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That's why they call it a Police State

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Understand this" the politics you knew as a child or even the politics you knew before the 2000 election, no longer exist. There is only one political party in this country, the money Party. All politicians must appease the money Party. Your Congressman or Senator might come across back home as an arch Conservative or a Liberal environmentalist, but in the halls of power there isn't a dimes worth of difference between them. 

As a population we live with an overload of inputs, 9-11, the wars, the shootings and the endless carnage brought about by the political philosophies of those in our government, who are neither Republicans nor Democrats.

Politically I am a Socialist, I used to be a Democrat and I never left the Democratic Party, the Democratic Party left me (Us). This New Great Depression has afflicted our economy for four years now. It has put tens, if not hundreds of millions of Americans into economic distress and Barack Obama's answer to all of this has been the same answer as that derived by Herbert Hoover.

"Economic depression can not be cured by legislative action or executive pronouncement" ~ Herbert Hoover

Partisan rhetoric about the effects of Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal aside, in 8 years the American workers had recovered their prosperity. These workers had the right to join a labor union and they had a Social Security income to depend upon, to build a decent retirement.

Obama has followed the Hoover method; he's cut taxes for business again and again. Obama's has even proposed a plan for government to subsidize labor costs for corporations. That isn't liberal or conservative politics, its Fascism. It represents the co-mingling of industry and government. To live in a country where industry sets the safety standards, a country where the government sides with GM against the UAW and then profits directly from the workers loss.

A country where a Democratic President loves gun control and there's only one problem with gun control, besides being a fanciful and unworkable penalty against the law abiding, and that problem is the cops.

The other day in Rancho Cordoba California, three policemen shot and killed a suspect. The police had been called to a domestic dispute and when the officers tried to remove the man from the bedroom he resisted arrest. Police say, he nearly overpowered the three officers, so the three officers shot and killed him. Doesn't that seem a bit of a harsh sentence for resisting arrest? Couldn't they have called the station house for help, he was after all unarmed. Either, this was a baddest man ever to step out of the mountains or the Rancho Cordoba police force needs tougher physical standards. Three on one, armed with night sticks, pepper spray and tasers and the cop's first answer was to shoot him?

They used to call these things isolated incidents, but not anymore. In Cleveland, a police officer heard a loud noise, which he presumed came from a car leaving the court-house parking lot. The officer put on his thinking cap and deduced he was under fire from terrorists in a car leaving the parking lot at a normal speed. So cleaver were the two suspected terrorists, both middle-aged, that no one else in the area even suspected that there had been a shooting, isn't that amazing?

The officer returned fire on the car and then, somehow in the police thought processes, couldn't understand why the car wouldn't want to stop. Gee, you're driving along when suddenly bullets are whizzing around your head for no apparent reason. Would you stop and try to explain the mistake to the nice officers? Eventually, after a high-speed chase, police officers fired 137 rounds and killed two unarmed citizens, guilty of nothing more than being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

In Marin County Florida, an officer shot a fleeing suspect in the back and a Grand Jury failed to indict the officer. A You Tube video from the dash cam clearly shows the altercation between the suspect and the two officers. When the suspect takes off and begins running away, without reflection, the officer fires automatically and kills the suspect. Here's what's important, activists protest and picket over President Obama's claim to executive authority over targeted killings, but a Grand Jury refused to indict a cop who clearly executed a fleeing suspect.

Do police now hold the power of life and death over us all?

On July 10, 2011 Kelly Thomas was beaten and suffocated by five Fullerton Police Officers. Kelly Thomas was a homeless man and a diagnosed schizophrenic. Police had stopped Thomas for a suspected auto burglary, but Thomas had nothing on him indicating he was involved. Over the next 15 minutes the officers taunt Thomas, threatening to arrest him for imaginary crimes, until finally, Officer Ramos says, "Now, you see my fists, they're about to f*ck you up."

Thomas was tasered six times, until the taser guns ran dry and then, he was beaten and finally, suffocated by five officers piling on top of his lifeless body. Thomas's body then lay on the sidewalk, in a puddle of his own leaking body fluids, while paramedics attended to the cop's bloody knuckles. 

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