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In a democracy, the ultimate power of government rests in the hands of the people... Electing different candidates or appointing different Supreme Court justices is like insisting upon kinder, gentler slavemasters instead of abolishing slavery.

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Past Member (0)
Tuesday June 17, 2008, 6:37 pm

Many thanks to JohnMichael for publishing and for finding that great graphic to go with it. The picture says it all. That bunch of clowns shouldn't have any more power than anyone else.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday June 17, 2008, 7:00 pm
That is the short version huh? lol :)

Past Member (0)
Tuesday June 17, 2008, 7:24 pm

LOL. Remember the slogan that slavery is the legal fiction that a person is property and corporatism is the legal fiction that property is a person?

As many have pointed out, JM, the Supreme Court started out with the fallacious notion that Native Americans, African-Americans, slaves, indentured servants, and women, weren't persons. Later on it decided, due to a clerical error, that corporations ARE persons. Even newborn infants can tell the difference between people and pieces of paper. Try giving an infant a bunch of legal papers that say, "Mother, Incorporated," and see if it will accept that instead of its mother. If somebody who was literally born yesterday can tell a person from a legal fiction, exactly how dumb are these clowns?


Bruce Combs (468)
Tuesday June 17, 2008, 7:33 pm
Vitally important clarifications of thought, actions, and hope for all of us. Thanks Mark (and Arlene). There's a lifetime (I mean a long, strong, and financially wealthy one) merely to found implementation of these ideas (as we are shown) building anew what we've allowed to corrupt itself. Let's get at it! Courage, Energy, Peace, etc., Bruce Combs,

Joycey B (750)
Tuesday June 17, 2008, 7:35 pm
I love the picture of the clowns. LoL. Well written article. Thanks Mark and JohnMichael.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday June 17, 2008, 7:49 pm

Uh, where did "financially wealthy" come in, Bruce? Some people deliberately choose to be poor even when they have other options. There are people who got advanced university degrees, held high-powered and highly-paid jobs, and chose to live on a small plot of land, as close to wilderness as they could get, and try to grow their own food and be self-sufficient. Freedom doesn't require wealth, it requires a deep and driving desire for freedom. There are indigenous people who attended universities in the world's most modern cities and chose to return to the traditional lifestyle of their ancestors. And there are democratic countries where the people are much poorer than we are in material things, but much richer in civil liberties.

Wealth is relative anyway. Some have critized Hugo Chavez because many Venezuelans remain poor. But there are Americans who live in nice homes instead of shanties, drive cars, and consume at least ten times as much as a poor Venezuelan, who don't have access to necessary health care, no less the free health care that is the Constitutional right of even the poorest Venezuelan.

Change can happen overnight. And it doesn't have to be violent. As soon as people realize that there's a better way of doing things, they tend to stop doing things the worse way and switch to the better way. And sometimes, as Wendell Berry writes, the better way can be the old way rather than a new way. Look how many people in the world already prefer non-GMO foods to frankenfoods? It does take "clarifications of thought, actions, and hope," as you say, but it needn't take a lifetime.

Peace, energy, and courage to you too -- and to us all!

. (0)
Tuesday June 17, 2008, 8:22 pm
Well said Mark.We seem to have bought into the illusion that accumalation and status is they nibble the cheese and crumbs of the corporations.
Personally I think,it takes a stronger sense of self,to go against these received norms..we,ve got to eat,but Id rather be less well off and still be able to look myself in the mirror at the end of the day.
Sometimes also,people who completely buy into these norms,get to a point where they realise the emptiness and alienation of it all.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday June 17, 2008, 8:53 pm
Mark, this one takes my breath away. I love your 12 steps. Apart form the one about staying home and refusing to go anywhere - I'd go nuts. Even more nuts I mean. You really lay it out clearly. And your summing up packs a heck of a punch, "The country we are trying to save happens to be our own." Thanks for posting JM.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday June 17, 2008, 9:20 pm

Thank you, Joycey and Rob.

Sara, when I was preparing this article I looked at that step and it did seem rather absurd, but I didn't want to change its original form. What I had done in writing my 12 steps was google a copy of the AA 12 steps and draw from them. But the 11th step was prayer and I prefer action, so I put in the sort of action that occurs with general strikes. Only those who are self-sufficient and home-school could do that for long periods of time, of course. But I think most of us are, of necessity, shopping a lot less, in some cases because our jobs were outsourced and we can't go to work anyway, and you know how bad many of our schools are these days. ROFL

If I were to rewrite it, I think I'd make step #11: Stop obeying Bush -- don't go shopping unless you actually need to buy something.

And as for what to do instead of staying home, those fortunate enough to have one, could tend their garden or field, and the rest of us could probably find useful ways to occupy ourselves. The "refuse to go anywhere" part was just thoughtlessness on my part. There are hundreds of places to go and things to do that cost no or very little money and do not contribute to corporatism that we can take advantage of. Volunteering in a hospice or animal shelter, going to free events, sitting in courtrooms watching the "just us" system at work, attending local government meetings, going to vigils, protests, and rallies for peace, bird watching, hiking, etc.

Thank you for pointing out my error, Sara. I appreciate it and I'll try to do better next time. Until and unless there is a general strike, those actions are not appropriate.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday June 17, 2008, 9:27 pm
No way was I pointing out any error! Just the fact that I couldn't do it! (I hadn't really thought about the fact that no one could. LOL) Meanwhile, if you get any better I may have to go and drown my envy in several over sized Margaritas. :)

Past Member (0)
Wednesday June 18, 2008, 12:04 am

You know, it just occurred to me that November 4, 2008, might be a good day for a general strike. ;)


Past Member (0)
Wednesday June 18, 2008, 8:04 am
Sarah, hmmm magaritas,
thanks Mark great article

Past Member (0)
Wednesday June 18, 2008, 8:24 am

Glad you liked it, Agnes.

Patti R (211)
Wednesday June 18, 2008, 9:08 am
As always Mark great article. Thanx.

Tere M (75)
Wednesday June 18, 2008, 9:31 am
Breath-taking article... thank you Mark!
Thanks JohnMichael for posting and excellent graphic!
Sara, I love Margaritas! ;)

Past Member (0)
Wednesday June 18, 2008, 9:43 am

Thanks, Patti and Tere. I sent this out to my friends list but it hasn't gotten many notes yet -- I guess it's "wasting away in Margaritaville" like many of us. lol

If you liked it, please pass it along to your friends list and let's see if we can get a little more visibility for this rather important issue. A lot of people say that Supreme Court appointments are the reason they're voting. We need to help them see that the Supreme Court itself is part of the problem, not part of the solution.


Carole Sarcinello (338)
Wednesday June 18, 2008, 10:47 am

Mark, I don't know how . . . but you continue to outdo your own self!

Thanks for this -- and for J-M keeping your words "out there."

Past Member (0)
Wednesday June 18, 2008, 11:13 am

Thanks, Carole. The more that you and all my Care2 friends make me think about things, the more I learn and the better I can write. So the credit goes to you and to everyone who reads and questions or comments, every bit as much as to me and JohnMichael.

Strangely enough, although I've thought of myself all my life as the ultimate loner, I am beginning to learn the benefits of being part of a team. I wouldn't describe myself as a team player yet, but I can truly say that I no longer feel as isolated and alienated as I used to.


Blacktiger P (247)
Wednesday June 18, 2008, 3:24 pm
Noted, thanks Mark. I have come to the conclusion that the next approximate 10 years will not be in our control in any way. With the brown star getting closer and passing around our sun and back on it's outward journey we will have no control over the weather earthquakes, storms, etc. Along with Nibby[planet X] you have the Alaska installation of HARRP that can cause more earthquakes on demand like the one in China, The Illuminati, Bilderberger Group, Royal families, Corporate heads will all have safe little caves[already built and supplied] that will be unaffected by earthquakes and high water, will be safe to return to the surface when Planet X has turned away and headed back out into deep space.Oh yes one other thing if you have a kid or two that are in the highest IQ level they will be abducted and taken to safety to parent the New World Order.

Marty H (119)
Wednesday June 18, 2008, 10:31 pm
Noted and thanks Mark! Your intelligence amazes me at times!

Past Member (0)
Thursday June 19, 2008, 12:36 am

Black Tiger, in order for them to have a New World Order, they're going to have to find a new world, because they've messed this one up so bad that there won't be much left for them to order.

Thanks, Marty. (I'm not going to ask about the other times. ROFL)

Blacktiger P (247)
Thursday June 19, 2008, 1:32 am
Isn't that the truth! I was just visualizing those rich tits coming out into the sunshine again, having missed seeing two suns in the heavens and wondering what to do with the mess in front of them. Why, they managed to get rid of billions of humanity and whoops no slaves left to work for them. Serves them right!!

Suzanne B (22)
Saturday June 21, 2008, 4:29 pm
Good job, Mark. I haven't heard anyone call out this tool for ongoing repression before, which is exactly what has happened in this nation controlled by wealth, not by national will. There's just a kind of knee jerk response to uphold all the tenets of the originally written constitution, even when it is so blatantly not working, and hope for democratically nominated justices sometime in a future that never materializes. People are gradually waking up to this fact, but.....

Past Member (0)
Saturday June 21, 2008, 4:53 pm

Thank you, Suzanne.

"Ring the alarm, we gonna wake up the snoring!" --Michael Franti and Spearhead

We really gotta stick with this though. Half the time we wake people up, they hit the danged snooze alarm and go back to sleep. ;)

The only thing dumber than the clowns in charge, are the clowns who consent to them being there.

No in November!

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