Welcome to the New Plantation!
Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton’s admitted in her book, “It takes a village,” that she used black prisoners as house servants when she was the First Lady of Arkansas. This has recently rung a much-needed bell in social media by Black Lives Matter, but I just wonder why it took so long. The book is two decades old, and to be fair, she is far from the only one who employed this odious practice. Many captains of industry still do as well. Perhaps Mrs. Clinton was just a trendsetter.
America’s Fortune 500 Companies followed Mrs. Clinton's example beginning in the 1990s and the use slave labor at a cost lower than any third world country was launched, again.
So this is not really a new way of getting cheap labor. In fact it is the very oldest way in mankind’s history, just slightly updated. It’s slavery—same as before—but with an oligarchic twist, seasoned heavily with political contributions. Slaves are now worked under ‘color of law’ right here in the land of the free—but nobody can stop it this time—because government is the Master.
In ancient times, armies were raised to capture human beings from neighboring nations, or ships were sent to foreign continents to entrap them. The slaves of old had to be housed, fed and cared for by their masters, medical attention provided, and often, they were paid a little money as a matter of law. Hillary Clinton and the Fortune 500 users of modern slavery do not. America’s largest corporations paid their political hacks in the U.S. Congress and 37 state legislatures to invent Slavery 2.0 [“new and improved” for the 21st century]. The U.S. Congress then filled these new plantations by outlawing 314,000 human behaviors—almost none of which were illegal as recently as my youth—though the federal government is only allowed by the U.S. Constitution to punish three—piracy, counterfeiting, and treason.
Many states followed suit making prison the penalty for the slightest infraction. These costly institutions were turned into profit centers—not for you the taxpayers who is footing the bill or for the new slaves themselves—but for the Fortune 500 companies and lucky politicians like Hillary Clinton who can enjoy slave labor at little or no cost to themselves.
Since 1990, when America’s largest corporate political donors began building factories on the new prison plantations, they have been assisted in keeping them full through the elimination of constitutionally required due processes of law such as the mandatory “trial by jury,” the “right to bail,” the right to challenge unlawful incarceration through a writ of habeas corpus--all mandatory rights-- have been stripped from the Constitution by Congress and ignored by the courts, including the nation’s highest.
To further the system of mass incarceration to serve industry, judges and prosecutors can violate the rights of American citizens without penalty—in violation of the U.S. Constitution (Amendment 13)-- due to a string of self-serving judicial decisions beginning with Pierson v. Ray in 1967. Government operatives, the prosecutors, can act with complete immunity—and impunity.
With 314,000 statutes for the prosecutors to employ and a de facto suspension of due process of law in America’s courts, no matter how many plantations are built, government prosecutors and courts now keep them at 130% of capacity—via an incredible 98.6% conviction rate—which is unheard of in any nation claiming to be free.
The worst of these new laws target minorities. The others are so vague and obscure that the average American violates three of them a day (according to a 2009 Harvard Law School study) and does not even know it until they are arrested and added to the prison work force for so doing. With the absence of due process and complete immunity for those who deny it, there is no chance of winning in court (well….14 out of 1,000—not odds anyone except the wealthiest of Americans can afford to take) which has rendered the United States system of ‘justice’ to be little more than a conviction machine.
As Marcus Tullius Cicero wrote 2,000 years ago, “The more laws, the less justice.” By that axiom, the nation with “The most laws,” offers “the least justice,” and that nation is America.
The only good news is that the profits of these corporations have soared since they began using prison slaves in 1990. There is no upkeep to worry about with the modern slaves, no expense of any kind except a pittance wage and that is mostly for show. That $80 billion tab is paid for corporate America by you—the U.S. taxpayer.
These new American plantations house factories for the créme de la créme of big business and multi-nationals such as “IBM, Boeing, Motorola, Microsoft, AT&T, Wireless, Texas Instrument, Dell, Compaq, Honeywell, Hewlett-Packard, Nortel, Lucent Technologies, 3Com, Intel, Northern Telecom, TWA, Nordstrom’s, Revlon, Macy’s, Pierre Cardin, [and] Target Stores,” just to name a few. They pay wages beneath the hourly rate of Haiti, for skilled American workers. The “minimum” wage is $5.00….per month. The U.S. Government claims that this is not “slavery” (by its own definition) under the 13th amendment because their slaves are paid something, though often, so were the slaves of old. This modern version of slavery also leaves no choice but to work for the master. If a prisoner refuses, he or she is put in solitary confinement (a.k.a. “Segregated Housing Unit” or SHU) until they come around—very similar to their predecessors.
Admittedly, this idea of enslaving one’s own citizens to use as industrial workers is not new. The difference is that we—America— used to fight and hate people who did the same thing, until Congress and our courts copied the very methods used by the German Nazis to enslave their Jewish citizens and political dissidents for national industries in the 1940s, as did the Soviet Union and Communist China in the 20th century. They targeted the groups to be enslaved with behavior-specific laws, eliminated due process of law in the their judicial systems, and granted immunity to the judges and prosecutors who committed these crimes against their fellow citizens. It works every time.
The only thing that is new is that America once invaded Germany to stop them and yelled “slave labor” and “human rights” until the Soviets and Chinese came around. Then..…our leaders—Democrats and Republicans alike--got paid to copy them. Today, the United States has 25% of the world’s prisoners, with only 5% of its population and one of the worst records of “justice” in human history. I contend that this is not an accident.
As an interesting—and possibly instructive—historical note, once these (other) rogue governments were deprived of slave labor, a funny thing happened. They emptied and closed most of their prisons and returned them to their original purpose—keeping the public safe from dangerous people—rather than pools of cheap labor for the captains of industry.
Might there be a connection?
Howell W. Woltz
Author of international bestseller, “Justice Restored: 10 steps to end mass incarceration in America by restoring due process,” and “The Way Back to America: 10 steps to restore the United States to Constitutional government,” both available on Amazon and at www.justicerestored.com
I've been listening to the talking heads on both sides of the political ravine jabbering on about FBI Director Comey's firing. They are all saying that the FBI is not or should not be "political." It is unbelievable that they could say this with a straight face and stands as evidence that learning history is not a requirement of being a member of Congress or of getting in the mainstream media as an "expert" these days.
The very creation of the FBI was an illegal political act by President Theodore Roosevelt, and it has been all about politics ever since. The one thing the FBI is not, however, is "constitutional." There is no such provision in the Constitution.
So how did this happen? In answer, it happened completely outside of federal law and the U.S. Constitution. Then President Theodore Roosevelt proposed his federal bureau of investigation to Congress in 1907, and was promptly advised that no such federal power existed in the U.S. Constitution and was, therefore, precluded as a power of the federal government by the Tenth Amendment.
Undaunted by constitution, law (or Congress), former prosecutor Roosevelt created his own investigation force by issuing an executive order--a power you will also not find in the US Constitution--but one that has since been used by his successors to create 16 illegal spy agencies, which also--not surprisingly--report directly to the White House and whichever political hack is then in power.
Roosevelt put his chief political operative and attorney general, Charles J. Bonaparte, in charge of his "federal bureaus of investigation" and Bonaparte, the great nephew of Napoleon, quickly proved his "bureau" to be nothing but political.
His agents known as "Dickies" were promptly caught breaking into the capitol building office of President Roosevelt's chief congressional opponent, Senator Benjamin "Pitchfork" Tillman, and going through his mail to find dirt for the president.
And the "Dicks" have been snooping through the mail and making cases against presidential opponents ever since.
Under President George Bush, as example, Democrats were investigated and prosecuted at a rate of 7:1 over Republicans, according to a Stanford University study. Under President Obama, the numbers simply reversed. Conservative groups and Republicans were investigated and prosecuted at approximately the same rate over their liberal and Democratic counterparts, 7:1.
When I hear these talking heads and politicos now babbling on about "integrity" and "independence" of the FBI, I find it humorous--in a sick sort of way. The true purpose of this agency was and always will be "political" as long as it reports to, and is controlled by, the nation's top politician, and these people have proven excellent at destroying the presidents' "political" opponents. In fact, I don't think any agency on earth today is better at it.
But how about their "integrity" in that process? The answer, unfortunately, is that they are largely without ethics or morality, as recent admissions also prove. Doing things honestly is not what they consider their job. Their job is to win for the president's team, not to seek "justice." That went out the window with Perry Mason.
And this is not idle speculation. I make this statement from years of personal experience, and from working on over 400 federal criminal cases between 2006-2012, many of which included involvement by the president's "FBI." I personally caught them falsifying 302 notes taken from witnesses--in many cases writing the exact opposite of what was actually said--stealing evidence without warrants, falsifying tapes and transcripts, fabricating evidence, threatening witnesses with federal prosecution of themselves and of their families if they did not give false testimony, and basically doing anything necessary to support the theory put forth by the presidentially appointed federal prosecutors--yes--the president controls them as well.
And the citizen-victims of this brutal force, in my experience, are usually held in violation of federal law and constitution. This is done in order to coerce a "voluntary" confession of guilt at any cost--legal or not--so a trial can be avoided at which the truth might accidentally be told. In 77.1% of federal cases, the citizen is never free for even a day between arrest and going to prison, though federal law requires them to be tried within 70 days or released on bail after 90 days, regardless of the charge. The FBI and Department of Justice simply ignore the law.
Those who are released--in my experience-- are only the very wealthy or the ones who take the "deal" to testify against other government targets or plead guilty, whether they committed any crime or not. This strategy works in 96% of cases today, though the U.S. Constitution still requires a public and speedy trial "in all criminal prosecutions."
And what of the 4% of federal cases that actually do go to trial? Here is the FBI's own admission to the Washington Post on April 18, 2015:
"The Justice Department and FBI have formally acknowledged that nearly every examiner in an elite FBI forensic unit gave flawed testimony in almost all trials in which they offered evidence against criminal defendants over more than a two-decade period before 2000."
This particular article was about the FBI's hair analysis unit, but the bullet, fingerprint and blood analysis units have all been similarly discredited in recent years as nothing but shills for DOJ prosecutors. The evidence is bent (or fabricated) to match the prosecutor's theory rather than the truth. A win for the president's team is all that matters.
And who is over this Department of Justice that acts as the prosecuting arm of America's chief political hack? The same person who is over the FBI--the hack him (or her)self--the President of the United States.
Do not tell me that this is not "political." It was designed to be political and has always been so, as the statistics prove.
Starting to see the picture? Stay tuned. I've got a lot more for you from inside the system itself. I was in the belly of this beast for 7 years. I know its secrets.
Howell W. Woltz
Author of "The Way Back to America: 10 steps to restore the United States to constitutional government." Read his new international bestseller on this topic, "Justice Restored: ending mass incarceration in America."
FACTS: Over 80% of the world’s information today is controlled by just five corporations—Time Warner, The Disney Company, Viacom, News Corporation (Australia), and Bertelsmann (Germany). Add CBS and General Electric into the mix, and media watchdog groups such as The Waking Times have projected that 90% of the American media is now controlled by just six corporate giants.
The five companies controlling most of the world’s news , however, are so intertwined that they act as one conglomerate rather than independent corporations. They share cable systems, satellite channels, and even recording companies with a total of 141 joint ventures. These are business partners, not competitors.
In 1983, liberal icon and Washington Post legend, Ben Bagdikian published “The Media Monopoly.” It was labeled ‘alarmist’ at the time—but by the 20th edition published the year he died (2016)—his warnings paled in comparison to what had actually come to pass.
Pulitzer Prize winning Bagdikian warned his adopted nation of the amorphous danger in allowing just 50 news companies to control the content of the nation's public debate. That was in 1983.
This warning came as Bagdikian—a journalist himself—was witnessing the devouring of thousands of independent information outlets into the bellies of a small handful of corporate beasts, which had no interest in the locals they served. The number of information sources and voices being heard plummeted during his residency in the land of the free from those thousands of varying and contrasting views across the ideological spectrum (which had once engaged in vigorous debate in the public forum) to the five global players named in the opening of this article.
As a survivor of the Armenian genocide in his native Turkey, Bagdikian knew that democracy—and ultimately, freedom itself—depended on an informed public exchange of ideas, unfettered and unrestrained by ideological suppression or monopolistic interests.
Fast forward to the final edition of his book (2016) and the number of corporations controlling not only America’s, but the world's news content, was down to these five corporations, which were owned and controlled by 15 of the world’s wealthiest men and women.
And these five corporations share management. A study published by Columbia Journalism Review, as cited in Bagdikian’s final printing (2016) revealed that News Corporation, Disney, Time Warner, and Viacom have 45 interlocking directors. Forty-five. In essence, the same people oversee the management of the four US branches of the world’s media monopoly.
Convinced that conservative forces were behind this takeover of the world’s information sources, Bagdikian called, unsuccessfully, on the U.S. Department of Justice to enforce the monopoly laws against these giants until the day he died. No administration from that of conservative Ronald Reagan to liberal Barak Obama, however, had the courage (or nihilistic tendencies) to take on the media monopoly, and break it up, though clearly in violation of law.
WE ARE NOW IN THE END GAME
Information sources were intentionally being consolidated by a small group of private individuals with a view towards hegemony and control of content rather than competition, as evidenced by their shared management and resources of today. This was not necessarily a conspiracy, but rather a plan to end competition between the world's largest players. Bagdikian’s warnings were prescient. It was Orwell writ large, on an unimaginable scale. It was Sir Cecil Rhodes’ plan of benevolent elites ruling the world in its endgame.
Today, the globalist media cartel ultimately decides who is heard—and more importantly—who is not heard, on our planet.
Should any entrant successfully run the gauntlet and become a meaningful bit player—such as Ted Turner did in his day, or more recently, Arianna Huffington—he, she (or it) will be quickly snapped up by the media monolith.
Welcome to the new world.
Enforce existing laws. There is no need for a study group, a committee, congressional hearings, or anything that might allow a moment of delay. Anti-trust and monopoly statutes date back to 1890 in the United States (The Sherman Anti-trust Act) and exist in other nations as “competition laws.” The Attorney General of the United States and his or her law enforcement equivalents around the world should immediately move to break up these giants by eliminating ownership of multiple means of communication in any single market or across the spectrum of publishing, radio, film and visual, by any one company.
A WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY?
There is one man alive today who is more reviled by the media monopoly than any other person in its history. This man’s name is Donald Trump, the president of the United States of America. The fact that Mr. Trump became president in spite of the cabal’s maneuverings in opposition to it indicates that a brief window of opportunity to end the monopoly’s domination of the world’s information resources may exist.
I make the statement that President Trump is the most reviled person in media monopoly history boldly because of the sad history of Bertelsmann—the European branch of the media monopoly—which willingly served Adolf Hitler’s regime. Hitler should have been the most reviled person in media monopoly history, but he was not. In fact, he was Bertelsmann’s best customer during the war years. The company printed 19 million books under Adolf Hitler, and thrived under his rule through large contracts to print anti-Semitic literature for the Nazi Propaganda Ministry.
Bertelsmann’s history would further suggest that the fathers of today’s media monopoly may have had some measure of participation in putting Hitler in power (at worst), but they cannot dispute or claim that they did not make money off his cruel regime by printing the literature necessary to keep him in power.
Whether one hates the current president of the United States or loves him is irrelevant. He is the only leader in a century who has nothing to lose by ordering his Attorney General to bring the media monopoly back to rule of law and the competition required of all businesses under it.
The president must break up this monopoly just like AT&T was broken up by the Department of Justice in 1982. Time Warner, as example, should be dissembled into regional corporations, then further divided so as not to have cross-media control in any single market.
The Disney Company?—lots of little mice could not control the minds of American youth like the giant mouse tries to do today. And so on. Bust them up and never let them coagulate again.
Our nation and the world could then get back to local news and local sources, reported by people who actually live there and care. Real reporting would quickly be revived and emanate from a wide variety of views rather than just one shrill voice that is ultimately controlled by 15 of the richest men and women in the world.
It would be an ironic justice if President Donald Trump’s legacy was bringing down the monopolistic forces which tried so desperately to destroy him, would it not?
Howell W. Woltz
Author of “The Way Back to America: 10 steps to restore the United States to Constitutional government,” and his recent international bestseller, “Justice Restored: 10 steps to end mass incarceration in America.”
As recently as the 1920s, America had what was considered by the rest of the world to be its best healthcare system. The cost of American healthcare was also the lowest among nations considered to be "modern." This was the result of what was known as the Lodge System. Most Americans, regardless of ethnic or religious stripe were members of some fraternal order.
The "lodge" was a community within each community which supported its members in hard times, but more (perhaps most) importantly, it was also the source of healthcare. The lodge contracted with a local physician to provide medical care for members and their families with average terms ranging from $1 per month in rural areas to $2 per month in cities. When a member or family member became ill, the lodge's physician came to their home and provided medical services at little or no additional charge other than the cost of medicine.
THE MONOPOLY IS GRANTED CONTROL OF MEDICINE IN AMERICA
Until 1929, the free market determined the cost of healthcare, not insurance companies, government, or medical monopolies, and it worked. With a handful of donation dollars, however, this all changed with one act of Congress. A small lobbying group from Chicago known as the AMA (American Medical Association) lobbied the federal legislature to outlaw lodge practice, which Congress did, though this was outside of its constitutional authority or purview.
Medical costs doubled within the next half-decade. The AMA then lobbied to control licensing not only of those who could legally practice medicine, but also which universities and colleges were allowed to teach the subject. Medical costs again quickly doubled.
The first casualties of the monopoly control of medicine were the black medical schools, which were thriving in the 1930s. But it would be more than a generation before black doctors were again licensed to practice medicine by the privately operated AMA monopoly.
Licensing became ever more restrictive to reduce the competition and drive up the earnings of the monopoly's members. New licensees barely met the attrition rate of doctors retiring or quitting the practice of medicine, even as the baby-boom doubled the nation's population. The cost of medical care, as a result, again multiplied.
In the 1960s, the U.S. Government absorbed the public's medical care with Medicaid and Medicare. Costs again skyrocketed, never to be fair or affordable again, until the two market disruptions of monopoly and government were one day removed.
The outcome of monopoly is always the same--the commodity controlled becomes far more expensive. The outcome of government intervention is always the same--the service being provided becomes inefficient, fraught with fraud, and ultimately a bureaucratic nightmare, increasing the cost of that being controlled.
America now has the most expensive medical care in the world---by far---yet ranks behind all of its peer nations and 32nd in terms of quality of care.
As in most cases, all that is needed is for government to return to Rule of Law, and remove the disruptions it caused by exceeding its constitutional boundaries.
FREE THE MARKET
1. Any student granted a degree in medicine by a college or university has the right and privilege to practice that craft under the United States Constitution. Any further restrictions are the purview of the States, not Washington. What constitutes "medicine" should be up to the colleges, universities--and consumers--not a government-sanctioned private monopoly. The shortage of medical practitioners would come to an end quickly, while concurrently creating a myriad of alternative treatments that are banned or outlawed by the monopoly--though effective. RESULT- Medical costs would plummet through competition.
CHANGE OR ELIMINATE THE ROLE OF GOVERNMENT IN MEDICINE
2. Government has no constitutional role in the practice of medicine, but in the interim (as the market rights itself from control of the monopoly and government) it could act as the "lodge," contracting with practitioners for a monthly fee, while allotting groups of patients unable to afford the high cost of monopoly care--but on a fixed basis--as in the practice of old, which worked. The doctor receives the monthly stipend for caring for his allotted citizens, but nothing additional is paid when care is required. Extraordinary costs and care would be the purview of the States, based on what the local populations and legislatures are willing to absorb.
By forcing government to return to constitutional bounds and ending the reign of America's medical monopoly--healthcare could quickly return to what it was less than a century ago--the very best in the world, at the very lowest of costs.
A RETURN TO RULE OF LAW and A RETURN TO THE U.S. CONSTITUTION will truly make America great again, regardless of who is running it.
Howell W. Woltz
Howell is the Author of "The Way Back to America: 10 steps to return the United States to constitutional government."
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Laws and penalties can only be meted out at the federal level through the passage of legislation, voted upon by elected by members of Congress. There is no other mechanism within constitutional authority for placing restraints upon the freedoms of the American public, or of imposing a penalty for exercising activities so restrained. Under Section 8, Article I, Congress is restricted to the punishment of but two human behaviors:
Clause 6. To provide for the Punishment of counterfeiting the Securities and current Coin of the United States;
Clause 10. To define and punish Piracies and Felonies committed on the high Seas, and Offences against the Law of Nations;
The only other crime which federal government was authorized to punish is treason, but that falls under the purview of the Supreme Court of the United States (Clause 1, Article 3), not Congress. While Congress was also delegated the authority to regulate commerce, it was not granted the power to criminalize or punish it.
Instead of following this constitutional delegation of powers, however, our Representatives have not only outlawed 14,000 human behaviors outside of granted authority (4,000 “crimes” under Title 18, and 10,000 civil regulations to which the criminal penalty of prison has been assigned) it has delegated lawmaking authority to dozens of agencies not authorized by or found in the United States Constitution. These agencies of questionable origin and authority have now criminalized, sua sponte, in excess of 300,000 additional human behaviors, none of which were previously against the law (Source: American Legislative Exchange article, pasted below). No dictator, tyrant, or “evil empire” in human history has ever generated so many ways to send its citizens to prison. The ‘land of the free’ now has 314,000 statutes with prison as penalty, resulting in the highest level of mass incarceration the world has ever seen.
These are the steps that must be taken to stop unconstitutional legislation:
1. Only legislation passed by Congress has force of law. Any legislation or rule by agencies or any entity other than the Congress of the United States, is null, void, and unenforceable.
2. Before voting for any legislation, each Representative should be required to go on record as having fully read the entirety of the proposed law or regulation. This would act to limit the length of legislation and restrain those outside of Congress who currently write many, if not most, of our nation’s laws, criminal statutes, and regulations, from overburdening our elected Representatives and passing unjust laws.
3. Require that no law be passed that does not require criminal intent on the part of the accused to be proven by government, beyond a reasonable doubt, before a penalty can be imposed. The principle of mens rea must be restored to rule of law.
4. Legislation by the Executive Branch is also unlawful. There is no provision in Article 2 of the United States Constitution for “executive orders,” and no such authority was ever so granted to the Executive Branch by ‘We the People.’ All Executive Orders must be declared advisory in nature, and legislation passed to preclude such unlawful attempts to legislate by the Executive and further attempts to be cause for impeachment.
5. Put an end to seizure of private assets by police or government until a citizen has a) been charged and proven guilty of a crime and b) a relation between those assets and the crime has been established beyond a reasonable doubt.
6. To end the current situation of “government for sale,” I would ultimately suggest that Congress follow the advice of Austrian Economist, Frederick von Hayek, who once said, “Pass one law. Make every statute written or advantage granted, apply equally to all. Only then will the legislature be unable to grant favors to one group, at the expense of, or detriment to, others.” Our government will no longer be for sale to the highest bidder if this sage advice were followed.
Back to rule of law. We need to devolve back to our ultimately law of the land….The United States Constitution. Viva la Devolucion!
Howell W. Woltz
Author, “The Way Back to America: a 10-step plan to restore the United States to constitutional government,”(2015) and "Justice Restored: 10 steps to end mass incarceration in America (2016)
This is the final installment in this series. All of the questions and answers can be seen below or in the archives, and I'd like you to decide where you think we are as a nation after reviewing all 12 questions and the statistics cited therein.
Question #12- What nation kills one of its citizen every day, just by chasing them?
Answer- The United States of America wins again!
A death a day from police chases
RUNNING RED LIGHTS AT 100-MPH PLUS
"More than 5,000 bystanders and passengers have been killed in police car chases since 1979, and tens of thousands more were injured as officers repeatedly pursued drivers at high speeds and in hazardous conditions, often for minor infractions, a USA TODAY analysis shows.
"The bystanders and the passengers in chased cars account for nearly half of all people killed in police pursuits from 1979 through 2013, USA TODAY found. Most bystanders were killed in their own cars by a fleeing driver."
These people died needlessly due to hazardous and deadly pursuit of American citizens, often on nothing more than suspicion, or for a minor infraction of traffic laws.
Let's compare this number of about one American each day dying from police chases, to all causes of death from police action in some of our allied nations.
In Britain, for all causes of death by police--shootings, chases--all of it, the number, on average, is just two persons per year. In the Netherlands, since 1978 when that nation began recording such statistics, they have averaged only three citizen deaths by all causes at the hands of police.
SO WHAT IS THE VERDICT? ARE WE A POLICE STATE YET?
THE UNITED STATES HAS MORE LAWS, MORE POLICE, MORE PRISONS, MORE PRISONERS, AND STATISTICALLY THE WORST RECORD OF CONVICTIONS AND DUE PROCESS OF LAW THAN ANY I CAN FIND IN THE MODERN, FREE WORLD, SO IF WE ARE NOT ALREADY THE VERY DEFINITION OF A POLICE STATE, WE'RE VERY CLOSE.
But we don't need a revolution, my friends, as the system of governance outlined in our United States Constitution is still the most brilliant ever designed for a free people. The fact that government did not share the privileges of freedom with the poor, women, blacks, or Native Americans for most of our history was the problem, not the system itself.
Now, the rights and privileges guaranteed us as a free people have been equally robbed from all Americans except the very rich and those who govern us. So we don't need a Revolution, my friends, we just need a Devolution. Yes. That's right. A Devolution back to rule of law. A return to our Constitution, but this time, let's get it right and make sure everyone enjoys its fruits, including those deprived of their "inalienable" benefits by an incredibly corrupt system.
VIVA LA DEVOLUTION!!
Howell W. Woltz, Author
Justice Denied: the United States v. the People, and
The Way Back to America: a 10-step plan to restore the United States to constitutional government
We're almost done here, so bear with me a day or two more...but I hope that you are getting the picture and becoming concerned about where our country is headed. And it's not the police, by the way. These are mostly sincere individuals trying to do the right thing. It is THE STATE that has done this to us. Our politicians gave us the Police State. Do you want to change things? Change the politicians.
QUESTION # 11 What nation guarantees by Constitution that its citizens' rights are "inalienable" yet has fabricated 314,000 different ways to take away those rights?
FACTS: OK. By now you've probably figured out who the "winner" is, but before this series you probably would not have guessed the United States (unless you were one of the 71 million plus Americans who have now been the victim of a "criminal" conviction and had their rights taken).
Anyone convicted of one of these hundreds of thousands of laws (314,000) loses their right to vote. They lose their right to defend themselves, their homes, or their families. Though still forced to pay taxes, they are denied many of the government programs for which they must pay. This was once called "taxation without representation," and a revolution started over it.
Now it is called the "criminal justice system" and it is anything but one of justice, as by now, you have learned.
Maybe we do need a Revolution, but I'm still recommending a Devolution for the time being. We need to devolve back to Rule of Law and our Constitution, and remind our politicians (by kicking many of them out of office) that they swore to uphold these guarantees of liberty not trash them as they are doing today. If we do that, the Police State stops and we have a chance to go back to freedom. If not, we go the route of every other Empire and slowly descend into tyranny.
The choice is ours, and I choose Rule of Law and Constitution.
Viva la Devolution!
Howell W. Woltz
I'm posting one question and answer a day. We're almost done....
I've gotten quite a bit of feedback, not all good. I fully expected that as these facts were meant to alarm you, not give comfort. We are no longer the nation we are supposed to be, which is my point. Ignoring that truth only allows it to continue.....
QUESTION # 10. What is the only first-world nation that claims to be democratic or free but does not have independent Offices of Ombudsmen to prosecute corrupt officials and grant relief to citizens who suffer their wrong-doing?
THE WINNER?: THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!
FACTS: The first four nations to institute independent Offices of Ombudsmen to grant relief to citizens and prosecute corrupt officials (Sweden, Norway, Finland, and Denmark) were also recently named the four most transparent and best governed nations on earth. In fact, the 140 nations considered by most to be free and democratic, have now all followed their wise example, except one--the United States of America.
Congress eviscerated our Constitutional right of habeas corpus in 1996 with A.E.D.P.A., to prevent challenging wrongful incarceration, yet the judiciary has been proven by the recent Columbia Law School study to get it wrong in 73% of even death penalty cases. Is this a situation that can be allowed to continue?
Obviously Congress and the Supreme Court think so, so we need an independently elected Office of Ombudsman in each federal district, with the authority to prosecute prosecutors, judges, and any officials who violate our Constitutional rights, AND this office needs to have the authority to grant immediate relief to citizens so violated.
If our leaders, government, legislators, prosecutors and judges won't follow the United States Constitution, then we need our Ombudsmen to protect us from them until a few are in jail themselves. We don't need a Revolution quite yet, and we might be able to stick with just a Devolution if we follow the best-managed nations on earth and put Ombudsmen in place like they have done.
Back to rule of law. Back to the United States Constitution.
Viva la Devolution!!
Howell W. Woltz, TEP
I'm posting one question and answer a day. Just a few more to go....
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QUESTION # 9. What nation allows corrupt judges who have broken the law to simply try themselves?
THE WINNER?: THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!
FACTS: From the minutes of a House Judiciary Committee hearing, former White House Counsel, Attorney John Dean quoted that 'more than 1000 formal complaints were filed against federal judges nationwide [in one year}. The chief judges decided that not one of these cases required official discipline." In addition, "[i]n more that 450 cases, complainants appealed the dismissal of their complaint to the judicial council of an appellate court. These councils rejected every appeal.”’ (Thoughts on the Law Addressing Bad Federal Judges: Self-Policing Isn't Working, But Is There a Good Alternative? By JOHN W. DEAN, Friday, Aug. 13, 2004).
Judges in the United States granted themselves complete immunity for the crimes they commit against defendants through a string of decisions beginning with Pierson v. Ray in 1967, and are now only subjected to "peer review" even when they violate criminal statutes that involve their work. As this study found, peer review results in an almost 0% punishment for criminal acts by judges, while those same judges' courts find 98.7% of those who come before them, guilty. Interesting disparity between judging themselves and others, I find.
For those who question what I am saying about there being such a law that applies to judges and prosecutors, please look up 18 U.S.C. sections 241 & 242. Section 242 states: "Whoever, under color of any law, statute, ordinance, regulation, or custom, willfully subjects any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District to the deprivation of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured or protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States...shall be fined or imprisoned...or both."
Section 241, deals with a conspiracy to deny our rights, which prosecutors and judges I've studied violate in almost every case. That's 15 years in prison on top of a year for each violation of Section 242, if anyone ever decides to enforce the law. We would have to build more prisons to lock up almost every judge and prosecutor in America, that's for sure.....or we could just let the 73% of their victims who were improperly prosecuted and convicted go free, and there would be plenty of room for them! (See Q & A #8, for statistics on how often judges and prosecutors get it wrong.....you'll be shocked).
"Whoever" as is stated in the laws cited above, was clearly intended to include judges and prosecutors. Their self-granted immunity puts them in direct violation of our Constitution (Amendment 14) as no one is supposed to be above the law in our nation.
Perhaps its time we brought prosecutors and judges back to Rule of Law and our Constitution. Our judiciary would quickly benefit. Congress must assure that these laws are followed by everyone, without exception, or we should find new members of Congress.
Back to Rule of Law. Back to our Constitution. Not ready for a Revolution quite yet, but it's darn sure time for a Devolution!
Viva la Devolution!
Howell W. Woltz, TEP
Author of The Way Back to America: a 10-step plan to restore the United States to constitutional government (Amazon.com)
QUESTION # 8. What nation has the worst known track record for unlawful mistakes in its public prosecutions?
THE WINNER?: THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!
FACTS: "A landmark Columbia Law School study of virtually every state and federal death-penalty appeal from 1973 to 1995 reported that 'courts found serious, reversible error in nearly 7 of every 10 of the thousands of capital sentences that were fully reviewed during that period.' There were so many mistakes, the study found, that after "state courts threw out 47% of death sentences due to serious flaws, a later federal review found 'serious error' -- error undermining the reliability of the outcome--in 40% of the remaining sentences.' Without federal habeas corpus, those serious errors would have gone unchecked."
So what did Congress do once it realized that government was getting even death penalty prosecutions wrong 73% of the time back in 1996? They passed the Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act that same year outlawing our Constitutional right to challenge these errors! Rather than fix the corruption of our courts, they chose to keep us from proving their wrong-doing and mistakes. Our system of justice has been getting worse--far worse--ever since.
The quote in paragraph One came from the New Yorker Magazine's June 21, 2015 article by Lincoln Caplan, "The Destruction of Defendant's Rights," discussing the decimation of our right to challenge illegal detention and unlawful prosecutions via our Constitutional right in Section 9 of Article 1 of habeas corpus.
In 1996, just a year after it came clear that government almost always gets it wrong, President Bill Clinton and Congress took away our right to challenge court and prosecutor errors rather than fixing the broken system. With a 70%+ error rate in prosecutions where someone's life is at stake, how horribly rotten do you think non-capital cases handled by these same prosecutors and judges, especially now that our right to challenge a wrongful outcome has been all but taken away by Congress and the courts?
If you aren't awake yet, then you deserve what is coming.
We must force Congress to revoke A.E.D.P.A. and fully restore our unlimited right to challenge court and prosecutor injustices at every turn of the proceedings, or we are already a Police State in my opinion.
Back to Rule of Law. Back to Constitution. We may need a Revolution after all, but let's start with a Devolution until next November. If we don't get our habeas corpus rights back by then, perhaps we need to change tunes.
Viva la devolution!!
Howell W. Woltz, TEP
Author of "The Way Back to America: a 10-step plan to restore the United States to constitutional government." available at Amazon.com
Born in North Carolina and educated at the University of Virginia, Wake Forest University and Caledonian University in Scotland, Howell now lives in Warsaw, Poland with his wife, Dr. Magdalena Iwaniec-Woltz writing, speaking and working for reform of the American system of justice, which now incarcerates more of its citizens than any nation on earth or in history.