Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Too Much Power

I watched “Beyond Treason” tonight. I highly recommend it.

It merely reinforced what I knew already; the American military carried out “experiments” on unsuspecting subjects. I knew that they “utilized” military personnel, prisoners, etc. This DVD just reinforces my belief that there’s far too much power in far too few hands. There’s not enough oversight of any governmental agency, be it military or otherwise.

That’s why I believe that “it’s time for a national (second constitutional) convention”.

That quote and the discussion that follows, along with many other justifications to change or seriously modify the elitist driven constitution that was drawn up at the end of the 18th century, can be found on the TRG (true republican governance) message board, which is part of the Direct Democracy League.

To friendship,

“Where sense is wanting, everything is wanting.” – Benjamin Franklin


p. ralstan said...

Michael you’re absolutely right. Our constitution needs to be rewritten and the most significant change is that punishment needs to be meted out for violating it. Dubya doesn’t seem to understand that laws pertain to him.

The Fisa Court gives the president almost immediate and unlimited power to spy on Americans Even though these laws exist for the protection of the people against an overreaching president, how can he be a uniter if he divides the nation like is he in the process of doing?. Warrants are obtained secretly so I wonder why he fees he has to crirumvent the law. Does he have something planned over seas that we don’ know about?

Let’s face it. The failures in the past were not from lack of intelligence, but how that intelligence was interpreted by his inept administration. This administration excels in spinning facts to suit their agenda! The real significance to Bush’s excess is: When will Americans recognize it as a tyranny?
P. Ralstan

rgrace said...

Maybe while we’re at it we can make it even clearer that the state should not attempt to support any religion.
The First Amendment says that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”
Science teaches our kids that humans evolved over millions of years into what we are now. Religion teaches that God created earth in six days. The phrase intelligent design is just another way of saying God created earth in six days. I’m tired of hearing that the words “separation of church and state” isn’t in the constitution. The constitution says the government will NOT “prohibit the free exercise thereof” but it also says it won’t support any religious teachings.
So if your a christian the constitution protects you and if your not a christian the constitution protects you. it won’t get involved in religion one way or another. While most other countries are teaching their kids science the christian right wants our kids to be dumber than the rest of the world.
I know this doesn’t have to do with the spying stuff but if we right a new constitution let’s not forget that one either.

Michael said...

ralston, as Stephen Neitzke of Direct Democracy League says, our Constitution was written for the times, 1787, and with the elite in mind. The initial constitution, and the one that’s still supposed to me a guideline for governance today, stated very clearly that the only people who could vote were land owning white men. Amendments had to be attached to The Constitution to allow non land owners, blacks and women to vote.

Neitzke also says, if I understand him correctly, that The Regime doesn’t even adhere to the Constitution as it is now. Wire tapping Americans is just one way in which The Regime has thumbed its nose at the Constitution. In reality, any information leading to the arrest of possible terrorists happened in less than 10% of the hundreds of thousands of cases in which Americans were “surveilled”. As you say, I believe that beginning to spy on someone 72 hours before obtaining a FISA court order gives The Regime plenty of leeway.

The other point is that the FISA court only turned down 10 or so requests of the thousands it received by any and all administrations.

rgrace, this is about the First Amendment, so I don’t see anything wrong with the point that you bring up. There are people who are actually saying that this is a Christian nation. Before he left office, George Washington made sure that the citizenry knew that “The government of the United States is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion.” The key words in Washington’s statement are in any sense

I think that there are others who want to change The Constitution as well and make this a Christian nation. It won’t fly and I bet many Christians would oppose it.

If it ever came to that, we’d be no better than any theocracy and that includes the Muslim theocracies which are being exploited by The Regime to scare the living hell out of Americans.

I was recently told that I hate America. Is this because I speak out against the policies that are not only dividing America, but are also losing us allies in the world?

As you can tell, I like to use quotes from famous, mostly wise people. For example, Jefferson said, “If our house be on fire, without inquiring whether it was fired from within or without, we must try to extinguish it.”

I think people who blindly follow The Regime don’t have much use for those who love this country enough to want to make it right again.

To friendship,

"I detest the man who hides one thing in the depths of his heart and speaks forth another." – Homer