The Koch Brothers: America’s New Dictators

 

As an American, I’m feeling a bit lost with all that has been happening in our country lately. Ferguson, scores of other police brutalizing citizens, a looming possibility of another full-fledged war in Iraq, and the fact that no matter what President Obama tries to do, the Republicans continue to oppose him, all of these issues make me ashamed of being an American. Don’t get me wrong, I served in the US Navy and wore the uniform, but the military was nowhere for a young, gay woman to be, so I was honorably discharged. That was back in 1987. That’s when I realized that this country was not my country anymore.

I’m active in politics, and vote for Democrats, but I am not seeing much of a difference regardless of who I vote for. It seems like Citizens United is running the country now. I don’t have the Koch brothers’ money to purchase a senator or congressman, but rich Republican one-percenters can. Let’s face it. I live in the South, and people here vote Republican because they are prejudiced and hate Obama, hate gays, hate women, hate non-Christians, and hate themselves. They are Fox News junkies, and hide behind their guns and religion.

Yet these very same Republicans live in run down trailer parks with their trucks jacked up on cement bricks so they can work on them in the front yard. Don’t forget the typical Rottweiler or Pit-bull that barks all day and night, and tries to attack the unsuspecting mailman. These people are going to Wal-Mart to stock up on groceries with their government issued EBT (foodstamp) card, yet they complain that the government is overreaching. So let me get this right: Redneck Republicans use government issued food stamps to buy groceries, and come back to their run down shacks and listen to Fox News. Fox News tells them to be afraid of everything, and people who are on foodstamps are lazy because they won’t take a minimum wage job at McDonalds. Yeah, okay…that makes sense. Go GOP!

The Republican Party provides a platform for hate. Hate is legitimized when a ballot is cast for a Republican. The GOP is the party of the super elite. Fox News spits out right-wing propaganda 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, so the Koch brothers are the new dictators. The big brothers of the Republican Party are having a field day with their vast fortunes. They can buy entire school systems, radio and television stations, seats in the senate and congress, and influence legislators to pass laws that favor the few while squeezing the life out of the many.

How long are we going to sit down and take it? The US Supreme Court is complicit in all of this because they allowed Citizens United to prevail, and this gave people like the Koch brothers the freedom to contribute as much money to any candidate anonymously. Why do you think the Supreme Court upheld a ruling that was so opposed to the US Constitution? Because Supreme Court justices are part of the one percent, and do not represent the will of the average American citizen.

Frankly, nobody in Congress (Republican or Democrat) is aware of the constant struggle of people in the lower-middle class. Most of them will never make it into the middle class, even if their parents are middle class. Up until a couple of generations ago, it was commonly expected that children would do better than their parents. That is simply no longer the case. People are moving in and getting help from their parents when they should be able to make a go of it on their own. They should also be in a position to help their parents, and they can’t. What is the reason for this? Enough congressmen and women have been bought by the likes of the Koch brothers, and have sold out their constituents. The Koch brothers have arrived, and Americans are under their dictatorship.

The Sandy Hook mass shooting

The Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting was a wake-up call to the American people about the severity of gun violence in this country. The timing could not have been more horrific. While parents were finishing up Christmas shopping, their children were being targeted, in their own school, by a gunman carrying out mass murder inside a classroom. These parents could never have imagined that when they left their children at school that day, they might never again see their child alive. Unopened Christmas presents would sit under the Christmas tree as a macabre reminder of a child who would never come home again, a child that they would never hold in their arms again, or a child that would never grow up and fulfill his or her calling in life.

The whole country was robbed of its innocence that day at Sandy Hook. Too many children have been murdered inside the one place where parents could rest easy that their children were safe. This is no longer the case because criminals and unstable people are able to get their hands on assault weapons.

The Columbine Shooting should have been the wake-up call, and if bold gun legislation had been pursued at that time, perhaps the Sandy Hook Tragedy might never had occurred. But the Sandy Hook Tragedy did happen, and it happened right under the noses of the American people. The tragedy finally ignited an action-oriented passion that produced a critical mass of people coming out demanding strict gun control legislation. Even members of the National Rifle Association (with the exception of NRA’s president) came forward to denounce the legal loopholes in the law that allowed people to buy assault weapons at gun shows, and with private owners without a background check. Another burning question in the American psyche is why do ordinary citizens need military-style weapons that were created to produce the most collateral damage as possible on the battlefield?

When President Obama addressed the issue of gun violence in his 2012 State of the Union address, he pleaded with Congress to quickly pass legislation that would clamp down on the sale of assault weapons. The Republicans are in a bit of a quandary. The National Rifle Association aggressively lobbies, and contributes to campaigns that aim to keep Republicans in the House and/or Senate. The Republicans need be in lock step with the president on the issue of gun control. If nothing else, they should pass legislation that would make the ammunition clips that can hold several rounds of bullets for automatic weapons illegal. This would be a starting point.

The extreme right wing of the Republican Party has tried to scare licensed gun owners of America into thinking that President Obama is trying to walk all over their right to bear arms which is the basis of the Second Amendment of the US Constitution. This is not the case. President Obama himself likes to hunt with rifles, but he certainly does not require an assault rifle that will squeeze off 60 rounds into an unsuspecting target. What is the purpose of hunting if the objective is slaughter? That is exactly what assault rifles were made for, they were made for the battlefield, not the hunting range.

Republicans need to stand up to the National Rifle Association, and refuse to accept any more campaign contributions. In fact, the NRA should be banned from contact with any member of Congress. The Republicans should no longer be able to take blood money for campaign contributions, and should stand with Democrats and Moderate Republicans to immediately enact legislation that will prevent the slaughter of our children. Our children are the future of America. We, as a nation, have the responsibility and the moral obligation to protect both our children, and their future.

“Dear founding fathers…we have a problem.”

We are on the verge of something epic. Society is not only waking up, it is engaging and encouraging others to engage. We, as a society, are coming together to form “a more perfect union.” I would wager a guess that the founding fathers felt the same excitement that we do. Why is society aroused to action now? Because the first more perfect union experiment proliferated by the founders has failed. American society is fragmented, and we as Americans all share in the responsibility for this. Fragmentation is a means to an end. People like you and I are endowed by our creator or Higher Self with free will. And with our free will, we choose our ethical and moral philosophy. This is called our “moral compass, ” and this compass points us to a direction that leads to a Higher Good.

The more perfect union experiment must now be upgraded to reflect the culture and attitudes of the 21st century. Part two of this experiment is what we as a society are on the verge of creating. Ways of life, belief systems, and political philosophies have nothing in common with the vision of the founding fathers. Money is power and the US Constitution has turned into a get out of jail free card for the one percent. America is now a plutocracy, and our elected officials scramble to enact laws that benefit the wealthy. That is capitalism betrayed. Capitalist systems cater to the rich while breaking the backs of the poor. Capitalism is an experiment in greed under the guise of democracy.

Thank you.

The American People.

 

The Lord’s Prayer

 

Our Divine Creator, who fashioned and resides in the Universal Consciousness, Thy name is revered.

Bestow upon us the divine flow of creativity, love, and oneness that we need for survival on this earthly realm.

May Thy will coalesce with mine, and restore my wholeness, as You and I are One.

Give us daily sustenance by blessing us with what we need to live an abundant life on this planet.

Forgive us our inability to stay connected to YOU, the IAM and Source of Life.

Bestow upon us the patience and tolerance that we need as we encounter others, on a daily basis, who are not connected to You, the Universal Source of Love.

May you give us the strength to realign with You, The Great Source of Divine Light, while we wait in joyful hope for humanity’s restoration to Universal Oneness.

Amen

Editor’s response to the Trayvon Martin verdict

I feel that I have been through a whirlwind of emotions with the Trayvon Martin case, like a wild roller coaster ride that never ends…until today. Today the roller coaster ride ends for me. I have passed through the emotional responses to the verdict from shock, to disbelief, to righteous anger, to now a pensive state. This pensive state has made me question what lesson that we, as a society can learn from the case. We all know the details and the outcome; the pundits on the cable news networks are having a field day.

I have decided to not listen to them. I have decided to go within myself and examine why this verdict has affected not only me, but the world consciousness at large. There must be a lesson in all of this. The struggle that I am having is trying to figure out exactly what that lesson is. Could the lesson be that we, as Americans, have an African American President, yet race relations are no better than in the 1960s? Has anything really changed since Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. made his “I Have a Dream” speech? How can this be? What possible lesson can society learn from the death of a young black man who was murdered in cold blood while his killer gets off scott free? This, my friends, is the question that we must ask ourselves both individually and collectively.

We cannot get to the point of asking the “why” until we get beyond the anger. But how do we get beyond the anger? Does anyone know? No one wants to simply resign themselves to the verdict, and that is understandable because the verdict was unjust. We must, however, take a deep look at ourselves introspectively as human beings on the individual level, and as members of humanity as a whole. Those of us who seek world peace are struggling today to try to maintain our balance. We want justice, yet justice has been denied. Is this denial of justice part of the bigger plan to raise the mass consciousness of society to do something about the injustice that people all over the world must face on a daily basis? But what can we do to get past the anger and concentrate on raising consciousness? I do not have an answer for that now, perhaps the wound is too deep, and the tragedy is too close to home, both socially and psychologically.

Forgiveness appears to be the only answer. But who do we forgive? Is it Zimmerman? Is it the biased jury? Is it the complete breakdown of the American Justice System? Social activists would say that we need to “fix” the American Criminal Justice System, and would go on to cite all the many indignities that people have suffered because of it, Trayvon and his family included. They might advocate for the overturning of the “Stand Your Ground Law,” or push to reform gun control legislation. Well, Congress had the opportunity to reform gun control, but ignored American public opinion. So reforming the laws doesn’t seem to be the answer. I am not saying that activists of all sorts are not valuable in changing the way in which a society is run, however, at this point…how many people need to be murdered until the lawmakers get it.

We know that unless there is a shift from Republicans to Democrats in the House, nothing is going to change. All the activists can do is get out the vote the next election. This is not meant to be a political commentary, rather it is a commentary on where we are collectively, as human and sentient beings in the big picture, and that is mass consciousness. This is what we must truly examine, and dig deep within ourselves to find compassion for all of those involved in this case. It is a difficult task, but not an overwhelming one. This nation has made it through the OJ trial after all. Yes. The whole issue of race relations came out in that verdict too. But we, as a collective, got through it. Let us try to get through this in a way that will give solace to the many victims, including the friends and family of Trayvon, and all of us who grieve for him. We must do this to save ourselves and to move forward into a new, higher way of being human.

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