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This really makes you stop and think: "A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government"..

"A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves money (generous gifts) from the public treasury. From that moment on the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most money from the public treasury, with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, (which is) always followed by a dictatorship."

"The average age of the world's greatest civilization has been two hundred years. These nations have progressed through this sequence.

From bondage to spiritual faith;
from spiritual faith to great courage;
from courage to liberty;
from liberty to abundance,
from abundance to selfishness;
from selfishness to complacency,
from complacency to apathy,
from apathy to dependency,
from dependence back into bondage."


The Forces Behind America's Economic Destruction:

We are facing a financial disaster that is as bad as any that have existed in history. Just consider
the following few facts:

1. 50 million Americans are living below the poverty line -- 17 million of them are children.

2. 47 million citizens rely on food stamps.

3. The 2008 economic collapse cost over $20 trillion.

4. Millions lost their homes, jobs, and millions are children going hungry.

5. In US and other developed countries suicide rates skyrocketed because of the financial stress
and the disruption of families.

6. The rate of employment is officially 7.5 percent. Tyler Cowen of George Mason University thinks
it may be as high as 41%, since 33% of Americans are not working and have given up looking for
jobs. This group is categorically removed from Government statistics.

In spite of the incredible statistics above, one group stands out: THE GLOBAL ELITE. They have
more than $32 trillion stashed in offshore banks around the world. Their total wealth is larger
than the US GDP and the national debt combined! And their wealth is growing by the day.

What are corporations trying to do, destroy our nation altogether? Then perhaps employ a weakened
starving people, who will be all too eager to do exactly as they are told, just to be able to receive the
scraps that fall from their masters' tables? This used to happen in certain countries during the worst
days of the Middle Ages, some 600 or 700 years ago.

How much longer, do you think, things can go on in this way?


We can stop the Koch brothers by boycotting their products. Our help is needed. See below:

Koch brothers are trying to buy their way to victory in the Senate this Nov. They are
also using their vast supply of money to destroy unions, bribe politicians, buy
votes.....etc..... They're using all the dirty tricks they can think of to "win." You
name it.

There is a new movement going on now by Daily Kos to stop them: "DON'T BUY KOCH
INDUSTRY products. BOYCOTT them." They've made a list of the goods and products
manufactured by the Koch Bros. (Just click the link below for the list).

Will you join in the boycott? Will you help to spread this information among your family,
friends, neighbors.....? It's about time that we showed the Koch brothers that they can
be hit, and HIT HARD!!! They've succeeded to a large extent in subjugating the American
people to their will. We can show them that we can stop them and get everything back
that is ours by right!

Freedom is never free. We have to fight for it.

The list:

Please kick this post every now and then, so that more people will get informed and join
this boycott to make it a big success. We know the Koch brothers can dish it out. Let's
see how well they can take it -- for a change.

At the present rate of consumption, all the known oil reserves in the world will run out

in about 100 years anyway -- even if we don't suffocate before then. Why not
switch over to alternative forms of energy right now? It's not that oil is the
only form of energy that exists on earth. In fact, if we had started switching
over to solar, wind.....and others forms of energy 40 years ago, we would have
been sitting pretty energywise right now, nor would we be having the pollution
that exists today.

But there are too many people dumb enough to listen to and believe the lies of
the oil companies. They prefer to take the word of our sociopathic corporation
leaders. Maybe we deserve to do ourselves and our world in. We certainly are
dumb enough and trying our best to do so.

When the Super-rich destroy the middle-classes, there will be a back-lash. It will be Self-Destruct.

Broadly speaking, the middle-classes are the people who produce most of the goods and services
that sustain the life of our nation -- from the hotel and factory worker to the professionals. The super-rich produce neither goods nor services. What they do is simply to manipulate money in order to
make more money. They do nothing productive for the nation at all. They give nothing, they only take. They are parasites feeding on the labor of others. And they think of themselves as superior!!!

When the middle-classes become extinct, so will the super-rich. There won't be anyone left to do the productive work. And this is where their money comes from - productive labor and services. And no
matter how much labor they export to foreign countries where labor is cheaper, the vast majority of it must still be done here at home. And if there are not enough people left to do the work here at home,
the super-rich will also lose. In fact, they will self-destruct -- only, these dumbasses don't know it yet. They're so mesmerized by their god -- immediate profit -- that they can't understand the simple logic I've just described.

Can anybody make them see the above? Will anybody try?

Yes, the Right-Wing nuts will self-destruct. The problem is that they will also be taking vast numbers
of innocent people along with them when they do. There will be only losers, no winners.

If the Koch brothers have anything to do with the stalling of the aid to the Ukraine in Congress,

they are probably now at the stage of feeling like they can PLAY GOD, and that nothing can stop them!
Total power corrupts totally. They should be shown that they can be stopped, and that their minds
are delusional.


Msg. from Robert Reich re expected follow-up Supreme Court decision to Citizens United ruling:

<< Any day now, the Supreme Court is expected to hand down its follow-up decision to the notorious Citizens United ruling. And when they do, we need to be ready.

A bad decision in McCutcheon v. FEC would give even more control of our elections to the wealthiest 1 percent, inviting rich donors to pour millions of dollars into federal campaigns. When the decision happens, we're taking to the streets. Will you join us?


Whatever happens, the need for a constitutional amendment to get big money out of politics has never been clearer. We also need a new way to pay for campaigns so elected officials are beholden to voters, not their big donors. And we need better disclosure so we know where the money is coming from. We can't take back our democracy unless we do it together. Find an event near you and join us!


Whenever the decision comes, we'll host a special telephone briefing within a couple of days to fill you, our members and supporters, in on the ruling and its implications. I hope you'll be able to join us; if things go as badly as we fear, we'll all have plenty of work to do.

Robert Reich and the rest of
the team at Common Cause >>


I am sure many DUers have received this same message from Robert Reich.
I am just trying to reach a larger number of Democrats.

Is the Democratic Establishment of today under at least partial control of Corporations?

Would people like Warren, Sanders, Grayson, etc... -- who might succeed at making a dramatic
overhaul of the entire Democratic Party from top to bottom and inside out -- ever get past the
Democratic Establishment's approval of running in the primaries? It seems quite likely that
even an FDR wouldn't stand a chance of getting elected today!

With the lure and temptation of profit, our Democratic Establishment leaders seem to be
wandering around in a desert -- aimlessly and without direction -- mesmerized into a state of

What would it take for them to realize that it's only a mirage, and wake up to the world of

And the reality is grim: Many of us believe that our way of life has changed so much that it
is now facing extinction.

Some claim we have lost our moral authority to criticize Putin's aggression in Ukraine. Do you?

Quite a few DUers are coming up with the idea that America has lost its
moral authority to criticize Putin for his aggressive moves in the Ukraine,
because of our recent aggressive war against Iraq.

I think this a good chance for SoS Kerry to skillfully build up and increase
the distance of Democrats from the Republicans. Democrats are not
war mongers, Republicans are. Bush had lied our nation into the war
against Iraq. They were aggressive, greedy, ambitious and totally wrong
then, just as Putin is aggressive, greedy, ambitious and totally wrong now.
A crime is a crime -- no matter who is committing it.

It's about time for some person in a position of responsibility to stand up and
tell the large numbers of the na´ve among us who still don't know what had
really happened. Bush, Cheney & Co. are wanted for trial as war criminals in
much of Europe. And in Malaysia, Bush, Cheney & Co. have already been
tried in absentia, and were found guilty!!!

The rest of the world has always known. It's only the ignorant among us who
still don't. And if they did, some of the Republicans would no longer be
voting Republican. Kerry would make a good spokesman for this -- just look
at the lies and dirty tricks the Repubs. had spread about and practiced on him,
when he was running against Bush in 2004!!

Of course it will not look so good for the Democratic politicians who had actually
voted for the war against Iraq way back then. These are the people who had
been fooled by Bush, and possibly some of them might even have wanted America
to become involved in murder for profit. After all, this really is what it was all
about, isn't it? Democrats should distance themselves from Republicans in this
as well as in so many other respects -- and proclaim it loud, long and clear.

It's about time to call a spade a spade. This is more for home consumption than
for anything else. As said above, the rest of the world already knows it.

Elizabeth Warren Fights against Global Warming, Separates Herself from Hillary Clinton

More than a month ago Elizabeth Warren finally separated herself clearly from Hillary Clinton, regarding the issue of climate change and global warming. Here is the story: TransCanada Corporation wants to build the Keystone XL Pipeline to carry oil from Alberta Canada's tar sands to two refineries owned by Koch Industries near the Texas Gulf Coast, for export to Europe; and Hillary Clinton has helped to make that happen, but Elizabeth Warren has now taken the opposite side. Clinton had worked behind the scenes to ease the way for commercial exploitation of this, the world's highest-carbon-emitting oil, 53% of which oil is owned by America's Koch Brothers. Secretary Clinton's State Department allowed the environmental impact statement on the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline to be performed by a petroleum industry contractor that was chosen by the company that was proposing to build and own the pipeline, TransCanada. That contractor had no climatologist, and their resulting report failed even at its basic job of estimating the number of degrees by which the Earth's climate would be additionally heated if this pipeline is built and operated. Their report ignored that question, and instead evaluated the impact that climate change would have on the pipeline, which was estimated to be none. President Obama himself is now trying to force the European Union to relax their anti-global-warming regulations so as to permit them to import the Kochs' dirty oil. His agent in this effort is his new U.S. Trade Representative, Michael Froman, from Wall Street.

But on December 20th, Senator Warren signed onto a letter criticizing the Obama Administration's apparent effort to force the European Union to agree to purchase this oil. Six senators and 16 House members, all Democrats, wrote a letter to Froman on Friday asking him to elaborate on his position on the matter. "If these reports are accurate, the U.S. Trade Representative's
actions could undercut the EU's commendable goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions in its transportation sectors," these
22 Democratic lawmakers wrote. This is, essentially, a rebellion by 22 progressive congressional Democrats against the Clinton-Obama effort to provide a market for the Kochs' dirty oil. This letter was actually written by Representative Henry Waxman and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse.

What is at issue in the Keystone XL and Alberta tar sands matter is governmental policies that will determine whether the tar-sands oil will undercut the production-costs of normal oil. If the Kochs win, then the existing governmental policies will change in ways that will eliminate this cost-advantage of normal oil. The benefits to Koch Industries, from this competitive re-alignment in favor of tar-sands oil, have been estimated to be around $100 billion. David and Charles Koch would then become the two wealthiest individuals in the world.

On December 17th, the Republican House budget chief, Paul Ryan, threatened to drive the U.S. Government into default unless President Obama approves the Keystone XL Pipeline. President Obama holds the sole authority to approve or disapprove this project, because it crosses the international border, but he has delayed this decision for years, because he doesn't want to enrage the environmental community. Senator Warren has now joined with the progressives on two big issues that arouse intense opposition to her from the aristocrats who finance most political campaigns: She opposes the taxpayer-handouts to Wall Street, and she now also opposes the entire planet's, basically, environmental handouts, to the owners of the most-harmfully polluting corporations, such as Koch Industries. (The other owners of tar-sands oil are Conoco-Phillips, Exxon-Mobil, and Chevron-Texaco.) This could be a turning-point in Warren's political career. She's no longer at war against only the financial industry corruption that dominates the conservative (Clinton and Obama) establishment within the Democratic Party (and all of the Republican Party), but she is also at war against their environmental corruption. Clinton's extensive Wall Street network is already busy behind the scenes, to discredit if not smear Elizabeth Warren. If Big Oil will now be donating to Wall Street's pro-Hillary campaign against Warren, then Warren will be lucky even to keep her Senate seat.

My admiration for Elizabeth Warren has gone up another notch. She is willing to dare and risk so much for the sake of giving the
American people a better chance. Character assassination does lasting political harm, and it works best against candidates whose policy-prescriptions are the hardest to attack; and every major politician knows that this is so. Hillary Clinton has a huge following that wants to see her as president. How many would still number themselves among her supporters, if they had known of the above? I, myself, would still prefer her to an out-and-out Republican, like Romney. But it is a choice of the lesser of two evils. I would like it much better to have a decent, left-of-center Democratic candidate, who would be working for all the American people, not just for the corporations.

We are in desperate need for a change, and time is not on our side. Who knows? The coming 3 years may be our last
chance. Plutocracy is already more than half way replacing democracy.

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