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Alito is in. If it hadn't been him it would have been one of the clones lined up to take his place provided by the Federalist Society. When the opposition controls both the ball the field and both the teams you cannot win. Now is time to take a hard look at our approach and examine, with egos deactivated, how this happened.

The Supreme Court is now totally iced, frozen into compliance with the view that America's checks and balances are no longer in force. We discovered a week ago, beyond doubt, that the NeoCon strategy is working. It works so well that the Congress is in effect a one party legislature and that party is not Republican but NeoCon. Make no mistake, the two are not identical. Expect to see independently minded Democrats to go the same way as the independently-minded Republicans did, starting in the late 80s. Therefore changes and reforms that necessitate Congressional action will fail. Protests and call-in campaigns are a waste of time until the voting system has been changed.

The way to change the voting system is through action at the state and local level and demanding only paper ballots and radically reforming the registration process. Other specific reforms must also be instituted from the local and state level. Until then attempts to influence Congress are a waste of time.

Congress no longer works as a balancing power as envisioned by the Constitution.

The present make up of the Congress is a product of electoral fraud. The NeoCons placed the programmable means for producing the outcome that would keep them in power and used it beginning in 2000. Before then they had relied on removing independently minded Republican candidates in the primaries. If you doubt this see the history of Republican primaries in California starting in the late 1980s. Managing election results through voting machines facilitated the process but the idea had been present for a long time.

The voting machine manipulations have been documented in studies that went over the numbers in exhaustive detail. Read Mark Crispin Miller's book, Fooled Again, for more on that.

A huge group of concerned Americans used every traditional means to get legislators to do what is right; they failed. Alito will now move against the reforms that give women some of the autonomy guaranteed originally by our Constitution to men. He will help affirm an executive branch that is in effect a monarchy. It will be a serial monarchy, with presidential elections having all the reality of pro wrestling.

The recruitment of attorneys for placement on federal benches took place through the Federalist Society, created by the NeoCons for just this purpose.

The whole nomination process carried a double agenda. It was both a ploy to distract attention from awareness of Bush's views on executive privilege and placed Alito to advance that agenda. It worked smoothly.

So what will happen when cases heard in lower courts move up to appeal for hearing at the Supreme Court, for instance, the Fitzgerald effort? That effort to bring the NeoCons to justice will be stalled and then hit the barrier of the Supreme Court, another of the balancing powers hijacked by the NeoCons.

This is what we can expect along with the routine use of executive privilege to justify anything the present resident of the Oval Office wants done.

When you are in a maze with no way out you better get the hedge clippers. We must accept that the system is broken and cannot be fixed using traditional means. There are other means, we need to use them.

The first tool we need to accomplish the goal is a real coalition, right, left, and other. We need to awaken the sleeping mainstream of Americans by moving past the divides of political prejudice. That done, we can start rebooting the system and returning governance to the people. That is what our Founders intended, that a people exercising their inherent rights govern themselves; it is time to do the job. We can build out a structure for governance the NeoCons can't control while at the same time cleaning up the environment. It can be done.
(See the next article in the series for how that can be accomplished.)
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Melinda Pillsbury-Foster is the author of GREED: The NeoConning of America and A Tour of Old Yosemite. The former is a novel about the lives of the NeoCons with a strong autobiographical component. The latter is a non-fiction book about her father (more...)
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