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Here is a graph I created on the causes of hate crimes, based on the causes of rape meme, which exposes the hypocrisy of the corporate mass media in attempting to link alleged or real hate crimes in the UK to the democratic majority Brexit vote. Help it to go viral!

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No smoking

On January 19, 2011, the premier of Ontario, Dalton McGuinty, said he won’t ban smoking in apartment buildings.

While a case can be made for restricting that freedom based on the negative health effects involuntarily imposed on neighbouring residents, he said, “I think when you get into people’s homes, you’re crossing a line.

Upon further reflection, I realized how it simply won’t happen until there is a ban on smoking in provincial public housing. It is a common ploy of any group seeking to restrict freedoms generally, to restrict the freedoms of a vulnerable minority in order to set a precedent for eventually restricting those same freedoms of a majority.

In the Region of Waterloo, a smoking ban has been in effect since April 1, 2010, for all new tenants of multi-unit public housing dwellings. The groundwork has therefore been laid for a smoking ban in all apartments when they have the power to do so and the political will to carry it out.

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Article IV, Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution states:

The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government”

The word “democracy” is nowhere to be found in either the U.S. Constitution or in that of any of the constitutions of the 50 states.

Despite constant popular reference to the United States as a “democracy,” from the Greek words demos (people), and kratein (to rule), the U.S. Constitution, the “supreme Law of the Land,” states otherwise.

The ancient Greeks, the originators of Western civilization, didn’t regard democracy as ” the worst form of Government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time,” as Winston Churchill did. They regarded it as the worst form of government — period.

In a democracy, the majority can infringe on the rights of the minority. This is often done under the guise of “the public good.” In a republic, the rights of everyone are protected.

What is the significance for us today? It’s to recognize the difference between the two, to recognize what the United States was set up as (a republic), what it has been gradually transformed into (a democracy), and the dangerous effects of that transformation.

Since the financial crisis of 2008, the effects have been very evident: the banking bailout, stimulus package, private health insurance mandates, all under the guise of “the public good,” infringe on the rights of all Americans, at the expense of privileging some.

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