Where Heart Shift Happens. Teaching the Science of Sustainable Health. What works for 7 future generations? "Do not go where the freeway may lead - Go instead where there is no path and build - A Green Road"
"There's a massive public outcry over the TSA's treatment of a 95-year-old cancer patient who was forced to surrender her adult diaper before she could board an airplane. The TSA made her fly with no underwear (and took away her dignity at the checkpoint, too).
Fear.... fear..... fear..... what to do about it? Well the first thing people could be doing is looking inside and moving beyond it... Or, they could hand over all their power and control and give it to someone else because they are so AFRAID. That seems to be exactly what is happening in the USA today.
The thing that concerns me is that a majority of people asked are willing to give up ALL their RIGHTS and FREEDOMS in exchange for security from 'you fill in blank'. We then outsource the fear to a quasi government agency, like TSA or Homeland Security.
That is a very clear setup for a dictator to step in. Hitler did what he did, after people voted for him. They were willing to trade in their rights and freedoms for a 'strong leader' who would solve all their problems for them.. along with lots of Nationalism; flag waving, parades, 'We are the best' types of speeches.
Police can now search your home with NO SEARCH WARRANT. The TSA can now grope and fondle you to their hearts content, and/or subject you to radiation over and over again.. The military industrial complex is being paid 1.3 TRILLION a year to address nothing more than fear. Each Al Queda 'terrorist' killed in Afghanistan now costs US taxpayers 1 Billion or so, and there are only 100 of them left in the entire country.
Yea, we need to keep spending 1.3 Trillion a year to get a few more of those 'bad' guys, and we definitely do not need schools, firefighters, police, pools, parks or streets. Close them all and fire everyone, because we need smaller government.
Then things like fondling and groping 6 year olds, 95 year olds, or Miss America's happens. The Catholic Church does not try and get away with this kind of thing. When exposed, the Catholic Church at least transfers the 'problem' to another area or country. In the case of TSA, they don't even try to defend it or the person doing it. They just justify their actions by pointing at the fear, and so far, people seem to be OK with this.
People are desperate for a 'strong leader'. Be careful what you wish for.. it might just turn out to be another Hitler, or worse.
What changed from 100-200 years ago, when the Constitution was written? There were terrorists back then too, but we did not throw out all freedoms and rights to fight them or drug dealers... Back then they were called pirates.
It's Time to Restore Civil LibertiesAfter the 9/11 attacks, Congress passed legislation in 2001 that greatly expanded domestic spying programs. Programs that failed to include even basic Constitutional safeguards.
Today, champions of Constitutional Rights in the Senate are using the PATRIOT ACT reauthorization process to reverse the worst abuses and have introduced the JUSTICE ACT.
The JUSTICE ACT would completely repeal the provision of the FISA Amendments Act intended to legally immunize big telecoms that illegally assisted in the National Security Agency's warrantless wiretapping program. It would restore protections for the privacy of library and bookstore records. And it would also add strong checks and balances to PATRIOT ACT provisions governing FISA orders, wiretaps and national security letters.
I wanted to update you on the lawsuit I have filed against George W. Bush and members of his administration, referred to in legal parlance as Conyers v. Bush.
You are likely familiar with a number of steps I have taken to challenge the legality and constitutional grounds of the Administration's actions. From the lead up to Iraq, to the Downing Street Minutes, to the outing of a CIA agent, to warrantless wiretapping of U.S. citizens, I have called loudly for the Bush White House to explain itself.
Donate Now and Help Me Fight Back and Work Toward a New Democratic Majority
I decided to file suit against the President in Federal Court in Michigan, along with 11 Senior Democratic Members of Congress. This suit was necessary because of a clear violation of the constitution. When the President signed the Deficit Reduction Act (which "reduced" the deficit by cutting taxes, health care benefits, and student loans), he signed into law a bill that had not passed the House and Senate. A different version of the bill passed each house of Congress with a multi-billion dollar difference in funding for life-saving medical equipment.
Anyone who ever watched Schoolhouse Rock knows this to be a problem.
Given the stakes involved I felt it was imperative to aggressively take this fight to the courts. The President's lawyers tried to get the bill dismissed, but late last week I responded with legal filings that stand up for the rule of law and the Constitution and hope to bring the President, and our United States government, back under the rule of law.
I wanted to email you this news today to update you on our efforts and to thank you for your help and support. Thank you also for your continued dedication to a better democracy.
Message from Dennis Kucinich by Dennis Kucinich April 14, 2006
The Democratic Party is struggling to rediscover its soul. Leading Congressional Democrats still support the war; still support corporate-run health care, still support trade without protections for workers' rights, human rights or the environment. Predictably, the corporate media which fueled our march to folly in Iraq still sides with the corporate wing of our party.
Some in our party suggest that since the President and Republicans are sinking in the polls, Democrats should remain quiet. They forget the words of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. that "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." Issuing tepid statements that "we can do better" hardly inspires those who worry each day about their children and spouses. American families facing a harsh struggle to survive deserve action - not silence. Wages are down and savings the lowest since the Great Depression while job insecurity, education and health care costs are soaring. Social Security and pensions are at risk.
Please recognize that without your help and support I could never pursue my efforts to again make the Democratic Party the party of working Americans. The Party which looks out upon the world for friends, not enemies.
Four years ago I was told my efforts to organize 125 House Democrats to vote against the war was political suicide. When you read Prayer for America (February 17, 2002, and the Analysis of President's Bush's Case for War, (October 2, 2002) you will recall how difficult (yet necessary) it is to speak truth to power. Remember how the administration guaranteed us that "there was no doubt" but that WMDs were poised to strike us? Their loyal followers called me a liar - and worse - on "Meet the Press" and other national media for daring to challenge the Administration's "evidence" on WMDs and Saddam's then-alleged links to 9-11 and Al Qaeda.
Today, however, being right is little solace in the face of mounting casualties. Little solace knowing that the average American family will spend perhaps $25,000 just on the Iraq War - a war which makes all us less safe. Inexplicably, the media which remained silent in the face of massive government propaganda now lashes out at those of us who did speak out at the time. Yet those complicit in selling this war to the American people remain loyal to their lies and continue their propaganda.
President Andrew Jackson was right when he said that one person with courage makes a majority. These are trying times which require each of of us to find the courage to demand that America not only stop an illegal occupation and a policy of preemptive war, but chart a new course in the world based on cooperation not confrontation, on hope, not fear. Each of us must speak out about the crimes done in our name. Torture is not an American value and the thought that the President would sign a statement reserving the right to continue to torture brings shame - and danger - to all of us.
Being a Democrat can no longer entail a laundry list of slightly less harmful policies than our opponents. The vision of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy as enunciated in the Book of Matthew must be returned to Congress. As you know, " Fear Ends, Hope Begins " was the theme of my campaign for the Democratic nomination for President in 2004. I continue to call not just for new policies, but a renewed vision of a politics of trust and compassion based on our most basic values of caring for one another.
Who ever imagined that we would live in an America where the "merciful" would be called soft on crime? Where those who "mourn" would be called whiners and where the "meek" would be told that arrogance is a virtue? Who ever imagined that the sacred role of "peacemaker" as described by Matthew in the Beatitudes would be recast as a traitor? The inversion of truth and the perversion of our basic values must be challenged.
The path for our renewal based on these sacred values is clear. Living Wages, Advocacy of Universal Health Care, a new WPA jobs program funded from military waste, Universal Pre-Kindergarten, tuition-free college, protection of Social Security and all pensions, the green energy of wind, solar, hydrogen, peaceful exploration of space, participation in the Kyoto Climate Change Treaty, and the International Criminal Court are part of a vision of the America that can be, if we are willing to take a stand.
My call for a Department of Peace and Nonviolence has been attacked in a way that ironically proves its necessity.
This past term in the House of Representatives I have acted upon a vision of a nation which cares about all people, about truth and justice, in hundreds of speeches on the floor of the House about Iraq, health care, trade, education, the global climate and America's role in the world. You may recall I was successful in organizing a bipartisan coalition towards ending the war in Iraq ( HJ Res 55). I helped open up investigations of the missing $9 billion in Iraq reconstruction funds, and pushed for inquiries into pre-war intelligence, and the public relations machine behind the war.
I also brought a resolution of Inquiry which resulted in a rare committee discussion about documentation of global climate change and the need for the United States to immediately begin implementing new energy policies to protect the global environment.
Day in and day out I have continued to do the work. Day in and day out, whether in the spotlight or not, I have persisted in walking the path of peace, of social and economic justice. Fortunately, I know I do not walk alone. I ask for your continued presence in my daily efforts. As we prepare for the May 2nd Primary Election in Ohio, I once again request your financial support . With your active participation I can continue my efforts in the House, not only to encourage Democrats to take a stand but to offer real alternatives to the prevailing thirst for empire and plutocracy.
It now appears that President Bush conducted illegal wiretaps on American citizens. We're calling for a special prosecutor to investigate. Can you help reach 250,000 signers before Congress holds hearings on this matter in early February?
As you probably saw in the news this morning, the Bush administration is facing growing backlash from across the political spectrum on its secret, allegedly illegal wiretapping program. Even conservative leaders like Grover Norquist are calling for investigations.1 Yesterday, the administration released yet another legal defense—but many of the arguments were already debunked by the non-partisan Congressional Research Service.2
Breaking the law to spy on American citizens is a very serious abuse of power, but many members of Congress think people will let it slide. So we're launching a petition that asks for a special prosecutor—like Patrick Fitzgerald—to find out the facts, and asks Congress to hold a real investigation into what happened. We're also asking for protection for whistleblowers who come forward with evidence of wrongdoing.
Can you help us reach 250,000 signers before we deliver it at the Congressional hearings on President Bush's wiretaps in early February? Just go to:
On Monday, former Vice President Al Gore gave a speech about the program, where he said: "What we do know about this pervasive wiretapping virtually compels the conclusion that the president of the United States has been breaking the law, repeatedly and persistently."
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