Posts Tagged ‘democracy’

“Snorting Koch”

Is Plutocracy imminent for America?

As we approach the 2014 elections there are right-wing politicians running for offices throughout the country that have been bought and sold by the perfidious Koch Brothers, who have no desire to be part of this great country, only to use it to amass enough wealth to manipulate it and create a Plutocracy.

There’s no shortage of politicians willing to sell their integrity to people like the Koch’s to remain in office; willing to lie to retain a false sense of power and authority.

How do we fight this insidious malignancy?

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“The Company You Keep”

In a democracy power must be restrained from time to time.

When the government begins to act in ways contrary to the will of ‘the people,’ in opposition to the health and well-being of the governed, ‘the people’ shall — must — rise up in opposition to the tyrannical elements in power.

The movie, “The Company You Keep,” is about a previous time of unrest, a time when our government overstepped its bounds and recklessly used its citizens for feckless purposes. A time when the youth rose up and challenged our government’s authority; especially the authority to wage war.

But the film not only showed the necessity of revolt then, but the similarities of our circumstances now.

Have we reached the point of revolt again?

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“Why We Can’t”

There’re many things we can’t do and as many reasons why we can’t.

The United States is struggling with issues that we were leaders in not so many years ago and we don’t know how to fix them, or how to regain our status.

We’re a country in disarray, floundering: economically, politically, educationally, medically, and scientifically. We’re also deficient in humanity, honesty, integrity, and responsibility.

True, globalization has dramatically changed the way we deal with some aspects of our lives collectively and personally. But our problems can only partially be blamed on globalization.

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“Exposing Real Voter Fraud”

This new article has been published on The Huffington Post. Click on the link to read it there.

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Voter fraud has accelerated throughout the U.S. and must be stopped.

Voter fraud is a problem in as many as 33 states and people are demanding action to save our democracy.

It’s a malignancy that must be eradicated before it metastasizes to all 50 states, an unstoppable force that threatens to infect our electoral process — threatens to undermine our Constitution and freedoms.

How did it ever get this bad?

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“The Power of One!”

This article has been posted on The Huffington Post. To read it at Huff Post click on the link.

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Does money in politics subvert our precious democracy?

Would you pay $1.00 per month to get rid of PAC’s, SuperPAC’s, and the ungodly amount of money being funneled into federal political campaigns?

It is estimated that more than $3,000,000,000 will be spent in the 2012 election. Outrageous! The cost of elections has spun out of control and must be reined in.

Money is not the root of all evil, but its corrosive influence was evident in the 2010 elections; a malignancy that will be even more destructive in this electoral cycle.

Though money in politics was a problem long before the Citizens United ruling, the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision desecrated the 1st Amendment and is infecting our democratic elections — the cornerstone of a healthy, vibrant democracy.

So how can we reverse the Supreme Court’s mistake and get money out of politics?

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“America Newtered”

This article has been post on The Huffington Post. Click on the link to read it at Huff Post.

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America has come to an important crossroads.

One party has lost their way and has no clue how to get out of the nightmare they’re in or which path will take them out of it.

What’s at stake is control the most powerful nation in the world.

Years of hypocrisy, subcutaneous prejudice, and a narrow vision of democracy, has caught up with, and left, the Republican Party questioning their direction, positions, and values.

They’ve become the party of derision — a level of animus never this openly displayed by the Republican Party.

So what direction will the GOP take?

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“A Grass Root’s Win In Wisconsin”

Posted on The Huffington Post on Friday, 8/19. Read it on HuffPo by clicking on the link here.

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On Tuesday, Wisconsinites reclaimed democracy in a big way!

After four months the recall elections in six Senate Republican districts and three Democratic districts in Wisconsin have concluded. They were an important turning point for the nation.

In these historical recall elections, ‘the people’ took another big step on Tuesday reelecting the remaining two Senate Democrats after taking two of the seats the previous week in the six Republican recall elections. A big step in taking back our precious democracy which is under attack by right-wing factions, big corporations, big money, and ALEC.

With five victories in the recall elections Wisconsinites are one step closer to winning back the Senate from the Republicans.

Will this strong showing motivate other repressed people in other states?

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“The Norquist Conspiracy”

A ‘mystriguing’ title for a mystery novel but this is not fiction!

Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform, prides himself on the pledge that he has most Republicans sign.

The pledge, which Norquist entitled, Taxpayer Protection Pledge, essentially marshals every Republican politician at the federal level and most at the state levels from raising taxes in any form; including a misinterpretation of temporary tax benefits, such as oil subsidies, and the reasons for their passage.

Such a stringent demand on legislators has no place in a healthy and vibrant democracy. In fact, a pledge so restrictive as to potentially derail a functioning democracy can not be tolerated in a free society and should be viewed as UnAmerican.

What of the politicians who would sign such a pledge?

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“Corruption: With a Lot of Help from Their Friends!”

Congresses love of corporate campaign money influences their vote and is eroding our democracy!

For an American citizen to run for elected federal office today requires huge sums of money; well beyond the imaginations of our Founding Fathers. Clearly they didn’t envision this.

Nor did the wise patriots that constructed the Constitution envision ‘professional’ politicians. They anticipated regular citizens becoming politicians to help run the government ‘for the people,’ then returning to private life after fulfilling an honorable and short-term patriotic duty ‘to the people’ of this great country.

Pure and uncorrupted democracy.

We no longer have a pure, uncorrupted form of democracy. It’s been stained by dirty corporate money; a malodorous patina that may take years to expunge.

It’s obvious things have changed in the electoral process and in the makeup of Congress. Not necessarily for the good. Corruption at varying levels permeates the halls of Capitol Hill. American’s are disgusted and outraged at Congress, evidenced by their current approval rating of 18 percent.

The People’ no longer matter in the modern operation of our government.

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“A Supreme Blow to Democracy!”

Last Thursday, five men in black robes set democracy back over 100 years; they signed the death certificate on the 235 year old dream of our forefathers.

They might as well have been wielding axes, swords, and flails for what they have done with a pen to this once great country.

With one stroke of the pen, 5 simple, mortal men have denigrated the 1st amendment. They have stomped all over the graves of far more brilliant men than they. They have sold the American people to the military-industrial complex that former President, Dwight D. Eisenhower, warned us about as he left office.

Five men in black robes: Chief Justice John Roberts, Justice’s Anthony Kennedy, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas, and Samuel Alito, destroyed democracy. For that they should be punished.

With one stroke of the pen they destroyed the heart of democracy, the ability ‘of the people’ to elect their own representatives without interference and manipulation of corporations, and the unregulated proliferation of corporate money.

Over one hundred years ago, in 1907, President Theodore Roosevelt called on Congress to forbid corporations, railroads and national banks from using their money to influence federal elections. His reasons were as patriotic and altruistic—as was his understanding of the potential consequences—as it was visionary. After World War II Congress extended the ban to labor unions.

So what does the Supreme Court decision mean?

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