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Category: Tirade Tuesday

On 06-18-19 Today’s Rant Is: Three Asterisks and You’re Out!

[Ed.’s Note: There’s a Video Version of Today’s Rant! Link is on the very last line, scroll on down if you’d like to watch Mr. Drucker rant outloud.  Otherwise, here’s what he had to say…]

When I woke this morning, I wondered if, even in a small way, I felt as the Founding Fathers felt on the day they signed the Declaration of Independence. It was a feeling of freedom from tyranny.  Because today is the day that I, and We The People, all across this nation, in unity, are declaring our independence from King Donald J. Trump I aka Donald the Useless.

Today is the day we take back our democracy!  And our dignity. And yes, our Country. That’s right. Give me back my Country.

Today is a great day to be an American because it is our turn in history to demand and defend the democracy that is our birthright. Make no mistake we were freed once from the senseless madness of a King and soon we will be free again.

And like our forefathers before us, We The People of the United States of America won’t take “NO” for an answer.

Let’s be clear. The Founding Fathers didn’t politely ask King George to leave. They told him to leave. When he wouldn’t, the Founding Fathers didn’t impeach King George.

They started a revolution. With that revolution came hardship, sacrifice, and loss. But also, victory. Because the price of doing nothing was too high. The price of doing nothing was to submit to the ever changing and irrational will of an insane tyrant. That they would not do. And neither should we.

What price would you pay for freedom? Your one life to live? What would you do, or not do for freedom? What will it take for all of us, for you, to do something?

For if we continue to do nothing, we will see more children kept in cages at our Southern Border. If we do nothing, how many more children will perish in the classroom? Debt? What future are we going to leave for our children? A polluted environment? Is this the legacy you want to leave your children?

Now, Nancy Pelosi knows more than I will ever know about politics. But there is also something that we all know as much or possibly even more than she does, she is, after all, a politician.

And sometimes, you can do the political thing or you can do the right thing. But you can’t do both. Perhaps this is one of those times. I know what I want her to do. How about you?

And when the next generation asks “What did you do?” What is Mitch McConnell going to say? What is Lindsay Graham going to say? What are Sarah Sanders and KellyAnne Conjob going to say? What is Stephen Miller going to say? But again, and most importantly, what are you going to say? I’m going to say I stood up on the steps of City Hall and Declared my Independence!

That we made Trump a three-asterisk president, to stop stop stop this insanity before more innocent people get hurt. So that our children and our children’s children know that we did do something, we couldn’t sit by and do nothing. Lastly, and as a warning to future despots and tyrants :we dealt with your kind then and we’ll deal with you now. The Constitutional, legal and moral path is clear. King Trump I (and The Last) must be:

*1. Impeached

*2 Removed

*3 Incarcerated

You know incarcerated is a big word, so let’s make sure the Trump supporters out there understand what we mean Is as simple as 1 2 3…

  1. Lock!
  2. Him!
  3. Up! (repeat as necessary)

We will win because we must win. America is depending on you and me and all of us. And we dare not fail. I thank you for your time and your patriotism. G-d bless you and G-d bless America.

[Ed.’s Note:  Here’s a rare treat for those of you who are not in or local to our environ – it’s Today’s Rant delivered, in person, by Mr. Drucker!

Posted on the Los Angeles Free Press YouTube Channel – this Link will get you right to it:

https://youtu.be/wgbFy6n-DGo  ]

On 06-13-19 Today’s Rant Is: Slavery Was Not a Choice and Neither is This

“If this is not gender based slavery,

then what is it?”

Philip Drucker, Esq.

Hate takes many different shapes, sizes and forms. Its masks are legion but once removed they always reveal the same sulfurous concoction of fear, loathing, anger, rage and yes, evil. Hate is not difficult to spot. There’s always division, derision, derogation and desolation. An innocent, an enemy. Usually the righteous throwing of stones. Us and them. Inevitably, the differences among us become the excuse for otherwise baseless acts of retribution, often involving some sort of cleansing and most unfortunately the justification for violence.

Slavery didn’t end due to any monumental change in culture or attitude toward those who were not “like” us, but rather it was no longer legally tenable to treat our fellow human beings as anything other than what they were. Human. With the advent of the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments, no longer were slaves property, or at best 3/5th of a person. The newly freed slaves were deemed “persons” and hence entitled to all the benefits and protections afforded by US citizenship. The end of the US Civil War brought for many a birth into a new life of personhood and equality under our laws. We got that one right.

Hatred in the form of legislation has again raised one of its many hydra heads this time to strike at a target we all thought was safe from the degradation and consequences of slavery. I speak of Women and their anti-abortion legislation generated banishment (return?) to less than a full person legal status based on nothing more than their gender and ability to create life.

The recent wave of draconian, unconstitutional and inhumane anti-abortion laws reducing a woman with child, in some instances pregnant without her legal consent (rape and incest), to nothing more than property of the state. A vessel, a host, a baby machine not worthy of even consideration when she may have life-threatening complications. This in the name of protecting the rights of the unborn. Pitting mother against child in this manner is an abomination of all that is just and right. Where is the humanity?

These so-called “heartbeat” or “moment of conception” laws without any exception for rape or incest combined with giving parental rights to rapists and family members is indentured servitude for life based upon the illegal exploitation of the basic female human reproductive system. The woman’s unique gift of creativity becomes the source of her imprisonment, the loss of her individuality, the loss of economic autonomy resulting in abject servitude and submission to the will of another All without her consent. With the approval of government. If this is not gender based slavery, then what is it?

Constitutionally speaking, under the 10th Amendment the states were granted the “Police Power.” This power is best described as the ability to fulfill their duty and obligation to prepare and maintain the health, safety and welfare of its citizens. This spate of abhorrent laws attempt to redefine the moment of “person”, thereby allowing the unborn child full legal citizenship and its attendant rights at a far earlier stage. This, in and of itself, is not necessarily a problem. But what happens when the rights of the unborn supplant the rights of the living? What happens when the life of the mother is considered, in all instances, of less value than the yet-to-show-its-life as a separate entity is even viable? The implications are frightening.

On a more personal level, the thought of forcing a mother to watch her innocent, beautiful child born of rape or incest call a violent, degenerate criminal “daddy” sickens me. Yes, it does.

On 06-11-19 Today’s Rant Is: Let’s Call This Turkey What it is. Trump’s Tax Plan is Nothing More Than Government Mandated Trickle Down Poverty

“The power to tax is the power to destroy.” The Devil and/or Daniel Webster

Sayeth Daniel Webster and later memorialized in the opinion of Supreme Court Justice John Marshall in the case McCulloch v. Maryland. While arguing the case, Webster stated: “An unlimited power to tax involves, necessarily, a power to destroy,” 17 U.S. 327 (1819). Truer words have never been spoken.

Lately, we have found that taxation even with representation can result in a national nightmare of enormous proportions. If we include such euphemisms as “fines”, “fees”, “penalties”, “tariffs” and “bail” all essentially government mandated heist from your pocket  to theirs, we see in clear view what is best referred to as, for the sake of politeness, “economic tyranny” in all its despotic glory. If you think we did away with debtor’s prison, think again. It’s very much alive and well. A place where the vacancy sign is eternally on and there is always room for one more. They will even leave the light on.

How does it work? A simple example: Can’t pay your bail? Go to jail. Even better if the jail is privately owned and operated. How much of our “booming” economy is based upon extorting the poor in the name of privatization and profiteering? More than you might think. As with all good national catastrophes, the original mischief and resulting mayhem starts at the top.

The Trump Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) is none of the above. It is nothing more than a government mandated gouging of money from the poorest among us to the corporations who took the funds and bought back their own stock in a thinly veiled effort to boost the daily quarterly stock price and provide a justification (as if they needed one) for the executive class to jack-up their already turbo-charged salaries and bonuses. Say it by name. Trickle Down Poverty (TDP).

In large part, our GDP is aided and abetted by our current economic policies of TDP. Other People’s Money (OPM) has always been the opium of the 1%. And they will do anything to get it. To recapture the “high” of their first million. To ride the mythical fiscal dragon one more time. We are being led by our frozen noses by a madman who believes America is rich when the rich are rich and when the poor are hurting. When removed from the confines of the neighborhood gym and put into the context of an economy “working for everyone,” no pain, no gain has taken on an entirely different meaning. No longer are the fat cats content with their ill-gotten gains. It is not enough that they succeed. All dogs must fail.

As the highs get higher, the lows go lower. And then people die. Economic disparity is now the latest indicator of what it means to be an economic powerhouse. The new green is mean. Need more proof? Steven Mnuchin. Just look at him. The king of bankruptcy masquerading as Secretary of the Treasury. The destroyer of homes, hopes and dreams. He’d trade your house and put you in a cell in a hot minute. Win-win as far as he’s concerned. Need I say more? What have we done?   

[Ed.’s Note:  Phil has been ranting for weeks now – you can catch each and every one of his past posts at the Link given below.

Go there now… good thinking, entertainingly stated  🙂

Here’s that Link:  To Get Your Phil of All His Other Rants ]