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by Kathleen McCarthykm@rcreader.com
you still believe that the current 111thCongress is representative o the Americanpeople, then you exist in stubborn denial,likely as a victim o the most deliberately dumbed-down mainstream media in U.S.history. But you skate on that excuse only soar. Aer a while, when every instinct in yourcivic being tells you something is dreadully wrong with what is passing or news eachday – makes no dierence whether via thenetworks (ABC, NBC, or CBS) or cable news(CNN, MSNBC, or Fox) – it’s time to trustyoursel and seek alternative news sources.All mainstream news is designed to keep youblaming the “other party,” living in ear, andtaking no personal responsibility.I you are gullible enough to believe theyellow journalism that passes or newsanymore, then you really have no one toblame but yoursel, especially or ignoringwhat your instincts are correctly trying totell you – that the mainstream media isbasically the public-relations agency or thegovcorp (the unholy alliance o internationalmega-corporations composed o energy,ood, nance, communications, insurance,and pharmaceuticals; elected ocials;banksters; government bureaucrats; unionbosses; large not-or-prot oundations;Democratic/Republican party leadership; andthe cabal o lawyers loyal to the bar beore theU.S. Constitution) that is seizing America’sresources, and with it, our liberty.In the last 18 months, we have seentreacherous legislation passed by legislators onboth sides o the aisle, all o whom blatantly dey the American people. Tis legislativearrogance suggests a sense o impunity on thepart o every incumbent. In act, throughoutthe last decade, they have drawn so many lines in the sand that voters have stepped over,I’m inclined to think they are right. What havethe consequences been or any o them?Many o these elected criminals have beenreelected time and time again, even aerperpetrating the most damaging legislation inthe shortest period o time since FDR. Whatdoes that suggest to you? I I were one o thosecriminals, I would absolutely believe I had theconsent o the governed i voters repeatedly reelected me aer I’d done my worst to them.At a minimum, I could justiy every actionwith that tacit endorsement.In the end, we have only ourselves toblame or our circumstances. We are nothelpless. We are simply lazy, and seriously under-inormed as a result. oo many o usare unwilling to take the time necessary toget inormed so that we might participatein a meaningul way. We are pathetic in ourcivic lethargy, growing ever more complacentwhile we convince ourselves that thereis nothing we could do anyway. For this,history will remember us as the worst kind o citizenry because it will be on our watch thatthe greatest experiment in governance o asociety based on individual rights guaranteedthrough equality and the rule o law wasallowed to ail!A recent report by Bloomberg’s MichaelSmith (RCReader.com/y/bloomberg)exposed Wachovia (now Wells Fargo), Bank o America, Western Union, and AmericanExpress or laundering approximately hal a trillion dollars in drug money between1992 and 2007. When asked to explain,representatives promised that they are doingbetter in this area. Wachovia, by ar the largestoender (and under Wells Fargo ownershipas o 2008), has invested an additional $42million in its anti-laundering program, barely more than a hundredth o 1 percent o the$378 billion Wachovia laundered rom 2004through 2007.Even though these companies werecaught outright, laws in place protect themrom prosecution, including the policy o too-big-to-ail. In truth, no big bank hasever been indicted or money-launderingcrimes. Instead o indictments or violatinglaws such as the 1970 Bank Secrecy Act,these organizations participate in “deerred-prosecution agreements,” which amount tones and a promise not to do it again. WellsFargo’s deerred-prosecution agreement onbehal o its new acquisition Wachovia paid$160 million in nes (less than 2 percent o its$12.9-billion prot or 2009), and i it keeps itspromise, all charges will be dropped in 2011.We watch ecklessly as corruption rulesour land, our nancial institutions, our lawenorcers including lawmakers, and thecourts. Meanwhile, we have prisons ull o nonviolent oenders who bought or soldsome minuscule amount o marijuana,while these monumentally larger crimes gounanswered or. In act, taxpayers ultimately subsidize such operations, including wars inplaces such as Aghanistan, where the realstakes are the poppy elds.But as long as our individual lives gomerrily along, we do nothing. Exceptcomplain ... incessantly. Tere are no strongenough words or the shame we bring onourselves or the state o our Union. Te days
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