Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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.
Not just my opinion. Be Well
Sunday, December 14, 2014
I've begun posting short talks on YouTube... dealing with topics such as Neoliberalism, Globalization, Free Trade Agreements, the phony politics in America, and several others often covered here. There also are a few mildly amusing, short clips of me singing, and one of an impression of Henry Kissinger. I invite everyone to visit.
This video (link below) should be of interest to all Republicans and Democrats.
Here's the address of my YouTube Channel...if you're interested.