"The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them." --Patrick Henry, revolutionary
"Now more than ever before, the people are responsible for the character
of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless and corrupt, it
is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness and corruption.
If it be intelligent, brave and pure, it is because the people demand
these high qualities to represent them in the national legislature....
If the next centennial does not find us a great nation ... it will be
because those who represent the enterprise, the culture, and the
morality of the nation do not aid in controlling the political forces."
--James Garfield, the twentieth president of the United States, 1877
WE MUST ALSO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ACTIONS OF THE MAN IN THE HIGHEST OFFICE...WE MUST TAKE TO TASK ANY MAN WHO FAILS TO LIVE UP TO HIS SOLEMN OATH TO UPHOLD THE CONSTITUTION, AND REQUIRE EACH ONE TO RULE WITH HONOR, TRUTH, AND AS OUR APPOINTED REPRESENTATIVE BEFORE OTHER NATIONS OF EARTH.
NO ONE MAN IN GOVERNMENT, NOT EVEN A PRESIDENT SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO TAKE IT UPON HIMSELF TO DO ANYTHING IN THE NAME OF THIS NATION OR IN OUR NAMES WHEN HE IS NOT HONORING HIS OATH OF OFFICE. WE SHOULD DEMAND ALL LEADERS DO SO AND WE SHOULD DEMAND THAT LOUDLY AND OFTEN!
WE MUST NO LONGER ALLOW BULLYING, THREATS, BLACKMAIL, UNDECLARED WARS, INVASIONS, KILLING OR DETAINING AMERICAN CITIZENS WITHOUT TRIAL, TORTURE, COVERT DESTRUCTION OF ANOTHER NATION'S LEADERSHIP, NOR IGNORE THE SOVEREIGN RIGHTS OF NATIONS OR PEOPLE, INCLUDING THOSE WHO ARE SOVEREIGN CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, NO MATTER WHERE THEY ARE, NO MATTER WHAT.
AFTER STATING BEFORE REPORTERS IN AFRICA THAT HE WOULD NOT SCRAMBLE ANY JETS TO GET A 29-YEAR-OLD HACKER, IT APPEARS THAT PRESIDENT OBAMA MAY HAVE INTERFERED WITH THE FLIGHT OF BOLIVIAN PRESIDENT MORALES' FLIGHT, THINKING THAT PERHAPS EDWARD SNOWDEN WAS WITH MR. MORALES.
THIS IS MOST DISTURBING AS IT MAKES ME QUESTION HOW SAFE ANY AMERICAN CITIZEN IS ANYMORE.
TO WHAT LENGTHS WILL OUR GOVERNMENT GO TO SILENCE WHISTLEBLOWERS, TO STOP ANYONE/EVERYONE FROM ALERTING THE REST OF US TO OUR GOVERNMENT'S INFRINGEMENT ON OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS.
IF ANYONE WHO BLOWS THE LID OFF THE FEDS' SPYING ON US, OR TRIES TO WARN THE REST OF US THAT THINGS ARE NOT AS WE'RE TOLD, CAN BE CHASED TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH AND/OR OBLITERATED BY A DRONE ATTACK, OR IMPRISONED FOR YEARS BEFORE TRIAL, OR WITHOUT TRIAL EVER, WHAT HAS AMERICA BECOME?
WHAT HOPE IS THERE THAT WE WILL EVER BE PROPERLY INFORMED OF WHAT IS GOING ON BEHIND SO MANY LOCKED DOORS?
OBAMA PROMISED "FULL TRANSPARENCY", BUT WE HAVE NOW FAR WORSE COVER-UP THAN WHEN EVEN BUSH2 WAS IN OFFICE, OR NIXON!
AS ONE SCANDAL, ONE 'SHOCKER' AFTER ANOTHER COMES TO LIGHT, SURELY WE CAN SEE HOW MUCH WE WERE NEVER TOLD, AND HOW MUCH WE'VE BEEN BETRAYED!
WHAT ELSE IS STILL HIDDEN?
HOW MUCH MORE CAN AMERICANS TAKE?
WE'VE BECOME, ALL OF US, EVERY SINGLE ONE, "POTENTIAL ENEMIES OF THE STATE" WITH NO RIGHTS, NO LEGAL RECOURSE, AND, IT CERTAINLY APPEARS, NO WAY TO EVEN LEAVE AMERICA AND LIVE ELSEWHERE IF WE CHOOSE TO.
THE NOOSE JUST KEEPS TIGHTENING AROUND OUR TRUSTING NECKS, SO WE'D BEST STOP TRUSTING, PEOPLE, AND FIND A WAY TO LOOSE THAT NOOSE ONCE AND FOR ALL AND USE THE ROPE WHERE IT DOES THE MOST GOOD, PULLING OURSELVES OUT OF THIS CHASM OF BETRAYAL!
THIS IS APPALLING!
REUTERS, JULY 3, 2013
Wednesday accused the United States of trying to "kidnap" its president,
Evo Morales, after his plane was denied permission to fly over some
European countries on suspicion he was taking fugitive former U.S. spy
agency contractor Edward Snowden to Latin America.
Snowden was not on the plane
when it landed in Vienna, an Austrian official said. The United States
has been trying to get its hands on Snowden since he revealed details of
its secret surveillance programs last month. Snowden is believed to be
stranded in the transit lounge of a Moscow airport.
Bolivia said the incident, in which the plane was denied permission to fly over France and Portugal before making a stop in Vienna, was an act of aggression and a violation of international law.
The White House declined to comment on the Bolivian assertion.>>
HOW CAN AMERICA EXERCISE SUCH UNQUESTIONED POWER OVER ANOTHER SOVEREIGN NATION?
WHY, IN THE NAME OF SANITY, ARE OTHER NATIONS SUBMITTING TO THE U.S. AND BECOMING COMPLICIT IN SUCH VIOLATIONS OF RIGHTS?
IF THE TABLES WERE TURNED, IF BOLIVIA HAD DONE THIS TO OBAMA'S PLANE, THE U.S. WOULD PERHAPS HAVE AIMED AND FIRED BY NOW!
AMERICANS WOULDN'T STAND FOR SOMETHING LIKE THIS HAPPENING TO ITS PRESIDENT!
<<The Bolivian plane was taking Morales home
from an energy conference in Moscow when it landed at Vienna airport on
Tuesday evening. Austrian Deputy Chancellor Michael Spindelegger said
Morales personally denied that Snowden was aboard his jet and agreed to a
this invitation from Bolivia a colleague boarded the plane, looked at
everything and there was no one else on board," Spindelegger told
Defense Minister Ruben Saavedra said Morales' plane was not searched
because Morales' had refused Austrian authorities entry.
Bolivia's ambassador to the United Nations, Sacha Llorenti Soliz, expressed outrage at the chain of events.
"We're talking about the president on an official trip after an official summit being kidnapped," he said in Geneva.
have no doubt that it was an order from the White House. By no means
should a diplomatic plane with the president be diverted from its route
and forced to land in another country."
ambassador said Bolivia's anger was directed at the United States and
the countries that prevented the plane from flying over them.>>
VENEZUELA'S PRESIDENT NICOLAS MADURO WAS ALSO IN MOSCOW THIS WEEK HOPING TO DRUM UP TRADE AND INVESTMENT IN VENEZUELA...WILL HIS PLANE BE DIVERTED AND SEARCHED FOR SNOWDEN? HE HAS STATED HE WILL CONSIDER ANY REQUEST FOR ASYLUM, BUT THE DIRE WARNING OBAMA ISSUED TO ANY COUNTRY THAT GIVES ASYLUM TO SNOWDEN MAY PREVENT VENEZUELA FROM MAKING GOOD ON THE OFFER.
THREE ROUSING CHEERS FOR ECUADOR WHICH A WEEK OR SO AGO SHOWED ITS DEFIANCE AGAINST OBAMA'S 'BLACKMAIL AND THREATS' BY RENOUNCING ITS
ANDEAN TRADE PREFERENCE ACT WITH THE U.S.
ECUADOR IS ALREADY UNDER THE AMERICAN GUNS FOR HARBORING ANOTHER WHISTLEBLOWER, JULIAN ASSANGE OF WIKILEAKS INSIDE THEIR LONDON EMBASSY.
<<President Rafael Correa's government said on Thursday it was
renouncing the Andean Trade Preference Act to thwart US "blackmail" of
Ecuador in the former NSA contractor's asylum request.
speaking at an early morning press conference, also offered a $23m
donation for human rights training in the US, a brash riposte to recent
US criticism of Ecuador's own human rights record.
The waiving of preferential trade rights followed threats from
members of the US congress to drop the ATPA in July, when it is due for
renewal, unless Ecuador toed the line on Snowden.
not accept pressure or threats from anyone, nor does it trade with
principles or submit them to mercantile interests, however important
those may be," said Fernando Alvarado, the communications secretary.
"Ecuador gives up, unilaterally and irrevocably, the said customs benefits."
announcement will enhance President Correa's reputation as a bold
leader unafraid to defy the US, just like the late Venezuelan president,
[SOURCE: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/27/ecuador-us-trade-pact-edward-snowden , June 27, 2013]
OF COURSE RUSSIA IS IN THE U.S. CROSS-HAIRS NOW AS WELL.
WE'LL SEE IF RUSSIA BENDS TO AMERICAN WILL.
<<WASHINGTON, June 23 (Reuters) - Democratic U.S. Senator Charles Schumer
charged on Sunday that Russian President Vladimir Putin likely knew
and approved of fugitive Edward Snowden's flight from Hong Kong to
Russia and that it will "have serious consequences" in the U.S.-
"Putin always seems almost
eager to stick a finger in the eye of the United States - whether it is
Syria, Iran and now of course with Snowden," Schumer told CNN's "State
of the Union," adding that China may have had a role as well.
remains to be seen how much influence Beijing had on Hong Kong,"
Schumer said. "As you know, they coordinate their foreign policies and I
have a feeling that the hand of Beijing was involved here.">>
[ARTICLE AT http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/23/chuck-schumer-russia_n_3486621.html ]
SO WE ADD CHINA TO THE FRAY?
LET'S GET THIS STRAIGHT, BECAUSE ONE YOUNG MAN CAME FORWARD TO TELL THE REST OF US THE TRUTH ABOUT NSA SPYING, BECAUSE THAT LEFT EGG ALL OVER THE NSA's FACE, AMERICA IS WILLING TO THREATEN AND TO INTERFERE WITH OTHER NATIONS, ENTIRE NATIONS, JUST TO GET THEIR HANDS ON THIS ONE MAN?
OBAMA IS WILLING TO DESTROY DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS WITH EVERY NATION ON EARTH, ANY NATION THAT GRANTS ASYLUM TO ONE MAN?
DOESN'T THAT TELL US THIS IS BIGGER THAN WE KNOW?
SHOULDN'T WE BE CONCERNED THAT SNOWDEN MAY HAVE EVEN MORE DAMNING EVIDENCE THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WANTS TO KEEP SECRET?
ASSANGE, MANNING, SNOWDEN...ALL ON THE MOST WANTED LIST, AND FOR WHAT?
I AM OF THE OPINION THAT WE ALL HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO WATCH OUR GOVERNMENT LIKE WE'D WATCH A PREDATORY ANIMAL CIRCLING OUR HOME.
THE FOUNDING FATHERS AGREED!
~"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude
greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in
peace. We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the
hand that feeds you; and may posterity forget that ye were our
countrymen." --Samuel Adams
~"The jaws of power are always open to devour, and her arm is always
stretched out, if possible, to destroy the freedom of thinking,
speaking, and writing." --John Adams
~"They who would give up an essential liberty for temporary security, deserve neither liberty or security." --Benjamin Franklin
~"The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain
the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the
government -- lest it come to dominate our lives and interests." --Patrick Henry
~"I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the
people themselves, (A)nd if we think them not enlightened enough to
exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to
take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. This is
the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power."
AS HAVE SO MANY MORE...
~“If patriotism were defined, not as blind obedience to government, not
as submissive worship to flags and anthems, but rather as love of one's
country, one's fellow citizens (all over the world), as loyalty to the
principles of justice and democracy, then patriotism would require us to
disobey our government, when it violated those principles.”
~“I HEARTILY ACCEPT THE motto, --"That government is best which governs least;" and I should like to see it acted up to”
Henry David Thoreau
~“One has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.”
Martin Luther King Jr.
~"Shall we expect some transatlantic military giant, to step over the
ocean, and crush us at a blow? Never! -- All the armies of Europe, Asia
and Africa combined, with all the treasure of the earth (our own
excepted) in their military chest; with a Bonaparte for a commander,
could not by force, take a drink from the Ohio, or make a track on the
Blue Ridge, in a trial of a Thousand years. At what point, then, is the
approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us, it
must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be
our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of
freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide."
IS IT SUICIDE, THEN?
ARE WE AIDING AND ABETTING OUR OWN LOSS OF FREEDOM, OUR OWN DEMISE?
WHEN LIBERTY MEANS LESS THAN A FALSE SENSE OF SECURITY, WHEN FEAR DOMINATES OUR COMMON SENSE, WHEN WE QUAKE BEFORE IMAGINED THREATS AND CONTRIVED ENEMIES, WHEN WE BOW TO ABSOLUTE, UNQUESTIONED RULE, THEN, YES!
YES, WE CAN BE DECLARED A SUICIDE!
AMERICA IS UNDER SIEGE, FROM WITHIN!
WE WILL FALL AND FAIL IF WE DON'T RALLY AND TAKE BACK WHAT WE'VE GIVEN UP!