“If voting achieved anything, they would make it illegal,” the rebel and anarchist Emma Goldman, who knew something about freedom and liberty (having been deprived of both a few times), once sardonically remarked.
Well, Emma, on June 23rd, 2016, Brexit, the shorthand for the British referendum to leave the European Union, by a stunning vote of 52% to 48%, achieved something important, historic: the first breach in the EU prison walls. Cheers, Britain! Hip! Hip! Hooray!
Like the Soviet bloc of countries who high-tailed it to freedom when the Berlin Wall collapsed overnight in 1989, many of the other 27 EU member countries may (indeed, should) soon take their cue and flee this political and economic prison.
The “United States of Europe” aka the European Union, was an immaculate misconception, a unicorn, a blue sky daydream become a nightmare. The original European kumbaya idea was open borders, free flowing trade, finance, goods & services, eventually a common currency and no more European wars. Welcome to Paradise.
This politico-economic union consisted of 6 original founding signees in 1960 (trivia quiz: name them*). Since the demise of the Soviet Union it had become a bubbling gumbo of 28 countries (trivia quiz 2: name them**) with different cultures, histories, languages and currencies (at least until the Euro was instituted in 1999). What could possibly go wrong among that happy family of nations?
Brussels, the capital of bland, became the bureaucratic ground zero of this continental concoction, along with the accompanying sense that national sovereignty and identity was silently slipping away from the member countries as Brussels technocrats and commissioners, for the benefit of private corporate and financial interests, engineered a continent-wide deindustrialization and jobs drought. Whatever era of good feeling there still was lasted until the Euro gobbled up the national currencies in 1999 and the insatiable economic monster neoliberal Globalization began to debt bomb the entire world.
The EU, in effect, has morphed over the years into the European branch of the international criminal enterprise of banksters, corporate cannibals, aiding and abetting bureaucrats and crooked politicians that represent the true nature and essence of Globalization. Gluttonous greed!
In addition to moving European manufacturing to the poverty lands of the Far East, throwing homegrown workers to the wolves and essentially breaking the historic Social Contract, the EU Brigands - the sociopathic European banksters of Frankfurt, Paris and primarily the City of London (not to mention Wall Street!) - peddled their poisoned financial products freely across Europe while a reunified powerhouse Germany not surprisingly threw its considerable financial and industrial weight around refighting World War 2 by checkbook across Europe and this time getting a different result.
“Shut up and drink your dose of austerity! You owe us money!” EU elites nobody elected, the IMF, ECB, Deutsche Bank and the gnomes of Brussels (with Goldman Sachs, Chase, B of A and their pals lurking in the wings), declared from on high after their debt bombs exploded across Europe in the 2008 economic crash they helped cause.
Consequently, the gen pop of the member nations have become nothing more than collateral damage in the war of the 1% against taxes, labor, living wages, pensions, health and human services, infrastructure maintenance, education, a functioning and fair manufacturing and industrial base and the commonwealth in general.
An unintended consequence of this piracy was a wave of migration across those open borders from the poorer member countries of the southern and eastern tiers to the bright lights and big cities of the richer members, Britain, France, Germany and Holland. The disgruntled Brits referred to it as the invasion of the Polish plumbers!
(More recently, the EU has experienced a tidal wave of migrants and desperate refugees from the deadly destructive wars unleashed on the Islamic world by Rogue Nation USA and its NATO sidekicks. NATO being another essentially European organization, dancing to America’s militaristic tunes and dedicated to weapons-buying and war-mongering, whose sell-by date has long expired and should be nixed, or rather, Nexited.)
Turns out that Welcome to Paradise was merely a tantalizing sales pitch and cover story for what has become the massive looting of the European continent’s national identities, assets and treasures. And it’s not against the law because the plunderers themselves wrote the laws.
Of all the EU member countries, Britain had enough financial common sense to retain the pound sterling and was never in the chokehold the banksters had on the Euro countries when the 2008 financial crash occurred. However, the Brits were not spared the thin gruel of austerity.
One of the prime movers and architects of this grotesque and heartless neoliberal economic philosophy was UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Another UK PM, who sold out to Globalization, was the repulsive and rapacious huckster Tony Blair. The ruling Tory Party and Prime Minister David Cameron, the Oxford twit, instituted their own crushing austerity program on national industries and community services in 2009. Indeed, the very idea of a Brexit referendum was a cynical political ploy of Cameron, who imagined it would be a slam dunk victory for remaining in the EU. He resigned in tears the day after his humiliating defeat.
So what now?
For the moment there is the inevitable sore loser lamenting by the have mores in the UK that their golden goose has been cooked by the British have nots and the nostalgic little Englanders, whose Brexit votes carried the day.
There is also a bit of buyers’ remorse from some Brexit voters susceptible to the “It’s The End Of The World” fear campaign immediately mounted by the Brussels Brigade.
It should also not be forgotten that just last year, the cadaver formerly known as Greece, voted 3-1 against the evil austerity program imposed on it by Brussels and the European finance ministers and banksters for its failure to repay the impossible debts these same banksters had hamstrung the Greek people with. In cruel revenge for this popular NO vote (“OXI”), the EU Capos, led by the smug and censorious German PM, Angela Merkel, simply ignored the referendum vote, knee-capped Alexei Tsipras, the Greek Prime Minster, and slammed the hapless country with an even more crippling austerity masquerading as a financial bailout, which was, in fact, merely the banksters paying themselves back from one account to another for their dirty business.
There is no doubt the Eurocrats will fight to maintain their diabolical dictatorial grip on the power and purse of Europe, the world’s largest single market. Their business plan of plunder, looting, thievery and fraud is deeply embedded like deathwatch beetles in the EU structure. They and their co-conspirators around the world still own the propaganda megaphone and the rigged wheel of fortune. But despite what the greedheads of Globalization believe, “too much is never enough” is not a law of nature.
Speaking during the first Battle of Britain, Winston Churchill declared: “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.” He was not referring to a handful of debt-collecting greedy banksters and bureaucrats.
The Brexit Batallions have won the current Battle of Britain. It remains to be seen who will emerge as their Churchill.
Trivia Quiz Answers:
*Belgium, France, West Germany, Italy, Luxembourg and the Netherlands
** Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom (!)
In the Pre-Renascence era, the practice of medicine became an accepted and recognized profession. Many doctors realized that midwives and healers were taking a big chunk of their bread and butter. Midwives were draining doctors financially as the two classes were small and competed. The doctors, though competitors amongst themselves, decided that they should become united. They decided fight and act for their survival as doctors. So they went to the Catholic Church and accused the midwives and healers of being witches that had pacts with the Devil. Their movement worked. Doctor succeeded in putting the midwives out of business. The profession called medicine flourished.
On the other hand, the practice of law follows an adversarial system that lawsuits truly like paper wars. Of course, a civilized “white shoe” war. Be that as it may, lawyers are not only hostile to each other when they are handling cases against each other, but also when they are on the same side. Suppose two lawyers practice immigration law. They are competitors. Nothing wrong about that. Fair competition is healthy. However, the share of information amongst lawyers is much harder. For example, exchange of information amongst doctors who have been united essentially since the Middle-Ages. Science is passed from one doctor to another with pleasure. Back to the example of the two immigration lawyers. These two immigration lawyers most likely will bad mouth each other, steal clients from each other and use any ethical (sometimes unethical) and legal means in order to undermine the other colleague.
I used the particular example of immigration lawyers intentionally. Most are familiar with the infamous notaries that practice immigration law and divorces without a degree or a license of any kind. Sometimes they are called “notarios” a Spanish word that only adds to confuse potential immigration clients especially from Latin America because a “notario” in Latin America is the equivalent of a lawyer, but a notary in the United States is a mere certifier (or verifier) of signatures. Therefore, the unauthorized practice of law (“UPL”) and the “notario” business is thriving. Meanwhile, the legal profession is being hurt. To the lawyer the “notario” is the witch that should be hunted. Needless to say, I am not suggesting that lawyers should unite and burn all “notarios” at the stake as in the Middle-Ages.
However, lawyers tend to be ultra-formalistic. If they do meet to discuss problems related to unauthorized practice law or “notarios” they speak in lengths, relate to the statistics of the harm being done by notario fraud, speak of Ethics and morals. However, in the end, little is accomplished. Most lawyers are too busy to care. Others do not care. In addition, law form small political groups that hate each other and care more about the pedigree of the speaker than about what is being spoken. For example, a lawyer is a partner in a big law firm will speak about a theme and be praised for it. Most lawyers will agree with him whatever the subject because he has achieved some type of professional recognition and due to his knowledge. In the end, few actions will be taken.
Recently, in New Jersey, the crime of unauthorized practice of law was approved to become a crime of a higher degree. This accomplished absolutely nothing. This will not deter anyone. A practice can only be deterred if it is enforced. To be enforced, a law needs incentives. The incentives are mostly pecuniary. The law hits the offender where it hurts: the pockets. For example, laws which the punishment is tied up with steep fines and revocation of licenses tend to be enforced. These laws generate income to the municipality or the state and the goal of the law is generally accomplished. Otherwise, the law is on the books and is rarely enforced. For example, the use of air fresheners dangling from the rearview mirror is a civil infraction due to obstruction, but almost nobody knows about it because the fine is merely $50. Parking tickets generate more money than that. I have seldom met anyone who never received a parking ticket. The law works because the court makes money. There are quotas for tickets given. Some may criticize it, but the law is enforced.
The unauthorized practice of law under N.J.S.A. 2C:21-22 does not have any type of punishment via fines. It is just a crime of the third degree. It does not even address jail, though it address restitution if the client was “harmed.” It is the textbook example of a law gone bad, written bad, and not enforceable. Of course, in extreme cases it has been generally associated with egregious cases of fraud. However, the routine UPL will not be punished and will continue to hurt lawyers financially. Lawyers who devoted years of their lives in law school, passing the bar exam and the developing their craft. I know for a fact that some “notarios” charge more than lawyers and have more clients than some lawyers would wish to have. Thus, the legal profession needs to heal itself from this wound, which is truly more like a chronic illness which has the cure but the patient refuses to take the medicine.
Most attorneys I know are able to solve complex problems, but on a personal level are powerless to solve their own problems. They lose objectivity. I think that uniting lawyers against what harms their profession is pretty much like that lawyer who solves everyone’s problems, but his/her own. There is much talk and no action. There is a fervent hope that the class (as a whole) will unite and act to protect itself. There is a wish that the law profession regains their once reputable and admired position. Until the sixties, attorneys were seen as highly reputable and above suspicion. It was a profession that one could be proud of. Nowadays, the bar (no pun intended) has become much lower. This is, in part, because lawyer are letting the work which only trusted to be done by them slip away and be done by others without a single credential. The problem is not that there too many lawyers.
Moreover, the legal profession is one of the few that self regulates against itself, not pro. It also over-self regulates. For example, it is always finding a way to punish attorney advertisement or the way attorneys displays their recognition awards. However, the self-regulating authorities have done nothing to criminalize the advertisement of “notarios” who blatantly practice law without having a license and therefore are outside their jurisdiction to regulate. Talk about a loophole. That is more like a rabbit hole. I can firmly debate that if there is a profession that has sabotaged itself the once majestic occupation of being a lawyer. The legal profession should understand that, in our modern age, it devours itself like a self-cannibal. The profession must unite and protect itself not in appearance, but in existence. There lays two crucial distinctions that may mean the beginning or the end of some activity that, more often than not, brings justice to someone.
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Just like Louis XVI, the French aristocracy and the royal hangers-on in 1789, our corrupt, 2-headed political Establishment never saw it coming.
Over the past 40 years or so, a multi-billion dollar boondoggle and political con game called the “Presidential Election” has been created. Under the star-spangled banner of “Democracy” the American electorate has been trickerated, lied to, manipulated and bamboozled every 4 years into believing they have democratically elected a President. But the joke’s on us.
Our Presidents from Nixon to Obama have essentially been variations of reverse Darwinism. While the political Establishment, donkeys and elephants, has basically “devolved” over the years into a perverse assortment of thieves, liars, sociopaths, mountebanks, money grubbers, war mongers, bigots and racists. A crucial element of the Wall Street/War Street/Washington DC Axis of Evil.
2016 was expected to be no different than decades past except with many more billion$ sloshing through the system among a handful of gazillionaires and their renta-candidates, a slick and slimey cadre of consultants, advisers, pollsters, pitchmen and political pimps and a too-eager- to-bend-over-for-the-money media.
In the amnesia of history, that is to say last year, yet another genetic mutant from the Bush family, Jeb!, was hoovering in million$ on the sure thing bet that he would romp over the 16 other delusional pygmies fantasizing about being the GOP candidate for President.
On the donkey side, Hillary Clinton, the Queen of You Owe Me, had already cajoled or bought off the major “machers” of the Democratic Money Party in preparation for her coronation as Queen/Presidentess by unanimous acclamation when voting time came around.
Enter Donald J. Trump! New York City real estate tycoon and reality TV celebrity. Also a puffy, pink-faced, narcissistic, cotton-candy-haired blowhard. And, it turns out, to the shock and awe of the elephant party, a world class political disruptor. Whodathunkit??
Mexican rapists are coming! Trump trumpeted! Beware of ISIS! Trump bellowed. Muslims go home! Trump commanded. I’m gonna build a yuuuuge beautiful wall to keep everybody we don’t like out! Trump promised. Abort abortion! Jail women! Trump threatened. I hate who you hate! Vote for me! Trump basically bumper-stickered. And that was just for openers.
(He has also subsequently said, less noisily, that he saw no problem with single payer health care or increasing taxes on hedge fund hooligans’ “carried interest” accounting flimflams. He dismissed as dirty deals TPP and the other assorted international pro-corporations trade agreements. He wondered who, at great cost to America, our military is protecting Japan and Germany from 70 years after World War 2 ended? And he declared to Jeb!’s face that the Iraq War was an unmitigated disaster based on his brother’s lies.)
The GOP Establishment had instant agita followed by a rolling nervous breakdown. OMG! For years they had been dog whistling racism, bigotry, guns, God and down with gays to their sloping-foreheaded, low information, couch potato, white-is-right base to fire them up to vote against their own best interests. Indeed, the yowling Tea Party was created by the GOP when the “Kenyan” Obama was elected to give plausible deniability to the GOP Establishment’s energized race-mongering and congressional obstruction. Now, here was Trump talking straight at that sour angry base in their own, unaldulterated, mean-spirited, common folk language. And their responsive cheers were deafening and frightening to the GOP professional puppeteers.
In the months since then, Trump the disruptor sucked up all the political oxygen thanks to the media’s drooling eagerness to bank on his entertainment value while he has demolished every GOP pretender with his free-wheeling snark and bellicosity.
After desperately denying reality and clinging to one failed fallback fantasy after another in the hope of sabotaging, obstructing and halting this unexpected and unpredictable political phenomenon, the sclerotic GOP Establishment is now on life support praying for mouth-to-mouth resuscitation from none other than Donald J. Trump, the presumptive GOP Nominee!
But that’s only the half of it. One side of that corrupt 2-headed coin.
The Democratic Money Party also finds itself fighting for its very existence. But unlike the hysterical, hypocritical GOP who have been desperately trying to destroy their own front-running candidate, The Donald, because they hate and fear him, the imploding Democratic Money Party has been just as desperately propping up their tomato can, the increasingly unpopular, smug, political shape-shifting, presumptuous, entitled front-runner, Hillary Clinton, of whom, MSNBC host/commentator Lawrence O’Donnell, has accurately pointed out: “Her numbers NEVER go up, they only go down.”
To the Money Party’s surprise and chagrin, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, an unfashionably dishevelled, scraggily white-haired, 74-year- old self described Democratic Socialist (eeek!) is their bogeyman. Like Trump, he seemed to come out of nowhere. But not being a Brand Name and with less entertainment value than that media magnet, it was easier for the political/money/media Establishment’s propaganda delivery devices to pretend he didn’t exist.
Until thousands of supporters began showing up at his political rallies to hear and cheer the genuine, unfocus-grouped political and economic philosophy he has been preaching for 40 years: America’s Middle, Working and Out-Of-Work Classes have been robbed blind and screwed royally for too long by an increasingly corrupt cannibal capitalism system. The too-big-to-jail banks should be broken up and the crooked banksters brought to heel. Universal health care is a right not just another consumer product to be hustled by cruel, greedy insurance companies and pill pushers. Single payer health care for all! A public college education should be free not a debt trap. Social Security benefits should be expanded not pimped off to the grasping clutches of Wall Street. America and its government is not the private property of the millionaires and billionaires. And the Iraq War was an unmitigated disaster based on lies that Bernie Sanders voted against.
To the Democratic Money Party and their Queen-in-waiting, this was more threatening than Occupy Wall Street. That ragtag rebellion had represented a brief shining moment of clarity (the 99% vs the 1%) but the Occupiers were quickly and easily scattered, their heads bashed in by up-armored police forces around the country. Bernie Sanders was talking about a Movement, a Revolution. And winning primaries.
Hillary and the Democratic Money Party’s knee-jerk response to Bernie’s progressive proposals has been a predictable parody of Obama’s election campaign bumper sticker: No, we can’t! Meaning: No single payer health care. No higher taxes on Wall Street. No bank breakups. No free college. More war. How dare that old Commie coot challenge the latest Hillary-for-Queen juggernaut!
Once upon a time the Democratic Party was the people’s party, the party of FDR, JFK and LBJ before he went Vietnam crazy (“Never steal ALL the money; leave some for the people,” LBJ once wisely if cynically advised his party cronies). With the election of Bill (and Hillary) Clinton a quarter of a century ago (!), the Democratic Party became the National Money Party, selling out formerly bedrock principles for political contributions from the werewolves of Wall Street; eventually, after the world-wrecking financial frauds of the recent past, giving their bankster buddies get-out-of-jail-free cards and $17 trillion in free taxpayers’ money to keep their rigged wheel of fortune spinning.
It comes as no surprise, therefore, that the deeply corrupt and dishonest Democratic Money Party would be all-in behind Hillary for Queen of Empire in 2016. They clearly know (and trust) a world class political conniver, crook and liar when they see one (or two).
Sounding much like the brainwashed POWs in “The Manchurian Candidate” spouting their hypno mantra: “Raymond Shaw is the kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful human being I’ve ever known in my life”, Queen-to-be Hillary’s courtiers, acolytes and surrogate stooges recite their rote talking points: “Hillary is the most qualified candidate ever to run for the White House. She gets things done.” Huh?
During their 2 White House terms full of sturm und drang, Bill bent over backwards for his bankster buddies’ get-richer schemes, bashed welfare “as we know it”, boosted America’s prison population astronomically and behaved like a billy goat in the oval office. Hillary thoroughly botched her universal health care assignment. She got Bill impeached by shipping his enamored young WH intern, “that woman” Monica Lewinsky, off to the Pentagon and inadvertently into the arms of the demonic Linda Tripp (and the actual rightwing conspiracy). Hillary then played her favorite role – victim - and saved Bill’s bacon from Senate conviction and ouster from office. Henceforth, Bill owed her. And so, it seems, did the rest of us.
Since leaving the White House to the pretend president George W in 2000, Bill and Hillary have become the Bonnie & Clyde of American politics, combining their talents in a double act of selfishness, hypocrisy and greed. He, a consummate smile-and-a-shoeshine sociopathic con man/seducer. She, a shameless, manipulative, profoundly dishonest, power slut.
“We were dead broke when we left the White House,” Hillary has preposterously alibied for their last 16 years of money grubbing among the world’s millionaires and billionaires. Unlike any ex-President and First Lady who ever lived they have amassed a fortune reportedly in excess of $250 million, between their tax-free Bill & Hillary & Chelsea Clinton “charitable” foundation and their $20 million dining-for-dollars personal fund-raising operations. When asked why she accepted $675,000 from Goldman Sachs to speechify at 3 of the Vampire Squid’s executive lunches, Hillary tone deafly replied, “That’s what they offered.”
While the charming rogue, Slick Willy, worked the boardrooms and play rooms of the too-rich, the voraciously ambitious Hillary was carpetbagged into Congress in 2001 as New York’s Junior Senator for Wall Street and, after 9/11, a cheerleader for the Iraq War. In 2008 she mounted a clumsy juggernaut of a campaign for President only to be trounced by the more deft and dynamic (not to mention Wall Street-backed) Barack Hussein Obama. His 1st African American President card trumping her 1st Female President card in spades. Her consolation prize was Secretary Of State.
Madame Secretary’s dubious “achievements” in that lofty resumé-padding post included:
She ram-rodded the disastrous NATO bombing campaign of Libya during the time of the Arab Spring, effectively destroying that oil-rich North African country as a functioning society. “We came, we saw, he died,” she cackled after the rebel gang murder of Libya’s longtime president/dictator Muammar Gadaffi. She vigorously encouraged a massive American troop increase in Afghanistan to pointlessly continue a war in that historic “graveyard of empires” that we have been losing for 14 years. She urged major American military entanglements in Syria to “regime change” President Bashar Al-Assad in favor of “moderate” rebels, who didn’t exist, and to provoke Russia (continuing to belligerantly bang on that tin war drum to this day). Likewise lambasting Iran for one reason or another or no reason.
In conjunction with her general diplomatic globe-trotting, Madame Secretary (and calculating future entitled Presidential candidate) signed off on multi-billion dollar arms deals for the repressive and repulsive Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, “coincidentally”, it has been alleged, raising funds for the Clinton Foundation from them and countless other countries with State Department dealings.
And in a kind of Nixonesque deviousness/paranoia, she installed a private internet server in her Chappaqua, NY garage in order to bypass the State Department system (and the law?) and keep all her email communications secret. The FBI is currently on that case…
As our absurd primary elections system crawls on its belly toward national Party Convention time, the never-say-die faction of the GOP Establishment in full zombie mode, continues doomed-to-fail rearguard smear/sabotage operations on their new champion Trump. While the Reps and lapdogs of the Democratic Money Party, willfully deaf, dumb and blind to the country’s woeful present economic state and its dubious future prospects, continue to believe their lying eyes in their determination, through machinations and trickerations, to drag Hillary, the Candidate of Yesteryear, across the finish line victorious.
To date, buttressing her bought off total of “Super Delegates” (mostly lobbyists and corrupted politicos), the clunky, muscle-bound Hillary “juggernaut” has run up her primary vote count primarily among the over-60 crowd of African Americans, who voted 99% for Obama, seem to think Bill & Hillary marched with Martin Luther King and remain loyal to the Democratic party no matter what; and white women of a certain age, who recall fervently and nostalgically fighting for feminism in the 60s and 70s and want to see a woman president in their lifetime, no matter who.
The Bernie Rebellion has so far chalked up 20 primary victories, overwhelmingly winning the 50 and under voters, that is to say…the future.
Polls and prognostications of who will eventually be elected 45th President of the United States (Grover Cleveland who won, lost, then won again is counted twice) is a mug’s game at this point. Miracles and Mysteries of the Universe cannot be ruled out. America did, after all, elect the “New” Nixon twice, though we knew better and chucked him out; Jimmy Carter, the well meaning but earnestly humorless Georgia peanut farmer; Ronnie (call me Al-zheimer) Reagan, a clapped-out B movie star, professional pitchman for baking soda and 2-term catastrophic Governor of California; George HW Bush, the GOP’s all-resumé equivalent of convertible garden furniture; the above-mentioned charming scoundrel Bill; George W, the congenial idiot the Supreme Court actually elected; and the current holder, Barack (Barry) Obama, who promised change but delivered chump change.
So before placing any bets on Trump, Hillary or Bernie, consider: Unreality is our new reality. Entertainment is our national addiction. As the Ship of State sails erratically into uncharted political waters, remember the Titanic had an orchestra on deck for entertainment before it hit the iceberg. Faites vos jeux!
The Author of immortalized songs and several novel tracks, Guilherme Arantes, will return to US after 16 years since his last appearance to celebrate 40 years of his artistic career.
Born and raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Guilherme Arantes is an acclaimed singer-songwriter and pianist. One of the most important names in rock and MPB. This singer and composer brings to the US a concert to corroborate why he is such an acclaimed composer by critics and audiences.
Guilherme Arantes in 2016 completed a 40-year artistic career and his stunning and numerous “hits” show why he is considered one of the greatest Brazilian composers. His songs have been recorded hundreds of times by many well-known artists in different styles, including Elis Regina, Maria Bethania, Caetano Veloso, Leila Pinheiro and many other Brazilian popular artists. Guilherme Arantes, has over 25 soundtracks for TV soap operas and released more than 20 albums.
He will perform his songs as originally composed, only with piano and voice. The repertoire includes songs from all stages of his musical career, especially the “Planeta Agua” (Water Planet) which was a hit, “Lindo Balão Azul” (Beautiful Blue Balloon), and “Meu Mundo e Nada Mais” (My World and Nothing Else).
The artist has more than 940,000 followers on Facebook, which is the largest engagement on the platform.
Date:05/18 8:30 PM & 10:30pm - $35 - $45.00
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Guilherme Arantes – $35 General Admission / $45 Preferred Seating
05/18 8:30 PM & 10:30pm - $35 - $45.00
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Produced by:Madalena SousaAsuos Productions
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The Greek philosopher of Ephesus ( 500 BCE), is best known for his doctrines that “there is nothing permanent except change.”
Not so with the Republican Party. As the world transforms, and a new group of significantly less agile leaders took the reign of power of the Republican Party it struggles to comprehend the new realities of the changing social structure of America and has failed to adapt.
A look at Abraham Lincoln , Republican, should provide some guidance for the lost crowd.
It was the 4th of July 1858. Abraham Lincoln advocated that the many immigrants who had recently arrived in the United States could nonetheless feel a sense of connection with Declaration of Independence. In his words:
"We have besides these men—descended by blood from our ancestors—among us perhaps half our people who are not descendants at all of these men, they are men who come from Europe—German, Irish, French and Scandinavian—men that have come from Europe themselves, or whose ancestors have come hither and settled here, finding themselves our equals in all things. “ *
Forward, 123 years , during a primary debate between Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, both past presidents spoke with empathy for immigrants living in the United States when asked if the U.S. should permit the children of undocumented immigrants to go to public schools.
In 2005, George W. Bush’s opiniom as to immigration was rejected outright by mainstream Republicans. Instead, in the fall of 2005, notwithstanding the President’s resistance, House Republicans passed a bill compelling the arrest, deportation of 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States. Many republicans have made clear their belief that all these non-white arrivals should “to go home,”
But it seems that modern republicans cannot make up their minds on what to do about immigration. Listen to statements made by leading republicans :
Secretary Gutierrez chief executive of Kellogg and President George W. Bush’s commerce secretary discusses Immigration and the Future of the Republican Party (VIDEO)
» “[The issue of immigration] has been around far too long…. A comprehensive approach is long overdue.” - Speaker of the House John Boehner, 11/8/12
“Immigrants come with new skills and new ideas. They fill a critical part in our labor market. They work hard for a better life.” - President George W. Bush, 12/4/12
» “Immigration is an important part of our country's success and if policies are reformed, can be part of restoring and sustaining our greatness as a nation.” - Former Governor of Florida Jeb Bush, 9/13/12
» “This country needs comprehensive immigration reform. I don't care whether it is the person who will crawl across the desert to make five dollars... or Sergey Brin, who comes here from Russia and founds Google. At both ends of the spectrum, America has always been able to attract the most ambitious people.” - Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, 2009
» “I am still convinced that the overwhelming majority of our people just want what my parents had – a chance.” - U.S. Senator Marco Rubio 12/5/12
Congressman Paul Ryan “We have a broken immigration system and, if anything, what we see in Boston is that we have to fix and modernize our immigration system for lots of reasons.”
In June 27, 2013 following two weeks of contested debate with the addition of beefed-up border security measures backed by Sens. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and John Hoeven (R-N.D.), the Senate passed a comprehensive immigration reform bill on Thursday by a 68-32 vote. However then House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said that it would not take up the Senate bill. And so the bill died.
But let’s see who were the (14) Republicans that voted for the bill:
♣ Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.)
♣ Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.)
♣ Jeff Chiesa (R-N.J.)
♣ Susan Collins (R-Maine)
♣ Bob Corker (R-Tenn.)
♣ Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.)
♣ Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.)
♣ Orrin Hatch (R-Utah)
♣ Dean Heller (R-Nev.)
♣ John Hoeven (R-N.D.)
♣ Mark Kirk (R-Ill.)
♣ John McCain (R-Ariz.)
♣ Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska)
♣ Marco Rubio (R-Fla.)
Republicans just can’t make up their minds. It’s no wonder that the Republican Party is in total chaos.
*Quoted in Garry Wills, Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words that Remain America (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1992) 86-87.