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My Reply to Cornel West’s Critiques of Obama

Cornel West’s 8 Most Eye-Opening Critiques of Barack Obama’s Presidency

In his new book, West blasts the president for failing African-Americans and the poor. Link to article HERE
I think that West’s critique has some merit but it does a great disservice to his followers by leaving out the underlying conditions that make this the reality. It serves as a continuing trend in America of looking at the surface and basing opinion on that alone. American is far deeper than the ugly veneer that is apparent on the surface. I have and continue to respect Brother West for his knowledge and insight in most cases, but based on these quoted remarks I do have to express a departure with him.

On his first point, African-Americans as well as all minorities and poor typically do worse under national economic crises. As witnessed throughout American history; look at 1920, 1880, 1800 and so on. With the Second Republican Great Depression in 2008 came a disproportionate oppression of minorities, middle class, working class, and working poor. This complete decimation of the American economy  lead to a widening of the divide between those that have and those struggling to obtain (in spite of a system that pushed all economic gains to the top 5% Obama has made strides, although not as much as American needs).

On his second point, leadership in the African-American community has weakened due to lack of participation in the voting process other than presidential election. Bring up the percentage of actual minority voters and leadership void will be filled by those supported by the increased voting numbers.

On his third point, he need look no further than the adoption of Reaganomics in 1982 until now and the lack of populist legislation to reverse the devolution of Trickle-On-economics. A single president does not have the power to do this alone; he needs Congress. The decrease in the upward mobility numbers have been evidenced over the years till now after the Reagan Revolution (against the middle class).  I utterly agree with West that the upward mobility problem in America is vast and almost insurmountable, but it is not the result of the Obama presidency. I would add that if President Obama had acted more quickly and aggressively he could have done more to quell this depression. The truth is that this trend has continued due to an opposition party that have governed (loosely used when referring to Republicons) in a manner that is treasonous and at the very least “seditious”!

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There They (SCOTUS) Go Again!

Today marks another bleak day in America in terms of the decisions coming out of the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS)! Now My assertion in this blog  has little to do with the out-come of the court’s completely partisan ruling, but it has more to do with the SCOTUS operating outside of the Constitutionally granted powers given to the SCOTUS. The power in question is the made up term “Judicial Review”!

I would be doing you all an injustice if were to leave the impression that I agree with the decision of SCOTUS today because I DO NOT  AGREE WITH THIS DECISION!! I assert without the slightest ambiguity that the case before the court today should not have been heard at any judicial level. The case of Burewell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. does not warrant a case in court seeing that is attempting to conflate the religious views of the David Green family with the business practices of a for-profit corporation (Hobby Lobby).

The twist of logic of this conflation will be covered in another blog later. But just to be clear, corporations are a separate and distinct legal entity from its owners and a corporation’s primary legal purpose is to separate the owners from the institution making them exempt from financial and legal liabilities. In other words a corporation can make a product that kills you and you are only allowed to get financial restitution from said corporation, but owners are free of all liabilities even if they knew it would kill you. And thus, how do you anyone justify the idea that a corporation has the religious views of the owner, but the owner does not inherit anything from the corporations? It is a one-sided highway that leads to nowhere!

I digress, back to the topic of judicial review! Judicial Review was first coined back in 1803 in the case of Marbury v. Madison. In the case of Marbury v. Madison the SCOTUS declared, for the first time in American history, that the SCOTUS has the  ability to limit Congressional power by declaring legislation unconstitutional. This is a power that is not declared by the Constitution, was never utilized until this case, and in my opinion was pulled out of the backside of the Chief Justice John Marshall court. Read more…

Fascim American Style… The Redefine/Refocus!

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This image has little to do with the blog; I just thought I would add it for the “Fascism” in the title! Thanks NY Nerd.

Ever since the election of Barak “Hussein” Obama (extra emphasis on Hussein), the Obama administration has been labeled all sorts of negative descriptors. The word of the that seems to be the prevailing part of the partisan lexicon  is “Fascism or Fascist”, but those words don’t really mean what they think it means.

The time has come to add clarity to the word, the definition, and it applicability to the current president/administration. The unfortunate reality is that there are so many negative words subscribed to his administration that it would be impractical to cover them all here. This blog will cover the one that is the most miss-used one to date “fascist” or “fascism”!

Fascism has been commonly misunderstood to mean that the government doesn’t own the means of production, but the government does control it. This definition only goes to show that someone did not do a very thorough search on the Google machine. National_Fascist_Party_logo

Meriam-Webster defines fascism as “a political philosophy, movement, or regime (as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression [via military means] of [political] opposition”. Fascism is completely foreign to the American governmental structure due to the very nature of it.

One must remember that we have a House of Representatives, a Senate, and a Supreme  Court which makes fascism in America impossible; RIGHT NOW. Fascism needs a dictatorial presence in order to be fulfilled and this is impossible in a democratic republic, such as America! Although it is true that fascist nations control the “means of production” many are oblivious to the fact that true fascism is accompanied with the utilization of military force, mobilization of the public, and political violence to those in opposition.

Fascism was invented and originated in Mussolini’s Italy. Mussolini defined it as the merger of state and corporate power. This is the government that libertarians/Republicons have been attempting to bring into existence for 30 plus years and yet they decry their disgust at the possibility that Obama could be using doing just that.

Fascism is the ultimate goal of the political Right. The political right would rather that practically all sectors of our economy be run by corporate raiders, minus military and defense in a small part. A Libertarian dream would be to have corporations be considered people [America is all but there], but with all of those exceptional bonus corporate powers! They would prefer that government get out-of-the-way of industry which would most certainly result in the oppression of We The People.

The ideology is to allow corporations to control the economy, control how and when they are regulated, control how much to pay workers, under what conditions workers should work in, and control their taxation policies. True fascism would return to the days of Mussolini where instead of elected officials running the House and the Senate we would have appointed corporate CEOs.

Actually, this is not that far removed from the deteriorated stated that our government is currently operating. The only real difference is that our representatives (loosely used) are the thin veneer between corporate interests and  representation. Make no mistake America there is an emerging bastions of fascism in America and it lives in Wall Street, the defense industry, our political system, lobbyists, corporate media and in both the right and left ends of our political spectrum [much more dominant in the Right].

There are traces of fascism everywhere, but it is not about the man “President Obama”; it is about the system. Our newspapers, media, and many other sources of information have been infected with the corporate cancer that greatly resemble fascism. The seeds have been sown and the fruit is looking to become ripe in the garden of government with the personalizing, empowering, and politicization of corporations. Read more…

Know Yo Civics!

civicsThe RNCC (Republicon National Congressional Committee) and the Republicons in general, due to their relationship, have a need for some serious high school civics classes. The rationale for this assertion is their general lack of understanding of how our government allocates and spends money. This is a big deal because the Constitution of the United States has defined the course in which moneys are collected and spent by the government.

Every elected politician should have a firm understanding of which the branches may start the process of taxing, allocating payments, and paying debt. It has become increasing obvious that a great number of politicians either don’t know how government works or are completely comfortable with lying to and dumbing down the American people with their words. This is not ROCKET SCIENCE; this is simple elementary/high school, depending on the school that you went to, civics.

Article 1 Section 8 of the United States Constitution states the following in terms of who has the right to raise and spend money; “The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States…”. Only one branch of government that has been given the right to obtain money and pay bills and that is the Legislative Branch and the House of Representatives is where all bills have to originate; see Article 1 Section 7 Clause. These facts seem to escape the RNCC as can be demonstrated by their recent ad on spending, SEE!

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@NRCC You know the coin doesn’t need to be made of $1 trillion worth of platinum, right?

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