POST 2016 DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION THOUGHTS!

July 29, 2016  By Jack Jodell.

HAPPY HILLARY ACCEPTSThe Democratic Party wound up their 2016 nominating convention last night on a strong note. In doing so, they achieved a notable historic first for one of America’s major political parties:  they nominated a woman, Hillary Clinton, to be their candidate for President of the United States. This ended up being one of many successive firsts for the party. In 1984, they nominated the first woman for vice president (Geraldine Ferraro, who was defeated); in 2000, they nominated the first Jewish person, Sen. Joe Lieberman, for the vice presidency, and he lost; in 2008, they nominated and were able to elect, and then, 4 years later, RE-elect, the nation’s first African-American President in Barack Obama; and now this year Hillary Clinton was nominated to hopefully be elected the first female President on November 8.  

Despite some early vigorous  opposition and demonstrations by delegates supporting Bernie Sanders for President, the convention went amazingly smoothly and eventually came to broadly support their new nominee.  Hillary and her devotees amassed a large number of prominent supporters to speak on her behalf and to help present a strong case against her Republican BLOOMBERGopponent, Donald Trump. Self-made billionaire and former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg shattered the myth Trump has concocted about his supposed business acumen by pointing out that he believes Trump to be a “risky, reckless, and radical choice.” Bloomberg backed this up by saying, “Trump has left behind a well-documented record of bankruptcies and thousands of lawsuits and angry shareholders and contractors who feel cheated, and disillusioned customers who feel ripped off.” He then added, “Trump says he wants to run the nation like he runs his business. God help us…truth be told, the richest thing about Donald Trump is his hypocrisy.”

LEONFormer CIA Director Leon Pancetta chipped in about Trump’s having called out to the Russian government to hack into our State Department files to find 30,000 missing Clinton emails which Trump believes would show her to be guilty of criminal actions by saying, “You’ve got now a presidential candidate who is in fact asking the Russians to engage in American politics and I just think that’s beyond the pale.” He added, “I have a lot of concerns of his qualities of leadership or lack thereof. That kind of statement only reflects the fact that he truly is not qualified to be president of the United States.” Well, Pancetta should certainly know, having worked directly with several different Presidents over the years!

obama 2016Even current two-term President Barack Obama felt it necessary to extol the virtues of Hillary and warn about the dangers of electing Donald Trump. He said, “You know, nothing truly prepares you for the demands of the Oval Office. You can read about it. You can study it. But until you’ve sat at that desk, you don’t know what it’s like to manage a global crisis, or send young people to war. But Hillary has been in the room; she’s been part of those decisions. She knows what’s at stake in the decisions our government makes — what’s at stake for the working family, for the senior citizen, or the small business owner, for the soldier, for the veteran. And even in the midst of crisis, she listens to people, and she keeps her cool, and she treats everybody with respect. And no matter how daunting the odds, no matter how much people try to knock her down, she never, ever quits…youHATE-FILLED DONALD TRUMP know, the Donald is not really a plans guy.  He’s not really a facts guy, either. He calls himself a business guy, which is true, but I have to say, I know plenty of businessmen and women who’ve achieved remarkable success without leaving a trail of lawsuits, and unpaid workers, and people feeling like they got cheated. Does anyone really believe that a guy who’s spent his 70 years on this Earth showing no regard for working people is suddenly going to be your champion?…But if you’re someone who’s truly concerned about paying your bills, if you’re really concerned about pocketbook issues and seeing the economy grow, and creating more opportunity for everybody, then the choice isn’t even close. If you want someone with a lifelong track record of fighting for higher wages, and better benefits, and a fairer tax code, and a bigger voice for workers, and stronger regulations on Wall Street, then you should vote for Hillary Clinton.” 

Clinton herself delivered a very effective acceptance speech. She contrasted her lifetime of seeing others, especially children, the poor, and the disabled,  with her opponent’s lifetime of filling his own pockets for himself and stiffing his workers and contractors in the process. Whereas Trump not too long ago actually made fun of a reporter who was handicapped, Clinton actually drew attention to and praised a young woman in a wheelchair with cerebral palsy. somoza at dncThe difference between Trump and Clinton, as well as their respective parties, could not be starker  The hope and joy I saw on women’s faces, especially teen-aged girls in attendance, was a joy to behold.  One 16 year old summed it all up perfectly by saying, “This is more than I ever could have imagined,… I know that I have just lived history and I can follow in her footsteps. This changes my entire life.” The exact opposite of this was seen last week at the Republican convention. There, hate-laden voices repeatedly shouting “Lock her up!” did nothing to convince me that Trump or any of them had much of substance to offer this country.

The fact that Hillary Clinton has moderated her stances on globalism, paired with her lifetime of commitment to serving those around her, have convinced me that SHE is the one who should be elected President – NOT the blowhard bigmouth bully Donald Trump. Her commitment to togetherness and to appoint Supreme Court justices who will overturn that horrid Citizens United decision have convinced me that she has turned a very important corner. That is why I am now urging EVERYBODY to elect Hillary Clinton President!

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JULY 28: Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton delivers remarks during the fourth day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center, July 28, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton received the number of votes needed to secure the party's nomination. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Philadelphia, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Democratic National Convention kicked off July 25. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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IT IS TIME WE ALL UNITE BEHIND HILLARY CLINTON!

July 28, 2016  By Jack Jodell.  

“This is a man’s world, but it wouldn’t mean nothin’ without a woman or a girl.”
– James Brown and Betty Jean Newsome, from the 1966 hit song “It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World”   

smug trump..After watching four nights of the Tea Party-infested reactionary Republicans spout out nothing but hatred and fear during their convention, (now led by a self-centered snooty sociopath named Donald Trump), it became crystal clear to me that he must NOT be allowed to occupy the White House under any circumstances! ANY person who would gloat over how the horrible 2008 Great Recession was going to be great for his business, as Trump so selfishly did, is definitely short-sighted and far too ignorant to be put on the public payroll. Furthermore, he is completely undeserving of political support! This bombastic buffoon, the very deserving winner of last December’s Bozo of the Year Award for 2015 in this blog, spews out hatred and scorn for women, immigrants, refugees, African-Americans, Hispanics, and “foreigners” in general, while expressing admiration for the likes of Saddam Hussein, Benito Mussolini, and Vladimir Putin. Trump has unbelievably even encouraged the Russian government to hack into Hillary Clinton’s email accounts to find something to smear her with! This unprecedented and extremely sordid behavior proves that he is rash, reckless, and VERY dangerous: UN-American in both his beliefs and his methodology! Trump, a predator capitalist whose phony “Trump University” preyed on the elderly and vulnerable strictly for profit for HIM,  is completely unqualified for, and undeserving of, the presidency.

HILLARY R 3While Trump has spent his entire adult life adding to his personal wealth and building great hotels and towers bearing his name for all the world to see and admire, his opponent in this year’s presidential election, Hillary Clinton, has spent nearly her entire adult life in service to others. She has pioneered low-cost legal services for the poor during her days as First Lady in Arkansas, transformed and vastly improved that state’s educational system, and, later, as a U.S. Senator from New York, created universal access to health care for children, working across the aisle with Republican Tom DeLay to accomplish the latter. Now THAT’s leadership!

While Clinton was engaged in all of this, Trump was involving himself in numerous bankruptcies, forcing many who worked for him to settle for mere pennies on the dollar of what he actually owed them. That is NOT effective or thoughtful leadership!

SANDERSAnother tireless leader who has unselfishly devoted his entire career to helping others has been the fabulous Senator from Vermont, Bernie Sanders.   As those who have been reading this blog know, I initially strongly supported his bid for the Democratic nomination. Like many who also support him, I was drawn to his stances for economic fairness and social justice, and I was very impressed with his campaign to actively involve millions of people who had never before been involved in their government. He came close to attaining that coveted nomination, but fell short. Still, he has created a beneficial revolution within the Democratic Party which has renewed their commitment to aiding the less fortunate as well as millions of working people all across the nation. He has encouraged all his supporters to join him in electing Hillary Clinton President – denying this trophy to the very self-centered Trump – and I once again support him in this endeavor.

SARAHWhile a number of his rabid supporters have expressed a refusal to back the Democratic nominee, I believe Sarah Silverman had it right when she declared Monday night that “Bernie or bust people, you’re being ridiculous!” For it is clear to me, just as it is to Bernie Sanders and Sarah Silverman, that Donald Trump must be defeated at all costs!

I would like to remind those who say they will now now not vote or will instead vote for vanity candidates like Green Party candidate Jill Stein, who have absolutely no chance of winning, that we can’t always get everything we want in an election, and that we must therefore settle for the most suitable alternative, that being Hillary Clinton, rather than catastrophically ceding the White House to a sociopathic Donald Trump.

HILLARY RIt is therefore time for ALL of us to unite behind Hillary Clinton, as Bernie Sanders himself has advised us to do, and that is what I also urge us to do. Bernie has pushed both Clinton and the Democratic Party a long way away from its neoliberal moorings. Besides, there will never be a perfect candidate , so what we must always do is rally around the one which will provide us with the most good, and/or will do us the least harm. In this case, the choice is very clear: HILLARY CLINTON! Not only is she the best, most experienced, and most pragmatic choice, but, after more than two centuries, it is high time we put some estrogen into the White House: we’ve had an overdose of testosterone. Let’s enable Hillary to break that highest of glass ceilings, shall we? Trump proves that we could do far, FAR worse!
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Haircuts and Christmas Cards: An Introduction to Scandal

July 25, 2016  By Jack Jodell (in association with the brilliant BURR DEMING, creator of and chief author over at FAIR AND UNBALANCED.COM – see my Blogroll in the lower right hand column).      

“Democrats legislate. Republicans investigate.”
– Lyndon B. Johnson –

Hello, everyone. Those words from former Democratic President Lyndon B. Johnson ring more true than ever these days. It’s the start of a new week, and today begins the 2016 Democratic Party National Convention in the city of brotherly love called H CLINTON LPhiladelphia.  Barring some very unforeseen development, the nomination Tim KAINE rfor President of our first woman by a major political party is almost a certainty. Yes, Hillary Clinton and her handpicked running mate, former VA. governor Tim Kaine, should receive the Democratic nomination for President and Vice President, respectively. It is this blogger’s hope that they will go on to defeat the Trump-Pence ticket in this November’s general election. While I would have preferred a more progressive pair, I will accept, campaign, and vote for these Democratic nominees, as I believe voting for the alternative, fearmongering Republican candidates would be not only hideous, but catastrophic as well.      

It is no secret that Hillary Clinton is rabidly hated by most of the Tea Party-infested, smug trumpreactionary Republicans. They and their new standard bearer, the bombastic bully Donald Trump, will do all that they can to further smear and tarnish her name. Their hatred is unfounded and beyond all rationality. They demonize her at the slightest provocation and go way outside of the bounds of common decency in their constant attempts to heap piles and piles of abuse on her.Though an exhaustive 11 hour long congressional hearing found her innocent of wrongdoing for the horrible deaths at Benghazi, she is still found to be at fault, and, in the blind and vicious eyes of many of these hateful partisans, is believed to be criminally liable –  no matter what. That is why we heard Trump opportunistically call her “crooked Hillary” so often during the primaries, and other equally deluded extremist reactionaries yelling out “lock her up!” numerous times during the recently concluded Republican convention. Their elected Republican counterparts have wasted not only time, but millions of taxpayer dollars on repeated congressional hearings aimed at discrediting her in any way. They have failed miserably in these attempts, and have proven the accuracy of LBJ’s statement.

burrIn today’s offering, podcaster extraordinaire BURR DEMING examines a number of the ridiculous trumped-up “scandals” which have arisen over the years around Hillary Clinton, dating back even as far as her days as First Lady. He shows just how ludicrous these repeated and failed Republican attempts have been. 

Burr says, “If Hillary Clinton is innocent of wrongdoing, you have to wonder why there is so much scandal. Well, gather round.”

Click below to hear.

Podcast

Transcript:
http://fairandunbalanced.com/?p=1664
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POST 2016 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION THOUGHTS!

July 22, 2016  By Jack Jodell.  

DICTATOR TRUMPAs I witnessed Donald Trump’s final Republican convention address last night, full of vague, undefined assurances about how HE is the only candidate who will provide safety, an end to terrorism, millions of good-paying jobs, border security, the restoration of law and order, and will “make America Great Again”, I was reminded of how the German nation must have felt in the final days of the Weimar Republic. For back then, in that country, just like now, in ours, there was an authoritarian strongman waiting in the wings extremely eager to assume full power and forcibly right all the wrongs which faced his nation. The parallels between then and now are unsettling, but should serve as potent reminders of just how dangerous and un-American a Trump presidency would be, and why he must be defeated at all costs!

I began to think of just how much individual freedoms we have lost due the ever-growing power of billionaires like Trump, Sheldon Adelson, and the Koch brothers since Lewis Powell became a member of the Supreme Court in uncaring reaganthe 1970s, and since Ronald Reagan and Milton Friedman began their economic war  on workers a decade later. I also began to think of the catastrophic influence of their malignant corporations which have come to permeate the world today. Then in this morning’s email I found sent to me from a friend a brilliant 2012 article written be an economic consultant named James C. Kennedy. The article, The Dark Age of Money, is lengthy, but hits the nail squarely on the head. You will find it well worth the read… 

“If you often wonder why ‘free market capitalism’ feels like it is failing despite universal assurances from economists and political pundits that it is working as intended, your intuition is correct. Free market capitalism has become a thing of the past. In truth free market capitalism has been replaced by something that is truly anti-free market and anti-capitalistic. The diversion operates in plain sight.

Beginning sometime around 1970 the U.S. and most of the ‘free world’ have diverged from traditional “free market capitalism” to something different. Today the U.S. and much of the world’s economies are operating under what I call Monetary Fascism: a system where financial interests control the State for the advancement of the financial class. This is markedly different from traditional Fascism: a system where State and industry work together for the advancement of the State.

Monetary Fascism was created and propagated through the Chicago School friedmanof Economics. Milton Friedman’s collective works constitute the foundation of Monetary Fascism. Knowing that the term ‘Fascism’ was universally unpopular; Friedman and the Chicago School of Economics masquerade these works as ‘Capitalism’ and ‘Free Market’ economics.

The foundation of Friedman’s corrupting principle is that the investor (money to be more precise) has no duty, obligation or covenant to anyone or anything. Friedman’s ‘Market’ is not subject to ‘any’ human standard of morality, political limitations or national interests. Money is free to act without bounds or conventions. Nothing is prohibited as long as the market can provide a ‘clearing price’.

The fundamental difference between Adam Smith’s free market capitalism and Friedman’s ‘free market capitalism’ is that Friedman’s is a hyper extractive model, the kind that creates and maintains Third-World-Countries and Banana-Republics, without geo-political borders.

If you say that this is nothing new, you miss the point. Friedman does not differentiate between some third world country and his own. The ultimate difference is that Friedman has created a model that sanctions and promotes the exploitation of his own country, in fact every country, for the benefit of the investor, money the uber-wealthy. He dressed up this noxious ideology as ‘free market capitalism’ and then convinced most of the world to embrace it as their economic salvation.

As improbable as it sounds, this ideology has the near-universal support of most economists, the media, universities, the Federal Reserve, the U.S. Treasury, nearly every member of The U.S. Congress and most everyone you know. Today Friedman’s ideology is accepted, to some degree, by nearly every country in the world. But ultimately this exploitive model is not sustainable at any level, or for anyone or any nation.

The ultimate difference between Friedman’s ideology and Smith is simply this: Smith was in fact a Mercantilist. True, he opposed the custom of hording gold and other Mercantilist practices, but ultimately he was a Mercantilist. Smith promoted “free trade” with the goal of improving the English merchant’s advantage, and thus the State’s. Nothing expresses this more clearly that the title of his book An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations. Mercantilism is based on the relative wealth of one Nation State over the other, not the plunder of the State and it’s peoples for the benefit of the individual.

Smith believed in the power of the State and recognized that it was only by the power of the State that free enterprise could succeed and thrive. In a world without the State, he sided with Lock, “life was brutish and short”. Consequently one had obligations to the State and the people who make up the state: the working man.

According to Smith every butcher, baker, craftsman and merchant would seek out his own self-interest and that economic advantage would ultimately benefit his fellow Englishman and the Crown. Smith’s arguments against some precepts of Mercantilism were intended to give the English tradesman a greater advantage, nothing more. The intended effect was to enrich one’s State above all others as an alternative to the primitive act of war, the traditional means to National enrichment. Smith viewed things as a zero sum game. And as England was the undisputed master of global exploitation at this time, exploitation of other Nations was fair game.

However, according to Economist David Ricardo trade between nations of relative economic parity result in what he termed ‘Comparative Advantage’. Comparative Advantage is based on specialization: Germany builds machine equipment, Italy does leather goods, France produces cheese, wine and literature. When these nations trade with each other all parties enjoyed a net gain as a result of specialization and non-duplication of resources.

Of course this does not work when first world nations off-shore factories and jobs into subsistence-based economies (the term “comparative” is no longer germane). Off-shoring into non-comparative economies is purely extractive because all of the gains are ‘privatized and are no longer correlated to national interests. Non-Comparative off-shoring undermines both the host and source/flagship nation.

The financial entity is able to extract environmental, capital, tax and infrastructure concessions from the host nation. If the host nation ever seeks to renegotiate its position with the financial entity the entity can enlist the powers of its flagship nation (i.e. State Department). This type of intervention can be very costly to the flagship nation and end very tragically for the host nation. Under Monetary Fascism the financial entity maintains out-sized rents from the host nation by utilizing the state as its enforcement agent, while maximizing tax avoidance via off-shore corporations (and other gimmicks).

Free market capitalism, as conceived by Smith, was Nationalistic in nature and as the Nation State became wealthier, so did its people and industry. This relationship required shared obligations and shared rewards between the State and its people.

Traditional Fascism, as conceived by Mussolini or Hitler, had an aggressive Nationalistic disposition where the State promoted Industry above all others in order to strengthen the State relative to its perceived rivals. Hitler and Mussolini believed that as the State lifted industry, industry lifted the people – dignity and pride in one’s nation were foundational principles.

Monetary Fascism, as conceived by Friedman, uses the powers of the state to put the interest of money and the financial class above and beyond all other forms of industry (and other stake holders) and the state itself.

In democracies and first world nations this is achieved through lobbying, campaign donations, financial incentives, revolving door regulators and through other means. As such, the state is coopted into altering regulations / legislation, diverting investigations / prosecutions or creating tax loopholes for the benefit of the financial class/ industry. Ultimately these actions undermine states sovereignty.

For the rest of the world state interests and sovereignty are undermined through the IMF, The World Bank and other global monetary agencies.

Monetary Fascism has a strong preference for political rather than capital investments. These investments are designed to sustain and support the preferences and activities of the financial class as it manipulates and create ever larger out-sized rent opportunities or constructs risk-diverting transactions that aggregate a ‘risk-arbitrage premium’ to one side of a transaction and transfers all future losses to the other.

On a global basis Friedman’s ideas heavily influence international treaties on taxation and capital flows with the single minded goal of freeing capital from any obligation to the host or origin country. These agreements have essentially created a virtual nation, or non-nation, of money that is ultimately beyond the reach of the conventional Nation State. Friedman’s ‘invisible hand’ is free to extract the wealth of any corporation or Nation without any reciprocal obligations.

The Serene Insurrection of Money

All economic theories are devised to fill a need; to justify public and / or private actions. With the rapidly growing profits to the financial class during the divestment era, beginning in the early 1970s and continuing today, they needed some ideological justification for what they were doing (selling out America’s future and destroying corporations and jobs for quick profits) so they found and embraced Monetary Fascism. In fact, they found each other: Friedman was just ‘fulfilling a need in the market place’. Friedman simply created a new ideology that justified what the financial class was doing.

Rationalizing the divestment of an entire economy is morally deplorable, but it also offered “out-sized” profit opportunities on a massive scale. Seeking relevance in this sweeping tide of economic-cannibalism other academics rushed into the water. None bothered to consider the long term consequences that would result from the wholesale dismemberment of our industrial economy. Instead academics suddenly ‘discovered’ an implausible utopian future that would be sustained by the creative powers of finance and trading our industrial heritage for a service economy.

Shocking? – no, the academic promotion of concepts, theories, historical narratives and the state of ‘fact’ and ‘science’ are increasingly available to the highest bidder. Custom realities are also made-to-order ad nausea from within our Nation’s many tax exempt ‘think tanks’ that attempt to define public debate and guide public policy for the benefit of their patrons.

Milton Friedman and the Chicago School of economics claimed to have refined and developed modern, scientific tools of ‘free market capitalism’, capable of unlocking ever greater rewards from Adam Smith’s simple, primitive concept of free markets. Monetary Fascism was rapidly adopted because western culture recognizes the tremendous historical contributions of traditional free market capitalism and wanted to participate in the promise of these enhanced rewards.

In truth, it was nothing more than a cloak of deception – providing cover for the unscrupulous behavior of investment bankers, corporate raiders, speculators, off-shore corporation, debt mongers and bubble pushers (typically one and the same). The enhanced rewards came from the pilfering of capital investments and technology from generations past, the liquidation of employees and off-shoring of production, the pilfering of pension accounts and the termination or spin-out of R&D departments and option packages to executives and directors that focused on short term stock price targets.

Bell Labs, once part of AT&T, laid the foundation for all modern telecommunication and electronics technology today was morphed into Lucent Technology. Lucent quickly looted the legacy portfolio of Bell Laboratories to enrich themselves and shareholders, leaving a worthless shell that was eventually merged with Alcatel.

Wall Street Investment Bankers, leveraged buyout firms and hedge funds became the Paladin Knights of the ‘free market’ whose allegiance was to the ‘noble shareholder’, markets and liquidity. In truth the shareholder was/is nothing more than a nameless, faceless transient in an endless pursuit of ever larger ‘outsized returns’. Traditional capital formation was replaced with financial schemes designed to acquire existing asset for liquidation, management and directors traded long term management discipline for short term performance and accounting gimmicks tied to stock and option pricing. With most of the IPO capital used to pay for the exit of early investors, the stock market has become nothing more than a series of game theory type exit strategies. The equity markets are a failed forum for the creation of productive or capital intensive projects. See Failed Capital Markets.

However, the larger system failure at the nation and global level stems from the perversion of the public and private debt market. This was made possible through massive decade’s long deregulation and the post 2008 financial crisis.

The entire 2008 financial crisis lies at the feet of The U.S. Congress. When The U.S. Congress repealed the Glass Steagall Act, passed in response to the Great Depression, they eliminated any meaningful financial oversight within the Banking and Investment Banking industry.

Why did the U.S. Congress change the law that protects our economy from a second 1930s type depression? Simple, it was campaign contributions (shit-loads of cash, considered bribes or worse in the private sector), filling the top post in the Fed, Treasury and the Administration with top level executives from Goldman and the like and the prospects of private sector jobs in the financial industry for pliable regulators, retired Members of The U.S. Congress and former Presidents.

It was from the decades-long cash infused orgy of conflicted interest that Congress finally entrusted the financial industry with ‘self-regulation.’ If you believe the rhetorical record, deregulation was intended to unleash the ‘wealth creating powers’ of these new financial instruments created through the pure genius of the investment bankers.

Alan Greenspan and others saw no limits to the potential economic contributions of the financial markets – if they could only be freed of unnecessary and burdensome regulations.

This wanton deregulation allowed the financial industry to create trillions of dollars in unregulated CMOs and CDSs (CMO: Collateralized Mortgage Obligations – packages of high risk mortgages that were rated AAA & CDS: Credit Default Swaps – bogus insurance on junk paper like CMOs) and other complex derivatives, hypothecated derivatives, synthetic derivatives, even hypothecated synthetic derivatives and the ‘black pools’ of unregulated capital that created and priced these complex financial instruments.

This resulted in the unprecedented and unsustainable accumulation of debt and related derivative instruments, literally in the hundreds of trillions of dollars, dwarfing global GDP by a number of factors, controlled by unregulated and uninhibited bankers. Ultimately it has cost most nations their sovereignty.

Monetary Sovereignty and the Death of Nations

Friedman’s model of wealth extraction has been in conflict with the traditional Nation State and the concept of State sovereignty from inception.

Great, you say! The state is evil and must be replaced with something new. Beware of this thinking. The evils of the state are nothing when compared to the money-counter. The State must answer to the public, or at least the mob. The money-counter only answers to his insatiable desire for more and more money.

Friedman’s ideology undermines State sovereignty by initially delinking the aggregation of wealth from the interest of the state. As wealth accumulates it is then used to alter political outcomes, tax avoidance and financial regulations for the benefit of the wealthy. Throughout history the State has always jealously protected its sovereignty. So how did this ideology survive and eventually overtake the State.

Easy, they co-opt everyone. First the academics and think tanks then one political party after the other. The media was consumed and consolidated by large corporate conglomerates who quickly enforced their own interest’s at the editor and programmer’s desk. Then they locked in the entire public through 401(k)s and savings plans. Even the unemployed and the unemployable qualified for credit cards, new cars and even homes. At the national and global level they expanded public and private debt everywhere. They made everyone feel richer for a short time. At the same time the financial industry off-shored, liquidated, crowded out and displaced the traditional industry of our economy.

With the introduction of Monetary Fascism financial actives as a percentage of GDP grew from less than 5% in 1969 to more than 22% of GDP by 2008. Over the same period U.S. manufacturing as a percentage of GDP declined from more than 26% to just 12%. Using historical measures 2008 GDP for the manufacturing sector would be considerably less than 10%. Only the federal government was consuming a larger portion of GDP at 35%.

Taking the number one spot in the U.S. economy, the finance industry has become the most influential player in government. But the real power behind the finance industry is much deeper than just the political access that campaign donations buy, the financial industry has wide and deep influence throughout government policy via the Federal Reserve, Treasury, Fannie May, Freddie Mac, the FDIC, key advisory rolls in the Administration, Members of Congress, political appointments within the SEC,

CFTC, and membership on The Council on Foreign Relations and participation in global organizations like the G8, G20, Basil Accords, IMF and World Bank.

Through their unparalleled influence over the Administration, Congressional Finance Committees and the Federal Reserve they gained full control over the regulators. In fact, it was the Allen Greenspan, Tim Geithner (Federal Reserve) Robert Rubin, and Larry Summers (the Administration) and others who silence ‘Rouge Regulators’ who attempted to alert The U.S. Congress to the potential risks of deregulation, dark pools and derivatives. Greenspan, Summers, Rubin and others essentially staged a soviet era show trial against Brooksley Born and others, designed to send the message to any would-be-regulators that the rules no longer apply to the financial class. It worked.

Once they controlled the regulators and the key members of the Congressional Finance Committee they were free to alter accounting standards, create complex financial vehicles, and leverage risk in derivatives while real losses accumulated to staggering and globally disruptive levels. They hypothecated CMOs and even synthetic CMOs to unsupportable levels, papering over any potentially observable warning signs with zero-collateral CDSs.

The real risks to global finance were hidden in the derivative instruments related to the massive debt portfolios controlled by the “Too Big To Fail” banks with unprecedented political power. These banks were not subject to any measurable regulatory restriction. Point of fact, Goldman Sachs and others were able to morph into traditional Prime-Banks overnight, with the blessing of their regulators, instantaneously gaining unlimited access to the Discount Window. The act is so egregious that the public is incapable of cognition, while the media, academics and think tanks collectively remain silent.

Unlimited access to the Discount Window was not enough. Investment Banks and the overall financial industry enjoy unlimited government largess in the form of Quantitative Easing, immunity from prosecution, as it relates to fraudulent financial instruments such as CMOs, CDSs & assorted derivatives, front running client accounts, pilfering of client accounts, wholesale asset sweeps from failed banks to failing banks and even the wholesale world-wide manipulation of LIBOR.

The final act of treachery was delivered by the U.S. Supreme Court who imbued ‘money’ with a voice and electoral powers. This decision treated each and every single dollar in circulation as a prospective voter. In the hands of an ordinary citizen the dollar’s ultimate voice is limited to $2,500 per person per candidate. But in the hands of a corporate controlled Super-PAC the dollar’s voice is virtually unlimited.

The Financial Sector invested more than $5 billion in campaign contributions and lobbyists from 1998 to 2008. As if $5 billion was not sufficient, the new Supreme Court Ruling and the creation of Super PACs will create a financial Tsunami Effect on politics.

Super PACs may raise and spend unlimited sums of money from individuals, corporations, associations, and other interest groups to “overtly” advocate for political candidates. A recent example of how disruptive this is demonstrated by Sheldon Adelson and his wife’s $10 million contribution to Newt Gingrich. The Aelson’s ‘legal’ Super PAC contributions were able to keep ‘their candidate’ in the Republican Primary single handedly. Gingrich had no meaningful support beyond this single patron. Democracy? Representative government?

This decision effectively abolished our representative form of government. Again, this act of treachery did not spark any meaningful discussions from academics, constitutional scholars, think tanks, civil rights groups or the media. Why? They have all been co-opted.

Today the power of the State blindly serves the interest of these banks at the expense of all others. I am not claiming that this needs to be a preconceived conspiracy. To the contrary, the outcome was inevitable. Without any restraints most growth oriented systems, such as a virus, tend towards uninhibited growth. With no means of restraint, equilibrium becomes impossible. The single-minded focus on the growth of money compromises all other systems in the economy.

Any U.S. political leader who puts forward a Nationalist agenda is pillared as an opponent of ‘free trade’ and a danger to ‘free markets’. A perfect example is the U.S. Congressional and Administrative reaction to traditional Industrial Policy initiatives. The universal reaction is to characterize any U.S. Industrial Policy initiatives as “anti-free trade” and un-American. This is wrong on both counts: Adam Smith’s entire argument about free trade was intended to enhance England’s Industrial Policy. It is also a fact that the U.S.’s industrial greatness was rooted in 200 years of government directed, supported or sponsored Industrial Policy.

The press and pundits also contribute to this reversal of reality when they recently questioned Obama’s commitment to capitalism and free trade because he criticized Mitt Romney’s “Off-Shoring” of U.S. jobs as the head of Bain Capital. According to the press and pundits off-shoring is a foundational principle of ‘free markets’, but off-shoring has no basis whatsoever in Smith’s free markets. Off-shoring as we now employ it technically does not fit with Riccardo either, as Riccardo’s arguments of Comparative Advantage pre-suppose reciprocation of trade between relatively equal partners.

Historically governments would use tariffs or other measures to balance out large deviations between un-equal or undesirable trading partners. Today corporations and the financial industry pocket these out-sized ‘comparative disparities’. Eventually this results in wide spread unemployment and dislocation inside the flagship/host-country and all of these accumulated costs simply become a burden of the state.

This is nothing more than arbitraging disparity and transferring the resulting collateral costs to the state. As the unemployment and dislocation costs to the state threaten the asymmetric relationship between the state and the financial class, the financial class promotes austerity through its various think tanks, financially sponsored academics and loyalist inside Congress and the Administration.

Outside the U.S. it is the IMF, the World Bank and various international trade and financial trade and monetary agencies including the EU that promote austerity.

Today the financial and banking class enforces this ideology through the media and government with the same ruthlessness of the Church during the Dark Ages: to question is to be a heretic. It is a much more sinister form of excommunication for any public figure who does not accept or property articulate his allegiance to Friedman’s poisoned ideology.

Consequently, it is a sad fact that both Democrats and Republican Members of Congress wear Monetary Fascism on their sleeves – out of conviction or fear. Both parties have become slaves to this deadly ideology.

Global Contagion

Challenging Monetary Fascism is much more dangerous for political leaders representing countries outside the G-20. Populist leaders who put forward Nationalist policies are automatically in violation of one or more international ‘free trade’ agreements. Non-conformity with these agreements ultimately results in trade sanctions, IMF or World Bank imposed austerity, or worse…

Friedman’s ideology is global and his rules of ‘free trade’ are deeply integrated into the laws of international trade. All of our Nation’s international treaties on trade and banking are a series of interlocking agreements that force all nations to subvert their sovereignty and conform to Monetary Fascism. It is a global pandemic built on a world-wide transmission system with universal powers of enforcement. Sovereign Nations comply or they lose their credit rating. Considering the world wide mass escalation of debt to GDP for most western nations, a small increase in the cost of borrowing would easily result in default and bankruptcy.

Today, Nation States face nothing less than financial Armageddon – the Sampson Option, if they do not comply with the demands of the global banking industry. And it is with this weapon that the Financial Class has come to dominate the State.

Forget Al Qaeda, the only legitimate threat to U.S. and international security is the financial class. They have created Weapons of Mass Financial Destruction (Financial WMDs) and they stand ready to take down the world economy. They are more dangerous than any ‘terrorist group’, or even all of the ‘terrorist groups combined.

Exaggeration – consider what Friedman’s ‘free market’ banking system has done to Iceland, Ireland, Spain, Greece, Estonia, etc. How many western nations has Islam overthrown? Not one, and by comparison that should scare you.

Money has become the state and the traditional state is forced to serve money’s interests. Everywhere the Financial Class is openly lording over sovereign nations. Ireland, Greece and Spain are subject to ultimatums and remember Hank Paulson’s $700 billion extortion from the U.S. Congress. The $700 billion was just the wedge. Thanks to unlimited access to the Discount Window, Quantitative Easing and other taxpayer funded debt-swap bailouts the total transfers to the financial industry exceeded $16 trillion as of July 2010 according to a Federal Reserve Audit. All of this was dumped on the taxpayer and it is still growing.

Why must the people of Ireland or Iceland accept the losses of the private banking sector as a public obligation? Why must Greece accept austerity because its politician’s entered into a series of deals structured by Goldman Sachs specifically designed to deceive its EU partners? If Goldman Sachs authored documents with the intent of fraud then Goldman Sachs is required to bear the losses and prosecution. The taxpayer had no hand in this.

It is breathtaking. Within the last 40 years ‘money’ has gained total control of each and every one of us. Generations to come will enter this world burdened with the debts of their fathers. It is inescapable and ubiquitous. More than just a spider’s web, or a money-sucking vampire squid, it is a global pandemic that infects our very DNA. It is the Original Sin of money — subject to compound interest, converted into a derivative, hypothecated and rolled into a CMO and then leveraged through CDSs.

The uber-wealthy will continue to aggregate wealth. The banking system will continue to make ‘risk free bets,’ booking gains and shifting the losses to the public. As these losses accumulate on the public balance sheet the state will be forced to seek austerity measures from the public. As austerity and debt levels increase the global economy will continue ‘circling of the bowl’ with increasing speed until we suddenly plunge into the vortex.

All Bow to the Welfare Queen

Total governmental transfers and assumed liabilities related to U.S. financial institutions since 2008 exceed the entire history of all social welfare programs for all free world economies collectively since Bismarck (do the numbers, its true).

So, how is it that history’s biggest welfare queen can demand that the rest of human society be forced to take responsibility for its prolific reproduction of trillions of dollars in derivatives and other financial abominations in the name of ‘free markets’? Easy, your government has surrendered its National Sovereignty. Representative government has ended. The public’s misconception and blind acceptance of Friedman’s ideology as a legitimate form of capitalism is precisely what makes Monetary Fascism immune from any true political recourse.

It is the classic case of failing to properly identify the true nature and source of a contagious epidemic. This is the hidden strength of Monetary Fascism. Failure to identify the source of the disease or its mode of transmission assures continued contagion, misdiagnosis and mistreatment.

The public’s support for Friedman’s poisoned system is based on the past success of true capitalism and free markets as surmised by Smith. Most U.S. Citizens desperately want to regain our Nation’s former prestige. Because they cannot differentiate Smith’s system from Friedman’s they see government restrictions on business, taxes and capital flows as the obstacle to achieving our previous economic greatness. The public can be counted on to demand even greater deregulation, undermining their relevance in the system and our Nation’s economy and sovereignty.

Whole industries have long ago disappeared. Friedman’s Monetary Fascism has burnt through most of what remains of the middle class. Seeking fuel, the fire has spread to the upper middle class and the lower middle class. Small businesses and Unions are consumed in the flame. Even the ranks of the finance industry were offered up to the god of money. Tens of thousands of recently dispossessed upper middle class and the lower ranks of the wealthy find themselves without meaningful work and dark prospects. All of these people have passed through the bowels of Monetary Fascism, yet they stand up and defend ‘free markets’ so that they can be consumed once again as this raging fire seeks new fuel.

The only rational defense is for people everywhere to denounce Friedman’s ideology in all public policy debates and academia, and to articulate the true principles of Adam Smith.

Ending the tyranny of Monetary Fascism begins with the wide spread recognition that it is the anti-theses of capitalism, free markets, individual self-determination and national sovereignty. However, it is truly unstoppable as long as the world continues to view it as the embodiment of Adam Smith’s ‘free market capitalism’.

Until then, the plunder will continue, lives will be discarded the angry mob will continues to grow. As we approach critical mass the fear is setting in. The remaining upper middle class and middle class fear losing what they have, while the recently disenfranchised desperately cling to their faith in Friedman’s ‘free markets’ in the hopes of redemption. The faithful double down on their own demise, while the ranks of the dispossessed swell. Every one of us has become a bit player in our own tragedy.

We are at the end of human evolution, we have become chattel. We are conditioned to the service of those with money, who only seek to enlarge their store of money, to beget money, for money’s sake and nothing more. The future is grim.

The predictable long term outcome is a steep decline into a very dark Monetary Feudalism.

When asked in an interview what humanities’ future looked like, Eric Blair, better known as George Orwell, said ‘Imagine a boot smashing a human face forever.’

Welcome to the Dark Age of Money.”

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AFTER 64 YEARS, REPUBLICANS ARE STILL MAKING MANY OF THE SAME MISTAKES!

July 21, 2016  By Jack Jodell.      

“The more things change, the more they stay the same.”
– Old French Proverb –

Happy midsummer, all. Well, the Tea Party-infested, reactionary Republican Party is now meeting in Cleveland for its 2016 presidential nominating convention, and it appears to be making, and even adding to, many of the same old mistakes it made 64 or so years ago. Let me explain.  

EISENHOWERBack in 1952, just like now, the Republicans had not held the White House for many years. They were chomping at the bit to elect a Republican President, so they chose to nominate popular war hero Dwight D. Eisenhower, who was in fact elected that fall. Then as now, much of the country (and especially Republicans)  lived in fear about foreign menaces: back then, it was the threat of succumbing to world communism, whereas today it is the fear of radical Islamic terrorism. A look at the 1952 GOP party platform reveals not only how drastically far to the right that wretched party has drifted by comparison today, but also how extremists came to dominate and control it, eventually leading to its downfall and loss of Congress for many years thereafter.

Amazingly enough, the 1952 GOP platform advocated that working people
have…“The right to take part in legal union activities. The right to remain in his union so long as he pays his dues”, and  “The right to protection against ANGRY Scheming KOCHsunfair practices by either employer or union 
officials..” They even pledged that unions have “The right to establish ‘union shop’ contracts by agreement with management” and “The right to strike.”  Now, of course, the heavily corporatist and Koch brothers-influenced extremist GOP is hell-bent on eliminating labor unions altogether!.These extremist “Libertarians” have also directed the party they have now hijacked  into declaring, unbelievably,  that coal is a “clean” energy source! This far-right shift cost the GOP the presidency in 2012, and, while immediately following that election, they vowed to make the party more inclusive for both women and minorities, in reality, they have done just the opposite.

Trump:PenceWith the ascendancy of the misogynistic and sociopathic Donald Trump  and his arch-conservative, handpicked vice presidential running mate Mike Pence at the helm, there is little hope for the GOP in this year’s election either. How could ANY party with such despicable standard bearers hope to prevail in a national election? Trump has alienated just about all major classes of voters, from women to Hispanics to African-Americans to veterans to even many in his own party with anti-women, anti-Mexican, anti-Muslim, anti-refugee, anti-POW pronouncements, while Pence, having signed (and later having backtracked upon) a ridiculous law passed last year in Indiana that would have allowed businesses to refuse services to particular groups based on religious and/or cultural grounds, as well as his anti-women’s reproductive health rights stances, leave little doubt as to how narrow-minded, authoritarian, and exclusive this horrid party has now become.

IKEThe differences in the GOP of yesteryear and the extremist variety we now have are remarkable in other ways, too. In 1952, they chose a genuine,popular war hero with proven leadership credentials – one who knew the horrors of war and understood the value of diplomacy, plus had thorough knowledge of our MAD TRUMPmilitary from top to bottom. Today, however, they have settled for a blowhard chickenhawk who knows nothing about diplomacy nor our military, and has “led” his businesses through FOUR bankruptcies! This is hardly the type of “leadership” our country needs today! Eisenhower was prudent, cautious, and deliberate: Trump is rash, reckless, and impulsive.  ‘Nuff said!

mccarthyThe Republicans of 1952 were waylaid most destructively by an opportunistic and irresponsible red-baiter named Sen. Joseph McCarthy. This self-centered drunken fool ruined the lives of many innocent Americans by alleging they either had been, or still were, communists or communist-sympathizers, His paranoia dominated Washington and the media of his day. A large number of Americans were needlessly blacklisted all because McCarthy had exploited the very real fear of communism which existed back then. His show trials of  suspected communists or, as he put it, “fellow travelers”, led to the forced unemployment and even suicides of many innocent Americans and unjustifiably victimized a huge amount of them. However, once he had been exposed as an insensitive and reckless fraud, both his cause and his party deservedly suffered losses at the polls for well over the no repubsno republicansnext couple of decades. Today’s Republicans must realize they will suffer the same fate unless they stop their heartless persecution of immigrants, minorities, and especially Muslims.Their hatred of so many will hurt them. While Hillary Clinton may be disliked and mistrusted by some, she is nonetheless a proven public servant who actually earned her paycheck while in office. The same cannot be said of Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has drawn an annual salary of more than $200,000 and done NOTHING!  The hateful “lock her up” anti-Hillary sentiments expressed by the far-right GOP base at their convention will fall on deaf ears with the overwhelming, sensible majority of people. Voters are fed up with stagnant wages and the lack of upward mobility that has occurred due to the after effects of Reaganomics, and so Republicans  will no longer  be allowed to continue with their obstructionist tactics and self-serving bullshit. Despite their cynical and manipulative  use of fear, racism, gerrymandering,  and voter disenfranchisement, unless they very quickly shed their government-hating jargon and actually begin to produce needed beneficial results for us, the 99% MAJORITY of the electorate, they will very soon deservedly disappear as a major political party! According to Steven Rosenfeld, who wrote a brilliant piece in the July 20 AlterNet Headlines, “The GOP 2016 platform would make Christianity the official American religion, English the official American language, replace sex education with abstinence-only advice for teenagers, privatize almost all areas of federal services, cut taxes and regulations for the rich and titans of industry ,and impose a belligerent foreign policy and military build-up.” Richard Eskow adds, in another fabulous article from the same issue, Their free-market voodoo and corporate pandering is promoted by wild-eyed believers and cutthroat cynics who know that their ideas are unpopular and their theories disproven. That’s why they rely on deception and disenfranchisement. This is the Republican Party establishment. Its goods are peddled by the likes of Paul Ryan, a human smiley-face sticker with an extremist’s heart…

This is NOT where America is at today, and we voters will no longer allow these backward-looking Republicans to make the same mistakes they have been making for the past 64 years!don't elect gop
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Guns, Misconduct, and Strategy

July 18, 2016  By Jack Jodell (In association with BURR DEMING, creator of and chief author at the brilliant website FAIR AND UNBALANCED.COM – see my Blogroll in the lower right hand column).

Happy start of a new week, readers. In my preceding post, I mentioned that cooler heads must prevail regarding the tendency for many to take extreme, polar opposite views regarding the topic of gun ownership. Thankfully, our master podcaster BURR DEMING has shown that he has a cooler head, and the evidence of this abounds in this very thoughtful and well-reasoned podcast we present here today.

In burr demingBurr’s words, “What must we do when society’s weakest links can inflict deadly damage, and a bad shooting can involve a good cop?

We become more secure when those who protect us are given measured, tested, state-of-the-art strategies.
We become less vulnerable when we restrict the ability to inflict widespread violent force to those whom we can trust.”

Podcast

Transcript:

Guns, Misconduct, and Strategy

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MY HUMBLE CALL FOR WISDOM AND MODERATION IN THIS TIME OF EXTREMISM!

July 14, 2016  By Jack Jodell.      

AMYFSTV blue A few mornings back, I watched Amy Goodman’s DEMOCRACY NOW! on FREE SPEECH TV in absolute horror as scenes of two unnecessarily brutal murders of black men by police officers were shown – one in Baton Rouge, LA and one in Falcon Heights, MN. It sickened and disgusted me. The very next day, I awoke to the utterly terrible news that 11 police officers had been shot in retaliation in Dallas, TX, and that 5 of them had died.  I am in complete shock and dismay and am outraged at these brutal and unnecessary acts of deliberate MURDER.

These are unjustified and senseless tragedies which this country can no longer sustain. It is time to put an end to this needless violence and hateful brutality!   

I was raised to believe that we are a just and civilized nation built upon a system of laws which provide justice.  I was also raised to believe that all persons are innocent until proven guilty. As I matured, I began to see strong evidence that these beliefs are not fully accurate, nor are they always evenly or fairly applied.

We love to refer to ourself as “the land of the free”, but even that assertion is flawed. Consider this very sobering FACT: the United States has more people in prison than any other nation on earth – per capita  and in total number! This is acknowledged by persons in both major political parties, as you can HILLARY Recntsee here:It’s a stark fact that the United States has less than 5 percent of the world’s population, yet we have almost 25 percent of the world’s total prison population. The numbers today are much higher than they were 30, 40 years ago despite the fact that crime is at historic lows.”
–Hillary Clinton (D), from a speech on criminal justice at Columbia University, April 29, 2015

liar paul“Though only 5 percent of the world’s population lives in the United States, it is home to 25 percent of the world’s prison population. … Not only does the current overpopulated, underfunded system hurt those incarcerated, it also digs deeper into the pockets of taxpaying Americans.”
–Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), from a news release on his website, March 9, 2015  

These are astounding and totally unjustifiable figures. The fact that we have a private, for-profit prison system operating here and is even allowed to trade on CCAthe New York Stock Exchange as Corrections Corporation of America helps to explain this and is thoroughly disgusting. It is also symptomatic of the greed and profit-obsessed mindset which is so sadly dominant in our nation today. Thanks to that god-awful Citizens United 2010 Supreme Court decision which forbade all limits on corporate campaign giving, we are now literally flooded with corporate campaign cash – so much so, in fact, that nearly every single legislator must spend an incredible amount of each work day on raising funds for his or her own re-election rather than dealing with the pressing issues we elected them to deal with for us. Plus, due to sneaky, behind the ANGRY Scheming KOCHsscenes unreported donations and efforts by corrupt wealthy donors like the government-hating Koch brothers, far too much legislative time is spent on developing bills friendly to big business interests rather than to the wants and very real needs of the lawmakers’  constituents. THAT, my friends, is why our government is so ineffective in delivering beneficial legislation for us, the overwhelming MAJORITY 99% of this country!  Regretfully, most of the time, only the wants and needs of the minority 1% are being met.

NRALA PIERREThe rise in power of the National Rifle Association and similar pro-gun groups also is to blame for the upswing in violent gun-caused deaths. The NRA’s paranoid and greedy leaders like Wayne LaPierre have lobbied very successfully for many years to defeat any attempts to restrict any type of gun being owned by anybody – including criminals, the mentally disturbed, and even terrorists! They argue that guns aren’t the problem and that everybody should own a gun for their own protection, and that the solution to gun violence is more – rather than less –  guns. Obviously, sane people completely dismiss this thoroughly ridiculous stance – by this preposterous logic, everybody should also be able to own their own nuclear weapon for protection! Utter insanity, yet there are a lot of paranoid kooks out there, and the leadership of the NRA just keeps fanning their flame. Reasonable, wise, and realistic persons know that there is NO need for anyone but those in the military to own automatic or semi-automatic weapons with large ammunition magazines. But again, we will never be able to convince these paranoids that there should be an immediate ban on such weapons – it might rob these greedy people of profit from increased gun sales.

Still, in the interest of sanity and safety, we must continue to push for such a ban! 

For the sad fact is, violencce begets violence, and only good will and understanding begets good will and peace. This latest spate of gun violence and murder will only cause more incidents of one-upmanship and that is not only crazy, but extreme and dangerous to all, The ONLY answer is to ban all assault weapons and severely restrict weapons sales to potentially dangerous individuals like criminals, terrorists, and the mentally unstable. We have had far too many mass shootings in recent years. The great gun-loving nation of map_of_australiaAustralia instituted the type of ban I am suggesting in 1996. From that time   they have not had even ONE incident of mass shooting since! This proves that sensible gun restriction laws can and DO work – it is up to US to use the political will to enact and enforce them! As for those who are fearful and are obsessed with Second Amendment “rights”, keep in mind that our Founding Fathers did NOT want everyone to own their own personal AR-15! All they wanted was for the STATE to have a “well regulated militia” that could protect the citizenry from outside invasion. This NONSENSE about every man, woman, and child having the “right” to their own personal firearm is a lot of BULL conjured up by slick, greedy NRA attorneys to get the public to buy more and more guns. The end result of these fools’ efforts has been a steady rise in mass shootings and violent gun deaths, and that is completely UNACCEPTABLE! We would be very wise to at least study Australia’s fine example and to adopt and adapt it to our own needs here!

We must also immediately deal with the very real problems of racism and police militarization. In this so-called “land of the free” we MUST become more tolerant and understanding of those who don’t look, act, or dress exactly like we do! We can no longer look down on or reject those we do not understand: we must make a genuine attempt to talk with them and get to know them better before passing judgment on them. We must commit ourselves to always using the Golden Rule! In this day of widespread gun ownership, police must be ever wary, but must also stop automatically Tough Copassuming that every person of color they encounter is guilty of some crime and must be apprehended at once. Cops must alter their mindset from being a macho, no-nonsense tough guy whose first aim is to dominate, control, and kill into one of being a watchful, helpful, supportive person whose aim is truly to protect and serve. Additionally, police departments must junk all this unnecessary paramilitary equipment like tanks and automatic rifles they have been oversold by greedy and paranoid defense contractors. After all, protecting and serving is not the same as forcibly occupying! Perhaps the helpful copadoption of tougher gun laws as Australia did will help them in this quest – I would strongly urge them to seriously look into this! We can no longer afford to be complacent – the time to stop all this hatred and murders is NOW!  

DUMB TRUMPLastly, cooler heads must prevail. We can no longer tolerate rash, bigoted and hateful hotheads like Donald wa;shTrump or ex-congressman Joe Walsh and other like-minded Tea Party-infested reactionary Republicans polluting our better judgment. Hateful statements and sentiments like Walsh’s “Watch out, Obama – watch out, Black Lives Matter activists – this means war!” serve absolutely no useful purpose whatsoever, and should be rejected by all fair-minded adults of every race and creed and all political persuasions! They are inflammatory and UN-AMERICAN!

I therefore offer you my humble call for wisdom and moderation in this time of extremism. We are a much better people than we have shown in recent days, and the time has come for us to begin to act like it, Thank you, readers,  for your consideration.
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