Here are a few ideas for you to consider that I hope will persuade you to immediately contact your Federal legislative representatives to demand that they REJECT the passage of Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson's bailout plan.
The Plan, which is being hurried through Congress as I write, is, I believe, being propelled by fear similar to that which allowed the government to drastically subvert the nation's legal landscape after the destruction of the Twin Towers. Today the specter of an impending collapse is being used to extort and usurp absolute financial power. What is occurring right now is, for all intents and purposes, an old style fascist putsch. A putsch is defined as "a plotted revolt or attempt to overthrow a government, especially one that depends upon suddenness and speed." What could be more sudden than what is occurring now? And what could be worse than the likelihood that this is an inside job?
Be very mindful of who heaped the present desperate state of financial affairs upon the nation in the first place, namely the financial services and banking industry who were aided and abetted by elected officials from both parties. Now be equally if not more mindful of the fact that the same groups who engineered the original sub prime swindle are the very same ones who will most benefit from the plan now being foisted on a pliant Congress. No less a historian than John Steele Gordon has observed that..." Paulson is asking to be a financial dictator..." what with provisions in the bill that would bar courts from reviewing actions taken under its (Paulson's) authority. Think about that for a moment. Now think again.
THIS CAN NOT BE ALLOWED TO STAND. NO ONE CAN BE ALLOWED TO ACT WITH LEGAL IMPUNITY AS IT OPENS THE DOOR TO MASSIVE ABUSES, OR WORSE, AN ABSOLUTE USURPATION OF POWER. THIS IS THE VERY CORE OF FASCISM, THE RULE OF MEN OVER LAW. DO NOT BE PERSUADED BY ANY LANGUAGE IN "THE PLAN" REGARDING THE TEMPORARY NATURE OF THE GRANTING OF EXTRAORDINARY POWERS. A QUICK REVIEW OF HISTORY SHOWS THAT SUCH PLEDGES HAVE BEEN VIOLATED FAR TOO OFTEN TO GIVE ANYONE COMFORT THAT THIS TIME WILL BE DIFFERENT. I URGE YOU TO ACT IMMEDIATELY OR RISK SUFFERING APPALLING CONSEQUENCES!!!