Reawakening the Nonpartisan League

Inflation is a poor person’s tax that is ultimately the source of massive wealth inequality due to decades of compounding inflation. Prices go up to match inflation and wages won’t. Creating a pipeline of wealth to the stock market, which by its very nature is to absorb wealth to maintain constant profit growth. These practices started in the 70s and have slowly escalated. Our deficit spending, for decades, is coming to a head in a debt-ridden nation. These stimulus packages, while needed, actually make the problem worse. Because it’s through a deficit rather than through available wealth. It ramps up inflation tremendously and funnels that wealth into the stock market. And the first people to feel the economic squeeze are always the disenfranchised. People of color, women, people with disabilities, Indigenous groups, LGBTQ, and all working people that actually produce wealth such as farmers and factory workers.

Democratic and Republican politicians seem to ignore that the economy is meant to distribute resources to people for the benefit of a society, rather than for the hope of campaign contributions. Democratic politicians treat symptoms with welfare programs with a more balanced economy but fail to address the source of the issue, namely, wealth inequality and uneven distribution of wealth through money systems. Meanwhile, Republican politicians think Democratic leadership’s approach is the issue and believe cutting government tools like taxes and welfare helps, even though welfare only accounts for roughly 10% of our deficit. Thus, Republicans make the deficit worse by cutting available funds while actively ignoring side effects of a broken economy. Neither Democrats nor Republicans address the key issues that encourages desperation on all sides and ideologies. Massive wealth inequality, and financial market bubbles such as housing, stock market, loan programs, and currency boom and bust on various timetables creating financial burdens we all feel and see. This economic struggle forces a primal need to react and respond, inflaming the partisan divide issue.

Costs for housing, transportation, and medical expenses are on the rise leaving many people destitute, these issues manifest into societal decay. Forcing actual working people to seek for assistance despite working in industries generating profits. Economic bubbles expanding and popping around boom and bust cycles along with civil unrest and pockets of extreme desperation create many of the political and financial struggles we are seeing. This encourages heavy law enforcement and retribution systems due to an increase in societal stress, mental health issues, criminal activity, and practices of escapism like entertainment, drugs, and alcohol. We need more resources for mental health, but more than that we need to realize how desperate the majority of people have become due to costs, the unavailability of wealth, and access to resources.

When the stock market bubble pops, it will likely pop along our currency bubble. Those with tangible wealth will be the ones to weather the storm that follows. Land for food and resources, labor to produce, and defense means to protect and maintain systems. North Dakota is a pivotal state in its ability to handle all three of these things independently and we have been exploited in the past. This exploitation is why the historical Nonpartisan League (NPL) was created – to protect farmers and working families from banks and predatory lending practices.

The trade war recently hurt some farmers, and the complex markets holding farmers hostage to massive market manipulation – and massive oversight – is meant to create barriers and restrict access to family farms. These markets are further being taken over by industries that force farmers to sink into massive debt to afford equipment, chemicals, and seed that large farm corporations can easily handle financial burdens. Farms owned by families must gamble year by year, buying supplies to function, adding to their stack of debt. With climate change and more unstable weather patterns, the increased cost of fuel, and other struggles, this applies a lot of pressure on family farms.

Moving forward, it is important we find ways to address economic concerns to protect farmers, working families, and address the many struggles causing many disenfranchised people to suffer. The NPL is an opportunity to focus on policy over ideology, to address these concerns, for families, farmers, and to protect the interests of North Dakota moving forward into the future in a unified way.

Resolution of Defense to 1st Amendment Rights

Resolution of Defense to 1st Amendment Rights
As Presented by the Nonpartisan League

In Support of the 1st Amendment:

In response to national and local events surrounding protests, rallies, marches, and victimless civil disobedience, we affirm our support and the rights of all people to practice their right to assemble to address grievances. In affirming our support, we are opposed to police and the military antagonistic responses meant to disrupt and agitate such groups into more aggressive forms of civil disobedience. Attacks on journalists and the press at many of these events from police are in direct violation of our rights. The main cores of the 1st amendment stand around the following:

  • People have the right to speak to the issues that are affecting them and their community.
  • People have the right of a free press, to record, gather statements, and investigate a situation to provide information on events.
  • People have the right to assemble peaceably, to address grievances against those with power including -but not limited to- the government.
  • That government institutions, such as a congressional body, may not establish a set religion, or prohibit one.

When law enforcement and military commit to actions of agitation, they are in fact infringing on our rights. When law enforcement and military assault and arrest journalists, they are in fact infringing on our rights. An orderly and respectable police department would seek discussions and ways to open dialogue to address grievances.

As such, that any police officer or military personal creating an agitated response is in fact dishonoring their oath to the constitution. Their role is to help facilitate and de-escalate for public safety and protect state and capital buildings.

In Summary:

These rights are directly being questioned and attacked, and we must stand together to protect cornerstones of our democratic-republic.

  • People have to right to attend sessions to voice their concerns of legislative actions, and space must be provided to allow a civil resolve to grievances.
  • We are against the requirement of a permit, the need for “permission” from the state to address state related issues.
  • Creating laws that defend people who commit vehicular manslaughter against protesters is heinous and immoral, as is any other law that would encourage and allow violence.
  • Law enforcement does not have the right to arrest the press, in any situation.
  • We oppose armed military occupation, beyond state buildings, in the event of local people taking to the streets to bring awareness of issues and repeated injury.
  • As long as demonstrations are without victim(s), that disrupting traffic and commerce are within the scope of peaceable assembly to address grievances.
  • We stand with victims of police brutality and lend our voice in support of reform for law enforcement to address national and local issues that persist and threatens the peace of local communities all across the country.
  • We believe no one is above the law and if law enforcement engages in agitation rather than de-escalation they are in fact breaking their oath to the constitution, and should be immediately removed from their position.
  • No establishment of religion should be made, and that no religion should be prohibited from governing bodies. As such all religions have the same rights as another and prejudice along these lines in any governing body is a direct violation to the constitution and our rights.

Our 1st amendment right is the most sacred in allowing a free people to have influence and control of those who assume power. Our rights are under assault locally and legislatively, and we still stand firm and vigilant to this issue so that people can keep their right to organize.

This is What Fascism Looks Like

We live in a country where police are told to hold back response to an attempt to overthrow our government -and when asking military for support- requests are ignored and denied. This is in reference to the January 6th attempted coup in our capitol.

This is what fascism looks like.

In another situation though, a police officer murders another human, a son, a father, a partner, Daunte Wright, and when people dare to raise their voice in grievance police and military are right there. With riot gear, curfew, and officers who antagonize for responses. While a trial is still going on for the last murderous police officer, of a black man.

This is what fascism looks like.

If you attempt to over throw the government, one gets less police and military response, than when people are using their 1st amendment right. When the issues are injustice of law enforcement, brought to attention by repeated unjustified murders.

This is what fascism looks like.

Police are spraying journalists with pepper spray, assaulting them, and then arresting them illegally, even after judges’ orders to stop. This same situation occurred last year during BLM protests.

This is what Fascism looks like.

When elected officials ignore issues, stick with partisan talking points, and deny the truth of things. Worse yet is when these “officials” seek to inflame and encourage anger with no solution, to attract attention for power they don’t know what to do with.

This is what Fascism looks like.

When children have to come together to march in a city to ask military to leave because the military occupation are supporting a police department murdering people, attacking journalists, and revoking laws of our 1st amendment rights.

This is what fascism looks like.

When a police officer who commits a murder, can write a book and get a book deal while organizers of events are demonized harassed and wrongfully jailed.

This is what fascism looks like.

Are we so desensitized by being over worked, over dramatized by media, over stimulated, that we don’t recognize the reality we are seeing? Fascism isn’t some over-hyped issue to get you to pretend to care, this isn’t something that will just go away if we ignore what is going on. This is our country, and it grows into what we tolerate. It is sickening, that we are more tolerant of an attempt to over throw our democratic-republic, than we are of people using their 1st amendment rights. While police routinely murder people.

This is what fascism looks like.