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Bolivarianism v. Fake US Democracy

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From inception, America has been largely unresponsive to majority needs. Enacted benefits came grudgingly. For decades they've been eroding en route to eliminating them altogether. Venezuela is mirror opposite.

National resources help everyone. America's go for militarism, imperial wars, banker bailouts, and other corporate handouts. Increasingly, ordinary people are on their own out of luck.

"We the people" are only the ones who matter. Constitutional law makes it so. American governance is autonomous, detached, in a realm of its own, and beholden solely to privilege.

Regardless of constitutional or statute laws, US governments are largely freelancing. Checks and balances are absent. Officials do what they please. Constraints don't obligate or bind them. Two-party rule conceals institutionalized money power dominance.

Life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness, promoting the general welfare, equity and justice are illusory now and from inception. Rhetoric conceals reality. It's always been that way. 

Today it's worse than ever. Tyranny threatens. Anyone challenging institutionalized power is vulnerable. Presidents always flirted with dictatorial powers. 

Since George Bush, flirtation ended. Obama exceeded his worst extremism. He heads America's version of murder incorporated. He placed himself atop a system deciding who lives or dies. 

Earlier he institutionalized tyranny. He empowered himself to choose who's free or imprisoned. He appointed himself judge, jury, and executioner. Despotism is official US policy. 

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Diktat authority runs things. Moral or legal considerations don't matter. What he, and those behind the scenes pulling the strings, say goes. It's always been that way, but today more than ever.

The Constitutional law affirms it. Article II, Section 1 says:

"The executive power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America."

Article II, Section 3 adds:

"The President shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed."

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Omitted was saying that presidents are virtually empowered to make laws as well as execute them even though nothing in the Constitution permits it.

For good or ill, executive power is concentrated, awesome and frightening. Presidents are military commanders-in-chief able to govern as virtual dictators.

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I was born in 1934, am a retired, progressive small businessman concerned about all the major national and world issues, committed to speak out and write about them.

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