by Eric Zuesse, Washington’s Blog:
The best reporting on the depth of America’s dictatorship is probably that being done by Atlanta Georgia’s NBC-affiliated, Gannett-owned, TV Channel “11 Alive,” WXIA television, its “The Investigators” series of local investigative news reports, which show, up close and at a cellularly detailed level, the way things actually work in today’s America. Although it’s only local, it displays what meets the legal standards of the U.S. federal government in actually any state in the union; so, it exposes the character of the U.S. government, such that what’s shown to be true here, meets America’s standard for ‘democracy’, or else the federal government isn’t enforcing federal laws against it (which is the same thing as its meeting the federal government’s standards).
The links to three of these local TV news reports will be provided, along with a summary of each of the videos; and then the broader context will be provided, which ties the local picture in with the national, and then the resulting international, picture. So: this will be like a zoom-lens view, starting with three selected close-ups, and then broadening the view to wide-angle, showing the context in terms of which what’s happening in that fine detail (those close-up views) makes sense.
The central video will be the second of the three, which deals with the impact that the national organization called ALEC plays in creating the entire situation in the U.S., and which ties the Georgia-state reality in with the reality of the U.S. federal government.
Here are the three videos, and their respective summaries:
Georgians are prohibited from seeing Georgia’s laws unless they pay over $300 to buy the lawbooks. (Thus, for example: Georgians get arrested, then charged, then judged, then perhaps imprisoned, according to laws they can’t even so much as see beforehand.)
Georgia’s laws are written in secret by the Kochs’ and other billionaires’ ‘charity’ (like NGOs but operating only within a nation, not internationally) called ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council), which pays legislators to approve the laws that it writes, and which requires them to pass these laws (or else they’ll lose their legislative seats as being ‘representatives of the people’).
NOTE regarding #2: Perhaps because of the explosive nature of news reporting such as this, that TV station prohibits the Web Archive, web.archive.org, from archiving their investigative reports, but this particular TV report was also recently posted by someone to youtube:
This TV report’s transcript also was once available at another of Gannett’s Georgia TV stations, and that station didn’t block web-archiving, so this transcript, though no longer online, was web-saved and will thus permanently be available there:
Georgians have no way of knowing who or what will be charged to them on their medical bills. Patients who have a medical emergency are especially flying blind into deep indebtedness and possible bankruptcy, over which they’ve got no control.
CONCLUSION & RAMIFICATIONS
This is ‘democracy’ in the nation that dictates to other nations’ governments what they must do in order to be at least minimally acceptable as constituting a ‘democracy.’
Whereas the medical patient (as shown in the third video) has no control over what he or she must pay, and basically (as shown in the first of the three videos) isn’t even allowed to know what the laws are that govern this, the ALEC employee (as shown in the second of the three videos) is allowed to call over an armed “Sheriff’s deputy” who has been standing guard near him, so as now to threaten, perhaps to jail, but certainly to remove from the hotel, the TV station’s reporter, when that reporter has asked one-too-many follow-up questions of that ALEC employee. Not only don’t the operatives who work for the remote and unseen individuals who actually create and shape the laws have no need to explain to the public what they’re doing and how they’re doing it, but the government itself works for them and physically threatens anyone who tries to impede what they’re doing, or who merely tries to report to the public what they are doing. And whereas ALEC’s expenses are tax-deductible to the billionaires who fund it, the reporter and even his employer are fully liable and will have no legal recourse if and when they subsequently become called upon to pay medical bills that might result from their resisting this ‘democratic’ government. Instead of enjoying tax-exemption, the victims — the public — must pay the taxes that fund this government: they must pay for the police, prisons, judges, and lawmakers, that represent not really the public, but instead those remote if not invisible rulers; and this is called ‘democracy’.
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