Institutional Fascism! (What Really Troubles Me Most About the Fraudclosure Crisis)

Posted by: williambanzai7 Post date: 10/12/2010 – 00:53 “And in the last analysis, success is what matters–Adolf Hitler”…I know I will be accused of engaging in dangerous hyperbole by making this comparison. Allow me to differ… Navigation PollsDonate To Zero HedgeRecent posts Shopping cart View your shopping cart. User login Username: * Password: * Create new accountRequest new password Zero Hedge Reads Angry BearBearish NewsBoom Bust BlogChina Financial MarketsChris Martenson’s BlogContrary InvestorCoyote BlogCredit WritedownsDaily CapitalistDaneric’s Elliott WavesDealBookDealbreakerDr. Housing BubbleFalkenblogFibozachiFund My Mutal FundGains Pains & CapitalGlobal Economic AnalysisGonzalo LiraImplode-ExplodeInfectious GreedInvesting ContrarianJesse’s Café Américain Market FollyMax KeiserMinyanvilleMises InstituteNaked CapitalismOf Two MindsPension PulseShanky’s TechBlogThe Daily CruxThe Mad Hedge Fund TraderThe Market TickerThe Technical TakeThe Underground InvestorWall St. Cheat SheetWashington’s BlogWealth.netWhen Genius Prevailed Home williambanzai7's picture Submitted by williambanzai7 on 10/12/2010 00:53 -0500

ROL

“I shall create my own title for myself in my name itself.” — Adolf Hitler

I know I will be accused of engaging in dangerous hyperbole by making this comparison. How can WB7 compare Nazi fascism to 2Big2Fail banks chasing fraudclosures.  To those who think so, I respectfully disagree.

Almost a century ago, the world faced a social/financial armageddon never seen before. The evil dictator who emerged from that maelstrom operated under a simple slogan: “And in the last analysis, success is what matters”– Adolf Hitler.

That menace went on to slaughter millions of innocents under the simple mantra, the ends justify the means, and its corollary, ideas can justify murder.

I don’t mean to imply that we are on the verge of a new holocaust or that all bankers are neo Nazis  That would be outrageous. But the one important lesson that I, and I believe many if not all of you have taken from  World War II and the holocaust is that in order to prevent history from repeating itself, each of us must step forward and speak whenever and wherever “the menace” manifests itself, even in comparatively trivial circumstances.

America is supposedly governed by the rule of law. Our most treasured asset is not gold, it is our Constitution. Article 14 says: 

“No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”

Yesterday I was incensed by the statements of the O-Team concerning the emerging Fraudclosure crisis. I read more about so called technicalities, the hope that the problem can be solved quickly and the paramount importance of continuing the foreclosure process for the health of our financial system.

That’s the “end”, let us next consider the means.

Yesterday I read countless reports of forgery, back dating, documentary fabrication, notarial abuse and foreclosure storm trooping tactics. I even read about banks mistakenly evicting innocent homeowners who paid their debts years ago. What is going on here? I doubt these are the isolated incidents that the financial services industrial complex and Team O would have us believe.

Are these the “means” to be justified by the “ends”?

What disturbs me the most is that which I did not read yesterday.

I did not hear a loud, clear and unambiguous message.  One that cries from the heart of our beloved Republic:

Anyone who is wrongfully denying any citizen of life, liberty or property without due process, as mandated by the Constitution of the United States, must desist immediately or suffer the full consequences of the rule of law. If it is impossible to do so without suspending all foreclosures proper as well as improper, then so be it.

Apparently the banks are worried about this. Under the advice of their lawyers they are unilaterally declaring foreclosure moratoriums. This is not out of the kindness of their hearts or their concern for for higher principles of justice. This is out of fear of two simple words: “lender liability”. Those two simple words are enough to scare any steel nerved 2Big2Fail banker three weeks before Halloween. I would not expect any better of their ilk.

But our President, who is a constitutional scholar knows much better. If he truly loves our constitution as I am led to believe he does deep down inside, he must step forward now and say what needs to be said.

What he cannot do is allow the virus to continue unabated. He has to say loudly and clearly: This is America. In this country the ends can never ever justify the means…otherwise he really just does not get it or…he got his and now it’s our turn to get it!

My father mentioned that one of the first things the Nazi state did was to expropriate the property of private citizens. I pointed out that many of these loans are beneficially owned by the United States Treasury, to which he responded ” hmmm point taken.”

Here is the bottom line: It doesn’t matter how many low life condo flipping deadbeats are out there buying IPads with their mortgage payments, if the process constructed by the bankers cannot protect the rights of a a single innocent borrower, then that process must be rebuilt from from the bottom up immediately.

Here it is Wall Street: The ends don’t justify the means boys!

Rather than repeating a tired quote by Winston Churchill, I will leave you with this image to consider…

WB7

[Note: I recognize that there is conflicting case law relating to the applicability of the “due process clause” to non-judicial foreclosures. This does not detract from principle that the “rule of law” should always take precedence over the means.]

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by rhyzimmer02
on Tue, 10/12/2010 – 02:25
#642608

I didnt even bother reading this garbage, but how anyone can compare Adolf Hitler with todays foreclosure crisis is beyond me

Its a huge disrespect to the millions that died in WW2 and the Holocaust. 

 

Login or register to post comments by williambanzai7
on Tue, 10/12/2010 – 04:17
#642610

Sorry, I covered that aspect in the post. I strongly believe fascism should be challenged at the time of all its manifestations. This is my way of honoring the dead.

I see all kinds of internet posts referring to this as foreclosure fascism, foreclosure Nazism and the like. We are not talking about getting cheated out of pocket change. Families are being threatened and terrorized by people who don’t seem to care much about verifying the facts. 

WADR your failure to consider the main point of the post, which is how state condoned incursions of life liberty and property, if ignored, can lead to disaster, is troubling to me. If Americans are passive about something like this, a greater and more sinister danger lurks in the shadows. particularly in the current climate of religious extremism and xenophobia.

The point I make is this:

Institutional hooliganism that operates under the premise that the “ends will justify the means” is extremely dangerous if allowed unchallenged. 

The next point which I did not make in the post is, once you cross the rubicon and accept this kind of behavior, you have to worry about the next threat: those who think it is perfectly acceptable to kill for ideas.

Now I am not saying all bankers are neo-Nazi’s. I am not using the term Nazi to insult people. What I am saying is this kind of institutional behavior (we can do what we want because it is an emergency and we are right) poses much more of a potential societal threat than merely the forclosure fraud  all over the headlines.

That is what I am thinking about.

 

Login or register to post comments by Bob
on Tue, 10/12/2010 – 07:38
#642722

Damn straight, WB.  Your point was well expressed both in your post and your comment. 

The comparison in no way shows disrespect to the victims of the Nazis.  It’s time we showed some respect for the principles that oppose such fascism . . . before we find ourselves on trains chugging merrily along to FEMA camps.

I have to think that the departed souls of those WWII victims are unambivalently pulling for us to learn from their horror. 

Login or register to post comments by dcb
on Tue, 10/12/2010 – 07:35
#642761

Bull shit. I have been writing about the rise of facism in the United states for well oer a year now. seen easily in the glan beck anti minorityb immigrant stuff. those who say pointing it out isn’t valid don’t know the meaning of the word facism:

Fascism (pronounced /?fæ??z?m/) is a radical and authoritarian nationalist political ideology.[1][2][3][4] Fascists seek to organize a nation according to corporatist perspectives, values, and systems, including the political system and the economy.

I will also include a letter I wrote to the NYtimes a long tim

Dear Editors,I have taken the time to write the NY times on any number of occasions regarding the content of your editorial section. The frustration I have is that many of your columnists appear to avoid fact based analysis of current trends and attempt to place their positions as reality based. This is either from personal bias, or what we would call in science selection bias (you are taking your views from a select audience instead of looking at trends. As an aside I fell Mr. Rich does the least of this. I have written about populist rage, wall street, etc. Time and time again events I have written about keep appearing in the media but your pundits appear to be unable to accept what is happening and insist on advancing their preconceived notions. Take for example that tea party and progressive have more in common as being anti incumbent than not. This week a poll shows all time lows for those in government. I’ve written about violence and anger, why it is in fact justified, and this week there is a bomb in Greece at a bank and a man runs a plane into a building. If you send time looking at what the “suicide plane bomber” wrote you will see much of it dovetails what I have written about. The point is you still aren’t getting it. The overall point I keep writing about is the failure of our government and industry, and the influence of special interests. In fact both parties are controlled by the same folks. IN effect we get the illusion of democracy. I would like to comment on certain issues now. The first being populism. Have you noticed that the only way republicans can win elections is to engage in populism. Before it was social conservative populism, now it is the tea party populism. If you have read What’s the matter with Kansas you will realize how this populist anger is used against the economic interests of those who vote for them. The republicans are once again using the same tactic. Anti elite, etc. The point I’m making is that by insisting on imposing your preconceived noting of the dialog you are in effect making the jobs of the republican party easier. When people are angry, with reason, they need an outlet for that anger (this was understood in the book 1984). Regardless of what you say the Republican party will use populist tactics in order to advance the interests of corporate America. So you see them attempting to high jack the tea party movement (Palin attempting to move this populace wave into the republican party). The republicans realize social conservatism isn’t going to get them elected anymore so now they have to find a new gimmick. Notice who when populace rage is directed at the elites, or serves the interest of the republican party you hear nothing from corporate America or from multiple pundits. When that rage is directed constructively at wall street, corporate big business, etc the dialog then quickly becomes how awful populism is. i.e. populism is OK as long as it serves the interests of corporate America. In this manner constructive populism is removed from public discourse and nonconstructive populism becomes the only form of permitted expression of rage.  So, millions of lower and middle class end up voting against their own interests. This is the theater that is going on. Why one form of populism is permitted and another isn’t is because once again corporate influence owns both parties. Why do you think the democratic party refuses to embrace a populism that won’t get them killed in mid term elections. Why do you think Obama won in the first place. Obama complains about the hypocrisy when Republicans vote against stimulus measures they then go back to their district and then tout. How difficult do you think it would be for Obama to take the bill, veto it for having to much pork, go public, and say he won’t sign off on the pork. The reason is clear. In reality neither party wants to change the system that keeps the lobby money flowing. The dysfunctional system that Volker and Bayh have complained about this week. Stagnation serves the corporate masters very well. So once more you see anger. The progressives believed that government could be reformed and are angry with Obama for selling out to corporate interests (wall street reform, big pharma, insurance, etc). The tea party people believe government is fatally flawed and can’t be reformed. But, if the republicans win they will use the small government mantra to advance corporate interests as well. This is the crux of the problem and rage. It doesn’t matter which path you choose, progressive of tea party, no matter what the system will ensure there isn’t any real change. The CEO of GE has explained it well, 25 years of failure of our corporate leaders. Well the corporate leaders can’t fail to serve unless they have a government that is a willing ally. Don’t you think that after 25 years of crap people have the right to be angry. The only analogy I can state is Iran. Both systems have been failing their people for about the same amount of time. Our failures have come to light much later than in Iran, but the structures of the failures have been in place for about the same period. I would once more ask you editorial staff to rethink their old definitions of left and right. To make an effort to move beyond the tired fictional dialog that serves the interests of both parties and not the people. You aren’t helping when you say the anger is irrational, the anger is rational but must be directed towards constructive things. The last thing both parties want is the anger directed where it belongs. If that happens both parties will have to reform and be in the position of having to bite the hand that feeds them. In addition, by ensuring that the appropriate direction of anger isn’t talked about you get people who fly their planes into buildings out of frustration. Appropriately directed anger helps the situation, inappropriately directed anger serves bad purposes. Look Hitler understood this. He was able to take the anger of the German people, get elected and use it for evil.  There’s nothing wrong with people being angry, and there’s nothing wrong with populism. But, when you don’t allow that anger to be directed where it belongs finds a dangerous outlet.

 

Login or register to post comments by dcb
on Tue, 10/12/2010 – 07:40
#642770

By the way, as a person who had multiple family members removed from the earth by adolf hitler, I am glad people are seeing what I actually going on. suspending the rule of law, legalized torture, prison without trial, domestic spy stuff, freedom of speech stuff. members of minorities are the cause of our economic woes (nothe bankers or federal reserve). Anyone who doesn’t see the rise of facism around is an idiot. how about unlimited corporate contributions to elections and corporations being treated iin a legal manner as people. We have been a corporate facist state for a while already

Login or register to post comments by i-dog
on Tue, 10/12/2010 – 07:39
#642767

Keep it up, WB! Your often have strong insights in your posts and this new contributor status — with accompanying graphics — make your points even more strongly when you choose. Ignore the morons (I’m sure you do anyway … just sayin’).

Login or register to post comments by Cognitive Dissonance
on Tue, 10/12/2010 – 06:09
#642671

I didnt even bother reading this garbage,….

That’s all we need to know to understand that your comment is an epic fail. Why pull your head out of your ass to see if the sun’s come up when as far as you’re concerned it’s still pitch black where the sun don’t shine?

Its a huge disrespect………

Um, how exactly would you know this if you didn’t read the post? Oh, that’s right, the first few sentences of the article tells you everything you need to know. Don’t you just love that high you get as your brain pumps endorphins into the blood stream every time you confirm your own beliefs and biases? Carry on.

Login or register to post comments by williambanzai7
on Tue, 10/12/2010 – 06:19
#642680

You know I actually want to thank that poster. After I read his comment I went back and the image and some of the wording to cut of the potential for sensationalism. I don’t want the basic point to devolve into some kind of shouting match.

I have been reading the commentary that is coming into the news stream (or as much as I can) and I kept thinking something is missing here.

We can’t let these bastards run the country like it’s their own private Idaho!

 

Login or register to post comments by Cognitive Dissonance
on Tue, 10/12/2010 – 06:41
#642688

WB7

What you did or didn’t change in your post has nothing to do with this person since he never read your post. Period. 

His bias and assumptions were triggered and all thought, contemplation, reason and understanding went out the window. Your article never had a chance in his mind because it was dead on arrival in that steel trap of a brain. And I suspect he saw nothing wrong with what he did, a perfect example of circular reason confirming past actions.

The only thing he saw was his supposed righteous indignation, which was based purely upon his own beliefs and what he assumed was in the article. His first sentence says it all. Why read the article when he has already satisfied his need to confirm his own beliefs? Mental masturbation at its finest. Sadly it wasn’t as good for us as it was for him.

Login or register to post comments by Voluntary Exchange
on Tue, 10/12/2010 – 07:42
#642778

The irony is that his way of “thinking” helps him to ultimately fall prey to the very danger that he fails to understand is being properly pointed out in the article. How easily he can be controlled. How predictable he behaves.  As usual, those who need the truth the most often are the most difficult to reach. When I see millions of my fellow Americans with similar mental straight-jackets it is easy to get frustrated. If they can be, they must be reached one by one, and that isn’t easy. He theoretically does have hope though because he got involved enough to post and declare his predicament.

Login or register to post comments by Clark_Griswold …
on Tue, 10/12/2010 – 07:12
#642721

WB7,

no you do not need to edit or review.

Your post is just fine the way it is; perish the thought of reading something provokative or shocking that will actually make someone stop and think for a moment an uncomfortable thought that goes against our loving brain washing mind masher tv box or trust worthy news achor.

 

I appreciate reading challenging points of view that can a times blind side you, or make you take another prespective. 

 

 

 

Login or register to post comments by williambanzai7
on Tue, 10/12/2010 – 07:23
#642739

As I said Clark, you are definitely in the posse!

Login or register to post comments by Clark_Griswold …
on Tue, 10/12/2010 – 07:30
#642749

lol, thank you for the vote of confidence….

is there a secret handshake or membership card?

Login or register to post comments by spinone
on Tue, 10/12/2010 – 07:33
#642740

Moved to the bottom of the thread

Login or register to post comments by Ying-Yang
on Tue, 10/12/2010 – 06:54
#642702

Well stated my friend!

Login or register to post comments by duo
on Tue, 10/12/2010 – 06:13
#642674

Then you had better not watch the “Downfall” parody on You-Tube.

What’s next, “forclosurenacht”, when armies of bank-hired thugs bearing forged documents throw Obama’s political opponents out of their houses?

Login or register to post comments by williambanzai7
on Tue, 10/12/2010 – 06:26
#642681

All I know is the similarities between what is happening today and what happened pre-WWII are unnerving. I think you will find that asking surviving members of the older generation what they think about what they are seeing in the news is instructive. 

Of course it is not the same. But the developing parallels are unsettling. And last time around no one ever dreamt of what happened. 

Desperation, individual and institutional, does strange things.

Login or register to post comments by duo
on Tue, 10/12/2010 – 06:49
#642696

One should expect our “Reichstag fire” sometime before the election, most certainly before Nov. 2012.

Login or register to post comments by cossack55
on Tue, 10/12/2010 – 06:54
#642703

A “Fedstag fire” would be cool.  I’ll bring the Smores.

Login or register to post comments by williambanzai7
on Tue, 10/12/2010 – 07:26
#642741

BTW, when i watched that parody, which was well done, I realized that must be an excellent movie! 

Login or register to post comments by Bob
on Tue, 10/12/2010 – 07:15
#642728

Get a clue, rhyzimmer02:

http://www.zerohedge.com/article/foreclosuregate-about-become-banking-in…

Login or register to post comments by obamaphobe
on Tue, 10/12/2010 – 07:31
#642751

It is a far greater disrespect to not compare.  Spot on WB7! 

Login or register to post comments by cossack55
on Tue, 10/12/2010 – 06:55
#642697

Having studied the whole Nazi phenom thing for going on 50 years, the most lucid and interesting takes come from what the common German thought and experienced.  Screw the big wigs, they’re all the same worldwide, timewide.  Very similar to reading the thoughts/experiences of the common man during Great Depression 1.  As always, after due diligence, draw your own conclusions.

PS. Spent 10 years in Germany and spoke often to the common man/woman on their experiences in those times.  Common thread= they never saw it coming, lulled by Hope & Change.

Login or register to post comments by Bob
on Tue, 10/12/2010 – 07:20
#642734

A massive game of follow the leader . . . where frightened sheep could leverage their aryan genes into glorious strength via surrender to a charismatic madman.  Blind conformity at its worst.

I suppose we should be seeing a wave of white supremacists moving in to hijack this thread and discredit the community any second now, btw. 

Login or register to post comments by the not so migh…
on Tue, 10/12/2010 – 07:05
#642713

Planetary slavery was one of the goals of fascism so I think the article is to the point.   Makes no difference if it is with gun or lawyer/politician with laws backed by a propaganda system.   They can achieve the same result.

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on Tue, 10/12/2010 – 07:09
#642714

Agreed. The 1934 Nuremburg Laws are a case in point.  The Nazis did not get control of the military until 1938.  The first thing they did was hire many lawyers, gave them fancy black uniforms, and gave them their marching orders. 

Login or register to post comments by Dagny Taggart
on Tue, 10/12/2010 – 07:09
#642718

Maybe you could choose another example of fascism, one that wasn’t so…. oh. Nevermind.

Thank you for your sense of humor WB.

Login or register to post comments by williambanzai7
on Tue, 10/12/2010 – 07:14
#642726

Tnx…I thought about it, but all of the most relevant historical examples relate to Weimar Germany. This time around we the the Weimar debtor and China is the creditor across the great blue sea.

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on Tue, 10/12/2010 – 07:14
#642725

Great article, WB7.  Saw Cantor (R)(Scumbag) front running for the banks yesterday.  Also, Steve Moore (WSJ)(Banksta stooge) said at least 3 times “I’m not defending the banks” as he then went on to defend the banks.  I would still be laughing if I was’nt throwing up so much.  

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on Tue, 10/12/2010 – 07:17
#642730

Reggie did a bang up job looking at this from the guts. GW also did a great summary of what the thinking people are saying.

Just watch the rats scurrying around in the daylight for all to see!

Login or register to post comments by TradingJoe
on Tue, 10/12/2010 – 07:18
#642731

WB7

You are do dead right, you don’t even know it, I used to live in good ol’ Germany for 20 years and none of them people had a darn clue of what was coming. Today, most of that applies almost to the letter, it is just in a different way “presented” and more subtle, we don’t want to scare them, just ROB them! I ain’t no doom and gloom guy but what I see concerns me a lot, makes me think I should leave here(am an immigrant, from Italy), go to Switzerland and watch from there bad things unfolding! As to the poster who felt insulted…dude READ before you Judge! My grandfather, a Sardinian fisherman helped many jews escape, just because some of them in powerful positions harm the rest of us, does not make the rest of them evil! Many of them have the same problems we do, as in WE ALL, there is no difference if it were nothing changed since Then!

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on Tue, 10/12/2010 – 07:22
#642738

Right on, TJ.  Better take some more sleeping pills B4 you get in to trouble.

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on Tue, 10/12/2010 – 07:31
#642752

My Dad had a unique but terrifying experience. He lived in Germany through the war as a teenager hiding his American heritage from the Hitler youth.

Login or register to post comments by Clark_Griswold …
on Tue, 10/12/2010 – 07:46
#642787

It is facinating to speak with people who experienced it first hand.

I have family members that were there in occupied territory.  They lived under Nazi occupation, litterly in there home.  When they rolled into town, kicked in the front door and made family members move down in the cellar; then promptly dictate what time dinner was to be served, etc…..   listening to these experiences will quickly open your eyes as to what is possible, especially the impossible.

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on Tue, 10/12/2010 – 07:21
#642736

I don’t think the imagery is an issue, it just reminds us what the endgame is on the Road to Fascism (yes, Hope and Crosby reference). Much of what the first poster has an issue with was not known until after it was over. It is not disrespectful and in fact necessary to bring it up again (franchising and tm rights be damned). I too, think we are at the a similar stage and have the same attitude that caused it in the first place, the giving up of rights for security in incremental stages. And later, when it is over, going “wow they did that too?”

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on Tue, 10/12/2010 – 07:26
#642743

Perhaps we would do well to remember the American banksters who financed the “Third Reich.”

The Nazi analogy is spot on. 

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on Tue, 10/12/2010 – 07:29
#642747

Yes that is another whole fascinating can of worms, how Wall Street hedged Weimar Germany.

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on Tue, 10/12/2010 – 07:27
#642744

You know, I want to make sure there is no excuse for the fuckers. I don’t want some poor asshole in Reston to say, they called me a Nazi 😦

Login or register to post comments by johnnynaps
on Tue, 10/12/2010 – 07:27
#642745

hmmmm, banksters lie to investors claiming that rated FFF mortgages are rated AAA!

On the books banks are seen as being productive with gaining borrowers and lenders! Big banking is now The American Way! (2003) 

Off the books bankster knows he secures huge bonuses, investors are screwed and the borrower will default and turn the property back over to the bank.

Then, when TSHTF, the same borrowers and lenders who have been decimated financially have their tax money taken from them and given to the same criminal banks so Mr. bankster can continue to receive his bonus and the zombie bank can continue to operate.

Sounds pretty Fascist to me! Now, I’m going back to bed because I refuse to pay into this corrupt system.

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on Tue, 10/12/2010 – 07:28
#642746

epic

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on Tue, 10/12/2010 – 07:30
#642750

Godwin’s Law on steroids.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Godwin’s_law

Kudos, WB7 you stirred the outrage and got the clicks.  Mission Accomplished.

Login or register to post comments by JohnKing
on Tue, 10/12/2010 – 07:34
#642753

Obama needs to shut down Bernanke. The foreclosure stuff is interesting, what BB is doing to the currency is egregious.

Seize property, destroy currency…oh yeah, I’m not offended banzai, this is the real deal.

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on Tue, 10/12/2010 – 07:31
#642754

40 State Attorneys General are looking into the issue.  Hopefully the states can assert the rights for the citizenry that the Federal Government has failed to uphold.  It is hard to overstate what is at stake here. This is a Godian Knot of unprecidented proportions.  These are historic times, and there is no guarantee that our Union will endure.

The Rule of Law is essential to Social Contract theory.  If it is obvious that the Rule of Law does not apply to the citizenry, we may remove our consent to be governed.

 

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on Tue, 10/12/2010 – 07:47
#642755

The ignorant hubris Americans exhibit in blithely declaring “it can’t happen here” because we’re Americans reminds me of the blindness of the WWII Germans who believed their own superiority was immutably contained in their genes. 

A priori defining  “it happening here” as impossible opens wide the doors for something equally evil to arise here.  And anyone who sees it possible as an enemy of all that is good, i.e., America . . . regardless of what is actually happening.

 

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on Tue, 10/12/2010 – 07:32
#642756

WB7 – Sometimes the point can be obscured by the rhetoric.  Depends on your point for putting pen to paper – making a point or fiery rhetoric.  When you feel passionate about a subject, fiery rhetoric can feel so good.  But if you are writing for changing minds, try not to trigger the reader.

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on Tue, 10/12/2010 – 07:37
#642764

My problem isn’t with your Hitler comparison.  It is with your absurd belief that the Consitution is cast in stone–impervious to change.

Firstly, the Constitution is bogus, like fiat money.  It is a tool of the elite and used as opportune times for their purposes. 

Secondly, in schools today, the Constitution is taught in Social Studies, not History, as a living document, one that “changes with the times and conditions.”  To wit, a relative document.

There are zillions of high school and college kids who graduated and are in school today who are living under this precept.  These are the ones who have, are, and will be commiting the fraud which has come upon this country.

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on Tue, 10/12/2010 – 07:49
#642790

Articles of Confederation anyone?

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on Tue, 10/12/2010 – 07:41
#642771

Finally, and then I will be quiet.  Bernake does not work for Obama; Obama works for Bernake and the bankers.  Yes, he “appointed” Bernake, but he did not draw his name out of the flowing air.

Obama is a tool of forces greater than we know, altho we surmise.  We have no idea who enters and leaves thru the backdoors of the White House, who commands and dispenses.

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on Tue, 10/12/2010 – 07:41
#642772

 

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on Tue, 10/12/2010 – 07:41
#642775

Obama – constitutional scholar

folks like him study the constitution only to find ways around it, to progressives, it is a nuisance and gets in the way of passing ‘good laws’.

 

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on Tue, 10/12/2010 – 07:48
#642788

Yep, kinda like a safe cracker is a safe “scholar”.

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on Tue, 10/12/2010 – 07:45
#642783
….the hope that the problem can be solved quickly and the paramount importance of continuing the foreclosure process for the health of our financial system…

 

WHILE DESTROYING THE PHYSICAL HOUSING MARKET IN THE PROCESS!

 

Saving mortgages at the expense of the physical real estate market. I’m trying to imagine anything more lunatic than that. It only makes sense in the world of banking and finance.

 

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