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Today’s Rant for 10-8-19: “Of Kurds and Parting Wheys”


On January 6, 1941, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt gave his State of the Union address to the members of the Seventy-Seventh Congress. In many ways, the “Four Freedoms” speech was a plea to the American people to reject passivity in the face of mounting evidence of the wanton cruelty taking place during WWII. Dachau, Auschwitz, the concentration camps in Europe, and POWs in the Pacific forced to endure sickening, unimaginable “experiments” in the name of “research”, and other inhumane acts on captives.

Rumors of widespread, indiscriminate atrocities committed against men, women and children. The Master Race’s wholesale mechanical slaughter of those that they routinely referred to as inferior sub-humans. Genocide of the gypsies, homosexuals and the Jews – it was the Holocaust – a final, murderous in the extreme, Final Solution.

No doubt many Yankees safe on American shores wondered, how could these stories be true? Why, there were well respected leaders, Joe Kennedy and Henry Ford to name a couple of vocal supporters who publically expressed sympathy, if not admiration for the Nazi cause. News traveled a bit slower in those days. The Miller, um…Goebbels propaganda machine was already planning to make a Nazi version of the Titanic as a warning of the spoils of rampant, decadent western capitalism.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3iYcVSwWj3s

There was however, a “blip” on the silver screen worth mentioning.

On October 31st, 1940, Charlie Chaplin released “The Great Dictator” in the United States. A “fictional” tale hardly disguised at all as a parody of Hitler, it’s final, now legendary speech told of the urgent need to take up the call for action. To stand up and fight, for humanity.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7GY1Xg6X20

Still, America resisted. Isolationism was still our way. With two mighty oceans to protect us, America still felt it was someone else’s war. FDR knew it was only a matter of time. America had begun withholding oil exports to Germany in an effort to slow down the seemingly unstoppable German war machine. The Flying Tigers were in China, fighting Japan in a proxy war.

On December 7th, 1941, the Japanese not content on waiting to see if and when the Americans would enter the war, launched an all-out surprise attack on the Pacific Fleet docked at Pearl Harbor. In a miscalculated effort to eliminate our fighting capabilities, Japan awoke a sleeping giant. Or at least so said So Yamamura, the actor playing Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto’s at the end of Tora! Tora! Tora!

“I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-n1pKsGqrqQ (Official Trailer)

On December 8, 1941, The US of A officially entered World War II when all but one member of Congress voted for a formal declaration of war. Sleeping giant or not, GI Joe was on the way.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lK8gYGg0dkE

In the Four Freedoms speech, FDR laid out a vast and expansive view of America’s role in the new world order. He announced that all persons have four essential freedoms.
Freedom of speech, of worship, from want and from fear.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qrNDwyj4u1w

And then he did something remarkable. He went global. No longer were these freedoms guaranteed to Americans, but to all people, everywhere. Global. And so, the next time someone asks you when did we become the watchdog or policeman of the world, you tell them it was January 6, 1941.

By the end of the war, we were the only superpower left standing. We would be the ones who all else would follow as we forged a brave new world into existence. Nobody complained (maybe the Russians). What could the average economically weak and recovering needing to rebuild country say? At any rate, we were America Hell Yeah! And we have your backs. And we did. Till now.

Now you might be asking yourself, Perfesser, who put the Kurds in your whey? What suddenly brought all of this on? Yes, it was the Kurds. History will remember that on October 7, 2019 we, the United States of America sold out the Kurds and betrayed our now former allies who helped us defeat ISIS in the region. Leaving them to be slaughtered.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/with-friends-like-the-u-s-11570488438

For what? So three tyrants, Trump, Putin and Erdogan could make a self-serving, blood money deal behind our backs? One day, we will find out the extent of their treachery but I doubt they’ll make a movie out of it. No one will believe it. The Kurds will be gone. My advice? We find ourselves a Winston Churchill as soon as possible. Otherwise, all may be lost.

Today’s Rant for 10-1-19: “Robe v. Wade”


I begin with a simple premise. Separation of powers is not always as separate as it seems. The founding fathers knew the three separate but equal branches would by necessity have some overlap of governmental responsibility and powers. Even more simply put, there are times where the President “makes” laws. These are called Executive Orders. Abraham Lincoln’s Proclamation of Emancipation was an Executive Order banning slavery in the South. Congress has enforcement powers pursuant to many of its laws. The 13th, 14th and 15th amendments all contain an enforcement clause specifically giving the legislative branch the power to enforce its own mandates. There is also much talk recently about the Congressional “inherent” power to enforce its contempt power. 30 days in the hole known as the Capitol Jail? Which is in fact Washington’s unused Tomb? It’s got Bars, perhaps even a ghost or two.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washington%27s_Tomb_(United_States_Capitol)

Then there is the Judicial Branch. Within the British Commonwealth judges’ court rulings along with codifications of local customs and ritual comprise what we call the common law. ????
In many ways, everybody does a little of everything all the time. What is rare is a situation where all three branches are specifically tasked with duties, powers and a specific role within a singular government event. Seems like it might be pushing the separation aspect, doesn’t it? One such extraordinary proceeding is impeachment.

“The President, Vice President and all Civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.” – U.S. Constitution, Article II, section 4

As a practical matter, Article II presidential impeachment refers to Congress, pursuant to its power of executive oversight, investigating and, if warranted, with a mere majority of House approval, “impeaching” the president, meaning they recommend the Senate follow-up by convening a trial-like proceeding by which a sitting president can be punished for the actions including removal from office. Although, under no Constitutional mandate to do so, once the Senate does initiate formal proceedings, the Senators themselves act more like judges than jurors. Separately, they will each weigh the evidence and without any actual formal burden of proof, much less beyond a reasonable doubt, if 2/3rds of the Senate agrees on removal, the President will be, for all intents and purposes, fired for cause. No two weeks-notice, no severance and no pension. The VP assumes the office (one of the VPs only known uses) and all rights and privileges thereof. Except, probably, not Pence who has shown himself to be no stranger when it comes to Russians, the NRA, leaving Indianapolis Colts games and general adherence to the Trump soon-to-be exposed party line(up) of crime and corruption. He’ll most likely be impeached too, remember, impeachment and prison isn’t just for presidents anymore!

As for the Judicial branch’s role in all this, the Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court “presides” over the Senate’s mock trial where all of the Senators serve as mini-judges. Although not spelled out, I would assume Chief Justice Roberts’ role would be one close to a referee, or perhaps, as a mediator facilitating the accuracy of Senate rules interpretation, although there will be the Senate parliamentarian present, and the quelling of quasi-family spats between various White and Capitol Hill officials. I can hear it now. “Play Nice!”

But really, just what the heck does the Chief Justice do? Well, we do know William Rehnquist, the last CJ to preside over an impeachment hearing, you know the monumentally civilization-changing highly partisan and totally political kabuki theater one for Bill Clinton? Found the time to discover that his defiled little basic black chief justices robe, you know the one he covered with gold stripes he put on the sleeves so he would look like, I guess, Michael Jackson, would fetch about $30,000.00 at Sotheby’s auction.

https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/29/politics/william-rehnquist-impeachment-trial-senate/index.html

Seeing as Roberts doesn’t seem the type to add sparkles and glitter to his attire, maybe he will bring a book to read. I would.

If you want it, here it is, come and get it.

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Today’s Rant for 09-24-19: “No West, Young Man?”


Today I posit a simple question in response to a tweet @DruckerPhilip I sent regarding the EPA’s decision to revoke California’s right to set its own automobile emissions standards.

https://www.npr.org/2019/09/18/761815991/white-house-to-revoke-waiver-allowing-california-to-set-its-own-emissions-standa

“Pacifica Now!” The words referring to the nascent but growing idea of California, Washington and Oregon forming their own independent Pacific Coast nation, Pacifica.

http://www.nationofpacifica.com/

Throw in the western side of British Columbia, and you have Cascadia.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cascadia_(independence_movement)

“Good. When are you going?” was the basic response.

I started to wonder. When are we going to go? Then I saw this.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/greggardner/2019/07/25/ford-honda-volkswagen-and-bmw-strike-climate-deal-with-california-defying-trump/?fbclid=IwAR0jat4kdOciE85YsRpNmKo8D5vdQ00Sjovh3NhaaQj3-1nTXzKyf2VDXDU#15b17dd22033

California made a deal with 1/3rd of the auto industry to abide by California emissions standards. Isn’t that what sovereigns do? Make deals with “foreign” manufacturers? Then I smiled. It has begun. Now my question has morphed to when is a secession not a secession, but a fait accompli? Since that time,13 more states have pledged to follow California’s lead. Who’s wagging the dog now, tail?

The US Constitution is eerily silent on the issue of State secession. Most likely because if several of the states (mostly southern) were not led to believe they could leave at will, they would not have ratified the Constitution, and left.

Right about now you are probably about to ask, what about that Civil War? How did Lincoln do it? He pulled a fast one. Lincoln relied on the Preamble for the basis of his supposed constitutional power in defiance of State secession. He relied on “a more perfect Union.” Lincoln posited he, as part of his presidential power and authority was therefore constitutionally tasked with perfecting, or at least preserving the Union, with whatever means he felt necessary. Including war.

Considering the US Civil War ended in 1865, it is a bit odd that it wasn’t until 1869 that our Supreme Court finally put in their by then, unnecessary two-cents worth. In Texas v. White, 74 U.S. 700, the Court indicated a sort of no-fault, mutuality of agreement between the State and Federal government before parting ways. Without further guidance, it would appear irreconcilable differences as a reason will do.

Adding a bit more fuel to the Molotov cocktail, or in California’s case, probably a flammable Pina Colada in a reusable container, the Eureka State is a referendum state, meaning it can have a vote for secession put directly on the ballot by voter’s initiative. That would leave, probably Congress to add their mutual consent whether to keep the world’s 5th largest economy and largest state contributor to the federal tax coffers.

But as I suggested earlier, there is more than one way to secede a cat. The Federal government has three branches. No more will the land of milk and honey fear or follow the dictates of the Executive branch. The orange skinned oaf has met his match. Next, could it be possible California refuses to honor a ruling from the Supreme Court? Perhaps refusing to trade with any state not willing to offer its women at least their natural, common law rights to an abortion prior to the quickening? That would leave only the laws of Congress left to disavow, discard and replace. Done. Without a single shot fired. Brexit is foolish. This is not. Pacifica Now!

Do you want to know more?
@DruckerPhilip
www.druckerreport.com(Weathervane Blog)

Today’s Rant for 09-17-19: “Insight to Riot.”


In recognition of the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the Chicago Eight (later Seven) Conspiracy trial, today’s topic for discussion, dissection and dissemination is “An Act for Preventing Tumults and Riotous Assemblies, and for the more speedy and effectual Punishing the Rioters” aka The Riot Act.

In 1714, The Riot Act was signed, sealed and delivered by Parliament in response to a series of “many rebellious riots and tumults” following the Death of the Queen Anne, the last of the House of Stewart and the subsequent coronation of King George I who hailed from the House of Hanover. In Germany. He was German. Apparently, a big problem in 18th Century England. He who was of the Whig Party and not the Tories. Another big problem. Modernly, insert Labor for Whig Party and you get at least some of the political rivalry and narrative thereunder. Of course, without the Tower of London, the hangings and beheadings (for the most part) although Brexit is pretty funny to watch.

Once read out loud, the Riot Act allowed the representatives of the Crown to disperse and arrest any crowd over the size of 12 or more persons who did not vacate the premises within one hour under penalty of death. The proclamation read as follows:

“Our sovereign lord the King chargeth and commandeth all persons, being assembled, immediately to disperse themselves, and peaceably to depart to their habitations, or to their lawful business, upon the pains contained in the act made in the first year of King George, for preventing tumults and riotous assemblies. God save the King.”

The first version of the Riot Act in the United States of America (this excludes colonial adaptations) was passed by Massachusetts in 1786 in response to Shays’ Rebellion. The rebellion was a rural, populist response by farmers to increased taxation and predatory debt collection practices initiated by big city Boston politicians, bankers and lenders. At the federal level, George Washington signed into law the Militia Act of 1792 with the subtitle of “An act to provide for calling forth the militia to execute the laws of the Union, suppress insurrections and repel invasions.” Funny how it didn’t take long for supposed free speech loving Americans to enact laws against inciting riots. Congress shall make no law…

But in all fairness, inciting acts of violence and legitimate public discourse in opposition to the political status quo are two different horses of the same general color. Under current case law, I think it fair to say your First Amendment right to free speech does not include the right to incite imminent, lawless action virtually to cause damage to property and personal injury. Brandenberg v. Ohio 395 U.S. 444 (1969)

At the time of the trial for the Chicago, or Conspiracy Eight (then Seven), prohibitions against inciting riots were codified in federal law under 18 U.S. Code § 2101 – Riots, as part of the Civil Rights Act of 1968.

Under this Act, conspiracies amongst individuals crossing state lines for the purposes of inciting a riot were against the law. Of course, the government must prove the defendant crossed state lines with the premeditated intent to cause chaos, disruption and violence, you know, a riot. Usually, it is quite difficult to prove what someone was thinking at any given moment in time and citing the lack of email or tweet evidence although modernly you’d be surprised what some people nowadays put in electronic print, in social media, Facebook and Twitter and absent a hand-written “confession” letter (no word processors, neither) or even a wire-tapped phone conversation, predictably, the Chicago Seven trial went rather badly for the thought police. This despite everyone in the courtroom getting a free concert performance from Arlo Guthrie. But that’s another story along with additional info you may wish to read about in the Throwback Thursday section of the FREEP.

But for now, this is Tirade Tuesday and, accordingly, I’ll end with an admonition. For those of you who have never been “Read the Riot Act” you can now safely check that off your bucket list, figuratively and literally.

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