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Video, Flashback: Prof. Jonathan Turley on the U.S. Constitution

By BillyClub - Posted on 12 May 2012

On September 18, 2006, the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), in Baltimore, MD, presented a program to honor "Constitution Day." One of the lecturers at the splendid event was Professor Jonathan Turley of George Washington U. Law School. His talk focuses on the architect of that magnificent document, James Madison of Virgina, and its importance, vis a vis the ongoing abuses of power by the Bush-Cheney Gang. [
Professor Turley's words ring even louder today with the truth. Our fast-fading Republic is in deep doo doo.]

The constitution reflected the Betrayal of the Enlightenment, where social principles were betrayed for class laws, class institutions, including slavery.   All three branches of government were automatically corrupted with the class compromise of slavery, the failure to follow through social patriotism, the construction of INDIVISIBLE, INDEPENDENT MIDDLE LAYERS, free from class hierarchies and the Patriarchal class mechanism.  That failure to end class history meant that class laws would be constructed, class politicians would betray the principle of indivisible justice for all. Separation of powers were only technical separations not political, social firewalls to prevent the corruption of all three branches.   Only the complete rejection of all class politicians, all class parties will social power become independent, so long as it dismantles the Matrix of class hierarchies throughout the world.


Round One to Radical Left, Round Two to Europe?


"....Though he did not identify with one particular party, Bitros believed it was a matter of great urgency to bring down the two-party regime, comprised of PASOK and the New Democracy (ND) party, which has dominated Greek politics for the last 30 years.

He cast his vote for the Coalition of the Radical Left, or Syriza and went out with friends. At night they gathered together to watch the results and for the first time ever Bitros witnessed what he had believed was impossible: Syriza was coming second with 16.7 percent of the vote, just behind the right wing ND, with 18.8 percent.

"The (old regime) was corrupted, they have destroyed the country and they didn’t want to give up power," Bitros told IPS....

.....coerced by the Troika – the European Commission, the International Monetary Fund and the European Central Bank – Greek politicians slashed pensions, government salaries and public services in an effort to close the country’s massive deficit and receive billions of dollars in bailout loans from the international community.

Rather than pull the country out of recession, the austerity era ushered in an unemployment rate of 22 percent, as well as a new class of poor, disenfranchised and desperate Greeks, who turned out in droves over the weekend to demolish the two traditional political forces in the country.

The former socialist-turned-neoliberal PASOK party went from 43.9 percent of support in 2009 to just 13.5 in this election; while the ND, notorious for being the party that governed the country from 2004 to 2009, also experienced a huge drop in popularity.

"The protest vote was an anti-bailout vote," economist Leonidas Vatikiotis told IPS. "The election produced a fragmented political environment that gave rise to political forces of the left and the right, and brought into the parliament the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn," a party that has risen from a marginal fascist group to a parliamentary party with seven percent support.

"You look at the picture after elections and understand that people do not trust austerity as a solution. Three years of austerity have pushed the country’s debt from 125 billion to 165 billion. Public finance consolidation has not happened despite the remarkable sacrifices people have put up with. In the end, we do not believe in austerity and Europe needs to get that message," Vatikiotis stressed.

News of François Hollande’s victory in France fueled optimism in Greece that an alternative coalition could renegotiate the terms on which Greece settles its debt with the outside world, particularly with the international financial institutions (IFIs).

Europe on edge

European officials are extremely alarmed by the prospect of an anti-bailout front being formed in Greece, and of a European swing against austerity following elections in Greece and France.

On Tuesday German officials responded by issuing several warning statements in the international press. Chancellor Angela Merkel personally excluded the possibility of renegotiating the European public finance agreement put in place at the end of last year, which imposes very strict rules on how member states run their public finances, as well as severe penalties for those who fail to comply with the so-called regulations..."












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