Corporate Treason

Treason

It is often considered treason to attempt or conspire to overthrow the government, even if no foreign country is aiding or involved by such an endeavor.Wiki
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Everybody knows that the dice are loaded
Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed
Everybody knows that the war is over
Everybody knows the good guys lost
Everybody knows the fight was fixed
The poor stay poor, the rich get rich
That’s how it goes

Everybody Knows” is a song written by Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen and collaborator Sharon Robinson. It has often been covered and used in soundtracks.
Everybody knows

Everybody knows

Coca Cola
Pepsi
Kraft
McDonald’s
Wendy’s
Mars
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Proctor & Gambol
Amazon.com
Wal-Mart
Johnson & Johnson
Dell Computers
John Deere
MillerCoors
Hewlett-Packard (HP)
Best Buy
Walgreens
General Electric
Western Union
Well Fargo
Bank of America
Bristol-Meyers Squibb
ConocoPhillips

Treason too strong a word?

The very act of having to ask the question suggests an autocracy is in power. Wisconsin has felt the laws protecting equality of basic human rights slip and slide from women, gay couples, people of color, public workers, and the elderly and ill people. Most of the legislative actions of GOP control were developed and promulgated outside the state. New laws affecting the drawing of vote districts, women’s health, voter ID, and the curtailment of collective bargaining rights for public workers – did not evolve for the good of the people of Wisconsin. They were discussed and written in the offices of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) for the good of large corporations, some of which are listed in the column at the right.

When Scott Walker first took office ALEC was a secret. Today, the national lobbying group has written laws that effect each and every man, women, and child in the state. Here lies the treason. The state government has been overthrown. Laws are no longer being written for the benefit of the people within the state, but elected leaders have conspired to use their power to legislate solely for corporate interests. The reality of real people’s lives are not even part of the discussion for new legislation. The interests of the voters have been intentionally ignored in favor of pleasing the interests of the wealthy campaign donors. Look at the list.

Twisting the Tenth Amendment

Wealth can buy legislative action, thus all record money for lobbying firms surrounding government. Less obvious, but even more insidious is the power of wealth to buy the message. The little person – the nurse, the farmer, the small business owner cannot compete with the the ALEC/Corporate message. Language manipulation has become the most powerful tool in the hands of the new autocracy. Since the media is set up to grab attention in a few seconds, the autocracy takes full advantage of working words to embellish its qualities and hide its true diabolical nature in a tight knit of words that are often tested by polling for effectiveness.

An example of the “talking points” of ALEC regarding the 10th Amendment were discussed in a article in The Atlantic in 2011.

See how the shuffle of words as they might be heard in a news report, shifts the truth of the true meaning of language?

Garrett Epps Jul 11 2011 – The Atlantic

“…part of a new extremist movement that seeks to brand all major federal legislation — not only labor regulation, but environmental laws, gun control laws, and Social Security and Medicare — as violations of the “rights” of states as supposedly spelled out in the Tenth Amendment. Senator Jim DeMint last year phrased it this way: “the Tenth Amendment says powers not explicitly given to the federal government in the Constitution go to the states or to the people.”

Is he right? Let’s look at the text, which reads, in its entirety:

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

The ALEC Autocracy seeks survival by “rebranding”

Branding is the ultimate marketing tool designed to use words and images to create plastic surgery over the scared, disfigured face of the ALEC autocracy. Much like a black mold, the ALEC treason grew and thrived in the dark. Hardly anyone was aware of its birth or existence before 2010. Finally, it became obvious that many of the laws being passed by GOP dominated legislatures across the country seemed to share the same “brand”. New right to work, voter ID, maskedalec2and anti abortion laws passed by state legislators had little to do with the personality or demographics of the state, but seemed to share a source and to be promoting a common agenda that had little to do with the more prominent concerns of constituents. The source was ALEC. The agenda was that of the corporations that funded its existence. For the first time in history, state legislators where not looking within the borders of the districts they served for legislation to improve the lives of the people that voted for them. Instead, they traveled out of the states to meetings conducted by ALEC. They brought back model legislation to enact laws for the benefit of the interests of corporate sponsors.

Here is the tyranny. It is clearly stated in one of the documents leaked to The Guardian. On page 20 the legislators are expected to sign the “Draft Chair Agreement” which reads:


Draft Chair Agreement p. 20

I will act with care and loyalty and put the interests of the organization first.

Legislators from across the country are meeting in the secret rooms of the ALEC Autocracy and are expected to swear allegiance to ALEC over their own constituents. This has been going on in for over 10 years.

Recently, in Wisconsin, a State Senator Leah Vukmir displayed her aggressive allegiance to “putting the interests of the organization first” when she ordered a reporter attempting to serve a FOIA request, out of her office. The leaked documents reveal that Senator Vukmir is not only a member of ALEC, but she is the “Finance Committee Chair”.

Finance Committee Chair Senator Leah Vukmir has reiewed the financial statments for the period ending June 30, 2013 They are now before the Board of Directors of acceptance.
Leaked ALEC Doc p. 20

Interests of the ALEC Autocracy

The majority of the people in America today are in favor of background checks for gun owners, comprehensive immigration reform, and a fresh look at “stand your ground” laws. Yet, none of these wishes of the majority are in the interests of the ALEC Autocracy, so you will notice all of legislation is at a complete stand still. Autocracy over Democracy.

The “stand your ground” laws were brought into focus with the trial of George Zimmerman for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. The light of attention that was shed on the ALEC Autocracy as the incubator of the “stand your ground” laws passed in Florida. Not good. It sent many of its corporate donors scurrying for cover. The branded mask of benevolence on which Coca Cola, Dell, Johnson & Johnson brands rest began to melt in the disinfectant of sunlight being shed on the ALEC Autocracy for which they were the major tax payers. But, ALEC was not about to give in. Like any good corporate automaton knows, all that is required when one brand is in trouble is to re-brand. The new brand they chose is almost as sacrilegious to Christianity as the ALEC Autocracy is to democracy.

Leaked Documents Reveal IRS Concerns, Funding Crisis At Corporate Lobbying Group ALEC

Ed Pilkington in New York and Suzanne Goldenberg theguardian.com, Tuesday 3 December 2

The Guardian has learned that the American Legislative Exchange Council (Alec), which shapes and promotes legislation at state level across the US, has identified more than 40 lapsed corporate members it wants to attract back into the fold under a scheme referred to in its documents as the “Prodigal Son Project”.

The Prodigal Son Project

Yes. The ALEC Autocracy uses the biblical story of the Prodigal Son. As though the corporate interests who left the home of ALEC to go out in live in the common world of democracy at large, could now return home to the safety of a forgiving father’s arms. Come home and continue to pursue your selfish interests in the home of the ALEC Autocracy. Democracy and working on a level playing field is not for you, my dear belated sons and daughters. We’ve hired a new plastic surgeon who will reshape your branded face along the formula of 501(c)(4) – where your ugly, selfish identity will be preserved in secrecy.

A letter included among the documents from Alec’s lawyer, Alan Dye, warns that “though we do not believe that any activity carried on by Alec is lobbying, the IRS could disagree”. It also makes clear that major potential donors are holding back because they are anxious about Alec’s tax status.

“Alec has been approached by donors who are willing to make sizable donations, but insist that the donations go to a section 501(c)(4) organization,” Dye writes.

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Walker's Wisconsin – John Doe Sneak Attack FOIA

It is a “draw play” in foot ball

In a “draw” play a running back gets the ball and holds back a count. The one count pause is a sort of sneaky, smoke-and-mirrors distraction. It assumes that the defense will react to a fake hand off, leaving the runner with the ball an open field to run free – to escape the tacklers at the line. He’s going, the 40, the 30, all the way! Touchdown!

The John Doe draw play

Let us not be fooled. The smoke isdraw play filling the air, the mirrors are positioned at obtuse angels. The smoke in the play is the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), the mirrors are focused on Senator Leah Vukmir (R Wauwatosa). A path is being cleared. A sneaky fake hand off. The defense is being moved off the ball.

Who is the real runner in the political “draw” play? The real runner with the ball is a sneaky, tackle breaking, fake master, veteran of the draw, who is known on the field by his alias John Doe. The victims of his moves, feigns, and self focused crazy legs of opportunism, know him as – Scott Walker.

Two court actions happening at once – one a fake – one with the ball

one with the ball
A buzz developed through the Summer and flew through air in a hyperbolic pattern to become a bee in the bonnet of the Walker Administration. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel was poised to file suite for the release of John Doe emails, and files.
It happened last week. The bee landed. Ouch!

By Bruce Vielmetti of the Journal Sentinel – Sept. 18, 2013

Lawyers for the Journal Sentinel and reporter Dave Umhoefer filed a motion Wednesday asking that the Doe be reopened for a hearing on the newspaper’s request that District Attorney John Chisholm return the sealed records to the county.

The fake – the “draw” play

In a political coincidence or like “votes out of the blue”, another legal action was announced just one week before the Journal Sentinel filed suite for the John Doe records. It seemed somewhat crazy, even for Leah Vukmir, to hope that legislators could be freed of FOIA request by the public while in office. Really?

By Patrick Marley and Jason Stein of the Journal Sentinel Sept. 12, 2013

On Wednesday, Sept 11, State Sen. Leah Vukmir (R-Wauwatosa) filed a motion in Dane County Circuit Court arguing she is immune from lawsuit while she remains in office. The motion was filed on her behalf by Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen’s Department of Justice.

That is to say that taxpayers cannot have access to the communications of the elected officials that represent them during the time they are working for the people they represent.

Attorney General Van Hollen

Attorney General Van Hollen

The kooky, flimflam, repositioning of mirrors within the Constitution was no biggy coming from Vukmir, but when Attorney Journal Van Hollen began to recalibrate his mirrors and pump stinky smoke into the air blotting out his previous strong defense of the FOIA…well it was out of character. It was Van Hollen who warned the General Accountability Bureau that the FOIA was to be respected for its teeth. The letter was delivered in response to the rash of FOIA requests the followed the June 5 recall election. Why the sudden one-hundred-and-eighty degree turn?

The draw play

An editorial in today’s Beloit Daily news began to hint at the “draw’ play being diagrammed on a chalk board just thirty feet down the hall for Walker’s office.

EDITORIAL William Barth |: Release records from John Doe
Posted: Saturday, September 21, 2013 10:00 am

It started with an unprecedented claim of immunity to court review by State Sen. Leah Vukmir, R-Wauwatosa, backed up by Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen. Despite widespread condemnation of the Vukmir-Van Hollen stand, they continue to insist legislators are not subject to civil action to force them to comply with the open records process.

Now another battle is being joined, in Milwaukee. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has filed suit asking that “thousands of Milwaukee County documents and emails seized in a John Doe investigation” of then-County Executive Scott Walker’s office be unsealed and released for review.


“Coincidence is God’s way of remaining anonymous.”

― Albert Einstein,

Holy smokes! Could it be that the coincidence of the Vulkmir suite and the John Doe record request might be the arch of the moral universe bending toward justice? Are the two incidences being defended and created from some place just thirty feet down the hall from some office, occupied by some governor? Can you hear it,”You see, what we are going to do is kinda like divide and conquer. We going to do a “draw’ play with Vukmir.”?