#Confrontcorruption Vigils Call for An End to U.S. Government Corruption
While other countries make steady progress in reducing government corruption, the U.S. is rapidly going in the other direction and becoming increasingly corrupt at every level.
Shortly after Donald Trump’s more than a little odd performance in a press conference with Vladimir Putin on July 17 in Helsinki, a collection of grassroots advocates and national advocacy groups chose to use the occasion to call for a series of vigils across the U.S. on July 18.
These vigils fell under the banner of “Confront Corruption and Demand Democracy”. They were organized by a number of sponsorship groups, including: Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), Common Cause, CREDO Action, Democracy for America, Greenpeace, Hip Hop Caucus, Moveon, People’s Action, Public Citizen, and the Leadership Conference for Civil and Human Rights.
Together the groups demanded that, “From attacks on the Russia investigation to ethics scandals in the highest offices in the land, we must reject attempts to shield corruption from political consequences, public scrutiny, and legal accountability.” The groups also noted that, despite the current situation with the Republican-dominated Congress and Donald Trump being the triggers for the current events, “recent selfdealing, conflicts of interest, and attacks on the rule of law have dragged our country to a new low, but the roots of today’s corruption extend well beyond any one president or Congress.”
The coalition which put this together put down as their central statements about the cause that of “Restoring faith in our democracy and ensuring government works in the best interest of all Americans, not to the personal benefit of political insiders and the wealthy and well-connected, requires comprehensive reform.” The group also named its top four demands as:
• Our democracy must ensure the freedom to vote and have the vote counted.
• Our democracy must be honest
• Our democracy must provide transparency into
our government and our elections.
• Our democracy must be responsive. Over 170 separate locations across the U.S. held vigils on July 18 in honor of the #Confrontcorruption campaign.
Unfortunately, demanding change doesn't create change and even widespread protest won't accomplish much of anything. Americans need to stop buying into the delusion that they live in a democracy, stop allowing themselves to be divided by a two party system, retake their power from the criminal corporations that run the Washington puppet show and implement a new government by the people, for the people.
Those who think that socialism is the answer should spend a year living as a local in Cuba.