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Prison Dreamin’…

The official release date from my 25-yr federal prison sentence will be Friday, July the 8th, 2011. As the Chinese curse goes, “It’s been an interesting journey.”

The Final Free Election (click to enlarge)...

Disclosure: In the summer of ’66 (at 24), after serving in the 101st Airborne, the Civil Rights movement in the Old South, a brutish year on a Tennessee rock-quarry chain-gang, and in Local #212 of the UAW, I became a revolutionary socialist. I remain so.

Short of an ideological change in the foundation of society (socialism), or the currently impending corporatist-fascist takeover, these are simply basic reforms that would allow capitalism to survive, much as the administrations of Teddy Roosevelt and FDR saved their asses in previous crises.

Of course, I don’t for a moment believe that their pathological quest for profit and power has the capacity to compromise. Nevertheless, let it not be said that they never had a choice…

The Holy Grail of Profit...

1.   Legislation per Teddy Roosevelt:  “All contributions by corporations to any political committee or for any political purpose should be forbidden by law.”

2.   Reenact graduated profit taxes to the Eisenhower-era levels. Estate taxes above $1 million. Raise Social Security taxes up to an income of $250,000.

3.   Enforce anti-trust laws that break up all corporations over a certain size.  Eliminate all corporate welfare of public moneys.

4.   The right of all workers to unionize.

5.   The return of all utilities, public lands and natural resources, jails and prisons, health institutions, schools, mass transportation, etc., to public ownership and control. All such gov’t boards should include a majority by the affected workers and their respective communities.  No public moneys for private or religious enterprises.

6.   Reenact the Glass-Steagall Act (1933) prohibiting banks from owning other financial companies.

7.   Prohibitions against corporations owning more than one major media in any given market.

8.   Raise the personal income tax deductable to the poverty level, currently at about $10,000.

9.   Creation of a federal law granting a voucher of $100 to every poverty level voter in national elections.

10. Raise the membership to the US Supreme Court to a total of 15 Justices.

11. Call upon Congress to change all management and control of the federal prison system over to the Department of the Interior (as was originally envisioned by Congress).

12. Repeal the “exception clause” of the 13th Amendment. That clause has been the foundation driving minority and working class criminalization and their involuntary servitude (slavery) as prisoners.

13. Given the president’s unlimited constitutional “Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offenses against the United States…,” we suggest that he appoint an Executive Ombudsman (with staff) with complete access to all federal prisoners in order to expedite proper requests for his full consideration.

14. Remove all drug and consensual crimes (without victims) from federal violations in line with the US Constitution’s enumeration clause and the 9th and 10th Amendments.

Please feel free to add your own suggestions. Meanwhile, to quote the words of Sarah Pinocchio:

“Don’t retreat… Reload!”

Dr. Publico


Category: Constitutional Law
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