The majority of Americans support:
Basic civil rights, immigration and immigrant rights, stronger and more effective gun regulation, women’s rights and abortion rights, progressive taxation and higher corporate taxation, stronger environmental regulations and dealing with climate change, rehabilitation of criminals and decriminalization/legalization of drugs, social security and medicare, labor protections and rights, raising the minimum wage and tuition free college, universal healthcare and strong social safety net, funding infrastructure construction and maintenance, multilateral foreign policy and limiting aggressive militarism, getting big money out of politics and ending influence of lobbyists, etc.
This represents the center of public opinion, not the political left. This is why both political parties are far to the right of most Americans. This is why studies have shown the political elite don’t represent their own constituents and wrongly assume they are more conservative. This is why the corporate media in having a right-wing bias is trusted by so few Americans.
Understand this. Bernie Sanders is a moderate centrist and New Deal Democrat. Hillary Clinton is a stalwart conservative and Goldwater Republican. Trump is a radical right-winger and an old school fascist. Don’t believe the lies that the media and political elites tell you when they attempt to hide this reality.
The silenced majority must make its voice heard by any means necessary. It’s time to end authoritarian rule of corporatism, oligarchy, plutocracy, inverted totalitarianism, or whatever you want to call it. What we need is a functioning democracy, a government of the people, by the people, for the people. And that is what we must demand, accepting nothing less, even if that means mass protest and civil unrest or, failing that, whatever it takes.
Our government spends trillions of dollars a year to oppress and harm, to imprison and kill millions of American citizens and innocent people in foreign countries. And that doesn’t even include the vast sums of wealth and resources given away to cronies and corporations, from defense industry contracts to corporate subsidies, from infrastructure costs to natural resources on public lands sold at below market prices.
This is unacceptable. Those trillions of dollars could and should be used to fund what most Americans want and support, to promote the public good for all. This is non-negotiable. This is the bare minimum of what must be done, if we are to avoid the worst consequences of our present path of self-destruction. This is neither a threat nor a prediction. It’s a statement of fact.
This present social order and power system is not sustainable. If it isn’t taken down by revolution or civil war, it will slowly collapse under its own weight or will be destroyed in a world war or will end in climate change disaster. If we are to survive as a society, change must happen and we must prepare for the worst. Listening to the public isn’t namby-pamby liberalism. It is a prerequisite of national security and hope for the future. We are all in this together or else we will all be doomed together. It really is that simple.