NEWS AND OPINIONS FOR SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 06, 2008


DEMOCRATIC PARTY AND REPUBLICAN PARTY BOTH REPORTEDLY MISSED TEXAS DEADLINE TO BE ON PRESIDENTIAL BALLOT
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We aren't required to say it, but we don't stand for or against candidates for secular office. This comes from Bob Barr's campaign. We link to it here solely so the people may see that the system is riddled with hypocrisy and shall fall.


Police Clash with Demonstrators, Make Arrests at RNC
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"At 5pm central, the protesters' permit expired, but demonstrators refused to leave."

What does that mean? Where does the U.S. Constitution even hint at the right to protest expiring? It isn't as if anyone else's rights are in the balance. 5 PM isn't the dead of night when protests might disturb the otherwise relative peace and quiet. It also isn't as if downtown Minneapolis is a residential neighborhood that would compound the importance of a quiet time for others. This 5 PM thing sticks out as the sore thumb letting everyone know that protestors are second-class citizens in the U.S. even though the U.S. was founded on violent revolution. I don't hold with violent revolution, but the utter hypocrisy is blatant of these self-appointed authorities telling citizens that their right to protest expires whenever those authorities decide.

There is no 5 PM deadline on protest in the U.S. No one needs a permit to demonstrate. Why do people apply for such permits? Of course, it depends upon the nature of the demonstration. Being on public property, not preventing others from being able to come or go, not assaulting others, not being violent or destructive is enough to meet all the requirements for not being impeded by the authorities concerning any protest or demonstration.

Any U.S. Supreme Court Justice who might think otherwise ought to, by rights under the secular system, be impeached post haste.


U.S. Rescue Seen at Hand for 2 Mortgage Giants
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This New York Times story says the U.S. federal government will use general revenue (taxpayer dollars) to bailout Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the mortgage companies. The idea is that those two are too big to be allowed to fail for having been mismanaged. Well, if those two are too important to allow to fail, then why is anyone not important enough to help? What I mean is why are there any poor and hungry children in the U.S.?

Don't tell me it's because their parents are no good. The truth is that the system is rigged for the plutocrats (the superrich).


The 2008 Democratic Party Platform and the Middle East
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Though the Middle East is awash in arms, the Democratic Party platform endorses President Bush's memorandum pledging an additional unconditional $30 billion in U.S. military aid to Israel. The platform thereby rejects calls by human rights activists that military assistance to foreign governments be made conditional on their compliance with international humanitarian law and outstanding UN Security Council resolutions.
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Similarly, the Democratic platform appears to endorse the Bush administration's racist double standards regarding Israel and Palestine. It pledges to "continue to isolate Hamas until it renounces terrorism, recognizes Israel's right to exist, and abides by past agreements" while failing to call for isolating Likud and other extremist Israeli parties that similarly fail to renounce attacks against civilians, recognize Palestine's right to exist, and abide by past agreements.
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The platform takes what appears to be a strong stand in support of human rights and freedom, arguing that the United States must be "a relentless advocate for democracy" and a steadfast opponent of repressive regimes. Promoting democracy became a key rationalization in the bipartisan call for the U.S. invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. Ironically, however, the platform only mentions by name autocratic governments over which the United States has relatively little influence. For example, the platform states, "We will stand up for oppressed people from Cuba to North Korea and from Burma to Zimbabwe and Sudan." Meanwhile, the platform fails to mention any allied autocracies over which the United States could potentially have far more significant influence. It says nothing about standing up for oppressed people from Saudi Arabia to Equatorial Guinea and from Brunei to Egypt and Azerbaijan, whose governments all receive U.S. aid and diplomatic support.
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This piece is excellent at pointing to the hypocrisy of the Democratic Party platform.


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    Employment: 2008 - present, website developer and writer. 2015 - present, insurance broker. Education: Arizona State University, Bachelor of Science in Political Science. City University of Seattle, graduate studies in Public Administration. Volunteerism: 2007 - present, president of the Real Liberal Christian Church and Christian Commons Project.
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