The Citizens United vs FEC decision of the US Supreme Court joins Gore vs Bush as departures from the separation of the judiciary and politics. In the latter case the Presidency of United States was given to the republican candidate by republican leaning members of the Court. In the former the Court decided that corporations have the same rights as an individual citizen. Citizens United, a “membership” and “grassroots” organization is responsible for unleashing billions of unregulated dollars from corporations for so-called conservative causes which seek to roll back hundreds years of American government history in an attempt to return the country to the days of the Founding Fathers. I don’t believe the Founders envisioned a static government but created The Constitution as a living document that would change/grow with the passage of time and the evolution of politics in America. This is antithetical to the stated mission of Citizens United:
Citizens United is an organization dedicated to restoring our government to citizens’ control. Through a combination of education, advocacy, and grass-roots organization, Citizens United seeks to reassert the traditional American values of limited government, freedom of enterprise, will of its citizen, strong families, and national sovereignty and security. Citizens United’s goal is to restore the founding fathers’ vision of a free nation, guided by the honesty, common sense, and good will of its citizens.
Citizens United wants the government’s decisions to be made by citizens as individuals yet their court case ending up giving unlimited political power to corporations whose goal and mission and fiduciary responsibility is to maximize profits…not the welfare of the people. How do they live with this incongruity? It’s like living a lie. A year after the court decision, the leaders of Citizens write on their website:
Tomorrow, January 21, marks the one-year anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court case Citizens United v. FEC. The impact of the case has been to level the playing field in American politics during the 2010 election cycle.
Level the playing field? Who are we kidding? You and I have voices that been made feeble in the national discourse. When we give our several $5 contributions to the candidate of our choice, how can we hope to be heard? Big money talks! Our only recourse is to join this “grassroots organization” and change it from within. Thankfully, membership fits our budget: $15. This would be a version of the saying, “If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em!” Yes, join them and be true to the real roots of America in the 21st century. Are you game? Can you spare $15 and a small amount of time? Of course you can. Be a part of the solution!
Black History Month is a remembrance of important people and events in the history of the African diaspora. Since 1976, it is celebrated annually in the United States of America and Canada in February and the United Kingdom in the month of October. In the U.S., Black History Month is also referred to as African-American History Month.
Black History Month actually started as Negro History Week in 1926.
The goal of Black History Week was to educate Blacks about their
cultural background, and instill in them a sense of pride in their race. [Source: Wikipedia]
Perhaps you are new to the celebration of afro-american history and culture. I just discovered the ultimate source of all things about us and those who love us or, at least, find us interesting: THE GRIO, whose parent is NBC-Universal. This colorful website is rich in content and is one which you will enjoy throughout the whole month of celebration. And, don’t be a stranger here. This year THE GRIO is proud to present “100 History Makers in the Making” which introduces us to black leaders who are making a difference in American society and just might make “the history books.”[sic] 🙂 I jest. Their stories will feature largely in our history. Don’t miss this look at today and peek into the future.
has the humanity gone Or every one became looking for his own And does not looking for what is going on Tell me tell where it is now and I will run Cause I know in it is land will be the fun And I will feel and see the real sun Now tell me please where it is my son To help it before to be something and done We lived with the humanity with everyone We were use our hearts and now they use the gun Running after the needs and forgot the human We knew the evil and how to shun And now they use the evil with anyone The humanity is in a place, waiting alone
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We relect on the needs and aspirations of the people of the Middle East.
After the State of the Union address by the President of the United States, self-appointed Tea Party spokeswoman and probable candidate for the Presidency, Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota gave her unofficial response. Shocking was the inclusion of Ms. Bachmann’s recitation of the history of slavery in the US. Where did this woman learn her “facts?” According to Ms. Bachmann, the Founding Fathers eradicated the “scourge of slavery” from our shores. This would have been in the 18th Century by her history. Every schoolboy knows that some of the Founding Fathers owned slaves and cohabited with them producing illegitimate heirs. George Washington did not free his slaves until after his death. In fact, slavery in the US was ended by President Abraham Lincoln near the conclusion of the Civil War in the 19th Century. An extremely ugly chapter in our history followed which included “Jim Crowism,” many hangings of black people (ex-slaves), segregation and finally integration in the 20th Century! Somehow this true history was not taught in the school where Rep. Bachmann received her instruction. Ms. Bachman’s Bio says she went to Anoka High School in Anoka, MN.
Rep. Bachmann has offended every afro-american in the United States with her ludicrous rendition of the suffering of black people throughout our history. Her callous lack of regard for this sensitive subject is immeasurable. No mere apology will suffice! Rep. Bach gave her “herstory” of slavery during a speaking engagement in Iowa where Presidential candidates go to test the water. I am sure the good people of Iowa were shocked and alarmed that such an unworthy politician could have risen to her level of the Tea Party and actually be a well-known republican member of the US House of Representatives. Ms. Bachmann, you have embarrassed yourself royally! Please return to that dark night of your obscurity and be heard of no more. You cannot recover from offending millions of potential voters in this way. Bye bye!
|SOTU|”LET’S FIX WHAT NEEDS FIXING AND MOVE FORWARD!” President Obama gave an excellent address which gave one hope and was filled with many new ideas. He wisely did not include remarks about gun control. He did say he would not support cuts in Social Security and Medicare. He said much about infrastructure. There was much applause when he urged us to become teachers.The President mentioned his support of DADT and urged colleges to participate in ROTC and move beyond battles of the past. The President called for a five-year spending cut freeze. Support for the DREAM Act was mentioned. I won’t try to give complete coverage of the speech but suffice it to say the SOTU was warmly received by both sides of the aisle.
The republican response to the SOTU was “dark” and CNN elevated Michele Bachmann, member of one teaparty group, to spokesman of the whole movement. Yes, there were two (2) republican responses to the SOTU. There were others.
Tonight at 6:00pm, coverage begins on “THE STATE OF THE UNION,” an address by President Obama to the full Congress and the people. SOTU AT 9:00PM ET
President Obama will give us his assessment of the health and future of the country as he sees and plans it. Would that the losses in the mid-term election were a dim memory. Will the flame of change be rekindled? Will we be reminded of why we chose this President? Will President Obama take us on an auspicious journey into our future with him at the helm? It will be a great speech, of course, but will it offer propitious hope for the changes in our lives…Ones that democrats have been stymied from making for decades? Will there been revisions to current initiatives? Will there be even newer changes to make come true?
One thing for sure, God will bless this State of the Union and the humble man who delivers it. Many prayers will have been said for his success. The headlines of the morrow will be his. God bless Barack Obama!