What if American humans were “managed” in the same way as American wildlife? Given the depravity of America’s track record at home and abroad, this question is only far-fetched for those who believe the evil will never extend to them. This essay combines existing ingredients into an alternate American reality.
Florida State Senator Alan Hays is easily dismissed as a politically incorrect buffoon, but the danger he presents to democracy, the Constitution, and our environment must not be overlooked. Eager to curry favor with the ruling class, and too ignorant to be qualified for high office, he epitomizes everything that James Madison despised in the state governments of the 1780s.
America’s ruling class is preparing to repeat one of the country’s greatest mistakes – the internment of its own citizens due to war hysteria. Behind their disgusting hypocrisy lies the familiar impetus to preserve the exalted status they do not deserve.
With House Republicans and the President heading towards an immigration reform that would confer second-class legal status on illegal immigrants, this is a fitting moment to consider the legal status of the United States itself.
Normal service has been resumed. America’s owners have cracked their whip, and Congress has finally passed a budget. The military-industrial complex has been given a huge Christmas present, but the rest of us can go hang from Eisenhower’s Cross of Iron.
The primary purpose of the U.S. Constitution was to protect the property of the American elite. Stressed by the rise of the Tea Party faction and the risk of financial calamity, can the Constitution continue to serve that purpose? Do the owners of America need to consider a new constitutional order?
The Supreme Court’s two gay-marriage decisions, the Windsor and Perry cases, are little more than token gestures toward equality. The conservative essence of these decisions should not be obscured by the right’s hysterical reaction.
Repeal of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 by the Roberts Court represents a shocking abuse of the Supreme Court’s power. But the decision provides a perfect opportunity to ask just how much the right to vote really means in the plutocratic United States.
As the United States officially degenerates into a police state, sacrificing the Fourth Amendment on the altar of security, the Second Amendment remains curiously sacrosanct. It’s too bad that gun owners are too scared to actually use their rights in the manner they claim was intended.
As what passes for the left wing concedes defeat to the NRA, the gun lobby in Arizona and Florida takes the nation’s obsession with firearms to frighteningly stupid new depths.
The rising stock market is presented by the mainstream media as a cause for optimism about our economic prospects. In truth, it exposes the depravity of the institutions that value bank balance sheets ahead of human welfare.
Rick Scott’s apparently surprising decision to endorse the expansion of Medicaid under Obamacare has left Tea Party members aghast. But they have received the kleptocracy that they deserve.
The NRA portrays itself as a defender of American liberty against government usurpation, and pretends to operate in the spirit of the framing. On both counts, it is a fraud.
The United States is a singularly violent country, exporting its bloodshed across the world. While the deaths of the children of Newtown are appalling, they are not the only victims of senseless slaughter that we must mourn.
The second presidential debate was greeted by the liberal media as a welcome victory for Barack Obama. But it was a travesty of the democratic process, excluding important ideas that could bring the real change that Obama never will.
Barack Obama’s failure in the first presidential debate almost gave the game away. But he need not worry. The liberal media are far too stupid to figure out that he is not, and never has been, a true progressive. No matter what happens in November, plutocracy wins.
Paul Ryan’s recent visit to The Villages retirement mecca in Florida added an ugly generational twist to the plutocrats’ class war. Only an idiot would fall for it.
The extraordinary resistance to the Affordable Care Act by Florida Governor Rick Scott echoes the Nullification Crisis of 1832-33 and the battles over desegregation in the 1950s and 1960s. The national war between plutocracy and democracy is becoming red hot in the red states as their helpless citizens look on in amazement and despair.
President Obama’s recent remark about the health of the private sector contained more truth than either candidate would have us know.
Today’s Leesburg Daily Commercial included an article on the growing movement to subject welfare recipients to drug tests. The appeal of this policy to the cynical right has caused many states to ignore both common sense and the Constitution in the pursuit of oligarchic nirvana.