I’m still trying to organize this and grow the movement. I’ve changed it to Summer of Justice and dropped the date.
Summer of Justice – 2013 – D.C. Philosophy and Plan of Action
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Philosophy and Plan of Action- Summer of Justice - 2013 – D.C.
“The question, of course, is whether subjects shall be assumed to be dependent upon rulers, as children must be dependent upon their parents, or whether they shall be assumed to be responsible and self-governing.” ~ George H. Sabine, A History of Political Theory, Third Edition, (Holt, Rinehart, Winston, Inc., 1937, 1950, 1961) pp. 72-73.
Wisdom or Foolishness? Law or Chaos? Justice or Crime? Success or Failure? Truth or Lies? Jesus or Zionism? America or Israel? Peace or War? Life or Death? Birth or Abortion? Nurture or Depredation?
These are “either/or” questions. They can also be seen as societal problems which present us with a series of moral dilemmas. When seen as such these questions cannot have “both/and” answers or solutions. These questions must have just and proper moral answers, which can be either right or wrong but they can’t be both. At least not according to any reasonable, workable, and universally applicable theory of justice. Some standard of justice exists within every society which is socially agreed upon, and at its best will have a transcendent, universal moral standard of right and wrong (or good and evil) that applies to everyone equally.
We need to be able to identify what behaviors we think of as evil within our society, and why we think these behavior are evil, which will enable us to write good, just laws prohibiting these criminal actions. We begin with a lowest common denominator approach in order to discern “good” and “evil” and from this starting point we can simply work our way upwards toward what we believe should be lawfully permitted in our society and what behaviors we believe should not be lawfully permitted. Did someone’s act help or hurt someone? Did someone’s act violate someone or did it help to protect someone from being violated?
As human and individual rights-conscous peoples, we Americans should be asking ourselves: what obligations do we have, which come with the rights we both demand and enjoy? The answer is: the obligations we have are to afford to all peoples the same individual rights we demand and enjoy, which extend, by nature, to every human being: the rights to life, liberty, property, pursuit of happiness, and the expectation of equal justice under law.
When we come to deciding upon what behavior within a society should be allowed and what behavior within a society should not be allowed, we should do as the Founders did with the US Constitution when they put limits upon the new federal government. The first ten amendments acknowledge certain social behaviors as inviolable human rights. It’s best for us to begin by listing the prohibited behaviors as opposed listing the behaviors which are permitted, because our list will be much shorter and, more importantly, because the law, by nature, puts limits on behaviors, the law doesn’t grant permissions, because the permission to do as we please, as free people, is presupposed and assumed, due to the fact that we are free by virtue of being human. We chose to belong to or remain within a society because we willingly accept and agree with the limitations the laws of this society place upon us as one of its members.
There are always two sides to every story. Likewise there are many possible solutions to every social problem we face in America, or so it seems. The question is which is the best solution for society? The political positions of both the far left and the far right can help us to see where we want to go as a society as well as where we don’t want to go as a society. The extreme nature of both the far left and far right political positions indicate to us that neither the far left nor the far right position can be totally correct and that a position somewhere in the middle, taking some ideas from the left and some ideas from the right, is likely the best road for a society to take. Wisdom and justice is what we are seeking, and the wise and most just solution to a societal problem can come from either the left or the right, depending upon what the particular problem may be.
Some things in life are “both/and” but some things in life are “either/or”. For example, while driving on the interstate, one sees an exit ramp every few miles by which one can exist the interstate orderly and safely.
When seeing such an exit ramp one has a choice to make: one can choose either to exit the interstate by way of this particular ramp at this particular time or one can choose not to.
There is no third option; no both/and answer to this dilemma, which is exactly what one finds one’s self in – a dilemma – every time one sees such a ramp while driving on an interstate highway. And it’s the same way with moral social issues and the law: only one legal/sociopolitical philosophy can be the most just.
The Summer of Justice – 2013 – DC has one, simple goal: To attain the most justice possible in an imperfect world which can apply equally to all Americans; none of whom are perfect either. Although the goal is simple, the way in which this goal will be met is anything but simple. In fact the plan of action must be well though-through and well-enacted if it is to be attained. And if the Summer of Justice – 2013 – DC doesn’t attain a new beginning – a new era – of justice, as it can and should, this will be our fault and not the fault of the Summer of Justice – 2013 – DC plan of action. The overall plan, the legal/sociopolitical philosophy is good, as is the direct action protest technique, but if the American people will not participate in or support the Summer of Justice – 2013 – DC in large numbers it doesn’t stand a chance, and neither does America, because, to date, I’ve seen no better concept, and the time to act is quickly running out. See: VIDEO – Chalmers Johnson DECLINE of EMPIRES: The Signs of Decay
As plans go, the Summer of Justice – 2013 – DC is a non-violent direct-action protest, meaning people – the American People – will gather together non-violently (our right to freely assemble if done peacefully) to present our petition of grievances (i.e., problems) to the US government in Washington in order to have them properly addressed (solved). This petition of grievances is a long list of serious crimes that have been perpetrated by the US government. The American people have for many years attempted through proper channels to have these grievances addressed and they have not been, and probably never will be. For this reason the list has been posted on Scribd (June 11, 2011) as a legal notice to the US government that, at this point in time, since the government will not address our grievances, this legal notice gave the US government one year to turn this nation around and begin seeking to address these injustices (7/4/2011 – 7/4/2012) or the American People will (7/4/2013). (See list here.)
To help us begin to think-through some of the many issues which face America today, we will go through a list of seven (7) issues which are of concern to a majority of Americans, which are based upon polling data, that has been taken from a politically far left-wing anti-war organization “October – 2011 – Stop the Machine”, which has organized a direct-action protest in Washington, D. C. set for for October 6, 2011.
Below are listed seven important issues where the majority Americans appear to agree with the far left-wing’s political goals and sees the U.S. government as currently going in the opposite direction. I myself am not of the opinion that we should base our decisions upon polling data when it comes to determining what the best, most just solution to a societal problem might be but this list will serve our purposes here. The majority of the people can often be completely wrong regarding the most just solution to a social problem. (For polling data info see the October – 2011 – Stop The Machine website and the original article here.)
1) Tax the rich and corporations
2) End the wars, bring the troops home, cut military spending
3) Protect the social safety net, strengthen Social Security and improved Medicare for all
4) End corporate welfare for oil companies and other big business interests
5) Transition to a clean energy economy, reverse environmental degradation
6) Protect worker rights including collective bargaining, create jobs and raise wages
7) Get money out of politics
In order to contrast these seven issues from the political left with the political right’s position regarding these same issues, I will speak for the right. Now let’s see where the political right in America would “take issue” with several (most) of these (seven) left-wing issues in America:
We are against especially, disproportionately, and punitively taxing the rich. Taxation should be fair and balanced for all Americans.
We do not support ending the wars. Most people on the right, especially the Tea Party folks, believe that America’s ongoing wars are necessary and are keeping us safe from the dire threat of Islamofacist terrorism.
We believe the social safety net is a large part of the problem with America today, it’s not the solution. The social safety net was never the proper solution to our social economic problems to begin with and should be done away with altogether or drastically scaled back.
We believe corporate welfare is just as wrong as private welfare. We believe corporations need less regulation not more.
We believe the transition to cleaner energy is based upon the man-made global warming hoax and is simply a way for internationalist organizations to constrain America by forcing us to give up our sovereignty to these organizations through green initiatives such as the Global Carbon Tax.
We believe workers should have the right to work anywhere and for anyone they might choose (the so-called: “right to work”) and that businesses should not be constrained – either by unions or by governments – as to how they should act toward their employees.
We believe that getting money out of politics is a good idea whose time has come.
These problems facing America today seem, because of our polarized political climate, unsolvable; as does every other problem in America today. Especially when we view our social problems from the extremes of both the far right and the far left. The extremes of the left and right positions dominate our political debates today because America is searching – desperately – for a workable legal/sociopolitical philosophy.
America, as with our interstate off-ramp analogy (above), does NOT have the option of adopting two (left and right) legal/sociopolitical philosophies; America can only choose one. But this doesn’t mean that either the right or the left must have the most just solutions to our societal ills, because the truth is there are some just solutions from the right and there are some just solutions from the left. What we are seeking is not a political solution (left/right) but a just solution, and seeking to know what the most just solution to a problem is will depend upon how we can know what is wrong and how to know what is right. We need a legal/sociopolitical philosophy by which we can know which is the RIGHT WAY for America to go and which way is the WRONG WAY for America to go. When it comes to law and making law that prohibit behavior we need a legal philosophy that will work properly within our society to attain a more just society.
In a society we don’t have the luxury of allowing everyone to act in any way they choose. We must create laws that prohibit certain behaviors. And when it comes to constructing just societies, which must be based upon a sound legal/sociopolitical philosophy, especially in a society with as diverse a population as America has, someone’s ox is going to be gored. But we strive to protect this minority, whose ox has been gored, because this is what justice demands.
The first duty of charity (love) toward one’s neighbor is this: to do a person justice, to give her what is due her by virtue of her humanity. “Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after justice, for they shall have their fill.” (Matt. 5:6 see: here, under Social Justice).
America today, with its extremely polarized political climate and its completely dysfunctional Washington government, is now completely adrift (legally and philosophically speaking). And it’s this “being adrift” which has given rise, now, to the necessity of the Summer of Justice – 2013 – DC direct action protest – or something like it – as soon as possible (SOJ-2013-DC is set for 12 noon July 4, 2013).
How are Americans – the vast majority of Americans – ever to agree upon how these societal problems will best be solved? Because neither side, today, is at all happy about the current political situation in Washington where our politicians are incapable of doing anything, let alone doing what is best, or what is right, for America. The current political climate and the situation in Washington is bad. Very bad. In fact, it couldn’t be worse. It’s so bad in fact that if the American People do not solve the current political dysfunction in Washington and in America the US military will solve it for us – their way, not ours: by replacing our civilian “leadership” in Washington with the US military’s own people (i.e., coup d’ etat).
Just because a military takeover of our federal government never has happened before doesn’t mean it can’t happen now, and soon. Things in America – and in Washington especially – have gotten this bad and a military takeover of government can happen here, just as it happens elsewhere in the world wherever the civilian government has lost control of a nation because the government is no longer perceived as being able to do anything to solve the nation’s societal problems. A complete lack of confidence in a national government’s ability to deal with a nations problem creates a leadership and control vacuum which the military will fill if necessary, because there is no other force powerful enough to take control from the failed national government.
We can be sure that a military coup d’ etat will happen here, too, if we – the People – fail to rise to the occasion by becoming a well organized force for real change. By doing our civic duty in ABOLISHING and REPLACING our current, failed, national government, before the military does it for us. Without an organized civilian group ready and well prepared to replace the current government in Washington, soon, the US military will.
Our duty, as outlined for us by the Founders in the Declaration of Independence, is for us to abolish our despotic and dysfunctional federal government and institute a good, functional federal government in its place, so that we – the People – might live in safety and happiness.
All political ideologies have a philosophical basis and it’s our job, as educated, involved citizens, to discover what legal/sociopolitical philosophies undergird those of both the political left and the political right in America. Until we do so we will never fully understand the problems we face as expressed by both the left or the right or the solutions that are proposed to solve them. Problem are identified and solutions proposed and enacted based upon legal/sociopolitical philosophies, which are espoused by both the left and the right in American politics today, and we need to know why the left and right take their particular political stances as they do.
The Declaration of Independence states “[t]hat whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”
The Summer of Justice - 2013 – DC is a way of organizing and fulfilling the America people’s present need for new government as outlined for us by the Founders of America. There has never before been a time in the history of America, except for the Civil War, when America was so divided politically and the federal government so dysfunctional. Not since that time, 150 years ago, have we so desperately needed the advice and wisdom of America’s Founders who, before they authored the US Constitution, wrote the words found in America’s Declaration of Independence. And it’ s time, now, for the American People to rise to this historic occasion.
The first and most important legal/sociopolitical philosophical decision we need to make is this: is the legal/sociopolitical philosophy found in The Declaration of Independence still the best legal/sociopolitical philosophy for us to use today? In 1776, it was; and the Founders knew this. The legal/sociopolitical philosophy the Founders decided upon was: natural law, as outlined for us in the Declaration of Independence, which says:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
This one, well-known, simple statement from the Declaration of Independence reveals the natural law basis of the Declaration.
Like the Founders of America, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King also thought the legal/sociopolitical philosophy of natural law found in Declaration of Independence was a solid foundation for America to build upon. King once famously said as much, in public, in his “I have a Dream” speech, which was given at the Lincoln Memorial in 1963:
“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.”
Dr. King, here, was holding America’s feet to the fires of its natural law basis, it’s creed, which he recognized in the Declaration of Independence. In fact, Dr. King based his civil rights movement upon natural law, and the fact that America, because of its natural law legal/sociopolitical philosophy, had, in 1963, the moral obligation to live-up to the words of its creed: that all people are created equally by God. King’s movement called America to account, which eventually brought about the end of America’s unjust practice of racial segregation.
Today, the far left in America considers all God-talk to be out. God-talk is the realm of religious fanaticism and is heard from those who want to turn America into a theocracy. But this presents those on the political left with a serious dilemma: the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a great man, whom those on the left greatly admire for leading the greatest and most successful social justice movement in American history, which liberated millions of minority Americans from the indignities of racial segregation, also talked A LOT of God-talk. Dr. King spoke often about his respect for and his admiration of natural law, which he saw in America’s Declaration of Independence. Dr. King spoke of his admiration for the Declaration of Independence, the US Constitution, his love for America, his love for Jesus, his love for his fellow man, and of the obligation he felt, as a Christian, to declare the truth of the Gospels.
Those on the political left in America today think of themselves as the rightful heirs of Dr. King’s social justice legacy but most Americans on the far left today reject Dr. King’s choice of natural law philosophy, which is the same philosophy found in the Declaration of Independence. Those on the far left don’t approve of the very legal/sociopolitical philosophy that Dr. King was wise enough to base his civil rights movement upon: natural law. For those on the far left, is this a wise position for them to take, or is this a foolish position? Unfortunately, those on the far left in America hate natural law, the Declaration of Independence, the US Constitution, Jesus, religion, morality, and all talk of universal moral law, which is foolish. Dr. King was a wise man; he was no fool.
Dr. King once wrote, from jail, words which no one on the far left in America today would consider to be wise or intelligent words. Such words, today, would be dismissed by those on the far left as the God-talk of a religious fanatic bent on turning America into a theocracy:
“A just law is a man-made code that squares with the moral law or the law of God. An unjust law is a code that is out of harmony with the moral law. To put it in the terms of St. Thomas Aquinas: An unjust law is a human law that is not rooted in eternal law and natural law. Any law that uplifts human personality is just. Any law that degrades human personality is unjust. All segregation statutes are unjust because segregation distort the soul and damages the personality. It gives the segregator a false sense of superiority and the segregated a false sense of inferiority.”
This statement, by Dr. King, reveals: the natural law basis of his civil rights movement.
Those on the political right in America, especially those on the far right, would agree with the words of Dr. King, here, although few of them would fully understand the philosophical depths to which King was going when he penned those words from his jail cell in Birmingham, Alabama. However, those on the far right today in America are in fact the rightful political heirs of those on the far right who vehemently resisted Dr. King’s social justice movement. Like many libertarian politicians on the far right today (e.g., Ron and Rand Paul) many people during the sixties wanted businesses to continue have the right to discriminate against black Americans and continue the enforcement of segregation laws, which Dr. King saw as unjust.
This is the dilemma the folks on the far right in America today face in confronting Dr. King: would they have supported him in his quest to abolish unjust segregation laws? Or would they have supported the rights of businesses over the rights peoples and thought places of business should be segregated?
It’s my opinion that most people – on the far left or the far right – are unable, intellectually, to understand – let alone appreciate the full significance of – the statement quoted above, made by Dr. King, regarding the difference between just and unjust laws and how it is that we can determine whether or not a law is just or unjust and why we have a duty to disobey unjust laws. And until the majority of American on both the left and the right DO understand AND appreciate – at the philosophical level – Dr. King’s statement regarding just and unjust laws, we will remain unable to solve our nation’s many problems justly. America will continue on its present, destructive course, guided, as it now is – and has been for many years – by positive, rather than natural, law.
Unlike natural law, which gives us a God/nature-based, transcendent moral standard that applies universally to all peoples everywhere, positive law is a human-centered, imminent, amoral, shape-shifting “standard” that only applies to some people, in some places, some of the time. Natural law is God-based, whereas positive law is man-made. Dr. King, in his statement quoted above, differentiates between man-made laws and natural, moral laws: all man-made laws must line up with natural moral law in order to be valid (just). Positive law reverses this position: man-made laws are the only laws that exist. There is no universal, natural, moral law for positive law to line up with. (See more on natural law, positive law, and the common good of society here.)
The Summer of Justice believes Dr. King and the Declaration of Independence are correct: there does exist a universal moral law and all peoples have been created and endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights.
Positive law tells us the rights we have are man-made and are given to us by our government, which can also take them away. The Declaration of Independence states that our Creator endows us with rights that no government can ever legitimately take away, because they are based upon the eternal, moral law of nature and nature’s God:
“When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.” See: http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/declaration_transcript.html
As we can see by reading the Declaration of Independence, the Founders of America were wise men, because they chose the best possible legal/sociopolitical philosophy for the foundation of America: God and natural law, which was good enough for them, for Dr. King, and for the Summer of Justice – 2012 – DC too.
“Laws of Nature”, “Nature’s God”, “Creator”, “Rights”, “People”, “Life”, “Liberty”, “Happiness”, “Government”, “Safety”, “Men”, “Form”, “Self-Evident”, “Unalienable”, “Alter”, “Abolish” “Destructive”, “Ends”, “Powers”, “Equal”, “Just”, “Secure”, “Consent”…
All of these words, which are found in the text above, taken from the Declaration of Independence, are very problematic today. Are they not? Language, in philosophy, has, in our day, become a primary focus of philosophers, but for the Founders, in 1776, language had not yet become the primary focus of philosophy, especially political philosophy.
To the Founders, at the very height of the Enlightenment, words simply meant what they said, a fact that, to them, was plainly evident to all peoples everywhere. But in our day, in the postmodern era, which is the very antithesis of the Enlightenment, words can mean whatever someone wants them to mean, regardless of the author’s intentions. A poem about a tree, today, can be interpreted to mean anything from a simple poem about a tree (the poem interpreted using original intention theory) to the poem’s being, in reality (and unknown to the author/poet), a patriarchally motivated discourse that reinforces institutionalized misogynistic hatred by using oppressive and invasive phallic imagery (i.e., the tree) that re-images (poetically and anagogically) the supposed “divine right” men have to continually oppress and subjugate women (the poem interpreted using a feminist hermeneutic of suspicion). People today have the same diverse interpretations of the US Constitution, which is why America is such a mess. The US Constitution was not open to interpretation when the Founders wrote it, it meant, very clearly, in the simplest sense, exactly what it said. Today we would call this the original intent of the author, which is the best theory by which to properly understand and interpret the document. The US Constitution was, in fact, intended, by the Founders, to be a written – albeit imperfect – objective standard to which the US government was to be held by the People.
When it comes to law, crime, and society, words are very important; as is finding a legal/sociopolitical philosophy upon which to base our laws. One that works for a large and very diverse population. “Words” and “practical value” are of utmost importance when constructing a society and when writing its laws. Especially when one is doing so from the ground up, as the Founders were doing in America during the late 18th century.
The question we are faced with today, as alluded to above, is: Does America still have a workable legal/sociopolitical philosophy (i.e., natural law)? Or is America in need of a completely new legal/sociopolitical philosophy (i.e., positive law)? If the answer to the second question is “Yes” then we Americans need to outline this new philosophy and we need to rid ourselves of all vestiges of the old (outdated) philosophy. We need to remove the Declaration of Independence from the National Archives, remove the scene of the Founders signing of the Declaration of Independence from the reverse side of the $2 bill, and destroy all evidence that the Declaration of Independence and the Founders chose natural law as the legal/socipolitical theory for American government.
The Summer of Justice – 2013 – DC is of the opinion that both the Founders and Dr. King were correct: natural law is the best legal/sociopolitical philosophy upon which to construct a society such as ours. We need not abandon America’s legal and sociopolitical foundation in order to chart a new course into even more uncertain waters than we’ve gotten ourselves into now, due to America’s unofficial rejection of natural law.
Unlike the signing of the Declaration of Independence, which was done openly and in public, America’s rejection of natural law was done by stealth and in secret. If America wants to officially and publicly be a positive law-based society then we should get rid of the Declaration of Independence and openly and publicly repudiate its legal/sociopolitical theory (i.e., natural law) and we should officially make a scoundrel – instead of a hero – out of Dr. King.
In order for us to flesh-out the differences between the political right and the political left in America today we will examine 15 major sectors of society wherein we are currently dealing with various problems for which both the left and the right are offering very different solutions.
The politically left-wing (LEFT) concern is listed first, and is taken from the website belonging to “October – 2011 – Stop The Machine”, and the politically right-wing (RIGHT) positions regarding these 15 problems and solutions are written by me (A. J. MacDonald, Jr.) although I am not always on the right-wing side of many issues. As an American who believes first and foremost in individual liberty and freedom, I do lean more to the right than I do to the left, but, depending on the issue, I will lean in whichever direction the scales of justice need to go in order for us to achieve a more just and more distinctly American solution, which is based upon the American ideals of liberty, freedom, and equal justice for all. Finally, the position of the Summer of Justice – 2013 – DC (SOJDC) will be listed third, also written by me, being what I think is the best solution possible according to American legal/sociopolitical philosophical tradition, which can be found in the Declaration of Independence: natural law.
As we are reading through the details of government policies (below), let’s read, again, the quote (above) from George H. Sabine, which this article opened with, and let’s ponder over what Sabine is telling us, in the form of two questions we can be asking ourselves as we read: 1) Do we want our federal government to treat us as dependent children? 2) Do we want our federal government to treat us a responsible adults?
“The question, of course, is whether subjects shall be assumed to be dependent upon rulers, as children must be dependent upon their parents, or whether they shall be assumed to be responsible and self-governing.” ~ George H. Sabine – From: A History of Political Theory, Third Edition, by (Holt, Rinehart, Winston, Inc., 1937, 1950, 1961) pp. 72-73
15 Concerns From the Political Left About America and a Response from the Political Right in America – a.k.a: the “Tea Party”
1. Corporatism – LEFT: Firmly establish that money is not speech, corporations are not people, only people have Constitutional rights, end corporate influence over the political process, protect people and the environment from damage by corporations. RIGHT: Corporations must be free from most if not all government regulation. The free market is self-regulating. SOJDC: Corporations should be granted permission to operate by the federal government and this permission should be granted only when the corporation agrees to treat all peoples (e.g., customers, employees) with the equal dignity, rights, and respect that is granted to them by Nature and Nature’s God, as outlined in the Declaration of Independence, and the corporation agrees to hire American workers. Also, the natural resources of America to belong to the people, not to private corporations for profit.
2. Wars and Militarism – LEFT: End wars and occupations, end private for-profit military contractors, reduce the national security state and end the weapons export industry. War crimes, crimes against humanity and crimes against peace must be addressed and those responsible held accountable under international law. RIGHT: The wars are keeping us safe from the threat of Islamofascist terrorism and must continue to be prosecuted, even if it means cutting spending in other areas (i.e., the social welfare safety net). SOJDC: The US Military, besides the National Guard and it’s training facilities, must be abolished, and all foreign wars abandoned, forever, because maintaining a standing army is an invitation to eventual control by a military-industrial complex, which is what we now have now in America, which was a danger the Founders specifically warned us to avoid (see here).
3. Human Rights – LEFT: End exploitation of people in the US and abroad, end discrimination in all forms, equal civil rights and due process for all people. RIGHT: America grants all people equal rights and justice under the law and America is taking the message of liberty, freedom, and equality to all oppressed peoples the world over and is currently liberating the oppressed peoples of Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya in order to secure their freedom from oppressive Muslim regimes, which deny them their God-given liberties. SOJDC: As per natural law and the Declaration of Independence, all peoples are created equal and are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights and concomitant Obligations, amongst which are the Right to Life, Liberty, the pursuit of Happiness and the Obligation to grant to all peoples those same Human Rights and Dignities. Our goal being to seek the common good of all.
4. Worker Rights and Jobs – LEFT: All people have the right to safe, just and dignified working conditions, a sustainable living wage, paid leave and economic protection. RIGHT: Business should not be bound by any government regulations, including occupational health and safety issues. SOJDC: Businesses must maintain healthy and safe workplaces for all employees and must treat all peoples (e.g., employees, customers) with the dignity and respect to which they are entitled via natural law as per the Declaration of Independence, including, especially, fair and just wages.
5. Government – LEFT: All processes of the three branches of government should be accountable to international law, transparent and follow the rule of law, people have the right to participate in decisions which affect them. RIGHT: The US government needs to maintain its sovereignty over and above international law. The present form of the federal government need not be altered, because the American people are truly represented in the federal government by their elected representatives. SOJDC: The current federal government, having become destructive of the American people’s right to be safe and enjoy happiness has become evident to all, over time, due to its long train of abuses. The people reserve the right act upon the abolishment of said government and to institute new government in whatever form we see fit in order to insure that our rights, peace, and happiness are secured as per the Declaration of Independence. Economically, the federal government must institute both debt forgiveness and sound money, which would give us a clean slate and a fresh start, and must consider distributism as an appropriate economic theory whose time has come.
6. Elections – LEFT: All citizens 18 and older have the right to vote without barriers, all candidates have the right to be heard and to run and all votes should be counted. RIGHT: All Americans have the right to vote and for their vote to count. SOJDC: The entire election system must be abolished and completely rebuilt; it is corrupt through and through. Electronic voting machines cannot be trusted, because they are too easily manipulated; therefore people’s votes today cannot and should not be considered to have been counted correctly. The election system is non-functional, which necessitates the Summer of Justice – 2012 – DC at this time, and we must form a more just and open election process.
7. Criminal justice and prisons – LEFT: End private for-profit prisons, adopt evidence-based drug policy, prisoners have the right to humane and just conditions with a focus on rehabilitation and reintegration into society. RIGHT: If you don’t have the time don’t do the crime. We support tough laws, “three strikes and you’re out” laws, and capital punishment. SOJDC: The criminal justice system is broken and malfunctioning. The prohibitionist “War On Drugs” must end immediately, the legalization and proper government regulation, control, and taxation of currently illegal drugs, as we do with alcohol and tobacco now, which will take the place of the current (failed and criminal) “War On Drugs” thus liberating both the Mexican and American peoples from fear, murder, and corruption. (See the Declaration of Independence on liberty and the pursuit of happiness). For all nonviolent offenders we support restitution not institution, we do not support private prisons or capital punishment, and we will abolish the federal sentencing guidelines and return all sentencing decisions to federal judges.
8. Healthcare – LEFT: Create a national, universal and publicly financed comprehensive health system. RIGHT: Leave health care choices up to individuals. We do not support the current Medicaid and Medicare provision of the federal government and want them abolished or drastically reduced. SOJDC: All people should have health care and it’s the responsibility of both the federal government and the American people to see to it that they do. Those who cannot work or afford health care should and must be treated. First and foremost the responsibility for caring for such people is placed upon the American peoples themselves and their moral obligation to help their neighbors who are in need. Charity and volunteer work is preeminent. The federal government will maintain the current system as well as increasing the benefits thereof until a new system is devised, which is superior to the current system. Some people’s inability to work and incomprehensible health care costs may necessitate the continuance of the current but improved upon federal system for certain people. The improved federal government must be designed in such a way that it will not deter the American people from fulfilling their moral obligation to care for one another as the current federal system now does and which a universal federal health care system would only worsen rather than improve. A new mandatory service, in either the new National Guard or the new Americorps services, would be able to provide lifetime healthcare provisions for all much as the VA does for service members today.
9. Education – LEFT: All people have the right to a high quality, publicly-funded and broad education from pre-school through vocational training or university. RIGHT: Education should be left up to the states and not the federal government. The US Department of Education should be closed. SOJDC: A child should never need to pay for a basic education, school supplies, or books. And education is first and foremost the responsibility of the family, or parent(s). The federal government does have a role in educating the American people and the US Department of Education will remain open but with a new focus upon educating all Americans of all ages and will no longer mandate educational requirements for the states, except for motor vehicle driver licensing (see under: “Transportation” below). The states have the right and the duty to manage, regulate, and raise monies for education, preferably at local levels. All US citizens upon graduation from high school and at the age of 18 should be required to serve America in some way wherein, for a limited period of time (2 years), they serve their fellow Americans in difficult places and situations while receiving money for college education. Much of this could be accomplished via service in the new National Guard and the Coast Guard, as well through organizations such as AmeriCorps, which is a domestic (US) version of the (overseas) Peace Corps. At the age of 18 the free ride is over. This will provide all who serve with lifetime heath care as well as education. It’s time to serve our country, for a couple of year, grow up, then go to college with the money to do so. Too many Americans have been riding for free, without serving, for too long, it’s time for all Americans to step up and go to work and get America where it needs to be.
10. Housing – LEFT: All people have the right to affordable and safe housing. RIGHT: All people have the right to work and to buy or rent a home they can afford. SOJDC: People are at liberty to buy or rent a place in which to dwell or not to do so. If, for whatever reason, a person or persons are without a home but require one the American people should – through charity and volunteerism – provide them with a place to live until they are able to maintain the home themselves. The current US federal government has no obligation to help the homeless, the American people do, but it will continue to regulate and oversee housing and issues regarding discrimination, as well as the landlord/illegal immigrant renter issue. SOJDC will continue this policy for the future until something better, more just, is developed.
11. Environment – LEFT: Adopt policies which effectively create a carbon-free energy economy. RIGHT: We will not adopt policies which attempt to create a completely carbon-free energy economy. We will use both carbon-based and carbon-free energy solutions and we will respect the earth and attempts to be good conscientious stewards of it. SOJDC: All resources belong to the people of America, not to corporations. All natural resources will become state-owned and the people, rather than Big Oil and Big Coal, will receive the profit from the sale and use of these resources. SOJDC believes we must continually pursue a carbon-free economy while at the same time facing the reality that such an economy may be an ideal rather than a practically attainable goal. We will also STOP using nuclear energy (and weapons). The SOJDC seeks a renewed sense of awe and respect for nature and for the earth, which is our home, because we are required by natural law to be good caretakers of the earth.
12. Finance and the economy – LEFT: End policies which foster a wealth divide and move to a localized and democratic financial system, reform taxes so that they are progressive and provide goods, monetary gain and services for the people. RIGHT: Abolish the IRS and the punitive progressive income tax. Create a tax system that is fair for all, regardless of income. SOJDC: Abolish the IRS and all federal income taxes on wage and salary earners. Federal tax revenues will be raised through import/export/excise taxes as well as tariff/trade taxes. The federal government will only tax the incomes of individuals and corporations engaged in business for profit. These business profits will be taxed equally and fairly at a flat rate that shall never exceed 9.99%.
13. Media – LEFT: Airwaves and the internet are public goods, require that media be honest, accurate and accountable to the people. RIGHT: The media is overwhelmingly liberal and socialistic. Businesses own the telecommunications systems that the internet runs on and should be allowed to do as they see fit with their own property. SOJDC: The media is almost totally controlled by Israeli-friendly interests and these (major and minor) media outlets should be abolished. An enemy of America begins taking control of Washington by first gaining control of the media so that the enemies misdeeds in Washington are not exposed to the public, nor are the misdeeds of the Washington politicians exposed, which the enemy has compromised and corrupted. Media is the so-called “Fourth Estate” of government, because good investigative journalism, like sunshine, is the best political disinfectant. An open and free media/press will be greatly needed in order for the American people to know what Washington is up to, especially when it’s up to no good. The failure to have done so in the past is the main reason for the predicament we are now in.
14. Food and water – LEFT: Create systems that protect the land and water, create local and sustainable food networks and practices. RIGHT: Protect our food and water supplies with minimal state government regulation. No federal government regulations on food and water supplies, which are owned and operated by business and industry. SOJDC: Our food and water supplies are more critical to life than anything else. We should create better systems of control and state government regulation of public food and water supplies. The federal government, especially the Food and Drug Administration, must be completely reorganized so as to properly respect the limited role of the new federal government, but it will continue to play a role in food and water supplies and the regulation thereof until we have developed a much better approach than we have now. No nukes, no fracking!
15. Transportation – LEFT: Provide affordable, clean and convenient public transportation and safe spaces for pedestrian and non-automobile travel. RIGHT: Allow the states more control over public and private transportation and allow the federal government less control and regulation of transportation. SOJDC: Transportation is crucial to life in the modern world and our nations highways are the deadliest places most Americans will ever find themselves. The highway is also the place in which many American are very likely to die or be seriously injured. We lose over 30,000 loved ones to totally preventable highways accidents every year in America and this is over 30,000 lives too many! Car crashes are the number one killer of teens! This is unacceptable! There is no excuse for: 1) The incompetence of millions of supposedly state licensed “drivers”whose incompetence leads to such accidents. 2) The present deteriorated and neglected conditions of our nations highways, roads, bridges, and tunnels. Effective as soon as possible, due to the grave and immediate danger of all American loosing both life and limb on Americas highways, all motor vehicle driver licensing will be taken over by a newly revamped and reinvigorated US Department of Transportation (USDOT). The USDOT will also be taking complete control of the design, construction, maintenance, and repair of all US and Interstate highways. There will be no more federal highway funding to the states. Public transportation, although regulated by the federal government, is a state and local government matter, except in Washington, D. C. Public transportation in the federal city should be free for everyone and its use greatly encouraged.
As we have seen, America has one, and only one, choice to make regarding legal/sociopolitical philosophies: natural law or positive law. There is no third option.
America has gotten away from its natural law foundations, which has been the foundation of western civilization and jurisprudence for well over 2,000 years.
As we have seen, America’s natural law foundations are most evident in its Declaration of Independence:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
Legal theorists in America today reject natural law, as do the Washington politicians; preferring to assert the authority of positive law alone. But positive law, which is simply the legal decisions of a legislature or a court, must, according to natural law theory, live up to natural law. Positive law cannot function properly in isolation from the context of natural law.
As Dr. King pointed out, many years ago, quoting St. Augustine, “an unjust law is no law at all.” A positive law that violates the natural law and the moral laws of the universe is no law at all. Positive law—the laws passed by legislatures and decided by court decisions—must uphold natural law in order to be valid.
America, especially Washington D. C., intentionally resembles—politically, governmentally, judicially, and even architecturally—the ancient Roman Empire, because Roman political theory, which was based upon natural law, was deemed the best political model upon which to base the young nation of the New World.
“[N]one of the [Roman] lawyers doubted that there is a higher law than the enactments of any particular state. Like Cicero, they conceived of the law as ultimately rational, universal, unchangeable, and divine, at least in respect to the main principles of right and justice. The Roman Law, like the English common law, was only in small part a product of legislation. Hence the presumption was never made that law expresses nothing but the will of a competent legislative body, which is an idea of quite recent origin. It was assumed that ‘nature’ sets certain norms which the positive law must live up to as best it can and that, as Cicero had believed, an ‘unlawful’ statute simply is not law. Throughout the whole of the Middle Ages and well down into modern times the existence and the validity of such a higher law were taken for granted.” (George H. Sabine: A History of Political Theory, pp. 169-170)
The Roman conception of natural law paralleled the rise of Christianity but was never dependent upon it. The American conception of natural law entails neither the acceptance nor the endorsement of Christianity and is more closely related to Cicero’s conception of natural law (see quote taken from Sabine above).
“It should be noted that these [natural law-based] reforms in the Roman Law, though they were completed after the beginning of the Christian era, were not due to Christianity.” (ibid, p. 171)
In these postmodern times it might seem unfathomable, intellectually, to argue for America’s return to its natural law foundations. But the only alternative we have to natural law is, as I said above: the will to power.
Two books are very helpful in explaining how natural law theory is applicable to people of all religious faiths or of no religious faith at all; therefore natural law theory is ideal for use as an American legal/sociopolitical philosophy. The first book is The Seven Deadly Sins, by Solomon Schimmel; the second, which can be read online, is The Abolition of Man, by C. S. Lewis.
The will to power is America’s current legal and philosophical foundation, which is why America’s legal and political system is currently broken. There’s an old and very true saying: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Likewise, it stands to reason that “If it IS broke, then FIX IT!.”
America is broken because it has abandoned its natural law foundation.
Dr. King’s civil rights movement would be rejected today on the grounds that he had no right to assert his personal belief in natural law as an eternal, inviolable, and transcendent standard to which all positive legislation must do its best to live up to and to which all Americans must be held. Dr. King would be accused of asserting his personal will and interpretation over against the wills and interpretation of other Americans who disagreed with him.
His movement, today, would degenerate into a battle of wills and a battle of powers; but the will to power is a dead-end street. Although it’s often said that “we can’t turn back the clock” we can, if we’re trying to get somewhere—like toward a more just society—get America back on the right track if we’ve gotten ourselves on a wrong track.
The will to power is a wrong track for America to be on. And the will to power is nothing new either. It’s not some new, postmodern philosophical development; it’s simply the same old personal, Sophistic interpretation of justice that Socrates—and the Roman lawyers—rejected centuries ago.
Although the will to power might be a valid, even if wrong, philosophical position to take, it simply does not work in the day to day dealings of peoples who are living in a society that seeks to promote the common good of all. The will to power is, in fact, contrary to social harmony.
Is it any wonder then that America is adrift today? By casting off the legal anchor of natural law America has crashed upon the shoals of the will to power; and American is nigh unto being totally destroyed if we fail to return our great nation to the natural law foundation upon which it was built.
I’ve intentionally set forth the natural law basis of the Declaration of Independence and the civil rights movement of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as exemplars of America’s natural law foundation. And I’ve done so for two reasons: 1) because most people are simply unaware of the natural law basis of both the Declaration of Independence and Dr. King’s civil rights movement; and 2) because anyone who chooses to reject either the Declaration of Independence or Dr. King’s civil rights movement is simply committing social, political, and intellectual suicide (think Rand Paul here).
The ancient philosopher Socrates was unpopular with many people for one reason: he took people’s philosophical positions to their logical (and often absurd) conclusions, which most people simply didn’t enjoy facing. In his dialogue with Gorgias (recounted for us by Plato), Socrates took Gorgias’ theory of justice to its logical and absurd conclusion: that might makes right. Against Gorgias, Socrates believed that justice transcended humankind, because it was eternal and divine.
In short, these two ancient understandings of justice are the same two theories of justice that we, today, have to build our society upon: natural law (i.e., justice is eternal and divine) and the will to power (i.e., might makes right).
As I’ve pointed out elsewhere America was founded upon natural law because it was thought to be the surest foundation upon which to build a society. Might makes right and the will to power might be interesting (Sophistic) philosophical positions to debate, but these understandings of justice—as something that is personally interpreted and power-based—simply do not work in a society that is attempting to build a just and harmonious society. In fact, they are contrary to it.
I’ve also pointed out (elsewhere) the logical and absurd conclusions of the will to power as demonstrated by the tawdry “philosophy” of Michel Foucault, based as it was upon Frederick Nietzsche’s “enlightened” concept of the transcendence of such “weak-minded” categories as “good” and “evil” and its concomitant will to power “ethic”.
Concerning the dramatic contrast between the ethical theories of Dr. King and Frederick Nietzsche, the late Boston University professor Roger Shattuck has said:
“A succinct and unflinching answer to Nietzsche arose out of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s resolve to protect the civil rights struggle from the forces of radical black violence. In ‘Where Do We Go from Here?’—his 1967 Presidential address to the Southern Christian Leadership Conference—King picks out as one of the great errors in history the interpretation of power and love as polar opposites and the association of power with violence. King cut to the core of the matter with a no-nonsense simplification:
‘It was this misinterpretation that caused Nietzsche, who was a philosopher of the will to power, to reject the Christian concept of love. It was this same misinterpretation which induced Christian theologians to reject the Nietzschean philosophy of the will to power in the name of the Christian idea of love. Now, we’ve got to get this thing right. What is needed is a realization that power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice.’ (A Testament of Hope, p. 247)
King was not just playing games with the words love and power. He was reaching back to a series of his own earlier readings (above all, in Paul Tillich) and writings and to his experience as intellectual and tactical leader of the civil rights movement. ‘To get this thing right’ meant to King an appeal to a long-mediated and carefully defined philosophic position: the philosophy of non-violence . . . These two prophets, Nietzsche and King, confront us with a continuing struggle between power and justice that no thinking person can responsibly turn away from” (Roger Shattuck, Forbidden Knowledge: From Prometheus to Pornography; p. 303).
No compassionate, thinking, American citizen can responsibly turn away from our civic and moral obligation—our duty—to put our nation upon a proper course of justice.
The intention of the Summer of Justice – 2012 – DC is to return our great nation to its original legal, moral, and philosophical foundations, which are still sound, so that we can begin to establish peace and justice throughout America. Nonviolently. Nontraditionally. Powerfully.
The Declaration of Independence clearly states that the abolishment and reformation of government is legitimate only when, after a long train of abuses, it has become evident that government has shown itself to be intransigent and has by design reduced American citizens under absolute despotism. Our federal government today – and for over 50 years – has chosen to do evil rather than doing good, has sought injustice rather than justice, has put at risk rather than protected the peace and safety of all American citizens, has sought war rather than peace. We cannot continue to allow our corrupt, despotic, militaristic government to remain in power, because this government will only get worse, and it’s getting worse by the day (at an increasingly exponential rate).
“Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.” (See paragraph here.)
What America needs today are New Guards who will ensure the American people’s future security.
It’s now time to address, very briefly, the most divisive of all issues; and issue that has been the greatest “Natural Law v. Positive Law” issue America has faced since the Civil Rights Movement, which, as we’ve seen, was based upon natural law. This most divisive of all political issues is: abortion on demand.
Please watch: VIDEO - Alexander Tsiaras: Conception to birth — visualized
Why has the issue of abortion become such a divisive, polarizing issue? Because the left, which is supposed to stand for human rights, supports, for the most part, a woman’s right to choose to hire an abortionist (usually a man) to kill her child.
The right, which has no history of supporting the oppressed, as the left does, has picked up the human rights banner, which the has left dropped (i.e., the banner of the smallest amongst us, the not-yet-born), and by doing so has managed to gather most all of the pro-lifers into its pro-business party. The left, which perceives the abortion issue as irrevocably tied to the issue of women’s rights, which it need not be, could easily become the true party of life and justice, thus transferring most all of the pro-lifers from the right into its own party, if the left would simply acknowledge the truth: abortion on demand is the intentional, violent destruction of an innocent human person as well as being a shameful degradation and a profound dishonoring of women as women. In fact, it is shameful and embarrassing that the left has not done so already.
Women have rights in our society. They have equal rights with men. But neither a man nor a woman has any right whatsoever to kill an unborn person, nor should women be subjected to such an existential denial of their very being as women. Some jealous, angry husbands will always seek out their cheating spouse’s lover in order to kill him, but this doesn’t mean that our federal government, or court, can legalize such killings. Likewise, some women (and men) will always seek to be rid of their unborn children, but this fact doesn’t mean the state should legalize such killings. The US Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade is a perfect example of a positive law (court decision) that does not live up to natural law; therefore it is an unjust law (legal decision).
What would Dr. King say . . . ? Can you imagine?! “Every man [human being] is a heir to a legacy of dignity and worth.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr. (see: here, which is taken from King’s: “Why I am against the war in Vietnam.)
“What’s happened to justice? Human rights cannot be in subjection to women’s rights, nor to men’s rights. These rights are inalienable, innate, inviolate, God-given. And this was Dr. King’s whole point, was it not? Equal rights for ALL peoples, as per natural law, and as outlined in the Declaration of Independence.
The Summer of Justice – 2013 – DC says without reservation that all peoples – born and unborn – have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness as per natural law. By virtue of their humanity, all peoples have dignity and worth and are entitled to our respect. We are consistently prolife and we are striving to build a culture of life which will replace our current culture of death.
No more wars, no more abortions, no more capital punishment, no more drug war and the murder, crime, and corruption that goes with it, no more euthanasia, no more raping of Mother Earth, no more economic bondage, no more loss of dignity through unemployment, low pay, and mistreatment at work, no more support of Israel, no more dealings with the People’s Republic of China and the lack of jobs that’s gone with it, no more favoring corporations and big Wall Street banks at the expense of the American People, etc … no more!
Wisdom or Foolishness? Law or Chaos? Justice or Crime? Success or Failure? Truth or Lies? Jesus or Zionism? America or Israel? Peace or War? Life or Death? Birth or Abortion? Nurture or Depredation?
The answers to all of the above questions, as you may have already guessed, is the first. We seek wisdom, law, and justice; we are not seeking foolishness, crime, and injustice, because we have far too much of this now, which is why America is sinking, fast.
If the left is wrong about abortion, which it is, the right is wrong about the wars and Zionism, which, so far, has resulted in the unjust deaths of far fewer people than abortion on demand has, but killing people by the millions unjustly is wrong just the same. Just as wrong. It’s also wrong for Christians to support Israel. Not only because it’s patently obvious for all to see that Israel is murderously oppressive regime, which slaughters innocent Palestinians in their own homes, schools, and hospitals, but also because Jesus, in the Bible, cursed and abandoned Israel, and Christians who follow Christ are supposed to be doing the same, but many (most?) are not.
What many on the left imagine to be an American Christian is a false image, of a false Christian. A person who cannot properly distinguish between evil behavior and good behavior, doesn’t properly understand the Bible, especially the New Testament, and who isn’t following the teaching of Christ is not a Christian, regardless of what such a person – or a whole church full of such persons – might profess to be.
No one hates Christianity, people only hate what they think is Christianity, because they haven’t taken the time required to study Christianity, especially the New Testament, properly, and because they see people who profess to be Christians and are often dismayed by the behavior and political positions of so-called Christians who are not following Christ. A true Christian is a peace maker, not a war monger. A true Christian puts Jesus first, not the Jews and Israel. A true Christian believes everyone has equal rights and equal worth, and that all people are entitled to dignity and respect. A true Christian helps the poor, not the rich. A true Christian hates the sin, but loves the sinner. A true Christian violates unjust laws, she doesn’t obey them.
Any American who wholeheartedly supports Israel and American support of Israel who also says they are a follower of Jesus Christ is not. Such people have been misled by having been taught an erroneous theology: Dispensationalism, which is very popular with Evangelicals in America. Rather than being followers of Christ, such misled people are, in fact, traitors – both to the Church of Jesus Christ and to America. Whether they believe this, like being told this, or not is irrelevant, because it’s the truth and because this erroneous theology has led millions of Americans to support the state of Israel, which is the enemy both of Christ and America. As I said, such people’s feelings regarding this are irrelevant, unless they feel moved to repent, which they should, because, upon examining themselves, they have found themselves to be, as I said: outside the Christian faith, which they are. Such “Christian Zionists” are more loyal to the Jews, Israel, and the Old Testament than they are to Christ, America, and the New Testament. A true American Christian is loyal to Christ and to his Church, to America, and to the New Testament, which illuminates the Old Testament. Christ said – 2,000 years ago – that the house of Israel, because of their rejection of the prophets, and especially, finally, himself, was forsaken and abandoned by God (see: Matthew 23:38).
“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not! See, your house is left to you desolate. For I tell you, you will not see me again, until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.’” Matthew 23: 37-39 (ESV).
If you find yourself a Christian who has been misled into supporting Israel due to an improper understanding of the Bible, here’s a quick Bible study for you:
Jesus on Israel – Bible Study: Matthew 23:38
The context for Matthew 23:37-39 – Matthew Chapter 23: Christ’s “Seven Woes” to the Jewish Scribes and Pharisees: MT 23:37-39
(The Greek word: aphiétai, “desolate” or “abandoned”, is found in the original Greek text of Matthew 23:38. The lexical entry for the word is: aphíēmi; which is a form of the word: aphiétai used in Matthew 23:38)
Lexical entry for aphíēmi.
Speaking of Israel, and treason, the US military top brass are well aware of the fact that Israel (along with the US federal government) was behind the (obviously) state-sponsored terror attacks of September 11, 2001, and that Israel (along with the US federal government) blamed this attack (as they have before) on Israel’s (not America’s) enemies: the Muslims (and al Qaeda). This fact is 100% certain and, since the top brass know this truth about 9/11, you need to know this truth as well.
Please begin by reading the paper written by Col. Alan Sobrosky, PhD, USMC (Ret.), which is circulating throughout the US Army War College, Headquarters Marine Corps, and the Pentagon, as well as by watching a video which presents a brief interview with Dr. Sobrosky (a longer interview can be found here).
To learn more about 9/11, as well as more about how Washington first went belly-up – over 30 years ago – and when the Washington politicians of both parties became, officially, traitors, long before their treasonous involvement with Israel and 9/11, please watch: Explosive Evidence: Experts Speak Out, which is a long (2+ hour) presentation of the plentitude of scientific evidence which proves beyond doubt the three WTC buildings – 1, 2, and 7, – were, in fact, brought down by professional, controlled demolition and not by jet fuel.
“And I have a final message here for those sworn elected and appointed officials of the US Government who have betrayed their oaths in order to serve Israel, for those around the government who have facilitated this effort, and for Israel itself. You all have been discovered. Your treason, treachery and crimes are known. You may not believe it yet, but your political and strategic Judgment Day is finally appearing on the horizon, as surely as it came for Nineveh and Tyre in ancient times, for the infamous Third Reich in 1945, and for the Soviet Union two decades ago. Beware. We are coming for you.” ~ Col. Alan Sobrosky PhD USMC (Ret.) “
The Summer of Justice –
2012 2013 – DC is concerned about justice and truth, which go hand-in-hand. The Summer of Justice – 2012 2013 – DC is, therefore, a part of the larger 9/11 Truth Movement, which is an intellectual, scientific, and evidentiary based movement; not a gaggle of moronic conspiracy cranks. If you doubt this, I suggest you begin doing your homework by studying the facts about 9/11, beginning with History Commons and the three books about 9/11 written by Emmy Award winning investigative journalist Peter Lance.
There are many 9/11 truth groups, especially groups of various professionals concerned about the truth (and justice) of 9/11: Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth, Firefighters for 9/11 Truth, Lawyers for 9/11 Truth, Patriots for 9/11 Truth, and many, many more.
The Summer of Justice – 2012 – DC is set for July 4, 2012 and is a nonviolent, constitutional gathering wherein the American People will present their list of (unaddressed) grievances to the US federal government, and will, by taking direct action, abolish the current despotic government in Washington, D. C. and institute new – just and honorable – government in its place. Detailed organizational plans are now being prepared concerning what, exactly, everyone in Washington – and everyone in America – should expect upon the completion of this action. Everyone in America, especially those employed by the federal government, will know, long before July 4, 2013, exactly what will be happening, what is changing, and what will be more or less staying the same.
Washington will employ far less people in the new federal government, especially white-collar workers, but Washington will also be hiring many thousands of new blue-collar workers, who know how to solve problems quickly and who know how to work hard. Everyone in America who currently receives an income supplement from the federal government will still be getting their checks in the mail, or via direct deposit, as always, except that a temporary working group will be giving these people a 20% cost of living increase, since they need it and since they haven’t been getting it as they should have been. The wars will be ending immediately and the transitional government will begin the immediate the withdrawal of all US Military forces from foreign soil. In the war theaters we expect to encounter little if any resistance during the withdrawal and withdrawal from these area must be accomplished immediately; therefore the transitional council will be asking commercial carriers of all kinds to help fly these troops home immediately.
As I said, the details concerning these and many other important issues are being written-out in detail and instructions will be given to all concerned. What we need, now, is good people who know what justice is to form working groups in order to develop a valid, just, alternative government. A temporary leadership group, which will consist of some already elected and nominated federal officials as well as civilians from many professions, all of whom who have the wisdom, knowledge, and fortitude are necessary for this task. This group will serve as temporary government while the new government is being decided upon and formed. We are forming alliances now with the police and the military, as we be seeking their support of this peace and justice action, and we are forming alliance with those on the Left and Right, rich and poor, young and old, Occupiers and Ron Paul supporters, Americans of all races and creeds who seek truth, justice, peace, dignity, and a better – more just – America for us all.
For more details and relevant updates please visit: Summer of Justice – 2012 – DC. You will also find Treason and Sedition in US Federal Law (A People’s Guide) helpful as well.
Beginning July 4,
2012 2013 Noon at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington, D. C.
“In loving memory of JFK, MLK, RFK: American Martyrs for Justice”
(A downloadable, printable, trifold (black and white pdf) brochure is available here.)
We are committed to the protection of life, which is threatened in today’s world by war, abortion, poverty, racism, capital punishment and euthanasia. We believe that these issues are linked under a ‘consistent ethic of life’.
We challenge those working on all or some of these issues to maintain a cooperative spirit of peace, reconciliation, and respect in protecting the unprotected. We wish to create a peaceful, just, and sustainable future which respects all of humanity and the planet.
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Bill Quigley is a law professor and human rights lawyer at Loyola University New Orleans and with the Center for Constitutional Rights. You can reach him at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ten Steps for Radical Revolution in USA
by Bill Quigley
“I am convinced that if we are to get on the right side of the world revolution, we as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values.” –Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 1967
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One. Human rights must be taken absolutely seriously. Every single person is entitled to dignity and human rights. No application needed. No exclusions at all. This is our highest priority.
Two. We must radically reinvent contemporary democracy. Current systems are deeply corrupt and not responsive to the needs of people. Representatives
chosen by money and influence govern by money and influence. This is unacceptable. Direct democracy by the people is now technologically possible and should be the rule. Communities must be protected whenever they advocate for self-determination, self-development and human rights. Dissent is essential to democracy; we pledge to help it flourish.
Three. Corporations are not people and are not entitled to human rights. Amend the US Constitution so it is clear corporations do not have constitutional or human rights. We the people must cut them down to size and so democracy can regulate their size, scope and actions.
Four. Leave the rest of the world alone. Cut US military spending by 75 percent and bring all troops outside the US home now. Defense of the US is a human right. Global offense and global police force by US military are not. Eliminate all nuclear and chemical and biological weapons. Stop allowing scare tactics to build up the national security forces at home. Stop the myth that the US is somehow special or exceptional and is entitled to act differently than all other nations. The US must re-join the global family of nations as a respectful partner. USA is one of many nations in the world. We must start acting like it.
Five. Property rights, privilege, and money-making are not as important as human rights. When current property and privilege arrangements are not just they must yield to the demands of human rights. Money-making can only be allowed when human rights are respected. Exploitation is unacceptable. There are national and global poverty lines. We must establish national and global excess lines so that people and businesses with extra houses, cars, luxuries, and incomes share much more to help everyone else be able to exercise their basic human rights to shelter, food, education and healthcare. If that disrupts current property, privilege and money-making, so be it.
Six. Defend our earth. Stop pollution, stop pipelines, stop new interstates, and stop destroying the land, sea, and air by extracting resources from them. Rebuild what we have destroyed. If corporations will not stop voluntarily, people must stop them. The very existence of life is at stake.
Seven. Dramatically expand public spaces and reverse the privatization of public services. Quality public education, health and safety for all must be provided by transparent accountable public systems. Starving the state is a recipe for destroying social and economic human rights for everyone but the rich.
Eight. Pull the criminal legal prison system up and out by its roots and start over. Cease the criminalization of drugs, immigrants, poor people and people of color. We are all entitled to be safe but the current system makes us less so and ruins millions of lives. Start over.
Nine. The US was created based on two original crimes that must be confessed and made right. Reparations are owed to Native Americans because their land was stolen and they were uprooted and slaughtered. Reparations are owed to African Americans because they were kidnapped, enslaved and abused. The US has profited widely from these injustices and must make amends.
Ten. Everyone who wants to work should have the right to work and earn a living wage. Any workers who want to organize and advocate for change in solidarity with others must be absolutely protected from recriminations from their employer and from their government.
Finally, if those in government and those in power do not help the people do what is right, people seeking change must together exercise our human rights and bring about these changes directly. Dr. King and millions of others lived and worked for a radical revolution of values. We will as well. We respect the human rights and human dignity of others and work for a world where love and wisdom and solidarity and respect prevail. We expect those for whom the current unjust system works just fine will object and oppose and accuse people seeking dramatic change of being divisive and worse. That is to be expected because that is what happens to all groups which work for serious social change. Despite that, people will continue to go forward with determination and purpose to bring about a radical revolution of values in the USA.
Time for a U.S. Revolution – Fifteen Reasons
It is time for a revolution. Government does not work for regular people. It appears to work quite well for big corporations, banks, insurance companies, military contractors, lobbyists, and for the rich and powerful. But it does not work for people.
The 1776 Declaration of Independence stated that when a long train of abuses by those in power evidence a design to reduce the rights of people to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, it is the peoples right, in fact their duty to engage in a revolution.
Martin Luther King, Jr., said forty three years ago next month that it was time for a radical revolution of values in the United States. He preached “a true revolution of values will soon cause us to question the fairness and justice of many of our past and present policies.” It is clearer than ever that now is the time for radical change.
Look at what our current system has brought us and ask if it is time for a revolution?
Over 2.8 million people lost their homes in 2009 to foreclosure or bank repossessions – nearly 8000 each day – higher numbers than the last two years when millions of others also lost their homes.
At the same time, the government bailed out Bank of America, Citigroup, AIG, Bear Stearns, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, the auto industry and enacted the troubled asset (TARP) program with $1.7 trillion of our money.
Wall Street then awarded itself over $20 billion in bonuses in 2009 alone, an average bonus on top of pay of $123,000.
At the same time, over 17 million people are jobless right now. Millions more are working part-time when they want and need to be working full-time.
Yet the current system allows one single U.S. Senator to stop unemployment and Medicare benefits being paid to millions.
There are now 35 registered lobbyists in Washington DC for every single member of the Senate and House of Representatives, at last count 13,739 in 2009. There are eight lobbyists for every member of Congress working on the health care fiasco alone.
At the same time, the U.S. Supreme Court decided that corporations now have a constitutional right to interfere with elections by pouring money into races.
The Department of Justice gave a get out of jail free card to its own lawyers who authorized illegal torture.
At the same time another department of government, the Pentagon, is prosecuting Navy SEALS for punching an Iraqi suspect.
The US is not only involved in senseless wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan, the U.S. now maintains 700 military bases world-wide and another 6000 in the US and our territories. Young men and women join the military to protect the U.S. and to get college tuition and healthcare coverage and killed and maimed in elective wars and being the world’s police. Wonder whose assets they are protecting and serving?
In fact, the U.S. spends $700 billion directly on military per year, half the military spending of the entire world – much more than Europe, China, Russia, Iran, Pakistan, North Korea, and Venezuela – combined.
The government and private companies have dramatically increased surveillance of people through cameras on public streets and private places, airport searches, phone intercepts, access to personal computers, and compilation of records from credit card purchases, computer views of sites, and travel.
The number of people in jails and prisons in the U.S. has risen sevenfold since 1970 to over 2.3 million. The US puts a higher percentage of our people in jail than any other country in the world.
The tea party people are mad at the Republicans, who they accuse of selling them out to big businesses.
Democrats are working their way past depression to anger because their party, despite majorities in the House and Senate, has not made significant advances for immigrants, or women, or unions, or African Americans, or environmentalists, or gays and lesbians, or civil libertarians, or people dedicated to health care, or human rights, or jobs or housing or economic justice. Democrats also think their party is selling out to big business.
Forty three years ago next month, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. preached in Riverside Church in New York City that “a time comes when silence is betrayal.” He went on to condemn the Vietnam War and the system which created it and the other injustices clearly apparent. “We as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values. We must rapidly begin the shift from a “thing oriented” society to a “person oriented” society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism and militarism are incapable of being conquered.”
It is time.
Bill Quigley is Associate Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights and a law professor at Loyola University New Orleans. He is a Katrina survivor and has been active in human rights in Haiti for years. He volunteers with the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) and the Bureau de Avocats Internationaux (BAI) in Port au Prince. Contact Bill at email@example.com
Working and Poor in the USA
“Our nation, so richly endowed with natural resources and with a capable and industrious population, should be able to devise ways and means of insuring to all our able-bodied men and women, a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work.” –Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1937
”We have moved from the era of civil rights to the era of human rights, an era where we are called upon to raise certain basic questions about the whole society. We have been in a reform movement…But after Selma and the voting rights bill, we moved into a new era, which must be the era of revolution. We must recognize that we can’t solve our problem now until there is a radical redistribution of economic and political power…this means a revolution of values and other things. We must see now that the evils of racism, economic exploitation and militarism are all tied together… you can’t really get rid of one without getting rid of the others… the whole structure of American life must be changed. America is a hypocritical nation and (we) must put (our) own house in order.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.