Archive for June, 2015

EXTREMIST NEOCON REPUBLICAN U.S. SUPREME COURT MAJORITY, BUYS CORPORATE AMERICA OUT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY EFFORTS, ZAPPING OBAMA

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

Today I read, “Supreme Court Rejects Obama’s Drive To Cut Mercury Emissions From Power Plants”, Michigan v. Environmental Protection Agency.

“The Supreme Court on Monday ruled against an Environmental Protection Agency regulation limiting mercury and other toxic emissions from power plants, undermining the Obama administration’s drive to cut pollution from electricity generators.

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“The case looked at the EPA’s regulation of mercury and other emissions from power plants under the Clean Air Act, which Republicans have attacked as a “war on coal” and an example of presidential overreach.

“The EPA interpreted the law “unreasonably” when it failed to consider the costs of compliance with the new regulations, the court ruled 5-4 in an opinion written by Justice Antonin Scalia.
“. . . We are reviewing the decision and will determine any appropriate next steps once our review is complete, said EPA spokeswoman Melissa Harrison on Monday. EPA is disappointed that the Court did not uphold the rule, but this rule was issued more than three years ago, investments have been made and most plants are already well on their way to compliance.” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/06/22/supreme-court-mercury-rule_n_7640722.html

Based on the dissent in this case, the government did do exactly what the extremist Neocon Republican majority said the government did NOT do (consider cost) and the decision looks exactly like the Court made a strictly political decision to favor Corporate America’s dirty energy.

It appears as though Roberts and Kennedy are trying to appease the Neocon Republican majority for their own decisions disserting the majority and supporting gay marriage and Obamacare which they approved to keep the People of America from storming the Bastille over the corrupted politicization of the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court is no longer dispensing justice it is now a front group for the Neocon John Birch Society Republican Party. Thus ends the American democratic Republic and back to buying politicians and elections. The old United States of America is gone with the polluted wind!

God bless polluted America!

U.S. SUPREME COURT TURNS THE TABLES ON OBAMACARE AND GAY MARRIAGE; THE EXTREMIST NEOCON MAJORITY HAVN’T CHANGED THEIR MIND, THEY ARE JUST TRYING TO SAVE THE COURT’S ASS FROM THE PEOPLE!

Monday, June 29th, 2015

Today, I am reading, “Supreme Court Justices Stop Playing Nice” by Josh Gerstein. http://www.politico.com/story/2015/06/supreme-court-justices-antonin-scalia-samuel-alito-119486.html

Basically, it is about Chief Justice Roberts’ and Justice Kennedy’s apparent disagreement with the old extremist Right Wing Neocon Republican majority on the issues of Obamacare and Gay Marriage.

Unfortunately, this article does not mention the politicization of the U.S. Supreme Court, starting with President Lyndon Johnson and including all Presidents since. Presidents used to always carefully select Justices that were neither obviously right nor left, and often after the Justice’s lifetime appointment, they became more or less left of right or left than the President who appointed them believed.

After Presidents Johnson’s attempted appointment of one of his own cronies (because he thought he could), he was chastised by his own party. All appointments since have more or less been purely political with some infighting in the Senate. There have been some terrible appointments.

The U.S. Supreme Court itself became obviously political when it quite brazenly anointed W. Bush to be President in 2000, in the purely political Bush vs. Gore Decision in spite of the election to the contrary; Justice Stevens in dissent to Bush vs. Gore, laid it on the line: “One thing, however, is certain. Although we may never know with complete certainty the identity of the winner of this year’s Presidential election, the identity of the loser is perfectly clear. It is the Nation’s confidence in the judge as an impartial guardian of the rule of law.”

There was absolutely no Constitutional basis for the Bush vs. Gore decision and no Fourteenth Amendment right of Bush to the Presidency; it was the worse decision in U.S. History.

Many people were surprised when the Americans did not start an American revolution over Bush vs. Gore; actually, 911 occurred and seemingly saved ‘President’ W. Bush because it forced the distraught voters to support their questionable ‘President‘ or the terrorist bin Laden.

Then after President W. Bush made two more terrible extremist Neocon Republican appointments (Scalia as Justice and Roberts as Chief Justice), the Court became obviously brazen, biased, and glorified in their series of terrible decision such as despised Citizens United decision.

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U.S. SUPREME COURT CHIEF JUSTICE ROBERTS

As often happens, Justices change after appointment. When Obamacare came before the Courts, Chief Justice Roberts became concerned about ‘his’ Court itself surviving, if it destroyed Obamacare, how would the People react.

So, his decision to approve of Obamacare was more a move to save the Supreme Court, than judicial approval of Obamacare. To note: the People had elected Obama because he promised Obamacare; for the Court to throw Obamacare out would get the People very, very riled up. It appeared to be suicidal for the Court to kill Obamacare!

Then this last week, Justice Kennedy, who finally got the idea after the success and popularity of Obamacare, and so he joined with Roberts to help save the Court from the anger of the People; Kennedy voted for both Obamacare and gay marriage and let Roberts off the hook on gay marriage.

The Supreme Court is not becoming liberal, instead it is in the face of an inane and crazy Neocon Republican Congress, by virtue of Citizens Unlimited. and the Court is simply fighting for survival.

After the Supreme Court’s Citizens United, the American people became so disenchanted that only one out of three voters even voted in 2014, and the Neocon Republican crazies won House and Senate and have since destroyed any integrity the U.S. Congress ever had.

Now the Robert’s Supreme Courts is struggling for survival from the wrath of the People.

If there is a revolutionary change coming in 2016, and there could be, it might lead to a Constitutional change in the appointments to the U.S. Supreme Court being limited to periods of time instead of lifetime appointments to the Court which has begat a problem of senile Justices serving on the Court.

And, ideally, with modern technology, America could amend the Constitution to allow a now possible direct democracy with America having national referendums on important issues. If the Constitutional forefathers were alive today, with today’s technology, they would approve of a more direct democratic United People of America instead of a United States of America; States have outlived their usefulness.

States squabbling with the Federal Government is becoming a pain in the ass to the People; the American People want to be a part of the whole United States of America, not a piece of the State where they live.

CORPORATE AMERICA BUYS OUT AMERICAN LABOR RIGHTS; IT’S NOW AN OBAMA LEGACY

Saturday, June 27th, 2015

Today, I’m reading “$200 million went to members of Congress for their vote to pass President Obama’s Fast Track trade agreements”:
http://www.occupy.com/article/200-million-went-house-members-pass-fast-track-%E2%80%93-heres-who-took-cash

OBAMA TPP JOBS
WORKERS IN OTHER NATIONS HAVE NO UNIONS, NO NLRB, NO RIGHTS TO ORGANIZE BUT WILL NOW HAVE AMERICANS’ JOBS

Corporate America just bought-out American jobs to get cheap workers in Foreign Lands; Corporate America “invested” their $200 million expecting huge profits from their investment.

Corporate profits at record high, average American wage is going down, Americans living in poverty is increasing, and the working Middle Class is disappearing.

Apparently, Republicans, Corporate America, and President Obama hate America’s working Middel Class and Poor!

This will be President Obama’s legacy!

RIP American labor.

RIP America’s working Middle Class!

THE U.S. SUPREME COURT IS SAVED, TODAY, AND OH YES, OBAMACARE IS SAVED, TOO!

Friday, June 26th, 2015

This morning, I read in the news that the U.S. Supreme Court had held that America’s first attempt at Universal Health Care, as already exists in all other Western Civilized nations, was Constitutional and remains the “Law of the Land” in the United States of America.

The article read, “The stakes of the case, King v. Burwell, were enormous. Had the plaintiffs prevailed, millions of people who depend upon the Affordable Care Act for insurance would have lost financial assistance from the federal government. Without that money, most of them would have had to give up coverage altogether. And the loss of so many customers would have forced insurers to raise premiums, seriously disrupting state insurance markets”: “Supreme Court Rejects Obamacare Lawsuit, Preserving Insurance For Millions”, Jonathan Cohn and Jeffrey Young: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/06/25/obamacare-supreme-court- decision_n_7346048.html

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U.S. SUPREME COURT

In essence, the “People had won” over the extremist political interests of Republicans and the Supreme Court’s Neocon Republican majority, “. . . two of the court’s ‘conservatives’, Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Anthony Kennedy, joined the court’s four liberals in rejecting the lawsuit in a 6-3 decision” to save Obamacare for the People.

As for my own analysis of the case, Justices Roberts and Kennedy left the majority and voted to preserve Obamacare in order to preserve the integrity, or what is left of it, of the United States Supreme Court, itself.

It all goes back to the Supreme Court Decision, Bush vs. Gore in 2000, when the then Supreme Court majority intervened in the Presidential election, disregarded the democratic elections, and basically proclaimed W. Bush President of the United States based on corrupted Florida elections, despite Bush’s opponent Gore having more popular voter’s support than Bush; but the real victory for the 2000 Court’s Neocon Republican majority was that W. Bush during his Administration, appointed two extremist Neocon Republicans to the Court, Roberts and Alito to perpetuate and preserve the Court’s Neocon Republican majority.

Justice Stevens of the Court wrote in dissent of Bush vs. Gore, “Although we may never know with complete certainty the identity of the winner of this year’s Presidential election, the identity of the loser is perfectly clear. It is the Nation’s confidence in the judge as an impartial guardian of the rule of law.” Stevens was, of course right.

To my surprise (and disgust) in 2000, the American People did not rise up in rebellion against the Supreme Court majority who had just robbed the American People of their “Power of the Ballot” and made American Supreme Court justice a ‘political tool’, instead. Justice and democracy died!

At the time (2000), I was convinced that the Neocon Republican Supreme Court majority must have also felt some fear from the People in their hearts; in 211 years of the U.S. Constitution, Bush vs. Gore was the first supreme test of Constitutional democracy and unfortunately, the People’s democracy failed! As Justice Stevens so eloquently stated in 2000, the U.S. Supreme Court has lost “the Nation’ s confidence in the judge as an impartial guardian of the rule of law.”

The U.S. Supreme Court has been on shaky ground ever since 2000 and Bush vs. Gore, and the Court’s Neocon Republican majority has devastated the People and devastated democracy by allowing wealth to buy and control elections, allowed States to suppress minority and poor voters, and has generally been eliminating American democracy.

The American People have lost their power of the ballot and it seems only a matter of time until the People actually do rise up in rebellion against the U.S. Supreme Court.

Justices Roberts and Kennedy did not just save Obamacare today, they probably saved the U.S. Supreme Court, at least for the present; whether that is good or bad is questionable, depending whether or not or how much the People treasure American democracy!

God bless America!

WHITE SUPREMACIST POSITIVE IMAGERY IN AMERICA, IN CONFEDERATE FLAGS AND U.S. CURRENCY! BIZARRE AMERICAN HISTORY AND MY PERSONAL INTERESTS IN IT!

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

America is currently embroiled in a controversy over the White Supremacist ‘Confederate flag’; but ‘Confederate Flag’ symbols are not the only symbols of White Supremacists in America. One need only look at the symbols on American currency, and the recent effort to picture some female American heroes on our currency, replacing male heroes with female heroines.

But of course; I am thinking of the American White Supremacist President Andrew Jackson who is glorified by having his picture on the U.S. $20 bill.

President Jackson was responsible for the removal of Cherokee ‘Native Americans’ from Tennessee, North Carolina, and other States in what is known in history (not folklore) as the “Trail of Tears”. The “Trail of Tears” was a catastrophic reality.

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U.S. TWENTY DOLLAR BILL

Personally, I have an interest in President Jackson being glorified on the twenty dollar bill; to wit, my own great-great-grandfather, Elias Walker (who was part Cherokee and considered Cherokee), and his family were not in the Trail of Tears specifically because he escaped and moved our family to Illinois to avoid it.

Unfortunately several years later, when Elias returned to Tennessee to take care of unfinished business, he was assassinated because he was part Cherokee and part White; the assassin was never apprehended. Elias was identified by a check on his person for his service in the Tennessee militia fighting in “Indian Wars” and the War of 1812.

Ironically, my great-great-grandfather Elias’ father, fought on the right side (American) in the Revolutionary War of 1776. His female progeny (and consequently mine) are therefore eligible for membership in the Daughters of the American Revolution; but, the Walker family were not allowed to reside in White Supremacist Tennessee because they were considered Native Americans.

The racial hatred for the Native Americans early in American history was perhaps even more tragic than even racial hatred for African Americans today; as exemplified in the “Charleston Massacre”. Even more ironic, many Cherokee Native Americans owned African slaves at that time of the trail of tears and Jackson’s Native American removal from Tennessee. This is all actual bizarre American history, and not folklore.

It would appear even more ironic, that the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma (a result of the “Trail of Tears”, under Cherokee Confederate Brigadier General Stand Watie fought for the Confederacy during the American Civil War.

“What fools these mortals be.”

HEY! WHERE DID YOU GET THOSE ‘BELIEFS’ OF YOURS; ARE YOU A RACIST AND TRAITOR?

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

Today, I quite innocently began to read, “Yes, You’re a Racist — And a Traitor”, by John Price: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-e-price/yes-youre-a-racist—-and-a-traitor_b_7640654.html?ncid=txtlnkusaolp00000592

Simply stated, Price’s piece is a must read for every American and I’m convinced that too many will not read it, and of those who do, too many will dismiss it as someone else’s ‘opinion’ and not fact.

But what Price has done, has summed up the ridiculous reasons why our democratic Republic is not called the democratic United People of America, and instead has become the treacherous undemocratic United States of America. Price explains why America is divided by hate and treachery.

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A TALE OF AMERICAN FOLKLORE (FICTION)

In this case, I am speaking as a professional U.S. History teacher, and thus a professional historian of sorts.

But my academic background, is a small part of what drives me; my experience of eighty-five years is the cause of the tears of sorrow that well up in me, when Dylann Roof executes nine of his fellow citizens, who love and trust him, in cold blood, simply because of his belief in folklore garbage and his total lack of knowledge of history and historical fact.

As a school teacher who taught American history, I woefully recall having too many students like Dylann Roof in my class, who had more faith in the movie, “Gone With the Wind” (1939), than in our history book; in my father’s time, the movie that justified the KKK and molded hateful minds was, “Birth of a Nation” (1915), another exceedingly popular movie. And yes, I have taught students who I knew were White Supremacists and Nazis, that I failed; and I taught public school in Illinois and California, not the “South”.

Did I fail those White supremacist and Nazi students of mine, and America too; yes, of course I failed! I found myself helpless against the folklore power of Strom Thurman, Adolf Hitler, “Gone with the Wind”, and “Birth of a Nation”, just as I’m helpless against the folklore that possesses every reader of this blog post today. Read the Price article and examine yourself.

America is divided between those who believe in our historical American democracy and those who believe in their own absolute personal freedom bestowed upon them by American folklore, to the detriment of a Sunday School class of African Americans of Emanuel AME Church.

Dylann Roof is not insane, instead he has been convinced by American White Supremacist folk heroes that he has a cause to hate and kill; he is a normal American.

But personally, I will never give up; and I encourage you to read the suggested article by Price while I throw up!

“FROM THE MOUTHES OF BABES!”

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

As a aged adult, I have what I consider a tried and proven theory about children that is totally different from that of all other adults I’ve ever known; I believe that children are capable at any age of understanding anything, and understanding even more than adults understand, because children have not suffered the debilitating experience that most adults have suffered.

My theory is that child prodigies are simply children with talent that have not been held back by adult ignorance and intervention.

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“WE CANNOT SOLVE OUR PROBLEMS WITH THE SAME THINKING WE USED WHEN WE CREATED THEM” ALBERT EINSTEIN

It is a fact that children are born with all the intellect and creativity that they will every have in their lifetime; children lack only meaningful experience that could conceivably be either positive or negative influence.

It is further a fact that as a school teacher all my life, I never taught a child anything, but I made children aware that they had the congenital intellect and creativity to resolve any mystery of life, without limits.

And, invariably I observed adults talking down to anyone from birth to maturity at age twenty-one!

“What fools these mortals be?”

AMERICA IN 1787, A DEMOCRACY FOR ITS TIME; HOWEVER, OUR FOREFATHERS PROVIDED FOR CHANGE TODAY, AND WE DARE NOT FAIL THEM! THIS IS A NEW AMERICAN DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE!

Monday, June 15th, 2015

Our Constitution was written in 1787; consider the American electronic technology in 1787! If today’s electronic technology were available in 1787, our forefathers would have acted quite differently.

Our Constitutional forefathers wanted a democracy; they did the best they could for 1887; there was no digital electronic technology, instead, there was slavery, Indians, suspicion, and a frontier.

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THOMAS JEFFERSON

However, our Constitutional forefathers wrote: U.S. Constitution, Article V: “The Congress, whenever two thirds of both Houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose Amendments to this Constitution, or, on the Application of the Legislature of two-thirds of the several States, shall call a convention for proposing Amendments, which, in either Case, shall be valid to all Intents and Purposes, as Part of this Constitution, when ratified by the Legislature of three-fourths of the several States, or by Conventions in three-fourths thereof, as one or the other Mode of Ratification may be proposed by the Congress; Provided no other Amendment which may be made prior to the Year one thousand eight hundred and eight shall in any Manner affect the first and fourth Clauses in the Ninth section of the First Article; and that no State, without its Consent, shall be deprived of its equal Suffrage in the Senate.”

Article V of the Constitution should be interpreted in the context of the time, 1787; that obviously does not constitute a problem for modernizing and democratizing the U.S. Constitution.

Prior to our U.S. Constitution, America had been a confederation of States. The U.S. Constitution is a compromise of the confederation and a united America, and Article V makes is possible for the United States of America to become a United People of America, instead. We must decide today if we are a united people, or a union of independent States.

The division of America today, is to a large extent a division of States into Red and Blue, North and South, and segregated and integrated. It is time that America decided whether or not it is a united People or a disingenuous People divided by U.S. Constitution and happenstance.

Today, there is a certain segment of American People, who quite openly confess their believe that America was never intended to be, nor should it be, a democracy; this concept defies the history of America and American forefathers who perceived America as a democracy in progress, with provision for Amendment to grow into a more pure united democratic State as time and technology would allow’

Today, Americans have a choice and an obligation; today all American must agree, America is divided more than it was in 1787 and more than during the Civil War Era. And now is the time to decide whether or not America shall be a united People, a loose confederation of independent States, or a nation governed by an elite of wealthy few, divided into peasants and plutocratic lords. America is on the brink.

Today, America is blessed or cursed with electronic technology to provide for a more pure democracy, with every citizen having a voice and a vote on every important issue that this united People face, be it war or peace, free trade or protected national economy, or whether or not to provide for the general welfare of the People; because electronically, each and every citizen could possibly participate in a national referendum.

The United States of America has developed a technology of the Twenty-First Century and the People of these United States of America are living with an Eighteenth Century Constitution that provided the People with Amendment to progress and we haven’t used it.

The People of America, for whatever reason, have failed to live in the now!

Consider our American history; what has American learned from it? Can the People of America be so blind as to believe that we the People have made no mistakes? For it is we the People who are responsible for the behavior of the United States of America; for our government is “of the People, by the People, and for the People”. We the People are responsible for our government whether or not we personally voted for it.

Can the People of America continue to engage in wars against those who are not a tangible threat to our nation but instead we provide them with a cause to attack us? Can the People of America continue to allow our Supreme Court of Justice provide the corporate wealth of America the Right to purchase favor from our Government, to purchase our legislature, to buy elections?

We Americans are living in the Eighteenth Century, with an Eighteenth Century Constitution that our forefathers never intended us to do and for that reason, provided us with Article V of their original Constitution allowing us amendments.

Today, America has the power and the opportunity with our electronic technology to provide an electronic record of every citizens of the United States from birth to death; and with that devise, provide every citizen the Right and opportunity to vote, provide every citizen the Right to employment in America and the wherewithal to deny non-citizens employment, and with a Federal electronic system and means for voting, provide every citizen of the United States of America the right to have a voice on every important national issue, war or peace, engagement in a world economy or provide a protected American economy, and provide for fair and equitable taxation and representation.

America today, has the technology to provide for this kind of national referendum.

Such an America would be a Twenty-First Century America! It is possible! And, it is possible to do and protect American fraternity, equality, and liberty.

This is a new Twenty-First Century American Declaration of Independence! If you approve or disagree, debate it, consider it, and please pass it on to posterity, your representatives in government, and make something happen!

God Bless America! Unite and make our People free!

OPEN LETTER TO PRESIDENT OBAMA RE HIS TPP SOUTH PACIFIC TRADE AGREEMENT

Sunday, June 14th, 2015

Mr. President, I was born to be an employee, and to depend on an employer for my family’s livelihood; our survival is at stake. If my employer moves his business overseas for cheap labor and higher profits, my family is relegated to poverty. And that, President Obama, is what your trade agreement is all about.

If your trade agreement is good for America, it is good for a part of America that my family and I are not a part of.

Personally, I support my employer and take pride in my work, because I am totally dependent on my employer and my employment; but my employer is not dependent on me, if he has the alternative to move his operation to a South Pacific location where the government there uses their workers who have no Labor Union, no NLRD, no labor law, work for a pittance, and are considered by their elite population to be their “natural resource”, and my employer can increase his profits by lowering his labor costs.

Further, I have no need for Federal retraining for another job that does not exist, thank you anyway; for me it is about feeding my family not retraining.

What else is it that you want to know about the opposition to your trade agreement by me, the American working Middle Class and Poor, and my Labor Union? We are a vast majority of America’s population who elected you.

AMERICAN LABOR WINS ONE, BUT IT’S STILL TENUOUS!

Saturday, June 13th, 2015

Today I was reading, “After Handing Obama A Crippling Defeat, House Eyes Next Moves On Trade”: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/06/12/next-trade-battle_n_7573512.html

President Obama’s Trade Agreement, opposed by Labor was defeated for the time being.

With President Obama and Republicans their Trade Agreement is just a matter of politics and paving the way for Corporate America to use cheap labor to increase their profits and contribute to political campaigns for benefits like the Trade Agreement; with America’s working Middle Class and Poor, the Obama Trade agreement is a matter of worker’s family’s livelihood and standard of living being devastated. The Working Middle Class is on track to disappear.

American labor is not interested in trade agreements providing funding to retrain American workers to work at McDonalds after they lose their real jobs to Corporate America’s trade agreement sending American jobs overseas to cheap labor.

The Trade Agreement is supposed to “level” the playing field; it is leveling the playing field to foreign countries workers’ wage level, at the expense of America’s working Middle Class and Poor’s already declining average wage, due to the NAFTA Trade Agreement and China’s slave labor.

President Obama has joined Republicans in screwing American Labor; the President has either been ‘bought out’ or lost his mind.

Corporate America, Neocon Republicans, and President Obama do not seem to understand that American Labor is also America’s consumers, and with no jobs or menial jobs, their income or lack thereof, becomes beneath the poverty level and they cannot afford products previously purchased by American workers.

The only consumers left for Corporate American products produced with foreign labor would now be the wealthy Americans by virtue of the Trade Agreement, workers of European nations and others where workers Rights are upheld and protected by their government.

American democracy is dead, workers power of the ballot is dead, and American economy has been strangled by the Republicans, The President, and the Neocon Republicans 5 Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court who decided Citizens United, allowing elections and candidates to be purchased by the highest bidder.

America is becoming a Third World nation with the elite wealthy, the peasantry, and that is all. If you are an American employee, you are to be a peasant working at the mercy of wealthy elite employers.