“There’s no reason for any more delay on this,” House Speaker Pelosi said as the Senate approved the plan.
In a not-surprising move earlier in the legislative process, Pelosi had surrendered those provisions during a joint session with president’s budget crew. It was not surprising because in her fourteen month reign as Speaker of the House, Pelosi has collaborated incisively and repeatedly with the policies of the Bush Administration.
The term “collaboration” is popularly considered to be a construct of WWII, but the phenomenon is certainly older than Judas and threads through recorded history to its penultimate high point in Vichy France after the German conquest in 1940. In Vichy France, the collaborators appeared in basically two forms: active and passive collaboration with the German masters. Simply stated, the active collaborators identified Jews and resisters for the Nazis to take to the concentration camps, and the passive collaborators watched it happen and made excuses about why they could do nothing about it.
Through the power of her office, Speaker Pelosi’s collaboration with the White House Agenda has been both active and passive. For the sake of identification, the White House Agenda can be defined as: aggression overseas, suppression of dissent at home, and the transfer of wealth upward to the richest segment of society.
The Speaker of the House is one of the most powerful positions in Washington. The Speaker, selected from the majority party, controls the inner workings of the House, determining who goes on what committee, what legislation gets considered, and what hearings are to be scheduled in support of legislation. Conversely, the Speaker also decides who doesn’t go on what committee, what legislation never gets considered, and what hearings will never be called.
Let’s look at the practice of active collaboration through the categories of the White House Agenda. For starters, there’s Speaker Pelosi’s continued funding of undeclared wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the illegal occupation of Haiti, support of the Colombian government’s reign of terror, Israel’s scorched earth policy in Lebanon, and aggressive posturing toward countries like Iran, Cuba and Venezuela. In lockstep with imperial White House policy, Pelosi called the democratically-elected president of Venezuela a “thug” for stating that our questionably-elected president was promoting a “democracy of bombs.”
In terms of legislation, perhaps the most egregious transfers of wealth upward under Speaker Pelosi’s stewardship were the Energy Bill, the Farm Bill and the Peru Free Trade Agreement. The Energy Bill was not substantially different from the legislation Dick Cheney created on secret several years ago. The oil, coal and power companies all got what their lobbyists bought.
The Farm Bill was a lay-down-and-roll-over capitulation to the corporate greed of giant unregulated agribusiness, even in this day of massive meat recalls from feedlot cattle production and other destructive agricultural practices such as the use of pesticides and squandering of water resources. To add insult to injury, after virtually excluding support for organic farming from the big buck bill, Speaker Pelosi directed House cafeterias to serve organic meals. Like health care, it’s obvious that Pelosi believes that what’s good for Congress is not for good the rest of us.
Speaker Pelosi actively trumpeted the Bush Administration’s Peru Free Trade Agreement, yet another an offspring of NAFTA. NAFTA, championed by President Clinton and supported by Pelosi in 1993, has become the poster child of the multinational corporations’ eternal quest for cheap non-union labor. In 2002, the Economic Policy Institute estimated that NAFTA had eliminated 879,000 American jobs. It also devastated Mexico by disrupting the work force and dumping subsidized American corn on its markets. The trade agreement passed the House with yes votes from all of the Republicans plus Pelosi and 108 other Vichy Democrats.
In terms of passive collaboration with the White House Agenda, we encounter the fact that since Speaker Pelosi’s House held hearings on the steroid farce in baseball, Pelosi’s House Can Hold Hearings On Anything. That being the case, not calling for hearings on issues vital to the American public is an act of passive collaboration.
Where are the hearings on Katrina? Where are the hearings on the new American policy of torture? Who was responsible for Abu Graib and the secret prisons around the world? What about warrantless wiretapping and the removal of habeas corpus from the judicial system? No bid contracts to Halliburton, the vice president’s company? Who rigged the 2000 and 2004 Florida and Ohio elections? What about the fact that 35.5 million Americans went hungry in 2006? Why isn’t there an investigation into the predatory lending schemes and bundling that created the mortgage crisis? Bush’s signing statements and the Constitution? Why are the oil companies reaping vast profits while working people pour their pay checks into the gas pumps?
And, of course, the 500 pound gorilla: where are the impeachment hearings for grievous lies and heinous falsifications that led to the preemptive war on Iraq? Hundreds of thousands dead, thousands injured and wounded, millions displaced. No hearings. The carnage continues.
“Impeachment is not on the table,” Speaker Pelosi stated fourteen months ago and—bunker like--has continued to suffocate all efforts to bring the White House’s treasonable activities to the table.
Our prison system--which is now the largest in the world—is filled with non-violent drug offenders and petty criminals. When sentencing these people to the living death of prison, our courts are known for laying on bromides like “you have to be responsible for your actions. A civil society demands that we must have accountability!”
And yet there is no accountability in Washington. No one is held responsible for crimes against humanity. And no one will be held responsible as long as the Vichy Democrats remain in power.
18 Mar 2008 @ 06:21 by : Couldn't resist this...
March 19: Washington, D.C. Protest to Drive Out the Criminal Bush Regime
Too Many Years of a Criminal Regime!
5 Years of Illegitimate War! End It!
Drive the War Criminals from Office!
On March 19, the World Can't Wait, along with other organizations, plans to disrupt business as usual in Washington, D.C. Come to the home of the criminals! Events are happening all day sponsored by many groups.
World Can't Wait - Drive Out the Bush Regime calls on you to gather in Lafayette Park at 1:30 pm with people in a sea of orange jumpsuits, in solidarity with and representing those that are being tortured in Guantanamo Bay Prison, Abu Ghraib, Bagram in Afghanistan, and CIA "black sites" around the globe. A demonstration showing that waterboarding IS TORTURE, is planned directly in front of the residence of the biggest war criminal in history. Join in acts of creative non-violent civil resistance!
The Park will become a rallying point for those determined to put an end to this illegitimate and immoral war, and who demand justice by driving the war criminals from Office now, not waiting until 2009! We are done with secret renditions, spying on people, lying to the public, using hundreds of signing statements to disobey laws, rounding up immigrants and detaining them in facilities still being built.
REGISTER HERE http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/1170/t/5806/event/index.jsp?event_KEY=37245/ to let us know you're coming. Legal observers and jail support are planned for all protesters who need it. World Can't Wait and the Washington Peace Center are providing permitted space for those who won't be risking arrest. There are effective ways for everyone to join the protest. More info at 866 973 4463
Let's see if this gets any MSM coverage, shall we? I'd put it on jazzos site, too, as a comment but they voted for Pelosi so...why would I?
21 Mar 2008 @ 04:59 by : Hey there
Nice Little article about the Banks.
The Flim-Flam Scammers are
making out like banditos.
One of these days,
da folks who runs dees shows
has gotta pay up.
Hope I'm around to see it.
Thanks, Vax, for your continuing
research and posting of these
vaious insightful articles.
21 Mar 2008 @ 07:02 by : Oh...
I'm sure you'll be around J. The whole scam is coming unravelled at the seems. It was a takeover in 1912 by seven families of the US Treasury. Strange how no one teaches the truth in these 'public' schools. The US Treasury at the time had been selling bonds for years...then came time to pay the fiddler who'd been buyiing them up, the seven families, but...the treasury was empty and they had to forfeit...it's called the bankruptcy that no one in the legal professions is allowed to talk about. At that point the Unite4d States Government, the fiat one in Washington D.C. got owned lock stock and barrel by the money changers. The present government is fiat...not: original jurisdiction. We must start our voyage of discovery with: "The District of Columbia Organic Act of 1871" to see the treason involved in the exchange. The original jurisdiction Government is still in existance but there is no one sitting in its' seats. It is the guaranteed Republic of the original Constitution for the United States of America which created the Republic. At the first Constitutional Convention the Bill of RIghts was added and the COntitution of the United States of America was made...it is the contract, under oath, between the people of this land and the Government which stipulates, and binds, the actions of the officials elected to its seats.
One needs a good couple of legal dictionaries to understand the terms such as Trust, Bill, etc., Congress ordained Bouviers as the Constitutions' dictionary.
Blacks Dictionary of Law is also a necessity. This will allow an interested researcher to understand words like 'the,' 'and,' and 'person,' etc., etc...thusly not to be hoodwinked by a fiat law, statutes, etc., but enabled to stand against the wiles of the oppressors who now think that they are the real 'Government of the United States of America.'
They aren't! And...this can be prooven to satisfaction in their Fiat courts...in fact my associates are doing this every day. So...there is great room for hope that we indeed will take this country back without firing a shot.
At present the IMF, and its' lackeys, control the private corporation known as 'the Government of the United States of America' which is only a municipal government...that of the District of Columbia and its' apportioned, by the original "TRUST," the real constitution, holdings.
Oh, the next decade is going to be fun! Thanks J for your comments. Chin up!
31 Mar 2008 @ 02:51 by : *bangs drum all night*
time to wake up!
4 Apr 2008 @ 08:03 by : Yeah...
that's for sure, mortimer. Thanks for the comment and, if you canoe back, how are you doing? Are you voting in this years Charade?
14 Apr 2008 @ 15:33 by : very busy..
Voting hum ... Bad karma, voting is!
To stop supporting society's incorrect pragmatic world and start aligning with Mother Nature's pragmatic World perhaps people need do. Yes, hmmm.
14 Apr 2008 @ 18:23 by : Votin Confidence?
For some people it hurts seeing their friends (fellow newciv members) sucked into the phony pony show. Perhaps political disillusionment can bring potential for political redlining.