Before they hid behind corporations, DYNASTIES passed their wealth to their immediate family to continue dominating others. They hid behind a concept called "Divine Right"... since their family had so much gold, land and power, it must have been a god choosing them for this "duty".
Thus was created a very CONVENIENT concept transforming War Lord-Wealth-Hoarding Thieves into Sovereign Lords or Kings and Titled Royalty of Empire. They were really just Oligarchs and the King was the figurehead for those vassals who grabbed and hoarded the wealth of the land and the work of the people.
We rejected this concept and the result was the **American Revolution (see below).
But the urge toward dynasty, royalty and oligarchy burns strongly in the breast of humans who become too wealthy, and so checks and balances were put into our founding document and amendments that counteracted dynasty and rule by consolidated wealth and power. Imperfect as it may have been in it's prosecution, the system we started with insured a distribution of wealth that strengthened the nation as a whole.
In 1868, 77 long years after after the Bill of Rights was adopted, the 14th amendment* (see below) was passed to ensure a fairness required to stave off such economic royalism.
In fact the Constitution is designed to CHECK the rise of Oligarchy.
That's why it is so disturbing today to admit what we now have.
We have a "Bought Government."
A few of our citizens managed to become economic royalty† and pushed hard to free themselves from the constraints against monopoly. Persons "prominent" in finance and industry began to drown out the will of the people. They used the libertarian argument that government was hampering "everyone's" freedom. But it was really just their freedom to get stronger than government (still the voice of most of the people).
They got away with the continuation of slavery, then a quasi slavery of the children of slaves, imported Asian laborers and the poor immigrant. Of these families who's power rivaled that of American government, many still exist today and are widely thought to have more voice in the Federal Government than 100 million Americans at once. The very forces we declared independence from had returned in a new form. Industrialist. Banker. Plantation owner. These were the new royalty to fight.
They were careful never to allow that designation to be pinned on them until President Franklin D. Roosevelt coined the term, "Economic Royalists" and made it stick.
The modern corporation is the hiding place for the forces that we fought and nearly lost our lives too during the revolutionary war. The ethos of monopoly threatens us as always, but the legal construct of the corporation hides and white washes the threat. It appears that they have won. The royal court has returned.
We the people have no ability to vote our will past them on a federal level (Can you imagine all of us deciding we want a simpler military (akin to say Germany or England?) and their methods of control and monopoly are only growing because their Legislators on the hill and their judges on the Supreme Court of the United States are making their corruption the law of our land.
Corruption is the LAW of OUR LAND.
No good idea on solving problems experienced by the people, no good idea on providing for the general welfare of the people can get past the corruption. Ask for federal exemptions for taxes the way Exxon Mobil does, they might even say "yes"... but by the time you get to the table, the Lawyers and Lobbyists of the Oligarchs have sucked up all the allotted subsidy and you are told you are out of luck. The oligarchs buy away your ability to compete with them. There's no "free market"... and the bodies on the hill are not interested in your needs. They only respond to those who donate enough money to keep them in power.
This is 100% true with the GOP and it is also true with Members Democratic Party. The argument can be made and illustrated that those legislators, judges and executives that do fight for the working man ... and the middle class ... almost exclusively caucus with the Democratic Party on a federal level.
The solution will come, and always comes from a push-back by the people and leaders that rise to prominence on the focus of that popular will. Sooner or later the people get sick of being pushed around, read our history, take advantage of the democratic infrastructure of our nation and slap the Oligarchs down... not out... but down. They get heavily taxed, they lose market share, they lose access to cheating and have to deal with *actual competition* which they cannot win, because the patriarch of their family who knew something about competition has long since died.
The modern corporation has changed this. They have created a giant robot to climb into and be "super" citizens. Normally I'd just figure it will take longer for us to figure out but self correction will come in time.
But that's just it, we don't really have time the way we used to. We have terrible over population, lots of cheap labor around the world, desperate to be enslaved so they can eat, and the pollution of our tiny blue dot in space is approaching the moment where most life forms will be killed off by a shift in the levels of oxygen and heat.
FDR saved capitalism. Obama is doing nearly exactly the same things that FDR did in his early term. He's compromising (FDR had bankers into the white house and designed a plan to save them first as his GOP opponents wanted), he's keeping his enemies close (FDR had a vile republican chief of staff)... he's playing the long game. (FDR would have served 4 terms or MORE had he not died at the beginning of that 4th term.)
We Americans who wish to save the nation and preserve, even expand, the initial freedoms treasured by most of our founders, have to do something new. The (super) corporation has slipped past the usual response. The corporation has made itself impervious to regulation.
The corporation has seemingly eclipsed the will of the people by vetoing our voices with unquestionable "national security," unquestionable military spending, unquestioned media ownership, and now un-resisted categorization as "persons" who hold more power than an American Citizen who is not simultaneously a global super corporation.
FDR saved capitalism. Obama seeks to return to thriving national industry that will provide "good paying" jobs to a working and middle class.
I don't doubt that either men believed that this was doing good for the people. FDR was basically right. But because of the inability to check the power of these super entities, these mega-persons, I observe that saving Capitalism must now take a back seat to expanding Social Democracy instead.
A smaller more localized form of capitalism must tear down the centralized global will to power and royalism.
Government that is you and me must replace government that is bought for *them.
1. A passion must sweep the country to get the money out of political campaigns. People who will elevate the people above the monopolists must have the same chance to win and govern as those who will do the bidding of Halliburton or Goldman Sachs.
2. That passion must have at it's core a goal. The goal must be to make it the law of the land that legislators and presidents may not collect money from the people directly but must instead have their short campaigns funded by tax dollars. The government must mandate free Air Time. The candidates must provide their governing philosophy and goals for governance online and in their speeches and ad spots. There will be no time or money for "attack ads"
3. The people must be educated about their general welfare and the goals of social democracy free from the competition of misinformation, disinformation, purposeful lying in propaganda and scare tactics. Basically Fox News and any other corporate news source that works for the oligarchy over the people must lose it's license to broadcast. Why? Because it's advertising for candidates by private money. Fox advertises for politicians plain and simple... 24 hours a day, minus commercials. That must now be illegal, and the people must join together and fight for that too.
4. The goals of unionization, tax funded education, tax funded health care and strong environmental regulation must replace the goals of blowing everything up to bring Jesus back early.
We cannot continue with a "bought" congress or supreme court. We cannot continue to have a White House filled with "advisers" from the permanent class of servants and agents of the industrial oligarchy.
Revolution can be peaceful (just stop society) or violent, but as it was necessary in 1760s and 70s it is necessary again. It is just common sense that democracy and the will of the people cannot long hold out against the centralizing of trillions of dollars, land, industry and power... of wealth... on a global scale.
The Chamber Of Commerce, (Advocates for Corporate Super Power) are now corrupting our system of government with unlimited money from around the globe. If we are to be a nation of laws and of our founding documents, we must rise up against these aristocrats hiding behind the big colorful logos.
It will begin with college age kids... that will spark support from grandparents and soon those struggling to keep their jobs will see that they too must put down their pens and spatulas... clock out and go join the revolution.
This is what must be. Sooner or later.
If not, King George ultimately won.
– Corporations Ate My Baby
**The American Revolution was the result of a series of social, political, and intellectual transformations in early American society and government, collectively referred to as the American Enlightenment. Americans rejected the oligarchies common in aristocratic Europe at the time, championing instead the development of republicanism based on the Enlightenment understanding of liberalism.
Among the significant results of the revolution was the creation of a democratically-elected representative government responsible to the will of the people. However, sharp political debates erupted over the appropriate level of democracy desirable in the new government, with a number of Founders fearing mob rule.
Many fundamental issues of national governance were settled with the ratification of the United States Constitution in 1788, which replaced the relatively weaker first attempt at a national government adopted in 1781, the Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union. In contrast to the loose confederation, the Constitution established a strong federated government.
The United States Bill of Rights (1791), comprising the first 10 constitutional amendments, quickly followed. It guaranteed many “natural rights” that were influential in justifying the revolution, and attempted to balance a strong national government with relatively broad personal liberties.
The American shift to liberal republicanism, and the gradually increasing democracy, caused an upheaval of traditional social hierarchy and gave birth to the ethic that has formed a core of political values in the United States.
Section 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
Section 2. Representatives shall be apportioned among the several States according to their respective numbers, counting the whole number of persons in each State, excluding Indians not taxed. But when the right to vote at any election for the choice of electors for President and Vice President of the United States, Representatives in Congress, the Executive and Judicial officers of a State, or the members of the Legislature thereof, is denied to any of the male inhabitants of such State, being twenty-one years of age, and citizens of the United States, or in any way abridged, except for participation in rebellion, or other crime, the basis of representation therein shall be reduced in the proportion which the number of such male citizens shall bear to the whole number of male citizens twenty-one years of age in such State.
Section 3. No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any State, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any State, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may, by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.
Section 4. The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of pensions and bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or rebellion, shall not be questioned. But neither the United States nor any State shall assume or pay any debt or obligation incurred in aid of insurrection or rebellion against the United States, or any claim for the loss or emancipation of any slave; but all such debts, obligations and claims shall be held illegal and void.
Section 5. The Congress shall have power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.
ECONOMIC ROYALISTS. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, in his speech accepting the Democratic nomination for a second term, delivered at Philadelphia on 27 June 1936, said, “The economic royalists complain that we seek to overthrow the institutions of America. What they really complain of is that we seek to take away their power. Our allegiance to American institutions requires the overthrow of this kind of power.” He was referring to persons prominent in finance and industry who in general opposed his tendency to centralize the government and to put it into competition with private enterprise.
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