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Colors Of Governance

A Discussion about various Nations, Their ideals and their methods; sprinkled with some ideas to take us all forward. Image:http://www.crwflags.com/fotw/flags/int-wpa.html#iwpf
by Nicholas Bc Shumate
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"The Radical Liberal" by Arnold S. Kaufman was written in 1967 and published 1 year before the author's death in 1971. In it he describes what he sees in American domestic and foreign affairs such as the Vietnam war, desegregation, ect. and begins constructing a his theory and causalities of what is being witnessed now in 2016.

Specifically he highlights what is described as "the realistic liberal" such such as President Lyndon B. Johnson, and were as he describes "liberal in rhetoric only". These politicians relied heavily on the Vietnam era propaganda machines spreading pro-American propaganda.

He enumerates a very important distinction in the politics of what he describes as the "Radical Liberal". That of policy. He specifies that this new breed of liberal does not judge a candidate on who they are, what they look like, or what they say, but on what they propose, what policies they oppose and support, what their voting record has been and why. A very dangerous breed for the established 'powers that be' whom rely on the degradation of the American intelligentsia.

The fire has been lit, and from what is being discussed, it will burn so long as injustice is there for it's kindling. The ultimatum being given by these Radicals, myself included, is "represent my voice, not my money or face my wrath".
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'Realist versus Radical' is what is occurring in the American Democratic party. Senator Sanders champions the populist campaign of actually taking care of our citizens, taxing wall street trading to fund tuition at public colleges and universities, reallocating ACA 'Obama care' funds from the Federal Government from subsidies for insurance premiums and instead paying the providers directly, essentially killing off the insurance industries that lobbied to gut the ACA. He echoes the American people's anger and resentment at spending money to bomb Syrian children while we bankrupt our students with Fed loans.

Secretary Clinton, well to be blunt? She's the embodiment of every thing wrong with the American political system. She spent two years after stepping down as Secretary of State giving speeches to wall street banks for $250,000 USD per hour, her own contractual stipulation. Since the beginning of Sander's campaign she's acted as a parrot, repeating his speeches three days later.

We're witnessing the death of the Democratic party. One whose chair was Clinton's campaign manager in 2008 and has spared no expense to protect the establishment's candidate. The Radical Liberal has arrived in form of millennial voters and an angry democratic socialist, and we are lighting the match that will burn the corrupt system to the ground.
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The Trans Pacific Partnership is a an international "trade agreement" that is written by Lobbyist factions in a closed court, intended to leave the people it directly affects in the line of fire and with no say in what is to be included.

The specifics are rather grim, including an extension to international Copyright to 100 years after copyright date, as well as extending the copyright-able things to animals, and surgical procedures just to name a few.

Not only that it will also give corporations the power to sue governments for potentially lost profits if the government refuses to allow the companies product to be sold on their markets. This is a direct cause of American Corporations being allowed to involve themselves in national and international politics due to the Citizens United Act of 1988 (PAC), which was an act of gross negligence on the part of the American "Justice" system. This must not be allowed to come into pass, or it will restrict laws regarding even copies of copyrighted material, such as power points, videos, music, pictures, to include both criminal and domestic charges for possession of these items. There is also a clause for "Non-profit possession included in eligibility for criminal charges". The people of each nation must persist in harassing their representatives to trash this bill, if not it will be a global incarnation of 1984.
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Praveen Baratam, Maven - 6 years ago Edit
@Nicholas - This is nothing but 21st century imperialism / Neo-colonialism.
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Nicholas Bc Shumate, Evangelist - 6 years ago Edit
@Praveen- What if it works? What do we do if they get their way?
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Praveen Baratam, Maven - 5 years ago Edit
@Nicholas - What can citizens do if they don't approve of a democratic government's policies? Spread the word, raise awareness, gather support and protest! Unfortunately, these issues go above the head for most of our fellow men. In fact the whole intellectual property law is completely screwed up but there is no one to protest on these issues!
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The United States spent a total of $672.9 Billion on Military Spending in 2013. Now to put that in perspective, the same government that spent $98.5 Billion on Department of Transportation, and a whopping $71.9 Billion on the Department of Education.

So my government is spending more money sending undereducated people to go fight, and more money to transport undereducated people around, than they are spending to educate these undereducated people. No wonder the whole world doesn't like America.

It is a well documented fact that if you invest more in education, crime rates drop, public health increases, and over all you develop a more productive society, yet this is the opposite policy adopted by my country. I am ashamed to call myself American, because it is clear that it no longer means that I am a citizen in the land of the free, but that I am a beneficiary of warmongering practices, and am not sure if or how I can reconcile that.
http://www.nber.org/papers/w8605

Corporations make a boat load of money every fiscal year, and yet their employees don't make enough money to survive, let alone flourish. It used to be that fast food jobs here were for kids to make extra money during high school and college, now the average age of food and beverage/ fast food workers, 28 years old. People are trying to support families on minimum wage thanks to trickle down economics.
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Praveen Baratam, Maven - 6 years ago Edit
@Nicholas - My line of work is in the education sector halfway across the world. Here its a different story, our government pays for the education but due to lack of sincerity on part of students we are producing ineffective, unemployable graduates... millions of them every year. We agree we dont provide them the best of facilities or other needed stuff but we are giving them an opportunity which is in itself a great feat given our circumstances. I believe the issue is far deeper than funding!
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Nicholas Bc Shumate, Evangelist - 6 years ago Edit
@Praveen-True, Over here our Education system is based around a 1950's era mentality of taking orders, and following direction in case of an attack, creating an effective but lacking drone. It is a deep issue here of separation, each State being mostly in charge of how it runs its Public Schools, where the majority standards are designed by very polar views. Public schools in the south edit out a lot of content from a lot of areas, and the Federal Government gives out money based contd...
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Nicholas Bc Shumate, Evangelist - 6 years ago Edit
... on performance but the standards are different for every state, so there is a fundamental gap in standards, and it shows in the economy, crime rates, general welfare of the environment, etc. So how would one address the standards variations? Keeping in mind that the majority of them are due to religious bias, I see no easily managed solutions.
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Praveen Baratam, Maven - 6 years ago Edit
I was referring to college graduates in my comment. Nevertheless, the issue is not about funding but about preparing our youth for a more productive life. Off late the job environment is changing so fast that no school / college / curriculum can guarantee a job. Instead they can only catalyze our development to live up to the task. Education -> Job is no longer simple or straight forward. In such challenging circumstances we cannot afford to marginalize education in the name of religion, etc.
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Citizens United vs the Federal Election Commission 2009, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Citizens United, and granted them the power to fund the advertising and fundraising of political campaigns. 24 states that individually ban unions, corporations, or both from funding campaigns through a PAC, but it is clear how that held up on a national level, to put it simply, it didn't. Now not only do these corporations have lobbyists, they have rights in elections.

Not only is this immoral and disgusting, It is out right unconstitutional and yet again gives a true look at how deep the corruption has sunk it's teeth into our Federal Government.

Not only did the PAC successfully sue the Federal Election Commission, it successfully overturned the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 which had barred corporate involvement in Elections.

Currently I am looking into the legal routes of forming a Class-Action law suit in the name of the people against the members of the PAC, both federal judges, and corporate lobbyists, as well as corporate heads, to fight the act. Something must be done, and it is time we the people stop playing by the Corporations rules, after all we have to power to change them at any time, we just need to get our bearings as a country, that is the true challenge.
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Praveen Baratam, Maven - 6 years ago Edit
Sounds like a country of workers + corporations and not citizens from this perspective. Come what may, corporations should not be allowed to influence elections! If corporations have issues they have to bring them to public notice or go to courts. Problem is that the wealth distribution in mature capitalist economies is so skewed that the top 1% owning ~50% of nation's wealth do not want the fate of their wealth and profits be decided by the rest 99%. Hence all this lobbying and legal jigsaw!
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I awoke this morning to the unsurprising yet devastating news that the government has officially shut down. The House and Senate could not come to a deal on raising the spending limit and negotiating a budget because the extremist group in the House under the name of Tea Party, has made the demand that the Affordable Care Act that was approved by the house and senate majority two and a half years ago, be defunded or they will not pass a budget on to the senate. September 30th, 2013 was their deadline, and they have decided to take out America from within.

There is a palpable sense of unease, one that I resonate with deeply. What changed in the last decade that this congress cannot reach a decision, when they would be the first in over 200 years to not be able to compromise. This is a sad day, for I see several roads ahead that do not bode well.

If the US government cannot get its act together, the American people will grow tired of their petty games, When that happens, I fear it may be game over. Either it will be a mass revolution, or it will be akin to the Glorious Revolution. For the sake of everyone, I hope it is the latter, and not the former.
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It kind of terrifies me that at the time the Glass-Steagal Act was repealed, half of the congressmen did not understand it's full Economic effect. It goes once again to show just how uneducated and detached our "Leaders" are here in America. Even more terrifying is the possibility that in 1999 when the Act was repealed, they knew exactly what was going to happen.

In the second video the Economic Expert talks of a Senate committee hearing on the effects of the Act (http://www.senate.gov/artandhistory/history/common/investigations/Pecora.htm), and the committee ruled that the Act was Essential to the Economic recovery after the Roaring Twenties, where everyone here in the States started buying a bunch of stuff they could not afford, kind of like what has happened now.

The Act was designed to eliminate insider trading, any one bank had to choose to either be a savings institute, or a loan organization, there could be no double trade banks. When the Act was repealed, in an act of pure negligence, the private interest could now do what ever they pleased as long as they worded it properly on paper, and we are steadily approaching the cliff with no way to stop ourselves with a proverbial Crack head holding a gun to our head's for all the money we have or our life. Those who do not learn their History are doomed to repeat it correct?
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I would have to say that our form of government has been the best created to this date. Of course no government is perfect, because it is a creation of man, who is himself fallible. However, our Founding Fathers have created a near perfect system of governance. What has gone wrong with our country in the past 60 or 70 years is that we have eroded our educational system, to the point where we are electing people to govern our country, who have absolutely no idea what government means, nor economics. So what happens when we put stupid, and careless people in power? They enact stupid and careless policies. We need to address certain issues that have come to in this country, such as term limits for Congress, AND Supreme Court Justices, keeping money out of elections (overturn Citizens United v. FEC case), regulating Wall Street, re-enacting the Glass-Steagall Act, repealing the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, boosting education funding, and decreasing defense budgets. We also need to repeal the Monsanto Protection Act. The problem we are facing in this country is that our politicians are bought and paid for by the corporations, so they feel that those are who they have a duty to, NOT the citizens. The citizens are on the back burner. We have senators who are voting on bills that they have not even read, nor do they know the full contents of the bill.
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Nicholas Bc Shumate, Evangelist - 6 years ago Edit
@Adam- What are somethings the average citizen could do to help combat the current economic strife?
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