Bill Moyers Journal: Is an imperial presidency destroying what America stands for? (must-see)

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Like I mentioned before, Conservatives and Liberals must come together to take back our country.  This is a must-see video.  ~ Lo

Bill Moyers Journal
August 15, 2008

Is an imperial presidency destroying what America stands for? Bill Moyers sits down with history and international relations expert and former US Army Colonel Andrew J. Bacevich who identifies three major problems facing our democracy: the crises of economy, government and militarism, and calls for a redefinition of the American way of life:

Bill Moyers Journal . Watch & Listen | PBS. Part 1

Bill Moyers Journal . Watch & Listen | PBS. Part 2

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Bacevich on the Crises Threatening Our Democracy

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Bacevich’s Warning About America’s Deteriorating Stature in the World

The Imperial Presidency

By MICHAEL WINSHIP
Counterpunch
August 15, 2008

In a letter written in 1648, the Swedish statesman, Axel Oxenstierna, chancellor to both King Gustavus Adolphus and Queen Christina, counseled, “Know, my son, with how little wisdom the world is governed.”

The fighting between Russia and the former Soviet republic of Georgia is an unnerving reminder of that, and of how quickly the balance of global power can be tilted from unexpected directions with barely a warning.

Some hawks and neo-cons called for NATO intervention or even suggested we send in Stinger missiles or the 82nd Airborne as a peacekeeping force. President Bush warned, “Russia has invaded a sovereign neighboring state and threatens a democratic government elected by its people. Such an action is unacceptable in the 21st century.”

Perhaps, but the reality of the early 21st century is that, in the short run, at least, the president’s words ring hollow. In spite of past promises of support to Georgia, Russia is key to our efforts in the Middle East and our European allies are dependent on Russia for energy. The invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq have both our military strength and our international credibility stretched perilously thin at a time when oil-rich Russia is reemerging as a superpower. We’ve boxed ourselves in.

Michael Winship: The Imperial Presidency.

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Exclusive: Resolving the Wall Street Financial Crisis: Monetary Reform by Nikki Alexander

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(Note: revised Oct. 1, 2008)

by Nikki Alexander
Sept. 29, 2008

Einstein wisely observed that you cannot solve a problem with the same consciousness that created the problem in the first place. This Wall Street financial crisis is an opportunity to correct systemic disease at its source. Being stampeded by the consciousness of the same individuals that orchestrated massive financial fraud will only exacerbate the crisis. We need to shift our attention from mushroom cloud narratives and focus on the solution: creating a stable financial structure that is grounded in public ownership of the monetary system. The constitutional authority to create money and issue credit rightfully belongs to the government ~ not to a private cartel of self-serving international financiers.

We can all agree that radical deregulation of the financial industry strategically removed the legal obstacles to premeditated wholesale fraud. Replacing the firewalls between public assets and gambling casinos is an obvious necessity. And we can all agree that speculators do not produce anything of value that contributes to a productive economy (goods or services). Their reckless gambling has collapsed a stunning array of legitimate businesses, embezzled the savings and investments of hard-working citizens, destroyed the real estate values of every homeowner in America, doubled the price of essential commodities and flooded the financial industry with trillions of dollars in worthless derivatives, a global Ponzi scheme. Strict regulation of Wall Street casinos is mandatory.

Clearly, the ringleaders of this financial assault on our nation must not be allowed to dictate the terms of our recovery. The Secretary of the Treasury and the private banking consortium known as the “Federal” Reserve have historically served the interests of international financiers and corporate hustlers, not the citizens of the United States, as Alan Greenspan, Ben Bernanke and Goldman Sachs CEOs Henry Paulson and Robert Rubin so aptly demonstrate. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson’s recipe for disaster unashamedly compounds systemic financial fraud with alarming demands that would permanently cripple American taxpayers and transfer unprecedented powers to the Treasury Secretary for exclusive control over the economic and financial life of the US forever:

  • The Treasury Secretary is authorized to purchase up to $700 billion in mortgage-related assets at any one time. In other words, $700 billion is only the very beginning of what this cartel of thieves will extort.
  • Private financial institutions are “designated as financial agents of the Government.”
  • “Decisions by the Secretary pursuant to the authority of this Act are non-reviewable and committed to agency discretion, and may not be reviewed by any court of law or any administrative agency.”

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