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Real Liberty and Meaningful Justice for All?

Posted by Larry Doyle on May 14, 2011 11:00 AM |

In light of the ongoing and overwhelming evidence of the deeply embedded regulatory capture in a variety of industries (including the Wall Street-Washington incest), is it any surprise why so many in our nation continue to question the differing standards of liberty and justice on both ends of our national spectrum? The powerful unions have bought and paid for so many pols on the left. Large corporations have done the same to many pols on the right. The monied interests on Wall Street always hedge themselves by paying for favors on both sides of the aisle.

Do you sometimes wonder who is working for you and if our nation truly embraces and practices one standard of real liberty and meaningful justice for all?

What do we need? I strongly believe we need a meaningful and vibrant Third Party!!

Larry Doyle

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I have no affiliation or business interest with any entity referenced in this commentary. The opinions expressed are my own. I am a proponent of real transparency within our markets so that investor confidence and investor protection can be achieved.

  • michaelD

    as much as i enjoy your writings i have to point out that you’re way off base with the whole left-wing unions thing. union leadership is indistinguishable from all of the other corporatists and faux capitalists. sure, they talk up a good story but in the end the union leaders are indistinguishable from their close kin, the ‘elected’ officials. they’re one and the same. its not even fair to say “pols on the left” vs “pols on the right” anymore. they’re all “pols in it for themselves”.

    when you get down to the bottom line, the union leaders bear a striking resemblance to politicians [yes, i’m with the department of redundancy department] and union members are not unlike the constituents of a state or nation.

    the only thing ‘left-wing’ about union leadership is the claims they make to attain their positions. everything they do is for themselves, as near as i can tell. i mean, sure, you get all kinds of nonsense out of them that allowed laid-off chrysler workers to get 90% of their salaries whilst off the job, but they in turn get to keep their cushy jobs and go on screwing everyone around them for their own gain.

    but keep up the good work, otherwise.

    michael

    PS … i’m’ now pretty sure that nobody is working FOR me; the entirety of the governmental and corporate machineries seem to be aligned in opposition to me and everyone i know:

    • LD

      Michael,

      I do not see where we may be in disagreement. The incestuous nature of the relationships between unions and large corporate lobbyists with the crowd in Washington leaves little room for representation for many in America.

      I think we are saying the same thing. Thanks for writing.

  • Rob

    “Third party, eh?

    I’m listening…”

  • Randy

    Sorry to disagree with you Larry but a third party won’t solve anything.

    What we really need to do is move to disband Congress. Long ago when we had no tangible way to reach people nationwide to have them consider the issues and vote, Congressional representatives were a necessary evil.

    However, now that we have the Internet in nearly every nook and cranny of the country, Congressional criminals, oops.. I mean representatives, are no longer necessary. The best part is THAT action would remove all the special interest and corporate money from politics!

    Any new laws would have to be presented in summarized form (10 pages or less) in simple English that a 5th grader could understand and we could all vote on it!

    Creating yet a third party is just more of the same old corruption we have always had. No matter who we send to D.C. it seems like 30 minutes after the arrive there they get a brain and ethics change and we are forgotten in their personal pursuit of wealth and power. I don’t want any more of that.

    Send the fat cats home to get a real job just like the rest of us and leave the lobbyists, corporations and special interests high and dry. Then demand laws to repeal the ability of corporations to fund presidential campaigns.

    Have the national media required to give a scheduled amount of equal time, for free, to each candidate for President and have the people elect the President by also doing away with the Electoral College.

    If we don’t start doing things like that very, very soon.. our country and our futures will be lost forever, not to mention those of our children and grandchildren.

  • Bill

    Larry,

    I admire your passion on this point, but I am not persuaded that a third party is the answer. We have too many parties already. A thrid party would eventually fall prey to the same forces which make the current parties slaves to large interests. The system itself must be altered.

    Part of the solution is public funding of all elections, and elimination of all contributions from corporations, unions, Indian tribes and other powerful organizations. This would drastically reduce the influence of large interests.

    But that alone is not sufficient. We maust train the American voter to think, and not be led by the nose. An ignorant electorate will kill our democracy. Education must begin in the schools and should be repeated at several levels of education.

    This might be a start to getting a more responsive government.

    Keep up the great work,

    Bill Bengen

  • Don

    Hello,

    Is there no longer justice…?

    There are no surprises here.

    “Our” country’s governments are so corrupt they will ultimately collapse onto themselves from lies, deception & duplicitousness.

    Shall we give up on it? Probably.

  • BM

    Well said.

    But we also need an engaged society, an informed electorate and an objective media.

    Perhaps we are in the twilight of the American/democratic experiment?

  • Kathy

    “overwhelming evidence of the deeply embedded regulatory capture in a variety of industries (including the Wall Street-Washington incest”

    So well said, Larry.

    Randy, you can’t disband Congress. Laws are complicated. We need laws. We need laws written. We need Congress.

    What we also need is to keep money out of elections, so that people with values go there.

  • lizzy

    I would like to see term limits for all public offices. We do not need professional politicians. They should serve for a few years then return to their former lives. NO lobbying or extensive security after serving. Strict limits on campaign spending. We also need to figure out some way to hold candidates for positions they espouse when they run. Both parties seem corrupt but establishing a new party would be tricky. Interesting article.

    • LD

      Lizzy,

      I totally concur with the initiatives you highlight here as well. Seems to me that the consensus opinion is that SOMETHING has to change and quick.

      Hope you are doing well.






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