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US Politics & Gov't  (tags: Gop Crimes, Holidays )

TomCat
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Jennifer C. (172)
Wednesday July 4, 2012, 5:19 pm
Happy Independence day to all.
 

Susanne R. (248)
Wednesday July 4, 2012, 9:10 pm
Thanks, Tom!
 

Lynn Squance (219)
Thursday July 5, 2012, 4:27 am
The first time I read The Declaration of Independence was after I watched the movie ‘National Treasure’. As so often happens for me, a movie will often provoke my curiosity. This time TC, you provoked my curiosity again and I read it trying to keep the Republican/Teabaggers in mind — The Declaration of Independence, a Modern Context if you like. And another rather strange thing happened — I kept running into these words of wisdom from Mahatma Gandhi: An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it.

I took that to be a warning of the failure of the Republican/Teabaggers to do what is right for the people, ALL the people. So here are my observations.

“that all men are created equal” — When the Declaration was written, some or all of the authors were slave owners, yet they wrote that “all men are created equal”. It would take another approximately 80 years for slavery to be abolished and almost a century later for a civil rights movement under people such as Martin Luther King Jr to advance the truth of “all men are created equal” even further. And, given the nature of humankind, this truth will always have to be nurtured.

What I see today from my position north of the 49th, is a Republican/Teabagger party that is trying to take the country back to a time at least before the Civil War. With the GOP, not all men are created equal. There are the 1% who have ‘entitlements’ to riches (evidence the income and wealth inequality rates; the low taxation rates) according to the GOP versus the poor and middle classes who bear a greater portion of the tax burden (the new slavery). In the Canadian banking system, we used to say that 20% of our clients hold 80% of the wealth. And while the actual figures are different, the same idea holds true with the wealth distribution. OWS is trying to address these inequalities. The people are more aware of the lack of effective regulation over banks etc that spawned the financial crisis. But the GOP opposes this at every move.

But the GOP also discriminates when it comes to people from the LGBT community. Marriage equality doesn’t exist in most states; being gay is a firing offence when it comes to employment in some states; and bullying of LGBT persons is unfortunately all too common.

There is religious discrimination. Consider that when the original immigrants came to the US, they were fleeing religious prosecution, so it is interesting that 236 years later, there is still religious discrimination. This one is a little harder to see perhaps, but when you have a state like Michigan that passes an anti-bullying law that makes exceptions for religious and moral reasons, then that is religious inequality. And what about the persecutions of Muslims? Certainly, the Republican/Teabaggers are using their own fanatical evangelical Christianity (not real Christianity) as a means to promote their own agenda, and would dearly love to confound the 1st amendment which guarantees the freedom of and from religion, and the separation of church and state.

The GOP has certainly made it their goal to deny women rights over their own bodies and healthcare by outlawing abortion and not allowing contraception. Barefoot, pregnant and in the kitchen — how equal is that? It seems the Suffragette Movement from the early 20th century didn’t teach a big enough lesson.

And what of legal immigrants? There are states, Florida and Arizona come to mind, that in their zeal to weed out illegal immigrants, trample on the rights of legal immigrants. What about the innocent children of illegal immigrants that know nothing but the US as home? The GOP would deport them without so much as a ‘by your leave’. Everybody needs to remember that we all on this continent, with the exception of First Nations people, were immigrants.

“deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness” — There are times when the people wonder who the politicians are governing for — too often the prevailing feeling is ‘not me’ or ‘not us’. Too many policies are going to enrich the 1% and corporations. Today, there are regularly scheduled elections (every four years on a rotating basis) but as I understand, once elected, a representative is there for the term. The President may be impeached, a Supreme Court Justice may be impeached but what is there to compel a representative to do the job he was elected to do? Can the people call for the dissolution of the government outside of the 4 year schedule? I can see, that with the Republican/Teabaggers efforts so far with voter suppression under the guise of voter fraud, outright election fraud by the GOP in several cases, and gerrymandering of electoral districts to favour the GOP as populations shift and change, the GOP is looking to create a permanent GOP régime.

“refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good” — This one has the Republican/Teabaggers written all over it. On 20/01/09, the GOP made a pact with the devil that it would obstruct the President at every turn. It laid out its agenda and its members, such as Jabber Jowls McConnell, have stated very openly that they will make Mr Obama a one term president. To me, that almost sounds seditious, however there has been no general advocating of armed insurrection. And obstruct they have by various means. The President has tried to work with them, unfortunately to his detriment. Case at point, the AJA which was presented 3 times in various forms and voted down by the majority GOP. And why all of this? My guess, because Mr Obama is the first Black President of the US and the GOP are still fighting the Civil War.

“He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners” — There are two things that come immediately to mind — Rmoney’s self deportation policy, and ‘papers please’ legislation, particularly in Arizona, which has been overturned but which Arizona staunchly says “it will uphold, the courts be damned”. The GOP really is xenophobic.

“He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone” — The justices of SCOTUS are appointed by the President, subject to confirmation by the Senate, and serve until they decide to retire or die or are impeached. Previous Republican/Teabagger presidents have appointed very conservative justices while the Democrats tend to appoint more liberal justices. Unfortunately, a number of the justices have shown their propensity for conservative activism and partisan politics. A case in point is the Citizens United decision which created the situation of corporations being given personhood. Unfortunately this has lead to increased election campaign money and influence. Under the Republican/Teabaggers is conservatism will continue and the rights of the people will be abrogated.

“He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us” — There have been cases of violence against Democratic representatives and abortion clinics/doctors brought on by conservative public figures. Rep Gaby Giffords was shot in the head by a ‘nut case’ who was influenced by a Sarah Palin picture of crosshairs on Giffords. Laws such as ‘stand your ground’ are being used to justify what otherwise would be murder (Trayvon Martin). Rmoney, in his election campaign, is courting various extremely right wing groups such as the neo Nazis. And to what end? If Rmoney wins the White House, conservatism will take a turn further right. It would not surprise me to see another civil war, but what means it would use is another matter.

Here the US sits, 236 years after the Declaration of Independence, and many of the original grievances are or could be coming back, especially if the Republican/Teabaggers win the White House.

Vote Democrat 2012!!!!! Vote Obama/Biden 2012!!!!!

 

John Gregoire (248)
Thursday July 5, 2012, 4:45 am
Graphic reminded me of the night air over North Viet nam 40 years ago. Happy 4th and thanks to all over the centuries who have died, been wounded or simply served to insure this country's freedoms.
 

TomCat S. (285)
Thursday July 5, 2012, 9:10 am
Thanks all.

Lynn, if 10% of Americans paid the attention that you do, we would be far better off.

John, sorry to bring back war memories. I concur.
 

Dotti Lydon (118)
Thursday July 5, 2012, 10:44 am
Thanks for posting the Declaration of Independence. We do need to read that more often. The animations came through just fine.
 

TomCat S. (285)
Thursday July 5, 2012, 10:48 am
Glad you liked it, Dotti.
 

Carol H. (229)
Thursday July 5, 2012, 3:17 pm
hope you had a great 4th, thanks Tom
 

paul m. (93)
Friday July 6, 2012, 9:00 am

Thanks ..
 
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