More than 150 groups threw their backing behind the “Put People First” march. Police said around 35,000 attended the demonstration. The biggest groups backing the demonstration include the Stop The War Coalition, whose supporters marched under the slogan “Jobs Not Bombs,” Friends of the Earth, and the Trades Union Congress. Berlin police estimated that around 10,000 people gathered in front of the capital’s city hall and more than 1,000 in Frankfurt, Germany’s banking capital, for similar demonstrations under the slogan: “We won’t pay for your crisis.”
WeAreChange founder and activist Luke Rudkowski was arrested at the Hilton Hotel on Manhattan today for attempting to question New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg about his refusal to pay for the health care of 9/11 first responders. Rudkowski had Infowars press credentials and a video camera when he was singled out by Bloomberg’s security in the lobby of the hotel located at West 53rd Street and Avenue of the Americas (Sixth Avenue).
Although many people compared President Bush and his policies with the actions of Adolph Hitler in Nazi Germany, few were able to itemize the process of converting a free society into a dictatorship like Naomi Wolf in her book and movie titled “The End of America”.
Naomi outlined what President Bush did in his two terms and illustrated the parallels to Germany, Italy and Russia during the 1930s, and Chile during the 1970s. She says there are ten steps to removing freedom from a society.
The great dictators learned from one another on how to close down a society. There were 10 steps taken. Naomi Wolf studied the Pinochet regime 1973. Over the past 8 years, Naomi says that a small group of people set out to undermine the U.S. constitution.
Germany would not have looked much different from the US today. Germany in 1931 had human rights and gay rights organizations. They were relatively free.
Heimat (Homeland) became a popular phrase in discourse within Germany during the 1930s. The Nazis used the historic term, first patriotically but later nationalistically. They employed Heimat to convince their citizens that anything foreign was bad. Soon after September 11th 2001, the government used the term in the newly created mega-agency called “Homeland Security”.
George W. Bush issued 161 signing statements affecting over 1,100 provisions of law in 160 Congressional enactments. When Obama was CAMPAIGNING FOR VOTES, he was asked if he would continue Bush’s UNCONSTITUTIONAL policy:
QUESTION: “When Congress offers you a bill, do you PROMISE to not use presidential signage to get your way?”
Obama explains: “…Congess’ job is to pass legislation. The President can veto it or he can sign it. But what George Bush has been trying to do, as part of his effort to accumulate more power in the Presidency, is, he’s been saying well i can basically change what Congress passed by attaching a letter saying I don’t agree with this part, or I don’t agree with that part. I’m gonna choose to interpret it this way, or that way. Uh. That’s not part of his power. But this is part of the whole theory of George Bush that he can make laws as he’s going along.”
Obama PROMISES: “Uh. I DISAGREE WITH THAT. I taught the Constitution for 10 years. I believe in the Constitution and I will obey the Constitution of The United States. We’re NOT gonna use signing statements as a way of doing an end-run around Congress.”
March 11, 2009 Obama’s FIRST Signing Statement: President Obama said earlier this week that he will rarely state his own interpretation of legislation, but he issued his first “signing statement” on Wednesday, outlining five points of disagreement with the omnibus spending bill passed by Congress. While they are minor points in a bill with at least 1,132 pages, a few of them deal directly with his role as head of the federal bureaucracy.