The family of a 65 year-old veteran claims that VA police stomped on the veterans head and neck, causing him to suffer a stroke and die several weeks later, a new lawsuit alleges.
On May 25, 2011, Jonathan Montano was waiting several hours to undergo dialysis treatment at the Loma Linda VA facility when he grew frustrated, reports Courthouse News Service.
With an IV still in his arm, Montano made his way towards the hospital exit, saying that he would get treatment at the Long Beach VA facility instead.
Norma Montano, the veteran’s wife of 44 years, left the hospital to retrieve the couple’s car.
But VA police wouldn’t let Montano leave, the lawsuit alleges.
“The summoned VA Police Department police officers then stopped Jonathan Montano from leaving the VA Hospital in Loma Linda, by tackling him to the floor, slamming his head on the floor, and kneeing and stomping on his neck, and otherwise brutalizing and restraining him,” reads the lawsuit, according to Courthouse News.
“This kneeing and stomping on his neck by the VA Police Department police officers caused the dissection of his carotid artery, that resulted in immediate (or very soon thereafter) blood clotting, which resulted in [his] suffering a stroke. Moreover, the brutalization of Jonathan Montano resulted in him suffering other serious physical injuries, and associated physical, mental and emotional pain, suffering and distress.”
When Mrs. Montano came back into the hospital to find her husband, she was told that her husband had suffered a stroke.
But, she claims, hospital staff initially said Montano suffered the stroke after a fall — an “untrue statement,” the suit alleges.
“Later on, one of the nurses at the VA Hospital in Loma Linda took Norma Montano aside, and told her that her husband didn’t fall, but was slammed to the ground by the VA Police, that Norma Montano was being lied to, and that it wasn’t right what the VA Police did to Jonathan Montano,” the suit alleges.
Montano died several weeks after the stroke, on June 11, 2011.
With the lawsuit, the widow Montano and her children are seeking damages for wrongful death, assault and battery, false imprisonment, and negligence, the Courthouse News Service reports.
The suit comes as the Veterans Administration is embroiled in a wide-ranging scandal involving the alleged mistreatment of veterans at hospitals across the country. In those cases, hospitals have allegedly forced veterans to wait longer for treatment by placing them on secret waiting lists.
Montano’s case is not tied to the current scandal, his wife claims. Rather, it is a case of police brutality.
Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2014/05/27/family-alleges-va-police-killed-vet/#ixzz331L4wCQN
That is certainly the anarchist position regarding government as I understand it:
“biz” invented gov, wields gov, biz does not sleep with gov. there was no “capture” of gov by biz. biz invented gov which captured territorial populations, yes. that’s the whole point.
How do you know this? What sources can you point to?
If there’s one thing I’m having a hard time reconciling, it’s the differences between anarcho-capitalists and anarchists.
David Graeber – the skewed rewards of our economy – the more your job helps others, the less you get paid
it’s an assertion, since the play predates recorded history (or perhaps just my incomplete reading of recorded history). or, just assume it’s an assertion – an ass out of u & me times all that ertion might just be a positive integer, eh?
thought experiment that fits (“fit” is contingent on an honest reckoning of the human animal, & honest is contingent on…several things):
the predator-bandits sweep down, once or twice a season (however long it takes for the ruminants to replenish themselves) & hack out some harvest. yul & the boys are not there (kurosawa has not written them into script, yet). eventually, ted turner realizes that controlling half of montana is more efficiently profitable to him than intermittently terrorizing half of montana is, so he feeds, breeds, & slaughters bison instead of just slaughtering them seasonally. he opens a chain of “montana grills” (oh the symmetry, not to mention the also useful mad cow disease). now fill up a terabyte with teds (he’s not very big – they never are. like oz, behind his curtain.). that’s it.
will have to look at your link later. maybe i’ll understand it better that the last one….
oh, i just figure it’s an attempt at branding. or defensive (the ongoing word banditry). & by now a convention. & i like writing “napancap”. but it’s redundant. mary hartman, mary hartman. capitalism is inherently anarchic. it’s everything else that’s authoritarian.
he who has the au(thority), has the gold & he who has the gold makes the rules, calls it gov, to get more gold….
he who has the an (atomic number) of the au(thoritarians), knows goldfinger, ultimately has the sadim touch, but also that “ultimately” is a timing proposition that can’t be timed. so…..
read some of the linked piece. saw the bit on anarcho-syns vs unions. the word “movements”. how does the article feed into your reconciliation problem? maybe its a scale problem. an don’t scale (up) – not enough material. the anasazi is out there, but it’s thin, not even a conga line.☻
maybe a crescent (adjustable) diopter optimizer*:
the human animal is hierarchical, not anarchical. exceptions are rare & rule-proving, or interstitial & coincidental. and this is so with or without bandits sweeping down & rolling mom & pop hierarchies up into nation-states. just fractal. social animals want to be comfortably numaste, dominants above, submissives below, pecking order prevails. anarchist “movements”? “new” soviet man. same full slip differential that paul simon sang about (slip slidin’ away).
* http://www.superfocus.com/ haven’t got round to trying these, but think they’re gonna be cool
I think what we’ve achieved here to a small degree, is a kind of truth force or soul force. (satyagraha)
By refusing to submit to the wrongs or to cooperate with them in any way, we become satyagrahi asserting our truth.
Satyagrahis—practitioners of satyagraha—achieve correct insight into the real nature of an evil situation by observing a nonviolence of the mind, by seeking truth in a spirit of peace and love, and by undergoing a rigorous process of self-scrutiny.
When we do this, we become able to encounter truth in the absolute. We win merely by rejecting the idea of stomping on anyone. We win by not accepting this idea, or seeing it as in any way justifiable.
We win when others see and hear our rebuttals of this dehumanization, and witness our brazen displays of a deeper humanity than those who mindlessly marinate in such toxic soups of mindless group violence.
A dedicated adherent to resistance who works to uphold a just cause will inevitably reach the even heart of the oppressors by taking sustained authentic action to represent truth.
When understood for its strength and courage, this advocacy becomes recognized as a positive and spiritually based form of independence that starts in the heart of the resister and inevitably produces creative action among the masses.
Satyagraha is a simple two-pronged approach:
(1) the general principle of ‘clinging to truth’ where it is the equivalent of ‘nonviolence,’ and
(2) direct resistance in the form of an Obstructive Program
Satyagraha Film is OK. Covers satyagraha in a superficial way.
film – click cc and choose english subtitles
I can think of only 2 reasons they stomp an old vet to death. 1 Enforce the authority and control of an institution. 2 Enforce their personal authority and image of being in control.
I don’t expect Clover to engage in the kind of critical thinking required to intellectually consider Libertarianism or to present his rebuttal in a cogent fashion.
But I do expect even a six year old to understand that using lethal violence unnecessarily on someone who is weak and helpless is wrong, no matter what the circumstances.
Let’s hear Clover’s defense of this story:
Public Elementary School Officer fires at teens making out in a car after they flee the scene and his questioning.
Police investigate School Cop Shooting in Tulsa, OK
Trivia: In which profession can a person sexually assault two females on the side of the road and only get probation and a small fine? If you said “Police Officer”, you win!
why do the VA have their own thug police force anyway? Are they scared of senior citizens? They should be after the way they treat them, but this incident is totally outrageous. I hope some of the veterans will put the shooting skills they’ve acquired to good use against the multiple alphabet agencies arrayed against Amerikans today.
Mike yes there is security in hospitals as well as many large businesses. This sounds exactly like all the hype of the guy that died in Moore OK in front of a movie theater. In that case everyone said how the police pummeled the guy which there was nothing to show this. There was not even any evidence in the two videos of the scene that showed brutality but there are dozens of articles written by guys like you that made up their own facts. What it came down to was that the guy had a heart problem and his choice of fighting the police caused his already enlarged heart to stop.
Using logic, why would anyone want to beat up a guy for trying to leave? Idiots believe such stories. Yes they may have tried to stop the guy from leaving with an IV in his arm but there is no evidence of brutality. If you find some evidence then come back and give your sources.
Clover defends “authority” again – as reflexively, as predictably as Pravda.
Who owned that man, Clover? Clearly, you believe “security” owned that man. That he had no right to leave the hospital. That security – armed thugs – had the right to forcibly prevent him from leaving.
Your viewpoint is at least consistent in that respect.
Submit, obey. Do as you are told.
Clover – People who would want to beat up an old man for trying to leave one VA hospital and go to another one are called sadistic psychopaths. Sadistic psychopaths, a.k.a. the “criminally insane” or just plain old “evil” people for short, migrate to positions of authority (i.e. public service) for the legal protection it affords them when they subjugate and brutalize their neighbors. But you already know that, don’t you? For those at the lower end of the intelligence spectrum, desirable positions would include (but not be limited to) police, prison guards, game wardens and any other gun packing foot soldiers for the regime. Social workers, building inspectors, parole / probation officers and the like also fit the bill, even though they have to rely on other “rough men with guns” (i.e. the police) to carry out their edicts. Hence when some statist control freak rats out their “wacko” home schooling neighbor to the “SS” (Social Services) for “child endangerment”, the state functionaries almost invariably show up with an armed responder (i.e. a cop). And it’s usually the child how ends up suffering…at the hands of the state.
What better way to be able to carry out the evil deeds that satisfy your sick “need” to control others and watch them helplessly suffer than “public service”? Just last year I was talking with a young man who was an aspiring candidate for police academy. He told me the interviewer asked him why he wanted to be a cop. He informed me that the first thing that came to his mind was “So I can punch one of these crack-heads in the face.” Then followed up with “I guess it’s a good thing I didn’t actually say that, huh?” Wow. From the tongue the heart blabbeth. How’d you like to have an encounter with that future L.E.O. Clover? Think begging for mercy will do you any good as he bounces your head off the car fender and puts a knee on your neck as he cuffs you? Or are you a member of “the club” and immune to that kind of treatment? Is that why in your mind the police can do no wrong?
I’m not saying all cops are bad people; I’ve known some good men that were cops over the years (but many quit after they saw how the system really worked). What I am saying is that a lot of bad people become cops (or other bureaucratic functionaries) and the only way to deal with the problem is to strip them of their power; particularly that of life and death over others. It’s time to go back to relying on the posse to deal with violent crime and even property crime. It’s also time to return the militia to its rightful role in defending the land and reduce the standing army to a skeleton crew. The “highly trained professionals” have certainly proven themselves; they have a remarkably poor track record when it comes to protecting life, limb and property, whether you like that fact or not.
Butler Shaffer, anacap legal scholar over at LRC just published this.
When police officers or American soldiers gun down people as innocent of wrongdoing as these six victims of Elliot Rodger, few if any complaints are heard. The gun-control crowd does not offer up such killings as evidence for the need to rid the world of guns. These guns are being used on behalf of the state, an institution whose very nature is to have a monopoly on the use of violence. To even suggest that violence should be de-institutionalized in our world would be to raise the specter of a major paradigm shift in our thinking; the kind of transformation that worshipers of the nation-state would be unable to make.
Not exactly on topic. But not exactly off topic either.
Addresses the underlying psychological root of the problem, of agents of the state abusing their nominal masters/actual subjects.
“Using logic, why would anyone want to beat up a guy for trying to leave?”
Are you fucking kidding me???
Wake up clover! Thugs who beat up others for no reason don’t use logic. That’s what makes them thugs in the first place.
Do you really not know that there are people in this world who never “use logic?”
You ought to. You are one of them.
America has fallen and it can’t get up. If it doesn’t do right soon; its foreign hedgehogs will stop helping them.
Meantime, I think I’m going to order another drone-delivered bottle here poolside at the Cosmopolitan Marquee Dayclub. Gotta love daydrinking. Asleep by 7:00.
Sonic the Hedgehog – Final Boss – Ending
If stomping a sick old man is not enough, tell us, do you regard a 19-month old child being practically burned to death in his crib by the heroes in blue acceptable “collateral damage” in the War on Drugs?
Yeah, the kid might have drooled on the cop’s uniform or something, or annoyed him by crying due to all the commotion. What was I thinking — action justified!
How could I have doubted members of the Thin Blue Line that lie between us and (shudder) anarchy? Doubleplus ridiculous verging crimethink!
The same damn question keeps rattling around in my head.
When the hell are the Amerikanischen Schafennenschen* going to finally wake up and realize they are subjects of a totalitarian dictatorship?
In my past essays, I’ve often used the analogy of battered wives who make excuses for their abusers. I still think it’s right on.
What a joke. Hospital staff is supposed to stop someone running down the hall with an IV in their arm. With that said where is there any proof that the police were stomping on the guys neck? It sounds to me like a case of the money hungry lawyers. Whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty? If the police were guilty of beating on the guy then I believe they should be in jail. There is no proof of that in this story.
Is this site becoming a place for money hungry lawyer stories?
Clover’s trolling reminds us of the prevailing mindset that we are all prisoners of “authority”.
Since we do not need any evidence for this site to prosecute someone then when are we going to put Brent in jail for killing those 4 people over the weekend?
It is just a good thing that people like you do not use self enforcement because all you would need to do is say someone did something wrong without any evidence or facts and there would be lynchings.
You’re babbling. Google doesn’t have “Clover” as a language option on translate to help convert that into English.
I did run it through a Yoda translator ( http://www.yodaspeak.co.uk/index.php ) and it makes more sense:
“Since we need not any evidence for this site to prosecute someone then, hmm when are we going to put brent in jail for killing those 4 people over the weekend?
It is just a good thing that people like you use not self enforcement because all you would need to do is say someone did something wrong without any evidence or facts and there would be lynchings. Hmmmmmm.”
However, it is irrelevant to what what I wrote and off topic, and thus I choose not to have this discussion again here.
Clover is not merely stupefied, he is stupefying. Just trying to parse his babble lowers the IQ of the victim.
The awful truth – the thing that keeps me in a state of constant dread – is that he’s typical. Behold, Mr. (Mrs?) Average American.
* One child of average intelligence, or slightly lower than average intelligence.
* Cripple the limited conceptual faculty during elementary/junior/high school years via emphasis on rote memorization of unrelated, unintegrated and largely meaningless information, constant distraction (to discourage sustained thought) and avoidance at all costs of the trivium (logic and rhetoric especially) and social pressure to “conform” to prevailing orthodoxies, especially veneration of sports and deference to authority, however constituted.
As much TV as is wanted. Plenty of high fructose corn syrup. Processed food. Estrogens in the water.
Bake for 18 years and – viola.
Eric – You forgot the Ritalin and Adderall in your 18 yr. clover recipe. Of course now clover’s probably switched to Ambien and SSRIs. I’ve read that Ambien can cause side effects such as sleep walking, sleep driving and sleep shopping (no kidding). Apparently, as evidenced by clover’s ramblings, sleep typing can be a problem too.
Not to mention “sleep trolling”
that’s just it. most, if not all, here, too, were similarly baked for 18 years. other times, places, the recipe was something else.
these stark, or fundamental, differences between napancaps & clovers, are not acts of will. they just are. just as they’ve always been. it’s a random distribution, an anarchic lottery, unless you’re omniscient, in which case it’s billiards.
the “recipe” is not the result. and no recipe has, or will, fundamentally alter the result. if you’re that fraction of one out of each baker’s dozen, suggest doing your own future baking accordingly…because the already baked cannot be unbaked, or re-baked, & a life that revolves around burning the inexhaustible supply of “badly” baked goods is probably a waste of your unique talents. that said, some are baked to throw lit matches at the bakery…que sera.
otoh, if you’re in it for fun, or mental exercise, or creative expression, carry on. ☻
Actually, I’d wager only half-baked, but very scrambled. 😉
I would like to think that if I was there and witnessed these sub-humans abusing an elderly person, I would intervene. When they are on the ground wrestling around like fags, they are extremely vulnerable. That’s the time to utilize defensive force.
People are just so conditioned to think that since the aggressors are cops, they must be acting lawfully. How to undo years of indoctrination in the cult of authority?
A big part of that is the “American Exceptionalism” premise.
As Madeleine Albright put it so pithily,
“If we have to use force, it is because we are America. We are the indispensable nation. We stand tall. We see further into the future.”
Only other nations and cultures, deficient in a deep-seated culture of freedom and individualism, are vulnerable to creeping tyranny, not ‘Murca.
I once believed this was true. I wanted to believe the myth so badly. I wanted to believe that somewhere, perhaps in America, the spark remained alive. But history eventually forced me to conclude otherwise.
Well, it was beautiful while it lasted.
@Bevin – I was OK until you tied Madeleine “the Death Witch” to anything American. She needs a little time-out on the ground in Palestine to her her head straight (IMHO).
That’s Next Level Diligence, good catch.
Both Bevin and Maddy are children of diplomats, so it reasonably follows her vulture screechings sound harmonious and pithy to his usually well-tuned ears.
Let’s take Maddy out for a test drive, kick her tires a bit, open her up on the highway, and see what’s under her hood.
1 After being divorced, Madeleine had sexual relations with Egyptian diplomat Boutros Boutros-Ghali.
2 She’s in at least one Oligarch insider deal with Soros and a Rothschild. Looking at her face, she may be an inbred twisted sister of the Hungarian Soros.
Soros, Albright, Rothschild In $350M African Phone Deal
3 A young Albright appeared as a refugee child in a propaganda film designed to promote sympathy for all war refugees in London
4 Madeleine did not learn until adulthood that her parents were originally Jewish and that many of her Jewish relatives in Czechoslovakia had perished in the Holocaust, including three of her grandparents.
5 While home in Denver on break from Wellesley, Albright worked as an intern for The Denver Post. There she met future husband J M P Albright, nephew of Alicia Patterson, owner of Newsday and wife of philanthropist Harry F Guggenheim
6 In 1996, Albright defended UN sanctions against Iraq when asked “We have heard that half a million children have died. I mean, that’s more children than died in Hiroshima. And, you know, is the price worth it?” and Albright replied “we think the price is worth it.
7 At 77 years of age, she has said she is capable of leg pressing 400 pounds.
Boutros B Ghali
Madeleine Albright, then US., Ambassador the the UN., had just appeared on “Sixty Minutes. As a Jew, she says 500 000 dead Iraqi Children was “worth it”…..wins Presidential Medal of Freedom from Obama
The deaths of half a million children as a result of the absolute, all-embracing deprivations of the UN embargo were: “A hard choice, but the price, we think the price is worth it.”
Too bad she and her U.N. ilk weren’t stuck in that country at the time to receive the benefits of her Medal of Freedom.
Albright’s comments are of piece with those made by Reichsfuhrer SS Heinrich Himmler:
“Whether 10,000 Russian females fall down from exhaustion while digging an antitank ditch interests me only insofar as the anti-tank ditch for Germany is finished.”
Dear Gary, Tor,
I should probably clarify.
There was indeed a time when I believed that the USG was on the side of the angels.
But that was LONG BEFORE Albright made that infamous remark. It was during the Cold War, when Mao and Pol Pot were murdering people by the millions.
By the time Albright was among the PTB, I was already long disillusioned.
Hope that clears it up.
shit Bevin, I don’t think I’ve ever voted or done anything political. But I was still hopeful when I listened to Obama’s speech in Germany on C-Span.
I remember finding O’s harangue about opium on the streets of Europe troubling, yet on balance, I though he would be a welcome change from W.
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Actually it is I who should better observe your use of Socratic dialogue.
For discussions one should hold to the spirit of dialectic in the tradition of Socrates and Ancient Greeks.
In other words, arguments are where you work with your partners to find the crux of the matter.
Use plain, clear language.
Try to understand others.
Focus on ideas.
Do your part to help foster a higher standard of discourse: Be polite but adamant in encouraging others to catch on to this way of discussion.
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an archaic meaning of pith is as a verb to remove an animals’ spinal tissue to immobilize it.
Precisely meaningful; forceful and brief:
The essence of something.
How to do the Socratic Method
Well, we each have our own style. Not a bad thing. Variety you know. So much better than monotonous uniformity.
Yeah, back then I still imagined that ‘Murca would probably never go the way of Nazi Germany, Soviet Russia, or Red China in practice, even though I knew perfectly well it could in theory.
I assumed America’s “sense of life” (Ayn Rand’s concept) would be enough to immunize it from descent into tyranny. Obviously I was wrong.
Sense of Life
A culture, like an individual, has a sense of life or, rather, the equivalent of a sense of life—an emotional atmosphere created by its dominant philosophy, by its view of man and of existence. This emotional atmosphere represents a culture’s dominant values and serves as the leitmotif of a given age, setting its trends and its style.
Thus Western civilization had an Age of Reason and an Age of Enlightenment. In those periods, the quest for reason and enlightenment was the dominant intellectual drive and created a corresponding emotional atmosphere that fostered these values.
A nation’s sense of life is formed by every individual child’s early impressions of the world around him: of the ideas he is taught (which he may or may not accept) and of the way of acting he observes and evaluates (which he may evaluate correctly or not). And although there are exceptions at both ends of the psychological spectrum—men whose sense of life is better (truer philosophically) or worse than that of their fellow-citizens—the majority develop the essentials of the same subconscious philosophy. This is the source of what we observe as “national characteristics.” . . . .
Just as an individual’s sense of life can be better or worse than his conscious convictions, so can a nation’s. And just as an individual who has never translated his sense of life into conscious convictions is in terrible danger—no matter how good his subconscious values—so is a nation.
This is the position of America today.
If America is to be saved from destruction—specifically, from dictatorship—she will be saved by her sense of life.
As we can now see from Albright, Bush, Obomber, the Amerikaner Polizeistaat, America’s “sense of life” was clearly not up to the task. This has been glaringly obvious since 9/11.
As methylamine noted a while back, the opposite might have happened. The early freedom ‘Murca experienced generated immense economic wealth, which translated into immense political and military power. This immense political and military power corrupted ‘Murca. It led to the Albright mindset and her infamous quote.
In a way, the greater the early success, the worse the later downfall.
Obviously I failed to express myself clearly.
I was condemning Albright, not affirming her.
Just wanted to clear the air on that.
So America has Skywalker-Jackson-Syndrome you mean?
In fact, George Lucas told interviewers that Star Wars was explicitly intended as a political allegory about ‘Murca’s descent into empire.
“All democracies turn into dictatorships — but not by coup. The people give their democracy to a dictator, whether it’s Julius Caesar or Napoleon or Adolf Hitler. Ultimately, the general population goes along with the idea… How did the Republic turn into the Empire? …How did Anakin turn into Darth Vader? How does a good person go bad, and how does a democracy become a dictatorship? It isn’t that the Empire conquered the Republic, it’s that the Empire is the Republic. One day Princess Leia and her friends woke up and said, ‘This isn’t the Republic anymore, it’s the Empire. We are the bad guys… This democracy is a sham…'”
— George Lucas, creator of “Star Wars”
Democracy is based on the idea that people who are struggling just to get by have the time and resources to keep a government serving them.
They don’t so democracy always falls to the systems preferred by those people who do.
Democracy winds up being nothing more than a pro forma ritual to make “government of the sheeple, by the sheeple, and for the sheeple” seem plausible.
Democracy is merely a dictatorship rubber stamped once every four years at the polls. The rest of the time, it is no better than a hereditary monarchy. Worse, if Hans Hoppe is correct. And I believe he is.
No problem Bevin. It is just a minor burr in my saddle. She, Soros, Kissinger & the whole U.N. have more blood on their hands then Hitler. But since they are of God’s chosen they get awards for starving and making others into burning candles. Let 500,000 Jewish children starve & get blown up at home and lets see how it plays out. But then that would be labeled terrorism.
No problem. We are absolutely on the same page.
Here, for example, is an article I wrote quite a few years ago, in 2001 [ ! ] which included a passage blasting Albright.
“If we have to use force it is because we are America! We are the indispensable nation. We stand tall, and we see further into the future.”
— Madeleine Albright
NBC TV’s Today, February 19, 1998
Lesley Stahl: “We have heard that a half million children have died. I mean, that’s more children than died in Hiroshima. And – and you know, is the price worth it?”
Madeleine Albright: “I think this is a very hard choice, but the price – we think the price is worth it.”
— Punishing Saddam
60 Minutes, May 12, 1996
It never ceases to amaze me how little genuine wisdom our seemingly intelligent political leaders in fact possess. Anyone with a shred of common sense knows that in interpersonal relationships the only truly effective way to influence another human being is through the power of example, not coercion. Yet the Rhodes Scholars and MacArthur Fellows inside our Beltway can’t seem to absorb this elementary lesson of human psychology, let alone apply it to their foreign policy decision-making processes.
The lesson is clear, our federal Leviathan in Washington is no friend of human rights, either at home or abroad. Big Government is a Victor Frankenstein creation which, unless a nation’s citizens remain eternally vigilant, will turn even on those who “democratically” voted it in.
The American flag will be the
last flag waving. The fiery flaming rainbow of American freedom will one day be felt in every human heart.
I expected it to replace the stars with the hammer and sickle, actually…
And corporate logos in the stripes. (Starbucks should feature prominently.)
We’re so TOLERANT of anyone, EXCEPT those who are racist, homophobic, sexist, or look at the world any way besides our prescribed hivemind….
And we define what is racist, homophobic, sexist, ageist, brave, kind, right, moral, proper, correct, and inclusive.
And you’re not. Because we say so.
(Liberal outlook on life.)
Ron Paul – “The question has been raised about whether or not our president is a socialist…. I am sure there are some people here who believe it. But in the technical sense, in the economic definition of what a socialist is, no, he’s not a socialist. He’s a corporatist. And unfortunately we have corporatists inside the Republican Party and that means you take care of corporations and corporations take over and run the country.” Simply put, big government is in bed with big business.
– Ron Paul
wasn’t as big, integrated, “then”, the “good old days”, has grown, will keep growing, but “biz” invented gov, wields gov, does not sleep with gov. there was no “capture” of gov. capture by gov, of territorial populations, yes. that’s the whole point.
Or as Orwell said – the prols don’t matter.
They don’t. So long as they have fuuuuuuuuhhhhhhhhhhttttttball.
Don’t you just love the concept of “VIPs?”
“Very Important People.”
Think about it. Think about what it implies.
If “they” are VIPs, what are you?
Answer? You’re a “VUP.” “Very Unimportant People.” If you’re not among those for whom motorcycle escorts clear the way, then your only role is to labor to pay the taxes you “owe” to those who sit in the black limousines that whoosh by.
@Bevin – I blame my mother for not telling me to be a slimy defense contractor or politician when I grow up.