One could consider principles stated in The Preamble to the Constitution and The Preamble to The Declaration of Independence in place of reference to communism, capitalism, or socialism. These principles don’t seem particularly commercial and seem to suggest a society in which the human rights of people are important. A high minded attitude is suggested that doesn’t imply greed, privilege, or injustice. Along with these ideas seem to be included avoidance of perceptions of depravity.
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.—-end of preamble—-The Preamble —“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.”
—end of preamble—Some people believe these Preambles set into motion an attempt at a more perfect government.
Over years Ralph Nader has been a voice, often lone, in reminding about the possibilities to this end.https://mailchi.mp/nader/rebound-our-historic-postal-service-s0qvrgt8nw?e=cfd1bea9b5 –While DeJoy triggered a crisis that threatened the presidential election process, attacks on the Postal Service have been ongoing for decades. The anti-postal campaigns by corporate interests have remained a continuing source of frustration to those of us who have observed the Postal Service’s decline due to unimaginative management, a deck stacked to favor for-profit rivals such as FedEx and UPS, and unfair financial obligations and delivery prohibitions (for example, on wine and beer) imposed by Congress.–end of ralphnader info–\Privatization has been the mantra of capitalistic Establishment as attempts are made to “run government like a business”, which on a continuum is organized crime. Trump was giddy over privatizing the postal service out of existence. This doesn’t seem to be the power for the Executive Branch. https://constitutioncenter.org/blog/the-postal-clauses-grant-of-broad-power-to-congress-over-a-system-in-crisis –The United States Postal Service, now under criticism from President Donald Trump, has its roots in the U.S. Constitution, and the U.S. Supreme Court recognized Congress’s “broad power” to act in matters concerning posts more than a century ago.–end of constitutioncenter info–
Privatization paves the way for control by authority.
Can we just say a large portion of the US public has lost trust in our government? We may be a bit slow on the uptake, considering having heard a Russian citizen who was interviewed in Moscow who said the lies from the US government and the Russian government are about equal but that Americans are more gullible….or did she say the Russian public is more skeptical? I can’t remember now, but it was a point well taken.
And so the topic on C-Span today was the Covid-19 vaccine. As one old enough to remember in real time the horror of polio, and then the polio vaccine, and then no more polio, I can’t overlook the benefits of science. But that was a time pre-Reagan’s Trickle Down Theory and laws promoting commercial profiteering rather than promotion of human and environmental rights.
The polio scare was before Citizens United that legalized corruption in the electoral process, with politicians perhaps bought into public office by commercial interests.
As one who is vaccinated and wears a mask indoors in public places, distrust toward a pay-to-play health care system seems a reasonable response as we “run government like a business”.
The American taxpayer is reported to have paid for development of vaccinations, and then the government uses taxpayer money to purchase vaccinations from pharmaceuticals. This must make political campaign donors proud of their sycophants.https://www.postandcourier.com/health/clyburn-has-taken-more-than-1-million-in-pharma-money-in-a-decade-far-surpassing/article_62b10180-d956-11e8-9122-4f50316f66fa.html
The above are examples and surely aren’t limiting.
Whether reality or perception, dishonesty in political characters shouldn’t be openly courted. They could rather work to appear honest and involved in good governance, which is a different stance from those openly selling their wares for profit. There is nothing wrong with either, but perception will set the stage for trust or skepticism. If you build a stance of dishonesty and greed, don’t expect compliant trust in return.
In particular, how much more able would the US government have been positioned to challenge the Covid-19 epidemic if the USA provided a 1-payer comprehensive public health care policy? Indeed without an epidemic, how much more healthy would be Americans if the USA avoided health care profiteering in order to establish a 1-payer system of attempt to maintain good health in place of fixing a person once health is ruined?
Referring back to The Preamble to The Declaration of Independence, one notices women were not mentioned. History books seem to ignore women. And yet, here we are.
https://mailchi.mp/4eb15f3f146c/saturday-november-13th-stronger-bolder-ready-last-chance?e=f9e4231b9e —Sign-up and get the full agenda here.We’ll be talking about reproductive justice and abortion rights; the intersections of voting rights and women’s economic empowerment, and what we can all do to advance women’s equality in our state. Together, we can be #StrongerNOW2021 to stop the attacks on our autonomy and freedom and defend our rights for generations to come. Don’t miss out!–end of NOW info–
Perception of inequality can be challenged. NOW has been doing so for 50 years, and more notably in order to secure voting rights for everyone. https://now.org/about/history/founding-2/ –In 1880, Mrs. H. Griswold wrote in a letter to Susan B. Anthony: “Words fail to convey the bitter hatred I have for the foul demagogues who would take from me the freedom they claim for themselves.” In 1909, Emma Goldman wrote “A New Declaration of Independence,” in which she declared the self-evident truth that all human beings “irrespective of race, color, or sex” are born with equal rights. About a decade later, Margaret Sanger explained the “morality of birth control” in a speech so titled.—end of now info–
On the topic of birth control and popular perception, what is intended by those who demand government control of women’s bodies without the societal structure to uphold human dignity?
To take this a step further what is the reason to demand control of women’s bodies at the same time capitalistic hierarchical Establishment does nothing substantial about Climate Change? — https://twitter.com/LeeCamp/status/1458806058089127947?cn=ZmxleGlibGVfcmVjcw%3D%3D&refsrc=email –In order to deal with climate change, we need to change our entire economic system, which we essentially did during WWII. I agree, Nazis are bad. But I would argue the extinction of all humankind is also pretty bad.–end of leecamp info–
What they do not what they say. Double talk is apparent at COP26—That COP26 is a patriarchal presumption that seems associated with an idea that exploitation of the environment as a natural resource for profiteering particularly includes The Military Industrial Complex as a prime beneficiary and motivator. The voices of people who prefer peace would be more helpful at COP26 than would be the voices of Establishment hierarchy, if saving the planet is the reason –https://popularresistance.org/us-peace-prize-awarded-to-world-beyond-war/ –The 2021 US Peace Prize has been awarded to World BEYOND War “for exceptional global advocacy and creative peace education to end war and dismantle the war machine.”Michael Knox, Chair of the US Peace Memorial Foundation, thanked World BEYOND War and its members “for years of outstanding and prolific antiwar actions and extensive peace educational projects involving many people and organizations. We appreciate your leadership and the significant impact your members and programs have had throughout the world.”–end of popularresistance info–
Monitization (sic) of both people and environment for profit is precisely implicit in capitalism. Is this truly what you want for your family? –https://popularresistance.org/wall-streets-latest-scheme-is-monetizing-nature-itself/ –[E]ven the creators of NACs admit that the ultimate goal is to extract near-infinite profits from the natural processes they seek to quantify and then monetize….Framed with the lofty talk of “sustainability” and “conservation”, media reports on the move in outlets like Fortune couldn’t avoid noting that NACs open the doors to “a new form of sustainable investment” which “has enthralled the likes of BlackRock CEO Larry Fink over the past several years even though there remain big, unanswered questions about it.”Webb cites researcher and journalist Cory Morningstar, who maintains that one of the aims of creating “Nature’s Economy” and packaging it via NACs is to drastically advance massive land grab efforts made by Wall Street and the oligarch class in recent years, including those made by Wall Street firms and billionaires like Bill Gates during the COVID crisis. The land grabs facilitated through the development of NACs, however, will largely target indigenous communities in the developing world.–end of popularresistance info–
NACs seem to be the modern version of the Discovery Doctrine –http://ili.nativeweb.org/sdrm_art.html –When Christopher Columbus first set foot on the white sands of Guanahani island, he performed a ceremony to “take possession” of the land for the king and queen of Spain, acting under the international laws of Western Christendom. Although the story of Columbus’ “discovery” has taken on mythological proportions in most of the Western world, few people are aware that his act of “possession” was based on a religious doctrine now known in history as the Doctrine of Discovery. Even fewer people realize that today – five centuries later – the United States government still uses this archaic Judeo-Christian doctrine to deny the rights of Native American Indians.–end of discovery doctrine info—-end of perception of double talk——-
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UnaifXFGDEg –“Rules For Thee…” Another Day, Another Scam!
We have much work to do.
We deserve better. https://www.lwv.org/newsroom/press-releases/league-refuses-help-perpetrate-fraud–LEAGUE REFUSES TO “HELP PERPETRATE A FRAUD”