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2011 October 10 — Why Now?
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We the People

The Constitution of the United States [the link goes to the National Archives and features hi-res images of the original document] starts off with the Preamble:

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

“We the People” is many times larger than the rest of the text, making it obvious who the government was created to benefit. When they wrote “promote the general Welfare”, they weren’t concerned with General Electric, General Dynamics, General Motors, or General Mills, they were concerned with the people.

Until the government stops acting primarily for the benefit of corporations, and billionaires, people need to invoke “the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances”, as guaranteed by the First Amendment.

I saw a sign [I can’t locate the source at the moment] that basically said “You have the right to remain silent … but I wouldn’t recommend it.” Amen to that.

October 10, 2011   2 Comments

It’s A Holiday

It’s the second Monday in October, so it is Thanksgiving Day in Canada. Have a happy one.

The US Federal government has decided to call it Columbus Day, even though it should be the 12th of October which was the second Wednesday in 1492. But it’s okay that the holiday is on the wrong day, because Christopher Columbus [AKA: Cristoforo Colombo, Cristóbal Colón] didn’t find what he was looking for and identified what he did find incorrectly. The important thing is that a large area of the map got changed from “here be dragons and sea serpents,” to “here be gold and cannibals” and no mention was made of the oppressive heat, mosquitoes, or hurricanes.

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October 10, 2011   5 Comments