Election Results Indicate Huge Mandate for New Trade Pacts- Corruption, Corruption everywhere and Oh so much to drink.

Of course they did! And you can hear the campaign coffers on the Hill and the pockets of the corporate lobbyists filling with gold (the preferred currency of a former fed chairman, as it always was in his honest youth, prior to his assent up the ladders of the CFR and bank controlled system we call a democracy). We are less than mere pawns in a game that is totally invisible to us and we will remain so, that is until the games ends.

It will, however, end and sooner than we may like. When the table is strewn with toppled pieces, the masters of the hidden world and its true purposes, methodologies and insidious ideology will be revealed. They will fight to defend the spoils of the global empire they have constructed over generations. Truth will win in the end, but not without considerable suffering. They will not head the words of the three ghosts, they will not seek redemption. But we can.

Apparently that is how the DC-insider crowd saw the elections last week. The elite media were filled with news and opinion pieces on how the election opened the door for the approval of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Pact (TTIP). According to the purveyors of elite opinion this is one of the key areas on which the Republicans in Congress and President Obama can agree.

That assessment is striking since few, if any, of the winning candidates in last week’s election made a point of running on their support of these agreements. Nor did President Obama highlight his work on these pacts in his re-election campaign. In fact, the last thing most voters probably remember President Obama saying about trade was his pledge to renegotiate NAFTA when he was running for president the first time, back in 2008.

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What is the Rule of Law?

The rule of law is defined by the World Justice Project as a system in which the following four universal principles are upheld:

  1. The government and its officials and agents as well as individuals and private entities are accountable under the law.
  2. The laws are clear, publicized, stable, and just; are applied evenly; and protect fundamental rights, including the security of persons and property.
  3. The process by which the laws are enacted, administered, and enforced is accessible, fair, and efficient.
  4. Justice is delivered timely by competent, ethical, and independent representatives and neutrals who are of sufficient number, have adequate resources, and reflect the makeup of the communities they serve.

These four universal principles are further developed in the following nine factors of the WJP Rule of Law Index, which measures how the rule of law is experienced by ordinary people in 99 countries around the globe.

20th on the WJP Rule of Law index is bad enough, but the real corruption, the real destruction of the cornerstone of America’s former democratic republic is hidden from almost all, but to those who wield the powers that can disregard it.

We have become a thoroughly corrupt nation, both within the private and public universe. A catharsis lies ahead. It will begin where it should, in the financial markets. But it will end with the dismantling of the coercive, dictatorial state and give birth, once more to a level of human freedom never before yet achieved. 

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What’s a Federal Agency for If Not to Pad the Payroll With Relatives? – Hit & Run : Reason.com

Last week, senior officials of the Department of Justice’s Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) were quietly busted for using a student hiring scheme as a jobs program for their relatives. The Justice Department’s Office of the Inspector General report (PDF) notes that nepotism has become widespread at the agency, with 16 percent of hires in the student program consisting of relatives of existing employees.

The investigation was sparked by “the hiring of four students who were relatives of the three most senior officials in the organization—EOIR Director Juan Osuna, Chairman of the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) David Neal, and Chief Immigration Judge Brian O’Leary.”

Specifically, Osuna put his niece on the payroll—twice. Neal made sure that both his son and daughter were hired, and O’Leary pulled strings for his daughter.

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