When people who think that the U.S. Constitution – and the civil rights of human beings enshrined therein – mean something assert that Republicans are desirous of establishing fascist-style dictatorship, they’re decried as alarmist.
the ghost of Ferdinand Marcos Rick Snyder:
The Michigan Martial Law Act of 2011 is fast-tracking right onto Governor Rick Snyder’s desk just in time to take center stage after the fact. Despite large protests in Lansing, it’s getting very little press while the Wisconsin conflict continues.
According to the law, which has already been approved in the House, the governor will be able to declare “financial emergency” in towns or school districts and appoint someone to fire local elected officials, break contracts, seize and sell assets, and eliminate services.
Under the law whole cities or school districts could be eliminated without any public participation or oversight, and amendments designed to provide minimal safeguards and public involvement were voted down.
An amendment to require Emergency Managers to hold monthly public meetings to let people know how they are governing was rejected by Senate Republicans, along with proposals to cap Emergency Manager compensation and require that those appointed to run school districts have some background in education.
This law will give this Republican administration in Michigan the right to overturn the will of the people by tossing their elected officials out and moving the “backboned ones” in.
Michigan happens to be the home state of the DeVos family (of Amway fame), who has spent millions via their non-profit foundation to set up urban schools for privatization. Like Wisconsin, Rick Snyder received millions from the Republican Governors’ Association and the Chamber of Commerce for his run in 2010. And like Wisconsin, Rick Snyder received plenty of extra help from corporate interests, from insurance companies to chemical companies to financial companies.
I guess the only question left now is: How many pairs of shoes does Mrs. Snyder own?
Without warning, police squads late last week walked into Manila’s newspaper offices and broadcast stations, ordered staffers to leave and posted announcements Stating THIS BUILDING IS CLOSED AND SEALED AND PLACED UNDER MILITARY CONTROL. Domestic air flights were grounded and overseas telephone operators refused to accept incoming calls. Finally, after several hours of mystifying silence, Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos went on nationwide radio and TV to proclaim a state of martial law. Civil government would be continued, he said, but campuses would be closed. Restrictions on travel, the press and communications would remain in force until the government dealt with “a conspiracy to overthrow the government.”
It was a drastic step; martial law had never before been imposed in the Philippines, despite the country’s long history of social and political violence.
…The benefits of the country’s gradual economic expansion have been slow to trickle down to most of its 38 million people.
Actually, I have another question: when he installs someone as the dictator of a rown, what would the person’s title be? Squire? Royal High Muckety Muck? Lord Protector?