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Hoodwinked: Why the GOP Touts State Rights

Power to the people

Otherwise entitled How The Power to the States People Are Being Hoodwinked.

Power to the people

The powers are not ours any more

Once upon A time(about 5 minutes after Obama was inaugurated), the Tea Party thought that it was gathered together to protest government spending and government power. They thought so anyways. And to their credit, most of the grass roots part of the organization were true to that premise. In the beginning. TARP was one of their first activities. They immediately went on to protest the Affordable Healthcare Act. But opinion on what they started out to be will go on forever and at this point is meaningless.

Thats the short version, lets leave that there for the time being.

ALEC is an entity comprised of national & internationalal Corporations who write laws that enhance their positions in business. Ever hear of getting rid of corporate taxes? Yep, your right, ALEC. I am sure we all know who ALEC is by now, but I am not sure if we all know how deeply it is embedded in the republican state legislatures. In fact every state has GOP legislators that are members of ALEC. I have to assume that for one, they are incapable of or too lazy to write laws for themselves, and that this membership is through peer pressure as well. In any case, it appears that it is a nationwide commandment of the GOP that you belong to it in the legislative positions at the least.

This effort on the part of ALEC is NOT responsive in any way to the people of the states. ALEC gives money to both partys, 38% of it goes to the Democrats and 62% goes to the Republicans 1. There is no area of your life that they are not writing laws for.There is nothing you can do or say to stop the writing of laws that may or may not be in your best interests. You can vote your local legislator out of office, but if you vote a republican back in, he will become a member of ALEC.

Are you a worker? Office, construction, shop floor? ALEC is doing its best to change the laws that give you the things you have at work. Get rid of unions and you have no one to compete with. No regular raises, vacation time limited. High costing healthcare if any is offered, ALEC written rules will remove any shop/office floor grievance rules and working hour laws. And it doesn’t matter if you are a tea party member, a Republican or a Democrat. You do not get extra points for your point of view. Remember, ALEC is run by corporations, not by people who segregate conservatives from liberals.

The paragraph above is one example of what ALEC intends. Schools, education, our prisons, healthcare and criminal penalties are all involved. Everytime you think or say that regulations are not needed you support ALEC and you jeopardize your food, air and land. And your children to whom you say are saving them a debt but giving them a poisoned environment. This is a FOR PROFIT organization not a save the seals group. Every time you support a state taking away voter rights, remember that the voting rights someone loses could be the same rights YOU lose in time. The goal of ALEC is not the Constitutionally run country you think you have now, but a corporate run country. One that you pay the bills in. If you are a conservative, and are laughing right now, go read up on the laws ALEC is getting passed and proposing. They do not say conservatives are exempt. And as much as you want to think so, they are not written for your benefit.

By now you are wondering what has this to do with the tea party. I had hoped you had figured this out. If you support Ron Paul, the current crop of candidates or any entity that wants all the power to go back to the states you support ALEC taking over your state and you are really saying give everything to ALEC. Why do I say that? Because ALEC and the corporate world owns your state legislators. YOU / WE don’t.


Activism

Activism is necessary in this situation. Writing to your representatives should be mandatory either through their web pag forms or Congress.org. Do not expect it to do much good, the odds of as representative bowing to your wishes are not good unless you have a very large group of people backing you.

Partial Reference page to look up your Legislator


Sources

ALEC Exposed is an excellent resource to find out what is going on in your state and in our country as ALEC writes your laws

Democrats Brought Birth Control Up First?

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Getting SpermedWhoa someone (Gov Daniels and many others) are doing drugs. The GOP is trying to pass bringing up birth control off as being Obama and the Democrats fault.

By 12/15/2011 Michele Bachmann, Rock Perry, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul and Rick Santorum had all signed the Personhood pledge, which states:

I stand with President Ronald Reagan in supporting “the unalienable personhood of every American, from the moment of conception until natural death,” and with the Republican Party platform in affirming that I “support a human life amendment to the Constitution, and endorse legislation to make clear that the 14th Amendment protections apply to unborn children.”

Birth control pills are regarded as a form of abortion by the ancient Catholic Church, and many fundamentalist groups who want to have an ad hoc chair in your bedroom. No sex without having a baby. Keep it in your pants.

The Personhood Pledge is active in all 50 states. As if in a miracle, Mississippi shut it down as not being wanted. One of the most conservative so called christian (and I use the word lightly here) states we have and they said no. Here is the Personhood in its entirety as it is documented here:

I __________________ proclaim that every human being is created in the image and likeness of God, and is endowed by our Creator with the unalienable right to life.

I stand with President Ronald Reagan in supporting “the unalienable personhood of every American, from the moment of conception until natural death,” and with the Republican Party platform in affirming that I “support a human life amendment to the Constitution, and endorse legislation to make clear that the 14th Amendment protections apply to unborn children.”

I believe that in order to properly protect the right to life of the vulnerable among us, every human being at every stage of development must be recognized as a person possessing the right to life in federal and state laws without exception and without compromise. I recognize that in cases where a mother’s life is at risk, every effort should be made to save the baby’s life as well; leaving the death of an innocent child as an unintended tragedy rather than an intentional killing.

I oppose assisted suicide, euthanasia, embryonic stem cell research, and procedures that intentionally destroy developing human beings.

I pledge to the American people that I will defend all innocent human life. Abortion and the intentional killing of an innocent human being are always wrong and should be prohibited.

If elected President, I will work to advance state and federal laws and amendments that recognize the unalienable right to life of all human beings as persons at every stage of development, and to the best of my knowledge, I will only appoint federal judges and relevant officials who will uphold and enforce state and federal laws recognizing that all human beings at every stage of development are persons with the unalienable right to life.

A Ron Paul addendum to the pledge can be found here

Whats really wrong here regardless of what you believe, is that none of this states what they will do when it comes to the will of the people who elected them. This is allowing a religious political organization to determine policy by getting candidates to commit themselves to a policy that may or may not be wanted. It also forces the candidate to pick judges based on religious boundary’s and not by qualifications. And furthermore, screw Ron Reagan, he was NOT a good president.

Personally I don’t understand why these people want to give a egg instantly fertilized its 14th amendment rights then turn around and say YOU don’t have the right to assisted suicide and euthanasia. It IS your right to decide when you die. But not according to the fundies that want to determine your rights for you.

The Republicans brought birth control into the fray long before Obama.

Lets ask, who is the Personhood movement? From the website:

Personhood USA desires to glorify Jesus Christ in a way that creates a culture of life so that all innocent human lives are protected by love and by law.

Personhood USA serves the pro-life community by assisting local groups to initiate citizen, legislative, and political action focusing on the ultimate goal of the pro-life movement: personhood rights for all innocent humans.

We intend to build the support of at least two thirds of the states in an effort to reaffirm personhood within the U.S. Constitution.

Personhood USA opposes vigilante violence.

Personhood USA is a 501(c)(4) Christian ministry that welcomes those who believe in the God-given right to life.

Approved by the Personhood USA Board and Advisory Board 8/7/2010

I reserve the right to be represented by the will of the people in my state and Federal government. Not by religious edicts. Its bad enough now that our representatives work for the 1%, its worse when you add these people in to make decisions such as Women procuring birth control. I do not want religion in my representation. No religion has the right to take political action

One thing that is funny about this, is that Ron Paul signed it yet he wants to get rid of the 14th Amendment that these religious people think covers the baby’s they seek to protect. Where were these people when Bush/Obama sent hundreds of thousands of troops to Iraq and Afghanistan? I will tell you where they are, they revel in the killing of muslims. Right to life? I think not. Nor do I buy into this little ditty where they do not believe in vigilante violence. I want to know why the candidates are not signing pledges to protect ALL of my rights as full citizens. I believe in the rights to assisted suicide, euthanasia, embryonic stem cell research, and anything else that forwards mans plight on this earth. And none of these GOP Candidates would ever get my vote.

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Its Time For Americans To Move – Part 1

Move to where you ask? Well hell, there’s lots of places to go and lots of things that should be done. I certainly do not mean that we should all grab a bag of Viagra and head to the Dominican Republic. The moving that I have in mind has to be done right here at home. And it needs to be done in our society, and our Congress, in our workplace and in our churches.

The perfect example of people moving is the Occupy movement. And like Occupy you don’t have to be a Dem or Rep to play. In fact its probably preferable. This country is under attack by religious Dominionism 1 and the GOP who follow them along. These people are behind the attacks on women that have been occurring since the GOP took control of the Congress and even before. They are behind the rights that you think you have, but have been usurped by religious nuts, corporate entities who use them against you for their own greed. There are several ways to move, we need to put intense pressure on our representatives who do not care one bit about our needs or our rights. We need to put pressure on our Supreme Court, we need to put pressure on the free-market to show that we will not be bought and that we cannot be had. We need to put pressure on the sickness within our society that treats women as fourth class citizens in many cases. We need to fight back against the sickness like Rush Limbaugh and Fox news Who support the disgusting attempts to regulate women’s lives and the lives of people who are gay who just want to live like everyone else. we as a society must move first and foremost on our Congress that is up for reelection this year. It matters not to me at all if we elect an all new Congress Republican and Democrat. In fact I think it’s preferable that we do. We need term limits to prevent people from setting in office for 30 years at the behest of oil companies and other corporations within their states. People cry and scream about earmarks but say absolutely nothing about the representatives total support for corporations, the 1% and those who own them. Screw the earmarks, the representatives are the problem.

in short my friends, we need a new government under our Constitution and through our right to vote. While we still have that right. Some of our founding fathers only wanted the very wealthy in the states to represent the people with the people having very little say. That’s where we are now. The Constitution was written in part so that the states had equal representation( not states rights like some tea bags like to think). Well we have equal representation in our system, it’s just that that equal representation for the states between each other has absolutely nothing to do with the people except for the repression of voting in the repression of women. Is this what we stand for in the year 2012 in the United States of America? I’m 61 years old and I cannot believe where this country is and what it now stands for. We the people, for the most part stand for the right things. Our leadership, and specifically I am calling out the Republican Party, do not stand for anything that is uniquely or remotely American at this time in our history.

In any case lets move along to a few things that I think we as Americans need to move on. I am not sure in our daily lives as we watched things go by in Twitter, and as we read the news or watch it on the television that we take the time to put things in perspective2. So I just wanted to jot down a few things In a two-part posting to think about So that we do not let the news passes by. In no particular order.

Birth Control
This is an area in which the Republican Party has acted despicably. I am really quite surprised that women of both parties are not rising up in huge numbers to protest this. We know this is backed by the Dominionism movement. It is simply beyond comprehension as to why the GOP candidates and the state legislatures would attack In the form of the personhood bills and laws. Utterly disgraceful
Civil Liberties
If this doesn’t scare the BeJesus out of you as a citizen, I don’t think anything will.

  • Indefinite military detentions of U.S. citizens
  • Arresting witnesses for recording police actions
  • Using GPS to track your every move
  • Surveillance drones spying on American soil
  • Tracking your movements with your credit cards
The Courts
From the NyTimes:

But in this era of mass incarceration — when our nation’s prison population has quintupled in a few decades partly as a result of the war on drugs and the “get tough” movement — these rights are, for the overwhelming majority of people hauled into courtrooms across America, theoretical. More than 90 percent of criminal cases are never tried before a jury. Most people charged with crimes forfeit their constitutional rights and plead guilty.

“The truth is that government officials have deliberately engineered the system to assure that the jury trial system established by the Constitution is seldom used,” said Timothy Lynch, director of the criminal justice project at the libertarian Cato Institute. In other words: the system is rigged.

Why do we allow this? Is the size of our judicial system so vast that it has to take shortcuts and deny us our rights? We all must fight this.

The cost of diesel fuel
Normally the cost of diesel which is a much less refined form of gasoline is lower than the cost of regular gas. But today the cost is considerably higher than gasoline which affects every facet of our every day life. Methods of transportation such as trains buses and trucking now cost much more than they should which affects our food costs, the cost of a car, and hundreds of other daily life items. This hits us in the pocket as much as anything does and we need to move against this. This is pure speculative manipulation of our income, savings and cash expenditures.
Voting rights manipulation
We all know who is doing this. This is being done as blatantly as possible. We have groups such as the ACLU and to some degree the United States Justice Department fighting back. This is a clear indication of a complete lack of patriotism and caring about one’s own country. This is a clear indication that we have a political party who against the files that many of these people took to protect the Constitution are doing everything they can to defeat it. Every person in America should be fighting against this and voting the people out that are instituting it.
Wall Street & Banks
After crashing our system and our way of life, after stealing millions of people’s retirement funds and forcing millions of people out of their homes, the banks have not stopped their need for greed. Speculation and the housing markets and the derivative markets is the same today as it was before they crashed us. Your 401 retirement plan now depends on how well Greece agrees with austerity plans. The banks must be much more heavily regulated to work for Americans as a whole, and for the good of this country. Under no circumstances will the banks ever regulate themselves. And we will never get ahead in the game. I am not going to go into why Glass-Steagall needs to be put back into effect because we all know why. The banks on a global basis determine our lives, what we do and what we can do with what we have as far as growing. And they are running rampant with the need for profits to please the few

I realize that I have barely scratched the surface and that everyone knows about the things that I am writing about. Maybe it is as much just a reminder for myself as it is anything, but I would like to add my voice to those who are reaching out in the fight

Part two of this is in process, and will be posted soon


1A good resource for this is Leah Burton’s “Gods Own Party”
2 The Dirty Thirty. an absolute must read and then absolutely excellent reference to keep in mind what we are fighting. This link goes into far more detail than I do.

The Santorum Lie Machine

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I have been curious during this election cycle about how two people who claim to be so religious can lie so much.rick-santorum-440

I have long known that Mitt Romney lies in every speech that he makes. His Holiness Rick Santorum is no different. I have to ask myself how these people can say that they are going to repeal Obama care without telling the people they are going to raise the deficit in doing so, and take insurance away from millions of people who now have insurance while they applaud the two candidates. it reminds me of the tea party that is primarily made up of older citizens supporting the tea party in its efforts to take Social Security away from them.

Previously during this election cycle I did not pay very much attention to Rick Santorum. But now that we have to pay attention to him I find myself wishing I didn’t. He reminds me of a feral cat that is barring his teeth after he has been run over on the road. One of the things I have a problem with is he has signed the pro-marriage pledge put out by the Family Leader group, which is a pro conservative religious entity. This group insinuates itself into the legislature, court rooms and in the media standing up for God’s truth. Once again the words “as they see it” come to mind. this pledge has in its text that the candidates will ban all pornography, do everything they can to ban same-sex marriage and to always be true to their spouse amongst other delicious little items. We have heard Rick Santorum say that he will not ban pornography which is covered under the First Amendment, but he will certainly make it so that states can ban it. This is one way in which Santorum will seek to take the First Amendment right away from you. I bet we have forgotten about that little pro-marriage pledge haven’t we?

Another one of Rick Santorum’s lies concerns the affordable care act. It is his contention that healthcare will be rationed to those who are of the most useful in society. Santorum has gone out of his way to mischaracterize the affordable health care act at every chance he gets. The very act that gives millions healthcare, protects children from being dropped by healthcare providers, emphasizes preventable actions for diseases such as diabetes and protects women’s health. I do not understand how the followers of Rick Santorum can go along with this.

On February 28 I watched Rick Santorum give his so-called concession speech. He of course never once mentioned concession but he did lie all the way through his speech. He lied that the president is the cause of high gas prices, when the United States is producing so much oil it is exporting it. He lied when he said the president was not allowing drilling when right now this country is producing 18% more oil than it ever has. He supports the Keystone pipeline which will raise prices for America’s gasoline usage. This pipeline, by TransCanada’s own words will take oil from Canada and from the Midwest, and send it to taxes to be shipped overseas. This takes oil away from the Midwest for that oil is now going. He lied about the government putting more and more taxes on you and regulations, when right now you are paying the lowest taxes and have been paid in a very long time. He complains about the government trying to run your life when at the same time he would try to determine your morals and censor the things you do, read and watch through his own government. I could go on and on about the number of lies that you told in that speech but I suggest that you watch for yourself. his lies are self evident, the thing speaks for itself.

Another warning sign about Rick Santorum for me as his use of the word Dominion. He suggests the president Obama plus worship of the earth over people When people should hold dominion over the earth. I’m not sure how anyone could read that into anything but he certainly can. I would say that given how man has polluted the earth, its air and water, we have pretty well taken Dominion over this planet. However Rick, some of us believe in preserving this land and Earth for future generations. His use of the word Dominion goes along with some radical right wing fundamentalist Christian groups that are called “Dominionism”. And that in itself is another subject for another day but suffice it to say it is a very dangerous religious sect trying to get into this country’s government. It is a group that Rick Perry was involved with as well as Michelle Bachmann.

Rick Santorum want you to think that he is a religious person and will be a religious leader for America but with all the lying that he does how could that be possible? Why would a person running for president stand up in front of this country where millions and millions of women use birth control and tell people that once again he will not try to ban birth control but he will certainly make it so the states can. This is a repeated method in which the GOP plans to take away your rights. this will be another area in which his morality police will be in your life.

in my opinion Rick Santorum is a very dangerous person. First because of his religious aspects and how he would apply them in government and allow religious leaders to be part of his decision-making. And secondly because he has a tremendous capability to not tell the truth. Could you vote for Rick Santorum for president?

His Holiness Santorum

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Rick Santorum is up to it again. This time he has taken to bashing JFK’s speech where he told the Council of Protestant ministers that he would not be a pawn of the Catholic Church, nor should any president be of any church ur church leadership. according to Rick, such a thought makes him sick. But unfortunately Mr. Santorum is mischaracterizing JFK’s meaning of his speech.

Santorum is saying that JFK’s idea was that they should not have any place in the government. This is not true at all nor was it what JFK meant. Jack Kennedy said that no religious leader would tell him what to do, how he should react to situations or anything else pertaining to leading this country. It’s pretty evident that Rick Santorum would allow his religious leaders to tell him how to run the country which is something that I have no doubt of. Jack Kennedy would never try to legislate morality based on something the pope told him to do whereas Rick Santorum would do it without question.

Morality police

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Picture your world run by morality police. Picture your world with no contraceptives and at the same time no help for single mothers or underprivileged children. Picture a world where any movie that is put out has to pass the religious test. And I’m not talking just censorship here. As far as I’m concerned every book, every movie, every album of music, every play in every place you go for entertainment will have to pass the test by the morality police. This is what we seek, when we seek to put Rick Santorum in office.

If Santorum is in the presidency that it’s more than likely that the Republicans will have the majority in the House and Senate. It’s bad enough that Bush broke the law with the faith-based department that he installed, Rick Santorum would take them to the next level. And even worse that president Obama is continuing the faith-based groups. One can only hope that they are normal Christians and not the whacked out Quiverfull type.

The Pope as President

Rick Santorum is telling us all right that he would allow upper church officials to tell him what to do on certain occasions particularly in the area of birth control, abortion and anything else that the church does not consider moral. There is little doubt in my mind that the Catholic Church would be more than happy to be in power over a country like the United States. It can’t control itself and it can’t control its priests so it almost has to be in power to be able to get away with the things It’s representatives do. But I think Rick Santorum is in far deeper than just the Pope. After one of the recent conventions Mr. Santorum was seen having lunch with white supremacists who spoke at the convention on the problem of mufti-diversity in the United States and how it is ruining our culture. I think we have found in Mr. Santorum a person who doesn’t like other colors. I think we have also found a gentleman who does not have the capability of telling the truth. I think we have also found a person who is the best advertisement to not be religious that I can think of.

Rick Santorum has gone from being a cheat on his children’s education and being named as one of the most corrupt Congressman for one year to being tied as the presidential candidate with Mitt Romney. The GOP also has Newt Gingrich who has his own problems being honest. You have to ask yourself what has the GOP sunk to? Why are they trying so hard not to be elected? They could not even bring up five or six good honest working men to run for president. all I can think of is that they are doing their best to make Obama look wonderful.