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Power Corrupts?

I have always been a fan of Lord Acton's saying... "Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely", however I ran across a new twist on this axiom... "The problem is not that power corrupts, but that those drawn to power are usually corrupt."

I read it in an article...

Isn't It Odd... A Liberal Republic Gave Birth To Private Tyrannies Called Corporations?

One might think that given the deference the Framers gave to ideas of the Enlightenment that political power originated from the People, any corporate form created by our government to promote business might be reflect those democratic values and, perhaps, be required to have more responsibilities to stakeholders, not just shareholders, and protections for workers to organize. Yet the modern corporate form is essentially a private tyranny in which many of our constitutional rights, such as free speech, are negated in deference to the owners property rights.

Time To Cut Food Stamps....Again

There are more pressing needs:

Intersection of the Worst President, Facebook Study, and Political Capitalism

The notion that President Obama has polled as the worst President ever is an absurdity to me. It's as though the poll was taken at a Koch Brothers retreat for Republican strategists and the question was "What headline would you most want to see 5 years from now?".

Urge Preseident Obama to take advange and use the loophole by Hobby Lobby

Require the insurance companies by exxecutive order to pay for birth control

Amy in Madison Wisconsin

Mission Accomplished!! Relentless Obstruction and Government Embargo by GOP Makes Obama Unpopular!!

Congratulations, GOP! You did it. And it turned out exactly as you planned. You defined your strategy even before the Obama Presidency began.

U.S. poll: more voters see Obama as worst president in modern times

An interesting, but not supprising, tidbit.

"In a survey of 1,446 registered voters, 33 percent said Obama was the worst president since World War Two, while 28 percent pointed to his predecessor, George W. Bush, as the worst, the poll by Quinnipiac University found.

Most voters said Ronald Reagan, who served two terms in the 1980s, was the best president since 1945, the survey showed."

Not One More ... Using our voices, in song, to end gun violence

There are many groups and sites dedicated to addressing the issue of gun violence in our schools (and elsewhere). The voices and efforts of those who try to overcome the campaigns of the NRA and related groups to protect people's "right to bear arms" over the people's right to life and safety in our country, all too often seem to be lost in the noise. This post is one songwriter's effort to make a statement using the tools that I know best, my music, to further the cause for an end to gun violence. http://youtu.be/HlARqi0qI3Q

Why Do We Lavish Benefits On Corporations? WHAT SHOULD WE EXPECT IN RETURN?

Corporations are are ubiquitous... part of the air we breath. We probably can't imagine a time when they never existed, or if so, in radically different forms. And it's understandable why one would form a corporation. The benefits from government... I mean, from We The People, are just too generous to refuse.

It's Tribalism, Stupid. The right will HATE whatever Obama does no matter what it is. Compromise is Futile.

Our country is no longer having a debate anymore between left and right, in case you haven't noticed. It is clear today that, while ideology, race, and gender get a lot of ink in the press, tribalism trumps all.

Stephen Gaskin Requiescat In Pace

Stephen Gaskin, founder of The Farm, dies at 79

Stephen Gaskin — an often tie-dye-clad hippie philosopher, a proud "freethinker" and iconic founder of The Farm — died Tuesday morning at his home. He was 79.

Mississippi Tea Party Leader Commits Suicide

A Mississippi newspaper, The Clarion-Ledger of Jackson, reported that the state's Tea Party leader and lawyer Mark Mayfield, 57, died of a gunshot wound in an apparent suicide. Mayfield left a suicide note. He along with three other Tea Party activists had been involved with taking a picture and posting it on a blog of Mrs.

Judicial Review

Thom Hartmann's article at Alternet --- Hartmann: The Radical Right Wing Supreme Court Is Acting Like It's a Monarchy --is scary. The Framers of the Constitution did intend for judicial review. See Madison's notes to the debates or the following link for a discussion about judicial review and the need for checks and balances.

Boycott Hobby Lobby

I do not care that Thom thinks boycotts do not work. They do in other countries where people support them. If the women that currently shop at Hobby Lobby go elsewhere they will get the message. We need a movement to Boycott Walmart, Georgia Pacific, Hobby Lobby and others.

Thoughts On Recess Appointments vs Pro Forma Sessions

In the Framer's time... a recess of the Senate was an inherent aspect of its existence. At a time when carriage travel was the fastest mode of transport available, Senators had to have some long recess to travel back to their distant home states like Maine and Georgia...

So just what was the intent of the Framers here? From Article 2:

The President shall have Power to fill up all Vacancies that may happen during the Recess of the Senate, by granting Commissions which shall expire at the End of their next Session.

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Why the Web of Life is Dying...

Could you survive with just half of your organs? Think about it. What if you had just half your brain, one kidney, half of your heart, one lung, half a liver and only half of your skin? It would be pretty hard to survive right? Sure, you could survive losing just one kidney or half of your liver, but at some point, losing pieces from all of your organs would be too much and you would die.

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