Radical Civil Obedience – Day Minus 1,518 Practice Cross-examination
Constantly evaluate information sources for accuracy. Write to the author for their sources if needed. Don’t rely on others to tell you something is true. Research it yourself. Use a jurists mind. Ask yourself:
*Is it Hearsay? (A statement made out of court that is offered in court as evidence to prove the truth of the matter asserted.)
*Is there Substantial Evidence? Substantial evidence is “such relevant evidence as a reasonable mind might accept as adequate to support a conclusion.” (Richardson v. Perales, 402 U.S. 389 (1971).)
*Is there a Preponderance of Evidence?(A preponderance of evidence has been described as just enough evidence to make it more likely than not that the fact the claimant seeks to prove is true)
*Is there Reasonable Doubt? Sufficient doubt on the part of jurors for acquittal of a defendant based on a lack of evidence.
*Is there Clear and Convincing Evidence? (Evidence that proves a matter by the “preponderance of evidence” required in civil cases and beyond the “reasonable doubt” needed to convict in a criminal case.)
Radical Civil Obedience – Day Minus 1,520 Civil Rights Songs
Listen and write political protest and civil rights songs. Songs get us out of your heads and into the soul of your hearts. They send a message and give us courage and motivation. Here’s a good place to start “The 10 Best Civil Right Protest songs” https://spinditty.com/playlists/The-Protest-Movement-10-Best-Civil-Rights-Protest-Songs There’s one recording from 1938. Be sure to read the stories that go with them.
Radical Civil Obedience – Day Minus 1,519 Strengthen your local political economy. Dollars spent are votes for what is produced in the world. Be sure you know what you are voting for. Keep your smart phones for at least five years. While you are at it, stop buying plastic products, buy local in brick and mortar stores, and send Christmas goodies to your police and fire departments. Give gifts of services instead of products. Strengthen your local political economy.
Radical Civil Obedience – Day Minus 1,522 Fiscal Responsibility
Radical Civil Obedience – Day Minus 1,522 days until another President is inaugurated. Another value I want to see in my political leaders that I will model myself: Fiscal responsibility. I am aware that the finance industry has extreme power over our political processes, and I will minimize my participation in sustaining their wealth. I will create and follow a sustainable budget. I will only borrow money when absolutely necessary (e.g. housing, medical, transportation) and pay bills and expenses by cash or check. If I use credit cards to pay bills, I will pay off all the balances each month. I will move my funds from national banks to independent banks and credit unions. (Photo source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/26373139@N08/5913014568 CC BY-SA)
Countdown to January 20, 2021 – Day minus 1,524 days until a new President takes office. What can I do until then? Answer: Become a better citizen by living the values I want to see in all elected and appointed officials. Following the format of Gene Sharp, Nobel Prize nominee and author of “The Politics of Nonviolent Action” and “From Dictatorship to Democracy” I am compiling a list of things I can do improve my integrity as a citizen, while preserving the integrity of our form of government. I call this form of protest “Radical Civil Obedience.” (Note: This does not exclude civil disobedience when necessary. [did I just get on the FBI’s watch list?]) Here’s the first thing that came to mind: Driving habits: As a form of protest against bullying and intimidation, against rushing to push others out of the way to get my way, and because I agreed to follow traffic laws when I accepted my driver’s license, I will drive the speed limit on all roads, be non-aggressive, and courteous. (I drive that way now, unless I am in a hurry, bored, or impatient.) Imagine if half of all drivers would do that, we would be sending a clear message to the world that we do not want aggressive, bullying. self-seeking political leaders. Behave the way you want them to behave. Tomorrow: Get your news from printed sources.