State-Sponsored Murder: Official US Policy - by Stephen Lendman
America violates human and civil rights at home and abroad.
Georgia's September 21 cold-blooded murder of Troy Anthony Davis symbolizes what's wrong with America.
Notably, the system at all levels is hopelessly corrupted and broken. The only option is tearing it down and starting over.
Doing it Venezuela's way under Chavez works. Both nations are constitutional worlds apart.
In his September 17 article titled, "Chavez versus Obama: Facing Presidential Elections in 2012," James Petras said:
"Chavez following his democratic socialist program pursues policies promoting large scale long-term public investment and spending directed at employment, social welfare and economic growth."
In contrast, Obama, like his predecessors, is "guided by his ideological commitment to corporate financial capitalism."
As a result, he "pours billions into bailing out Wall Street speculators, focuses on reducing the public deficit and slashes taxes and offers government subsidies" at the expense of social needs gone begging.
He also wages war on humanity, is head of state at a time America's prison population is by far the world's largest, persecutes Muslims and Latinos for political advantage, and supports America's state-sponsored murder policy on death row or by bombs, missiles and shells.
Contrary to popular myth, checks and balances never constrained America's three branches.
From inception to now, sitting governments acted with or without popular approval - within and outside the law.
America's system is autonomous and detached in a realm of its own. It favors privileged elements over others in society.
Constraining barriers don't exist, so sitting governments operate as they wish. As a result, they're consistently unresponsive to rule of law standards or popular interests with rare short-lived exceptions.
Doing the right thing was never America's long suit. In contrast, Chavez transformed Venezuela from a corporatist swamp to a socially responsible state.
After taking office in February 1999, he held a national referendum to let Venezuelans decide whether to convene a National Constituent Assembly to draft a new constitution that embodied visionary social change.