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Jill Dalton
NationofChange / Op-Ed
Published: Wednesday 14 November 2012
“Our Constitution still reads ‘we the people’ not ‘we the corporations.’ It’s up to us to rise up and stand up for our rights and our planet.”

Go Back to Sleep America

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Go back to sleep America.  The election is over.  The “lesser of two evils” or as Glen Ford so aptly labeled him the “more effective evil” has won and all is well with the world.

You cast your faux fear vote for your faux president who was actually selected and installed by the corporate powers to serve the corporate police state that’s been put into place over the past 30 years and is now accelerating at an alarming rate.  The irony is many actually believe their vote matters and global warming doesn’t exist and we’re fighting the good wars and fracking will save us from peak oil and taking our rights away will keep us safe and we’re number one.

Sure we’re number 1.  Number 1 in income inequality, #1 in incarceration rates, #1 in building and exporting weapons, #1 in military spending.  In fact, we’re the #1 terrorist organization on the planet.  Our main exports are: murder, torture, death and destruction.  We’ve managed to create terrorists where there were none.  Terrorism is like a cancer and when it’s attacked it metastases and spreads around the globe.  Our child poverty rate is 23.1% second only to Romania.  We rank in the low 20’s in science and math scores so go back to sleep America.

The sociopaths have taken over the asylum and are hollowing or harvesting our country out from the inside.  Our manufacturing sector has plummeted from 70% in the 1960’s to a meager 17% today.  Corporate power, aided and abetted by our bought and paid for legislators, are exploiting us and destroying the environment in the process. 

I believe these white male supremacist hate the feminine and therefore degrade, defeat, demean, abuse, rape and pillage Mother Earth every chance they get and when she fights back with a Katrina or a Sandy they deny climate change.  These male white supremacists treat us human women with the same distain and disrespect.  They are dangerous dinosaurs that have not evolved and are running scared.  You only have to look at blowhards like O’Reilly or Limbaugh to see the pattern.  But all bullies are really cowards, hiding their fear with racism, sexism and vitriol and when you stand up to a bully they invariable back down as you’ve exposed them for the ugly pathetic little tyrants they are.  Their only power lies in our silence and our obedience. 

We know the truth and we have the power.  Our Constitution still reads “we the people” not “we the corporations.”  It’s up to us to rise up and stand up for our rights and our planet.  For our mother earth, women’s rights, economic equality, a peaceful world, a peaceful homeland, good food, good schools available to all not just the rich, good jobs and healthcare for all.  These are basic human rights.

But we’ve given our power away.  We’re no longer citizens we’re consumers.   We’re passive.  We vote and think we’ve done our civic duty and then go back to sleep till the next bogus election comes around complete with its negative attack ads, non-issues and corporately sponsored participants. 

Issues are never discussed because that would be too dangerous to the corporate state and the American people might wake up and ask, "Yeah, why don’t I have a good job and healthcare, why can’t my kids get a decent education?  Why are we bailing out the bankers and Wall Street and foreclosing on homeowners?  Why are we spending trillions on illegal wars?  Why are our police forces militarized?  Why is my income the same as it was in 1968 while productivity is up and CEO’s are making millions?"  Why?  Because the corporate state is about profit and control and we’re merely pawns in their game of greed where, to borrow from Chris Hedges, “the only word they know is, MORE!” 

They ignore our cries.  50% of all Americans are either in or near poverty.  Our children go to sleep hungry and homeless but we’re too busy propping up a dead system that serves the 1%.  It’s actually much less than the 1% but no need to split hairs here.  Sure the economy works for them.  Their kids go to private schools; they have healthcare, a few nice homes and eat non-GMO food so it works for them.

I received an email from an old friend recently and inside was a rant from a woman proclaiming how all these poor people are freeloading off Obama’s welfare state because they receive food stamps while she, on the other hand, has to work very hard at her job and why should they get a free ride?

I wrote back, “Seriously, she’s concerned about a poor family of four receiving $70 a week in food stamps?  What about Wall Street and the too big to fail banks who’ve been given $16 trillion of our taxpayer dollars or 1 trillion a year being spent on illegal wars.  What about the tax cuts for the rich and them not paying their fair share?”  Seems she’s been indoctrinated, as many have, in the Ayn Rand philosophy.  It’s the let’s blame the victim mentality.  Let’s point the finger at those who have no power, no voice and can’t fight back. 

Her rage is understandable but completely misdirected.  But that’s how the corporate propaganda machine works.  And with many Americans no longer able to think and merely spouting sound bites and platitudes with no real thought process behind them we see how dangerously misguided this (it’s every man/woman for themselves) groupthink has become.

Our school systems are being privatized or corporatized, as they issue standardized tests so students can parrot back the groupthink because people who’re able to think are dangerous to the corporate state.  It’s much harder to manipulate and control us when we’re able to process their crimes and connect the dots. No matter corporatizing our school system will destroy the creativity and ingenuity that Americans are known for.

“We the people” have the power yet we stand silent to these corporate forces and merely obey as our rights are stripped away; our jobs sent overseas, our homes foreclosed upon.  We turn a blind eye to Obama’s drone attacks, illegal wars, collateral damage, “Kill List,” assassinations of American citizens, the signing of the NDAA and H.R. 347.  And like the Germans in the 1930’s we remain mute to these atrocities.

“First they came for the socialists, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a socialist.

Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a Jew.

Then they came for me, and there was no one left to speak for me.”

Martin Niemöller (1892–1984

Go back to sleep America. 

And don’t forget to numb out by watching “Dancing With the Stars,” or some other mindless reality TV show and fake corporate news that doesn’t deal with any real issues just like the campaign and the faux debates because remember, “You can’t handle the truth.”  And if all else fails we can always entertain ourselves by shopping for cheap stuff made in China at Wal-Mart we don’t need as long as we’re distracted and preoccupied the powers that be have us right where they want us and will continue to loot, murder, plunder and steal.

And now it’s time to get austerity passed.  It’s time for Obama’s grand bargain with the Republicans, which he can’t wait to install and we all see how well that’s working in Europe with their massive demonstrations.  I believe Obama was put into office to do what no Republican could ever get away with.  He’s here to tell us they’re cutting Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. 

No one would dare mention all our fiscal problems could be rectified by allowing the Bush/Obama tax cuts for the rich to expire, reducing the military budget, ending these illegal wars, bringing our troops home. Do we really need them in Germany and England almost 70 years after WWII?

Go back to sleep America.

And with the advent of Citizens United both parties have been co-opted by big money and are beholding to their corporate puppet masters.

The Republicans make no bones about it.  They tell us they hate everyone who isn’t white, male and rich.  Okay, I don’t like it but at least they tell you to your face, “We hate you, we’re stealing your stuff: Social Security, killing Medicare and Medicaid because we hope you get sick and die and we’re giving all your money to our fat, rich billionaire friends, we’re killing all entitlements except corporate entitlements, we’re looting the treasury and we don’t care what you say.  We’re “the deciders.” They claim to purport free trade, which is anything but and the Ayn Rand philosophy of go f**k yourself.  We’re rugged “I got mine so who cares about you” individualist and while we’re at it we’re going to drown government in the bathtub as we collect our fat government pensions, free healthcare, FEMA help and whatever else the government wants to dole out all the while proclaiming how horrible “entitlements” are.

But honestly, I guess I prefer that to the liver lilied Democrats who feel the same way about us but lie about it to our faces in their Bill Clinton, “I feel your pain” and “this is going to hurt me more than it hurts you” bull crap kind of way.  I’d rather know where I stand than listen to their sniveling excuses and lies.

So now it’s time for Obama’s grand bargain.  Obama and the Democrats will pretend they’ve got our backs and the Republicans will refuse to do anything but cry fowl and demand more tax cuts for the rich or “job creators” as they’ve falsely renamed them.  If that were true we’d be rolling in new jobs.  Then Obama will make his usual pathetic excuses, “Gee sorry, kids I tried but the Republicans are just so mean and I have no backbone and no negotiating skills and no character and it’s the best I could do and can’t we all just get along?" 

“Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong, which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.” 

Frederick Douglass

This is why all change is and always has always been brought about by social movements.  It's truly up to “we the people” to change things.  It’s up to us to raise holly hell and demand our constitutional rights, demand a green sustainable economy, demand single payer for all, demand Social Security be protected, demand an end to these illegal wars of aggression, demand an end to the bank bailouts, demand the too big to fail banks be broken up, demand economic equality, demand decent paying jobs, demand an end to torture and prosecuting whistleblowers, demand accountability for the bankers and Wall Street crooks as well as the Bush/Cheney/Obama criminality.  These men are traitors to the U.S. Constitution and should be held accountable and until “we the people” demand justice nothing will change. 

I was grateful to see Elizabeth Warren won her Senate seat along with other progressive candidates such as Alan Grayson, Sherrod Brown, Harkeem Jeffries and Tammy Baldwin.  According to Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC) progressives took 30 seats in all defeating several right wing extremists but we cannot rely on them either.  It’s up to us.

As for Obama my prayer is Americans will wake up and smell the corruption.  Our consciousness will be raised and we’ll demand our civil liberties back, demand a stop to drone attacks, illegal wars, assassinations of American citizens, refuse to be spied on, or illegally searched at airports but alas Americans seem to love giving their rights away.  The American dream has become a nightmare.

In Nader's new book:  "17 Solutions,” he assures us, “It’d only take 1% of the population to take up their civic duty as a hobby to turn this ship around.  It’s easier than you think,” he espouses.  "We must organize, attend rallies, occupy local congressional offices with specific demands, occupy courtrooms" and demand our rights.  It’s up to us to do it.  Stop capitulating at every turn. 

We must hold this president accountable.  We’ve put no pressure on this guy and he’s run slipshod over the Constitution and us and very few seem to notice or care.  By voting for “the lesser evil,” (I voted for Jill Stein) the so-called liberals are not only accessories to his crimes but have rendered themselves officially irrelevant.  And just because you voted for him doesn’t mean he’s got your best interest at heart.  It doesn’t matter what he says.  It’s what he does that counts.

The Unions, what’s left of them and, in fact, the entire liberal class has sold out.  So forget about them.  They’re a waste of time.  Focus on solutions not problems.  Whatever we put our attention on multiplies.  Solutions.  Action.  “We the people” have the power but like Sleeping Beauty we've fallen asleep.  Obama’s no Prince Charming.  There will be no revivifying kiss.  His power lies in us staying asleep.

Come on.  We’re Americans.  Get it together. It’s up to us.  We allowed this insanity to happen by ignoring the truth and now it’s time to act before it’s too late.  No more excuses.  No more fighting over wedge issues.  The whole point is to keep "we the people" distracted and divided, fighting over nonsense so the corporate powers can continue to rape, pillage and steal from us. It’s the oldest trick in the book.

“United we stand, divided we fall.”

Patrick Henry

If we’re to survive as a species and a country we must come together and take back our rights, our dignity and our Constitution.  We only need to remember the truth and act.

Go back to sleep America at your own peril. 

ABOUT Jill Dalton

Jill Dalton is a recovering army brat/writer/performer who has appeared in film and television as well as performing her solo plays in New York and around the country. Most recently she can be seen in and consulted for William Hurt on the HBO film, “Too Big To Fail.” Her articles have been published on: Dandelion Salad, RSN, OpEdNews Progressive Activists Voice & NationofChange. Her book, "Is It Fascism Yet?" is available on

If you are old enough to

If you are old enough to remember Pogo, "I've seen the enemy and it is us."
This article nailed it.

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Good article. You touched on

Good article. You touched on the main problem of planet Earth, the white race. Whether it's the white male, or the doting white woman who leans over HIS shoulder clucking her approval, white people have brought the entire bio-sphere to the point of DEATH. And it looks bad, gasoline is selling plenty, oil people are crowing over massive finds of shale oil. Just think, if someone does manufacture a contagious epidemic disease that wipes out the human, then what happens to the thousands of off shore oil wells? Simple, in the absence of humans to control them, they rupture and gush oil over the entire surface of the oceans! THE END!

Hold on a minute there,

Hold on a minute there, fellow human. Although I agree that corporate pigishness is responsible for many of the world's ills - I don't blame just white people for that. It seems to me that non-whites are the ones most responsible for of the main causes of global warming. There are simply too many humans for the earth to regenerate itself any longer. Most of this is the result of brainwashing by antiquated religions such as Catholicism, Muslims, et al - all ignorant belief systems championing the disempowerment of women. Witness - most of the Hispanics here in California driving HUGE gas-guzzling SUVs to transport their evidence of over-breeding. Fundamental planetary degradation by the multiplying swarm of human locusts is not the sole domain of the white race, nor is the unbelievably stupid practice of deforestation to grow palm oil, etc. (Africans, Asians), exterminating rhinos and elephants for the ignorant, superstitious belief in their weenie-enhancing powers (Chinese) - all done by the indigenous populations to make a buck. Seems to me that humans in general are selfish, myopic, greedy and don't care one iota for the world at large, including it's non-human inhabitants, or anything beyond the end of their noses, resulting in the current state of our poor, overextended environment. Maybe reading more sources would enable one to better obtain the "big picture". I could go on and on with endless other examples, but suffice to say that greed, selfishness, and lazy passivity are certainly not exclusively Caucasian, my friend.

Marx warned of the "temporary

Marx warned of the "temporary distractions" that Capitalism provides while insidious forces of elitism are busy enriching themselves and undermining any concepts of justice. Go out onto the streets of any major (or minor) American city today. How many people (particularly young but older as well) are, the minute they exit a building, "glued" in seeming utter fascination to their ubiquitous I-phones? The revolution you allude to, without actually saying so, will only occur if and when a majority of the people's "attention"can be garnered for more than a passing moment. There were good people in Nazi Germany too...who watched sickened and powerless as their country was taken over by madmen. And there were a lot less "diversions" to contend with back then. The solution is written across the pages and events of history. When things actually get bad enough, for enough people, then we'll see what you rightfully demand. Until then, we'll "Dance With the Stars."

Oh! I understand. But,

Oh! I understand. But, America is a good country. They are powerful and can't sleep as a lot of countries depend in it.

Thank you Jill for your call

Thank you Jill for your call to become more active. I only want to say that even though I did not vote for Obama I am encouraged by the fact that corporations that supported him in 2008 openly opposed him in 2012. I would like to believe that this opposition came up, in part, because corporate types still recognize some features of the old community organizer in Obama. I sure hope so and I expect him to act more boldly in his last four years. More important, I expect lots of people to respond to your call to go beyond elections and continue to build on the strength of movements like Occupy Wall Street.

Our government was corrupt

Our government was corrupt for 8 years because Bush and Cheney distorted our federal tax code to favor the corporations that outsourced American jobs and granted the richest American citizens tax breaks that they did not ask for. In addition, they caused the Iraq war based on contrived information that Weapons of Mass Destruction existed in that country. In addition there was the Afghanistan debacle. Both of these wars were conducted on money borrowed from China and the real purpose of them was to continue uninterrupted importation to the US of crude oil from the Mideast countries so that Exxon and the other four big US oil companies could continue to enjoy their massive profits and exorbitant tax breaks. Cheney’s Halliburton made enormous profits from their participation in these wars. All of this was not enough for their greed. So they refused to enforce financial regulations and that resulted in the billions of dollars of fraudulent Mortgage Backed Securities (MBS’s) assembled by Goldman Sachs that were sold to unsuspecting investors and banks all over the world. Of course as we all know as soon as it was discovered that these MBS’s were made up mostly of mortgages that were destined to be foreclosed on our big banks had to be bailed out with tax payer money. (To throw salt in our wounds, Goldman Sachs shorted the MBS investment packages as soon as they were sold and made a really big bundle of dough on their failure.) So the debts incurred from two unnecessary wars plus the financial crash resulting from fraudulent investment packages plus the horrendous tax breaks given to the very rich plus the outsourcing of American jobs that destroyed our middle class all adds up and the sum total resulted in the near depression and still existing recession we have been experiencing since 2008.
So in addition to the foregoing, where are we now? Let me put it this way: I am 78 years old and from when I was only four years old I remember my father saying "Money talks"! Of course that was only a colloquialism of the time that meant exclusively “You can get what you want if you paid enough money for it!” However, now that I am a mature, well educated and experienced adult, I know the difference between speech and money. However, our current Supreme Court Justice Scalia (who naively took the old colloquial expression literally) has ruled that "money is speech". This gross distortion coupled with another of his gross distortions; i.e., "Corporations are people" has encouraged and made legal an infinite amount of money (that could total billions of dollars or more) that U.S. Corporations can contribute to U.S. elected members of our U.S. Congress to assure adoption of their preferred policies and legislation. Our Supreme Court voted that their action is protected by our Constitution’s freedom of speech proviso. As a result, the Corporations' massive amounts of money funneled through an inordinately large number of lobbyists to our members of Congress "speaks" so loudly that the voices of ordinary U.S. citizens are not heard or ignored by our elected Representatives and Senators. This is not Democracy (government by the people). It is a form of Plutocracy (government by the wealthy). This is the insidious compelling and all powerful force that is the real problem causing the gridlock we have been experiencing in our U.S. Congress. I respectfully submit that nothing is going to improve in Washington D.C. until this crippling situation is changed. And, the ONLY way it can be changed is to take the money out of American politics. To make this change, because our Supreme Court approved what Justice Scalia maintains, we must amend our U.S. Constitution. The basic Amendment is set forth in - so click on this link or paste it into your browser and see if you would like to sign the petition. Enough signatures are needed to get a two thirds vote in both our House of Representatives and Senate. Again -

Well, let's see, since

Well, let's see, since you've managed to dismiss, insult or accuse of selling out most of your natural allies in this movement....who exactly are you expecting to show up? And, just out of curiosity, were your corporate network soap opera acting jobs before or after enlightenment? Just sayin'

Jill, Please stay out of my


Please stay out of my mind or I'll sue you for plagiarism. (grin)

You did gooder. This is what I had to say when I linked your article on FaceBook:

If you read this, many, if not most of you, will find it quite discomfiting. Expect this radical approach to grow in power and voice as American empire waxes and wanes into unstoppable contraction. That must be so because for the first time in the human experience it's not just one country or locale, but the whole of Eaarth in a grinding fix. We can't fight our way out of this by attacking the other, because we are all in the same leaky green sphere on a limitless ocean.

She speaks for me and our ranks are growing, a whole lot more than our brutal, sick, militarized corporate economy. I never thought I'd say anything like that. I was sleeping.

Truer words were never

Truer words were never written. Most people spend less than an hour a year on anything political...I read that in a Pol Si book years ago...and it shows. How liberals and progressives could vote for a moderate, lesser, republican is unreal. But then the choice was perceived to be (don't know for sure because he never served) radical, more so evil, republican. From day one the Obama house party people and other Obama cheerleaders were so indoctrinated by corporate DNC propaganda they never look to see what other choices were out there, they threw away their big stick of, forcing discussions on the issues (Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Indefinite Detention, Kill List, Drone Killings, Taxing Equity, Education to name a few). As we have seen since 2008, vote getting rhetoric isn't binding. So now we have a lame duck, lesser who will do just as he pleases to please just who he did for four years. And those that voted for him will deny all his the wrong doing and make up excuses, and whine about the government and Republicans. Should you point out that the house party, cheerleaders are the cause you are branded as a Neocon Tea party shill. Well it's not the government people, it's the people YOU vote in to govern us.

We lost nearly everything in

We lost nearly everything in a decades-long (futile) effort to feed the corporate beast, hoping it would protect us, or at least trying to keep it pacified. It didn't work. It has never worked. We need to get the beast back in its cage, under control. (Note: This isn't the first time we replaced "the best interests 0f the country" with a fear of what would happen if we didn't get the corporate beast under control. History shows us that it can be done, and the nation can thrive again.)

Great essay! These are the

Great essay! These are the consequences of a government run to address corporate needs, not citizens' needs.

I voted straight Green Party to send a message that we're fed up with the corruption. Unfortunately too many progressives were duped by the good-cop/bad-cop scam, and voted Democratic out of fear of the Republicans.

Too many people are under the impression that a third party has to get 51% of the vote in the very next election, or they've failed. They fail to see that building an opposition party is a PROCESS that spans multiple elections.

Now that the election is over, we can get back to using the Occupy Movement to effect social change. The police have cleared the occupations, but the people are still here, waiting for an opportunity to have an impact.

Individuals are powerless, but there's strength in numbers. We need to see which Occupy actions have been effective, then duplicate them nationally and internationally.

I think the recent international strikes against the Austerity Movement in Europe are very encouraging; this is the first time I've seen workers in different countries unite against their common enemy: The 1% who exploit them no matter which country they live in. We, in the US, need to join this.

I believe that many people

I believe that many people would vote for a 3rd or even 4th party candidate but know that their vote will take away from the better of the 2 candidates that have been offered. That situation needs to change to break away from the 2 party system and someone needs to figure out how to make that happen. Until then, voting for someone other than one of the 2 establishment proffered candidates will most likely result in the worser of the two winning. I don't have an answer , but I believe that is the problem that needs a solution. Or actually if we abolished the Electoral College and just had a popular vote election, would that level the playing field?

It is indeed a great essay.

It is indeed a great essay. And thanks Alan (and others) who voted Green.

Actually, any third party vote, even for a "crazy" party, is probably better than the main parties. Even the conservative parties don't want to have war absent a declaration from Congress.

We just have to come up with some solutions to make our elections meaningful. Maybe ranked voting? Or maybe we need fewer members of Congress so that the fewer ones are more powerful and can thus balance the executive?

Or maybe it really is time for various states to leave the union.

At least that would cut down on the wars.

Not just workers, actually,

Not just workers, actually, but all those who have effectively been pushed out of the job market, out of the economy, i.e., the poor. The post-Reagan generation of Americans is oddly afraid to address poverty in a country where not everyone can work, and where we simply don't have jobs for all who need one. Since the 1980s, several trillion taxpayer dollars have been redistributed upward, always said to be necessary for job creation. Look at the results. We now have a fraction of the jobs, at worsening wages, with a level of hopeless poverty not seen in decades.

Speak it sister. Want to come

Speak it sister. Want to come to a conference next October on how to fix the Rhode Island economy through ecological healing and economic justice since none of the old crap works any more, if it ever did?

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