Interview with Joel Hirschhorn
For several days I had been bedeviled by the recurring memory of a jingle from an out-dated television commercial. My recollection of the product they were promoting lay tantalizingly close to the edge of my consciousness, but remained stubbornly out of my reach.
So my “mind’s ear” was left listening to, “It’s time for a new beginning…” ad nauseam with no tangible context. (If I had had that, I would at least have known which company to despise for etching such an inane little tune into my brain).
“Beautifully harmonized” by a group of sickeningly enthusiastic twenty somethings accompanied by music undoubtedly composed during the “Age of Aquarius”, this little ditty molested my mind with more frequency than I care to recall.
At last I had an epiphany. Sometimes frustrated subconscious minds of Gen-Xers recovering from television addiction transmit their contents into our consciousness in markedly bizarre ways during our waking hours. Or to put it another way, if we ignore our dreams long enough, bad television forces its way into your unsuspecting brains. My hat goes off to Madison Avenue, Viacom, Fox, and the rest of the masters of the agitprop universe for their immense success in embedding their tripe deep within the human psyches of many of us.
My unconscious was obviously attempting to convey an important message with this horrid little refrain. My interview with Joel Hirschhorn, writer and political agitator, put things into perspective.
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Joel provided me with a sober reminder that unless one has been dwelling under a pile of boulders in a cave reaching deep into the bowels of the Earth, it is painfully obvious that the United States and its nearly countless victims around the globe are in desperate need of a “new beginning.”
Shaken to its very core by the ravages of Military Keynesianism, neoliberal economic policies, crony capitalism, corporatism, corruption, and wanton disregard for the Constitution, international law, and standards of human decency, our Constitutional Republic is hanging by a very slender thread.
Even before plutocrats, corporations, lobbyists, and the rest of the malevolent cabal (who together represent a very small percentage of the populace in the United States) acted in concert to further their mutual interests by eviscerating the law of the land, the United States was far from being a democracy. Our Constitution, unique and progressive as it was prior to reactionary forces gutting it, was written as a framework for a limited form of representative democracy.
Like many activists, writers, Leftists, populists, and enraged US Americans of virtually all political stripes, occupations, and races, I have been longing to find a viable means of inciting or collaborating with a mass movement that will force the plutocracy to yield their stranglehold on wealth and power. I have come to the conclusion that dedicated and sustained individual efforts by tens of millions coupled with multiple collective actions carried out by substantial numbers of people will eventually reshape the political and socioeconomic landscape of the United States. If that fails, the increasingly hubristic, avaricious, and emboldened ruling class will most likely face a violent insurrection.
As he will tell you in the interview, Joel Hirschhorn has provided those of us in the “lower classes” with a tangible means of acting in unison to attack the entrenched power structure. His suggested strategy is peaceful, legal, and practical.
Here is Joel giving me the details:
- Your biographical sketch indicates that you advocate a “Second American Revolution”. How do you envision this revolution playing out?
- What are the implications behind the title of your most recent book, Delusional Democracy?
- How did your work as a Congressional staffer influence your strong antipathy for the entrenched duopoly of the Democratic and Republican parties?
- Whom did you serve in Congress, what was your specific job, and with what party was your boss affiliated?
- Your homepage for your book mentions that you offer practical solutions for peacefully repairing our broken republic. Would you briefly summarize some of these solutions?
- One of the fundamental flaws in many “solutions” to the myriad problems facing our republic is that they ignore the obvious fact that the economic paradigm loosely referred to as American Capitalism represents a significant barrier to our political system even approaching a true republic, let alone a democracy. What potential systemic economic remedies do you suggest?
- You have initiated a drive for an Article V Constitutional convention. Would this involve rewriting the Constitution or simply amending it?
- How many have signed on to your movement so far?
- Who would participate in such a convention? How would they be chosen?
- What specific changes are you advocating if such a convention comes to pass?
- What are your thoughts on electronic voting machines?
- With your obvious disdain for the two party duopoly, I assume you are not supporting a presidential hopeful from either side. Putting reality aside, who would you like to see as our next president?
- You often write about the need for a vibrant and competitive third party. Of the existing third parties, which do you think has the best opportunity to break the duopoly?
- What do you say to critics who assert that voting for a third party candidate (i.e. Nader) is a waste or to those who contend that it robs a viable contender of a chance at victory?
- In light of the severity and extent of the Bush administration’s criminal behavior, how do you account for Pelosi taking “impeachment off the table” now that the Dems have control of Congress?
- If you were sitting face to face with the reader of this interview, what are five things you would encourage them to do to aid in destroying the delusion and making democracy a reality?
Second, become an active member of the group and help build support for a convention among citizens and state legislatures. Anyone who thinks of themselves as a dissident or rebel, or is just turned off by our political and government system, should become a member.
Third, read my book Delusional Democracy – Fixing the Republic Without Overthrowing the Government. I can promise even the most politically engaged persons that they will learn a lot of new information about the decline of American democracy and the ways to restore it. People need to rally around a set of specific reforms to improve our nation. Emotions are not enough.
Fourth, stop voting for Democrats and Republicans. Either do not vote or find a third party candidate you feel good about.
Fifth, find a third party that looks like they have a set of principles that appeal to you, join and become active to make the party competitive at any level of government – local, state or federal – that they are active on.
I offer many thanks to Joel for giving me the opportunity to pick his brain a bit and to share the results with you. We amongst the poor, working, and middle classes owe you a debt of gratitude for your efforts, Joel!
I have signed on as a member of the Friends for the Article V Convention and have read Delusional Democracy. Both acts helped sustain my hope that the United States has not “crossed the Rubicon,” as some have suggested.
Over 70% of us want an end to the illegal occupation in Iraq and desire some form of guaranteed health care for all of our citizens. Both are minimal prerequisites for establishing some authentic morality as a nation, are essential to the well-being of US Americans and Iraqis alike, and are readily achievable simply by slashing the obscene $600 billion per year military budget. How many times do we need to be able to blow up the world before we are “safe”?
Despite the will of the people, the entrenched opulent class is working feverishly to ensure the perpetuation of their genocidal war on “terrorism”, which is actually blowback they created through their innumerable imperial provocations. The ruling elites have fought with virtually every fiber of their collective being to fend off nearly overwhelming popular demand to divert our tax money from killing to healing. Profits, power, property, and the military industrial complex have superseded the needs and welfare of We the People for decades.
Mustering the support to force a Constitutional convention would greatly enhance our chances of re-empowering ourselves and emasculating the tiny minority comprising the governing plutocracy in the United States.
Let’s follow Dwight Eisenhower’s suggestion and “demand a convention to propose amendments that can and will reverse any trends [we] see as fatal to true representative government."
You can help make it happen by signing on at http://www.foavc.org/index.htm.
Joel S. Hirschhorn is the author of Delusional Democracy - Fixing the Republic Without Overthrowing the Government (www.delusionaldemocracy.com). His current political writings have been greatly influenced by working as a senior staffer for the U.S. Congress and for the National Governors Association. He advocates a Second American Revolution, beginning with an Article V Convention to propose constitutional amendments.
Joel Hirschhorn Website: www.delusionaldemocracy.com
Jason Miller is a wage slave of the American Empire who has freed himself intellectually and spiritually. He writes prolifically, his essays have appeared widely on the Internet, and he volunteers at homeless shelters. He welcomes constructive correspondence at email@example.com or via his blog, Thomas Paine's Corner, at http://civillibertarian.blogspot.com/
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