Saturday, November 26, 2005

Papers, please! Show me your papers!

I knew this was coming when the Supreme Court ruled on it a little while back. Like a scene out of a Cold War or WWII movie, the officials searching the train for the _____ (fill in the blank; behind the lines soldier, jew, secret agent, partisan, resistence fighter).
One morning in late September 2005, Deb was riding the public bus to work. She was minding her own business, reading a book and planning for work, when a security guard got on this public bus and demanded that every passenger show their ID. Deb, having done nothing wrong, declined. The guard called in federal cops, and she was arrested and charged with federal criminal misdemeanors after refusing to show ID on demand. - United States v. Deborah Davis

This is where I think all Americans can agree. This is bullshit.
What's the topper (makes for great press)? One of her sons is fighting in Iraq for "democracy and freedom." No the right wing isn't gonna like this, but the ACLU has taken the case. This is where we will truly see the diference between true conservative (limited govenment, states rights, fiscal conservatism) and the new national socialists collectively and euphamistically refered to as the Neo-Conservatives (strong central government in bed with the economically powerful). Funny how the conservatives want a conservative government here, but everywhere else they're finding justification to "liberalize" other countries. Everywhere else the "conservatives" in the government (like Iran, Russia, N. Korea) means human opression and strongman politicians.
Although the additional seizures under the Trading with the Enemy Act did not take place until after the war, documents from The National Archives and Library of Congress confirm that Bush and his partners continued their Nazi dealings unabated. These activities included a financial relationship with the German city of Hanover and several industrial concerns. They went undetected by investigators until after World War Two.- Read more about Grandpa Prescott Bush's Dresser Co., later to merge with Haliburton, and failing to divest in enemies of the state in WWII - Wikipedia.

On another note, while his personal business was his own and should have been left out of it and he tended to hold some values of the Democratic Party, Bill Clinton was not really a great friend of the average American, the poor, or states rights (which I mean to believe that states should be able to secure more liberties, not less). He signed NAFTA, he screwed the poor on welfare by kicking them off but failing to establish anything meaningful for them to do (like education or work programs), and he undermined California's attempt to legalize medical marijuana. And don't get me started on Hillary. I really wanted to like her. I was hoping for maybe the first woman president. But her insistance on towing the DLC line on Iraq and her foray into senate investigations of porn in videogames (ala Tipper Gore/PMRC) left me cold. In and of itself it seems inoccuous, but it's a sign for me. I don't care for video games, but I remember Jello Biafra, Dee Snider, and Frank Zappa testifying before congress about music. It rubs against the Libertarian in me.
Personally, just so it's known, I personally don't like weed. It's all wrong for my temperment (I'm INTENSE, damnit!!! Now, where's my Fucking Coffee!!!) I stick with the easily available drugs - caffeine, beer, and the occasional whiskey (Jack straight, thank you). I'll tell you, just about every cop I know thinks they should decriminalize weed. What a huge waste of our money criminally processing a bunch of laid back folks. I remember talking to one cop I know and asked him what he thought. He was used to busting up drunken college parties. He said that he's never gone in where "people were getting stoned and somebody wanted to fight him." Those getting high may bore me, but they've never been a threat to anyone.
And don;t get me started on the economic benifits that hemp offers to the individuall American. Check out this 1938 article from Popular Mechanics on the wonders of hemp.
Meanwhile, guess who owns Congress? So marijuana was outlawed in 1937 and they fanned the racism fires playing the racism card just like they do when they want to crack down on rock-and-roll or rap or hip hop or something like that. They said that smoking marijuana might cause you to fall under the influence of listening to jazz! I believe that it was even said on the floor of Congress that marijuana had to be banned because smoking it might make a black man look at a white woman twice. And let's not forget that U.S. Treasury Department funded documentary film, called, "Reefer Madness!" So marijuana was outlawed as devil weed in 1937. Only 53 years ago it was legal. Need I say more, on why our beloved fearless leaders go out of their way to censor our access to information so darn much? Can you imagine the mass outrage if this kind of stuff ever really got out? And people knew that this big drug problem that they keep reading about and hearing about is being caused by the government themselves? And people knew how easily each one of us individually could turn our ecological and human crisis around without resorting to Nazi malarky like oil wars and drug wars by just saying no! to George Bush. - "Grow more pot" by Jello Biafra

"What are you? A fuckin' commie? I don't want no commies in my car... No Christians either." - "Bud" (Harry Dean Stanton) from Repo Man
To me, "Libertarian" has always equated with liberal. The government's role is to protect freedom against tyranny and that also means tyranny of the masses. The government's role is to provide for American citizens. I pay taxes, damnit! I want more bang for my buck! I want free education! I want free healthcare! I want a strong DEFENSE! I don't want those assholes dictating morality to me!
Screw corporations, they're not a person/citizen and we should never confuse the issue! They do not have a right to free speech! They do not have a right to vote or donate to politics!
And the wealthy should be paying more than what they are on average in taxes. The wealthiest 5 percent have 59% of the wealth and pay 38.4 percent of federal taxes. The wealthiest 1 percent have over 38 percent of the wealth and pay 24.8 percent of federal taxes. These households have an average wealth of $10.2 million and pay only 3.5 percent of their wealth in taxes. By way of comparison, the bottom 40 percent of taxpayers have an average net wealth of $1,100 and pay 163 percent of their net wealth in taxes. - "What percentage of taxes are paid by the wealthiest 5% of Americans?", Facts about Taxes

We pay to play. We owe it to this country to pay for the environment that allowed us to excel. Think of it as a user fee.

If the left wants to build back up in this country, they're going to have to appeal to the libertarian ethic in much of this country.


Blogger Sara said...

Are you KIDDING ME??? She was arrested for not showing ID?? ARRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!! Jesus god I'm glad someone a little more cool-headed was there instead of me. They'd have gotten me on assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest after that bs. I don't want to be a violent person. I have great respect for those with the patience and ingenuity to solve problems by other means, but I tend to start swearing and throwing things. This is bullshit. I showed my ID wayyyy too often while in the Army, but I didn't mind because, well, that's just part of being a soldier. But it didn't occur to me that civilians needed to do anything similar. That was one of the benefits of being discharged, not being searched all the time.

As for Hillary, I hope to god she doesn't run for prez. Aside from my personal differences with her - she's yet to come out against the war, censorship issues, etc - there are a good number of people, who never before prior to Georgie would have voted for a Demo, that are more than ready to do so come (god it sounds so far away) 2008. But they will not vote for Hillary. They HATE Hillary. People who don't care at all about politics will get all red in the face and start moving their hands about when her name comes up. Pure, unfiltered hatred. It may not make sense, but that's just the way it is. The Democrats need to start boosting an alternative candidate NOW. Then at least I'd feel better.

12:36 AM  
Blogger Frederick said...

Great post, I'm linking to it!

12:00 PM  
Blogger PubliusK said...

Very good. I suggest you read Kevin Phillips' book American Dynasty: Aristocracy, Fortune and the Politics of Deceit in the House of Bush. It gives excellent detail of Grand Daddy Bush and how he was able to get by the Trading With the Enemies Act. The seeds for the disaster we see now were sown long ago.......

2:28 PM  
Blogger charlie said...

Very interesting, Snag, in view of our recent correspondence. Thank you. And well written and cogently argued as always.
You know, this drugs thing: for the life of me I simply cannot understand why 'the authorities' continue with their continuing useless 'war on drugs'. Whichever way I look at it, it's plain stupid. I have asked drugs dealers what effect legalisation would have on their activities and they have thrown their hands up in horror. It would put them out of business overnight, they say. And no, i don't do drugs either. I prefer the wind in my hair and the sun on my face. I prefer chatting with interesting folk over a latte, not being bored witless by some stoned fuckwit. But that's just me being boring, I suppose.

4:02 PM  
Blogger Diane S. said...

I'm with Sara. I'd go bullestic if someone arrested me for not showing ID. The Bush Administration's fascism of America seems to be endless. I'm waiting for him to declare Martial Law and proclaim himself El Presidente for life.

I loved "Bubba" Clinton, and think more of his efforts to help the poor than you do, but agree with you (and Charlie) totally about legalizing marajuanna. In fact, I find the whole war on drugs a complete waste of time, energy, and money. Legalize them all, and then tax 'em. It would take some of the tax burden off of those of us running on sheer intensity.

Like you, I tried to like Hillary, and sometimes I manage to actually do it (but not when she's fighting violent and pornographic video games - which is just stupid, not mention a violation of the First Amendment). Still, I hope like hell we Dem's don't pick her as our nominee in 2008. She is absolutely unelectable and this next presidential election is much too important.

That is, if we have one.

4:44 PM  
Anonymous Kate said...

Excellent post, Snag.

Hillary. Sometimes she's spot on, but I can't support her either because of the war. What else needs to happen for her to abandon the DLC position? Give me a break.

As for her husband, I'm not sure he can be forgiven for Rwanda. Please. He had promise, and he sure as hell was better than W, but he wasn't a great president. Then there's NAFTA. The hundreds of women who have been murdered in Juarez (and now Nuevo Loredo) would attest to the evils of NAFTA if they were alive to speak of it at all. Charles Bowden's "Juarez: the Laboratory of Our Future" is a frightening look at just how much NAFTA has screwed over the people of Mexico.

Weed. The only reason I can think of to keep it illegal is the last thing we need is another drug corporatized for the fat cats to get fatter from. Imagine Phillip Morris marketing marijuana. Ah, the profits to be made! If Merck or Pfizer were able to market it, marijuana would be the latest anti-anxiety medication peddled between soap operas and Oprah. It's no more harmful than the miriad of anti-depressants doctors prescribe every day.

Our whole criminal justice system is so incredibly fucked. If a kid robs a store he can get 5 years jail time. Bush and Cheney et al can rob and pillage not only our coffers but those of other countries, launder tax dollars to filter to their corporate cronies, and cause the deaths of literally countless people and they're rewarded with reelection. Even Pinochet has yet to be punished for any of his crimes. There really is no justice, I guess.

We have to come up with a viable candidate and we've got to get the dems fired up as a cohesive opposition party. Right now we've got Lieberman running around the green zone declaring the "stay the course" rhetoric Bush's speechwriters have perfected while Murtha talks about how we need to get the hell out. There's no unity, no real opposition. Frankly I think Bush should be impeached and his whole administration charged with war crimes, but more likely the republicans will continue to have power, even as they morph from "conservatives" to fascists right in front of us. I agree with you, Snag, that the dems should be pushing their libertarian agenda. They should embrace ACLU's principles. But since most of them are as bought as the republicans, I fear they won't. I hope I'm wrong, though, and they come out fighting next year.

7:26 PM  
Blogger Kvatch said...

The Bush Administration's fascism of America seems to be endless. I'm waiting for him to declare Martial Law and proclaim himself El Presidente for life.

Strangely, I can't imagine Bush himself even contemplating that. The man is such a deer in the headlights, I'd think that the responsibility and danger of leading a true fascist state would scare the tar out of him.

But, that said, the people who work for him--a whole different can-o-worms.

10:08 PM  
Blogger american short-timer said...


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2:52 PM  
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12:51 AM  
Blogger One Veteran said...

I dig it. There really is a strong American libertarian streak that is constantly neglected by the bullying parties. It bites the right wing in the ass when it comes to abortion, it bites the left on gun control, and no one (except denver) quite knows how to say (in public) that weed isn't the danger to society it was cracked up to be in 1937. Has that city descended into chaos and godless anarchy yet? Still waiting...

4:58 AM  

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