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If Arabs can revolt, then why can't we?
Posted By Larry Klayman On 02/26/2011 @ 12:00 am In Commentary | Comments Disabled
The recent events in the Middle East, with revolutions in Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Bahrain and perhaps soon Morocco, are not just an Arab phenomena, brought about by years of economic deprivation and the lack of any system of responsive government. As I’ve predicted before, and as is now even clearer, revolution has also come to American shores. The unruly and violent union masses who revolted this week in Wisconsin and other Midwestern states, where the economic depression has been felt most acutely, are just the latest manifestation of severe disgust with government and our judicial and legislative systems in particular. And they will hardly be the last. Indeed, if as a result of the crises in the Middle East the price of oil continues to quickly rise, creating a huge new downturn in our domestic and world economies, in short order we can expect full-fledged revolution to also break out here at home.
After many years as a lawyer and public advocate who fights the government for individual rights and liberties, and as one who truly believes – as the French say – “en principe” in our legal system, I have become so disgusted in recent years as to lose all faith in our establishment institutions. In fact, I am revolted by them – a pun clearly intended. And let me just give you a few very recent examples of why this is so – amplifying on the experiences I have recounted in my autobiography, “Whores: Why and How I Came to Fight the Establishment.”
Just this week, the latest federal judge to rule on the legality of Obamacare, Judge Gladys Kessler, a Democratic appointee of none other than former President Bill Clinton to the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, upheld its constitutionality. Judge Kessler’s decision follows carbon-copy rulings by Democratic federal bench appointees Judge George Steeh and Norman K. Moon of the United States District Courts for the Eastern District of Michigan and Western District of Virginia, respectively.
Not coincidentally, the two other federal judges who have passed on the legality of Obamacare – Judge Richard Vinson and Judge Henry Hudson of the United States District Courts for the Northern District of Florida and Eastern District of Virginia – and have struck it down are Republican appointees.
Whether one favors Obamacare or not, and believes it to be constitutional or not, these rulings by federal judges – who like to boast and pretend that they steadfastly obey the “rule of law” and hold themselves out as holier than thou – were obviously motivated by politics. And, this is no wonder, as I have written about in “Whores.” Federal judges, rather than being elected by the people, are nominated by the president on the basis of their political allegiances – otherwise known as patronage. They generally arrive on the bench because of the favors and political campaign contributions either they or their benefactors, like the large law firms, corporations or labor unions who support them have lavished on the president and his party. Our legal system is thus infested – from the top down – with “political hacks,” “yes men” and “whores.” These are the people who decide upon our legal rights and hold our lives in their dirty little corrupt hands.
But this rank corruption is not just present in our judicial system. Look at the state legislators in Wisconsin and Indiana this week who chose to flee their states, rather than obey the rule of law to be present when urgent budget-cutting labor legislation was to be voted upon by their legislatures. While this time Democratic politicians, Republicans in the past have used similar illegal stunts to thwart the will of We the People.
And, to add insult to injury, President Obama’s political hack attorney general, Eric Holder, announced this week that the Justice Department would no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act, which allows states that prohibit gay marriage to refuse to recognize these marriages when entered into in other states that allow them. Whether one agrees with gay marriage or not, this decision by the executive branch is illegal and corrupt.
What establishment governmental institution will hold our judges, legislators and even the president accountable to the “rule of law”? The answer is none! It’s all one happy club of “establishment felons,” who, whether Democrat or Republican, play the game, scratch each others’ backs and feed at the huge trough of government money and favors.
It’s the establishment, stupid – whether its in the good ol’ USA, Cairo or Tripoli – that has ruled the school. And “we the peons,” are given the crumbs that are left after the establishment pillages, rapes, perverts and destroys the at one time noble institutions of government that were created by and for the people.
Thousands of years ago, a revolutionary in the Holy Land confronted a similar total breakdown of values, ethics and the rule of law. He confronted corruption in the highest places of government – before his fellow clergy, the Jewish high priests and the Roman Forum – and did so fearlessly. He paid with his life, and his name was Jesus Christ.
While none of us is the “son of God,” we can all, whether Christian, Jewish, Muslim or even atheist, take a page from Jesus. If we are to survive as a nation, We the People must be prepared to sacrifice, be fearless and, like our Founding Fathers, pledge anew our sacred honor, fortunes and even risk our lives. Our rotting and diseased institutions need to be attacked legally and, I am sorry to say, torn down – and then built back up again into the “faithful city of Jerusalem.” While I do not advocate violence – indeed, Jesus never resorted to this – we must urgently find other ways such as civil disobedience to wage a new revolution. We cannot be afraid, and we must act immediately. Because our nation and the planet stand on the precipice of complete chaos and extinction. And, unless we rid it of the vermin who inhabit and have seized our establishment institutions as their own, and reform these corrupt institutions, we will soon perish.
The American people did their first housecleaning in our first Revolution. Now its time to bring on the second! If even the Arabs, who have no history of democracy and freedom, can do it, then why can’t we?
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