Alan J. Yeck
This is the first part of a three-part series.
I do not support any hate groups or any people or groups that exclude others based on any socio-political demographic. Hate is not a strategy. Its only purpose is to divide, destroy, and create more hatred. Do not allow yourself to be used by either side to this end. While I’m a registered Democrat, I have never pulled the party lever.
I look at the issues, what those running for office are saying on how they will address the issues, and then I vote. I’ve voted red, blue, green and even the occasional Libertarian sprinkled in to show my protest of the status quo. At least that’s how I used to do it before I realized just how rigged and corrupt our political system is. I am completely, 100% nonpartisan – they all suck. They have allowed our country to get here by their actions and inactions and it has nothing to do with the will of the American people.
The attack on the Capitol of January 6, 2021 was a tragic day in our country and just as tragic is that it wasn’t really a surprise. Was it to you? I have never identified with that particular group of people that went from the rally to the Capitol but do not think their intent was to overthrow the government, as many officials like to toss out to the media. I mean in a country that has millions of firearms, and I think it would be reasonable to say that group would have certainly have been gun owners, they were unarmed. Remember the old saying – ‘you don’t bring a spear to a revolution,’ (thanks Water Buffalo Lodge guy).
We are a country born from violence and war and haven’t done much to change that in 245 years. And again, to be clear, I’m not defending them or their occupation/riot at all but it wasn’t an attempt to go from their rooms at Comfort Suites to overthrow our government. I mean they get a free breakfast so why screw that up?
I heard the Speaker of the House call it an “…attack on the temple of democracy…” and later an NPR reporter referred to it as an “…attack on the museum of democracy…” I believe the latter to be a more accurate description – a museum is a place full of old stuff that doesn’t work anymore in today’s world.
The Capitol building is a beautiful, historic landmark. A beautiful building. Building. It is not a temple of democracy, or a synagogue of freedom, or a mosque of liberty. It is office space that we, the citizens (who are supposed to be in control of our government), allow the officials we elected to use. With how our country has been run in the last several decades we might have a better return if the space was leased to Amazon as a shipping hub. I think the return on investment would be much better than what the House and Senate do for us.
I am not upset that the building was occupied in protest but it might have been better served had the millions of Americans who sleep without a home every night been the occupiers. Or the millions imprisoned because prisons are the chosen mental health system of the government. I am upset that those inside the building feel they are the gatekeepers of freedom when the truth is, they often hold our freedoms hostage pending corporate approval. They protect their own asses and make money doing so.
Democracy comes from the people only. It doesn’t reside in a building in D.C. that has a long history of liars and thieves occupying it. We the people, define our freedoms, our liberties, our justice, our systems but have been in a deep slumber for too long now, believing those we vote for have our best interest in mind. We flipped on the auto pilot and happily watched Tom Brady and Lebron James instead of Mitch McConnell and Nancy Pelosi. We passed the homeless on our way to see The Avengers defend our way of life. The water the children drank was full of lead but gas was cheap. Rome was burning but at least the lions were distracting.
My approach has always been, and will always be peaceful protest and in revolutionary thought, through electing those who promise to dissemble this dirty, political warhorse, funded by corporations that has controlled our wonderful country for much too long. True democracy back to the people.
“Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth.”
This is the first article in a three-part series by Alan J. Yeck reflecting on the state of the American political system, its challenges and the far-reaching effects it can have.
We have the power to change American politics back to a system that serves the people, not the politicians. Contact your representatives and ask them to listen to these facts and national narratives.