Tag: American people
Trump, the self-touted “voice of the people,” has placed in the highest government positions the “voices” of Wall Street billionaires. Next door to his Oval Office is Gary Cohn, former Goldman Sachs boss. In addition, Wall Street and the mega-wealthy now run the Treasury Department, the State Department, and the Department of Education while corporatists and militarists run other major departments and agencies. Where are the people’s voices in that plutocratic park?
The AHCA is not a “health” plan. It’s a wealth grab for the already wealthy and will increase wealth inequality. Its benefits will go, first and foremost, to billionaires who make more money from investments than from work. The 400 highest-earning households in the country will get an average tax break of $7 million per year under the Republican plan.
At Standing Rock, we’ve seen militarized police, riot and camouflage gear, armored vehicles, mass arrests, pepper spray, tear gas, batons, strip searches, and rones. Less-than-lethal weapons unleashed with deadly force. Rubber bullets. Water cannons. Concussion grenades. Arrests of journalists. Intimidation tactics. Brute force. This is what martial law looks like, when a government disregards constitutional freedoms and imposes its will through military force. Only this is martial law without any government body having to declare it… Our greatest defense against home-grown tyranny has always been our strength in numbers as a citizenry.
This year’s presidential dog and pony show continues to raise the nation’s eyebrows, as the duopoly’s nominees — incidentally, longtime friends — apparently compete to not only tear each other’s character to shreds but to test the limits of Americans’ tolerance.