FDR would really
I found Gene Strohl’s letter (Dec. 1) on what FDR would do if he were president today very amusing. However, it was also stimulating in that it got me thinking about what the “real” FDR would do if he were president.
When FDR inherited a depression, he didn’t bail out Wall Street or the banks. Instead, FDR created the WPA. People in need had to actually work on public projects and get paid for their labor. When he was hit with a terrorist attack at Pearl Harbor, he didn’t mess around with precision bombing nor did he try to limit civilian casualties.
He declared war and then killed everyone he could in Japan and Germany until they surrendered. I suspect that Iran and Afghanistan would be smoking piles of debris if FDR were here today. And what about profiling and shutting down Guantanamo? FDR was the ultimate profiler! He rounded up Japanese-Americans and sent them to internment camps until the war was over. I wouldn’t want to be a Muslim-American if FDR were here today.
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The answer to how FDR would feel about OWS: He’d tell them to go to Washington and demand a work-for-welfare program.
The United States Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. the Federal Election Committee — a total perversion of democracy and justice — reflects the obstacle and cause of the crisis this nation, and the world, faces: the power and influence of mammoth corporations.
A good starter to reverse the damage would be to pass a resolution, or ordinance, to the effect that the county of San Luis Obispo rejects the premise that artificial legal entities called corporations are “persons” entitled to the same constitutional rights as human citizens.
Real human persons are mortal, vulnerable, responsive and responsible in a way that corporate “artificial” persons are not. The ultimate legal responsibility of these “artificial” persons is to generate profit, not be good citizens.
Corporate personhood, as it has been interpreted, must be overturned so that the concerns and needs of real human persons are recognized and acted upon, and it must begin locally. That, after all, is what a democratic society and government is about.
I recommend that those concerned about this pressing issue read “Unequal Protection:
The rise of corporate dominance and the theft of human rights” by Thom Hartmann. After all, human citizens — not corporate “persons” — are We, the people.
Thanks to Paul
How fortunate we are to have a leader on the Board of Supervisors who can actually utilize his leadership insight to make positive changes for Nipomo’s representation.Thank you, Paul Teixeira.