Category Archives: Human Rights Abuse

Are human rights ignored in ‘special cases’? In the ‘war on terror’, have we given up some rights via the Patriot Act in hopes of increasing our protection from those bent on doing us harm? If we are attacked again and fear short circuits our minds, are we willing to give up more rights for the cause? Are we becoming more willing to look the other way when what used to be illegal is used against an ‘enemy’? Are citizens more willing to identify the enemy based on less and less accurate information? Will one family member turn in another as the enemy out of spite, for monetary gain, or to earn a notch on the sleeve of their national uniform? How far is too far?

Tracking the Growth of American Authoritarianism

Exposing the "Nobile Lie" of Right-wing Authoritarian Trickle Down Economics
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After WW II, we had a powerful middle class, then Reaganomics started their demise.

 

Policy Priorities for Winning in November with the New American Majority (NAM)

RE: Brown Is The New White by Steve Phillips (This is my kind of book. Filled with quantitative and qualitative details, and progressive policies for the mind, and, more importantly, backed up and supported by progressive values for the soul.) … Continue reading

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Hidden Threats Strain Both the Earth’s Life-sustaining Resources and Life Itself

Unsustainable economic growth and its systemic impacts on the wealth gap, human population, and Earth’s climate are enslaving and abusing all Peoples. Wage theft, debt slavery, and expanding poverty drive the exponential growth of the income and wealth gap and … Continue reading

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Ending American Authoritarianism – A Hybridization of Orwell and Huxley Dystopias, and Resisting It Through Radical Imagination

Henry Giroux re-evaluates the works of Orwell and Huxley compares them to the new American Authoritarianism and proposes actions to reverse it. Both authors provide insight into the merging of the totalitarian elements that constitute a new and more hybridized … Continue reading

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Pro-war, Regime Change, Neocons Have Controlled our Interventionist Foreign Policy for Decades

Back in January, 2007, as The Shrub, GWB, began his final year in office I wrote a blog post titled Bush’s Administration – Neocons Everywhere According to Bush and Rumsfeld. In September of last year, I wrote another posting called, … Continue reading

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Supressing Hope Is Futile – Integrity, Moral Values, and Insurrectional Democracy

Externalizing hope will defeat the casino capitalism of the authoritarian right. Here are three requirements for getting there: 1. Progressives who deny their core values, lose, and can’t inspire the underpaid, overworked, debt ridden, and generally oppressed to take action. … Continue reading

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Erik Prince Still Free, Ferguson Police Abuse, Who Can’t Vote in Texas, Corp Attack On Democracy, NPR Part of Problem, Doughnut Economics

Suggested Reading for Week Ending 10/26 Christianist Erik Prince Remains Free as Blackwater Guards Convicted for Killing 14 Iraqis in Massacre First of all, Erik Prince is a radical right-wing Christian supremacist who, from the very beginning of the so-called … Continue reading

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Why Do The ONE% Keep Getting Richer?

An updated report on growing income inequality between America’s profit makers and profit takers shows the growth of income for the profit takers – the top ONE%, who are making at least $394,000/year for 2012. The table below shows how … Continue reading

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What’s Really Best for an ‘Unwanted’?

“The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others. But it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no god. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks … Continue reading

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Supporters of DOMA, Prop 8, and Texas Special Session SB 5 – How Their Authoritarian World View Can Predict Their Actions

While driving home from lunch today and listening to the discussion on NPR’s ‘Talk of the Nation’, the strong unreasonable comments of a caller disturbed me. This caller was stating that overruling California’s Proposition 8 was not right. Prop 8 … Continue reading

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Minimum Wage, Wage Theft and The Free Market at Work – Is it Fixable?

The post 80’s ideas of keeping the minimum wage suppressed and not rewarding workers, profit creators, for their productivity increases of the last three decades must stop. The decisions of the supply side free market and most of its leaders, … Continue reading

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The Dakota Indians Lost to the ONE% in the 1860s – Can Today’s 99% Check and Balance Today’s ONE%?

A recent episode of This American Life was about the Dakota War of 1862. This war resulted in the final expulsion of the Dakota Indians from their ancestral home in Minnesota. It took years of lies, trickery, swindles, war, and … Continue reading

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Destroying America’s Soul – The Devil’s Budget

In his latest article, George Lakoff discusses how The Devils Budget proposed by the opponents to President Obama will eventually destroy the soul of our democracy by defunding all of its Public infrastructure: public protection, public empowerment, public education, public … Continue reading

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The Aurora, Colorado, Shootings – Fear Based Gun Ownership Fulfills an Authoritarian Need to Severely Punish Those Not Like Them

Those most likely to become authoritarians (social dominators or followers) are raised from a young age in a strict-father environment where violent punishment is used aggressively. And, according to James Dobson, the sooner it is applied, the better. Dread of … Continue reading

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In Support of Mayors Against Illegal Guns – Stop Domestic Terrorism

Americans are more likely to be killed by domestic terrorists with guns than international terrorists with bombs. When will we redirect our national resources to reflect this higher threat to American lives? Sign the petition … Also, here’s my message … Continue reading

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The “Bad Barrel” for All U.S. Presidents – Some Try to Resist, Authoritarians Enhance It

What changed many of the promises of candidate Obama into either inaction or the adverse actions of President Obama? Here’s how I put it to the President recently. RE: The Obamas by Jodi Kantor Mr. President, While listening to an … Continue reading

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Authoritarian Control Requires War, a War Mentality, Enemies, and a Vivid Imagination

WAR … WAR … WAR … WAR I guess the authoritarian wars began in 1971 when President Nixon launched the war on drugs to combat the heroine addictions of our Vietnam veterans. This 40 year war has not been won … Continue reading

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America’s Growing Authoritarian Police State Revealed by Response to OWS

In three previous articles, I have discussed the growing American police state. This police state is supported by an authoritarian worldview and is promoted by the “bad barrel” structure of today’s police departments. In a recent article by former Police … Continue reading

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Republican Senators – Shameless, Spineless, or Without Conscience?

RE: Most Republican Senators voted yesterday to pass the Paul Ryan Budget Plan for the wealthy. Tonight, I sent the following note to Texas Senator Cornyn, who voted for the plan: Transferring more wealth to the top 2 percent by … Continue reading

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Fear Mongering Over Debt and Deficits – It’s Happened Before, Why Then, Why Now?

Why are we, as a nation, no longer expressing concern about the employment deficit? Because the media and the politicians are all fear mongering about deficit spending, the national debt, and terminating state employees and/or their benefits to fix their … Continue reading

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Violence Against Americans by Americans – Individual Action Is Only Part of the Story

Individual actions result from the influences of many factors. This is referred to as “systemic causation.” Some factors are genetic but many are external: parents, spouses, siblings, other relatives, friends, scout leaders, religious leaders, teachers, bosses, books, movies, radio, TV, … Continue reading

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Tax Breaks For The Mega and Ultra Rich – Stopping Their Takeover of Our Democracy

An article about Congress deciding its next pay raise, had this to say about the richest 235 of them: Senators had a median reportable net worth of $1.79 million in 2008, the last year such data were available, down from … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 9-8-2010

  Confused Tea Party People – The Tea Party people say they’re angry about socialism, but maybe they’re really angry about capitalism. If there’s a sense of being looked down upon, it’s that sense of failure that’s built into a … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 9-3-2010

  Fewer Jobs, Larger Deficits if Republicans Were in Charge – According to a study in Newsweek, the things that Republicans have said they want to do won’t actually boost employment or reduce deficits. In fact, much the opposite. If … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 8-26-2010

  Rick Perry’s Bomb about Bombs: Perry Lies or He Doesn’t Know Where the Border Lies – In an interview about border security, Texas Gov. Rick Perry told Fox News that bombs exploded in El Paso. “You’ve got bullets hitting … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 8-25-2010

  Rick Perry: University Regents Jobs Open to the Highest Bidders – Over the past decade, the men and women chosen by Rick Perry to serve as regents of the state’s universities have given his campaigns a total of at … Continue reading

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Reality and Howard Dean’s Hopeful Optimism

Governor Dean, Your optimism is admirable relative to achieving a compromise between those that have such strong ‘feelings’ over the civic center in NY. However, history shows that right-wing authoritarians (RWA), not just their leaders, don’t compromise. They do not … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 8-16-2010

  Rick Perry Afraid to Interview With Texas Newspaper Editorial Boards – In not-so-shocking news, Rick Perry’s campaign declared that the governor won’t be bothering with newspaper editorial boards before the November election. This was Perry’s modus operandi in the … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 8-13-2010

  For Newt Gingrich, “Family Values” is Just a Phrase He Likes to Use – According to Newt’s second wife Marianne Gingrich: “He asked me to marry him way too early,” she revealed. “And he wasn’t divorced yet [from his … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 8-6-2010

  Republican Jobs Plan: Bigger Tax [Breaks] For The Rich – After opposing, stalling, stonewalling and filibustering almost every recession-related bill for the past year, Republican lawmakers have finally proposed a jobs plan of their own: a bigger, more expensive … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 8-5-2010

A quote worth remembering in these times: “I never did give them hell. I just told the truth, and they thought it was hell.” — Harry S Truman, in Look, Apr. 3, 1956   Republicans Defeat Bill to Aid 9/11 … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 7-30-2010

  Republican Fiscal Policies Are a Bad Investment – According to Moody’s Analytics (hardly a left-wing group), for every dollar of government money spent on extending the Bush tax cuts, there’s only a 32-cent return on investment in terms of … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 7-23-2010

  Rick Perry Likes the Death Penalty But Doesn’t Care Much for Science or “Experts” – Cameron Todd Willingham was executed in 2004 for a fire that killed his three daughters. Prosecutors argued that Willingham deliberately set the 1991 blaze … Continue reading

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RWA Lies Got Us Into Iraq, Killed ACORN, and Almost Killed Health Care Reform – Guess What’s Next

Fearmongering and Noble Lies are primary tools for the right-wing authoritarians (RWA). Just think back to last year and all the RWA fearmongering and lies about health care and how it barely became law. It wasn’t so much about the … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 7-12-2010

Go forth and spread the truth.   Rick Perry’s Texas is Failing Us on Child Hunger – Texas is No. 1 in child hunger. KXAS, the NBC TV affiliate in Dallas-Fort Worth, says “Texas leads the nation in child hunger.” … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 6-29-2010

  Republicans Are Opposing Responsible Natural Gas Operations – Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) is a means of natural gas extraction employed in deep natural gas well drilling. Once a well is drilled, millions of gallons of water, sand and proprietary chemicals … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 6-16-2010

  BP Gambled on Shortcuts: Profit First, Safety Last – In a letter to BP CEO Tony Hayward, Reps. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., and Bart Stupak, D-Mich., noted at least five questionable decisions BP made in the days leading up to … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 6-14-2010

  Rand Paul Says He Certified; Maybe He Meant to Say “Certifiable” – The national panel that approves doctors as board certified said U.S. Senate Republican candidate Rand Paul isn’t on the list, even though he has campaigned as holding … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 6-9-2010

  John Culberson Says Gulf Oil Spill is a ‘Statistical Anomaly’ – In a letter to President Obama, Culberson says that the “Deepwater Horizon incident was a terrible human tragedy with devastating environmental consequences,” but not terrible enough for President … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 6-7-2010

  Arizona City Councilman/Talk-Show Host Doesn’t Like Black or Brown Faces on Mural – The leader of a group of artists says he was ordered to lighten the skin tones of children depicted in an outdoor mural covering two walls … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 6-1-2010

  BP CEO Says There Are No Plumes of Oil; Disregards Scientists – During a tour of a BP PLC staging area for cleanup workers, CEO Tony Hayward said the company’s sampling showed “no evidence” that oil was suspended in … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 5-27-2010

  Palin Endorsee Plagiarized President Obama’s Speech – Vaughn Ward, a GOP candidate for Idaho’s First Congressional district who is endorsed by Sarah Palin, is facing charges that he swiped key passages from Barack Obama’s iconic 2004 Democratic National Convention … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 5-20-2010

  Oil Hits Louisiana Wetlands – Crude oil spread through fragile US marshlands Thursday, a month after a drilling rig blast released a devastating spill that now threatens Florida, Cuba and even beyond. Photos   Costly, Time-Consuming Test of Cement … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 4/29/2010

  Voters Conned into Switching to the Republican Party – Since mid-March, at least 99 written complaints have been submitted to state elections officials by Orange County residents who say they were registered to vote Republican without their consent. The … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 4/28/2010

  New Oklahoma Law Allows Doctors to Lie About Health of Unborn Babies– A new law in Oklahoma protects doctors from malpractice suits if they decide not to inform the parents of a unborn baby that the fetus has birth … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 4/27/2010

  The Party of No … Credibility – American right-wing leaders are responding to complaints about their adherents’ insults, threats, and acts of violence by claiming that such problems occur on the left as well. Of course, they don’t dare … Continue reading

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