An Impertinent Question - Robert Reich (Could it be treason?)

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An Impertinent Question - from Robert Reich
THURSDAY, JULY 11, 2013

Permit me an impertinent question (or three).

Suppose a small group of extremely wealthy people sought to systematically destroy the U.S. government by (1) finding and bankrolling new candidates pledged to shrinking and dismembering it; (2) intimidating or bribing many current senators and representatives to block all proposed legislation, prevent the appointment of presidential nominees, eliminate funds to implement and enforce laws, and threaten to default on the nation’s debt; (3) taking over state governments in order to redistrict, gerrymander, require voter IDs, purge voter rolls, and otherwise suppress the votes of the majority in federal elections; (4) running a vast PR campaign designed to convince the American public of certain big lies, such as climate change is a hoax, and (5) buying up the media so the public cannot know the truth.

Would you call this treason?

If not, what would you call it?"

Well, what would you call it? Say, business as usual, selling your country down any available drain?

And what would you do about it?

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Reich forgot something

6) Using race-baiting, homophobia, bigotry against women and fears about "moral decline" or suppression of gun rights to distract and motivate extremists and hate groups to organize and go to the polls.

I would call it treason

We in America have become too accepting of the assault on democracy by an unelected oligarchy. And yet, when I talk about the need for radical restructuring of our electoral system, everyone just rolls their eyes and says, "That's just the way it is."

I don't know if people are just resigned or uninformed or brainwashed or all of the above. But whatever the reason, I believe we are well and truly screwed. Unless and until we mount a full-fledged uprising against free-market elections, we'll see no change in a political power structure that consistently favors wealth over all else.

Is it treason?

Or is the word "coup" more appropriate?

Or, perhaps, to put it another way, "Plantation Economy 2.0"?