Greetings and salutations from the sand, sun and surf of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket! The air has changed here on Cape, as I just arrived home from Dowses Beach here in Osterville after watching the sun rise, offering up a spectacular display of the purples transposed onto the higher cirrus clouds of ice crystals floating amongst a sea of blue. As I passed by my sail boat “Ti amo”, I noticed an Osprey sitting atop the mast…not something I see every day. The hearings for the next Supreme Court Justice, front and center Elena Kagan, have proven once again that the rightwingnuts take no days off, or prisoners for that matter, as we see first hand the platform for talking points exercising their constitutional right to make a jackass out of themselves. A former General, William Boykin once claimed in 2003, “my God is bigger than your God,” and thus, “Senator” Jeff, “what century is this,” Sessions (R-AL) is now the lead attack dog of the week for the p.o.h.n.. This showcase of nonsensical rhetoric by the p.o.h.n. will be on display all summer, so get your seats while they are still available–visa, mastercard and discover are accepted… Al Franken (D-MN) stated in the hearings this rather remarkable statement, allowing for a breeze of fresh air to fill the chamber. I remember having lunch with Al and his son at the Red Lion in Vail, Colorado in 2000, along with my Mastiff, Jake, and thinking to myself, as much as I like my friend as an author and comedian, writer and speaker of the truth, I believe this man would make a great Senator. I will let his words speak for themselves. “There is such a thing as judicial activism, there is such a thing as legislating from the bench, and it is practiced repeatedly by the Roberts court. And it has cut in only one direction–in favor of powerful corporate interests, and against rights of individual Americans. My state has been victim to the third largest ponzi scheme in history, and yet in 2008, in a case called “stoneridge”, the Roberts court made it harder for investors to get their money back from people who defrauded them. The Twin Cities have more older workers, per capita, than almost any other city in the nation. And yet in 2009, in the case called “gross”, the Roberts courts made it easier for corporations to fire older Americans, and get away with it. There is a pattern here. Each of these decisions was won with 5 votes. And each of these decisions that bare majority used its power to side with big business.” God Bless you Al Franken. Sheldon Whitehouse, a member of the judicial committee and democratic Senator from the great state of Rhode Island, put it another way, as the left attempts to even the playing field and expose the conflicts of interests that are now so obvious in the highest court in the land. I quote Mr. Whitehouse, “The Citizens United decision, yet another 5-4 decision, created a constitutional right for corporations to spend unlimited money on American elections, opening our democratic system to a massive new threat of corruption and corporate control. There is an unmistakable pattern, for all the talk of umpires and balls and strikes, at the Supreme Court, the strike zone for corporations gets better everyday.” He then went on to say, “It is a great constitution we have inherited, and you will be a great Justice (Kagan), if you interpret our constitution in the Light of it’s founding purpose, rather than according to the preferences of today’s most powerful interests.” These two men said what I and many others like me have been saying ever since this horrible decision was passed down from the highest court in the land. The invisible money laundering that is now rampant in Washington D.C., will play itself out in the 2010 mid-term elections, via the fake grass roots organizations who prey on ignorance and fear, the fuel that has run this machine called the p.o.h.n., created when Obama was elected in 2008. Of Kagan, Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), also on the judiciary committee, stated, “she does bring people together, as she is a consensus builder and might tilt the ever present split in the court (the 5-4 split) the other way and with real world experience she may be able to say–what are you guys thinking?” We can only hope. The reality is that to the court that is now in place, the Constitution may as well have a advertisement attached it, awarded, of course, to the highest bidder–as an example of days to come… “The U.S. Constitution, brought to you buy, Exxon Mobile–when you really want the highest grade of oil destroying your oceans…” GOD’S SPEED to the GULF, all of the people, sea creatures, Brown Pelicans and marsh lands therein–may you have a better day soon! Have a nice day folks. Peace~M
June 30, 2010
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