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"Our commitment to liberty is America's tradition — declared at our founding, affirmed in Franklin Roosevelt's Four Freedoms..."
Ten years ago, George W. Bush spoke those words, in front of a banner proclaiming "Mission Accomplished." Two and a half years later Iraq approved a proper democratic constitution. For six additional years, our forces fought valiantly to secure that charter. In reviewing the successes and failures, the question comes to mind; if these enumerated rights were worth fighting for on foreign soil, don't they deserve at least an honest effort from our federal... (more)
Strict construction surmised that the federal goverment could do nothing that wasn't spelled out in so many words within the constitutional document. Two lawyer from Virginia came up with the argument in response to what they saw as the building of an aristocratic hierarchy, like that of England. Thomas Jefferson had already had a distinguished career as a foriegn minister, for having authored the Declaration of Independence, for championing universal public education in Virginia, and for secularizing the College of William and Mary as a member of it Board of Visitors (having been unsuccessful... (more)
As Mitt Romney becomes increasingly the caricature of plutocratic indifference and the party as a whole is splashed in the muddy wake, the question is worth asking; how did we get here? The evidence points to two factors:
1). The opinion held by the majority of our highest judiciary that money equals speech.
2). The obstructionist spirit among Republican legislators that those whose money is spent to skew public opinion ought not to be subject to the economic consequences of public opinion.
If we can't keep money from exerting influence upon the actions of our elected... (more)
The basic principal behind the American Dream was "equal opportunity for all and privilege for none." The opportunity for upward mobility, without the boot of feudal lords upon our necks. This could all change next year. In late 2011 Mitt Romney revealed how he would facilitate the massive wealth transfer to our would-be lords:
"Don’t try to stop the foreclosure process. Let it run its course and hit the bottom. Allow investors to buy homes, put renters in them, fix the homes, and let it turn around and come back up."
Romney's tax plan helps this along, as well as working... (more)
*Before I get started, a note on terminology; herein, the words "libertarian," "liberal" and "neoliberal" will be used interchangeably. The philosophy commonly referred to as liberalism here in the United States will be referred to as "democratic" with a lower case "d" in order to avoid as much confusion as possible*
The neoliberal movement relies on two defining sophisms to justify its belligerence against the institution of democracy. The first is that democracy will inevitably lead to tyranny. The second is that, given this first sophism, all violations of human rights are justifiable... (more)
"MANKIND being originally equals in the order of creation, the equality could only be destroyed by some subsequent circumstance: the distinctions of rich and poor may in a great measure be accounted for"
-- Thomas Paine; from Common Sense (1776)
The plutocratic camp would have us believe that public good can only trickle down from the top of the hierarchical pyramid. And to back up this narrative, they defame our country's founder by falsely implicating them in their twisted notion of divine right. It is beyond question that the Declaration of Independence states that certain... (more)
They came to the villageon their market dayall they left was scorched earthevery villager slainPart of a proxy warof genocide and rapedeemed necessaryfor the American wayThere was no black and white thenagainst red, all turned grayInnocence was takenand consigned to mass gravesIt was the Gipper's secretfor so many yearsafter he condemned an evil empireand played the rabble's fearsNo doubt the old man's guiltmade his mind decaySo homage is given himeven to this dayWhat price for shameless greeda debt left unpaidWe pray against the justiceof our market day(more)
The question is sometimes asked here in America; whether healthcare is a right or a privilege. In answering this, it may be useful to look at the basis for our civil law; John Locke's theory of social contract, in which Natural Rights are exchanged for civil equivalents--in which restrictions upon the individual are to be kept to the minimum necessary to ensure a greater security:
"TO understand political power right, and derive it from its original, we must consider, what state all men are naturally in, and that is, a state of perfect freedom to order their actions, and dispose of... (more)
The assertion keeps coming up during sessions of shameless demagoguery: "Our Constitution grants us freedom OF religion, not freedom FROM religion." Some disagree by saying that we need both. That is partly true, but the latter certainly enjoys greater protection. And, given the system that our country revolted against, as it well should!
The wording that so often comes up is from a the pen of Thomas Jefferson. Now it could hardly be argued that Jefferson himself was unwilling to touch the freedom of religious institutions that had been granted charters by the public, when it was... (more)
It was once sufficient for provocateurs to limit themselves to the claim that America is based upon "Judeo-Christian principles." And while the vagueness of such a statement would seem to render it as inert as it is extraneous to the subject of civil government in a constitutional republic, it no longer satiates the intolerant to limit themselves so. And so we are burdened to hear the pedantic cry "Christian Nation"--a phrase as divisive as it is oxymoronic! It is therefore worth asking what these founding principles they once spoke of truly teach us, so that we can move forward without... (more)