The illegitimate exercise of authority is oppression.

The exercise of illegitimate authority is tyranny.

The purpose of Democracy is the prevention of both the illegitimate exercise of authority and the exercise of illegitimate authority by placing the authority of government, and the authority of the government to act, in the collective control of the people governed.

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Comment by Ron Powell on February 7, 2019 at 5:25pm

"In every genuine democracy today, majority rule is both endorsed and limited by the supreme law of the constitution, which protects the rights of individuals. Tyranny by minority over the majority is barred, but so is tyranny of the majority against minorities."

"Democracy therefore requires minority rights equally as it does majority rule. Indeed, as democracy is understood today, the minority's rights must be protected no matter how alienated aminority is from the majority society; otherwise, the majority's rights lose their meaning."

Comment by Safe Bet's Amy on February 7, 2019 at 7:30pm

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Comment by Tom Cordle on February 7, 2019 at 8:36pm

So-called conservatives like to tout the Constitution, while remaining conveniently silent about the very words found in the beginning of that document. The Preamble lays out just two primary obligations of the government – to provide for the common defense and promote the general welfare. Or to put it even more simply, the only legitimate purpose of government is the Commonweal.

Comment by Ron Powell on February 7, 2019 at 9:55pm

@Amy; We've been there at least since the FDR New Deal...

However, the real  precursor to modern day welfare (democratic socialism) might be traced to Abraham Lincoln....

The Freedmen's Bureau, formally known as the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned Lands, was established in 1865 by Congress to help millions of former black slaves and poor whites in the South in the aftermath of the Civil War.

The Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands, usually referred to as simply the Freedmen's Bureau, was an agency of the United States Department of War.

The first director of the Bureau was General Oliver O. Howard the individual for whom Howard University, "The Black Harvard", is named

Founder: Abraham Lincoln

Established by an act of Congress: March 3, 1865,  approximately a month before Lincoln was assassinated.



Comment by Robert B. James on February 8, 2019 at 6:21pm

So close...and yet so far.  One lifetime is perhaps just too short to grow beyond the programming and into reality comfortably. A reality free of cultural constructs ( The walls built and maintained to divide us into manageable opposition) might not be possible to scale by those who cannot understand how command and control systems evolved and continue to adapt to technological and ecological variations in real time. Segregation...might be argued as less detrimental to both the minority populations and the planet than brutal the great repression that replaced segregation as race policy at the climax of the civil rights movement.  

The deaths of Kennedy, MalcomX, and King happened only after they scaled those walls. White males who rode that ass into town got nailed just as fast their brothers and sisters who defied the status quo.

 The Red and Black Of it all remains red and black. Those of us who live in reality do so at our own peril, living on the razor’s edge. I earned my Red and Black the hard way, old school. FDR was no damn saint, but he was, due to Eleanor, well aware of how the other other half existed.

We have only backslid since the GI bill’s mass of enlightened WWII vets challenged the status quo. The midterm election represents a new attack on what is left of those who cling to the myths and legends of white supremacy, and birthright to elevated status over the “other”, be they female, any shade of brown...or both.

The ignorance is great and globally perpetuated. Divisions serve the absentee owners interest as well as the slave master served the plantation owner. The Chinese understand division...their agricultural people were not even thought of as human by the people who lived on their rice. 

The war never ends. We stand where we stand, with whom we stand, when we choose to stand. What comes next is never free, and often no better...or worse than what we stood against. Peace is free, and therefore too expensive for the wall builders and their better educated MIC operated weaponized human coconspirators to consider. 

Divided we fall, but the MIC will survive, and the Chinese will run it, and we will obey them just as we have the Europeans. I’m good with chopsticks, and old too. 

It’s not about race, and never was, it’s about control. Divided we fall. Millions will starve, if we do not nuke ourselves off the face of the earth first. Really those are are options...embrace diversity and unite to solve the problems we have caused, or die in mass.  

    No more coffee after lunch for me. 

Comment by Ron Powell on February 8, 2019 at 11:57pm

"Those of us who live in reality do so at our own peril, living on the razor’s edge..." we do, we are used to getting cut...


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