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The new and revised Preamble to the Constitution

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preamble by john little

First the old version:

" We the people  of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."

And now, the current version as it applies to the USA today:

"We, the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union for the wealthy, establish tiered justice that protects the rich and punishes the poor, insure corporate tranquility, provide for the common defense of corporations, promote corporate welfare and secure the blessings of liberty to the rich and their posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the rich of the United States of America."

A more perfect Union for the wealthy

In just the past decade we have seen an increase in the use of electronic voting machines such as Diebold and others that can easily be tampered with. The poorer districts across America have been increasingly punished with fewer machines per voter, machines that breakdown more often and laws that punish the poor by asking for proof of identity and other measures that disadvantage the less fortunate.

Recent Supreme Court decisions, such as the ruling in favor of Citizen's United, have given corporations and rich donors carte blanche to spend as much as possible to promote the candidate of their choice. As it becomes increasingly costly to run for public office, it will also become increasingly required that those elected perform the bidding of the donors who paid for them to win said office. Few politicians today listen to their constituents and their needs. They spend more and more time raising money for their reelection which means more time with the rich donors who have the necessary funds.  

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Establish tiered justice that protects the rich and punishes the poor

What's worse, the bankers and superrich have plunged our nation, and indeed most of the world, into a very dark economic turmoil. Even though they have made many fraudulent loans, such as ninja loans, bypassed financial regulation such as mortgage deed regulation, and continually manipulate stock markets with their nanosecond stock transactions, not one single participant in this horrific debacle has been accused in a court of law for his or her actions. Trillions of taxpayer dollars have been secretly doled out to the wealthiest members of society and the rest of us are supposed to tighten our belts and accept this new burden of debt.

At the same time, our prisons fill with minorities and the poor whose major crime is often nothing more than smoking a joint. The US has more inmates than any country on Earth and the ratio of non-White minorities to the White majority population demonstrates just how skewed our justice system is in carrying out the letter of the law. According to Wikipedia, " The United States imprisons more of its racial minorities than any other country in the world. In Washington D.C., three out of every four young black men are expected to serve some time in prison." In some parts of the country people are rounded up because they look illegal.

Insure corporate tranquility

With increasing regularity we have seen how our government has protected and promoted corporate endeavors even after serious problems have been exposed with their effort. Unemployment has skyrocketed over the past three years and many people are accepting wage reduction of 10%, 15% or more after spending months or years out of work, yet CEO pay has soared by 27% over just in 2010.

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Provide for the common defense of corporations

When Marine Major General Smedley Butler retired from active duty he decided to write a book and toured the country promoting it. This popular book's name was War is a Racket. In it, he describes in detail how he had spent over thirty years in the military at the service of corporate America. He wrote about his military incursions into other countries to protect American companies there.

This procedure continued long after his service had come to an end. For instance, in 1954 the US government had no qualms paying terrorists from Honduras to invade Guatemala and overthrow the democratically elected president, Jacobo Árbenz Guzma'n, because the American business United Fruit Company complained that his government was going to confiscate some unused land owned by them.

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