The Paranoid States of America

FEAR

Be afraid and give up your civil liberties
Be afraid and give up your civil liberties | Source
Do you feel better with Big Brother watching you?
Do you feel better with Big Brother watching you? | Source

How fearful are you?

How fearful are you? As Steven Colbert said; "Lock your doors and board up your windows, because America is in a state of panic. I hope you're wearing a clean diaper". "Look to your left, look to your right, both those people could be terrorists. And what about that guy in the middle, he keeps looking around so much, what's he planning"? Tea Partiers, Communists, Liberals, Conservatives, Republicans, Democrats, Muslims, Catholics, Baptists, Mormons, Hindus, Blacks, Whites, Hispanics, Asians, Skin Heads, boys in hoodies, neighborhood watchers, militias and Neo-Nazis. Do I need to get a concealed gun license? That worked out well for Zimmerman, did it not? So many people belong to evil groups, out to destroy me or tear down America. It's hard to keep up with all the groups I should fear or hate. Except of course for the members of my group, we are the true patriots and we believe in the one true faith. All those other people need to be watched for any sign of subversiviness. America has embarked on a paroxysm of fear and we have a long history of paranoia.

It’s crazy pants

The NSA is tracking all of our communications, phone calls and emails are now in huge databases ready for Uncle Sam to search for patterns. Are you being lied to by the news media, the authorities, the corporate world? Is somebody -- or something --out to get you? Embassies across the Muslim world are closed until August 10, due to uncertain threats. The State Department announced a global travel alert, warning that al Qaeda or its allies might target either US government or private American interests. Spokeswoman Jen Psaki said: "This is not an indication of a new threat stream, merely an indication of our commitment to exercise caution and take appropriate steps to protect our employees including local employees and visitors to our facilities."

Speaking about the blanket closures: "“It’s crazy pants – you can quote me,” said Will McCants, a former State Department adviser on counterterrorism who this month joins the Brookings Saban Center as the director of its project on U.S. relations with the Islamic world".

The US has interests around the globe so, we have all been instructed to be afraid, be very afraid. The terrorist threat is Code Brown; it's time to change your diaper! Panic and hyperbole have led us to become less American, more distrustful and more frightened than we should be. We now have secret courts and secret laws, Americans can be held in prison without charge and without lawyers and we respond by digging holes to hide in.

Natural Rights vs The Patriot Act" by Judge Andrew Napolitano

Doomsday Preppers?

At one time Benjamin Franklin (or Thomas Jefferson) said:

"Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety deserve neither Liberty nor Safety".

That was okay for the founding fathers but today we face terrorists. All the founders of this country faced were Native Americans, a hostile frontier and a despotic English King. We're scared and willing to give up some freedoms as long as the government protects us from the bad guys.

How do we respond? If you are reading this, you must have come out from underneath the covers of your bed, at least as far as your computer to get online. Good for you! Are you ready to join the ranks of "Doomsday Preppers"? Get more guns, stock up on ammo and food and dig a hole to hide it, it's Armageddon I tell ya. During the height of the Cold War, people were busy digging holes to hide in called bomb shelters. Politicians responded with McCarthyism and black lists, trying to ferret out those dirty commies. Eventually reason prevailed and McCarthy died an alcoholic wreck. President Eisenhower, free of McCarthy's political intimidation, quipped to his Cabinet that McCarthyism was now "McCarthywasm".

Our government, either responding to public fears or manipulating fear continues to grab hitherto unconstitutional powers and we respond not by demanding freedom but by demanding security.

The USA PATRIOT Act

The USA PATRIOT Act, stands for Uniting (and) Strengthening America (by) Providing Appropriate Tools Required (to) Intercept (and) Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001. That certainly sounds patriotic.

Some choice nuggets from the Patriotic Act II
An American citizen suspected of being part of a terrorist conspiracy could be held by investigators without anyone being notified. He could simply disappear."" the government would no longer be required to disclose the identity of anyone, even an American citizen, detained in connection with a terror investigation - until criminal charges are filed, no matter how long that takes (sec 201).
Current court limits on local police spying on religious and political activity would be repealed (sec. 312).
Release of information about health/safety hazards posed by chemical and other plants would be restricted (sec. 202).
The reach of an already overbroad definition of terrorism would be expanded - individuals engaged in civil disobedience could risk losing their citizenship (sec. 501); their organization could be subject to wiretapping (secs. 120, 121) and asset seizure (secs. 428, 428).

How do the Patriot Act and the NSA sweeping up our communications compare with the Constitution?

First Amendment
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances

4th Amendment:
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Terrorism VS Guns

The chance of dying in a terrorist attack in the US is almost nil. Can I have my rights back now?
The chance of dying in a terrorist attack in the US is almost nil. Can I have my rights back now? | Source

Safety Council notes

In the real world, as the National Safety Council notes :

-You’re Eight Times More Likely to be Killed by a Police Officer than a Terrorist

– You are 17,600 times more likely to die from heart disease than from a terrorist attack

– You are 12,571 times more likely to die from cancer than from a terrorist attack

— You are 11,000 times more likely to die in an airplane accident than from a terrorist plot involving an airplane

— You are 1048 times more likely to die from a car accident than from a terrorist attack

–You are 404 times more likely to die in a fall than from a terrorist attack

— You are 87 times more likely to drown than die in a terrorist attack

– You are 13 times more likely to die in a railway accident than from a terrorist attack

–You are 12 times more likely to die from accidental suffocation in bed than from a terrorist attack

–You are 9 times more likely to choke to death on your own vomit than die in a terrorist attack

–You are 8 times more likely to be killed by a police officer than by a terrorist

–You are 8 times more likely to die from accidental electrocution than from a terrorist attack

– You are 6 times more likely to die from hot weather than from a terrorist attack

Secrets of the Patriot Act

Made by John Folwell in 1779 Mahogany, height: 153.5 cm, width: 77.5 cm, depth: 58.2 cm Independence Hall, Philadelphia, PA
Made by John Folwell in 1779 Mahogany, height: 153.5 cm, width: 77.5 cm, depth: 58.2 cm Independence Hall, Philadelphia, PA | Source
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Portrait_of_George_Washington
It takes a lot of people to accomplish so little. State of the Union
It takes a lot of people to accomplish so little. State of the Union

Rising Sun Armchair

George Washington used this chair for nearly three months of the Federal Convention's continuous sessions. James Madison reported Benjamin Franklin saying, "I have often looked at that behind the president without being able to tell whether it was rising or setting. But now I... know that it is a rising...sun."

Is the sun still rising? Or, has the American experiment with freedom gone astray and it is now a setting sun? Old Ben must be rolling over in his grave.

Are we so frightened as a nation that we willingly give up the freedoms our ancestors fought and died for?
The Irrationality of Giving Up This Much Liberty to Fight Terror

Are our legislators doing their jobs?
The house of Representatives busies itself by voting for 40 times to repeal Obamacare while the
Senate is tied up with Filibusters, thus nothing gets done.
President Obama offered Hope and Change but followed Republican policies. Radical Kenyan Socialist? He seems more like a closet Republican.

What do we do? Do we elect new blood? No, we dig holes to hide in and buy more guns.

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BigJulesMags 3 years ago from Queens, New York City

If you threw in a "killed by smoking" portion to the pie chart, I'm sure it would dwarf both of the "gun" and the terrorism deaths. 435,000 deaths in 2000 ALONE.


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chefsref 3 years ago from Citra Florida Author

Thanx BigJules

Yeah, there are lots of thing likely to kill us long before a terrorist


alexsaez1983 3 years ago

Yeah, like planking


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chefsref 3 years ago from Citra Florida Author

Thats funny!


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cathylynn99 3 years ago from northeastern US

you are three times more likely to drown in your bathtub than to be killed by a terrorist.


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Arthur Bundy 3 years ago from Colorado Springs

chefsref:

It has been sometime since I spoke to you. I just saw your lasted contribution. I am impressed.

I have to admit though that I am not a Napolitano supporter. He is two sides of the same beast. He is not speaking to the American People he is speaking to corporations that want to control the American People.

Having said that I invite you to look at this:

The latest episode of the Daily Show with Jon Stewart

http://www.thedailyshow.com/videos

Don't Mess with Taxes

Episode #18138

The United States tax code hasn't been addressed in any significant way since the days when Boy George could guest star on "The A-Team." (03:42)

Tags: taxes, government, Boy George, 80s, business, economy, poop & pee, laws, John Oliver, holidays, supernatural

Aired: 08/06/13Viewed: 26,311

Full Episode AvailableAugust 6, 2013 - Liam Hemsworth


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chefsref 3 years ago from Citra Florida Author

Thanx Arthur

"Washington had so much more integrity back in the Watergate era"

That's an interesting view, and it looks to be true. We, American citizens, are the ones that need to change things in DC. Instead of standing up to the "chicken poop" lobby or demanding our civil liberties we are building shelters and tearing each other down.

I too am no big supporter of Napolitano but I thought it interesting that both left and right have something to agree on, police state America.


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Mel Carriere 3 years ago from San Diego California

That quote your included that was either Jefferson or Franklin sums up my feelings exactly. I think a little bit of uncertainty is the price we pay for living in a free society. Would it be preferable to live in Nazi Germany where the "citizens" have to stop and show their papers at every checkpoint? Since 9-11 we are in a downward spiral as far as civil liberties are concerned. Great hub!


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chefsref 3 years ago from Citra Florida Author

Thanx Mel, I agree completely. We are abandoning the principles that this land was founded on.


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Arthur Bundy 3 years ago from Colorado Springs

I was raised a military brat going back to my birth in 1954. I remember what the military was like back then.

The fundamental difference between then and now, is that President Eisenhower was right when he warned us about the Military-Industrial-Complex, because today it is a reality.

Everything about the military today, in the form of primary logistics is all privatized.

Corporations have so entrenched themselves into our military that a police state is to their monetary advantage. A police state serves their bottom line.

And, what is worse, it serves their bottom line to keep this nation in a constant state of war, real or imagined.

I recommend to anyone who reads this hub to read both the Federalist Papers and the Anti-Federalist Papers to see how the founding Fathers saw their reasoning behind creating our Constitution.

Yes, chefsref it is up to us, the People. We are the ones that must end corporate domination of our political system, once and for all time.

We are the single most powerful nation on the face of the globe and we can wipe out an entire country in one hour. Technically we don't need a Standing Army.

But the threat of abolishing a Standing Army and making corporations have to deal with that potential threat to their bottom line, might just make them amiable enough to accept reinstating all Reagan Bush taxes cuts and paying their fair share of tax burden.

It is my belief that those tax cuts and spending policies had one focus. It was designed to bankrupt federal, state, and local budgets across the board so that these entities could no longer function as they are supposed too. The Detroit bankruptcy was no accident, it was the end result of my last statement.

The business of privatizing everything as has been done to our military is to keep corporations in the drivers seat as to what the focus of national policy should be, the corporate bottom line.

The real focus of strict Constitutional construction, is to abolish those amendments that have allowed all the people in this country to participate in our election process.


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chefsref 3 years ago from Citra Florida Author

Thanx Arthur

As they say, they want to "shrink government so small they can drown it in a bathtub". Unfortunately, many people will drown along with the government and big business will be the new government.

I have read the Federalist papers but this is the first time I have heard of the Anti Federalist papers.??


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Arthur Bundy 3 years ago from Colorado Springs

Copyright 1982, I think.

The set I have is a companion set, that explores both sides of the debate taking place during the ratification process. If you look at both sides of the debate, you get a sense of what they worried about with regard to what we are seeing today. How corporations have put themselves in a place to control the political process to their advantage, and at the expense of the American People.

My point is to hit corporations in a place that will bring them to the bargaining table.

These corporations that have effectively privatized the military, have secured their future at the expense of the tax payer, and yet, they don't want to pay their fair share of the tax burden as it was before Reagan.

It was a time when the National Debt was easily managed and everybody in the country was prospering. Now, the only ones prospering are the corporations. As I see it, ...as planned.

These same corporations could not privatize Social Security. They knew even then that the economy was a house of cards. They knew because they created the legislation that caused it. Privatizing Social Security was their way of trying to avoid and/or delay the crash they knew was coming. Again, at the expense of the tax payer.

The point is tax cuts and spending policies are what has already shrunk the government and keeps it from it's ability to regulate.

We having nothing to lose by demanding that Congress abolish our standing Army. If the country shouts loud and long enough corporations will get the message and comply.

If not, I would suggest adding a small phrase to the 14th Amendment, that defines a person under the law as a biological breathing entity. By doing that by itself would force Congress and all State and Local governments to have to rewrite all the law associated with corporations. It would take way the corporate advantage of corporate person hood. It simply means that corporations could no longer equate themselves as equal to individuals under the law. It would force the individuals who own and control those corporations to stand toe to toe with the rest of us equally under the law. Which is as it should be.These individuals would then be forced to stand up for themselves and not hide behind their corporations.

That kind of shout from all Americans, and the idea that amending the 14th amendment as stated could become a reality would bring these corporations to the bargaining table.

All I want is for these corporations to respect their role in our society as serving the needs of the People as well as themselves. I want them to demonstrate that they understand that to operate at the expense of the People diminishes us all in the eyes of the rest of the world.

Then repealing Reagan tax cuts would operate as a formality.


Sooner28 3 years ago

I like you quoting the stats about what's more likely to kill you than a terrorist attack. Top of that list is something most people do everyday: driving! Most people don't have any perspective on this though.


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chefsref 3 years ago from Citra Florida Author

Hey Arthur

The problem presented by your solutions is the number of people that believe that government is bad and business is good.

How do we get people to see the government as a needed ally with taxes and regulations as necessary.

Big business is leading the race to the bottom but they will not see their error until there is no one left to buy their products.


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chefsref 3 years ago from Citra Florida Author

Thanx Sooner

Yeah, I must be un-American, I just can't muster up any fear of terrorism. I can however be aghast at the lost of civil liberties in recent years.

Did the Founders create a country just so we can hide in holes and fear each other? And/Or did they create a country so we can export our way of life at the end of a gun barrel?

We are abandoning the principles that once made America great


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chefsref 3 years ago from Citra Florida Author

Not sure where I came across this but it is an interesting look at business in America

http://reclaimdemocracy.org/corporate-accountabili...


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

I think we forget that so many other things can 'get' us! too much sun etc. I had an friend who fell down the stairs years ago and died. I do think it makes us feel better to be scared of things 'out there' than what can happen in our real lives, nell


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chefsref 3 years ago from Citra Florida Author

Thanx Nell

You're right of course, trouble is that politicians take advantage and encourage irrational fears. They take more power and we lose liberties.


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cathylynn99 3 years ago from northeastern US

and the media sensationalizes certain events like attacks and mass shootings, making us think we're all at high risk.


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Arthur Bundy 3 years ago from Colorado Springs

chefsref:

You bring up two very strong points.

1. How to convince the American People that Big Business does not care about them.

If Romney's discussion about the 47% didn't get the point across what will?

I'd say the issue here is denial.

Eric Holder has talked before Congress about how some institutions in this country are now too big to fail. What has congress done to reassure the American People that solutions can and will be found?

Nothing!!!

What more proof does it take to get the point across.

http://www.eclectablog.com

A Comparison of Corporate Profits and Wages Over the Last 70 Years

Corporate profits are still breaking records, while wages are clearly stagnate thanks to Treaties like NAFTA. For all his talk and charisma, Bill Clinton sold out to corporations.

zfacts.com

National Debt Graph by President

This graph speaks for itself. Reagan and Bush tax cuts and spend policies may very well have put the Soviet Union out of business, but they were clearly designed to bankrupt US federal, state and local governments for the sake of creating the drama we now face.

Add to the facts that in 1974 only 3% of all of Congress became lobbyists, where as today 42% of the House and 50% of the Senate become lobbyists. It does not matter whether we are talking about Republicans or Democrats the picture is clear who holds the purse strings in Washington.

I think the second act of the corporate take over of Washington was when Gerald Ford pardoned Richard Nixon. The facts that could have been disclosed were never disclosed. Players like "Tricky-Dick,jr." Cheney, watched with zeal how the corporate brotherhood effectively avoided accountability. An investigation then very likely would have ended corporate manipulation in Washington once and for all.

Where as Watergate was clearly in the hands of the 4th estate, by the time Iran-Contra made the headlines , the 4th estate now controlled by corporations did a dog and pony show. Oliver North is clearly a Military-Industrial-Complex hero.

The first act in the corporate the corporate take over of Washington was and is the creation of the Military-Industrial-Complex. I find it ironic that with this entrenchment of corporations into the military, the evidence of their true focus can be seen in the fact, that the Veterans Administration is still antiquated and out of date.

2. Big business is leading the race to the bottom but they will not see their error until there is no one left to buy their products.

This is where it should be evident to all Americans that the Amendment process is our only hope.

The third act in the corporate take over of Washington was orchestrating the failure of the Equal Right Amendment.

The question is how to get Congress to play along?

Failure of the ERA Amendment exposes the fact that Congress has lost sight of it's duty under the Constitution to take into account all factional issues and deal with them without prejudice.

Firing them does not seem to help, because the lobby industry will gladly take them in.

So, the only way is through a grassroots Amendment process state by state, petition drive by petition drive to force state legislatures to force Congress to act.

The ERA Amendment on it's own is not enough. It must make room to include not only women, but race, disenfranchisement, discrimination in the form of the so-called vetting process (which is a McCarthyism creation in the face of the communist infiltrating the government paranoia crap and does not exist in the Constitution), discrimination through the abuse of and manipulation of the criminal justice system (which clearly has proven to favor corporations over the individual), collective bargaining as a fundamental right with a provision that wages get automatic and fair cost of living increases, and once and for all time the end of Social Darwinism.

I personally think, that such a grassroots effort taken seriously will scare corporations to the bargaining table.

The threat of amending the 14th Amendment with language that describes a person under the law as a breathing biological entity, would trash corporate law as it stands and repair the damage done by the US Supreme Court. In cases as recent as Bush v. Gore, Citizens United, and Shelby County v. Holder, which smell of the American Legislative Education Council and more to the point their ideology.

The threat of dismantling our Standing Army taken seriously would bring corporations to that same bargaining table.

What I think is best quick fix, is to repeal all Reagan Bush tax cuts,period. Then threaten to repeal all treaties that took American Jobs overseas. I also think that if too big to fail is real, then how about those corporations that created and manipulated the content of those toxic mortgages paid off all of those mortgages and re-instated those homeowners to their homes.

And last but not least, all these corporations that who tried to privatize Social Security to mask their duplicity in this most recent crash, all these corporations that own their existence to the Military-Industrial-Complex, all those corporation that have manipulated the 14th Amendment to secure their mastery and control of our political and election process,to the pay off the National Debt to the point it was in 1980 before Reagan took office.


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chefsref 3 years ago from Citra Florida Author

Arhtur

I agree with your points but I think you are ignoring one aspect that controls everything else that you expound.

Education!

Long ago we abandoned teaching kids how to think critically and instead turned our public schools into a source of "Useful idiots"

Some legislator in OK has suggested that education no longer be mandatory.

Another legislator in NH wants parents to control the content of courses.

Rick Santorum says that educated people will never vote for him. (What?!)

We invaded Iraq but huge numbers of Americans can't find Iraq on a map.

Well, I could go on and on but I think we're screwed until we go back to educating people to be more than burger flippers.

Even in universities, they have to have remedial courses to bring students up to a high school level.

The result has been a populace that thinks they are getting news from Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh and Keith Olbermann.


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Arthur Bundy 3 years ago from Colorado Springs

chefsref

You hit the nail on the head.

This is another area where the ALEC (alias John Birch Society) comes into play. These so-called Americans and the hype about legislating from the bench starts with the Warren Court in such decisions as Brown v. Board of Education. Because it was this decision that made it possible for a Black man to become President. It is also the hype behind all things in this country considered socialized.

This is where the corporate manipulation in the form of privatizing everything in sight takes precedence.

This is where Reagan tax cut and spend policies are focused and rooted.

Bankrupting Federal, State, and Local Governments has destroyed the potential of the education process that has brought people from all over the world to be educated here.

I remember in school where we were taught the four basic areas of checks and balances. The three branches of government and then the people themselves. Some years ago I ran across a civics book from the 90's. It's discussion of checks and balances did not include the people in it's discussion.

I tried to go back to school in 1989. It was more a desperate attempt to save my marriage than it was an attempt to be educated. $5400.00 dollars worth of loans were blossomed into $16000.00 dollars worth of debt by the time I left the prison system in 2008. I have worked it down to just over $3000.00 dollars. These loan sharks I contend with thanks to Reagan policy has allowed themselves to be interest prone.

My present payment is so minimal it's not funny. Yet, I have paid down so much of the debt, that my next payment is not due until sometime in 2015. These predatory loans are about interest payments. The business of educating, nothing more.

How to answer your question...I don't yet know. But that is why I speak up as I do. I have seen the privatizing issue from prison. It's all about profiting from human failure and nothing to do with teaching accountability.


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chefsref 3 years ago from Citra Florida Author

Still, I think there is a smalll shred of hope. In the past, when big business got too powerful, eventually, the people rose up and demanded change. The result was trust busting Teddy Roosevelt and later Franklin Roosevelt. I had some hope that Obama would have been cut from the same cloth but he has been a disappointment.

FDR may have saved capitalism and big business with programs like Social Security and Food Stamps. There were strong movements toward both Socialism and Fascism in America during the Depression but WWII and Social Welfare programs pulled business'es fat out of the fire. To this day, as long as the government is feeding us we are content to remain useful idiots. If the right wing ever succeeds at destroying these programs they will be sowing the seeds of their own destruction. How long would we put up with soup lines and tent cities as in the Depression? It might pay the rich and powerful to recall haw the rich were treated during the French Revolution. Guillotine anyone?


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chefsref 3 years ago from Citra Florida Author

Hey Arthur

You will probably appreciate this link. I don't remember where I got it (Maybe even from you) but it is a disturbing read

http://reclaimdemocracy.org/corporate-accountabili...


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Arthur Bundy 3 years ago from Colorado Springs

chefsref

Yes you set me this link before. I have my own copy of it. When comparing it to the Federalist Papers. I'd say this person did their research. I am formulating an opinion on your thoughts about our education system, but I need time to think and research it out.


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Arthur Bundy 3 years ago from Colorado Springs

chefsref

Mark Levin was on Hannity tonight. The discussion was his new book that focuses on amendments to the Constitution. They appear to support the language of Corporate America in support of all but no government at all.

I asked Levin on Twitter what he would think of amending the 14th Amendment to include this definition: Defining a person under the law as a biological breathing entity.


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chefsref 3 years ago from Citra Florida Author

I dunno Arthur, I think Hannity will rot your brain


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Arthur Bundy 3 years ago from Colorado Springs

chefsref:

I have no doubt about Hannity's Vannities, but I did buy a copy of this book "The Liberty Amendments" by Mark Levin.

Chapter 5 "Two Amendments To Limit Federal Spending And Taxing"

I am going to focus at the moment on "Taxing".

SECTION 1: Congress shall not collect more than 15 percent of a person's annual income, from whatever source derived. "Person" shall include natural and legal persons.

He does not focus directly on what he means by "legal persons".

This link should provide a clear picture of what is meant by "legal person".

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corporate_personhood

Since at least Trustees of Dartmouth College v. Woodward – 17 U.S. 518 (1819), the U.S. Supreme Court has recognized corporations as having the same rights as natural persons to contract and to enforce contracts. In Santa Clara County v. Southern Pacific Railroad - 118 U.S. 394 (1886), the reporter noted in the headnote to the opinion that the Chief Justice began oral argument by stating, "The court does not wish to hear argument on the question whether the provision in the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution, which forbids a State to deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws, applies to these corporations. We are all of the opinion that it does."[1] While the headnote is not part of the Court's opinion and thus not precedent, two years later, in Pembina Consolidated Silver Mining Co. v. Pennsylvania - 125 U.S. 181 (1888), the Court clearly affirmed the doctrine, holding, "Under the designation of 'person' there is no doubt that a private corporation is included [in the Fourteenth Amendment]. Such corporations are merely associations of individuals united for a special purpose and permitted to do business under a particular name and have a succession of members without dissolution." [2] This doctrine has been reaffirmed by the Court many times since.

If Mr. Levin's ideas were to be adopted and amended into the Constitution, it would no longer be "a government of the people, by the people, and for the people". It would be ..."a government of the natural and legal person (i.e. corporation), by the natural and legal person (i.e. corporation), and for the natural and legal person (i.e. corporation)".

"We the People" would become..."We the natural and legal person (i.e. corporation) of the United States of America..."

Although I have not quite finished this book, it is this idea of establishing into the Constitution the corporate person as equal to an individual that scares me.

Corporate America has been quietly seizing control of the government going back to the adoption of the 14 Amendment. As I have stated, the fear President Eisenhower expressed when he spoke of the Military-Industrial-Complex is now a reality.

Corporate America has so deeply entrenched itself into our Federal Government through the practice of privatizing major aspects of the logistical support for the military, that it has for itself the ability to manipulate and through lobby efforts control of the legislative process.


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chefsref 3 years ago from Citra Florida Author

Maybe we all need to incorporate, we can enjoy the freedoms that corporations have, low or nonexistent taxes, yet also be free to do as we please unencumbered by pesky laws. When's the last time a corporation was sent to prison.

Since the Great Depression or maybe before, America has been flirting with Fascism. The right wing likes to scare people by crying Socialism all while cashing Social Security checks. (An obvious Socialist program)

People like Henry Ford and Charles Lindbergh used to praise Fascism. This idea of blending business with government will eventually destroy America as we used to know it. The parts of the puzzle are already in place, a docile public that is uneducated and struggling to stay afloat financially with a ruling class dominated by the pursuit of wealth at the expense of workers.

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