The Constitution of the United States
Article I – The Legislative Branch
In the context of the Constitution, a Bill of Attainder is meant to mean a bill that has a negative effect on a single person or group (for example, a fine or term of imprisonment).
Ex post facto means formulated, enacted, or operating retroactively.
The bill passed yesterday to target AIG bonus recipients, and retroactively create a new 90% tax on them, violates both of those limits on Congress. It is clearly unconstitutional.
But the Communists don’t like the restrictions of our Constitution, and are in a continual battle to change our Constitution. They want to remove limits on government. But they do a “bait and switch”… they bait with positive historical examples of where “restrictions on democracy” were removed from individuals (non-land owners, blacks, women), then pull a switch with removing restrictions on the government.
The U.S. Constitution, as originally written, placed many restrictions on democracy, so from the time of the country’s founding there has been a continual battle to extend democracy. From demanding that the Bill of Rights be included in the Constitution to legal battles to ensure that all people have inalienable rights, from eliminating property requirements for voting to outlawing poll taxes, from not only freeing the slaves but enrolling them as voters to extending the franchise to women, from the Voting Rights Act to lowering the voting age, our history has been one of masses of people demanding their right to full participation in the decisions which affect their lives. Many victories have been won in this struggle, but it is far from over. Democratic rights in a capitalist society are always under attack.
The struggle to protect and expand democracy is the way to defeat the ultra-right. It is the way to prevent fascism. It is the path of curtailing the power of the monopolies. In and through the democratic struggle, the class struggle advances toward victory. Democratic struggle is the way to bring the working class and people’s forces to the brink of socialism.
The Constitution provides for political democracy, which though limited, is under attack by the ultra-right. Protecting and expanding democratic rights are crucial struggles which communists support. But we go further—we demand economic democracy and freedom from exploitation and oppression. We want the lives of all working people to be free not only of unwarranted governmental power but also to be free of unwarranted corporate power.
But they really want to give government more power, in the form of things like government-run health care.
Now, who said:
…the Constitution is a charter of negative liberties. Says what the states can’t do to you. Says what the Federal government can’t do to you, but doesn’t say what the Federal government or State government must do on your behalf
There are people in both political parties who have supported Socialist programs.
Many of the voters who voted for “CHANGE” in the 2008 elections wanted LESS Socialism, NOT MORE! They believed all the nice-sounding rhetoric and promises that Obama made before the election, but they are shocked to find out that he really does have a radical left agenda.
Coming back to the House-passed new retroactive 90% tax on AIG bonus recipients, you know who also uses the tax system as a weapon against his advisaries? Vladimir Putin:
The threat of prosecution for tax fraud is the Kremlin’s weapon of choice against anyone who dares to challenge its hegemony.
There is no significant difference between the agenda of the Democratic Party and the agenda of the Communist Party. “Bill of Rights Socialism” is on its way.
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