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(Slip Opinion) Cite as: 595 _ Per Curiam NOTICE: This opinion is subject to formal revision before publication in the preliminary print of the United States Reports. Readers are requested to notify the Reporter of Decisions, Supreme Court of the United States, Wash-ington, D. C. 20543, of any typographical or other formal errors, in order that corrections may be made before the preliminary print goes to press.SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES Nos. 21A244 and 21A247NATIONAL FEDERATION OF INDEPENDENT BUSINESS, ET AL., APPLICANTS 21A244 v.DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION, ET AL.OHIO, ET AL., APPLICANTS 21A247 v. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION, ET AL. ON APPLICATIONS FOR STAYS [January 13, 2021]

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PER CURIAM.
The Secretary of Labor, acting through the Occupational
Safety and Health Administration, recently enacted a vac-
cine mandate for much of the Nation’s work force. The

mandate, which employers must enforce, applies to roughly
84 million workers, covering virtually all employers with at
least 100 employees. It requires that covered workers re-
ceive a COVID–19 vaccine, and it pre-empts contrary state
laws. The only exception is for workers who obtain a medi-
cal test each week at their own expense and on their own
time, and also wear a mask each workday. OSHA has never
before imposed such a mandate. Nor has Congress. Indeed,
although Congress has enacted significant legislation ad-
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any measure similar to what OSHA has promulgated here.
Many States, businesses, and nonprofit organizations
challenged OSHA’s rule in Courts of Appeals across the
country. The Fifth Circuit initially entered a stay. But
when the cases were consolidated before the Sixth Circuit,
that court lifted the stay and allowed OSHA’s rule to take
effect. Applicants now seek emergency relief from this
Court, arguing that OSHA’s mandate exceeds its statutory
authority and is otherwise unlawful. Agreeing that appli-
cants are likely to prevail, we grant their applications and
stay the rule.

1A

Congress enacted the Occupational Safety and Health
Act in 1970. 84 Stat. 1590, 29 U. S. C. §651 et seq. The Act
created the Occupational Safety and Health Administra –
tion (OSHA), which is part of the Department of Labor and
under the supervision of its Secretary. As its name sug –
gests, OSHA is tasked with ensuring occupational safety—
that is, “safe and healthful working conditions.” §651(b). It
does so by enforcing occupational safety and health stand-
ards promulgated by the Secretary. §655(b). Such stand-
ards must be “reasonably necessary or appropriate to pro-
vide safe or healthful employment.” §652(8) (emphasis
added). They must also be developed using a rigorous pro-
cess that includes notice, comment, and an opportunity for
a public hearing. §655(b).
The Act contains an exception to those ordinary notice-
and-comment procedures for “emergency temporary stand-
ards.” §655(c)(1). Such standards may “take immediate ef-
fect upon publication in the Federal Register.” Ibid. They
are permissible, however, only in the narrowest of circum –
stances: the Secretary must show (1) “that employees are
exposed to grave danger from exposure to substances or
agents determined to be toxic or physically harmful or from

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new hazards,” and (2) that the “emergency standard is nec-
essary to protect employees from such danger.” Ibid. Prior
to the emergence of COVID–19, the Secretary had used this
power just nine times before ( and never to issue a rule as
broad as this one). Of those nine emergency rules, six were
challenged in court, and only one of those was upheld in full.
See BST Holdings, L.L.C. v. Occupational Safety and
Health Admin., 17 F. 4th 604, 609 (CA5 2021).
B
On September 9, 2021, President Biden announced “a
new plan to require more Americans to be vaccinated.” Re-
marks on the COVID–19 Response and National Vaccina-
tion Efforts, 2021 Daily Comp. of Pres. Doc. 775, p. 2. As
part of that plan, the President said that the Department
of Labor would issue an emergency rule requiring all em-
ployers with at least 100 employees “to ensure their work –
forces are fully vaccinated or show a negative test at least
once a week.” Ibid. The purpose of the rule was to increase
vaccination rates at “businesses all across America.” Ibid.
In tandem with other planned regulations, the administra-
tion’s goal was to impose “vaccine requirements” on “about
100 million Americans, two-thirds of all workers.” Id., at 3.
After a 2-month delay, the Secretary of Labor issued the
promised emergency standard. 86 Fed. Reg. 61402 (2021).
Consistent with President Biden’s announcement, the rule
applies to all who work for employers with 100 or more em-
ployees. There are narrow exemptions for employees who
work remotely “100 percent of the time” or who “work
exclusively outdoors,” but those exemptions are largely il –
lusory. Id., at 61460. The Secretary has estimated, for ex-
ample, that only nine percent of landscapers and
groundskeepers qualify as working exclusively outside. Id.,
at 61461. The regulation otherwise operates as a blunt in-
strument. It draws no distinctions based on industry or
risk of exposure to COVID–19. Thus, most lifeguards and

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linemen face the same regulations as do medics and meat-
packers. OSHA estimates that 84.2 million employees are
subject to its mandate. Id., at 61467.
Covered employers must “develop, implement, and en-
force a mandatory COVID–19 vaccination policy.” Id., at
61402. The employer must verify the vaccination status of
each employee and maintain proof of it. Id., at 61552. The
mandate does contain an “exception” for employers that re-
quire unvaccinated workers to “undergo [weekly] COVID–
19 testing and wear a face covering at work in lieu of vac-
cination.” Id., at 61402. But employers are not required to
offer this option, and the emergency regulation purports to
pre-empt state laws to the contrary. Id., at 61437. Unvac-
cinated employees who do not comply with OSHA’s rule
must be “removed from the workplace.” Id., at 61532. And
employers who commit violations face hefty fines: up to
$13,653 for a standard violation, and up to $136,532 for a
willful one. 29 CFR §1903.15(d) (2021).
C
OSHA published its vaccine mandate on November 5,
2021. Scores of parties—including States, businesses,
trade groups, and nonprofit organizations—filed petitions
for review, with at least one pe tition arriving in each re –
gional Court of Appeals. The cases were consolidated in the
Sixth Circuit, which was selected at random pursuant to 28
U. S. C. §2112(a).
Prior to consolidation, howe ver, the Fifth Circuit stayed
OSHA’s rule pending furth er judicial review. BST Hold –
ings, 17 F. 4th 604. It held that the mandate likely ex-
ceeded OSHA’s statutory authority, raised separation-of-
powers concerns in the absence of a clear delegation from
Congress, and was not properly tailored to the risks facing
different types of workers and workplaces.
When the consolidated cases arrived at the Sixth Circuit,
two things happened. First, many of the petitioners—

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nearly 60 in all—requested initial hearing en banc. Second,
OSHA asked the Court of Appeals to vacate the Fifth Cir-
cuit’s existing stay. The Sixth Circuit denied the request
for initial hearing en banc by an evenly divided 8-to-8 vote.
In re MCP No. 165, 20 F. 4th 264 (2021). Chief Judge Sut-
ton dissented, joined by seven of his colleagues. He rea-
soned that the Secretary’s “broad assertions of administra-
tive power demand unmistak able legislative support,”
which he found lacking. Id., at 268. A three-judge panel
then dissolved the Fifth Circuit’s stay, holding that OSHA’s
mandate was likely consistent with the agency’s statutory
and constitutional authority. See In re MCP No. 165, 2021
WL 5989357, ___ F. 4th ___ (CA6 2021). Judge Larsen dis-
sented.
Various parties then filed applications in this Court re-
questing that we stay OSHA’s emergency standard. We
consolidated two of those applications—one from the Na-
tional Federation of Independent Business, and one from a
coalition of States—and heard expedited argument on Jan-
uary 7, 2022.
II
The Sixth Circuit concluded that a stay of the rule was
not justified. We disagree.
A
Applicants are likely to succeed on the merits of their
claim that the Secretary lacked authority to impose the
mandate. Administrative agencies are creatures of statute.
They accordingly possess only the authority that Congress
has provided. The Secretary has ordered 84 million Amer-
icans to either obtain a COVID–19 vaccine or undergo
weekly medical testing at their own expense. This is no
“everyday exercise of federal power.” In re MCP No. 165 ,
20 F. 4th, at 272 (Sutton, C. J., dissenting). It is instead a
significant encroachment into the lives—and health—of a

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vast number of employees. “We expect Congress to speak
clearly when authorizing an agen cy to exercise powers of
vast economic and political significance.” Alabama Assn. of
Realtors v. Department of Health and Human Servs. , 594
U. S. ___, ___ (2021) ( per curiam) (slip op., at 6) (internal
quotation marks omitted). There can be little doubt that
OSHA’s mandate qualifies as an exercise of such authority.
The question, then, is whether the Act plainly authorizes
the Secretary’s mandate. It does not. The Act empowers
the Secretary to set workplace safety standards, not broad
public health measures. See 29 U. S. C. §655(b) (directing
the Secretary to set “occupational safety and health stand-
ards” (emphasis added)); §655(c)(1) (authorizing the Secre-
tary to impose emergency temporary standards necessary
to protect “employees” from grave danger in the workplace).
Confirming the point, the Act’s provisions typically speak
to hazards that employees face at work. See, e.g., §§651,
653, 657. And no provision of the Act addresses public
health more generally, which falls outside of OSHA’s sphere
of expertise.
The dissent protests that we are imposing “a limit found
no place in the governing statute.” Post, at 7 (joint opinion
of BREYER, SOTOMAYOR, and KAGAN, JJ.). Not so. It is the
text of the agency’s Organic Act that repeatedly makes clear
that OSHA is charged with regulating “occupational” haz-
ards and the safety and health of “employees.” See, e.g., 29
U. S. C. §§652(8), 654(a)(2), 655(b)–(c).
The Solicitor General does not dispute that OSHA is lim-
ited to regulating “work-rela ted dangers.” Response Brief
for OSHA in No. 21A244 etc., p. 45 (OSHA Response). She
instead argues that the risk of contracting COVID–19 qual-
ifies as such a danger. We cannot agree. Although COVID–
19 is a risk that occurs in many workplaces, it is not an oc-
cupational hazard in most. COVID–19 can and does spread
at home, in schools, during sporting events, and everywhere
else that people gather. That kind of universal risk is no

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different from the day-to-day dangers that all face from
crime, air pollution, or any number of communicable dis-
eases. Permitting OSHA to regulate the hazards of daily
life—simply because most Americans have jobs and face
those same risks while on the clock—would significantly ex-
pand OSHA’s regulatory authority without clear congres-
sional authorization.
The dissent contends that OSHA’s mandate is compara –
ble to a fire or sanitation regulation imposed by the agency.
See post, at 7–9. But a vaccine mandate is strikingly unlike
the workplace regulations that OSHA has typically im-
posed. A vaccination, after all, “cannot be undone at the
end of the workday.” In re MCP No. 165, 20 F. 4th, at 274
(Sutton, C. J., dissenting). Contrary to the dissent’s conten-
tion, imposing a vaccine mandate on 84 million Americans
in response to a worldwide pandemic is simply not “part of
what the agency was built for.” Post, at 10.
That is not to say OSHA lacks authority to regulate occu-
pation-specific risks related to COVID–19. Where the virus
poses a special danger because of the particular features of
an employee’s job or workplace, targeted regulations are
plainly permissible. We do not doubt, for example, that
OSHA could regulate researchers who work with the
COVID–19 virus. So too could OSHA regulate risks associ-
ated with working in particularly crowded or cramped en-
vironments. But the danger present in such workplaces dif-
fers in both degree and kind from the everyday risk of
contracting COVID–19 that all face. OSHA’s indiscrimi-
nate approach fails to account for this crucial distinction—
between occupational risk and risk more generally—and ac-
cordingly the mandate takes on the character of a general
public health measure, rather than an “occupational safety
or health standard.” 29 U. S. C. §655(b) (emphasis added).
In looking for legislative support for the vaccine mandate,
the dissent turns to the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021,
Pub. L. 117–2, 135 Stat. 4. See post, at 8. That legislation,

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signed into law on March 11, 2021, of course said nothing
about OSHA’s vaccine mandate, which was not announced
until six months later. In fact, the most noteworthy action
concerning the vaccine mandate by either House of Con-
gress has been a majority vote of the Senate disapproving
the regulation on December 8, 2021. S. J. Res. 29, 117th
Cong., 1st Sess. (2021).
It is telling that OSHA, in it s half century of existence,
has never before adopted a broad public health regulation
of this kind—addressing a threat that is untethered, in any
causal sense, from the workplace. This “lack of historical
precedent,” coupled with the breadth of authority that the
Secretary now claims, is a “telling indication” that the man-
date extends beyond the agency’s legitimate reach. Free
Enterprise Fund v. Public Company Accounting Oversight
Bd., 561 U. S. 477, 505 (2010) (internal quotation marks
omitted).*
B
The equities do not justify withholding interim relief. We
are told by the States and the employers that OSHA’s man-
date will force them to incur billions of dollars in unrecov-
erable compliance costs and will cause hundreds of thou-
sands of employees to leave their jobs. See Application in
No. 21A244, pp. 25–32; Application in No. 21A247, pp. 32–
33; see also 86 Fed. Reg. 61475. For its part, the Federal
Government says that the mandate will save over 6,500
lives and prevent hundreds of thousands of hospitaliza-
tions. OSHA Response 83; see also 86 Fed. Reg. 61408.
It is not our role to weigh such tradeoffs. In our system
of government, that is the responsibility of those chosen by
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* The dissent says that we do “not contest,” post, at 6, that the mandate
was otherwise proper under the requirements for an emergency tempo-
rary standard, see 29 U. S. C. §655(c)(1). To be clear, we express no view
on issues not addressed in this opinion.

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the people through democratic processes. Although Con –
gress has indisputably given OSHA the power to regulate
occupational dangers, it has not given that agency the
power to regulate public heal th more broadly. Requiring
the vaccination of 84 million Americans, selected simply be-
cause they work for employers with more than 100 employ-
ees, certainly falls in the latter category.
* * *
The applications for stays presented to J USTICE
KAVANAUGH and by him referred to the Court are granted.
OSHA’s COVID–19 Vaccination and Testing; Emergency
Temporary Standard, 86 Fed. Reg. 61402, is stayed pending
disposition of the applicants’ petitions for review in the
United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and
disposition of the applicants’ petitions for writs of certiorari,
if such writs are timely sought. Should the petitions for
writs of certiorari be denied, this order shall terminate au-
tomatically. In the event the petitions for writs of certiorari
are granted, the order shall terminate upon the sending
down of the judgment of this Court.
It is so ordered.

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SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES
Nos. 21A244 and 21A247
NATIONAL FEDERATION OF INDEPENDENT
BUSINESS, ET AL., APPLICANTS
21A244 v.
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY
AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION, ET AL.
OHIO, ET AL., APPLICANTS
21A247 v.
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY
AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION, ET AL.
ON APPLICATIONS FOR STAYS
[January 13, 2022]
JUSTICE GORSUCH, with whom J USTICE THOMAS and
JUSTICE ALITO join, concurring.
The central question we face today is: Who decides? No
one doubts that the COVID–19 pandemic has posed chal –
lenges for every American. Or that our state, local, and na-
tional governments all have roles to play in combating the
disease. The only question is whether an administrative
agency in Washington, one charged with overseeing work –
place safety, may mandate the vaccination or regular test-
ing of 84 million people. Or whether, as 27 States before us
submit, that work belongs to state and local governments
across the country and the people’s elected representatives
in Congress. This Court is not a public health authority.
But it is charged with resolving disputes about which au –
thorities possess the power to make the laws that govern us
under the Constitution and the laws of the land.

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*
I start with this Court’s precedents. There is no question
that state and local authorities possess considerable power
to regulate public health. They enjoy the “general power of
governing,” including all sove reign powers envisioned by
the Constitution and not specifically vested in the federal
government. National Federation of Independent Business
v. Sebelius, 567 U. S. 519, 536 (2012) (opinion of R OBERTS,
C. J.); U. S. Const., Amdt. 10. And in fact, States have pur-
sued a variety of measures in response to the current pan –
demic. E.g., Cal. Dept. of Public Health, All Facilities Let-
ter 21–28.1 (Dec. 27, 2021); see also N. Y. Pub. Health Law
Ann. § 2164 (West 2021).
The federal government’s powers, however, are not gen-
eral but limited and divided. See McCulloch v. Maryland,
4 Wheat. 316, 405 (1819). Not only must the federal gov-
ernment properly invoke a constitutionally enumerated
source of authority to regulate in this area or any other. It
must also act consistently wi th the Constitution’s separa-
tion of powers. And when it comes to that obligation, this
Court has established at least one firm rule: “We expect
Congress to speak clearly” if it wishes to assign to an exec –
utive agency decisions “of vast economic and political sig-
nificance.” Alabama Assn. of Realtors v. Department of
Health and Human Servs., 594 U. S. ___, ___ (2021) (per cu-
riam) (slip op., at 6) (internal quotation marks omitted). We
sometimes call this the major questions doctrine. Gundy v.
United States, 588 U. S. ___, ___ (2019) (G ORSUCH, J., dis-
senting) (slip op., at 20).
OSHA’s mandate fails that doctrine’s test. The agency
claims the power to force 84 million Americans to receive a
vaccine or undergo regular testing. By any measure, that
is a claim of power to resolve a question of vast national
significance. Yet Congress has nowhere clearly assigned so
much power to OSHA. Approximately two years have
passed since this pandemic began; vaccines have been

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available for more than a year. Over that span, Congress
has adopted several major pieces of legislation aimed at
combating COVID–19. E.g., American Rescue Plan Act of
2021, Pub. L. 117–2, 135 Stat. 4. But Congress has chosen
not to afford OSHA—or any federal agency—the authority
to issue a vaccine mandate. Indeed, a majority of the Sen –
ate even voted to disapprove OSHA’s regulation. See S.J.
Res. 29, 117th Cong., 1st Sess. (2021). It seems, too, that
the agency pursued its regulatory initiative only as a legis-
lative “ ‘work-around.’ ” BST Holdings, L.L.C. v. OSHA, 17
F. 4th 604, 612 (CA5 2021). Far less consequential agency
rules have run afoul of the major questions doctrine. E.g.,
MCI Telecommunications Corp. v. American Telephone &
Telegraph Co., 512 U. S. 218, 231 (1994) (eliminating rate-
filing requirement). It is hard to see how this one does not.
What is OSHA’s reply? It directs us to 29 U. S. C.
§ 655(c)(1). In that statutory subsection, Congress author-
ized OSHA to issue “emergency” regulations upon deter-
mining that “employees are ex posed to grave danger from
exposure to substances or agen ts determined to be toxic or
physically harmful” and “that such emergency standard[s]
[are] necessary to protect employees from such danger[s].”
According to the agency, this provision supplies it with “al-
most unlimited discretion ” to mandate new nationwide
rules in response to the pandemic so long as those rules are
“ reasonably related ” to workplace safety. 86 Fed. Reg.
61402, 61405 (2021) (internal quotation marks omitted).
The Court rightly applies the major questions doctrine
and concludes that this lone statutory subsection does not
clearly authorize OSHA’s mandate. See ante, at 5–6. Sec-
tion 655(c)(1) was not adopted in response to the pandemic,
but some 50 years ago at the time of OSHA’s creation. Since
then, OSHA has relied on it to issue only comparatively
modest rules addressing dangers uniquely prevalent inside
the workplace, like asbestos and rare chemicals. See In re:
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dissenting from denial of initial hearing en banc). As the
agency itself explained to afederal court less than two years
ago, the statute does “not authorize OSHA to issue sweep-
ing health standards” that affect workers’ lives outside the
workplace. Brief for Department of Labor, In re: AFL–CIO,
No. 20–1158, pp. 3, 33 (CADC 2020). Yet that is precisely
what the agency seeks to do now—regulate not just what
happens inside the workplace but induce individuals to un-
dertake a medical procedure that affects their lives outside
the workplace. Historically, such matters have been regu-
lated at the state level by authorities who enjoy broader and
more general governmental powers. Meanwhile, at the fed-
eral level, OSHA arguably is not even the agency most as –
sociated with public health regulation. And in the rare in-
stances when Congress has sought to mandate
vaccinations, it has done so expressly. E.g., 8 U. S. C.
§ 1182(a)(1)(A)(ii). We have nothing like that here.
*
Why does the major questions doctrine matter? It en-
sures that the national government’s power to make the
laws that govern us remains where Article I of the Consti-
tution says it belongs—with the people’s elected represent-
atives. If administrative agencies seek to regulate the daily
lives and liberties of millions of Americans, the doctrine
says, they must at least be able to trace that power to a clear
grant of authority from Congress.
In this respect, the major questions doctrine is closely re-
lated to what is sometimes called the nondelegation doc-
trine. Indeed, for decades courts have cited the nondelega-
tion doctrine as a reason to apply the major questions
doctrine. E.g., Industrial Union Dept., AFL–CIO v. Ameri-
can Petroleum Institute, 448 U. S. 607, 645 (1980) (plurality
opinion). Both are designed to protect the separation of
powers and ensure that any new laws governing the lives of
Americans are subject to the robust democratic processes
the Constitution demands

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The nondelegation doctrine ensures democratic account-
ability by preventing Congress from intentionally delegat-
ing its legislative powers to unelected officials. Sometimes
lawmakers may be tempted to delegate power to agencies
to “reduc[e] the degree to which they will be held accounta-
ble for unpopular actions.” R. Cass, Delegation Reconsid-
ered: A Delegation Doctrine for the Modern Administrative
State, 40 Harv. J. L. Pub. Pol’y 147, 154 (2017). But the
Constitution imposes some boundaries here. Gundy, 588
U. S., at ___ (G ORSUCH, J., dissenting) (slip op., at 1). If
Congress could hand off all its legislative powers to une-
lected agency officials, it “would dash the whole scheme” of
our Constitution and enable intrusions into the private
lives and freedoms of Americans by bare edict rather than
only with the consent of their elected representatives. De-
partment of Transportation v. Association of American Rail-
roads, 575 U. S. 43, 61 (2015) (A LITO, J., concurring); see
also M. McConnell, The President Who Would Not Be King
326–335 (2020); I. Wurman, Nondelegation at the Found-
ing, 130 Yale L. J. 1490, 1502 (2021).
The major questions doctrine serves a similar function by
guarding against unintentional, oblique, or otherwise un-
likely delegations of the legislative power. Sometimes, Con-
gress passes broadly worded statutes seeking to resolve im-
portant policy questions in a field while leaving an agency
to work out the details of implementation. E.g., King v.
Burwell, 576 U. S. 473, 485–486 (2015). Later, the agency
may seek to exploit some gap, ambiguity, or doubtful ex-
pression in Congress’s statutes to assume responsibilities
far beyond its initial assignment. The major questions doc-
trine guards against this possi bility by recognizing that
Congress does not usually “hide elephants in mouseholes.”
Whitman v. American Trucking Assns., Inc., 531 U. S. 457,
468 (2001). In this way, the doctrine is “a vital check on
expansive and aggressive assertions of executive author-
ity.” United States Telecom Assn . v. FCC, 855 F. 3d 381,

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417 (CADC 2017) (Kavanaugh, J., dissenting from denial of
rehearing en banc); see also N. Richardson, Keeping Big
Cases From Making Bad Law: The Resurgent Major Ques-
tions Doctrine, 49 Conn. L. Rev. 355, 359 (2016).
Whichever the doctrine, the point is the same. Both serve
to prevent “government by bureaucracy supplanting gov –
ernment by the people.” A. Scalia, A Note on the Benzene
Case, American Enterprise Institute, J. on Govt. & Soc.,
July–Aug. 1980, p. 27. And both hold their lessons for to –
day’s case. On the one hand, OSHA claims the power to
issue a nationwide mandate on a major question but cannot
trace its authority to do so to any clear congressional man-
date. On the other hand, if the statutory subsection the
agency cites really did endow OSHA with the power it as –
serts, that law would likely constitute an unconstitutional
delegation of legislative authority. Under OSHA’s reading,
the law would afford it almost unlimited discretion—and
certainly impose no “specific restrictions” that “meaning-
fully constrai[n ]” the agency. Touby v. United States, 500
U. S. 160, 166–167 (1991). OSHA would become little more
than a “roving commission to inquire into evils and upon
discovery correct them.” A. L. A. Schechter Poultry Corp. v.
United States, 295 U. S. 495, 551 (1935) (Cardozo, J., con-
curring). Either way, the point is the same one Chief Jus-
tice Marshall made in 1825: There are some “important
subjects, which must be entirely regulated by the legisla-
ture itself,” and others “of le ss interest, in which a general
provision may be made, and powe r given to [others] to fill
up the details.” Wayman v. Southard, 10 Wheat. 1, 43
(1825). And on no one’s account does this mandate qualify
as some “detail.”
*
The question before us is not how to respond to the pan-
demic, but who holds the power to do so. The answer is
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with the States and Congress, not OSHA. In saying this
much, we do not impugn the intentions behind the agency’s
mandate. Instead, we only discharge our duty to enforce
the law’s demands when it comes to the question who may
govern the lives of 84 million Americans. Respecting those
demands may be trying in times of stress. But if this Court
were to abide them only in more tranquil conditions, decla-
rations of emergencies would never end and the liberties
our Constitution’s separation of powers seeks to preserve
would amount to little.

A Little “Jumpy” Lately! Me Too!

I’ve been writing since I got a pencil. I’ve used it to make a living, mostly, writing is a continuous gift to monitor my own inner life’s growth, to winnow through perspectives that are rutted in memorization and not experiential truth. I write seeking the essence of my human experience, to understand how ‘the world’ works and how I can work along with it. I’ve failed miserably, to date for this day. I give all credit for any truth and beauty arising from this screen to my Co-Creators;  my Source and You!

Let us not be too ‘politically correct’, it bears witness to the mass mind manipulation in everything we hear, read and even tell ourselves resulting from immersion in propaganda mastered over scores of years and now censoring and criminalizing the only voices heard among the cries of those who are now as I am.
Afraid.
All The Time.
Hungry most nights.
Anxious as regularly as a clock keeps time.
And waiting for the bombs to fall with each loud bang or small earthquake…

Or am I waiting for the bombs to stop dropping? What am I waiting for? Or waiting to do? And why can’t I see through this dark veil of isolation from reality? Is the Deep State that completely in charge of our Minds?
I’m Afraid!
And I feel Alone!
All I hear when I peek out from under my sick bed is how people condemn each other, verbally rape women and girls and sometimes not just verbally! America killing Americans, in rage, hate, madly insane by ideologies so dark we can only look upon these people and their unbridled violence with horror and shock, as is natural when we are faced with such an H.P. Lovecraft reality.

I’m quite sure we all have PTSD after 18 years under the Neo-Nazi Dark State  and their Corporate Overlords…..then the True Blues showed up as another branch of the neo Nazis of America. At least, that’s what has happened, it is done.  There is no “maybe”. “seems”, “will be”…..no, it’s already done, and we lost our Constitutional Republic.

Who’s “We”?  YOU and ME!  Who else matters?  The Elite?  Oh, they only matter because they are holding a line against securing  our Planet’s life and ability to support all other life.  Isn’t life left on Earth right now the only Life that matters?  As our Planetary Mother is concerned with the protection of her Children, and her Children with the welfare of their Mother, the Elite cannot be reckoned into our future, in any way, ever again, or all will be a final and eternal loss.

If we continue in the false reality of the Elite, we will not be here to help each other or our Mother Earth mitigate the throes of suffering that is being brought down upon us to the last living being…

Think about it… the real end! And it appears most of us aren’t able to accept the fundamental reality we ALL MUST DIE, we resist the fact we are Mortal.  How can we possibly accept the responsibility to LIVE, if we are already the walking dead?

What I know is, I trust our Youth, like I trusted me and us when we were in their position.  We worked hard, made gains, and got sooo f#%’d up in the mirage, just like always, we forgot our duty to the future.  Not this time, let us rise again, older, maybe even dumber, but willing to surrender our all for the life of our Grandchildren, our Species, for a child of our Future to look upon a Whale, an Elephant, Dolphin, Golden Toad (oops, he was one of the first to go in the 70’s I believe).   Just one child, 1,000 years from now, kissing a Dolphin… because we Fought Back!

Respectfully,

Nobody “Staring into the Eye of the Cyclopes”

Please, allow me to interpret…

Dear Reader,

This is offered to you “after the events”, it’s the only way it makes sense without a thousand pages  I don’t want to write!  It’s my thinking in a Global nightmare ever- present in wakefulness and dream.  We are walking within our “collective conscious and unconscious” …there be monsters here!  Release your judgement, Be kind; for we’re all afraid and battle weary and I don’t know why we have to be?  Do you?

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These are the facts I’ve gleaned with the history I’ve lived.  We only can reason well with Peace and Love guiding us, sometimes we discover that Peace and Love have been usurped.

Place: the USA, another Federal Presidential election  That’s the circumstance.  It’s volatile.  As an American I feel the weight of my full-life membership in this Country, in the wonderful life I thought I was living; my spring-board for discovery of all things in all places made possible by being a United States Citizen.  No Citizens have enjoyed Freedom and Prosperity as well since Roman Citizenry.  I have always thought to be proud of that and act in accordance in representing such a noble Land.

I and you have been only slow boiled Lobsters. The establishments of Society’s systems have allowed a Democratic Political Process to boil us alive.

The feigned and real distractions of pondering a new Century and the marvelous progress in technology and Democracy became fertile soil sowed into fruiting  Nationalism. An 8 Billion Dollar Fake National and Local News Campaign implemented by the Bush/Cheney Cartel.  The financiers are rumored the paymasters loot from stolen Nazi gold, in other words deep pockets!  Introducing an agenda of power over us  through a shadow system of the ruling élite families paying premium to legitimize a Supreme Court of the United States’ Presidential Appointment.  An act so far outside that Court’s purview it still makes me shiver!  But we “bought it”!  Didn’t we?  Y2K! Voila!

The Neocons New War Order mongers took over D.C. and everything else from school boards to Governors in each State.  The New Age Right gave us the Neocon New War Order at a crux in history of their own making.  Choreographing  their own 21st Century American Reichstag; The attack of September 11th, 2001. New York, Pennsylvania and the Pentagon… with Baby George sitting in an elementary class, a whisper in his ear bringing little response, at least from an American President. Holding a children’s book upside down?? Or was that another photo-op gone wrong?

The Turn of the 20th Century brought us a picture of the Soul of the ruling élite of America….Jim CrowOur own “Turn of The 21st Century” brought us the American Fascist Coup.

The People of the World began to boil like Lobsters in the pot.  And our United States became deeper and deeper entrenched in propaganda and censorship.   The Supreme Court of the United States gave us a riveting distraction and kept “us Rabble” unswervingly in “our places”.  After all, that won’t be too difficult with all the Propaganda and censorship (Fake news, etc.) creating another passion of the ‘mindless Rabble‘, a sense of  “Nationalism”.  By our nodding of semi consent (or our heads in prayer) the Supreme Court was obeyed. By the power of their august positions and Our brain-washed admiration. Certainly Gore’s anyway.  He walked away though he won the Country’s majority vote. The Supreme Court threw out the sacred goal of the Constitution, threw out the Holy Spirit of Men’s Self Rule.

That’s my experience as a cognitive Adult American.  What the above and volumes more accomplished was implementing Fascism within the United States Government calling it ‘THE PATRIOT ACT’… creating a new and powerful trajectory of descent into a Totalitarian Corporate/Fascist State.  The Patriot Act being the ‘Engagement Announcements’ (to those who could interpret the language) of the Presidency, Congress, Neocon Capitalist Fascists and the highest Seat of Justice in the World for Americans, the United States Supreme Court.  The Supreme Court continued to thank the Bush/Cheney mob, the ‘far seeing US Congress’ and the Capitalist Totalitarians by granting them greater freedoms than any other Citizens in America! In depraved indifference of We The People, all Three Branches of our Government; Judicial, Executive and Congressional, failed us and our Constitution and immediately went into hyper drive implementing the now legal will of our new Corporate Citizens’ Bottom Lines.  They gave us a President who finally sold the entire Country commercial “health care”… Insurance! for God’s sake!  By the way, anyone notice that insurance is not health care?   Imagine that!  I mean, yes I’d give a little chuckle on The Hill when they all got together jabbering about their shoe size or “the Rabble”, especially.  One joke never got a chuckle from this working class person…”they want to cover maternity and work injuries through insurance companies?  LOL  We make it law they have to buy it!  Then everyone will have it! Done!” And that was the 70’s, my Friends.   Between Citizens United and Global Corporate Trade Cartels…..Corporations are legally and literally the ONLY CITIZENS OF ANY AUTHORITY LEFT IN AMERICA!

I expect argument over that statement, abused children will go to any length to protect their abusive ‘Care’ Giver. We need to think about that in ourselves and others, be compassionate.  Still, I suspect everyone on the Planet is living in some Totalitarian engineered society built on lies leaving us all on some level of awareness we are in Denial of the Truth.  The Truth being what we are not told and not allowed to question in the face of what we know and value as righteous Americans!

We’d best start ‘QUESTIONING AUTHORITY’ again.  Everyone’s, and most importantly, our Own Authority needs some attention, don’t you think?

There are so many damn boundaries now, we can’t take a step without stomping on what somebody else thinks is their own.

My Aunt Jane said it best.  I had some time with her in Houston before she died.  On her death bead she said “…the only things that matter in life is God and Family.  Mine, yours, ours…

 

Respectfully,

JD Adam

I’d like to think Jefferson would have approved, my observations if not my writing!

copyright 2/5/18  all rights reserved…I’ll get around to the fancy stuff later, editing wears me out!  Yes, I edited it until I can’t see any more, okay then! My poetry is better, it’s a lot easier, anyway!  Come back next time.  I’ve a doozy of a guest Poet’s work coming in!  …later.  🙂

 

 

 

 

Maybe now this will make more sense…Presidential Elections…The Lie of American Democracy…

Thank you for stopping in….

I began working on this some time ago…  as a Poet, I am very sensitive to Language and the use of Words; Poetry demands an honesty not often found in Prose, therefore I find myself naturally uncomfortable with this style of writing.  However, it is ultimately clear in this unending trauma of American Political Torture Seasons that some education still must be disseminated.  So I step out once again, and revise this piece until it has all the truth that I am able to set before you, it includes my opinions based on my study, observation, value system and intimate professional experience of the nature of individuals in the Halls of Power and those which parade themselves to our displeasure, hope, hate, and mostly fear every Federal Election Cycle.  This is a Birthday present to you, who have supported me on Social Media (Twitter) for these past years of a forced internment due to illness.  Be kind, for this is my kindness in turn…

Prose to me is like whittling … you start with a great piece of wood and pull out your pocket knife, bounce the blade off the wood a few times and decide this is a Bear…you start whittlin’ and discover you got yourself a Polecat instead!  Here’s my ‘Polecat’.  …it kinda speaks for itself….

There is a fundamental deal breaker for Democracy under the current United States Constitution.  Okay, there’s a lot… and they all speak to the fact that Democracy is not even close to being fulfilled in the United States.  WeThePeople do not elect the President or Vice President…the Electoral College consisting of a majority vote of only 270 electors appoints their winners.  Perhaps the Supreme Court will stay out of it now their Mob Bosses are the same and their godfather is dead. It’s important we keep in mind we must accept a President and Vice President from a single political party.  We get a choice of nothing.  In our despair we steel ourselves for the next onslaught of Political horrors by our ruling Monsters.  Our vote is used as proof positive we are Democratic and Politicians were elected Democratically!  We have discovered that absolutely none of this is true.  All we can see, if we looked up, are politicians, attorneys and the Corporate Fascist Elite, again and again destroying all for fiat currency and some megalomaniacal sense of  ‘pride in ownership’ of everything.  Some of our forefathers were indeed sincere in this impossible dream of Democratic Self Governance, the rest were just rich or wannabee failed white male aristocrats afraid of us rabble.  Jefferson knew that half measures avail men nothing and he made it clear that you and I would know that too, in time. Jefferson put his egalitarian dream in our hands and in our generations to make the appropriate changes required toward a More Perfect Union; unto and expressly through Revolution.

It’s time to throw away the half measures by men of the past and present and begin a full fledged dive into DEMOCRACY! Revolt, don’t keep vomiting out your disgust and revulsion on everyone, direct it. The Politicians did this.  WeThePeople get a team of 2 mediocre minds of the same ideology… say we believe our votes count, we still can’t ‘un-know’ the fact that they don’t.  Ever in obedience to the commandment for peaceful transitions of power, we bow down again, more from shame and exhaustion than even fear of the coming pain.  Best WeThePeople can hope for is the Electoral College votes are in line with our Human Citizens’ penny votes…knowing no matter what, the pain will come, if not for you, for someone you know.  This said,  understand that ‘majority wisdom’ is non-existent on the Federal political stage as anything other than fuel for Propaganda as is obvious by this process.  Nor is our Majority Wisdom considered in most, if any, of these actual communities of power.  We get who they want, exclusively; and they get us to take the blame and pay for the privileged! Forgive me my humor, but that is actually very very funny! LOL kinda of funny.  Think about it.  Even fools can laugh at themselves.

Recall the “More Perfect Union”? Remember that “Great Experiment”? NO?! As I’ve long feared, none of us have been appropriately vigilant towards a more Perfect Union, let alone bringing about full Direct Democracy within the United States Government under this Constitution. The lack of ratification of the ERA is a single humiliating FACT that stands as indictment of every Federal and  State Legislator sworn into Office since 1923!  Yes, including the States who did ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, as they gained political kudos without giving anything of real value to Americans as a People in return. It is of great interest to me  that in one fell swoop, also known as the American coup d’état,  the Supreme Court sold we Human Citizens of the United States as a ‘Lot of Slaves’ to Corporate Fascists with  ‘Citizens United’.  Who knew their activism was so virulent? With non-human billion, trillion dollars being our newest Immigrant Citizens…Voilà, Fascism stands as the last coffin-nail in this Great Experiment! Reverent appreciation to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg for courageously holding the line for application of the “Spirit” of the Law, not only the “Letter”.

There are no known American politicians we can trust…even if they appear and speak to our pain as “trustworthy today”, walking thru the Presidential veil into Power under Fascist Corporate Control eliminates their ability to fight from within. Orwell taught us that and experience has proved this is a fundamental human condition screaming  ‘Spiritual and Moral Danger’!

The foundation of Leaders has been the same since 1443 B.C. culminating in strategy with “Saul killed his thousands, David his 10s of  Thousands” between 1025 B.C. and 965 B.C. (The story begins in 1 Samuel 8, Torah & Bible).  And so remains the requirement of leading people who desire to be led by vanquishing those who do not.  All one must do is assassinate their rivals then kill and feed their armies from the spoils of the murdered. Such is the fate of all Peoples to this day, willing and especially unwilling.

Fascism is now the accepted and expected form of Governing within this system of complete Institutionalized Corruption….frankly People, we need to get off our high horses. There are European Nations who hold Direct Democratic elections, and the contenders take their places according to the votes the People cast, and still, with the boot of American Capitalists on their necks with their own US Military War Machine, they too have lost their hard-won battle against Fascism.  Americans systemically want to believe what IS cannot be “here” so we haven’t even tried!

Politicians have taught us well by using the Koch brothers influence to “re-educate” Americans from pre-School through University.  Such are the politicians and Justices sucking on the Corporate-Sugar-tit.  This corrupted government uses our pseudo votes to continue to legitimize the Ruling Elite’s Global War Crimes in your name and mine. These Fascists show contemptuous disregard for Human Citizens as they and their mob bosses laugh about some odd 47% percent of us they reckon won’t be left after their global culling of our Species.

Americans know who has the will and weapons to murder us and it’s not who the propagandists focus our attention upon. They have us at each others throats; like Forbes Fighting Cocks …light entertainment for their wealthy readers. You should have seen their first article some years back about a holiday for Elite Graduates vacationing in the Philippines enjoying the ‘exotic sport’ of Cock Fighting (without gloves)! Police Departments, State/ Federal Government agencies and their minions take every opportunity to murder us.  They shoot dead our children as they walk on their own streets; even you, as we ask you for help at your front door! We carry signs of compassion crying out for mercy and peace and are killed, maimed and imprisoned.  We are criminalized as terrorists…under Fascist legislation! This is how Politicians respond to our families, friends and communities devastated of vital resources with legalized Death Squads targeting our children.  Politicians did this!

On the Main Streets of the USA to the desserts of far away lands, WeThePeople intuit they will kill as many of us as they please, any where, any time in any manner they please.  I assure you, with breakneck speed and ‘for our own ‘safety’, they will lock the rest of us up in  US Corporate Prisons.  America likes to “go for the Gold” you know; like the largest prisoner population on Planet Earth! Why am I not proud of that?!  In dungeons, even fools find no humor! Corporate Prison Citizens need to be constantly fed and guaranteed full occupancy paid for with our taxes and our children’s bodies. Very soon they’ll keep our own retirement funds [Social Security] to pay themselves. We’ll be lucky to afford the one meal a day most can, while working for our jailers at a few pennies a day. Bread, water and forced shelter – no release date. Remember folks, we are deeply ingrained into this Fascism.  Look what we do to people coming via our Southern Border, can we really expect better, now that WeThePeople don’t count at all? Have you noticed the quickening of planned dismantling of our most needed resources, like food, water, medicine etc.? We do hold the blame, yet the politicians did this all the while  protesting duress because of a Treaty they gleefully signed!  By the act of our vote, ruling elites usurp Humanity’s right to itself along with our right and access to Life, Liberty and our own Trust Funds; all without having to count WeThePeoples’ vote!  Remember We don’t vote for the Executive Branch….come to think of it, we don’t vote for Justices either….this is what we must face.

Our personal and common properties bear all the wealth of a Country and a whole People.  All of this Wealth, including what you drive and what you live in is transferred to Corporate Citizens under vicious trade agreements.  Everything we need to survive for more than three days they legislate the rights to themselves.  How can we stand against such a behemoth as never we saw before? They hide behind Fascist Freedom named legislation or hide their theft in reams of a big Bill never read.  They kill us with our own money; and everybody else, too.  We all share our collective karma for the murder and horror that has encapsulated the Globe… Never forget, we couldn’t have pulled this catastrophe off without our  Corporate-Sugar-tit-sucking Politicians!

Finally, for me, it’s NO CONFIDENCE…never mind the “Candidate”.  There’s only 3 ways to live w/systemic corruption; as a slave, as a minion, or as the ENEMY of Corruption. Here is an empiric truth we ignore as it is only measured in “remembered experience’…You can never cooperate with Corruption…only fall victim to it.

In all of this research and personal experience I have now come to the only honest thing I can do to honour myself, my generations and you; cast a Vote of No Confidence! My Second most honest vote will be for Anonymous.  There is only one way we can show each other, the world, and our Politicians that their insanity ends now.  I refuse to be defiled again by their obscene and decadent Political Theatre. I will not throw my vote away on Politicians, no matter the Billions spent by Billionaire Gamblers all over the world!  We can and must bring down the most powerful Pillar of Corporate and Political Fascism the world has ever seen.  We’re clever, we exported Democracy around the World, we all know that Democracy only exists when a human citizen casts a vote at the Ballot Box and it is legitimately counted.

Why do we continue to tolerate this Half-life Democracy in the United States? Why do we pay for the Politicians and Corporate Citizens making murderous fortunes on our Good Names?  Like I said, we don’t get a vote for the Leaders of the Free World, it could have no other outcome but what we are  experiencing….Jefferson knew this. What Jefferson didn’t know, is just how evil this empire would become…do WeThePeople hate ourselves more than we do our corrupted Political System?  Is this the end of our Great Experiment, or with a new Constitution in hand, is this the beginning?

WHO DO YOU REALLY TRUST?

Just think about it….what, my dearest Fellow American, is your very first primitive responses to the word and sound of “politician”? … There, you have your answer.

Respectfully and compassionately,

nobody

on the Isle of Cyclopes

 

I submit the following:

Poet’s Lament

How does a Poet write their Poems?  This day, this time…

when before  all Poets could sing of the beauty and purity of our Manifest God?        That is no more………

No more can we write words of truth that always were… like

The Ocean is your God-self; it remains for-ever undefiled.” (Khalil Gabran, THE PROPHET)

What but tragedy can the Poet extol in this time…

now the Oceans are spoiled? …our god-selves nearly extinguished with sounds and poisons… plastics and CO2 changing Life to acid?

My Oceans, my Oceans, you alone have held my tearful torrents!                                    Now I’ve not a tear to help you heal!

We’ve decided to dance no more….

allowing the rich to pillage the world we and our ancestors bore…

with breakneck speed killing ALL for …..MORE…!

….Or have we?…….forgotten how to Dance?

 

Copyright 5/4/15 by JD Adam

All copyrights retained by  JD Adam. For re-use: Two (2) Requirements: (1) Respect me by respecting my Copyright request (just copy and paste) and (2) don’t charge money for it, if it’s of intellectual use to you, it’s yours, with my gratitude, give it as freely as I have to you.  I will note that given 3 months and countless edits, I now understand that no one would write Op-eds just for a living; even the 1% couldn’t monetarily afford the time and passion that has brought this piece to you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

What indeed…causes CORRUPTION OF THE INNOCENT, MORAL MIND OF HUMANKIND?

I’ve long wanted to write and share my thoughts on the terminal Cancer of Elite Rule…it just always seems to be rather useless! Every day in every way, instead of our Species getting “better and better” we are bombarded with Propaganda in every media source, old and new, to make us afraid, Very Afraid. Its long been the adage of “bad guys”, from Bible times to old Westerns and Wall Street Wolves and their Bankster Gangsters, “If you can’t get them to join you by appealing to their greed and need, dominate them by fear.” Remember that? … use to be a “moral” lesson we learned so as not to fall into such insipid slavery. “NOW GREED IS GOD”, yes, “God”, not just GOOD! Wow!

Such a turn in the Human consciousness requires a phenomenon that we of the non-elite almost never share…until now. What could possibly have changed so dramatically and quickly to take a healthy man, woman and child from the joy of doing “right” by themselves, their families and their neighbors to trembling in fear with their doors locked; electronic surveillance watching every entrance with touch ready monitoring of their humble abode filled with generations of treasure and maybe a child or pet or two? What causes normal people not in a war zone (there are still many of us) to close our drapes and peek “outside” our windows at who is on the street or what is happening in the house whose drapes aren’t closed; trembling in what once was the anticipation of coming together with friends and family and neighbors in good humor and sharing? Now we are filled with anxiety and a sense of threat from every house, of every person who dares to think of themselves as FREE and not subject to others’ judgement, especially our own, we “observers”. Wondering how they deem themselves to be so FREE that they are actually “out in the streets”; taking walks with their children, dogs or pushing infants in strollers or carrying signs declaring our Humanity and Compassion? And “OMG” they don’t LOOK LIKE US! Whatever the hell that ever meant, since we are each unique and wondrously original and in FACT, NO BODY LOOKS LIKE YOU OR ME!! Except of course the proverbial Identical Twins…and such twins just look like one another!

What indeed…causes a person to monitor another’s resources so closely as to be able and even willing to report their neighbor if asked by the Water District or “Home Inspectors” (who come in many guises of Authority) to do so? What “motivates” any individual to pick up a phone intimating wrongdoing on another’s part, to talk to an absolute stranger about the personal goings on of someone that could be known to them for decades or not at all?

When’s the last time you heard and saw children playing outside of their own fenced-in backyards, all a twitter with joy and activity, sweet squeals of delight or feigned fright? Now I hear screams, not squeals, and real fear, not pretend and I cannot see the injured to tend to their fear, for all are injured, adults and children. Mostly I wonder at the ice cream truck! As an American capitalist well indoctrinated, I wonder how long we’ll have that corny old music playing as the driver comes up our street, after all there are no more children bustling out of their front doors with hard earned allowances in hand, excitedly positioning themselves to insure they are to get their favorite treat. I have seen one child, held onto as if in bondage by one parent with dollars in hand. Where is the joy?

Where indeed? We are assured of a significantly shortened life span along with the generations now in our care. Stress kills. What is the cause of our melancholy lives, our anxious, depressed children….?

What indeed? Even if you do choose the once comfortable stance of following Authority, you are convinced everyone is watching you as well, or perhaps you deem yourself the only one who can really rout out any “suspected…….” just fill in the blank, water waster to terrorist or any fearful troll you may imagine. But then, if by some miracle, reason still persists, you have to question your own judgement on occasion. Do you really know? Could anyone know that about you? Likely not. Or perhaps you are one who walks in the world Freely, with kindness and charity; what then do you do when you have been “found out” and “reported” by the neighbor who still has your tools or your Tupperware? How do you deal with being Free and yet enslaved by the agenda of another enslaved by Phantom Fear? Either way, where is the Joy? What happened to us?

What indeed……? Have you wondered? What indeed…. has sucked out the life generating Joy that once was our way of Life, our way of caring for each other and ourselves, of trusting strangers and Policemen…..?

What indeed?! Our stories have always told us that it is love and kindness; tolerance and intelligence that drives individuals to advancement and thereby the society they form… you know; contribution, cooperation….PEACE AND LOVE BOUND BY REASON!

by “Nobody” living on the Isle of Cyclops

“When most people ‘hit a brick wall’, they turn left, Poets turn Write.” ‘Nobody’, living on the Isle of Cyclops

For so long a time, years now, Pain has been My Closest Companion.
I’ve not been able to “Fight” Pain; or Pray, Cry or Demand it to “Be Gone!”
Finally! I’ve Accepted it for this moment, and the next….
as my Closest and most Faithful Companion.

I Could Banish Pain. I Would Banish it, even the Cause of it!
…I Cannot..so we’ve become Friends of Necessity.
Comrades of Suffering, Ever Present with one another.

Do you think me Insane to accept such a “Terrible Alliance”?
No, I am not. Not any longer, now I’ve given up the Fruitless Battle.

You see, there is much Goodness that could End my Pain and it’s Cause.
Yet, Woe am I to live in a Society where Only the Rich can Own and Claim such Goodness….. For Themselves…

….and They only Share on a Whim of Self Gratification called PROFIT.

 

A Poet

“An enslaved human, on behalf of their Enslaver asks, “Is it LEGAL?”                                     A Free Human with Natural Compassionate response  to Suffering asks, “Is it RIGHT!?”  Anonymous; paraphrased by ‘Nobody’ living on the Isle of Cyclops

Pol Pot and Hitler – The Fools Who Shape History

Link directly to this article in: “disorderedworld” Knowledge That Can Change the World here: http://disorderedworld.com/2015/04/18/pol-pot-and-hitler-the-fools-who-shape-history/

This is an IMPORTANT READ!

 

Pol Pot and Hitler – The Fools Who Shape History.

“The story of Warsaw and Phnom Penh is not simply a tale of two cities. It is potentially the fate of every city on earth.”

AN AMERICAN GIRL – Poetry Offering for July 4th, 2014

American GirlIt’s better.

It doesn’t hurt so much to see it now.

It is better…

as it waves– hello– goodbye.

Moving… always in motion,

here… where the incessant wind blows.

It will never mean all it once did to me

when it was hurled high, unfurling as it rose.

I, standing at attention, my little hand raised in salute.

My heart racing, silently screaming,

“I’m free, see, I’m free!

It is better,

constantly moving on the wind.

My heart aches less at the shame we’ve allowed;

as the one time symbol of my and the world’s

personal freedom, hope and pride dances with the wind.

Changed; I now know that only a People

can make a little girl’s heart move

to salute and cry out, “See my Flag?! See?! I’m Free! I’m FREE!”

Only a People who are not blown by any wind…

Only a People ever vigilant of little girls’ freedoms…..

Now I know, that little girls’ freedoms are blown away

by the winds of Fascism,

as in all times past…

Copyright 2008/14 by JD Adam
All rights retained by Author. An American Girl may be freely copied and freely distributed without request as long as this copyright notice remains in place.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg Quoted by digby

Re-Posted from HULLABALOO

 

RuthBaderGinsburg
RuthBaderGinsburg (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

 

QOTD: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg

by digby

 

Official portrait of Supreme Court Justice Rut...
Official portrait of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Congress approached the 2006 reauthorization of the VRA
with great care and seriousness. The same cannot be said of the Court’s
opinion today. The Court makes no genuine attempt to engage with the
massive legislative record that Congress assembled. Instead, it relies
on increases in voter registration and turnout as if that were the whole
story. See supra, at 18–19. Without even identifying a standard of
review
, the Court dismissively brushes off arguments based on “data from
the record,” and declines to enter the “debat[e about] what [the]
record shows” … One would expect more from an opinion striking at the
heart of the Nation’s signal piece of civil-rights legislation.”

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#PTSD Awareness Month/ Tribute and Poetry Offering

Scared child
Scared child (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It is June, 2013, and #PTSDAwarenessMonth.  One would think everyone would know about Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome by now….after all, we’ve been at War for over 10 years and counting.  We’ve been at war a lot longer than we knew as the history of our Nation’s secret wars are still coming to light and our leaders reckless disregard for human life is front and center everyday in Independent Free Media.  #PTSD is not the exclusive realm of those brutalized by war, fighting it or victim of it, it is now the property of every human being alive.  The unthinkable losses that are being felt from Globalization of corrupt and irresponsible Corporate entities (in the United States we call them “Citizens”) and their Political cronies have reached into the depths of every society and tribe in the world.  With Co2 reaching 400 ppms, the glaciers melting at breakneck speed, which is very fast for glaciers, and the added threat of annihilation of all life on Earth, we know in our hearts that the intentional slaughter of everything from indigenous Peoples to wolves, whales, dolphins and food sources around the world is doom for not just their species, but our own.

And there is War, un-winnable, perpetual WAR.  The remarkable stupidity of the World’s ruling elite is dizzying, and it is left up to those of us who have always been nothing more than fodder for that small segment of Society to come together with more than demands, but action of our own to aid one another in slowing the demise of our beloved and only home, Mother Earth.  Yet, we are War Weary, we are lost in the demise of a Society that was doomed before it ever had the chance to fulfill it’s promises to itself let alone to our Children.  That is for another entry, another “Poem”, another ” Soul Offering”.

It is June, 2013, and #PTSD Awareness Month.  I place the hash tag for the benefit of my Twitter friends who are the ones who made me aware of this Month’s focus, and for your use, so you may be made aware of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  For an epidemic disorder, little is known about it, even by those who suffer this devastating result of life in the realm of the Ruling Elite, of Patriarchal Autocrats.  Perhaps this offering can touch some of you who, like us all, know we are alone in the Society imagined in our collective consciousness, but are all to numerous in the reality of the Society that is. For others, it’s a depth of isolation that you will not be able to touch in your Spirit, but perhaps your heart will cry out at the outrage of such profound, lifelong suffering.

    THE WOLF

Here I am again, suffering….

The pain in spirit befuddles my mind,
thoughts of my actions, humiliation, not humility
fear not confidence,  shame not forgiveness

Turning and turning the offending behaviour in my mind’s eye

stabbing my heart and my pride

fear of loss….

time in anguish sensing some great loss

What Loss?

Why does this hurt so deeply?

Oh, Loss, the Fourth Step

All fear comes from fear of loss…
Loss of What?
In my pain, I cannot guess or think or imagine

The picture of myself, in those moments of unconscious behaviour
Oh, that painful, humiliating act by mouth or movement…
What loss????

It is only me, looking at myself, wondering how on earth
Did I Not Know Better!?!?
Was I tired? sick? in pain? or just crazy again?  Again…
Again caught in the insidious web of my own insanity, so far removed…

Fear of Loss?
The loss of myself, Again….
This fragile mind so secure in its propriety, its found sanity…
How dare it raise its head in public!!??!!

Oh, the struggle to rest, to sleep.
My incriminating shame tearing at my consciousness as a wolf devours its prey,
blood dripping and bones gnawed….
such a fate preferred over this suffering.

No, this is not new…this is my companion, the bane of my life….

But I have not time now.  I must face the world of people again, Oh, No!
Please! Please don’t let me slip into that same place!
Not now! Please! I could not bear it so soon again!

Oh, must I go, must I do anything  but sit here, lay there,
pace where there is space to do so….
If this pain could bring tears, I would cry, I cannot.
If this pain could be healed, I would run to the Healer, I will not.
If this pain could be coddled, I would crawl into the arms of….?
but who can comfort me?  None, none here, none now.

I can’t forgive myself, as the images torment my mind and my heart and my spirit.
I can’t see anything but my ignorance.
I dare not think too long on how others must have perceived me,
to do so fills me with dread and impending doom,
permeating my whole being, causing a collapse in and out of myself

I have become ill, debilitated with this pain, fear
fear of loss…. of what?

I cannot find a place of acceptance for myself
there is no where for me to go with this nightmare
I must wash it from within……how?
By knowing what the fear is, the loss is?

Coming face to face with my own ignorance is not a bad thing….
fertile ground for Spiritual growth…
but me, I just fall into the darkness, face to face with my Black Wolf.
We stare at each other…once again…sizing up
Who will be victor this time?

I am hopeful of a full recovery, for as the pain works within me
I shed, once again, more of my ignorance…
Now knowing my fear….
That “I” should  be victor,
My loss….
That my Wolf would not….

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