“Progressive Evangelical Fundamentalists?”

Read another article on the Alternet at http://www.alternet.org/belief/if-only-right-wing-christian-evangelicals-knew-where-their-ideas-came, arguing that evangelical fundamentalists have a progressive history in the 19th century and suggesting that perhaps when the GOP/TeaParty crumbles, progressives should consider aligning themselves with them.  The author offhandedly remarks that progressives may have to think “strategically” about possibly teaming up with them for equal pay, for example, even though it might mean compromising on abortion or gay rights, surmising from his comment that there may be “good arguments on both sides.” My answer to that is, “Are you crazy?!”

What kind of “progressive” movement are you left with when you’re willing to trade away women’s or LGBT human rights for equal pay?!  Any movement that coerces women into unwanted childbearing would properly be called an authoritarian, ultra-right, fascist patriarchy, not a “progressive evangelical movement,” an oxymoron if there ever was one. And what would the “good arguments on both sides” be, pray tell, that male supremacism is blessed by God and that abortion is “murder”? Why should anyone “compromise” with extremist fanaticism?

These are people to challenge, not embrace, and indeed the radical religious right have been the lunatic fringe and undoing of both the GOP and the tea party and would stop at nothing until they establish an horrifically oppressive theocracy, regardless of any progressive history or association with populism. They are the core of the sanctimonious, hypocritical, meanspirited GOP, and a bigger threat to human rights and social justice than either the establishment Republicans or the tea party are without them and who both factions should unceremoniously dump if they hope to have a prayer of surviving politically. But more importantly, because the 20th century GOP have virtually nothing to offer anyone (other than the corporate elite) and the Tea Party has nothing to offer that true progressives (I’m not talking the mediocre, cave-in-to-the-right spineless Democrats here) do much better, like peace and civil liberties, I would be among those who would welcome their all going the way of the dinosaurs.

How Does the Corporation Offend Thee? Let Me Count the Ways

The country is in a terrible state and we activists are run ragged trying to deal with endless permutations of corporate abuse and government corruption, running around like the proverbial headless chicken after all the assaults on our civil liberties, human rights, the environment, workers’ rights, the social safety net, women’s rights, a free and open Internet, and on and on.  There is, however, one overarching source of these problems which encompasses all the others, ties them together, and once one understands its significance, explains what otherwise would be an overwhelming array of separate, disparate, insoluble predicaments over which we might throw up our hands in despair.

Regardless of the concern, all of them are traceable back to the corporate “personhood” abuse of our system and subversion of our democracy.  Take any issue you like from foreign policy to food production and we can see how the corporate world has monopolized and controlled it for the purpose of amassing enormous wealth at the rest of our expense.  How has it managed to do this? By utilizing the misbegotten legal doctrines of corporate “personhood” and money as “speech” that came in through the back door by way of the Supreme Court’s being taken over by some old corporate attorneys back in 1886.  This precedent, set by what was actually a clerk’s summation of the Santa Clara County v. Southern Pacific Railroad case, has been wreaking havoc ever since.

Let me give you an example.  Pretend for a moment that you are a poor, beleaguered billionaire who owns a pharmaceutical company and say you have this nifty new drug you want to foist on the public and there are all these pesky regulations that require you to actually test it first to make sure that it doesn’t cause birth defects, cancer, or premature death.  What do you do?

Well rather than wring your hands in desperate frustration, you get to work and go out and lobby congress, bribe some politicians, buy a few elections in key districts, gobble up some tv stations and start disseminating disinformation about how safe and wonderful and life-enhancing it is, place some corporate shills in some key agencies like the FDA, get a few judges in your pocket, corrupt some research, patent some human genomes, challenge whatever laws or regulations may be on the books or slipped through congress that are cramping your go-getter, capitalist style and go to court under the commerce clause and argue that your “right” to make obscene profits off of people’s suffering is being hampered, and voila, you’ve got your drug approved!

If all of that doesn’t work, go to court on the basis of corporate “personhood” and argue that your “rights” under the Bill of Rights have been infringed upon and that you should be compensated by the taxpayers for all your pain and suffering at outrageously being required to actually do business legitimately!  That will show those do-gooders and bleeding hearts that corporations are people too and your feelings are mightily hurt!

Now if we actually had a free press rather than a corporate-owned press, journalists could challenge this kind of propaganda and corruption, but once again, because of corporate rule and undue influence allowing them to dictate and even write many laws, impact policies of government agencies, not pay taxes, get government subsidies (i.e. corporate welfare) so they can amass billions, these corporations, owned by the 1%, can buy up all the news media they like and monopolize the message and go to court endlessly and challenge every law, regulation, and restriction until they get what they want. Case in point:  the Koch Bros. are trying to buy the Tribune now (in addition to elections and politicians).  As if Rupert Murdoch controlling the flow of information were not enough!

The corporation has been allowed to run amok, enabled by an increasingly corrupt government, becoming so enmeshed, that more and more the corporate world and government are indistinguishable from one another. In addition, the press has been taken over by the 1% and commandeered to be nothing more than corporate copywriters dispensing its pre-approved messaging, rather than doing its job of challenging and exposing this merger and sabotage of our democratic process.

Corporate “personhood” is the root cause of how nothing is working any more, like it did when FDR was President for instance, because it is a cancer that has metastasized throughout our entire political system and mortally infected it by eliminating all the safeguards and checks and balances on the abuse of power.  It is as if the immune system has been disabled so that there is no longer any effective response to the opportunistic disease of corruption–a system that was previously capable of throwing off illness is no longer healthy enough to do so.

The patient has succumbed and is in its death throes unless we intervene and pass a Constitutional amendment to restore our democracy by excising corporate “personhood” and money as “speech,” the only remedy to this dire situation.  We can no longer afford to offer the patient palliative relief by chasing symptom after symptom (though that billionaire big pharma owner would love us to do so).  We must go for the all-out cure because democracy is all-but-dead and our Constitutionally-protected right to a government of, by, and for the PEOPLE, not the CORPORATION, is null and void if we do not.

There may be a plethora of problems, but fortunately the solution is elegantly simple:  stop chasing the symptoms and attack the root cause of corporate “personhood.”

AB 351 Passes Assembly Committee

NDAA Nullification Assembly Bill 351 was passed a week ago today by the Public Safety Committee and now will be coming up for a vote by the full Assembly in the near future.  Now is the time to call your State Assemblyperson and urge her or him to vote for it!

AB 351 will nullify the unconstitutional provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012, which stripped us of our habeas corpus rights, allowing for the indefinite detention of U. S. citizens on U. S. soil.  NDAA 2012 has already been found to be unconstitutional by a federal judge in a case brought forward by a wide array of groups and individuals from across the political spectrum.  AB 351, as well, has support from people on the left and on the right who are alarmed at the assault on our civil liberties that the NDAA represents.

To quote Benjamin Franklin, “Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”

For more information on this bill see these links:

http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/asm/ab_0351-0400/ab_351_bill_20130213_introduced.html

California NDAA Nullification Bill Passes Assembly Committee Unanimously

ALERT: Call Congress, White House re NDAA 2013!

The House has passed an even more extreme version of the National Defense Authorization Act which again strips us of our constitutional rights, allowing for indefinite detention of U. S. citizens on U. S. soil without charge or trial, despite the last one, the NDAA 2012, being ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge.  We must speak up and voice our outrage to our representatives and the White House before it is passed by the Senate and Obama signs it into law!  When you call, remind them that the billions spent on endless wars and Pentagon pork authorized by this bill can be applied to the deficit and budget instead of cutting Social Security with the outrageous and cruel chained CPI!

To learn more and act, go to:  https://secure.downsizedc.org/etp/detention/

http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/498/p/dia/action/public/index.sjs?action_KEY=8895

  • Call White House:  202-456-1111
  • Call Senator Boxer:  202-224-3553
  • Call Senator Feinstein: 202-224-3841

Also see:

NDAA 2013 – Even Worse than 2012!!

Well here we go again.  Just when you think it can’t get worse, Congress passes an even more Orwellian version of the National Defense Authorization Act.  The Senate has again approved the NDAA 2013 with the indefinite detention provisions intact, which allowed for the indefinite detention of U. S. citizens on U. S. soil without charge or trial, strips us of habeas corpus, and expands the sanctions against Iran, which is no serious threat to the U. S., as well as “counter-terrorism” activities, code for illegal drone wars, wiretapping, and other invasive tactics.  But the House version, which passed on Friday, December 21, replaced weak guarantees with even more nebulous language.

The NDAA 2012 was successfully challenged in court and ruled unconstitutional, but the Obama administration filed an appeal claiming these provisions were necessary for “national security,” the buzz phrase that prevents many unconstitutional laws from being overturned, so a stay was placed on the injunction that would have prevented the law from taking effect.

Like its predecessor,the NDAA 2013 is UNCONSTITUTIONAL and we must speak out before it is again signed into law over the holidays while everyone is distracted, like the 2012 version was, on New Year’s Eve!

For more information, go to:

http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/congress/item/12393-senate-soon-to-vote-on-ndaa-for-2013

http://www.thedailysheeple.com/house-passes-ndaa-2013-with-indefinite-detention-intact_122012

http://rt.com/usa/news/ndaa-veto-guantanamo-detention-993/

To act, go to:

https://secure.downsizedc.org/etp/detention/

Patriarchal Dominionism: The Core of Tyranny

It is no accident that today we are seeing the confluence of the corporate state, the seizure of political power by the church, and an escalating war on women.  Like the corporation, the church was an instrument of the king, and we are coming full circle again, witnessing the blurring of the line between church and state, the ascendancy of corporate fascism, and mounting scapegoating of women.

Some of you may wonder why the GOP has slipped a cog and gone completely off the rails with regard to women’s basic human rights.  The answer is this:  the GOP has been taken over by corporate interests and the right-wing authoritarian fundamentalist church, both of whom have always been exceedingly hostile to women’s autonomy, psychosocial independence, power, financial freedom, and self-determination.  The Republican Party started its slide into fascist theocracy when it put the church’s opposition to abortion into its platform in 1976, and plummeted into full-blown misogyny in 2012 with its rape comments and inclusion of a call for a “fetal personhood” amendment to the Constitution.

In the beginnings of this country, the colonies were ruled by governors who were appointed by the king and who were also church leaders; they also were beholden to and exploited by the corporate arm of the monarchy in the form of the British East India Company.  It was tyranny on the part of both the church and the corporation that led to the series of revolts, such as the Boston Tea Party, that culminated in the American Revolution. The Revolution also coincided with the most outrageous abuse of power by the church:  the witch hunts. This tyranny has a long history, going back to the beginnings of patriarchy.

In antiquity, there was goddess-worship for 25,000 years prior to the advent of patriarchal religions which took over by force.  The goddess-worshipping matrilineal culture of Minoa, an egalitarian and peaceful, prosperous, highly-developed culture that honored and respected the earth and life-giving nature and revered the sacred feminine, was destroyed by an invading patriarchal group who worshipped a male war god who ruled by fear and domination and who brought violence, death and destruction, gender inequality, and the abuse of power with it.

The patriarchal religions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, which appeared much more recently and currently dominate, are all Middle-Eastern in origin, and despite all the concern about Sharia Law, there is very little difference between the Al Qaida and Christian fundamentalist dominionists in their zeal to oppress women.  There is likewise little difference between the last two U. S. administrations’ use of torture, labeling people “terrorists”, and use of psychological manipulation and wars to pursue domination of the earth and every creature on it, and the Inquisitions’ and Puritans’ use of torture and labeling women as “witches” and the use of Christian dogma to silence, control, and intimidate.

Though the Christian dominionist reconstructionists would like us to believe that the country was founded as a “Christian nation” and should be ruled by rigid Christian orthodoxy, the fact is they are talking about puritanical colonial America, not the post-revolutionary, independent United States of America, which was founded on the principles of the Enlightenment—rationalism, universalism, empiricism, and most importantly, secularism.  Unless we put a stop to the takeover of our government by both the corporation and the church, we are going to be living in a fascist, authoritarian, Calvinist, corporate theocracy where individual freedoms, especially for women, are a thing of the past.  We must WAKE UP and kick the corporation, and the church, out of government once and for all and pass the Equal Rights Amendment and an amendment to abolish corporate personhood before women once again are chattel and patriarchal corporate and ecclesiastical tyranny totally obliterate the rights of human beings.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dominionism

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Witch_hunts

http://www.salon.com/2012/10/26/gops_insane_rape_remarks_arent_outliers/

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/oct/25/real-republican-party-rape-platform

http://www.politicususa.com/gop-attempts-drag-america-imaginary-conservative-utopia.html

http://voices.yahoo.com/witch-hunts-as-form-anti-female-discrimination-379982.html?cat=37

http://one-evil.org/content/people_15c_Innocent_VIII.html

http://www.themystica.com/mystica/articles/m/malleus_maleficarum.htm

http://sfr-21.org/women.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_witch-hunts

http://voices.yahoo.com/how-martin-luther-john-calvin-conducted-witch-379935.html?cat=37

Eisler, Riane, “The Chalice and the Blade,” Harper & Collins, 1988.

Daly, Mary, “The Church and the Second Sex,” Harper & Row, 1975.

Repeal Indefinite Detention

Sections 1021 & 1022 of he NDAA 2012 are an outright attack on habeas corpus and the Bill of Rights.  President Obama’s support of these sections, the pressure  he exerted on Congress to vote for it, his attempts to coerce the courageous Judge Katherine Forrest to reverse her decision in the challenge brought by Chris Hedges, Noam Chomsky, et al, and now his administration’s fatuous, imperious interpretation that her permanent injunction somehow “interferes” with his role as commander-in-chief are outrageous and proof positive that he is relentlessly pursuing a dangerous course of extreme executive overreach.  Being President does not confer absolute power and this is not a monarchy.  Sections 1021 & 1022 of the NDAA 2012 bill that legalize black bag kidnapping of American citizens on American soil are UNCONSTITUTIONAL and need to be immediately REPEALED!!!

http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=Ntj4mkJiuzbBWpWJUrYjnXEBTSTMDdik>

http://www.businessinsider.com/obama-administration-fights-for-the-ndaa-2012-9#ixzz26l77mta9

http://rt.com/usa/news/ndaa-hedges-appeal-obama-339/

Repeal Indefinite Detention

9/11 Investigation

As I see it, 9/11 was the crisis by which the corporate takeover of government which had begun decades earlier was dramatically accomplished, and which set the stage for the fomenting of illegitimate wars and the dismantling of our civil liberties and destruction of society.  As such, it figures hugely in the state of this nation and the world today and its excoriatingly negative impact cannot be overstated, but it is a symptom of an even larger corruption and needs to be seen in this context.  So, though I believe it is clear that it is not an end in itself, a thorough investigation into the events of 9/11 would be a vehicle by which all of the issues leading up to it and following from it could be exposed and scrutinized and is important for the overriding reason that openly seeking the truth, especially of an event of such magnitude, is the cornerstone of a just society.

Habeas Corpus is Like Car Insurance

Habeas Corpus is like car insurance—you don’t worry about it much until you have an accident; or, in the case of habeas corpus, until you get arrested for peaceful protest and hauled before a military tribunal.  Sound preposterous?  Isn’t this the United States, the land of the free?  Well, no, actually.  Not anymore.  Not since the Patriot Act, the NDAA 2012 Act, and the Trespass Bills (HR 347, S 1794), AKA the “anti-Occupy bills”.

Now, in the United States of America, U. S. citizens can be indefinitely detained, without charge or trial, for a “belligerent act”.  What is that?  Well, no one quite knows for sure.  Want to stage a protest at the Democratic convention, or question your representative on where your tax dollars are going?  Be careful, you could be guilty of “knowing” you are entering a government building or within proximate space of someone guarded by the Secret Service (if they aren’t in their hotel rooms with prostitutes), and therefore in violation of a federal crime that could land you in prison for ten years, in which case I guess at least you wouldn’t be paying taxes!

Add to this the attacks on our privacy and free speech by the SOPA, PIPA, and now CISPA legislation, which if passed, would eviscerate our ability to voice our outrage and connect with one another on the Internet, and a frightening picture of a world dominated by Big Brother watching and controlling our every move begins to take shape.

These laws make a mockery of our Bill of Rights by violating our First, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Ninth, Tenth, and Fourteenth Amendment rights, and whether you are a Tea Partier or an Occupier, your civil liberties are under assault.  We the people need to demand that these unconstitutional laws be rescinded before we find ourselves in Nazi Germany, or worse, living out an Orwellian nightmare.