“ That the ELECTED might never form to themselves an interest
Will it happen this year? Will President Obama get a congress to fully support his plans. i wish President Obama could stay in power for the next 20 years.
Can’t say what *will* happen, but all indicators are looking good for President Obama. My personal opinion is he rolls to victory — possibly with a larger mandate than 2008, when he won by nearly 10 million votes — and that is despite the Republican voter suppression efforts and the unlimited corporate cash that is trying to buy the Presidency for the greedy bastard Rmoney and his trust fund baby cohorts.
The Senate is looking very good, as well, and it is very likely that we keep — possibly increase — the majority there. In addition, the Senate votes on their “rules” in each session and for years they have had this silly rule that it takes 60 votes for anything to pass (or rather, it takes only 40 votes to filibuster/kill legislation, as we saw with the Veterans Job Act that got killed last week via 40 Republican votes against it, including the unconscionable hypocrite McCain).
Majority leader Harry Reid has hinted at changing the filibuster rules in the next session so as to end Republican obstructionism in the Senate. Personally, I hope he brings back the old-school filibuster and makes the traitorous Republicans read the phone book for days on end so citizens can see their obstructionism in real time.
The major upside to gaining in the Senate is that President Obama will have the votes to confirm his Supreme Court nomination(s), perhaps the most important legacy any President can leave for future generations.
The House is a different story, but there is hope there as well. The Dems need to have a net gain of 25 seats to secure a majority.
What can YOU do to make this happen?
- Here is a list of “Red to Blue”House seats that the DCCC believes are likely or possible gains for the Good Guys.
- Here is a list of every member of Michele ‘Batshit’ Bachmann’s Teabagger Caucus that MUST BE DESTROYED (figuratively, of course).
To all who are reading this, do what you can to help flip these seats, whether it be volunteering, helping with GOTV efforts, or just talking to your friends about how what goes on in The House has tangible effects on your lives, now and in the future.
Though it is possible that we could gain a majority in The House, I believe it is unlikely this year because the vile, racist teabaggers come from districts filled with willfully ignorant rubes who are told how to vote by either FOXaganda® or charlatan preachers who cower in fear that they will lose their tax-exempt status.
But take heart! the The House is very fluid, with every seat up every two years, because The Founders insisted that the will of The People not be crushed under the weight of those who would intentionally do them harm. It’s as if my hero Thomas Paine foresaw the evil that could be perpetrated by organizations like the Koch-funded Teahadists when he wrote:
“That the ELECTED might never form to themselves an interest separate from the ELECTORS, prudence will point out the propriety of having elections often.”
- Common Sense 1776
The Teabagger “movement” is already waning big time, and they also have generational attrition and demographic forces working hard against them. Assuming that the few treasonous teabaggers that remain after this election continue to reveal their racist, homophobic, misogynistic agenda, and their desire to inflict their personal religious beliefs on all Americans, I believe the country will have left them completely behind by 2014, and it is then that we will take back complete control of The House.
In the meantime, President Obama is 100% correct when he says that change in Washington must come from the OUTSIDE — from We The People.
Pay attention to legislation that is coming down the pipeline and when the time comes for a vote, it is imperative that you pound on your Senators and Representatives to do the right thing — call them, write them, go to their office and get all up in their face — BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE.
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Here it is, folks… The 2012 Republican Party Platform: Fascism Anyone?
by Lawrence W. Britt
“For the purpose of this perspective, I will consider the following regimes: Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy, Franco’s Spain, Salazar’s Portugal, Papadopoulos’s Greece, Pinochet’s Chile, and Suharto’s Indonesia. To be sure, they constitute a mixed bag of national identities, cultures, developmental levels, and history. But they all followed the fascist or protofascist model in obtaining, expanding, and maintaining power. Further, all these regimes have been overthrown, so a more or less complete picture of their basic characteristics and abuses is possible.
Analysis of these seven regimes reveals fourteen common threads that link them in recognizable patterns of national behavior and abuse of power. These  basic characteristics are more prevalent and intense in some regimes than in others, but they all share at least some level of similarity.”1. Powerful and Continuing Nationalism - Fascist regimes tend to make constant use of patriotic mottos, slogans, symbols, songs, and other paraphernalia. Flags are seen everywhere, as are flag symbols on clothing and in public displays.
2. Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights - Because of fear of enemies and the need for security, the people in fascist regimes are persuaded that human rights can be ignored in certain cases because of “need.” The people tend to look the other way or even approve of torture, summary executions, assassinations, long incarcerations of prisoners, etc.
3. Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause - The people are rallied into a unifying patriotic frenzy over the need to eliminate a perceived common threat or foe: racial , ethnic or religious minorities; liberals; communists; socialists, terrorists, etc.
4. Supremacy of the Military - Even when there are widespread domestic problems, the military is given a disproportionate amount of government funding, and the domestic agenda is neglected. Soldiers and military service are glamorized.
5. Rampant Sexism - The governments of fascist nations tend to be almost exclusively male-dominated. Under fascist regimes, traditional gender roles are made more rigid. Divorce, abortion and homosexuality are suppressed and the state is represented as the ultimate guardian of the family institution.
6. Controlled Mass Media - Sometimes to media is directly controlled by the government, but in other cases, the media is indirectly controlled by government regulation, or sympathetic media spokespeople and executives. Censorship, especially in war time, is very common.
7. Obsession with National Security - Fear is used as a motivational tool by the government over the masses.
8. Religion and Government are Intertwined - Governments in fascist nations tend to use the most common religion in the nation as a tool to manipulate public opinion. Religious rhetoric and terminology is common from government leaders, even when the major tenets of the religion are diametrically opposed to the government’s policies or actions.
9. Corporate Power is Protected - The industrial and business aristocracy of a fascist nation often are the ones who put the government leaders into power, creating a mutually beneficial business/government relationship and power elite.
10. Labor Power is Suppressed - Because the organizing power of labor is the only real threat to a fascist government, labor unions are either eliminated entirely, or are severely suppressed.
11. Disdain for Intellectuals and the Arts - Fascist nations tend to promote and tolerate open hostility to higher education, and academia. It is not uncommon for professors and other academics to be censored or even arrested. Free expression in the arts and letters is openly attacked.
12. Obsession with Crime and Punishment - Under fascist regimes, the police are given almost limitless power to enforce laws. The people are often willing to overlook police abuses and even forego civil liberties in the name of patriotism. There is often a national police force with virtually unlimited power in fascist nations.
13. Rampant Cronyism and Corruption - Fascist regimes almost always are governed by groups of friends and associates who appoint each other to government positions and use governmental power and authority to protect their friends from accountability. It is not uncommon in fascist regimes for national resources and even treasures to be appropriated or even outright stolen by government leaders.
14. Fraudulent Elections - Sometimes elections in fascist nations are a complete sham. Other times elections are manipulated by smear campaigns against or even assassination of opposition candidates, use of legislation to control voting numbers or political district boundaries, and manipulation of the media. Fascist nations also typically use their judiciaries to manipulate or control elections.
Karl Rove, the Koch brothers, and a $1 billion pledge to defeat President Obama.
Do we have your attention?
Politico is reporting today that Republican super PACs like Rove’s Crossroads GPS and other right-wing groups are planning to spend $1 billion to defeat President Obama and take full control of Congress—with $400 million expected from the Koch brothers alone. To put that figure in perspective, John McCain raised $370 million for his entire 2008 presidential campaign.
That means Rove and the Kochs could determine the outcome of November’s elections. As MSNBC’s Steve Benen notes, “Obama, in other words, is going to face a far-right wall of at least $1.8 billion between now and Election Day. To say this is without precedent in a major democracy is a dramatic understatement.”
And that is why May 31’s fundraising deadline is so important. If you donate today, you can help level the playing field for President Obama and Democrats up and down the ticket.
But more than that, a strong showing of grassroots Democratic donors sends the message to Republicans that Rove, the Koch brothers, and their ilk can’t just buy their way to victory on November 6.
Make a contribution in any amount today.
Themis, a secretive group reportedly bankrolled by the billionaire Koch brothers, aims to become an analytical powerhouse for Republican campaigns, Peter Henderson reports:
Called Themis, the independent group is the most ambitious of the many conservative political technology projects now in development. People with direct knowledge of the group as well as political technology industry veterans say it is backed by the Koch brothers, although their names do not appear on an annual regulatory filing and Koch Industries spokespeople did not respond to requests for comment.
The Kochs own Koch Industries, the Wichita, Kansas-based natural resources conglomerate that refines oil, produces chemicals and owns the paper products company Georgia-Pacific. Chief Executive Officer Charles Koch and his brother David are worth $25 billion each, according to Forbes.
Themis staffers in their twenties and thirties, clad in jeans and checked shirts, work out of a suite in a nondescript office building in Alexandria, Virginia. City records indicate that the company expanded recently, and a federal filing shows millions of dollars in the bank.
Themis operates like many other Koch projects - in secrecy. A reporter retrieving a federal filing from the company was not allowed inside the unmarked front door, and Themis executives declined or did not respond to requests for comment.
Photo credit: A man takes pictures of Newt Gingrich with an Apple iPad during a town hall campaign stop in Plymouth, New Hampshire, January 5, 2012. REUTERS/Mike Segar
Kochroaches cowering in their caves, plotting their propaganda campaigns and economic terrorist attacks, just like Bin Laden used to do.
An influential trade association representing companies that provide water services to one in four Americans says it will continue its membership with the American Legislative Exchange Council, a conservative group that has worked with the energy industry to create loophole-filled water protections and opposes federal oversight of fracking.
The National Association of Water Companies represents the far-reaching privatized water utility industry that serves “nearly 73 million people every day,” according to the association’s website. NAWC represents more than 150 private water companies, each of whom pay an annual fee to the association. Its board of directors is drawn from the leadership of some of the country’s largest water companies.
NAWC works with ALEC to persuade state and local officials to adopt policies favorable to the private water industry. NAWC declined to comment on when it first became involved with ALEC and the amount it pays in annual dues. According to The New York Times, ALEC “is primarily financed by more than 200 private-sector members, whose annual dues of $7,000 to $25,000 accounted for most of its $7 million budget in 2010.”
The FULL list of ALEC's corporate members, the group behind GOP Voter Suppression and "Stand Your Ground" laws →
They include Amazon, AOL (parent company of Huffington Post), Time Warner, and more.
148 corporations that openly support replacing our Representative Democracy with a Fascist Plutocracy:
1-800 Contacts, Inc.
Altria Client Services
American Electric Power Company Inc.
Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc.
Arduin, Laffer & Moore Econometrics, LLC
Astellas Pharma US, Inc.
Bank of America
BNSF Railway Company
Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
Civil Justice Reform Group C/o General Electric Company
Cloud Peak Energy
Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
Connections Academy (Division of Connections Education, LLC)
Continental Resources, Inc.
Corinthian Colleges, Inc.
Coventry Health Care
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc.
Crown Cork & Seal
CVS Caremark Corporation
Daiichi Sankyo, Inc.
DCI Group, LLC
Dezenhall Communications Mgmt. Group, LTD
Diageo North America, Inc.
Dominion Resources Services Inc.
Duke Energy Corporation
Edison Electric Institute
Eli Lilly and Company
Energy Future Holdings
Farmers Insurance Group/Companies
General Electric Company
General Motors Corp.
Guarantee Trust Life Insurance Company
InterMountain Corporate Affairs
IntuCommunications and Technology Inc.
J.R. Simplot Company
John Deere & Company
Johnson & Johnson
Koch Companies Public Sector
LogistiCare Solutions, LLC
Macquarie Capital USA
Marathon Oil Company
MDU Resources Group, Inc.
Medco Health Solutions, Inc.
MedImmune, Company of AstraZeneca
Merck & Company, Inc.
National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB)
National Heritage Academies
National Tax and Fiscal Policypayers Union
Norfolk Southern Corporation
NV Energy, Inc.
Occidental Oil & Gas Co.
Occidental Petroleum Corporation
Parquet Public Affairs
Philip Morris International
Pinnacle West Capital Corp.
Publix Super Markets, Inc.
Purdue Pharma L.P.
Qwest Communications International Inc.
RAI Services Company
Reckitt Benckiser Pharmaceuticals
Reynolds American Inc.
Rubber Manufacturers Association
Salt River Project
SAP America, Inc.
Security Finance Corporation
Shell Oil Company
Shook, Hardy & Bacon, L.L.P.
State Farm Insurance Companies
Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America Inc.
The DIRECTV Group, Inc
The Doctors Management Company
Time Warner Cable
U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform
United Parcel Service
VISA U.S.A. Inc.
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Wise Carter Child & Caraway, PA
ALEC has already attempted to write legislation preventing targets for renewable energy on the federal level. As nothing substantive has happened nationally, it seems ALEC is now preparing to take its corporate-influenced legislation to the 29 states that actually have targets in place.
Along with promoting legislation to kill climate policies and renewable energy targets, ALEC also provided the framework for legislation currently moving through the U.S. House of Representatives that would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating toxic coal ash.
According to the Center for Media and Democracy, Peabody Energy — the largest private coal company in the world — is a major underwriter for ALEC and sits on the organization’s Private Enterprise Board.
Americans for Tax Reform, the infamous anti-tax organization run by Grover Norquist, also says it is taking a more aggressive approach to opposing renewable energy targets. According to Bloomberg News, the group is urging its members to “speak out” against renewable energy promotion policies.
This Fascism brought to you by The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)
Infographic: The Facts About Voter Suppression
The right to vote is under attack. In response to record voter turnout in 2008, we’ve seen an uptick in state legislation aimed to suppress the vote.
Voter suppression measures have been introduced in more than 20 states, and recently passed in critical swing states like Virginia, Pennsylvania and Minnesota. All of these suppression measures — from voter ID laws, restrictions in voter registration and cuts to early voting — make it harder for African-American, low-income, elderly and other minority voters to cast a ballot.
Check out these infographics and learn more about how the attack on the right to vote disproportionately impacts minority voters.
This Voter Suppression Bill brought to your state by ALEC…
ALEC: The Voice of Corporate Special Interests In State Legislatures
People for the American Way
ALEC Behind Voter Disenfranchisement Efforts
Center for American Progress
Ghostwriting the Law for Corporate America
American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)
Virginia GOP lawmaker berates a woman: "I’m not speaking in little enough words for you to understand" →
ProgressVA recently released a report on the legislative influence of the corporate-funded American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) — which began hemorrhaging donors in the wake of a campaign raising awareness of its efforts to disenfranchise voters and enact Florida-style “stand your ground” laws. The group noted that the Commonwealth of Virginia has spent $232,000 of taxpayer’s dollars over the past decade to send legislators to ALEC conferences and meetings.
In an exchange caught on camera, Howell berates the group’s executive director Anna Scholl, mocking the group’s website and her. Howell criticizes the Washington Post’s article about the group’s as “full of half-truths or un-truths.”
In a failed attempt to back up his accusation, Howell notes that while the Commonwealth paid about $230,000 on ALEC-related expenses, it spent even more on travel for the same and other legislators to attend conferences by the bipartisan National Conference of State Legislators.
When by Scholl pressed as to how omission of that irrelevant detail constituted an inaccuracy, Howell berated her:
I guess I’m not speaking in little enough words for you to understand.
When Scholl responded to the slight, telling him “I’m a smart girl, actually I went to the University of Virginia,” more than capable of understanding polysyllabic words. Howell curtly replied, “We’ll good for you.”
Urge to smash Virginia lawmaker’s teeth with brass knuckles commencing in 3, 2, 1 … They think they are addressing children, and they all believe women are beneath them.
Hypocrisy, thy name is Republican.
Personally, I don’t give a rat’s ass about Romney’s religion. My problem with him is that he is the unwitting conduit, hand-picked by the Republican Power-Brokers,
silly GOP Primary voters… you didn’t really think you had a say in the nomination process?
to complete the implementation of the ALEC Plan to replace Representative Democracy and Justice for All with Authoritarian Plutocracy and Government-Dictated Morality for All.
The only path forward for our nation is the UTTER DESTRUCTION
of this Republican Party.
November 6, 2012 → OCCUPY A VOTING BOOTH