"Where Did She Go? Why Did She Leave?"
Dr. James McHenry, one of Maryland’s delegates to the Constitutional Convention, states in his notes that “A lady asked Dr. Franklin 'Well Doctor what have we got a republic or a monarchy?'. 'A republic' replied the Doctor 'if you can keep it.'” [from Bartleby.com]
We didn't keep it. It's gone with the wind.
Arlen Spector's craven sellout to the White House - a promise to include language pardoning any spying actions taken prior to the pending passage of the new NSA law by the supine CongressClowns - indicates that we have no Republic.
Having Courts packed with Bu$hCo servants, who also support the debasement of our freedoms through specious legal 'logic', does as well.
As BuzzFlash puts it:
Please note lead judge was the Zelig of GOP parisan judicial hacks, David Sentelle. Among other Republican duties, Sentelle reveresed convictions of North and Poindexter and was handpicked to allow Ken Starr free rein to entrap Clinton. He was joined by the infamous Judge Janice Rogers Brown, a recent incompetent Bush loyalist appointment.
and making it an activist GOP stronghold
is so important to them.
This is a serious charge. As Glenn Greenwald, a specialist in Constitutional law, writes in How Would A Patriot Act?:
"The notion that the president has the right to act in violation of duly enacted laws would have been repellent to all the founders, including the great American revolutionary Thomas Paine, who wrote in his legendary 1776 pamphlet Common Sense that those who claim the power President Bush is claiming -- namely, to act in violation of the law -- are claiming the power of a king."
This assertion is confirmed by that reddest of commie pinkos Grover Norquist (a 'founding father' of Reaganism - the means by which the New World Monarchy was begun) is quoted as saying:
"If you interpret the Constitution's saying that the president is commander in chief to mean that the president can do anything he wants and can ignore the laws you don't have a constitution: you have a king."
He adds, "They're not trying to change the law; they're saying that they're above the law and in the case of the NSA wiretaps they break it."
One who would know about GOP lawbreaking has said some revealing things about the Party of the King.
Allen Raymond, just released from prison after serving his sentence for vote tampering through an Election Day 2002 plot that jammed Democratic Party get-out-the vote telephone lines, claims:
"Republicans have treated campaigns and politics as a business, and now are treating public policy as a business, looking for the types of returns that you get in business, passing legislation that has huge ramifications for business," he said. "It is very much being monetized, and the federal government is being monetized under Republican majorities."
Raymond says he was part of 'a Republican political culture that emphasizes hardball tactics and polarizing voters'.
"A lot of people look at politics and see it as the guy who wins is the guy who unifies the most people," he said. "I would disagree. I would say the candidate who wins is the candidate who polarizes the right bloc of voters. You always want to polarize somebody."
He also said he had been reluctant to turn down a prominent official of the RNC, fearing that would cost him future opportunities from an organization that was becoming increasingly ruthless.
This assertion is supported by a study of Congressional action released by Rep. Henry Waxman:
In June 2006, Rep. Waxman released a report, "Congressional Preemption of State Laws and Regulations,” which found that, contrary to the rhetoric of Republican leaders in Congress and President Bush, the House and Senate had voted 57 times in the previous five years to preempt state laws and regulations.
Such actions are a bald-faced power grab, and is intended to be another defense against the people reclaiming the governance of their nation. This would be in direct violation of the Tenth Amendment: "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people." [via Wikipedia]
It also tends to confirm Raymond's statements concerning the GOP.
The American people have been warned repeatedly about such things over the last several years, yet too many cared nothing about doing anything about it. It's like I said yesterday: The American people must want it this way. Before long, fewer will care, as these corporofascist masters of disaster are seeking to make it extremely difficult for the opposition to even communicate through the misapplication of the Law of Supply and Demand: the ISPs will only supply sufficient Internet bandwidth to those who can meet their economic demand for it.
Those who will yell the loudest about how their freedoms are gone will be those who ignored the loudest warnings.
As the conservative Free Republic published May 12, 2000:
Do we even care our Constitutionally guaranteed rights are under assault by the U.S. government? Is our Congress completely without guiding moral direction and understanding of their oath of office? Does the warning of our forefathers, to keep government powers separate, no longer raise alarm when it is not heeded? Are we witnessing a dictatorial shift in our government, a government that has now become big enough to take it all away? Does it hurt to think about democracy and the rule of law? Were those who died to keep us free, on a fool's errand? Have the American people become so easily duped and manipulated? Is it too much trouble to be concerned?
You folks should know - you have been doing all these things you decry to the rest of us since 1980 without interruption. What you see is what you get for what you did.
The sad thing is, you were so correct with these statements you made back then - statements which apply all the moreso today:
Write and berate your congressmen. If we don't demand they do their jobs, they won't. We can't let them hold court, announce they have a yellow streak down their backs and just nod, accept defeat and move on.
This is our country and these guys work for us!
Tell them you are ashamed, angry and not going to abide by their inaction. Remind them they are there to represent you and follow their oath of office and the Constitution, not the polls and bending to the political whims of the executive branch, criminality of the Justice Department and demagoguery of the media.
Tell them they are equal with the executive and judicial. They are charged with being our voice, but above that, they, as our representatives, must understand the importance of governing through wisdom and total regard for preserving our rights and freedoms from oppressive government. That's called statesmenship!
If our senators and representatives are not up to the job, or think we don't have the will to follow through, we well get the government we deserve.
But that was yesterday, and yesterday's gone - right, freepers? You got what you wanted, so now it's time to turn your backs on your own statements and keep things from changing back.
I'm going to turn over the screen to someone who seems to have some understanding of what happened - and why:
AMERICA IS GONE
By Monica Miller May 30, 2004 NewsWithViews.com
America is gone. She waved goodbye to us, but we didn't notice.
She waved goodbye, but we didn't care. We were too busy.
Too busy enjoying our freedoms, too busy enjoying our comfort.
America is our freedom. We have traded comfort for freedom of speech.
America is our morals. We have traded our morals for a good time.
America is our character. We have traded our character for security.
This morning I woke up and realized she was gone. Where did she go? Why did she leave?
Wouldn't you leave if no one cared about you anymore?
Now let's turn the Xbox back on, kiddies, and get back to killing ragheads - I mean, doing our military science homework. Boot Camp next week! Combat assignments next month! Full honor burial next year!
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