Gyrocopter pilot’s message bigger threat to Washington than terrorism
AP EXCLUSIVE: Witness Captures Capitol Landing https://youtu.be/giv8wy-9lEI
Doug Hughes, the mailman who landed his gyrocopter on the west lawn of the US Capitol last week, says our federal government in Washington is a “dysfunctional plutocracy”.
I read the letter Doug wrote, addressed, stamped, and attempted to deliver to all 500+ congresspersons — letters which are now being held, undelivered, as evidence — and I’ve included it, below, at the bottom of this post.
His message to Congress is that We The People know the federal government in Washington is a corrupt organization and a “dysfunctional plutocracy”.
This message, which is true, is a much bigger threat to Washington than are the phony “terror threats” from the phony “enemies of freedom”, which the corrupt, dysfunctional Washington plutocracy uses to drum up never ending support for their Top Secret America – Homeland Security – Military Industrial Intelligence Complex – Racket.
The only thing wrong with Doug is he’s very naive.
Sending Congress a message is a waste of time.
The corrupt Washington politicos and their partners in crime circled the wagons and walled themselves off from the rest of America years ago: beginning after the Oklahoma City bombing and finishing up after 9/11.
I used to be able to drive past the White House when I worked in the Washington area, during the 1980’s. After the OKC Bombing, the street in front of the White House was closed to vehicular traffic, but open to tourists and foot traffic. Due to the recent spate of fence jumpers, new security measures are being considered.
Capitol Hill, since 9/11, can be (and at times is) completely sealed off via anti-vehicle devices that rise up from the streets surrounding the Hill whenever the command is given, which — literally — walls Congress off from the people.
The most important politicos in Washington are so frightened of the people — not terrorists — that they will not visit their favorite expensive restaurants in the district without being accompanied by fully armed SWAT teams. I know. I’ve seen this with my own eyes.
I ask you… who think’s they’re that important? And what are they so afraid of?
Cartel bosses in Mexico travel with the same type of protection.
Doug Hughes is right: Washington is corrupt through and through.
Unlike Doug, I see no hope of peaceful reform. The Washington federal government is run by bullies, thieves, and killers who utilize bullying, stealing, and killing as foreign and domestic policy.
These people will never be removed without force. We can only hope the men with the guns — police and military — will remove them and institute a more honest government.
I doubt this will ever happen. And I fear the powers that be may pull a fast one on us and make it appear as though this does happen, when, in fact, it doesn’t happen.
We don’t need the appearance of reform, we need real reform.
We need 100,000,000 people like Doug Hughes descending on Washington demanding reform.
The biggest threat to the Washington politicos isn’t terrorism.
Now that Doug Hughes has returned to Florida, he realizes his actions have created more concern for better securing Washington’s airspace than for government reform.
And now I find myself wondering what he may do next…
Gyrocopter Pilot Arrives Home in Florida https://youtu.be/XIRnPzAuUG4 via @YouTube
Gyrocopter pilot frustrated message isn’t getting through
“RUSKIN, Fla. (AP) – The letter carrier who caused a full-scale security review in Washington when he violated national airspace by landing his gyrocopter on Capitol Hill expressed frustration Sunday that his message wasn’t getting through.
“Doug Hughes had hoped to raise awareness about the influence of big money in politics by deliberately breaking the law to deliver 535 letters, one for each member of Congress. Instead, the overwhelming focus of news coverage has been about the gaps he exposed in national security.
“We’ve got bigger problems in this country than worrying about whether the security around DC is ironclad,” Hughes told The Associated Press. “We need to be worried about the piles of money that are going into Congress.”
“Hughes, 61, spoke as he returned to his home in Florida to await prosecution on charges of violating national airspace and operating an unregistered aircraft. He said his house arrest begins Monday, and he will wear an electronic monitoring ankle bracelet until a May 8 court hearing in Washington…”
Continue reading: Gyrocopter pilot frustrated message isn’t getting through http://wpo.st/0SSD0
Video: Gyrocopter pilot explains landing stunt https://youtu.be/adMwDPV9mw4 via @YouTube
Gyrocopter pilot articles at The Washington Post
Gyrocopter lands on Capitol lawn; pilot is arrested http://wpo.st/qQSD0
The man who planned to fly a gyrocopter to the Capitol has a Web site. Here’s what it says. http://wpo.st/nRSD0
Gyrocopter pilot lands at Capitol to protest money in politics http://wpo.st/vRSD0
A Florida newspaper is along for the ride — and catches flak http://wpo.st/kSSD0
Homeland chief: Gyrocopter came in ‘under the radar’ http://wpo.st/3WSD0
Gyrocopter pilot is charged with felony and sent back home to Fla. http://wpo.st/ORSD0
Gyrocopter pilot arrives home in Florida http://wapo.st/1JiVC3K via @PostTV
The gyrocopter incident raises new concerns about D.C. security http://wapo.st/1FPUnpK
Here is where you’re not allowed to fly your gyrocopter in Washington, D.C. http://wapo.st/1b3OJsG
Flying mailman becomes most audacious gyrocopter pilot since James Bond http://wapo.st/1EL1mUR
The gyrocopter footage is even better with Inspector Gadget music http://wpo.st/8WSD0
Gyrocopter pilot’s stunt just the latest bid for Congress’s attention http://wpo.st/KRSD0
Gyrocopter pilot frustrated message isn’t getting through http://wpo.st/0SSD0
Doug Hughes’ Letter to Congress
Consider the following statement by John Kerry in his farewell speech to the Senate —
“The unending chase for money I believe threatens to steal our democracy itself. They know it. They know we know it. And yet, Nothing Happens!” — John Kerry, 2-13
In a July 2012 Gallup poll, 87% tagged corruption in the federal government as extremely important or very important, placing this issue just barely behind job creation.
According to Gallup, public faith in Congress is at a 41-year record low, 7%. (June 2014) Kerry is correct. The popular perception outside the DC beltway is that the federal government is corrupt and the US Congress is the major problem. As a voter, I’m a member of the only political body with authority over Congress. I’m demanding reform and declaring a voter’s rebellion in a manner consistent with Jefferson’s description of rights in the Declaration of Independence. As a member of Congress, you have three options.
1. You may pretend corruption does not exist.
2. You may pretend to oppose corruption while you sabotage reform.
3. You may actively participate in real reform.
If you’re considering option 1, you may wonder if voters really know what the ‘chase for money’ is. Your dismal and declining popularity documented by Gallup suggests we know, but allow a few examples, by no means a complete list. That these practices are legal does not make them right! Obviously, it is Congress who writes the laws that make corruption legal.
1. Dozens of major and very profitable corporations pay nothing in taxes. Voters know how this is done. Corporations pay millions to lobbyists for special legislation. Many companies on the list of freeloaders are household names — GE, Boeing, Exxon Mobil, Verizon, Citigroup, Dow …
2. Almost half of the retiring members of Congress from 1998 to 2004 got jobs as lobbyists earning on average fourteen times their Congressional salary. (50% of the Senate, 42% of the House)
3. The new democratic freshmen to the US House in 2012 were ‘advised’ by the party to schedule 4 hours per day on the phones fund raising at party headquarters (because fund raising is illegal from gov’t offices.) It is the donors with deep pockets who get the calls, but seldom do the priorities of the rich donor help the average citizen.
4. The relevant (rich) donors who command the attention of Congress are only .05% of the public (5 people in a thousand) but these aristocrats of both parties are who Congress really works for. As a member of the US Congress, you should work only for
1. Not yourself.
2. Not your political party.
3. Not the richest donors to your campaign.
4. Not the lobbyist company who will hire you after your leave Congress.
There are several credible groups working to reform Congress. Their evaluations of the problem are remarkably in agreement though the leadership (and membership) may lean conservative or liberal. They see the corrupting effect of money — how the current rules empower special interests through lobbyists and PACs — robbing the average American of any representation on any issue where the connected have a stake. This is not democracy even if the ritual of elections is maintained.
The various mechanisms which funnel money to candidates and congress-persons are complex. It happens before they are elected, while they are in office and after they leave Congress. Fortunately, a solution to corruption is not complicated. All the proposals are built around either reform legislation or a Constitutional Amendment. Actually, we need both — a constitutional amendment and legislation.
There will be discussion about the structure and details of reform. As I see it, campaign finance reform is the cornerstone of building an honest Congress. Erect a wall of separation between our elected officials and big money. This you must do — or your replacement will do. A corporation is not ‘people’ and no individual should be allowed to spend hundreds of millions to ‘influence’ an election. That much money is a megaphone which drowns out the voices of ‘We the People.’ Next, a retired member of Congress has a lifelong obligation to avoid the appearance of impropriety. That almost half the retired members of Congress work as lobbyists and make millions of dollars per year smells like bribery, however legal. It must end. Pass real campaign finance reform and prohibit even the appearance of payola after retirement and you will be part of a Congress I can respect.
The states have the power to pass a Constitutional Amendment without Congress — and we will. You in Congress will likely embrace the change just to survive, because liberals and conservatives won’t settle for less than democracy. The leadership and organization to coordinate a voters revolution exist now! New groups will add their voices because the vast majority of Americans believe in the real democracy we once had, which Congress over time has eroded to the corrupt, dysfunctional plutocracy we have.
The question is where YOU individually stand. You have three options and you must choose.
Douglas M. Hughes
Source: FAA investigating Florida mailman’s landing of gyrocopter on U.S. Capitol lawn http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/elections/ruskin-mailman-tries-flying-to-capitol-in-gyrocopter-to-deliver-campaign/2225584 via @TB_Times