The Threat of Democracy

Ask most people, and they’ll say democracy means majority rule — you know, rule by more than 50%.  They’ll say it fondly because democracy is a word that, all by itself, evokes good feelings.  It’s visceral.  Heck, even one-party communist countries and dictatorships honor democracy.  Kim Jong-un, Joseph Stalin, Adolph Hitler, Xi Jinping, Fidel Castro, and Julius Caesar all were elected.

Let’s set aside the feel-good ring of the word democracy.  Let’s think about it rationally.  Is it always a good thing?  Has it ever been a bad thing?  Has it ever been a horrible, hateful, deadly, inhumane thing?  Has it ever robbed us of our “unalienable Rights” of “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”?

When we worship democracy as a religion, we don’t question what the majority says.  We allow the majority to replace fact with fiction.

In the 1960s and 1970s, the majority said that 58,000 of our loved ones had to die in Vietnam.  Why?  Because our capitalistic society needed protection against its certain destruction, in the event that Vietnam became a unified communist country.

In 1857, the majority said that Dred Scott was tangible personal property belonging to his slave master, without any more constitutional rights than a soiled diaper.  Why?  Because Black men born in a “slave State” are not entitled to protection by our Constitution, as are White men and corporations.

This is democracy in action.  This is majority rule.  This is how any group who can put together a majority on any issue has the power to do anything to anybody.  Truth be damned.  Morality be damned.  Consequences be damned.

Our Founding Fathers did not believe in democracy.  They did not create America as a democracy.  They created America as a constitutional republic, with limited government power, with checks and balances within government, with an Electoral College to protect We the People against democracy.

When the majority with the loud microphones say that America is a democracy, what you know for sure is that they want to undermine our Founding Fathers.  When they say they want democracy now, what you know for sure is that they know they can put together a majority on the issues they care about.

Being able to put together a democratic majority is the ultimate power.  It’s also the ultimate threat — Bolsheviks, Nazis, Salem witch trials, and a posse with a noose.

If you think the majority always is ready, willing, and able to selflessly control your life and property better than you can, and do so with intelligence and high moral standards, then you probably think democracy ain’t so bad.  If you think otherwise, then you should listen to them less, question them more, and question yourself more.

Fake News

Kathy Griffin published a photograph of herself, holding the bloody decapitated head of Joe Biden.  Every news reporter on CNN and MSNBC described it exactly the same: “Hilarious”.

Joe Biden used the prestige of his presidency to bring three Muslim countries and Israel together in formal peace accords.  Every news reporter on CNN and MSNBC described it exactly the same: “Not significant”.

President Donald J. Trump nominated a woman to head the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department — a woman who wrote an article declaring that Whites’ body chemistry endows them “with greater mental, physical and spiritual abilities” than Blacks.  Every news reporter on CNN and MSNBC described it exactly the same: “Racial equity”.

Twitter cancelled Maxine Water’s account, because she advocated physical abuse of President Trump’s Cabinet.  Every news reporter on CNN and MSNBC described it exactly the same: “A violation of Free Speech”.

Simon & Schuster cancelled its plans to publish a book by Barak Obama, because he committed widespread voter fraud by breaking his promise to “regain America’s moral stature in the world” by closing Guantanamo, and by breaking his promise to never use presidential Signing Statements.  Every news reporter on CNN and MSNBC described it exactly the same: “A violation of Free Speech”.

President Donald J. Trump deployed 25,000 uniformed military armed with assault rifles for a duration of months, to protect the citizens of Seattle and Portland.  He also erected a 7-foot metal fence topped with razor wire around the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone territory seized by secessionists.  Every news reporter on CNN and MSNBC described it exactly the same: “Necessary, to defend against violent civil unrest”.

Joe Biden pardoned his son Hunter.  Every news reporter on CNN and MSNBC described it exactly the same: “An act of justice, for Hunter and every American”.

Kamala Harris was inaugurated as President on January 20, 2022.  Every news reporter on CNN and MSNBC described it exactly the same: “Duh”.

Book Burning

On May 10, 1933, in dozens of cities and towns across Germany, for “decency and morality in family and state” in Joseph Goebbels’ words, Nazis burned tens of thousands of books that they declared to be “un-German”.

Goebbels words resonate in today’s culture of “unity”.

For decency and morality, these are some of the books now being removed: Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, the works of William Shakespeare, Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn, John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, and Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird.

For decency and morality, these are some of the people whose statutes and paintings and names now are being removed: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Abraham Lincoln.

On November 7, 2020, Senator Chuck Schumer shouted during a senatorial campaign for a fellow Democrat in Georgia: “Now we take Georgia, then we can take the world.  Now we take Georgia, then we change America.”  It would be naive to think that Schumer did not mean exactly what he said.

Joseph Goebbels understood the power of the press: “Think of the press as a great keyboard on which the government can play.”  It would be naive to think that government does not understand exactly what Goebbels meant.

When those in power frivolously declare others to be Nazis, White Supremacists, racists, and un-American, the others become less than human.  They become justifiable targets, standing in the way of decency and morality.

Kristallnacht is de rigueur across America.  America’s Capitol makes Tiananmen Square look like a playground.  “Newspeak” is government’s official language.

Hold your Constitution and Bible dear.  Those in power have announced their intent to shred them too.  It would be naive to think that they don’t mean exactly what they say.

Say “Uncle”

My had been taking a medication for years, for a chronic health problem.  The medication was sold by prescription as a pill, and as a lower-dosage component in over-the-counter pills.  In the Spring of 2020, the medication became unavailable in any form.  Every doctor and pharmacist provided the same explanation — the medication comes from China, and the supply has dried up.  Many, if not most, of America’s medications come from China.

The Detroit News published the November 8, 2020 article “Opinion: China controls rare minerals America needs for the future” by John Adams, U.S. Army brigadier general (retired).  General Adams wrote “The key industries expected to lead global innovation — everything from robotics and 5G networks to solar panels and electric vehicles — will require a wide array of minerals and rare earth metals.  However, China has already become the world’s dominant supplier for many of these critical resources … the United States has become import-reliant for nearly 50 minerals and metals, including 18 for which our nation is completely dependent on overseas producers.”

America’s national debt exceeds $20 trillion.  China owns more than 15% of the debt, including more than $1 trillion of U.S. Treasury notes and bonds.

America’s annual balance of trade deficit with China exceeds $350 billion.

China has far weaker labor protections than America, for prison, child, and other workers.  Apple and Nike give much higher priority to jobs for China’s unskilled workers than for America’s inner-city unskilled workers.

The Fourth Estate and Big Tech buried the news about Hunter Biden flying with his father on Air Force 2 to China, and returning with $1 billion.  They even resorted to cancelling the New York Post.

China’s spies have rooted themselves with America’s Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein and America’s House Permanent Select Intelligence Committee member Eric Swalwell.

China’s spies have infiltrated America’s universities — Harvard, University of Kansas, University of California, Illinois Institute of Technology, and University of Texas.

China’s Tiananmen Square was occupied by armed military with tanks.  America’s Capitol was occupied by 25,000 uniformed military armed with assault rifles, and is surrounded by a 7-foot-high, razor-wire-topped, metal fence.

China gave the world COVID-19, and its economy rebounded.  The world’s economy flailed, the world was locked in their homes, and a hundred million people died.

The NBA, Disney, Biden, Big Tech, Congress … they all said “Uncle”.

Jack Ruby Explains It All

John F. Kennedy was King of Camelot, leader of the Free World, President of the United States of America.

On November 22, 1963 in Dallas, Texas, JFK had limitless resources available for his personal protection — the Secret Service, CIA, FBI, Texas State Police, Texas Highway Patrol, Texas Rangers, and Dallas Police Department.  Even the Texas Army National Guard and the United States Army.

Yet, a nobody named Lee Harvey Oswald, acting entirely alone, was able to stroll to the top of the Texas School Book Depository, and assassinate the most heavily protected person in the world.

In less time than it takes for tear to fall from an eye, the experts captured the lone assassin and locked him up for safekeeping in a cell in the Dallas Police Headquarters.

Yet, a nobody named Jack Ruby, acting entirely alone, was able to stroll into the Dallas Police Headquarters, through the crowd of experts and the Fourth Estate, to the cell holding the assassin.   And this nobody was able to pull out his .38 Colt revolver, and assassinate the lone assassin.  All the world watched on live television.

No doubt was left to the imagination.  The lone assassin would not live to tell his story.  Both nobodies acted entirely alone.  Anyone who has questions is a conspiracy theorist.

Jack Ruby explains it all.  Really, he does.

Jack Ruby explains why it’s legal for politicians to use lies to trick us out of our precious votes.

Jack Ruby explains we started a war against Vietnam, and why we lost.

Jack Ruby explains why nobody goes to jail for manslaughter, when a corporation conceals a known death-causing defect in its products.

Jack Ruby explains why Halliburton could give Dick Cheney tens of millions of dollars, and, soon thereafter, receive a no-bid government contract worth $1 billion.

Jack Ruby explains why Anthony Fauci could sit between two men at a baseball game without wearing a mask, why Deborah Birx could fly to visit her mother on Thanksgiving, and why Gavin Newsom could wine and dine with lobbyists indoors at the French Laundry without wearing a mask.

Jack Ruby explains why Nancy Pelosi could shred the State of the Union Address.

Jack Ruby explains it all.

The American Revolution

No, not the Revolution against Great Britain.  The ongoing Revolution against the United States of America, which was created between 1776 (the Declaration of Independence) and 1789 (the Constitution).

The Founding Fathers anticipated and provided for change.  Article V of the Constitution spells out the procedure for “Amendments to this Constitution”.  But when Article V is not followed, change is not constitutional — it is Revolution.

Those who advocate Revolution and those who oppose it disagree about what the Founding Fathers meant when they wrote the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.

The Declaration of Independence says “all men are created equal”.  Did the Founding Fathers mean corporations and human beings “are created equal”?

The Declaration of Independence says all men are created with certain “unalienable Rights” that include “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”  Did the Founding Fathers mean human life in the womb, up to the instant of birth, is an exception?

The Constitution says Members of the House of Representatives are chosen by “the People of the several States”.  Did the Founding Fathers mean corporations and moguls from one State can spend unlimited money to influence elections in other States?

The Constitution says Congress shall have power to declare war.  Did the Founding Fathers mean Presidents have the authority to wage undeclared wars in Vietnam and the Middle East?

The Constitution (the First Amendment) prohibits Congress from making any law that abridges freedom of speech or the press.  Did the Founding Fathers mean Congress can create laws (such as Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act) that allow Big Tech to abridge freedom of speech and the press?

The Constitution (the Fourth Amendment) protects We the People from “unreasonable searches and seizures”.  Did the Founding Fathers mean to give the FBI an exemption?

The Constitution (the Tenth Amendment) says powers not delegated to the federal government by the Constitution are reserved to the States.  Did the Founding Fathers mean to give the federal government exemptions for the issues of education, health insurance, and gun control?

What are your answers to these questions?  If any of your answers is “no”, you know a Revolution is in progress.  Are you an advocate or an opponent?

Snippets

Nancy Pelosi, Mitch McConnell, and Don Lemon walk into a bar.  Nancy says “Gin and tonic.”  Mitch says “Black Russian.”  Don storms out, shouting “Mitch is a racist!”

AOC says “I seek unity.”  Steve Bannon says “Let’s fight for it to the death.”  Keith Olbermann reports “Steve Bannon threatens to kill AOC!”

John Dean, Andrew McCabe, and Jeff Zucker celebrate the de-criminalization of marijuana late into the evening.  After more than a few hits, Jeff giggles “Wouldn’t it be a hoot for CNN to feature the two of you as voices of conscience?”

Stephen Jackson and DeSean Jackson ask Louis Farrakhan for advice about racial harmony.  Louis can’t stop laughing.

The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Nation host a conference on journalistic integrity.  Just as it begins, the publishers skip town with the ticket sales.

Richard Pryor, George Carlin, and Lenny Bruce write a comedic sequel to Brave New World.  It ends with 25,000 uniformed military troops (armed with assault rifles) and a metal fence surrounding the Capitol.

In an abundance of caution, Devin Nunes and Jim Jordan arrange for Nancy Pelosi to receive the screenplay of Steve Martin’s The Jerk instead of the State of the Union Address.

Impressed with The Three Faces of Eve, Mitt Romney takes on the roles of the Democrat Governor of Massachusetts, the Republican nominee for President, and the only Republican Senator to vote for convicting the Republican President during the President’s first impeachment trial.  Joanne Woodward says “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.”

Adam Schiff goes to an ophthalmologist and excitedly says “Doctor, my eyes are bulging out of my head, my heart is racing!”  The doctor examines Adam thoroughly, test after test of every kind and nature, and says “What heart?”

Joe Biden replaces Sherlock Holmes, Columbo, and Philip Marlowe (the Justice Department team investigating Hunter Biden) with Inspector Clouseau.

Albert Einstein, Isaac Newton, and Archimedes examine the federal budget with a fine tooth comb, and conclude “Holy shit!”

Edward Gibbon and Herodotus begin a first draft of The Rise and Fall of the United States of America.  George Washington and Ben Franklin say “Not so fast!”

The Supreme Court Is A Supreme Disgrace

Article III, Section 2 of our Constitution defines the “judicial Power” of the Supreme Court.  Reason and the Supreme Court itself make it clear that the definition is unclear.

In its 1803 Opinion in Marbury v. Madison, the Supreme Court made the lack of clarity clear:

“The judicial power of the United States is extended to all cases arising under the Constitution.  Could it be the intention of those who gave this power to say that, in using it, the Constitution should not be looked into?  That a case arising under the Constitution should be decided without examining the instrument under which it arises?  This is too extravagant to be maintained.”

In the same 1803 Opinion, the Supreme Court asked and answered the question of who gets to clarify the lack of clarity:

“It is emphatically the province and duty of the Judicial Department to say what the law is.”

Imagine that!  The Supreme Court figured out that the Supreme Court alone gets to say what the law is.  Is the entire rest of our nation a bunch of numbskulls?

The qualifications to be a Supreme Court Justice are underwhelming.  They do not have to be legal scholars, lawyers, or trained in the law.  They can have been convicted of perjury and bribery.  They can have an IQ below 75.  They can declare personal bias against our President, as Ruth Bader Ginsburg did.  They can declare the Supreme Court to be a biased institution, as Justice Sonia Sotomayor did in Wolf v. Cook County, Illinois.  They can be married to political activists, as Clarence Thomas is.  They can engage in public political debate, as John Roberts does.

What if legal scholars and historians could say what the law is?  Would we be worse off?  Would corporations be people?  Would money be speech?

Everyone agrees that the Supreme Court is not a judicial entity, but, rather, is a political entity.  The proof is indisputable.  Major-Party Presidential candidates argue over what political bias a potential Supreme Court nominee must have, what political litmus test must be satisfied.

If the Supreme Court were a body of smart, wise, ethical, apolitical constitutionalists,  how could it have Decided that “Separate But Equal” is constitutional in 1896 (Plessy v. Ferguson), and is unconstitutional in 1955 (Brown v. Board of Education)?  How could it have Decided that a Black from a “slave State” has no more constitutional rights than a soiled diaper (Scott v. Sandford)?

So, here we are in 2021.  The Supreme Court now tells us that Reynolds v. Sims has gone the way of Plessy v. Ferguson.  In other words, our Constitution no longer says that We the People are guaranteed “One Person, One Vote”.

The results of our Presidential elections in 2000, 2004, 2016, and 2020 were contested.

The 2000 election results were litigated to the Supreme Court.  The Supreme Court analyzed the evidence, and selected our President.  Order was preserved.

The 2004 and 2016 election results were formally contested by Senators and Members of Congress.  Congress analyze the evidence, and selected our President.  Order was preserved.

The 2020 election results were litigated to the Supreme Court.  However, this time the Supreme Court refused to analyze the evidence.  Order was not preserved.  A mob invaded our Capitol.  25,000 of our military, armed with assault rifles, were deployed to our Capital.

On December 11, 2020, the Supreme Court explained why it refused to analyze the evidence: “The State of Texas’s motion for leave to file a bill of complaint is denied for lack of standing under Article III of the Constitution.”  Really?  Our Constitution really says that Texas does not have standing to protect the integrity of our Presidential elections, when alleged voter fraud takes place outside Texas?

In its 1965 Decision in Griswold v. Connecticut, the Supreme Court interpreted our Constitution to say that it includes an unstated right of privacy under an unstated “penumbra” in our Constitution.  That’s because, in 1965, the Supreme Court’s priority was We the People.  Clearly, the Supreme Court’s priority changed between 1965 and 2020.  Clearly, We the People lost our priority to politics.

The most troubling tragedy is that the Supreme Court refuses to protect our precious right to vote.  It steadfastly protects the alleged constitutional right of political candidates and their supporters to spend unlimited amounts of money to spread lies and false promises for the purpose of defrauding us out of our precious right to vote.  In 2008, I voted for Presidential candidate Obama, because he promised to “regain America’s moral stature in the world” by closing Guantanamo by Executive Order.

Presidential candidates of both major Parties, politicians and pundits of all stripes, regularly denigrate the Supreme Court.  They know it’s not apolitical.  On March 4, 2020, armed with the threat of “Court Packing”, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer led a mob to the Supreme Court and demanded that the Justices Rule as he wanted: “You have released the whirlwind, and you will pay the price.  You will not know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions.”  The politically-savvy Schumer made it clear — everyone knows the Supreme Court is not apolitical.

The Supreme Court adamantly insists that our Constitution protects the right of the mega-rich, mega-powerful to manipulate our precious right to vote.  Is the Supreme Court a Supreme Protector of our Constitution, or is it a Supreme Disgrace?

USA, Fractured

In the United States of America, “Humpty Dumpty” has become more a reality than a nursery rhyme.  “United” has become more a word than a reality.  “E pluribus unum”, the Latin motto on the Great Seal of the United States of America that means “Out of many, one”, has become more the basis of mob violence than the uniting of hands.

Can you remember one instance of national unity during the last four years?  Can you remember one day during the last four years, when you felt like you were living in a united country?

When was the last time you heard any television pundit say anything that made you feel united with everyone, instead of feeling “at war” with half of everyone?

Do Californians and New Yorkers feel united with Missourians and Alabamians, and vice versa?  What do the Petitions to Secede (in Texas, Florida, Louisiana, Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, North Carolina, and South Carolina) say about unity?

Is unity the single most important thing that Mitch McConnell and Nancy Pelosi want to achieve?  What about Jack Dorsey and Mark Zuckerberg?

As you obey the national lockdown, do you feel unity with the people who locked you down — i.e., the people who don’t wear a mask while sitting between friends at a baseball game, who fly on commercial aircraft to visit mom during Thanksgiving, and who wine and dine with friends without masks in pricey restaurants?

Do 25,000 of our military, armed with assault rifles, in the streets of our nation’s Capital, convey the feeling of unity?

Is terminating our President’s ability to talk to us on social media a pathway to unity?

Is shredding our President’s State of the Union Address, while sitting behind his back, for all the world to watch on television, a demonstration of unity?

If half our politicians spend all day every day calling the other half horrific names, are they sowing the seeds of unity?  What about if the Fourth Estate does it?

What if half our nation reveres our Founding Fathers, and the other half topples their statues and removes their names from our children’s schools?  Is that unity?

What if the state of our nation is such, that citizens are afraid to discuss politics with other citizens?  What if children call their parents Nazis?

How much unity can the USA tolerate, before it has “a great fall” and we can’t put it “together again”?

Douglass Mackey Is Not Barak Obama

On January 22, 2021, an FBI Agent signed a Complaint And Affidavit under oath, for filing in in the United States District Court in Brooklyn.  It is a criminal Complaint against Douglass Mackey.  On January 27, 2021, Douglass Mackey was arrested.

The FBI Agent swore that Douglass Mackey violated Title 18, United States Code, Section 241.  Section 241 says:

If two or more persons conspire to injure, oppress, threaten, or intimidate any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him by the Constitution or laws of the United States, or because of his having so exercised the same; or

If two or more persons go in disguise on the highway, or on the premises of another, with intent to prevent or hinder his free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege so secured —

They shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and if death results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include kidnapping or an attempt to kidnap, aggravated sexual abuse or an attempt to commit aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to kill, they shall be fined under this title or imprisoned for any term of years or for life, or both, or may be sentenced to death.

The FBI Agent swore that Douglass Mackey violated Section 241 by his “use of social media to spread disinformation relevant to the impending 2016 Presidential Election”.  The FBI Agent swore that spreading disinformation about the election “constituted criminal infringement of the right to vote”.

Really?  If only those sworn statements were true AND always were criminally enforced against every politician and every member of the media.

Doesn’t the FBI know that Barak Obama spread disinformation during the 2008 Presidential election?

  • ”The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation.”  (He bombed a dozen Middle East nations.)
  • Signing Statements are a “clear abuse” of Executive power.  (He used many Signing Statements.)
  • “I’ve said repeatedly that I intend to close Guantanamo and I will follow through on that.  I’ve said repeatedly that America doesn’t torture, and I’m going to make sure that we don’t torture.  Those are part and parcel of an effort to regain America’s moral stature in the world.”  (He did not close Guantanamo.)

Douglass Mackey is not Barak Obama.