Democ­racy is un­der at­tack

South Florida Times - - OPINION -

With­out the rule of law, Amer­ica is des­tined to fail and col­lapse. Un­der the lead­er­ship of Pres­i­dent Trump, Amer­i­can lead­er­ship is mov­ing to the right where many con­ser­va­tives and Repub­li­cans are up­set be­cause liv­ing stan­dards and in­come are de­clin­ing.

Pres­i­dent Trump’s only fo­cus is on fool­ing his base by con­vinc­ing them that his poli­cies will im­prove their qual­ity of life. But he is re­ally only con­cerned with im­prov­ing the bot­tom-line of his per­sonal busi­nesses and help­ing the 1 per­cent of wealthy cit­i­zens get richer. As he so­lid­i­fies his base and au­thor­ity, he will uti­lize au­thor­i­tar­ian tac­tics to re­strict free­dom of assem­bly and free­dom of speech.

With all the gen­er­als in po­si­tions of au­thor­ity in Trump's ad­min­is­tra­tion, law en­force­ment will be given au­thor­ity to abuse their power. Un­der Trump, there is an en­vi­ron­ment of hos­til­ity, and the al­tright is push­ing an agenda of hate and vi­o­lence.

There is a pro­lif­er­a­tion of guns and the pres­i­dent’s hate­ful rhetoric is cre­at­ing a cul­ture of in­sti­tu­tional dis­crim­i­na­tion and racism geared to all peo­ple of color. Any peace­ful ex­pres­sion of protest is con­sid­ered un­pa­tri­otic and it ap­pears Trump is al­ways right from his per­spec­tive.

As the gap be­tween Democrats and Repub­li­cans grows wider, Amer­ica is be­gin­ning to fade as the bea­con of Democ­racy. On MSNBC’s Rachel Mad­dow show, for­mer At­tor­ney Gen­eral Eric Holder stated, “I’m not be­ing hy­per­bolic here; I think our democ­racy is un­der at­tack. If you look at ger­ry­man­der­ing, and the way in which we have a sys­tem where politi­cians are pick­ing their vot­ers, as op­posed to cit­i­zens pick­ing their rep­re­sen­ta­tives, if you look at the way in which th­ese voter sup­pres­sion laws have been passed, we’re com­ing to be a coun­try that is in­con­sis­tent with our found­ing ideals and the no­tion of one man, one vote is re­ally un­der at­tack.”

As Robert Mueller in­ves­ti­gates the pos­si­bil­ity of Trump’s cam­paign col­lud­ing with Rus­sia in the 2016 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, on Mon­day, Oct. 30, the pres­i­dent’s for­mer Cam­paign Chair­man Paul Manafort, and a for­mer business as­so­ciate Rick Gates sur­ren­dered to fed­eral au­thor­i­ties un­der a fed­eral in­dict­ment. This in­dict­ment, which sup­ports the case that laws were bro­ken, no mat­ter whom else is charged; this ini­tial ac­tion puts a dark cloud on Trump’s team, and top level ad­min­is­tra­tors in his cam­paign.

All around the coun­try and the world, it is now no se­cret that there was cor­rup­tion at the high­est lev­els of Trump’s cam­paign, and Trump can no longer ac­cuse Robert Mueller’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion as a “witch hunt.” When laws are bro­ken and peo­ple are charged with crim­i­nal in­dict­ments, no one is safe, and there is no place to run or hide.

In­creas­ingly, anti-demo­cratic en­force­ment tac­tics are be­ing uti­lized against im­mi­grant com­mu­ni­ties at the risk of civil rights abuse. Im­mi­gra­tion and Cus­tom En­force­ment (ICE) tac­tics have a well­doc­u­mented his­tory of con­sti­tu­tional abuse, and un­der Trump’s lead­er­ship, the record has broad­ened. Many ex­perts feel ICE is Trump’s se­cret army, and there are very few things they’re unau­tho­rized to do

here are cases of sex­ual as­sault and death, and ac­cord­ing to the Amer­i­can Civil Union, ICE is seek­ing to de­stroy 11 dif­fer­ent types of records.“Keep­ing th­ese doc­u­ments avail­able is nec­es­sary for the pub­lic to un­der­stand and fully eval­u­ate the op­er­a­tion of a sys­tem that is no­to­ri­ous for in­hu­mane and un­con­sti­tu­tional con­di­tions af­fect­ing hun­dreds of thou­sands of peo­ple ev­ery year,” the ACLU ar­gued.

Peace­ful protest un­der Trump has been con­sid­ered un­pa­tri­otic and NFL own­ers are be­ing asked by Trump to take dis­ci­plinary ac­tion against play­ers who take a knee dur­ing the na­tional an­them. It is ob­vi­ous that our pres­i­dent is not fol­low­ing the rule of law, be­cause peace­ful protest is a core prin­ci­ple of the First Amend­ment to the United States Con­sti­tu­tion.

There is mas­sive ero­sion of the right to protest un­der Trump’s at­tack on democ­racy and the Bill of Rights. There is an at­tack on democ­racy and it is es­sen­tial that Amer­i­cans re­sist and in­ten­sify their peace­ful protests.

Maybe now through Pres­i­dent Don­ald J. Trump, black Amer­i­cans will be forced awake from the stu­por of “equal­ity” and “democ­racy” and so-called “jus­tice.” Th­ese themes writ large within the Dec­la­ra­tion of In­de­pen­dence, the Con­sti­tu­tion and the Bill of Rights were cer­tainly not of­fered up with African slaves in mind as par­tic­i­pants, cit­i­zens, brothers and sis­ters in free­dom.

Then what twisted logic con­torted the slave mind into be­liev­ing that they, and if not, but with sure cer­tainty their prog­eny, would one day be an equal par­tic­i­pant in “the Amer­i­can dream”? And how would such oc­cur, through os­mo­sis, magic, or the will of God via His change of the white man’s heart? (And that same logic would teach gen­er­a­tions of chil­dren not to gam­ble!)

Chang­ing mil­lions of Yoruba, Mus­lim, An­ces­tor Wor­ship­pers and myr­iad other tra­di­tional African re­li­gious forms of spir­i­tual ex­pres­sion by out­law­ing them, de­nuded mind and spirit with the aid of the in­fa­mous cat of nine tails skin rip­ping whip. Then the Euro­pean con­cept of Chris­tian­ity was force-fed to African slaves ren­der­ing them clas­si­cally con­di­tioned to be­lieve the white man as su­pe­rior. Je­sus the Christ, the Son of God is white; God is white!

So to­day, in ev­ery strat­i­fied black com­mu­nity through­out Amer­ica, what is now called the Black Church not only pro­lif­er­ates, but vir­tu­ally chokes and drains many of th­ese ar­eas of cul­tural and eco­nomic vi­tal­ity; drains them of their so­cial essence and mis-ed­u­cates the peo­ple. Ev­ery Sun­day night and Mon­day morn­ing black preach­ers and dea­cons de­liver monies col­lected from their poor and near poor black church mem­bers to white banks down­town.

Too bad for black com­mu­ni­ties, that th­ese con­di­tioned er­satz lead­ers don’t see them­selves and their churches col­lec­tively as a bank, and com­mu­nity eco­nomic de­vel­op­ers. Sim­ply by or­ga­niz­ing into a con­sor­tium, sev­eral churches can be­come a bank. All of their mem­bers’ sav­ings ac­counts would each be in­sured for up to $250,000 by the Fed­eral De­posit In­sur­ance Cor­po­ra­tion (FDIC). As in ev­ery­thing there is a learn­ing curve – in­vest in learn­ing.

It was dur­ing the 2008 pres­i­den­tial

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