USA: domestic politics
To the outside world, the United States pretends to be a model of democracy. But that is not the case. Fiercely opposed to the notion of "popular sovereignty", the Founding Fathers contrived an ingenious system whereby the people are regularly consulted only to legitimize institutions that deposit power with the oligarchy. Domestically, this system thrives thanks to a series of legal barriers that preclude the emergence of other alternatives and, if need be, through fraud including the use of unverifiable electronic voting machines. Externally, propaganda has served to obscure the incongruity of the institutions. The latter, for instance, prescribe that the president should be elected by a college appointed by State Governors (and not by national popular count, as illustrated by the Supreme Court in 2000 when it overruled the Florida people vote). Nor are we dealing with a republican system of government since it discards the concept of "general interest" as being totalitarian, favouring instead the preponderance of the lobby coalition. A philosophy that has led to the institutionalization of pressure groups, going so far as to legalize and systematize corruption practices in Congress.
Outside the limits of the twin Democratic and Republican parties, a protest movement has been brewing for some time. It picked up considerable momentum during the two presidencies of George W. Bush, whose swaggering style brought to the fore the police control over the population and the rising social injustices. While such opposition had formerly been labeled as "un-american", it acquired legitimacy by highlighting the violations of U.S. ideals at the hands of the U.S. Government itself, ranging from its colonial adventures to its torture policies. As a result of President Obama’s charm offensive, internal opposition was again relegated to the sidelines, despite not having obtained a response to any of their major challenges. In the midst of the economic crisis, deep social fissures dating back to the Secession War have started to reappear. They take the form of a tax revolt, a populist anti-Wall Street movement, or emerge under the guise of separatist tendencies and, last but not least, ethnic hostility. The potential of the United States to either reform or dislocate hinges on these contradictory movements and the balance of power they will generate.
By Marisol Bello
A small but growing number of cash-strapped communities are printing their own money.
Borrowing from a Depression-era idea, they are aiming to help consumers make ends meet and support struggling local businesses.
The systems generally work like this: Businesses and individuals form a network to print currency. Shoppers buy it at a discount — say, 95 cents for $1 value — and spend the full value at stores that accept the currency.
Ed Collom, a University of Southern Maine (...)
The US Army War College is on the case, ready to handle "unforeseen economic collapse" and the "rapid dissolution of public order in all or significant parts of the US." According to the Washington Post of 1 December 2008, the U.S. military expects to have 20,000 uniformed troops inside the United States by 2011 trained to help state and local officials respond to a nuclear terrorist attack or other domestic catastrophe, according to Pentagon officials.
A new report from the U.S. Army War (...)
For nearly 12 years, staff sergeant Jimmy Massey was a hard-hearted US marine. He arrived in Iraq in March 2003 as part of US invasion troops with 45 men under his command; they did not hesitate at killing innocent civilians. Massey attended the most recent Caracas Book Fair, where he presented his book «Cowboys of Hell,» a crude testimony about the genocide being committed every day by the United States against the Iraqi people. The ex-marine gave an interview to Cuban journalist Rosa Mirian Elizalde.
The immigration demonstrations held across the country not only marked an historic mobilization of one of the nation’s most silenced sectors. They also turned the tide on a national debate that threatened the basic values and cohesion of U.S. communities. Millions of people poured into the streets last week and their cries of protest went beyond whether or not to enact a certain piece of legislation. The fundamental demand of the marchers was for recognition within the country they call home.
Tel-Aviv and Washington are linked in the Middle East. That’s a fact. But the importance of this link in Washington’s colonial politics is being debated in the anti-imperialist movment. For the US Jewish, anti-Zionist journalist Jeffrey Blankfort, Israeli influence is central to US policy and the anti-war movement has failed because of their inability to understand the importance of this lobby. Having developed a radical approach to this question, going so far as to deny the energy factor in the war in Iraq, Mr. Blankfort nonetheless opens interesting paths on Zionist influence in the United States. We reproduce an interview he gave to journalist Silvia Cattori.
After describing the absolute power claimed by George W. Bush, both in the US and in the world, Al Gore stigmatizes the constitutional philosophy which new Supreme Court members intend to impose with the aim of putting the US President above the law. Gore also denounces the collapse of the US Congress as corruption spreads within it. The three powers mingled into a single one in front of us and give way to a tyranny which can also be faced by people’s reaction. Today we publish the second and final part of the speech given by former US Vice-president Al Gore on January 16, 2006, during a meeting organized by the American Constitution Society and Liberty Coalition.
The following is part one of the speech given by Albert Gore on January 16, 2006 at the invitation of the American Constitution Society and the Liberty Coalition. In a rigorous manner, the former US Vice-president draws his fellow citizens’ attention on the establishment of an unprecedented absolute power, a sort of dictatorship without borders set up by the Bush administration. Gore denounces both the attempts against US constitutional principles and the lack of reaction in the face of such violations.
Within the very exclusive and puritan Yale University, every year 15 children of very wealthy families are co-opted. They are members of a secret association of ghoulish rites: Skulls and Bones. Throughout their lives, they support and assist each other in view of the democratic flightiness of the masses they detest. The last two candidates for president of the United States, George W. Bush and John Kerry, were, as opposite to enemies, among the 800 initiated and have secretly known each other for thirty years. Alexandra Robbins has investigated the Boners in a book that’s now authority on the subject. On the occasion of its publication in French language in the Voltaire library, we republish this article on the subject.
On September 20, 2005, when the former president of the United States Jimmy Carter spoke at the University of Washington, he stated, while answering a question made by a student, that he felt that Albert Gore had won the votes of presidential elections of the year 2000 at the federal level as well as in the state of Florida. Carter referred to the wrong functioning of institutions and the partisan decision of the Supreme Court.
This comment was made almost five years after the events. (...)
Former President Herbert Hoover created, within the Stanford University, an institution bearing his name, a gigantic library dealing on the wars waged during the 20th Century and on the communist regimes. This university institution, with financing from large companies and staffed by some followers of the Republican Party, wishes to place scientific research at the service of the defense of the “American system”. After organizing the training of Republican parliamentarians, the best professors of the Hoover Institution and the senior Stanford University, Condoleezza Rice for example, created the group “Vulcan” and trained George W. Bush.
Democratic National Convention
27 July 2004
Thank you so much. Thank you so much. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you so much. Thank you so much. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you, Dick Durbin. You make us all proud.
On behalf of the great state of Illinois, crossroads of a nation, Land of Lincoln, let me express my deepest gratitude for the privilege of addressing this convention.
Tonight is a particular honor for me because — let’s face it — my presence on (...)
Here’s the speech made on june 24, 2004, by Albert Gore at the Georgetown Law University. The former vice-president of the United States presents an analysis of George Bush and Dick Cheney’s destruction of the Revolution’s ideals. He denounces cesarism, that is to say the confusion of position between commander in chief and chief of the executive, which disrupts the Republic. He blames the awkwardness of the press, which allows lies to become the official rhetoric and destroys debate, which is the very basis of Democracy.
The Brookings Institution is generally presented as Democrats’ main think tank (a usually political center of research, propaganda and spreading of ideas), though it is mainly a representative entity of moderate elites which favors a limited economic regulation opposed to the American Enterprise Institute’s libertarian patters. Today, it is very active in foreign policy and, as well as neoconservatives, it suggests the use of force but for humanitarian reasons and as a duty and not based on a democratic evangelism or a biased enthusiasm. Half of its researchers were former members of the National Security Council or the White House.
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