Conservative Abuse of Power

" ...by manipulation of voters"

By Joe the Voter

The modern political conservative movement is not really about people. It is about wealth and power for a few.

Citizens and their votes are a vehicle to be driven toward the final destination. If the conservative movement arrives and has consolidated power by making any opposition powerless, the people that had been manipulated into helping will be abandon...no longer of use, their own freedoms in peril going forward.

The tools used to achieve this power grab include many things but the most visible remain a well regulated conservative media and the (Russian infiltrated) NRA and its lesser cousins. They rely on total obedience from their followers. This demand for blindly obeying extends to republican’s in elected office who have been placed there by wealthy donors to do their bidding.

Certain traits of their followers have made them easy marks for this manipulation, chief among them are bigotry hatred and lack of knowledge. You won't find a liberal hate group. You won't find a KKK leader praising a liberal or any progressive who would reject such praise. Many on the right will bow down to hate groups and thank them for their support for the oppression of fellow citizens.

The rally cry on the right is often masked in terms like liberty, freedom or patriotism but that is a petty, disgusting assertion that if you are liberal you reject patriotism, freedom or liberty. The fact is that liberty and freedom are exactly what the progressive movement is all about. Those nations who's citizens enjoy the most freedom are also the most liberal. As you move toward more conservative governments you also move toward fewer freedoms. This is a fact you can study yourself, not a myth.

Conservatives have a dim view of liberty or freedom if the rights everyone is entitled to are extended to any group of Americans they do not agree with. Conservatives are fine with limiting or removing liberty and freedom from anyone outside their circle of "approved" Americans. This is not freedom and surely not democratic, this is very much opposed to individual liberty.

Many on both sides proclaim "I may not agree with what you say but I will defend to the death your right to say it." We have cemeteries full of brave Americans who gave their lives to protect that assertion. Somehow the import of this saying is often lost on the right.

An example is the outrage often expressed by the right over LGBT rights. Those Americans are afforded the same constitutional liberties as anyone else but nothing suggests that anyone who is not gay or lesbian is some how required to marry a same sex partner. Yet many conservatives would deny certain citizens the same constitutional rights they themselves enjoy simply because they don't approve.

We are a secular nation, not a Christian one. We have many Christians who believe government should be obligated to defend their particular beliefs despite a constitutional provision prohibiting that. This does not reflect the attitudes of a true patriot, rather the attitude of an authoritarian. You can be a Christian...I don’t have to. Being progressive respects that. Being conservative often does not.

Some would punish others for exercising their right to protest if they are liberal but see no problem with a conservative protesting.

Only those on the right wish to make voting harder for the poor and minorities. Last I looked the right to vote is guaranteed to all citizens regardless of race, religion or social status. They call it protection against virtually non-existing voter fraud.

A real patriot will declare that rights apply equally to those we do not agree with understanding that supporting someone else lifestyle does not compel us to accept that as our own. The very cornerstone of being progressive is being inclusive. Of not hating and not discriminating against another citizens for their exercise of the exact same rights we exercise. In my opinion, if I may have one, if YOU have a right under the constitution, so does every other citizen without their being under any obligation to be like you.

Bigotry based on sexual orientation, skin color, religion, or anything else that makes one citizen different from another is not justified or moral if you are really a patriotic American.

It is fine to disagree. It is not fine to deny any fellow citizen their equal right to disagree with you, or to put forth laws, rules or regulation to make your policy compulsory on others.

This is how freedom dies and powerful forces step in to undermine everyone's freedoms including yours.

Today those forces are aligned with conservative politics which are quite happy to manipulate using fear and hate to achieve their goals. YOU don't matter as long as you vote the "right" way.

And yes...I’m a liberal and I believe everyone here is an American, potentially a patriot and we have but one constitution and it applies equally to every one of us including people we disagree with or don’t like for what ever reason.

If you don’t like someone else...that’s your problem.

 

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Democracy under attack...and it's an inside job.

 

The most recent debacle (Helsinki) has the most potential to create a national security emergency.  That this is the case, is in no dispute by anyone other than Trump himself.

How can we trust our own president to protect our nation when the crisis we face was his deliberate doing?  Putin's wish list is being filled by the day by Trump, encouraged by a GOP led congress many of whom seem willing to go along for reasons unrelated to America's best interest.

Might Putin actually succeed in dismantling our democracy from the inside using our own system by the artful infiltration of every level of our government?  What did the two hatch up in their secret meeting and why was it so secret in the first place unless you each had something to hide from your own citizens?

Trump and Putin are quite happy to see that this will, so far, be accepted by an emasculated GOP. At what point does this become irreversible?  When we finally have a one party system like Russia? When the only people with any power are our own set of oligarchs?  When we find ourselves with only our own version of Pravda (Fox?) to spread propaganda, other news blacked out by a complicit FCC chair? When our elections system is so rigged against the people that voting is a mere formality to rubber stamp a predetermined outcome?


The next question, how can we trust Congress to step in to protect us when a large number of it's members have their collective heads in the sand?  Will it come out in questioning Marina Butina, that a list of GOP lawmakers was compromised through the back door use of the NRA? Perhaps the prosecutors already have this list.

Given lawmaker's oaths to protect American from foreign adversaries how could even one true American in public office, regardless of political affiliation, think it okay to halt to an investigation to discover facts related to foreign meddling, not just in elections but also in other matters of diplomacy and foreign relations?  What is it they desperately want to hide from the American people?

We have three branches of government to protect our nation.  Two of those are already compromised and the third, the Supreme Court, is about to be stacked by the very people aiding and abetting both a cover up and possible treason by our own president. When this administration is done will it finally be "game over" for democracy and freedom?

Our first and perhaps last chance to set this trend back is to remove enough GOP lawmakers next few election cycles to make their support of treason impotent.

Enter America's State Sponsored Media

We thought "only in Russia, or China, or North Korea" but now coming to a local TV or radio station near you, State Sponsored Media.

Well not exactly but it might as well be.  With one of Trump's former insiders providing right wing content and the station owners (who are not local) providing mandatory instructions to air certain right wing content, we know what the agenda is.

Again the Trump appointed FCC Chair is gearing up to remove any resistance to politically motivated content on small local networks nation wide.  Sinclair Media has sought to buy up Tribune Media's broadcasting networks.  Under current rules no single company is permitted to own more than xx% of the media outlets in the US. 

On the plus side both Democrats and Republicans seem to recognize the peril this represents to Democracy and some are talking in a bipartisan way about how to prevent this kind of media takeover from taking place. 

Let's hope they work quickly and thoroughly to patch the mess being made by an lobbyist for the industry sitting at the head of the FCC.

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March 7th.  Some updates:

Many questions remain. First on my mind is to ask, regarding the Mueller Investigation and certain members of Congress.  If you have nothing to hide, why would you want this to go away?

Sure you're lips are firmly affixed to Trumps posterior but really, is his ass sweater then the collective good of all of America or of the Democracy you swore to protect?

If an FBI investigates there is always some very good reason to do so.  Let them do their jobs and remember separation of powers.

One and only one question I would ask. If you have nothing to lose and nothing to hide why would you not want the truth to be known?

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Many of Trumps people have been fired or are defecting.  How much of this has to do with covering their own asses?  We've see some already plead guilty to criminal charges arrising from the investigation then "turn state's evidence" to cooperate in exchange for a deal.  Mueller is no fool. He's really after the big fish.  That may or may not be Trump himself, but then that's the very reason for the investigation. 

I predict, eventually Trump, Trump Jr, and Kushner will spend time in prison for something uncovered by this investigation. It could be fraud, money laundering with Russia, conspiracy to defraud the United States, perhaps even treason. Kushner may also be in deep-doo-doo in New York State & Maryland (so far) and Trump can't help (pardon) there. Right now the SEC is investigating Kushner.

People with nothing to hide have nothing to fear other than perhaps some discomfort and inconvenience at being questioned by Mueller and his grand jury. If someone is putting forth some positive effort to squelch the investigation, my thought is to add them to the list to investigate. They must have something they don't want known or they would not oppose the truth...what ever that truth may be. I assume these people fear the result for some reason.

Another fear may be haunting some who played both sides of the fence.  Assassinations.  The Kremlin is well known to kill those who cross Putin.

Watch for some being investigated to seek FBI witness protection in the future.

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Hillary Emails and Russian meddling:  As a thinking person would you believe the Putin's people would hack Hillary's or the Dem's emails but not also hack GOP and Trump emails?  Of course they did that!

Hillary's because Putin hates and fears her and wanted to help Trump win. Trump email hacks to collect compromat to be used to manipulate Trump if he won the election. Having already outed anything he could get on Hillary, which in the final analysis was basically nothing, he had nothing to use against her if she won.

Now that Trump is in the White House and has refused to implement sanctions for meddling and to pull back on Obama's sanctions related to Russian invasion in the Ukraine etc. One was to wonder if this is payback for the "help" or is Trump being blackmailed buy Putin? ( or both )

We saw how Putin made it clear to Trump he did not want Romney as Secretary of State ( who said Russia was our greatest threat )  but was quite pleased to have his old buddy Tillerson appointed to that position.  Tillerson is now dismantling the State Department, ( per Putin's request? )

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Trump Dossier download HERE PDF

The initial dossier was branded a hoax by the right ( of course ) and in the lease as unverified. But revelations of the Mueller investigation are starting to expose more and more of this report as factual information.  Steele, the author of this dossier, is no stranger to the FBI even before this report.  Steele was a member of Brittian's MI6 intelligence agency and their formost expert on Russian intellegence.  Steele had worked with the FBI on other occasions in the past. He was trusted and respected by his FBI contacts as were his source.

Steele is not a hack. The fact that he undertook this investigation for pay for the Democratic party in the runup to the 2016 elections is overshadowed by the fact that what Steele uncovered prompted him to contact the FBI about these allegations before ever making them known to his employer (Fusion Research) at the time.

Some current GOP members of congress are trying to discredit the FBI as biased toward Hillary in the election but I find this hard to swollow for a couple of reasons. Comey, then director, is a Republican appointed by Bush. Comey on two occasion held press briefings on his Hillary email investigations (something the FBI never does) which had a negative impact on her campaign. At the same time he knew of this dossier and the allegations against Trump...which he remained silent about.  If anything, Comey's actions favored Trump...for which he got fired.

Google will help you find current status of the investigation and what has and has not yet been verified re. the Steele-Trump Dossier.

 

 

Does all of this (tip of the iceberg ) send a chill down your spine?  It does mine.

 

Founding Father’s Blunder

Proposal by Paul Kruger / www.JoeTheVoter.org

 

Our founding father’s biggest blunder, not stipulating that corruption shall be unconstitutional. That offering a thing of value in exchange for political favoritism shall be unconstitutional. That accepting such shall be unconstitutional.

Washington’s farewell address is read aloud each year in the U.S. Senate, the honor alternating between Democrats and Republicans, to serve as a reminder of the obligations Washington imposed on his inheritors. It appears to be mere formality now, carrying little weight as they rush to appease special interests at the public’s expense.

Through it all, President Washington attempted to establish“a standard to which the wise and honest can repair.” The implication is that in Washington’s time, the thought that our leaders could so debase their office by accepting a thing of value in exchange for preferential treatment was unthinkable.

Our system is broken and corrupt and has filled both Federal and State governments with hacks, crooks and outright corruption. Even those with the best of intentions must tread water in the same swamp to keep heads above the slime that is today’s politics. The wealthy few have, for the most part, purchased the cooperation and loyalty of our leaders, now bent to their selfish will. This has all been legalized by our Courts and policies and financial free for all that is our elections process.

While one cannot legislate morals one can make immoral behavior illegal. Taking or receiving money or anything of value in exchange for political favoritism and access should be illegal. This is the stuff of which today's corruption is made.

Goals of Campaign Finance Reform

Finance of campaigns is expensive but would be far less so if both sides had to obey some rules designed for the public good. Some of these would likely require a Constitutional Amendment.

 

  • Donations to a political campaign shall be made by only individual residents of the candidates district.

  • No lobby or special interest shall be permitted to donate, sponsor, endorse or otherwise promote any political candidate.

  • A Federal public fund shall be established to which qualified candidates (having won their primary) shall be permitted apply for funds on an equitable basis.

  • No lie or slander shall be permitted as a part of any political campaign add or speech. ( With this amendment, the First Amendment shall not apply with respect to deliberate falsehoods as part of any political campaign.)

  • Every candidate shall, within 10 days of declaring candidacy, disclose all financial records for the three years prior to seeking public office. Candidate for US President shall disclose for previous 5 years.

  • Campaigns shall not extend for more than 60 days and shall cease not less than 5 days prior to the first day of election.

  • Corporations are not people with regard to any aspect of elections, campaign finance or the pursuit of political influence.

  • Congress shall pass legislation providing criminal and financial penalties for violations of this amendment.

 

Goals of Election Reforms

 

  • Universal suffrage, granted at birth, for all US Citizens, effective at age of 18 with no provisions for disenfranchisement except for crimes specifically related to voting, treason and impeachment from public office.

  • No separate voter registration shall be required. ( Being a citizen is presumed right to vote )

  • There shall be no declaration of political affiliation required.

  • No special identification shall be required, the possession of any government issued ID or document shall be accepted as proof of the right to vote in any election.

  • It shall be acceptable for official documents to declare a person to NOT be a citizen.

  • All persons currently disenfranchised shall have full voting rights restored on ratification.

  • All political districts shall be as compact and uniform as possible and shall not be drawn in a manner favorable to any political party.

  • All primary elections shall be open to any voter without regard to political affiliation.

  • All natural citizens not registered as of passage shall be considered eligible to vote in any election.

  • All natural citizens shall be provided with assistance in obtaining a valid government ID or documentation.

  • States shall bear the burden of proof upon any claim that a person is not a citizen.

  • Voting shall be open for no less than two weeks prior to official election day in any jurisdiction. This may be available by US mail, electronic or other means as may be devised with no less than four days of open physical polling places.

  • The Electoral College shall be abolished in favor of direct election of the President.

  • All jurisdictions shall maintain both electronic and paper records of all votes cast in any election for public office. Said records shall be retained for a period of not less than 10 years and shall be public record.

  • There shall be term limits placed on all federally elected offices not to exceed three consecutive terms for any office and not more than two consecutive terms for the office of President.

  • Any former Federal office holder, including President, having been absent for not less than two consecutive terms for Congress or one term for President, shall be permitted to seek the same or another office.

  • In the unlikely event of a tie vote, the deciding vote shall be determined by a random, non-partisan method to be devised by Congress overseen by the US Senate.

  • All legislation written to implement this amendment shall expire on each 10th anniversary thereafter and re-written and/or reauthorized in order to facilitate new advancements in technology as may relate to implementation.

  • Congress shall pass legislation providing criminal and financial penalties for violations of this amendment.

 

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