An Elegant Solution To America’s Problem

When our founding fathers put together the framework to our country, they were very wise. They created a system of checks and balances to make sure that no one area of our government ends up with more power than it ought to have. They knew that times change, people change, and that people are fallible.

In fact, Thomas Jefferson even had the idea that we’d rewrite the Constitution to suit our needs every generation, because living under the laws of those who came before us, he likened to slavery! (Can you imagine if we started from scratch each generation?)

The part of our government’s system that is overreaching at the moment is the Supreme Court.

It started with Bush v. Gore – a case that is clearly the court just deciding the election for America, even though it was partisan, without legal precedent for doing so. They up and decided not to count 170,000 votes in Florida. Because they didn’t think there would be enough time to do it. Seriously. 170,000 people’s votes didn’t count because of a combination of political pull and laziness.

The Court even went so far in their concurrences and dissents to let lawyers know that they wouldn’t follow their own rules from that case in the future by saying “Our consideration is limited to the present circumstances because the problem of equal protection in election processes generally presents many complexities.” It’s really not that complicated. Read Souter’s dissent. He does a good job of explaining things.

Next, they gave corporations free speech in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, as if they were human beings– as though they were real, live, citizens, worthy of Constitutional protection. By doing this, they opened our political system, our courts, our country – to the shareholders of those corporations. These shareholders can come from anywhere – any country. They do not need to be American citizens. Because of this, we are now dealing with the situation in Wisconsin.

This Is Not The First Time The Supreme Court Has Screwed Up.
I mean, back in the day, the Dred Scott case said that black folks were property. Shameful, but that’s our past! We overcame that past by growing as people culturally and creating new laws for the court to then enforce.

The Only Way to Fix A Problem Caused By The Supreme Court Is To Pass A Constitutional Amendment.

In fact, Justice Anton Scalia recently reminded all of us about the way he votes by telling California Lawyer that women do not have equal protection under the law in America! As a traditionalist judge, he only interprets the Constitution’s laws as they were written and intended at the time they were written. Despite the fact that he is living in 2011, he is adjudicating as though the laws are stuck in time when they were written.

The only way to bring a court with traditionalist judges up to date is to bring our laws up to date.

We Can Accomplish A Great Deal With One Constitutional Amendment

The amendment I propose is very elegant and simple: it’s the way a programmer or lawyer would think because it works on all of our earlier laws and it gives us all what we already think we have but don’t. Equality, whether we are men, women, or something in between, but not if you are not a living, breathing human.

My Suggestion for The 28th Amendment: Honesty In Equality
Section 1: All enumerated rights for persons shall apply to all humans, regardless of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, or previous condition of servitude.

Section 2: Non-sentient, non-biological beings shall not be given equal rights to humans. This includes, but is not limited to corporations, robots, and artificial intelligence.

These protections are necessary.
Have you seen Watson? It beat the Jeopardy World Champions, and sure, it had a lot to do with computers having better trigger abilities, but after talking to folks who actually programmed that bad boy – the real world is about to have androids in it! It’s astounding and kind of hard to take in.

So What Now?
Step one is to get this amendment in the hands of Congress, with a ton of signatures, and get them to pass it.

Step two is to find someone with standing to bring a case in front of the Supreme Court that requires the court to reverse their decision based on the new law.

But that’s just my suggestion. Work with the system.

The only potential barrier to this working is the corporations’ money being used to bribe our legislature into keeping the amendment from ever being passed.

A Hard Look at Intellectual Honesty

One of the things I have been lead to believe in life is that everything happens for a reason, both good and bad. Everything makes you who you are. It is because of the life I have lead that I am not afraid to stand up and say that something very wrong is happening in our country.

We are currently fighting a war against fascism.

This is what fascism looks like.

The video is of what’s actually happening in WI. A Democratic Representative – a lawmaker – was treated like a criminal by police for trying to enter the statehouse to get his own clothes. This is what Walker is doing. You are looking at a video of a police officer, under the power of an official who was elected because of a corporation’s money being funneled into his campaign, brutalizing a lawmaker.

When corporate interests are running the government as though it is their puppet, and the police are being used to enforce the government’s will, that is fascism. Here, in video evidence can you all can see a democratic lawmaker being unfairly treated by a police officer who is doing the will of a governor who was placed in power by the unfair influence of a corporation. This is, undeniably, fascism.

Normally, I would keep my mouth shut, but I cannot do it. Because I am a Jew. And my family had too many family members die in the Holocaust. And I cannot and will not forget the Holocaust or how it happened.

And I was raised in Memphis freakin Tennessee, home of racist shame, and I LOVE Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and deeply believe in his dream, because I have lived in the same room during college with a black woman who will always be my soul sister, and know these bastards stand against everything he believed in.

But more than that, I’m not afraid to stand up and say something, because I am in therapy for PTSD from a long-term relationship where I was abused, and my family has questioned me numerous times as to why I stayed and why I didn’t tell them. So I’m speaking up before it’s too late for all of us.

People do nothing when they are afraid.

Hell, we like to repress things! It makes life easier. That’s what the majority of folks in this country are doing, repressing that anything’s going on. Even when we have the Mother Jones article telling us straight up that as a country we are in denial about how much money we have, but we’ve got the Wall Street Journal letting us know that the politicians are in denial about how much we care about our relatives.

Calling Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and Welfare entitlement programs instead of social insurance programs, is spin doctoring.

It suggests that the sick, the elderly, and the absolutely impoverished ought to not be entitled to any protections from society at all. Even if they were war veterans.

And that’s what’s happening right now. People all around us are dying. And the Super Rich, they’re living it up, while letting the underclass blame it on the “entitled”.

There’s my friend who is living with HIV who owes $1800 in federal taxes after bringing home $24,000 in unemployment to the Government who is living in a recovery-from-homelessness shelter (great new name for homeless shelter!) for 2 and a half months who has a bachelor of arts from UCLA. He’s been unemployed since June of 2009. He just got his notary public license and is kicking butt and taking names in trying to claw his way back to a regular life. He deserves a home like everyone else. A bedroom where he doesn’t have to listen to other people’s bullshit.

There’s me: not only college educated, but having a juris doctor – hit with MS, epilepsy, and PTSD – and the government expects that I’ll somehow live off of $600 after Medicare is taken out of my $758 that they awarded me — and I’m a LUCKY disabled girl.

Most people who are disabled don’t even get to suckle at the government teat. Check out the National Acadamy of Social Insurance – an independent organization from the government.

2010 was a very significant year for people who were very rich. It didn’t seem like it for the rest of us.

2010 was the year of the moritorium on the death tax. It was a good year to die.

2010 was also the year that they made it look, on purpose, like Social security was fucking up, when it really wasn’t.

and then there was this: The worst Supreme Court decision in American history.

When you allow corporations to have the same natural rights as actual *real* people, you give unlimited access to your courts and government to the governments and businesses and citizens of every other society on the planet.

The Supreme Court created the Fascist States of America in that decision, and we MUST find a way to fix this.

To be good, you must be honest. Corporations are not people. They should not have “certain inalienable rights.” Governor Walker is no Republican. He is a fascist acting as a dictator, and our democracy is in jeopardy in America.