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Date: July 26, 2019

Actually – and Coincidentally – It’s All About Fascism



Yes, I do see the ‘screamer’ headline “Cops Prepare For New Watts Riot”. But that’s only the bouncing ball that’s caught your eye. It’s the lyrics that count… and they’re written down under that second and smaller headline, the one that tops the article by Art Kunkin. It’s not just some song, it’s a major clanger – all about the opening bell in a fight against the insidious growth of fascism.
For, just like now, it suddenly became apparent that fascism – here in America – wasn’t a passing fancy, an isolated incident, nor a movement without a leader.  In fact, it was everywhere you looked – the result of small seeds planted, nurtured, and now blooming in the very movements that should, instead, lead us to a greater and more beneficial society.
To be certain that you did not miss their corruption, his loud and urgent announcement leads to the following 2 articles, both of which are examples of where fascism has gained a foothold.  Most importantly, though, he is saying that while the identity of The Leadership of this all-important and truly revolutionary counter-movement may be a surprise to you – DO NOT DOUBT IT.

Instead, use his references – or those as easily obtainable in this new day and age – to understand from whence that leadership developed – and recognize that, historically, most revolutionaries seem to appear from nowhere.  But in retrospect, as is here also the case, they were – were – there, perhaps as bothersome or seemingly un-necessarily concerned individuals.  And, too, the skills they had demonstrated, those very same skills that had earned our ire, we newly see as necessary – perhaps more perfect than any others – to rectify the very situation in which we suddenly find ourselves.

How true is this, that revolutionaries rise in our midst, seemingly known but then suddenly revealed? On this Throwback Thursday to our publication of the LA FP exactly 50 years ago, the veracity of that reality was confirmed with the revelation (via the next articles from that Issue) that  it might very well be that “The Black Panthers will be our Saviors”.   What a surprise that was to a bunch of white folks!  50 long years ago.  Were they ready for it?  Could they, would they, follow the leaders that voiced the truth that had to be heard?

As you consider those questions in your read of our past pages, I’ll add in to the mix our usual reminder that it is absolutely remarkable that those times and these times often seem to be on the very same track… and ask, too, if you’ve yet noticed 4 ladies of color?
(Finally, a Spoiler Alert:  Way down at the bottom, as the mainstream news is distracting you once again (in yet another remarkable coincidence) with it’s outta this world feature story, we’ve added in a 5th re-printed page; our original Readers’ take on that moon landing now again in the news.  Then, too, perhaps the best-ever job application 🙂

Read these – Page 1 above, Pages 2, 3, 4  below on the presence of Fascism in 1969, and how it might -Then and Now – be brought to a halt.  Page 6 is on that now-fabled moon landing, but back then it was a de-rided effort (the page includes that here’s-how-to-get-a job app).  And what of the missing Page 5?  It’s a full-page proposal for Timothy Leary’s Third Party.  If you would like to see it – OR ANY OTHER Page (fer Free!) – go to the Home Page on this site, and pop-in an ARCHIVE Request for that Page!



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On 07-25-19 Today’s Rant is: It’s The “Ho! Ho! Ho! I’m 14 Years Old and I can do Whatever I Want” Clause


I’m going to let you in one a little secret. Constitutional analysis is not as difficult as it may seem. Yes, it is not for the weak of mind or spirit, and it does require a working knowledge of history, law, government and civics. The trick is being able to put the pieces back together again. They are all there. The question is not what, but where.

Take for example the recent statement our President gave regarding the Constitution.

“Article II gives me the right to do whatever I want.”

Is it possible that is a correct statement of Constitutional Law? It could be. But it’s not. Why? Let’s break it down and find out. I offer the following step-by-step outline as a guide. Use topically and as often as necessary.

· There (Black Letter Law)
· Not There
· What Is There?
· 4 Corner Context
· Legislative Intent
· Historical Context
· US Supreme Court Case Law (if necessary)

Step 1: We need to look for what is there. We call this “Black Letter Law” analysis – do the actual words themselves appear in the Constitution and are they open to any alternative meaning except those conveyed by the words common meaning and perhaps augmented by a pinch of context? Now this may sound a bit cheeky, but is there within the four corners of the Constitution an “Article II gives me the right to do whatever I want clause? In the plain, black letters of the law? Step II: The answer is no. This does not mean the statement is patently indefensible, but it’s not a good sign.

Step III: Article II of the Constitution deals with the Executive Branch. The branch tasked with first and foremost the black letter mandate (Article II Section 3);

“he shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed,”

https://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution/articleii

“He” is the President. So, according to Article II, Step IV: what exactly, within the “four corners” does the President do? For purposes of clarity and legislative intent, let’s split those parts of Article II devoted to the president into two parts, domestic and foreign. Next, we can further investigate Article II, Sections 2 & 3, and divide the identified not so much powers, but more accurately described as duties and obligations into two columns:

*Domestic ………………………………………………………………………….Foreign
*Commander in Chief ……………………………………………………..Make Treaties
*Grant Reprieves and Pardons……………………………………….Appoint Ambassadors
*Appoint Superior and Inferior Officers……………………….Receive Ambassadors
*Recess Appointments…………………………………………….and other public ministers
*Inform Congress of the State of the Union
*Convene Congress in Times of Emergency

https://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution/articleii

Step V: Unlike the Congressional powers enumerated in Article I, Article II was intentionally written in broad strokes to give the President flexibility in dealing with crises and emergency situations where quick response times can be the difference between life and death. Therefore, most of the Presidential powers are not evident from a cursory reading of the Constitution, yet the president must follow the Constitution and takes an oath to do so (Article II Section 1).

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

https://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution/preamble

Further guidance can be found by breaking down the Constitution’s Preamble:

· Form a more perfect Union
· Establish Justice
· Ensure domestic Tranquility
· Provide for the common defence
· Promote the general Welfare
· Secure the Blessings of Liberty

https://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution/preamble

Step VI: Say you are Lincoln and you are faced with the southern states wishing to succeed from the Union. The Constitution itself is silent on the concept. The Constitution does however task the President with perfecting a more perfect Union, ensuring domestic tranquility and promoting the general welfare. How could any of these Constitutional mandates s/he is sworn to uphold be accomplished by allowing the south to succeed? None, thought Lincoln and so he went over to Congress, asked them to declare war making him commander in chief. And so, we went to war. That’s how the Constitution works, Charlie Brown.

Oh, as for that ridiculous 14-year-old sexually active potty mouthed brat on Jerry Springer assertion Trump spewed out about presidential powers, is it true? Of course not.