June 1st, 2012
By Johnny Tremaine -- President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, freeing the slaves and granting them
the same rights and freedoms as all other Americans. This is a time in which Republicans -- in service to their economic royalist, corporate masters, have once again slipped over the edge into fascism -- and have put democracy in great peril. We are already in the midst of a civil war in the struggle to determine the future of democracy and the course of and the future of America and democracy.
The Emergency Manager law of Michigan is nothing more than a law abolishing democracy and declaring the governor king! Except in this case, the king serves at the pleasure of and is owned by the economic royalists -- and his sole purpose as governor is to do whatever their hearts desire -- the the detriment of everyone else -- up to and including the confiscation of services and property owned by the public -- to give them to the rich so they can do with it as they wish.
We are calling -- today -- for the President of the United States, Barack Obama -- to issue an Emancipation Proclamation for the Citizens of the
State of Michigan -- to free the citizens of the state of Michigan from the tyrannical, totalitarian rule of its anti-democratic governor and its fascist, Republican controlled state legislature -- and begin the process of restoring democracy in Michigan -- and throughout the United States -- and for the express purpose of drawing a line in the sand to let the plutocrats and corporatists know that enough is enough -- and that we are going no further down this road to corporate rule and the subversion of democracy -- which is obviously their goal. You may be rich -- but you are not our damn kings -- and you are not royalty who are above the law. We understand that the wealthy do not need democracy -- because they have plenty of influence and privilege -- but the rest of us do -- and we need government, for obvious reasons -- as a counter-balance and to rein in and regulate those who would abuse their wealth and power to distort political ideas, government policy positions, and to make laws that benefit the wealthy -- to the detriment of everyone else in our society. Enough is enough! Free Michigan!
If this is what it has come down to -- Civil War. The rich and their lackeys against the rest of us? Then let's quit pretending and making nice about it. If this is the battle they want -- then let us begin!