Proposal for the ACLU
Abstract: The ACLU should adopt
nationally, as its dominant means for maintaining and reclaiming
Civil Rights, a program of highly focused BOYCOTTS. This
program would be called 'Pocket Power'. In essence it would be a value based
spending program that would celebrate and direct the public's
spending to those businesses that honor Civil Liberties and withhold
it from those who do not. The program would provide education
and implementation methods and would feature use of the public
forum and the internet as a primary means to communicate information,
petitions of grievances, etc.
All other ACLU
methods of seeking change should be made sub dominant to this
Premise: This proposal assumes
that one has worked through many of the illusions about freedom
and Civil Rights in America and agrees in general with
- 1. Legislative
political process in American government has been incrementally
lost to the average citizen. At present we have in effect a one
party system (Repubocrats) that is firmly controlled by special
business interests. These special business interests determine
who has access to the system, who gets elected, and what self
serving laws will be passed. Many Americans, recognizing this
unfairness, have given up on the system and no longer bother
to vote. Most of those who do participate in the elective process,
do so only to cast a 'lesser of two evils' vote. Although there
is still a limited healthy political discourse in the country,
where ideas and issues do get discussed, these ideas are infrequently
implemented or in the rare instances that they are, are severely
watered down. This discourse is allowed to exist, and indeed
is encouraged, as it contributes to the illusion of self
determination while at the same time keeping people divided and
bodies that have taken power in this lopsided process crank out
an endless stream of self serving, highly protectionist laws
for their business masters. Honest regulation has also been incrementally
eliminated and is now virtually non existent. This is especially
troubling in the areas of finance. Civility and respect in government
have been replaced with a WWF approach to public communication
that serves only to entertain and keep the public's eye off of
the ball of the real problem in America today - CORRUPTION!
- In many respects
it is as if there is no government at all representing the average
- 2. The
The Judiciary is also under the control of these special business
interests and it too has been lost to the average person. Access
to the court system is directly related to wealth and the size
of one's campaign donations [Texas is a stand out example of
this phenomenon]. The overall disparity in the justice system
can be summed up in this one sentence; Rich white guys never
get the death penalty in America!
opposition is punished and defused in the judiciary by absorbing
the energy and resources of those ensnared in it with selective
and overly harsh judgments and drawn out litigation. Disingenuous
'spite appeals', paid for with your tax dollars, are now commonplace.
Yes there are occasional cases won by highly principled freedom
loving individuals, but these are few and far between.
- 3. Law
Law enforcement has become no more than protectionist muscle
for business interests. The average cop, solely for his pay check,
has now been turned into an unwitting collaborator, violating
Civil Rights with impunity on a daily basis. Arrests of legitimate
political protesters and those who wish to utilize the public
forum have become a shameful epidemic in America. Arrests made
of those who will not be herded into 'First Amendment' zones,
and those who espouse a political philosophy contrary to those
in power, are now made by law enforcement with the full knowledge
of the criminal and political nature of these acts. Many of these
and similar incidents never make the 'crime' reports.
- These smiling
public servants, posing as bona fide law officers, are NO LONGER
your friends and neighbors.
- 4. Mainstream
Gaining control of the political process has been in large part
due to the incremental acquisition of mainstream media which
is now firmly under the ownership and control of special business
interests. It has become in essence a conglomerate info-mercial
hawking their wares and simultaneously functioning as a vast
propaganda machine putting forth their social objectives and
maintaining the illusion of self determination for the individual.
- The broadcast
spectrum, once a rich, highly informative and entertaining public
resource, has become an info-mercial propaganda wasteland where
the concerns and dreams of the average citizen are excluded.
THE ILLUSION - KEY TO CHANGE: If
one can let go of their illusions, and accept the above stated
realities, then it is obvious that expending energy and resources
in these traditional arenas to effect change is a waste of time.
IS VERY IMPORTANT: You must accept that it is a non responsive,
locked up system. Accepting the futility of expending precious
resources in these traditional venues is key to effecting meaningful
and beneficial change. Realize this: Those in control who are
benefiting financially love it when you expend your energies
in these non productive venues. It does not effect them one bit!
Realize also that your tax dollars pay for this grand illusion
serving only to further burden you.
IN - ECONOMIC OUT: There is an old saying, 'Fight fire with fire.'
Those who have gained control of our government and mainstream
media have done so through economic means. They have purchased
their control. It will only be through economic means that control
will be restored to the average citizen. Through value based
spending, 'Pocket Power', we will 'buy back' our
government. This 'repurchase' program will require a united effort
and must be spearheaded by an organization with national stature
and the ability to understand what is at stake here. That organization
already exists in the form of the ACLU.
- A. 'Pocket Power'
is a 'free market' reward/withhold system. Like 'Consumer Reports',
the ACLU should work to create and disseminate a data base of
information that rates how individual companies, industries,
social organizations, religions, municipalities, etc., honor
the Civil Rights of American citizens.
- Those with
high scores will be celebrated publicly and the American public
will be encouraged to purchase their goods and services.
- Those with
low scores, who dishonor Civil Rights, will be publicly exposed
and the public will be encouraged to BOYCOTT their goods and
- B. Results will be printed
in 'Pocket Power' magazine, hardcopy and on-line
distribution. No advertising will be accepted. This effort will
survive or perish on the contributions of those who cherish personal
liberties and freedom.
- C. 'Pocket
magazine will be used as a fund raising device to broaden membership
in the ACLU. It will also be used to disseminate information
about the Constitution, Bill of Rights, Civil Liberties, and
its premise, 'value based spending', etc.
- D. It is expected that
those entities that receive a high Civil Rights rating (CRR)
in 'Pocket Power' magazine will purchase copies
for distribution to celebrate their honorable standing on Civil
Liberties with their various constituencies. Copies will be sold
on newsstands and at fund raising drives. ACLU members will receive
copies as a condition of their membership fees adding value to
- E. Those entities that
have extremely low ratings will go to the top of the list and
be the subject of a highly focused array of public relations
devices designed to show them the error of their evil ways, e.g.,
BOYCOTTS, petitions, public forum protests, letter writing campaigns,
- F. A system of segmenting
entities and collecting information for Civil Rights ratings
- open to all Americans - will be set up and will utilize the
internet and the public forum as favored channels for gathering
information. The ACLU already has in place a complaint gathering
system and it would be easily modified to sort and catalog data
to the decided upon entities. Each state will have an elected,
paid/volunteer staff to add to the data base of information.
Yes it is a very political system, but remember, the one we have
is non responsive and does not meet our needs!
- G. 'Pocket Power'
is a 24/7 system! The beauty of this system is in the 24/7 opportunity
for all citizens to participate, or "vote", with their
money whenever they spend. It will no longer be necessary to
wait two more years for the next election, or for a barely moving
judicial system, to get results. Those self serving businesses
and entities that prosper and benefit from protectionist laws,
created for them through their purchase of government, will fail.
This is truly a system where each citizen can take action each
and every day to restore lost freedoms and further the cause
of equal Civil Liberties for all. It is truly an achievable form
of empowerment for the individual and will restore true self
determination for the individual.
- H. 'Pocket Power'
is not a wealth redistribution scheme, rather it is a Freedom
redistribution scheme that will be achieved mostly through education.
Its goal is equal rights, equal justice and equal opportunity
for all Americans. Articles in 'Pocket Power' magazine
will educate the public to the false rationales underpinning
protectionist laws and expose the true cause and effect relationships
of these laws. Most all societal ills today can be traced back
to these opportunity denying and spirit repressing protectionist
laws. Said another way; people will learn how they have been
criminally denied their God given and Constitutionally guaranteed
rights to better themselves through their own creativity and
- I. It is important to
make 'Pocket Power' the dominant means for change.
High profile ACLU litigation for politically ground breaking
cases such as that which challenges The Patriot Act, and or,
exposes the gross non responsiveness of the judicial system should
be maintained. Remaining resources should be redirected to 'Pocket
petition for change in the present traditional methods and channels
only gives your good name and credibility to a corrupt system.
- This is a
first draft of this proposal. This system will work. It requires
your participation, and that of the ACLU or a similar consortium
of like minded groups. Please forward openly and lobby for its
acceptance by the ACLU or others.