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. Kennedy.
The political pendulum has since time immemorial swung from conservative periods (with government controlled by the ultra-rich who are motivated by their greed, and characterized by extreme inequality and injustice) to liberal/progressive/populist periods (with government controlled by the people and characterized by equality and justice), and then back again, and again… It has been the case throughout history that the people have only begun to rebel in large numbers against the ultra-rich oligarchs when that critical point on the pendulum swing is reached where the ultra-rich have taken almost complete control of the government and economy and have fleeced and oppressed the people to the point where they are in great pain and want. The following chart illustrates the fall in income of the 90% and the rise in income of the top 10% wealthiest Americans from 1949–2012:
This graph shows the unequal rise in income for the top 1% vs. the Lowest Quintile (20%), the Middle Three Quintiles (21st to 80th Percentiles), and the 81st to 99th Percentiles:
The challenge is: how do we stop the pendulum from swinging away from that ideal point — ideal for all of humanity — where the people have control over their government and their economy, and they and their democratically elected representatives are working for the benefit of all? This is the grand issue of our time, and one which we the people are in a position to address, and hopefully, find that elusive solution to.
I would ask that the reader not stop reading this timeline simply because they have read some detail about some beloved political leader that they disagree with — some “who did what” or “why they did it.” All will become more evident when the smoke of our current era clears, provided that censorship does not become all pervasive. We can, until then, agree to disagree on the many details. What is most important is the sum total of what is related here, the relentless timeline to tyranny that we have been forced to suffer through, year after year, for so many years. If we see the patterns and the critical steps that we have been prodded to take, then we can find solutions to the issue at hand. What follows is a list, not at all comprehensive, of the critical steps along the Timeline to Tyranny, which we have lived though together, as a nation.
As in any battle, I find the following to be true:
“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”
― Sun Tzu, The Art of War
DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER ADMINISTRATION, 1953–61; KENNEDY ADMINISTRATION, 1961–63; LYNDON JOHNSON ADMINISTRATION, 1963–69
THE SECRET WARS
Recruitment of members of the Tibetan Khamba people in the northeast of India to fight for the Dalai Lama against the Chinese in Tibet. Though this insurgency may have been justified, what is disturbing is its secret nature.
Organizing of a revolt in Sumatra against the Indonesian government
Training of native soldiers in Cambodia to fight against the government of Prince Sihanouk
CIA COVERT ACTIVITY IN LAOS AND CAMBODIA
Early 1960s training of the Hmong hill tribes in Laos to fight the North Vietnamese; possible involvement in and turning a blind eye to the distribution of heroin grown by the Hmong hill tribes to US service members in Vietnam and to the US.
1953 OVERTHROW OF PRIME MINISTER MOSADDEGH OF IRAN
From the Wikipedia article, “Mohammed Mosaddegh”:
…Following an initial, failed coup attempt by the CIA/MI6-backed General Fazlollah Zahedi, [Socialist Prime Minister] Mosaddegh was successfully deposed four days later on 19 August 1953, with Zahedi succeeding him as prime minister.
While the coup is at times referred to in the West as Operation Ajax after its CIA cryptonym, in [oil and mineral rich] Iran it is referred to as the 28 Mordad 1332 Coup d’état, after its date on the Iranian calendar. Mosaddegh was imprisoned for three years, then put under house arrest until his death and was buried in his own home so as to prevent a political furor. IN 2013, THE U.S. GOVERNMENT FORMALLY ACKNOWLEDGED THE U.S. ROLE IN THE COUP [caps added], as a part of its foreign policy initiatives. 
JOHN F. KENNEDY ADMINISTRATION, 1961–63
THE ASSASSINATION OF PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY
On November 22, 1963, President Kennedy was riding in a motorcade in Dallas, Texas, and was assassinated by gunmen who were hiding in several places around the route of his motorcade (not all were successful, but at least two were). Lee Harvey Oswald was the fall guy in the assassination. Several well researched and documented reports, books, and films have covered the facts of the assassination and concluded that there had to have been several gunmen, and it had to have been planned and carried out by the CIA with the help of others: political officials and officers on the police force in Dallas who accompanied Kennedy’s motorcade; those who accompanied Kennedy’s body on the plane ride back to Washington DC, and those who would be present when the autopsy was performed on his body. There is also speculation that high-level Mafia leaders aided in the assassination by supplying the shooters. Finally, there had to have been cooperation on the part of the main officials on the Warren Commission.
High-level CIA agent E. Howard Hunt recorded a deathbed confession video and sent it to his son, who after Hunt’s death, sent it to media outlets. In it, Hunt admitted he was part of the assassination plot, and named many others, among whom were Vice President Johnson, former Vice President Richard Nixon, and high-level CIA officer George H.W. Bush. He also described in detail how the conspirators met the night before at a home in Dallas, and how it was carried out. Oliver Stone’s film JFK is a good, if limited, documentary/drama to watch to understand the conspiracy and successful plot to assassinate John F. Kennedy.
The probable reasons for the assassination of JFK were: 1) his transfer of the power to lend money in the U.S. back under the control of the U.S. government, thus restoring our sovereignty over our own currency. After a long hiatus, the U.S. government resumed the printing and lending of money to the banks in the U.S. and to the U.S. government (to the government without interest or debt incurred by the people). When President Kennedy signed Executive Order 11110 and took the printing and lending of our money out of the control of the privately owned Federal Reserve, he raised the ire of the powerful banking families that had owned and profited from the Federal Reserve, the Rothschilds, the Rockefellers, and so on. JFK thus joined a long list of courageous American presidents who had abolished the privately owned central bank in favor of returning the power to print and lend money to the US Treasury. The founders of this country originally established this arrangement; William McKinley and Abraham Lincoln were assassinated shortly after their enacting the transfer of this power back to the U.S. government; and Andrew Jackson survived an assassination attempt when both of his would-be assassin’s pistols failed to fire shortly after he had refused to sign the order to renew the charter of the private federal bank. An excellent documentary film, All Wars Are Bankers’ Wars, by Michael Rivero and Zane Henry relates the facts of the above-mentioned history. 2) JFK’s refusal to escalate the number of ground troops the U.S. would send to fight the war in Vietnam, thus denying the military-industrial complex the financial benefits of a new all-out war (the bankers their loans to the U.S. government, the military-industrial complex their profits from the sale of weapons and military equipment, etc., for the war effort) and the U.S. power brokers the opportunities to gain greater hegemony in the world. 3) JFK’s ever-growing opposition to the secret operations, including political assassinations and coups that were being carried out by the rogue CIA, whose top officials were strongly opposed to JFK, calling him and his brothers, Robert F. Kennedy and Patrick Kennedy, the “Irish Mafia.” 4) President Kennedy’s deeply held belief that it was time to establish greater social and economic justice and equality in America, including ending the institutional racism that was embedded in American laws and institutions, including our electoral system. This political agenda ran counter to that of the ultra-rich, powerful elite, the oligarchists. 5) his refusal to further the agenda of the ultra-rich elitists/oligarchists (note his famous speech about powerful “secret societies” that are despised by the American people) of the US and Europe. Since the assassination of President Kennedy, the powerful “secret societies,” with the aid of the CIA and FBI, have since gained much greater control over the US and European governments through the bribing of government officials with campaign contributions and gifts.
LYNDON B. JOHNSON ADMINISTRATION 1963–69
AFTER JFK WAS ASSASSINATED, LBJ ALMOST IMMEDIATELY TRANSFERRED THE POWER TO PRINT AND LEND MONEY OUT OF THE CONTROL OF THE U.S. GOVERNMENT AND BACK INTO THE HANDS OF THE POWERFUL BANKING FAMILIES.
ESCALATION OF THE WAR IN VIETNAM BY SENDING GROUND TROOPS THERE, AND SO ON, WHICH SATISFIED THE DESIRES OF THE MILITARY INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX AND THE POWERFUL BANKING FAMILIES
SECRET BOMBING MISSIONS IN LAOS BY THE CIA AND THE US AIR FORCE (finally disclosed in 1969)
ASSASSINATION OF MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.
With the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., a powerful leader of a great movement for social and economic justice and equality was taken away from his followers. The movement suffered and was greatly weakened by the loss of this tireless and charismatic leadership.
ASSASSINATION OF PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE ROBERT F. KENNEDY
Robert F. Kennedy had been active in the JFK administration and held the same principles, political views, and political goals of his brother John F. Kennedy.
RICHARD M. NIXON ADMINISTRATION 1969–73
NIXON CALLS AND HOLDS SECRET CONVERSATIONS WITH THE PRESIDENT OF SOUTH VIETNAM AFTER HIS ELECTION AS PRESIDENT IN WHICH HE PROMISES HIM MORE AID IF HE WILL NOT ATTEND THE PARIS PEACE TALKS, THUS EXTENDING THE VIETNAM WAR FROM 1969–1973. The Vietnam War continued for another four years because of Nixon, causing the tragic loss of thousands of additional American lives, tens of thousands of additional injured American soldiers, and untold hundreds of thousands of lives of Vietnamese, Laotian, and Cambodian people; and untold additional billions of dollars of spending of taxpayer money on the war. After the additional carnage he had caused, Nixon actually took the credit for finally bringing an end, though dishonorable, to our involvement in the Vietnam War in 1973. In the aftermath of the messy withdrawal of the US forces from South Vietnam, our military left behind thousands of South Vietnamese who had assisted the US forces there in Vietnam. These collaborators were certain to face prosecution or death at the hands of the North Vietnamese victors for their part in the war.
SECRET EXPANSION OF THE VIETNAM WAR INTO CAMBODIA AND LAOS
MEMBERS OF THE OHIO NATIONAL GUARD SHOOT AND KILL UNARMED COLLEGE STUDENTS (along with some bystanders) who were peacefully protesting the bombing of Laos.
THE “WAR ON DRUGS”
President Richard Nixon declared drug use “public enemy number one,” and began the “war on drugs.” Though the stated purpose of this program was to combat drug use and the availability of drugs, Nixon and his aids designed the program to target heroin users, who were mostly African Americans, and marijuana users, who were mostly young, American hippies. They targeted these two groups because they made up a large share of the Vietnam War protesters. This was later confirmed in taped interviews given by one of Nixon’s policy advisors, John Ehrlichman. There is much evidence of the CIA assisting in the importation of cocaine (from Columbia) and heroin (from Afghanistan) into the US, which is a great shame and scandal that has engulfed the US government and several key political leaders since the 1960s.
THE POWELL MEMO AND THE APPOINTMENT OF LEWIS POWER TO THE SUPREME COURT
The Powell Memo/Manifesto outlines the philosophy and the proposed methods to be used for a takeover of our government, businesses, educational institutions, and media by corporations. From the article, “The Powell Memo (also known as the Powell Manifesto) by ReclaimDemocracy.org .
In 1971, Lewis Powell, then a corporate lawyer and member of the boards of 11 corporations, wrote a memo to his friend Eugene Sydnor, Jr., the Director of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The memorandum was dated August 23, 1971, two months prior to Powell’s nomination by President Nixon to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The Powell Memo did not become available to the public until long after his confirmation to the Court. It was leaked to Jack Anderson, a liberal syndicated columnist, who stirred interest in the document when he cited it as reason to doubt Powell’s legal objectivity. Anderson cautioned that Powell “might use his position on the Supreme Court to put his ideas into practice…in behalf of business interests.”
Though Powell’s memo was not the sole influence, the Chamber and corporate activists took his advice to heart and began building a powerful array of institutions designed to shift public attitudes and beliefs over the course of years and decades. The memo influenced or inspired the creation of the Heritage Foundation, the Manhattan Institute, the Cato Institute, Citizens for a Sound Economy, Accuracy in Academe, and other powerful organizations. Their long-term focus began paying off handsomely in the 1980s, in coordination with the Reagan Administration’s “hands-off business” philosophy.
Most notable about these institutions was their focus on education, shifting values, and movement-building — a focus we share, though often with sharply contrasting goals.* (See our endnote for more on this.)
So did Powell’s political views influence his judicial decisions? The evidence is mixed. Powell did embrace expansion of corporate privilege and wrote the majority opinion in First National Bank of Boston v. Bellotti, a 1978 decision that effectively invented a First Amendment “right” for corporations to influence ballot questions. On social issues, he was a moderate, whose votes often surprised his backers.
COVERT, ILLEGAL ACTIVITIES BY NIXON AND HIS AIDES TO UNDERMINE OUR DEMOCRACY.
From the Wikipedia article “Presidency of Richard Nixon””
“The term Watergate has come to encompass an array of clandestine and often illegal activities undertaken by members of the Nixon administration. Those activities included “dirty tricks” such as bugging the offices of political opponents and people of whom Nixon or his officials were suspicious. Nixon and his close aides ordered harassment of activist groups and political figures, using the FBI, CIA, and the IRS. The activities became known after five men were caught breaking into Democratic party headquarters at the Watergate complex in Washington, D.C. on June 17, 1972. The Washington Post picked up on the story; reporters Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward relied on an informant known as ‘Deep Throat’ — later revealed to be Mark Felt, associate director at the FBI — to link the men to the Nixon administration.”
GERALD FORD ADMINISTRATION 1973–76
FORD PARDONS NIXON FOR WATERGATE, WHILE JOHN EHRLICHMAN and others of Nixon’s top aids serve prison sentences for their roles in the crimes.
BUCKLEY V. VALEO, Wikipedia article:
“Buckley v. Valeo, 424 U.S. 1 (1976), is a U.S. constitutional law Supreme Court case on campaign finance. A majority of judges held that limits on election spending in the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 §608 are unconstitutional. In a per curiam (by the Court) opinion, they ruled that expenditure limits contravene the First Amendment provision on freedom of speech because a restriction on spending for political communication necessarily reduces the quantity of expression. It limited disclosure provisions and limited the Federal Election Commission’s power. Justice Byron White dissented in part and wrote that Congress had legitimately recognized unlimited election spending ‘as a mortal danger against which effective preventive and curative steps must be taken’.
“Buckley v. Valeo was extended by the U.S. Supreme Court in further cases, including in the five to four decision of First National Bank of Boston v. Bellotti and in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission in 2010. The latter held that corporations may spend from their general treasuries during elections. In 2014, McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission held that aggregate limits on political giving by an individual are unconstitutional.”
JIMMY CARTER ADMINISTRATION 1977–81
The US press, mostly owned by the ultra-wealthy oligarchs engaged in an energetic and prolific campaign to smear Jimmy Carter and paint him as weak and ineffective in his foreign policy. Carter represented the best interests of the people during his presidency, as much as possible; and he was opposed by the ultra-wealthy class who made it impossible for him to get his policies implemented and enacted into law. His famous speech in which he spoke of the U.S. position as regards our foreign enemies as the “moral equivalent of war” was sarcastically criticized in the US press as his “MEOW” speech. Needless to say, the opinion of the American people was turned against Jimmy Carter at every opportunity by the press, and former Hollywood actor and head of the actors union, former California governor, and ultra-conservative, Ronald Reagan, was elected as our next president.
“FIRST NATIONAL BANK OF BOSTON V. BELLOTTI, [Wikipedia article; caps added] 435 U.S. 765 (1978), is a U.S. constitutional law case which defined the free speech right of corporations for the first time. The United States Supreme Court held that corporations have a First Amendment right to make contributions to ballot initiative campaigns. The ruling came in response to a Massachusetts law that prohibited corporate donations in ballot initiatives unless the corporation’s interests were directly involved.
“As a result of the ruling, states could no longer impose specific regulations on donations from corporations in ballot initiative campaigns. While the Bellotti decision did not directly affect federal law, it has been cited by other Supreme Court cases such as McConnell v. Federal Election Commission and Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.”
RONALD REAGAN ADMINISTRATION 1981–89
REAGAN TAX CUTS OF 1981
The Reagan tax cuts, based on the economic “trickle down theory,” which was popular at the time, cast the first major arrow at the wealth of the 99% and enabled the top 1% to reap massive financial rewards, thus creating conditions for a great increase in inequality in the U.S.
From the Wikipedia article: “Economic Recovery Tax Act of 1981”:
The Economic Recovery Tax Act of 1981 (Pub.L. 97–34), also known as the ERTA or “Kemp–Roth Tax Cut”, was a federal law enacted in the United States in 1981. It was an act “to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 to encourage economic growth through reductions in individual income tax rates, the expensing of depreciable property, incentives for small businesses, and incentives for savings, and for other purposes”. Included in the act was an across-the-board decrease in the marginal income tax rates in the United States by 25% over three years, with the top rate falling from 70% to 50% and the bottom rate dropping from 14% to 11%. This act slashed estate taxes and trimmed taxes paid by business corporations by $150 billion over a five-year period. Additionally the tax rates were indexed for inflation, though the indexing was delayed until 1985.
In the year after enactment of ERTA, the deficit ballooned, which in turn, drove interest rates from around 12% to over 20%, which, in turn, drove the economy into the second dip of the 1978–82 “double dip recession”. The Dow Jones average, which had been over 1000 before enactment of ERTA, fell to 770 by September 1982. Much of the 1981 ERTA was backed out in September 1982 by the Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 1982 (TEFRA), sometimes called the largest tax increase of the post-war period. The “Reagan recovery” began within weeks of enactment of TEFRA.
FIRING OF THE AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLERS
From the article “Why did Ronald Reagan fire 11,345 air traffic controllers on August 5th, 1981?” by Matt Wasserman
Regardless of how you feel about unions, the way this worked out was bad for the country. The weakest unions were broken fairly quickly. …
But it got the result Reagan wanted. Labor has very little power in this country now, and laws that further limit that power pass our legislatures easily because there is hardly any opposition. We’ve become a country where management is always right.
MASSIVE CUTS IN COLLEGE FINANCIAL AID FUNDING
After the Reagan tax cuts of 1981, his administration argued that spending cuts were needed because of the ballooning federal deficit. The spending cuts shifted funds away from education, and other important social programs to the military budget and tax cuts for the wealthy. This resulted in most American high school graduates facing severe obstacles and hardship if they wanted to pursue a college education. The result was that fewer Americans were able to fulfill their dreams of attending college at a time when our culture and economy were demanding that high school grads attain a college education in order to be able to make a decent living, and when a college degree had become what was the equivalent of a high school diploma in previous decades.
PRIVATIZATION OF THE NATIONAL TELEPHONE COMPANY
The Bell System, or as it was called, “Ma Bell,” was divided up and sold to different corporations. The telecommunications system would eventually grow to include internet service providers. If should have continued to be maintained as one entity and managed and regulated by the U.S. government because of what economists call its “natural monopoly” nature. This means that “Ma Bell” was a public utility that was so expensive to build and maintain that it should not be divided up and privatized. To do so would result in corporations duplicating one another’s very expensive infrastructure, and thereby losing the economies of scale that Ma Bell made possible. There was also the issue of national security because of the critical need for people and governmental agencies to have reliable phone service.
The Reagan administration’s breaking up of “Ma Bell” and the sale of its parts to private corporations set the stage for privately owned monopolies and oligopolies in the telecommunications market and price fixing among corporations, in violation of antitrust law. As a result, costs to consumers for phone and internet services rose — especially for local phone service, and local and combined phone service (together). Further, and just as important from a health perspective, the break-up led to the use of microwaves to transmit telephone calls to and from telephones and computers. This was not necessary. The calls and computer signals could have been relayed over the cables of the Bell System. The original microwaves were bad enough, considering that they are detrimental to people’s and animal’s health; but the transmission infrastructure has been reengineered so that the microwaves have become shorter and shorter, in order to increase the speed at which they travel — and this has increased the damage they cause to the tissue of people and animals. One recent study in The Hague demostrated that 5G signals caused the birds in the area closest to the tower where the 5G signals were originating to die. (https://rightoftheright.com/hundreds-of-birds-killed-during-5g-transmission-test-in-the-hague-netherlands/) The oligopoly in the telephone and internet markets increased the profits for the owners of the telecommunications infrastructure, and this is all that matters to the telecommuncations industry.
From: “BELL SYSTEM BREAKUP OPENS ERA OF GREAT EXPECTATIONS AND GREAT CONCERN”
By ANDREW POLLACKJAN. 1, 1984
No company so large and technologically integrated as the Bell System has ever split itself into pieces before, not even in the great trust-busting days early in the century.
No nation has ever made a determination to let the forces of competition, rather than government-backed monopoly, determine the future of something so vital as its telephone network. It is an especially daring course for the nation that, by almost all accounts, already has the best phone system in the world. If the gamble is lost, quality of telephone service could deteriorate.
DEREGULATION OF THE MEDIA (TELECOMMUNICATIONS) COMPANIES, (which had been tightly regulated because of their monopolistic and oligopolistic nature and potential and because they control what news and information Americans can access), increased the number of TV and radio stations that could be owned by a single corporation (decreased the number of owners of the media outlets), in violation of antitrust law. This was a move in the direction of restricting the freedom of the press, a violation of the U.S. Constitution.
APPOINTMENT OF FAR-RIGHT, CONSERVATIVES TO THE SUPREME COURT — IN LINE WITH THE STATED GOALS OF THE POWELL MEMO/MANIFESTO. These ultra-right Justices would later, when they finally had a 5–4 majority (made possible by the Nixon appointees to the Supreme Court and the thefts by the George W. Bush supporters of the 2000 and 2004 elections), hand down rulings that unconstitutionally favored the ultra-rich oligarchs over the people, and large corporations over small businesses.
The Reagan Administration engaged in secret, illegal sales of weapons to Iran (which was subject to an arms embargo by the West) to buy the release of American hostages in Lebanon and to fund the anti-government contra rebels in Nicaragua.
GEORGE H.W. BUSH ADMINISTRATION
NAFTA IS NEGOTIATED AND RENEGOTIATED WITH CONGRESS TILL IT IS ALMOST READY FOR ratification, over the objections of the people, since it will send high-paying American jobs to Mexico as a result of the absence or insufficiency of labor rights and laws in Mexico.
BUSH GRANTS CLEMENCY TO IRAN-CONTRA PERPETRATORS
Bush granted clemency to six of Reagan’s assistants who were convicted or were being tried for crimes against Americans relating to the Iran-Contra scandal, most notably former Secretary of Defense, Caspar Weinberger.
CLINTON ADMINISTRATION, 1993–2001
NAFTA was ratified, after Bill and Hillary Clinton work hard and lied to see that it was, over the objections of the people (the vast majority of Americans). NAFTA resulted in a gargantuan number of high-paying, American, manufacturing jobs being “relocated” by corporations and other businesses to Mexico, thus exacerbating the rust belt states’ desperate unemployment and economic conditions and those of American workers all over the U.S. The effect was to strengthen the negotiating power of the owners and managers of large corporations and other businesses had over American workers, and make the labor market in the U.S. a “buyer’s/employer’s market,” and to worsen the decline in pay and benefits to American workers and increase the pay and benefits (and stock dividends) of the owners and managers of the large corporations.
VIOLENT CRIME CONTROL AND LAW ENFORCEMENT ACT (THE LANDMARK CRIME BILL) OF 1994
The “landmark crime bill” resulted in increases in jail and prison sentences, and other punishments, for many drug-related offenses and violent offenses, especially those involving mainly minorities. It also included provisions for the building of a massive number of new prisons in which to incarcerate the expected, huge increase in young men being incarcerated, with minorities being unequally targeted (based on the particular drugs they were more likely to use, etc.). There was also an small increase in women being incarcerated, with minority women unequally targeted.
THE PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY AND WORK OPPORTUNITY RECONCILIATION ACT (THE WELFARE REFORM ACT)
This Congressional act created strict time limits on welfare recipients’ eligibility for welfare assistance, ending the long-term safety net that the Assistance for Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) had provided for families with dependent children. It resulted in a huge increase in Americans living in extreme poverty and hardship, and in many cases, homelessness. A total of 70% of those living in extreme poverty today in the US are children, many of whom are homeless.
THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS ACT
This act allowed the richest people in the U.S. to begin the formation of an oligopoly of the media by increasing the number of media outlets/stations/networks a single corporation could own (as was done during the Reagan administration). Media outlets include TV stations, radio stations, newspapers, magazines, movie production studios, and so on, and eventually came to include Internet service providers, in violation of antitrust laws, and in violation of the First Amendment right of the people to a free press. This act created massive layoffs at media outlets and resulted in all of the “mainstream media” and 90% of all of the American media outlets to be owned and controlled by a total of six huge corporations. It also resulted in a massive decrease in the diversity of topics and political viewpoints, most notably the working class’ viewpoints, in terms of the news, entertainment, documentaries, and so on.
THE REPEAL OF ESSENTIAL PARTS OF THE GLASS-STEAGALL ACT in the form of the Gramm–Leach–Bliley Act (GLBA), which brought about the repeal of the two provisions of the Glass-Steagall Act that restricted affiliations between banks and securities firms. The Glass-Steagall Act was passed into law during the Great Depression to curb the kinds of risky Wall Street speculation and investments that had led to the Great Depression. The repeal of parts of the Glass-Steagall Act allowed the kind of risky and fraudulent practices on the part of banks and investment companies which snowballed as Wall Street’s profits soared, and resulted in The Great Recession of 2008 (there was nothing “Great” about it), the most devastating recession since the Great Depression of 1929. Millions of Americans lost their homes and all their assets to the banksters and investment banksters, and a great number of Americans became unemployed and/or homeless.
PERMANENT NORMAL TRADE RELATIONS (PNTR) WITH CHINA
THE CHINA-PNTR was enacted, allowing China to have most favored nation status (the former name of PNTR) and to enjoy most favorable trade terms with the U.S. This also allowed China to become a member of the WTO. Lopsided trade between the U.S. and China became worse, with high-paying American jobs being shipped overseas and American unemployment and underemployment worsening and lack of high-paying jobs becoming a much worse problem for Americans, especially younger Americans.
COMMODITY FUTURES MODERNIZATION ACT
The Commodity Futures Modernization Act legalized over-the-counter derivatives.
GEORGE W. BUSH ADMINISTRATION, 2001–2009
THEFT OF THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION OF 2000
The Republican Party, with the help of George W. Bush’s brother, Florida Governor Jeb Bush, and the Supreme Court, committed and got away with acts of election fraud to prevent Vice President Al Gore from being elected President; and due to this election fraud, George W. Bush was illegally elected president. It is apparent that the stacking of the Supreme Court with ultra-conservatives starting with the Nixon administration paid off in furthering the agenda of the ultra-rich, ultra-conservative oligarchists.
September, 2001–9/11 BOMBINGS
What follows is not merely my opinon, but facts gathered from numerous reports, books, and documentary films. There is no doubt today if you do the research, it will be clear that the administration of George W. Bush conspired with the CIA, and possibley FBI, and the Saudi Arabian government to carry out The 9/11 “TERRORIST ATTACKS” on the World Trade Center in New York City’s Financial District. This was done for two reasons: 1) in order to persuade Americans to support going to war in Afghanistan (and later Iraq) to fight the Taliban Islamic terrorist group, which was not a major threat to the people of the U.S. — our government was; and 2) to persuade the American people to allow U.S. government agencies, such as the CIA, NSA, and DHS, FBI, and local police departments violate our rights to privacy and rights against unreasonable search and seizure.
There have been many scientific research studies published in respected scientific journals which make clear that the collapses of all three of the World Trade Center towers were caused by controlled demolitions. One of the most scientifically challenging operations to effect is that of making a tall building collapse vertically. If even one planted explosive is set off at as litle of half a second off schedule, the entire structure will topple over like a felled tree.
There is further evidence that in the case of the bombing of the Pentagon. It is noteworthy that the explosion destroyed the exact room where accounting data that was needed to audit the Pentagon’s military spending was being stored — which was needed to find where some trillions of dollars in spending had disappeared to. There was no evidence of a plane crash — no fuselage, no wings — which would have been sheared off and would have remained outside the building. News reporters who appeared on the scene within a short period of time reported on camera that there were no signs of a plane crash. President Bush was recorded on camera by journalists accidentally “reacting to the news of the bombings” before they had even happened. There is so much more evidence that this was a false flag event that it is irrefutable. For example, there were reports of a very large number of vans being driven into the garages below the towers on the nights preceding the attacks. Also, it would have been impossible for any unauthorized planes to get anywhere near the Financial District of Manhattan or near the Pentagon; they would have been detected and redirected or shot down before they had gotten anywhere near the targets. There has also been evidence from analysis of footage shot by a witness using a cellphone camera that showed there were no planes crashing into the World Trade Center at all, but that the images of the planes were, in fact, created by holograms, which showed a large plane actually gliding through the building and coming out the other side undamaged. Also, there is film of the trademark puffs of smoke from individual explosions at the corners of Tower 1 and Tower 2 on the different stories, indicative of a controlled demolition. Interestingly, Robert Mueller was appointed as FBI Director exactly one week before 9/11.
The USA PATRIOT ACT was passed and signed into law by Bush on October 26, 2001 as a direct result of the 9/11 “terrorist attacks,” and it is anything but patriotic. The Patriot Act violates the U.S. Constitutionally guarantees of Americans’ “right to privacy” and “unreasonable search and seizure,” and the right to “due process,” among several other of our rights. As mentioned above, there is an overwhelming amount of scientific and eye-witness evidence that the 9/11 attacks were a false flag event set up by the Bush administration, the CIA, other U.S. agencies, and agents from Saudi Arabia for the purpose of persuading the American people to support going to war in Afghanistan and stripping the American people of certain of their Constitutional rights.
TAX CUTS OF 2001 AND 2003
The “Bush tax cuts” were another blow to the wealth of the bottom 99% of the American people, and a coup in terms of increasing inequlity by tranferring yet more wealth from the bottom 99% to the top 1% wealthiest Americans.
The biggest tax policy changes enacted under President George W. Bush were the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts, often referred to as the “Bush tax cuts” but formally named the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001 and the Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003. High-income taxpayers benefitted most from these tax cuts, with the top 1 percent of households receiving an average tax cut of over $570,000 between 2004–2012 (increasing their after-tax income by more than 5 percent each year). Despite promises from proponents of the tax cuts, evidence suggests that they did not improve economic growth or pay for themselves, but instead ballooned deficits and debt and contributed to a rise in income inequality.”
LIES ABOUT PROOF OF WMD IN IRAQ
George W. Bush and Prime Minister Tony Blair lied about having undeniable proof that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction (WMD in the form of the capability to build a nuclear bomb) in order to fool Americans into support going to war in Iraq to topple President Saddam Hussein and to “remove the WMD.” The real reasons were to continue the U.S. hegemony (domination) in the Middle East oil and mineral rich countries.
PRESIDENT BUSH CONTINUED APPOINTING ULTRA-CONSERVATIVE, CORPORATISTS/OLIGARCHISTS TO THE SUPREME COURT, who handed down unconstitutional rulings that violated the people’s constitutionally guaranteed rights, protections, and freedoms and unjustly and illegally benefitted the ultra-rich corporatists/oligarchs.
The US trade deficit continued to soar, further eroding the wages and benefits, labor rights, and economic security of American workers and further destabilizing our economy while increasing the profits of the large corporations whose owners benefitted from cheap labor and tax breaks.
THEFT OF THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION OF 2004
Once again, the Republican Party committed numerous acts of election fraud to prevent Senator John Kerry from being rightly elected as President; and DUE TO ELECTION FRAUD, GEORGE W. BUSH IS ILLEGALLY ELECTED PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES A SECOND TIME.
THE GREAT RECESSION
Following the removal of key provisions of the Glass-Steagall Act during the Clinton Administration, George W. ignored warnings of a huge bubble in the real estate market and of a huge percentage of the mortgages being given to people who could not afford them and did not qualify for them under prudent banking and financing standards, and of the sale of these bad mortgages being bundled and sold as AAA-rated derivatives. Though many of the most renowned economists of the time were screaming in President Bush’s ears about coming collapses in the housing market and the derivatives market, he did nothing to prevent them or lessen their damage. In a few months, he left the Oval Office, the country in tatters, one devastating false flag terrorist attack carried out, two unnecessary wars fought at colossal costs, and our constitutionally guaranteed right to privacy violated in unbelievable ways, many kept secret from Americans, among other terrible conditions. State of the Nation: BLEAK.
BARACK OBAMA ADMINISTRATION, 2009–2016
OBAMA APPOINTS EXECUTIVES FROM AND FOR WALL STREET INSTEAD OF MAIN STREET (the people) to head the Treasury, the Securities And Exchange Commission, and other important financial and economic posts in the Executive Branch — this immediately after the disastrous “Great” Recession of 2008 and his campaign promises to be a President of Hope and for the People. The aforementioned U.S. government officials did next to nothing to prosecute Wall Street banksters and investment banksters who had made the fraudulent and reckless banking and investment (securities) transactions, and the hundreds of thousands of fraudulent mortgage transactions that resulted in The Great Recession of 2008. President Obama and his Wall Street bankster appointees did next to nothing to aid the American and foreign investors who were their victims in their time of great need and suffering, while they did authorize the spending of billions upon billions of dollars (trillions if the Federal Reserve reserves disbursed are counted) to bail out the Wall Street banksters and investment banksters who were going bankrupt because of their own excessive risk-taking and fraud — which they had knowingly committed. Meanwhile the individual criminal bankers and investment bankers used the Great Recession to grow much richer and to grow their corrupt banks into much larger banks, instead of what the American people wanted, which was to divide up the banks into smaller banks that would not be “too big to fail” (because of the devastating effects this would cause to the economy). The American people lost a great percentage of their wealth and real estate, while the wealthiest American made out like the bandits they were, all with the blessings of our Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches of the federal government. By the end of his eight years as our president, Obama had presided over a $4.3-trillion-dollar transfer of wealth from the bottom 99% to the top 1% most wealthy Americans. Is it any wonder that the Democrats lost one chamber of Congress in 2010, then the other in 2012? Some Americans were not seduced by the praise the mainstream media was lavishing upon Barack Obama and his wife and daughters; they were furious that they had been betrayed and allowed to be pillaged and fleeced by the banksters and corporatists/oligarchists.
The US trade deficit continued to soar as our government looked the other way (how else to enable the corporatists/oligarchists to continue to break up unions and lower wages and benefits?), further eroding the wages and benefits, labor rights, and economic security of American workers and making our economy less stable while increasing the profits of the owners of the large corporations which benefit from cheap labor and tax breaks.
MONSANTO AND OTHER LARGE CORPORATIONS THAT PRODUCE GMOs, PESTICIDES, AND OTHER HARMFUL FOOD PRODUCTION PRODUCTS bribe Congressional and other governmental officials (with campaign contributions, etc.) so that they will go against the will of the people in enacting laws regarding their harmful and unhealthy products.
OBAMA APPOINTS HILLARY CLINTON TO THE POST OF SECRETARY OF STATE, AND SHE TAKES WHAT CAN ONLY BE DESCRIBED AS POLITICAL BRIBES AS SECRETARY OF STATE
President Obama, the State Department, and the Justice Department refuse to start an investigation at the recommendation of the FBI into the corrupt dealings of Hillary Clinton while Secretary Of State in regard to her arranging official State Department meetings and favors for wealthy individuals in exchange for huge donations to the Clinton Family Foundation and the funding of high-price-tag speaking engagements (political bribes) by Bill Clinton (all under the category of “pay to play” and documented as corresponding contributions and meetings/favors). Many cases that are detrimental to US national security are uncovered, and the corrupt dealings are rampant. This has been further proven by the fact that immediately after Hillary Clinton lost her bid for the presidency, ultra-wealthy foreign and domestic donors ceased making donations (which previously had totaled in the millions per month).
HILLARY CLINTON’S PRIVATE SERVER AND PAY-TO-PLAY DEALINGS
President Obama, the State Department, the Justice Department, and the FBI fail to prosecute Hillary Clinton despite certain proof that she broke numerous laws relating to espionage and national security by using a private server for State Department operations. For four years, Hillary Clinton sent and received official and nonofficial emails via an unsecured, home server set up in her home in Chappaqua, New York, instead of using the State Department’s highly secured servers, and allowed the FBI and the State Department to do next to nothing to prosecute her these grievous crimes, some of which were felonies, and which exposed sensitive and vital state secrets while acting as his Secretary of State; and he actually campaigned for her to become his successor as President of the United States. One very important aspect of this scenario that has been entirely ignored is the probability that Bill Clinton, who was more well-versed in international affairs than his wife, was enabled to have/lend a hand in State Department affairs as a result of the carrying out of State Department business via an internet server located in the basement of his and Hillary’s home in Chappaqua.
FOSSIL FUELS AND GLOBAL WARMING
President Obama supported INCREASED FOSSIL FUEL EXTRACTION AND PRODUCTION, whether because he was obstructed by the fossil fuel industry or because of choice. In the end, clean energy development was obstructed because of this sell-out to the fossil fuel industry. President Obama supported the investment in and development of clean energy production by lip service only
THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY (CHIEFLY) IN CONGRESS WRITES THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT — IN SECRET, and formulates a plan that is more beneficial to the large insurance companies than to the people; this despite the fact that Obama and the Democrats had the support to pass single-payer Medicare for all health care plan, which would have resulted in truly “Affordable Care” and comprehensive health care for the people. What they pass is a plan that keeps the insurance companies in control and able to charge huge fees and premiums, while forcing all Americans to pay insurance companies for health care insurance plans that many do not want.
DESPITE INCREASING LEVELS OF OPPOSITION, OBAMA IGNORES THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE AND CONTINUES TO SUPPORT THE ULTRA-RICH OLIGARCHISTS and to ignore the people’s cries for financial relief during the Great Recession. In the 2010 elections, the Democratic Party loses its firm majority in the House of Representatives to the Republicans and several chambers in State Legislatures. Several governorships and City Councils, and such, are also lost to Republicans. The increasing unpopularity of Obama and his administration policies that favor the ultra-rich over the people continue to make the Democratic Party more and more unpopular, and in future elections, the Democrats lose their majority in the U.S. Senate and more and more state legislatures. Nonetheless, Obama and the entire Democratic Party continue in their support of the ultra-rich and their abuse of the people, reneging on campaign promises. At the end of Obama’s term, there will have been the largest transfer of wealth from the people to the ultra-rich in U.S. history: 4.3 trillion dollars.
CITIZENS UNITED SUPREME COURT DECISION
After decades of scheming and buying influence to lay the fictitious and unconstitutional legal foundation of “corporate personhood by ultra-conservatives, conservative Supreme Court Justices hand down the CITIZENS UNITED VS. THE FEC decision, with a fatal 5–4 decision. This decision gave corporations the fictitious and unconstitutional status of “persons” and the right to make almost unlimited contributions to election campaigns in the name of exercising their “person right” of freedom of expression, thereby giving them the right to buy off elections for candidates, initiatives, referendums, and so on — finally, after decades of increasingly corrupt elections with ever increasing amounts of money from ultra-rich donors influencing elections, and government, destroying almost entirely any semblance of democratic elections and democratic workings of the U.S. government at federal, state, county, and local levels, it became official: our government is an unconstitutional, and therefore, illegal government.
Our Constitution lays out in fine detail the way in which our government officials who are to be elected are to be elected: one person, one vote, period. This means that the influence of every voting citizen must be equal. With the handing over to the ultra-wealthy an outrageously unfair amount influence which makes the influence of the People minute in our “democratic” elections, it became clear that every elected official was an illegitimate government official: one who, in fact, had not been elected by the People. Therefore, it became clear that our entire government was illegitimate. Further, no taxes can legitimately be levied by our government, as the Constitution states that there is to be “no taxation without representation.” When our “elected” government officials are clearly being chosen and forced upon us by the ultra-rich, then there is no representation. Those bought-and-paid-for government officials are not representing the People, as is mandated by our Constitution; they are representing their ultra-rich campaign contributors who bought them the political offices they were seeking. Interestingly, during his campaign to become president, John F. Kennedy warned of the increasing amount of money required to run a successful political campaign and the potential it had to erode our democracy.
From Wikipedia article, “Citizens United V. FEC“:
“An ABC–The Washington Post poll conducted February 4–8, 2010, showed that 80% of those surveyed opposed (and 65% strongly opposed) the Citizens United ruling, which the poll described as saying “corporations and unions can spend as much money as they want to help political candidates win elections”. Additionally, 72% supported “an effort by Congress to reinstate limits on corporate and union spending on election campaigns”. The poll showed large majority support from Democrats, Republicans and independents.
“A Gallup Poll conducted in October 2009, after oral argument, but released after the Supreme Court released its opinion, found that 57 percent of those surveyed ‘agreed that money given to political candidates is a form of free speech’ and 55 percent agreed that the ‘same rules should apply to individuals, corporations and unions’. In the same poll, however, respondents by 52% to 41% prioritized limits on campaign contributions over protecting rights to support campaigns and 76% thought the government should be able to place limits on corporation or union donations.”
EXTENSION OF THE PATRIOT ACT
On May 26, 2011, President Barack Obama signs the Patriot Sunsets Extension Act of 2011, a four-year extension of three key provisions allowing for “roving wiretaps, searches of business records, and conducting surveillance of ‘lone wolves’ — individuals suspected of terrorist-related activities not linked to terrorist groups” (Wikipedia).
“Following a lack of Congressional approval, parts of the Patriot Act expired on June 1, 2015. With the passage of the USA Freedom Act on June 2, 2015, the expired parts were restored and renewed through 2019. However, Section 215 of the law was amended to stop the National Security Agency (NSA) from continuing its mass phone data collection program. Instead, phone companies will retain the data and the NSA can obtain information about targeted individuals with permission from a federal court.” (Wikipedia)
“Opponents of the law have criticized its authorization of indefinite detentions of immigrants; the permission given law enforcement officers to search a home or business without the owner’s or the occupant’s consent or knowledge; the expanded use of National Security Letters, which allows the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to search telephone, e-mail, and financial records without a court order; and the expanded access of law enforcement agencies to business records, including library and financial records. Since its passage, several legal challenges have been brought against the act, and federal courts have ruled that a number of provisions are unconstitutional.” (Wikipedia)
“The Smith-Mundt Modernization Act of 2012 is passed by Congress as part of the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act. On July 2, the implementation of this new reform passed in January opened up the floodgates for U.S. domestic propaganda efforts. The restriction of these broadcasts previously was due to amendments to the Smith-Mundt Act in 1972 and 1985. Fulbright’s amendment to Smith-Mundt was bolstered in 1985 by Nebraska Senator Edward Zorinsky, who argued that such ‘propaganda’ should be kept out of America as to distinguish the U.S. ‘from the Soviet Union where domestic propaganda is a principal government activity.’” (Wikipedia)
McCUTCHEON VS. THE FEC SUPREME COURT DECISION
The Supreme Court ruled 5–4 in the disastrous McCUTCHEON VS. THE FEC decision, which greatly expanded the amounts that individuals can contribute to election campaigns.
THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY IN THE U.S. CONGRESS REPEALED ESSENTIAL PARTS OF THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT OF 1965, allowing states, especially in the South, to enact various, unconscionable ways of suppressing voter, mainly enforcing the disenfranchisement of the poor and minorities.
THE FLINT WATER CRISIS AND REDUCED FUNDING FOR CRITICAL NATURAL DISASTER RELIEF AND INFRASTRUCTURE
In 2014, it was discovered that the city of Flint, Michigan, had dangerously high levels of lead in their water. The crisis was avoidable. It appears that the State of Michigan did not perform the proper tests to assure that the new water sources would pass safety standards. The response by the state of Michigan and the Federal government were inadequate, and there were no reparations to the families of the children, mainly, who had been injured by the contaminated water. There were several outpourings of help from celebrities, who donated bottled water, and others; but the officials in goverment who were responsible to give aid to the people who were in crisis simply did not take action to help and did not seem to be concerned about the continuing dangers to the people of Flint, who were mostly African-American, of drinking the water. This disaster was reminiscent of the lack of assistance that the mostly African-American people of New Orleans suffered after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, during the George W. Bush administration and the lack of adequate assistance to Puerto Rico after the devastating Hurricane Maria in 2017. There has been a devastating lack of funding for maintaining our infrastructure and responding with assistance after natural disasters. The tax cut to the wealthy have resulted in cuts to major, essential services; and this is just one area that has been adversely affected.
From the Wikipedia article “Flint water crisis,”
The Flint water crisis first started in 2014 when the drinking water source for the city of Flint, Michigan was changed from Lake Huron and the Detroit River to the cheaper Flint River. Due to insufficient water treatment, lead leached from the lead water pipes into the drinking water, exposing over 100,000 residents.
After a pair of scientific studies proved lead contamination was present in the water supply, a federal state of emergency was declared in January 2016 and Flint residents were instructed to use only bottled or filtered water for drinking, cooking, cleaning, and bathing. As of early 2017, the water quality had returned to acceptable levels; however, residents were instructed to continue to use bottled or filtered water until all the lead pipes have been replaced, which is expected to be completed no sooner than 2019.
2014 — Present
PRESIDENT OBAMA SUPPORTED THE TPP AND TPIP, (trade agreements between the U.S. and countries bordering or in the Pacific Ocean (the TPP) and between the U.S. and European countries (the TPIP)), which were written in secret almost exclusively by corporate parties, and which would, if ratified by Congress, result in an extremely high increase in the flight of higher-paying jobs to foreign, low-wage countries; and would establish international tribunals that would rule in cases of international corporate disputes and whose decisions member countries would have to abide by, which is unconstitutional and would strip the United States of a huge portion of its sovereignty; and would strip Americans and the people of other member countries of their ability to safeguard their environment, consumer safety regulations, and anything that corporations deem to be an impediment to maximizing their profits.
THE DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE REVERSES ITS RULE, AND ALLOWS LOBBYISTS TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE, just in time for the 2015–16 Democratic Presidential Primaries.
THE DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE (DNC) AND THE CORPORATE-OWNED MEDIA RIG THE DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARIES IN FAVOR OF HILLARY CLINTON and against Senator Bernie Sanders and the other main presidential candidate, Martin O’Malley, thwarting the will of the people to elect the candidate of their choice, Senator Bernie Sanders, who is not a part of the massive corruption in the U.S. government and who has pledged to fight to restore democracy. In rigging the Primaries, the DNC violated their own Charter and broke RICO (organized crime) laws. These details were not covered by the “mainstream media,” but only by independent and Republican-leaning news outlets. The proof is delivered in the contents of emails hacked from DNC servers by anonymous hackers and made available by Wikileaks. The DNC also committed massive voter suppression and vote fraud to further rig the election in favor of Hillary Clinton.
Neither President Obama nor the Justice Department or the FBI took any action to prosecute the election rigging. Beck and Lee Law Associates filed a class action lawsuit against the DNC (the DNC Chairwoman, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz) for election rigging/fraud. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz was forced to resign from her position as the Chairwoman of the DNC in disgrace after it became clear that she was guilty of election-rigging in favor of Hillary Clinton just as the Democratic National Convention was beginning. Hillary Clinton immediately hired Wasserman-Schultz to be her Campaign Manager. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz was quoted as saying that the DNC had a right to choose who they would support in backroom meetings. The mainstream media, which gave Hillary 3.2 billion dollars in free campaign advertising (and Trump $5 billion) in the form of campaign coverage while giving Bernie Sanders next to nothing, gave almost no coverage to the rigging of the primaries, and Wasserman-Schultz actually won reelection to the U.S. House in the following midterm election.
THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY IN CONGRESS REFUSES TO CONSIDER OBAMA’S NOMINATION, MERRICK GARLAND, TO THE SUPREME COURT. They persist in this for the 11 months that President Obama has remaining in his second term, in violation of their Constitutional duty.
WALL STREET PAYOUTS
Shortly after leaving office, Barack Obama made one-hour speeches to Wall Street band gatherings, netting close to half a million dollars for each. This was in the mold of Bill and Hillary Clinton’s payouts from banksters in exchange for services rendered.
DONALD TRUMP ADMINISTRATION 2017 -
TRUMP CONTINUED TO REFUSE TO RELEASE HIS TAX RETURNS, something all presidents for the past 40 years have done, thus bringing increased suspicion about his business dealings and tax compliance. TRUMP ALSO VIOLATED THE EMOLUMENTS CLAUSE OF THE CONSTITUTION by not putting in a blind trust his foreign and domestic businesses which pose potential conflicts of interest with his functions as US President. His sons, who are put in charge of his businesses, continue to give him reports about his businesses.
TRUMP STACKED HIS CABINET WITH BILLIONAIRE OLIGARCHISTS from the fossil fuel industry and other industries, thus stacking the U.S. government against the people and in favor of the billionaire oligarchs.
TRUMP APPOINTED AS HIS CHIEF STRATEGIST STEVE BANNON, FORMER EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN OF BREITBART NEWS, a white supremacist online news outlet.
THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY IN THE SENATE CHANGED THE RULES OF THE SENATE TO APPROVE NEIL GORSUCH AS SUPREME COURT JUSTICE by changing the number of votes needed to end a filibuster from the traditional 60 down to 52 (the number they could muster) so they could force through the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch, a far-right, corporatist/oligarchist judge as a new Supreme Court Justice. As a result of all the tricks and violations of the Constitution, the Republicans, in effect, stole a Supreme Court Justice seat, and that seat is held in controversy and scandal.
TRUMP AND THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY IN CONGRESS REFUSED TO ADMIT THE SCIENTIFIC PROOF OF THE CONNECTION BETWEEN GLOBAL WARMING AND THE BURNING OF FOSSIL FUELS, due to the huge campaign contributions and other favors they reap from their ties to the owners of the fossil fuel companies, and the general greed of the oligarchists. President Trump appointed Rex Tillerson, the ex-CEO of Exxon, as Secretary of State, making a mockery of our role on the world stage in light of the increasing dangers of global warming. President Trump and the Republican majority in Congress refused to adhere to the Paris Agreement, an international agreement worked out by all major nations in the world while Obama was President to curb global warming, and which Obama signed the U.S. on to. President Trump and the Republican controlled Congress work to cut federal funding to scientific research on global warming.
PRESIDENT TRUMP APPOINTED ANTI-ENVIRONMENTALISTS TO LEAD AGENCIES WHOSE PURPOSE IT IS TO PROTECT THE PEOPLE FROM POLLUTION AND TO PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT
Trump’s appointees work to defund and suppress research into GMOs, pesticides, and pollution, thus making it possible for corporate polluters to increase their profits while putting the health and safety of Americans at greater risk. Trump’s appointee’s remove information about climate change and pollution from federal agencies websites. President Trump and the Republican majority in Congress work to remove restrictions on drilling, mining, and deforesting the Public Lands, National Parks, and National Monuments, in violation of over a hundred years of tradition and law dating back to before the days of Teddy Roosevelt and the early American conservationists.
TRUMP ISSUES AN EXECUTIVE ORDER DISCONTINUING THE DACA AND DREAM ACT PROGRAMS
From Wikipedia article “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals”:
“Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is an American immigration policy that allows some individuals who were brought to the United States illegally as children to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and become eligible for a work permit in the U.S. To be eligible for the program, recipients cannot have felonies or serious misdemeanors on their records. Unlike the proposed DREAM Act, DACA does not provide a path to citizenship for recipients, known as Dreamers. The policy, an executive branch memorandum, was announced by President Barack Obama on June 15, 2012. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began accepting applications for the program on August 15, 2012.”
PRESIDENT TRUMP RENEGES ON HIS CAMPAIGN PROMISE THAT NO AMERICAN WILL LACK HEALTH INSURANCE AND THAT HIS HEALTH CARE INSURANCE WILL BE BETTER THAN THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT (The ACA/Obamacare)
President Trump goes back on his campaign promises that no one will lose their health insurance under his health care legislation. President Trump and the Republican majority in Congress gut federal funding for much needed social programs (many of which, such as education, are in dire need of funding increases) while proposing a 54-billion-dollar increase in defense spending. The Republican-controlled Congress passes laws allowing states to once again allow health insurance companies to deny coverage for preexisting illnesses and to deny Medicaid to low-income residents.
TRUMP ANNOUNCES AN EXECUTIVE ORDER BANNING PEOPLE WHO COME FROM CERTAIN MAJORITY MUSLIM COUNTRIES from entering the U.S., against the will of the vast majority of Americans. The order is blocked by many state attorneys general and federal judges, as it is deemed unconstitutional.
TRUMP ISSUES EXECUTIVE ORDERS NULLIFYING ENVIRONMENTAL AND LABOR PROTECTIONS, against the will of the vast majority of Americans.
TRUMP RENEGES ON HIS CAMPAIGN PROMISE TO CEASE ALL BUSINESS ACTIVITIES IN ORDER TO COMPLY WITH THE CONSTITUTION’S EMOLUMENTS CLAUSE, and instead remains involved in business dealings which he could profit from because of his position as U.S. President.
TRUMP ISSUES AN EXECUTIVE ORDER BANNING TRANSGENDER AMERICANS FROM SERVING IN THE MILITARY against the will of the majority of Americans and in violation of the Constitution. This order is halted by the courts.
THE 2017 TAX CUTS TO THE ULTRA-RICH
The Republican-controlled Congress gives enormous tax cuts to the top 1% wealthiest U.S. citizens and much smaller tax cut to those in lower income brackets, and then he and the Republicans in Congress argue that Congress must enact cuts to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and other essential social services in order to decrease the resulting huge increase in the federal deficit. Whereas Trump maintains that the tax cuts will create jobs, the vast majority of the money the top 1% save in taxes they spend buy back the stock in their corporations and other assets, such as real estate, thus increasing the already obscene level of economic inequality in the U.S.
TRUMP ANNOUNCES IN DECEMBER A PLAN TO SHRINK THE BEARS’ EARS AND GRAND ESCALANTE STAIRCASE NATIONAL MONUMENTS, which were established by President Obama, Against the will of the great majority of the people, Trump issues an executive order to remove protections from many national monuments in order to give his billionaire backers access to their vast mineral and fossil fuel reserves.
THE FCC (FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION) RULES BY A 3–2 VOTE TO REPEAL NET NEUTRALITY PROTECTIONS, thereby opening the floodgates to censorship of the Internet and Internet media outlets, and exorbitant Internet fees. This action violates our Constitutional rights to freedom of the press, freedom of speech, and freedom of assembly (as we gather in countless groups on the Internet).
AFTER FIRING EX-CEO OF EXXON, REX TILLERSON, AS SECRETARY OF STATE, TRUMP NOMINATES THE DEPUTY CIA DIRECTOR, who is appointed as our ambassador to the world. Having the ex-CEO of the largest fossil fuel corporation in the world, then the second in command of the CIA as our ambassador to the world sends a clearly nationalist, anti-democratic message to the people of the U.S. and the world.
TRUMP NOMINATES GINA HASPEL AS CIA DIRECTOR. Haspel was the director of a secret CIA base where detainees were tortured.
THE SUPREME COURT RULES THAT WORKERS HAVE NO PROTECTION FROM HAVING TO SIGN AN AGREEMENT TO NEVER BRING A CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT AGAINST THEIR EMPLOYER AS A CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT. This violates the rights of workers to defend themselves in cases of mistreatment by employers.
CONGRESS REPEALS CRUCIAL PORTIONS OF THE DODD-FRANK ACT, opening the door to another Great Recession or Great Depression caused by bankster recklessness and fraud.
THE SUPREME COURT PROTECTS AND CONDONES POLICE BRUTALITY AND EXCESSIVE FORCE by holding that an officer has a built-in state of innocence when they are accused of using excessive force, and other such cases.
THE SUPREME COURT RULES THAT GERRYMANDERING CAN STAY AS IS in states such as Texas and North Carolina, where it is clear that it is unfairly increasing Republican representatives in the U.S. Congress and in state legislatures.
THE 2018 ELECTIONS ARE TAINTED BY VOTER SUPPRESSION AND FRAUD, especially in certain states, such as Florida (the vote for governor and U.S. senator) and Georgia (the vote for governor, in which Kemp, the Secretary of State was allowed to supervise his own election for governor amid mass claims of voter suppression). Despite massive voter suppression and fraud committed by mainly heavily Republican states and districts, the Democrats and other parties that are progressive/liberal took control of the U.S. House, but actually lost seats in the U.S. Senate, mainly in low-population, conservative states that have two senators, the same number as high-population states such as New York and California.
TRUMP USES GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN TO ATTEMPT TO FORCE DEMOCRATS IN CONGRESS TO AGREE TO FUND THE CONSTRUCTION OF A WALL IN BETWEEN THE U.S. AND MEXICO, against the will of the majority of Americans. The government shutdown adversely affects federal workers who lose their pay, such as airport workers who belong to the Traffic Safety Administration, federal prison employees, national parks employees, air traffic controllers, those who administer federal low income housing programs and the food stamp program, and many others.
It is the hope of many that with the advent of the Internet, which has freed Americans and people all over the world from having to rely on oligarch-owned media outlets for their news and information, a new era of truth and enlightenment has dawned and will quickly spread. We will see how effectively the powers of tyranny can gag the people and stop up the flow of news and information coming from independent media outlets. They are giving it their best effort, raising the ire of the people by daring to take away Net Neutrality, and continuing to allow further consolidation of the “mainstream media” outlets.
Despite the oligarchs’ and their “democratically elected” government officials-proxies’ best efforts, the pendulum is swinging back in the direction of democracy and justice. How can it not? With such a heavy load of suffering and grief? That combined with gravity? Though many have been force-fed the lie that socialism is a great evil, the U.S. government, culture, and economy has many important and highly efficient socialist elements such as our public education system, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, the U.S. military, the U.S. Postal Service, the Public Library system, and the Fire Departments, to name a few. Evidently, we, like most countries, have a mixed economy that works. The younger the American is, the more likely it is that they approve of the partly socialist nature of the system we have, and which the Northern European countries have improved upon to the point that they absolutely have become “Great Societies” such as we in America dreamed of creating during the hopeful, enlightened era of the Kennedy administration and, to a lesser extent, the Johnson administration (which was marred by the Vietnam War and police violence against peaceful, antiwar protestors), and even in the Roosevelt, Truman, and Eisenhower administrations, during which much progress was made in the areas of labor rights, education, health care, and civil rights.
The Scandinavian countries unapologetically call their government systems “Democratic Socialist” (which can be loosely translated as mixed economies/governments with very great emphasis on “Democratic”). Somehow they have thwarted the oligarchists’ efforts to gain power in their governments. Let the pendulum swing back to democracy and justice and equality, and let us achieve this wisely and peacefully.