We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up
Friday, March 29, 2013
6 Ways Our Supreme Court Has Defiled Our Constitution
American writer Corseri gives us some history lessons about how one branch of our government has well served the interests of the One Percent ruling class. You won't get this material in the schools controlled by this class, so it is a must read if you want to free yourself from class based indoctrination.
However, I must take issue with his headline which suggests that the US Constitution was essentially defiled. Here I am addressing the original constitution as proposed by the propertied elite after their successful conclusion of the War of Independence from Britain. The ten amendments were added to the property focused document as icing to their cake because of the widespread opposition voiced by ordinary people throughout the 13 states. Yes, a "spoonful of sugar [does help] the medicine go down". The amendments served as an inducement to quell this opposition so that the elite could get on with plundering their new continent.
And, plunder and exploit they did, both the natural riches of the land and the energy and creativity of its inhabitants--except, of course, the original inhabitants, the Native Americans who were shunted off onto worthless lands. The story of plundering and exploiting has been the sordid history of these United States during which time the elite's Supreme Court ignored or interpreted the 10 amendments to suit their purposes.