We the People: National society publishes new state research volumes

photos gp (196)We the People: The National Genealogical Society has published four new “Research in the States” books for California, Missouri, Oklahoma and Nebraska.

BY SHARON BURNS, For The Oklahoman • June 1, 2015

The National Genealogical Society has published new “Research in the States” books for California, Missouri, Oklahoma and Nebraska.

“Research in California” by Sheila Benedict covers the state’s history, settlement and migrations, state and national archives, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, an overview of the county, local and religious records, ethnic records, mission system, movie industry, each county’s genealogical and historic societies and more.

“Research in Missouri, 3rd edition” by Ann Carter Fleming contains references to digitized sources, indexes and images that have been made available online within the past seven years.

The volume also includes records that were created by the Spanish and French governments prior to the Louisiana Purchase. Information about Missouri’s archives, libraries and societies; major resources such as atlases, gazetteers, maps, censuses, city and county directories; court, ethnic, land, military and naturalization records, as well as newspapers, tax records, etc., are included.

“Research in Oklahoma” by Kathy Huber provides genealogical resources in the context of information on the history and settlement of the state, which was the home of Apache and Kiowa tribes.

Once claimed by France and later Spain, Oklahoma was divided into two territories by the U.S. government. The Indian Territory was set aside for Indian tribes from the Southern states and later the Midwest, who were forcibly resettled. The Oklahoma Territory was settled by white pioneers, immigrants and former African-American slaves.

The Civil War, land rushes and the discovery of oil all brought changes to the land and its people. “Research in Oklahoma” offers a wealth of records for genealogists seeking to learn about their ancestral heritage.

“Research in Nebraska” by Roberta King contains family history resources and information regarding the history and settlement of the state. Numerous American Indian tribes were living in the Nebraska territory when the Homestead Act with its promise of cheap land drew Czechs, Germans and Irish settlers to its lands. Others arrived to work on the railroads. The Union Pacific terminus at Ogallala brought ranchers with their herds of cattle to be shipped to the East.

For more information, call the National Genealogical Society, 3108 Columbia Pike, Suite 300, Arlington, Va., at (703) 525-0050 or (800) 473-0060 or go online to http://www.ngsgenealogy.org.

For more information, go to www.okgensoc.org.

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Hey everyone, I am alive! For over a month now I’ve been working on a short fiction about two Native guys who find themselves in a weather-related disaster in Nebraska. “Goo and Boozer” is also about geo-engineering (scary stuff like HAARP). And I have some very exciting news to share in my adoption story (SOON).

This WE THE PEOPLE post follows along with what I’ve shared with you before on Native American history. What we don’t know can hurt us… It’s sad this history languishes in library volumes and not in our own heads…. It’s time we change that… Trace

We The People and The Great Law of Peace

Figure 31

Figure 31. On June 11, 1776 while the question of independence was being debated, the visiting Iroquois chiefs were formally invited into the meeting hall of the Continental Congress. There a speech was delivered, in which they were addressed as “Brothers” and told of the delegates’ wish that the “friendship” between them would “continue as long as the sun shall shine” and the “waters run.” The speech also expressed the hope that the new Americans and the Iroquois act “as one people, and have but one heart.”[18] After this speech, an Onondaga chief requested permission to give Hancock an Indian name. The Congress graciously consented, and so the president was renamed “Karanduawn, or the Great Tree.” With the Iroquois chiefs inside the halls of Congress on the eve of American Independence, the impact of Iroquois ideas on the founders is unmistakable. History is indebted to Charles Thomson, an adopted Delaware, whose knowledge of and respect for American Indians is reflected in the attention that he gave to this ceremony in the records of the Continental Congress.[19] Artwork by John Kahionhes Fadden.

from Exemplar of Liberty, Native America and the Evolution of Democracy,
Chp.8, “A New Chapter, Images of Native America in the writings of Franklin, Jefferson, and Paine

 

By Lara Trace

 The Iroquois constitution, the Great Law of Peace, or Gayanashagowa, contains the tenets our Constitution, and is more advanced in thought than the Constitution that resulted from the Convention of 1787.

Did you know that WE THE PEOPLE is a concept the Iroquois Confederacy shared with Benjamin Franklin and other Founding Fathers who drafted the body of the existing governing constitution and democracy in America?  It is the Oldest Living Participating Democracy on Earth. Our constitution says WE THE PEOPLE, quite different than “All Hail The Queen” who was placed on her dictatorial throne, decreed by God.  I call the Queen’s people the “plant the flag” people. Everywhere they went, they planted their flag and demanded tax and the inherent right to govern and rule.

The WE THE PEOPLE blueprint for America is something few people know about:

In 1744 the Iroquois leader Canassatego (drawing in top photo) spoke at the Indian-British assembly in Philadelphia. Dealing with 13 administrations in 13 colonies was impossible, he said. Why didn’t we form an umbrella group? Each colony could keep its sovereignty. Yet the 13 could speak to other nations with one voice.

He offered a model. During Europe’s Middle Ages, Hiawatha had founded the League of Iroquois Nations. The Mohawks, Onondagas, Senecas, Oneidas, Cayugas, and Tuscaroras formed the League. It was the biggest political unit north of the Aztec nation.

Historian Jack Weatherford says few colonists were ready to listen. But one was. Ben Franklin had studied the Indians. Later, he became the Indian Commissioner. As early as 1754 he wanted to try Canassatego’s idea. Later, he and others built that idea into our constitution.

Each Iroquois nation ran its internal affairs with a council of elected delegates. They also sent delegates to a grand council. It ran affairs among nations. It was a pure federal system.

Our constitution has many Iroquois features. Iroquois lawmakers didn’t go to war. Civilian and military rule was separate. That wasn’t how Europe worked.

The Iroquois had no royalty — no hereditary rule. Their nations could naturalize new citizens. The League didn’t just conquer other nations. It could also admit them to membership.

We use Iroquois ideas to smooth our deliberations. Unlike Europe’s senates, we use the Iroquois method of holding silence while each delegate speaks. Like the Iroquois, our delegates give up their personal names. Ted Kennedy becomes “The Senior Senator from Massachusetts,” and so on. We use the caucus, or pow-wow, to iron things out before we take the floor.

We didn’t adopt the Iroquois unicameral system. They had only one council. Franklin fought for that. Because he lost, we have both the senate and the house.

Franklin also wanted to let soldiers elect their own officers. That’s what the Iroquois did. He lost on that one, too.

Like the Iroquois, we allowed for impeachment. But only Iroquois women were empowered to impeach. Only Iroquois women could replace an impeached leader. We didn’t copy that feature.

Still, our constitution is a fine piece of engineering design. We looked at the European kingdoms we’d left behind. And we looked at these people who’d governed themselves so well for so long.

In the end Canassatego and the Iroquois tipped the scales in shaping our way of life. And we can be very glad they did. SOURCE

I am still recovering from a trip to the Gulf Coast where I picked up one nasty bug. Before I got sick, we went to Savannah in Georgia for the first time.  That city was amazing! As we drove through Virginia, the Carolina’s, and the deep south, I could not stop thinking of all the Native people who walked the land and how this great land was theirs at one time… until they were murdered or moved west. Whenever I travel, I pray for those who walked before and I thank them.
Indian people have given so much to this country, whether we say it or not, whether we know or not. And we are still giving as Indian people. We never stopped giving.
We gave you this, our Great Law of Peace.

Faithkeeper Oren Lyons, an Onondaga, states The Great Law of Peace includes “freedom of speech, freedom of religion, [and] the right of women to participate in government. Separation of power in government and checks and balances within government are traceable to our Iroquois constitution—ideas learned by colonists.” READ MORE HERE

Straight Talk

J Glenn Evans
J Glenn Evans

NOTE from Lara: When J. Glenn writes, I post since he does not have a blog. Please read and share. J Glenn will read your comments here, too.

By J. Glenn Evans

This is an essay of thoughts, ideas and personal opinions of the author that may seem arbitrary, but are meant to challenge your thinking about ways and means of making this a better world for us all.  As you read this, just think “Why Not?  It might work, but here is something better; here is my idea.”  The 1% will not save us.  Their greed will destroy us all, even themselves if we do not stop them.  What we have been doing is not working, so it is time for some radical thoughts that break established rules that no longer work for the people.  If you have some ideas please feel free to present them.  Perhaps we can use them in an addendum issue, but please indicate whether you wish author credit or to be treated anonymously.

 

We have serious problems in our country and most of us know it.  They are not going to just go away by waiting.  To wait will lead to total destruction.  The destruction will not be limited to the economic system, but the environment and perhaps elimination of most of life, as we know it here on earth.  We have had plenty of warnings; just read the books and articles that are coming out.  If there is any life left in the future, many of the folks, now denigrated by the 1% and their media, will be called prophets.

Most of us know; that the corporate greed of banksters and big business have captured control of our government, not only of the legislative, but the executive and as well the judicial branch as high as the Supreme Court.  So what can we do about it?  First, we must realize that nothing is going to change until we the people have a change in mindset and develop the backbone of determination to break the power of those who are running things.  It is awesome, but we must face reality.  We cannot expect the governments of the world to make the necessary changes like stopping wars and start taking care of people’s needs.  They never have and they never will because there are too many powerful people that find war and conflict profitable.  Loss of lives mean little to them.  They have no use for people unless they can be used as cheap labor or as profit-making consumers.  They create money by manipulating values as has been done on Wall Street, banker dollar manufacturing with compound interest and government-financed cheap interest rates to bankers.  Then they stick it to us with debt enslavement and keep us chained to loan pits, rising rents and humbled with economic fear.

Our country started out with ideals of freedom, high hopes and aspirations of opportunities for the good life for all.  (See readers comment at the end on this thought.)  This has all been hopelessly destroyed by greed and corruption.  War crimes take place before our very eyes.  Our Constitution has been trashed by unconstitutional laws, such as Homeland Security Act, the Patriot’s Act, the Military Commissions Act, and the NDAA that allows the president to maintain a kill list that even includes American citizens without the benefit of a trial.  The present Supreme Court fails to act by condemning such laws as unconstitutional.  The system of Fascism, a partnership between big business and government, that we do not openly admit, has crept upon us.  The corruption between big business and government has gotten so bad it is beyond repair.

Great wealth is based on exploitation of the indigenous peoples, the laboring and creative people of the world.  Thomas Paine called them brigands.  Financial manipulators steal from the real creators of wealth.  Then with their ill-gotten wealth they outbid everyone else; drive them to the brink of slavery.  They buy control of our governments, and then change the laws to make their actions legal.  Resources of this world are for all life, not reserved for a few rich grabbers.  Why should one person accumulate enough for a thousand lifetimes and a thousand families go hungry and unsheltered.  This hogged-up wealth has not been created, but taken from others.  Food, shelter, health care, and public education of our young must be brought about for all of our citizens.

To break their power and save our world, we can start by building an alternate economy and bring our food production and processing close to home.  If you have some vacant land, grow food.  What you don’t need you can sell or give away.  We as individuals can start by shopping locally, dealing with locally owned and operated banks, credit unions, co-ops and farmers markets.  We must break up the large monoculture firms that are destroying our soil.  Put those engaged in parasitical industries to producing goods and services that people really need, as well as rebuilding and repairing the damage that unregulated capitalism has created.

Change will not come easy.  The 1%, who rules the world, will not give up without a fight.  The only way real change for the betterment of humanity can be made is just like when feudalism was replaced by capitalism, the power of those in control has to be broken.  We have all seen how great wealth is used to subvert our democracy.  Historically, gross inequality leads to revolutions, most often bloody.  We need a massive worldwide equalization tax that will take into public ownership all wealth accumulation that exceeds ten million dollars per individual ownership and tax annual income that exceeds one million dollars at the rate of 95%.  If the rich, such as Rockefellers, the CEOs and such can no longer support their mansions, they can always take in boarders.  Tax loopholes and shelters are to be eliminated.  They make a mockery of a fair and just tax system.

The Supreme Court in allowing unlimited and undisclosed private campaign finance has totally corrupted our election process.  On political campaigns and elections all private finance contributions that exceeds $5.00 per person to show public support must be removed from our elections.  People who can get 200 signatures of support with a $5.00 donation can draw a small stipend for campaign costs.  All media companies that utilize public airwaves must devote 20% of all time slots 30 days prior to election days to free use by qualified candidates as a royalty to the public for use of our airwaves.  Unless the Supreme Court withdraws this unlimited private finance of elections, we must tax campaign contributions that exceed $5 at a rate of 50% or higher if necessary and us the proceeds to public finance those qualified candidates who accept no greater campaign contribution then $5 per person or institution.  Election days should be declared holidays for those who actually vote.  No one serves in the same elected office more than two consecutive times.  If they leave public office they are not permitted to serve as lobbyists calling on their former associates prior to 4 years.

All the assets of the briber and all the assets of the public official accepting the bribe shall be taken into public ownership as a penalty for their crimes.  All banks must be taken into public ownership and if not, they are to be regulated as public utilities, without musical chairs played between the banking industry and the regulators.

Lobbyists who work to press their agenda on public officials are to be treated like any other private citizen and take their place in line to plead their case with public officials.  Bribes and perks offered public officials by lobbyists or any other persons or institutions are treated with the same stringent penalties as any other briber with confiscation of their assets and even jail time.

A thorough re-examination of all people in prison is to be made and those deemed not a danger to society are to be released to halfway houses for rehabilitation to society.  When qualified for release, they shall be granted their freedom with full citizenship rights and with assistance in finding satisfactory employment based on their talent and ability.  Incarceration is a state responsibility subject to control of elected officials and no longer delegated to private industry to profit on the misery of others.  The death penalty is abolished worldwide; the state does not give life, therefore, it shall not take it.  Incarceration for crimes shall lean toward rehabilitation rather than vengeance.  Except for a modest personal stipend for work expended while incarcerated, value produced shall go for their upkeep and to compensate victims of their crimes.

Why should one owe allegiance to a government that denies their right to vote?  Every citizen of legal age shall have a vote, both in and out of prison with severe penalties on those who thwart this right.  When laws are made that affect all our lives, voting is a right, not a privilege.  If state legislatures and the federal government do not take steps to open up the right to vote for all citizens of legal age, we the people have a right and a duty to organize and elect people’s legislatures and a people’s congress with universal voting right to all citizens of legal age and to make these legislative bodies that have become owned and controlled by the 1% superfluous because they no longer represent the people.

We the peoples of the world shall set up an International Parliament with representatives subject to recall by those who elected them.  Representatives in turn shall elect the executives to carry out the laws and functions to protect human rights as called for in the UN’s International Declaration of Human Rights for all people regardless of race or gender, settlement of international conflicts and holding state criminals to account.  National sovereignties may not subvert the rulings of this international body, but may request a vote of membership of this international body on the ruling of the executive administration at the next annual meeting of that body.  During the meantime they must desist in the outlawed action.  All national armies are to be abolished, except for limited national guard for internal emergencies and subject to call by the International Parliament in protection of human rights and maintain international peace when abuses of power come into being.  No nation shall maintain weapons of mass destruction.  If such weapons exist, they shall come under the ownership and control of all.

World populations must be brought under control or we all will perish from destruction of environment and wars for resources.  Peer pressure and taxation should limit offspring to no more than one child per couple during their lifetimes at least until world population declines to a sustainable level.  There should no purchase of breeding rights permitted from others who do not produce offspring.  If peer pressure and taxation do not work, then more severe measures must be taken.  Perhaps draconian, but what can be more severe than war and destruction of all.

Our local police shall be subject to public oversight and police brutality shall become a thing of the past.  We must have a highly trained police force that operates with integrity in protecting the citizens and maintaining the peace and laws of the land.  We have had presidents assassinated with the complicity of members of government, mass murder by the likes of 9-11, peace and environmental activists prosecuted and criminalized by the present ruling regime and the present system not holding to account those responsible for these crimes.

There is no turning back.  We the people must act.  We will replace our corporate toadies in office with people who will truly represent the people and bring corrupt officials to justice.

The ruling few along with international Zionism have usurped and used our government to the neglect of our own people for their own private interests and for the benefit of Israel.  Remember the USS Liberty, Rachel Corrie and 911 triggering the Iraq war.  They have turned our government into an international bully that is committing war crimes and crimes against humanity that would be punishable by a Nuremberg type trial if we did not have our present military might.  Those who hold dual citizenship of US and Israel or any other country should not be permitted to hold public office here in the US.

Change is an awesome task, but we must not lose hope and we must not shirk the responsibility to our kids and grandkids and those who follow.  Again, I repeat, resources of this earth are for all life and not reserved for a few rich grabbers.  Why should one person accumulate enough for a thousand lifetimes and a thousand families go hungry and unsheltered?  I believe like the Jewish activist, the late Abe Osheroff, often said, “If you believe you are right, even if you know you are going to lose, you keep trying.”  Others who come later may pick up the gauntlet and carry on the fight for justice.

 Copyleft 2015  J. Glenn Evans  (Feel free to copy and distribute as broadly as possible)

J. Glenn Evans: Founder of PoetsWest and Activists for a Better World, hosts PoetsWest at KSER 90.7FM, a nationally syndicated weekly radio show, and is author of four books of poetry: Deadly Mistress, Window in the Sky, Seattle Poems and Buffalo Tracks, author of three novels, Broker Jim, Zeke’s Revenge and Wayfarers with The Last Lumber Baron as a works in process.  Evans is a former stockbroker-investment banker.  Part Cherokee, native of Oklahoma.  Lived in Seattle 54 years and since December of 2014 has resided in Olympia, Washington.  Worked in a lumber mill, operated a mining company and co-produced a movie, Christmas Mountain, with Mark Miller and co-starring Slim Pickens.  Evans, an award-wining poet and in addition to poetry books and novels, has written numerous political essays and is the author of several local community histories including a history of Seattle’s Pike Place Market.  Has been published in many literary Journals.  Listed in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World.

 

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THOUGHTS AND COMMENTS BY OTHERS:

“Our country started out with ideals of freedom, high hopes and aspirations of opportunities for the good life for all…”

No, this nation did not start out “with ideals of freedom, high hopes and aspirations of opportunities for the good life for all.” It started out by genociding several million indigenous people and stealing their land and enslaving them along with several million Black Africans. Our nation was born in genocide and slavery. Then we stole a good part of Mexico, slaughtered the people of the Philippines, then later in the 20th century A-bombed two civilian populations in Japan (the greatest two terrorist crimes of the war), & not long afterwards slaughtered millions of Koreans and then millions of Vietnamese while we kept murderous dictators as our surrogates in Latin America and Haiti, assisted the genocide of East Timor, the ethnic cleansing of Palestine, and most recently have destroyed Yugoslavia, the Libyan nation, Afghanistan and Iraq. No, this nation has never in its history been on the side of popular egalitarian democracy. You are living a myth—Anonymous-(did not indicate whether he wished to be identified)

 

A MANIFESTO FOR WE THE PEOPLE

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    Dedicated to the memory of Nelson Mandela who died on December 5, 2013 atthe age of 95.  He led Africa’s struggle for freedom and justice.  A hero to millions, he will be mourned around the world.

     By J. Glenn Evans

    We the People need to speak truth to power.  We need to be heard.  We need to restore our democracy and rein in the national security state that was established on the false premise of looking for terrorists.  The elected legislators in all branches of government represent the interests of the corporate welfare state and not the interests of the American people.  Our Constitution has been trashed and our Bill of Rights destroyed.

    Civil liberties

    Journalists and whistle-blowers jailed and prosecuted.  Citizens working for justice denigrated, marginalized, jailed, or even taken out.  Municipal police are being militarized.  Police brutality used against peaceful protestors who are beaten and jailed.  Citizens detained without access to family or lawyers.  Citizens may disappear into Controlled Management Units (CMUs). Infiltration of activist and dissident organizations [Amendments I, V, VI of the Constitution, NDAA, Military Commissions Act].

    The national security state spies on us all.  The expansive military machine can turn on us at will.  National leaders who speak out can be taken out.  Look at what happened to John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr., and Robert Kennedy.  Look at what is currently happening to our more recent patriot heroes: Chelsea Manning, Julian Assange, Jeremy Hammond, and Edward Snowden. [Amendment IV of the Constitution]

     Climate Change

    The science has been pretty well established, yet neither the corporate media nor members of Congress mention the growing perils associated with climate change.  This may well be the most critical element in the future life of our planet and all living things.  The content of mainstream media has been dumbed down to infotainment so that what we see, read and hear is hollow.

    Increasing changes in climate will worsen economic conditions and those hardships help to drive immigration.  Land and water wars will increase the social stress with resulting mass exoduses of refugees.

     Congress and the Corporate State

    Congress passes legislation written by lobbyists and corporate lawyers. [Article I of the Constitution]  Congress passes legislation that legalizes what is illegal.  A former democratic society is now a plutocracy with titles of Director, Lobbyist, CEO and President (instead of Baron, Duke, Earl and Monarch).  Regressive tax structure that benefits the 1%.

    The use of offshore tax havens and other tax avoidance strategies by wealthy to avoid payment of income tax.  “Tax dodging by the rich and corporations costs every other American taxpayer $1,026 per year in higher taxes or reduced benefits and services.”  [WA Post May 24, 2013]

    National Priorities Project reports that (1) corporate tax breaks will total $108 billion in FY2013 – more than 1.5 times what the U.S. government spends on education funding. Between 2007 and 2013, the revenue lost from U.S. corporations deferring taxes on income earned abroad rose 200%, going from $14 billion to $42 billion. (2) All tax breaks for individuals will exceed $1 trillion this year, with about 17% of the biggest individual tax breaks going to the top 1% of earners. More at a report out today from the National Priorities Project. [Amendment XVI of the Constitution].

    Excessive involvement of the military and corporations manufacturing arms in formulation of U.S. foreign policy [Caldicott, Helen, The New Nuclear Danger, New Press, 2002].

    A corrupt Congress has defunded and decreased the regularity authority of governmental agencies, putting profits before people and the planet.

    The Extreme Court does the bidding of a very small political elite [Article III of the Constitution].

    Congress fails to curb secret negotiations that affect relations between countries and corporations.  Current examples include TPP and TAFTA.

    Economy

    It’s all about money.  The obscene level of wealth and economic inequality is a moral issue, as well as an economic or political issue.  Marketplace autonomy, financial speculation and widespread corruption have caused the current massive inequality in societies the world over.  Workers and even our soldiers are treated as goods to be used and thrown away.  The wages of working Americans have remained stagnant since the late 70s while, at the same time, easy credit has made Americans slaves to debt.  The United States is last among 21 developed nations in union membership, reflecting a downward trend since 1983.  The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports union membership at 11.1% in 2012.  [Bureau of Labor Statistics. Union Membership-2012. [Washington, D.C.:] U.S. Department of Labor, 2013. Web. 23 January 2013]  The current union membership has been reported to be a meager 10%.

    Elections

    All citizens of legal age have the right to vote regardless of the state in which they live.  When election fraud is used to restrict their right to vote, why should they owe allegiance to a government that denies them the right to vote?  [Amendments XV and XXIV of the Constitution]

    The two major parties have betrayed the American people.  They have been bought off by the 1% and are no longer worthy of our support.  Increasing numbers of Americans are alienated from the political process and don’t bother to vote.  More Americans might participate in elections if it were a national holiday.  It is time for a national debate on making voting mandatory by Constitutional amendment and making provision for run-off elections instead of the electoral college.  And it is time for legislation on term limits. [Article 2, Section 1 of the Constitution]

     Immigration

    The attack on so-called illegal immigrants has been accelerated to distract us from the real problems facing this nation.  I daresay that most immigrants would rather stay at home but indigenous farmers can’t compete with highly subsidized U.S. agribusiness.  One may argue whether undocumented immigrants are an economic drain or an economic boon. The debate goes on and on while we witness an immense growth in border security with nationwide immigration sweeps, over 20,000 US border agents (highest in history and twice that of a decade ago), growth of agencies in addition to Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE), such as Secure Communities program. [Obama speech & Council on Foreign Relations], high number of deportations causing family breakups.  The construction of a double wall along our southern border also infringed on the rights of indigenous people to their land [Truthout Dec. 5, 2013].

     Public Institutions and Government Services

    Public institutions and government services are being privatized for profit: the military, education, prisons, etc.  Chicago closed 50 public schools May 2013, leading the way toward privatization.

    According to the International Centre for Prison Studies, the five countries with the highest prison population are the US, China, Russia, Brazil and India. The US has a prison population of 2,239,751, or 716 people per 100,000. China ranks second with 1,640,000 people behind bars, or 121 people per 100,000, while Russia is third with 681,600, or 475 individuals per 100,000. Brazil has 548,003 people in prison or 274 per 100,000; finally, India’s prison population is 385,135, or 30 inmates per 100,000 citizens. Sweden ranks 112th and is closing 4 of its prisons.

    The for-profit prison industry is thriving and dependent on a hefty prison population. Correction Corps of America (CCA), Management Training Corporation (MTC) from Centerville, Utah and the GEO Group, Inc., of Boca Raton, Florida, own and operate over 200 correctional, detention and residential treatment facilities and transport prisoners by land and air. They crank out $5 billion a year in profit.  “A perfect money machine, indeed — but only if the system keeps them supplied with prisoners.”

     Government services, including the U.S. Postal Service [Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution], Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, even national parks and forests, are part of a larger strategy to privatize them under the guise of a budget crisis, or a manufactured need for austerity measures.  Social Security is not responsible for one dime of the so-called federal deficit.

     The outcome of Citizens United has enabled a small minority of powerful interests with unlimited amounts of money to gain control of the government.  Huge amounts of money are brought into states to influence ballot initiatives on GMOs and similar legislation.  The corruption of government at all levels is so deeply embedded that it cannot be changed within the current political system.  See https://movetoamend.org/.

    Wall Street

    The criminality and chicanery of Wall Street and the big banks “too large to fail” have been well established.  These institutions are the primary cause of the budget crisis and yet not one of these high-level criminals has been held accountable by the Obama administration.  (Wall Street overwhelmingly supported Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign.)  It is now known that secret Wall Street bailouts totaled $7.77 trillion!  On the local level, large financial institutions remove money from local economies to finance their Wall Street speculations and corporate take-overs.  They pay a minimal rate of interest on savings accounts, yet charge us 12 to 25 percent on loans.  That interest on loans is the lifeblood of the big banks.  These institutions work for the best interests of the 1%, rather than the interests of the American people.

    War

    The imperialistic and aggressive state of the U.S. in its perpetual war against “terrorism” threatens the peace of the world and the health of the planet and its peoples.  The destruction of Iraq, the high numbers of civilian dead from the use of drones, chemical warfare, (Vietnam, Iraq, etc.), threatens the health of civilians and the health of the planet.  The bloated U.S military budget is larger than that of the combined budgets of the 10 highest countries. [Stockholm Intl. Peace Research Institute, SIPRI Military Expenditure Database, 2013. Compiled by PGPF.]

    Partial list of U.S. aggressive actions below:

    Overthrow of PM Mosaddegh of Iran in 1953

    Overthrow of leftist government in Guatemala in 1954

    The Invasion and Occupation of Vietnam – 3 Million dead 1954-1975

    Coup d’état in Chile on 9/11/1973 – 3000 murdered

    Complicity in invasion of East Timor in 1975, including shipment of arms (violates U. S. law)

    Destructive policies toward Haiti, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Philippines

    Use of death squads in Vietnam, Central America, Iraq, Syria

    Invasion and destruction of Iraq – 1 Million dead 2001 to present

    Use of torture or “enhanced interrogation” (Bagram, Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo, global black sites) [Amendment VIII]

    Destruction of Fallujah and use of white phosphorus in 2004

    Use of depleted uranium in the Iraq War in 2004

    Support for dictatorships in Middle East, South America & Africa, including Saudi Arabia; Bahrain; Yemen; Jordan

    Complicity in human rights violations and war crimes by its financial, diplomatic and media support for militaristic and apartheid state of Israel

     What to Do?

    In 1999 thousands of citizens of the world gathered together in Seattle to stop the WTO conference then in progress.  On December 3, 2013 the The Ninth Ministerial Conference of the WTO meets in Bali, Indonesia from 3 to 6 December 2013.

    How do We the People change the system?  First, We the People must support a new people’s movement or party and withdraw our support of the Democrat and Republican parties.  We need term limits.  We can undertake individual actions and also act in unison with our fellow citizens [Article II, Section 4 of the Constitution].  We see a kind of cruelty reflected in statements and legislation passed by a corrupt Congress.  We need to meet the needs of our citizens here at home, including our veterans, cut the bloated military budget and invest in America.

     Move your money from the big banks to local banks and credit unions.  Save a little money if you can and your savings will make you free.  Free yourself of the tyranny of compound interest.  Support local businesses, banks and credit unions.  Work to build alternate economies to take care of local needs.  Support movements to establish state and city banks.

    Support actions against foreclosures.  Be there if you can.  Urge your Congressional representatives to pass a financial transaction tax.

    Don’t put a dollar sign on everything.  Someone needs something; if you have it and don’t need it, pass it on to them.  Don’t worry; that goodwill will come back to you.

    Young folks who join the army under the poverty draft should take the oath to seriously uphold the Constitution.  When ordered to fire on peaceful protestors, they should aim high over their heads.

    We the People want democracy, justice, a healthy environment, a sustainable economy, health care, and education.  These are human rights, not commodities to be traded on the markets.  We must build a movement to amend or rescind those laws that have destroyed our Constitution and our civil liberties.

    Form community networks.  Help organize a People’s Congress as a shadow government to serve as a watchdog for liberty and rally support for people who look after the people’s best interests.  Become informed and engaged as much as you are willing and have time for.

    Exercise civil disobediences to change unjust laws.  Yes, they may kill a few of us but they are killing us anyway.  Look at all the war victims and the deaths of our own soldiers who are sent around the world to protect the corporate interests of the 1%.

    Support union workers in their efforts for decent working conditions, wages and pensions.  Support worker-owned enterprises.  We need to become citizens of the world and help each other rather than shoot at each other.

    There is a growing undercurrent of dissatisfaction in the realization that politics as usual will not correct the corrupt system with its inequitable system of taxation and a bloated military budget.  Signs of change are taking place.  And the corporate media do not cover the growing vibrant movement that is going on right now.  When enough of us have had enough, the so-called 1% will run for cover.  Then we can lock the cover and build a new world of justice in which we take care of each other without the burden of those parasites who have been feasting on us ever since the development of mega capitalism.  We have one thing that scares the hell out of them that will eventually bring them down.  We have each other!

     Sources

    There is a lot of information and research available to those who want to help in changing the political system and transform our society.  More help is on the way but you can start with these links:

    http://billmoyers.com/episode/full-show-the-path-of-positive-resistance/ with Jill Stein and Margaret Flowers. Also http://greenshadowcabinet.us/civicrm/petition/sign?sid=1

    Popularresistance.org or info@popularresistance.org

    http://www.opensecrets.org/

    http://www.peoplescongress.org

    The National Initiative for Democracy

     Movie worth watching https://vimeo.com/55141496(enter password when prompted:( barbarasteegmuller ) – 2

    The list of books is long and comprehensive. The following is only a sampling:

    Arendt, Hannah, The Origins of Totalitarianism, World Publishing, 1951

    Blum, William, Rogue State, Common Courage Press, 2000

    Fisk, Robert, The Great War for Civilization, Vintage, 2005

    Gutierrez, Donald, Feeling the Unthinkable, Amador Publishing, 2012

    Johnson, Chalmers, Blowback 2nd ed., Henry Holt, 2004

    Wolf, Naomi, The End of America, Chelsea Publishing, 2007

    Zinn, Howard, A People’s History of the United States, Harper’s, 1995

    Zinn, Howard, The Zinn Reader, Seven Stories Press, 2004

    Copyleft 2013 J. Glenn Evans

    (Feel free to copy and distribute as broadly as possible)

    1. Glenn Evans

    Former card-carrying Republican and stockbroker-investment banker. Part Cherokee and native of Oklahoma. Earned a BS in Business from East Central University (Ada, OK). Has lived in Seattle since 1960. Worked in a lumber mill, operated a mining company and co-produced a movie, Christmas Mountain, with Mark Miller starring Slim Pickens. Award-wining poet and founder of PoetsWest and Activists for a Better World, hosts PoetsWest at KSER 90.7FM, a syndicated weekly radio show through Pacifica’s AudioPort.org. Author of four books of poetry: Buffalo Tracks, Deadly Mistress, Window in the Sky, Seattle Poems, three novels, Broker Jim and Zeke’s Revenge, Wayfarers and several local community histories including Seattle’s Pike Place Market. Widely published in literary journals. Listed in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World.

     

 

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