Profiles in Cowardice

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The last war that the United States declared was WWII.  Since that time the U.S. Congress has abrogated it’s power to advise and consent and declare war.

The Congress would rather criticize the Executive branch than do its duty.  Therefore, we are on the brink of yet another undeclared war in Syria with no imput from the people’s representatives who have through variolus artifices given that very important duty described in Article I, Section 8 to the Executive branch.

Decades have passed without this gutless branch doing its work.  The number of lives lost during those years, the money that has been wasted is incredulous; and yet, here we are today bombing a sovereign nation without a declaration of war.

It’s time for Congress to screw it’d courage to the sticking point and either declare war or withdraw all troops.

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A Dirty Little Secret

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Privatization’s dirty little secret is that it cuts out the end consumer.  For example our city privatized it’s waterworks.  Any complaints?  Too bad.  As long as the city manager is happy with his perceived savings, the public be damned.

After all, the provider gets his money from the city; he owes the citizens nothing.

Turn the electric utility over to the electric company, guess what?  You get charged to pay your bill by credit card.

When your politicians talk about “privatization” providing savings, ask them where the consumer’s voice is.  The voters do not elect the board of directors of a company.  Therefore, they have no voice.

The Easiest Political Lie

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When a politician says that people want…, you need to ask which people he is referring to.

Is he referring to all the people (which he is implying)?

Is he referring to the people in his district or state?

OR

Is he referring to his campaign contributors (most likely)?

On what data is he basing his opinion (polls, letters, phone calls, emails)?

If he chooses to follow the people, how does he explain his votes which are contrary to non-partisan polls?

WHY ISN’T THE MEDIA ASKING THESE QUESTIONS?

Why The Secret?

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We are educated in our traffic laws.  We must stop at “Stop” signs.  We must stop when a traffic light turns red.  We had to know these aspects of traffic law before we could get a license.

Why then is the public not informed or educated as to when the police may use force or “deadly” force.  Why are these protocols kept secret.  For that matter shouldn’t they be taught as well as traffic laws.

If I know that asking an officer why I am being detained means that he may use force, shouldn’t that be information that would be helpful to both me and the officer trying to do his duty.

Do you as a non law inforcement citizen know the protocol of you local policle, sheriff, and highway patrol for the following:

– a citizen demands to know why he is being detained,

– a citizen asks for an officer’s badge number or name,

– a citizen refuses to get face down on the ground,

– a citizen puts his hand in his pocket while being questioned,

– a citizen runs away,

– a citizen flees the scene in a non-violent incident,

– in which situations may an officer engage in a high speed chase and in what kind of places such as residential neighborhoods, highly congested areas, etc.,

– in which situations may an officer draw his weapon,

– under what circumstances may he fire that weapoon,

– is an officer required to use other means of resolving a conflict before he resorts to physical force?

I remind you that the question was whether you “know” not whether you think, guess, or have heard.

If you don’t know, does government and its law enforcement officers share in the responsibility of keeping you informed?

Please feel free to share your comments.

“blowin” Ferguson, Toledo and New York

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Please request your local radio station to play and replay “Blowin In The Wind” written and sung by Bob Dylan.  It was also sung by Peter Paul & Mary, George Harrison, ZiggyMarley and pretty much every generation of performers with the exception of this generation.

To hopefully inspire you to get the song played and another generation involved, I share with you the lyrics which I obtained from Mr. Dylan’s web site:

How many roads must a man walk down
Before you call him a man?
Yes, ’n’ how many seas must a white dove sail
Before she sleeps in the sand?
Yes, ’n’ how many times must the cannonballs fly
Before they’re forever banned?
The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind
The answer is blowin’ in the wind

How many years can a mountain exist
Before it’s washed to the sea?
Yes, ’n’ how many years can some people exist
Before they’re allowed to be free?
Yes, ’n’ how many times can a man turn his head
Pretending he just doesn’t see?
The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind
The answer is blowin’ in the wind

How many times must a man look up
Before he can see the sky?
Yes, ’n’ how many ears must one man have
Before he can hear people cry?
Yes, ’n’ how many deaths will it take till he knows
That too many people have died?
The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind
The answer is blowin’ in the wind

Copyright © 1962 by Warner Bros. Inc.; renewed 1990 by Special Rider Music
Read more: http://www.bobdylan.com/us/songs/blowin-wind#ixzz3LGFAZVwD

If this is in violation of copyright, please delete.  No infraction was intended.

Where Communism Failed

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Congress and particularly the Republican far right, corporations, K Street, state legislators, the Supreme Court and an apathetic citizenry have succeeded.  They, working in concerted effort, under the corporate owned monopolistic media, have destroyed the middle class and our democracy.

The Republicans by failing to control their party’s far right has refused to participate in the governing process having dedicated themselves to making sure that government cannot work through obstructionism.  They just say “No!” without presenting any real alternatives.  They did not hesitate to shut down the government.  In fact they were delighted to not only do that, but also to put our international credit rating at risk.

K Street simply continues to endanger our country by their relentless buying of our elected officials.  At least they are honest in their motives.  Certainly though they must share some responsibility for influencing congress in much the same way that a person who offers a bribe is as guilty as the person who accepts it.

Our state legislators through gerrymandering have rigged the representation process so that they cannot be challenged in an election.  They constantly act in opposition to the will of the people and in favor of special interests who will line their pockets either now or after they leave office.  The people have supported  in huge percentages increasing the minimum wage to a living wage.  The people, includig the members of the NRA have supported reasonable gun safety issues like background checks.  The majority support equal pay for women and yet legislatures refuse to address the issue.

The Supreme Court through recent rulings such as Citizens United and Hobby Lobby have given corporations the same rights as people without any of the responsibilities.  They have given states with a proven track record the freedom to disenfranchise voters.  They have said that racism is dead.  I guess the news from Florida and Missouri doesn’t reach their ivory towers.

Our citizizens are happy to get their information from bumper stickers and the entertainment media like CNN.

People get the government they deserve.  Unfortunately, all of us must suffer because of the apathy of the majority.

The Fortune Teller’s Globe

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Was Thomas Paine looking into the fortune teller’s lens when he penned these words?

“THESE are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.”

Today, we experience the tyranny of the minority; and like Payne we must dedicate ourselves to fighting it.  Fighting it not with musket and ball, but rather by fighting it with the vote.

Taxatlon without representation is tyranny.  What is forgotten or neglected is the fact that representation can only be obtained with the right to vote.  No right to vote; no representation.

And yet, Republican legislatures in state after state are passing laws whose intention is to disenfranchise voters.  Some even argue that voting should be limited to white land owners.  When one takes a holistic view of the framers and the Constitution, the opposite is intended.  The intention has always been and ought to be to extend the right to vote to all citizens.

Our country was founded on the concept of rule of law.

Our country was founded on the principle of majority rule.

And, it is the responsibility of the majority to protect the rights of the minority.

What makes these times so trying is that we now have a faction who have been elected to office in our government whose sole function is to destroy the government from within.  Their sole function is to not only NOT govern, but to also keep others from governing.  They would rather tear this government down to replace it with oligarchy.

Our founding fathers could not have conceived that citizens, much less elected officials, would try to destroy the Constitution instead of preserving it.  They provided ways for the majority to change or amend the Constitution.  They did not intend to provide a legal means for the minority to tear down what the majority wanted.  They could not have anticipated this type of tyranny.

Time after time we have seen these legislatures go against the will of the majority of their constituents, whether it was over backround checks or immigration.

We have a Congress that does not want to legislate and work for the majority of the people; they just want to work for their political donors.

These truly are times that try men’s souls.

GET PEOPLE REGISTERED THEN GET OUT THE VOTE!