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  •  Hi kid - (17+ / 0-)

    As a 68-year-old senior citizen, I'm closer to my death date than my birth year (I plan on dying at 100, only 32 years from now).  Before I die, I want my Constitutional rights back!

    As is, the corporate fascists can march in and change our constitution at will (officially, via bought and coerced legislators and courts and legal decisions - now secret and behind the scenes) and keep us from getting our rights back.  They're buying our Cretinous Congress Critters left and right and, on top of the idiotic Citizens United decision, SCOTUS just gave corporations the 'free speech right' to spend as much money as they want to buy access to our Cretinous Congress Critters, and our Fourth Estate still says nothing that gains any attention by the masses to these abuses of power.  They tune into reality shows and sports shows and are none the wiser.  Bread and circuses.  They're still under the delusion we still have "our freedumbs."  No, we do NOT.

    One senator has a bill to change a section of one of the illegal and unconstitutional bills, but that's not enough.

    We NEED to REPEAL IN FULL: the AUMFs [the Constitution does not allow for a transfer of powers, and only congress has war powers and funding powers for those wars; going after a little criminal gang with no ties to any country does not constitute a war, and prisoners taken are not POWs - hence, Gitmo, which needs to be closed]; Patriot Act, MCA '06 (it is unconstitutional to take away habeas corpus), FISA fiasco '08, and the other which should not have passed under Obama's watch, MCA '09.

    Need to abolish and de-fund:  The 'office of faith-based initiatives' run through the White House and set up by an executive order signed by Dumbya in January of his first term.  It is a flagrant violation of the separation of church and state.  (James Madison must be spinning in his grave.)

    The purpose of separation of church and state is to keep forever from these shores the ceaseless strife that has soaked the soil of Europe with blood for centuries.
         — James Madison, 4th President of the US, and one of the principal architects of the US Constitution
    Without our rights restored to us, the rest of your list of what to work for/about/against is meaningless because only corporations will write laws and make legal decisions.  Oh, at first they may only buy off or coerce legislators (as they have been doing for years, much to our frustration about their lack of spines), but eventually it will be a matter of corporations, Casino Wall Street, banksters, and other hucksters openly telling legislators what laws to write and vote for/against so it will benefit them - or, as they did for insurance, medical, pharmaceutical corporations, write the legislation themselves and have Congress pass it.  We're already headed that way, especially since Clinton signed Gramm-Leach-Bliley which deregulated everything and led to the '08 financial collapse, and oil, mercenary, insurance, medical, and pharmaceutical corporations have made (or will be making) record-setting profits thanks to tax breaks and forcing us to pay corporations directly, thanks to laws they wrote (see: Medicare Part D & Obamacare - aka ACA).

    Next on the chopping block:  Social Security and Medicare Part A & Part B.  Who's going to stop them?  We peons who have no constitutional rights and don't matter to corporations and other big money interests who don't even pay taxes here and don't keep their money in the US but send it to overseas tax shelters...???

    Right now it seems like no one in Congress (except one senator and that's only regarding one little section) is mentioning our lack of restored rights so that we get used to the idea we no longer have any rights..., and when they do step in and make those crappy pieces of shite legislation permanent (no more expiration dates to vote on unconstitutional legislation), we won't even be aware it's happened.

    FIRST, return our rights to us and don't take them away again!  Without our rights, we have no constitutional or legal grounds to file law suits against these bloody corporations down the road when their pollution and wars kill off lots and lots of people....

    Without our constitutional rights we have nothing.

    I hope that we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations, which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country.
         — Thomas Jefferson, 1816
    The first truth is that the liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic state itself. That, in its essence, is fascism — ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power.
         — Franklin D. Roosevelt, April 29, 1938, message to Congress
    Fascism should rightly be called Corporatism, as it is the merger of corporate and government power.
         — Benito Mussolini
    When fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.
         — Sinclair Lewis

    I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

    by NonnyO on Thu Apr 10, 2014 at 11:21:48 PM PDT

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    •  Justice Stevens (2+ / 0-)
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      "The truth will set you free...but first it'll piss you off." - Gloria Steinem

      by Sharoney on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 11:11:48 AM PDT

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      •  THANK YOU for that link!!! (1+ / 0-)
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        Oh, be still my beating heart!  I think I'm in love!  Intellectual men are endlessly fascinating and marvelous conversationalists.  Never mind he's old enough to be my father (my father was born a year before Justice Stevens, my mother four years after Justice Stevens).  That's a book I have to get..., and I hope like crazy Justice Stevens is a guest on Jon Stewart AND Stephen Colbert.

        It is SO damned difficult to explain the first clause of the Second Amendment and what that means relative to the second clause which is the only part the fanatic gun owners acknowledge because these freakazoids haven't even read the Second Amendment and they don't know the history leading up to it being written!  Justice Stevens is more succinct (bolding is the blogger's):

        The Second Amendment – (Amend the 2nd Amendment) A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms when serving in the Militia shall not be infringed.
        I might not have made the connection either (even though I have actually read it many times), but I've been doing genealogy research for 50+ years and my ancestors' names are found on Militia roles and Able to Bear Arms lists in colonial New England.  The militia from Marshfield, MA went to RI to fight during King Philip's War, and my ancestor came back from that war and thereafter "suffered bouts of temporary insanity."  [It was probably lucky he died young.]  A century and a half later, one of my Revolutionary War ancestors (copies of whose records I found a few months ago and downloaded the images) brought his own gun with him when he enlisted for two terms, survived over six years and some rather famous battles - and his honorable discharge is signed at Newburgh by "G. Washington."  The wording of the Second Amendment is the way it is for a reason!  (Other ancestors served in militias, another in my paternal line was killed in RI; these two just happened to have had lives that were not mundane for the periods of time they participated in their militia duties.)

        The point is, when people have no clue about the early history of this nation (and/or the role their ancestors played in said history or how events of the day affected same ancestors and/or historical figures), they can't definitively know the why and how things were done or divine the fact there were actual reasons for things done the way they were.  It's there in the documents that prove our people were there, and how events of the day affected them.

        On the Wiki page about Justice Stevens (another reason to love this man - bolding is mine):

        In Bush v. Gore, 531 U.S. 98 (2000), Stevens wrote a scathing dissent on the Court's ruling to stay the recount of votes in Florida during the 2000 presidential election. He believed that the holding displayed "an unstated lack of confidence in the impartiality and capacity of the state judges who would make the critical decisions if the vote count were to proceed". He continued, "The endorsement of that position by the majority of this Court can only lend credence to the most cynical appraisal of the work of judges throughout the land. It is confidence in the men and women who administer the judicial system that is the true backbone of the rule of law. Time will one day heal the wound to that confidence that will be inflicted by today's decision. One thing, however, is certain. Although we may never know with complete certainty the identity of the winner of this year's Presidential election, the identity of the loser is perfectly clear. It is the Nation's confidence in the judge as an impartial guardian of the rule of law."

        I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

        by NonnyO on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 12:09:01 PM PDT

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      •  PS Did you follow the link... (0+ / 0-)

        ... back to Sheila Kennedy's blog?  I see she follows Daily Kos.

        The few bits I had time to read of her thoughts are very interesting (will go back later; I'm late to do stuff now).  I think I'll have to sign up for and follow her blog.

        I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

        by NonnyO on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 12:12:47 PM PDT

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