This makes me wonder if the presidency of the U.S. was not simply an unfortunate dinosaur inherited from the U.K. Is it really necessary for peasants to have kings? Surely we could significantly reduce a huge military budget by eliminating the notion of an aristocracy whose greedy ambitions deserve to be aggressively protected or promoted abroad… oil, bananas, gold, diamonds, levis. Most dogs and peasants would not call for war – only bankers and human politicians in their pay do that.
By Carey Wedler
As millions of Americans struggle to decide whether to elect a volatile narcissist or a calculated warmongering criminal as their next leader, one Minnesota town is doing politics right — they just re-elected a dog to his third term as mayor.
Duke, a nine-year-old Great Pyrenees, was first elected mayor of Cormorant, Minnesota in 2014. The first time he won, it was by accident. The small town of just over 1,000 people held an election in which residents could pay $1 to vote. Duke won the race with twelve write-in votes and was treated to an official inauguration.
The town’s voters were evidently happy with the 2014 fluke. Duke has been re-elected twice, most recently at the end of August.
His main role has been to promote a sense of community in the township. He was recently featured in a series of billboards promoting Cormorant.
“I don’t know who would run against him, because he’s done such great things for the community,” Karen Nelson, a resident of Cormorant told local ABC affiliate WDAY, before the election.
“Everybody voted for Duke, except for one vote for his girlfriend, Lassie,” Duke’s owner David Rick said after Duke won.
Though Duke’s re-election is particularly comical in an election year rife with unpopular candidates and marred by animosity, derision, and deceit, the town’s decision to elect and keep a dog in office has profound implications…
A cat named Stubbs currently presides over Talkeetna, Alaska. April the cow served as mayor of Eastsound, Washington from 2011 to 2012. A beer-drinking goat named Clay Henry III served as mayor of Lajitas, Texas until 1992. “Best mayor we ever had,” Davis Odom, a local historian, said. Henry III was succeeded by two more goat mayors. As the Wall Street Journal detailed:
“In Rabbit Hash, Ky., a Border Collie named Lucy Lou defeated 10 dogs, a cat, a possum, a jackass and even one human to become the town’s third animal mayor—all dogs—since 1998, says Bobbi Kayser, the current mayor’s owner.”
If individuals can govern themselves at the local level, who’s to say they wouldn’t survive without a leader at the top of the political hierarchy? People across the country are already taking it upon themselves to better their communities without the help of government and their ‘leaders.’ Between using apps that distribute food to the homeless, establishing community gardens and wifi, and taking it upon themselves to pick up their governments’ slack, Americans are learning to rely on themselves rather than their leaders, proving that without government, people make the world go ‘round.
Read more, including a rundown of how few people really elect our “leaders” at A Dog Is Re-Elected Mayor for a Third Term, Proving Politicians Are Useless
And then there’s the “annointed/appointed” aspect of our national elections.
The following was written by by Col. Randall Smith, Ph.D., Commander, NECN, contributing writer for geoengineeringwatch.org:
To a very great extent, America is fighting several wars – some on foreign soil, one on our own. Aside from disrupting or eliminating the flow of items key to survival (clean water, nourishment, sanitary living conditions, etc.), governments (federal and state) are executing plans for complete disruption of our usual means of communication. This includes telephony in all of its forms (land-lines, cellular, VOiP) and the internet. You are already acutely aware of the “blackout” of the major news organizations, all of which are owned and controlled by major corporations or “banksters”.
I am a former USAF electronics/communications officer and a licensed amateur radio operator. Several years ago, as I began to learn more of what at the time seemed to be literally unbelievable, I thought about the need for an emergency communications network that would reach beyond our shores and borders and to which every American could have access for a nominal cost in equipment and without a license from the now DHS dominated Federal Communications Commission. Several colleagues across the United States are attempting to do the same thing at the state level. For example, in my own state, it is fellow Oath Keepers who have stepped forward to assist in this undertaking. In other states, it is their militias who have accepted this important responsibility. Though I wish I could report that all states have in place an emergency communications network, for various reasons, I cannot. Some of those reasons include lethargy, fear, the infamous “somebody else will do it” syndrome, and religious precepts, among others.
My first active duty assignment was at Vandenberg AFB, California with the First Strategic Aerospace Division. As a young “shave-tail” from the mid-west, I soon came to love California and many of the people I met while stationed there. It has been painful for me to follow the drought situation that affects so many people is so many different ways. It has been equally painful to come to understand the reasons behind that drought…
If you are deluding yourself that writing letters to these “elected representatives” will, in any way, make a difference, please stop and apply your thinking, actions and words in more productive approaches. As a colleague once expressed it, “We are playing baseball; they are playing football”. The effect, then, is that there is, in reality, no longer a “Republican” or a “Democratic” party. There is one party, and it is not accountable to the people. It operates entirely in concert with the stated goals of U.N. “Agenda 21” (or 25 or 30) and the illuminati’s fundamental tenets which include a one-world government and religion (a/k/a “The New World Order”), and massive depopulation. Their fundamental “commandments” are inscribed on the vertical stone tablets placed in Georgia. Their goal calls for a world population that does not exceed 500,000,000 people. In order to achieve that goal, a reduction will be required in the current world population on the order of six billion human beings. The beginning point for this process of depopulation is the United States, followed quickly by Canada and Mexico to create the NWO’s “North American Command Center”. Hence, the observations of foreign military personnel at or near several of our military bases. Those foreign troops are not limited to Russian soldiers. They include U.N. “Peace Keeping” troops from several nations as well as military mercenaries (e.g. the “Blackwater Group”) whom the CIA has used for years. These foreign soldiers have been training beside American military personnel in such areas as “riot control”, inmate management and forcibly disarming Americans of weapons. They are here because, to Obama’s chagrin, about 60% of American military personnel have indicated that they would honor their oaths, and not fire on American citizens if ordered to do so. Hence, the “forced retirement” of the largest number of senior military officers in our Nation’s history. It is referred to as Obama’s “litmus test”.
Published on Dec 19, 2015
On this week’s episode of The Empire Files, Abby Martin interviews American political figure Ralph Nader about the 2016 presidential race—from the “Brown Shirt” Trump movement to “corporate criminal” Hillary Clinton—and the reality of who has power in America.
Known for his widely-popular presidential run in 2000, he also ran presidential campaigns against corporate power in 1996, 2004 and 2008.
A consumer advocate since the 1950’s, his work against auto industry giants forced the creation of mandated safety measures that saved millions of lives from for-profit auto production. His contributions span disability rights to exposing corporate pollution.
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Aren’t you glad Prime Minister Trudeau kept his campaign promise? Don’t you wish everybody did?
Fresh off of his victory in the Canadian elections, Prime Minister-elect Justin Trudeau has confirmed speaking with President Obama and informing him that he would be going through with a campaign promise to withdraw warplanes from the US-led war against ISIS.
Canada had previously committed CF-18 fighter jets to the war through March 2016, and while it’s unclear the exact date of Trudeau’s end, the suggestion is that it will be before that date. He did, however, say trainers would stay in Iraq, but not the ground troops involved in combat missions.
Trudeau had made ending the combat mission against ISIS a centerpiece of his campaign, and the Conservatives campaigned heavily against him on this point, including campaign videos using clips of ISIS propaganda videos interspersed with Trudeau’s comments.
Analysts see the election as in large measure a referendum on Canadian foreign policy, with outgoing PM Stephen Harper representing a more aggressive Canadian policy, eagerly participating in US-led adventures the world over, while Trudeau favors a return to a more humanitarian focus.
Revelations in recent months that Canadian warplanes were accused of killing dozens of civilians in Iraq, and that the defense ministry had tried to cover those incidents up, likely added to growing opposition to the war, and Trudeau seems to want to make it very clear his promise to end it wasn’t an empty campaign pledge, but a sincere statement of policy.
Published on Sep 16, 2015
Clinton insider, Larry Nichols, tears open the Clinton machine and exposes their colossal list of lies, deceptions and depravities. From Bill Clinton’s bizarre sexual history and involvement with trafficking cocaine into the U.S. too Hillary’s trail of death as secretary of state and her rise to the presidency: the blood is spilled as the gloves come off.
These “secrets” are not all that secret. Unfortunately, they are pretty common and complained about on the www, but it’s refreshing to hear it from one of the horses’ mouths.
Confessions of a congressman
9 secrets from the inside
by “A Member of Congress” on July 12, 2015
I am a member of Congress. I’m not going to tell you from where, or from which party. But I serve, and I am honored to serve. I serve with good people (and some less good ones), and we try to do our best.
It’s a frustrating, even disillusioning job. The public pretty much hates us. Congress polls lower than Richard Nixon during Watergate, traffic jams, or the Canadian alt-rock band Nickelback. So the public knows something is wrong. But they often don’t know exactly what is wrong. And sometimes, the things they think will fix Congress — like making us come home every weekend — actually break it further.
So here are some things I wish the voters knew about the people elected to represent them.
1) Congress is not out of touch with folks back home…
Congress is only a part-time job in Washington, DC. An hour after the last vote, almost everyone is on the airplane home. Congress votes fewer than 100 days a year, spending the rest of the time back home where we pander to their constituents’ short-term interests, not the long-term good of the nation. Anyone who is closer to your district than you are will replace you. Incumbents stick to their districts like Velcro.
2) Congress listens best to money…
It is more lucrative to pander to big donors than to regular citizens. Campaigns are so expensive that the average member needs a million-dollar war chest every two years and spends 50 percent to 75 percent of their term in office raising money. Think about that. You’re paying us to do a job, and we’re spending that time you’re paying us asking rich people and corporations to give us money so we can run ads convincing you to keep paying us to do this job. Now that the Supreme Court has ruled that money is speech and corporations are people, the mega-rich have been handed free loudspeakers. Their voices, even out-of-state voices, are drowning out the desperate whispers of ordinary Americans.
3) Almost everyone in Congress loves gerrymandering…
Without crooked districts, most members of Congress probably would not have been elected. According to the Cook Political Report, only about 90 of the 435 seats in Congress are “swing” seats that can be won by either political party. In other words, 345 seats are safe Republican or Democratic seats. Both parties like it that way. So that’s what elections are like today: rather than the voters choosing us, we choose the voters. The only threat a lot of us incumbents face is in the primaries, where someone even more extreme than we are can turn out the vote among an even smaller, more self-selected group of partisans.
4) You have no secret ballot anymore…
The only way political parties can successfully gerrymander is by knowing how you vote. Both parties have destroyed your privacy at the polling booth. Thanks to election rolls, we don’t know exactly whom you voted for, but we get pretty damn close. We know exactly which primaries and general elections you have voted in, and since there are so few realistic candidates in most elections, down or up ballot, we might as well know exactly who you voted for. Marry that data with magazine subscriptions, the kind of car you drive, and all sorts of other easily available consumer information that we’ve figured out how to use to map your political preferences, and we can gerrymander and target subdivisions, houses — even double beds. Republicans want the male vote; Democrats the female vote.
5) We don’t have a Congress but a parliament…
Over the last several decades, party loyalty has increased to near-unanimity. If a member of Congress doesn’t vote with his or her party 99 percent of the time, he’s considered unreliable and excluded from party decision-making. Gone are the days when you were expected to vote your conscience and your district, the true job of a congressperson. Parliaments only work because they have a prime minister who can get things done. We have a parliament without any ability to take executive action. We should not be surprised we are gridlocked.
6) Congressional committees are a waste of time…
With parliamentary voting, control is centralized in each party’s leadership. Almost every major decision is made by the Speaker or Minority Leader, not by committees. They feel it is vital to party success to have a national “message” that is usually poll-driven, not substantive. So why develop any expertise as a committee member if your decisions will only be overridden by party leadership? Why try to get on a good committee if you have already ceded authority to your unelected, unaccountable party leaders? The result is members routinely don’t show up at committee hearings, or if they do show up, it’s only to ask a few questions and leave. A lot of members fight for committees that will help them raise money or get a sweet lobbying job later (more on that in a minute). The result is that the engine for informed lawmaking is broken.
7) Congress is a stepping-stone to lobbying…
Congress is no longer a destination but a journey. Committee assignments are mainly valuable as part of the interview process for a far more lucrative job as a K Street lobbyist. You are considered naïve if you are not currying favor with wealthy corporations under your jurisdiction. It’s become routine to see members of Congress drop their seat in Congress like a hot rock when a particularly lush vacancy opens up. The revolving door is spinning every day. Special interests deplete Congress of its best talent.
8) The best people don’t run for Congress…
Smart people figured this out years ago and decided to pursue careers other than running for Congress. The thought of living in a fishbowl with 30-second attack ads has made Congress repulsive to spouses and families. The idea of spending half your life begging rich people you don’t know for money turns off all reasonable, self-respecting people. That, plus lower pay than a first-year graduate of a top law school, means that Congress, like most federal agencies, is not attracting the best and the brightest in America.
9) Congress is still necessary to save America, and cynics aren’t helping…
Discouragement is for wimps. We aren’t going to change the Constitution, so we need to make the system we have work. We are still, despite our shortcomings, the most successful experiment in self-government in history. Our greatest strength is our ability to bounce back from mistakes like we are making today. Get over your nostalgia: Congress has never been more than a sausage factory. The point here isn’t to make us something we’re not. The point is to get us to make sausage again. But for that to happen, the people have to rise up and demand better.
Read this and many more interesting first person stories at Vox
A great many things in our society today are fake. From news and marketing to science and politics, our world is filled with an extraordinary amount of lies, deception, disinformation, misinformation, fakery, fraud, facades, mirages and propaganda.
The good thing though is that once you awaken to the deception, you can use it as a tool for raising your consciousness. The idea that virtually everything is fake can be empowering rather than depressing. Sure, we’ve all felt overwhelmed, sad, angry and impotent at times when we’ve seen just how easily our (mis)leaders can fool the masses with sophistry and empty rhetoric, but they’ve all been placed there to challenge us to wake up more quickly and fully, and reclaim our world.
Here’s my list of the top 40 pieces of fakery in our world today:
1. Fake News
Let’s begin with the MSM (Mainstream Media) and their “news”, which is essentially corporate infotainment. The MSM waters down the news and makes it entertaining to further distract people from things of real significance…
See all 40 items at Everything is Fake: Top 40 Pieces of Fakery in Our World | Wake Up World
Mrs. Clinton has some disturbing Marxist connections.
Comrade Hillary by Victor Thorn —
Americans must ask themselves a question: Do they want another president who is the disciple of a Marxist radical by the name of Saul David Alinsky? Then you might want to rethink things if you are a fan of Hillary Rodham Clinton.
During the 2008 Democratic primaries, candidates Barack Hussein Obama and Hillary Clinton indicated that they were acolytes of the Jewish socialist extremist Alinsky. The situation is reminiscent of the 2004 presidential election when two members of the secret society Skull and Bones, George W. Bush and John F. Kerry, vied for the White House.
The Alinsky problem emerged again with the recent disclosure of adoring letters sent by Mrs. Clinton to Alinsky in 1971. In this correspondence, Mrs. Clinton told Alinsky that she “missed their regular conversations” and thanked him for his advice on campus activism…
Who is Alinsky? According to Mark Davis and Emmett Tyrrell, the authors of the book Madame Hillary: The Dark Road to the White House, Alinsky is responsible for writing “the left-winger’s operating manual for revolution” in his landmark guide Rules for Radicals: A Practical Primer for Realistic Radicals… in Rules, Alinsky wrote: “The end is what you want, and the means is how you get it.”
As an indication of his character, Alinsky dedicated this subversive how-to book of guerrilla tactics to Lucifer.
In regard to his philosophy, Alinsky advocated a combination of political relativism and situational ethics. In Rules he pronounced, “The end justifies almost any means.” Alinsky then boasted, “ethical standards must be elastic,” and added, “all effective actions require the passport of morality”…
Coinciding with Obama’s coronation at the 2008 Democratic National Convention, L. David Alinsky, Saul’s son, told The Boston Globe on August 31, 2008: “I’m proud to see that my father’s model for organizing is being applied successfully beyond local community organizing to affect the Democratic campaign in 2008”…
In the book Hell to Pay: The Unfolding Story of Hillary Rodham Clinton, author Barbara Olson wrote, “[Hillary’s boss at a Berkeley law fitm, Robert Treuhaft] dedicated his entire legal career to advancing the agenda of the Soviet Communist Party and KGB.”
Read the full article at Comrade Hillary | American Free Press.