When you type “abolish the senate” in google, you realize that many countries want to abolish it. It is high time to replace it with the popular initiative referendum.

The Senate prevented Obama from governing (500 blockades) and left Trump in power. The case of Trump’s impeachment on December 19, 2019, which was acquitted by the Senate on February 5, 2020, is revealing. After the insurrection on Capitol Hill, one feels their responsibility.

No to same-sex marriage in Ireland. No to the authorization of abortion in Argentina. Reduction in the age at which children can give consent to sexual activity in France (from 15 to 13 years old). The examples abound.

They are elected by the mayors of cities except in the United States where they are elected by states. The principle of one person, one vote is in fact violated. The multiplication of states and agglomerations favors right-wing parties whatever the vote of the people.

In France, the Republican Party, which represents only 10% of the voters in France, has a majority in the Senate.
The Senate has blocked the extension of the referendum wanted by Mitterrand and is preparing to block the referendum project at the initiative of the people and the inclusion of climate protection in the constitution wanted by Emmanuel Macron and his people.

It is a blocking chamber. They have the power to say no to the representatives of the people.

Filibuster: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver – Last week tonight: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3y1QA6OeAcQ&feature=youtu.be

Abolish the Senate – The Baffler: https://thebaffler.com/salvos/abolish-the-senate-geoghegan

The Senate is undemocratic and it matters – Vox: https://www.vox.com/2015/1/6/7500935/trende-senate-vote-share

Des sénateurs très remontés contre Jospin. Le Premier ministre veut réformer leur élection – Libération: https://www.liberation.fr/france/1998/04/22/des-senateurs-tres-remontes-contre-jospin-le-premier-ministre-veut-reformer-leur-election_233719

Le Sénat est une anomalie parmi les démocraties, Lionel Jospin (21 avril 1998) – DDJ: https://www.doc-du-juriste.com/droit-public-et-international/droit-constitutionnel/dissertation/senat-anomalie-parmi-democraties-lionel-jospin-21-avril-1998-454887.html

Grand débat : et si on supprimait le Sénat ? – Le Parisien: https://www.leparisien.fr/politique/grand-debat-et-si-on-supprimait-le-senat-28-02-2019-8021928.php

Cette fois, il est temps de supprimer le Sénat – Slate: http://www.slate.fr/story/82051/supprimer-senat

And that if this is the America we’re trying to save,
maybe, we need to ask ourselves,
Why?
Why save this America?
The America I want to save is the America we’ve never had.
It didn’t need
to end up like this.
And it still doesn’t.
Evil is a slow moving organism.
By the time it coalesces
into one giant terror,
it is too late.
We had spent too much time
trying to comfort ourselves
with the belief
that the Constitution
would save us.
Elections would save us.
The special prosecutor
would save us.
Impeachment would save us.
We kept hoping,
but it was that hope
that killed us.
Hope was wishful
and passive
and comforting.
We didn’t need comfort.
We needed action.
And sometimes, I guess
it takes a Donald Trump
to make us wake up and realize
that what we need to do
is to acknowledge
that we have to get rid of
the whole rotten system
that gave us Trump.
And to realize that now,
right now, our time is up.
We need to act immediately

Fahrenheit 11/9, Michael Moore

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L’ONU interdit à la France l’usage des grenades et lanceurs de balles car cette violence d’Etat dissuade les gens de manifester pacifiquement.

Rights of ‘gilets jaunes’ protesters in France, ‘disproportionately curtailed’, say UN independent experts | UN News : https://news.un.org/en/story/2019/02/1032741

Successful protesters

Let’s have a quick look back at the first four weeks of Yellow Vests protests and what they have already obtained:

·        Fuel tax hike abandoned

·        Pensioner’s tax hike abandoned

·         Rise of the minimal wage

·         The government considering the idea of implementing popular initiative vote in the constitution

·         75% approval from the population after their 5th week of action

It may seem little to many French people, but remember this year’s four month of traditional hard rail strikes did not obtain a single thing but they have lost four months of salary. And it’s been like this for decades. Despite what the vast majority of media report about this movement, it is not about setting Paris monuments on fire. So far we can learn a lot from the Yellow Vests’ successful methods:

– The Yellow Vests have no representatives, no head to corrupt or to put in jail. The movement uses a multitude of social media platforms to coordinate local groups. Thinkers feed this network and, thanks to the internet, ideas and opinions are debated within a matter of hours. The Yellow Vests achieved efficiency without centralized authority.

– Their organization is highly flexible and reactive. Although the movement started against a fuel tax hike, the idea that direct democracy was the solution became prominent in less than a week. Another example is how quick they asked people to stop reacting to violence by violence between December 8th and 15th as soon as the people realised it was counter-productive and far from their goal.

– Yellow Vests do not focus on the capital city although this is the visible part in the media. They consider it would be giving too much importance to the head of state while they promote the idea of power coming from the people.

– They focus their efforts against the economic interests of those who command the government rather than symbols of power. So far by opening highway tolls, Vinci admitted suffering dozens of millions of loss and their shareholders are now panicking. The national confederation of big retailers are alarmed by 40% sales loss before Christmas. The political elites sure don’t listen to the streets but they sure consider these alarms coming from the conglomerates who finance their way of life.

This isn’t all new, most of it has been not only thought trough but also employed in the past, notably by Charles Stewart Parnell (Boycott https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boycott) and Gandhi (Salt march https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salt_March).


The economic leverhttps://aurianneor.tumblr.com/post/181291168120/le-levier-économique-charles-stewart-parnell

Petition to the UN for Popular Initiative: Sign here: http://chng.it/7ZyzgZRB and then forward it!

University of Kansas – Conducting a Direct Action Campaign | Section 17. Organizing a Boycott | Main Section | Community Tool Box: https://ctb.ku.edu/en/table-of-contents/advocacy/direct-action/organize-boycott/main

History of Successful Boycotts | Ethical Consumer: https://www.ethicalconsumer.org/ethicalcampaigns/boycotts/history-successful-boycotts

Gilets jaunes : le chiffre d’affaires de la grande distribution en forte baisse – Le Journal du Dimanche: https://www.lejdd.fr/Politique/gilets-jaunes-le-chiffre-daffaires-de-la-grande-distribution-en-forte-baisse-3808691

“Gilets jaunes”: Vinci autoroutes déplore “plusieurs dizaines de millions

– Zone bourse: https://www.zonebourse.com/VINCI-4725/actualite/Gilets-jaunes-Vinci-autoroutes-deplore-plusieurs-dizaines-de-millions-27760628/

France. La police doit cesser de recourir à une force excessive contre les manifestants et les lycéens  – Amnesty: https://www.amnesty.fr/presse/france.-la-police-doit-cesser-de-recourir-a-une-force

Yellow vests referendum initiative can be ‘good instrument in Democracy’: French PM – The Nation: https://nation.com.pk/17-Dec-2018/yellow-vests-referendum-initiative-can-be-good-instrument-in-a-democracy-pm

The situation of the Yellow Vests on Nov 25th: https://aurianneor.tumblr.com/post/180480765525/the-situation-of-yellow-vests-today-1-fed-up-with

Popular Initiativehttps://aurianneor.tumblr.com/post/181019131570/popular-initiative-translate

Referendum is a weapon that kills violencehttps://aurianneor.tumblr.com/post/180920608175/le-référendum-est-une-arme-qui-tue-la-violence-oui

Vth Republic, still therehttps://aurianneor.tumblr.com/post/180784519815/vth-republic-still-there-pour-lire-ceci-en

V for Vendetta – MovieReview  ChrisStuckmann:  https://youtu.be/jIE7XhW0LPo

Elire, c’est pas voter!


Oui au Référendum d’initiative populairehttps://aurianneor.tumblr.com/post/158886557375/oui-au-référendum-dinitiative-populaire-sur-le

OSS117 et la dictature: https://aurianneor.tumblr.com/post/166210070825/oss-117-et-la-dictature-dolorès-vous-savez

I can’t be a tyrant without you all: https://aurianneor.tumblr.com/post/171702061215/i-cant-be-a-tyrant-without-you-all-la-historia-de

The good tyrant?: https://aurianneor.tumblr.com/post/173186627365/the-good-tyrant-tyranny-can-legally-exist-in-a

Sur la liberté, Cicéron, La République : https://aurianneor.tumblr.com/post/173726603455/la-liberté-ne-consiste-pas-à-avoir-un-bon-maître

Souhaitons bonne route aux gilets jaunes: https://aurianneor.tumblr.com/post/180239934440/souhaitons-bonne-route-aux-gilets-jaunes-le?is_related_post=1

La situation des gilets jaunes aujourd’hui: https://aurianneor.tumblr.com/post/180479499655/la-situation-des-gilets-jaunes-aujourdhui-1-un

Découvrez la liste des revendications des “gilets jaunes”: https://aurianneor.tumblr.com/post/180678136155/zéro-sdf-retraites-salaire-maximum-découvrez

4 600 policiers exténués pour encadrer les manifestants: https://aurianneor.tumblr.com/post/180712593925/4-600-policiers-exténués-pour-encadrer-les

Vème République, toujours là…https://aurianneor.tumblr.com/post/180762477400/vème-république-toujours-là-to-read-this-in

Gilets Jaunes Coordination (Serveur Discord): http://www.giletsjaunes-coordination.fr