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If it AIN’T about the CONSTITUTION, it AIN’T AMERICA

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Archive for March, 2010

WE THE PEOPLE: Not Corporations

Posted by justjoe on 31st March 2010

http://reclaimdemocracy.org

Our Hidden History of Corporations in the United States

First published February, 2000

When American colonists declared independence from England in 1776, they also freed themselves from control by English corporations that extracted their wealth and dominated trade. After fighting a revolution to end this exploitation, our country’s founders retained a healthy fear of corporate power and wisely limited corporations exclusively to a business role. Corporations were forbidden from attempting to influence elections, public policy, and other realms of civic society.

Initially, the privilege of incorporation was granted selectively to enable activities that benefited the public, such as construction of roads or canals. Enabling shareholders to profit was seen as a means to that end.

The states also imposed conditions (some of which remain on the books, though unused) like these:

* Corporate charters (licenses to exist) were granted for a limited time and could be revoked promptly for violating laws.

* Corporations could engage only in activities necessary to fulfill their chartered purpose.

* Corporations could not own stock in other corporations nor own any property that was not essential to fulfilling their chartered purpose.

* Corporations were often terminated if they exceeded their authority or caused public harm.

* Owners and managers were responsible for criminal acts committed on the job.

* Corporations could not make any political or charitable contributions nor spend money to influence law-making.

Oh those were the days

 

Read More@    http://reclaimdemocracy.org/corporate_accountability/history_corporations_us.html

 

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Article I, Section 2 No Person shall be a Representative who shall not have attained to the Age of twenty five Years, and been seven Years a Citizen of the United States, and who shall not, when elected, be an Inhabitant of that State in which he shall be chosen;

Posted by justjoe on 21st March 2010

“The actual Enumeration shall be made within three Years after the first Meeting of the Congress of the United States, and within every subsequent Term of ten Years, in such Manner as they shall by Law direct.”

The U.S. Constitution empowers the Congress to carry out the census in “such manner as they shall by Law direct” (Article I, Section 2). The Founders of our fledgling nation had a bold and ambitious plan to empower the people over their new government. The plan was to count every person living in the newly created United States of America, and to use that count to determine representation in the Congress.

Enshrining this invention in our Constitution marked a turning point in world history. Previously censuses had been used mainly to tax or confiscate property or to conscript youth into military service. The genius of the Founders was taking a tool of government and making it a tool of political empowerment for the governed over their government.

http://2010.census.gov/2010census/why/constitutional.php

 

 

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GTKKR4Tbx2Y

Inkwell to the Internet

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SgMf5TlNYdY

But most importantly is the cultural recording of Human Beings existence and history. Witness the Tiano people of the caribean who were considered extinct through a genocide brought about by Columbus and the european spainish conquest.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=As01jVTvLVI

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Article VI: Clause 3; The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution;

Posted by justjoe on 16th March 2010

“but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.”

AS WELL AS:

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion,

or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;”

The opening line to the first Amendment.

These two passages from our Constitution are not mere moments of dowdy reflections, or casual cause for consideration, but critical dictates required for the sustainable continuation of this nation. History is replete with the descending of people of one religious belief upon another, present world events most dramatically in point with terrible conflicts and acts of atrocity being fomented by most major religious followers, individually and through their governments.

I am lost and destitute to comprehend the utter  wanton and mindless acts perpetrated  upon millions of human beings and their lands because of a religious self righteousness that permeates  the heart, mind and soul of  “We the People”. I have of late entertained the thought that such mindless and reckless stupidity would best be served if the fount of that grievance (Religion) should  be consigned to the deepest depths of our oceans thus releasing us from it’s barbaric grip.

However, when all hope is lost a really great voice of reason comes to the fore to present a wonderful possibility to release us from our ignorance and fear to enlightenment. Daniel C. Dennett suggests to us that rather than fear each others faith, we embrace it through an organized study by our children of all religions as a core curriculum program in our schools.

HALLELUJAH

Perhaps through knowledge of each others beliefs we can be released from our prejudices bound to us by ignorance. My own personal journey from growing up Catholic, caring and sharing through the Unitarian church community , praying, studying and singing in synagogue, Native American sweat lodge, Australian Aboriginal and New Zea land Maori community experiences has built a great strength and commitment to a hopeful future for humanity.

In each of these experiences I have found a common thread of humanity’s desire to be in community all the while exhibiting a diversity  in songs, prayers, languages and dance that if respected lead us to a more loving and caring future. I therefore submit for your consideration:

Daniel C. Dennett, Co-Director Center for Cognitive Studies@ Tufts University:

http://ase.tufts.edu/cogstud/incbios/dennettd/dennettd.htm


 

“Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon

By Daniel C. Dennett

 

Philosophy,Atheism, Religion Daniel Dennett

from TEDTALKS

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTepA-WV_oE&playnext=1&list=PL9133CCF626BB069C
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTepA-WV_oE&playnext=1&list=PL9133CCF626BB069C

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