Our political stance , before and after this election is a slow cartoon.
We are a canoe crosswise to the current , upstream from Niagara Falls and half of the paddlers are paddling right, half are paddling left, and our captain is saying right, left, right….. What is next?
This mid-term election cost Three Billion dollars,one billion more than the last presidential election… which shouts what we call elections have become auctions. They are not elections but bribe-a-thons… and why? Because they Pay.
The elections tell us that people are very unhappy. They recognize they are getting screwed. Fine. and yet seemingly are economically ignorant. We have the largest Republican majority since 1928. Dear reader of history… what does that portend? Look up what happened between 1928 and 1938 and you will find The Great Depression. No offense, but releasing the entrepreneurial spirit when nobody has any money and what you get is Mexico, not Nirvana. Except Americans(Yankees), in general are neither as happy nor generous nor as entrepreneurial as our neighbors to the south. (Drug war exploits, which have a US mainspring, to the contrary). History will not repeat itself, as Mark Twain said… but it will rhyme. And piking will not change this trend.
Yet there is a definitive reason that catalyzes our current dilemma, which we could call the failure in the experiment in democracy. The free press has failed the electorate. It is an amnesia engine. Why? We have confused free-gratis with free-liberty. We expect our news to be free of charge (gratis ) and forget the dictum, he who pays the piper calls the tune. Billionaires determine the “mainstream” news channels, fund the pundits and we allow them to do so, with newspapers that are shoppers (advertising vehicles) with a prepurchased editorial slant, and No effective investagitive reporting. Why? He who Pays the Piper Calls the Tune. The tune is divided government, and thus corporate freedom, paid for by the Koch brothers and the crew that has driven our economic bus over the cliff. Hello New York. Hello Hedge Funds. Hello Insurance, big Pharma and the usual suspects. On this point FDR and Benito Mussolini agreed: “Corporatism is Fascism”. Here we are with corporations calling the shots, foreign wars a-breeding with their very predictable profit centers, and domestic population in disarray.
The private equity people are doing just fine though, thank you – they say, for all this 1/4% money. The economic lingo for our current situation is called the “consolidation phase” of the business cycle. That is where the agents that have good access to credit (i.e. friends of the money center banks) buy up all the ‘troubled assets’, meaning anybody that is having a tough time in this tough economy. Are you one of these private equity folks? I doubt it. Less than 1% of us are.
The cure in my view is threefold. a)First we must cure our collective amnesia. We need a functioning free (liberty) press that is funded by free (liberty) people. We must rekindle having two ‘newspapers’ in each city, meaning a news gathering organization that is strong enough to fund, support and defend investigative reporters, and those ‘newspapers’ need to be funded by You, Dear Citizen…. not special interests, business interests, or any other none geographic, non-human interest. And funded by your neighbors as well, with whom you are willing to discuss the events of the day. This could easily be done with some thoughtful legislation (sic) requiring that one half of your ISP bill be paid to content. The People must fund the Press from their own pockets.
b) Second we must recall the first three words of the US constitution and make them real: “We the People”. It does not begin with we the corporations, we the lawyers, nor even we the supreme court justices. This government gets its authority from the consent of the governed and its creations, such as the military, the CIA, the corporations, and the banks are subordinate to that. Currently we have this upside down. If you, fellow citizen are willing to lie down and accept that money is speech, and corporations are people, then the Constitution, which all of our military personnel and all federal officials swear to protect and defend, is dead. It is moribund at this state, you must agree. I assert, as a veteran and a man in his 65th year that At No Time during my life has the Congress Declared War though the US has initiated some big ones, Viet Nam, Iraq I, Iraq II, Afghanistan and many smaller ones and it seems on the eve of this election an new one with Yemen. Yet in order to assert our rights under the constitution, we must effectively communicate as a political community, civilly, and with respect of each other and for the differences that are a natural outcome of human perspective. We shall either be free(liberty) or oppressed, and the trend is not good. We will likely be oppressed if one half of the electorate believe the other half are idiots.
and C) We must reclaim our money. We must recognize, realize, and reclaim the power that comes with the creation of money and make it a community property. Yes we must haveh checks and balances to be certain it is not abused. Few understand the archana of the Federal Reserve System with its twelve districts, and many presidents, and boards of directors as well as boards of governers and its firehose of informations and it’s one perminent member of the Open Market Committee. Yet while its original plan may have been well intended (or not) as a balance of public and private interests in creating our money, the result is five money center banks call the shots. They make ungodly sums the would make a hedgefund director blush, and with that engage in social control. They fund the auction/election process lamented at the top of this article as well as funding the empire which instigates the wars also mentioned above. Electoral funding reform is a downstream solution. A key to reclaiming our money is exemplified by the bank of North Dakota, a state bank in which the citizens of that state receive the benefits from that money circulated and created in that state. Your interest write off my make your mind figure that bank money is free to you… but your wallet remembers. The banks have swallowed up the tax space. Ellen Hodgson Brown has done a wonderful job of explaining this very subtle, yet powerful way of harnessing for the good, the immense power within the creation of money. The power of money must, with checks and balances, support the domestic public. Not empire and the purchase of elections and wars abroad.