Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Republicans determined to turn the clock back to the times of the robber barons

by Claude Chaney 

  Today's Republican party seems determined to return to the days of the robber barons when
billionaires determined labor policies without challenges. Today's conservatives have made
many gains at the expense of the middle class. This is a middle class that is for the most part
clueless about what is happening. This is by design. Fox News, The Washington Times and many other media entities have captured the eyes and the ears of a frightened citizenry. The sleeping giant
recently has shown some signs of waking up but it may already be too late.
   Fox News has a commanding lead in the Cable News sweepstakes. This is a network that has
fired employees who told the truth, and the law has supported it. The average Fox viewer doesn't have a grasp for reality. These are people who believe President Obama wasn't born in the United States, that Saddam Heussein had weapons of mass destruction and that there was a cover-up of the facts of the invasion of Benghazi. Dick Armey has created a conservative army of the tragically mis-
informed and as Republicans do so well convince people to vote against their own interests. This
is the present day Tea-Party, most of which are not wealthy but still has cast their political lot with
the Heritage Foundation, The Cato Institute, Americans For Prosperity and the extremely dangerous
American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). I once heard a tea party member make the
utterly ridiculous statement "I don't want the government's hands on my Social Security check" (when the check comes from the government).
   Former presidential aspirant Rick Santorum criticized President Obama when he said "I would
like "every" child to grow up and go to college". Santorum thought that this statement was
"elitest", as if wanting an education was something bad. These conservatives have no concern for
the well being of  "all" the citizens of the United States. Their concerns are only for themselves, which is why they are so adamantly against health care, education accessibility for all, social security and anything that would remotely benefit the middle class or the poor. At the same time
conservative CEOs are moving their companies overseas to take advantage of cheap labor and
putting their earnings overseas to avoid paying taxes. This has resulted in large corporations like
Exxon-Mobile paying absolutely NOTHING in taxes while the middle income US citizen has seen
his or her taxes skyrocket. It has been said that the United States has the ability to destroy the planet
Earth eighteen times, yet these conservatives still are asking for more money for the military. Mitt
Romney as a presidential candidate advocated adding two billion dollars to the military budget.
    The conservatives don't want us to know what is in our food, condemning warning the public
of GMOs. They have also begun to turn the clock back when it comes to civil rights. Over 40,000 names were removed from voting lists in North Carolina....and as of yet, nothing has been done
about it. 30 states have enacted laws that will curtail voting activity of blacks, latinos,students, the
elderly, Native Americans and Eskimos with the endorsement of the Supreme Court.
    Walmart has made a fortune by paying their employees subpar wages and forcing the rest of
us to pay for their medical bills when they go to the emergency rooms and we have to pay for them
with our tax dollars. When I discuss this with most people I constantly get the response "Oh no,
they wouldn't do that" well they "are" doing it. Democracy is slowly but surely turning into
fascism. The bulk of the American people are totally clueless about what is happening today, but for those of us who know the time has come to fight back in a battle we are already losing. We have to
know the intentionally faceless architects of suppression. Here are just a few.......Art Pope, The Koch Brothers, Matt Drudge, Mort Zuckerman, Bernard Marcus, Joe Ricketts, Kenneth Langone, B. Wayne Hughes, Harrold Simmons, Sheldon Adelson, Steven Schwarzman, Donald Trum, Leon Cooperman, Steve Wynn, David Siegel, Jackie Siegel. Of course there are many many more but both time and space are limited.

Monday, February 03, 2014

Media Matters declares victory in war against FOX

   Recently Media Matters declared victory over Fox News. The battle began when Media Matters saw the danger of Fox promoting itself as "Fair and Balanced" This catch phrase developed into
the Fox mantra. At first most people believed Fox News was fair and balanced because they kept hearing it on........Fox News. The truth is that Fox is extremely opinionated towards the right and any semblance of "balance' is extremely rare. This becomes a serious problem for presenting the truth because Fox is the highest rated cable network and its viewers have developed a reputation for being notoriously misinformed.
   Media Matters was tenacious in going after those Fox pundits who they felt deliberately misinformed the viewers. The Media Matters campaign has proved to be so highly successful that
most Americans now believe that Fox is anything but fair and balanced, and as a result Media Matters declares the war on Fox is officially over because the vast majority of Americans now see
the network as GOPTV.
   In this video we see five reasons for the Media Matters victory.

Edward Snowden 2013 Person Of The Year

          The 2013 Man Of The Year is Edward Snowden, who sacrificed his life to expose the National
Surveillance Agency as a government sponsored operative that invades the privacy of ALL United States citizens and spies on friendly heads of state of countries like Germany and Brasil. This spying
has not only political objectives but also economic objectives since according to Snowden major German businesses were spied upon.
           When Snowden's findings were initially revealed the mainstream media was eager to label him as a "traitor" who has endangered the lives of United States intelligence agents around the world. It is ironic and obviously hypocritical that the former Vice President Dick Cheney actually did this to Valerie Plame and faced no consecuences whatsoever. Edward Snowden thusfar has not to been shown to endanger the life of anyone. What was revealed was spying on countries presumed to be our stauchest allies. German chancellor Angela Merkel had her cell phone tapped.
            What Snowden did was for the good of the United States citizen, who had no idea this blatantly illegal activity was taking place. Although Snowden was lucky to escape and find sanctuary in Russia he will have to be looking over his shoulder for the rest of his life. If he returns to the United States there is no chance whatsoever he will get a "fair" trial. In spite of the barrage of negative comments initially made about Snowden by the mainstream press the number of people who see him as a genuine "patriot" continues to grow, infact Edward Snowden is now a viable candidate to win the Nobel Peace prize. To this point Edward Snowden is much better off than an earlier "whistleblower" Bradley (now known as "Chelsea") Manning, who was denied clothing while being exposed to extremely low temperature among other insidious forms of torture because he exposed outright murder of innocent people, including children in Iraq. Manning thought that revealing this outrage would bring the guilty to justice, but that was not the case.....the murderers were rewarded with varied amount of promotions. This just goes to show that there really aren't any real protections for whistleblowers who expose activity harmful to the image of The United States as a true democracy.