Monday, October 31, 2005

Two Points Of View. . .

The Best Opposing Points Of View On The Current Happenings So Far
by Ernest Partridge and Bernard Weiner At The Crisis Papers Web Site


1.  "The Mountain Has Labored and Brought Forth a Mouse"  [Pessimistic]
       - - Ernest Partridge, (the October 28, 2005 posting)

2.  "Libby's Indictment: A Window Into the White House Cesspool"  [Opptimistic]
       - - Bernard Weiner, (The October 28, 2005 posting)


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A "Below The Fold" Bonus:

The best facts-list, to counter the coming right-wing propaganda attacks... Is Linked Here.


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It's The Enemy Within. . .

That Old Truism Is Coming True Once Again, This Time For America
by The Old Hippie Because It's Not Outside Forces - It's The "Us Destroying Us" That Is Reality


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Recorded history is filled with many "great" nations and empires falling apart, and some even disappearing, from the rot of corruption from within, rather than from the attacks of enemies from without.  In every single case, the citizens of those "great" nations and empires "thought" it could never happen to them.  Just as a majority of the current citizens of my own nation, America, now believe.  Even some of my reality-based cohorts think America's Constitutional Democracy's structures will save the government "of, by, and for the people," rather than the reality exposed by Bill Moyers, in his book "Moyers on America: A Journalist and His Times," "...the soul of democracy is dying in America, replaced increasingly by government of, by, and for a corporate ruling class."

Is It Possible?  Like So Many Nations Before It - America Destroyed From Within?

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I am a realist, not a denialist.  I know it is possible that America can be, and most likely will be, if it happens, destroyed from within, not from without.  In my short 58 years on this mortal coil I've watched my nation go from respected to hated, from a sane guiding light to the world to the feared bully, from battling tyranny to being a tyranny - From what used to be a functioning Constitutional Democracy to the brink of an enhanced opportunistic and corrupt Corporatist Theocratic and Ideological state, with totalitarian safeguards, with a six-corporation controlled media. And I have witnessed the successful erosion of the Separation of the Church and the State, to the point that religious [nut-job Evangelical Christian] mythology is being allowed to be purposely and opportunistically confused with the reality of science.

I really don't think most Americans truly realize just how close we are to losing "America."  Throughout the whole history of this unique experiment of the American Constitutional Democracy, the American Revolution, the internal turmoil of the Civil War, the Great Depression, the two World Wars, the Cultural Revolution during the 60s/70s and the Vietnam War," never has our nation been so close to losing all of its protections from the "Separation of Powers."   Never.

Our once powerful protection of the Separation of Powers has now been consolidated into one corrupted party of the corporations, which is still in power, still doing all it can to take as much "power" away from the people and the other branches, and put it into the single branch of the Executive - the hands of the few - away from the "Republic" and into the corporate controllers of the "Empire."  And "they" are continuing to do so even in the face of all of the recent exposures of corrupt cronyism.

These are not "interesting times" we live in, they are very dangerous times, for the Constitutional Democracy, for the hope of real freedoms and liberties for all peoples, and not to mention for the reality of our environment. I can't deny that I find the fact that 39% of my fellow Americans still live inside the denial of this reality.

I'll end this with a not-so-off-the-subject thought. . .
"Art Without Science - and/or - Science Without Art - Is Neither."

There is a very purposeful and real reason that almost all institutes of higher learning's core school is called "Arts and Sciences."  Many knowledgeable people have said the best scientists are artists, and the best artists are scientists.  Think about it.  [and of course, as any true scientist or artist would say - there are always exceptions to every rule.]


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Sunday, October 30, 2005

To Be or Not to Be?

The Mindless American: A Tragedy In The Making

by Dr. Doug Soderstrom, October 24, 2005


As a result of nine-eleven’s jarring impact upon our nation, journalists have discovered a near paranoid rise in retaliation against individuals attempting to expose governmental malfeasance.  Increasingly government officials have begun punishing individuals for nothing more than reasoned attempts to inform the American public concerning:  How the military has systematically abused (tortured) foreign detainees; How the government intentionally withheld evidence suggesting that an attack upon the United States by Al Qaeda had been eminent; How the military has begun to wage war upon soldiers who, in good conscience, have come to believe that it is wrong for them to kill in a war that, according to international law, is illegal, one that, the reasons for going to war, were fabricated by the President of the United States; How the United States has a sixty-year history (1945- 2005) of assassinating foreign leaders who have chosen not to support the government’s foreign policy goals, initiating the overthrow of duly-elected foreign democracies, while simultaneously supporting brutal authoritarian dictatorships all in order to fill the coffers of America’s military-industrial complex, an egregious imperialistic force with but one goal:  To take command of the world economy.

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As a result, many of these individuals have been incarcerated, accused of being a traitor, of having sided with the enemy, told that their career will be destroyed, and threatened with extended imprisonment.  Accordingly, on September 21, 2005, U.S. immigration officials banned Robert Fisk, an internationally renowned British journalist, on his way to deliver a speech in Santa Fe, New Mexico, from entering the United States of America due to incisive criticism of the Bush administration’s handling of the Iraq war.  No doubt such a scenario has, and is, being repeated many times over in our country.  A rather sad fact for a president who has chosen to make such a big deal about the oft-quoted ideals of “freedom and democracy!”

But even more shameful is the fact that there are people who seem not to care that such things are taking place in our country; a rather ignorant crowd of jingoes more comfortable choosing to sit back pretending that everything will be just fine, a people with apparently little regard for the facts. As a behavioral scientist, I am grieved at what appears to be a near pandemic of disinterest in what is happening to our country.

Given the election of George Walker Bush as our president, our country made it quite clear that it is pleased to have as its president a scoundrel, a true terrorist, one more than willing to bully the rest of the world, as opposed to having chosen a real man, one that humanity might embrace as a man of true character (someone like Jimmy Carter), an individual committed to doing what is best for the world (rather than what is most profitable for those running the petrol, armament, pharmaceutical, and construction industries), one with a desire to do what must be done in order to create a more humane world, one of peace, justice, and love.  Although we claim to be a Christian nation, having chosen George Walker Bush to be the leader of our nation is a scandal beyond belief, one that mocks the very name of one whose life embodies that which we have been said to believe.

However, now that I am well into my seventh decade of life and very near retirement, I have come to the conclusion that the world basically sucks, that there are few who seem to have the investigative courage to take a good hard look at things that, if discovered, would no doubt destroy one’s image of a land that can do no wrong, one that they believe has somehow received the eternal blessing of God.  So I must ask:  How is it that we have become such a mindless nation, a society populated by deadheads, folks who seem to have little desire to look beyond the thinly-veneered surface of life?

As a behavioral scientist, it appears that a vast share of folks in our nation have chosen to relinquish a quality no doubt essential to authentic human life….. an existential responsibility to think for themselves, an ontological need to discount the petty concerns that drive the minds of those directed by triviality.  It seems that such individuals have become so fantastically preoccupied with, essentially enamored by, the norm of what others think, they have effectively relinquished, through a process of cognitive foreclosure, the capacity to think for themselves.  Having become so extremely alienated from the core of their own being, they have little choice but to follow the crowd’s madding need to forge a symbiotic attachment to, in essence relationship with, a society, that for all practical purposes has become the basis of their own identity, the bedrock of their very being.  Having done so, the image they have forged for themselves (who they believe themselves to be) has become every bit as fabricated, every bit as disconnected from reality, as their image of society.  So in wanting to have at their disposal a more a positive image of themselves, they have been left with little choice but to construct a glorified image of society; an image of what they wish society would have been rather than what it has, in fact, turned out to be.  Something like having chosen to have built an ego-incased frame constructed upon the shifting sands of inane social rumor and outright public lies…… truly a flight of fancy bordering on the absurd!

Very few would disagree with the proposition that in Hitler’s Germany there was a determined effort to brainwash the people so they might support Mein Fuhrer’s efforts to conquer the world.  However, what if one were to suggest that much the same is occurring in the United States of America, that there has been a determined effort through the socializing influence of our schools, the government, the mass media, the churches we attend, even that of our own parents, to pressure us into believing (just as Hitler) that our country has received the blessing of God, and because of this, we therefore have not only the right, but more importantly, through the use of military weapons, a divine responsibility to see that the world acquiesces to our needs and expectations.  Just as Hitler in the 1930’s prepared his countrymen to accept the authoritarian control of the Nazi government, much the same may well be occurring in the United States.  Just as Hitler indoctrinated his people to believe that Germany had the right to conquer the world, George Walker Bush “in the name of freedom and democracy” may well be doing the same (preparing the American people to support his administration’s imperialistic drive to dominate the world).

Behaviorally, it is clear that citizens, from cradle to grave, are primed to conform to the dictates of those in power, instructed never to question the validity of what those who would like to take control of our lives have to say.  Most Americans have no idea; that what we are fed by the news media (televised and paper-print news) is nothing more than a portrayal of what powerful corporations (those who pay the salaries of those who run mass media) want us to believe, that what happens to pass as education is as often as not mere propaganda (e.g. that Americans are the good guys and their enemies are, without exception, always the bad guys), that what we learn in church may have very little or nothing to do with the truth, that what our parents teach us may be nothing more than an accumulation of their own personal biases…… no doubt a rather subtle modification of what they were taught by their parents.  And through such a process, governments and nations around the world wield control as to what their citizens, believe, value, and do.

And, of course, in our own society, the primary way most of us are controlled, the way the vast majority of us are forced “to tow the line,” is through the ominous threat of being fired.  Something like this:  If you are interested in keeping your career on track, that you would like to keep your job, then you ought to consider the following in order to assure your employer that you deserve the right to keep your job; get married and have a couple of kids, become a member of a social club (such as the Lions Club, the Kiwanis Club, or the Rotarians), be a good capitalist, be a patriotic citizen who loves his country, and make sure that you attend a local church so that everybody will know that you believe in God almighty.  However, if, for whatever reason, you decide that you would like to become a rebel, that you would like to begin thinking for yourself, then you’d better brace yourself for trouble, because there is a reasonable likelihood that you will be fired!  You see, in America, there is a rule of thumb concerning the working world which basically says that those who do what they are told to do are likely to keep their jobs, whereas those who tend to think for themselves, tend to buck the system, (tend not to do what they have been told to do) end up jobless, powerless, and left to fend for themselves on the mean streets of society.

But why?  Why does such a thing occur?  Why would America the beautiful, land of the free, do such a horrible thing to its own citizens?  The answer is quite simple:  Knowing that knowledge is power; the secret is control, controlling the out flow of information, making sure that citizens know no more than they “are supposed to know,” making sure that they remain relatively uninformed, making sure that they are given “just enough” that they will go along with, peacefully accept, the premise that they are well informed, that they have a good idea of what is going on.  It is necessary then that the government keep the people from learning the truth.  Keep them from even wanting to know the truth.  Put the fear of God into them to the extent that they will never question what they have been told to believe.  You see, those in power may say that they want their citizens to be educated, to be well informed as to what is going on, however, such is simply not the case.  Ask yourself this question:  What happens to those of us (teachers, preachers, philosophers, writers, journalists) who do not “tow the line,” those intent upon proposing alternate ways of looking at the world?  Look at what happened to Jesus Christ, Martin Luther King, Mohandas Gandhi, even Socrates.  I mean, really now, who among us wants to be crucified, assassinated, forced to drink hemlock……. wants to risk the possibility of losing one’s job, the ability to put food on the table for one’s family?  However, just in case you do not believe me, try this on for size…… the next time you go to work tell the boss that you are an infidel (that you have grown up and no longer believe in God), that you have decided to become a socialist (that capitalism essentially sucks), that you no longer give a shit about your country (that you have decided to become a rebel, an actively-participating antiwar protestor), and then see what happens.  Do you get the point?

There are many (Robert Fisk, Cindy Sheehan, Sybil Edmunds, Bunnatine Greenhouse, Coleen Rowley, Captain Ian Fishback, Col. Anthony Shaffer, Kevin Benderman, Jeremy Hinzman, Brandon Hughey, Camilo Mejia, among others) who have illustrated the courage to risk their jobs, their careers, their reputations, their marriages, their wealth, imprisonment, and, in some cases, even that of their own sanity.  But the sad fact is that for every hero out there, there are literally thousands of citizens (each who no doubt consider themselves to be conscientious, hard-working individuals who have a sincere belief in God and a loyal commitment to their country) who yet, for whatever reason, detest men and woman such as these who have shown the moral gumption to put their lives on the line for no other reason than to make a stand for that which is right, a willingness to tell anyone, everyone who is willing to listen, that it is a far better thing for one to have sacrificed his own life so that others might see, than to have chosen to remain silent ensuring the blind pretense that all is well, that there is nothing to worry about, that Big Brother will no doubt take good care of us as long as we simply keep our mouths shut and do exactly as we are told.

Postscript:  The most dangerous thing one can do is to tell the truth…… the sentence for which, one way or the other, is always death!

Doug Soderstrom, Ph.D.
Psychologist


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For The Curious. . .

Some Non-Trivial Facts To Contemplate As The Investigations Continue
by The Old Hippie Because Knowledge Is Not Just Power, It Is The Only Path To Freedom


Libby Is The 1st White House Official Indicted In 130 years.  In 1875 Orville E. Babcock, the private secretary to President Grant, was indicted as a member of the "Whiskey Ring."

What Does "Indictment" Mean?  The Wikipedia link explains it clearly.

"The Office Of Special Plans" Was Not Housed Within The White House, Or Congress.
It was housed in the American Enterprise Institute - A right-wing [propaganda] think tank.

Bush's Current 35% Approval Rating - Is the lowest approval rating of any president since presidential approval pollings began in America... [excluding Nixon] over 80 years ago.

Reality Of This Corrupt Administration - The Replacements Will Be Even Worse - Every single "replacement" chosen by this administration has been far worse than the original.  e.g. Chaney's pick to replace Libby as his Chief-of-Staff is David Addington...  "Addington is, to put it kindly, a real piece of work."

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"Every Time We Think We Have Won - They Successfully Make It Worse."


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Thursday, October 27, 2005

As It Turns Out. . .

Us, The Reality-Based, The Not Fooled From The Start, Were Right
by The Old Hippie Because The Only Hope Is To Keep Smacking The Denial With The Reality


Way back in American ancient history, 1977, as I entered graduate school, if someone had said...

"...in less than 30 years this nation will be taken over, without any real revolt by the people, by insane ideological theocratic corporatists.  That the management of all of the federal regulatory agencies would be replaced with paid corrupt sycophants, ex-CEOs, and lobbyists for the corporations.  That all three branches of the government would be controlled by an unethical and opportunistic small radical cabal of the extreme right-wing of the Republican party,  That this nation would officially condone the torture of human beings, would invade a nation that was of no threat to us and had not attacked us, that there would be "free-speech-zones" and one could no longer hold up a sign of protest at a public presidential speech without being arrested, that the thousands of owners of our nation's media would be consolidated down into the hands of just six-corporations, all of which share members on their corporation's boards, that all of our laws that protected us, the masses, from the abuses of corporations would be reversed so that the corporations would be protected from the liabilities of their actions and products and profits...  That national elections would be conducted on, and controlled by, corporate digital machines with no hard-copy of the votes cast, and that it would be publicly exposed that the machines had been corrupted during the elections. . .  That all of it would occur - without any real revolt."

Most Americans would have laughed at their paranoia, rejected their theory of opportunistic corruption of our Constitutional Democracy out-of-hand - I did too. . .

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I was wrong, and slowly, mostly through the 80s, my eyes began to open to the reality of what was happening - A slow insidious corporate take-over of the American governmental structures, and then the final "slap-of-reality" - when Bush (the 1st) and Clinton/Gore signed NAFTA & GATT.  I knew it was just a matter of time until the unthinkable came about - We all saw the purposeful-manufactured political apathy grow in our nation, we watched the destruction of the labor unions, the consolidation of the media with its growing propaganda-as-news paradigm, the growing globalization of corporate power. . .

All that was needed was a major-event to happen, like the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, for the final push to be allowed to occur - The Neo-Cons even publicly stated as much, on the public record, in their "Statement of Principles" (June 3, 1997) at the Project for the New American Century.  Then "9/11" happened. . .  And the rest is, as they say, history. (but also reality.)

Now - As we all await the coming political storm from the special prosecutor's investigation -
Here are few things to contemplate. . .

"Ladies and Gentlemen: The Real George W. Bush" - AlterNet - Oct. 27, 2005

"Why Bush Is Unimpeachable" - Ted Rall via CommonDreams - Oct. 25, 2005

"The national government will maintain and defend the foundations on which the power of our nation rests.  It will offer strong protection to Christianity as the very basis of our collective morality.  Today Christians stand at the head of our country.  We want to fill our culture again with the Christian spirit.  We want to burn out all the recent immoral developments in literature, in the theatre, and in the press — in short, we want to burn out the poison of immorality which has entered into our whole life and culture as a result of LIBERAL excess during the past years."
-- taken from: The Speeches of Adolph Hitler, 1922-1939, Vol. 1, Michael Hakeem, Ph.D.
(London, Oxford University Press, 1942), pp. 871-872.


"Lest You've Forgotten. . ." - This Blog - Oct. 14, 2005

"Osama Bin Laden: More Media Whore Than Guerrilla Warrior" - Spiked - Oct. 21, 2005

"The New USA TODAY/CNN/Gallup Poll" - 90% Believe... - Oct. 25, 2005


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Sunday, October 23, 2005

Possibilites. . .

3 Possibilities For Fitzgerald: 1. Fired, 2. No Report, 3. Indictments
by The Old Hippie Because Any Of The Three Scenarios Is Possible


1. Fired: Nixon had to go through two people before he finally got someone to fire the Watergate special prosecutor.  If Fitzgerald gets too close to destroying the corrupt power structure of this administration - It is a choice open to Bush, who has a history of sneering arrogance and hubris.  "Better the bad-press than the outright destruction" mentality that Nixon's administration expressed. [Link concerning this "distinct possibility"]

2. No [Public] Report: If there are no indictments, then no [public] report.

3. Indictments: Obviously this is the possibility that everyone believes going to actually happen.  But this possibility has a wide field of effects and affects for everyone involved, and on the future of the American Constitutional Democracy itself, not to mention the whole of this planet's entire political structures.

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I sadly admit, as a progressive reality-based American, that I hope for the indictments of the corrupted and treasonous.  I also hope that said indictments will set off a cycle of corrections to the damage that has been done to our American Constitutional Democracy.

Obviously, the criminally corrupted corporate profiteers, and the delusional ideologues, and the insane theocrats hope for the firestorm of no indictments/no report - but all of whom would easily accept the "fired" as a last hope of preservation.


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Saturday, October 22, 2005

Knowing Does Help. . .

It May Take Effort, But Knowing Helps, In Ways Not Always Understood
compiled by The Old Hippie Because Knowing Reality Is Our Only Hope Of Remaining Free


Patriot The Illusion of Normality - The Crisis Papers

Attacking the Judge - Crooks and Liars

Niger Uranium Forgery Mystery Solved? - AntiWar.com

The New Fitzgerald Website - Office of Special Counsel

Electronic Voting Corrupted? - GAO Report: "Yes." [via Brad Blog]

"Next the statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting the blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself that the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception."
  --  Mark Twain, 'The Mysterious Stranger,' 1916, Ch. 9


Deforestation of Brazilian Rainforest Underestimated by at Least 60% - BBC News

The Ohio Restoration Project - Bill Berkowitz via WorkingForChange.com

The So-Called "Lies" of Joe Wilson - Larry Johnson via TPMCafe.com

"Facing a Nameless War - Name That War" - Tom Engelhardt via TomDispatch.com

Miers' Nomination: "Inadequate, Insufficient and Insulting" - Andrew Cohen



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Friday, October 21, 2005

Smack You In The Face Reality

Non-Ranting, Intelligent, Fact-Based & In-Your-Face, American Reality
by The Old Hippie Because A Reality-based Perspective Is needed For The Coming Political Storms

American Health Issues Attitudes - Wall Street Journal/Harris Poll - Oct. 20, 2005

The - Now Long Overdue - Coming Frog-March - Ray McGovern - Oct. 20, 2005

American Broadband Exceptionalism - AlterNet's "The Mix" - Oct. 19, 2005

The Ultimate Preventable Catastrophe - EvolveTV.tv - Oct. 15, 2005

The Dark Side of Faith - (Original Publication) - Journal of Religion and Society - Oct. 2005

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"Those That Live Within History, See It The Least."


There is much more "in-your-face-American-reality," just follow the "Links of Interest" and "Blogs of Interest" in the right-hand sidebar of this blog and you will find the facts, the honest informed opinions, and the reality of the already begun, and coming, political storms - You do live in dangerous and interesting times - Do not allow yourself to miss the significance of this occurring history.


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Thursday, October 20, 2005

Waiting. . .

The "Calm Before The Storm" Is Upon Us - Both Natural And Political
by The Old Hippie Because I Fear The 1st, And Sadly Hope For A More Devastating 2nd


Wilma, the strongest Atlantic basin hurricane in the history of the Americas, is expected to hit my home on Saturday, the 8th Florida hurricane in just the last two years.  Tom Delay is expected to be arrested tomorrow, The head of Procurement at OMB has already been arrested.  Special Prosecutor Fitzgerald is expected to hand down as many as 22 indictments of mostly White House senior staff and underlings this coming week.  I fear the winds, and resultant rising waters from Wilma - But I fear the coming political storm will not be strong enough. . .

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Even though much will be "corrected" in the coming political storm(s) - Much will not.

There are many good breakdowns of our nation's "broken political/governmental things" on the web, but one of the best "What's been broken, and how we can go about fixing it" articles was presented by Molly Ivins in her October 18, 2005 column at the FreePress.org's website, titled "Good Ideas On How To Fix Things."  I strongly suggest you read it.

Since we all - right and left - are waiting for the political storm(s) to hit - You might want to spend some quality time inside the following websites - If only for no other reason than simple perspective. . .

Crooks and Liars - Democracy Now! - The Daily Show with Jon Stewart - This Modern World - Bob Harris - Cagle's Political Toons - All of which, and others, can be found in my personal website's "Truth" section.

You might even take this time, the "calm before the storm," to also visit many of the right-wing sites - And make real-life, reality-based, comparisons - Don't be like them - Don't believe it's all black & white, or it's "with us or against us" - It's not.

Don't ignore their "info-net," like they have been trained to ignore ours.  If you leave comments at their sites - Be rational, be polite, be non-judgmental, and be informative with linked sources - They are not the "enemy," that so many of them treat us as.  They are not stupid, many are just inside a denial of the reality of those they trusted.  It is "those they trusted" that are the enemy - Help them to understand that.  Many are beginning to actually listen. . .

The purposeful "repetitive simplistic complexity of the redundant complex simplicity" of the "enemies within" - is a far greater danger - than any natural storm or any group of terrorists.


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Tuesday, October 18, 2005

This Modern World. . .

Just A Cartoon That Expresses So Much Of Our Current Reality
by Tom Tomorrow of This Modern World


This Modern World by Tom Tomorrow

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Nothing else - You might enjoy my favorite Political Toons - Linked Here


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Saturday, October 15, 2005

It Just Gets Better (worse?). . .

"The Fall" Is Coming - It's Going To Be Nothing Less Than Interesting
by The Old Hippie Because The Coming Of "The Fall" Is Overdue.  May It Be Painful


"The Fall" Has Begun.  The (Political) Leaves Are Changing Colors, And Dropping:

As just a nobody-special-normal-American that has observed, studied, and written about my nation's "all things political" for over a decade, I still find it amazing how fast the political winds whip around, and change course within this now heavily damaged Constitutional Democracy.

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I was an undying optimist right up until Bush the 1st and Clinton/Gore signed NAFTA/GATT, and then I began to s-l-o-w-l-y become a pessimist, as I realized Clinton was a DINO, not the progressive everyone believed him to be.  It took quite a while for me to understand that the Clinton administration's move to the center, and toward a more corporate-friendly reality was happening behind all of the fog of America's political apathy of that time.

I, like many others, didn't see the religious right's sudden move into the fray of American politics, which started with Bush the 1st's administration, nor did we see the influence of, and the manipulations by, the Neo-Cons, which Bush the 1st had rejected as the "nut-jobs in the basement."

But both groups, the dismissed fringe-fundamentalist Evangelicals, and the long ignored Straussian Neo-Con Pax-Americana Empire "nut-jobs in the basement" found each other, through the opportunistic corporatist's funding, manipulation, and applied misinformation and propaganda of, and through, the conservative think-tanks, and their buying off of political sycophants, and financially corrupted corporate scientists.  It wasn't a conspiracy, as much as it was a mutual, and purposeful, opportunistic coming together of financial and ideological power.

And the rest, as they say, is history. . .  international free-trade polices, globalized free-market forces, privatization of national resources, expanding global corporate political power over the laws of governmental structures in all nations, the resultant rise of political chaos and terrorism, the consolidation of corporate power and influence within the United States, consolidation of informational media into the hands of a few corporations, the rise of misinformation and propaganda on a global scale, destruction of environmental treaties, laws, and regulations, destruction of social safety-net programs, and increasing resource wars. . .

Almost all of it controlled from within the corporatized fundamentalistic and ideological American governmental structures created by the opportunistic coming together of the three groups - The greed of the corporatists, the religious fervor of the fundamentalists, and the power hungry ideology of the Neo-Cons - And all was "fine" with all three, as long each was getting what it wanted, and the separate protests and dissents of the masses remained suppressed. . .

The level of their successes has been staggering and mind-blowing, and I, like many other reality-based Americans were stunned by the lack of response by the American people, to the point that I lost my optimism, became even cynical.  So much of the bad/wrong was so obvious, so in-your-face, so openly arrogant, and so successful. . .  Three straight corrupted national elections, the emptying of the federal treasury, the shift of wealth into the hands of the few, the destruction of the manufacturing base and middle-class, the consolidation of the media, the corporate/fundamentalist/neo-con take-over and loading of all of the American regulatory agencies with industry lobbyists and ex-CEOs, the destruction of the Separation of the Church and the State, the politicization of Faith-Based initiatives, the corporately controlled privatization of many nation's natural resources, "free-speech zones," the marginalization and demonizing of dissent and protests. etc., etc., etc. . .

There seemed to be no hope of stopping it, even in the face of lost jobs, even in the face of the exposed lies, even in the face of the mounting deaths, even in the face increasing global warming realities, even in the face of increasing attacks on the rationality of science, even in the face of obvious and openly sneering arrogance. . .  But then came the smack-you-in-the-face realizations from Katrina, Rita, record temperatures, record rains, floods, mud slides, wildfires, high gas prices, exposed cronyism, exposed incompetence, exposed bigotry, exposed treason, exposed criminality, exposed vulnerability, exposed reality. . .

Then the fundamentalists sensed that they were not "getting what they wanted" - a stacked supreme court, and they reacted.  They have turned on "their own" in a big way.  And one grieving mother exposed the "noble cause" for the "noble lie" that it is.  And one honest prosecutor is exposing the "leaders" for the treasonist criminals that they are. . .

And it turns out that maybe there is hope after all, even though much of the environmental damage is irreversible now, there is hope. . .  Our nation's Deist Founders may have done a better job of constructing the protections of our Constitutional Democracy than they, or I, knew. . .

I am becoming ,cautiously, optimistic once again.


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Friday, October 14, 2005

Lest You've Forgotten. . .

This Now Proven Criminally Corrupt Administration Is Still In Power
by The Old Hippie Because The "Allowing" Is Still Being "Allowed" - Isn't It?


From the lobbyists created energy bill that does more insane damage to our nation environmentally and economically, and which increases the already obscene profits of the oil and coal corporations

even more than any sane rationality can contemplate, to the indicted house majority leader still openly twisting-arms for that bill, to the senate majority leader under investigation being still in power, to the open sneeringly corrupt in-your-face no-bid contracts still going to Halliburton, which is still paying the VP over $200,000/yr., not to mention that the VP is "rumored" be one of the targets, along with his chief-of staff, Libby in the treasonist outing of Ms. Plame, along with the president's own top-man, Rove, to the arrest of Safavian, the head of procurement in the president's office of management and Budget, to the exposed connections between all of them to Abramoff and the mob.

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And finally, lest you've forgotten - to the unconscionable bigotry of wealth and class exposed by Katrina and Rita, to the selection of a supreme court judge based on her religion, and the ongoing/never ending exposure of arrogant lies, and justification of torture, the loss of so many innocent lives for the noble cause of greed, not freedom, not democracy, not security, and on and on. . . But yet - With all of this exposed reality, exposed corruption, and exposed destruction. . .
They are still allowed to continue on?!?  Unchecked and unpunished, as they continue to destroy?


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All political damage has been reversible in our history, and even this corrupt administration will lose its power in time - But - This time it is different in one very crucial aspect, the damage to the environment by political action, and non-action.  By this administration's breaking away from all of the international environmental treaties, and their purposeful, and insane, non-action on ending our addiction to oil/gas/coal for energy, and their lying denial of the realities of global warming to protect the profits of the oil/gas/coal corporations, have now put us all into a situation where a lot of the environmental damage is already irreversible.

The melting away of the northern sea ices, and its decreasing albedo, is already irreversible, and the resultant rising temperatures in the north that are melting the permafrost, and bogs containing now bubbling methane gas, is a fact, and now known to be irreversible.  (1998, was the warmest year on record, 2002 next, then 2003, and 2004 4th, with 2005 coming in 1st, 2nd, or 3rd, this year, depending on how Siberia reacts between now and the end of the year)

The political ramifications of this irreversible environmental damage is also going to cause irreversible political "resource wars," and political anarchy, and political chaos planetwide, which in the cases of energy, water, and food has already begun - and the coming die-off is going to be huge. . .  Incomprehensibly and staggeringly huge. . .

Its never too late, at least to mitigate some of the worst damage, but it must start with getting rid of this criminally corrupt American administration as quickly as possible, as their continued "allowed" power to damage further, in the face of the irreversible environmental realities, is now quite frankly, insane.  Even if by some miracle every single corrupt politician worldwide was replaced by sane, rational, knowledgeable persons - The die-off from the already irreversible damage would be staggering.  Every day that we "allow" the corrupt to remain in power is only going to make it, the irreversible damage, and the die-off worse.

Doom & gloom?  You bet.  But it is reality.  The longer you deny it, the more likely you, or your children, or your grandchildren. . . will be one of its victims - If not already. . .


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Monday, October 10, 2005

Using. . .

"Sound" & "Junk" Science Decreases Knowledge -But- Increases Profits
by The Old Hippies Because This Decreased Knowledge Is Beyond Dangerous To All Of Us


SCI·ENCE - Latin scientia or knowledge, from scins, scient- pr.p. of scre, to know

There isn't "sound" knowledge, or "junk" knowledge, there is either knowledge, or the lack of knowledge.  A lack of knowledge is the hallmark of ignorance, which is not the same as stupidity, which is defined by a lack of intelligence or care - whereas ignorance is only marked by a lack of knowledge.  i.e. "ignorance is curable, stupidity is forever."

Sound & junk science are Orwellian terms created for the sole purpose of decreasing over-all knowledge within the masses to increase the profits of the few, at the expense of the many.  By profits, I don't mean just wealth, even though that is a large part of it, but also the opportunistic profits of power, and the justification of ideologies over the rationality of knowledge, and the dangerous stupidity of denial. . .

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It isn't a grand conspiracy, as much as an evolved and manipulated opportunistic coming together of insane greed corporatists and fringe ideological fundementalists, as has happened many times in the history of this planet.  But this time, here in America, it is much more dangerous, because it has been allowed to be enhanced by convinced neo-cons that are lost within their visions of uber-Pax Americana empire, to prosper, and grow into an actual enhanced conspiracy-of-opportunity, that has, not only abused, but truly taken-over the structures of our Constitutional Democracy.  i.e. "The stupidity of the allowed ignorance is destroying us."

And just one of the ways it is being purposely and opportunistically accomplished is by the "The War On Science," by the criminally opportunistic, the ignorant innocents, and the insane ideologists, many of which call themselves "Republicans," which in my mind is an insult to the true reality-based knowledgeably rational Republicans, who just recently have begun to make their voices heard also.

The best investigation into this "war on science" I've found so far can be found at This Link

AlterNet also has an excellent interview with Chris Mooney, the author - Linked Here
[ see "Multimedia Options" (upper-right box) - I listened - It's worth the time ]


AlterNet also has allowed Mr. Mooney to present an excerpt of his book - Linked Here


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Sunday, October 09, 2005

Humor. . .

A Lot Of Seriousness In The Jest
by Mark Fiore, Political Animation Humorist


[ Right Click in box below - Then click on word Play to start the animation ]

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Nothing Else At This Time - As The Above Animation Kind Of Covers It - Right


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Saturday, October 08, 2005

Hey - Red State Americans. . .

You Really Do Not Want To Read The Following - It'll Just Piss You Off
by The Old Hippie Because Your Arrogant Ignorance Allowed And Supported It All


Read 

First: Red states have the 1.) Highest divorce rate, 2.) Highest Domestic Violence rate, 3.) Highest teenage pregnancy rate, 4.) Highest sexually transmitted disease rate - Don't believe it?  You are capable of using the internet, use your favorite search engine, look it up - You are being used.

Second: Your children are dying, and being diseased, for nothing more than the profits of a very few that do not care about you, your children, your grandchildren, nor about your freedoms, liberties, and/or security.  Your beliefs in your God, and your nation, are being manipulated by these very few - You are being used.

Any more allowed denial is lethal to our nation - And to you and yours.

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Third: (to the non-nut-job-Evangelical Bush supporters) The power of the manipulated ignorance of the Evangelical nut-jobs is destroying your way of life.  These people actually -really- believe "The Rhapsody" is coming, and your support of Bush is allowing them to destroy the Separation of Church and State - The very tenet of the founders original intent in the creation of this Constitutional Democracy, which is in the way of their maximized profits. - You are being used.

Fourth: Whether their hearts are in the right place, or whether they are in it just for the profits of wealth, and/or power, and/or recognition - The O'Reillys', Savages', Coulters', Hannitys', Limbaughs', Robertsons', Falwells', Reeds', Gibsons', Bennetts', born-again-politicians', MSM corporate CEOs', born-again-generals' (e.g. Boynton,) are all dangerously wrong, and the manipulative power of the corrupted moneyed and/or corporate interests of the few behind them all, that has proven to be lethally destructive to the rest of us, ("us" being what the Bush family publicly refers to as the "fodder units.") - You red-state people believing -allowing- their words to be something other than the proven lies and/or distortions that they are in reality - (A reality that has become obvious to all rest of us fodder units,) - is being used - You are being used.

Fifth: You, your childrens', and your grandchildrens' jobs have been outsourced to other countries, in many cases you had to train your own replacements, and you were told by those you trusted that this was good for you and your nation - and you allowed it.  Your children, and even some of you, have been manipulated into a war of corporate profiteering by lies and distortions by those you trusted, and you were duped into allowing it, while their children openly -sneeringly- remained out of harms way - and you allowed it - You are being used.

Sixth: Forget the conspiracy theories, look at what has happened to your life.  You no longer have the legal ability to stand up to abuses by corporate greed, because you allowed, and as of today 37% of you are still allowing, "them" to change and/or destroy the very structure of this nation's checks and balances against the legal power to abuse your financial, social, and privacy rights.  Your future hopes are being used - you are being used.

Seventh: The successful theft of the entire national treasury. . .
Eighth: Our legal ability to protect the environment from corporate abuse and greed. . .
Ninth: America is the #1 top polluter of the planet, but only 5% of the population. . .
Tenth: America uses over 25% of the planet's resources, but we are only 5% of the planet. . .
Eleventh: America is the only 1st world nation without universal health care. . .
Twelfth: America legally -allows- condones and actually does torture human beings. . .

You - the "red-staters" - Have allowed it all - Have supported it all - You are being used.

Just A Note:  "It's The Allowing, Stupid"

The exposed insulting shame of Americans continuing to "allow" these insanely bigoted ideological born-again deadly corrupt corporatists thieves to remain in positions of power, is the problem behind all of the other exposed problems.

The fact that so few American citizens actually comprehend this, and continue to "allow" them their "freedoms," admittedly is beyond my own comprehension.


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Wednesday, October 05, 2005

The World Can't Wait

A MASS OUTPOURING OF RESISTANCE TO THE BUSH REGIME
November 2nd, 2005


If people in the ’60s had limited themselves to only voting, lobbying, and volunteering, Black people would still sit on the back of the bus and women would still die from back-alley abortions.  Hurricane Katrina, the Roberts nomination, and the war on Iraq cannot be stopped with “politics as usual.”  That which you will not resist and mobilize to stop, you will learn – or be forced – to accept.

"Wednesday 11-2-05: A massive day of repudiation of the Bush Regime, launching a movement to drive Bush himself from office, and where the whole direction he has been taking society is reversed."

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Here's a vision for Wednesday, November 2nd from a member of the NYC World Can't Wait.

"We, in our millions, must and can take responsibility to change the course of history.  On November 2, the first anniversary of Bush's 're-election,' we will take the first major step in this by organizing a truly massive day of resistance all over this country.  People everywhere will walk out of school, they will take off work, they will come to the downtowns and town squares and set out from there, going through the streets and calling on many more to JOIN US.  They will repudiate this criminal regime, making a powerful statement: 'NO! THIS REGIME DOES NOT REPRESENT US!  AND WE WILL DRIVE IT OUT!

"November 2 must be a massive and public proclamation that WE REFUSE TO BE RULED IN THIS WAY."  From the Call for The World Can't Wait!  Drive out the Bush Regime.

This will be a day that sends shockwaves throughout the world where people step out of the paralysis of politics-as-usual and step into an unprecedented movement that seeks to change history not pinning its hopes on "leaders" who tell us to seek common ground with fascists and religious fanatics.  From now until November 2, debate will rage across the city and beyond.  Where will you be?  What will you be doing?

From sun up to sun down the climate and "look" of New York will be charged and alive with the sights and sounds of resistance.  High school students, and yes, middle school students, will leaving school from all five boroughs, marching and breaking others out, coming over bridges, packing subways.  College classes emptying, from the public colleges to the elite universities.  People from all walks of life pouring into a massive noon-time convergence, manifesting that from this point forward WE WILL NOT BE RULED IN THIS WAY!  And setting out to march from there, spreading the spirit and determination to DRIVE OUT THIS REGIME because THE WORLD CAN'T WAIT.

The convergence will be a powerful statement of the collective strength of those who have been silenced, stigmatized, isolated, locked down, disillusioned, demoralized, and disoriented.  No more!  They will rally and call on others to join.  The convergence and city will be infused with people bringing symbols or visuals that convey why the Bush regime needs to be driven out (there's no shortage of that).  Pictures of murdered Iraqi and Afghani children, tortured prisoners at Abu Ghraib, Fallujah and Guantanamo –and many more -- each with the caption: "Another reason The World Can't Wait!  Drive out the Bush Regime"

Starting now, the city starts buzzing.  "Resist or Die! No School November 2!  The World Can't Wait – Drive out the Bush Regime!" is in the air, on t-shirts, radio, banner drops, debated in the classrooms and at home.  Parents, teachers, and yes, even administrators start to take a stand in support of the kids walking out without being pinned down, brutalized, and hauled off by the police.

Clergy and others in the religious community mobilize.  Workers everywhere don't go to work and bring the strength of their ranks to the day; immigrants and people of all nationalities step out of the shadows.

Soldiers coming home after witnessing the horrors and hypocrisies the U.S. is carrying out in Iraq will come to tell the TRUTH and condemn the U.S. for their continuing unjust occupation.  Librarians, scientists, artists, doctors and health workers, all the thousands and millions who are deeply disturbed and outraged act on this day to begin to meet the enormity of the challenge.

The mood as people march from the convergence, will be: "what else is happening, we're not ready to go home yet!"  Cultural events, teach-ins, block parties, spontaneous street gatherings, debates in the parks, critical mass bike rides, candle light vigils, street festivals, banner drops, and many other expressions will take place through the city into the evening.  The night will be a reflection of the day; people will coming together in a myriad of ways, forging organization and a whole ethos and spirit as part of a growing national network and movement -- something momentous that will take off from there -- imbuing people with a sense of "this is what the world needs, I've never seen anything like this before and it's just getting started."

On November 3, the day after, the city is infused with people sporting buttons, shirts, posters, stickers, etc, stating to the world that they participated on the day everyone will look back at and recognize as THE DAY THINGS BEGAN TO CHANGE and the people began the resistance that unseated the most powerful and brutal regime in the world: "I WAS THERE NOVEMBER 2.  The World Can't Wait!  Drive out the Bush Regime!"


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Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Bombshells #10. . .

A Select Few Bombshells That Clears Much Of The Manufactured Fog
compiled by The Old Hippie Because I Truly Believe It Might Help Clear The Fog


Your Right   1.  Kofi And The Scandal Pimps - AlterNet

  2.  Delay Indicted For A 2nd Time - By A 2nd Grand Jury!
        - Houston Chronicle - October 3, 2005


  3.  Broke The Law ... Blistering Report - N. Y. Times

  4.  "Why?  Because This Was America." - Editor & Publisher

  5.  "What's the Difference?" - Cindy Sheehan

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  6.  O Brother, Where Artificial Thou? - Grist Magazine

  7.  Zogby Polls Out for 2006 Mid-Term Elections - Zogby International

Reminders. . .

 1.  21 Administration Officials Involved In Plame Leak - Thus far, the media coverage of the outing of Valerie Plame has focused on a few central figures, most of all Karl Rove.  But the evidence that has come to light to date suggests involvement by numerous Bush officials at all levels across multiple departments.

Think Progress has created a comprehensive database cataloguing the connections of 21 administration officials to the outing of an undercover CIA agent.  It will be updated regularly to reflect news developments on the case and will serve as a reference for anyone looking for the most up to date information on the investigation.

Here is what ABC’s The Note has to say about it:

In an age when the general public would be shocked at the degree to which major news organizations are wholly dependent on interest groups for their research, this one will get some Gang of 500 bookmarking.

Check it out and spread the word.

 2.  62 per cent of Americans Disapprove of the president's handling the situation in Iraq.

 3. . Loyalty Before Competence Another nomination of someone with no experience in the position that Bush has nominated them for.

And Lastly. . .

"I Remember Democrats" - William Rivers Pitt speaks to what most of us see and feel.
I too remember Democrats and the reality of a true opposition party's significance. . .


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Sunday, October 02, 2005

Word. . .

sl. - An Exclamation Indicating Deep And Complete Agreement
by The Old Hippie Because These Rants! Are Informed, Knowledgeable, And Needed - Word


The Good Rants: [Some are anger, some almost over the edge, but none are irrational, nor liars]

"If You Want To Impress Me, Go To Baghdad." - A Soldier Serving In Iraq

"A Field Trip For Conservatives" - Etan Thomas

"The Greatest Strategic Disaster In American History" - Lt. Gen. (Ret.) William Odom

"The Elephant In The Room" - Greg Saunders

"Betty's Diet Plan" - Robert Greenwald


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"Hook, Line And Suckers" - Mark Engler

"The GOP's Spreading Plague" - Joe Conason

"Rogue Soldiers Or Rogue President?  Scapegoating Small-Fry" - Ray McGovern

"John "Five In The Noggin'" Gibson's Abortion Lunacy" - John Amato


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Saturday, October 01, 2005

History Repeats

Franklin D. Roosevelt Speech
Democratic National Convention (June 27, 1936)


I want to remind everyone once again of this truely historic speech FDR presented to the Democratic Convention in 1936.  I have provided exerpts below.  At this point in history the royalists he refers to are now running the government and have taken over.  In this way the situation is far worse today than it was then.  Unless there are big changes in who is governing our country things are going to get very bad.  At the time this speech was delivered, the people did not know that there had been an attempted coup against Roosevelt by these very royalists and that the German war machine was being built up and financed by these very royalists, and at this time fascist, Hitler supporting organizations were being financed by these royalists all over America.  A battle was raging behind the scenes, that you have to dig into to find out about, that is for the most part not mentioned in the standard US history books.  The sons and grand children of these very royalists or robber barrons among others are working hard and succeeding at taking America back to once was called the Gilded age of the 1890's, the Mckinnley era.  If you look, you will find that Karl Rove has said this in so many words.  If you download and listen to the Roosevelt speech I think you will agree it is one of the most moving and important speeches in American history.

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Senator Robinson, Members of the Democratic Convention, my friends:

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But I cannot, with candor, tell you that all is well with the world.  Clouds of suspicion, tides of ill-will and intolerance gather darkly in many places.  In our own land we enjoy indeed a fullness of life greater than that of most Nations.  But the rush of modern civilization itself has raised for us new difficulties, new problems which must be solved if we are to preserve to the United States the political and economic freedom for which Washington and Jefferson planned and fought.

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That very word freedom, in itself and of necessity, suggests freedom from some restraining power.  In 1776 we sought freedom from the tyranny of a political autocracy-from the eighteenth century royalists who held special privileges from the crown.  It was to perpetuate their privilege that they governed without the consent of the governed; that they denied the right of free assembly and free speech; that they restricted the worship of God; that they put the average man's property and the average man's life in pawn to the mercenaries of dynastic power; that they regimented the people.

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Since that struggle, however, man's inventive genius released new forces in our land which reordered the lives of our people...  The age of machinery, of railroads; of steam and electricity; the telegraph and the radio; mass production, mass distribution-all of these combined to bring forward a new civilization and with it a new problem for those who sought to remain free.

For out of this modern civilization economic royalists carved new dynasties.  New kingdoms were built upon concentration of control over material things.  Through new uses of corporations, banks and securities, new machinery of industry and agriculture, of labor and capital-all undreamed of by the fathers-the whole structure of modern life was impressed into this royal service.

There was no place among this royalty for our many thousands of small business men and merchants who sought to make a worthy use of the American system of initiative and profit.  They were no more free than the worker or the farmer.  Even honest and progressive-minded men of wealth, aware of their obligation to their generation, could never know just where they fitted into this dynastic scheme of things.

It was natural and perhaps human that the privileged princes of these new economic dynasties, thirsting for power, reached out for control over Government itself.  They created a new despotism and wrapped it in the robes of legal sanction.  In its service new mercenaries sought to regiment the people, their labor, and their property.  And as a result the average man once more confronts the problem that faced the Minute Man.

The hours men and women worked, the wages they received, the conditions of their labor-these had passed beyond the control of the people, and were imposed by this new industrial dictatorship.  The savings of the average family, the capital of the small business man, the investments set aside for old age-other people's money-these were tools which the new economic royalty used to dig itself in.

Those who tilled the soil no longer reaped the rewards which were their right.  The small measure of their gains was decreed by men in distant cities.

Throughout the Nation, opportunity was limited by monopoly.  Individual initiative was crushed in the cogs of a great machine.  The field open for free business was more and more restricted.  Private enterprise, indeed, became too private.  It became privileged enterprise, not free enterprise.

An old English judge once said:  "Necessitous men are not free men." Liberty requires opportunity to make a living-a living decent according to the standard of the time, a living which gives man not only enough to live by, but something to live for.

For too many of us the political equality we once had won was meaningless in the face of economic inequality.  A small group had concentrated into their own hands an almost complete control over other people's property, other people's money, other people's labor-other people's lives.  For too many of us life was no longer free; liberty no longer real; men could no longer follow the pursuit of happiness.

Against economic tyranny such as this, the American citizen could appeal only to the organized power of Government.  The collapse of 1929 showed up the despotism for what it was.  The election of 1932 was the people's mandate to end it.  Under that mandate it is being ended.

The royalists of the economic order have conceded that political freedom was the business of the Government, but they have maintained that economic slavery was nobody's business.  They granted that the Government could protect the citizen in his right to vote, but they denied that the Government could do anything to protect the citizen in his right to work and his right to live.

Today we stand committed to the proposition that freedom is no half-and-half affair.  If the average citizen is guaranteed equal opportunity in the polling place, he must have equal opportunity in the market place.

These economic royalists complain that we seek to overthrow the institutions of America.  What they really complain of is that we seek to take away their power.  Our allegiance to American institutions requires the overthrow of this kind of power.  In vain they seek to hide behind the Flag and the Constitution.  In their blindness they forget what the Flag and the Constitution stand for.  Now, as always, they stand for democracy, not tyranny; for freedom, not subjection; and against a dictatorship by mob rule and the over-privileged alike.

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The brave and clear platform adopted by this Convention, to which I heartily subscribe, sets forth that Government in a modern civilization has certain inescapable obligations to its citizens, among which are protection of the family and the home, the establishment of a democracy of opportunity, and aid to those overtaken by disaster.

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But the resolute enemy within our gates is ever ready to beat down our words unless in greater courage we will fight for them.

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There is a mysterious cycle in human events.  To some generations much is given.  Of other generations much is expected.  This generation of Americans has a rendezvous with destiny.

In this world of ours in other lands, there are some people, who, in times past, have lived and fought for freedom, and seem to have grown too weary to carry on the fight.  They have sold their heritage of freedom for the illusion of a living.  They have yielded their democracy.

I believe in my heart that only our success can stir their ancient hope.  They begin to know that here in America we are waging a great and successful war.  It is not alone a war against want and destitution and economic demoralization. It is more than that; it is a war for the survival of democracy.  We are fighting to save a great and precious form of government for ourselves and for the world.

I accept the commission you have tendered me.  I join with you.  I am enlisted for the duration of the war.


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Knowing Does Help. . .

It May Take Effort, But Knowing Helps, In Ways Not Always Understood
compiled by The Old Hippie Because Knowing Reality Is Our Only Hope Of Remaining Free


Patriot The New PIPA Survey Report Is Out - PIPA

Our Imploding President - TomDispatch.com

Expanding Orwellian Attack On Environmentalism - AlterNet.org

Can Bush Be Ousted, Or Is This System Too Far Gone?

Venezuela Has Moved All Monies & Investments Out Of USA

"Knowledge will forever govern ignorance, and a people who mean to be their own governors, must arm themselves with the power knowledge gives.  A popular gov- ernment without popular information or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a farce or a tragedy or perhaps both."
  --  James Madison


Here on the Moon - via Michael Moore

Dismantling The VA - Military.com

"The Senator's aide chuckled rather loudly and said, "What VA?  By the time this administration is done there won't be a VA."  Our conversation had begun with a discussion of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA's) healthcare budget, and quickly came down to a single, simple point.  VA is being dismantled."


Bush threatens defense bill veto, warning on prisoners - Reuters via Yahoo News

[From BuzzFlash]  "Bush threatens to veto defense bill if Senators attempt to probe torture abuse or set policies to ban it. If ever there were a statement about priorities, this is it."

[From The Article]  "The White House on Friday threatened to veto a $440.2 billion defense spending bill in the Senate because it wasn't enough money for the Pentagon and also warned lawmakers not to add any amendments to regulate the treatment of detainees or set up a commission to probe abuse."



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