“Our country is now taking so steady a course as to show by what road it will pass to destruction, to wit: by consolidation of power first, and then corruption, its necessary consequence.” – Thomas Jefferson
This past Wednesday, Kai Newkirk – co-founder of 99Rise.org – stood up during a session of the Supreme Court and (while being secretly videotaped, presumably by another member of his organization) made the following bold announcement:
“I rise on behalf of the vast majority of the American people who believe that money is not speech, corporations are not people, and our democracy should not be for sale to the highest bidder. Overturn Citizens United. Keep the cap in McCutcheon. The people demand democracy!”
This is the first time that video footage has ever been taken within a session of the SC (these sessions are open to the public, yet photography and recordings are banned) and Newkirk will face federal prosecution in March for having the balls to stand up in front of these crooks and say what everyone else is already thinking. The Huffington Post interviewed Newkirk and, when asked to describe this historic moment, he replied: “I think existential dread would about capture most of it. I was really scared – it was the Supreme Court – but I just tried to think of all the folks who inspire me; to stand up and do what’s right and sacrifice, even when it’s hard. I think courageous action is what it is gonna take to end the corruption of our democracy and I stood up to try and set that example.”
As for his organization, 99Rise.org describes itself as: “a network of activists and organizers dedicated to building a mass movement to reclaim our democracy from the domination of big money. We believe that only by getting big money out of politics – by winning a democracy that responds to the real needs of ‘the 99%’ – will we open the door to finally realizing the progressive promise of the American Dream.”
Doing away with Citizens United and making sure that McCutcheon doesn’t get passed are great places to start, but if they are serious about “getting big money out of politics” then why not take the next logical step: declare a Vote of No Confidence across the board for all of these bribed millionaire puppets, and then replace all of them through the democratic act of sortition. Doing so wouldn’t just sever a limb from the Corportocracy, it would slice through a critical artery. In any event, this all seems like a very encouraging lead-up to the #WaveOfAction which is set to take place on 04.04.2014.