Posts Tagged ‘Constitution’

If I were President

Posted by politicalpartypooper on August 13, 2011

I’ve been having discussions with  a number of political people recently.  Let’s say that they’re political junkies.  Many, like me, are avowed Independents.  There are those remaining few who are brave enough to admit that they are a party hack…ahem…Republican or Democrat.  Those brave few are always the few who argue most vociferously for their obsolete ideology.

I can’t really recall one argument I’ve had with an Independent.  Maybe the Hacks are right; we don’t argue because we don’t stand for anything, except maybe fence-sitting.

Perish the thought.  Here’s what I stand for, and here’s what I would strive for if I were President:

* End the Bush tax cuts.  Anyone who believes we can solve our debt problem by cutting spending alone is naive, or reasonably insane.  There is no argument one can make against raising revenues when all we’re talking about is less than four percent in tax rates.

* Reform the estate tax.  Yes, there needs to be an estate tax.  Money “won” in an estate is income…and almost always, unearned income.  Being a member of a wealthy family doesn’t give you a pass to perpetual wealth without taxation.  If I earn $5,000,000 in one year, I get taxed on it.  So should you.  Especially since you probably DIDN’T earn it.  America wasn’t built on inheritance, and Capitalism isn’t based on inherited wealth.  It’s not a death tax; it’s an income tax.  We’re not taxing the dead guy.  We’re taxing the income that the living recipients receive free of charge or labor.  Husbands and wives, of course, would pay no estate tax, as our government views the rights of the surviving spouse to be an equal owner of the estate, and still living.

* Extend Congressional Terms to four years, and limit the number of terms to two.  No more career politicians.

* Reduce Senatorial terms to four years, and limit the number of terms to two.

*  Write a Free Trade Equity Act.  Simply put, demand that in any trade agreement that our nation makes or currently holds, an equal number of jobs have to be created between the two parties.  If American factories move overseas and create 1000 jobs in that foreign nation, that nation must reciprocate in kind.  No deviation is to be allowed.  Free Trade isn’t free if the results are as lopsided as they have been for the last twenty years.

* Write an Amendment to the Constitution that guarantees the Bill of Rights only to Natural Persons.  Corporations may be an assembly of natural persons, but they aren’t a natural person in and of themselves, and therefore, do not have the same rights that Natural Persons have; such as Free Speech.  This ought to end the debate about whether corporations or special interests (such as unions) can contribute big money to our campaigns.  While the people within those corporations or special interests may have an individual vested interest in the outcomes of elections and deserve their voices to be heard, the  entity of corporations and special interests do not have vested interests and shall have no voice in our system of government.  The Bill of Rights pertains to the individual, not to groups of individuals.  The right to worship as one sees fit, for example, is an individual right, not a corporate right.  Individuals have the right to organize according to their method of worship, but the organization itself has no say, no free speech with regards to our system of government.  Our Founders didn’t write a Corporate Bill of Rights; they wrote a natural person’s Bill of Rights, and defined what that Natural person is within it.

* A Tax code that is simple, equal, and fair, without loopholes for the wealthy.  What that tax rate may be would need to be determined, but whatever it ends up being, no one except the very poor would escape its full effect.  If we can find a rate near 17-19% that helps us maintain our budget and our social programs, that would be optimal.  But for the time being, if that rate needs to be one or two percent higher to help us pay down our debt and balance our budget, I think most Americans will be accepting of it.

* A program of employment for the long term unemployed.  We cannot pay unemployment benefits perpetually without return.  Our nation has massive infrastructure deficiencies, and employing the long unemployed toward this end would go a good way toward solving this need, while paying a fair wage and giving the newly employed a sense of contribution to their society.


To be continued


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Do We Have a Violent Political Discourse in this Nation?

Posted by politicalpartypooper on January 18, 2011

“Death Panels”

“Political Rhetoric caused the Great Arizona Town Hall Massacre.”

“Job-killing Health Care Bill”

“Global Warming scare”

Seen or heard any of these phrases or ones like them used in the last year?  Maybe a better question would be “how many times have you heard these phrases in the last year”?  We have gun sights placed over congressional districts, rally signs that called for President Bush’ death, and many, many loud voices telling every ear that can hear about the sky that is sure to fall if this or this and this happens.

All of it is generated by the two political parties in America, and their lackeys in the press trumpet it for them 24/7.  Do we have a violent political discourse in this nation?  Maybe.  It depends on what you mean by “violent”.  If you mean that this rhetoric will lead to violent outbursts of gun fire or explosives, there is no proof of such occurrences.  If, on the other hand, you mean that our discourse is merely political rhetoric that is designed to encourage Americans to stop thinking critically and start emoting, then “violent” is the word I would use to describe our discourse.  It is the exact word I would use, as a matter of fact.

Political parties do not waste time with facts when selected words will serve them better.  The  words our politicians and political parties use should tell Americans all we need to know about their character, and about what they think of us.  In a nutshell, the words our political parties choose to use show an utter disrespect, nay, disdain, for the intellect of Americans.  Our current rhetoric isn’t aimed at solutions; it’s aimed at inciting anger.

I ask you; is this the kind of representation you want for the rest of your life, and for the rest of your children’s lives?  Can we even call ours a representative government when the only two entities represented are the two most powerful political ideologies in the nation?  Our Founding Fathers were clear; this was to be a government of the people, by the people, and for the people, but something has gone horribly wrong along the way.  I’m quite certain in claiming that I have never lived in a country that had a representative government. The things that made my nation’s government great simply do not exist anymore, and we have moved farther away from our ideals today than at any point in our history.

I think about the politicians of the day (the Obamas, the Palins, the Boehners and the Pelosis), and about how they wave the Constitution at any new bill they disagree with.  I wonder if they realize how far away from our founder’s principles they have removed us.  I have to believe that they are so drunk upon the religion of their politics that they haven’t the time, the inclination, nor the critical abilities to see the differences between their ideology and the Constitution.  I am forced to draw this conclusion; today’s Party politicians actually believe that their ideology IS the Constitution, or ought to be.  What a dangerous, chilling thought.

Our political parties hire consultants, who then design slogans, or catch-phrases that have been tested upon thousands of people for their emotional response.  If a particular phrase evokes the desired response, it is repeated over and over and over, until it has become THE discourse of the day, the week, the month, the year.

Once upon a time, we called that kind of thing  Propaganda, and we gave the Nazi’s an “A+” as a grade.  Today, we call them “talking points”.

Ridiculous.  It’s propaganda, plain and simple.  It’s language used, caressed, twisted, and crafted to eliminate critical thinking, and it encourages the masses to emote instead. Our political parties engineer phrases to get you to respond in the way they want you to respond.

Democrats and Republicans are no longer mere representatives.  Today, they are demagogues using a common crafted language which encompasses a goal of electoral control through emotional blackmail.  If that’s not Propaganda, then the word ought not to be in existence.  We no longer live in a Representative Democracy.  Instead, we live amongst a power struggle between two faceless ideologies hell-bent on absolute control.

There’s no such thing as a Constitutional Republican or Democrat.  Besides the fact that the two parties aren’t even mentioned in our Constitution, the idea that our republic has devolved into a struggle between two entities rather than a union of states and citizens reminds me of the struggle between Socialism and Bolshevism.  Though the names of the players may have changed, the prize they are fighting for hasn’t.  They fight for power, they respect no man, and they use whatever means they can get away with.  Watch the news, listen to the talking heads.  You can flip between channels and see the same key words used over and over, as if the speakers were pre-programmed for the show, complete with TV hair. What ails our nation isn’t political apathy or even a slumbering economy;  It’s Republicans and Democrats mind-fucking Americans at every turn.  Only independent thinkers will cure what ails us.  Start thinking critically again.  Stop listening to what Democrats and Republicans are saying.  You know they don’t say anything without trying to tug on your emotions.  Plug your ears if you need to.

There’s  an illness in America.  The Arizona tragedy wasn’t caused by our political rhetoric.  Not at all.

Our nation is so much sicker than that, and most people don’t  realize it.    Ω

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Posted by politicalpartypooper on January 25, 2010

Did you ever wonder if history really does repeat itself?  Has America ever faced a similar situation to the one we find ourselves within today?  One where economic collapse occurred, where the special interests that caused that collapse fought tooth and nail against reforms that would give power back to the people?  Have we ever witnessed a period of time where the wealthy stood in the way of the weary, barring their entry into prosperity, where the power and wealth truly were one?

“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-businessmen 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-businessmen, 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.”

and continued:

“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.”


“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.”


“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.”


“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.”

Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1936 DNC acceptance speech.

Allow me to update this:

The collapse of 2008 showed up the despotism for what it was.  The election of 2008 was the people’s mandate to end it.  Under that mandate, are we now prepared to end it?

I submit to you, that Scott Brown’s election in Massachusetts was the people’s response to a belief that we have yet to begin ending it.  The Supreme Court’s recent decision in favor of Citizens United vs the FEC coincides perfectly with “”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.”

The White House keeps repeating that “people are angry and frustrated”.  I would keep repeating that we are because our government still doesn’t understand what our actual mandate is.  History has repeated itself, indeed.  The only thing we now await are the results of this most recent mandate, and whether Washington will fight for the many people, or for the few, royal, wealthy corporations.

Our generation once again has a rendezvous with destiny.  All that remains to be seen is whether Washington will survive that rendezvous.

I believe that it was Thomas Jefferson who said, “widespread poverty and concentrated wealth cannot long endure side by side in a democracy.”

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