The Pledge for All Americans

As an American within the borders of these United States or within the borders of our protected borders of our territories or those of our allied nations, with an honest and wholehearted intent, you commit to honor and respect our laws as they stand until amended or revoked, to protect our citizens, to the best of your abilities, to protect the health and well-being of our citizens and yourself from all known and present dangers, imminent and perceivable, foreign and domestic, and to help maintain the peace and dignity of every man, woman, child and creature within our borders in a manner that allows you to face your creator with a full an honest heart and a head held high.  To this you solemnly swear.

It’s a tall order, but it is also the closest thing you’ll find to an honest goal that included Americans, existing citizens and those aspiring to be citizens.

Constitutions should be based on high, yet practical aspirations and goals we can achieve that provides for a broader understanding of what it means to be American, not to be limited to just “citizens,” but also residents awaiting citizenship status.  This is a pledge of allegiance for all people within our borders who wish to identify as Americans and who are citizens and wish to seek citizenship as Americans.  I’m beginning to understand the issue now, I hope.

My apologies, my fellow American, very frustrated, aspiring-to-be citizens.

#MAGA #PLEDGE #USA #Immigration

Published October 9, 2017 by M.E. Strayhorne 

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The Bureaucratic Mechanism:  Its Role in Party Politics and Federal Corruption 

Below is an educated perspective on using bureaucracy as a tool to enable actions and outcomes without supervision.  It provides a lesson in why checks and balances, antitrust laws, and oversight and accountability measures are critical.

Reflect on these itemized examples before you move on to the excerpts and editorial:

  • Big banks ‘too big to fail’ due to sheer size of its internal bureaucracy exhausting the resources of the Justice Department leading to weak settlements though nonprofits (that profit from the agreement on “consulting services”), thus circumventing Article III justice (Judicial branch; and 
  • Executive Branch plausible deniability and scapegoating of appointed officials (who also seem to avoid prosecution–i.e., Lois Lerner, the IRS, Eric Holder, the Justice Department, Hillary Clinton, State Department, Susan Rice, and pretty much every U.S. Presidential administration in part since Nixon).  

**Note:  not all administration members or federal employees are affirmatively acting in a way that suggests corruption. The excerpt eludes to this and common sense should reign in your analysis. It is the assembly line separation of tasks and limited technical or professional knowledge that allows the mechanism to work and absolve individuals. In a sense, you could argue that politicizing the bureaucratic function of the executive branch creates a faction of federal employees, involking precautions made in the Federalist Papers against factions.

The bottom line may be that it is time to reign in political party activities with its own system of checks and balances, perhaps a Political Activity oversight function that requires the participation of an electoral-college type or concerned citizen body that does not rely on tax exemptions from the federal government, nor is funded by private organizations.  I have to think about that some more.  Moving on.

    Max Weber on Bureaucracy

    Max Weber took an interdisciplinary approach to political philosophy, combining both sociological evaluations and political theories.  Here, Weber discusses, in part, the right to inquiry into bureaucratic actions and the power of bureaucracy.  The bureaucracy is what I like to refer to as the unofficial fourth branch of government (and I’m pretty sure I’m not alone in this idea).

    Max Weber (1864-1920) grew up the son of a prominent civil servant and a young contemporary of Prussian statesman Otto von Bismarck during the political changes that gave rise to the Weimar Republic and eventually its fall and the beginning of the Nazi era, having an opportune position to witness the rise of the German regime prior to World War I and the Nazi Regime under Adolf Hitler.

    Read this excerpt and tell me if you see any use of these executive powers having been exploited over the course of American governance, beginning with FDR (to limit this analysis for convenience only…boundaries are good).

    From the section “Effective Supervision and the Power Basis of Bureaucracy”:

    Effective supervision over the officialdom depends upon certain preconditions.
    Apart from being rooted in the administrative division of labor, the power of all bureaucrats rests upon knowledge of two kinds: First, technical know-how in the widest sense of the word, acquired through specialized training. This kind of knowledge is also represented in parliament or whether deputies can privately consult specialists in a given case, is incidental and a private matter. There is no substitute for the systematic cross-examination (under oath) of experts before a parliamentary commission in the presence of the respective departmental officials. This alone guarantees public supervision and a thorough inquiry. Today, the Reichstag simply lacks the right to proceed in this fashion: the constitution condemns it to amateurish ignorance  (emphasis added). 

    The bureaucratic procedure and process assign the proper protocol to allow access which is on-the-record under oath in the presence of departmental officials.

    “However, expertise alone does not explain the power of the bureaucracy. In addition, the bureaucrat has official information, which is only available through administrative channels and which provides him with the facts on which he can base his actions. Only he who can get access to these facts independently of the officials’ good will can effectively supervise the administration” (emphasis added)

    Yes, it is only at the discretion of a bureaucratic official to share the information. Good luck producing a paper trail showing the chain of proof–official discretion gets a first bite at those apples.

    “According to the circumstances, the appropriate means are the inspection of documents, on-the-spot inquiry and, in extreme cases, the official’s cross-examination under oath before a parliamentary commission. This right, too, is withheld from the Reichstag [German parliamentary body], which has deliberately been made incapable of gaining the necessary information. Hence, in addition to dilettarttism, the Reichstag has been sentenced to ignorance-plainly not for technical reasons, but exclusively because the bureaucracy’s supreme power instrument is the transformation of official information into classified material by means of the notorious concept of the secret secret. In the last analysis, this is merely a means of protecting the administration against supervision (emphasis added).”

    National security, executive privilege and incompetence seem to be the three widely used excuses for failure or refusal to be transparent.  Government is legally abliged to be transparent to the governed and it is also the Government’s responsibility to protect us from all threats even with transparency in place.  FOIA does not seem to trump national security or executive privilege.  We’ve been had, my fellow American comrade.  

    “While lower ranks of the bureaucratic hierarchy are supervised and criticized by the higher echelons, all controls, whether technical or political, over these policy-making echelons have failed completely.  The manner in which administrative chiefs answer questions and critiques in the Reichstag is often disgraceful for a self-confident people; it has been possible only because parliament cannot avail itself, through the “right of investigation” (Enqueterecht), of the facts and technical viewpoints, knowledge of which alone would permit steady co-operation with and influence upon the administration. This must be changed first” (Emphasis added).

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    “Of course, the Reichstag committees are not supposed to immerse themselves in comprehensive studies and to publish fat volumes-this will not happen anyway because the Reichstag is too busy with other things. The parliamentary right of inquiry should be an auxiliary means and, for the rest, a whip, the mere existence of which will force the administrative chiefs to account for their actions in such a way as to make its use unnecessary.”

    Committees too busy with other things?  Like healthcare?  The budget?  And yet, independent commissions seem to be created to have all the time in the world to investigate the new boss.

    Read Weber’s observations.  Then, analogize the events unfolding now.  Who are the culprits?  The new guys in power or the old administration?  Answer that for yourself.

    My Final Thoughts

    We the people need to figure out how to get back what is rightfully ours:  a governing body with a primary focus on equality for all Americans . Politically-fueled divisiveness is dividing and conquering the American and aspiring American people and it is time to drop the axe.

    I urge you to learn your history and do so with hard copy books as a primary source.  Be highly skeptical of any electronic media — including this blog, as it is at the mercy of a third parties. Also, be skeptical of the publication date of all print publications. Know your history!

    Source:

    Weber, Max. Economy and Society: An Outline of Interpretive Sociology, eds. Guenther Roth and Claus Wittich, 1978, Berkeley: University of California Press, available at: https://ia800305.us.archive.org/25/items/MaxWeberEconomyAndSociety/MaxWeberEconomyAndSociety.pdf (last accessed Sep 28, 2017).

    The Obama Era:  Democracy Died in almost every Dark Shadow of the Obama White House.  The outrage?  Like Obama, hiding behind the protective skirts of female scapegoats and political correctness.

    By Mary Strayhorne, LL.M.

    Let’s face it, an attack on Obama is an attack on the African-American legacy and women–at least, that is how it appears.  And the American people have had enough, as the majority of the electorate and electoral college pronounced.

    To all those who voted for Hillary–well, as she still has not learned in her golden years:  Life entitles us to nothing.

    Lies, corruption, and sticking it the American people is a favorite pastime for Obama and the contemporary political institutions in general.  In this little post, I gather some news tidbits just in the Obama administration, for now.  Don’t fret, I’ll be calling out the others in time.

    Thanks to an overwhelming fear by pretty much everyone to criticisize or offend the legacy of the first African-American President, here lie the remnants of the Obama administration, so quickly dismissed and forgotten in the wake of NFL kneeling.  

    At first I thought the fear was to avoid appearing “racist”–now, I’m beginning to think it’s out of fear of being bullied and blacklisted by fascist thugs with masks and security clearances.  Time will tell.
    The coup d’etat is underway and our generation has a front row seat until the realization provokes us to prosecute the offenders…let’s begin.

    Obama Lies, Generally.  Outrage?  Meh…

    Obama’s biggest whoppers | The Washington Post.  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fact-checker/wp/2017/01/19/obamas-biggest-whoppers/?utm_term=.07de62fc467c

    Obama’s second term: A timeline | TheHill. http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/246801-obamas-second-term-a-timeline

    Top 10 Obama Administration Scandals (VIDEOS) | The Federalist Papers. http://thefederalistpapers.org/us/top-10-obama-administration-scandals-videos

    Issa says Obama administration is ‘one of most corrupt’ | The Washington Post. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/01/02/AR2011010201493.html

    Obama Scapegoats Lois Lerner, laughs all the way through his second term; Lerner, though admittedly guilty for her involvement NOT prosecuted.  Outrage?  None.

    IRS Targeting Scandal: Citizens United, Lois Lerner And The $20M Tax Saga That Won’t Go Away | Forbes. https://www.forbes.com/sites/kellyphillipserb/2016/06/24/irs-targeting-scandal-citizens-united-lois-lerner-and-the-20m-tax-saga-that-wont-go-away/?s=trending#579ced8bcd1f

    IRS Officials Misled Congress, Public | FactCheck.org. http://www.factcheck.org/2013/05/irs-officials-misled-congress-public/

    Obama Foreign Policy Kills Hundreds.  Outrage?  Nope, finger pointing, tries to fully-scapegoat Hillary.  She laughs it off, runs for President!  Outrage?  Anyone?  Nope!

    Obama’s Embrace of Drone Strikes Will Be a Lasting Legacy | NYTimes.com. https://mobile.nytimes.com/redirect?to-mobile=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nytimes.com%2Froomfordebate%2F2016%2F01%2F12%2Freflecting-on-obamas-presidency%2Fobamas-embrace-of-drone-strikes-will-be-a-lasting-legacy%3Freferer%3Dhttps%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2F

    Benghazi Blackout: How the Big Three Networks Have Censored or Spun Obama’s Deadly Foreign Policy Failure | Fox Nation. http://nation.foxnews.com/2013/09/10/benghazi-blackout-how-big-three-networks-have-censored-or-spun-obamas-deadly-foreign

    Obama hides behind yet another woman’s skirt, Susan Rice–and she still has a security clearance!  Under Trump?  But, how could that be???

    The Real Reason McMaster Let Susan Rice Keep Her Security Clearance | The Weekly Standard. http://www.weeklystandard.com/the-real-reason-mcmaster-let-susan-rice-keep-her-security-clearance/article/2009158

    Samantha Power And Susan Rice: The Apparent Gruesome Twosome In The Unmasking Of Americans | Town Hall – Matt Vespa. https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2017/09/21/samantha-power-and-susan-rice-the-apparent-gruesome-twosome-in-the-unmasking-of-n2384409

    And, for good measure:

    Clinton Scandals through the years

    Clinton scandals through the years | CNN Politics. http://www.cnn.com/2015/05/22/politics/gallery/clinton-scandals-through-the-years/index.html

    Don’t believe everything you read, question everything you hear, cite your sources…the rest, is history and only time will tell.

    Photo of Newsweek cover – courtesy of ethoslogopath.com

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    Managing Expectations: How to lead when everyone thinks they are the messiah–the chosen hero of their own stories.

    By Mary E. Strayhorne, LL.M.
    August 25, 2017 1:09 p.m. EST

    With a generation of people who have all been given a trophy, nobody is a leader anymore. There are only supporters and detractors. Trust no one; just weigh the cost versus the benefit of acknowledging talent. Trust is not about expecting good outcomes, there are no value judgments; trust is about confidence in your expectations.  

    Trust is knowing a person enough to predict their actions and reactions–including how they will stab you in the back when it comes time. A real leader plays in the ring with everyone and has the intellectual and emotional capacity to accept dedication and betrayals, take stock in all available resources versus resources needed, and prepare for as many outcomes as are likely to manifest.  

    A natural born and effective leader is a realist who recognizes potentiality all available resources, acknowledges it, remembers it, cultivates it and then capitalizes on it when opportunities arise.

    #leadership #trust

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    Post-Trump Victory & Uncertainty: A Note to the Fearful Masses

    To anyone who fears a Trump-fueled racist fallout, read this and allow it to guide your wisdom and strength in these uncertain times.
    Being American is not about race, it is about nationality and how one identifies themselves.

    We are all Americans.

    We welcome you and your views. We also welcome the right of people to use the democratic process to choose a leader.

    Though Trumps words were poorly chosen, we still have an opportunity to communicate to this leader that we will not stand for the mistreatment of any citizen or visitor to our country. Period. Read More

    Political Stalemate or a Sign of Things to Come

    Do both primary popular GOP and Democrat candidates think they are above the law, what is next?

    If popular GOP candidate Donald Trump’s comments about forcing the U.S. Military to act on illegal orders to torture insurgents (on the battlefield?) and Hillary Clinton gets indicted for yet another Clinton ‘Emailgate’ scandal for breaching national security, what happens next?

    At this point the top two candidates are appearing unfit to lead the nation.  This may be the first accurate result of how the media plays an integral and dangerous role in the American political system.

    Hillary Clinton’s litany of scandal

    Last Night, Donald Trump Disqualified Himself
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    E|L|P Daily Dose of Founding Perspective

    Today’s founding perspective is from Thomas Jefferson on the nature of politics and government:

    “Let those flatter, who fear; it is not an American art. To give praise which is not due might be well from the venal, but would ill beseem those who are asserting the rights of human nature…Open your breast, sire to liberal and expanded thought. Let not the name of George the third be a blot in the page of history…The whole art of government consists in the art of being honest. Only aim to do your duty, and mankind will give you credit where you fail. No longer persevere in sacrificing the rights of one part of the empire to the inordinate desired of another; but deal out all equal and impartial right…This is the important post in which fortune has placed you, holding the balance of great, if a well poised empire.”

    (As quoted in Jon Meacham’s Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power)

     

    E|L|P Daily Dose of Founding Perspective

    “We were under [the] conviction of the necessity of arousing our people from the lethargy into which they had fallen as to passing events.”  Thomas Jefferson on the reasoning behind the Day of Fasting and Prayer resolution of Tuesday, May 24, 1774.

    Anyone up for a fasting this Tuesday, May 24, 2016?