Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Freedom of speech VS. Freedom to lie
Everyone now knows about the infamous Koch Brothers, Gas Refinery Billionaires who use their wealth to influence the politics of America. And there are Media Moguls like Rupert Murdoch, who simply buy up media channels and spread biased propaganda freely, corrupting both our Democracy and the profession of journalism. This cycle we've learned about gambling tycoon Sheldon Adelsen backing super-PACs for Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney.
Tonight I saw Hungarian-born billionaire Thomas Peterffy started airing his personal pro-Republican ads. Mr. Peterffy, who pioneered electronic trading practices in U.S. markets and now leads discount-brokerage giant Interactive Brokers, one of the firms that most profited from the Wall Street Banking Crisis and the Housing Crisis. Is it no wonder he wants to avoid tax justice and Wall Street reform?
His advertising is so self-serving and disingenuous that it seems like Orwellian double speak. He openly defines Soviet Hungary under Stallin as "Socialism" knowing full well that that totalitarian dictatorship under communist Russia was no more an example of socialism than the Kingdom of Saud is a democratic republic.
I want to debunk three basic premises exposed by his ads.
- 1) Democrats = Socialism, false. The truth is that both parties have been so heavily infiltrated and influenced by the big money, that neither party is anywhere near a socialist party. Obama is actually a centrist, just to the right of Ronald Reagan in his policies.
- 2) The former U.S.S.R. was Socialist, false. The truth is that the former USSR was a communist dictatorship run by the oligarchy called the 'communist party'. Russia was corrupted, lost track of the purpose of Marxism, and fell into a traditional strong man state, which lead to it's economic collapse, and after the break-up it has evolved into a maffia type system. Hungary was poor because they were repressed by the system, but that system was hardly socialism.
- 3) Socialism is bad, false. Socialism is simply a cooperative economy, where the resources are owned in common by the people, rather than as private property. Thus, our national park system is socialism, our national highway system is socialism, our social security system is socialist, our medicare system is socialist, our public utilities are socialized, our water systems are socialist, NASA, the Military, Public Schools and Universities, yep all socialist, and all other western democracies have adopted more radical socialist systems than the USA. Socialism is good, if you want equality of economic opportunity, a social safety net, or a safe natural environment.
There are lots of good things about capitalism, but unrestrained, capitalism cannibalizes itself. Capitalism needs many reforms and regulations to become a just economic system. The energy and motivation of capitalism is the desire to increase one's freedom, which is fine, as long as your freedoms don't oppress the freedoms of others. These billionaires don't recognize this fact.
It seems kind of unfair that someone who benefited from the Wall Street crisis can use his unearned wealth to influence our public elections using our broadcast air-waves, but I have no problem with people, even rich people, expressing themselves, buying up all the TV air-time just before the election to shout from the mountain top. What I have a problem with is letting their well financed megaphone rewrite history, misinform voters, and confuse the issues. This is my humble attempt to hold Thomas Peterffy accountable for his opinions. Republicans already tried to destroy America once in this century. Don't lett them fool you again.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
In 1810 a number of States proposed an Amendment to the US Constitution to eliminate nobels and those who could be bribed by nobels from US Citizenship. In the 1800s, Lawyers were considered minor nobels, Esquires, and for some people this implies some form of conspiracy theory. I'm not clear on why they believe it, but they think that the failure of this Amendment (which would have been the 13th, had it been ratified) somehow undermines the authority of the Federal Government.
The term "Thirteenthers" is sometimes used to refer to those who mistakenly believe this amendment was ratified or to those who would like to see ratification of this proposed amendment. The interesting thing about this story is that the Amendment was almost ratified, but in that time period, with some state legislators meeting every other year, the US kept adding states faster than they could ratify the bill. Ultimately, the amendment was forgotten, but since technically there is no limit on how long it can take to ratify, this amendment could still be put in the Constitution if the states created since 1810 were to consider it and 3/4ths of them successfully passed it.
If any citizen of the United States shall accept, claim, receive or retain, any title of nobility or honour, or shall, without the consent of Congress, accept and retain any present, pension, office or emolument of any kind whatever, from any emperor, king, prince or foreign power, such person shall cease to be a citizen of the United States, and shall be incapable of holding any office of trust or profit under them, or either of them.
Thursday, October 11, 2012
2012 Election Fraud
It was Palm Beach Supervisor of Elections, Susan Bucher, and her team who discovered the mistake. Bucher is one of several election supervisors we’ve met, who are taking aim at Florida’s audit process — the review of the paper ballots– only a sampling is done, and only after elections are certified.