June 28, 2007
By Perry Willis
Today's Downsizer Dispatch . . . Subject: Victory! The immigration bill is dead. It fell short by 14 votes. Better yet, the whole issue has become so controversial, in so many different ways, that no further action on immigration is expected any time soon. Fox News has reported that the Senate phone system crashed yesterday, from so many calls coming in. We call this overwhelming, inescapable, resistance numbing pressure! But the media, as usual, is getting the story wrong. The professional reporting class seems unable to contain more than one idea or fact in their heads at any given time, so they're all reporting that the bill's defeat was due to its supposed amnesty provisions. It is to laugh. The truth is that nearly everyone, on all sides of the issue, opposed this bill, for every reason imaginable. The truth is that hundreds of groups like were organizing opposition to this legislation for many different reasons. And one of the biggest objections was the REAL ID provisions. Congratulations to you for the role you played in killing this horrible bill. Now, we have a prediction to make . . . THIS IS THE FUTURE. Increasingly, this is how the United States is going to be governed. Congress will propose, but the people will dispose, by exerting overwhelming, inescapable, resistance numbing pressure. The Internet has made this possible, just as printing made the Reformation and the Enlightenment possible, and TV enabled the civil rights movement. This Big Change will mostly mean that Congress will do less, because there will usually be vast interlocking groups of opposition ready to fight, often for conflicting reasons, but usually with the same result -- to say and impose a giant NO on Congressional schemes. The pressure of the people will become the ultimate check and balance on state expansionism. This is the future. And we have another prediction to make . . . The era of partisan politics and over-sized political personalities is coming to an end. Parties and personalities will matter less and less, while public opinion on individual issues and bills will matter more and more. Many people will continue to have partisan loyalties, and many more will root for one candidate or another, for the same reason people love sports. But this contest of labels and names will matter less and less. It will increasingly become a "sound and fury signifying nothing." Groups like DownsizeDC,org are the future. Our strategy is the main chance. Do you want to win? Then this is the way to do it. And frankly, we see zero evidence that there is any other way to do it. But there's something else involved here. If you look deeply at the public opinion polls on various issues you will see that most people want smaller government on most issues most of the time. We call this the Great Downsize DC Consensus. But . . . You wouldn't know about this Consensus from watching the news, because the journalistic obsession with the sports reporting of partisan politics ignores this point. Likewise, the rigged partisan division into two Big Government parties, and two Big Government philosophical groupings, leaves the small government consensus disenfranchised, un-represented, and completely invisible. Partisan politics isn't the solution. Partisan politics is the problem! isn't a political party. It's a way to recruit and organize the Downsize DC Consensus free from the barriers of primitive partisan tribalism. It can also be, as our recruiting and organizing gains critical mass, a way to make the smaller government consensus VISIBLE for the first time. We don't think it is a matter of "if this will happen," we think it is a matter of "when?" After all, is the future. Yet part of the answer to the "when" question is up to you. June has been one of our best months so far. We've recruited more than 800 new Downsizers, and sent more than 40,000 messages to Congress, plus countless phone calls. Now all we have to do is pay for it. Please help us make budget for June. We are very close. A generous anonymous donor has pledged $1,500 for this purpose. But in order to get that $1,500 we must raise another $1,500 from other donors. We are oh so close. If you can contribute today your contribution will be WORTH TWICE AS MUCH. Plus . . . We'll mail a "9/11: Press for Truth" DVD to your home. Here's how . . . If you're an existing monthly credit card pledger in good standing as of June 15, 2007, all you have to do is increase your monthly pledge by at least $1, and we'll send one to you. If you're NOT an EXISTING monthly credit card pledger then you can start a monthly credit card pledge of at least $6, or make a one-time credit card donation of $35 or more, and we'll send you the DVD. (Sorry, for technical reasons we cannot make this offer for PayPal pledges or donations). Please help us make budget. You can make your contribution here. Thank you for being a DC Downsizer. Jim Babka President, Inc.
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