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Lady Justice

How dare Trump speak of Law and Order? Trump has nothing to tell the people about law and order, as he clearly know nothing and cares nothing about it. In fact, the most heinous U.S. crimes of the century have been committed by those in the highest positions of power. Two of them are the unconstitutional, Supreme Court, Citizens United ruling and similar rulings which handed our formerly much more free, fair, and democratic elections to the highest bidders: the billionaire oligarchs; and the unconstitutional permissions granted by the U.S. Congress and executive branch to the same billionaire oligarchs to buy up and create an oligopoly out of our mass media — the lion’s share of our formerly much more free press. Considering that any violation of the Constitution is a felony, and that these two are two of the most serious crimes of high treason of the past century, why are we even tolerating Trump uttering the words “Law and Order” if he is not doing anything to restore such fundamental, Constitutional rights to us? And why are we not out in the streets protesting to have them restored to us? Any president worth their weight in salt would do something about these monumental crimes of high treason. …


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We as a society put in place protections for those who are vulnerable to scams run by scam artists who want to steal people’s money. We used to have in place protections against those who are vulnerable to the constant consumption of untruthful and low-quality news and information (DDOPE: distraction, distortion, omission, promotion, and erasure). We used to have in place protections against bad actors who sought to corrupt and steal our democratic elections. Aren’t the news and information people get and the elections people vote in just as important and vital — and sacred — as their money? How can this be happening under our noses? How can bad actors — billionaire elitists/oligarchists — be allowed to control/censor our news and information and steal our elections? Without a free press and free and democratic elections, there can be no justice or freedom, or democracy. These are such essential components of our democratic republic, that it cannot function as a democratic republic without them. …


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Our two apparent ‘choices’ for president in 2020: namely, Donald Trump and Joseph Biden. The first exudes greed, corruption, moral degeneracy, ignorance to the point of vulgarity, sexism, and racism; yet still appeals to many because he acts like he cares about the people and says things that imply that he cares. Biden embraces all of the above negative qualities except for the ignorance, but is more secretive and dangerous because he appears — falsely — to be more on the side of the people and more trustworthy. For many, he gives a convincing show, and the mass media back up and promote that show. Biden, like Bill Clinton, is the type who could steal candy from babies while kissing them and get away with it. Well, these days, he is not quite as slick as Clinton was when he was running for president due to his very long track record and his early signs of dementia. However, for those liberal, progressive Americans who eschew independent sources of news and information, and who want to believe that Biden is the real deal, he is one they can believe in. …


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I am always leery of extremist stances. Not that I’m always for the middle-of-the-road stances. It would be simplistic and irrational to always opt for the middle-of-the-road approach just because it’s in the middle. Extremist stances can also be simplistic and irrational. Take people who are currently condemning capitalism. That’s overly simplistic and irrational. It’s not capitalism that is evil; it’s unfettered capitalism. Even the most brilliant and hardworking capitalists are obligated, like all working people, to abide by the law. Further, some must be reminded often that they are but a part of a greater society and must work with that society, not against it. However, not all aspects of capitalism are potentially dangerous or unsavory. The benefits of many people’s much higher levels of initiative and motivation, and of market forces such as supply and demand are invaluable. I was fortunate to have been required to read The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith in one of my political philosophy classes. That tome was published in 1776, and I’d never before heard of it. In it, Smith analyzes and describes markets and market mechanisms in intricate detail, and he often speaks of the natural and beneficial “invisible hand” of the market at work. It’s the same thing with money. Money is not intrinsically evil. The Bible does not say that “Money is the root of all evil.” It says that “the love of money is the root of all evil.” It’s not money that is evil, but greed. …


On Frederick Douglass’ famous speech “What to a Slave Is the Fourth of July?”

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Frederick Douglass

To all of the Americans who are bashing the founders of this country for not turning the U.S. completely upside down: in this long speech — toward the middle of it — Frederick Douglass HEAPS PRAISE ON THE FOUNDERS OF THIS COUNTRY. Specifically, he praises them for their great sacrifices and courage in throwing off the chains of tyranny still being forged and put on the colonials by the British, ultra-wealthy elites of the day – the aristocrats and their bootlickers — and speaks to the apathetic and conservative colonials (the Tories) as being motivated by their cowardice and greed in selfishly wanting to maintain the status quo. Seems some things never change. What Douglass does do is to criticize the system of his time, which was brimming over with anti-slavery sentiment in the northern U.S., for STILL allowing freedom for some but not all of the people in the U.S.– 70 years after the Declaration of Independence. By Douglass’ time, the U.S. …


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Mass Protest at U.S. Congress

In a nightmarish, Clockwork Orange kind of world in which the key players know no limits to violating the standards of human decency and morality, the modern-day ultra-rich — the billionaires — have cleverly created venues located in the Caribbean and remote parts of Great Britain where they can hide and launder their ill-gotten and greed-gotten gains — as pirates of yore once buried their plundered treasure on remote, uninhabited islands — often in the Caribbean. This is the sole function of secrecy jurisdictions, or ‘tax havens’: to hide and facilitate the laundering of the ultra-rich’s otherwise taxable and ill-gotten gains. However, secrecy jurisdictions are just one support of many that hold up the stage upon which what Dr. …


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Ancient Roman feast

“Secrecy jurisdictions,” the subject of an important, new documentary, The Spider’s Web: Britain’s Second Empire, are geographical zones where the laws allow the ultra-rich to deposit their ill-gotten or “excess” gains in secret bank accounts, and all information about the accounts is kept … secret. Whereas until recently Switzerland was the go-to country for this underhanded purpose, the current secrecy jurisdictions are located mostly in the Caribbean with a few in Great Britain — and the “secretive” financial institutions are owned mostly by investors in Great Britain and the United States.

These jurisdictions are a great evil in the world. They hinder governments from collecting a fair amount of taxes from the ultra-rich — mainly billionaires — and in doing so, put up roadblocks to countries as they attempt to raise the funds they need to finance such public necessities as infrastructure, education, and health care, and vital social services. They also hinder governments from ensuring that the ultra-rich class use their vast wealth in legitimate ways. …


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Signing of the Declaration of Independence

The founders of the United States had a deep understanding of the dangers and abuses of rule by an aristocracy. It was so clear to them that they decided to put everything they had on the line to fight a long and bloody war to overthrow the British colonizers. They also understood how important it would be to put in place the means to prevent any new aristocracy from ever seizing power again. They wrote volumes on that subject during that pivotal era including countless, wisely thought out and debated safeguards against such an event with which they armed our Constitution. Problem is budding aristocrats don’t play fair. …


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No matter what the corrupt, favor-seeking, Ecuadorean government does to disrespect and violate the human rights of its former guest and asylum recipient, Julian Assange is a hero who should be lauded the world over for his tireless work and courageous journalistic exposés of war crimes and corruption. Let’s review the work of the most famous (or seen as infamous by some) whistleblowers of the past few years.

What was Edward Snowden’s “traitorous crime”? What did he reveal to us: that our own governmental intelligence agencies, which were established by and are funded by the people to protect us from dangerous foreign and domestic enemies, were spying, instead, on us — on innocent Americans, on all Americans. They were accessing and reading our emails, listening in on our phone calls — all without warrants or reasonable cause (due process guaranteed by our constitution) — among other criminal acts that violate our constitutional rights to privacy and due process? …


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It is necessary to show, step by step, how we in the United States arrived at being mostly an oligarchy from being mostly a democratic republic if we are to find solutions to this problem. The current, undesired oligarchic control over our government did not come into existence overnight. It has crept into existence, quietly and insidiously, as a result of a carefully planned and executed, systematic chipping away at our constitutional rights and freedoms starting from, in the current era, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, who was rapidly leading us to that ideal point in our government where we the people would have had control over their government and economy in order to make it work to achieve what was best for all of us, not just a few billionaire oligarchs. It was quite appropriate that John F. Kennedy’s administration was referred to as “Camelot.” The term has connotations of legend and myth, but it was, in reality, real in the heart of the United States during Kennedy’s administration. No doubt this is the reason so many Americans stopped and began to cry when they heard of the assassination of John F. …

Angela Bellacosa

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