Too uppity

If you were to visit many anti-Obama websites as I have, you would often find lists of 10, 25, 100, or even 1000 reasons why Barack Obama is the worst president ever. Those lists are filled with nonsense, but are cited as justification for the hatred and contempt expressed by contributors to the blog. Why is that? In my opinion, it is because President Obama is “too uppity,” he does not express enough humility and deference to his betters. In America’s past, insufficient humility by blacks was the cause of many lynchings. Today lynchings are a thing of the past, but white anger and resentment of a black president continue to fuel the politics of the Right.

Maintaining peace

In order to maintain peace and tranquility, we humans often resort to the use of weapons that kill or main each other. Why must we kill each other to maintain order? Probably because our civility is only a thin layer on top of our basic killer instincts. Isn’t it time to settle disputes between individuals and between nations in a less than lethal manner?

Could we not equip our armies with tasers or paint ball guns to settle international disputes? In the past, armies were sometimes represented by single champions who fought to decide outcomes. Could we not require our leaders to face each other in combat (hopefully not to the death) to settle issues not solvable by negotiation? The leaders of Israel and Hamas in single combat using swords, pistols or drones? Sounds outlandish, but it would be a vast improvement over the death and destruction of current warfare.


Nullification is the doctrine that a state can declare a federal law null and void and not obey it. The American Civil War was fought over states’ rights, nullification and slavery. The South lost and slavery died. States’ rights and nullification advocates are still with us.

During the Civil War, the Union was defended by the Republicans and states’ rights, nullification and slavery were defended by the Democrats. After the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the two parties switched sides. Now the Union is defended by the Democrats and states’ rights, nullification and the former slave-states of the South are represented by the Republican Party.

The Republican Party at this time has embraced nullification. They are attempting to nullify the results of the 2008 and 2012 elections in which the voters elected and then re-elected President Obama. The doctrine of nullification was on the losing side in the Civil War. We must not let it be victorious now. The election in November, 2014, is all about nullification.

Doug Owens

Doug Owens is the Democratic opponent of Mia Love in Utah’s 4th Congressional district. I support him and urge you to consider doing the same. Jim Matheson defeated Love narrowly two years ago, and he was the sole Democrat in Washington representing Utah. If Love wins, Utah’s Washington delegation will be 100% Republican. Let’s keep the GOP honest by means of a Democrat in Congress.

“Corporate Artful Dodgers”: We’re Heading Toward A World In Which Only The Human People Pay Taxes

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In recent decisions, the conservative majority on the Supreme Court has made clear its view that corporations are people, with all the attendant rights. They are entitled to free speech, which in their case means spending lots of money to bend the political process to their ends. They are entitled to religious beliefs, including those that mean denying benefits to their workers. Up next, the right to bear arms?

There is, however, one big difference between corporate persons and the likes of you and me: On current trends, we’re heading toward a world in which only the human people pay taxes.

We’re not quite there yet: The federal government still gets a tenth of its revenue from corporate profits taxation. But it used to get a lot more — a third of revenue came from profits taxes in the early 1950s, a quarter or more well into the…

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