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Kennedy writes: "Two of the Koch Brothers, Charles and David, pledged $130 million to elect candidates who favor unrestrained corporate profiteering."

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. (photo: unknown)
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. (photo: unknown)


A Hostile Takeover of Our Country

By Robert F. Kennedy Jr., EcoWatch

29 October 12

 

merican democracy is under assault.

In one super-PAC alone, Karl Rove and the Enron grifter Ed Gillespie, have assembled $200 million from big polluters and Wall Street moguls to buy the 2012 election.

Two of the Koch Brothers, Charles and David, pledged $130 million to elect candidates who favor unrestrained corporate profiteering.

The senators and congressmen they fund and elect are not representing the United States-they are representing Koch and its oil industry cronies, Big Pharma, and the Wall Street banksters currently mounting a hostile takeover of our government.

I have no problem characterizing these corporate-centric super-PACs as treasonous. We are now in a free fall toward old-fashioned oligarchy; noxious, thieving and tyrannical.

The most corporate-friendly Supreme Court since the Gilded Age had declared in its notorious Citizens United decision that corporations are people and that money is speech. Those who have the most money now have the loudest voices in our democracy while poor Americans are mute.

And the money is talking; in 97 percent of federal elections over the past two decades, the best-funded candidates were victorious.

America, the world's proud template for democracy and a robust middle class, is now listing toward oligarchy and corporate kleptocracy.

America today is looking more and more like a colonial economy, with a system increasingly tilted toward enriching the wealthy 1 percent and serving the mercantile needs of multinational corporations with little allegiance to our country.

These radical forces already dominate the national press, with Fox News and talk radio snugly in the pocket of the corporate Right.

This is the first time in American history that corporate and media interests have been so clearly and so perilously aligned.

With the media in their hands, and unlimited money, the final strategy of Rove, Koch, the Chamber of Commerce, and others of that ilk is to permanently cripple representative democracy by stopping Americans from voting.

A boatload of new Jim Crow laws target Democrats by erecting impediments that deter poor and minority communities, senior citizens, and students from exercising their franchise.

Voter suppression is a crime.

In Billionaires & Ballot Bandits, Greg Palast details each of these devious scams for disenfranchising vulnerable voters . . . but also, crucially, Palast here follows the money that powers the machinery of democracy's destruction.

This is not a partisan issue. Clearly the GOP agenda is to suppress votes, as Karl Rove has repeatedly and unashamedly signaled. But Billionaires & Ballot Bandits exposes the vote-count blindness, biases, venality, and ballot gaming by Democrats as well. I don't believe there are Republican children or Democratic children.

Every American citizen ought to have the right to vote and everybody ought to have the right to clean air and clean water, to integrity and transparency in the marketplace, and to a functioning democracy.

Palast is the last of the great, old-fashioned muckraking investigative reporters. He's an "outlier," unafraid of corporate tyrants. Together, we have been investigating and exposing voter suppression for years. In 2008, we co-wrote a story for Rolling Stone warning of the ugly future of a new Jim Crow operation.

Now, it's here.

Voter suppression is real. And it's happening to YOU. But there is something that you can do to prevent it. That is the message of Palast's book.

Remember, this is YOUR democracy. You can do all the campaigning you want, but if your vote isn't counted, you're going to lose the presidency-and our democracy.

Read our book Billionaires & Ballot Bandits. Pass on the link www.BallotBandits.org and download the 7 Ways to Beat the Ballot Bandits. And get the word out! There's still time to steal back your vote..


 

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+150 # dovelane1 2012-10-29 14:11
As Thomas Friedman wrote: "We don't need better government; we need better citizens."

Many of those stuck in poverty, are so focused on survival, they don't have the time or energy to think about these things. Then there are those who are in a comfort zone, who think nothing needs to be changed. They assume the "great and benevolent OZ is taking care of things."

They don't look below the surface or behind the scenes. Everything is about first impressions, and facades. They assume because they are good people, othyers are the same. They wan to give the benefit of the doubt to people. They assume they are good judges of character, and assume those like Rove, Norquist, and the Koch brothyers are without deceit.

The asumptions we all make are going to create the problems we all face. I hope I don't have to say "I told you so," but I am very concerned that I will end up saying it anyway.
 
 
+90 # mdhome 2012-10-29 23:05
I also fear we are headed into the times of the dark ages, only to see China, India, etc become the future world powers. The country I fear has been sold to the highest bidder, the result of the dumbest supreme court ever!
 
 
+3 # Glen 2012-10-30 14:44
Do we really need to resent the rise of another world power? Does that automatically mean Americans are rendered less than acceptable due to another part of the world taking on the economics and attitudes of the U.S.?

The U.S. government brought this on themselves through corruption and exploitation. Citizens will adjust unless there is a military takeover of the U.S. But then - hey, welcome to the Middle East cum U.S.A.
 
 
+38 # Rita Walpole Ague 2012-10-30 02:29
Yes, dovelane1. Lots less assuming on and lots more critical thinking, merged with more love, more caring, more giving, more sharing. Damn her, and the likes of Bobby K. Jr. and dovelane1, say the evil, greed and power addicted villainaire rulers, and label us as socialists, communists, liberal/progres sive retarded peaceniks and justice jugheads.

But, jump aboard and keep riding on the people serving, environmentally driven, humanitarian train we must, and travel out of Bushwhacking/Ko chsucking La La Land. No easy journey, but do it we can.
 
 
+35 # independentmind 2012-10-30 05:52
If we want to restore critical thinking we have to wean everyone off television, it is a drug that sucks critical thinking and action out of the population. In a real revolution we would probably destroy every broadcast station either physically or electronically - maybe we can program them to show "Frontline" only for a few months.
 
 
+9 # Lolanne 2012-10-31 08:08
Quoting independentmind:
If we want to restore critical thinking we have to wean everyone off television, it is a drug that sucks critical thinking and action out of the population. In a real revolution we would probably destroy every broadcast station either physically or electronically - maybe we can program them to show "Frontline" only for a few months.


We also have to get rid of the republiscum. Dropping critical thinking skills from the curriculum is actually part of their platform in Texas, as hard to believe as that is. They don't even try to hide their goals here any more -- they want control, pure and simple, of minds, bodies and souls of all of us.
 
 
+2 # The Voice of Reason 2012-11-01 07:35
Alcohol is a drug. And a real drug too. Maybe we should encourage people to stop getting drunk. Then we could also work on the kids getting high on pot and crack. Those are drugs too. And the effect on our collective mental processes has been multi-generatio nal in the making.

Or maybe it adds to the critical thinking process?

Then again, in a critical analysis of human existence, it is obvious that we all derive from the same source and are essentially united in our being.

Let's call it the human intellect, which would not manifest itself in an inferior form. So racism, sexism, nationalism, political-party ism, are now seen as unnatural and against our human nature because they are divisive and express superiority.

Uniting humanity in a common cause, and abandoning every unsustainable system in our present day order, will take a super-human and selfless effort. Which one of us humans can undertake this task and be fair to all?
 
 
+5 # rertel 2012-10-31 10:02
The manipulation I find the most ironic is the idea, promoted by the plutocracy through their Republican surrogates,that government is taking away our freedoms,our jobs, our environment, and our democracy.

The little guy who can't afford an army of accountants,law yers,and other expert consultants, and therefore, counts on government to keep a level playing field has been convinced that it's government that he/she should fear.

Most ironic: Unless the little guy wakes up soon (like next Tuesday), government will certainly become something to fear.
 
 
+7 # Carol Sterritt 2012-10-31 18:07
But government is really and truly taking away our freedom. If I get caught feeding the wildlife, I can expect a $ 500 fine. (Never mind that the area where I live once had Pomo Indians that fed the wildlife.) But let some fracker come in and destroy the land, air and water, for profit, and the state of California doesn't have one single piece of legislation that will stop those who are doing the fracking.
 
 
+120 # KrazyFromPolitics 2012-10-29 17:58
I have been amazed at how docile my fellow citizens are. The neocon agenda is one of the most frightening, and deceitful power grabs that I have seen. I hope that a viable 3rd party emerges out of this out of this quagmire that can capture the imagination and vision of the voting public in a manner that threatens the status quo of the current Repub-Dem stranglehold.
 
 
+29 # skywatcher 2012-10-30 03:41
I have also had this idealistic thought but, alas, the evidence of vote fraud (compelling analysis is at http://richardcharnin.com/) and the entrenched two-party system isn't likely to change before things get much, much worse.
 
 
+22 # Cassandra2012 2012-10-30 09:30
1930's in Germany ...
 
 
+2 # KrazyFromPolitics 2012-10-31 21:25
I know. That's the hell of it.
 
 
+83 # Activista 2012-10-29 18:06
"America, the world's proud template for democracy ... is now ... oligarchy and corporate kleptocracy"
this is NOT whom we elect in November .. it is the system ... we need to change the system .. we need American Spring .. we need regime change!
 
 
+104 # Bev 2012-10-29 20:00
Thank you RFK, Jr. for saying this. You follow the family tradition of courage and we remember it was JFK whose life was ended because he tried to oppose these very controllers. We are at a critical time and it is almost too late unless we all wake up!
 
 
-72 # cordleycoit 2012-10-29 20:08
Insightful,well written and just a tad humorless. The supposed left leaning presses belong to the very rich. When some group or band of writers comes together to ownership of the microphone changes hands and the new owners take great care to purge the press room. They do not want to face whit of Terry Southern or Dr. Thompson again. We have been lucky to see the the women come in swinging jabbing and eye gouging from Paglia to the two Naomii. Out side of the Hedges Tabbi and their artists are just getting their ring presence right. Talking about right their is no replacement for O'Rourke, a wonderful and entertaining winger who throws a good low blow, a true Heel. It's about realism, cynicism, good humor, research and a drop kick to the groin.
 
 
+60 # Billsy 2012-10-29 20:54
Haven't seen O'Rourke in quite a while chiefly because he's just not that funny. Now Bill Maher on the other hand. HE'S real cynical, funny, smart and kick's ass.
 
 
+38 # WolfTotem 2012-10-30 01:57
Quoting cordleycoit:
Insightful,well written and just a tad humorless.


But where's the humor in the situation, cordelycoyt?

These evil stupid bastards have been trying to scare us all for years with assorted bogeymen. To scare us so we'd lie low and leave them free to do their thing. And that thing is wrecking the world, illegal invasions of countries and Robin-Hood-in-r everse, rich stealing from poor everywhere.

They practice bank robbers' diversions, but there's only one danger to fear: THEM.

I said "stupid bastards" because they're suicidal and may, like Hitler, drag millions down with them. There are, in any case, degrees of stupidity attainable only by those with exceptional IQs. Ordinary fools are minor nuisances, except when stampeded in a herd. Others look and sound good and make useful Action Man toys in the hands of the controlling bastards.

But where's the humor in total oligarchic tyranny?
 
 
+25 # BradFromSalem 2012-10-30 04:35
Cordley,
Did you intentionally write your post so poorly, so as to show off your humor writing chops?
I am reading Palast's book and it is very well written and at the same it informs, it includes Humour! So other than your imagined lack of a sense of humour, do you have any substantive arguments regarding the Left?
 
 
-8 # brux 2012-10-29 20:17
Blah, blah, blah ... more talk, talk, talk from celebrities and their offspring. Most of these blathering talkers get their sustenance in some way from their connection to the .1% and special political interests. Even as they claim to talk about democracy, they are looking to their bottom line and ways to make you pay for it or work for it.

If China wanted to decapitate and destroy the US right now, all they would have to do is to make democratic social reforms and liberalize their trade and laws. If the world trusted China, and that might take a while, they would drop the dollar like a hot potato and we would be stuck with country that would collapse in months, maybe weeks. And no one does anything but talk. But as long as virtually all countries stomp on and oppress their people, America with our huge military might will stay in charge and is certainly not going to be changing anything.

Of course, then then the US would have to use our military which is the only value we have left in this country ... not that we could fight for very long since we probably would run out of parts and components made in China.

What is going to break this logjam? Well, one thing might be if the American people ever actually put on their thinking caps and took off their blinders. Probably not going to happen any time soon.
 
 
+25 # WolfTotem 2012-10-30 02:14
Quoting brux:
Blah, blah, blah ... more talk, talk, talk from celebrities and their offspring.
Brux, can't you control this Pavlovian reaction that makes you shoot yourself in the foot whenever a "celeb" opens his or her mouth? By the sound of it, you'd have cursed FDR.

We complain about PACs' subversive activities - but listen, let's take advantage of things AS THEY ARE. Your voice and mine are unlikely to carry far, but - regardless of whether that's justified or not - the voice of a Kennedy can reach millions.

ABOVE ALL, EVERYTHING THIS KENNEDY'S SAYING MAKES GOOD SENSE.

He has written. All that now remains is to see and hear him speak, hoping his voice carries the conviction that his written word promises.
 
 
-28 # brux 2012-10-30 06:13
> By the sound of it, you'd have cursed FDR.

No, hardly. What is the matter with you, if you do not understand what I am saying, then either ask for some clarification or shut up.

The dependency on celebrity voices you seem to be resigned to, especially people we have no idea about, and that included JFK2 ... and even Barack Obama is foolish. It is like thinking that the only way to end Nazi Occupation in WWII would be to appeal to the Germans.

My point is that what is going on in this country today is something none of us really understand except in light of our own experiences - not JFKs. He is a guy who has to choices in life as to what to do, he can go be a work-a-day clod, or he can trade on his family heritage. What do you think he is going to do and why. He may or may not turn out to be a great leader, but like Barack Obama, he is untested and he certainly comes from the .01%.

His branding, is being marketed to you, and whether he writes a million articles that are just exactly what you want to hear or not does not make him any different, particularly in the light of you, me and whatever the liberal or progressive movement is, if there a movement at all.

The point is the agenda much come from us, and we do not know collectively how to translate that some kind of reasonable political demands.

Your apparent answer is more hope. Maybe that's what Jews thought when they in the railway cars?
 
 
+16 # reiverpacific 2012-10-30 08:07
Quoting brux:
Blah, blah, blah ... more talk, talk, talk from celebrities and their offspring. Most of these blathering talkers get their sustenance in some way from their connection to the .1% and special political interests. Even as they claim to talk about democracy, they are looking to their bottom line and ways to make you pay for it or work for it.
.

So who do you suggest takes a lead? Nobody wants to publish what the likes of us have to say and politicians lie or put out a scripted sales pitch generally whispered in their ears by lobbyists for the ,1%.
Sports personalities tend to say "Well politics doesn't belong in sports" but who owns the franchises?
If you pay taxes, you need to be involved in the discussion and active, even when in my case as a non-citizen taxpayer, I don't get to vote -but by Gawd, I do my share of fact and information based yakking at anybody who will listened and direct activism as the opportunity presents itself.
We on the left need all the allies we can garner without dismissing them because they are wealthy, and Kennedy is from a wealthy political dynasty but his heart is in the right place and is heavily outnumbered by the plutocracy, their rats like Rove, Krystol, Norquist and their reactionary and cynically bent SCOTUS patsies.
Your other points I'm inclined to agree with but please look at who is speaking on our behalf -not very many in this star-struck, personality based electorate.
 
 
-38 # Kasandra 2012-10-29 20:28
I like JFK and what he stands for, and yet, he wants to sell his friend';s book without even giving us a few paragraphs! America is headed to the brink!
 
 
+8 # independentmind 2012-10-30 05:58
I agree with you. If you really want to change things give the book away for free - to everyone! In the subway on the airplane, in churches and schools...
 
 
+2 # Kasandra 2012-10-30 13:52
Thanks, "independentmin d." I'm sure JFK, Jr. can afford to sponsor his friend who wrote it.
Perhaps not total giveaways, but at least half. He'd get back much more purchases, I'm sure because the universe works in wondrous ways. I've witnessed and experienced that in my own life!
 
 
+3 # bingers 2012-10-30 18:20
JFK Jr has been dead for years, didn't you get the memo?
 
 
+7 # bingers 2012-10-30 18:22
Over 90% of Ann Coulter's books sell that way, conservative think tanks buy them and give them away. They're always happy to spread manure.
 
 
+3 # reiverpacific 2012-10-30 18:45
Quoting Kasandra:
I like JFK and what he stands for, and yet, he wants to sell his friend';s book without even giving us a few paragraphs! America is headed to the brink!

"JFK" ? Dead int-he?
 
 
+13 # spercepolnes 2012-10-29 20:35
Also - don't forget Greg Palast.....
 
 
0 # reiverpacific 2012-10-30 18:45
Quoting spercepolnes:
Also - don't forget Greg Palast.....

Now there's a real voice!
 
 
+70 # Texan 4 Peace 2012-10-29 21:09
Sign on the movement to overturn Citizens United at www.movetoamend.org -- a quarter of a million voters,several states and hundreds of municipalities already have.
 
 
+6 # rpauli 2012-10-29 21:37
Thank you for these words.

Of course, thankfully the Kochs cannot affect everything. The Laws of Thermodynamics and other laws of physics reign supreme over all.
 
 
+9 # Cassandra2012 2012-10-30 09:33
But Grover Norquist is hoping to be dictator-in-chi ef, isn't he?
 
 
+41 # Quonomo 2012-10-29 22:14
SIEG KARL

If they taught real history in school more would know the Rethuglicans have been following the Nazi play book since Obama got elected. Yes I know that sounds harsh but under Herman Goebbels guidance Hitler came to power after getting his ass handed to him in the prior election.

This is what Goebbels said about Lying. "You don't tell small lies. You tell really big lies over and over again." That remind you of anyone?

The brown shirts showed up at the town hall meetings and disrupted them the same way the tea baggers showed at the healthcare town halls, screaming "Death Panels".

For those that do not know much about the rise of the Third Reich, you need to. You can bet Karl Rove knows.

I suggest the 5 or 6 part documentary from Netflix or actually reading the 'The Rise And Fall of the Third Reich'. The info is a powerful torch casting light into the shadows Of today's Rethugican Tactics and Agendas.

Everyone freaks out at the mention of the Nazis, but if it looks like a duck, it usually quacks and walks like one... These PACs of Plutocrats under orchestration of Karl Rove know exactly what they are doing. They are pure evil!

Remember Hitler turned a civilized nation into a burned out piece of shit with the population's help.

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." - George Santayana.
 
 
-2 # usedtobesupermom 2012-10-30 05:13
Obama isn't guilt free. He appointed the financial terrorists to his Administration that caused the economic disaster instead of of having them arrested & BTW the bailouts have cost Americans $170 TRILLION & COUNTING!

He appointed a CEO from Monsanto (the company that POISONS OUR FOOD) to be head of the Food Safety Dept.

We are in 160+ countries militarily now, when Bush left office we were in less than 100, The NDAA "Indefinite Detention of US Citizens was ruled UNCONSTITUTIONA L by a brave Federal Judge- Obama filed an appeal to overturn that ruling. Now we have 30,000 drones to look forward to flying over US skies in which they are trying to get armed.

I'm NEITHER Democript or Rebloodlican because the 2 party gangs are just different sides of the same coin- with the exception of very few.
 
 
+11 # Todd Williams 2012-10-30 06:07
Sloppy use of half truths to get your point over. Where did you get the figure of 30,000 drones to fly over US skies? Sounds like Terminator stuff. Where did you get the figure of 160 countries we are in militarily? Please answer my questions, if you can.
 
 
+6 # Activista 2012-10-30 10:18
Quoting Todd Williams:
Sloppy use of half truths to get your point over. Where did you get the figure of 30,000 drones to fly over US skies? Sounds like Terminator stuff. Where did you get the figure of 160 countries we are in militarily? Please answer my questions, if you can.

United States military deployments - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_military_deploymentsCountries in which the U.S. has a military presence in 2007 ... The military of the United States is deployed in more than 150 COUNTRIES around the world, with 196,248 of its 1,414,149 active-duty ... US military bases in Germany in 2009."
ps try to Google yourself before making accusation ...
 
 
+2 # Todd Williams 2012-10-30 11:53
No accusation was made. I simply asked where the data came from. Can't anybody ever ask where info came from? Also, you failed to answer the question about 30,000 drones. Again, where did that number come from?
 
 
+3 # Activista 2012-10-30 17:27
Quoting Todd Williams:
No accusation was made. I simply asked where the data came from. Can't anybody ever ask where info came from? Also, you failed to answer the question about 30,000 drones. Again, where did that number come from?

"Prying eyes in US skies raise privacy fears - Aljazeera
www.aljazeera.com/indepth/.../06/20126247243722488.htmlJun 25, 2012 – With 30000 drones expected to be flying over US skies by 2030, there is little ... "We have already met with nearly a dozen privacy and civil liberties advocacy ... Tony Harris takes a personal look at Baltimore's inner city and an ..."
you failed to answer the question about 30,000 drones - again try to paste into the google "30,000 drones to look forward to flying over US skies" and you get the answer!
 
 
+2 # Carol Sterritt 2012-10-30 19:47
Nothing to add to the facts you mention - but want to say, I am so amazed and saddened too see your remarks got such negative reviews.

Too many people don't see that regardless of which one of the One Big Money Party people gets in, the Big Banks and the Federal Reserve will still be knocking down the middle class. Obama is treated like a hero or saint - when in fact he is simply the more personable and congenial of the two fascists running. (Definition of fascism relates to Corporate-Contr ol over the government and its bureaucracies.)
 
 
+24 # Todd Williams 2012-10-30 06:02
Great post! I also reccomend William L. Shirer's "The Nightmare Years, 1930-1940." This book is a window to Nazi Germany as Hitler rose to power. Shirer lived in Nazi Germany as a correspondent in those years and personally reported on Hitler and the Nazis. Reading this book, I saw many similarities between what transpired in Nazi Germany and what is going on in our country. I am frightened beyond belief when I see the convergence of fanatical religion, corporate money, racism, and anti-unionism. Scary times, folks.
 
 
+4 # Quonomo 2012-10-31 02:16
Thanx for the tip. I look forward to reading it.
 
 
+13 # Cassandra2012 2012-10-30 09:34
"Fascism should rather be called corporatism, as it is the merging of government and corporate power." --Benito Mussolini
 
 
+8 # bingers 2012-10-30 18:25
Google 14 points of Fascism and it reads like the recent history of the Republican party.
 
 
+1 # Sacrebleu! 2012-11-01 06:06
Actually in this case it walks more like a goose.
 
 
+34 # Vardoz 2012-10-29 22:31
With the help of the Supreme Court and all of our bought off reps, corruption rules. We are in the midst of a corporate coup and it is a very dangerous and threatening situation for the majority of the American people. This has been going on for decades but now it has reached critical mass. They will certainly bring down our nation and economy if not the world to enrich themsleves. Robert knows the deal and it spells disaster for the 99%.
 
 
+49 # seeuingoa 2012-10-30 01:29
Franklin D. Roosevelt
in a message to Congress in 1938:

"The first truth is that liberty of
a democracy is in danger if the people
tolerate the growth of private powers
to a point where these powers become
stronger than the democratic state itself.
That in its essence is Fascism,
ownership of government by individuals,
groups, or by any other controlling
private power.

The second truth is that the liberty of a democracy is in danger if its business
system does not provide employment
and produce and distribute goods in
such a way as to sustain an acceptable
standard of living."
 
 
+20 # Vardoz 2012-10-30 10:45
It has all come to fruition. Those who predicted this knew what the consequences whould be and now it has happened. We are frightened of what is yet to come.

We just saw the documentary Ethal and even back then Bobby Kennedy spoke about the lack of jobs, starving children and deep racisim. The corporate battle to defeat equality, prosperity and Democracy has won. Bobby was a true liberal for the well being of people and he, Jack and Martin were all killed. They got rid of anyone who could threaten the corporate rein over Democracy. The last thing that corporations want.
 
 
+30 # TomDegan 2012-10-30 02:54
Four years ago the Plutocratic (WHITE) Power Structure in this diseased land became apoplectic when the first African American in history successfully bulldozed that most sacred of all racial barriers and was handed the keys to the Executive Mansion at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington DC, 20500. "HOW COULD SOMETHING LIKE THIS HAPPEN???" they asked themselves positively aghast. They never made a serious inquiry into finding out the answer to that question. Had they done so they would have realized that America was at the dawn of a major (and inevitable) sociological shift in its voting demographic. But the answer didn't matter in the least to them. All that mattered was the fact that they were determined, come hell or high water, to make goddamned-good- and-sure that it never happen again.

What to do? The same thing reactionaries always do; the same thing Hitler did eighty years ago: conjure up phantoms.

It was an epidemic that did not exist. It was all make believe: the "plague" of voter fraud. But they were desperate for an excuse - any one would do - to crack down on this nonexistent crime wave, despite the fact that during the last twenty years, the proven cases of fraudulent voting nationwide are of a number so miniscule that no one ever bothered to pay attention to them - until now.

Jim Crow is making a nationwide comeback tour.

http://www.tomdegan.blogspot.com

Tom Degan
 
 
-7 # usedtobesupermom 2012-10-30 05:00
@# brux yOU're right about:
One thing you forgot is China has every military weapon we do including HAARP.

If China wanted to decapitate and destroy the US right now, all they would have to do is to make democratic social reforms and liberalize their trade and laws. If the world trusted China, and that might take a while, they would drop the dollar like a hot potato and we would be stuck with country that would collapse in months, maybe weeks. And no one does anything but talk. But as long as virtually all countries stomp on and oppress their people, America with our huge military might will stay in charge and is certainly not going to be changing anything.

Of course, then then the US would have to use our military which is the only value we have left in this country ... not that we could fight for very long since we probably would run out of parts and components made in China.

What is going to break this logjam? Well, one thing might be if the American people ever actually put on their thinking caps and took off their blinders. Probably not going to happen any time soon.
 
 
-10 # brux 2012-10-30 06:16
Yeah, you should drop the HAARP thing unless you really want to sound like a nut. Who knows you and Alex Jones could be completely right, but this is conspiracy nut stuff and not something that everyone can or wants to grab onto and pull with.
 
 
-2 # usedtobesupermom 2012-10-30 07:50
http://www.theforbiddenknowledge.com/hardtruth/haarp_index.htm
 
 
-3 # brux 2012-10-30 19:55
Do you really think life is so simple all you have to do is find the forbidden knowledge website ... if only.
 
 
0 # Carol Sterritt 2012-10-31 18:17
HAARP is real, and so are chem trails. Those two activities are behind a lot of the so called "Climate Change." Notice that the Mainstream Media will not even discuss it.

Voltaire once said something to the effect that if you want to know who is in charge, then think about who it is you aren't allowed to criticize. If Voltaire was alive today, he'd probably amend the statement to read "And think about what activities you must pretend do not exist."
 
 
+6 # reiverpacific 2012-10-30 18:58
Quoting usedtobesupermom:
@# brux yOU're right about:
One thing you forgot is China has every military weapon we do including HAARP.

Respectfully, China just acquired it's first "Aircraft Carrier" which is an antiquated Korean (? -open to correction here) fixer-upper that couldn't launch an aircraft unless it was vertical takeoff Harrier.
Just a wee cautionary comment.
Remember that the US has a military capability and hardware exceeding the next fourteen world powers combined (call that "Defense" if you dare). That's where a large chunk of y'r taxes are going -and Twit would give them another 2 Tr' they don't even want.
Methinks perhaps that this is of a wee bit more concern and relevance than clawing at RFK Jr's knackers in a fit of unwonted class envy.
 
 
-2 # brux 2012-10-30 19:53
I don't think you comprehended what I said.
 
 
+25 # Abigail 2012-10-30 05:13
The reason candidates need so much money is to pay for TV time. We need a law that limits the amount of time a candidate can buy on a TV channel, as the British have. I propose that TV channels must GIVE all candidates the same amount of time, to be determined, and if any candidate wants to BUY more time, then the selling channel must GIVE an equal amount of time to all the other candidates for that office. The TV channels do not OWN their frequencies, WE, THE PEOPLE, do, and the FCC licences the frequency. One of the conditions of the license is PUBLIC SERVICE, and if saving our democracy isn't public service, I don't know what is.
 
 
+3 # Aunt Tom 2012-10-31 10:51
Yes, Abigail. And a second thought about all that money being paid for TV time: Who's getting it and becoming all the more powerful from it? -- that's right!: the media moguls. And who is profiting from running the TV channels? The "owners" of the licenses, that's who. And who are they? Whoever they are, they're a whole lot richer from this unprecedented campaign season.
 
 
+16 # usedtobesupermom 2012-10-30 05:30
I warned for years about Wall St crashing due to fraud, I warned about the housing bubble, the economy collapsing due to outsourcing, selling off American assets (companies that were known as American like RCA, Frigidaire, Lucent Technologies, etc along with at least 18,000 others- ALL FOREIGN OWNED.
I warned about the mega- mergers being dangerous to us too. I got called names.
Then I learned that on just one visa program alone (H-1B) 75,000-125,000 foreign workers come into this country EACH MONTH! They replace many citizens that have ADVANCED DEGREES. We have more than 125,000 engineers with double advanced degrees that can't find work yet corporations such as Microsoft say they can't find ONE QUALIFIED American!
Gates lied to Congress at least 2 times saying that. When he didn't get his unlimited number of H-1B visas he fired 5,000 workers here!
 
 
+6 # brux 2012-10-30 06:21
Sadly we do not have the visibility into corporations to prove an overarching agenda but I would not be surprised if that was true.

Bring in sad desperate people from India who are foreign to our culture. but you know, they have a pretty good culture too and many of them are good people. They education their willing people who are willing to work because education is lightweight and free. They take our books for nothing, and then teach, while we have to pay $200 for a simple textbook and $600 for a class.

We Americans are so not used to working together, and the architects of our economy know that if they make education expensive and difficult here, and it is easy in China, India and the 3rd world, it is exactly what they need.

After all, they feel they got held up by their workers and they resented it and planned to never let it happen again.

Basically fascism 2.0, and we do not even know what we are fighting or what we want .... we are more than just a little behind.
 
 
+3 # Activista 2012-10-30 10:33
I am older - with three Master Degrees - (MS Software Engineering, MBA Information Systems, ...)
In MS some departments are dominated by people from India, China .. and they are asking questions fit to graduate from their countries.
Microsoft is NOT doing very well in consumer market - has like 1% market share in mobile devices ... compare to Apple and Google have now HIGHER market evaluation than Microsoft.
 
 
+12 # Bev 2012-10-30 06:14
In the meantime our planet has been so abused by our corporate disregard that it is in critical condition.Perha ps our space brethren would aid us with the advanced technologies they obviously have if we would ask. Otherwise we have "killed the goose that lays the golden egg."
 
 
+19 # JSRaleigh 2012-10-30 07:36
Too bad it's no longer fashionable to prosecute congress-critte rs for bribery.
 
 
+18 # Cassandra2012 2012-10-30 09:36
Why wasn't Cheney (and his Halliburton & KBR) prosecuted for war profiteering??
 
 
+23 # mendobruce 2012-10-30 07:47
When I was teenager in the late 60's it seems like everybody was talking about revolution! Back then we didn't have homelessness, militarized police forces, the largest prison population in the world, etc. Now people are too concerned with survival and too afraid of gov't reprisal's to talk about revolution. But a revolution is imminent.
I hope it is a peaceful revolution similar to the Bolivarian revolutions like those that have been occurring in Venezuela , Uruguay, Argentina and Brazil. We need to opt out of the IMF, nationalize our natural resources and the corporations that exploit them, break up the stranglehold the banksters have on our media, and stop holding peoples health hostage to their employment.
Allowing third party candidates to assign their votes to other candidates, similar to the way democracies work in most other countries will also be a big help in breaking up the two party monopoly and allow people to vote their conscience without throwing away their vote.
 
 
+15 # Working Class 2012-10-30 07:52
The only way to change the system is action. I recently attended a Move to Amend conference in LA. Check out their web site MovetoAmend.org . They have organization and a game plan. We can and must make the effort if we want to see a better future for our children. If we don't put in the effort the future is bleak.
 
 
+5 # lamancha 2012-10-30 11:05
What kind of "loss of our presidency"and thus our democracy do we suffer when our choices are between two corporatists - two basic peas in the same pod - when 3rd party candidates,, who cannot be heard in the same debates, have more significant agendas? Both of them advocate drones, ratification of the NDAA act to clamp down on liberties, fail to attack Monsanto & their ilk for poisoning our food supply - making more of us sick, they're both eye to eye on gun ownership including semi-automatics ,both the same on meaningful environmental issues, and on and on. Maybe, Obama, in a 2nd term, will finally become a Democrat & make the wealthy pay their fair share.
 
 
+3 # CureThisThang 2012-10-30 13:57
Yep, this is what I'm talking about. We the people are responsible for reading, learning, staying vigilant. The consequences of letting our democracy slip away are unfathomable. Here's a song I wrote about the obscene power held by Sheldon Adelson, the Kochs, and other members of the "new plutarchy" that has been unleashed or at least exacerbated by Citizens United (but also by our not paying attention): http://youtu.be/4pqGaYuzmY4
 
 
+9 # worldviewer 2012-10-30 14:01
Yes, it is a hostile takeover--like those in the business world--but it has been going on since the Contract On America led by Newt Gingrich in 1994 (?). They (a group of radical Republicans) stated they couldn't govern properly unless they controlled the 3 branches of the government. Perhaps others didn't take that too seriously, but it was in effect a refusal to share power, a declaration to end the two party system and begin what could easily become a dictatorship. It's been moving in that direction since then, and becoming a takeover of power controlling the federal government by the financial sector.
 
 
-17 # jtatu 2012-10-30 18:23
You self styled "progressives" need to get over it and grow up. Citizens United is the LAW OF THE LAND. Live with it.
 
 
+5 # Sacrebleu! 2012-10-30 19:24
You are not true, are you? Or maybe you are one of our new fellow-citizens who don't as-of-yet have the right to vote but hold the bullhorn to our ears with your propaganda?
 
 
+6 # Sacrebleu! 2012-10-30 19:50
This is really funny, jtatu. A moron steals the elections in 200 and installs two right-wing-nuts in SCOTUS and if these guys with their three buddies were to decide that we had to wear Mickey Mouse ears in the street you would scream the same nonsense?

Whatever happened with the shrill voices who were screaming against "legislating from the bench"?

As for me it's simple: one person, one vote.
The same people who want to define marriage as between a man and a woman may want to be more specific: man and woman must be people with a beating heart, not a charter.
(Please note I didn't say "and a brain" so as to not to sideline you.)
 
 
0 # a_wake 2012-10-30 21:43
A corporate takeover? Are you serious? The US was taken over by the International Banksters with the passage of the Federal Reserve Act of 1913. The Bank of England in 1696. The guy with the guts to identify the US branch of the International Banksters, the Fed, is Ron Paul, anyone remember him. Others that identified the Banksters were Andrew Jackson (attempted assassination), Abraham Lincoln (assassinated), James Garfield (assassinated), William McKinley (assassinated), John Kennedy (assassinated), Ronald Reagan (attempted assassination, point made). It has become so obvious the new paradigm controlling American politics is Blackmail, Does anyone have a better suggestion? Let’s hear it. Please don't blow the warm smoke that there is a new paradigm regarding a corporate takeover. The Banksters took over long ago and their weapon of absolute control of the media, Congress, the courts (including the Supreme Court; Obamacare Constitutional? Ain't blackmail great?), the presidency and anyone else needed to get us to the New World Order, is blackmail. Their blackmail is composed of the carrot AND the stick. They make em’ an offer they can’t refuse. I suspect God has a different plan. I do not think the blackmailers are gonna like God's Plan.
 
 
0 # Carol Sterritt 2012-10-31 18:14
Sadly, Ron Paul got labeled (libeled, is probably the correct word) as a nut case, and that way his ideas died with his campaign.

But every single thing he said against the Fed Reserve is true, and we won't have democracy again until we get rid of the Federal Reserve.
 
 
+4 # Milarepa 2012-11-01 09:47
Mother Nature once walked softly but always carried that big stick. Now she walks thunderously and swings that big stick every which way. We don't need to worry about corrupt politicians. Mother Nature will treat them liken everybody else. If they duck into the White House bunker that's where they will drown.
 

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