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Grab Our Profits

Posted in Atheist, culture, Government, history, life, medical, politics, random, secularism, thoughts with tags , , , , , , on December 21, 2009 by chouck017894

Health care for the nation’s citizens has been vigorously opposed by the Republicans for decades, but perhaps never have they stooped quite so low as through the 2009 drive by the Democrats to assure citizens security in the face of costly illness.  They had opposed Medicare, for example, but now claim, falsely, that extending health care to all citizens would deprive the elderly of Medicare benefits.  The truth is that far too many of those “public servants” standing in opposition to Health Care with public option have been happily raking in loads of cash for their congressional seats from big insurance corporations.  And from Big Finance, and Big Oil, and Big Pharmacy too.

The hard-line Republicans have a long record against adhering to ethical forms of regulations and controls that were once in place to keep a level playing field for all citizens and businesses.  Slowly and surely the heavily financed GOP (Grab Our Profits) crowd chipped away at the principled regard for the little man in favor of the conniving schemers and greedy corporations.  The 2008-2009 economic collapse and the $700,000,000,000 (seven hundred billion) taxpayer-funded bailout for the Wall Street crowd is directly traceable to their devotion to end all controls and regulations that once protected homeowners, taxpayers and the national budget.

In this regard the United States can truly be termed a “Christian nation,” for the whole principle of that faith is that someone else will pay the end-price for you.  Is it simply bald coincidence that as right-wing religionists squirmed into political influence through the late 1970s and early 1980s that the democratic principles upon which the U.S. was built began to noticeably slide downhill?  Noted in Time Frames and Taboo Data: Reagan’ first official act after assuming office as President of the United States in 1981 was to terminate oil price controls, asserting it would boost America’s oil exploration and production.  But in the years of Reagan’s reign the “conservatives” never managed to find the waste, fraud and abuse that they had always claimed had been the hallmarks of liberal government.  Subtle shifts did occur, however, and with Ronald Reagan’s election the war on poverty had been quietly and quickly shifted to a war on the poor.

By 1992 the extreme radical religionists announced publicly, “We want…as soon as possible to see a majority of the Republican Party in the hands of pro-family Christians by 1996.”  By 1995 Congress was manipulated by their cohorts into stripping victims of shady businesses of their right to recover their losses from those businesses!  And by 1996 the Christian Right had finally managed to gain full control of the GOP at the Republican Convention.  Through the next few years evangelical fanatics wormed their way into Congress, the Judiciary and the Executive Branches—all the while corruption and unethical behavior was flourishing, reaching its apex in the election process that brought born-again G. W. Bush the presidency in 2000.

Led by this self-proclaimed god-favored crowd the nation was blessed with an illegal war, and the likes of Big Oil, Big Pharmacy, and Big Finance manipulating more and more of government policy through the disgraceful practice called “lobbying” for favors for the corporations and the rich.  In other words, an undemocratic system that is nothing more than legalized bribery.  Since 1998, for example, the “financial service” industry has spent over $5 billion in campaign contributions and lobbying expenses.  How many lives could that money have saved if it had only been used in genuine spiritual compassion?

Party-Line Terrorists in USA

Posted in Atheist, culture, history, humanity, life, politics, random, religion with tags , , , , on August 15, 2009 by chouck017894

Back in the 1920s, with the aid of paid-off police and disgruntled high-ranking officers of the Reichswehr (German army), the German army was drawn upon by the National Socialist German Workers Party (Nazi) to organize the Sturmabteilungen (SA, “storm troop”) to defend its meetings and to actively disrupt the  meetings of liberal democrats, Socialists, Communists and trade unions.

Today we are seeing similar disruptive tactics being undertaken in the USA now that the Republican Party has become but a shadow of its former self.  In the Nazi Party activity—under Hitler as “unlimited chairman—in the early 1920s much of the party’s propaganda concentrated on denunciations of the “menace” of so-called Bolshevism.  In the USA today the corporate interests, the “unlimited chairmen” in this reenactment who have grown super-wealthy by gouging the public, are actively financing and manipulating the party-liners with poisonous deceits and distractions.  Like the Nazi tactics, the adherents to the radical political right in the US today are being herded into contempt for democratic principles and are being agitated in defense of special interests’ prosperity—not for genuine health care coverage.

Following the onset of the world economic depression in 1929, unemployment increased, foreign trade declined, and agricultural prices dropped—and these events inspired a desire for revolutionary policies.  Large sums of  money were then pumped into the Nazi Party by German millionaire capitalists, just as today corporate bigwigs in the US are pumping multimillions into the propaganda against enactment of a national health care system for all citizens.

As Nazism gained power in Germany, pretexts were concocted to cover violent actions taken against political parties that might stand in the way of Nazi ambitions.  In February 1933 the building that housed the German national Parliament was destroyed by a suspicious fire of incendiary origin—a lucky break for the Nazis.  The Nazis, of course, blamed the Communists, and with brutal violence moved to suppress all Communist principals.  Next to be violently suppressed was the Social Democratic Party.  With these two political factions crushed, all other parties were subsequently outlawed, with the Nazi Party elevated as the only “legal” party, and any attempt to form a new party was declared to be a crime.

Crucial in Nazi ideology was the concept that for the realization of Nazi aims and the creation of “Greater Germany,” the use of intensive propaganda and military force were deemed indispensable instruments of party policy.  (We saw the attempts to wedge the same type policies into US government through the troubling years 2000-2008.)  Very quickly the working class and liberal democratic opposition in Germany found their constitutional and civil rights abolished, and in 1933 the Geheime Staatspolizei (Secret Police), known as the Gestapo, was created to suppress any opposition to the Nazi regime.  The Gestapo was declared not subject to legal restraints and responsible only to Hitler and Heinrich Himmler.

The disruption of Town Hall Discussions by brainwashed, misinformed party-liners on the proposed health care policies in the US will only contribute to a continuation of high-cost medical expenses for all citizens.  Similar as in the Nazi regime game plan, the only real winners in defeating national health care policy for US citizens will be the elite corporate dealers, their industries, and the financial tricksters.  Health care in the United States should not be allowed to remain centralized in corporations that do not hold any true respect or compassion for the quality of human life.

So when you see Town Hall Discussion meetings on health care being disturbed and trashed, ask yourself–Who are the ones that are really imitating Hitler-Nazi anti-democratic conduct.

Radical Right’s Nazi Agenda in USA

Posted in Atheist, belief, Christianity, culture, faith, history, humanity, life, politics, random, religion with tags , , , , , , on August 13, 2009 by chouck017894

Today, August 2009, we see much of the Nazi party’s tactics at work in the United States, and it is not in the Democratic Party’s attempt to bring actual health care benefits to all citizens.  In a truly democratic culture there is freely allowed a civil exchange of ideas on the means of establishing public policies–in this case the need for blanket health care protection for all citizens.  The radical right politicians and radical right religionists, urged on and financed by corporate multibillion bankrolls, are deliberately misleading and manipulating thousands of not-too-bright party-liners in a scenario that has startling similarities to Germany in 1931.

The rise in the 1930s of Adolph Hitler and the Nazi Party in Germany, as surprising as it may sound, hinged upon the people’s need for spiritual identity that had been brutally savaged by the victorious Christian-dominated nations acting through the League of Nations.  The emotional climate in Germany in that time is given little space in most historical accounts, with historians preferring to dwell on the lurid aspects that crept into society and took root–having been heavily fertilized with lies and deceits to advance sick politics.  Broadly ignored for the most part is the religious undercurrent that fed and shaped the early Nazi movement.

Like all religions, the Nazi code of belief that developed gained support and grew because it at first fondled and gratified the egos of the anguished people.  Bankruptcy of the German Danabank in 1931 resulted in the closure of all German banks—a circumstance that seems to have been the objective of the radical right politicos in the US, and suggests a possible attempt to destabilize the US economy through decades of chipping away at price controls and similar even-playing field regulations.  In Germany back in those critical times the German millionaire Hugenberg actively supported the 800,000 strong Nazi Party, and other wealthy men such as Kirdorf, Thyssen and Schroder quickly followed Hugenberg’s lead: it was all seen to be to their financial benefit.  As in Germany, multibillionaire US corporations and individuals today have actively financed the radical right religionists in the US with the intent of taking control of government by using these factions as a front.  The wealth has not been extended to believers due to any true religious convictions.

The  means of the 1930s National Socialists German Worker’s Party power grab—Nazis—was the instigation of systematic disturbances and encroachment of public discussion—domestic terrorism—just as we are seeing played out today at what are supposed to be public discussions on health care issues, but which are totally nullified by misinformed mob mentality.  As in 1930s Germany, lies are being freely indulged in by those seeking to capsize democratic rule.  The radical right now use Hitler tactics while accusing others of their own disgraceful conduct.  They refuse to pay attention to facts, but choose to listen to propaganda machines being financed by the ones who will truly benefit materially from defeat of a national health care system.  Like Hitler, the corporations and men behind the smear campaign against the health care proposal speak with forked tongues.

The radical  right  politicos and the radical right religionists in the US have apparently taken inspiration from Hitler tactics.  As an example, on April 26, 1933 Hitler said in a speech during negotiations that led into the Nazi-Vatican Concordant of 1933: “Secular schools can never be tolerated because such schools have no religious instruction, and a general moral instruction without a religious foundation is built on air; consequently, all character training and religion must be derived from faith…we need believing people.”

Haven’t we in the United States been hearing a variation of this same song being brayed loudly from the radical religious right for at least three decades?

It should be remembered though that as a boy Hitler had been indoctrinated under Catholic guidelines, but his early life had been a dismal failure.  As a result he felt that society and god had failed to answer his needs and he then gravitated to the occult.  Hitler understood the hypocrisy that always infects religious posturing, thus through the 30s, and even during the war, there was an active conspiracy between Hitler’s government and a vast array of European Christian churches.  Thus inspired, the radical right in the US today employ the techniques that brought the Nazi regime to Germany.  Perhaps the radical political right and the radical religious right that conspire to control the people of the US should check how history tends to deal with such fanaticism.  On August 19, 1934 the destruction of Germany was guaranteed—as well as the needless suffering for the rest of the world—with Adolph Hitler’s propaganda taken as truth.