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We Are An Empire

I keep getting asked to help explain to friends what I think is happening and what to do about this endless war.

It’s not that there’s an Illuminati that makes the decisions on how the world is run. It’s just that like the person who likes the corner office and parking spot, our representatives like power. And corporations like profit and need to keep representatives there working for their end game.

The biggest profits are in multi-national corporations such as finance, defense, oil, big pharma, and agriculture; therefore, our representatives are going to make rules that make the biggest donors to their campaigns richer.

Or if you prefer to use senior George W. Bush advisor Karl Rove’s own words back in 2002: “That’s not the way the world really works anymore,” he said. “We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality — judiciously, as you will — we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study, too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors … and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.”

So if the U.S. is an empire or a plutocracy, why do I make stopping the war my No. 1 issue and not campaign finance or climate change to make a difference?

Because I believe my taxes are going to the killing of innocent lives, injuring children, creating more homeless and destroying generations. I believe murder is wrong, and I can’t live with myself indirectly killing people. Even if it doesn’t make a difference, I can’t turn my back on my own evils.

I’m 56 and witnessed the lies for each of the wars where none were for imminent attacks. We fought in Afghanistan, the country where all empires go to die, and 14 years later are still not winning. In Iraq for oil. Against al-Qaida and now ISIS.

So when we drop bombs on cities, villages, hospital and schools, are we killing the good guys, too? But we don’t see that. We are told we need to stop these barbarians, but what is your definition of a barbarian? I think I am if I let genocide occur.

Vote Arn Menconi for U.S. Senate

How the U.S. Sells Arms to Foreign Countries

TOP SECRET – HOW U.S. SELLS ARMS
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All arms sales are proposed by the President and then Congress gets to approve certain dollar amount deals to non-NATO members.

Obama is off to Saudi in a few days and Congress is concerned that he will sell them more weapons. In the past year alone he has sold them over $40 BILLION (record breaking – more than any nation ever). Bi-Partisan Senate bill is trying to block Obama’s ability to sell them anymore weapons.

Foreign leaders approach the US with shopping lists and then our gov’t decides whether to sell it… and our gov’t then orders the weapons from arms manufacturers. Unlike Congress any public sector corp is not allowed to lobby customers (no gifts or entertainment whatsoever). The Gov’t controls the bidding process… so our Gov’t is the world’s largest arms dealer. They control the whole process and they are allowed to take gifts and entertainment from both sides. Two years ago, I was at the Capitol during an Arms convention for Congress.

They were blatant about their sales.

Here’s how Congress approves weapon sales:
https://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/weapons/RL31675.pdf

And see if you can get these links to open:

Stop Endless Wars & Nuclear Arms Train Wreck

My #1 reason for running for U.S. Senator is to end endless wars. And in explaining why, I simply quote Pope Francis’ speech to Congress last September:

“Being at the service of dialogue and peace,” he said, “also means being truly determined to minimize and, in the long term, to end the many armed conflicts throughout our world. Here we have to ask ourselves: Why are deadly weapons being sold to those who plan to inflict untold suffering on individuals and society? Sadly, the answer, as we all know, is simply for money: money that is drenched in blood, often innocent blood. In the face of this shameful and culpable silence, it is our duty to confront the problem and to stop the arms trade.” -Pope Francis

The Trillion-Dollar military industrial, congressional, security, media couples is running the U.S.’s foreign policy, economy and stealing from providing domestically what our country needs most for infrastructure, health care, education and climate justice.

More than anything, it’s killing innocent people, breeding terrorism and destroying countries and cultures. No country can be great if we sell our moral principles for the profits of war.

Over the past year, I interviewed scholars, journalists and former National Security officials on how the U.S.’s foreign policy has evolved to be so misguided & corrupt.

Here are some of my interviews from my YouTube station:



Also, listen to my interview with Daniel Ellsberg — America’s first whistleblower .

Take a moment to listen to Amy Goodman from Democracy Now explains Obama’s Trillion-Dollar Nuclear program.

Vijay Prasad on Saudi Arabia & U.S Role in Human Right Violations

Why & How does the U.S and Saudi Arabia commit war crimes over decades through finance deals & arm sales.

Vijay Prashad​ gives us his insight into the framework on how the U.S.’s relationship with Saudi Arabia operates in Yemen and Syria through military interventionism.

American’s rarely get the opportunity to understand or Capitalistic Military Intervention foreign policy that is killing innocent people and destroying countries.

Vijay Prasad takes us through the history with his unique scholarship and wisdom that is making him one of the most influential moral teachers today.

Vijay Prashad is the George and Martha Kellner Chair in South Asian History and Professor of International Studies at Trinity College. He is the author of sixteen books, including The Poorer Nations: A Possible History of the Global South (Verso, 2013), Arab Spring, Libyan Winter (AK, 2012), (co-edited with Paul Amar) Dispatches from the Arab Spring (2013), and No Free Left: The Futures of Indian Communism (Leftward Press, 2015). Vijay’s latest book is Letters to Palestine: Writers Respond to War and Occupation. Vijay is the chief editor at Leftward Press, and writes regularly for The Hindu, Frontline, Jadaliyya, Counterpunch, Himal and Bol.

It’s helpful to understand more about Mr. Prasad’s points of view thorough his interviews with Chris Hedges: The Militarism of U.S. Diplomacy. Also, Mr. Prasad’s interview with Paul Jay: Carnage in Syria a Product of US Empowerment of Saudi Arabia:

My Gun Control Platform

For the record, I believe hunters and adults should have the ability to own some types of guns. What I’m not blind to is that the NRA wants people to think that the 2nd Amendment was written to protect their rights.

The Amendment is only 27 words: “A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” While the NRA emphasizes only the last 14 words, the U.S. Supreme Court and appeals courts have focused on “well-regulated militia” and “security of a free State” to rule that Second Amendment rights are reserved to states and their militias – nowadays, the National Guards.

The truth is — and one would hardly know it from the mass media — that since the Supreme Court’s unanimous Miller decision in 1939, all federal appeals courts, whether dominated by liberals or conservatives, have agreed that the Second Amendment does not confer gun rights on individuals. The NRA view, opposed even by such right-wing judges as Robert Bork, has been consistently rejected.

I want sensible gun law.

  1. require background checks on all gun purchasers;
  2. license firearm owners;
  3. register all firearms;
  4. regulate firearms dealers and ammunition sellers;
  5. require the reporting of lost or stolen firearms;
  6. impose a waiting period before the sale of a firearm;
  7. limit firearm purchases to one per person every 90 days
Classes of Weapons
Assault Weapons and Large Capacity Ammunition Magazines

This updated model law, published in December 2012, bans assault weapons and large capacity ammunition magazines using an approach that is stronger and more comprehensive than the former federal ban.

  • Sales and Transfers
  • Universal Background Checks
  • Requires background checks on all prospective firearm purchasers, closing a loophole in federal law that allows private firearm sellers (i.e., unlicensed persons) to sell guns without conducting background checks.
Gun Dealers and Other Sellers
Regulating Gun Dealers

Supplements federal law by requiring, among other things, that dealers obtain a local permit, conduct employee background checks and obtain liability insurance. Also prohibits dealers from operating in residential neighborhoods and near other “sensitive” areas, such as schools, playgrounds and places of worship.

The Gun Owners’ Safety and Responsibility Ordinance

Requires any person seeking to own, possess, purchase or otherwise acquire a firearm to obtain a firearm safety certificate, which obligates the applicant to successfully complete a safety training course that includes live firing, a safe-handling demonstration and a written test of firearm laws. Firearm owners also must register their firearms and notify law enforcement when their weapons are lost or stolen. In addition, the model requires that gun owners safely store their firearms in the home to prevent access by children and other unauthorized users.

Reporting of Lost or Stolen Firearms

Requires any firearm owner or possessor to report the loss or theft of his or her firearm to law enforcement within 48 hours of the time he or she knew or reasonably should have known of the loss or theft.

Firearms in Public Places

Regulating the Carrying and Possession of Firearms in Public Places
Establishes rules for the issuance of permits to carry concealed firearms in public and prohibitions for carrying guns in public under certain circumstances. This model legislation prohibits the carrying of exposed firearms, and limits the carrying of concealed guns to persons issued a permit pursuant to a detailed, discretionary permitting process.

http://smartgunlaws.org/model-gun-laws/

Until 1990, there had not been an earlier federal Supreme Court cases individual rights to bear arms. It’s always based on a collective right not and individual right.

In June of 1788, 4 remaining states didn’t want to ratify the Constitution of the United States based on the 2nd Amendment. Arguing for the Federalist was James Madison and for the anti-federalist was George Mason and Patrick Henry. One point had to do with the militia of universal or select. The founders decided to leave it up to Congress.

The militia was discredited in the Revolutionary War. Washington wanted a professional army. The second part was that Virginia was 44% black, slaves. The southern states were afraid of slave revolt and that if the Militia was called up by the Federal government they would leave the state and unable to defend it’s against a revolt from the slaves. The anti-Federalist raised the following. That the Constitution does not give the federal government to eliminate slavery, but it did give Congress the exclusive power to arm the Militia. The states only get to call up the militia if their is an invasion. Congress gets to call up the Militia for an insurrection.

“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
The Second Amendment had roots in protecting states from losing a militia to protect itself against a revolt of slaves not individual rights to form a militia to arm themselves against government. The problem is that modern day interpretation is deciding on what is legal. For example, you can’t carry a gun into government but can be a terrorist and buy one. You can carry a concealed weapon in some states but not others. You can own a machine gun but you can own a semi-automatic. There is no way anyone can claim that the second amendment gave individuals the right to bear arms. They can say it gave the states to.

http://nccpodcasts.podbean.com/e/resolved-the-second-amendment-protects-the-individuals-right-to-own-and-carry-a-gun/?token=b2e9a0cb17bb553eacfa812427addb09#.VmTbUbXtBoo.facebook

Let’s Ban Fracking in Colorado

Why I’m For Banning Fracking

Fossil fuel production and consumption have led to huge profits for corporations while they despoil our environment, face us all with health hazards and are the number one contributors to climate change. We have been digging and pumping up oil, gas and coal and burning it for decades. Now the fossil frontier is currently pushing us into extreme extraction such as fracking, tar sands, Arctic drilling, etc. that establishes us even further as a fossil fuel addicted society.

This needs to stop before it is too late. We need to leave these finite fossil fuels in the ground.

Fracking was first banned in Vermont in 2012 and in the entire state of New York in 2014. In contrast, the money fracking brings in, all the jobs it affords us and the economic boom it has brought to Colorado has blinded us to the hidden environmental and health costs we are paying now and will continue to pay for a long time after the oil and gas companies leave.

Let’s not be ignorant of the facts. By injecting water and chemicals under pressure into the ground, the rock fractures and releases coveted gases. The fractures created by this also function as pathways to our drinking water. The Federal Energy Policy Act of 2005 exempted fracking from the Safe Drinking Water Act–this regulatory exclusion is often referred to as the “the Halliburton Loophole”.

This is a tragic example of our politicians in Congress being bought by mega-industries instead of acting in the best interest of the American public.
That isn’t all. The fractures also affect geologic faults which lead to earthquakes such as those seen along the Front Range. During the fracking process chemicals spill into the soil resulting in more ground water contamination.

Furthermore, the disposal of these secret chemical mixtures is an environmental challenge.

The methane that is released during the fracking process gets into our air and combines with sunlight to create ozone in the same way that car emissions combine with sunlight in Los Angeles resulting in smog. This is not healthy for any of us, especially those with respiratory issues. There are days when our own Rocky Mountains can’t be seen from the Front Range due to smog. Methane has also proven to be volatile and creates a potential hazard for fiery blow outs.

As it stands today, the oil and gas industry is at a standstill due to over-producing which exceeded storage capabilities. This is why gas prices are so low right now and one reason the stock market is faltering. This is classic boom and bust industry behavior that reaps huge profits one day and leaves behind a legacy of environmental and economic damage.

The fracking wells that are already in place will produce for decades to come. Do we really need more wells drilled when more environmentally friendly alternatives are being developed? Do we really want an industry to come in and reap huge profits, buy off our representatives, and slowly but surely contaminate our soil and water? Flint, Michigan has a man-made disaster with their drinking supply that took a few short years to manifest. Fracking is just another source of insidious drinking water contamination and I stand against this ticking time bomb.

Leaving fossil fuels in the ground is the best solution for people, the environment and a sustainable future for all. I will fight to keep fossil fuels in the ground and our children’s children safe.

Resources:

How Sen Bennet Protects Big Pharma

Bernie Sanders Grills FDA Nominee Over Drug Prices While Sen. Bennet the Democrat From CO Pays Drug Companies Homage.

This is difference between a Senator who fights for you and one that is in bed with Big Pharma. I’ll fight like Bernie as your Colorado U.S. Senator.

http://www.c-span.org/video/?c4578284/sen-bennet-vs-sen-sanders-whos-fighting-harder

Can you trust Senator Bennet to Represent You?

Sen Bennet’s 7th biggest contributor is DeVita Healthcare. He’s received $35,000 from them. They defrauded government funded programs. 53% of their revenues come from government programs.

Senator Michael Bennet sits on the Senate’s Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, filling the seat opened up by the death of Senator Edward Kennedy.

I won’t take Corporate Money. I hope you will support citizens democracy not corporate democracy.

Look at DeVita where he gets his campaign money from and decide for yourself:

http://www.rightinginjustice.com/news/2015/07/16/the-fraud-list-davita-healthcare-partners-inc-a-fraud-settlement-record-breaker/

Total fines paid last year by DaVita $850 million. Only one of many fines but no jail for execs.
http://www.reuters.com/article/davita-healthcr-lawsuit-idUSL1N0XV2Y520150504

How the Big Pharm companies tried to cover up their mess: http://www.propublica.org/article/dialysis-pr-leak-the-plan-to-spin-our-investigation

How to see the money flow from DeVita to Sen. Bennet – https://www.opensecrets.org/orgs/summary.php?id=D000021951 and

http://sunlightfoundation.com/blog/2012/12/04/michael_bennet_has_had_fast_rise/

How much he get’s from DeVita

https://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/contrib.php?cycle=2016&cid=N00030608&type=I&newmem=N

Announcing My Run For U.S. Senate for Colorado

A Letter to Colorado, the United States and Global Citizens

When did you last believe the country was on the right track? Congress’ approval rating is 10%. Politicians are not being straight with us. Each party offers painless solutions which protect special interests and reward millionaire lobbyists. As we get ready to choose our next president, lets get serious about how to proceed as a nation and state. Americans have to take back democracy from the Global Corporate Mafia that runs our country. We need a revolution that elects someone that fights for climate, social and economic justice.

The plutocrats don’t think we will rise up. They expect us to be too cynical or too complacent. We cannot let this moment pass us by.

Maybe, like me, you campaigned for Barack Obama 8 years ago on a promise of ending wars in Iraq and Afghanistan or standing up for the lower and middle class. Maybe, like me, you’ve watched our leaders lead from behind on climate change.

Well, the time is now not when. We can no longer have ending wars turn into endless wars, saving the planet turn into killing it and arresting the crooks on Wall St turn into hiring them to write regulations.

My name is Arn Menconi and I am running for U.S. Senate for the State of Colorado as a Green Party Candidate. I have run a national charity for disadvantaged youth, served as a two term Colorado Country Commissioner and owned my own business so I’ve had to run a non-profit, for profit and local government. This gives me extensive experience in what it takes to represent people from all walks of life.
In the last year and a half, I’ve spent all of my time as an activist some would say a radical. I call it being a concerned citizen. I cannot stand back and watch when we need to fight.

I have lived in Colorado for 24 years and love this state. It represents the crossroads of what is happening to the world. When I travel through the Western Slopes and see the Halliburton trucks pulling fossil fuels out of the ground, I worry about our water, our love of place and whether we protecting our planet? When I speak to our representatives either here or in Washington, I see that they are running away from the People to raise money from the Corporations. When, I tell my 9 year old and 11 year old, what I do, I say I am trying to get our country to stop going to war so you won’t and we won’t hurt others.

If you are willing to believe in your own power as a citizen in a democracy, if you support climate, social and economic justice, I will fight for you and bring the change and reform that scares the Global Corporate Mafia that extorted our democracy.

Please Share This. Thank You. Let’s Do This People!

Join me on Monday, January 18th in Denver at the MLK Day Marade at City Park 9:30 to march with the Green Party and kick off my campaign https://www.facebook.com/events/441910922683086/ 

Dangerous Unselfishness

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15 years ago this month, I announced my run for Eagle County Commissioner and this was my ad shot I used for my campaign. I was told my hair was too long, that I was a snowboarder and that people wouldn’t take me seriously. 11 months later I won with 8000 votes and served for two terms until I was term limited. There was two recall attempts on me. One for taking a nonaggressive stance towards Afghanistan and another for funding early childhood development.

I was one of three commissioners who administered a $100M annual budget. Served on numerous non-profit community, statewide and national boards. Worked on and developed community initiatives that include long-term economic planning, affordable housing and early childhood development to name a few accomplishments.

I continued to run a charity I founded called SOS Outreach that became a leader in serving poor and minority children. 40,000 kids went through the programs at over 35 ski resorts and we raised over $50 million dollars in inkind and cash.

My point is for those of you who have people telling you that you can’t or won’t be taken seriously, I’m here to tell you that if you hold fast to your core values and work to fight cynicism and apathy, you can make a difference, just don’t listen to those that tell you what you can’t do and listen to those that work together to fight injustice everywhere. The issues have gotten bigger for me as they should with wisdom and age, but as we near Dr. Martin Luther King Day I want to leave you with what he was talking about in his final days.

He was talking about ending the Vietnam War. He was talking about ending a capitalistic system that works for some but not many. He was protesting the rights for all people to live by the principles of a Constitution and Bill of Rights. I used his words in my announcement back then about fulfilling the dream of equality.

In Dr. King’s final speech, “I’ve Been To the Mountain Top” he said this, “Let us develop a kind of dangerous unselfishness.” And went on to give a story of the Good Samaritan. Dr. King went on to give the part of the story were the Levite asked the Good Samaritan, “If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?” But then the Good Samaritan came by. And he reversed the question: “If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?”

We are all interconnected. If you kill, you will be killed. If you hoard you will be poor. If you ignore injustices, you will have injustices commit against you. But if you have the ability to develop dangerous unselfishness, you will find a calling to serve love and compassion and no one who comes from fear or what you can’t do will be able to win out over the people who’s souls are calling you for help.

Trust me because I have put my faith in trusting those that have given their lives to fight for justice. And they will tell you they weren’t perfect, but the calling is a miracle and when you follow the path of justice for all you will see the glory.

Take sometime this weekend to serve other in the name of Dr. Martin Luther King who gave his life for the cause.

#TBT

My Response To President’s S.O.T.U.

My video response: SOTU Response

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Did the President just watch the Big Short before giving his last State of the Union? Obama said, “Corporate profits are at record breaking levels…(acted shocked by) The reckless on Wall St…(going on to say) Corporations avoiding paying taxes and putting them into offshore accounts…(then adding) that Congress needs to do something about it.”

My god, Congress approval rating is at 10%. Does anyone believe this crap anymore? Hell, No!

We need to start taking back the trillions of dollars that Multinational Corporations are stealing from American taxpayers and put it into the things we need for a better future and Country such as early childhood development, education, free college, single payer healthcare, livable wages, making housing that is affordable not more affordable prisons.

We aren’t broke: we are being lied to. Until we have leaders that arrest the crooks & liars and rewrite the tax codes, we are going to see our Society/Empire continue to fall. There are 535 Representatives and 1 President and 4 lobbyists to each one of them. There will be nearly $20 Billion dollars spent on their campaigns while we as citizens have no lobbyist, no representation, but we have something better, our dignity and our fight.

If we could elect a black President on a promise of “Hope and Change”, then ‘We The People’ can take back our government from the ‘Global Corporate Mafia’.

These ‘Gang Banksters’ don’t see countries. They operate inside of their rules of corporate governance and that doesn’t include you and me.

Think about this when you listen to politicians. They are taking millions of dollars from Oil, Wall St., Big Agriculture, Big Pharmaceutical and the Military Industry not to mention American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and the NRA. President Obama’s campaign fundraising was run by the former President of UBS Robert Wolf. Wolf is his golfing buddy and spent the last S.O.T.U. in with the President.

So when Obama’s making promises after promises after promises in his last year, remember that he’s had the “bully pulpit” for 7 years and has allowed the facilitation of the Trans Pacific Partnership, endless wars, the Keystone pipeline, record breaking Arms Sales, increased surveillance and increased profits for insurance companies.

Obama will have approved nearly $1 trillion dollars in arms sales during his Presidency, indicted more whistleblowers than all the Presidents together and bombed 7 countries.

I voted for a President that would end wars not endless wars. ‪

This isn’t a criticism of just Obama. This is an indictment of our governing system that is no longer a democracy. It’s a Corporacracy. Each and everyone of us has the power to take back America, if we act before the inequality gap grows faster, the wars expand and the climate warms to disaster levels.

I can show you how easy it is to break them at their own game, because when you turn on the lights the cockroaches run. Let’s turn on the lights! Flood Democracy. Commit treason for a reason.

Take Democracy Back!