Is the Supreme Court Really the Final Say?

Article III

Section 1.

The judicial power of the United States, shall be vested in one Supreme Court, and in such inferior courts as the Congress may from time to time ordain and establish. The judges, both of the supreme and inferior courts, shall hold their offices during good behavior, and shall, at stated times, receive for their services, a compensation, which shall not be diminished during their continuance in office.

Section 2.

The judicial power shall extend to all cases, in law and equity, arising under this Constitution, the laws of the United States, and treaties made, or which shall be made, under their authority;–to all cases affecting ambassadors, other public ministers and consuls;–to all cases of admiralty and maritime jurisdiction;–to controversies to which the United States shall be a party;–to controversies between two or more states;–between a state and citizens of another state;–between citizens of different states;–between citizens of the same state claiming lands under grants of different states, and between a state, or the citizens thereof, and foreign states, citizens or subjects.

In all cases affecting ambassadors, other public ministers and consuls, and those in which a state shall be party, the Supreme Court shall have original jurisdiction.

In all the other cases before mentioned, the Supreme Court shall have appellate jurisdiction, both as to law and fact, with such exceptions, and “under such regulations as the Congress shall make.”

This is a key line in Article III, section 2 of the United States Constitution that creates the Supreme Court of the United States. What this line says is that Congress has the right and obligation to regulate what the Supreme Court does. It was written as part of the Checks and Balances system the founders pushed to make sure that all three branches of Government were Co-Equal without one being “Supreme” to the other.

Many historic and legal scholars believe that at the time of the writing and ratification of the Constitution, the Supreme Court was seen more as the final step in the appellate process of the legal system to resolve disputes between the states, based on the Constitution and established law. Though they could question the “constitutionality” of a law passed by Congress and signed by the Executive, they had no authority to actually rule it as “Unconstitutional”. Nowhere in the Constitution does it say they have that authority. What the Constitution does say is that both chambers of Congress can enact legislation and the Executive can sign that legislation into law. Certainly the Supreme Court was never given the ability to “legislate from the bench” their purpose is to interpret from the bench and that was all.

Congress in the Constitution has the ability to regulate the Supreme Court and determine what they can or cannot act upon. That is clear and unambiguous in the reading of Article III, section 2. At no time in history did the Congress and Executive branch grant the Supreme Court the authority to make null and void a law passed and signed by the other two branches of government, only the ability to interpret and advice.

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It was Marbury v Madison, where the Supreme Court gave itself the ability to determine if a law was constitutional and void it if they deemed it wasn’t. This act confounded then President Thomas Jefferson. Though pissed, he really took no action to what the John Marshall Court did. From that time forward however, there was a tenuous relationship between the Executive Branch and the Supreme Court. During the Jefferson Administration, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Chase was actually impeached in the House, but not convicted in the Senate. In Worcester v Georgia, President Andrew Jackson was so pissed at the ruling of the Marshall Court he was heard to have said, “John Marshall has made his decision, now let him enforce it!” stating that in reality, without the other two branches of government, the Supreme Court has no authority to enforce its rulings.

The Supreme Court didn’t challenge the Constitutionality of any Act passed by Congress and signed by the Executive branch until 1857 with the Dred Scott decision, that was one of the major events leading to the Civil War. In fact, from 1789 through 2002 the Supreme Court only held 158 Acts of Congress and signed by the President as Unconstitutional.

Since 2002 through 2014, nineteen more Acts were found to be Unconstitutional. Each time they do so, they cite back to Marbury v Madison as their basis and justification to do this. They do not cite the Constitution or regulations from Congress, only the institution’s own act.

Currently the Justices of the Supreme Court, who enjoy lifetime appointments as do all Federal Judges are not require to adhere to the Federal Code of Judicial Conduct as are the rest of the Judges and Justices on the Federal Bench.

http://www.uscourts.gov/RulesAndPolicies/CodesOfConduct/CodeConductUnitedStatesJudges.aspx

If they were, there would be some serious issues to be brought against both Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas for their relationships with certain billionaire brothers who have had cases before them. There would also be issues with Chief Justice John Roberts and Samuel Alito for not holding true to many of the things they swore to uphold before the Senate during their confirmation hearings.

Any other Judge or Justice would be facing serious ethics review, if not disbarment for some of the conservative justices actions since taking the bench. But these “Supremes” feel they are above the law, above the constitution and above the ethical code of conduct expected of an attorney, let alone a Justice. But again why shouldn’t they? Who will hold them accountable?

The fact of the matter is, currently in the House, there is legislation being pushed to hold the Justices of the Supreme Court accountable to the Federal Code of Judicial Conduct.

If Congress wanted to act, they can use their unambiguous right under Article III section 2 to regulate how these Justices are permitted to conduct themselves. Congress has the ability to also impeach Justices. It has been done before.

However this current Congress won’t act as long as it is under Republican Control or if there are enough Republicans in the House and Senate to block long overdue and needed reform to a Supreme Court running amok in order to cater to the wealthiest of Americans over the needs of the ordinary Americans. From Citizen’s United through Hobby Lobby this Supreme Court is creating more damage to the fabric of this nation than at any time since Dred Scott.

Congress can act, but you need to elect a Congress willing to serve ordinary Americans to control a Supreme Court who’s only concern for a small but powerful oligarchy. So in reality, in this democracy or representative republic, whatever you want to call it, the Supreme Court isn’t the final say in any action of legislated law, its the voting power of the public, you, who have the final say. All you need to do is be active, tell your Congressional representative how you feel about what is going on in the Supreme Court and back it up with your votes.

As always, get educated, get motivated, get registered and vote. All branches of government of the people, need the people to exercise their vote.

 

Fighting back Voter Suppression from True the Vote

 

We are all aware of the fringe right wing attempts to suppress votes in this nation. They say it’s to protect the integrity of the election process to fight back the .0000000000003% incidents of nationwide voter fraud. They say that requiring valid ID to vote isn’t an impediment. In of itself that may be true; however imposing certain ID from the Voter ID advocates (from Koch Brothers sponsored ALEC by the way) disproportionately impedes certain classes of people from being able to satisfy the requirement.

Studies have clearly shown that these laws impact minorities, students, elderly and women, who coincidently tend to vote more moderate and liberal than those who advocate the IDs. In some jurisdictions a conceal carry license is sufficient but not a University Student ID. Incidentally it’s easier to get a conceal carry license than a University Student ID. The elderly and poor who do not or cannot drive aren’t likely to have drivers licenses. So of course they would be unable to drive to the few places in states like Texas where they can get a license anyway let alone be able to pay for it. While speaking of Texas, their voter ID laws makes it very difficult for women who just may have a different last name from when they were born from being able to vote. Some of the ID requirements advocated requires indigent poor people to come up with money they don’t have to get birth certificates. This is in effect a poll tax already declared to be unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.

As we all know, these voter ID laws results in true election fraud in this nation in a transparent attempt to suppress the votes for any classification of voter who isn’t inclined to vote what is termed (mind you) a conservative right wing agenda.

However, it doesn’t end there. The GOP, using their wins in 2010 have gerrymandered districts to favor them in all races until the next Census in 2020.  In a 5-4 decision the Conservative leaning Supreme Court (with Scalia, Thomas and Roberts catered to by Koch sponsored right wing groups) overturned key proponents of the Voting Rights Act allowing unchecked new laws to be imposed to keep certain “other” people from being able to vote. As a result, these people are left with no recourse until after the election when it’s too late. Efforts are underway by the Justice Department to try to fix these blatant attempts to keep the majority voice from being heard in both local and national elections.

There remains “Get out the Vote” activities working on the theory that the more that show up, (those who normally sit out elections) who show up will counter efforts of the minority right wing fringe. However, while this is going on, there is this group that comes from Houston who has and continues to organize to thwart those efforts. They are called “True the Vote” and they are the focus of this rant.

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They are a Tea Party off shoot formed in 2009 in Houston. They are sponsored by the Koch Brother’s front group known as Americans for Prosperity. They try to organize nationwide to get their own “poll watchers” to show up and challenge those they think shouldn’t be voting.

They have no formal affiliation with local government, they are a civilian force. By that, they are the same as Tea Party militia type like The Oathkeepers. They see only one kind of American, usually white and “conservative” (by their warped definition of conservative versus liberal).

In reality they are supportive of the oligarchic regime that their financial benefactors are working to establish via groups like American for Prosperity, The Heritage Foundation, Tea Party Express, The Oathkeepers; and their backers, Charles and David Koch and their 1% allies.

Working from a false premise of voter fraud, they send over “poll watchers” to intimidate people they deem as “suspicious” from voting.

Who do these people tend to be? They tend to be minorities of course. True the Vote were recently active in Mississippi at the request of ultra right wing neo confederate and sore loser Chris McDaniel, because of Thad Cochran making approaches to the Black Voters in Mississippi to support him. Fortunately they failed to keep enough from the polls, but they haven’t given up and promise to be very active in November 2014 to suppress the “other” vote from being heard.

Of interest is that True the Vote was one of the groups alleged to have been under scrutiny by the IRS over their tax exempt status. They still have their tax exempt status though no one can clearly identify the social service they provide to the community at large. Seems to me that voter harassment and intimidation is more of a social disservice to the community, but what do I and over 70% of the nation know anyhow?

True the Vote claim that Voter ID laws actually increased voter turnout in the states affected. Upon review of their research methodology it was shown that they were, of course lying. In reality, all but one state with new Voter ID laws ended up with lower voter turnout (which is their goal) on average of 3.8%. In a close, low turnout election, that can make a huge difference on outcomes.

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Their methodology as “poll watchers” is to follow voters to the polling places, take their pictures, confront them on their legitimacy, and intimidate and harass them so they simply don’t follow through with voting. Keep in mind the “True the Vote” poll watchers have absolutely zero legal authority to stop anyone from exercising their rights to vote. So how best to confront these people if you encounter them at your place of voting?

First of all, print out and know the following Federal Statute that remains in full effect throughout the nation:

18 U.S. Code § 594

“Whoever intimidates, threatens, coerces, or attempts to intimidate, threaten, or coerce, any other person for the purpose of interfering with the right of such other person to vote or to vote as he may choose, or of causing such other person to vote for, or not to vote for, any candidate for the office of President, Vice President, Presidential elector, Member of the Senate, Member of the House of Representatives, Delegate from the District of Columbia, or Resident Commissioner, at any election held solely or in part for the purpose of electing such candidate, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both.”

http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/594

If you see them and they are intimidating you or other voters, take their pictures, let them know you are taking their pictures and if you are in a red state friendly to these cherubs of justice (like Texas) contact the FBI and let them know you are contacting the FBI:

http://www.fbi.gov/contact-us

If local law enforcement threaten you over you exercising your right to expose “True the Vote” let them know you will be contacting the FBI and Department of Justice over their actions.

http://www.justice.gov/contact-us.html

True the Vote is a sham organization and by you simply using their tactics against legitimate voters on these voter intimidators, you have the upper hand and the rule of law behind you.

Despite the best efforts of Republicans in both Federal and State governments, there is absolutely no “voter fraud” out there, certainly nowhere near enough to impact any election.

There is certainly not enough evidence to deprive thousands if not millions of their right to vote for their candidates as they see fit. A higher voter turnout has a result that better fits the majority view of the nation; a smaller voter turnout has a result of a small fringe element determining what the majority must be subjected to. This is why those on the right work tirelessly to reduce voter turnout. As I’ve posted before on other rants, you cannot overlook what GOP operative and founder of ALEC Paul Weyrich told a conservative group:

If those on the right truly valued individual rights of all Americans, they would respect everyone’s right to cast a vote without fear of intimidation and harassment. I have no problem with them voting their belief system; they should have no problem with the rest of us voting ours.

There is no voter fraud in this nation, only election fraud via easily hacked voting machines, corrupt partisan officials at offices charged with tallying the votes, voter caging and other voter suppression methods.

That is how election results are negatively impacted to not reflect the will of the majority of the people, not a handful of individuals over a 12 year span of time caught not being legally registered to vote trying to vote. That impact is infinitesimal and it’s an insult to use that to justify infringing on anyone’s right to vote. For that, there should be clear and quick justice. Those people are the ones who need to be identified, charged and prosecuted in Court, not ordinary Americans trying to vote their conscience.

Get registered, get educated, get motivated and vote the entire ballot of each and every election. That is your duty as an American citizen.

Twitter Etiquette

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First off, the title would appear to be an oxymoron, but please bear with me on this. This is by no means an attempt to instruct anyone on Twitter about how to interact with others, its merely some things I’ve discovered over the years that work for me in dealing with certain “people” who may invade your time-line and how best to address them. The choice for how you deal with these folks is of course, yours and yours alone.

First some basic terminology {At least how I see it}:

Tweeting: Sending out a post with less than 140 characters out to your followers and those who may happen upon your account regarding any subject matter, incident, link, whatever that you fancy.

Time Line: The linear progression of the Tweets you have sent out from your account.

Re-Tweet {RT}: Sending out a Tweet from another account on your Time Line to your followers.

Modify Tweet {MT}: Taking someone’s tweet, changing ever so slightly and posting on your Time Line giving credit to the original author.

Reply: Responding directly to the person who just tweeted something via the Tweet itself.

@ Mention: Sending a tweet directly to another account using their Twitter Handle whether they follow you or not.

Blocking: To ban another account from viewing or retweeting any of your Tweets on their Time Lines and to prevent them from entering your Time Line.

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Troll and Trolling: Here’s the most important term that most people get wrong on Twitter. To “Troll” is to insert yourself into another account holder’s Time Line uninvited to cause mischief, or to annoy, tease, threaten, or ridicule. Otherwise known as Cyber-Bullying. To Troll, you must insert yourself into that person’s Time Line by doing a “reply” or an @ mention first. To tweet back and forth among your followers on a topic that may ridicule another person or group or policy isn’t “Trolling” unless you @ mention them in the post.

To insert yourself into a particular Time Line or Thread, uninvited to interrupt and blast the account holder makes you the Troll, not them unless they “@ mention” you first.

As someone who almost entirely involves himself in the Political side of Twitter discussing issues like Healthcare reform, Gun Control, Voting Rights, Party Platforms, Domestic and Foreign issues I tend to attract many out there who oppose my views as they are entitled to. I also know that there are many out there who are just as dedicated as I am to express their political views that counter mine.

Here’s the difference, I don’t enter their time-lines to confront them. I leave them be for their followers and those interested in what they have to say. On the other hand, many of them will enter my Time Line not to ask questions and open themselves to other ideas but to harass, insult, ridicule, threaten and annoy. They are the Trolls.

Trolling doesn’t have to exist between the two sides of a political debate. As many have observed, Trolling exists with people who actually serve the same political agenda, but have some issue with other people for whatever reason.

Trolling isn’t exclusive to the Right or the Left, not the Right to the Left or Left to the Right, it can also exist because some people feel a need to insert themselves uninvited into someone’s Time Line just to harass and cause problems.

Sometimes it’s a matter of airing out personal grievances for the entire Twitter community to see in hopes bystanders will take sides.

I have and will continue to @ mention public figures and policy makers. Does that make me a Troll for those individuals? Indeed it does. I make no bones about it. These are people who effect the nation and like sending them letters, faxes, making phone calls I feel entitled to and to some degree required to @ mention them on their Time Lines so they know how I and others feel about their actions. They have the right and option to block me and complain about me to Twitter. Some have and I deserve what may come from it.

However, I no longer @ mention ordinary account holders who express a political agenda I cannot abide with. I leave them be.

So if you don’t want to be called a Troll, don’t troll other people’s time lines to cause them annoyance.

Now what if you are trolled by someone? How best to respond?

I’ve advocated that the best way to deal with a Troll is to simply ignore and block. If they wanted to actually to engage you in a civilized and intellectual discourse of ideas their approach to you would bear that out and maybe opinions could be changed. However if they @ mention you with an insult, an attack, in a threatening or intimidating manner they have no intent of ever considering changing their views or even changing yours, they just want to harass you. Don’t feed the trolls, just ignore and block and let them find someone else to torment. You lose no credibility with those who are on your side by just blocking these people. If they call you out for blocking them, they’re only doing that to people who have no respect for you in the first place so you lose nothing by blocking these folks.

I don’t expect to change the views of anyone on Twitter who are deeply entrenched in the way they think so I won’t even try. Occasionally I will encounter someone who is on the fence and I will engage them in a respectful political discourse. Sometimes I will be successful, sometimes not, but at least both sides are respectful and we move on.

My goal, my mission is to encourage those who lean towards my way of thinking to get active and engaged to get others who lean our way to get active and engaged to vote so we have better representation in elected office. I won’t waste my time with those who will never change and don’t want to. Too much to do and too little time to get into squabbles.

Another thing I’ve learned to do is to be selective on my follows. When I get a “follow” notice I will check the bio and time line of that person to see if they are worth following back. Often I will get follows from people I have nothing in common with. I see that they represent everything I argue against so not only do I not follow back; I block them just to avoid problems in the future. But that is your call if you want to do the same. I suppose if I allowed these people to follow me I would have well over 10,000 followers by now; but I’m into to quality of my followers, not the quantity.

Finally, and I’ve learned this the hard way, I will not publicly engage in personal feuds on Twitter. I will not drag my followers in on personal attacks on me by others nor will I get involved publicly in feuds regarding people I like on Twitter. It’s a no win situation for all involved and simply not worth the time or effort. If you choose to do this, I wish you better luck than I have had in this regard.

If you want to go after a policy, group, agenda on Twitter you can do so safely by simply saying what you feel without using @ mentions. You will get you word out and you won’t be trolling, you will simply be using you right to be heard. Avoid the @ mentions if you can. It saves you from continuous attacks from others and possible suspension of your account from when you are accused of being the Troll. If there is no @ mention, there is no Trolling and grounds for suspension. It’s that simple

Twitter is like a sewer, what you get out of it depends on what you put into it. {Paraphrased that from Tom Lehrer} So take this advice or leave it. It’s your call. However if you are of the same mindset that I am, and have a desire for better outcomes in elections, just get people motivated to register and vote and leave the drama to others.

There literally is too much to do and too little time to waste on personal drama if we want to make a lasting impact in the political world.

 

Symbolic Symbolism

I was stumped for an appropriate title for this post, so please forgive me for what I came up with. I know its lame, but not as lame as what the wrong people do with symbols originally conceived as representation of something good only to be forever scarred and shamed into something of evil. I have two examples to present to you:

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This is the Swastika. It dates back as far as to 10,000 B.C. to numerous cultures spanning the Mediterranean, Asian, Eastern cultures. The word “swastika” comes from the Sanskrit svastika – “su” (meaning “good” or “auspicious”) combined with “asti” (meaning “being”) along with the diminutive suffix “ka.” The swastika literally means “well-being.” In the 19th Century following the excavation of Troy, the symbol experienced new interest especially in Germany. At the time there were attempts to link Germanic Tribes to ancient Greek and Indo-Iranian cultures. Even so, it was still a symbol of “Good Luck and Success.” Various European and even American organizations made use of the symbol. Then in 1920 a growing group of angry insurrectionists known as the Nazi party made it their official party emblem.

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As the Nazi’s took over control of Germany, launched war in Europe, began the extermination of homosexuals, gypsies, communists, union leaders, mentally ill, minorities and of course the Jews this symbol changed from being a sign of “good luck and success” to unadulterated evil. Since that time to display the Swastika is to demonstrate hatred, evil and murder.

Though not as ancient as the Swastika, there is another symbol created to represent something generally good and honorable that has been corrupted by another group of angry insurrectionists. This group is known as the American Tea Party and the symbol is the Gadsden Flag.

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The flag was designed by Christopher Gadsden in 1775 during the American Revolution. It was also used by the Continental Marines as an early motto flag. The Rattlesnake was common in the thirteen colonies and harkened back to another symbol of a snake from Benjamin Franklin that was divided up with the phrase “Join or Die.” The snake represented the United Colonies standing together coiled and ready to strike any foe of the United States and her people. It was a symbol of national unity and strength.

The Tea Party (Taxed Enough Already) adopted the Gadsden flag as one of their symbols. However instead of using it for its historic symbolism of representing a United American people and society, they use it as a rebellious symbol against the government of the United States and those people who do not ascribe to their movement. They represent a small insurrectionists sector of the American people who are at odds with the majority of the nation and her government. So instead of National Unity, the Gadsden flag has been corrupted into a symbol of insurrectionists hatred by a group who like the Nazis of Germany, have no  love and will limit the freedoms and livelihoods of minorities, whether they be Black, Native American, Homosexual, another party affiliation, etc.

Then on June 8, 2014 two very avid Tea Party supporters who expressed their anger towards the government of the United States, law enforcement and those who did not ascribe to their views clearly on social media shot two Las Vegas Police officers who were eating lunch. They shot them execution style and left a Gadsden Flag and Swastika on them with a note “The revolution has begun” they then killed an armed civilian who tried to help before killing themselves. This act will forever stain the Gadsden flag as a symbol of evil and murder despite any attempts on the right to redeem this symbol. Like the Swastika of pre Nazi Germany, the Gadsden flag will never be looked upon again as an honorable symbol.

It is now a mockery prone to many parodies of the flag being floated due to the fact that the Tea Party has usurped this once proud emblem of American Unity. Parodies like these:

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Just like the Tea Party by their platform has no representation to the original “Tea Party” which was an attack on the British monopolistic East India Company and not taxes, their use of the Gadsden flag misses the original intent of the symbolism. But then again, history doesn’t matter to these insurrectionists, only anger, hate, threats and now murder. Hardly American values to treasure.

They deserve the mockery they get and will continue to get. Now as Americans, you need to make sure these usurpers of American symbolism don’t create anymore problems for our nation of, by and for the unified people of the United States, register and vote in November.

Low Voter Turnout Doomsday Scenario for 2014

A common ad for Lotteries reads “You can’t win if you don’t play.” Now that is true, but odds are against you actually winning the huge Jackpot for the investment of your dollars.

When it comes to voting, your side can’t win if your side doesn’t vote. Unlike the Lottery, each vote cast for your side increases the odds of your side winning.

Its common knowledge that voter turnout for “off year” elections is lower than the Presidential elections. In 2008 voter turnout was 63%. The following 2010 midterms had a 42% voter turnout. The following 2012 Presidential election had a 59% voter turnout. Today all signs are pointing to an even lower midterm election turnout of less than 40%.

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For the oldest and most powerful “democracy” in the world the voter turnout ratios for the United States is an embarrassment. Comparing voter registration to actual turnout from 1945 through 2001 the United States ranks 120 out of 169 nations. How can you expect election results to represent the majority views of a nation if the vast majority of the nation won’t take the time to be heard at the ballot box?

It is not uncommon to hear the same tired old complaints each election cycle, “my vote doesn’t count” “the system is rigged” followed by complaints that the government elected to office doesn’t represent the views of the people they’re supposed to represent. You can’t have it both ways.

If you cede your right to vote and be heard, you can’t then turn around and complain you’re not being represented and heard.

Low voter turnout is the result of several factors; complacency is among the top reasons. However, so is active voter suppression. It is true that if small organized groups of fringe thinking ideologues are the only ones to show up and/or be allowed to cast their votes on Election Day, that fringe element of thinking will determine how your government operates.

2010 proved that beyond all doubt. Due to the low voter turnout brought on by complacency, suppression and even commentators from the “liberal media” telling their listeners to teach Obama a lesson by not voting in November, the Tea Party fringe of the nation; clearly organized, funded and motivated to turn out, ran the show. As a result, they took the State Houses and Governor Mansions of several States and the U.S. House or representatives.

By doing so they were able to enact further voter suppression acts as well as obstruct any legislation State or National, that would help the American people. They call it “austerity” but in reality it is an effort to hurt Americans to make the Executive Branch and the party who controls it look bad so you will vote them out in the next Presidential election.

It’s an organized effort for power by the financial backers of the GOP and Tea Party. You know who they are, their incomes are in the 1% and they control multinational corporations operating in a growing monopolistic anti “Free Market” mode for greater profit and control at the cost of the well being of the people.

So as Paul Weyrich, founder of ALEC and GOP operative famously boasted for his party that they do better when voter turnout is low, and they’re doing very well.

It is common knowledge that support for the GOP is at record lows because they clearly don’t represent majority American views.

The nation doesn’t want Austerity, voter suppression, cuts to the social safety net, lower taxes for the 1% and corporations. Yet the GOP remains in power in several States and has enough power in Congress to impose all those things the American people don’t want because the American people won’t take the time to register and vote. What is worse, based on 2010 and projections of lower voter turnout nationwide for the midterms, they are expected to not only hold the House, but to take the Senate and keep control the States they currently have. Not because that is what the majority of what the American people want, but because the majority won’t vote and a majority of the minority who will vote, will do only as they are told, or fooled into believing.

This isn’t how a democracy is supposed to work.

So what is at stake if voter turnout in November is below 40% as predicted? Well we can expect the U. S. Senate to go to the GOP and the House to go under full control of the Koch Brother Tea Party faction, despite the fact that Tea Party ideology support is at record lows in this nation.

Below is the true Libertarian Platform from 1980 that David Koch ran on. They were soundly defeated but the beliefs of the Koch’s never changed. Their front organizations like ALEC, Heritage Foundation, and Americans for Prosperity all openly support this agenda and for their candidates to get funding and support, they must work for everything this agenda says, and more:

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Elimination or cutting of the Department of Energy would permit the big oil and fossil fuel corporations (of which the Koch’s earn their wealth) to consolidate control of the nation’s energy supply and agenda. KeystoneXL will be completed. Green energy technology will continue to be placed on the back burner or eliminated resulting in continued exposure to the poisoning of our air, water and ground and increases in CO2 emissions contributing to Climate Change and what that results in.

Elimination or cutting of the Environment Protection Agency as stated above will result in continued poisoning of our air, water and ground by big oil and fossil fuels (Koch brother’s main source of income). Nothing will hold these people back from doing what is already happening in West Virginia, Texas and other States where the water supply has been poisoned by the waste of the process of transporting and processing fossil fuels.

Elimination or cutting of the Food and Drug Administration will eliminate proactive measures to ensure our food supply is safe and medications don’t result in causing more harm than good. Rather than deal with the effects of being poisoned, wouldn’t you rather not be poisoned at all?

Elimination or cutting of the Occupational Health and Safety Administration will take more protections away from the working class in order to increase the profits of the corporations. People will become more expendable for the profit margins. More on the job injuries and deaths will occur.

Elimination or cutting of the Federal Communication Commission will complete the ongoing process of big money conservative control of the media. The monopolistic control of on air and print media will be complete and censorship of anything not part of the rightwing ideology will be complete. Censorship is no longer a concern of government imposition, it’s now corporate imposition.

Elimination or cutting of the National Labor Relations Board will be the final nail in the coffin of the rights of workers to combine and fight for what’s in their best interests. If democracy is something we strive for in this nation, then why would we support not allowing workers to use democracy to join together and bargain with their employers?

Elimination or cutting of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Though many would probably support this, let’s be pragmatic. Who is to monitor and deal with organized crime and terrorism on a national level? The corporations who maybe violating the RICO laws?

Elimination or cutting of the Central Intelligence Agency. Again, though some may support this, who would monitor the world wide threat against Americans home and abroad?

Elimination or cutting of the Federal Reserve. Though I like Bernie Sanders support an audit of their operations, the economic fact remains that the existence of the Fed is what kept us from slipping into a greater “Great” Depression. Worldwide economics requires some control of our money both domestically and internationally. It should be reformed, but not eliminated.

Elimination or cutting, or privatization of Social Security would be devastating to millions of Americans both elderly and disabled who rely on it to survive. This is heartless and has no support of anyone who thinks and has an ounce of humanity. Privatization only benefits the Banks, not the account holders. There is over $3 trillion in the Social Security Trust fund that the banks have been salivating over for years.

Elimination or cutting of Welfare is the most despicable un-American, inhumane and economically ridiculous platform out there. When you are impoverished, you need assistance to get out of poverty. Money spent in that endeavor pays the society back both economically and socially. No doubt reform is required to deal with waste and fraud, but not elimination because poverty is growing in this nation due to the wage disparity imposed by runaway corporate and 1% control of our nations’ economy.

Elimination or cutting of Public Schools. This is completely un-American. The founders new that for a democracy to thrive and survive, the population must be educated and able to think for itself. Perhaps this is why those on the right want to take money away from Public schools and place it in Charter and private schools only affordable to their kind. Keep the people stupid so they can be controlled.

Elimination or further cutting of Taxation. Well government of by and for the people gets to be more expensive as the population increases. There are services we rely upon to survive. Government should control the “commons” the roads, power grid, water, sewage, city services, police, fire, military etc so they’re answerable to the people. If they were all privatized, they would only be answerable to the stock holders, who aren’t the people these institutions are there for.

Besides, the elimination of taxes is only for those who can easily afford to pay them. They actually want to increase taxes to maintain government services on those with less or no ability to pay, the middle class, working class and impoverished. It’s the basis of the Libertarian Ayn Rand Society that the Koch brothers live for and want to impose upon the entire nation.

Beyond the above, if the rightwing is successful in 2014 you can expect more voter suppression laws, more denial of hard earned rights won in the past, more of an Oligarchy that the 1% who funds the GOP has been fighting for.

As I mention, very little of the agenda pushed for by the Republicans garner majority support by the American People. They play to a small fringe element of their extreme base, who are in fact controlled by the 1% and don’t even realize it.

It is class warfare and by not voting, you surrender without fighting.

The higher the voter turnout, the greater the odds you end up with people in office who will do the bidding of the majority of the American people.

Things like equal rights for all Americans regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation or sex, sensible gun laws to deal with gun violence, improved and enhance social safety net for those who truly need and rely upon, higher taxes for the wealthiest among us, higher taxes for corporations, better paying jobs and higher minimum wage, environmental controls to prevent poisoning of air, water and ground. These are things supported by the majority of all Americans, but when only a minority votes, you don’t have any chance in getting them.

Below is a link to a blog post I did a while back regarding registering and getting help getting out to the polls: Please review and implement this for yourselves, family and friends and let’s do what hasn’t happened in generations, have a better than 50% voter turnout for the midterms, the higher, the better for this nation.

https://azmoderate.com/2013/12/29/only-way-elections-can-be-stolen-is-by-low-voter-turnout/