What's really happening to the people of Benton Harbor: The thrust [of the Berrien county courthouse] is to physically remove and destroy families through the use of the criminal justice system. Every person they can put in jail; every person whose voting rights they can revoke with a felony conviction; every person they can cause to lose their job by putting them on probation; every person they can cause to lose the ability to pay for basic necessities through imposing ruinous court costs and probation is all part of the process. In the 1960s, it was called Negro removal. In Bosnia, it was called ethnic cleansing. It could be called genocide, the removal of the minority population for the purpose of redevelopment of the land. That’s what’s happening in Benton Harbor and the foremost leader of the resistance is Rev. Edward Pinkney. --Civil rights attorney, Hugh "Buck" Davis
Thursday, October 02, 2008
Upton’s biggest strength is deflecting blame
Fury at the fat cats on Wall Street will get you nowhere because they are not accountable to us. Our national interests have been betrayed, repeatedly and belligerently, by those sent to Washington to protect us.
It is time to throw the bums out. Southwest Michigan’s own Congressman Fred Upton is partially to blame. Here is an entrenched member of Congress and a Washington insider with pockets as deep as his connections to Wall Street. Upton’s mentor, Dave Stockman, is a multi-millionaire Wall Street tycoon under indictment for bank fraud, among other things.
If ever there were a henhouse, it’s Wall Street. If ever there were a fox, it’s Fred Upton. Are we angry with Congress? Yes.
Are we angry with Wall Street?
Yes. Will Upton be re-elected, nonetheless? Probably. Why?
Because people like Upton are brilliant at deflecting blame and convincing voters that it’s not their fault when things go up in smoke.
If the Fred Uptons of America are all re-elected, then this is no time of crisis. In times of crisis, Americans take a stand. Will you?