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    That is why more than 2,600 American patriots have pledged to risk arrest in Democracy Spring, a massive nonviolent sit-in at the U.S. Capitol this April.
    2600? Wow! What a crowd.....

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    I just hope they remember to pick up the trash or pay for trash and grounds clean up in advance. Taxpayers certainly shouldn't have to pay for it.
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    Thousands Pledge to Get Arrested in D.C. Protests Next Month

    24 Mar 2016

    The leaders of Democracy Spring, a coalition of far-left groups plotting a mass civil disobedience movement to begin next month, told Breitbart News they have already confirmed 2,912 protesters who pledged specifically to risk arrest.

    Those protesters signed an option on the coalition’s website explicitly stating, “I pledge to be one among thousands who will risk arrest to save democracy in DC between April 11 – 16.”

    Other pledge options for protests include:

    *I pledge to come to Washington DC to support the sit in through legal protest but cannot risk arrest.
    *I want to join the march from Philadelphia to Washington DC, sometime between April 2 – 11.
    *I want to volunteer to help organize this campaign.
    Kai Newkirk, Democracy Spring’s campaign director, explained that his team called each of the 2,912 protesters pledging to risk arrest and spent about twenty minutes on the phone expounding on the movement’s goals as well as helping to coordinate travel and logistics.

    “People are coming from Montana, Seattle, and other states around the country,” Newkirk told Breitbart News in a phone interview. “They are driving, taking buses, flying, because there are so many people from across the political spectrum that are just tired of the status quo of a democracy that works for the super rich and not for the everyday American. They want to take this stand to say enough.”

    Newkirk said he is “confident” that “if Congress doesn’t respond to our demands and they would rather send people to jail, then it will be the largest civil disobedience of the century.”

    “We are committed to non-violence,” he stressed. “That is the principle of our campaign.”

    Newkirk’s statements were affirmed by Peter James Callahan, communications director for Democracy Spring, who joined Newkirk on the phone for the Breitbart News interview.

    Next month’s Democracy Spring chaos is set to begin with a meetup on April 2 at the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia. The group then plans to march across the East Coast and initiate a sit-in in Washington, DC, starting April 11.

    Updates to the group’s website stress April 11 as the intended main escalation.

    The updated logistics page now states: “We want to make the biggest impact on day one: Monday, April 11th. With massive participation on April 11th, we’ll have the momentum and energy to break through as a national media story and mobilize the support to carry us through the 16th and beyond.”

    Newkirk confirmed that the plan is to start with a big splash on April 11.

    ‘Largest civil disobedience action of the century’

    Last week, this reporter penned a widely-read article documenting that with little fanfare and almost no news media attention, some of the same radical groups involved in shutting down Donald Trump’s Chicago rally earlier this month are plotting a mass civil disobedience movement under the banner of Democracy Spring.

    They intend to march across the East Coast in order to spark a “fire that transforms the political climate in America.”

    Democracy Spring is threatening “drama in Washington” with the “largest civil disobedience action of the century,” replete with the arrest of thousands of their own activists.

    “We will demand that Congress listen to the People and take immediate action to save our democracy. And we won’t leave until they do — or until they send thousands of us to jail,” the Democracy Spring website declares, channelling rhetoric from the Occupy movement.

    The group is backed by numerous organizations, including the George Soros-funded groups, the Institute for Policy Studies, and Demos.

    The pro-Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has been playing a prominent role in organizing anti-Trump activism, including in the recent shutdown of the billionaire’s rally at the University of Illinois at Chicago Pavilion.

    Another group endorsing Democracy Spring is the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA). The DSA’s Chicago branch drove protesters to the nixed Chicago Trump event, as this reporter exposed.

    The AFL-CIO, the nation’s largest labor federation, announced in a press release earlier this month it is “all in behind Democracy Spring,” perhaps indicating significant mobilization.

    What do the radicals claim to want?

    Despite the fact that many of the main groups endorsing Democracy Spring are funded by billionaire Soros, the group complains that “American elections are dominated by billionaires and big money interests who can spend unlimited sums of money on political campaigns to protect their special interests at the general expense.”

    But if the status quo goes unchallenged, the 2016 election — already set to be the most billionaire-dominated, secret money-drenched, voter suppression-marred contest in modern American history — will likely yield a President and a Congress more bound to the masters of big money than ever before.

    The stage is set for a bold intervention to turn the tinder of passive public frustration into a fire that transforms the political climate in America, that sparks a popular movement that can’t be stopped

    The group continues:

    We will demand that Congress listen to the People and take immediate action to save our democracy. And we won’t leave until they do — or until they send thousands of us to jail, along with the unmistakable message that our country needs a new Congress, one that that will end the legalized corruption of our democracy and ensure that every American has an equal voice in government.

    The leaders of the group have already held training sessions, the website says. Democracy Spring states it is requiring “mandatory nonviolent civil disobedience trainings twice a day for those risking arrest from April 11th-16th.”

    For those arrested, the group says it has already secured the legal aid of an unnamed lawyer “with decades of experience with civil disobedience cases.”

    “He is leading a team of pro-bono lawyers who will provide legal counsel and representation for all participants who risk arrest as part of this campaign,” the website continues.

    Democracy Spring is threatening “drama in Washington” that cannot be ignored: “With hundreds of patriotic Americans being sent to jail, day after day for at least a week — simply for sitting in to save our democracy — the drama in Washington will rock the business-as-usual cycle of this election and catapult this critical issue on to center stage.”

    The group says that it is not plotting violence.

    The website posts the following rules for those engaging in civil disobedience:

    We will use no violence, verbal or physical, toward any person.

    We will maintain an attitude of openness and respect toward all we encounter in our actions.

    We will not destroy or damage any property.

    We will carry no weapons or any means of physical defense, including shields.

    We will not wear masks or otherwise conceal our faces or identities.

    We will exercise personal and collective responsibility to ensure that all participants adhere to this agreement.

    Despite the involvement of groups active in opposing Trump, Democracy Spring’s website does not mention Trump by name. In December, Newkirk interrupted Trump at a CNN-hosted GOP debate, saying, “The American people deserve free and fair elections, not billionaire auctions.”
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    Trump so far is right about everything.

    Democracy Spring is strange. What is it they really want? It sounds like they want something simple like no private money going into political campaigns. Well, someone has to pay for them, and it should be people, voters, or the candidates themselves.

    Here's an idea for Democracy Spring. Support the FairTax which eliminates all income based taxes. One of the advantages of the FairTax is it removes all federal income taxes on businesses and corporations. There are still a few excise taxes left after the repeal of all income taxes, but the value of that revenue is small around less than $50 billion a year, and not worth the political consequences so they should be repealed after the FairTax is passed and implemented.

    Once the FairTax is passed and all other excise taxes are removed, guess what? Businesses and corporations are no longer paying any tax, consumers are paying all the taxes, as they should. At that point, we can pass a law that prohibits all business and corporate contributions to federal political campaigns. The reason they can contribute now is because of "no taxation without representation". Remove the taxes and they are no longer eligible for representation. They can still lobby in the sense of forming their groups and speaking out about an issue, they can still testify about their interests or the impact of policies and laws on their enterprise before Congress, they can still form public awareness and voter education campaigns about specific issues. But they would not be able to participate financially in federal political campaigns or SUPER PACS that promote or oppose a candidate for federal political office. If they want TPP, they can run ads about TPP. If they want Open Borders, they can run ads about Open Borders just as those of US who oppose Open Borders and want our immigration laws enforced and illegal aliens removed from the country. Prohibiting those types of advertising would be restrictions on free speech, which is what the Citizens United ruling was about, so everyone would still have all their rights.

    I believe this FairTax is the only way to ever truly get our country back in a way that lasts, because it returns the political power of our country back to the people of the United States. They say "follow the money". And that's exactly what the FairTax does. No corporate or business taxes, no contribution to political campaigns.

    Successful "movements" are based on policies, not general fluff talk. That's why Trump has been so successful thus far, his campaign although you wouldn't know it from the media coverage is completely policy-based. He wants to fix the trade deals and reverse this disaster. He wants to stop illegal immigration, deport illegal aliens, and pause legal immigration because we have too much of it at this time.

    Trump also wants to fix the tax code with tax cuts starting out and then I believe he's going to move towards the FairTax. He made a statement that he likes the FairTax but went with the tax cuts starting out because he thought it would be faster to implement out of the gate, and he might be right. If Congress gives a different signal, he might move straight in with the FairTax. We'll just have to wait and see, but either way, he knows to compete, we have to drop tax rates and cut unnecessary spending to fix the budget.

    Trump wants a system to provide health care to everyone, but not through a government system like Obama Care, a free market system without state lines, a simple repeal of McCarran-Ferguson Act of 1945 does that, that also allows for federal regulation of the insurance industry like all other industries and businesses in the United States including the enforcement of the Sherman Anti-Trust Act to ensure competitiveness within the system, which is not the case today because the McCarran-Ferguson Act EXEMPTS the insurance industry from the Sherman Anti-Trust Act if regulated by a state. Can you believe this? In 1945, the Democrats did this to the American People after the industry lost a US Supreme Court case. Trump wants to fix that, that's what he's talking about when he says "remove the lines", a position that Marco Rubio ridiculed. Well, poor Marco.

    Trump wants to protect and properly fund Social Security, which I strongly support.

    Trump wants to fix the VA so our Veterans can go either to a VA facility or any other facility for treatment, their choice based on where they live and what's best for them. In some cases the VA facilities might be the best because the VA has a lot of specialized treatment for war type wounds, but when that specialization isn't needed or wanted depending on the facility, then Veterans should be able to go anywhere and have the bill paid by taxpayers as part of their benefits for having served our country.

    Trump wants to rebuild our infrastructure and military and he'll figure out ways to pay for it.

    Trump also wants to change our failed foreign policy and instead of spending our time on fuzzy and so far failed relationships with Muslim Tribes of one type or another, focus on important relationships with Russia, China, Europe and major Latin American and African relationships that can truly bring peace on earth and do so without draining the American Treasury paying for it all. This is not our responsibility to pay for everything. It just isn't. And Trump wants to stay out of Wars that have nothing to do with US.

    So what American, regardless of party affiliation, is opposed to Trump's Poliicies? Don't we all want immigration stopped, our trade deals restructured to benefit our country and citizens, a better tax system that can balance the budget quickly, protect Social Security, improve health care and other benefits for our Veterans, and improve our infrastructure and military? Who is opposed to any of that? Very few people are opposed to Trump and his Policies.

    The only people who are opposed to Trump are people who either don't know his policies because the media never reports them or they are part of the problem and the support the policies like immigration and trade that Trump wants to reverse.

    So since his enemies and opponents can't fight him on policies, they manufacture these side issues and dare to call a man a racist who isn't one, a bigot who isn't one, a xenophobe who isn't one, and a sexist who isn't one.

    When will the unbiased media start accurately reporting the facts about this crucial Presidential election? I guess when we have an unbiased media. So how about it media? Do you want to destroy the integrity of your own livelihoods and go broke because you couldn't or wouldn't do your jobs? It's your call, but I think this is the last campaign that you'll have any relevancy in if you don't start covering the stories without bias and prejudice.

    Americans have fought and died to protect your rights of free press. They've done that for centuries now to have access to information, to rely upon a relationship that delivers great wealth to your enterprises in return for the truth about what's going on in our country. Americans didn't do that to support and protect biased propaganda organizations, they did that to be informed voters and citizens of a great nation based on an honest truth-telling free press. But, you aren't holding up your end of the bargain and by failing to do so you have breached the trust between your business and the American People.

    If you think that breach can survive 2016, then you are tragically mistaken.
    Last edited by Judy; 03-25-2016 at 03:31 AM.
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