Yesterday I introduced the concept of The People’s Champions for discussion and refinement by the community. This is a continuing exploration of the concept, please join in!
It is the politics of fear that have brought us to this sorry turn. If there is one thing that Bushco can be said to have done well (besides making the rich obscenely richer and the poor obscenely poorer and kill folks) it is their masterful use of the politics of fear. They cowed Congress, they cowed the press and with a few exceptions…they cowed the populace. This phenomenon is far from over. It will be on prominent display from now until the election…and beyond.
It is manifested most clearly in the Emperors New Clothes metaphor, where no one of prominence has survived standing up and pointing. Every person who has done this has been smeared marginalized or ignored. The lesson was well learned and is still observed. But the proverbial (impeachment free) table is turning. His lame duckness, the weakness of his successor and the nations desire for change are conspiring against him. As are the sands of time that are removing us from the trauma of 9/11, the trauma that made that fear the most powerful force in the land.
Obama is a symbol of that…but as a symbol he is perhaps most enduringly affected by it. He cannot buck the fear to0 hard without incurring a backlash….from those forces and voters who still treasure or use that fear. Due to the success of the ‘wedge issue effect’ of that fear that has succeeded in dividing the nation, he cannot be seen to be “angry,” or attack Bushco other than on pure policy grounds. That would be ‘shrill’ or ‘looney.’ He, as I have previously stated, needs surrogates to attack for him. The Peoples Champions would be one aspect of that strategy. These three Great Men, backed by a citizen coalition could attack Bushco….and metaphorically live to tell the tale. In fact I think this is what it will take, since we have exhausted nearly every other option. Is it possible? It is certainly worth a try!
The general public needs to be both informed and reminded of Bushco’s crimes. They need to be kept in the public eye and consciousness as much as possible…both for purposes of the continuing quest of (bad) precedent destroying justice….and to help prevent a ‘third term’ by Bush’s successor, John McCain.
A well publicized collaboration of these three prominent figures, along with a second tier of people like John Dean, Bruce Fein, Gore Vidal, Bill Moyers, Jonathan Turley…and essentially anyone else that has seen and commented on the criminal abuses of the Bush administration, would act as a reminder, an education, a political ‘weapon’ and a foundation for preventing the crimes of the Bush administration from being swept under the rug. As well as a deterrent for future abuses. As was NOT the case with Iran Contra and the details of Watergate. As well as impeding the possibilities of mass pardons as Bush leaves office.
How do we “do it?” Assuming we can interest these (or other) prominent figures. How do we utilize their influence?
brobin came up with one part of the scenario yesterday…
The way to approach this, imo, is to have the three of them team up and call for a Presser (President Carter can pull this one off). At the presser they would state their intensions, list the people that will be working with them (like some of the great names here) and then set up a series of public event meetings in a town hall style where they would break off into individual teams. Carter with Moyers and etc. Gore with Dean and etc. Edwards with Elizabeth lol!
They could then storm the nation and bring their message to ALL of the people, and they WOULD get press coverage!
Press conferences, policy statements, releases of new information and developments in the context of Bushco abuses…
…. all with the ultimate goal of….pushing for Special Prosecutors or Congressional Commissions/Committees to investigate the past eight years thoroughly.
So if you think this is a good idea, here are the things we need to develop before putting the idea into wider circulation:
Framing, what is the most effective way to present Bushcos crimes?
Framing 2, what is the best way to present the idea to the principles?
Recruitment ‘incentives,’ for the principles…but first to gather enough of a base in the blogosphere and beyond to make the principles take notice? How do we get The People involved?
New and better outreach tools. For this and other People Powered campaigns, we need to be working and thinking about what boils down to better free publicity. The continuing problem of getting beyond the box of the blogosphere.
What else do we need? What else can we do?
How do we carry the fight for justice forward from here?