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Michigan is only one example of GOP take-over. They are using flimsy excuses to take away the rights of the people, and to impose a new form of Fascist govt upon them, which is totally anti-Democracy. The basic freedom to VOTE has been taken away, & the rights to petition the govt for your grievances has been taken away. Two of the signposts of democracy and freedom. GONE in a Flash. The elected officials of Michigan are just ignored, & only allowed to do the most basic things. Basically they are just shadow figures, without significance. Any day the Governor's henchmen can make their own laws, & change the name of the city streets, or close down the schools, or sell off the TV station, without any input from the people. It is like martial law, or something totally alien to the American experience. I think this is an experiment, to see how much the GOP can get by with, before the people stand up and revolt. The people are almost like prisoners, with no ability to make a living or have a house, without permission of the Fascist appointees of the GOP Governor. It is like the old story of the frog and the pot. If you put a frog into boiling water, he will sense something is wrong, & he will quickly hop out. But if you put a frog into cool water, & then gradually heat up the water, the frog won't notice much of anything until the water has reached the critical point, & the frog is dead. In THIS case, the people are being put into a pot where they have very little control, their normal govt has been eradicated, & their actions are limited. Gradually the GOP raises the heat, taking away THIS right and THAT petition, & selling off their city assets, and closing down the schools. (As an example). If the people just look around & do NOTHING, pretty soon the noose will tighten even more around them, their jobs & homes & ability to get food will be restricted. Then what next? Executions? Putting the people into a Gulag? Yes, I can hear you shrugging this off. You say: "NEVER in America!" "It CAN'T happen here!"
But who thought peaceful protestors in the OCCUPY movement would be dragged by the hair, clubbed by police, maced in the face with a toxic chemical spray which can blind you. Then arrested? Who thought peaceful protestors against the Tar Sands Pipeline would be handcuffed and arrested in our nation's capitol? Who thought a great deal of our airwaves would be dedicated to GOP/JBS propaganda, to make our people vote for a crazy right-wing agenda, that leaves them jobless, homeless, & in a state of perpetual war? WAKE UP, People.