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T'was Once a Group of 1% Rich - alyburns' (aka sideburns & alyjude) Hiding Place
If you spoke faster than David Hewlett you’d travel back in time: Michael Shanks
T'was Once a Group of 1% Rich
and these men had a plan, a great plan. They considered themselves visionaries but in spite of their wealth, they had no catalyst to spark their plan and give it life. And then, in the year of our Lord, twenty thousand and eight, a miracle happened; one that left our 1% rejoicing (in private, naturally). And the miracle was a man. He came out of nowhere (either Hawaii or Africa or perhaps another galaxy). In the beginning, this man frightened the 1% for he seemed to gather all Americans together by producing a grass roots movement that not even the 1% with all their wealth could stop. And 'lo and behold, in the year of our Lord, twenty thousand and nine (January 20th, to be more precise), the world gathered on green lawns in the great White Capitol to watch this man take an oath of office - the greatest office in the land: he became the President of the United States.

The 1% were shocked. This went against all known data, all religious revelations. The man who became President was not only...black...but his middle name was, of all things, Hussein! How did this happen? The 1% spent billions on their candidate; a war veteran and ex-POW. They groomed his choice for Vice President, a woman with no experience or knowledge (not even of her state - or much else, for that matter), an unwed pregnant daughter, and a handsome but shifty husband with financials that would probably not bear up under any real scrutiny. But the Princess from Alaska sure knew her rhetoric, even if she did have to read it off the palm of her hand. Alas, in spite of all the money, all the confusing misinformation about their opponent, all the doubts they planted in the minds of people - a black man was still elected.

Soon after, the Princess from Alaska, who had been Governor (for a few months before running as the VP on the Republican ticket), resigned. She bravely stated that she felt she could do more for "her people" on the outside (in reality, she had signed a book deal which she could not do - by law - while holding office, so bye-bye Governor - especially since she had her Princess, Rifle-Toting self set on President in 2012). As for her running mate, John McCain, he was not a gracious loser and became a bitter Republican who flip-flopped on almost all of his previous beliefs in order to stand against the black man who dared to beat him.

So where does that leave our 1%? Ah...well, all was not lost. With their ears to the ground, they picked up the rumblings and, like sharks smelling blood in the water -began to circle their prey. They sensed fear, long buried, but now, in the face of an actual BLACK in the WHITE HOUSE, it was coming to the fore so they began to play to those fears. They cleverly planted the need for a new group, a splinter of the more progressive (and moderate) Republicans and, using one of America's greatest moments, the tossing of the tea in Boston Harbor back in the year of our Lord, one thousand, seven hundred and seventy-three, they gave this new group the name: Tea Party. With their money, the Senators and Representatives in their pocket, and the new group of hopeful Republican incumbents for the mid-terms ready to take over, the 1% went to work with a vengeance. They fed every fear, and where there were no fears, they created them (can we say, "Death Panels"? I knew we could). They allowed whispers of 'no birth certificate' circulate softly at first, but eventually allowed their puppets to bring it out in the open to the point that even though our President's birth certificate has been shown, seen, confirmed, the puppets continue to mimic their puppet masters, flooding the Bible Belt with a few simple words, "He has no birth certificate - he's not an American".

O, Great 1%, how you have worked your magic - and all in the name of Power, Greed and Religion.
How you have taken empty minds who are willing to believe the worst - and filled them to the brim. They, your followers, will listen to no one now. They are intractable, fanatical, and so ignorant that they're actually working against their own best interests. One minute they're yelling at Obama regarding what is now called "Obama Care" and demanding that he not touch their medicare - and the next, it goes right over their head when it turns out that it's the 1% who plan to destroy Medicare in order to privatize it and make themselves and their Siamese Twins, the Great Medical Groups, richer still.

Suddenly the teachers of this great nation are villianized - and people believe.
Unions, which have protected workers for years are villianized - and states governed by Republicans under the strings wielded by the Great 1% - destroy the unions - and even beautiful murals dedicated to labor in the United States - and no one raises a voice - they're too wrapped up in their hate and fear to notice the constant rights being taken from them.

Those of reason, those who actually lived through the 60's and 70's instead of going from the 50's straight to the 80's are asking, "Where is the youth of America? Where are the great voices rising in protest and providing facts instead of lies and half-truths?"

Those of reason find themselves wondering how any American can even begin to take pride in a country that gives Donald Trump air time as he prepares to have a Celebrity Apprentice with the highest ratings of all time because he's stated he will divulge if he plans to run for President? If the America of the Civil Rights Era, of the Rainbow era still existed, it would boycott the finale of the show and put the episode at the bottom of the ratings. If that America still existed, the America that refuses to make celebrities out of criminals, drug addicts and rich people who do nothing but have reality shows that are as fake as their...yes, well...that America would start to tweet and use the internet to galvanize the public to TURN OFF NBC on May 22nd at 9:00 (pst) and refuse to play into the manipulation, let alone any kind of idea that he might actually run. SHUT HIM OFF. 

And how long will America sit still while States take rights away from cities? Declare Marshall Law in order to get a golf course built? Forever?

The Great America would begin to write their Senators and Representatives - at home and in Washington - and let them know the consequences for ignoring their voices - namely RECALLS and a 2012 that puts Democrats and Independents in charge (okay, or better still, the Common Sense Party!).  The 1% can NOT protect their puppets from our votes. Oh, they'll try, as they did in Wisconsin recently. But if we speak with one voice - a voice that turns its back on the Tea Party and the Koch Brothers - yes, the Great 1% is finally given a name - we can win our country back and really begin to fix our serious issues. But as long as money and fear rule the day, the day is not ours, nor is our country.

Facts on the Koch Brothers: Courtesy of the New Yorker

Together, they are the third richest men in the world, behind only Bill Gates and Warren Buffet.
They're Libertarians who believe in drastically lower personal (for the rich) and corporate taxes, minimal social services for the needy, and much less oversight of industry—especially environmental regulation, which, coincide nicely with their corporate interests.

from 2005 to 2008, the Kochs vastly outdid ExxonMobil in giving money to organizations fighting legislation related to climate change, underwriting a huge network of foundations, think tanks, and political front groups. Indeed, the brothers have funded opposition campaigns against so many Obama Administration policies—from health-care reform to the economic-stimulus program—that, in political circles, their ideological network is known as the Kochtopus. In 2004, David Kock started the infamous Americans for Prosperity Foundation—an organization

Links for APF:

Article 1
- on our environment and APF
Article 2 - Buying politicians



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