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Saturday, December 10, 2011
By: Alan Wallace, Guest Writer from “Behind the Lines” in America
When future generations ask us what happened to the country, what will we tell them? When they ask us why we didn't stop it, will we have an answer? When they see us cry as we respond, will they know why? Will they have a future? Will they even have a chance to ask us at all?
How have we as a people of this nation come to this point? I will tell you. We have lost our will to fight. To fight for what is right, what is fair and what is just. But beyond that, we have lost our will to live. I do not mean in the sense that we are killing ourselves, although (in a way) we are.
I mean, in that we have made a choice to accept what we are told. I mean that we have stopped trying to make things right, and started to ask for more hand outs. We have signed our freedoms over to politicians who have sold us on the best lines BS. We have looked them in the eyes, known they where lying and still said it was okay, in the hope that maybe, just maybe this one is different.
Guess what? They weren't, they aren't and they never will be. We are sitting on a $15 trillion dollar deficit. A number so large that we cannot even comprehend it logically. We simply say to ourselves that it will get better, it has to, it always has before.
Well, it won't, it can't and above all else it is impossible for it to. With the protests that have started around the nation we are starting to learn very quickly that something is broken, and the government is learning this too. The passing of the NDAA bill is a clear sign that those at the top are tired of their peasants uprising and need it to go away before more people join.
They have now turned the entire country into a “Battlefield” and with that, we will start to see people disappearing from these protests, never to be seen again. If you are wondering where this country is headed and what the end goal is for the government, don't watch the news or ask a friend, simple watch any documentary on the rise of Hitler and his control over Germany. There you will find what we have to look forward to.
I could rattle of a long list of statistics for you. I could talk about the long list of debt, the welfare programs, the amount of people who are homeless, jobless, hungry, underwater, and the list goes on, I could talk about the numerous bills and laws, that have been, are being and will be passed that fundamentally strip us of our rights. I could talk about the food acts, drug acts, security acts and so on.
Or maybe I could put together a list of the atrocities being perpetrated by the T.S.A., the strip searches of the elderly, the children and the person who refuses to be exposed to a cancer risk. But, I won't. Instead I will talk about what this country was founded on. Freedom. Plain and simple, no moreno less. And what is worse, is we all know this, we love it, we crave it and we enjoy it.
We (however) refuse to fight for it, defend it and die for it. We seem to have no problem allowing our military to jet off to foreign countries to fight on behalf of our dictatorial government and yet we refuse to stand up to a police officer as we watch them beat to death an innocent man.
We stand idly by while they shoot our brethren with rubber bullets, tear gas and bean bags. We scream at the injustice of groups of people being pepper sprayed and chant things like “shame”. The problem is they love that we sit there and take it, they love watching us cry out in pain.
“You must be the change you want to see in the world.” Mahatma Gandhi
The time for sitting around and hoping things will get better is over. Stand up, stand out and do something, anything. Are we going to wait for a child to be hit by a rubber bullet? Maybe when they finally kill someone we will do something.
You don't have to agree with what people are protesting against.
You don't have to approve of what they want or what their message is, you just have to want something better for this country.
The fact is, that most of the Occupy protesters have no idea what to protest, and have no idea who to protest against.
They are people who simply reached a breaking point and decided to stop sitting around at home, and do something. It may be misguided at times, but at least they are trying.
They just need more people to join them, to guide them and to organize them. If generations before us had been as beaten down and had as much trepidation as us, there never would have been a revolution, a civil war, or a United States.
That is all I have. That is all I can offer. I will leave you with these questions though, and leave it up to you to decide what is right, what is fair and where it ends.
When future generations ask us what happened to this country, what will we tell them?
When they ask us why we didn't stop it, will we have an answer?
When they see us cry as we respond, will they know why?
Will they have a future?
Will they even have a chance to ask us at all?
“Democrats occupy Occupy.”
BY TED RALL, Liberal viewpoint
If Democrats were doing their jobs, there wouldn't be an Occupy movement.
The last 40 years has left liberals and progressives without a party and working people without an advocate. The party of FDR, JFK and LBJ abandoned its principles, embracing and voting along with Reagan and two Bushes. Clinton's biggest accomplishments, NAFTA and welfare reform, were GOP platform planks.
These New Democrats were indistinguishable from Republicans, waging optional wars, exporting jobs overseas and coddling corrupt CEOs while the rest of us — disconnected from power, our needs repeatedly ignored — sat and watched in silent rage.
President Barack Obama is merely the latest of these phony Democrats. He's the most recent in a line of corporate stooges going back to Jimmy Carter.
The Occupiers revolted under Obama's watch for two reasons. The gap between the promise of his soaring rhetoric and the basic indecency of his cold-blooded disregard for the poor and unemployed was too awful to ignore. Moreover, the post-2008 economic collapse pushed a dam of insults and pain and anger that had built up over years past its breaking point.
Haphazard and disorganized and ad hoc, the Occupy movement is an imperfect, spontaneous response that fills a yawning demand gap in the American marketplace of ideas. For the first time since 1972, the spectrum of left from liberalism to progressivism to socialism to communism to left anarchism has an audience (if not much of an organization).
Now the very same Democrats who killed liberalism and blocked leftists from candidacies, appointments, even the slightest participation in discussion — are trying to co-opt the Occupy movement.
MoveOn.org, which began as a plea for the U.S. to "move on" during Bill Clinton's impeachment for perjury, claims to be an independent, progressive activist group. It's really a shill for center-right Democratic politicians like Obama, whom MoveOn endorsed in the 2008 primaries against Hillary Clinton, who was running to Obama's left.
All decision-making within the Occupations is consensus-based. Nothing gets approved or done before it has been exhaustedly debated; actions must be approved by 90 to 100 percent of Occupiers at General Assemblies. It can be arduous.
Without respect for Occupy's process, MoveOn brazenly stole the movement's best-known meme for its Nov. 17 "We Are The 99%" event. And no one said boo.
Some Occupier friends were flattered.
Why didn't MoveOn ask permission from the Occupy movement? Because they wouldn't have gotten it. "We're just days from the Super Committee's deadline to propose more cuts for the 99% or increased taxes for the 1%," reads MoveOn's ersatz Occupy "event."
"So come out and help increase the pressure on Congress to tax Wall Street to create millions of jobs."
Um, no. Lobbying Congress directly contradicts a fundamental tenet of the movement that began with Occupy Wall Street. Occupy doesn't lobby. Occupy doesn't endorse either of the corporate political parties. Occupy doesn't care about this bill or that amendment. Occupy does not participate in stupid elections in which both candidates work for the 1%. Occupy exists in order to figure out how to get rid of the existing system and what should replace it.
What MoveOn did was shameful. They ought to apologize. Donating a year or two's worth of their contributions to the Occupations would be small penance. Given how little MoveOn has accomplished since its founding, Occupy would likely make better use of the cash.
On Dec. 7 it was the turn of another Democratic "Astroturf" organization, the "American Dream Movement," to lift the Occupy movement's radical rhetoric to promote a very different, milquetoast agenda.
The American Dream Movement was co-founded in June 2011 by former Obama political advisor Van Jones and — turning up like a bad penny! — MoveOn.org.
A written statement for the ADM's "Take Back the Capitol" threatened to "make Wall Street pay" for enriching the richest 1% and to "track down those responsible for crashing the economy and causing millions of 99%-ers to lose their jobs and homes — while failing to pay their fair share of taxes."
Sounds like Occupy. Which is great.
Somewhat less than awesome is the content of the "Take Back the Capitol": begging Congressmen who ought to be awaiting trial for corruption and treason for a few crumbs off the corporate table.
"Throughout Tuesday, demonstrators visited the offices of about 99 House and Senate members, from both parties, and most were refused meetings with lawmakers," reported NPR.
What part of "we hate you" do these ACM fools not get?
Robert Townsend, an unemployed 48-year-old man from Milwaukee, managed to meet his congressman, Republican Thomas Petri. "We asked him if he would vote for the jobs bill. He was evasive on that. And I asked him, 'Tell me something positive that you're doing for Wisconsin that will put us back to work.' He mentioned something in Oshkosh, but that's mostly for military people. He really didn't have much of an answer. It's like he had no commitment to addressing this problem."
If Congress were responsive, if Democrats or Republicans cared about us or our needs, if Obama and his colleagues spent a 10th as much time and money on the unemployed as they do golfing and bombing and invading and shoveling trillions of dollars at Wall Street bankers, we wouldn't need an Occupy movement.
But we won't have one for long. Not if Occupy lets itself get Occupied by MoveOn and the Democrats.
Ted Rall is the author of "The Anti-American Manifesto." His website is tedrall.com.
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Thursday, December 1, 2011
Senate votes to allow indefinite detention of Americans - Josh Gerstein: Senate votes to allow indefinite detention of Americansblog comments
December 01, 2011
The Senate on Thursday evening essentially blessed the indefinite detention of American citizens who join up with Al Qaeda.
By a 45-55 vote, senators rejected an amendment from Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) that would have excluded U.S. citizens from the detention authority created by the Authorization for the Use of Military Force passed in 2001 after the Sept. 11 attacks.
Feinstein's amendment would have inserted language excluding Americans into the detainee provisions of the Senate version of the National Defense Authorization Act.
During floor debate on Feinstein's proposal, some senators argued that Supreme Court decisions make clear that American citizens can be detained under the law of war. They point to a 1942 decision upholding the trial of an American-born saboteur before a military commission and a 2004 decision in which four justices endorsed an opinion that found the government has the right to detain a U.S. citizen who joins with enemy forces. However, other senators said the facts of those cases don't squarely endorse the open-ended detention of a U.S. citizen captured on U.S. soil.
The Senate later adopted, by a 99-1 vote, a compromise amendment clarifying that nothing in the NDAA is intended to alter the government current legal authority to detain prisoners captured in the war on terror.
An earlier Feinstein amendment seeking to limit new detention-related rules to prisoners captured outside the U.S. also failed, on a 45-55 vote.Posted by Josh Gerstein 06:55 PMpost a comment Back to top
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