Happy Independence Day

Freedom!

Some Americans are free from having a roof over their heads.

Some are free from knowing where their next meal is coming from.

Some are free from a living wage. Or any wage at all.

Some are free from financial security, too far in debt because of the loans they signed to get an education.. so they could gain financial security.

Some are free from the life maintaining medications they need.

Some are free from the basic medical care they need.

Some are free from bodily limbs or emotional stability, surrendered to wars for corporate profits.

Some are free from having a choice over their own body.

Some are free from their freedom because they ingested a substance deemed “illegal”. Or because of planted evidence.

Some are free from a safe environment because of the crossfire between criminals and law enforcement.

Some are free from feeling safe if pulled over or just walking down the street because of the color of their skin.

Some are incarcerated, held in cages, possibly too young to walk, because their freedom to remain safe and alive in their own country was taken.

Some are free from the right to speak their own voice against corporate interests.

Some are free from the ability to reveal the truth about the atrocities and illegalities of our own government.

Some are free from the right to vote, to change things. Possibly even with no criminal charges against them but because of where they reside or changed registration or discarded ballots.

Some are free from the right to openly practice their own religion.

Some are free from the right to use a bathroom of the gender they associate with.

Some are free from the right to marry the person they love.

Some are free from the right to enlist in the military because of their sexual orientation and/or body self image.

Some are free from having safe water to drink.

America. Land of the Free. Home of Independence. Where none of us are free and all of us are dependent on one another, like it or not.

This Independence Day, ask yourself what you are celebrating. Recall that this country was created by Revolution, by people rising up against an oppressive government and corporate power.

It’s not enough to be unhappy with the conditions in this country. We must be willing to stand up and DO something about it.

I’m ready. Are you?

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NOW You Have A GOOD Reason To Impeach Trump!!

Many of you have wanted a reason to impeach Trump and call him a traitor. Now you have it!!

I am referring to the charges against Julian Assange. The charges against Assange are an absolute violation of the First Amendment.

It does not matter if you agree with him, like him, etc. If you believe any of the rumors that he is a bad house guest, smells bad, is arrogant or even if you think he raped someone when you have never looked into the history of that allegation. None of that has anything to do with freedom of the press.

Guess what? You will never agree with every journalist you come across. It’s doubtful you ever criticize another journalist for saying things you want to hear. If you believe in the Russiagate religion, have you ever criticized Rachel Maddow for not “reporting” (sic) anything which throws doubt on Russiagate?

Have you ever watched the video which first brought Wikileaks to the public eye? Where US military were shown killing civilians, including two children and two Reuters journalists in cold blood while laughing? If you have never seen it, then it is crucial for your understanding that you do watch it. This is what our military covered up. You can watch the video here.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rXPrfnU3G0

That video is what is being termed espionage.

That video is why Chelsea Manning spent years in prison, much of it in solitary isolation, repeatedly suicidal during that time. That video is why Manning has again been arrested. Have you ever heard of double jeopardy?

That video is why Assange has spent years in the Ecuadorian embassy, knowing the US would have him extradited and charged. That video is why his prediction came true.

Assange is not being charged with anything having to do with the leaks in 2016 of the DNC. He could not be charged with espionage for that because the DNC is a private organization, NOT a government agency.

No, Wikileaks did not hack anyone. They publish documents which are provided to them by whistle blowers.

No, Wikileaks does not only publish documents regarding the US government. They publish documents from governments around the world. Yes, that includes the Russian government. If you have never seen the Wikileaks website yet have an opinion about it, you need to know just what you are talking about. Go there now. https://wikileaks.org/

No, there is no verifiable evidence that Russia had anything to do with the DNC leaks.

All evidence as analyzed by Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) has determined that the DNC data was leaked, not hacked. https://consortiumnews.com/2017/07/24/intel-vets-challenge-russia-hack-evidence/

The corporate media is only now coming to some minor realization that the indictment of Assange has troubling implications for them as well. Until this week, they have never once defended him and by extension you. All they care about is their profit.

So yes, obliteration of freedom of the press should be considered an impeachable offense. Yet the Democrats are not going to defend Assange. That would absolutely destroy their Russiagate narrative which they have perpetuated for 3 years at extreme cost (at least $30 BILLION) and risk of war with a country with more advanced nuclear technology than our own. Their strangle hold on power, their absolute denial of wrongdoing is more important than your right to know what our government is doing.

However, impeachment for this should not be a consideration. Absolute opposition, yes. Impeachment, no. I’ve asked before, if Trump is impeached, what then? Would that mean the charges against Assange would be dropped? Does it mean that the members of both parties and the “Intelligence” community (sic) will support our rights? Would it mean diplomacy instead of fever-pitch international tensions? Would it mean we would have no more rigging of our elections? That corporations would not hold your fate in their hands?

No, no, no and hell no.

All impeachment would mean would be an insane power struggle and your input would not be welcome in the least. First, Pence would be next in line for office. You think he is better than Trump? Have you not paid attention at all? Think the AL abortion bill is bad? Pence would be an absolute theocrat! Anti-abortion, anti-gay, pro-war, pro-regime change, pro-corporate.

For what? One year?

No, what we need is for Democrats and Independents to stand up for our rights. We need candidates who openly support Progressive policiesincluding actual transparency (not another Obama).

None of this is going away soon. The most important thing is for you to be informed and involved. Pay actual attention to what is being said and not said by your preferred candidate. Stop worshiping names!!!

BTW, if you support the indictment of Assange, that makes you a traitor as well. Because you personally oppose your own Constitutional rights. If we do not have freedom of the press to expose the wrongs of our government, then all hope is gone.

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I am an independent writer with no corporate sponsors or backing. The only income I make from my writing comes from views. At least I have reached the point where it makes more than it costs me! lol! My writing is done in between full time (and overtime) nursing, shared custody of my brilliant daughter and mundane existence.

Please consider becoming a patron on Patreon. I try and average at least 20 articles a month, so a $1 a month donation would come down to 5¢ per article to support independent, non-corporate writing. My Patreon page is here.

If you care to share articles with those who do not have Medium or Patreon accounts, I also post most of my articles on my own website, which has no advertising and I pay for with income from writing. My website is here and all articles can be shared freely. You can always quote me, no attribution required. My goal is spreading information and awareness. The whole point is building a better, more peaceful, more equitable world for us and future generations.

It’s Not Just About Assange

The arrest and possible extradition of Assange is not just about Assange. Some people are too blind, too brainwashed, too indoctrinated to see this.

It is not just about Assange.

It is not just about election fraud.

It is not just about Trump.

It is not just about Hillary.

It is not just about Russia.

It is not just about freedom of the press.

It is not just about freedom of speech.

It is not just about honesty.

It is not just about justice.

It is about freedom in general.

It is about fighting fascism.

It is about hearing the truth, even when we do not want to.

It is about knowing what our government is doing, even when we do not want to.

It is about true journalism, which challenges power and takes risks courageously.

It is about survival.

It is about us.

It is about me.

It is about you.

It is about the future.

It is about time to wake up.

Julian Assange

I’ve been considering writing something about Julian Assange and Wikileaks for quite some time now. For brevity, I’ll just refer to Assange because basically he is Wikileaks. Because I stand so much for freedom of speech and the press, it may seem strange I have not written anything about him until now. However, so much has been presented by larger voices than my own, spoken with clarity, validity and passion. Lee Greenwald, Matt Taibbi, Caitlin Johnstone, Jimmy Dore have all spoken out about Assange, sometimes multiple times.

I highly respect to work of the people I mention. So the challenge for me was to find a different take on the issue which has not been covered. I hate repeating the same talking points, seeming to parrot what others have said, no matter how valid. Between the points that have been covered and having written extensively about censorship in the past.

There is one aspect which has been barely mentioned and it is something I tend to focus on a lot. What would Assange’s motive be, what profit would be in it for him?

If you ask this question openly to Russiagaters and Julian haters, you can never get a clear answer. It is always some vague nonsense about “sowing chaos”, “causing division” or some similar claptrap. I expect the reason they think there is any validity to their view is because these are people who can think no more clearly than the drama queens they are. These are people who are addicted to Jerry Springer, the Kardashians, Big Brother and other trailer trash, mindless shows that portray people of their own mindset, that causing problems is a valid profit motive in and of itself.

Anyone of even the slightest intellectual capacity does not think in those terms. The fact that those shows are popular in the US says a lot about this country and it is nothing positive.

If charges against a person are prosecuted in a court of law, to genuinely prove guilt three things must at minimum be proven- Means, motive and opportunity. In this case, means and opportunity are there. Motive is the aspect in question and yet MSM and influences in our own government attempt to divert all attention or make up the most insane, flimsy, unbelievable motive imaginable. Yet to reality show addicts it sounds completely reasonable. Though even on reality shows, the instigator is never satisfied with the initial drama. They continually attempt to add to that drama. Something Assange has not done.

The narrative of Russiagaters and Assange haters consistently make vague claims that Wikileaks and Russia are tied together, yet cannot offer any evidence to that effect. They claim Wikileaks has never published anything critical of Russia. Which is an indication they have never looked at the Wikileaks website, with tens of thousands of pages of Russian documents implication corruption in that country. Yet they ask you to believe. Never type in www.wikileaks.org and see for yourself.

They ask you to believe Assange promoted Trump by omission of leaked documents against Trump. They never mention that Wikileaks does not hack anyone, they publish documents which are provided to them and carefully verified. Which is why Wikileaks has never had to retract a single document in 12 years.

They ask you to believe that no person or organization could have altruistic ethics and standards in the pursuit of truth. Even as they claim to have those ethics while taking money from war profiteers. Money in steady streams which they stand to lose if enough people believe what Wikileaks publishes just enough to ask questions and demand answers. Their income sources have been known to lie, cheat, steal, cause the failure of nations, enslavement and outright murder of millions of innocent people globally. For the goal of enslaving and murdering millions more, as long as there is profit in it. Yet those war profiteers and their paid media, their owned elected officials are allegedly “the good guys”.

They ask you to believe that Wikileaks posted falsified images of DNC emails after they or Russia hacked the DNC servers. Yet they cannot explain why the DNC servers have never been subpoenaed or examined by the FBI. They cannot explain exactly what was inaccurate. They cannot explain why anyone would bother creating tens of thousands of false documents if they had gone to the trouble of hacking the DNC. They cannot explain why the DNC fired 5 people in July 2016 because of those emails. They cannot explain Seth Rich’s murder. They cannot explain why the DNC never released the original emails to illustrate any difference between the leaked and original documents.

They ask you to believe that Assange fears rape charges which were dropped in 2012. Or he fears going to court for not showing up for a court hearing related to the same dropped charges.

They ask you to believe he fears imprisonment so much that he has remained imprisoned for 8 years without medical or dental care.

They ask you to believe he wants to get rich while remaining incarcerated and unable to spend the money.

Where do you find any profit motive for Assange and Wikileaks in any of the above? They have been targeted and threatened, fought entire governments to remain online and continue publishing the truth.

Assange and Wikileaks are rare today but for so many of us are completely trustworthy, honorable and respectable. The absolute opposite of their detractors. They fight for truth.They fight for freedom of the press. They already belong in all modern history books and in future history books for generations as heroes. We should all strive to have that level of dedication to the truth.

The ones who all belong in prison are those whose guilt is revealed on the Wikileaks platform, who seek to silence and punish those who reveal the truth.