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Doug Hughes’ Democracy Club

Doug Hughes in his gyrocopter.

Doug Hughes, an actual USPS mailman, landed his own gyrocopter on the Capital lawn to personally deliver letters to Congress. The letters address the problem of corruption in politics, and its solution – campaign finance reform.

I have thought about walking away from this whole thing, because it’s crazy. And I have thought about being 75-years-old and watching the collapse of this country, and thinking that I’d had an idea that might have arrested the fall – and I didn’t do it.

And I would tell you, completely honestly, I’d rather die in the flight, than live to be 80-years-old and see this country fall.
— Doug Hughes

We are grateful to Mr. Hughes for his heroic action of protest. We are very glad he was not injured. But a lot of folks secretly, regretfully, believe his action was in vain.

Not so.

The Democracy Club

Doug Hughes has a website: The Democracy Club. Thoughtful, well-written, nicely laid-out. Along with coverage of his ‘Flight’ plans and his political essays, he also spotlights the following anti-corruption groups:

The only reason I know about Hughes’ website is from my email. There, I noticed a person joined Wolf PAC after they learned about it from his website. (Which, I presume, he/she visited out of curiosity after seeing coverage of Mr. Hughes’ amazing Capitol lawn mail delivery.)

Outlandish Mail Delivery Is Successful

FACT: Doug Hughes’ brave action encouraged at least one person to believe they could do something about saving our democracy. EDUCATED GUESS: Most likely, there are many, many more!

Mission accomplished.

Doug Hughes wasn’t trying to convince Members of Congress to do something about campaign finance reform. That would be futile.

Rather. he admirably demonstrated to The People how to stand up and use our own power.

Welcome to the Democracy Club.

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JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She writes fiction about an alpha Bichon named Chester, and his friends–with a dash of humor and a dab of poli-sci. JoAnn worked professionally in the Psychology and Information Science fields. Retired now, she enjoys the creative life.

7 Comments

  1. mytiturk

    Have to say that this action took guts in an incontestably worthy cause and I am not against the use of non-violent civil disobedience.That being said, I’m not a fan of the first-world trend towards more and more weird, expensive flying stuff – particularly attack drones – but I would include any sort of individually-operated flying object that could be a nuisance, an intrusion into my personal space or an injury risk. Some of these things are heavy enough to hurt someone. Seems to me that very large numbers of highly aware, long-term-focused people marching, repeatedly, each on her/his own two, low-tech feet are what is needed before much change can be achieved. Anything that builds this focus is worthy of praise, nevertheless.

    • JoAnn Chateau

      You’re right, Mytiturk. It will take major protest by The People to restore democracy.

      • mytiturk

        Thanks, JoAnn, for your constant work for change, and for your support for my “work.”

  2. toritto

    He’s from Tampa! 🙂

    • JoAnn Chateau

      Toritto, my dear fellow-Floridian… I know! We can revel in pride this week!

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