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With Liberty and JUSTICE for ALL

Our Nation is a free society and in that free society, there are laws. These laws apply to everyone, with no regard to social, political, financial, racial, or religious status. At least, that is the way it is supposed to work. However there are those who seem to believe or are under some sort of impression that they can skirt around these already established Laws.

I, like everyone else, spent my Friday afternoon glued to my TV set, watching the national media coverage of Paris Whitney Hilton, being dragged back to jail, kicking, screaming, and pathetically calling for her mommy. While I must confess, the picture of the rich princess heir to the Hilton fortune sitting in the back of a police car crying her eyes out, like a two year old little girl, being led away by the big mean policeman, struck a chord of compassion within me. I can quit honestly say, however, that I cannot and will not pity her. Why is this? She broke the law. Paris Hilton drove her car under the influence of alcohol. She was caught doing so, and as a result had her privilege to operate a motor vehicle suspended. It was while this suspension was in effect that Miss Hilton decided to drive on her suspended license. She did so twice. Moreover, both times, was caught.

In the state of Michigan, where I reside, the consequences of such actions are as follows. For a first time offender of drunk driving, they can expect the following:

  • Up to 93 days in jail


  • Up to a $500 fine


  • Up to 360 hours of community service


  • Up to 6 points on a driver’s license


  • Up to 180 days with a suspended license, with a restricted license possible after 30 days


Also to these wonderful items is the sobering fact is that in Michigan a blood-alcohol level of .08 is now is grounds for a nice DUI conviction. So the way I see it, Miss Hilton has no right whatsoever to complain about her situation. It is my understanding that Miss Hilton, upon hearing of her fate, shouted, “It’s not right”, and she is very correct. It is not right. It is not right that she broke the law, by driving under the influence, It is not right that Miss Hilton knowingly drove with a suspended license twice. Sorry, I do not buy the story of her not knowing, Nobody, I do not care how blond you are, is that stupid. It is not right that Miss Hilton seems to think that because she is a young woman of great wealth that she can buy her way out of trouble.

It is my earnest hope and desire that the sheriff of Los Angeles County will not bow to the pressure of the extreme liberal public in California and release Miss Hilton before her 45-day sentence is complete. A message needs to be sent to the entertainment industry, that one cannot break the law and get away with it. This is what has happened for many years. The pledge of allegiance to the flag of the United States of America promises us Liberty and Justice for all. Let us keep that promise and not forsake it for the mere sake of money and fame.

In the name of Liberty,

-Chuck Adkins

Charles Adkins - Editor - The Populist | E-mail Comments on this article.

Money, Money, Money...

The name of the game is money. Few have it, most want it and those who have the power to redistribute it are working for the few that have it. Of course that is an over-simplification of the issue of corruption but it gives a pretty good snapshot of one of the major hurdles facing average folks who want to get involved in solving America's problems.

So what's the answer? Do we throw our hands up in disgust and walk away? Do we start a civil war? Do we boycott everything corporate? What can turn things around? How can We The People take back the country we helped to build?

Part of the answer has to be to start small. We don't have the resources individually to take on corporate America all at once. We can't even really take on one corporation all at once. But we can take on one corporation at a time in little ways. Most corporations have divisions. Some divisions are profitable and others are not. You can use the information available about a corporation via the stock reports and the internet to find out which divisions are profitable and focus your efforts on making them unprofitable while working to make sure they don't find profits in other areas that have already been lagging. Say for example that their toothpaste is their big profit business. You would tell everyone that you know not to buy that brand because of the evil things the corporation does and the bad policies they support. If possible, find a smaller family company that makes a good toothpaste that doesn't cost too much more and try to encourage people to buy it. Using natural market forces, you are shifting money from a corporation to smaller competing companies. Will that kill the company? Not at first but if you then target their next most profitable area and so on until they are not profitable overall, they will eventually collapse from lack of revenue and investor withdrawal. In the process, you have promoted smaller businesses employing Americans and given some power back to the people by taking it away from the minority that had previously controlled it.

You can also do this on a somewhat larger scale. If you work in a business where you come into contact with people looking to buy cars or large ticket items like that, point out which companies are outsourcing their labor. If the person wants to buy a car from an American company that manufactures overseas to cut costs, show them an article about Honda and Toyota building factories in the U.S. to build cars which employ American workers. The company might not be American but their workers are. Unlike the outsourcing company they are helping the people of the United States. Which matters more, the American companies' profits or the American workers' jobs?

The sad truth is that those with power wish to keep it for the most part and will do things that negatively impact the overall populace if the needs of the many conflict with the course of action that will retain their power. The American companies that lobby Congress for relaxed trade regulations so they can send our jobs overseas don't give a rat's behind about the plight of American workers. Honestly, neither do the Japanese corporations that built the American manufacturing plants for their cars but at least they aren't taking jobs out of American communities. By buying cars made in the U.S. regardless of whether the company is American owned, you are supporting the workers first and the fat cats second. If you buy into the hype that the media they own is selling you, you are helping them to screw you over.

Without the money they earn from selling their goods and services, they don't have the power to control the people in Washington. We can't take it all at once but we can take it little by little. We can support small American business even if it costs a little more because eventually, it will pay dividends of a stronger American society. We can support workers first and companies second. It takes a little time and effort to find out which corporations are peddling influence to the detriment of the American people but once we do find out, we have a means to attack them. Also by being aware of the overall corporate picture, you can avoid inadvertantly supporting a corporation that promotes things you are against. For example, if you have an issue with Joe Camel or the Marlboro Man, you should avoid buying Kraft or Nabisco products because they are tied to the same corporations. Despite being "spun-off" they still have ties to the corporate structure of the parent companies and are run by the same group of unscrupulous shareholders that held their stock when they were openly controlled by a tobacco company. To help kill the tobacco lobby, buy locally made snack foods.

It may not change things overnight but as time goes on and more people shop with their conscience and their political will, the corporations will lose their stranglehold on America. Don't try to do it all at once and convert everyone you know. You end up looking like a nut and then nobody takes you seriously. Do some research and talk to people naturally about the things in the news and drop little tidbits about the bad companies and this "wonderful local or American Made brand" you've found that is worth a little extra for the quality and that it supports local or American small business. Afterall, that's like supporting a piece of the American dream. Isn't it?
Troy Wilson-Ripsom - Staff Writer | E-mail Comments on this article.



Get Involved

Do you sit and yell at the TV when politicians come on? Do you shake your head sadly whenever you see a homeless veteran? Is that all you tend to do?

It's time to put up or shut up America. We all love to talk about how we could do things better or how we would do it if we were in charge. Well, it's time to put your money where your mouth is. If you can think of it, you can write it down. If you can write it down, you can type it. If you can type it, you can e-mail it and if you can e-mail it, you can send it here.

We at Reform America are committed to giving voice to anyone who wants to put their ideas out there to make our nation a better place. As the readership grows, we are able to take those views to a wider and wider audience. Grassroots campaigns begin with voices speaking out. You have opinions. Voice them. We aren't about conservative or liberal. We aren't about pro-this or anti-that. We're about Americans and the First Amendment. Reform America is about politics by, for and of the people. You are the people. You only need to speak up. America is listening. Send your article to: stories@reform-america.net



Have You Been Downsized Due to Outsourcing?

For several years now we have listened to some within the business community tell us that America can't compete on a global scale unless they send our jobs overseas where they can be done cheaper. The question becomes, if we don't have good paying jobs here, how can we sustain our own economy? We want to hear from you. Have you lost your job? Have you been forced into a lower wage job due to outsourcing? Has outsourcing been a success for you? Did you end up in a better job?

Tell us your story so we can make sure the politicians see how outsourcing really impacts the workers who are backbone of America. Send your story to stories@reform-america.net

 

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