Nothing Says Western Hypocrisy Like a Dead Baby Meme

I realize I will make many people angry for “politicizing” the Syrian debacle BUT in the face of the current Syrian tragedy we need to be mindful of our own complicity in their pain. Equally horrible is the fact that you are being emotionally manipulated into ignoring the root causes of this humanitarian disaster by the blatant over use of the photos of the dead baby. They want you to believe that the crisis just happened. That it just started. Of course that is not the case. It has been fermenting for years. In the political shadows the United States has been the quiet Puppet Master.

When you see that drowned Syrian boy, you should be seeing, instead, the immoral failure of see the United States’ foreign policy since 9/11. We as a nation have contributed greatly to the agony of the Syrian people.

This has everything to do with how and why we elect leaders in the USA. We elected people who were hell bent on keeping the region unstable. We need to learn from Syria and Iraq and stop putting people in office who’s only interest is in regime change.

Stop putting people in office who created the mess in the first place.

For a clearer understanding of how we all got here, click the photo.
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Cue The New Coup For You

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You think this shutdown and the impending default just happened in a vacuum? Just 30-40 mentally defective Congresspeople got together and said lets do what Ted is doing? This event has been meticulously planned for a very long time. The “Representatives” and the Miscreant Party to whom they pander are the wholly owned subsidiary of the Koch Brothers and a tiny handful of very rich white men who are and have been committed to to destroying ALL social services and the Government who supports them. They own and or fund all of the groups that are paying Congress members to do exactly what they are doing now. They are on the payroll to lie, delay, obfuscate and obstruct. It is what they are being paid for. It is in their Grand Plan to destroy The EPA, and the Departments of Health and Human Services, the FDA. It is their expressed goal to privatize EVERY program that the Government now has in place to protect and serve the citizenry. They have said that they will lie and delay and do everything in their power to shrink Government to the size of something that can be drowned in a sink. This is NOT about Cruz, or Boehner or even the Republicans. It is truly about privatizing America for maximum profits for the top 1% while leaving the rest of us to live as wage slaves. Read this NYT article please. It is NOT an opinion. It is fact. When your country is destroyed it might be nice to know why. Please get pissed off enough to do something.

 

Back in the 1930s a general by the name of Smedley Butler exposed a plot to overthrow the government of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and install a fascist oligarchy backed by some of America’s most powerful business leaders and conservatives. Prescott Bush, grandfather of George W., was among those heavily linked to the plan. The coup was aimed at toppling President Franklin D Roosevelt with the help of half-a-million war veterans. The plotters, who were alleged to involve some of the most famous families in America, (owners of Heinz, Birds Eye, Goodtea, Maxwell Hse & George Bush’s Grandfather, Prescott) believed that their country should adopt the policies of Hitler and Mussolini to beat the great depression. He was ultimately bounced out of Government for his part in the coup and for his belief that  Corporate Facism was far better for America than the “Socialism” FDR was promoting. To remind you what this monster FDR did to deserve overthrown in a coup check out his rap sheet below.

 

1. CCC – Civilian Conservation Corps

The Civilian Conservation Corps was created in 1933 by Franklin D. Roosevelt to combat unemployment. This work relief program had the desired effect and provided jobs for many Americans during the Great Depression. The CCC was responsible for building many public works and created structures and trails in parks across the nation.

2. CWA – Civil Works Administration

The Civil Works Administration was created in 1933 to create jobs for the unemployed. Its focus on high paying jobs in the construction arena resulted in a much greater expense to the federal government than originally anticipated. The CWA ended in 1934 in large part due to opposition to its cost.

3. FHA – Federal Housing Administration

The Federal Housing Administration was a government agency created to combat the housing crisis of the Great Depression. The large number of unemployed workers combined with the banking crisis created a situation in which banks recalled loans. The FHA was designed to regulate mortgages and housing conditions.

4. FSA – Federal Security Agency

The Federal Security Agency established in 1939 had the responsibility for several important government entities. Until it was abolished in 1953, it administered social security, federal education funding, and food and drug safety.

5. HOLC – Home Owner’s Loan Corporation

The Home Owner’s Loan Corporation was created in 1933 to assist in the refinancing of homes. The housing crisis created a great many foreclosures, and Franklin Roosevelt hoped this new agency would stem the tide. In fact, between 1933 and 1935 one million people received long term loans through the agency that saved their homes from foreclosure.

6. NRA – National Recovery Act

The National Recovery Act was designed to bring the interests of working class Americans and business together. Through hearings and government intervention the hope was to balance the needs of all involved in the economy. However, the NRA was declared unconstitutional in the landmark Supreme Court case Schechter Poultry Corp. v. US. The Supreme Court ruled that the NRA violated the separation of powers.

7. PWA – Public Works Administration

The Public Works Administration was a program created to provide economic stimulus and jobs during the Great Depression. The PWA was designed to create public works and continued until the US ramped up wartime production for World War II. It ended in 1941.

8. SSA – Social Security Act

The Social Security Act was designed to combat the widespread poverty among senior citizens. The government program provided income to retired wage earners. The program has become one of the most popular government programs and is funded by current wage earners and their employers. However, in recent years concerns have arisen about the viability of continuing to fund the program as the Baby Boom generation reaches retirement age.

9. TVA – Tennessee Valley Authority

The Tennessee Valley Authority was established in 1933 to develop the economy in the Tennessee Valley region which had been hit extremely hard by the Great Depression. The TVA was and is a federally owned corporation that works in this region to this day. It is the largest public provider of electricity in the United States.

10. WPA – Works Progress Administration

The Works Progress Administration was created in 1935. As the largest New Deal Agency, the WPA impacted millions of Americans. It provided jobs across the nation. Because of it, numerous roads, buildings, and other projects were completed. It was renamed the Works Projects Administration in 1939. It officially ended in 1943.

Originally posted at http://americanhistory.about.com/od/greatdepression/tp/new_deal_programs.htm

 

I bring all of this up to bring home the point that we are currently enduring another attempted coup funded and manipulated by rich white men who reject Democracy .  The sooner we catch on that this “Shutdown” has little to do with the politicians involved the more likely we’ll be able to save the Republic from annihilation.

Updated 10/8/2013

Bernie Sanders is a great man who is not afraid to speak truth to power. At first like I good little boy I too thought this shutdown was blameable on the capriciousness of a petty political party. I realize now that the party has been bought and paid for like the ignorant miserable miscreants who call themselves tea party patriots. Tools.

The Truth About Our Spending Problem

It is really quite simple.
ImageTHIS man is the reason we are being lectured to by Republicans about runaway spending. The 2008 Bush Bank Bailouts started out at 700 BILLION…it has now grown to 1.8 TRILLION, The Iraq War 2 TRILLION plus, and Afghanistan War’s most conservative estimate is just under 300 BILLION. TOTAL? 2 unpaid for wars and not a dime was returned by the banksters Totals 4.1 TRILLION dollars. GW Bush. The gift that keeps on taking. They keep trying to somehow blame the Black Guy for this but the numbers speak for themselves. Numbers do not lie. Numbers are facts free of passion. THIS man is the reason why old people will have to eat cat food and why kids will be kicked off of food stamps and Headstart. So the next time one of these Republicants spouts off more lies please do not forget who started this. Oh by the way the ACA has already been fully funded.

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The Truth about GW Bush in 24 Graphs

The former Miscreant in Chief recently opened his presidential lieberry. Unlike most “Libraries” there is little truth to be found in these hollow halls. He has re-written modern history by revising his role in the economic collapse that we are still recovering from, the diminishing of privacy rights, 9/11, and the baseless war in Iraq. In the days and years to come a well orchestrated effort to re-invent a positive legacy for the most inept and corrupt president in US history will be launched and perpetuated. Soon US history books published by his corrupt brother Neil and an endless parade of personal sycophants will soon extoll the “virtues and accomplishments” OF THE “PRESIDENCY” of GW Bush. Enjoy the FACTS now while you still can.

It’s Labor Day…Dammit!! 2

 This was originally written on September 2, 2012. It occurs to me however that things have gotten even worse for the American Worker as the Right and Left Political wings have paid merely discounted lip service to the plight of the American Labor force.  

Its LABOR DAY Dammit! Not BBQ Day. Not 25% sale day. LABOR DAY!!!

One needs to look only as far as Wisconsin’s, Ohio’s and Michigan’s historic Union destroying legislation as proof of the increasingly demonic and repressive GOP right wing movement to destroy Unions altogether in the United States. You should keep this in mind. If you enjoy ANY of the following you owe UNIONS a huge thank you.

Weekends without work
All breaks at work, including your lunch breaks
Paid vacation
Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

Sick leave
Social Security
Minimum wage
Civil Rights Act/Title VII – prohibits employer discrimination
8-hour work day
Overtime pay
Child labor laws
Occupational Safety & Health Act (OSHA)
40-hour work week
Workers’ compensation (workers’ comp)
Unemployment insurance
Pensions
Workplace safety standards and regulations
Employer health care insurance
Collective bargaining rights for employees
Wrongful termination laws
Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA)
Whistle Blower protection laws
Employee Polygraph Protection Act (EPPA) – prohibits employers from using a lie detector test on an employee
Veteran’s Employment and Training Services (VETS)
Compensation increases and evaluations (i.e. raises)
Sexual harassment laws
Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)
Holiday pay
Employer dental, life, and vision insurance
Privacy rights
Pregnancy and parental leave
Military leave
The right to strike
Public education for children
Equal Pay Acts of 1963 & 2011 – requires employers pay men and women equally for the same amount of work
Laws ending sweatshops in the United States

Membership in the Middle Class

How does one thank the unions for what they have done for this country? How do we celebrate their contribution to the United States? Well simply put, VOTE.

There is a certain political party who has made it their goal for decades to privatize everything at the expense of individual American’s health, safety, and economic well being. This party stopped every attempt to raise minimum wages. This party refused to enforce laws that were put in place to protect American workers from avariciously greedy corporations who are actively attempting to create a permanent impoverished underclass. This same party created tax law loopholes that prevented corporations from having to pay their fair share of taxes. (Bank of America, General Electric, and the cabal of oil companies collectively pay less taxes than you do.)  It is the same party that created incentives to corporations to outsource our jobs to China, Europe, and India virtually destroying the American manufacturing while hiding their obscene profits in offshore banks in order to avoid paying a fair share of taxes.  Ask yourselves, what is it that Americans actually manufacture? This party has destroyed our economy with their myopic goal of destroying organized labor in order to maximize already obscenely large profits. You noticed the list of things above that we owe to the Unions (LABOR). You also see every day a political party’s agenda at play to whittle away at each and every accomplishment.

So please honor the people who died in armed struggles with corporate goons to make sure that your quality of life was better than that of your Grandparents before you. Please. The best and ONLY way to for you to honor Labor is not having a BBQ or buying Chinese made products at Walmart’s Labor Day Sale. The best thing you can do is stay informed and VOTE. Vote for people and parties whose goals are to reinstate the Middle Class and the strides of the Unions.

If you would like to read more about what Unions have done for you and your country check out the links below.  :

http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2011/03/05/148930/top-five-things-unions/

http://www.cnn.com/2012/09/04/opinion/brazile-unions

http://la.aflcio.org/gnoaflcio/index.cfm?action=article&articleID=257e8c90-0ac8-43f7-b0c6-dce69756e21c

http://www.unionplus.org/about/labor-unions/36-reasons-thank-union