Analysts are warning that serious chaos could ensue as a coalition of radical activists, leftist organizations, self-described "revolutionaries" and anti-capitalist agitators -- some of whom are reportedly linked to the Obama administration -- plots to "occupy" Wall Street starting on September 17. Under the banner of a "Day of Rage," critics and supporters say the protests could be just the start of something much bigger -- and the list of targeted cities in the U.S. and around the world is still growing.
Votes in a republic must be counted honorably or elections are worse than useless. Political machines after the Civil War learned the tools for stealing votes en masse. Immigrants not conversant in English, and leaning upon the largesse of local governments for a wide range of help, could be instructed how to vote and be trusted to do so. The rise of voter blocs, in which certain groups of Americans could be reliably expected to vote for certain political parties, made the legitimate function of elections weak — creating uncertainty about who would hold office.
The CNN/Tea Party Express presidential debate September 12 featured a staple question of the Ron Paul candidacy — the Federal Reserve Bank — but didn't give Representative Paul a chance to weigh in on the nation's central bank.
The CNN/Tea Party Express debate continued to expose the difference between Texas Representative Ron Paul and the rest of the Republican field on the issue of America's multiplying foreign wars. An audience member asked the candidates if any defense spending cuts should be considered.
Texas Governor Rick Perry continued to take fire from his rivals in the September 12 CNN/Tea Party Express debate on the issue of mandating Gardasil injections for 12-year-old girls by executive order. And the Texas Governor defended legislating by executive order.