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Dem whip challenges GOP to invite Obama to retreat

January 26, 2009


Mmmm, smells like triangulation…. Too bad they’re such a bunch of well, you know.

Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.) is challenging House Republicans to invite President Obama to their annual winter retreat in Hot Springs, Va. next week.

During an interview on C-SPAN�s �Newsmakers� program that aired on Sunday, the majority whip noted that that House Democrats invited then President Bush to their retreat eight years ago.

Democrats reached out, invited [Bush] to our annual retreat, which he came to. We didn�t beat up on him at all. We laid out how we saw things,� Clyburn said. �And we, in large measure, went along with his program because that�s what the American people voted for. Now the tables are turned. Eight years later, people voted for us. I would love to see the Republicans to bring this president to their retreat.�

Matt Lloyd, a spokesman for the House Republican Conference, said, “We appreciate Mr. Clyburn’s genuine concern for our retreat, President Obama will be speaking to the full House Republican Conference on Tuesday before we leave for the retreat.” Obama and House Republicans will be discussing the economic stimulus package.

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So much for GOP talking points: President Obama has gotten under Al Qaeda’s skin

January 25, 2009

By GottaLaff

What is it the righties were saying about Barack Hussein Obama being Al Qaeda’s choice for president? And who was it again, who added to their numbers? Looks like the GOP has been the party that contributed to the terrorist cause. Why do they hate America?

Soon after the November election, al-Qaeda’s No. 2 leader took stock of America’s new president-elect and dismissed him with an insulting epithet. “A house Negro,” Ayman al-Zawahiri said.

That was just a warm-up. In the weeks since, the terrorist group has unleashed a stream of verbal tirades against Barack Obama, each more venomous than the last. Obama has been called a “hypocrite,” a “killer” of innocents, an “enemy of Muslims.” He was even blamed for the Israeli military assault on Gaza, which began and ended before he took office.

He kills your brothers and sisters in Gaza mercilessly and without affection,” an al-Qaeda spokesman declared in a grainy Internet video this month.

The torrent of hateful words is part of what terrorism experts now believe is a deliberate, even desperate, propaganda campaign against a president who appears to have gotten under al-Qaeda’s skin. The departure of George W. Bush deprived al-Qaeda of a polarizing American leader who reliably drove recruits and donations to the terrorist group. […]

[F][or now, the change in Washington appears to have rattled al-Qaeda’s leaders, some of whom are scrambling to convince the faithful that Obama and Bush are essentially the same.

Paul Pillar, a former CIA counterterrorism official who lectures on national security at Georgetown University:

For al-Qaeda, as a matter of image and tone, George W. Bush had been a near-perfect foil.” […] [A]consensus view supported Republican Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) as the man most likely to continue Bush administration policies and, it was hoped, drive the United States more deeply into a prolonged guerrilla war.

Once again, the Republican party line is contradicted by the facts. Hey wingnuts, how does it feel to have your former president and presidential candidate supported by Al Qaeda? Kinda puts a dent in one of your main talking points, doesn’t it?

" I Won"

January 24, 2009

Hat tip:This Week With Barack Obama

From The Wall Street Journal

January 23, 2009, 2:32 pm
Obama to GOP: �I Won�
Jonathan Weisman reports on the White House.

The top congressional leaders from both parties gathered at the White House for a working discussion over the shape and size of President Barack Obama�s economic stimulus plan. The meeting was designed to promote bipartisanship.

But Obama showed that in an ideological debate, he�s not averse to using a jab.

Challenged by one Republican senator over the contents of the package, the new president, according to participants, replied: �I won.�

The statement was prompted by Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl of Arizona , who challenged the president and the Democratic leaders over the balance between the package�s spending and tax cuts, bringing up the traditional Republican notion that a tax credit for people who do not earn enough to pay income taxes is not a tax cut but a government check.

Obama noted that such workers pay Social Security and Medicare taxes, property taxes and sales taxes. The issue was widely debated during the presidential campaign, when Sen. John McCain, the Republican nominee, challenged Obama�s tax plan as �welfare.�

With those two words � �I won� � the Democratic president let the Republicans know that debate has been put to rest Nov. 4 .

Oh, to be a fly on the wall.

Chuck Todd To Gibbs: Would Obama Veto A Stimulus Bill If It Didn’t Have Republican Support?

January 23, 2009

I’m with JMM, Chuck Todd has been asking some pretty screwy questions.

Liberty Betrayed!

June 12, 2008

Et tu, Democratic Party?

The American people have now suffered what must surely be the ultimate betrayal! Those elected to represent and serve their interests in Congress have ‘winked and nodded’ to Bush’s heinous crimes, abuses, usurpations of unconstitutional power, aggressive war and villainy. Democrats in Congress have quashed a move by Dennis Kucinich to impeach the usurper who still occupies the White House.

In a single act of cowardice and betrayal, if not treason, the US congress has ‘scuttled’ the Articles of Impeachment drawn up and carefully researched by Dennis Kucinich. The US government, therefore, may no longer assert or claim legitimacy. By turning a blind eye to the numerous specific crimes that Kucinich outlined and proved in some 35 Article of Impeachment, the people are left adrift. There is no rule of law!

WASHINGTON – Democrats in the House of Representatives yesterday scuttled a colleague’s proposal to impeach President Bush on a wide range of charges, including lying to the American public about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, torturing war captives, and misleading Congress in an attempt to destroy Medicare.

By a 251-166 vote, the House sent the 35-count articles of impeachment to the Judiciary Committee, which is expected to let it die without further action. While the vote technically forces the measure to the committee for consideration, it also means the full House will avoid having to debate and vote on impeaching the 43d president.–

Democrats scuttle proposal to impeach Bush

According to Boston. com “no Democrats [sic] voted against the resolution to send the measure to certain death in the Judiciary Committee, but 166 Republicans voted no – a tactic designed to force Democrats to address the measure publicly.”

The desires, needs and aspirations of the vast majority of people had long ago been betrayed by the GOP. Now –the Democrats have simply twisted the knife in the wound.

Thomas Jefferson would have had this to say:

That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, � That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security

Clearly –as Dennis Kucinich proved conclusively and persuasively in some 35 Articles of Impeachment –the government of George W. Bush, his enablers, toadies, and the financial support that he enjoys has ‘broken the peace’ with the American people. The US Constitution is a covenant between the people and those elected to serve them. Bush has broken that covenant, thumbed his nose at it and disdained it, calling the Constitution ‘ …just a goddamned piece of paper!” The case against Bush, indeed this government was documented and proven in Kucinich’s 35 Articles of Impeachment.

America, your government has betrayed you!

When the forces of oppression come to maintain themselves in power against established law; peace is considered already broken.

Guerrilla Warfare, Ernesto “Che” Guevara

What will you do without freedom? What will you do about the yoke of tyranny imposed by the war criminal and usurper who now occupies the White House illegally? The Courts have abandoned you. The ‘Presidency’ is lost, perhaps forever to the forces of totalitarianism, greed and villainy.

Americans’ last hope –the Democratic majority in Congress –has, in fact, told you to ‘fuggetaboutit’! The US government is no longer legitimate! Like Bush, your government no longer ‘cares what you think!”

ADDENDUM: I was in the process of annotating Kucinich’s ‘Articles’ when I learned of the Democrats betrayal. Here are the very few that I had assembled:

  1. Senate Finds Pre-War Bush Claims Exaggerated, False
    Proof Bush Fixed The Facts
    Lacking Biolabs, Trailers Carried Case for War
    False Pretenses
    Study: Bush Led US To War on �False Pretenses�
  2. The Nation: Bush’s Lies About Iraq
    BBC: Bush administration on Iraq 9/11 link
    Bush Falsely Claims He Never Linked Hussein To September 11�
    Ex-Bush aides conflate 9/11, Iraq in pro-war ad campaign
    9/11 Linked To Iraq, In Politics if Not in Fact
    Mother Jones: The Lie Factory
    Pro War Ads Falsely Link 9/11 To Iraq
    Bush Misled America about the Threat from Iraq
    Buzzflash: Did George W. Bush Invade Iraq by Lying?
  3. A History Of Lies: WMD, Who Said What and When
    President Delivers “State of the Union” (2003)
    Iraq WMD Lies: The Words of Mass Deception
  4. Nuremberg Principles:

    Principle I

    Any person who commitsan act which constitutes a crime under international law is responsible therefore and liable to punishment.

    Principle II

    The fact that internal law does not impose a penalty for an act which constitutes a crime under international law does not relieve the personwho committed the act from responsibility under international law.

    Principle III

    The fact that a person who committed an act which constitutes a crime under international law acted as Head of State or responsibleGovernment official does not relieve him from responsibility under international law.

    Principle IV

    The fact that aperson acted pursuant to order of his Government or of a superior does not relieve him from responsibility underinternational law, provided a moral choice was in fact possible to him.

    War of Aggression = War Crime
    Bush Officials Charged with War Crimes: Crimes within the Court�s Jurisdiction:

    • The crime of genocide
    • Crimes against humanity
    • The crime of aggression
    • Crimes against United Nations and associated personnel
    • War crimes
    • Other categories of crimes

Crimes within the Court’s Jurisdiction

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How Much Was Fox Paid to Shill Bush’s War Crime in Iraq?

June 11, 2008

The Brutal, ‘Iraqi’ Education That Awaits John McCain

June 6, 2008

McCain was and remains on the wrong side of the unwinnable war against Iraq. He will and deserves to lose a race against any opposition and, most certainly, that of Barack Obama. McCain, typically, states a false dilemma –not unusual for the GOP, a party that has made its ‘living’ spreading lies, fallacies and propaganda.

In the wake of Scott McClellan’s scathing indictment of the Bush regime’s sprint to war, some administration pundits argue that to continue to debate why and how our country went to war some five years ago is a distraction from the more crucial issues at hand. The details and minutia of the complex decision to invade Iraq is better left to the historians to untangle. Rather, we should concentrate our efforts and attention on how best to capitalize upon the more recent “successes” of the “new” military strategy in Iraq.

Even were such optimism regarding the surge warranted, however, what these pundits fail to realize, is that military success and improved strategy does not of itself afford a moral and legal basis for continuing the occupation. Understanding how and why we invaded Iraq is relevant not only to ensure the accuracy of the historical record but, more importantly, to decide whether to continue the occupation in the hope or achieving a yet to be defined “victory,” or in the words of John McCain, to “surrender,” accept defeat and withdraw.

Whether to Achieve Victory in Iraq or “Surrender”

The war is already lost and the GOP would not recognize victory if they saw it. They most certainly cannot define it.

There is NO ‘victory’ to be had when wars are waged upon lies and deceptions. Will ‘lies’ suddenly become true? Not a war but a crime, Iraq, like Viet Nam, was characterized by the lack of battlefields or fronts. It will be forever associated with quagmire and a ‘resistance’ that simply refused to line up and be shot like little tin soldiers. Apparently –nothing was learned in Viet Nam. The endless repetition of failed strategies is typical of both idiocy and insanity.

This ‘war’ was lost before it was begun. Secondly, there is simply no yardstick or standard now or ever by which victory is determined or even recognized. Does victory consist of killing every Iraqi who disagrees with the naked aggression against his country? Does victory consist of brainwashing Iraqis into believing the same pack of lies that were, until recently, believed by brainwashed Americans? Does victory consist of Halliburton getting all the oil it wants, raising the price of oil to every American still dependent upon fossil fuel vehicles? Does victory consist of a ‘peace’ (read: occupation) that an American presence is required for 100, perhaps, as McCain has suggested, 10,000 years? I don’t think so, McCain!

If McCain should think so, then I suggest he get his ass to Iraq now. He has a very, very long education of some 10,000 years ahead of him.

Victory in Iraq? Forget about it! There is not now nor will there ever be victory in Iraq short of a decree by God himself that what Bush did in Iraq was right! As long as anyone lives to denounce the crimes and genocide and murder perpetrated by one George W. Bush, that war is lost to the US and lost forever to history.

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Barack Obama’s First Test: Will He Confront Proposed ‘New Powers to Spy on Americans’?

June 5, 2008

As the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, Barack Obama faces his first real leadership challenge. The choice is this: Obama will either support or he will oppose GOP attempts to grant George W. Bush and the GOP ‘new powers to spy on Americans’. If one is either a part of the solution or a part of the problem, this is Obama’s first opportunity to prove himself a part of the solution. [See: National Journal ]

The measure at issue ‘immunizes corporations’ retroactively for crimes they’ve already committed. These are giant telecoms who broke the law when it was clearly illegal. Now –the GOP with Democratic complicity –proposes to flout the Constitutional ban on ex post facto law by writing into law a draconian measure that absolves the corporations of responsibility for the laws they’ve already broken.

The House Intelligence Committee’s top Democrat disclosed late Tuesday that he is ready to accept a Republican-brokered deal to rewrite the nation’s electronic surveillance laws, signaling that a long-running congressional impasse could soon be coming to an end. House Intelligence Chairman Silvestre Reyes told CongressDaily that he is “fine” with language offered by Senate Intelligence ranking member Christopher (Kit) Bond and other Republicans to overhaul the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

Notably, the GOP language, which was offered a day before the recent congressional recess, would leave it up to the secret FISA court to grant retroactive legal immunity to telecommunications companies that have helped the Bush administration conduct electronic surveillance on the communications of U.S. citizens without warrants […] “It’s about finding middle ground and we have middle ground,” Reyes said of the compromise offered by Republicans. “It’s not going to please everyone but let’s get on with it.” Reyes said he believes enough Democrats will support the proposal to pass it in the House.

House Chairman Open To Republican Compromise On FISA, Congress Daily

Barack Obama could put an end to this today if he wanted. He could tell his colleagues in the House and the Senate that they should not work so hard to codify into law what his opponent is calling for – the ability for an executive to secretly spy on Americans.

There is no compelling need for the legislation because there is no compelling need to ‘spy on Americans’! We were told that the ‘turrsts’ were Islamic extremists who just ‘hate freedom’. They lived in caves (we were told) and would be ‘smoked out’ and ‘brought to jestice’. None of that has turned out to have been true. Bush was lying then as he continues to lie now. There is not now nor was there ever any rational justification whatsoever for Bush’s ‘Big Brother’ style campaign of domestic surveillance. Bush’s case was bullshit then; it is bullshit now.

Listen up, folks: Bush’s wars –his ‘war on terror’ and his war against the people of Iraq –are criminal frauds that were intended to provide cover for his numerous capital crimes, war crimes begun upon the lies he told the American people. Now –the GOP with Democratic support proposes to pass new legislation rewarding the criminal for his crimes!!! The big headline on Time reads: US Justice on Trial at Gitmo! Clearly –if there is no justice at GITMO, there is no justice in America. Will the Congress conspire with Bush and McCain to make of the US Constitution ‘just a Goddamned piece of paper’?

That question may be decided –not in a Bush kiss up court, but in the campaign of Barack Obama. Obama has a perfect opportunity to lead a ‘revolutionary’ wave! By contrast, John McCain will never repudiate Bush, having become of Bush’s enablers. John McCain will simply continue the frauds and lies perpetrated upon the American people. Just like Bush, a McCain administration will run its own warrantless wiretapping program!

McCain –like Bush –believes an absurd ‘theory’: the president’s wartime powers trump federal criminal statutes and court oversight! It’s an absurd theory –bogus on its face! There is no language in the Constitution which may be so construed. Secondly, a ‘state of war’ does not, cannot exist –under law –until it has been declared by Congress.

Certainly, that is not the case with Iraq. At last, the term ‘war on terror’ is as nonsensical as the ‘war on porn’ or the ‘war on drugs’ or the ‘war on Blue Meanies’. It’s GOP sloganeering, propaganda, bullshit, nonsense. It is impossible to wage a wage a war upon a tactic or a movement with military methods’. At last, every Bush ‘reason’ for war has proven to be fraudulent! To cite them, then, in support of additional powers or legislation is just downright absurd, fraudulent, possibly criminal in intent!

As there are no legitimate reasons for blanket, warrantless surveillance of Americans, only lies remain. I submit that laws passed upon bald-faced, demonstrable lies are not ‘laws; and, in fact, must not be obeyed. To obey the products of crime is, at least, morally reprehensible, it may violate valid laws.

The Congress must not abrogate its Constitutional responsibilities. To do so makes ‘accomplices’ of Bush’s hard case support in the Congress. When the war crimes indictments are handed down, the case must be made that his culpable support in congress must share the dock.

This week, McCain spokesman Holtz-Eakin issued statements making it clear that McCain’s views on warrantless wiretapping are identical to those of George W. Bush –the arch war criminal who came up with them.

Neither the Administration nor the telecoms need apologize for actions that most people, except for the ACLU and the trial lawyers, understand were Constitutional and appropriate in the wake of the attacks on September 11, 2001. […]

We do not know what lies ahead in our nation’s fight against radical Islamic extremists, but John McCain will do everything he can to protect Americans from such threats, including asking the telecoms for appropriate assistance to collect intelligence against foreign threats to the United States as authorized by Article II of the Constitution.”

The Article II citation is key, since it refers to President Bush’s longstanding arguments that the president has nearly unlimited powers during a time of war. The administration’s analysis went so far as to say the Fourth Amendment did not apply inside the United States in the fight against terrorism, in one legal opinion from 2001.

I have a message for Holtz-Eakin as well as George W. Bush: the Bush position on ‘warrentless surveillance’, justified as they are not by law but by Bush’s illegal war of naked aggression, will be germane to the war crimes (capital crimes under US CODES: Title 18,2441. War crimes) case against Bush and against McCain should he win and should he continue to prosecute the war. In the addendum, you will find authoritative links to both US Codes and international treaties to which the US is bound.

There is a prima facie case against Bush now. Yet the GOP plots still more crimes against the people. Certainly, a case of complicity in Bush’s capital crimes can now be made against members of the Bush administration as well as influential ‘neocons’, architects of the Bush policy of ‘pre-emption’, i.e, ‘war of aggression’. Certainly, the GOP leadership to include John McCain must be held to account.

The American people simply must rise up to demand that Bush and the ‘telecoms’ apologize for having violated the rights of every American. It is time to organize to investigate, document and prosecute. If corporations persist in breaking the law, then ‘corporate pershonhood’ –that loop hole that grants them the privileges of ‘personhood’ without the responsibilities — then they should be either denied ‘corporate personhood’ or tried en masse like any individual similarly charged.

The era of corporate privilege must end! Any Federal Judge can, upon his own motion, convene a Grand Jury to hear the case against Bush. Any Grand Jury already convened can upon his own volition subpoena anyone inside the Bush administration now! I urge any such panel to do so. It is time to bring this ‘reign of terror’ to an end.

Certainly, the powers claimed by Bush enabled him to wage war upon the people of the US. He has threatened them with imperious and arbitrary imprisonment, denied them phone calls, habeas corpus, the right of counsel. There is another, precise legal term to describe the actions of a ‘government’ that wages war upon his citizenry. That word is high treason. In the venerable past, those breaking that law were either hanged or decapitated!

McCain’s position on widespread domestic surveillance does not differ from the Bush position. Rather than ‘going along’, the Democrats must draw a line in the sand. Obama must demonstrate now that he is of ‘Presidential’ material. Obama must demonstrate that he represents change, a breath of fresh air, a new birth of freedom in a country that has been tyrannized –not by ‘terrorists’ who may or may not exist –but by a criminal junta inside the White House! Now Democrats must stand for change or they become a part of the problem. Indications that they may ‘go along’ with the McCain/Bush position are ominous.

Obama faces a ‘dangerous opportunity’. A wrong decision now threatens his campaign at the outset. A correct decision represents an opportunity for both Obama, his future, and that of the nation. A wrong decision will expose the rotten underbelly of the Democratic party. A correct decision will redeem it by saving the nation, all but lost under Bush. We have but one Constitution and, it would appear, but one chance to save it.

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Psychopaths Rule the World

June 3, 2008

The ‘Conspiracy of Rich Men’ That Threatens the Peace, the World and the Environment

June 2, 2008

America is ruled and held hostage by what Sir Thomas More would have called a ‘conspiracy of rich men procuring their own commodities under the name and title of the commonwealth’.

This fascist domination of American life and debate is made possible only because people have bought a pernicious notion: ‘corporate personhood’, which makes possible and winks at More’s ‘conspiracy of rich men’. Because mere legal abstractions are accorded rights that should belong only to real, living, flesh and blood people, corporations are given license to lie about misdeeds, incompetence and corporate criminality. More would have described this ruling cabal a ‘conspiracy of rich men!

Let’s take these ruinous, disastrous effects in turn but, first, this point: the theft of America’s wealth was accomplished by corporate influence upon a civilian structure that left alone is relatively benign. The problem is not so much government itself but ‘K Street’, a major thoroughfare in Washington where the numerous think tanks, lobbyists and advocacy groups maintain offices! ‘People’ themselves cannot be heard through the din they throw up. Until ‘K-street’ and the ‘legal personhood’ of corporations is smashed, the actual offices of government are beyond the reach of the people they were intended to serve. K-street will be served —but not you! If Mr. Smith could see Washington today!!

The world that might be changed drastically if ‘green energy’ were made a high priority. But because ‘green energy’ threatens the corporate establishment, it will take nothing less than revolution to create a world supplied and powered by it. ‘Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion’ (OTEC) has been around for years, at least since the middle 70s. It is a source of virtually unlimited, green energy. Over a period of at least 30 years nothing has been done to develop and implement it. I can only conclude that that is the case because big corporations –More’s ‘conspiracy of rich men’ –have not yet figured out a way to enrich themselves with it. Until they do, it is a threat to them.

Ocean waves are already being used as a source of renewable energy, but could differences in water temperatures in the sea be our next source of green power? A decade old idea to generate renewable electricity for the globe with offshore, floating �Energy Islands� could soon become a reality. The concept – creating artificial islands to collect wind, wave and solar power in the tropics – is based on the work of Jacques-Ars�ne d�Arsonval, a 19th-century French physicist, who envisioned the idea of using the sea as a giant solar-energy collector.

Inspired by Jacques-Ars�ne d�Arsonval, architect and engineer Dominic Michaelis, his son Alex Michaelin (also an architect), and Trevor Cooper-Chadwick are developing a new technique called Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) that takes advantage of differences in temperature between the ocean surface sea (up to 29�C in the tropics) and water a kilometer down (which is typically 5�C). Here�s how it works: warmer surface water is used to heat liquid ammonia, converting it into vapor, which expands to drive a turbine � which in turn produces electricity. The ammonia is then cooled using cold water from the ocean depths, returning it into a liquid state so the process can start all over again.

Their goal is to build a network of �energy islands�: floating hexagonal-shaped platforms of reinforced concrete and corrosion-resistant metals that would generate electricity via wind, wave, and solar in addition to having an OTEC plant. It�s estimated that each island complex could produce about 250MW, and that 50,000 �energy islands� could meet the world�s energy requirements (as well as provide two tons of fresh water per person per day for the entire world population � desalinated water is one byproduct of the OTEC process). OTEC plants work best when there�s a temperature difference of 20�C between water at the surface and the water below, making tropical and sub-tropical seas the best candidates for energy islands.

Artificial Energy Islands Could Power The World

As a fledgling network correspondent, I reported on a model of OTEC scaled down, floating and generating electricity in the swimming pool of the legendary Shamrock Hotel in Houston, TX. It is not hard to imagine entire communities built around combinations of OTEC, Solar, and even land versions of OTEC in which sub-surface water is used in place of ocean water. The best part of it is this: OTEC is green

OTEC apparently never got off the ground because corporations could never figure out how to make it profitable for them. Over the course of some thirty years, the technical ‘kinks’ have been worked out. There is no reason other than fear and greed that prevents OTEC from saving the world.

The very concept is a threat to corporations. Typically, corporations have it the wrong way ’round. If corporations can’t find a way to make a profit from OTEC, then the problem is not with OTEC but with the concept of ‘corporation’. If ‘corporate person-hood’ is the last hang up to green energy, then the time has come to throw off the corporate yoke and free humankind.

‘Corporate person-hood’ gives corporations all the rights of individuals but none of the responsibilities. When an ‘individual’ commits a heinous crime, he or she is simply charged, tried, and punished for the crime. Corporations, by contrast, go to court and pay a measly fine which is written off. The corporation walks!

The word ‘corporation’ puts them above laws that apply to people. Check out the history of Union Carbide with regard to the Bhopal disaster. Recall the slap on the wrist given Exxon for the Valdez disaster. Those are just the most memorable and most highly publicized disasters for which corporations are rarely held to account.

If OTEC and other green methods by which mankind can live in peace on this planet require the absolute abolition of corporations, then let’s get on with it! Corporations have gotten us to the point of extinction. Perhaps the time has come to consider the forced extinction of corporations. It’s an idea whose time has come. The era of the ‘corporation’ should be brought to an end.

OTEC was not covered widely by the corporate media, when, in fact, it should have been a big lead story. Again –it’s time to turn the conventional wisdom on its head. If corporate media will not cover or report the truth, then it’s time for the people to take back the media! It’s time to break up and re-distribute the corporate ‘ownership’ of media.

The public ownership of the airwaves had been a well-established legal principle, upheld by law and court decisions until it was all overturned during the administration of Ronald Reagan. It was in the Reagan years that the laws were re-written to make possible the big media monopolies, the concentration of ownership by Clear Channel et al. It was under Ronald Reagan that the Fairness Doctrine made possible the likes of Bill O’Reilly and Rush Limbaugh. It was under Ronald Reagan than a pernicious ‘right wing revolution’ –what St. Thomas More would have called a ‘conspiracy of rich men’ –stole the people’s airwaves and made possible Bush’s dictatorship.

It’s time to wage the revolution. A line in Shakespeare’s Henry VI reads: “The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers!” In this case, we spare the lawyers if they will but help us take back the media! The first thing we do is take back the media.

A good second step involves smashing the ‘media’ lobby on K street. We need to get over the idea that corporations have a right to lobby the government! Corporations are not people and, as far as I am concerned, have no rights whatsoever. Someone, show me a principle of science or law which credibly equates living tissue with legal abstractions and cubicles!

Thanks to Ronald Reagan and the GOP, one is hard pressed to find in any US market, a locally owned radio station or TV outlet. Before Reagan, it was not unusual to find locally owned radio and TV stations in small to major markets across the nation. Now —it seems –all are owned by some five to seven major conglomerates.

If we, the people, should declare it so, corporations themselves might just be written out of existence. And good riddance! Real people have ‘rights’. Legal abstractions do not. The idea that an artificial, legal construct –a ‘conspiracy of rich men’ –has inherent or inalienable rights is pure bullshit. It’s absurd on its face. How did this idiotic idea become so ingrained?

CORPORATIONS ARE NOT PEOPLE!

We –a revolution of the people –shall make the laws under the common law and ancient principles that declare people not only have rights but are, in fact, sovereign! Should we the people so decree, Fox and the handful of huge corporations that presume to tell us what to do and what to believe, have neither right nor privileges, then Fox and the handful of huge corporations will be either shut down or taken over!

Begin by organizing and insisting upon an FCC with teeth! Insist upon restoring the Fairness Doctrine! Insist upon limitations to corporate ownership of media or prohibiting corporation ownership outright! Remember –‘legal abstractions’ have NO rights and certainly not those of ‘real people’. Insist upon ownership rules that break up the media monopolies. Measures like this existed before Ronald Reagan began an assault upon the rights for the benefit of abstractions, before the GOP conspired with More’s ‘conspiracy of rich men’.

More generally, the people have paid for Reagan/GOP fascism with the truth itself. Therefore, wage revolution against corporate ‘person-hood’. In the absence of corporate influence, government will simply have no choice but to respond to real people or just disband. Certainly, as the fall of Rome proves, ineffective, top-heavy bureaucracies whose only purpose is the waging of wars of self-perpetuation and aggression, are simply not needed.

As useless wastes of human resources, the US government of treasonous militarists and fascist bureaucrats whose only jobs are self-justification, should be dismantled, re-invented, and re-assembled! Precise language –to be added to the Constitution –will make fascist government of and by corporations impossible; corporations themselves will be made impossible and constitutionally illegal.

A good beginning would be to focus the attention of some national organizations on the bogus idea of ‘corporate personhood’. If large organizations like Moveon.org et al would zero in on the source of out national malaise, much good would come of it. Instead of playing ‘whack-a-mole’ with every cockamamie right wing idea that comes up, more could be accomplished by going for the jugular –the corporations themselves.

Corporations –as legal abstractions –should, by right, have no influence on government. Corporations will resist green energy because there are no profits in it. But the corporate argument is circular and assumes the correctness of the ‘profit motive’. Who says corporations deserve or need a profit? Only corporations!

In America, the concept of ‘profit’ itself is simply ‘assumed’ to be correct as are the numerous economic shibboleths that make up right-wing orthodoxy. It is time to re-examine the gestalt of assumptions, myths, and articles of propaganda that make up ‘right wing’ economics. It’s time to reassess ‘profit’ or perhaps abandon the concept entirely.

No corporation will produce ‘green energy’ just as no big corporation can be trusted to tell you the truth on the evening news. The problem is not ‘green energy’ itself but rather the pro-corporate prejudice that prevents its development, indeed, any rational critique of ‘right wing economics’.

Not surprisingly, the corporations have it the wrong way around again. Green energy is NOT the problem; it is rather the solution. It’s corporations that resist or block the development of ‘green energy’ that are the problem. As I learned in broadcasting –if you are not a part of the solution, you are a part of the problem. In America, the corporations ARE the problem. The very concept of ‘corporation’ is institutionalized mental constipation, a block against reason and inquiry.

…when I consider and weigh in my mind all these commonwealths, which nowadays anywhere do flourish, so God help me, I can perceive nothing but a certain conspiracy of rich men procuring their own commodities under the name and title of the commonwealth.

They invent and devise all means and crafts, first how to keep safely, without fear of losing, that they have unjustly gathered together, and next how to hire and abuse the work and labour of the poor for as little money as may be. These devices, when the rich men have decreed to be kept and observed for the commonwealth�s sake, that is to say for the wealth also of the poor people, then they be made laws.

But these most wicked and vicious men, when they have by their insatiable covetousness divided among themselves all those things, which would have sufficed all men, yet how far be they from the wealth and felicity of the Utopian commonwealth? Out of the which, in that all the desire of money with the use of thereof is utterly secluded and banished, how great a heap of cares is cut away! How great an occasion of wickedness and mischief is plucked up by the roots!

–Sir Thomas More (1478�1535), Utopia, Of the Religions in Utopia

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