So I was talking to someone about the flag and what it means when someone is flying it upside down. Looking into it I found that it is flown upside down as a sign of distress with extreme risk to life or property. But what to we do when we believe we are in dire distress with extreme risk to liberty and the pursuit of happiness? Are these not more important than property?
It got me to thinking about what we are supposed to do, logistically in this day and age, to advance the will of the people when it is no longer being considered in the legislative process? Are we supposed to write our congressman? Well we all know that our congressmen spend 67% of their days begging for money and the other bit drafting laws they just exchanged for said money. It doesn’t leave much time for legislators to pay any mind to things like the will of their constituents. And let’s just be openly real. No letter or email will ever be taken seriously by one’s representative in DC. So I ask what is the US citizenry supposed to do to affect their will upon the legislative process?
It seems the system that has formed in DC is the lobby process. Specifically this is when corporations throw parties in a K street row house owned and ‘operated’ by a lobby firm. The entire street essentially is one big fundraiser. Corporations are readily imposing their will on the legislative process. The process is quite simple. When a large corporation decides some particular policy or legislation would be highly valuable to its bottom line, the corporation hires a lobby firm. The lobby firm is a group of people who have previously worked on Capital Hill and so have close ties to the legislators. They then act as the liaison between the corporation who wants something that only a legislator can provide.
While the lobby firm gets paid by the corporation and the corporation is presumably getting some beneficial policy or law, we haven’t established why a legislator would take the time to listen to one particular constituent over another. And well this is where it gets funny. You see there are rules regarding lobbying. But when we actually take an objective look at the rules we find they’re not so much rules and regulation as they are choreographed steps to an incredibly flamboyant mating dance, where money woos power by thrusting 000 after 000 until finally power can no longer resist and it ends in an orgasmic release of unearned profits and negative TV ads.
And this is honestly the only way to impose one’s will onto the legislative process. Sadly, most of us lack the talent and/or means for such top shelf artisanship. The result is that, aside from the legislators themselves, only a very exclusive group ever get a chance to partake in the legislative process. But remember this is the very same nation that has engaged in 7 military offenses in 15 years, with the sole objective being to overthrow foreign governments that were deemed as not sufficiently listening to the will of their people. So America explains its obsession with war in the new millennium is really borne of her inability to stand down when ‘OTHER’ governments refuse to impose the will of their people. That sounds about right for today’s America.
It appears our government’s foreign policies are about as double standard as its domestic policies. Let me give you a for instance. For years legislators quietly made millions of dollars in personal wealth while working as legislators. Now this wealth didn’t come from the lobby process it came by way of a little known (before 2009) double standard that allowed legislators to trade on inside information. And not just inside information but on information for which they controlled. Things like whether or not a company was going to get special government loans or grants. Now when a legislator not only has information on what companies will receive money but actually controls what companies will get money it becomes pretty easy to make millions. Its like knowing tomorrows lotto numbers today. You can’t lose.
However, this double standard made it to the mainstream headlines and in 2010 there was a big bill signing ceremony for a bill that was to withdraw this double standard once and for all. The commentary from legislators upon the ceremony was incredibly decisive. Paraphrasing most, they agreed that it is outrageous that such a double standard and glaring conflict of interest ever existed in the first place. And so great they got rid of it. Or did they. If you look at the law today you will find out that the 2010 bill to withdraw the double standard was reversed to reinstill the double standard in a late 2012 Friday afternoon session that contained only junior legislators and was unanimously passed in less than 35 seconds using an old quirky law that allows no one to actually vote so long as there are no dissenters. The key to this is that no one can ever use the vote to reinstall the double standard against any individual legislator because of the quirkly no vote uninamous vote procedure. Very cute… very very cute fellas. Wow, like them or hate them you gotta love them for their finesse when it comes to getting things done, well that serve all of their interests especially in the face of all the people they are working so hard to respresent.
Which brings us back to our original point which is the imposition of what we the people see as prudent policies. We the people don’t always see things the same but surprisingly on foreign policy there tends to be a great deal of cohesion amongst the citizenry. And also surprisingly it is the opposite of the policies being implemented. Let me talk about just a couple. Ukraine is one. According to almost all polls, Americans decidedly wanted nothing to do with Ukraine and certainly nothing that involved military in any way shape or form. What ended up happening? Well Victoria Nuland led a policy to overthrow an elected government in Ukraine and insert one that was much more accommodative to wealthy ‘friends’ of America. The Rothschilds, the Rockefellars and Israel all had significant investments (to the tune of tens of billions) in Ukraine that looked more and more like they were going to disappear.