I offer this information on the basis of "know your enemy" - not our personal enemy, but the enemies of democracy, and of the constitution of these United States.
For the benefit of those who may not have thought about it, let me rehash a few historical facts.
- The Constitution of the United States was drawn up by delegates from every State, and then submitted to those States for acceptance and approval.
- Each State called for elections for a 'Federal Convention' to ratify the new Constitution. In other words, every voter in every State had the opportunity to vote for delegates who would either support, or reject, the new Constitution.
- The Federalists supported the proposed Constitution; the anti-Federalists opposed it. The process of elections was fraught with controversy, debate and discussion. Out of that dialog, the so-called 'Bill of Rights' emerged, which was added to the Constitution.
- The Constitution was eventually adopted after eleven of the original thirteen States had ratified it by means of the above process. The remaining two States ratified it later.
In other words, the structure of our nation - which is technically defined as a constitutional Republic - was established by means of a thoroughly democratic process, in which all voices were heard and a great deal of discussion took place. The democratic will of the people was clearly expressed, and implemented by everyone, even by those who disagreed with its choice.
Our modern system of elections, and the Electoral College, continues to implement the decisions reached democratically by our Founding Fathers and the first American voters. All those who bitch and moan about the 'popular vote' versus the Electoral College are missing the point. Americans chose the Electoral College system, freely and democratically. The fact that some among us may not like it, is irrelevant. What's more, its opponents have an approved, democratically ratified method to change it, anytime they wish - provided they can get the American people to agree. It's called a Constitutional Amendment. Anytime they want to introduce, pass, and ratify such an amendment, they're free to do so, provided they comply with the Constitution in the process. Some opponents of the Electoral College are attempting to bypass Constitutional safeguards by promoting the so-called National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, because they don't think they can muster enough support to pass a constitutional amendment. To me, that's a cop-out, an attempt to ignore the Constitution altogether. As such, I cannot and will not support it.
With this in mind, it's noteworthy that the latest call for action in opposition to President Trump doesn't even pay lip service to the will of the people, as expressed through the most recent election. The Revolutionary Communist Party and Refuse Fascism, among other organizations, are promoting national action, to begin on November 4th.
The Revolutionary Communist Party Web site proclaims:
Millions of people agonize over every move of the regime and they worry about the specter of worse to come. They feel trapped in the kind of nightmare from which you desperately need an escape—desperately hoping to wake up so as to put the terror behind you ... What people don’t know, and need to know, is that THEY ARE THE WAY OUT OF THE NIGHTMARE, if they join together and act outside all the normal avenues that they expect society and government to provide for redress of their concerns—outside the ways that they would normally think of to act themselves for remedy. Waiting for investigations, waiting for the Democrats to act, thinking that Trump will implode, hoping for 2018 Congressional elections, even protesting each abuse—as righteous and part of people raising their heads as such protest is, these are all acting within the normal frameworks that people have grown accustomed to thinking and acting within for change in policy and direction. But change, even under “normal” times, rarely comes without ferocious struggle if it is not change in the interests of at least some of those in power. BUT EVEN MORE, THERE IS NOTHING NORMAL ABOUT THE TRUMP/PENCE REGIME. FASCISM IS NOT NORMAL.
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Christian fascism runs through this regime, from Steve Bannon’s world apocalyptic view of a war for Western (read white) Judeo-Christian civilization on through the Trump cabinet with Rick Perry, Betsy DeVos, Ben Carson, and that vicious nut job now on the Supreme Court—Neil Gorsuch. This is a REGIME—that word matters—it is an amalgam of all the strains of fascism that have run through America’s history which have become forged over the last decades and now, in the context of the huge problems this country and system faces, has come to power. It may have shocked all or some of these fascists movements that Donald Trump is the vehicle that they are riding, but they have recognized it, and now it is so. Bannon and the Nazi Rudy Giuliani have said: THIS is our last chance (even as they have left unsaid, but made clear) to consolidate fascism.
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November 4, 2017, we begin. Why have we set this date? Because without the kind of mass determined opposition of millions of people being in the streets day after day night after night, there is little chance of the whole regime being removed before they are able to cement into place a fascist re-ordering of society. By setting the date, we focus our attention and that of the whole society on the form of political protest that is required.
The author specifically emphasizes the following two paragraphs:
The Democrats, along with the New York Times and the Washington Post, etc., are seeking to resolve the crisis with the Trump presidency on the terms of this system, and in the interests of the ruling class of this system, which they represent. We, the masses of people, must go all out, and mobilize ourselves in the millions, to resolve this in our interests, in the interests of humanity, which are fundamentally different from and opposed to those of the ruling class.
This, of course, does not mean that the struggle among the powers-that-be is irrelevant or unimportant; rather, the way to understand and approach this (and this is a point that must also be repeatedly driven home to people, including through necessary struggle, waged well) is in terms of how it relates to, and what openings it can provide for, “the struggle from below”—for the mobilization of masses of people around the demand that the whole regime must go, because of its fascist nature and actions and what the stakes are for humanity.
There's more at the link.
Refuse Fascism fulminates:
ON NOVEMBER 4, 2017:
We will gather in the streets and public squares of cities and towns across this country, at first many thousands declaring that this whole regime is illegitimate and that we will not stop until our single demand is met: This Nightmare Must End: the Trump/Pence Regime Must Go!
Our protest must grow day after day and night after night—thousands becoming hundreds of thousands, and then millions—determined to act to put a stop to the grave danger that the Trump/Pence Regime poses to the world by demanding that this whole regime be removed from power.
Our actions will reflect the values of respect for all of humanity and the world we want—in stark contrast to the hate and bigotry of the Trump/Pence fascist regime.
Our determination to persist and not back down will compel the whole world to take note. Every force and faction in the power structure would be forced to respond to our demand. The cracks and divisions among the powers already evident today will sharpen and widen. As we draw more and more people forward to stand up, all of this could lead to a situation where this illegitimate regime is removed from power.
Again, more at the link.
Read the above, and you will know the enemies of our constitutional republic - at least, those on the left. Note that no-one has elected them to be spokespeople for 'the masses' or 'the electorate' - they've assumed that responsibility as of right, without any real 'right' to speak of. They do not legitimately represent anything or anyone, except the fevered political aspirations of their leaders, and - more importantly - of those hidden forces and individuals behind them. George Soros (among others), take a bow.
(Yes, there are enemies of our constitutional republic on the right, as well. We'll speak of them in due course.)