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Lewis Powell was a well-to-do, but relatively obscure, attorney in 1971. He was a corporate lawyer who worked with the Tobacco Institute and various tobacco corporations while they marketed and sold their cancer-causing products to unsuspecting customers. Management knew tobacco use caused cancer and denied it for decades.

In 1971, Powell wrote what has become known as the Lewis Powell memo, which advocated a corporate “guerrilla war” of misinformation and corporate take over of our schools, courts and other institutions. That war has been successfully waged. A few months after Powell wrote the memo and presented it to the United States Chamber of Commerce, then-President Richard Nixon successfully nominated Powell to the United States Supreme Court. You already know where Powell’s sympathies lay. He was the rich man’s class warrior. So fast forward to 1978.

That year “First National Bank of Boston vs. Bellotti” came before the Supreme Court. The state of Massachusetts had a law banning corporations from spending money in elections. Some corporations sued the state. Although the United States Constitution only provides people with individual rights and does not mention corporations at all, Powell and his other corrupt corporate sympathizers on the court decided to hell with the United States Constitution and nearly two hundred years of legal precedent and argued business corporations had a legal right to free speech under the U.S. Constitution. Powell just made up this corporate free speech right out of thin air, or more appropriately, it was a lie disguised as make-believe, or perhaps you could call it complete fiction.

Needless to say, Powell and his fellow non-justices were waging class warfare on behalf of their rich friends when they made this decision. The decision was based solely off the Powell Memo and the needs of the rich to control every facet of the lives of the 99 percent so that corporations could maximize the profits, share prices and dividends of the well-to-do.

Corporations are simply ideas, given a legal structure to operate by state law, with limited purposes. They are not people. But they do provide the rich with considerably more legal rights than the founding fathers could ever have imagined or wanted since they are vehicles for organizing rich people’s money into a single powerful entity and using that money to rig the markets for goods, services, finances, politics, and court justices. This was not lost on Lewis Powell and his fellow corporate Supreme Court non-justices. Their decision was based totally on waging war against the 99 percent and on behalf of the wealthy. You only need to read the Lewis Powell memo to understand the truth of this.

This was one of a series of Supreme Court decisions which have replaced the United States democracy with an oligarchy, and with both major political parties controlled by big money. Lewis Powell completely did what he set out to do, which was to subvert democracy and the U.S. Constitution to the will of the rich. The current representatives of the billionaires on the court (John Roberts, Samuel Alito, Brett Kavanaugh, Clarence Thomas, and Neil Gorsuch) continue their mission of subverting and perverting the US Constitution on behalf of the billionaires and the class war they wage against democracy and the rest of us.

First National Bank of Boston v. Bellotti-Reclaim Democracy

The Lewis Powell Memo

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The New York Times and MSNBC are flagships of Democratic Party control, along with other news outlets. The Republican Party wields similar control over such outlets as the Wall Street Journal and Fox News. Wall Street exercises massive influence over all of the above. And Wall Street does not want somebody to become president of the United States. Elizabeth Warren is that person.

Warren is one of the most pro-99 percent members of the United States Senate, along with Bernie Sanders, Jeff Merkley, Sherrod Brown and a few others. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez us her closest competitor in the U.S. House of Representatives in this regard.

The last thing billionaire Wall Street executives want is a president who will put an end to their corruption of US politicians, end the production of legislation that redistributes income from the 99 percent to the billionaires, and put an end to the massive corruption of the corporate wing of the United States Supreme Court.

That is why the Wall Street controlled Democratic National Committee (DNC) and its political weapons of mass misinformation, such as the New York Times, are focusing all of their attention on Warren’s youthful claim of thirty-three years ago that she had Native-American ancestors, which Warren’s DNA test verified six months ago. The intent of this is to discredit and ridicule Warren as a presidential candidate. The real issues, such as income and wealth inequality and the legislation that has brought this about via the massive corruption of all three branches of the United States government, are not being mentioned, and deliberately so.

Warren is one of the very best candidates for president the 99 percent and uncorrupted democracy could have and the worst for the billionaires of Wall Street. For example, Warren is the sponsor of the Anti-Corruption and Public Integrity Act. Some of the features of this legislation would eliminate even remote possibilities of corrupting lawmakers and that is a scary prospect for the billionaires of Wall Street who count on that corruption to be able to get richer at the expense of everyone else. A few of the provisions of the legislation are below and notice the corporate news/propaganda outlets are deliberately not mentioning them.


Warren’s legislation would ban individual stock ownership by Members of Congress, Cabinet Secretaries, senior congressional staff, federal judges (such as the corrupt corporate wing of the United States Supreme Court), White House staff and other senior agency officials while in office. Prohibit all government officials from holding or trading stock where its value might be influenced by their agency, department, or actions. It would also:

• Apply conflict of interest laws to the President and Vice President through the Presidential Conflicts of Interest Act, which would require the President and the Vice President to place conflicted assets, including businesses, into a blind trust to be sold off.

• Require senior government officials and White House staff to divest from privately-owned assets that could present conflicts, including large companies and commercial real estate.

• Apply ethics rules to all government employees, including unpaid White House staff and advisors.

• Require most executive branch employees to recuse from all issues that might financially benefit themselves or a previous employer or client from the preceding 4 years.

• Create conflict-free investment opportunities for federal officials with new investment accounts managed by the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board and conflict-free mutual funds.

All of these provisions would help ensure the restoration of uncorrupted democracy in the United States, but the badly corrupted corporate news media would rather have you focus on other issues while attempting to discredit the author of the above provisions. Corruption clearly extends beyond easy purchases made in the political markets.

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In 2018, the world’s billionaires saw their wealth grow by $2.5 billion every day while the world’s poorest 3.8 billion people experienced an 11 drop in their wealth, according to a new report by Oxfam, a charity organization that tracks income and wealth inequality throughout the world.

The report noted the wealth of the rich grew by 12 percent last year. Much of that growth was because the billionaires extracted it from the lower 99 percent using their levers of political and judicial power, having corrupted democratic institutions in most nations of the world, most notably in the United States. So yes, the wealth of the rich grew at the expense of the lower 5O percent of the world’s population and most everybody else.

“Since the global economy collapsed, we have learned nothing—the number of billionaires has nearly doubled, with a new billionaire being minted every other day,” said Paul O’Brien, Oxfam America’s Vice President for Policy and Campaigns. “While corporations and the super-rich enjoy lower tax bills, millions of girls around the world have no access to a decent education and women are dying due to a lack of maternal health care.”

In the United States, 30 people hold as much wealth as the poorest half of the population. The Trump/Republican Party tax cuts favoring the wealthy and their corporations predominantly benefit men, who own 50 percent more wealth than women globally and control over 86 percent of corporations.

“The recent US tax law is a master class on how to favor massive corporations and the richest citizens,” O’Brien said. Corporations, coincidently, much like the corrupt corporate wing of the United States Supreme Court, are tools of the rich and are used to tilt the economic, financial and political markets in their favor, and against the interests of the 99 percent.

Globalization is a primary conduit for redistributing income from the 99 to the 1 percent. Exporting US jobs via free trade treaties, for example, is a perfect example. Income and wealth are redistributed by these government negotiated treaties as US jobs are exported; the difference between the old higher U.S. wages and benefits and the new poverty wages in third world nations is redistributed to the rich via higher corporate earnings, rising dividends, and surging share prices. The US workers, if they are lucky, might qualify for unemployment insurance for a few months.

Our economy has been broken by the rich using their ill-gotten gains to purchase the favor of politicians and US Supreme Court Justices, either with legalized bribes called campaign contributions, jobs for spouses, and/or their political and judicial actions are guided with a strong belief in class solidarity. Meanwhile, hundreds of millions of people live in extreme poverty while huge rewards go to those at the very top. The number of billionaires has doubled since the financial crisis and their fortunes grow by $2.5 billion a day, yet the super-rich and their corporations are paying lower rates of tax than they have in decades. The human costs, such as children without teachers, clinics without medicines, are huge. Piecemeal private services punish poor people and benefit the so-called global elites, who should be more accurately known as the global parasites.

“According to the report, “Women suffer the most and are left to fill the gaps in public services with many hours of unpaid care. We need to transform our economies to deliver universal health, education and other public services. To make this possible, the richest people and corporations should pay their fair share of tax. This will drive a dramatic reduction in the gap between rich and poor and between women and men.”

https://www.oxfamamerica.org/static/media/files/bp-public-good-or-private-wealth-210119-en.pdf

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Stop the Corporate Destruction of the People’s Democracy!

“We are likely to have a “constitutional emergency” in the US Congress this month, and Americans need to speak up!

Many know corporations – statutory, “artificial” entities – have been granted constitutional rights, only intended for people, by the US Supreme Court, gradually, over nearly 200 years. It is a massive wrong that can only be ended with an amendment to the Constitution.”

Now the corporate Obama administration is negotiating the end of American democracy for people, and giving it to the 1 percent via their artificial, legislatively created creatures, publicly traded limited liability corporations. In other words, organized money is going to destroy democracy for organized people of the 99 percent. This is going to be achieved via the Trans Pacific Partnership, (TPP) a secret trade treaty involving twelve nations. The trade President Obama is talking about is the trading of democracy for everybody, and making it the exclusive privilege of the 1 percent. It’s true that most senators, congress people, and the entire US Supreme Court are already bought and owned by the rich, but the TPP represents the final death blow of any democracy for the 99 percent. In effect, the TPP is the knockout punch for the 1 percent to win its war against the middle class.

Click below for the rest of the story.

http://www.willamettelive.com/authors/kirk-leonard/

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The Supreme Court Justice above is Clarence Thomas, the anti-affirmative action, former recipient of affirmative action, former Monsanto attorney, and worshipper on bended knees of the Koch Brothers. It should also be pointed out that Israel spends that $8 million a day mostly on military goods made by US corporations, so that foreign aid is just another welfare program for the 1 percent. The same holds true for oil industry subsidies.

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The Legislature of Maine on Tuesday joined twelve other states that have called on Congress to overturn the controversial Citizens United ruling, which unleashed an unprecedented level of political spending.

“United States Supreme Court rulings, beginning with Buckley v. Valeo and continuing through Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission and others, disproportionately elevate the role of wealthy special interests in elections and diminish the voices and influence of ordinary Americans,” a symbolic resolution approved by the Maine legislature said.

The resolution was approved by a 25-9 vote in the state’s Senate and a 111-31 vote in the state’s House.

The resolution calls on Congress to approve an amendment to the U.S. Constitution “that would reaffirm the power of citizens through their government to regulate the raising and spending of money in elections.”

Click the link below for the full story from Rawstory.com.

maine-calls-on-congress-to-overturn-citizens-united-ruling–Rawstory.com

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