Sunday, 10/26/14, Public Square



by | October 26, 2014 · 6:00 am

6 responses to “Sunday, 10/26/14, Public Square

  1. I highly recommend reading this link. It discusses Kansas and doesn’t tell us much we don’t already know about our state but it does tell us a bunch about what is behind this failed experiment and about the power of the extreme right-wing at the state level and how it accomplishes decisions that impact us daily. It’s easy to see the truth behind this ‘snip’ from the link:

    ALEC’s new assault on America: Why the far right isn’t relying on Congress

    You cannot have this discussion without mentioning American Legislative Exchange Council, the Big Money right wing front group that provides these legislators and Governor with “model legislation” they can just dust off and pass without having to do all the unpleasant work involved in writing it yourself. explains it this way:

    Through the secretive meetings of the American Legislative Exchange Council, corporate lobbyists and state legislators vote as equals on ‘model bills’ to change our rights that often benefit the corporations’ bottom line at public expense. ALEC is a pay-to-play operation where corporations buy a seat and a vote on ‘task forces’ to advance their legislative wish lists and can get a tax break for donations, effectively passing these lobbying costs on to taxpayers.

    Along with legislators, corporations have membership in ALEC. Corporations sit on ALEC task forces and vote with legislators to approve “model” bills. They have their own corporate governing board which meets jointly with the legislative board. (ALEC says that corporations do not vote on the board.) Corporations fund almost all of ALEC’s operations.

    Participating legislators, overwhelmingly conservative Republicans, then bring those proposals home and introduce them in statehouses across the land as their own brilliant ideas and important public policy innovations—without disclosing that corporations crafted and voted on the bills.

    All of this is adding up to a majority of states being run by right wing politicians at the behest of big corporations. You may wonder what the difference is between them and any other political body in the U.S., and that’s fair enough. Money does play an outsized role in both parties and at every level and it’s a toxic influence on our democracy. But there is a distinction between everyone else and the red state governments that are openly doing the bidding of their corporate masters while fulfilling every crackpot need of their very socially conservative base.

    This isn’t a long piece, but it is a good one!

    Continue reading:

    • One of the comments to the link above reads: “ALEC is becoming a fourth branch of the US government.”

      While the three branches of government are designed by our Constitution to be co-equal, this “fourth branch” already influences the other three too much and is working to extend that influence to control. Our entire form of government is being changed and we’re complicit if we don’t pay closer attention, organize, and show Corporate America who is the majority.

      • One final ‘snip’ from another reply to this link:

        … try the reality that a significant block of the left is actively prevented from voting by ALEC legislation … and they have been abetted by the hard right wing partisan cabal on SCOTUS. Ever heard of Jim Crow? Ever heard of active voter suppression? You seem to have no willingness to accept the “inconvenient truth” that the right is totally devoid of platform except obstructionism, stealing elections, and trampling those who would vote against them.

  2. If you choose not to vote, you are surrendering to the Corporate Masters and Right-Wing Nutjobs. Never give up, never surrender! VOTE!