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Political grab bag

Posted by marshal on November 10, 2010 in political opinion |

I need to keep a calendar or some sort of reminder so I can add to my blog more frequently.

Today, I am thinking about politics.  ‘Tis the season, after all; I’m really glad to see this one over with, however.  There was so much negativity and rancor, and then there were the phone calls.  We finally stopped answering our phones because we kept getting calls to donate, donate, and donate.  We even got calls from the Republican Party, asking us to support their candidates and to donate.

I cannot believe the amount of money spent on this campaign.  It is obscene.  In a world where poverty is rife and in a country where people go to bed hungry, to spend billions of dollars on an election, borders on pornography.  Thank you, Supreme Court.  Their ruling that corporations are people and therefore contributions are a form of free speech is ridiculous.  Someone recently summed up the whole thing by saying that if a corporation is a person, it cannot be owned, because that would be slavery, and if it can be owned, then it is not a person and therefore not entitled to free speech.  Simple!

Now that the Republicans have taken back the House, maybe they can get on with the business of the country, rather than just undermining the Democrats.

Lately, I have been reading Garry Will’s book “Bomb Power.”  In this book, he traces the ”Imperial President” concept from the Manhattan Project up to today.  He explains how having the power to obliterate most of mankind has warped our democracy.  The mechanisms used to keep the bomb secret have helped to create the atmosphere where our government can assassinate people, spy on our own citizens, make people disappear, and our president can send us to war without congressional oversight.  So, not only is the atom bomb immoral, it is also anti-democratic.

Having read Wills I can see the need to re-balance our government and bring the power of the people back to the legislative branch rather than for us to be ruled by fiat from the executive branch.  The number of presidential findings, and their exponential growth, has allowed the executive branch to function as a sole entity, which is not good for the rest of us.  As Lord Acton said, “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

I am about to embark on a study of the constitution.  After reading Will’s book, plus conversations I have had with other people, I can see I have forgotten much of what I learned in college.

“The time has come,” the Walrus said, “to talk of many things,” in this case, of constitutions, not kings.  I’m sure you will hear more from me on this topic in the future.  Keep your eye on this space for more developments.

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