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Fascism and Obama For America

See That Flag? It Means We Are Patriotic!

See That Flag? It Means We Are Patriotic!

Boy, this working thing really cuts into my blogging time. What’s up with that?

Never mind. I’m home for a few hours, and today, I’m thinking about Fascism.

Fascism is usually defined as a merger of corporations and state. Since we have deregulated our financial institutions to the point of insanity, they made a lot of bad lending decisions and are leveraged out the wazoo. We are now forced into bailing them out with taxpayer money because they are “too big to fail.” Other corporations, like the Big Three automakers, now expect taxpayers to pony up more cash to pay for their poor competition in the market of ideas.

When you nationalize key industries and institutions, that’s a large part of what makes up a fascist state (well, that, and things like The Patriot Act and warrantless wiretapping, which we have also allowed to happen). I thought we Murkins were dead-set against this type of economics, being so in love with “the free market” and all?

In reality, which despite reports to the contrary actually exists outside of Ayn Rand’s brain, a truly competitive market needs to be overseen and regulated, or the corporations will run amok, taking our economy – and the world’s – with it.

We have seen this actually happen over and over again, yet ideology continues to trump common sense with voters from all sides of the political spectrum. We keep allowing our politicians to loot our pocketbooks and direct trillions of our dollars into their cronies’ bank accounts, with nary a peep of protest from us.

The people this year who were likely to enforce regulation and transparency on the giant wealth-transferral machine that our government has become, were driven out of the race by the corporate media and deserted by their own political parties; while Barack Obama, the most unelectable candidate I have ever seen in my lifetime, was elevated to the status of Jesus.

And only the PUMAs asked why. Why did the corporate media love Obama so much, when he had friends and associates that would have driven anyone else, of any political party, out of the race before he was even allowed to become a candidate? Why did the Chicago Machine politician, the ultimate insider who married into The Family, pass the Democratic Party’s vetting process? We received no response other than wild accusations and rejection by friends, family members and former blogging communities for asking these obvious questions.

Since I’m talking questions, let me ask two more. What will happen once Barack Obama is inaugurated? Will we keep going down this road of merging the private and the public sectors of our economy?

Take health care as an example. It’s official: Ex-Senator Tom Daschle is not just going to be in charge of Health and Human Services, but he’s also going to be in charge of organizing the Democrats’ new efforts to “reform” our increasingly third-world health care system.

Obama, who last month offered Daschle a post in his administration, said he planned to nominate Daschle to lead a new White House Office of Health Reform as well.

Obama also announced that Daschle’s deputy at the White House health office would be Jeanne M. Lambrew, who worked on healthcare in the Clinton White House and co-wrote a book with Daschle about healthcare reform that Obama called “groundbreaking.”

Well, that sounds wonderful! But wait – let’s not get too excited about the shiny packaging. The contents don’t smell so good.

The president-elect has provided few details about his healthcare proposal. And he has declined to outline how his administration would pay for an overhaul that some estimate could exceed $100 billion a year.

Look, there are three ways a government gets money: Printing it, borrowing it or raising it through taxes. I keep saying that Obama should raise taxes on the wealthy and the big corporations, the way Bill Clinton did when he inherited the last Republican economic crisis. But since Barack Obama is not an FDR Democrat (WE TOLD YOU SO), that’s not the way he’s going to do it. He’s already reneged on his promise to revoke the Bush tax cuts, and now says he’ll let them expire in 2010. I’ll believe it when I see it. As for taxing the oil industry’s windfall profits, that’s not going to happen either. So where is all that money going to come from?

Here, let Nancy Pelosi explain.

Pelosi said trillions of dollars in new funds were needed to rebuild roads, bridges, sewer and water systems, mass transit and even Internet broadband networks. But given huge U.S. budget deficits, she said ways must be found to finance the spending.

“We’re working on it to figure out whether we can create an infrastructure development bank” in a government partnership with the private sector, Pelosi said.

The bank, advocated by other prominent Democrats including Obama and Senate Banking Committee Chairman Christopher Dodd, could leverage tens of billions of dollars in seed money into hundreds of billions of dollars of projects, Pelosi said.

So Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Chris Dodd think it’s a-okay to let private corporations fund government projects. The article never mentions the fact that the corporations will most certainly demand something in return for their “tens of billions.” No-bid contracts? Massive tax breaks? Outsourcing? Whatever they want, I’m sure it will be no problem for Obama For America, Inc. Laissez le laissez-faire rouler!

It’s becoming more and more clear just why Hillary Clinton could not be the Democratic Party’s nominee this year, isn’t it? Remember how HillaryCare was blocked by the insurance industry and Democratic and Republican congresscritters? We wouldn’t want that type of nasty disagreement again, now, would we? Thank goodness that everything is now post-partisan between the Dems and the corporations. Those patriotic companies will invest tens of billions out of the goodness of their hearts in order to make everyone in America healthy again.

The most disgusting thing about all of this is that Obama is pretending to care about what YOU think the government should do about health care. If you want to make your voice heard, you are supposed to sign up at his website and share your thoughts.

Only problem is, that site is heavily – and I mean HEAVILY – censored. Even the Obamedia noticed.

President-elect Barack Obama’s Transition today launched “Open for Questions,” a Digg-style feature allowing citizens to submit questions, and to vote on one another’s questions, bringing favored inquiries to the top of the list.

It was suggested when it launched that the tool would bring uncomfortable questions to the fore, but the results so far are the opposite: Obama’s supporters appear to be using — and abusing — a tool allowing them to “flag” questions as “inappropriate” to remove all questions mentioning Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich from the main pages of Obama’s website.

The Blagojevich questions — many of them polite and reasonable — can be found only by searching words in them, like “Blagojevich,” which produces 35 questions missing from the main page of the site.

Wanna bet how many questions about single-payer health care, and raising taxes on the wealthy and corporate America to pay for it, will make it onto the front page?

Wanna bet how many questions in favor of privatization of Medicare and Social Security will make onto the front page?

Gosh, maybe we should have paid a little more attention to the content of Barack Obama’s character, instead of the color of his skin. We didn’t want four more years of Bush, but we got it anyway.

Let’s hope and pray that something derails this gravy train before it docks in the station.

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  1. […] at Partizane and The Confluence Possibly related posts: (automatically generated)Shame On America Sunday: Barack Obama EditionThe […]

  2. madamab, her of the charming voice! I was thinking of posting and you beat me too it!

    With all the outrage about Favreau, I was going to post a little morality play about a childhood incident where I was disrespectful to a woman, and its consequences. Thought the folks might enjoy it, especially the romantically inclined– but don’t let me behijacking your thread over here; that’s bad blogging etiquette!

    I will wait till this thread runs its course…

  3. I noticed the question portion got closed. Now there is to be a “discussion” of the economy. I thought about adding a couple of questions about Summers and asking why the econimic team did not have more females.

  4. “…you beat me too it!” (sic)

    On second thought, perhaps I should learn how to spell first.

  5. Gads, how on earth do we get out of this mess???
    (caught headbanging desease from Pat) 😦

  6. An infrastructure development bank?

    What is that?

    Nobody has any money right now, including the private sector.

  7. plural – Sure they do. Just ask the oil industries, the health insurance companies and the defense contractors. They are loving this economy.

  8. Great post madamab !!!

    Stay strong Blago! I want this to go to trial so secrets can come out.

  9. Hello afrocity, my fine Chicago friend!

    That’s what I was hoping for in my last sentence. Blago and Rezko need to sing very loudly!

  10. I believe madamab is correct; the corporate state is key to the economic aspect of Fascism.

    Just to get our definitions straight, I checked with the Merriam-Webster online dictionary:

    Italian fascismo, from fascio bundle, fasces, group, from Latin fascis bundle & fasces fasces

    1 often capitalized : a political philosophy, movement, or regime (as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition

    2: a tendency toward or actual exercise of strong autocratic or dictatorial control

  11. I keep hearing “presumption of innocence” used in reference to Blago. The latest was in reaction to todays news that the Illinois AG wants him removed by the state judiciary ASAP.

    My response:

    “If a schoolteacher is charged with child molestation do you allow him to keep teaching until the trial?”

  12. myiq – Common sense is not common, is it?

    He is charged with selling the Senate seat, among other things. We cannot allow him to appoint the person to whom he may have sold it.


  13. Maybe Tina Fey can dust her ass off and play Attorney General Madigan from Illinois. She has the Palin Look.

  14. A bit OT but this is an interesting piece about pushback on C. Kennedy’s possible annointing, I mean appointing. In it is a letter to Gov. Paterson from Stuart Applebaum, head of the RWDSU, a big Hillary Clinton supporter:


    You have to read the whole letter, but here are a afew snippets:

    “Caroline Kennedy’s sudden interest in the position last week has the nation buzzing of another Senator Kennedy heading to Washington DC to fill a seat that her uncle, Robert, had once held. It is the stuff great drama is written about or perhaps a lifetime mini-series. However, this appointment is not to complete the final installment of a mini-series. ”


    “Caroline Kennedy, although I’m sure a fascinating and engaging person, simply doesn’t have the experience or Washington know-how to get it done for New York. She is a blank slate on New York issues – we simply don’t know where she stands, what her priorities are for the state, or if and who she will fight for.

    Her voice has barely been heard during these long, last 8 years as so many of us have worked hard against the policies of the Bush Administration.”


    “This decision cannot be made based on family name, race, religion, or gender. New York needs an aggressive champion to partner with Senator Schumer and deliver – whoever can best do that we should be calling Senator. We will need somebody who will have the experience and be prepared from their first day on the job to fight for all New Yorkers. The stakes are too great for on-the-job training.

    Governor Paterson, we can’t afford to take a chance on our next Senator. Choose the best candidate for the job – the candidate who has the vision and experience to get the job done from the moment they are sworn into office”

  15. CWaltz,

    According the the information at Change.gov, they are going to be open for more questions next week. There wasn’t any censorship of questions a priori that I could see–just the Obots clicking on the “inappropriate” link. Last night right before questions closed there wree 412 Blago questions and only 4-5 of the Favreau questions were unavailable to be voted on. I saw a lot of single pay questions come up in the voting window and I voted yes on all of them. Do I think Obama will actually listen to any of us? That’s a big “Hell no!”

    I agree with madamab that fascism is on the horizon for the US. Actually, it’s here already, but they may want to wait until 2011 to really crack down. That is when Gates expects to have 20,000 combat troops garrisoned on U.S. soil and at the ready to put down “domestic disturbances.” By that time, the national guards will be completely out of the hands of the governors and we will have no defenses against our “unitary excutive.”

  16. Actually the Illinois AG *is* filing some sort of motion to have Blago declared unfit or something like that.

    And don’t worry– we have those paragons of virtue in the Democratic senate who will (*cough*) surely refuse to seat a tainted appointee.

  17. ainnj – I am faxing my petition to Paterson’s office on Monday.

    Please sign it if you haven’t!


  18. “We’re working on it to figure out whether we can create an infrastructure development bank” in a government partnership with the private sector, Pelosi said.

    You know who else had a public/private business relationship that Obama touted and funded?

    Tony Rezko and his Chicago housing projects. How well did that work out?

    And as far as needing to hear from the public about health care? HRC has been doing that for almost 2 decades, and does not need to do more research at this point to transform the system. Too bad she’s not the “health care expert” that Daschle (cough) is.

  19. The IL Attorney General, Lisa Madigan this morning filed to have Blagjevich removed from office by the IL Supreme Court–don’t know if it will work or not.


    Blago’s chief of staff Harris has just resigned.


  20. If Dick and George couldn’t turn this country into a dictatorship then no tinhorn from Chicago is gonna pull it off.

  21. BB – How do you know who those Obots were? It’s quite a leap to think they were merely private citizens, given AstroRod’s history, don’t you think?

    IMHO, they will be filtered out and/or ignored by OFA Inc.

  22. well, we’re being distracted by a terror or some kind of alert at the congressional visitor center …

    John Harris, Blag’s chief of staff, just resigned

  23. Harris is probably trying to cut a deal, that’s my guess

  24. madamab, on December 12th, 2008 at 1:27 pm Said:
    ainnj – I am faxing my petition to Paterson’s office on Monday.

    Please sign it if you haven’t!

    Already signed! Thanks!

  25. myiq – But it takes time to turn a democracy into a fascist state. Dick and George gave Obama the tools. All he needs to do is use them. And do we really think he won’t?

  26. Ooooh la la – Harris is down!

  27. madamab,

    I don’t know who the Obots were. That’s not my point. All I’m saying is that my four questions from yesterday never got censored, and there were lots of other Favreau questions that stayed voteable. Of the 412 Blago questions that were on the site, most never were marked as “inappropriate.” I didn’t even note the number of Rezko questions. If in fact they do open for questions again, I think it’s worth continuing to flood them with Favreau quetsions. They may not have the nerve to open it up again though.

  28. BB – Aha! Point well-taken. We’ll see!

  29. I agree with madamab that fascism is on the horizon for the US. Actually, it’s here already, but they may want to wait until 2011 to really crack down. That is when Gates expects to have 20,000 combat troops garrisoned on U.S. soil and at the ready to put down “domestic disturbances.” By that time, the national guards will be completely out of the hands of the governors and we will have no defenses against our “unitary excutive.”

    bb: gun sales have shot up 50% since Obama was elected. People see the danger in this nationalization, especially with the continuation of Bush’s expanded powers being invoked by Obama for “flexibility.”

  30. Tnanks Madamab for hitting the nail on the head!

    Oh and for ruining my lunch-Zieg Hiel the Federal State!

  31. madamab,.

    There are more pumas out here than we know of. It’s just that a lot of them don’t know they are pumas yet.

  32. I think Rahm E is going to bite the dust too. He is refusing to answer any questions, and Chicago reporters are saying he is on tape “negotiating” with Blago. That will look awful for Obama.

    So much for his superior judgment.

  33. (waving at Fuzzy)

    Gun sales? Do people really think that if the federal government comes at them with tanks and Blackwater mercs, their guns are going to make any difference?

    I’ve never understood that attitude. We aren’t in the 18th century anymore.

  34. Who here lives in Illinois? Now is the time to run for office, there are going to be a few opening up.

  35. fif – I hope Rahm-Bo goes down too. He’s like the Tom DeLay of the Democratic Party.

    BB – I agree. PUMAs are EVERYWHERE!!!

    Can you mind the store? I’ve got to go run some errands.

    Hugs to you all…

  36. every one should go to murphy’s puma pac site… she’s got a great one of Hillary laughing at Jon Fav’s lil dick she photoshopped …

    worth a smile on a day like today

  37. fif, on December 12th, 2008 at 1:38 pm Said:
    I think Rahm E is going to bite the dust too. He is refusing to answer any questions, and Chicago reporters are saying he is on tape “negotiating” with Blago. That will look awful for Obama.

    So much for his superior judgment.

    I just can’t believe emanuel would be that stupid to discuss pay to play stuff on a phone call.

  38. If you’re a true gun nut, and obviously we’re not, I’m not even sure it’s still about actual self-defense; buying a gun is almost like a doctrinal statement now, as if guns were a part of religion.

  39. I’m assuming you all saw this about the latest wall street criminal:

    Bernard L. Madoff, a former chairman of the Nasdaq Stock Market and a force in Wall Street trading for nearly 50 years, was arrested by federal agents Thursday, a day after his sons turned him in for running what they said their father called “a giant Ponzi scheme.”

  40. We were taught in high school that it could happen here very easily.
    Our education system has been lessened over the years. wm ayers school of teaching.
    No one is held accountable for their actions.
    Instant gradification is a way of life now.
    hard work and self respect are ridiculed.
    We have become lazy and self indulgent.
    Any one who questioned is looked on as someone who wants to rain on the parade.
    The saddest thing is that only a few are standing up for America . Only a few understand that it is our duty to question and check out facts and speak out the truth.



  41. can’t imagine Rahm was stupid enough, they all knew the feds were closely watching Blago …

  42. A look at the recurring reminders in the speaker of the houses Microsoft Outlook Organizer….

    task set daily monday thru friday beginning 20 January 2009:

    0800AM Press conference Dealing with Executive Branch Shit that hit the Fan while Speaker was getting her unneeded Beauty Sleep and also to remind Press Impeachment of Obama of the table.

    0845AM dust Office “Pink Princess Phone” Hotline to Obama

    1215PM Second Daily Press Confrence to deal with Executive Shit that hits fan since 0845AM-1215PM Again stressing impeachment is off the table

    0100PM Read advance copy of Horoscope for next day

    0430PM Final Press Confrence to deal with Afternoon Executive branch Shit that hits the Fan and again stress that impeachment is off the table “For Piss Sakes”

    My makes everyone want to be Speaker of the house!

  43. Dakini posted that earlier thes morning on the over night thread,,,discusting isnt it!

    Wonder if he is on Obama’s donor list?

  44. I agree — I can’t see Rahm discussing selling a Senate seat. He has too much experience for that.

  45. Dak they may not be stupid but you have to admit they are all drunk with power…hell absolute power and we know what absolute power does to the best people!

  46. Afrocity for Governor!

  47. No, Obama & Rahm knew that Blago was being investigated, that’s exactly why they did not “deal” with him, and why he became so furious (because they usually do). In Obama’s statement, he said none of his staff members struck any “deals.” Still, he has repeatedly denied that they even spoke to the Governor about the appointment in a direct way. Rahm, apparently, spoke to him several times about it. They were not willing to give him anything for it, but he will still look dirty for discussing it at all after all the denials. Someone will be thrown under the bus.

  48. Rahm is on the tape.

  49. maybe madamab can make a play out of my spoof of Speaker Nancy’s Outlook organizer Above!

  50. From the above link to the Daily News article about Caroline Kennedy:

    We have just come through a historic presidential campaign that proved that we are a meritocracy – voters chose Barack Obama not because of race, or gender, or name, but on the quality of his ideals and the vision and leadership he offered to restore our economy and our standing in the world.

    Ahem…I beg to differ. Obama was certainly NOT chosen due to his merits or experience. Quite the contrary.

  51. madamab,

    I’ll be around for another hour at least, but then I have meeting.

  52. The experiment in democracy didn’t work, so now they are thinking fascism…..be afraid, very afraid.

  53. Afrocity,

    If you run, I’ll donate to your campaign.

  54. What is required of all Chicago politicians is to appear as if they are above the sleazy bottom feeders , when in fact this is exactly how they themselves got into and exercise power.

    Those who watched Obama buy and charm his way into national prominence over the course of this campaign know he plays dedicated hard ball and has from step one of his entire political career in Chicago. And in true Chicago style he pretends he is not a creature of the very system that crowned him as heir apparent.

  55. Dakinikat,

    The reports say Rahm is on tape. I posted a video at 1:29 above. You should watch it. The announcer looks so excited that he can hardly contain himself!

  56. BB, I don’t see a video at 1:29. Two articles, but no video. Am I missing something?

  57. Plural,

    That’s funny. There was video at that Reuters link when I posted it. I’ll see if I can find it.

  58. I hope Blago spills his guts..and tells exactly who he spoke with and why he was angry with obama.

  59. Wow! Look at this. Emanuel won’t go to work because he is getting death threats.


    Emanuel appeared “beet-red,” according to an ABC News cameraman who was invited inside by Emmanuel to use his bathroom this morning.

    “I’m getting regular death threats. You’ve put my home address on national television. I’m pissed at the networks. You’ve intruded too much, ” Emanuel said, according to the cameraman.

  60. According to Trib columnist John Kass, Emanuel could have been taped talking to this guy:

    …state Sen. James DeLeo (D-How You Doin?)

    DeLeo is an extremely powerful politician. You know this because he’s hardly ever quoted in newspaper stories.

    Emanuel and DeLeo have a relationship. Emanuel is the congressman from the 5th Congressional District, where DeLeo is the Democratic state central committeeman. What hasn’t been reported on much is that Emanuel has not yet resigned from the House. And if you want to play politics in Jimmy’s sandbox, you need his OK.

    DeLeo is also considered by some to be the real governor of Illinois. Blagojevich is the nutty guy who makes the speeches and gets the federal slap. They’re so close that if Jimmy suddenly stopped walking, Rod would chip his teeth on the back of Jimmy’s head.

    It’s reasonable to assume that if there’s one fellow Rod would talk to about the Senate seat, it’s Jimmy. And given their relationship, Jimmy could talk to Rahm. I’m not suggesting money was offered. There is nothing illegal about politicians horse-trading to fill seats. Only when such deals are monetized—as the governor is alleged to have done—is it illegal.


    Chicago politics sounds like Boston politics only worse.

  61. Wow BB!

    Now he knows how PUMAs feel. I wonder who is threatening him?

  62. madamab,

    Hmmm… who would be threatening Rahm? So many possibilities, so little time.

  63. Also – wasn’t Nixon too experienced to get caught on tape too?

    Just sayin’.

  64. Nixon taped himself.

  65. afrocity, on December 12th, 2008 at 1:55 pm Said:
    Afrocity for Governor!


    If I were you I would opt for the Senate seat. I mean just think, in maybe 1 or 2 weeks max you would surpass the amount of work done by your predecessor! Then you don’t have to do anything until you run for relection, or POTUS!

  66. BB, thanks for finding the video.

  67. i will run for IL senate as a write in. I am serious.

  68. plural, on December 12th, 2008 at 2:25 pm Said:
    Nixon taped himself.

    yup, he was a totally paranoid individual. Taped everything and had recorders all over the place, not just on the phone lines.

  69. Oh my, that picture at PumaPac is hilarious! I almost fell off my chair!

    Rahm seems like a smart guy…but he’s acting a bit suspiciously, no? I mean, he’s bordering on hysterics!

  70. That’s right Afrocity-Carpe Diem!!!

    Seize This Moment because this combination of time and space will never happen just like this again.

  71. Laurie> Or as Buffy once said: “Seize the moment…’cause tomorrow you might be dead!”

  72. That pix is hilarious!!!!!!

  73. Thank you madamab for this succinct analysis of the debacle our country is suffering from. I am so happy for you to have begun your new job – but know we won’t have your direct, common sense, no BS voice delivered with your grace and humor as much. Our loss. You’re posts will just be that more appreciated.

    This gang of thugs are so amatuerish – so eager to assume control with no controls, no regulation – the mistakes are going to be so glaring. Between their lack of morals and lack of ethics – it promises to be a horrific time for America. It will serve to shine a light on what we had prior to Bu$h. Those who foisted this phoney BZero will be held accountable – but it is the common American who will pay the price – every day for many years to come. The lemmings march in lock step – over the cliff – thinking only of the power.

  74. Thank you Boo! (Blush)

    I know Nixon taped himself…but shouldn’t he have been too “experienced” to do something like that?

    Politicians do stupid things all the time. They’re just people. That was the point I was trying to make, albeit not well! 🙂

  75. Kennedy installed the WH taping system.

    He wanted to preserve things for history.

  76. madamab, on December 12th, 2008 at 1:39 pm Said:

    (waving at Fuzzy)

    Gun sales? Do people really think that if the federal government comes at them with tanks and Blackwater mercs, their guns are going to make any difference?

    I’ve never understood that attitude. We aren’t in the 18th century anymore.

    LOL madamab! No I don’t think my shotgun are going to “make a difference” ultimately if the feds come to get me, but at least I can make a better stand then I could with just my chihuahua and a broom (as in, at least I’ll take one or two of those sob’s out with me).

  77. BTW – John Harris, the forgotten man in the latest Obamadrama, has resignethed.

    What if he makes a deal to squeal?

    He knows where the bodies are buried, and who buried them.

  78. OT
    thank you for the beautiful pictures not only did you give us antartica pictures but if you click on the hubble site in the corner there are beautiful pictures from space.
    Make us happy in and out of this world.



  79. New post up– open thread. Just be good. You’ll see that I have suffered enough.


  80. WH taping system smaking system — Nixon could have turned the damned thing off — by like all narcissists it doesn’t even occur to them that what they are doing is wrong all they know is: this will get me what I want so it is good.

  81. Exactly, AngieNC!

    Someone gets me.


  82. “We’re working on it to figure out whether we can create an infrastructure development bank” in a government partnership with the private sector, Pelosi said.”

    It sounds to me like a new way to milk the cow.

    Weren’t FannieM and FreddieM, government backed- private sector too?

    BTW Mussolini started as a Socialist prior to 1922, when he won an absolute majority of 65% in the Italian Parliament, and began killing, emprisoning or exiling his opponents.

    FDR’s definition of fascism:

    Franklin D. Roosevelt, president of the United States from 1933 to 1945, described fascism in his 1942 “Message from the President of the United States Transmitting Recommendations Relative to the Strengthening and Enforcement of Anti-trust Laws” as follows:
    The first truth is that the liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic state itself. That, in its essence, is fascism–ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power.[10]


  83. I’ve read on other blogs and news sites that Rahm may be a mole.

    He is and always was loyal to the Clintons.

    Anyone believe that?


  84. Delle – well, it was predictable. I said a few days ago that the Obots would find some way to blame Bill and Hillary for this latest Obama scandal.

    Looks like I was right.

  85. madamab – I hope you were right.

    Meaning that I hope Rahm is not really a mole.

    But he is acting mysteriously.

    He seems to be hiding something.


  86. Truman took over the steel industry during the Korean war. Are we heading towards fascism. With the gutting of the Constitution we are close. However, it will not be an autocratic government, but the corporatist class who pull the strings. Remember the people who stole and drove this economy into the ground have already made their money. The rest of the fools jumped on the ponzi scheme and lost their shirts, we are left holding the bill. The bill will come. It just depends on how we want to pay for it.

    John Adams is winning the argument with Thomas Jefferson.

  87. Blagojevich criminal complaint (pdf)
    http://www.latimes.com / news / nationworld / nation / wire / sns-il-gov-pdf,1,2098730…

    The criminal complaint is in pdf, large print, double-spaced, easy to read. It contains only enough information needed to arrest the Gov. and Harris. What else will be revealed?

    As I read the complaint what was astonishing to me is the ease in which Blago and cohorts spoke about what the President Elect could and would do to help them.

    Quite obviously they were all connected, knew what could be expected even though there could not be an overt direct connection at that time.

    They KNEW the President Elect would be available to cooperate with their wishes as soon as O. found a way to put some distance between himself and the deed.

    After reading the complaint I don’t think Blago and friends had a clue they might be taped.

    It is well worth reading to learn from participants themselves how we citizens have been duped by politicians and their elitist friends.

    The electoral college meets Dec. 15. Obama has already been untruthful about meeting with Blago. Obama supported Blago politically. In the complaint Rezko is deeply involved with Blago in demanding bribes from contractors before they receive state funding. How can O. be close to Rezko and not be involved?

    For some unknown reason the Ill. State Legislature has refused to reveal Obama’s voting records. Is O. connected to some of the Ill. political corruption?

    Seems Jessie Jackson, Jr. is candidate 5 who offered to raise funds for Blago in return for the senate seat. Jackson is an Obama Deputy Campaign Manager.

    There are too many unanswered questions regarding Obama for the electoral college to vote at this time, the vote should be postponed.

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