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Abe Lincoln: when "Corporations have been enthroned" a chilling prediction coming true

  • Posted on: 31 May 2010
  • By: MinistryOfTruth
I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country. As a result of the war, corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed. I feel at this moment more anxiety for the safety of my country than ever before, even in the midst of war. God grant that my suspicions may prove groundless."

-- U.S. President Abraham Lincoln, Nov. 21, 1864
(letter to Col. William F. Elkins)
Ref: The Lincoln Encyclopedia, Archer H. Shaw (Macmillan, 1950, NY)

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(Note: The authenticity of this quote has been disputed, but I believe it is worthwhile to discuss nonetheless. The link I have provided is my proof of the validity of this quote, but I leave it to you, the reader, to decide.)

Almost 150 years later . . .

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Why? So they can move on to looking for the next loophole?

  • Posted on: 27 April 2010
  • By: Connecticut Man1

Sorry, but given these unethical corporations efforts to skirt the newly proposed laws - the very first loophole they saw was one that let them screw kids over - what do you expect them to do?

Dems Call On Health Insurers To Stop Dropping Sick Customers

"These rescissions hurt patients who need coverage the most, such as women diagnosed with breast cancer," the letter reads. "We are writing to ask all of your companies to end any such abusive practices immediately."

The group of Democrats calls on insurers to create a third party board that would review all recissions for evidence of "fraud or material misrepresentation" on the part of the insurance. If th evidence is not there, the recission would be denied.

Dems are asking corporations that are legally bound to find every way they can to make profit for investors to ignore one law in order to plug a hole in a flawed healthcare law? You may as well be asking a fox to stop eating chickens or a Congress Critter to stop taking lobbyists' money.

If corporations are people, then ...

  • Posted on: 26 January 2010
  • By: MichaelCollins

Original post time: 2010-01-26 00:04:12 -0500 Promoted. -- GH

 

If corporations are people, then they get to vote only once.

If corporations are people, then any special deals they get from the legislature are available to everyone.

If corporations are people, then they can be charged and prosecuted for contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

If corporations are people, then they can be charged and prosecuted for harassment, assault, and murder.

If corporations are people, then we can put them in jail.

Add your insights...

SCOTUS decision: An executive order is the appropriate short term response

  • Posted on: 22 January 2010
  • By: Pen

The horror of what some right wing activist Supreme Court judges just did to the Consitution hasn't yet sunk in to the nations collective conciousness yet and it is pretty clear that the ramifications of this outrageous ruling are not yet apparent to everyone. So let me lay it out for you:

The Supreme Court just ruled that foreign nations can control our electoral process. That's right, what those five judges just did was to commit treason.

A Fairness Doctrine for Healthcare?

  • Posted on: 29 June 2009
  • By: ramara

I have been following the healthcare reform debate with increasing fear that this opportunity to produce meaningful change in the way healthcare is paid for in this country will be squandered.  Considering that this is the first real chance of making serious change since Harry Truman was President, it would be reasonable to guess that if we pass this one up, it will be decades before we have another such chance.  


Freddie, Fannie And Friends

  • Posted on: 16 July 2008
  • By: jimstaro

The wonderful world of our capitalist society, small c for the few that capitalize!

With trouble brewing inside mortgage giants Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, Armen Keteyian reports that the nation is learning more and more about the companies and their friends in high places.

Haven't we seen this Movie before?

  • Posted on: 22 January 2008
  • By: jamess

originally posted 2008-01-21 12:29:56 -0500

I have promoted and bumped this post because I think it is really important in light of last night's Democratic debate. For more of my thoughts see my comment below.

I feel I've seen this movie before ...

The players are different, but the set is the same.

The puppeteers and myth-makers are out in force, pulling those strings and spinning those myths.

Media Consolidation -- a Historical Perspective

  • Posted on: 18 January 2008
  • By: jamess

Media Reform Information Center

In 1983, 50 corporations controlled the vast majority of all news media in the U.S.
...

in 2000, the number had fallen to six. Since then, there have been more mergers and the scope has expanded to include new media like the Internet market. More than 1 in 4 Internet users in the U.S. now log in with AOL Time-Warner, the world's largest media corporation.

Unbelievable! CNN narrows the Field of Candidates!

  • Posted on: 15 January 2008
  • By: jamess

Minor adjustment and edit by GreyHawk. See comments...

Revised by Carol, No changes but update.I had a series of physical mishaps last week and so was not ontop of all the exciting (and otherwise) posts. The way that CNN deliberate shapes the political debate is not only infuriating but dangerous. By substituting lies and trivia and a good dose of horse rate mentality into their coverage, they no doubt succeed in channelling voters thinking, even I imagine critics such as myself. So I am front-paging this now to bring more intention to the situation.

I have done this by using the "revision" button. I have changed nothing in the text. I am not sure how this works but we shall all see.

Once again in the Corporate Media makes an "Executive Decision", about who America should see as their Viable Choices:

Hillary Clinton
Barack Obama
John McCain
Rudy Giuliani
Mike Huckabee
Mitt Romney

Only these Candidates were the Focus of the latest CNN Poll

Where is John Edwards in this Poll?

Maybe "Greed is NOT Good" ... ?

  • Posted on: 2 January 2008
  • By: jamess

The mantra of the 80's and 90's was "Greed is Good!"

The mantra of the 00's seems to be "The World runs on Greed and Fear -- Get used to it!"


Well, here's some "Fun Facts" (about this never-ending Pursuit of "Wealth for Wealth's sake")

1. Of the 100 largest economies in the world, 51 are corporations; only 49 are countries.

2. The Top 200 corporations' sales are growing at a faster rate than overall global economic activity.

Why Edwards will make a great President!

  • Posted on: 31 December 2007
  • By: jamess

promoted by Carol. I recommend not missing the end which gives a very personal perspective of what the Edwards campaign represents.

When you ask people who are the Great American Presidents, you are likely to get a lot of different answers -- JFK, FDR, Lincoln, Washington, Jefferson, among others.

But why do People name them? What did they do that was extraordinary?

All Presidents face challenges -- but why do some of them "rise to the occasion, and excel beyond all expectations?"

What is it that makes them Leaders?


John Edwards: They aren't going to just give their power away

  • Posted on: 16 December 2007
  • By: jamess

John Edwards:

This isn't about petty politics or good intentions.

Corporate greed and influence in Washington are stealing our children's future.

The moral test of our generation is whether we're going to allow this broken system to go on without a fight or take on corporate greed and stand up for the middle class and American jobs before it's too late.

They aren't going to just give their power away.

Saving the middle class is going to be an epic battle, and that's a fight I was born for.