40 Years Ago Today, Tricky Dick Ran Away from Justice.

And America hasn’t been the same since. We have become cynical, our government and media have been largely taken over by Republicans who are still pissed off that their party’s crimes were uncovered. Really, though, they should be grateful that the GOP as a whole pretty much got away with it.

Shortly thereafter, Ford pardoned Nixon so the crooked bastard wouldn’t have to account for his many crimes, while the Repubs planned a takeover of the public and private sectors so as to ensure that they would never again be held to account for their illegal, immoral, unethical or anti-constitutional actions. With a few exceptions, that takeover has been a great success.

Today, politicos routinely resign rather than face charges, because Nixon set a precedent; and they are rarely prosecuted, because Ford set another precedent. Political crime and corruption have been legitimized to the extent that an illegitimate “President” (Bush II) could steal the Executive Branch, loot the Treasury, allow thousands of us to be killed, lie us into war,  kill thousands more innocent people in other countries…and face not one single consequence for such horrific crimes.

More than one commentator has bemoaned the decline in respect for the rule of law, the lack of trust in government, the rise of hyper-partisanship, and the general corruption and cynicism that plagues our society today. And justly so. But rarely do they trace these naitonal afflictions back to their root cause.

In my humble opinion, the reason our country has turned to shit can be traced back to 1974, when President Nixon shredded the constitution, committed and encouraged manifold crimes, lied to America…and was then allowed to walk away scot-free.

Crimes need to have consequences. Criminals need to be punished. Otherewise, a society will become a lawless, corrupt cesspool of neo-anarchistic social Darwinism. And that is what has happened in the past four decades.

Fuck you, Tricky. And fuck all those who allowed you to run away from justice.

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We Actually NEED This Law? Sadly, Yes.

Democrats in the U. S. Senate and House (no Republicans as yet) have introduced legislation to keep our boss’s paws out of doctors’ exam rooms. This is necessary because the Roberts Court (including corrupt porn addict Clarence Thomas) decided that our employers’ “religious views” are more important than our lives and health:

Democratic Sens. Patty Murray and Mark Udall fought back today against the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby ruling with plans for legislation intended to restore the contraceptive coverage requirement under the Affordable Care Act.

Joined by fellow Democrats from both chambers of Congress and women’s rights groups, the senators urged Republicans to support the bill they have nicknamed “Not My Boss’s Business Act.”

“We are here to ensure that no CEO or corporation can come between people and their guaranteed access to healthcare,” Murray, of Washington state, said, speaking at the Capitol. “I hope Republicans will join us to revoke this court-issued license to discriminate and return the right of Americans to make their own decision about their own health care and their own bodies.”

Christ on Soap-on-a-Rope, are we really having this discussion? Has the “Supreme” court become such a load of Neo-Luddites, or perhaps just plain unhinged by greed, that they truly think that medical care for our wives’ and daughters’ uteri is somehow sacreligious? That clearing up endometrial irregularities will consign Hobby Lobby to a fiery Hell?

Apparently the “Justices” think so, and thus our tax dollars will be wasted on legislative measures to restore the rights we already had in the first place. For a party that claims to want a small government that spends less money, the Repubs sure are spending lots of coin peeping into our bedrooms and Gynecologists’ exam rooms. This law is needed, but it shouldn’t be.

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Everything that is wrong with America: Ohio state Senator Bill Sites.

Ohio’s Renewable Energy credits have created thousands upon thousands of jobs. By investing a tiny amount, we have gotten hundreds of millions of millions of dollars in out-of-state capital invested here. Plus, the air and water are a bit cleaner. So, you might say, this truly bipartisan bill is a good example of how government can enable profit for businesses and people.

You would say that, if you weren’t republican state senator Bill Sites, bought-and-paid-for whore of the fossil-fuel industry. For a pittance in bribes contributions, Mr. Sites is currently wrecking the legislation that has done so much good for the state. Thus he is an exemplar of all that is wrong with contemporary politics: he is lining his pockets while emptying ours.

Think about it: is this not the problem? Those who claim to represent us are actually robbing us blind, invading our privacy, and taking away our rights. Their names are legion, but their actions are the same.

When next you vote, be sure to un-elect any “public servant” who is acting like Bill Sites. Vote for their opponent, who might cheat us, instead of for the lying bastards who are stealing from us already.

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