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“We Ain’t Got Time To Bleed!”

By James Donahue

Jesse Ventura, one of our favorite political personalities, has posted a challenge to all people struggling against suppression by world powers that could easily be a battle cry of the age. It reads:

"You control our world. You’ve poisoned the air we breathe, contaminated the water we drink, and copyrighted the food we eat. We fight in your wars, die for your causes, and sacrifice our freedoms to protect you. You’ve liquidated our savings, destroyed our middle class, and used our tax dollars to bailout your unending greed. We are slaves to your corporations, zombies to your airwaves, servants to your decadence. You’ve stolen our elections, assassinated our leaders, and abolished our basic rights as human beings. You own our property, shipped away our jobs, and shredded our unions. You’ve profited off of disaster, destabilized our currencies, and raised our cost of living. You’ve monopolized our freedom, stripped away our education, and have almost extinguished our flame. We are hit… we are bleeding… but we ain’t got time to bleed. We will bring the giants to their knees and you will witness our revolution!”

This cry incorporates a list of the crimes brought against the common people by those who hold the reins of power in governments all over the world. This includes the United States.

Ventura, a former underwater demolition expert for the U. S. Navy during the Vietnam War, former professional wrestler and former Governor of Minnesota, has developed a following as a radio and television personality because of his outspoken political views. And Ventura does not side with either the Republicans or the Democrats on most issues. He held office as a member of the Reform Party, and he appears to promote his political views where ever he goes.

Ventura’s popular television series, Conspiracy Theory, has challenged official government reports as to numerous controversial events ranging from the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy to the truth behind the 9-11 attacks. He speaks of a “secret government” that controls our elected politicians.

The Reform Party calls for an overhaul of the election process placing limits on gifts, favors and outside sources of income while in office and after leaving. It also calls for term limits of three two-year terms for House members and two six-year terms in the Senate.

The party also calls for an end to the present system of lobbying and campaign finance to “ensure that elected officials owe their allegiance to the people whom they are elected to serve,” change the composition of the Federal Election Commission to include independent and nonpartisan representatives, outlaw Political Action Committees and insure equal and free radio and television time for all candidates.

The party calls for a balanced federal budget and paying down the national debt.

Americans have become disillusioned by the actions of their elected representatives in Washington and many state governments they are demonstrating in state and federal capital lawns, protesting the decisions that strip the people of government assistance and spend the money, instead, to bail out big corporations and feed an ongoing war machine. The people want a return of good paying jobs, health benefits and guaranteed retirement benefits.

The rebellion is reflected in a web-based movement to nominate Ventura as a candidate for President in 2012. A citizen website jessieventura.com now exists that does this very thing. Its slogan reads:

“In such troubled times the American people need an honest, brave and nonpartisan person of integrity to restore America to the vision our founding fathers had when they first sought to create this great nation.

“While the media may punish you to where you will feel like Job, abandoned by God, however know our prayers are with you and gather your strength and faith as David fighting Goliath. Your resolve and conviction will win the heart and soul of the nation in triumphing liberty over tyranny.

“We believe in you and that you have the ability to restore this nation where all will share in the blessings of freedom. As the Declaration of Independence reads: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.’

“We created this website because we no longer wish to lead lives of quiet desperation under the One Party Monarchy of the Democrats and Republicans. We aspire to be like you, a patriot of truth and justice and defender of our freedoms under the precious Republic.”

So can this former naval hero, wrestler, governor and pitch man live up to such a task? While he has impressed his followers with his outspoken, tough-guy image, can the colorful Jesse Ventura rise up to save a nation that is collapsing under the weight of massive corporate greed?

Everyone thought Barack Obama was the answer. Once he took office, however, something happened to Mr. Obama. We suspect that it is just as Mr. Ventura charges; there is a secret government that really runs the nation, if not the world. Can one elected man stand up against this kind of power?