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Here is my fiction website: http://home.earthlink.net/~mccamytaylor/ My political cartoon site: http://www.grandtheftelectionohio.com/

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One from the Vaults: "Democracy in America (1787-2010) RIP"

I wrote this one in 2010. I was surprised to find that it is still online--at Pravda. Did the wrong people learn a lesson? Is that why the GOP Congress just gave the richest folks in America over One Trillion Tax Payer Dollars---so they can receive a small fraction of that money back in the form of contributions to their political war chests? Gee, thanks Scalia! I hope you are burning in Hell.


Friday, February 12, 2010
McCamy Taylor's Journal - Democracy in America (1787-2010) RIP

Under the Bush Jr. administration, there was no enforcement of the Voting Rights Act, a linchpin of our democracy. Instead, the DOJ rubber stamped illegal minority vote suppressing redistricting in Texas and a Poll Tax in Georgia. Companies like Diebold boldly stole elections in Georgia, 2002 and later across the country. Suddenly Democrats had to be leading by more than the margin of error in the polls, otherwise the machines would cook the results and Republicans would stage upset victories.

But even that was not enough for the supporters of corporate fascism who call themselves names like the New Federalists. This year, their operatives in the Supreme Court placed the last nail in the coffin of our democracy.

The US Supreme Court has struck down a major portion of a 2002 campaign-finance reform law, saying it violates the free-speech right of corporations to engage in public debate of political issues.

In a landmark 5-to-4 decision announced Thursday, the high court overturned a 1990 legal precedent and reversed a position it took in 2003, when a different lineup of justices upheld government restrictions on independent political expenditures by corporations during elections.

http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Justice/2010/...

Note that the corporate media, when it bothered to cover this story, always talked about how corporations and unions would now be allowed to contribute as much as they wanted to federal campaigns. As if the and unions made it alright.

Specialists in campaign finance law said they expected the decision to reshape the way elections were conducted. Though the decision does not directly address them, its logic also applies to the labor unions that are often at political odds with big business.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/22/us/polit...


In a landmark ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday struck down laws that banned corporations from using their own money to support or oppose candidates for public office.
By 5-4 vote, the court overturned federal laws, in effect for decades, that prevented corporations from using their profits to buy political campaign ads. The decision, which almost certainly will also allow labor unions to participate more freely in campaigns, threatens similar limits imposed by 24 states.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/34822247/ns/po... /


To compare corporations and unions is not simply a case of apples and oranges. Try whales and minnows. According to one source

Since 1990, labor unions have contributed over $667 million in election campaigns in the United States, of which $614 million or 92 percent went to support Democratic candidates. In 2008, unions spent $74.5 million in campaign contributions, with $68.3 million going to the Democratic Party. Already, unions have contributed $6.5 million to the 2010 elections, and $6 million has gone to Democrats, according to the Center for Responsive Politics in Washington, D.C.

http://www.aier.org/research/briefs/1550-o...


Let’s do some math. Nine elections since 1990. $667 million spent. That averages out to be about $70 million an election. Now, compare that to (mostly) corporate spending in 2008 alone…

In the 2008 election cycle, nearly $6 billion was spent on all federal campaigns, including more than $1 billion from corporate political action committees, trade associations, executives and lobbyists.

http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE5880...


More math. $1 billion minus $70 million equals…

Corporate “citizens” are more equal than union “citizens.” No wonder Congress failed to vote on the Employee Free Choice Act, even when they had a clear 60 vote majority in the Senate. Now, they will blame that woman from Massachusetts for their failure to follow through on their promises to labor, the same way they will blame her for their failure to do fuck about health care.

Bought and sold, that describes our Congress, our president, our Supreme Court. Welcome to the New Federalist United States. If it seems strangely familiar, that might be because it resembles Mussolini’s Italy, a land where corporations ruled and everyone else paid.

"Fascism should more properly be called corporatism because it is the merger of state and corporate power." -- Benito Mussolini
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Posted by McCamy Taylor | Sat Dec 2, 2017, 05:01 PM (2 replies)

How Citizens United Encourages Tax Cuts for the Rich and Poverty for 95%

Say a politician wants a million dollars for his re-election campaign. In the old days that meant a lot of fund raising since he would need tens of thousands of donations. Now, all he has to do is persuade one gazillionare to write a check. And the easiest way to get a gazillionare to write a check for a million is to give said gazillionare a billion dollars back in return in the form of a tax cut that the US middle class will have to cover.

No wonder the GOP is celebrating. Their election coffers are now flush again---with money they have stolen from us, the US middle class taxpayer. The writing is on the wall. They want us too poor to even consider donating money to our own candidates. They want us to poor to pay for the Internet or even for electricity and food. They want us so busy working two or three jobs that we will not have time to vote next November.

Welcome to serfdom 95% of Americans. Enjoy your brief, miserable lives.



Posted by McCamy Taylor | Sat Dec 2, 2017, 04:46 PM (2 replies)

Kompromat: KGB's Sexual Smears Against Its Political Enemies

How does Russia assassinate its political enemies? Forget direct attacks--those produce martyrs. The savvy KGB agent knows that it is easier and more profitable to assassinate character. And the easiest way to do that is by sexual smear/honey traps/innuendo. The practice is so common that it has its own name---Kompromat.

Do not fall for KGB dirty tricks. When you see Putin and his agents engage in a smear campaign against one of their enemies in the American--like Senator Al Franken, one of Trump's most vocal opponents in the Senate--call it what it is. Kompromat. And then give Putin the finger.

A link about Kompromat and how Putin used it in his climb to power:

https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2017/01/kompromat-trump-dossier/512891/
Posted by McCamy Taylor | Thu Nov 30, 2017, 11:07 PM (1 replies)

Why are Americans More Afraid of Sex Than Violence?

Serious question. Mass shootings have become an almost monthly event in this country. Our "allies" in Russia are torturing gays. Our president select blames the victims of right wing violence. Home grown fascists are becoming increasingly bold---and dangerous---as they follow Trump's cues.

And yet, when a woman reveals that she was the victim of rape, everyone starts focusing on sex. Rape is not about sex. It is about violence. Statutory rape is about an adult forcing his or her will on a vulnerable child. Sexual harassment is about someone in a position of power threatening to do economic harm to someone else. It isn't about the sex. It is about the threat. The humiliation.

If a man forced another man to clean a filthy floor with his tongue in exchange for a job, there would be no sex, but there would still be violence.

Dick picks and dirty jokes and sexual propositions made to adults who are not being coerced--those are not news worthy. And yet, the press salivates over anything that allows it to use the words "breast", "penis", "vagina"--and ignores the suffering, the exploitation, the economic injustice. Worse, the press exploits the victims of violence, turning their tragedy into a peepshow. And meanwhile, the NRA and its stooges in public office get a free pass. Because, apparently, violence is a good old fashioned American value, but sex is scary.


Posted by McCamy Taylor | Thu Nov 23, 2017, 12:16 AM (7 replies)

I Believe Russia Is Pushing Sex Scandals to Distract the Press

And it is working. The closer Mueller gets to indicting the big players, the more Russia Mob/KGB blackmail data will be leaked to the press, the more victims will be pressured to make statements, the more cum stained dresses we Americans will be forced to examine as we try to wade through the cesspool of slur and scandal in order to find the real threat to our democracy.

If the press gave a rat's ass about sexism, they would not have devoted pages of coverage to Hillary Clinton's cleavage. The press does not love women. The press loves SEX.

Shame on us for allowing ourselves to be distracted. Are a bunch of Russian bloggers posing as Americans smarter than we are? Are they sitting around a desk somewhere saying "Those fat lazy Americans are so easy to fool. All we have to do is distract them with sex"?



Posted by McCamy Taylor | Mon Nov 20, 2017, 11:44 PM (56 replies)

Remember the Lesson of Roger Casement

Before we lose our heads completely, please remember that not everyone who is accused is guilty. And even if they are "guilty", the acts of which they are accused may not rise to the level of crimes. And that the forces of oppression have been using sexual smear to bring down the champions of justice for a very, very long time. And that in the U.S. Democrats smear with money scandals and Republicans smear with sex scandals---and the GOP is quite likely to seize upon the "Burn the He-Witch" frenzy to take out a few of their least favorite people.

Case in point, Roger Casement. If you don't know his history, look him up.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roger_Casement
Posted by McCamy Taylor | Thu Oct 26, 2017, 07:22 PM (1 replies)

Trump/GOP Raise Your Taxes to Give Rich tax break

This ought to be the headline everywhere. The GOP plans to limit your 401k contribution to $2400 a year—because that money is tax exempt and they need that tax revenue to pay for their tax break for Putin and His Rich American friends. This hits everyone—including a huge part of the GOP’s traditional base of self employed business owners and upper middle class professionals. Republicans you can either face the fact that Trump and Congress represent Russia and not you—-or you can find yourself circling the economic toilet with the rest of us. Which will it be? How many Republicans would really prefer to turn over control of our government to foreigners rather than risk having another non white American POTUS?

Posted by McCamy Taylor | Sun Oct 22, 2017, 03:17 PM (0 replies)

So, What Will the Pentagon Do When Trump (Tries to) Declare Martial Law?

There is only one end game here, for the Trump Crime Family and their Russian Masters. That is a sweeping military coup, the 2018 elections halted, the federal courts stripped of their power, the citizens of the country stripped of their civil liberties, all opposition parties outlawed, cities that oppose the coup occupied, assets of groups like the ACLU seized by the feds as they are investigated for "thought crimes"--you know, like supporting a boycott of another country.

Trump keeps giving money to the Pentagon. He keeps lavishing praise on military leaders. He even rolled back his campaign pledge to privatize the VA. The only section of the federal government that he has not fucked with is the military.

Trump obviously thinks that when push comes to shove, the Pentagon will say "How high?" when he says "Jump."

Any thoughts? Is there a faction of the U.S. military that would fall in line behind a Russian led coup? Or is Trump/Putin delusional?
Posted by McCamy Taylor | Tue Jul 25, 2017, 09:44 PM (7 replies)

Sessions Panders to Trump's Base, Reinstates the DOJ's War Against Black Folks

Trump is so sorry he can't fulfill his (implied) campaign promise to his base. He will be unable to take health insurance away from minorities while letting his white supporters keep theirs. It's all or none. Either everyone of every color loses their health care or no one does.

But never fear! Jeff Sessions has just stepped in to save the day. He has given a big thumbs up to the practice--so common during the Bush/Cheney administration which also waged war against Black folks--of allowing cops to steal the possessions of folks who dare to possess new cars and cash and expensive watches in Trump's America while committing the crime of being Black. Or Gay. Or Muslim. Or Latino.

This is what Trump and his base are all about. Put everyone who is not white or male or straight or Christian in his/her place so that a handful of pathetic losers can feel better about themselves.
Posted by McCamy Taylor | Tue Jul 18, 2017, 09:10 PM (1 replies)

Dear John McCain, Do Your Country Another Favor, Leave the GOP

I am 100% serious here. How can you align yourself with a party of draft dodgers and traitors? If you stick with them, you tell the American people that what Trump and Family are doing is patriotic. If you break with the GOP and become an Independent, a lot of other Republicans--and Independents--will sit up and take notice of the Russia coup.

Russia has no pity for our elderly citizens, our children, our weak. These are not Russians and therefore their suffering and death will not affect Putin one bit. Trump, under Putin will gleefully raid Social Security and Medicare and Medicaid, the way Vikings once raided the coastal communities of other European nations.

Once a soldier always a soldier and this is war.
Posted by McCamy Taylor | Sat Jul 15, 2017, 10:11 PM (8 replies)
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