Our government, all branches of it, has failed. Including the Fourth Estate.
Every where we look, brazen corruption and illegality are rampant on the field and riding roughshod over justice, unopposed by a champion of The People.
The latest and lamest outrage can be found here… (h/t Think Progress)
…a Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States torturing logic to justify torture by his ideological masters, the Neo-Con Republicans who have usurped our Constitutional government and transformed America into a rogue state that wages illegal war, tortures, and spies on its own citizens. (Including defense lawyers it is opposing in court, fair trial, Hah!)
If you read the blogs, if you are part of the Netroots, if you are paying attention at all, you know how long the list of scandals perpetrated by our out of control, failed government is. The question is….what can we DO about it?
This extends to every issue of course, but at this point, with Bush basically having confessed to both torture ad domestic spying, it seems like a cut and dried cause celebre around which to unite. The crimes are clear. The evidence is there. All that is lacking is the will of Congress to pursue justice. Since they won’t, we must.
Preliminary and defining thoughts:
(Note, this could easily be defined as wanking on my part! My only ‘skill’ is in thinking and talking about this stuff, my aspiration is to do what I can and perhaps, inspire others. I have no illusions about leading a worldwide movement for justice etc. But this stuff needs to be said, so I’m sayin’ it!)
We don’t have the kind of power needed to try and imprison them on our own of course, what we DO have the power to do is to focus the conversation, ideally, to unite in focusing the conversation. The power of a united blogosphere is reflected in the traditional media. If we unite in talking about it, they have to talk about it. If we create a fuss, they have to respond to that fuss. Our power is in the fact that they can’t ignore us.
So….what we need is a vehicle, a form, a way for blogizens to unite. A campaign, a movement. We need a name, we need PR, we need …virality.
We need a clear statement of our goals and our charges.
We need agents to contact the Tradmedia, sympathetic politicians, other blogs and bloggers, as well as folks like Mahathir Mohamad, prominent people of the world stage who show awareness and have access to the Tradmedia to be heard. We need to contact celebrities.
And of course like any good movement out to change the world, we need the invaluable workers, folks to collect and organize the ideas and information and make them accessible and usable. You know….The people who actually get things done….as opposed to wankers like me!
BruceMcF has a good essay along the same lines….coalition. Add suggests lobbying John Edwards to lead some kind of movement! And rewarding politicians, which made me think of the Progressive Caucus, and lobbying them as a body.
wolverine06 talked about the ABA.
But mainly what we need right now is to keep talking and moving forward, to keep focusing our writing, and our will, to not let the atrocities against justice on behalf of our War Criminal In Chief fade into history. So …let’s try! If we end up just wanking, well hell, their is nothing wrong with that, it beats twiddling your thumbs!