Poisoning Our Information

Poisoning Our Information
Dave Speck

David’s post about Fascism et al was great and very much needed. The Republicans and their conservative billionaire think tanks have been poisoning our information for over 30 years, now and it shows.

What kind of a monster would want to feed us lies in order to gain power and money? Monsters, indeed. Monsters intent on destroying democracy.

Following the links from David’s Fascist post lead me to the text from America’s vice president from the early part of last century and here’s what Henry Wallace had to say about Fascism:

The really dangerous American fascists are not those who are hooked up directly or indirectly with the Axis [Hitler]. The FBI has its finger on those. The dangerous American fascist is the man who wants to do in the United States in an American way what Hitler did in Germany in a Prussian way. The American fascist would prefer not to use violence. His method is to poison the channels of public information. With a fascist the problem is never how best to present the truth to the public but how best to use the news to deceive the public into giving the fascist and his group more money or more power.

There is no doubt that the Fascist party of America is doing all they can to poison our information.

What’s the Difference Between Fascism, Socialism, and Communism?

What’s the Difference Between Fascism, Socialism, and Communism?
by
David Schlecht

With all the confusion out there today on the part of the Chronically Confused Conservatives of our times, I though I would try to put together  a simple comparison of the three terms they confuse the most for Democracy.

Fascism

Let’s start with the most easily confused. Fascism.

Fascism is best described as a merging of corporate and government interests. In simpler terms, it’s when corporations have taken over the government. This is also called a Oligarchy because the wealthy control the entire country. Mussolini states that the corporations were the most important part of a country and that the government should work with them to make a better country. He created this merger and called it Fascism to differentiate it from Socialism.

One of the signature characteristics of Fascism is “belligerent nationalism.” This is the practice of saying our country is exceptional and don’t you dare tell me otherwise.

Another, more modern term for Fascism is Corporatism.

Well, if Fascism isn’t Socialism, then what is Socialism?

Socialism

Socialism is where people are directly involved in the production of goods and services, things like cooperatives where the workers are the owners of the businesses. This doesn’t mean the government owns and manages the businesses. The business exists for the sake of providing for society, or the social good.

We’ve posted here many times about the socialistic bent of America’s forefathers. Socialism was such a fundamental inclination that our government is defined as “We The People.”

The corporatists in America try to hide this fact and purposely confuse socialism with fascism and communism.

Communism

The easiest way to think of Communism is the requirement that private property is not allowed. No one owns anything. Everything is owned by the government. The general idea is that the people, in turn, own the government. But in practice, this obviously doesn’t work, at last not in large scale.

However, it’s important to realize that Communism works quite well in some small communities.

So, now, tell me, which of these three best describes America, today? Do we outlaw private property (Communism)? No, so I guess that one is out. Do we encourage public ownership of businesses and services (Socialism)? Heck, we don’t even want to allow unions, let alone shared profits and management, so I guess this one is out as well. So what is left? Are we becoming Fascist? Do you see the corporate media spouting belligerent nationalism? Are we constantly threatening and invading other countries because we’re somehow special? Does the corporate media sell us on invading one country after another?

Have corporations taken over our government? Are we told to oppose any welfare or services for the people while we’re told that corporations should have unlimited influence over our government and have unlimited corporate welfare?

Even if you’re a rabid tea bagger only firing on half your cylinders, you can’t deny the fact that the Republican party is the party that is Fascist and they’re succeeding at bringing this country down the road of Fascism.

Does “We The People” sound like anything the Republican party wants to give more power to? In fact, isn’t that the party that is working overtime to disenfranchise millions of potential voters? Oh, my gosh, I guess they are.

Miss Me Yet?

Miss Me Yet?
by
David Schlecht

I saw a bumper sticker today, with a big W and the words, “Miss Me Yet?”

No, George. We don’t miss the worst president America has seen in our lifetimes. We don’t miss the absolute destruction and disgrace you brought to America. We are ashamed of you.

But, sadly, there are lots of gullible Republicans out there who are being told that they miss the good old days of W.

Well, here is a quick reminder of what those wonderful days were that you think you are missing. Here is a stark example of the difference between Republican representation and Democratic. Unemployment figures:

Job Graph

Profiting Off Shoot First Laws

Profiting Off Shoot First Laws
by
David Schlecht

Unfortunately, our corporate media is refusing to investigate this so we expose it where we can. Be sure to tell your friends and family who is benefiting from these vigilante laws that make all of us less safe from “Justifiable Homicide.”

Did you ever wonder why all the sudden 25 states have passed almost identical laws giving kooks the right to shoot you and me and get away with it? How could it possibly be that all 25 states thought up the idiocy all at the same time.

No, it’s not the individual states. It’s not a coincidence. There is a profit motive.

The laws in the states have been drafted and sponsored by billion dollar corporations for the purpose of making money.

Have you ever heard of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)? ALEC is an organization funded and created by the Koch brothers to gather up legislators willing to prostitute themselves for big businesses. They meet with our legislators regularly and provide them with pre-written bills that they can take back and just plug in.

ALEC has many domestic and international businesses who pay big money to send lobbyists to the meetings and provide laws that will benefit them.

Who would make money by putting more guns in the hands of Americans? You guessed it. These laws have been sent to all the states for ratification on behalf of corporations, the likes of the NRA (the gun sales lobby) and Wal-Mart.

It’s important to not turn this into a political issue, because it’s not. It is an issue with corporations making our country worse for their profit.

Of course, it doesn’t help that ALEC is frequented almost entirely by Republican law makers. But the problem isn’t the party, it’s the fact that our representatives are prostituting their law making powers for big business and against the best interests of you and me.

Again, let me suggest that you tell everyone you can about this because it’s not getting out in the evening news. So much for “Liberal Media”.

 

Help to stop kill-at-will laws

Kill at Will laws in 24 states allow anyone to use deadly force,
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climate of vigilantism where no one is safe.

I signed a petition standing against these Kill at Will laws. Can you join
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The Republican Alternative to Obamacare

The Republican Alternative to Obamacare
Matthew K.

Everyone recognizes the Republican strategy these days. It’s all about winning the next election. It has nothing to do with actually solving our current problems. It is about winning the next election and nothing more.

Nothing!

Tell me, what is the Republican alternative to Obamacare? If they weren’t just trying to screw the country for the sake of making Obama look bad, they would actually be out there trying to fix our broken health care system.

But, are they?

Of course not. They have no credible plan to fix this broken system. They want to destroy what little Obama has done to fix this system and then leave it broken.

We are losing this country to the billionaires and the corporations and the Republican party wants to help us along the way. Cut more benefits and health care reforms to the average Americans and give more benefits and money and tax breaks to the rich. Cut out regulations that create jobs and save lives so the corporations can make more money.

But, America is waking up. We are all beginning to get out and talk to our neighbors. We’re waking up our Republican inlaws. We starting to take our country back. But we will only succeed when we can turn off the propaganda from the 1%. Turn off Fox. Turn off hate radio. If your church talks about voting for the anti-christian party, get up and walk out.

America is waking up!