20120627

Patricians and Corporatism

The vast political fissure that threatens the very soul of the American Experiment, widened a bit with the reaffirmation of Scott Walker's governorship through the unsuccessful recall. Now I personally believe that Tom Barrett is an honorable man but I think his soft demeanor and non-confrontational style were overwhelmed by the ideological enthusiasm of Walker's adherents.  I honestly think in terms of Neville Chamberlain at Munich with bratwurst and beer served at the Governor's Mansion to the tune of "Peace in our time." Then perhaps this argument is just an inevitable ignoratio elenchi via reductio ad hitlerum  ... Yes this is a mea culpa to Godwin's Law.
The most disastrous of United States Supreme Court decisions are arguableScott v. Sandford, Pleassy v. Phergusson, and Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. Each of these decisions diminished civil liberties and place property property owners's rights before civil liberties. The last, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, has opened the floodgates to the wholesale purchase of the political system by corporate interests; interests primarily controlled by Americas's patrician class. This new crack in the foundation of the American Republic contributed to the massive shift toward neoconservatism in the 2010 midterm, as corporate dollars where used to carpet bomb the airwave with right leaning political advertisements.




The recall election of Scott Walker drove home the power of these special interest. Any television or radio show that in any way touched upon politics was sandwiched between virolent attack ads promulgated by both major political parties. Scott Walker's budget repair bill was a special interest smorgasbord. The repair bill not only paid off contributors, but gutted many of Wisconsin's progressive reforms dating from the first half of the Twentieth Century. The net result was to move regulatory and administrative control of business and environmental regulations out of the hands of professionals and into the hands of the Governor's cronies. This makes fundraising easier for the Governor as the relationship between contributors and payback pork is not interrupted by those pesky privileged academics and nonpartisan civil servants.


Both Republican and democrats share the blame for current conditions. Both your liberties and the very soul of the American Republic is a stake. I don't think we can wait for a turnover in the current USSC or Democratic largess to roll back the laws the ensure corporate domination of politics.
Perhaps it is time for a new movement or a new party? Perhaps it is time to become a pirate.





20110401

The "Right" to Unions and Collective Bargining

First of all a number of founding documents of the European Union and the Canadian Constitution recognize both the right to establish unions and the right to collective bargaining. What other civilized nations think and do when they express moral values superior to our own, establishes the inferiority of our values. The United States' history regarding the civil rights of non-whites, underscores that just because we do not now see a right as a part of the law, does not make our action morally correct nor our morality superior.

In terms of domestic law, Congress has sighed on to some of the international agreements regarding labor rights, and as such these have, all be it limited, legal standing. 

http://law.onecle.com/constitution/article-2/25-domestic-obligations-of-executive-agreements.html

On 19 June 1934, the US Congress passed a joint resolution authorizing
the President to join ILO. On 20 August 1934, the US government and took
its seat at the ILO.

A number of ratified treaties may lend wight to the argument that the
right to collective bargaining is an international convention.

http://www.law.uiuc.edu/publications/cllpj/archive/vol_25/issue_2/MartinArticle25-2.pdf

International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights

Signed by The United States 5 Oct  1977
Ratified by The United States 8 Jun  1992

"Article 22

1. Everyone shall have the right to freedom of association with others,
including the right to form and join trade unions for the protection of
his interests.

2. No restrictions may be placed on the exercise of this right other
than those which are prescribed by law and which are necessary in a
democratic society in the interests of national security or public
safety, public order (ordre public), the protection of public health or
morals or the protection of the rights and freedoms of others. This
article shall not prevent the imposition of lawful restrictions on
members of the armed forces and of the police in their exercise of this
right.

3. Nothing in this article shall authorize States Parties to the
International Labour Organisation Convention of 1948 concerning Freedom
of Association and Protection of the Right to Organize to take
legislative measures which would prejudice, or to apply the law in such
a manner as to prejudice, the guarantees provided for in that Convention."

US reservation are here:

http://www1.umn.edu/humanrts/usdocs/civilres.html

People who make profit through exploitation, always find a way to rationalize their injustice.

20110306

Do Not Bargin You Rights Away

The suppression of rights is tyranny. The stability of democracy is in its capacity to give voice to aspirations of the people. If the voices are in conflict, then open debate and reasonable compromise is in order. Politics *is* the art of compromise.

What is happening in Madison Wisconsin is symptomatic of tyrannical usurpation of power, not an effort to resolve the structural financial problems of a state. The structural financial problems can be resolved without specialized tax codes written by the business magnet contributors to the governor's campaign coffer. The structural financial problems can be resolved without usurping the rights of workers. The whole apparatus of the state government is being pivoted in support of a radical business magnet agenda, funneling power and money into the hands of a corporate oligarchy.

The agenda cripples the power of people to build new businesses and ossified the existing corporate oligarchy. Our future is in public education and a strong public university system. Our future in attracting the talented people of the world to come here. Our future is in building infrastructure that provides open markets, in power production and information systems. Our future is in a strong investment in transportation infrastructure that can aide Wisconsin in riding out the inevitable spikes in gasoline and diesel oil prices.

We spend too much money on prisons, highways, and tax breaks for large corporations.

Certainly we can and must squeeze more efficiency out of government, but this is best done by an educated and empowered work force. Our most efficient and productive domestic industries empower workers at the lowest levels and flatten bureaucratic hierarchies.  We must apply the state of the art methodology of modern management to the business of government.

20110223

Unions are a human right.

Forward is the motto emblazoned on the Wisconsin flag. America and Wisconsin share the belief that *we* are a light to the world, the *we* hold the torch of liberty high, the *we* stride before the huddled masses, *forward* into a future that assures justice, *forward* into a world of limitless opportunity. It is the America that believes in that commitment to *forward* progress that I write this for.

Eleanor Roosevelt, the widow of President Franklin D. Roosevelt was appointed as a delegate to the United Nations by President Harry S Truman. On December 10, 1948 she presented to the world, a gift of liberty drafted from the poetic heart of the America dedicated to *forward* progress; the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In her address to the UN General Assembly introducing the declaration she said: "We stand today at the threshold of a great event both in the life of the United Nations and in the life of mankind. This declaration may well become the international Magna Carta for all men everywhere. We hope its proclamation by the General Assembly will be an event comparable to the proclamation in 1789, the adoption of the Bill of Rights by the people of the US, and the adoption of comparable declarations at different times in other countries."

Article 23 of Universal Declaration of Human Rights guarantees to everyone, "the right to form and to join trade unions for the protection of his interests."

The European Union also incorporates as a fundaments human right, the right to unionize and the right to collective bargaining. Collective bargaining is recognized as a human right in Article 28 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union of December 2000 and in Article 12 of the Community Charter of the Fundamental Social Rights of Workers of 1989, as well as the 1961 European Social Charter of the Council of Europe (Article 6). Modern Europe bears the imprint of the American commitment to *forward* progress in these documents.

America's commitment to *forward* progress is what differentiated us in the eyes of liberty loving peoples everywhere, making us a superior choice to monarchial imperialist in the 19th century and totalitarian communism and fascism in the 20th century. The lack of malice shown toward us by the liberty loving youth on the arab streets, owes much to an admiration for American's commitment to *forward* progress.

In Madison Wisconsin we now face a choice. Do we maintain America's commitment to *forward* progress, or do we not? Do we stand for the fundamental and globally recognized rights of working people, or not?

Shall we passively watch as Scott Walker leads Wisconsin back to a new Gilded Age, or shall we resist?

20110222

21st Century Revision of Wisconsin Corruption Cartoon

Note from editor: Please revise the following political cartoon.

Replace Rail-Road President with Koch Brothers.

Put two "pet dogs" next to Rail-Road President/Koch Brothers.

Label pet dogs "Cato Institute" and "Americans for Prosperity."

Give the "Americans for Prosperity" pet a small monkey on a chain labeled "Tea Party."

Raise the amounts to reflect real campaign contributions.

20110216

The demise of government by the people.

Wisconsin's suicidal drive to consolidate the rule of the corporate oligarchy has moved forward under the command and control the the lumpenproletariat leader, Governor and Principate, Scott Walker. Any act which furthers the decline of workers rights, eliminates the cumbersome instruments of democracy, or moves our economy into dependency on monopolies, trusts, cartels, or oligopolies, is OK with Scott.

Any ecological concern about the transformation of the global environment by carbon emissions, make no difference this rainy Wisconsin day in February. As any youthful Tea Party young pioneer knows, the scientists at the Cato Institute (funded through the magnificent benevolence of the Koch Brothers and Exxon) have disproven the negative effects of anthropomorphic induced climate change, discredited renewable energy, and shown the economic futility of any form of publicly funded mass transit.

The future prosperity of the American nation, or at least its oligarchy, will be guaranteed as long as the lumpenproletariat are properly assuaged through bread and circuses, or the modern Wisconsin equivalent, junk food and packer games.  (GO PACK)

Please ignore the industrialist behind the campaign finance curtain, we are simply returning to the form of government  that existed before the liberal pinko progressives and socialist reined in the free market capitalism epitomized by Byron Kilbourn and closed down the brothels on Milwaukee's Water Street.

Two-hundred and fifty thousand low pay and exploitive jobs, he will make! His industrial sponsors shall be allowed to fully consume our natural resources, pollute our air, and enslave future generation to fossile fuel dependency! He is more brilliant than any economist, offering a vision of a state virtually free of unemployment!  I salute the intellectual prowess of our collage dropout and state potentate! All glory to the New Gilded Age! Eradicate those pesky unions! Use the National Guard to stop the socialist labor activistsGerrymander to make eternal GOP domination! Establish for a thousand years the best government that the oligarchy can buy!