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End Corporate Rule; The Declaration of Independence

When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. — And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.


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The Most Hated Corporations in the United States

Stunningly, Monsanto isn’t on the list. That’s stunning because that company is pure evil. Okay, maybe that’s an exaggeration, but not by much. Goldman Sachs isn’t on the list either, but it should be. That company helped destroy its own investors and tank the US economy.

So who is on the list? They’re companies the average person has to deal with on a personal level. Click below to see the worst of the worst.

Click here for the 15 Most Hated Corporations in the USA

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Apparently, the Federal government can make you buy stuff if you don’t buy it. For the first time in US history, the federal government can make you buy something you don’t want to, thanks to Chief Justice John Roberts. Anybody who believes the government is too big and powerful now have even more to worry about.

Roberts may have voted yes to the “mandate'” provision of the law, because corporate insurance companies will enhance their profits with the law more so than without the law. He tends to vote for whatever redistributes the most money from the 99 to the 1 percent, and his stance on this issue may have everything to do with corporate profits than the constitution, which is typical of the corrupt Koch Brothers/corporate wing of the court.

“If an individual does not maintain health insurance, the only consequence is that he must make an additional payment to the IRS when he pays his taxes,” Roberts writes. He adds that this means “the mandate is not a legal command to buy insurance. Rather, it makes going without insurance just another thing the government taxes, like buying gasoline or earning an income.”

In other words, Roberts thinks the government can tax you for not buying something. Where in the Constitution is this provision?

click the link below for more information.

Supreme Court Upholds Obamacare!

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The United States Federal Reserve’s recently announced that it’ll continue “Operation Twist” by buying an additional $267 billion of long-term Treasury bonds during the following six months. That means they’ll have bought a total of $667 billion for 2012. So far, this policy has had virtually no impact on interest rates or equity prices. Those markets failed to respond. That means that monetary easing is no longer a useful tool for increasing economic activity.

The fed’s policies during the economic crisis that began almost five years ago have been extremely helpful in bailing out rich, but remarkably dumb investors, but the policies have been lacking in bailing out the 99 percent. That’s the purpose of the Federal Reserve.

Of course, the federal government has followed the same path; bail out the 1 percent, to hell with the 99 percent.

Don’t expect the Federal Reserve or the Federal Government to deal with the massive redistribution of income and wealth (that has been legislatively created by the Federal Government) from the 99 to the 1 percent during the last thirty-one years. That’s the real problem with the economy. The demand for goods and services is lower than 30 years ago because the 1 percent now receive 27 percent of the total national income compared to about 8 percent thirty years ago. That means the 99 percent has less cash to buy stuff. And that means the demand for goods and services will continue to be weak.

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By now it is clear that the Koch Brothers have bought half or more of the US Supreme Court; justices Antonin Scalia, John Roberts, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito. Do you remember when Chief Justice Roberts committed perjury under sworn testimony during his confirmation hearings in front of the senate when he claimed he would respect “legal precedence” and then promptly showed what a liar he was when he voted to destroy 100 years of legal precedence on campaign finance with his Koch Brothers inspired decision to vote yes on Citizens United? That’s the influence billions of dollars have on the Koch Brothers wing of the US supreme court.

Now it turns out the Brothers have influence on US energy policy. Click the link below for the complete story.

Do the Koch Brothers Determine US Energy Policy?

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Let’s get this straight. When those folks kill, maim, torture and blast our folks we call it terrorism. When we kill, maim, torture and blast their folks into pieces, we call it a “war on terror.” Sounds like perpetual war for perpetual peace. But the phrase should more realistically be like, “Sounds like perpetual war for perpetually and massively high profits going into the already fat wallets of the 1 percent and, oh yeah, perpetual peace for the 99 percent, too!

Click the link below for former US President Jimmy Carter’s take on the Obama Administration’s war on terror.

Former US President Jimmy Carter Accuses Obama Administration of Massive Human Rights Abuses.

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The Ratio of CEO to Average Worker Pay

Guess which country has the highest gap between CEO and average worker pay. Some of you may say the USA and you’d be right. But look at the massive difference between the pay gap in the USA and the rest of the world.

One of the great problems in the United States is shown below. It’s the giant income gap between the politically connected 1 percent and the 99 percent.

Country Ratio of Pay: CEO to Average Worker

Japan 11:1
Germany 12:1
France 15:1
Italy 20:1
Canada 20:1
South Africa 21:1
Britain 22:1
Mexico 47:1
Venezuela 50:1
United States 475:1

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Yes, there is an alternative to capitalism: Mondragon shows the way

Why are we told a broken system that creates vast inequality is the only choice? Spain’s amazing co-op is living proof otherwise.

Click the link below for the full story.

The Alternative to Capitalismmondr

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