It’s Time to Bring Democracy Back Home

I have held my opinion on this blog from some months now regarding the Jena 6 but I cannot any longer.  I felt, at first, that this was not part of our mission at Peace Action.  Then I received a press release from the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee.  The release condemns the Islamophobic comments of Rep. Peter King (R-NY).  This got me thinking.  The media and Congress shake their fingers at the Iraqi government for not overcoming ‘ethic tension’ and not ‘moving forward with the democracy’ – how can we ‘promote democracy’ abroad while we do not uphold it here at home? 

The charges brought against these 6 teenagers for fighting at an off-campus party includes attempted murder and theft.   

The theft charge stems from one white kid bringing a gun into the house party and threatening the black kids.  The black child being charged with theft took that gun away from the fight to eliminate the threat. 

The potential murder weapon was not the gun, it was a shoe.  A black kid threatened a white kid with a shoe after taking the white kid’s gun – and now that black kid is in jail. 

None of the white children have been charged with anything.  They were never punished for hanging nooses from a tree to spark the fighting in the first place.  They have never been punished for fighting.  The town believes everyone in the country is ‘blowing this out of proportion.”  This is the most disgusting breech of our justice system since Alberto’s political firings came to light.  It’s particularly disturbing how closely these two are chronologically – tells you something about the state of our own ‘democratic’ justice system. 

Rep. King believes Muslims are “an enemy living amongst us.”  In an interview with The Politico, Rep. King said, “Unfortunately, we have too many mosques in this country. There are too many people who are sympathetic to radical Islam. We should be looking at them more carefully. We should be finding out how we can infiltrate.”  Go to our website to see the full press release.

As the Bush Administration beats the war drum toward Iran telling us they hate freedom, they practice state sponsored discrimination, and we must save the innocent Iranians from their dictator I say, people who live in glass houses should not throw stones. 

We have systemic racism that wasn’t discussed until Katrina hit and with the Jena 6 is still a controversial issue.  In an interview with USA Today one local resident called the protest a “knee jerk reaction.”  We have justice system that is far form blind – more like politically motivated.  We have a dictator who shuns the democratic system by ‘staying HIS course.’  More than ever, I am dedicated to eliminating our military presence around the world and focused on cleaning our own house.  I demand justice in Jena, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Columbia, Venezuela, Washington, all over the U.S. and the world.  I am reminded of a bumper sticker that speaks closely to my heart:  “Know Justice, Know Peace.  No Justice, No Peace.”

7 Responses to It’s Time to Bring Democracy Back Home

  1. Yeabu Conteh says:

    Barbara, I second your analysis of America not living up to what we are promoting abroad. The Jena Six incident is a result of deeply rooted racism and injustice that has never been properly addressed in our country. When I first heard of what happened in Jena, I thought it was a fabricated story circulating on the Internet. It wasn’t until some members of the media (not surprisingly much later) began speaking about it. I was definitely taken aback for two reasons.

    1. The charges were outrageous. Not just because they are African- Americans, but they are children who were being treated as murderers.
    2. This tragedy set us back as a country 50 years, but at least it opened up a wound that never healed, but was simply covered but still festering.

    To some, this incident is probably viewed as another “Oh here they are complaining again.” situation, while to others who are aware and fed up with these type of situations in our country view it as an opportunity to confront it, address it and work toward some solutions.

    You know, it amazes me how we’re able to spend billions of dollars in Iraq to help institute democracy, but we can’t afford additional voting machines in predominantly African-American and Latino communities because they’re “too expensive.” We would rather have our citizens wait in line for hours just to cast a vote.

    Until we are able to sincerely address discrimination against, and the disenfranchisement of certain people in our country, our intentions to “democratize” the world will never be viewed as genuine.

  2. Brandon McHale says:

    Hi,
    I am an alien, living in the US. I came here to live in a great country. Now, living so close, I see that structure of this great nation is cracking. Cracking under the weight of its own ethnic diversity. I agree with all the comments about Jenas, But….you will never rid yourself of this blight until you call those kids AMERICANS. They are not African Americans, they probably have never been out of the state. You call for unity and then in the same breath partition and sub divide your culture. Stop harking back to the past. Move forward, black, white, yellow, red you are all Americans. When you learn to stop dividing the sand pit up among your “heritage” you may eventually find time to play in it and enjoy the bounty that this country has to offer.

  3. Subject: A COUP HAS OCCURRED!!

    GOVERNMENT SOLD, NOT FOR SALE. FOREIGN POLICY IS ISRAEL & AIPAC CONTROLLED NO MATTER, WHO IS IN OFFICE.

    OUR GOVERNMENT IS NOT FOR-SALE, IT HAS BEEN SOLD:

    More then 150 million dollars have been raised from the American People, for the Democratic Party on lies to end the WAR.

    This time it isn’t the republicans telling the lies, it is all top 3 democrat candidates for the Democrat

    Party. Time after time, the deception has been, vote for me, and give me money I will immediately

    Leave IRAQ. The first thing to be done is BRING OUR TROOPS HOME. Not even redeploy.

    The claim was BRING THEM HOME.

    Now after raising record amounts from individual Americans, we hear a different story. One that

    shows how special interest groups, foreign lobbies dictate to all parties. Republican, Democrat

    No longer matters.

    Now to realize that the Fascist coupe, that has occurred, is a take over of both parties,

    Of both houses, now it does not matter. No one takes a second look at impeachment,

    or to hold ANYONE accountable.

    It is a sad state of affairs. America no longer has a real choice. We vote only as an impudent citizen.

    Our choice is based on, vote for a female, vote for a black, vote for a conservative, vote for a liberal,

    Vote for an actor, but the REAL ISSUES for AMERICA are off the TABLE,

    IMPEACHMENT, WAR, HEALTH CARE, IMMIGRATION, BORDER CONTROL, OUT-SOURCING,

    FOREIGN TRADE, REAL CAMPAIGN REFORM, CHECKS & BALANCE, CENSORSHIP, CONSTITUTIONAL

    VIOLATIONS, PRIVATE ARMIES, HUMAN RIGHTS, LOBBIES, EVERY ISSUE SEEMS TO BE A VIOLATION OF

    SOME HATE CRIME. ALL MOSTLY CALLED, ANTI-SEMENTIC. NOW WE FACE A GLOBAL ANTI-SEMENTIC

    LAW. LOBBIED AND PAID FOR BY ISRAEL & AIPAC.

    Talk about Arrogance! Bush signs a law judging the rest of the world. While Bush ignores the ruling of the UN and the World Court! It’s not even a good law! That’s why the world needs a bipartisan world rather than one superpower. The power goes into their head!

    The world does not exist for Jews and Israel only, but all of our policies and new laws, and most decisions are now made with their interest in mind only. WHY IS THAT!!!

    Americans need to revolt. We are losing all.

    Read: President Jimmy Carter’s book. Read: Professor’s John Mearsheimer & Steven Walt. Read: Richard Clark’s book. Read & Listen: To weapons inspector

    Scott Ritter.

    How about a panel of these individuals, not Media personalities, or other special interest personalities, let them voice what is going on, what needs to be done,

    And most important what candidate, OR candidates they would endorse IF ANY. The changes that need to be made IMMEDIATELY.

    That is because two things come together that with the acceptance for various reasons of the Congress – Democrats and Republicans – and the public and the media, we have freed the White House – the president and the vice president – from virtually any restraint by Congress, courts, media, public, whatever.

    And on the other hand, the people who have this unrestrained power are crazy.”

    ‘A Coup Has Occurred’

    Bush and Cheney have been subverting our Constitution since they took office. They’ve also been undermining the basic principles on which America was founded, the principles of liberty, equality and justice for all. They’ve corrupted Congress, taken over the mainstream media to use as their propaganda organ, used the military to further their private interests, drained the treasury, hastened environmental catastrophe, and terrorized the population with rumors of false flag operations, bird flu epidemics, concentration camps meant for us, etc, etc, etc. Cheney has issued veiled hints about nuking an American city- the internet is buzzing with concern about the missing nuclear-tipped cruise missile.

    It’s now clear that from the start, the goal of Bush and Cheney has been to create the conditions necessary to institute a dictatorship.

    Ronald Waldron

  4. THE COUNTRY’S LEADERS HAVE All but forgot the true hero’s of 911.

    People who gave life & limb in attempt to save those lost. Trained to aid & assist life, not see it taken.

    Now they stand alone, observing the incomplete investigations, the incomplete truth, and the political rhetoric of

    that fateful day.

    The firefighters and policemen, America’s heroes, wonder why so much secrecy. Why so many discrepancies

    of the facts. Now with all the suffering by members that responded, that now faces disability or death,

    because of the hazardous materials, injuries, & trauma . Do not get help or answers.

    The death toll of that day, the losses to all families of 911, used as political rhetoric, and a tool for unjustified WAR.

    Osama Bin Laden, the accused perpetrator, still on the run, while our government engages in a civil War in Iraq.

    So much more death & destruction, 3950 troops killed, 1 million civilians killed, 28000 troops injured, thousands

    of Iraqi’s injured, 2 million displaced.

    America’s heroes are in support of the troops and their families, they want accountability for

    all that has transpired prior to, and since 911. The truth is demanded, accountability is demanded..

    It is time for the American People to hire private investigative firms, dig out the truth, we shall use that same

    techniques this false flag government uses, private military that does not answer to Congress or the pentagon.

    Well, we guess true information is forthcoming to America also.

    Join in now,

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    Thus, Israel can continue their human rights violations; keep up military attacks on their neighbors. Continue to occupy another’s land.

    DON’T WE HAVE AMERICAN PROBLEMS, DO WE HAVE ANYONE REPRESENTING AMERICA, SURE AS HELL DOES NOT LOOK LIKE IT!!

    Of course all those trips, and bennies, sure go along way don’t they!

  6. : MICHAEL MOORE, HOW ABOUT ANOTHER GREAT TRUTHFUL DOCUMENTARY. “REVOLUTION ON THE WAY AND WHY!!”

    Subject: TIME TO REVOLT: STRIKE ON THE PRIMARIES, DON’T VOTE AT ALL. “PICKET THE POLLS”

    GOVERNMENT SOLD, NOT FOR SALE. FOREIGN POLICY IS ISRAEL & AIPAC CONTROLLED NO MATTER, WHO IS IN OFFICE.

    OUR GOVERNMENT IS NOT FOR-SALE, IT HAS BEEN SOLD:

    “A COUP HAS OCCURRED!!”

    More then 150 million dollars have been raised from the American People, for the Democratic party on lies to end the WAR.

    This time it isn’t the republicans telling the lies, it all top 3 democrat candidates for the Democrat
    Party. Time after time, the deception has been, vote for me, and give me money I will immediately
    Leave IRAQ. The first thing to be done is BRING OUR TROOPS HOME. Not even redeploy.
    The claim was BRING THEM HOME.

    Now after raising record amounts from individual Americans, we hear a different story. One that
    shows how special interest groups, foreign lobbies dictate to all parties. Republican, Democrat
    No longer matters.

    Now to realize that the Fascist coupe, that has occurred, is a take over of both parties,
    Of both houses, now it does not matter. No one takes a second look at impeachment,
    or to hold ANYONE accountable.

    It is a sad state of affairs. America no longer has a real choice. We vote only as an impudent citizen.
    Our choice is based on, vote for a female, vote for a black, vote for a conservative, vote for a liberal,
    Vote for an actor, but the REAL ISSUES for AMERICA are off the TABLE,

    IMPEACHMENT, WAR, HEALTH CARE, IMMIGRATION, BORDER CONTROL, OUT-SOURCING,
    FOREIGN TRADE, REAL CAMPAIGN REFORM, CHECKS & BALANCE, CENSORSHIP, CONSTITUTIONAL
    VIOLATIONS, PRIVATE ARMIES, HUMAN RIGHTS, LOBBIES, EVERY ISSUE SEEMS TO BE A VIOLATION OF
    SOME HATE CRIME. ALL MOSTLY CALLED, ANTI-SEMENTIC. NOW WE FACE A GLOBAL ANTI-SEMENTIC
    LAW. LOBBIED AND PAID FOR BY ISRAEL & AIPAC.
    Talk about Arrogance! Bush signs a law judging the rest of the world. While Bush ignores the ruling of the UN and the World Court! It’s not even a good law! That’s why the world needs a bipartisan world rather than one superpower. The power goes into their head!
    The world does not exist for Jews and Israel only, but all of our policies and new laws, and most decisions are now made with their interest in mind only. WHY IS THAT!!!

    Americans need to revolt. We are losing all.

    Read: President Jimmy Carter’s book. Read: Professor’s John Mearsheimer & Steven Walt. Read: Richard Clark’s book. Read & Listen: To weapons inspector
    Scott Ritter.

    How about a panel of these individuals, not Media personalities, or other special interest personalities, let them voice what is going on, what needs to be done,
    And most important what candidate , candidates they would endorse IF ANY, the changes that need to be made IMMEDIATELY..

    That is because two things come together that with the acceptance for various reasons of the Congress – Democrats and Republicans – and the public and the media, we have freed the White House – the president and the vice president – from virtually any restraint by Congress, courts, media, public, whatever.
    And on the other hand, the people who have this unrestrained power are crazy.”
    ‘A Coup Has Occurred’

    Bush and Cheney have been subverting our Constitution since they took office. They’ve also been undermining the basic principles on which America was founded, the principles of liberty, equality and justice for all. They’ve corrupted Congress, taken over the mainstream media to use as their propaganda organ, used the military to further their private interests, drained the treasury, hastened environmental catastrophe, and terrorized the population with rumors of false flag operations, bird flu epidemics, concentration camps meant for us, etc, etc, etc. Cheney has issued veiled hints about nuking an American city- the internet is buzzing with concern about the missing nuclear-tipped cruise missile.
    It’s now clear that from the start, the goal of Bush and Cheney has been to create the conditions necessary to institute a dictatorship.

    AIPAC believes the key to securing the U.S.-Israel alliance in the future is to educate student leaders today. AIPAC’s Leadership Development Department empowers students to be confident advocates for Israel—both on campus and beyond. Working with high school, undergraduate, and graduate students, as well as young professionals, AIPAC’s training programs teach students how to strengthen the U.S.-Israel relationship through political involvement. On campuses across America—from Ivy League universities, to small liberal arts colleges, to Historically Black and Christian schools—AIPAC gives students the tools to find their voices in support of a strong U.S.-Israel relationship.
    AIPAC-Trained Students Mobilize Against Ahmadinejad at Columbia:
    When Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad spoke at Columbia University, AIPAC student activists mobilized their peers to speak out. Using their AIPAC training.

    AIPAC & MEDIA:
    AIPAC assists the media with frequently updated briefs on important issues affecting the Middle East and U.S.-Israel relations. Press releases, statements, issues analysis and other useful resources are also available.
    LEGISLATION:
    AIPAC assists the media with frequently updated briefs on important issues affecting the Middle East and U.S.-Israel relations. Press releases, statements, issues analysis and other useful resources are also available. Even writes most Bills.
    AIPAC produces a wide range of publications that help policymakers, AIPAC members and activists better understand important issues. AIPAC publications offer the latest news, unique insight and concise analysis.
    Read AIPAC’s insightful two-page analyses of U.S. foreign policy initiatives and important Middle East issues as they break.
    Review AIPAC’s public statements on important issues affecting the Middle East and U.S.-Israel relations.
    FOREIGN POLICY MARKERS:
    Review AIPAC’s public statements on important issues affecting the Middle East and U.S.-Israel relations.
    As America’s leading pro-Israel lobby, AIPAC is closely involved in public policy affecting the Middle East and the U.S.-Israel relationship. AIPAC provides daily updates and analysis on important legislation and policy initiatives.
    IRAN SANCTIONS BILL:
    Written by & for the benefit of AIPAC & Israel.
    The House passed a comprehensive Iran sanctions bill by a vote of 397-16 that strengthens U.S. tools to cut off funds to Iran’s nuclear program and prohibits U.S. nuclear cooperation with those aiding Iran’s atomic efforts. The bill, introduced by Reps. Tom Lantos (D-CA) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), also urges the listing of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a specially designated global terrorist group and prohibits U.S. nuclear cooperation with those aiding Iran’s atomic efforts.
    Iran Policy:
    In advance of the U.N. Security Council meeting in New York this week, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said that there is “no difference” in the way the United States and Israel view the necessity of imposing stringent economic pressure on Iran.
    All Issues:
    AIPAC provides concise analysis, feature coverage and links to special reports on key issues affecting the Middle East, Israel’s security and the U.S.-Israel relationship.
    AIPAC provides concise analysis, feature coverage and links to special reports on key issues affecting the Middle East, Israel’s security and the U.S.-Israel relationship.
    Thus, Israel can continue their human rights violations; keep up military attacks on their neighbors. Continue to occupy another’s land.
    DON’T WE HAVE AMERICAN PROBLEMS, DO WE HAVE ANYONE REPRESENTING AMERICA, SURE AS HELL DOES NOT LOOK LIKE IT!!
    Of course all those trips, and bennies, sure go along way don’t they!

    LIEBERMAN-KYL AMENDMENT

    In case you thought it was just an aberrant moment of lunacy last
    week when Lieberman pressed General Petraeus for an attack on Iran,
    just before the weekend he introduced an amendment to the defense
    bill to authorize exactly that.

    No, we are not kidding. He has drafted language that any impartial
    observer would interpret as a DECLARATION OF WAR against Iran, and he
    is pressing for a vote as fast as possible.

    AGAIN: Only for the safety of Israel do we threaten more WAR. To call Israel a democracy is like
    Calling Hell – PARIDISE. Who to hell do you in congress think you are kidding?

    It seemed like Liberman was the one to sell out the Democrats, now the reality is the RUBBER STAMP
    consist of all in Washington. EVEN THE WANNA
    BEES.

    Former top CIA analysts Kathleen and Bill Christison give CounterPunchers the real scoop on the Israel lobby and precisely how powerful it is. Read how US presidents from Wilson, through FDR to Truman were manipulated by the Zionist lobby; how Israel bent LBJ, Reagan and Clinton to its purpose; how Bush’s White House has been the West Wing of the Israeli government; how Washington’s revolving doors send full-time Israel lobbyists from think-tanks to the National Security Council and the Pentagon’s Office of Special Plans.

    YOU ORGANIZED CRIME BOSSES:

    We disagree with you completely, We feel we the people who are being asked to hire you have a right and you have an obligation to prepare for us a complete Proposal, what work you intend to do, where you intend to get the money that you would need to set into progress the things that you intend to achieve and any time lines that you would set for achieving these goals so that we would know if the government actually is making any progress on it’s benchmarks. How you intend to work with Senators, Representatives, as well as Governors and Mayors to achieve the goals that you have set out for yourself on behalf of those you SERVE

    What has amazed us over the last several months of watching you as you run for the highest office in the land. The opportunity to serve as the head CEO of the Corporation of the United States of America, is that not one of you has set down to write a complete proposal to the people of what it is that you would intend to do while serving in this vital position. Of course we now realize, it is all dictated to you by a foreign power.

    WILL ANYONE OF YOU TAKE A REAL STAND AGAINST THIS POWER? WE SEEM TO KNOW THE ASNWER, BUT WE WILL NOT GIVE-IN WITH
    OUT ONE HELL OF A FIGHT. REVOLUTION IS COMING.

    OUR NATIONAL DEBT: NINE PLUS TRILLION AND RISING.

    FOREIGN AID TO ISRAEL: Total Direct Aid to Israel Conservatively Estimated at Almost $105 Billion. NOT
    INCLUDING THE “WAR COST” OF WARS WE FIGHT SOLELY FOR THEIR BENEFIT & SECURITY.

    $23,000 PLUS FOR EACH ISRAELI — EXCLUDING NON-JEWS—YOU KNOW THEIR DEMOCRACY.

    Carter said he hoped Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid would provoke a debate on Israeli policy (”OUR FOREIGN POLICY”). HAS IT? NOT YET, BUT IT IS COMING!!

    This is how a US Senator
    looks upon a crook

    Hillary Backed Israel’s Syrian Attack

  7. AMERICAN’S DEMAND FAIR TAXATION FOR ALL!!

    Pressure local, state, and federal governments, for “Fair” taxes from all institutions and corporations.

    America is no longer recognized as a christian nation.
    It is recognized as a Nation becoming controlled by foreign lobbies.

    Such as AIPAC & Associates, that have been undermining for the

    benefit of Israel, and the Jewish faith.
    We will either deal with it now, or we will deal with it at the

    cost of our Nation as a Moral–Christian Country.
    We have witnessed six years of this “Zionist-movement”

    leading our nation in the complete wrong dirrection for

    America, and the rest of the “World”.
    In defiance of the American people’s wishes, when push

    comes to shove, the U.S. government manages to

    support a hostile Jewish State.

    A Zionist movement, of injustice, and corruption.

    “All Palestine should be returned to the Palestinians and other occupied lands should be returned to their owners. And the Zionist enterprise should cease to exist. Only then will the misery wrought by Zionism disappear.”

    This may take some people by surprise, but the UN has not used the term “Jewish state” since 1947. Resolution 181 then called for a “Jewish state” and an “Arab state,” with gerrymandered borders designed to craft Jewish and Arab majorities in each state. But the attempt was rendered obsolete when Zionist forces established “Israel” on a much greater swath of territory that had, in total, held a substantial Arab majority, and expelled most of the Arab residents. As refugees, according to the Geneva Conventions, those Arab residents have the right to return to their homes, villages, towns and cities. But their return would eliminate the Jewish majority in what became “Israel,” so Israel hasn’t allowed this.

    Hence the UN cannot confirm Israel as a Jewish state (i.e., a state that can legitimately sustain a Jewish majority) without contradicting international law regarding the right of refugees. When the UN refers to “Israel” today, it does not understand Israel as the “Jewish state” in the old ethnic-majority terms of 1947, because Israel can be granted no “right” to an ethnic demography that would prevent the return of refugees.

    Also, times have simply changed. In 1947, ethnic nationalism still made some belated sense, although it was already discredited by the dreadful abuses wreaked by Germany and Japan. Today, recognizing the “right” of any state to compose itself legally as an ethnic-majority state would clearly flout UN conventions on human rights and non-discrimination. The UN and EU therefore cannot openly endorse Israel’s right to compose itself as one. It would make hash of international efforts in Rwanda, the Sudan, Kashmir, Afghanistan, Kosovo, and many other crisis spots.

    So the US has lured the EU, Canada, and Norway into a trap. If they hold that Hamas must recognize Israel as a Jewish state (with a right to preserve an ethnic-Jewish majority), then they must state clearly that it endorses ethnic-majority governance. But them themselves cannot explicitly endorse Israel’s right to ethnocracy, because it would contradict international law as well as its own diplomacy in a host of other conflict zones, so on what grounds do they require Hamas to do so?

    The delemia of Americans and American Politics has nothing to do so much with are you a “Republican” or are you a “Democrat”. ( IT IS ARE YOU ACTUALLY AMERICAN) ???

    We all know, the Arab league of Nations knows,the World knows, and most Jews agree, that the land occupied by ISRAEL supported by AIPAC,that they are not entitled to it. YET, when they have developed the White House into their EMBASSY they will continue to, the real detriment to the United States and the rest of the WORLD.

    Now to realize that the Fascist coupe, that has occurred, is a take over of both parties,
    Of both houses, now it does not matter. No one takes a second look at impeachment,
    or to hold ANYONE accountable.

    It is a sad state of affairs. America no longer has a real choice. We vote only as an impudent citizen.
    Our choice is based on, vote for a female, vote for a black, vote for a conservative, vote for a liberal,
    Vote for an actor, but the REAL ISSUES for AMERICA are off the TABLE,

    Bush’s White House has been the West Wing of the Israeli government; how Washington’s revolving doors send full-time Israel lobbyists from think-tanks to the National Security Council and the Pentagon’s Office of Special Plans.

    Claims that there are positive aspects of the U.S.-Israeli relationship seldom stand up to scrutiny.

    ” A preacher of the gospel ought not to be patiently listened to those, who eloquently promotes the blessings of liberty or occupation by WAR ,as if they make them free, while in fact hold their fellow-humans, administer torture,
    death and distruction. Take their property and resources in a most dreadful and lacerating bondage.” Might that be the
    precise reasoning for separation of Church & State?

    The American government has become the epitome of everything we once opposed. Russia is not communist any more, but the American government, under the domination of the Jewish neocons (who are former communists) acts more and more like the communists have acted for decades.

    The corruption of, and the “WAR FOR PROFIT”,
    Led by the republican–Israeli organized crime syndicate has brought this country to the point of bankruptcy. Led by, but with the purchase of several
    Polarized individuals, from both sides of the isle.

    Not only bankrupt financially, but moral values,
    ethics, and all domestic issues.

    One would think from that, that the Churches and synagogues are a branch of the Government, a public institution, whereas they are only semipublic, being under the control of a special group of patrons, and as such should be taxed and made to pay the same as any other self-aggrandizing corporation.

    The State now should not permit them to go tax free, and should, should it not? enjoy and participate in any money-making of this nature, which is certainly no legitimate function of religion. Then look close at the MONEY!!

    Tenth Circuit Court addressed, and held that “tax exemption is a privilege, a matter of grace rather than a right.”

    The question of tax exemption for churches is clear: the foundation has been laid for taxing church property and perhaps even church income.

    As the budget deficits of the federal, state and local governments increase, the possibility of taxing church property also rises — despite the long history of tax exemption.

    We are sick and tired of the “Zionist-Movement” the cost of the “WAR” they demanded, the amount of holdings & investments rather then any amount of return to the community. The threat of the late Falwell to use 200,000 preachers to preach his message from the pulpit is not only wrong it is unlimited use of propaganda!

    The American People will now DEMAND, fair

    taxation of all religious institutions, and all

    corporations.

    George Bush has surrendered his presidency completely to this foreign power and shames every real American who has pride in our country.

    The Church organizations in this country bought into this Israeli propaganda

    along time ago. Seemingly, and wrongfully agreeing with the human rights

    violations, abuses and genocide for the last 60 years.

    It is time our complete system of governing, foreign policy, and foreign influences be REFORMED.

    Do not “underestimate” the “anger,” “frustration,” and “determination,” of your citizens who demand “justice and fairness.”

    William H. Rehnquist spoke for the court:
    Both tax exemptions and tax deductibility are a form of subsidy that is administered through the tax system. A tax exemption has much the same effect as a cash grant to the organization of the amount of tax it would have to pay on its income.

    The significance of this decision is often overlooked. If tax exemption is a form of subsidy, then church property tax exemption is a clear violation of the establishment clause of the First Amendment. All that is necessary to make church property tax exemption a thing of the past is for an irate taxpayer who is tired of high taxes to file suit to force churches to pay their “fair share.”

    The Court will have to make such Constitutional decision soon.

    Blackwater has received more than $832 million in contracts from the State Department. They claim to have 1,000 employees in Iraq. That is a cost of $832,000 per man for Security. To most of us, that price would fall into “Killers for hire” category.

    Regardless, investigations into the USA officials and contractor corruption, will not be covered up by claiming more secret classification, censorship of the media, and blaming the corruption on the Iraqi’s alone.

    The only way to stop it is “MONEY”. Stop the dam funding of the corrupt war in the first place.

    Hold this administration accountable. Impeach and charge the WAR crimes.

    Freeze all funds connected. IRS investigations on all corporations and institutions involved.

    Blackwater, is taking the heat so far, but in reality other contractors (criminals) have much more to answer for, such as

    Halliburton/Cheney—Brown/Kellogg & Root. Plus Plus..

    The questions and investigations need to take place. People need to do their jobs, or is it? Be allowed to do their jobs.

    THIS should be an all out organized crime investigation and prosecution.

    American’s are ashamed of all of you. The UN and Interpol needs to investigate, prosecute, and set sanctions against the USA..

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