled to rule, because it is aristocratic. It led to the idea that certain people are entitled to rule over the masses. That idea ruled Europe, and it even tainted the views of some of the Founders of the United States of America.
 
For example, that idea motivated the Hamiltonian Federalists to strive, as a last gasp effort, to establish a “Christian Meritocracy.” That is because Alexander Hamilton, following the defeat of his party, put forth the idea that wealthy Christians were entitled to rule meritoriously, because they had “made good” with financial success, and were morally good. 
 
That, of course, is not necessarily true. Greedy, selfish people have become very rich, and hypocrites can and do pretend to be Christians and thump their bible to gain respect and power. That has been proven true many times throughout Christian history and even in the short history of the United States of America, and it has proven true especially during the last 30 years. And Thomas Jefferson was vehemently opposed to any sort of rule by an aristocracy based on wealth, especially one claiming to be Christian. In fact, Jefferson believed that true virtue and wisdom comes from education, and that every citizen should have the right to higher education.
 
Unfortunately, the Hamiltonian Federalist idea was picked up again in the early 1920s, and we all know how that turned out (and thank God Franklin D. Roosevelt saved the country from that). But, in spite of that, the Republicans under Ronald Reagan picked it up again in 1981 – that idea of a Republican Christian Meritocracy – and it has flourished and persists even today, preached by many right-wing televangelists who ignore or deny the facts in the U.S. Constitution.
 
Now, we, the people, must act to stop the madness, the corruption, the abuse of power, the unfairness, and the injustice. Only we, the people, can establish justice, equity, and fairness, by establishing a real democracy in which the Supreme Court justices are appointed by an executive council, not a partisan president. That would ensure justice for all.
 
If we don't stand up for ourselves, who will? And if not now, when?
 
The Messiah says it is up to us all. So let's assume the power to determine our destiny and share our divine inheritance. Let's do what needs to be done.
 

Further and More Specific Recommendations
 
Following up on what is written in the article on The 21st Century Declaration of Independence, there are some further suggestions and recommendations, which the people may or may not want to consider and follow. It is up the the people.
 
Since, according to the declaration and resulting Constitutional amendments, an Executive Council of Citizens would be chosen by free, popular vote, some of the most popular choices may not feel able to accept the call to serve in such a way. And, among the most popular choices who do accept the call, there would probably be people with a wide variety of knowledge and expertise but not necessarily that required for the executive branch of government. 
 
Therefore, they would need a larger and more comprehensive cabinet or staff to advise them, and while their cabinet of secretaries of the different departments may be chosen from among the council if and when appropriate, they could also be chosen in the traditional way according to education, expertise, training and skills, and approved by the council. And, being well advised, the council could appoint justices for the Supreme Court who would be fair, ethical, and non-partisan.
 
The council itself may include politicians, of course. But, given the people's free choice, it would probably include mostly citizens from other walks of life. They would be citizens who are widely respected for their wisdom, fairness and good will, and known for their humanitarian good works, who can listen and learn, make decisions and work with each other and the legislative and judicial branches to establish fairness and justice, as well as ensure that internal revenue is sufficient to balance the budget and provide ample surplus for emergencies, and that the common wealth is used for the common good.
 
Such a government could establish fair, reasonable wage and price controls to raise the lowest incomes and lower the highest incomes to produce equity and sharply reduce the enormously huge income gap between the richest few and poorest. It could acknowledge that we are all created equal and are endowed by our Creator with the unalienable and equal human right to not only pursue happiness, but to have the equal opportunity and right to enjoy it.
 
The following are other things it could and should do:
 
1) Repeal the Bush tax cuts for those with household incomes of more than $150,000 a year, and instead tax the wealthiest Americans and their banks, lending institutions and corporations at reasonable, fair rates, up to 50 percent for the highest incomes, and eliminate all the tax loopholes, shelters, and "write-offs" for charitable donations. 
 
2) Levy a tax on stock trading transactions (which are currently not taxed), to discourage day trading and reckless gambling, and to reduce volatility of the stock market.
 
3) Levy a tax on American corporations that will prevent or at least discourage relocating American jobs to other countries.

4) Repeal or amend all "free trade" laws and agreements that so obviously favor the wealthiest few and their giant corporate conglomerates, and are thus terribly detrimental and destructive to small businesses and family owned businesses and farms.
 
5) Ensure that all Americans pay the same Social Security tax on all of their income, and stop allowing the very wealthy to pay such a smaller percentage than the average person does. Additionally, ensure that the Social Security and Medicare programs are a safety net for those who actually need it, operating to ensure that people receive coverage payments when and as needed, so that retired millionaires and billionaires who don’t need it cannot take money out of the Social Security fund, and so that it can provide an adequate income for the elderly, the disabled, and all others unable to work who would not otherwise have an income adequate to provide a decent standard of living.
 
6) Reinstate The Banking Act of 1933, also called the Glass-Steagall Act, which regulated how business is conducted by Wall Street and the banks. It established the FDIC and banking reforms to control speculation, and it regulated interest rates in savings accounts. However, it was repealed by a Republican Congress in 1999 who served the interests of bankers and financial institutions, and the consequences of that repeal have been disastrous and inevitably led to the economic and financial crises of 2007–2013.

6) Repudiate the unfair and biased policies of Ronald Reagan and the Reaganites, especially regarding: Reaganomics or "trickle down" supply side economics; the Reaganite "foreign aid" that funds and finances dictatorial regimes of other countries as long as they profess to be America's "allies"; the Reaganite effort to dismantle and destroy Roosevelt's New Deal programs; the Reaganite efforts to "privatize" public services and other services and facilities to make them for profit; and the Reaganite effort to destroy organized labor unions and collective bargaining.

7) Encourage, enable and help people to establish non-profit worker cooperatives, public cooperatives, public banks (such as North Dakota's State Bank), and all manner of other non-profit enterprises, businesses, industries and initiatives.
 
Ultimately, the mission of the modern son of man is to liberate and empower humanity, so that the final decisions on how they want their governments to be are theirs. The people should determine their own destiny, and have the ongoing responsibility to govern themselves through freely chosen representatives who will establish and maintain a sustainable political and economic system that uses the common wealth for the common good, and benefits all humanity and the earth on which we live.
 
He also suggests, however, that the government should reform and regulate commerce requiring that all businesses and industries to operate a little more like what we call non-profit basis. That is, charge the public for products, produce, goods and services only enough to cover the actual costs of operating the business or industry, including the costs of overhead and things like maintenance, improvements, growth and research and development, along with the salaries of all the employees (including the chief executive officer or CEO). And he also suggests that the income disparity between the lowest and highest paid employees should not make the income of corporate CEO’s any more than twenty times greater than the lowest paid employee. (But, that’s just his opinion. It’s up to you all to determine what is fair.)
 
He also agrees with Thomas Jefferson, who tried (but failed) to establish a law providing free higher education at public expense to all qualified students, regardless of their parentage or wealth. For he, like Jefferson, is against what Jefferson called a “psuedo-aristocracy” consisting of a privileged wealthy few. Jefferson saw true aristocrats as the most successful people from all walks of life, who would succeed in a society which enables all people to have equal opportunity to live up to their God-given potential.
 
It makes sense that our doctors, lawyers, scientists, teachers, professors and other professionals whose professional qualifications require the highest and longest educations, should be rewarded the highest incomes, also based according to the proficiency, merits and effectiveness of their work. Meritorious reward is a natural and spiritual value, in that we should reap what we sow and should get what we deserve. 
 
However, that does not mean that the “common laborers” who work in the fields on the farms should be paid less than twenty time less than those who earn the highest incomes. For as it is, most corporate CEOs in America rake in about five hundred times more than their own lowest paid employees, and a thousand times more than the lowest paid workers in the country. No one is that much more valuable than anyone else who works hard for a living. 
 
We are all created equal, and anyone who works hard for a living should be paid a decent living wage sufficient to enable their family to live a comfortable life, in a comfortable dwelling, able to afford all the things that most Americans have come to regard the basic necessities of life. And all workers, no matter what work they do, should pay their fair share of taxes according to their ability to pay, so that the government can ensure that the common wealth serves the common good.