Some Random Political Humor, Some Impassioned Writings, and Some Constitutional Amendments

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Proposed Amendments to the Constitution of the United States of America

Here are nine proposed amendments to the US Constitution -- the 28th through 36th.

  1. The first of these amendments (the 28th) abolishes the Electoral College. Henceforth, all national elections shall be one person one vote. We have allocated a billion dollars to each State to rework its voting system accordingly.
  2. The second of these amendments (the 29th) abolishes gerrymandering. Henceforth, no congressional district shall have more than six linear edges. Their divisions shall be purely on the basis of population; no partisan factor shall be admissible. We have allocated funds for the appointment of a non-partisan group in each state to draw the map of the new districts.
  3. The third of these amendments (the 30th) recognizes reality by defining human life as beginning upon the complete detachment of the newborn from the body of the mother. Until that time, it is simply an extension of the mother's body and not yet a distinct person. Human rights and personhood shall henceforth be adjudicated accordingly.
  4. In the fourth of these Amendments (the 31st) we decree that every American and United States resident shall have complete and unconditional health care, both preventive and acute. We have established new funding for HHS that shall henceforth serve as the single payer, and a new, progressive tax to pay for it.
  5. The 32nd Amendment defines the Internet as a common carrier and regulates it. Traffic for every web site and on-line data source shall be delivered with equal priority and the telecommunications vendors -- wired and wireless -- shall be constrained to perform accordingly. Further, no news or entertainment vendor shall be permitted to control more than 20% of any single market. Media monopolies and near-monopolies are immediately ordered to divest business units, much as the Bell System was broken up in the 1980s.
  6. In the 33rd Amendment, we abolish corporate taxes thus establishing the United States as the most business-friendly environment on the planet and strengthen our economy by attracting foreign businesses to locate here. To remedy the reduction in federal revenue, we create several new individual tax brackets ranging up to 90%. We also reinstate the estate tax. Estates of two million dollars or more shall henceforth be taxed on a sliding scale up to 90% at the high end.
  7. The 34th Amendment limits military spending to no more than 10% of the federal budget. This is a decrease of more than one third from today's level but still leaves us with the most powerful military on the planet. But it doesn't need to be insanely powerful. Furthermore, all nuclear and chemical weapons shall be destroyed and no further funding shall be provided for them.
  8. The 35th Amendment forbids aid or funding to any foreign government that practices racism, genocide, imperialism, or military attacks on others. Thus, support for Israel, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and several more ceases immediately. If they want to keep doing those things, they are on their own. They get no help from us.
  9. Finally, in the 36th Amendment we state the obvious regarding our precious planet, its atmosphere, its oceans, its forests, and its plant and animal life. This Amendment establishes and funds a brand new US Department of the Environment whose mandate -- supported by the full force of federal law -- will transition us away from destructive technologies, industries and fuels, toward sustainable and renewable ones. Coal and oil shall soon be gone and we shall enjoy a new era of solar and other environmentally friendly systems. No more rain forests shall be bulldozed or burned. Rather, we shall restore them. Where in the past we have looked the other way, fishing shall be tightly regulated and ocean stocks shall be restored. Human population growth shall be reversed and brought back down to sustainable levels.

In addition to creating these eight new amendments, we are repealing one, the Second Amendment. Henceforth, no person or entity within the borders of the United States shall be permitted to possess firearms of any description. This includes not only private persons but also military and law enforcement. No guns, period! We have allocated a substantial budget to collect and destroy them. All of them!

Thank you, and God bless America.

Some thoughts on the recent spate of convulsions over sexual bad behavior (alpha males?)

Source: The Arch Druid Report

Ernst Nolte, whose 1968 book Die Krise des liberalen Systems und die faschistischen Bewegungen (The Crisis of the Liberal System and the Fascist Movements) ...was careful enough not to propose a hard and fast definition of fascism, and offered instead a list of six features that any movement had to have to count as fascist. The first three of them are organizational features: a cult of charismatic leadership, a uniformed Party militia, and the goal of totalitarianism.

A totalitarian political system is one in which the party in power claims the right to rule every sphere of life: political, religious, artistic, scientific, sexual, and so on through all the normally distinct dimensions of human existence. There are plenty of dictatorships that aren’t totalitarian. It’s common for dictators to spare themselves extra work by focusing purely on the political sphere, and letting people do what they want in other spheres of life so long as their activities don’t stray into politics. There are also totalitarian systems that aren’t dictatorships: there are plenty of religious communities, some of them more or less democratic in terms of governance, that claim totalitarian authority over every aspect of the life of the faithful.

The totalitarian dimension, though, is central to those movements and regimes that count as fascist by Nolte’s criteria, and it’s a crucial distinction. The charismatic leaders and party militias of between-the-wars European fascist parties presented themselves, and in at least some cases honestly saw themselves, as trying to overturn not merely a political system but an entire civilization they believed was rotten to the core. Crusades against "degenerate" art and literature thus weren’t simply the product of the individual vagaries of fascist leaders; they were part and parcel of an attempt to reshape an entire society from the ground up, and the cult of leadership and the party militia very often served mostly as vehicles for the broader totalitarian agenda.

The other three features in Nolte’s description... are Marxism, the second liberalism, and the third -- the hot-button one -- is conservatism.

On the occasion of the revelation that Russia secretly filmed
Trump's Moscow hotel peccadillos, I could not resist penning...
The News Makes Me Wet

I love to read
The news today.
It speaks of
Golden show-ners.

The Russians make
Hot dossier
About those
Trickle downers.

Yellow journalism
We are told
We cannot trust
Those speakers.

It's not yellow
It is gold
And they are
Wiki leakers.

Now... Let's hope the Russkies hurry up and release those videotapes!

Here is my 2018 letter to the editor (SF Chronicle) decrying Trump's election-rigging. Scroll down... it's near the bottom.

Some Impassioned Writings

Hilarious (but true, sadly) video: We Are the Worst
Dear FCC...

Nearly everybody uses the Internet. It is an essential source of information, research, commerce, social exchange, and so much more. Thus, it is as essential to daily life -- and to the economy and functioning of our country -- as the telephone and the postal service. It is a common carrier and must be regulated accordingly.

I operate a small business. To support the activities of my company, I run some web sites. Many of my daily transactions are over the Internet. I also purchase a wide variety of Internet-delivered services. The notion that due to my company's small size and tiny information-services budget I could suffer reduced connectivity with colleagues and vendors, and reduced visibility to my customers, is unfair and anti-American.

The services that I buy from my ISPs include telephony, web browsing, electronic mail, e-commerce, data storage in the "cloud", and application data collection and dissemination (some of my mobile products (apps) connect to backend servers that I administer, growing and drawing upon pools of data of various kinds). Thus, to collectively call these services telecommunications is to misrepresent their variety and complexity, and the breadth of technologies that underlay their diverse protocols.

The forces that would tilt this playing field (toward themselves, of course) do so not out of ideology but out of an accurately-perceived opportunity to make a lot of money. However, this would be to the detriment of the American people. It must be opposed.


My brilliant friend Ann Farrell summarizes the potential impacts of the proposed tax reform law on healthcare (HC).

She summarizes the key points from Sen. Van Hollen’s town hall she attended attended today (12/1/17). The content of the legislation is in flux but available for review by both parties. This is not “fake news”.

As it stands today, this legislation would:

• Add $1.5T to national debt (crumbling infrastructure, depleted assets). Once bill passed, next Rs in Congress plan to address “intolerable debt” via further HC cuts and privatizations (highway tolls, charter schools, private prisons, etc.)

• RE values decrease 10% (RE Associations est.)

• Removes RE tax and medical expense deductions - huge impact on chronically ill, ALZ pts and caregivers, pts in SNFs (most dual Medicare/Medicaid patients). Senate and House bills differ.

• Huge cuts to Medicare and Medicaid - grows population of chronically ill, older, disabled & addicted population going without care or bankrupts them /families to pay for it. (CHIP still not funded!)

• Hidden cuts to rehab equipment and services needed by many disabled and elderly to remain mobile.

• Ultimate goal to privatize Medicare & VA (vouchers to help buy often unaffordable or unavailable private insurance)

• Corporations / wealthy donors advantaged - concerns raised re US equivalent of RT (Russia state media) if Sinclair controls 70% of market (no net neutrality – Fox / Breitbart on steroids). Dickens?

• Dems proposed – 1) Reallocate Medicare $ / services to focus more on in-home support (care givers and pts) not just funding SNFs and 2) Drug price controls. Rs propose 1) big cuts to Medicare / Medicaid, rehab services and 2) Lilly exec to lead HHS – no drug controls.

• Congress funded small amount (compared to what’s needed) for Opioid crisis but Medicaid cuts wipe out many addicts’ HC services - funding supports little (e.g. “just say no” campaigns).

Maryland and CA among top states hurt. Senator Van Hollen said only recourse today is to flood phone lines (all count calls) to Senators McCain (202.224-2235), Flake (520) 575-8633- I got a person!!!) Corker (202 224-3344.line off hook?) and Collins (main 207. 622-8414 busy) – only ones he saw as potential no votes.

For me and many of us this has negative impacts but is much worse for others (including next generations we love) and country at large.