We the People hold the power; government is the servant.
There has been a paradigm shift in politics. Forget Republicans versus Democrats; that's Edward Bernays-style propaganda. It's a dead paradigm. The new (and somewhat unrecognized) political paradigm is: the Oligarchy versus the rest of us.
In 1898, our Gov't stole Guantanamo at gunpoint. That was during the time when "we" were "saving" various parts of the world from............................ Spain. In 1903, Cuba essentially was forced (at gunpoint) to sign a perpetual lease, one of the terms being that our Gov't was to pay Cuba $2,000 a year... in gold. I wonder if the USA held up that end of the bargain. That also was during the time when Mark Twain became a founding member of the American Anti-Imperialist League.
The USA no longer engages in Imperialism. Our Gov't (which hasn't represented We the People for quite some time) now engages in NeoImperialism. That's so much better... one doesn't have to occupy a country in order to essentially control it. Simply surround it with some of the almost 1,000 military bases the US has around the world. The warships help, too. Waging financial and economic war (or threatening to) is a big help as well. Oh, and then there's the NSA spying...............on our allies. None of them, of course, are permitted to spy on us; that's a crime. When our Feds do it to others, that's okay. [We the People did not delegate the power to the Fed Gov't to do any of that insanity. The Constitution ENUMERATES all legitimate powers delegated to the Feds. That document must be legally changed in order to add any new powers. Interpreting it differently will not suffice.]
1898 was a banner year. The Fed Gov't also "saved" Guam and the Philippines... and "annexed" Hawaii. ["Annexed"--- that's Gov't-Speak for stole.] When other countries do similar things, that's wrong... even a crime in many cases. When the Fed Gov't does it, it's just, moral, ethical, and helpful. That's because of American Exceptionalism---the concept that the USA is, you know, special (that's Gov't-Speak for "better"). "We" are exceptional because... well, just because. [Usually promoters of American Exceptionalism say that it's because we have so many freedoms here (and value them so). What they leave out is this: those freedoms must conform to certain moral (not ethical) standards. Other freedoms, even if they do NOT infringe on anyone's genuine rights or property, are not permitted. So, for example, if one wishes to possess & imbibe a plant substance in the privacy of one's own home, behind locked doors, that is a crime. There's nothing ethically wrong with it, but it doesn't meet certain moral standards. Morality is subjective and varies from person to person and group to group. Ethics are objective, carved in stone, and do not vary at all...ever. Ethics are based on the science of Logic. Doing the same with America's drug of choice (booze), of course, is okay, not a crime. Hypocrisy abounds.]
Nowadays, and for some time, our Gov't is so special that it gets to be the World Police. On what authority? Well, you know.......................... none. It's just that we're so exceptional. That's it. For example, when our Gov't kills children, that's NOT terrorism; when others kill children, it IS terrorism. When our Gov't bombs civilians, that's NOT terrorism; when others do it, it IS terrorism. Why? Well, you know, our Fed Gov't is exceptional. It does almost nothing wrong. When it does do something wrong, it rarely holds anyone accountable for that wrongdoing... except for some low-level, unfortunate person. As Obama recently said (paraphrased) in relation to the Senate torture report: yes, some things were done wrong, but I prefer to move forward rather than dwell on the past. It's a familiar refrain from those at the highest levels of our Outlaw Fed Gov't.
Don't misunderstand me. I love this Land and its People. At the same time, though, I pretty much dislike the highest levels of our Fed Gov't, the political Oligarchs. Why?
1. We no longer have a representative government in this country. According to the respected, late historian, Carroll Quigley (Bill Clinton's mentor at Georgetown U.), we haven't had one since well before the 1960s. The overwhelming majority of national political candidates are selected, groomed, and financed by the rich & powerful... and dance to their tune... at the expense of the rest of us.
2. The Neoliberals (both Democrats and Republicans) at the highest levels have killed the Republic by trashing the Constitution of the United States.
3. The Neoliberals (Democrats and Republicans) in Gov't, the Corporate Media, educational institutions, and mega corporations have been inundating this Land with Edward Bernays style Propaganda Kool Aid for decades. The highest levels of the nonrepresentative Fed Gov't are the worst offenders in that regard.
4. The Neoliberals (Democrats and Republicans) at the highest levels in the Fed Gov't are grossly hypocritical when it comes to spying (especially spying on allies), pre-emptive invasions, exposing wrongdoing (as in the cases of whistleblowers), complying with International Law (e.g., the Geneva Conventions), economic sanctions (sanctions are an act of war), etc., etc., ad nauseum.
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Not long ago, the NYT Editorial Board came to the conclusion that Obama's ISIS War is unconstitutional. They are correct; there is no question whatsoever about that. Violating the U.S. Constitution is an impeachable offense. Unfortunately and most likely, impeachment will not happen.
Even though the Republicans now hold a majority in both Houses of Congress, they will not represent the People and pursue impeachment of Obama. Why? For a few reasons, not the least of which is that they too have been guilty of unconstitutional wars... and they want to retain for Presidents that illegal war-making power. In other words, they won't rock the boat because they want all future Presidents to be able to go to war illegally. That benefits their primary constituency--- the rich and powerful.
All of this demonstrates fairly clearly that, at the highest political levels, the old labels---Republican, Democrat, Conservative, Liberal---essentially are meaningless. The highest echelon in politics consists of Neoliberals. The old, anachronistic labels now merely are Distract-Divide-Conquer Propaganda. It continually amazes me that many people don't see that.
Although politically we're in a Rigged Game, I'm convinced that it's NOT a "conspiracy". Neoliberals are all about global BIG Business. They may have similar interests and mutual goals, and they may keep their plans private, but that doesn't mean the whole thing is any sort of conspiring. It's no more a conspiracy than is that of AT&T attempting to maximize profits. Besides, the whole Neoliberal agenda mostly is in plain sight.
As have many Republicans, Obama has violated the Supreme Law of the Land in other ways as well. Most likely, he will not be impeached for those reasons either. We the People are asleep at the political wheel; we need to wake up. At the highest levels, the Neoliberals in the Fed Gov't are all on the same Team. That's so obvious that it's downright painful. Example: both Obama AND McConnell are working fiercely to get the TPP implemented in this Land. That Agreement primarily benefits the Oligarchy, not commoners. The same is true of TAFTA... and most so-called Republicans and so-called Democrats support that as well. For the low-down on the TPP, see this: http://www.citizen.org/TPP .
Long story short, in the USA we have (at the highest levels) an outlaw Fed Government. There is absolutely no question about that. [Take it from someone who has been observing American politics keenly since 1956...well over half a century.]
That way, soon it will be so soaked in sputum that you'll be able to tear it up and throw it away much more easily. You've all been spitting on it for so many decades that most of you have a fairly good aim by now, so perhaps before long it simply will dissolve of its own accord... you won't even have to tear it up. I can't find half of it already. I think some of you in DC are cheating: you're not just spitting on it, you're pissing on it as well. What gets me is that some people, perhaps most, don't seem to notice. Kudos to you high-ranking politicos on your excellent use of distracting Propaganda.
OPEN LETTER TO REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRAT POLITICAL OLIGARCHS
The Constitution is exceedingly CLEAR on the following points.
1. As enumerated in Article I, Section 8:
a. only CONGRESS is charged with regulating the value of our money (no other entity has been delegated that power by We the People...furthermore, no law, such as the 1913 Fed Reserve Act, over-rides the Supreme Law of the Land);
b. only CONGRESS is charged with the power to put this Nation at war (being Commander-in-Chief of the Military does not mean that the President gets to ignore Article I... furthermore, no law, such as the War Powers Act, over-rides the Supreme Law of the Land);
c. only CONGRESS is charged with the power to issue assassination orders, otherwise known as Letters of Marque and Reprisal (that power was not delegated to the Executive Branch by We the People);
d. only CONGRESS is charged with the power to "make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water" (that power was not delegated to the Executive Branch by We the People)...who made the Rules for Gitmo, CIA Black Sites, and "enhanced interrogation"?... not Congress;
e. the final clause of Article I, Section 8 does not mean that Congress gets to ignore the duties with which CONGRESS has been charged to perform. In other words, Congress may not delegate its powers to some other Branch of Government... or any other entity. Only We the People are allowed to delegate Constitutional Powers. We did not delegate power to Congress to turn over the duty of regulating the value of our money to an un-elected group known as the Fed Reserve Board of Governors. It's the duty of CONGRESS to regulate the value of our money... no one else may do it. [The former Chairman of the Fed, Alan Greenspan, once stated on the PBS News Hour, "No one has control [or perhaps he said "power", not "control"] over us."... the problem with that should be obvious.]
2. We the People are to be secure in our "persons, houses, papers, and EFFECTS" [emphasis added]. The so-called PATRIOT Act (like any other law) does not trump the Constitution. Neither does any part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)... or any other law. The Executive Branch acts as though those laws do trump the Constitution.
If you political Oligarchs don't like parts of the Supreme Law of the Land, you are charged by the People to try and change them. That can be done legally only two ways: by Amendment; or, by means of a Constitutional Convention. No other methods are permitted; plus, you are not legally permitted to ignore those parts and then contravene them. We did not delegate that power to you. Finally, I don't want to hear any whining about how difficult it is to change the Constitution. As you know, it purposely was constructed to be that way. Live with it, or get out of politics. As things are now, virtually all of you are violating your Oath of Office to support and defend the Constitution of the United States of America. If you can't obey your Oath, then get the hell out. We don't want you.
Constraints of time and energy prohibit me from enumerating ALL of the ways in which you high-ranking Democrats AND Republicans have been spitting and pissing on the Constitution for decades. [I've been a keen observer of American politics since 1956; 1956---that's not a typo.] The few examples above should suffice to illustrate the point. It's no wonder to me that politicians at the highest levels (especially in DC) have become despised by the People. The effectiveness of the Distract-Divide-Conquer Propaganda constantly put out by the Oligarchy is beginning to fade. People finally are stirring... so far, just a bit... but stirring.
From Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution...(in the war- making clause)---
[The following is one of the
duties of CONGRESS.
Article I enumerates the
responsibilities of both
Houses of Congress]---
"...make Rules concerning
Captures on Land and Water".
Last I heard, the CIA,
Military Intelligence, the
President, or any part of the
Pentagon are not members of
Congress. That means
Guantanamo, CIA Black Sites,
"enhanced interrogation", etc.
were/are all unconstitutional.
[Most "Liberals", Democrats, and Republicans appear to
support all of what's below. What's remarkable is that most so-called "Conservatives" and "Libertarians" seem to be the biggest supporters of those items below. One would
think they would be the greatest
supporters of the Constitution,
the bedrock document of the
Republic. Nope, no luck there.]
Add the unconstitutionality
described above to the fact that,
thanks to the PATRIOT Act,
FBI Agents now can write their
own Search Warrants (no judge
required), a clear violation of the
4th Amendment, and U.S.
citizens (here, on our soil) now,
thanks to the NDAA, can be
held indefinitely without trial or
any kind of due process, a
clear violation of the 5th
Amendment, and several other
blatant violations of the
Supreme Law of the Land, and it's plain that the Republic of the USA exists in name only.
"Libertarians" are the most
vociferous defenders of these
VIOLATIONS of the Constitution. That's quite
remarkable, and a testament
to how powerful the
Oligarchical Propaganda has
been in the last 15 yrs or so.
[The two segments of the
political spectrum at the
beginning of this paragraph
are in quotes because:
1. there are no more
Conservatives in the USA
to my knowledge... only
NeoConservatives, a horse
of an entirely different color;
and 2. Libertarians here are
not the original, traditional
Libertarians of the past...
again, a horse of an entirely
Not just my opinion. Be Well
p.s. In talking about any and
all members of the groups
mentioned above, I'm referring
primarily to those individuals at the highest levels,
not those at street level.
Some would say that I should omit the word "soft". I leave it in place because we still have a considerable amount of Freedom here... although, that is changing fairly rapidly. Adherents of the so-called Right think we still have a Republic as our form of government; adherents of the so-called Left think we still have a Democracy. If you're no longer drinking the Edward Bernays style Propaganda Kool Aid, it's readily apparent that the USA has neither of those forms of government.
First, let's examine the false belief that we're still a Republic. The bedrock of the Republic of the USA was the U.S. Constitution... and obedience to its provisions. All three branches of our Fed Gov't (at the highest levels) have been ignoring large portions of the Supreme Law of the Land for decades and decades. That practice has become increasingly more blatant in the last thirty years or so. It makes no difference at all if the Administration is Republican or Democrat... or should I say, Republicrat or Demopublican. In 1901, a Supreme Court Justice Harlan warned of "Legislative Absolutism", a term he coined and by which he meant passing Laws that were unconstitutional. He said (in a dissenting opinion) that there were two governments in the USA now (1901): one obeying the Constitution, and one not. It only has gotten worse since then.
The list of violations of our Supreme Law of the Land by the highest levels of the Fed Gov't is virtually endless. I've described many of those violations on this Blog in the last almost eight years. I don't intend to re-list them now. One Representative in DC even admitted to an interviewer, "Half of what we do [in Congress] is unconstitutional."... at one time (several years ago), a recording of that was on YouTube. There is no question whatsoever that the Fed Gov't violates many of the provisions of the Constitution... no matter which political Party is in power. The icing on the cake is the provision of the NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act) which gives the Feds the power to detain indefinitely, without access to an attorney and without a trial, any U.S. citizen chosen by one person, the President... and even to execute that person on the say-so of only one person, the President. No due process, no attorney, no trial, no appeal. That's according to many legitimate news sources, including an article in Forbes. When Obama signed the last NDAA into Law, he stated something like, "I would never do that."... I'm not reassured.
Without obedience by the Feds to the provisions of the Constitution, there is no Republic of the USA. It exists in name only.
Second, let's examine the false belief that we're a Democracy. I'm referring to a truly participatory democracy. Yes, we get to vote... well, some of us anyway. Unfortunately, the overwhelming majority of national political candidates are selected, groomed, and financed by the Oligarchy. That means it doesn't really matter who gets elected. Even FDR wrote to a friend back in the '30s, "In this country, Presidents are selected, not elected."... so are most Congress people. The whole process is dominated by those in the Power Structure by means of ballot-access laws, Cronyism, rules of various kinds that further restrict Third Parties, and Propaganda from both the Government and the Corporate Media. On top of all that, there is Black Box Voting--- rigged voting machines. See the site, blackboxvoting.org and the documentary by the same name. See especially the documentary.
Both Mussolini and FDR defined Fascism as: the marriage of BIG Business to the State. That's precisely what we've had in the USA for years and years. We just recently had an example of that on 12-15-14 (this past Monday). The Senate passed the already House-passed $1.1 trillion spending Bill into Law. Attached was an amendment written by lobbyists of Citibank that essentially rolled-back the paltry protections against the Financial Sector that were in Dodd-Frank. The Amendment also provides that any future losses on risky investments suffered by Mega Banks will be reimbursed by the Feds (meaning, the taxpayers). So, if the speculative Wall Street Banks fail again, they'll be bailed out again. That's Crony Capitalism, aka, Fascism. It's not only at the national level. At every level of government in this country, elected officials kowtow to their primary constituency... BIG Business.
A few different, scholarly, legitimate studies in the past several years have shown that anywhere from 70% to 95% of the public is ignored when elected officials formulate public policy. In other words, the opinions of most of us do not count in the minds of those elected by us. The primary constituencies of most politicians are the Super-Rich. That's Fascism.
Sorry to say, but we live in a Soft Fascist State. As far as I can tell, the same applies to most developed countries.