In support of, and in solidarity for the trans-national internet protest against the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), SugarFree Goodies is joining most of the web tomorrow by “going dark” on Wednesday, January 18, 2012. There will be no reports or comments posted here, though I will of course continue to oversee and support the daily menus of Protocol Participants.
For those unfamiliar with SOPA and its devastating consequences for Freedom and Free Speech if passed, you can read more here: Wikipedia Goes Dark In Protest of SOPA
It’s turning out to be quite the week for liberty with a capital L. First, MLK’s birthday let us reflect on his main message, delivered so many decades ago with such prescience: That racism is bad, but the institutionalization of poverty created by those in Washington in favor of subsidizing the very wealthy and powerful instead, keeps everyone beneath them in a form of economic and political slavery.
Today is a day to reflect on the still-alive (though I would argue on life-support) birthright of every American: to band together to use the vote to help the majority of those of us in the 99%. Because today the “Recall Scott Walker” (Governor of Wisconsin) petitions will be turned into the election authorities. Although the petition organizers refused to say yesterday how many signatures they recorded, they did say they had enough to withstand any challenge. And not only that. Apparently they gathered so many signatures, they will be able to force a recall vote on the Lt. Governor and every one of the higher up Scott henchmen who helped sneak in that horrendous anti-labor, anti-union law last year.
I predict that Walker and his cronies will be tossed out on their monied rears this year, despite the tens of millions spent on his behalf by
the Koch Brothers his anonymous supporters during the recall election. That will hopefully send shock waves through each Republican Governor elected during the Right Tide of 2010, who immediately discarded their campaign platforms in the mistaken belief that they had been elected King For Life. Yes, I’m talking to you, Rick Snyder, Michigan Dictator.
Rounding out the week is the SOPA protest. If you have a blog or website, I hope you will join in the protest. When Ben Franklin left the Continental Congress after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, a woman approached him as he entered the park.
“Mr. Franklin,” she said, “what have you given us?”
“A Republic, Ma’am,” he replied, “if you can keep it.”
Getting a true democratic Republic is always difficult. Retaining it is infinitely more difficult, not least because the fight to keep it, and the vigilance against those who would usurp it for their own gains, must go on forever.