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Regaining Our Republic

Posted on Thursday, 29th September 2011 @ 12:57 AM by Text Size A | A | A

Regaining Our Republic

Big business is sustaining its ever increasing profit margins at the expense of the American people, particularly the unemployed. Big business always operates at an optimum profit level, so they can always increase their workforces, among many other options, at a relatively small cost to their profits; yet whenever this option is put forth, they exaggerate this as if it would destroy their corporation; that is a corporate propaganda lie. They could also stop, “outsourcing”, which they began extensively in the 70s as a means of “disciplining” labor [1], and correct unemployment over night.

Instead, big business has decided to forsake the people that permit them to operate in the, “Republic”, and are, via the state, business partners, in order to further enrich their own gargantuan mountains of loot and, more irresponsibly, keep people, “their labor”, or what they refer to openly as their, “human resources”, cheap, plentiful, desperate, and, above all, obedient. Big business hasn’t been, “unable”, to hire because of the economy that they tanked [2] or because it would cost too much, when they can actually afford it quite easily; they don’t want to hire people for many reasons to include the facts that they are just that greedy and, at their own peril, couldn’t care less about people [3].

Don’t be fooled by their propaganda, to include the posts made by their imps, drones, wannabes, etc. They all have political, philosophical and vested interests in keeping this diseased version of, “Capitalism”, continuing to oppress and exploit the people of the world, which Adam Smith [4], were he alive today, would find wholly despicable.

The first and most egregious sin of big business is the rampant Corporatism [5], if not out-right Fascism [6], that they’ve nurtured for well over a century to make a flailing, dull-witted corporate minion out of the First American, “Republic”. How? Big business and big money, select, support and heavily fund the only two candidates in any election that the people perceive to be electable and, in so doing, they control those candidates. See, “The Corporate Takeover of U.S. Democracy”, by Professor Noam Chomsky [7] under articles on his website at Chomsky dot info, for more specific information, to include references and sources, of which the good Professor is well known, aside from being a highly respected intellectual and Professor of Linguistics at MIT.

In affect, a vote for either a Republican or a Democrat is the same as voting for big business/money against you as a private citizen of this country. Voting for a Democrat, for example, as I did with President Obama, may yield some social justice in the form of human rights, etc., but, in the end, even a Democratic President isn’t immune to Corporatism and will, as the President and other Democrats have, fold when the interests of the people conflict with the interests of big business/money. Indeed, throughout this crisis, although President Obama is supposedly a Liberal Democrat, the vast majority of what he has done and supported, to include who he selected in his cabinet etc., has further enriched big business/money and done practically nothing for the people of this country in this financial crisis that they didn’t cause and also decimated state/federal programs, all for the benefit of big business/money at the expense of the devastated people.

What’s the alternative? Big business and big money has made voting for any Independent, whatever their political views, all but pointless. How? By throwing monumental amounts of corporate and wealthy contributors’ money only at those two parties, this provides an overwhelming advantage in resources that has consistently squashed nearly every single Independent candidate. Indeed, so virulent is the GOP in this regard that a new “party” has arisen to be even more extremely in favor of big business/money, called the, “Tea Party”.

What can be done? Just voting for some Independent will get you nowhere while most people still believe, and with good reason, that they’re wasting their vote and indirectly electing the other party’s candidate. In order to really counter the above Corporatism that has almost destroyed the Republic, the people must do three things just to get started.

First, the people must lobby to strip corporations from their absurd legal status of, “persons” (See, “Corporate Personhood”, via Wikipedia). Secondly, the people must also lobby to make it illegal for any, “entity”, like corporations, that are not simply living breathing individual human beings as citizens to influence the government in any way whatsoever, to include lobbying and especially political contributions; thus only people can donate their own private funds to political campaigns, and not, for example, corporations. Thirdly, there should be an absolute maximum amount of money that any candidate can accept for use in a campaign, with any additional funds being returned to, or not used by those candidates; this maximum should be relatively tiny in comparison to the massive amounts of capital used for the two “main” parties; it is estimated that it will cost for the 2012 Presidential election, will be over $2,000,000,000, but of course, only for the Democrat and Republican candidates. Shear money can not be permitted to control the Republic, which was made by the people and for the people not to pander to the highest bidders, especially when they aren’t even real people, but entities run by people that are oppressing, exploiting everybody but their own.

[1] See, the RSA Animation of, “Crises of Capitalism”, by David Harvey, on Youtube for more information and, “In Defense of David Harvey”, which is a rebuttal to criticism of the original video.

[2] See the FCIC and Levin-Coburn reports on the financial crisis. Both of these completely refute the corporate propaganda that immediately claimed that this crisis was the result of a “perfect storm” to moment that the crisis was made public knowledge. Both reports also place the vast majority of blame for the crisis on the financial sectors of big business, and the, “regulators”, that they controlled through transparent conflicts of interest. I submit also that big business in general also facilitated this crisis by using their vast wealth and power the above-described Corporatism to coerce the state into crippling the regulations created by FDR to protect the people of this nation from precisely what happened.

[3] “Corporations were given the rights of immortal persons. But then special kinds of persons, persons who had no moral conscience. These are a special kind of persons, which are designed by law, to be concerned only for their stockholders. And not, say, what are sometimes called their stakeholders, like the community or the work force or whatever.”

– Noam Chomsky

[4] Adam Smith (baptized 16 June 1723 – died 17 July 1790 [OS: 5 June 1723 – 17 July 1790]) was a Scottish social philosopher and a pioneer of political economy. His theories on Capitalism, which are often sighted by scholars and supporters of big business, are considered virtually sacrosanct, but whose warnings of the horrific social consequences associated with the abuses of Capitalism have been almost completely ignored. Much, if not all, of what has happened with regard to the current social consequences of this financial crisis were heralded by Adam Smith over 200 years ago.

[5] Corporatism can have different meanings depending upon who you’re talking to at the time. In this context, it means the use of corporate funds to heavily influence the government away from its primary charge, which is to serve the people, not corporations.

[6] “Unhappy events abroad have retaught us two simple truths about the liberty of a democratic people. 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. The second truth is that the liberty of a democracy is not safe if its business system does not provide employment and produce and distribute goods in such a way as to sustain an acceptable standard of living. Both lessons hit home. Among us today a concentration of private power without equal in history is growing.”

“We have come to a clear realization of the fact that true individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence. ‘Necessitous men are not free men.’ People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made.”

“(People should have the) right to a useful and remunerative job in the industries or shops or farms or mines of the nation (and the) right to earn enough to provide adequate food and clothing and recreation”.

– Franklin D. Roosevelt

[7] Noam Chomsky (born December 7, 1928) is an American linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, and activist. He is an Institute Professor and Professor (Emeritus) of in the Department of Linguistics & Philosophy at MIT. Chomsky has been described as the “father of modern linguistics” and a major figure of analytic philosophy. His work has influenced fields such as computer science, mathematics, and psychology.

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