Why Can’t Talib Kweli Read?

by Justin antitheist

On Aug 20, 2016, Talib Kweli tweeted “Here’s why MLK don’t condemn riots.” with a meme containing a MLK quote in which MLK condemns riots. As Godless Spellchecker noted a few days ago, Talib seems to have “catastrophic reading failures” (see the link below).

Both Lalo Dagach and myself reprimanded Talib for propagating this reckless and irresponsible tweet to his followers. Talib tweeted Lalo and got whipped. Talib tweeted me and got scolded.

I found out he was famous a week later (a few days ago). That would explain why I receive endless angry tweets from Talib’s followers.

As I show in my video, Talib accusses everyone of white supremacy, including Sam Harris, Maajid Nawaz, Tarek Fateh, Ben Carson, neurosurgeons, and lots more.

Here’s my point – It’s reckless and irresponsible to try to legitimize rioting by claiming that Martin Luther King did not condemn rots. As I demonstrate in this video, Martin Luther King very clearly condemned riots up to his last speech one day before he died. Talib never corrected retracted his lies. The tweets are all still there (see the links below)

There is an excellent article by author Michael A. Sherlock about his little Twitter war with Talib, the link is in the description below I highly recommend it. Sherlock shows you how Talib thinks that criticism of a particular religion is racist. Islam is not a race and a religion is just a human-made construction. Someone please tell this moron how to think. So, yeah he’s one of those people who do not understand or acknowledge that Muslims are not a race, that criticisms of a religion is not racist and he’s one of those people who are fine with criticisms of other religions, but freak out over criticisms of Islam. Reading the article it becomes apparent that Talib is one of those people who get too emotional to think rationally and too angry to understand what he is reading. Just as he misunderstood Dr. King and got angry when we told him so, he misunderstands Sherlock’s tweets.

Then there’s a new article by Stephen Knight on the Godless Spellchecker blog, that detail a twitter argument between Talib and Maajid Nawaz in which Talib is just so ignorant, and between Talib and Stephen Knight. Apparently non Muslims are not allowed to criticize Islam. But, if you’re a Muslim, as is Maajid Nawaz, you still aren’t allowed to criticize Islam. But seriously folks, that ignorant and bigoted stuff that Talib tweeted at Maajid is shameful, but at least it’s so ignorant its funny.

See the links below.

I am going to make a prediction. I predict that Talib Kweli will make the news more and more for his ignorance and mean-spirited nature. He’s going to freak out, inflate, blow up publicly and be deflated. He’s going to get worse, the media will make a story out of it, he’ll react to that and get worse still and he’s going to shoot himself in the foot and do something so stupid, it will end his career. So Tabatha, how shall we end this video?

REFERENCES

Talib Kweli Greene @TalibKweli

Here’s why MLK don’t condemn riots. I’m anti violent like MLK

11:26 PM – 20 Aug 2016

Lalo Dagach ‏@LaloDagach

Lalo Dagach Retweeted Lalo Dagach

Yes he does. This is from the exact same speech you quoted. You’re pathetically ignorant. @TalibKweli

11:37 PM – 20 Aug 2016

Lalo Dagach ‏@LaloDagach

If I’m wrong about this quote @TalibKweli, you’re welcome to look it up and call me wrong. Let’s see if you got the balls.

11:42 PM – 20 Aug 2016

(In the above tweet, Lalo is referring to a quote he tweeted on 5:41 PM – 14 Aug 2016 which included a MLK quote; “”I’ve been searching for a long time for an alternative to #riots & I think that is found in militant massive non-violence.” -MLK #Milwaukee “ https://twitter.com/LaloDagach/status/764985268344655872 )

Lalo Dagach ‏@LaloDagach

You obviously never read that whole MLK speech. I doubt you’ve ever read anything. @TalibKweli

11:39 PM – 20 Aug 2016

Damian Case ‏@Damian_Case

@TalibKweli Only a person with poor reading skills and/or low intelligence would misinterpret Dr. King’s message as advocating riots, fool.

10:56 AM – 21 Aug 2016

Damian Case ‏@Damian_Case

@TalibKweli You should have written “doesn’t” rather than “don’t”. Become more literate, please.

10:57 AM – 21 Aug 2016

Talib Kweli Greene @TalibKweli

U are right. Why are u so stupid? King said he couldn’t condemn. That’s not an advocation of https://twitter.com/Damian_Case/status/767420115566469121

10:58 AM – 21 Aug 2016

(Talib & fans arguing with me)

Damian Case ‏@Damian_Case

@TalibKweli You can’t read. He said he condemns it. YOU posted it. Why didn’t you actually READ it first?

11:19 AM – 21 Aug 2016

(Talib & fans arguing with me)

Damian Case ‏@Damian_Case

@plantmanvegan1 @TalibKweli You have a very poor grasp of the English language.

11:20 AM – 21 Aug 2016

(Talib & fans arguing with me)

Damian Case ‏@Damian_Case

@TalibKweli Are you getting it yet?

11:34 AM – 21 Aug 2016

(Talib’s fans arguing with me)

Damian Case ‏@Damian_Case

@TalibKweli “It is not enough for me to X” means that he does X. Get it yet?

11:39 AM – 21 Aug 2016

(Talib’s fans arguing with me)

@plantmanvegan1 @goosegill @TalibKweli When he says it is not enough for him to condemn the riots that means he condemns riots.

(Talib’s fans arguing with me)

Damian Case ‏@Damian_Case

@TalibKweli “it is not enough for me to stand before you and condemn the riots” means that he condemns the riots. Get it yet?

12:48 PM – 23 Aug 2016

Talib Kweli Greene ‏@TalibKweli

Talib Kweli Greene Retweeted Lalo Dagach

When White Fragility Affects Rappers. Now applied also to @lalodagach https://medium.com/cuepoint/when-white-fragility-affects-rappers-d912e4ba0d8f#.ie1moklmm

4:08 PM – 24 Aug 2016

Lalo Dagach ‏@LaloDagach

.@TalibKweli Bigotry is all you got little man.

4:12 PM – 24 Aug 2016

ONLINE ARTICLES

Hicks, W. (2016, August 24). Heatstreet. Rapper Talib Kweli Believes Almost Everyone Is a White Supremacist. Retrieved August 27, 2016, from https://heatst.com/culture-wars/rapper-talib-kweli-believes-almost-everyone-is-a-white-supremacist/

Knight, S. (2016, July 20). Godless Spellchecker’s Blog | Home of Stephen Knight and The #GSPodcast. Maajid Nawaz V Talib Kweli. Retrieved August 27, 2016, from http://www.gspellchecker.com/2016/08/maajid-nawaz-v-talib-kweli/

Mason, J. (2016, August 24). Liberal America. Talib Kweli And The Trump Effect: Why Polarization Is Dangerous! (VIDEO). Retrieved August 25, 2016, from http://www.liberalamerica.org/2016/08/24/talib-kweli-trump-effect-polarization-dangerous-video/

VIDEO

Talib Kweli Flips Out On Don Lemon Over CNN’s Ferguson Coverage

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5LXahlqgqCU

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Ana Jabs Cenk Over the Young Turks’ Genocide of Armenians

Ana Kasparian takes an opportunity to take a jab at Cenk Uygur over the Armenian Genocide carried out by the Young Turks in the Ottoman Empire. Yes, that’s right, Cenk’s ancestors murdered over 1 million of Ana’s ancestors! Here are examples of Cenk’s denial of that holocaust. Here is a list of links with Cenk denying it followed by links to Cenk eventually confirming it (after a lot of pressure to do so);

Denials

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xCbRk…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Ub7L…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tnUf3…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-q88q…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UzNhp…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3R5F8…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bji1F…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZcr2…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mjv4P…

Here is Anna, an Armenian, participating in this denial;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ptFii…

Breaking news! Cenk retracts his denial in this new piece, “Rescinding The Statements In My Daily Pennsylvanian Article”

https://www.tytnetwork.com/2016/04/22… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nMyfg…

Omran Daqneesh Neglected and Exploited by the Media and the Regressive Left

UPDATE! The photographer is an ISIS sympathizer! http://theduran.com/boy-in-aleppo-pho…

UPDATE! UPDATE! The photographer is an actual terrorist and partook in the execution of child. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bnKsS…

Omran Daqneesh should have had his vitals checked, cleaned, given water, his wounds cleaned and dressed, wrapped in a blanket and comforted immediately, not neglected, set up for the photo-op and exploited by the media!

2017 Follow Up to the New Year’s Eve Migrant Rape Crisis

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“Anzeigen sexueller Übergriffe in Salzburg, Graz und Innsbruck (“Reports of sexual assaults in Salzburg, Graz and Innsbruck”).” Der Standard. 2 Jan 2017. Web. 7 Jan 2017. <http://derstandard.at/2000050118029/Weitere-Anzeige-wegen-sexuellen-Uebergriffs-in-Salzburg?dst=t.co&gt;.

“Austria investigates series of New Year’s sexual assaults in Innsbruck.” Reuters. 4 Jan 2017. Web. 7 Feb 2017. <http://www.reuters.com/article/us-austria-security-assaults-idUSKBN14O1QX&gt;.

“Austria Investigates Series of Sexual Assaults on New Year’s Eve.” New Beat Social. Youtube, 4 Jan 2017. Web. 5 Jan 2017. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MDiep_f1Ntc&gt;.

“Austria: Police give away thousands of pocket alarms to prevent sexual abuse on NYE.” Ruptly TV. Youtube, 31 Dec 2016. Web. 5 Jan 2017. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKDkI2rrJC8&gt;.

“Begriff „Nafri“ Grünen-Chefin Peter kritisiert Kölner Polizei (“The Term ‘Nafri’ – Green Party Leader Peter Criticizes Cologne Police”).” Stuttgarter Nachrichten. 2 Jan 2017. Web. 5 Jan 2017. <http://www.stuttgarter-nachrichten.de/inhalt.silvester-in-koeln-gruenen-chefin-peter-kritisiert-polizei-nach-einsatz.e2e51f6f-1b93-4217-b230-1b943216cc1c.html&gt;.

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“Chaos at New Year’s Eve 31/12/16 @ Möllevången, Malmö (Sweden).” Jash Doweyko-Jurkowski. Youtube, 1 Jan 2017. Web. 5 Jan 2017. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d1KzCa7E7hk&gt;.

“CHAOS IN GERMANY: Migrant sex attacks and fireworks thrown at POLICE during NYE events.” Express. 3 Jan 2017. Web. 7 Jan 2017. <http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/749460/germany-new-years-eve-cologne-dortmund-hamburg-augsburg-police-sex-attacks-fireworks&gt;.

“Cologne police: New Year arrests of North Africans ‘not racial profiling’ .” Euro News. Youtube, 2 Jan 2017. Web. 8 Jan 2017. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCfAqE6t6CI&gt;.

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“Germany: Far-right nationalist demo met by counter protesters in Cologne .” Youtube. Ruptly, 7 Jan 2017. Web. 8 Jan 2017. <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lSU26wD5GGg&gt;.

“Innsbruck targeted for New Year sex attacks.” The Local . 4 Jan 2017. Web. 7 Jan 2017. <http://www.thelocal.at/20170104/innsbruck-targeted-for-new-year-sex-attacks&gt;.

“Innsbruck women suffered at least 18 sex attacks amid New Year festivities.” RT. 4 Jan 2017. Web. 7 Jan 2017. Edited: 5 Jan, 2017 14:27. <https://www.rt.com/news/372686-austria-innsbruck-sex-attacks/&gt;.

“Nach Silvester-Übergriffen in Köln – Online-Hetze gegen Selina (“After New Year’s Eve in Cologne – Online harassment against Selina”) .” SWR Fernsehen. 12 Jan 2016. Web. 8 Jan 2017. <http://www.swr.de/landesschau-rp/nach-silvester-uebergriffen-in-koeln-online-hetze-gegen-selina/-/id=122144/did=16735818/nid=122144/1w1qteu/index.html&gt;.

“New Year’s Eve sex assaults prompt police manhunt in Austria.” BBC. 5 Jan 2017. Web. 7 Jan 2017. <http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-38522773?ocid=socialflow_twitter&gt;.

“Sexuelle Übergriffe zu Silvester: Weitere Opfer (“Sexual attacks on New Year’s Eve: More victims”).” Kronen Zeitung . Web. <http://www.krone.at/oesterreich/sexuelle-uebergriffe-zu-silvester-weitere-opfer-suche-nach-taetern-story-546751&gt;.

“‘Signs were here last year, nothing was done’: Austria sees repeat of Cologne’s NYE sexual attacks.” RT (Russian Times). Youtube, 7 Jan 2017. Web. 7 Jan 2017. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=irGnEk0Gu_M&gt;.

“Silvester: Sex- Attacken, Schwerverletzte, Brände (“New Year’s Eve: sex attacks, severely injured, fires”).” Kronen Zeitung. 1 Jan 2017. Web. 7 Jan 2017. <http://www.krone.at/oesterreich/silvester-sex-attacken-schwerverletzte-braende-neujahrsbilanz-story-546640&gt;.

“Special unit to investigate mass sexual assaults in Austria.” Euro News. Youtube, 5 Jan 2017. Web. 8 Jan 2017. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9VP0GW4xcTg&gt;.

“Übergriffe wohl verhindert – Köln: Polizeiaufgebot an Silvester zeigt Wirkung (“Probably Prevented – Cologne – Police Force on New Years Shows Effect”).” T-Online. 2 Jan 2017. Web. 5 Jan 2017. <http://www.t-online.de/nachrichten/deutschland/id_79961008/koeln-polizeipraesident-wehrt-sich-gegen-vorwurf-des-racial-profiling-.html&gt;.

Angry Foreigner. “Immigrant rape statistics in Sweden.” Youtube, 21 Jan 2016. Web. 8 Jan 2017. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nA9yjrqtWG0&gt;.

Angry Foreigner. “Swedish media cover up migrant sex attacks.” Angry Foreigner. Youtube, 21 Jan 2016. Web. 8 Jan 2017. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nA9yjrqtWG0&gt;.

Arpi, Ivar. “It’s not only Germany that covers up mass sex attacks by migrant men… Sweden’s record is shameful.” The Spectator. 16 Jan 2016. Web. 8 Jan 2017. <http://www.spectator.co.uk/2016/01/its-not-only-germany-that-covers-up-mass-sex-attacks-by-migrant-men-swedens-record-is-shameful/&gt;.

Enjeti, Saagar. “Austrian Women Get Pocket Alarms To Ward Off Refugee Sex Attacks On NYE .” Daily Caller. 20 Dec 2016. Web. 7 Jan 2017. <http://dailycaller.com/2016/12/20/austrian-women-get-pocket-alarms-to-ward-off-refugee-sex-attacks-on-nye/&gt;.

Faiola, Anthony and Nick Noack. “German police said they wanted to prevent sexual assault, but many question whether ‘Nafris’ were the real target.” Washington Post. 3 Jan 2017. Web. 7 Jan 2017. <https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/german-police-target-nafris-in-holiday-sweeps-claims-of-racial-profiling-came-next/2017/01/03/2007a402-f41d-4c29-910b-1a6a926ea43a_story.html?utm_term=.e2e5d453519f&gt;.

Berom, Fortjanar, Chang Frick & Thomas Mattsson, “Exposing Major PC Cover-up in Sweden – Leading Daily Dagens Nyheter Refused to Write About Cologne-like Sex Crimes in Central Stockholm.” Nyheter Idag. 10 Jan 2016. Web. 8 Jan . <http://nyheteridag.se/exposing-major-pc-cover-up-in-sweden-leading-daily-dagens-nyheter-refused-to-write-about-cologne-like-sex-crimes-in-central-stockholm/&gt;.

Gajanan , Mahita. “Austrian Police Investigate More Than a Dozen Reported Sexual Assaults on New Year’s Eve.” Time Magazine Onlinre. 4 Jan 2017. Web. 7 Jan 2017. <http://time.com/4623006/austrian-police-sexual-assault-innsbruck/&gt;.

Frick, Chang. “Södermalmspolisens chef kritisk till DN-citat: ”Jag har inte pratat specifikt om Sverigedemokraterna” (“Södermalm police chief critical of DN-quotes: “I have not talked specifically about the Sweden Democrats””).” Nyheter Idag. 10 Jan 2016. Web. 8 Jan 2017. <http://nyheteridag.se/sodermalmspolisens-chef-kritisk-till-dn-citat-jag-har-inte-pratat-specifikt-om-sverigedemokraterna/&gt;.

Hall, Alan. ” CITY ON THE EDGE Cologne New Year’s celebrations sees a handful of sex attacks one year after mass rapes and robberies – as cops reveal 1,000-strong gang of ‘North African’ migrants tried to storm city centre.” The Sun. 2 Jan 2017. Web. 7 Jan 2017. <https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/2516982/cologne-new-years-celebrations-sees-a-handful-of-sex-attacks-one-year-after-mass-rapes-and-robberies-as-cops-reveal-1000-strong-gang-of-north-african-migrants-tried-to-storm-city-centre/&gt;.

Huggler, Justin. “Austrian police searching for group of men ‘of foreign appearance’ over New Year’s Eve sexual assaults in Innsbruck.” Telegraph. 4 Jan 2017. Web. 7 Jan 2017. <http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/01/04/austrian-police-searching-group-men-foreign-appearance-new-years/&gt;.

Huggler, Justin . “German police in hot water over ‘racial slur’ tweet after New Year’s arrests .” The Telegraph. 2 Jan 2017. Web. 8 Jan 2017. <http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/01/02/german-police-hot-water-racial-slur-tweet-new-years-arrests/&gt;.

Muholland, Rory. “Cologne police detain hundreds of ‘North African’ men over New Year .” The Telegraph. 1 Jan 2017. Web. 8 Jan 2017. <http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/01/01/cologne-police-detain-hundreds-north-african-men-new-year/&gt;.

Mullin, Gemma. “CHAOS IN GERMANY Migrants sexually assault 14 women and 1,000-strong gang throw fireworks at police as chaos hits NYE events across Germany despite heightened security.” The Sun. 3 Jan 2017. Web. 7 Jan 2017. <https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/2523332/migrants-sexually-assault-14-women-and-1000-strong-gang-throw-fireworks-at-police-as-chaos-hits-nye-events-across-germany-despite-heightened-security/&gt;.

Noack, Rick . “Leaked document says 2,000 men allegedly assaulted 1,200 German women on New Year’s Eve.” Washington Post. 11 Jul 2017. Web. 8 Jan 2017. <http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2016/07/10/leaked-document-says-2000-men-allegedly-assaulted-1200-german-women-on-new-years-eve/?hpid=hp_hp-more-top-stories-2_germany-0840pm%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.34f7b15dfb84&gt;.

Ogrim, Helge. “Overgrep mot unge jenter – halvt års taushet i svenske medier.” (“Assaulting young girls – half year of silence in Swedish media”) Journal Isten. 13 Jan 2016. Web. 8 Jan 2017. <http://journalisten.no/2016/01/overgrep-mot-unge-jenter-taust-i-dagens-nyheter&gt;.

Fake News? Real News? The Legal History of the“Real News” and Why It’s Not Real Any More

By Justin Antitheist

There is no “real news”. There used to be, because it was required by law. But that has changed in a series of steps, each one a nail in the coffin. I will explain it to you in this video.

Sources

“47 U.S. Code § 151 – Purposes of Chapter; Federal Communications Commission Created.” LII / Legal Information Institute. Cornell University. Web. 12 Aug. 2014

Emeritz, Robert E., and Inc Fischer. The Telecommunications Act of 1996: Law & Legislative History. No ed. Bethesda, Md.: Pike & Fischer, 1996. Print.

Kaufman, Ron. “Kill Your Television–1996 Telecom Act.” Kill Your Television TurnOffYourTV.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 June 2012.

McKaye, Ian. “Five Corporations.” End Hits. Washington D.C., Dischord Records, 1998. CD.

Zinn, Howard. A people’s history of the United States: 1492-present. [New ed.] New York: HarperCollins, 2003. Print.

Elections are Puppet Shows So What Can We Do To Reclaim Democracy?

By Justin Antitheist

Do we have representative democracy in the USA? Our system of government is called a constitutional republic and our elected officials are supposed to represent we the people. But do they?

If they did, we would reasonably expect, for example, that if 50% of the voting public supported a proposal, 50% of the politicians would too, and if 100% of the voting public supported something, 100% of their representatives would too. As we’ll see, this ideal correlation is not reality in America, this chart represents how it really is and has been for many decades. We’ll explain it all in this video. (Gilens & Page, 2014)

Once upon a time in the U.S.A. There was something called democracy. Not any more! The richest 10% of America has far more power than the other 90%. Also, it is now possible for foreign powers to more-or-less buy elections, anonymously, secretly and legally. (Hall, 2016) The American people have the least power in all of this.

What happened? A series of steps down a slippery slope, arguably starting with The Spoils System (AKA Patronage System) of the 1830s and continuing down the slope with other things including the first PACs (Political Action Committees), formed in 1944, Buckley v. Valeo, 1976, First National Bank of Boston v. Bellotti, 1978, Mccain Feingold, 2002 and Citizens United vs the FEC, 2010, which was a step off the cliff, has led to our current situation – a government of the rich for the rich by the rich.

Big political elections are puppet shows. Candidates of both major parties are puppets. The senate, the House of representatives, the President, Vice President, – all puppets of big money; the big corporations, Wall Street, and the super rich.

Between 2010 and 2015, the top 200 most political companies invested 5.9 billion dollars legally bribing the government and in return the government gave them 4.4 trillion dollars taken from tax payers. (Represent Us, 2015) That’s just the top 20 companies and just in a 5 year period and that’s just one example of one way in which the system is corrupt.

We the people have almost no impact. Big money has almost total control.

Voters don’t decide who gets elected. Voters have only the illusion of choice: a choice between puppets, puppets controlled by the same puppet master.

According to the nations premier political money tracking research groups, the Center for Responsive Politics, a non-profit, non-partisan organization, money wins elections at least 90% of the time. That is, whichever candidate has the most money spent on their campaign wins 9 out of 10 times or worse. It’s not the issues, it’s not their platforms, it’s the money. They found that 93% of the time, money wins elections for the House of Representatives. For the Senate, it’s 94% of the time. (Washington DC) (Biersack, 2012), (Center for Responsive Politics, 2008).

It does not actually make a difference which puppet gets elected because virtually all of the time, the puppets do what big money makes them do and virtually none of the time, the puppets do what We the People want them to do. The White House and Congress – all puppets to big money. So what the hell happened?

As mentioned, there has been a number of steps leading to our current situation.

Let’s go a little deeper into some of this stuff. Starting with the Powell Memo of August 23rd, 1971. Louis Powell, a corporate lawyer on the board of 11 corporations, wrote a secret memo to his friend, the Director of the Chamber of Commerce. It was later leaked by reporter Jack Anderson. The memo said that they should seek to challenge the campaign finance laws before the Supreme Court. Two months later, President Nixon appointed him to the Supreme Court (FistFullFeed, 2013), (PBS, 2006), (Reclaim Democracy, 2015) where his was the deciding vote in Buckeley v.Valeo (1976).

In Buckley v. Valeo (1976) the Supreme Court ruled that there can be no expenditure limits in election campaigns because that violates a corporations First Amendment rights. Contribution limits remained in place as well as disclosure laws, meaning that the public still had free access to who bought who. (FEC, n.d.), (FEC, 2015)

In First National Bank of Boston v. Bellotti 435 U.S. 765 (1978) it was held that corporations have First Amendment Right to free speech in the form of contributions to ballot initiative campaigns and any state laws limiting this were violating the corporations First Amendment rights and were therefore overturned. (FEC, n.d.), (FEC, 2015). (Justia, n.d.).

We will cover the last step, Citizens United v. the FEC, 2010 shortly. But for now, let’s look as the famous study from Princeton University released in 2014 called Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens. In this paper, professors Martin Gilens and Benjamin L. Page analyzed 1,779 different policy initiatives (issues) between 1981 and 2002 and conclude that virtually all of the decisions were made in favor of the rich and against America and the people of America. They write that average citizens and even, “mass-based interest groups” have virtually no influence on the decisions politicians actually make in office. (2014)

They looked at the average US citizen in comparison to the top 10% and then the top 2%.

They wrote;

Multivariate analysis indicates that economic elites and organized groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on US government policy, while average citizens and mass-based interest groups have little or no independent influence.” (Gilens & Page, 2014).

They also wrote, “When a majority of citizens disagrees with economic elites and/or with organized interests, they generally lose. Moreover, because of the strong status quo bias built into the US political system, even when fairly large majorities of Americans favor policy change, they generally do not get it.”

They wrote, “America’s claims to being a democratic society are seriously threatened. . . In the United States, our findings indicate, the majority does not rule. . . the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy.” They say that the average American has the “least effect” on the decisions politicians make. And, “The net alignments of the most influential, business-oriented groups are negatively related to the average citizen’s wishes. So existing interest groups do not serve effectively as transmission belts for the wishes of the populace “

They also wrote, “this does not mean that ordinary citizens always lose out; they fairly often get the policies they favor, but only because those policies happen also to be preferred by the economically-elite citizens who wield the actual influence.”(Gilens & Page, 2014).

This was called the “Duh Report” in the media in both the US and the UK (BBC, 2014)

It is important to keep in mind that this report does not include changes made since 2002 such as;

In the 2010 case of Citizens United vs the FEC (Federal Election Commission), the Supreme Court ruled 5 to 4 that corporations are people with the right to free speech in the form of money, and that money or “speech” can be unlimited and secret. Even foreign powers can now secretly buy candidates and win elections. Keep in mind that corporations can not get arrested like people, do not die, were never born, do not have a conscience or a heart. In fact, by law a corporation is bound to do everything it can to make the most money by any and all means. Let’s be real – corporations are not people. Money is not speech.

What this decision did is make it harder than ever, virtually impossible for any smaller party to have any chance. As the Green Party’s co-chair Sanda Everette said, “The ruling especially hurts the ability of parties that don’t accept corporate contributions, like the Green Party, to compete.” (Hall, 2016).

As Ralph Nader puts it, “With this decision, corporations can now directly pour vast amounts of corporate money, through independent expenditures, into the electoral swamp already flooded with corporate campaign PAC contribution dollars.” (Nader, 2010), (Hall, 2016).

Pat Choate, former VP candidate for the Reform Party said. “The court has, in effect, legalized foreign governments and foreign corporations to participate in our electoral politics.” ~ Pat Choate, former VP candidate for the Reform Party (Hall, 2016).

Fred Wertheimer, a campaign finance reformer wrote, “Exxon or any other firm could spend Bloomberg-level sums in any congressional district in the country against, say, any congressman who supports climate change legislation, or health care, etc.” (NY Times, Eds., 2010).

In a NY Times Editorial (2010), David Kirkpatrick “The Supreme Court has handed lobbyists a new weapon. A lobbyist can now tell any elected official: if you vote wrong, my company, labor union or interest group will spend unlimited sums explicitly advertising against your re-election.” ~ David Kirkpatrick, NY Times Editorial, 2010

It is no wonder why this has been called the “most serious threat to American democracy in a generation” (Alter, 2010).

Later in 2010, the DISCLOSE act (Democracy Is Strengthened by Casting Light on Spending in Elections Act – H.R. 5175 (S.3628-Senate) ) was a bill brought before Congress that would have prohibited foreign powers from buying US elections and make it so that large donations (over $10,000) would be disclosed so that the voting public can know which politicians are owned by which corporations, 501(c)s, and etc. Congress voted it down.  BOTH Republicans and Democrats voted against the bill. BOTH. Both parties. (Library of Congress 2009-2010).

A different version of the same bill, called DISCLOSE Act 2 by some, was brought before Congress in July of 2012. Once again both Democrats and Republicans said, (Helderman, 2012)

In so doing, they have almost totally killed the last shred of democracy in our electoral system. Now politicians can be bought in total secret and by foreign powers (FOREIGN ? PUPPET). So, you have no idea who you are actually voting for. You cast votes for puppets without knowing who the puppet master is. That is not Democracy. Democracy is laying there in critical condition.

Does all this mean that there is no chance to save our democracy? No, of course not. Here are a few possible solutions;

POSSIBLE SOLUTION 1 – Consider donating to Wolf-PAC which is a super PAC to end all PACs. Their goal is a Constitutional Amendment to overturn Citizens United, to limit all campaign donations to a maximum of $100 per doner, none of this super-mega-ultra corporation donating ultra-mega money.

There are two routes for getting an Amendment to the Constitution;

The first way is for Congress to pass it. Wolf PAC went to Congress to ask the to pass it. Of course, Congress (both Democrats and Republicans) voted “NO!”. These people do not represent us.

The second and only other route to get a Constitutional Amendment is to go to the states and have each state ratify it. If two thirds of the states ratify it (that’s 27 states), it will then be forced back before Congress where they will again deal with it. Only, by this time, Congress will of course be aware that the majority stand very clearly and vocally stand behind this Constitutional Amendment. Some call this “the mandate of the people”. Hopefully, Congress will realize that going against this would be very bad for their careers and hopefully Congress would pass it.

This grass roots movement to get this Constitutional Amendment is spreading. As of September, 2016, 5 states have passed it, it’s pending in 7 other states. Would Wolf PAC solve the problem? Wolf PAC would add a 28th amendment to the US Constitution, thereby overturning multiple Supreme Court cases including Citizens United v. FEC and Buckley v. Valeo. (Wolf-PAC, n.d.)

Now, Let me be clear – I do not know if the Wolf-PAC people are not corrupt and I do not know how well it would work, having not formally studied constitutional law, although I have studied it informally in the area of church and state. But one thing I feel confident stating is the problems illustrated in the Princeton study predate the Citizens United decision and so solving the Citizens United problem might prevent it from getting exponentially worse but it won’t solve the pre-existing problems discussed in the Princeton study.

POSSIBLE SOLUTION 2 – Consider the campaign by Represent Us to get the America Anti-Corruption Act passed in 27 states. This would bypass Congress just like Wolf PAC would (theoretically). As with Wolf PAC, I can not say how effective this campaign is. But they do say that their act would cover a lot of the corruption that Wolf PAC doesn’t, the problems illustrated in the Princeton study. For more info see the links in the description below to the Represent Us websites . . . (Represent.US, 2015), (Represent.US, 2016)

POSSIBLE SOLUTION 3 – There is also the People’s Rights Amendment which would overturn the Citizens United decision and establish that only actual people are people and that only actual people have Constitutional rights. (Clements, 2012), (Free Speech For the People, n.d.)

 

POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS OR CRACKPOT IDEAS?

I have some of my own ideas.

Imagine if we were rid of all the promotional spending by campaigns and replace them with equal and free TV air time for every candidate as a public service.

I have an other suggestion that I offer for consideration, though it may seem crazy and it may be a foolish suggestion. Maybe, just maybe, we should require people to pass a test before they are allowed to vote. People are not allowed to operate motor vehicles until they can demonstrate competency. So, why can’t we require that voters demonstrate competency before voting. I would suggest that people must actually demonstrate basic knowledge of the actual platforms and positions if the candidates before voting. In other words, all voters should be informed voters because if they are not informed they have no business voting. But it is not hard to point out flaws in this idea, especially from the view of Constitutional Law.

Here’s an idea that will sound bizarre but only because in an insane system it’s so rational; and this is Tabatha’s idea, by the way, a Constitutional Amendment that absolutely forbids politicians from having and acting upon a conflict of interests. A conflict of interest can be defined as “a set of circumstances that creates a risk that professional judgment or actions regarding a primary interest will be unduly influenced by a secondary interest.” (Lo & Field, 2009), (Thompson, 1993)

It would be unthinkable to allow for a conflict of interest in a court of law, of course, but for some reason, it’s not only allowed in politics, but it’s virtually synonymous with American politics. Tabatha’s as-a-matter-of-fact idea is very wise and sound. A system in which politicians do not have a conflict between the interests of the people and their own interests is arguably the most important aspect of political ethics. Rather than a conflict of interests, they should have what James Madison called a communion of interests. In the Federalist Paper 57, James Madison wrote;

. . . in the situation of the House of Representatives, restraining them from oppressive measures, that they can make no law which will not have its full operation on themselves and their friends, as well as on the great mass of the society.

This has always been deemed one of the strongest bonds by which human policy can connect the rulers and the people together. It creates between them that communion of interests and sympathy of sentiments, of which few governments have furnished examples; but without which every government degenerates into tyranny. If it be asked, what is to restrain the House of Representatives from making legal discriminations in favor of themselves and a particular class of the society? I answer: the genius of the whole system; the nature of just and constitutional laws; and above all, the vigilant and manly spirit which actuates the people of America, a spirit which nourishes freedom, and in return is nourished by it. If this spirit shall ever be so far debased as to tolerate a law not obligatory on the legislature, as well as on the people, the people will be prepared to tolerate any thing but liberty. Such will be the relation between the House of Representatives and their constituents. Duty, gratitude, interest, ambition itself, are the chords by which they will be bound to fidelity and sympathy with the great mass of the people.” (Madison, 1788)

I think that in a perfect democracy, all candidates would have an equal chance, money would make no difference in campaigns so that a candidate with no reason to favor the rich and powerful has as much of a chance as a corporate puppet does. Also, all voters would have easy access to fair and accurate information on the positions and platforms of the candidates and all of the irrelevant stuff (which is almost all of what Americans actually know about the candidates) are totally eliminated from the media. This would make it so that people will make informed decisions. Without informed voters, there is no effective democracy.

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Footnote: Quotes from Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups and Average Citizens include;

Multivariate analysis indicates that economic elites and organized groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on US

government policy, while average citizens and mass-based interest groups have little or no independent influence.” (Gilens & Page, 2014).

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When a majority of citizens disagrees with economic elites and/or with organized interests, they generally lose. Moreover, because of the strong status

quo bias built into the US political system, even when fairly large majorities of Americans favor policy change, they generally do not get it.” (Gilens &

Page, 2014).

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“America’s claims to being a democratic society are seriously threatened.” (Gilens & Page, 2014).

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“the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy.”

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They say also that the average American has the “least effect” on the decisions politicians make. And, “The net alignments of the most influential,

business-oriented groups are negatively related to the average citizen’s wishes. So existing interest groups do not serve effectively as transmission belts

for the wishes of the populace “(Gilens & Page, 2014).

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“. . . this does not mean that ordinary citizens always lose out; they fairly often get the policies they favor, but only because those policies happen also to

be preferred by the economically-elite citizens who wield the actual influence.”(Gilens & Page, 2014).

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In the United States, our findings indicate, the majority does not rule” (Gilens & Page, 2014).

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When a majority of citizens disagrees with economic elites or with organized interests, they generally lose. Moreover, because of the strong status quo

bias built into the U.S. political system, even when fairly large majorities of Americans favor policy change, they generally do not get it.” (Gilens &

Page, 2014).

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Americans do enjoy many features central to democratic governance, such as regular elections, freedom of speech . . . but . . . America’s claims to

being a democratic society are seriously threatened.“ (Gilens & Page, 2014).

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Reference

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Where Did Martin Luther King Stand on Riots?

Some in the media (like Ken Klippenstein) and social media, including celebrities (like Talib Kweli on Twitter) have been taking Dr. King’s words out of context to legitimize riots and violent tactics of some Black Lives Matter factions. Where exactly did Dr. King stand on riots? This video answers that question.

 

Sources

The speech, “The Other America” was given at Stanford University on April 14, 1967 and can be found at this URL; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3H97… or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOWDt… or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4n2uS…

 

The 60 Minutes footage was taken from a video at this URL’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_ehN… It contains Dr. King’s interviews with Mike Wallace, filmed on September 27, 1966. “I Have a Dream” was given in Washington D.C.

On August 28, 1963 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1UV1f… or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0yP4… or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HRIF4…

“I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” was Dr. King’s last speech, given the day before he murdered, given on April 3rd, 1968 at the Mason Temple, Memphis Tennessee https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TmZvk… or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ixfwG… or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oehry…