"We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."
"We the People". What does that mean anymore? I don't know that it means anymore to the average American citizen than it does to our impotent Congress, our self-seeking Executive Branch, and slanted Judiciary.
I've been reading with interest news reports from around the world regarding the recent Wall Street bailouts. Thanks to the likes of Hank Paulson and Ben Bernanke, the fear card has been trumped in a major way.....perhaps in a more major way than the invasion of Iraq.......and Congress simply took the bait. There was no debate, no public discussion.....just another done deal. The end result appears to be what some South American newspapers are calling "Socialist Capitalism". Is this what the Founding Fathers had in mind when they framed the Constitution? I highly doubt it. They actually warned against things like a central bank (the high and mighty private bank known as the Federal Reserve). Here we have a private bank essentially dictating to Congress......that same Congress that is supposedly elected by the people and for the people....and robbing the public coffers to bail out private, wealthy financiers. And this is the same Congress that has capitulated to every edict from the current White House Administration. They have failed and are continuing to fail in their duty and responsiblity to "We the people."
The upcoming election in November is nothing more than another hand in a high stakes game of Texas Hold 'em. The cards are already stacked against "we the people" and only "we the people" can change that. We must stop buying everything that Washington, the Fed, Wall Street, and the establishment media outlets are trying to force down our throats on a daily basis. The time has come to put aside petty differences and ignore the non-issues in this campaign. Abortion is a non-issue. Gay marriage is a non-issue. Celebrinews is a non-issue. All of these are put forth by the powers that be to keep "we the people" divided......and the elite rob us blind while we sleep. The boys on Wall Street, along with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, should have been allowed to fall flat on their collective faces. Instead, Congress has rewarded malfeasance and mismanagement and greed with hundreds of billions of dollars of taxpayer money. The debt ceiling has been raised to over $11(eleven)TRILLION dollars. This is money that should be going to projects maintaining infrastructure, providing helathcare to the uninsured, feeding the hungry, housing the homeless, and job creation to alleviate the ever-rising unemployment rate.
This upcoming election is also boding badly for the poor and recently foreclosed upon citizens of this land. The party operatives are putting (and have already put) things into place that will effectively bar millions of Americans from voting this November. Think about it.......voting machines with no auditable paper trail. There is no way apparent way to audit any of these new machines. I, as a citizen implore you to become engaged and encourage everyone you know to do the same. Write to your Congressman. Write to the editors of newspapers. Get mad and get moving.
I don't write this letter so much for myself as I do for my friends, my family, my children, my colleagues, the poor, the homeless, and all of the disenfranchised and potentially disenfranchised voters in this country. I implore you to educate yourselves. Investigate and question everything!! The vote of "we the people" is the heartbeat of democracy and a free society for all. Don't let that heartbeat die. It is the responsibilty of each and every one of us to step to the plate, unite, and send a loud and resounding message to Washington and to the world:
"WE THE PEOPLE ARE TAKING OUR COUNTRY BACK!!!"
Several months before he was named as moderator of Meet the Press, David Gregory went on MSNBC to categorically reject Scott McClellan's accusations that the American media failed to scrutinize the Bush administration's pre-war claims. Gregory vigorously praised the job which he and his "journalistic" colleagues did in the run-up to the Iraq War -- the period which Salon's Gary Kamiya called "one of the greatest collapses in the history of the American media." Proclaimed Gregory, with a straight face: "Questions were asked. I think we pushed. I think we prodded. I think we challenged the President. Not only those of us in the White House Press Corps did that, but others in the media landscape did that." Most revealingly of all, Gregory said:
I think there are a lot of critics who think that . . . . if we did not stand up and say this is bogus, and you're a liar, and why are you doing this, that we didn't do our job. I respectfully disagree. It's not our role.
Winston Davis, on December 17, 2008 wrote:On Second Thought: Guns, Jails And Judges
During the month following the November election, Virginians bought more than 38,000 guns — more than twice the previous monthly average. Most were handguns, some semiautomatics with magazines. Although it was hunting season, riffles did not sell well. One gun dealer said that the surge in gun sales was “a knee-jerk reaction to the election.”
This bizarre reaction to the election of Barack Obama made me think again of our vacation in Toronto last summer. Toronto is a city that has it all — towering apartment buildings, theaters, concert halls, spacious athletic arenas, a beautiful harbor front and hundreds of parks of various sizes. Subway stations are clean and graffiti-free, trains and buses comfortable and dependable. Toronto may not have the pizzazz of New York City, but you don’t have to worry about being mugged on its streets.
There is, of course, some crime in Toronto, most of it gang-related. But since handguns are illegal, as they are throughout Canada, there is less violent crime. Handguns are used in only 16 percent of all robberies. Compare that to the U.S., where 41 percent of robberies involve handguns.
Here are some other things to remember the next time a glib politician tells you that you live in the “greatest country in the world.” Canada’s homicide rate is one-third that of the United States. Aggravated assault is half the American rate. Every year 1,200 Canadians die because of firearms; in the more populous U.S.A.— where 5,500 handguns are sold every day— the figure rises to 30,000. There are eight times as many murders committed with firearms (of all sorts) in this country, and 14.5 times as many murders involving handguns (in particular) than there are in Canada. (Even though our murder rate has been declining in recent decades, it is still four times higher than Europe’s — where guns are strictly controlled. Chicago, which has one-fourth the population of Tokyo, has a crime rate four times that of the Japanese capital. One reason: since 1588 when Toyotomi Hideyoshi took away the commoners’ swords, Japan has been a disarmed country).
The percentage of the U.S. population behind bars is also higher than elsewhere. Although we have less than 5 percent of the world’s population, our prisons house onefourth of all of the prisoners in the world — that’s six times higher than most countries. Overall, 2.3 million Americans of all races (one out of every 100) is currently behind bars. Blacks, who make up 13 percent of the US population, make up 37.5 percent of our prison population.
Americans also receive longer sentences than citizens elsewhere. Burglars spend about 16 months in our prisons; in Canada, only 5 months. Prisons here in the South are filled to the brim. For every 100,000 people, there are 1,000 in jail in Texas; 1,138 in Louisiana. Compare this with Minnesota’s 300, Maine’s 273 —or Sweden’s 80! Virginia has recently spent more than a billion dollars to expand its prison system. To keep up with the booming prison population, the commonwealth plans to build six new prisons over the next six years.
Ironically, one reason that our jails are overflowing is the democratic nature of our judicial system. Judges in the United States are often elected.
This makes the bench more responsive to political and social mood swings. When people demand that courts “get tough on crime,” elected judges respond by handing down more and longer sentences than do appointed judges.
There are at least three reasons why Canadians control crime better than we do: 1) racism in Canada is not as vicious as it is in the United States; 2) Canada has a “safety net” that makes its citizens more secure than we are, and 3) in Canada, the ownership of guns is not considered to be a god-given, constitutional right.
The violent nature of American society may also be related to our political philosophy. In Canada, where a third of all citizens are born abroad — and in Toronto where half of the population is foreign-born —government is not based on the rule “winner take all.” Since politics is not a zero-sum game, it is not just about control; it is about accommodation and compromise. Canadians realize that to keep their country together they need to engage in hard, political work, endless dialogue and tedious negotiation. This is especially important in a country that does not claim to be a melting pot, but a rich mosaic of cultures, races and religions.
The surge in handgun sales in this state after the election was a no-brainer. There has to be a better way to keep the peace than guns, jails and the threat of violence. Hopefully, with the inauguration of a more progressive president, the country will begin to move in that direction.
C.J. HALL, Kerrs Creek, on December 24, 2008 wrote:People, Not Guns, Kill People
As incomplete as Winston Davis’s column is I have to call it propaganda, something like Stalin may have had printed. No one has ever been killed by just a gun. A gun requires a person behind the trigger. Mr. Davis really makes me wonder. Why is it that I, being a gun owner, have never killed anyone?
My guns work just fine; am I not doing something right?
In Virginia when you purchase a gun, an efficient background check is run on the purchaser by the state police. This tells me that the 38,000 guns bought after the election were purchased by lawabiding citizens. If 38,000 guns purchased by the citizenry makes me feel something, it makes me feel a little safer.
Is Mr. Davis not paying attention?
His statistics include Virginia only. What about the other 49 states? If even 20,000 new guns have been purchased in each state, there would be a million additional guns in the hands of Americans.
If he is right about gun owners, we will all be dead in less than a year.
But he are not right.
Since he apparently thinks that Canada is a greater country than ours, I wonder why he continues to live here in our United States.
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