“To Build Real Political Power, You Have to Start Local:” Paul Cienfuegos

This image (above) serves to show how people are awakening to the truth that this government does not represent them in any way. These true freedom and life seeking individuals have come to the realization that this government exists to serve the wealthy and powerful few only, as it has from its inception.

And so instead of wasting their valuable time playing the political-activist game (protesting, writing congress, voting, etc), which only plays into the hands of this government, these individuals have turned their collective backs on the entire system and are now seeking a new way to truly live life and be free: a self-governing, self-sustaining life in a community setting.

The following is a message from one of these community rights leaders, Paul Cienfuegos:

The latest example that our government is NOT our government: Negotiating the TransPacific Partnership corporate “rights” treaty
Submitted by Paul on Tue, 05/19/2015 – 12:02
Paul Cienfuegos’ May 19th, 2015 Commentary on KBOO Evening News

(His weekly commentaries are broadcast every Tuesday evening. You can view or listen to them all at PaulCienfuegos.com, CommunityRightsPDX.org/podcast, or subscribe via ITunes. Check out this commentary HERE.)

Greetings! You are listening to the weekly commentary by yours truly, Paul Cienfuegos.

I make the point on a regular basis in this weekly commentary that our system of government here in the US is such a disgrace in meeting the needs of the 99% not because our government has been seized by corporate leaders and the elite, but because our government was designed to serve the 1% way back in the late 1700’s. That the system is working perfectly, to serve those it was designed to serve. James Madison, the primary drafter of our second and current Constitution said it best, when he wrote in the Federalist Papers that the primary purpose of government “is to protect the opulent minority from the majority”.

The front pages of our newspapers are filled each week with stories that prove my point, as our so-called leaders make one decision after another in opposition to what their constituents want. Perhaps the best current example is the negotiations that have been going on for the past few years in the writing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement (or TPP). Although it’s generally referred to as a trade treaty by the corporate media, it’s really not. Only a small number of its chapters are about trade at all. The TPP is primarily a treaty written to further embed and consolidate corporate “rights” into all aspects of our lives. If passed, it will be virtually impossible for communities or states to pass any protective laws that corporate leaders oppose, unless those communities or states are prepared to pay the corporation for loss of future profits. You can’t make this stuff up!

Who is at the table in these drafting conversations?  Not the senators and congress people we elected to serve us. In fact, they don’t even have their own draft copies to review! They’re only allowed to look at the draft documents in sealed rooms where they may not even bring paper or pen or their laptop to take detailed notes. Nor are they allowed to report any details of what they’ve read – to us, their constituents. Thank goodness that WikiLeaks has leaked many portions of the TPP over this past year, or no one would even know what’s in it.

Corporate dailies and their carefully chosen columnists across the US sing the praises of the TPP, which is truly Orwellian, given that they too have not seen the actual draft document that they are so excited about.

And here in Oregon, our own Senator Ron Wyden is pushing hard to get fast-track authority approved by the Senate, so that the Senate itself will be forbidden from offering any amendments to the document before they pass it. All they will be allowing themselves to do, if Wyden gets his way, is to vote yay or nay on the whole package. And this is supposedly our representative to the US Senate, who We the People of Oregon elected to represent us!

Senator Wyden has been deluged with opposition to his stance on this ghastly global corporatization treaty. Massive rallies have been held. Enormous numbers of his constituents have written him letters and signed online petitions. There have even been sit-ins in his various offices. To no avail. You see, this is how the system works. We the People of Oregon are not his primary constituents, and we never have been. His primary constituents are corporate leaders and the 1%. He needs their support to get re-elected. They want this global treaty signed and delivered, and their man to do it, on the Democrat side of the Senate, is our own Ron Wyden. He knows there’s almost no labor movement left that can cause him any grief, even though the entire labor movement is adamantly opposed to this corporate treaty. He knows that the amount of harm that can be exacted upon him by the environmental movement is quite minimal. Who else are they going to vote for in the next election? A Republican? Not likely. So he carries on, day in and day out, doing the bidding of the corporate leaders and the 1%. This is how the system operates. It was designed to operate in this way. The system isn’t broken, it’s fixed.

Within the conventional framework of activism, there’s very little we can do about this. We can keep on marching and rallying and signing online petitions, but none of these tactics build authentic political power for the 99%. To build real political power, you have to start local. And I continue to believe that the most effective strategy out there is for the people to directly pass laws that protect our health and welfare, because our so-called leaders aren’t leading us in the direction the majority of us desires, on issue after issue, so it’s time for us to become the leaders we’ve been waiting for.

Some of the latest local Community Rights ordinances that have been written across the US have included language that strips corporations and the state from having any legal authority to impose these global corporate treaties on our communities. In other words, these Community Rights ordinances nullify the implementation of these treaties within the boundaries of our local communities. Is this legal? No, it’s not. But we’re doing it anyway, because when citizens can’t get their rights protected within the existing framework of the law, we have to step outside of that existing framework in order to protect and defend our rights, by passing laws that are themselves acts of civil disobedience... (emphasis added)

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As you can tell, this article is almost a month old. But I am not concerned with when this was written. I am posting this because of what Paul Cienfuegos states here:

Within the conventional framework of activism, there’s very little we can do about this (TPP). We can keep on marching and rallying and signing online petitions, but none of these tactics build authentic political power for the 99%. To build real political power, you have to start local. And I continue to believe that the most effective strategy out there is for the people to directly pass laws that protect our health and welfare, because our so-called leaders aren’t leading us in the direction the majority of us desires, on issue after issue, so it’s time for us to become the leaders we’ve been waiting for.

And here:

Some of the latest local Community Rights ordinances that have been written across the US have included language that strips corporations and the state from having any legal authority to impose these global corporate treaties on our communities. In other words, these Community Rights ordinances nullify the implementation of these treaties within the boundaries of our local communities. Is this legal? No, it’s not. But we’re doing it anyway, because when citizens can’t get their rights protected within the existing framework of the law, we have to step outside of that existing framework in order to protect and defend our rights, by passing laws that are themselves acts of civil disobedience.

I believe it is time for we the individuals to move on and seek a new way of life, a new world. If we understand that this government has never represented us, or our ancestors, then why continue to exist according to its despotic rules?

There is another way to live life and be free, as there always has been. We just need to stop listening to and believing the criminally-insane liars who own and operate this system of government and world order.

From here forward, this will be my focus: anarchy (true individual freedom), self-governing/self-sustaining communities, and any other topic/issue that serves humanity and helps to create a new world.

15 thoughts on ““To Build Real Political Power, You Have to Start Local:” Paul Cienfuegos

  1. This is the only viable alternative I see for humanity at the moment. We spend most of our lives not knowing that we can and should be taking care of ourselves and each other, instead of relying on a system of government we have no control over.

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  2. On a different note, I’m on my way to a doctors appointment in a few minutes. My family doctor had sent a report to a specialist I see, and now he wants to see me about the ulcer. I’ll know soon if he wants to do any tests or whatnot.

    I hope you have been well!

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  3. I hope you get good news! Let me know!

    I’m hanging in there. I had to go back on my second asthma medication. I didn’t have any choice!

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  4. I’m sorry to hear about that. I hope that it is at least giving you some relief.

    The doctor has decided to do a scope of my stomach. I’ll be getting that done in about two weeks. Hopefully things will be improving in the meantime. Things are better now than they were, but it’s still an issue.

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  5. The second med does seem to be helping. I was just hopeful I could control my asthma with alternative meds alone. When the bodies were passed out that day, 65 years ago, I got a real lemon!

    As much as I don’t trust the medical industry, this scoping of your stomach is necessary. As you know, we can be bleeding and not even know it with ulcers.

    I hope there is nothing seriously wrong, but if there is, it can be treated with light meds and diet!

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  6. ” When the bodies were passed out that day, 65 years ago, I got a real lemon!”

    Haha…I know what you mean. I sometimes wonder how different my life would’ve turned out if I had been healthy, but at this point, it’s not something I spend too much time dwelling on. That’s life, and I know people who’ve had much worse than me.

    But that doesn’t necessarily make suffering from poor health any easier 😉

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  7. No, it doesn’t. But you are so right, there are so many people suffering in the world, and who have no medical assistance whatsoever.

    This always shows me just how self-absorbed I truly am as an Merican. And I don’t like me much when I get into a pity party. God knows, my life has been heaven in comparison to most of the peoples’ in this world!

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  8. I don’t think it makes you self-absorbed. Life isn’t easy when you’re sick.

    There are people who have suffered more than me and done more with their lives, but there’s also a lot of people who haven’t had to deal with what I’ve dealt with, who have done far less.

    There’s always going to be someone who has it worse off, but that doesn’t make your suffering any less valid.

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  9. Thanks for writing this. I truly wonder sometimes, as isolated as I am, just how out of touch I am, and thus how skewed my thoughts are.

    You’re perspective here is the balanced one, and I appreciate you stating it.

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  10. Believe me, I know a lot about what you going through and I struggle with many of the same thoughts. When you’re isolated, it takes its toll on you. I think that’s one of the most difficult things about being sick. At least for me it has been.

    Just remember you’re not alone!

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  11. Thank you again. I know I am not alone, and neither are you!

    Illness and isolation have to be experienced to truly understand. It’s odd that being alone with my self should be so difficult at points. And yet it is, as you know.

    The real task is to attempt to silence the mind, isn’t it? When there are others around, they can keep us distracted and give us opportunities for instantaneous communication. And in most cases this is healthy and good. But the mind continually grinding away can be a real detriment, can’t it?

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