TRY FOCUSING ON THE CAUSE!
The Real BIG Question
- - Jim Hightower
So why don’t we hear more about the BIG problem?
- - Theodore Dreiser
LIVE FREE AND DIE ?
BIG Corporate Bodies have lobbied California, Oregon and Washington to frontload the campaign year with an early vote-rich super-primary. This will overlap New York's BIG Money primary bonanza and drown out any low-rent populist noise from NH for good. Washington and California have already both scrambled forward and since it now costs nearly $5 million to begin play in the California media market alone, this ensures that from now on all visible candidates will:
OK, NH will still be first chronologically, but the real importance of this primary was never just symbolic primacy. The state's human-scale allows many citizens to meet and judge the candidates in person. Conversations, ideas and compassionate chemistry still mean something to people here, and it doesn't cost a fortune to reach your minds or hearts. Sure, your overwhelmingly white rural/small town demographics don’t represent anything America has become, but somehow your sense of decency proved a phenomenally prophetic guide to the ideas and candidates that the nation as a whole would respond to. And therein lay the problem. NH and only NH gave a full national stage to the ideas of "populist" outsiders like George McGovern, Eugene McCarthy, John Anderson, Jerry Brown and Pat Buchanan - all of whom attacked the escalating corporate domination of American life from one angle or another.
And in the precious months of lag between NH and the so-called "major" primaries in the South, East and West, there was a chance to kindle a NH-recognized message into a heated national debate. "Yeah, what about our billions blown on corporate welfare? Or the agrobiz extermination of family farms? Or NAFTA's wholesale sellout of American jobs? Or Big Lobby custody of our pusillanimous Congress? Or WTO's God-like veto power over our hard-won health, labor and environmental laws? What about that, guys?"|
Who can ever (noticeably) spotlight those questions again? This fierce state that once fired early campaigns with incendiary debate will soon be reduced to a few soundbite sparklers.
What to do? It is no doubt impossible to de-mob the primary schedule very soon, but NH might be better served (and avenged) if its libertarian ideals were mobilized for a final assault on Big Body dominion. The US has been rightfully leery of Big Corporate Power for a century, especially in the home of Live-Free-or-Die.
Today as corporate powers swell and converge, darkening the sky and our hopes for individual rights and popular rule, the 2000 election offers one last rare chance to challenge their supremacy and control.
Voting for the Kubiak would make the point, but you might also vote boldly (and actually) for yourselves. Let this write-in signify that We the People still take our sovereign role in this democratic passion play seriously, and therefore demand the expulsion of Big Bodies (and their coin-operated candidates) from our halls of governance for once and for all.
After all, what possible legal, moral or rational justification is there for giving vast artificial, autocratic and profit-obsessed bodies any political role whatever in a democratic society, let alone predominant power?
In the short term, this means we must strip corporations of their political and "human" rights as "legal persons," and thus their dominant power over our leaders, institutions and political processes. (Big Bodies can spend unlimited amounts on lobbying, donations & political advertising because a benighted court once ruled that sluicing money is how corporate persons express themselves, and any limit upon this torrent would violate their "Freedom of Speech." Strange logic, sick humor, but alas now legally true.)
Long term, it means we must rethink our own lives in the world and recognize that there are both ethical and pathological limits to a social organism's scale. Once a corporate body grows beyond a certain (rather small) size, it threatens both its members' psychosomatic evolution, and the health of the living surround. As a political and public health measure, therefore, these entities must be irresistibly "encouraged" to diet or divide. The protection of democracy, our youth and the planetary future will of course require other basic reforms, but the barbarians at the gate right now are Big and demand the most abrupt attention. Not only are they fast despoiling our lands, politics & children's consciousness, they have cynically sacked the shrine of New Hampshire, and sooner than later they must pay...
3 SURE STEPS TO ELECTORAL REFORM
Ban Big Body Electoral Buyouts Forever
After the Iowa and New Hampshire contests, set the dates for subsequent state primaries by lottery, spreading them out over a four month period. The current frontloading of the system ensures that only Big Body-backed candidates can ever afford to play or be heard. If large corporate dominated states balk at these simple reforms, unilaterally set the NH primary two months (instead of two weeks) ahead of the next scheduled contest. Do it now while the Force is still with you...
Isn't this campaign just out to demonize business or capitalism?
Not at all. Our only demon is monstrous corporate scale. It’s a Tower of Babel issue. Small business, human-scale business and capitalism are vital, creative and already offer over 80% of our nation’s jobs. With a little help, they can pick up the slack when the Big Bodies begin to melt down.
Why do you insist on rescinding corporate civil rights?
Big corporations now control so much of our society and economy. Shouldn’t that give them some political rights?
What do you really hope to achieve?
Why run for VP? What is the point?
HELP US get out the BIG word and generate so many forms of ingenious resistance to Big Body dominion that they will finally lose heart (or at least their rapacious esprit de corps), melt down (relatively) peaceably, and stop fighting to rule the beings they were intended to serve. To that devoutly desired end, all contributions are lavishly appreciated. In particular we solicit:
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