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Posted: January 17, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: January 17, 2014 2:00 a.m.

I honestly don’t believe that Democrats and Republicans will ever sit down and compromise on anything. The simple act of governing for all of the people seems to be impossible.

The United States of America is run as a for-profit enterprise for 1 percent of the population. Government graft and corruption worsen the problem.

This 1 percent segment of the population consists of the rich, corporations, and special interests.

Just as we have seen the once-powerful Union of Soviet Socialist Republics fall, we must consider the fact that even the United States of America can fall from decades of mismanagement of people, time and resources.

Government is not as transparent as it should be. Most Americans don’t have the time to read the newspaper or follow government issues until it affects their lives.

We find that corrective action on bad legislation at the national level is rarely taken. Most people don’t know what the Congressional Record is or how to find and read it.

And all too often, political pundits looking for shock value and ratings mislead the public.

In the final analysis, perhaps the United States of America will just become a dead end in the history of mankind.

It can be said by historians in the future that everything was wasted by a few for satisfaction in the present with no thought for a future.

We the people must fight for the future of the United States of America.



ricketzz: Posted: January 17, 2014 7:14 a.m.

Good luck. The oligarchs have already prepared the battlefield and sabotaged our weapons.

We face the exact same enemy as we did in 1773-1775, crony capitalists who have captured the ear of the King. The solution is the same as well.

The struggle has always been between normal people and rich bullies. Dungarees v the Suits. Nerds v Jocks. Jesus v The Moneychangers. If you are worthy you "get it".

17trillion: Posted: January 17, 2014 7:46 a.m.

I wonder if Ricketzz ever went to a moneychanger for a home loan or car loan or if he has a credit card in his wallet?

What a hypocrite!

technologist: Posted: January 17, 2014 10:19 a.m.

Don't you know ricketzz is all about class struggle, 17t?

Be worthy. :-D

ricketzz: Posted: January 18, 2014 7:01 a.m.

Not class struggle. On a crusade to nullify all the bullies in the world.

ricketzz: Posted: January 18, 2014 7:18 a.m.

I didn't pick on the Banksters, Jesus did!

I do think James Dimon would look good in very broad stripes. Corruption is everywhere. It is business as usual.

"The trouble is the trouble is." -Arthur Brown, 1968 radio interview

technologist: Posted: January 18, 2014 1:50 p.m.

"Not class struggle. On a crusade to nullify all the bullies in the world."

Do an image search on socialist and Soviet agitprop, ricketzz. You'll note Marxist class struggle themes that align rather neatly with your rants against "bullies".

Here's a sampling:

JohnnyCash: Posted: January 18, 2014 8:29 p.m.


That opening post of ricketzz is as close to plagiarism as you can get. Here's his source and inspiration:

"Freeman and slave, patrician and plebeian, lord and serf, guild-master and journeyman, in a word, oppressor and oppressed, stood in constant opposition to one another, carried on an uninterrupted, now hidden, now open fight, a fight that each time ended, either in a revolutionary re-constitution of society at large, or in the common ruin of the contending classes.”
― Karl Marx, The Communist Manifesto

Ricketzz just reversed the order and updated the names of the groups; a fresh coating of paint to disguise the fact that what he wants has been tried and has failed every time...with a death toll around 100 million over the past hundred years.

Marx also stated that "Communism is the riddle of history solved, and it knows itself to be this solution."

Sounds like ricketzz as well, right?

technologist: Posted: January 19, 2014 11:31 a.m.

Indeed, JC.

Here's a morning posting in response to Hegg's column:

"Authority structures" left "the people" behind a long time ago. People are secluding themselves to plot revolution, not ponder deep thoughts. Your method failed. - ricketzz

ricketzz: Posted: January 20, 2014 7:04 a.m.

I have never read any Karl Marx. I have a learning disability and never finished High School. My revolutionary zeal comes from the settling and founding of this and these United States. If Karl Marx also said the same thing it is likely because he was inspired by our founding. Karl Marx died before the 1917 Russian Revolution. Bolsheviks twisted Marx' writing the same way Crusaders crap on the Bible. This is the way the oppressors glom onto something beloved and pervert it for their own power.

Corporate CEOs are more likely to be sociopathic than any other profession except surgeons. They are full of themselves and don't care about anyone else. This is a fact borne by research, including MRI scans. We don't want to reward sociopaths, do we?

CaptGene: Posted: January 20, 2014 1:36 p.m.

"I have a learning disability and never finished High School" We know, we know, you poor dear, you're so brave.

It might mean something to us if you didn't trot that and your AS out every time it serves your purpose.

ricketzz: Posted: January 21, 2014 7:16 a.m.

Whenever people intimate they have a lot of formal training by quoting Marx or Nietzsche, etc., I like to tell them I'm a self-taught goober who can drool on occasion. Are you jealous or something?

technologist: Posted: January 21, 2014 12:21 p.m.

"Are you jealous or something?"

Decidedly, no.

ricketzz: Posted: January 22, 2014 6:12 a.m.

Back to the subject; we had a revolution from 1775 to 1783 because government and business were joined at the hip. The game was rigged and unless you were connected you had little opportunity to advance. Society was corrupt from top to bottom. Most people gave up.

Why should we react differently this time? Does power not corrupt anymore?

technologist: Posted: January 23, 2014 7:19 p.m.

"Why should we react differently this time? Does power not corrupt anymore?"

Because anarchy and collectivism don't work. See: French Revolution and Communism.

ricketzz: Posted: January 26, 2014 6:15 a.m.

How do you know "anarchy" doesn't work? Where has it been tried? What is wrong with Direct Democracy that good schools and good journalism wouldn't correct?

"Collectivism" is a big word with a lot of fuzzy meanings. I prefer to think of it as an expression of symbiosis; we are stronger together than the sum of our parts. That is the entire basis of post-enlightenment society. You are going to pronounce that a failure of misguided idealism or what? What gives you the right to question the basis for every good thing that has happened in the past 250 years? Are you and Ayn Rand alone against the evidence that We the People are the greatest entrenched power structure the world has ever seen? You do the bidding of people who want to run amok, without rules, until the whole country looks like the Permian Basin from a 737.

ricketzz: Posted: January 27, 2014 7:27 a.m.

"Texas Oil: Landscape of an Industry"

technologist: Posted: January 27, 2014 10:26 a.m.

"How do you know "anarchy" doesn't work? Where has it been tried? What is wrong with Direct Democracy that good schools and good journalism wouldn't correct?"

Anarchy: French Revolution. Result: Mob rule and subsequent dictatorship.
Direct Democracy: Athens. Result: Mob rule and subsequent dictatorship.

How effective was the governance of the Occupy "Movement". That's an example of collectivism, i.e. a Marxist rabble that devolves into violence and destruction with subsequent co-opting by those organized enough to grab power. --edited.

ricketzz: Posted: January 28, 2014 7:32 a.m.

The Greeks did not have Twitter so they never had real direct democracy. The French Revolution got rid of the King, then got rid of the Emperor. They seem to have landed on their feet.

Every time somebody talks about "the 1%" ask yourself if the Occupy Movement succeeded. Occupy Debt is buying obligations for pennies on the dollar on the open market and returning them to the original borrower, preventing seizure and loss of property. Occupy Sandy was first on the ground with kitchens and blankets.

"Collectivism can be divided into horizontal (or egalitarian) collectivism and vertical (or hierarchical) collectivism. Horizontal collectivism stresses collective decision-making among equal individuals, and is thus usually based on decentralization and egalitarianism. Vertical collectivism is based on hierarchical structures of power and on moral and cultural conformity, and is therefore based on centralization and hierarchy. A cooperative enterprise would be an example of horizontal collectivism, whereas a military hierarchy would be an example of vertical collectivism."

The USA was founded as a horizontal collective, a cooperative, a synergy. Anyone who doesn't like "collectivism" wants dictatorship.

technologist: Posted: January 28, 2014 4:09 p.m.

"The Greeks did not have Twitter so they never had real direct democracy. The French Revolution got rid of the King, then got rid of the Emperor. They seem to have landed on their feet."

I'm chuckling at your Greek observation. In person in real time is about as direct as you get. As to the French, you missed a few steps. They got rid of their king, devolved to a Reign of Terror that set the stage for dictatorship by Napoleon(s) and then reverted to a monarchy. In fact, the Third Republic was still debating monarchy until the 1870s.

I stand by my depiction of the Occupy Movement. You'll have to quantify your assertions amount to more than symbolism.

America was founded on the concept of individual rights with citizens residing in sovereign states. They agreed to form a limited Federal government to serve enumerated functions in a Federalist Republic of sovereign states.

Your assertion that the USA was founded as a "horizontal collective" isn't factual nor does it meet the parameters of your quoted definition, i.e. "…collective decision-making among equal individuals…". Recollect that women and slaves weren't enfranchised until many decades after founding.

ricketzz: Posted: January 29, 2014 7:22 a.m.

Tell me again that "collectivism" as in "We the people", as in "You can't fool all the people all the time", as in "All for one and one for all" is bad again. Give us some more of that ageless Randian magic about the petulant industrialist who got no props.

"Community" make you cringe? "Fellowship" for chumps? We are one.

ricketzz: Posted: January 29, 2014 7:37 a.m.

In person in real time (with no P.A.) is how the police made Occupy do "direct democracy" and the fat jaded NYC news reporters left in frustration. Their inability to grasp higher concepts was treated the way enlightened people always act: they got afraid and attacked.

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