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Purple also happens to be the colors of both parties mixed together. I think that's incredibly serendipitous so I quickly made up a sign. What do you think? Is it a good start?
by: Bruce E. Levine, Alternet | Op-Ed
Most Americans oppose rule by the corporatocracy but don't have the tools to fight back. Here are three things we need to create a real people's movement.
Transforming the United States into something closer to a democracy requires: 1) knowledge of how we are getting screwed; 2) pragmatic tactics, strategies, and solutions; and 3) the “energy to do battle.”
The majority of Americans oppose the corporatocracy (rule by giant corporations, the extremely wealthy elite,
and corporate-collaborator government officials); however, many of us have given up hope that this tyranny can be defeated. Among those of us who continue to be politically engaged, many focus on only one of the requirements—knowledge of how we are getting screwed. And this singular focus can result in helplessness. It is the two other requirements that can empower, energize, and activate Team Democracy— a team that is currently at the bottom of the standings in the American Political League.
1. Knowledge of How We are Getting Screwed
2. Pragmatic Tactics, Strategies and Solutions
3. The Energy to Do Battle
and in this article is a very wise quote from Harriet Tubman:
“I freed a thousand slaves. I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves.”
edited to remove reference to a photo in the article
First the Original Ten Amendments: The Bill of Rights
Passed by Congress September 25, 1789.
Ratified December 15, 1791.
Freedom of Speech, Press, Religion and Petition:
Congress shall make no laws respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievance.
Right to keep and bear arms:
A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
Conditions for quarters of soldiers:
No soldier shall in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.
Right of search and seizure regulated:
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
Provisions concerning prosecution:
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or pubic danger, nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb, nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, or be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.
Right to a speedy trial, witnesses, etc.:
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been, which district shall have been previously ascertained by laws, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defense.
Right to a trial by jury:
In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.
Excessive bail, cruel punishment:
Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.
Rule of construction of Constitution:
The enumeration in the Constitution of certain rights shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
Rights of the States under Constitution:
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
Later Amendments and the dates they were ratified
Lawsuits against states:
The Judicial power of the United States shall not be construed to extend to any suit in law or equity, commenced or prosecuted against one of the United States by Citizens of another State, or by Citizens or Subjects of any Foreign State.
February 7, 1795.
The Electors shall meet in their respective states, and vote by ballot for President and Vice-President, one of whom, at least, shall not be an inhabitant of the same state with themselves; they shall name in their ballots the person voted for as President, and in distinct ballots the person voted for as Vice-President, and they shall make distinct lists of all persons voted for as President, and of all persons voted for as Vice-President, and of the number of votes for each, which lists they shall sign and certify, and transmit sealed to the seat of the government of the United States, directed to the President of the Senate;--The President of the Senate shall, in the presence of the Senate and House of Representatives, open all the certificates and the votes shall then be counted;--The person having the greatest number of votes for President, shall be the President, if such number be a majority of the whole number of Electors appointed; and if no person have such majority, then from the persons having the highest numbers not exceeding three on the list of those voted for as President, the House of Representatives shall choose immediately, by ballot, the President. But in choosing the President, the votes shall be taken by states, the representation from each state having one vote; a quorum for this purpose shall consist of a member or members from two-thirds of the states, and a majority of all the states shall be necessary to a choice.
June 15, 1804.
Superseded by Section 3 of the Twentieth Amendment.
Abolition of slavery:
Section 1. Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.
Section 2. Congress shall have power to enforce these article by appropriate legislation.
December 6, 1865.
Section 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
Section 2. Representatives shall be apportioned among the several States according to their respective numbers, counting the whole number of persons in each State, excluding Indians not taxed. But when the right to vote at any election for the choice of electors for President and Vice President of the United States, Representatives in Congress, the Executive and Judicial officers of a State, or the members of the Legislature thereof, is denied to any of the male inhabitants of such State, being twenty-one years of age, and citizens of the United States, or in any way abridged, except for participation in rebellion, or other crime, the basis of representation therein shall be reduced in the proportion which the number of such male citizens shall bear to the whole number of male citizens twenty-one years of age in such State.
Section 3. No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any State, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any State, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.
Section 4. The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of pensions and bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or rebellion, shall not be questioned. But neither the United States nor any State shall assume or pay any debt or obligation incurred in aid of insurrection or rebellion against the United States, or any claim for the loss or emancipation of any slave; but all such debts, obligations and claims shall be held illegal and void.
Section 5. The Congress shall have power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.
July 9, 1868.
Section 1. The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.
Section 2. The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
February 3, 1870.
The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several States, and without regard to any census or enumeration.
February 3, 1913.
The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two senators from each State, elected by the people thereof, for six years; and each Senator shall have one vote. The electors in each State shall have the qualifications requisite for electors of the most numerous branch of the State legislature.
When vacancies happen in the representation of any State in the Senate, the executive authority of such State shall issue writs of election to fill such vacancies: Provided, That the legislature of any State may empower the executive thereof to make temporary appointments until the people fill the vacancies by election as the legislature may direct.
This amendment shall not be so construed as to affect the election or term of any Senator chosen before it becomes valid as part of the Constitution.
April 8, 1913.
Prohibition of liquor:
Section 1. After one year from the ratification of this article, the manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors within, the importation thereof into, or the exportation thereof from the United States and all territory subject to the jurisdiction thereof for beverage purposes is hereby prohibited.
Section 2. The Congress and the several States shall have concurrent power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
Section 3. This article shall be inoperative unless it shall have been ratified as an amendment to the Constitution by the legislatures of the several States, as provided in the Constitution, within seven years from the date of the submission hereof to the States by the Congress.
January 16, 1919. Repealed by the Twenty-First, December 5, 1933.
The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any States on account of sex.
Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
August 18, 1920.
Terms of office:
Section 1. The terms of the President and Vice President shall end at noon the 20th day of January, and the terms of Senators and Representatives at noon on the 3d day of January, of the years in which such terms would have ended if this article had not been ratified; and the terms of their successors shall then begin.
Section 2. The Congress shall assemble at least once in every year, and such meeting shall begin at noon on the 3d day of January, unless they shall by law appoint a different day.
Section 3. If, at the time fixed for the beginning of the term of the President, the President elect shall have died, the Vice President elect shall become President. If a President shall not have been chosen before the time fixed for the beginning of his term, or if the President elect shall have failed to qualify, then the Vice President elect shall act as President until a President shall have qualified; and the Congress may by law provide for the case wherein neither a President elect nor a Vice President elect shall have qualified, declaring who shall then act as President, or the manner in which one who is to act shall be selected, and such person shall act accordingly until a President or Vice President shall have qualified.
Section 4. The Congress may by law provide for the case of the death of any of the persons from whom the House of Representatives may choose a President whenever the right of choice shall have devolved upon them, and for the case of the death of any of the persons from whom the Senate may choose a Vice President whenever the right of choice shall have devolved upon them.
Section 5. Sections 1 and 2 shall take effect on the 15th day of October following the ratification of this article.
Section 6. This article shall be inoperative unless it shall have been ratified as an amendment to the Constitution by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several States within seven years from the date of its submission.
January 23, 1933.
Repeal of Prohibition:
Section 1. The eighteenth article of amendment to the Constitution of the United States is hereby repealed.
Section 2. The transportation or importation into any State, Territory, or possession of the United States for delivery or use therein of intoxicating liquors, in violation of the laws thereof, is hereby prohibited.
Section 3. The article shall be inoperative unless it shall have been ratified as an amendment to the Constitution by conventions in the several States, as provided in the Constitution, within seven years from the date of the submission hereof to the States by the Congress.
December 5, 1933.
Term Limits for the Presidency:
Section 1. No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice, and no person who has held the office of President, or acted as President, for more than two years of a term to which some other person was elected President shall be elected to the office of the President more than once. But this Article shall not apply to any person holding the office of President when this Article was proposed by the Congress, and shall not prevent any person who may be holding the office of President, or acting as President, during the term within which this Article becomes operative from holding the office of President or acting as President during the remainder of such term.
Section 2. This article shall be inoperative unless it shall have been ratified as an amendment to the Constitution by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several States within seven years from the date of its submission to the States by the Congress.
February 27, 1951.
Washington, D.C., suffrage:
Section 1. The District constituting the seat of government of the United States shall appoint in such manner as the Congress may direct:
A number of electors of President and Vice President equal to the whole number of Senators and Representatives in Congress to which the District would be entitled if it were a state, but in no event more than the least populous State; they shall be in addition to those appointed by the States, but they shall be considered, for the purposes of the election of President and Vice President, to be electors appointed by a State; and they shall meet in the District and perform such duties as provided by the twelfth article of amendment.
Section 2. The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
March 29, 1961.
Abolition of poll taxes:
Section 1. The right of citizens of the United States to vote in any primary or other election for President or Vice President, for electors for President or Vice President, or for Senator or Representative in Congress, shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any State by reason of failure to pay any poll tax or other tax.
Section 2. The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
January 23, 1964.
Section 1. In case of the removal of the President from office or of his death or resignation, the Vice President shall become President.
Section 2. Whenever there is a vacancy in the office of the Vice President, the President shall nominate a Vice President who shall take office upon confirmation by a majority vote of both Houses of Congress.
Section 3. Whenever the President transmits to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives his written declaration that he is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, and until he transmits to them a written declaration to the contrary, such powers and duties shall be discharged by the Vice President as Acting President.
Section 4. Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as Acting President.
Thereafter, when the President transmits to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives his written declaration that no inability exists, he shall resume the powers and duties of his office unless the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive department or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit within four days to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office. Thereupon Congress shall decide the issue, assembling within forty-eight hours for that purpose if not in session. If the Congress, within twenty-one days after receipt of the latter written declaration, or, if Congress is not in session, within twenty-one days after Congress is required to assemble, determines by two-thirds vote of both Houses that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall continue to discharge the same as Acting President; otherwise, the President shall resume the powers and duties of his office.
February 10, 1967.
Section 1. The right of citizens of the United States, who are eighteen years of age or older, to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of age.
Section 2. The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
June 30, 1971.
Congressional pay raises:
No law, varying the compensation for the services of the Senators and Representatives, shall take effect, until an election of Representatives shall have intervened.
May 7, 1992. (Note: Congress submitted the text of this amendment as part of the proposed Bill of Rights on September 27, 1789. The Amendment was not ratified together with the first ten Amendments.)
She's pointed out that politically the issue of race being used as a wedge issue is to make white's fear blacks and what they would do if they aren't kept suppressed. This is the same with Hispanics but without the dark history of societal violence that's the case with the white/black historical relationship of slavery and all its accompanying fallout. After the Civil War black men had to be persecuted and lynched because all they ever thought about was raping white women. Now with a black man in the Whitehouse their worst fears are getting closer to manifesting. Obama is going to come and get them in a fit of vengeful murder.
Sarah Palin's 'death panels' talk was a thinly veiled reference to this idea and was heard loud and clear by the teabaggers (sorry, they haven't risen to the level of legitimacy for me) who through the McCain/Palin candidacy have felt they were given permission to voice their racist swill. The woman who told McCain that she was afraid of Obama because he was a Muslim was the person who voiced that fear, not hatred, of what the teabaggers believe deep down. The fact that they insist he's a Muslim is also telling. Fear of another attack by Muslims is prevalent now. They are the enemy right now. They've taken the place of the Evil Empire, the Soviet Union. They've seamlessly substituted Obama for the Evil Empire, who were also out to get the US and it was only through military might and aggression and superiority given to the US by God that Reagan 'defeated' them.
So what sounds like total idiocy to our ears is heard loud and clear by those who fear black people. Obama is here to take everything away from them and give it to black people and reverse the roles so white people will be oppressed and relegated to grinding poverty and servitude. Deep down they believe that the races are divided into those who are righteous and favored by God and those who are inferior and that they are Good and all other races are Evil because that's how God created the races. So naturally they feel this is a fight to the death between good and evil. Evil being, of course, the other races. And if Evil wins, then Good will be punished because they simply can't grasp that the world could be a place of equality among the races. It isn't within their ability to understand that concept. The only way life can be is the division of Good and Evil and the never ending struggle of who has the most power. It's survival on a deep sub-conscious level.
History shows that more than anything else Obama has to be perceived as fighting for us, not just as angry. If a show of anger is necessary in order to push his agenda then he should show his anger to the point it works to push it. He doesn't need to be the idiot stomping cowboy boots kicking cow shit while blathering trite talking points about 'wanted dead or alive' or 'smoking em out'. I would lay bets Obama is angry. Very angry, just like those of us who can connect action to reaction down the line. It's not hard to imagine, if you have the facts at hand that this BP oil gusher is probably among the worst things that have happened historically. The situation can be measured in biblical terms with no end visibly in sight.
Whether erroneously or not he's most likely calculated that perhaps it's not time to display anger at this juncture. But along with all the national resources and the hands on practical work he can command he has power over the public perception of his actions. History teaches us that the greatest leaders have been publicly perceived as guiding us out of trouble's way. The population of countries are at the mercy of their leaders all the time. Even in Democracies because it's the leaders who get us into the mess (ex: Nixon, Reagan, Bush, Bush) and it's leaders who clean it up as best they can (Ex: Carter, Clinton, and hopefully Obama). All of their successes or failures had a lot to do with the public perception of what they were doing. The public had the ultimate power in their destinies as our leaders, but the public was helped in their perceptions of the leadership by pundits. Nixon knew this when Walter Cronkite criticized the war in Vietnam. There's a good chance Martin Luther King Jr. was killed because he was an anti-war activists, and so was Robert Kennedy. I believe the facts about public perception are well known to those who manipulate it and who have built it into a well polished machine. We are bombarded daily from all corners of our lives with ads and propaganda. Even George W. Bush knew this, and I mean that in the derisive way it sounds. Even the village idiot was in on the game.
In today's world public perception has taken on power that is unprecedented as it's manipulated and massaged and cultivated daily by radio and tv personalities who together are the carefully created propaganda machine from hell. Those of us who are old enough can actually look back historically and see how it's been happening. Younger people don't have that perspective because in their experience 'it's always been like this'. This is a dangerous thing, because it shows how public perception has been perfected and burnished to serve the few at the expense of the many. The teabagger party is totally a creation of propaganda. And it's not even a very elegant one. It's hamfisted and foolish, yet it serves the masters well. Sarah Palin is pure propaganda without even an attempt to refine her message. These are examples that show how anyone can aim for the reptile brain and create national policy and perception if they have the right tools. And it also shows that politicians live or die by this kind of manipulation.
One good example that comes to mind is Allan Grayson. If he were to do everything he's doing now except come out with outrageous comments on the Republican's actions he would be totally lost in the rarefied atmosphere of Washington DC and he would be far less effective in his sway. But he knows how to manipulate perception, and sometimes it just takes brutal honesty and clever sound bites and the knowledge that showmanship may be the pivotal point in getting things done. His timing has also been perfect so far. He has an agenda and thankfully it's to make our lives better. He doesn't display anger but he does something just as good. He uses saber sharp humor and derision. He understands the game which is to manipulate us, the public. He outwits his detractors with a few well chosen words which he can come up with instantly in any debate. He's got the intelligence and wit to think on his feet as well as the timing to know when to back off for a while so he can come out unexpectedly for major impact.
Obama can easily satisfy people's inner angry child who want to see him kick ass by having his response team leak his displays of anger during meetings. I'm sure he's angry. All intelligent people are. He himself doesn't ever need to display much emotion publicly if his team are clever enough to guide our perception of what he's thinking and doing. He's been great at manipulating our perception of his intelligence and vast knowledge by letting us see him in action personally when he took on the entire Republican faction of Congress on camera, armed with nothing but his brain power. He did it again when he took on both parties in a question and answer session in public. He doesn't need to convince us he's pretty fucking smart anymore. He's already created that image through careful manipulation. Surely he and his cabinet can see that his entire success has been all about public perception up to now. I'm convinced they're every move has been highly crafted to influence perception. Sooner or later Obama is going to come out again and make us feel he's doing the job we put him there to do. We just don't have the historical distance we'll have in the future, after his time in office is over to be able to see his pattern yet. It's been less than two years in one of the worst times in this country's history. After his term or terms are over will we be able to judge whether he's been successful or great or not. History will tell. His legacy will tell.
is a sign of higher intelligence. Not all are born with equal intelligence. People who vote Republican vote on a totally selfish basis. People who vote Democratic do so based on what is best for everyone. Republicans think in the 'I' mode while Democrats think in the 'we' mode. And contrary to 'conventional wisdom' these facts don't make Democrats altruistic or Republicans practical. It's just a matter of being able to intelligently connect the dots between action and consequence.
You don't have to be an idealist and altruistic to see the larger picture as, for example, understanding that a better education for all people will make the country stronger in every aspect. In science, in innovation, in health, in leadership, in wealth and even in military might. There's also no altruism in realizing that poverty has a deleterious effect on the country which would be turned around into a positive effect if people were lifted out of poverty and allowed to be an asset rather than a drain through no fault of their own. But that kind of thinking requires, well, actual thinking.
reasons you have written so eloquently about in this post. There are plenty of cemeteries in this country dedicated to the fallen soldier as well as monuments erected to keep the memories of our wars alive. Every single last one of them is an attempt to heal something profoundly wounded in us. They are all reminders of the cost of war on regular people. The never ending price is death of citizens who didn't choose the wars, nor declare them, nor even contribute to the circumstances that caused them. Citizens who, if left alone to pursue their lives in the manner they saw fit would never kill another human being or even desire to do so.
Regarding the Civil War, the interred are overwhelmingly young men who were manipulated into fighting 'the enemy' through propaganda and who were considered expendable by an impossibly small number of people who were the real warmongers. What difference to the thousands of boys who died in the Civil War if rich landowners were to be deprived of their slaves or their wealth made by the imposed sacrifice of those same slaves? The overwhelming number of young men who died in the trenches had no wealth, owned no slaves and had no interest nor understanding of what they were fighting for outside of what they were told.
So putting up monuments and setting sacred land aside to bury them serves to keep the idea of honoring them alive only for those who still live. They are dead. They didn't get to live out their lives the way those who sent them to war did. They didn't get to contribute or grow old with their grandchildren at their knee, but still we go to war and still it is the regular young citizen who is sacrificed for whatever reasons the psychopaths in government see fit to choose as a 'patriotic' duty which they themselves aren't willing to do personally.
As a progressive I think the best way to honor all the fallen soldiers on every side of wars is for leaders to put as much effort into stopping wars as they put into starting them. I think that as long as our country sacrifices young people of every single generation we will never, ever heal that deep wound.
And for those who think war is natural to humanity I say try not going to war for 50 years and test that hypothesis. See if by not going to war it's possible for leaders to settle arguments when their recourses no longer include the lives of citizens who they can send to die at their whim.
The only good thing that came of that war was the abolition of slavery, which legacy is still tragically with us due to the direct result of the vengeful doings of the very same people who caused the war in the first place. Another legacy in the sacrifices and costs of the war. There is a direct connection between the disenfranchisement of the freed slaves with the problems we face today. There are those who pine for those good old days and who fly their flag to 'honor' their deluded ideas of a great past that never existed and there are those who they send to represent them in our Capital. It is shameful.
This is not a comfortably black or white issue. It's actually a dilemma with no pat right or wrong answer. A good question is, when does being a traitor to your country become a crime so imminent that your country must stop you in the name of national security?
I wish it were as clear cut as I'd like it to be. But it isn't. And that doesn't mean I'm taking the official line as the irrefutable truth based on incontrovertible facts. If we had an extradition treaty with Yemen it would be a different story. These treaties are why diplomacy is so vital to national security, and hopefully Yemen will consider extraditing Anwar al-Awlaki rather than have it's space violated by the US. Our country has shown itself totally capable of striking within anyone's borders with impunity. And don't think I condone when all I'm doing is trying to make sense of a situation which has obviously been kept in the dark for the most part. Obama didn't need to make that announcement. That's the number one point to take into account. The fact that he did says a lot about what the many layered motivations are. It was a message to the world.
As I've been observing lately, there is much more going on under the surface than there appears to be. Obama and Hillary are putting a lot of pressure on Yemen and by extension many other countries in the Middle East. That old seeing one tenth of the iceberg applies here. Behind the scenes may be some very hot and heavy muscle diplomacy at work.
I have a lot of favorite Americans but Dr. King is number 1. He was a truly enlightened soul who understood the power of peacefully changing the world. To him peace was not only a goal, but the means to attain that goal
We need to get over being shocked at what they're reaction to or how they're reacting. They don't care what Obama says. They don't care that he may be right or wrong or speaking in foreign tongues. They only want to destroy him and his Presidency. He could be green or lily white like they are. He's a Democrat and not a Republican and that's all that matters.
If it were only about racism then where's the virulent hatred towards Michael Steele or Bill Crosby or Will Smith and all the other big box office mega stars like Lawrence Fishburne, Jamie Foxx, Queen Latifa or comedians like Chris Rock and Whoopie Goldberg and Wanda Sykes? Oprah would never have made it to be one of the wealthiest women in the world.
The thing that motivates them is their burning desire to destroy everyone who isn't what they think they should be. They hate the party that believes government should be pro-choice, pro-marriage and pro-equality for all, even in health, education and opportunity. If you aren't in an intimate relationship with your gun and don't hate anyone who isn't straight, a true blue believer in Capitalism, white and a God Fearing Christian Fundamentalist then you're the minion of the devil himself, out to destroy them who they naturally believe to be the good and virtuous. Their preachers and life long teachers tell them so in church and in school. Land of the Brave and Home of the Free is about them only. The rest of us are transplanted slaves and wannabes wanting to take what they alone have accomplished.
Their hatred for Hillary is just as intense and just as insane. They didn't hate Condi at all. We never once heard a racial slur against her or against Colin Powell. The criticisms came form us, and not for what race they were, but for their enbling of George Bush and the Right wing policies. The idiocrats are just as profound in their crass ability to brazenly throw around sexist and misogynist insults against anyone who doesn't think like they do. But they love Michelle Malkin and Ann Coulter. The only difference is that they're conservative and Hillary isn't. At least not in their estimation.
If Obama were ragingly anti-abortion and pro-gun and were just like Bush he would be quite acceptable to them.
Racism isn't a fundamental thing. It's a result of deep seated fear of something that threatens their way of life. It's a learned reaction to profound insecurity which thinks their very existence is in jeopardi.
They fear being on the wrong side of the lynching party because they judge others by their own actions. It never occurs to them that they won't be lynched, because they can only think within the limitations of their own perceptions and intelligence.
but the Republicans jumped in to fill a mortally wounded Progressive movement when they saw the opportunity. The Progressive, anti-consumerism, anti-war, pro civil rights movement was tripped up severely after the Summer of Love in 1969, when Charles Manson used the counter-culture to picked some people up at the Haight-Ashbury to unleash some of the worst murders anyone can imagine. Those murders came one quick step after two other murders that shocked the nation and the anti-war movement. The murder of Bobby Kennedy was on June 5, 1968. His death made way for Nixon to be elected that year. Martin Luther King who had marched for civil right in peaceful resistance many years earlier was murdered on April 4, 1968 two months before Bobby Kennedy, as he was reviving his movement to condemn the Vietnam war. In retrospect it seems the Summer of Love was the big celebration that ended up being the death knell for the movement.
Nixon became President in 1969 (same year as the Summer of Love and the year after the assassinations of Bobby Kennedy and MLK Jr.) and he immediately escalated the war and ordered secret carpet bombing campaigns in countries we weren't at war with in his effort to kill the Viet Cong. Kind of like the secret bombings in Pakistan while we're supposedly at war in Afghanistan to kill Al Qaeda insurgents. Nixon lied to the American people and more people died. The anti-war riots replaced the flower children as more and more young men fought the draft and the lies through the realization that the war was manufactured to serve American propaganda against the USSR by using the Domino Theory argument. The movement couldn't have ever survived the violence of those years. Six years into Nixon's Administration and many thousands of deaths later the vietnam war ended suddenly on 30 April 30, 1975 and we had nothing but a bloody stump to show for meddling in affairs we should have left alone. That and a lot of dead young men and psychically wounded ones too. The Vietnam war took 58,193 of our brothers (mine included), sons and fathers and about 4,000,000 million Vietnamese, 1,000,000 Cambodians and Laotians (Nixon's secret bombing campaign). Jimmy Carter became President in 1977 and the Iran Hostage situation was from November 4, 1979 to January 20, 1981. (444 days), the day after Carter stepped down as president.
So all those bad things that some people want to claim the Boomers have done weren't. Just like the Bush Era, the government then worked overtime to nullify any progress made by weakening it or passing pro-corporate legislation. I'd like to see any generation win against that, so the younger people certainly have my blessing and my backing if they can do that. Perhaps they've already started by getting Obama elected. I truly hope the momentum isn't murdered out from under them and us again.
Sorry I got carried away, but suddenly I wanted to see it all laid out in a timeline. Maybe I should have done it with bullet points.
All this time we've been thinking we're watching losers and their party being destroyed. Yet they've always said they wanted to reduce government. Ronald Reagan said government is the problem. On the Thom Hartman show yesterday a caller and Thom talked about a 'conspiracy theory' they themselves believe in about the Republicans nominating McCain as their candidate in order to lose. That they added Palin onto the ticket to make sure they lost. They spent a fraction of what Obama did and that's from the party that raises more money.
This was so they weren't stuck with the problem they had created. The very thing we're going through now. The economic disaster of the financial meltdown that started a few months before the election. But the thing I'm thinking about is that they've wanted to destroy the social programs that FDR and the Democrats have put in place over the years.
So when Obama throws out money to create jobs some Republican governors try to refuse it. Why? We're thinking it's because they're stupid or just trying to be obstructive and be the party of no, but maybe they're refusing because they want to see the country fail in anything that could help the population. They've already told us they don't believe in government that actually governs for the benefit of its citizens. They believe in the huge gap between the haves and the have nots. Like The Family on C Street they want God's favored to rule over those that God obviously doesn't give a shit about. If you aren't rich or successful (by their standards) then obviously God isn't interested in you. So it's really about finishing God's work of stripping the have nots of even more.
The fact is that what's happening in California (for example) is probably making the Republicans quite happy. The social programs they hate so much are being slashed and cut and even eliminated altogether and they only have to refuse to cooperate now. It's exactly what they've said they want. They don't have to actively find a way of destroying each social program at a time, the way Bush was doing. I'm not surprised they show absolutely no remorse because they have none because their wildest dreams are coming to pass. Social programs are failing all over the country. People are being set free to be homeless and jobless. All they have to do is pretend to care. Meantime they are the rich and the haves and have mores at the expense of the rest of us, and to top it off, they are becoming more wealthy through government. They're the recipients of the benefits of Bush's tax cuts and the corporations are the recipients of government bailouts and they're growing fatter and richer while the rest of us are falling without a safety net.
Watch what is happening in California. The Republican governor categorically refuses to raise taxes because he and the haves and the corporations benefit while he cuts and slashes all the social programs to the most needy. Anyone with half a brain can see that the consequences are going to be disastrous for those involved. That doing what he's doing is going to wreak havoc for many years to come. Maybe forever. The fact is, when the programs that help society are cut chances are they'll never recover. In other words, it's like shrinking them until they can be drowned in a bathtub. This is exactly what the Republicans have been working for since Ronald Reagan became President and they've wanted this since FDR was President. Only this time it's happening under a Democratic President and they won't be getting the blame. Their wildest dreams are happening. No wonder they don't look a bit unhappy. No wonder Rush is working so hard get the Republican base pissed off. He knows that pissing them off just adds to the demise of any semblance of financial or social equality for all Americans. That's anathema to the Republicans.
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