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(Afterword to Myth America II)
January 21, 2010
"The roses in the window box
Have tilted to one side
Everything about this house
Was born to grow and die"
-Elton John, "Funeral for a Friend (Love Lies Bleeding)"
"I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our moneyed corporations which dare already to challenge our government in a trial of strength and bid defiance to the laws of our country."
I find it super-ironic that I am writing the very last words to Myth America II on the day that any semblance to the US being "by and for the people" died.
The publication of this book has been delayed by so many urgent events--Obama goes on a $50k/week vacation to Martha's Vineyard (August 20009) while war rages on--Obama escalates troop presence in Afghanistan, not once, not twice, but THRREE times--Obama approves expanding military and CIA unmanned aerial vehicle bombings--Obama is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize--Senator Kennedy dies and the Dems lose big time in Massachussets!
I know I am leaving out so many things (note--especially the many things that happened after Jan 2010)--like the Obama regime covering up the murder of three detainees in Gitmo and protecting the Bush Administration and following in the footsteps of the Bush regime by fomenting hostilities with Venezuela and Iran.
Then after the people of Haiti suffer a devastating earthquake, Obama appoints George Bush to lead US relief efforts. Obama's first year was quite a busy, busy year that wasn't so much about CHANGE as it was about tying a cement block around HOPE and drowning it in the Potomac River.
I had a busy 2009, too--because as Obama climbed to new lows of thuggery--I met him there to challenge him (and you). As one of the only people, who from the beginning, criticized the Dalai Bama, I have been shunned and scorned, but also welcomed to many places where truth, peace and justice are still valuable commodities.
Anyway, today was a landmark day in US history--and even though this book is finished--WE MUST add an addendum about this.
No matter what happens tomorrow: If the Bra Bomber finally materializes, or Obama gets caught in a compromising position with Tiger Woods, or if Michelle is caught growing weed in her organic garden (then, I would think she's cool): THIS BOOK IS FINISHED--and so might be my country.
We have talked about the scandal of corporate personhood and how two sentences from Supreme Court Chief Justice Waite, before the oral arguments were even heard in the 1886 case of The City and County of Santa Clara v. The Southern Pacific Railroad changed our history forever:
"The court does not wish to hear arguments on the question whether the provision in the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution, which forbids a State to deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws, applies to these corporations. We are all of the opinion that it does."
No law has ever been passed giving corporations rights, not just privileges--no Supreme Court decision in the past ever gave Goldman Sachs literally millions of more votes than me--it was just a freaking statement before the hearing ever began! We are losing everything because some old dead white guy flapped his jaws and "voila" the Fourteenth Amendment applies to corporations.
Today, in Citizens United v. The Federal Election's Commission, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that any cap put on corporations and, presumably union and other organizations, to spend on campaign ads and other campaign expenses violates a corporation's "Freedom of Speech" which has been illegally protected for 134 years. Like I pointed out in the Myth that Elections Matter--our system is already rigged in favor of the Robber Class--corporations HAVE NO MOUTHS, how can the paper entities have free speech?
This expansion (not granting) of "Free Speech" to corporations effectively kills Robbed Class "Free Speech" when it comes to elections.
Money is what buys influence with our government--that's all, nothing else. We ain't got no money, so we ain't got no influence.
The only tool we have left to us is Revolution as JFK said: "Those who make peaceful revolution impossible, make violent revolution inevitable."
Peace, Resistance and Revolution
January 21, 2010
January 15, 2012: Note from Cindy--Myth America II: 20 Greatest Myths of the Robber Class and the Case for Revolution, ended with these words that I wrote from NYC in 2010. Little did I know that in September 2011, the Occupy Wall Street movement would spring up not far from where I wrote those words. I am posting a re-print of this article because I am working on a new piece called: Occupy Myth, to analyze the Occupy movement and how we can use that movement and the suggestions of grassroots democracy and community building that I advocated in Myth America to actually effect healthy and meaningful change for us.
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