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  •  Agreed re conspiracy. (2+ / 0-)
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    mint julep, JG in MD

    It's just a nitpick on your stirring speech (delivered too late), but I go by an article of faith that wherever there is a concentration of power, be it in the form of money, political power, or whatnot, there will be conspiracies to unfairly steal it.  Humans conspire by nature, there's nothing startling about that.  Hell, the whole American Revolution can be viewed as a conspiracy.  Given that simple fact, of course people conspire to aggregate power and money.  It is one of our duties to be vigilant and fight these tendencies.  Here is warning against conspiracies against our liberty from George Washington's Farewell Address:

    The basis of our political systems is the right of the people to make and to alter their Constitutions of Government. But the Constitution which at any time exists, till changed by an explicit and authentic act of the whole people, is sacredly obligatory upon all. The very idea of the power and the right of the people to establish Government presupposes the duty of every individual to obey the established Government.

    17 All obstructions to the execution of the Laws, all combinations and associations, under whatever plausible character, with the real design to direct, control, counteract, or awe the regular deliberation and action of the constituted authorities, are destructive of this fundamental principle, and of fatal tendency. They serve to organize faction, to give it an artificial and extraordinary force; to put, in the place of the delegated will of the nation, the will of a party, often a small but artful and enterprising minority of the community; and, according to the alternate triumphs of different parties, to make the public administration the mirror of the ill-concerted and incongruous projects of faction, rather than the organ of consistent and wholesome plans digested by common counsels, and modified by mutual interests.

    18 However combinations or associations of the above description may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely, in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people, and to usurp for themselves the reins of government; destroying afterwards the very engines, which have lifted them to unjust dominion.

    19 Towards the preservation of your government, and the permanency of your present happy state, it is requisite, not only that you steadily discountenance irregular oppositions to its acknowledged authority, but also that you resist with care the spirit of innovation upon its principles, however specious the pretexts. One method of assault may be to effect, in the forms of the constitution, alterations, which will impair the energy of the system, and thus to undermine what cannot be directly overthrown.

    Incidentally, most of this quote has been removed from the State Department's website version, I assume because it hits a little close to home.  They know exactly what they are doing, and it is up to us to know it, too.

    The only frame change that matters: the corporate media = propaganda machine. Americans must find their news elsewhere.

    by geomoo on Sat Feb 23, 2008 at 09:34:52 AM PST

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    •  Conspiracies are like dust, everywhere (2+ / 0-)
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      geomoo, JG in MD

      Of course the rich and powerful conspire, especially if they are plutocrats whose inner self is sure that they would not maintain their status in a meritocracy.

    •  Please provide a link to this quote. (2+ / 0-)
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      geomoo, JG in MD
      •  Google "George Washington" and (1+ / 0-)
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        JG in MD

        "farewell address" and you'll get 109,000 sites, many of them containing the text of this justly famous address from 1796.  Here's where I went for this quote.

        You inspired me to look again for the diary which turned me on to this perspicacious document and the nefarious deletion of pertinent clauses by our state department, and this time I found it.  The prose is dense to our modern ears, I know, but it is worth the time to decipher George Washington's accurate description of how the neocons are using the mechanisms of our government to undermine (and eventually destroy?) the very spirit of the Constitution.  Here's the excellent diary on the topic by GreyHawk.

        I just can't help myself--I refer you again to this chilling prediction from the father of our country:

        All obstructions to the execution of the laws, all combinations and associations, under whatever plausible character, with the real design to direct, control, counteract, or awe the regular deliberation and action of the constituted authorities, are destructive of this fundamental principle, and of fatal tendency.

        The only frame change that matters: the corporate media = propaganda machine. Americans must find their news elsewhere.

        by geomoo on Sat Feb 23, 2008 at 11:46:15 AM PST

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