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An open letter to all politicians

Politicians have a difficult job representing a varied constituency. But you function under certain “givens” with which I cannot agree.

You tell us what “the American people” are thinking, and in the past we believed you. In public you swear to uphold the Constitution of Colorado or the Constitution of the United States. Privately, you acknowledge that you must bow to the “power structure” and “political realities.” These are just labels. We, the public, often accept them as real because you, the politicians in positions of power, say they are real. You say the public just does not understand “political realities” because we don’t deal with them every day.

What we deal with every day are the true realities, the realities of nature, such as the fires around Colorado that kill people and destroy property. We deal with terrible health problems, pollution of our air and water, and loss of property values that occur as a result of fracking for natural gas, which you say you must permit because “political realities” demand it. We deal with the consequences of a broken social contract.

Your “power structure” is a euphemism for multinational corporations and the .01% who pay for your campaigns and to whom you remain indebted. But there are other power structures. One power is the people, who are beginning to wake up and get their information from their actual experience instead of constant, force-fed propaganda. The Colorado Constitution confers on all individuals in the state certain inalienable rights, including “the right of enjoying and defending their lives and liberties; of acquiring, possessing and protecting property; and of seeking and obtaining happiness.” (Art II, Sec. 3) There is nothing “inalienable” about your “power structure” and your “political realities.” You could be indebted directly to the people’s vote and be free to work for the common good. Or you can continue, for a time, to rely on votes bought by devious means.

You dupe us by saying that everything is terribly complicated. But only falsehood is complicated! When you tell the people one thing and do something completely different to please corporate masters, you complicate the problem.

The solutions to our current problems are actually simple. Create jobs with investments in infrastructure and clean energy instead of promoting and subsidizing dirty fossil fuels. Fund education and support genuine learning instead of ineffective and dubious testing. Provide Medicare for all. End the wars for oil. And guarantee that our elections are clean and fair rather than sold to the highest bidder while voters are stripped of their rights. These things are actually simple and achievable. They are made difficult only because it is difficult to maintain a lie in the face of the truth.

In response to the fires behind his home and along the Front Range, a wise friend of mine said, “Nature is having her say.” Yes she is, and she is not bought by money or swayed by propaganda. Will you work with her or choose to work against her very real power?

We occupy. We hope you will, too.

Nothing in nature takes more than its share.” “I Am,” Tom Shadyac, director.

Every weekday morning most Americans walk into the jaws of a beast that is consuming our world. They do it willingly or unwillingly, wittingly or unwittingly, helpless not to contribute to an economic engine that drives without a brake. Like cancer it has an endless appetite for growth and like cancer it masquerades as healthy behavior.

To those around it, it seems normal, as normal as earning a living. Its grasping energy fixes our attention on money as a scarce and essential commodity and ensures our participation through the mechanism of debt. We occupy Wall Street and elsewhere to illuminate a diseased condition. This beast of endless consumption is not who we are even though its life is fed by our lives and its appetite by our own.

This relentless cycle is in fact a Ponzi scheme that will destroy our world in an endgame of extinction.

We occupy to assert our inalienable right as human persons to enjoy a future for ourselves and our children and their children to an untold generation. We occupy to free ourselves from the infection the beast has spawned within us. We occupy to free future generations from indenture to the beast. We occupy in the faith that the human spirit will not rest until freedom and a peace based on justice govern human affairs, will not rest until our world is encircled by a vibrant nature.

Spring is coming; we hope at some point you will join us.