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A Tale of Two Cities: Romneyworld and Reality

In Romneyworld, there is no hunger or poverty
In Romneyworld, 47% of the people are dependent on government
And that is how one party wants it
In Romneyworld, votes are purchased, as is everything else
In Romneyworld, liberty and democracy are slogans,
used only to lure the young to fight and die abroad.
In Romneyworld, truth and lies are interchangeable
War is peace and love is hate
In Romneyworld, there is no place for freedom,
freedom of speech, and democracy in the USA.

In reality, hunger, homelessness and poverty ravage the land.
In reality, taxes on the 99% allow the 1% to live a life of leisure.
In reality, too big to fail is too big to care.
In reality, do not dare to question your leaders
In reality, the only number that counts is the dollars of your wealth.

4 freedoms

four freedom memorial

four freedom memorial (Photo credit: alandberning)

In his state of the union speech in 1941, FDR listed four freedoms that he said everyone and everywhere was entitled to:

  1. Freedom of speech and expression
  2. Freedom of worship
  3. Freedom from want
  4. Freedom from fear

Now the GOP have their version of the four freedoms, but only for the 1%:

  1. Freedom from taxes
  2. Freedom from regulation
  3. Freedom from helping the less fortunate
  4. Freedom from the truth

The GOP have a different four freedoms for the 99%:

  1. Freedom from retirement
  2. Freedom from universal healthcare
  3. Freedom from good jobs that pay well
  4. Freedom to starve

These are the Republican four freedoms times two. Elect Mitt if you want to see them established in the US and throughout the world. Vote to re-elect President Obama if you prefer FDR’s original version and vision.

During the RNC, Marco Rubio misspoke when he said that the GOP support more government and less freedom. He meant to say more freedom and less government, but they are not opposite and mutually exclusive. Freedom can be increased for the many by government regulation of the few who want to take advantage of us, such as oil companies and Wall Street banks.

Freedom of speech

Frederick Douglass Ambrotype, 1856

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The following quotation is from Freedom of Speech and the Press by Ian C. Friedman.

“In 1860, Frederick Douglass, a prominent speaker and writer and a former slave, addressed an audience in Boston a week after a mob in that city had disrupted a meeting held to discuss ways to end slavery in the South. With eloquent passion he stated: ‘Liberty is meaningless where the right to utter one’s thoughts and opinions has ceased to exist. That, of all rights, is the dread of tyrants. It is the right which they first of all strike down. They know its power.'”

Please see Steig Larsson

Class warfare

Police downtown

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There is a class war going on now in the US and the 1% are winning. Using our tax monies, they are equipping the nation’s police forces with military equipment so that the police can follow orders and deny the 99% the right to free speech and peaceful assembly as guaranteed in the Constitution. When higher taxes are proposed on the very rich, they call it class warfare when in fact the real class warfare is being waged by them against us, the 99%.