“Democracy to Despotism”–Portsmouth, Ohio

Filed under: Uncategorized — tkm January 28, 2006 @ 21:0 pm

CLICK: “DESPOTISM”                                                                              [Encyclopaedia Britannica Films Inc. Bring the World to the Classroom]


Illustrates the thesis that all communities can be ranged on a scale running from democracy to despotism. The two chief characteristics of despotism — restricted respect and concentrated power — are defined and illustrated. Two of the conditions which have historically promoted the growth of despotism are explained and exemplified. These are a slanted economic distribution and a strict control of the agencies of communication.

Despotism offers a number of indicators by which the degree of democracy or despotism in a society can be measured, using a sliding, thermometer-like animated scale. According to an article in The New York Times (March 16, 1946), an advisory board of educators debated for eighteen months (at seventy-five conferences) over the definition of the terms “democracy” and “despotism,” the titles of the two films released at the same time. Finally, a compromise was reached, resulting in the “respect scale” and the “power scale” that we see in Despotism.

So how does our own system measure up? The film becomes a little frightening as we consider where we stand with regard to indicators like economic distribution, concentration of land ownership, regressive taxation and centralized control of information. Draw your own conclusions.

Let’s find out about despotism. This man makes it his job to study these things. “Well for one thing, avoid the comfortable idea that the mere form of government can of itself safeguard a nation against despotism.

When a competent observer looks for signs of despotism in a community, he looks beyond fine words and noble phrases.” “. . . for which it stands, one nation indivisible with liberty and justice for all.” [saluting flag pledge of allegiance flags hands over hearts lynchings hangings gallows capital punishment condemnation death murder ropes nooses] “Many observers have found that two workable yardsticks help in discovering how near a community is to despotism. The respect scale and the power scale.  A careful observer can use a respect scale to find how many citizens get an even break. As a community moves towards despotism, respect is restricted to fewer people.  A community is low on a respect scale if common courtesy is withheld from large groups of people on account of their political attitudes; if people are rude to others because they think their wealth and position gives them that right, or because they don’t like a man’s race or his religion.

Equal opportunity for all citizens to develop useful skills is one basis for rating a community on a respect scale. The opportunity to develop useful skills is important but not enough.  The equally important opportunity to put skills to use is a further test on a respect scale.

A power scale is another important yardstick of despotism. It gauges the citizen’s share in making the community’s decisions. Communities which concentrate decision making in a few hands rate low on a power scale and are moving towards despotism. Like France under the Bourbon kings, one of whom said, “The state – I am the state.”

Today democracy can ebb away in communities whose citizens allow power to become concentrated in the hands of bosses. “What I say goes. See, I’m the law around here. Ha ha ha.” 

The test of despotic power is that it can disregard the will of the people. It rules without the consent of the governed.

Look beyond the legal formalities of an election in measuring a community on the power scale to see if the ballot is really free.

If the citizens can vote only the way they are told, a community approaches despotism.
When legislatures become ceremonial assemblies only, and have no real control over lawmaking, their community rates low on a power scale. “Sieg Heil. Sieg Heil.”

In a downright despotism, opposition is dangerous whether the despotism is official or whether it is unofficial. [signs fences concentration camps Camp 33 for Political Offenders political prisoners prisons prison camps hoods hanging nooses ropes executions deaths capital punishment condemned people murder flames fires burning crosses Ku Klux Klan terrorism hoods racism]

“The spread of respect and power in a community is influenced by certain conditions which many observers measure by means of the economic distribution and information scales.” [instrumental variables]

If a community’s economic distribution becomes slanted, its middle income groups grow smaller and despotism stands a better chance to gain a foothold. [balanced distribution of wealth money affluence poverty]

Where land is privately owned, one sign of a poorly balanced economy is the concentration of land ownership in the hands of a very small number of people.  When farmers lose their farms they lose their independence. This one can stay on, but not as his own boss any more. To the extent that this condition exists throughout a nation, the likelihood of despotism is increased. [couples men women John J. Shea v. Walter Leeds. Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale.]

In communities which depend almost entirely on a single industry, such as a factory or mine, maintaining economic balance is a challenging problem.  If this condition exists over the nation as a whole, so that the control of jobs and business opportunities is in a few hands, despotism stands a good chance. Another sign of a poorly balanced economy is a taxation system that presses heaviest on those least able to pay.  A larger part of a small income is spent on necessities such as food. Sales taxes on such necessities hit the small income harder.

In the days of the salt tax, feudal despotisms were partly sustained by this and other.  A community rates low on an information scale when the press, radio, and other channels of communication are controlled by only a few people and when citizens have to accept what they are told. In communities of this kind, despotism stands a good chance. [uncontrolled media monopolies monopolization].

See how a community trains its teachers. “Bear this in mind. Young people cannot be trusted to form their own opinions. This business about open-mindedness is nonsense. It’s a waste of time trying to teach students to think for themselves. It’s our job to tell ’em.”  And when teachers put such training into practice, despotism stands a good chance. These children are being taught to accept uncritically whatever they are told. Questions are not encouraged. [students conformity conditioning brainwashing writing learning education]  “How can you ask such a question? Have you got a textbook?” “Yes Ma’am.” “Does it say here that our law courts are always just?” “Yes Ma’am.” “Then how dare you question the fact? Sit down.”  And so we aren’t surprised when – “But it must be true. I saw it in this book right here.”  And if books and newspapers and the radio are efficiently controlled, the people will read and accept exactly what the few in control want them to. Government censorship is one form of control. [Ministry of Propaganda plaques signs doors windows Internal Censorship censors rubber stamps passed by censor deletions blue pencils manuscripts]

A newspaper which breaks a government censorship rule can be suspended. It is also possible for newspapers and other forms of communication to be controlled by private interests. [The Daily Citizen press control proclamations This Newspaper is Suspended editors journalists newspaper offices Advertising Manager Mgr.]  “I thought I told you to kill that story. It’ll cost us a lot of advertising.” “If that story goes out, I quit.” “All right.” [firings]

What sort of community do you live in? Where would you place it on a democracy/despotism scale? To find out, you can rate it on a respect scale and a power scale. And to find out what way it is likely to go in the future, you can rate it on economic distribution and information scales.

The lower your community rates on economic distribution and information scales, the lower it is likely to rate on respect and power scales and thus to approach despotism.
What happens in a single community is the problem of its own citizens, but it is also the problem of us all because as communities go, so goes the nation.

posted by tkm 1-28-06


Passing on Information Received from Sources:

Filed under: Uncategorized — tkm January 26, 2006 @ 12:0 pm

The participation by the Portsmouth Police Department in the initial Drug Task Force was withdrawn by Chief Horner. This initial Drug Task Force was working in unison with the New Boston Police Department, the Scioto County Sheriff’s Department and the Ohio State Patrol. From my understanding and what I’ve learned by talking with several individuals Chief Horner basically said if I can’t be the “Top-Cop” I will take my ball and go to the house—which he did.

I also learned of a meeting that took place in 2002 at Shawnee State University with the DEA, FBI, Scioto County Sheriff’s Department, New Boston Police Department and the Ohio State Patrol to try and engage all agencies into a common effort to control the drug problems in our area. Well, guess who wanted to be the “Top-Cop” again and prevented the development of this group. —Yeah, you guessed it. I even heard during my discussion that one of the representatives from an agency above told the Chief he was like a male dog pissing all around the perimeter of his space insisting he was the “Man”.

So, now the Chief wants to start his own little sovereign rule in Portsmouth to take taxes from the only true working group of the City.

Below you will see the list of members for the U.S. 23 Pipeline Major Crimes Task Force. In the list of members you will not see Portsmouth. WHY?? Could it be a control issue? This Task Force has been eligible for state and local grants and at present could possible be eligible for Homeland Security Grants, but instead the working class of Portsmouth will again be asked to pay for the setup of a monarchy rule and controlled by our own Chief of Police. From what I’m hearing I do believe the Chief has a Control Issue Problem and can’t seem to get along with any other agency???!!!

The $2 million question coming from the lips of citizens of Portsmouth, “Where is all the money gone from past drug busts by our City Police Department?” After all with all the patting on the back done by the Chief on a job well done concerning said monies and drugs collected within our community, by his department, it sure seems to me Portsmouth should have a State-Of-The-Art Police Department, yes even computers for web surfing, and all the necessary staff they need.

U.S. 23 Pipeline Task Force
The U.S. 23 Pipeline Task Force is comprised of the Fayette, Franklin, Highland, Jackson, Pickaway, Pike, and Ross County Sheriff’s Offices; The Fayette, Highland, Jackson, Pickaway, Pike, and Ross County Prosecutors; the Chilicothe, Circleville, Hillsboro, Jackson, and Waverly Police Departments; the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation; the Medical and Pharmacy Boards; The State Fire Marshal; Ohio Organized Crime Investigation Commission; the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction; the Ohio National Guard Counter Drug Task Force; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; the U.S. Postal Service; the Drug Enforcement Administration; the Veterans’ Administration; and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

U.S. 23 Pipeline Task Force
Captain James Calhoun
28 N. Paint St.
Chillicothe, OH 45601
fax: 740/775.4798

posted by tkm 1-25-06


Filed under: Uncategorized — tkm January 17, 2006 @ 12:0 pm

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CLICK:The Disconnected American
by Dennis Grover

I don’t get the sense that civic leaders in Portsmouth want to create a Welcoming City!!

Filed under: Uncategorized — tkm January 10, 2006 @ 2:0 am

I have lived in Portsmouth all my life. Portsmouth has been the groundwork for my hopes and my dreams. The same dreams that are keeping me going today in trying to recapture a Portsmouth we could all Love again.

What we presently possess in Portsmouth Government at this time is a building block for some evil empire and we live in a totalitarian state of affairs. Is there anyone in Portsmouth government wanting to construct an atmosphere that actually draws residents?

How can our City move forward with this Mayor? A Mayor who previously served on City Council and as the Council President under a dishonest and corrupt Mayor, who owes his own victorious election to the Mayor’s office to political corruption, and there has been no change in the atmosphere of Portsmouth since the election of Kalb as Mayor.

If Portsmouth is to free itself from its status as a corrupt political city, public officials better start paying attention to the choices they are making.

Will Portsmouth ever be able to reverse the image that its politics is corrupt?

My observations about several individuals who are currently in office:

  • A City Clerk who initiates fraudulence from Public Officials in their representation of taxpayers
  • A City Council (5 of the members) cultivates and defend fraud
  • A Mayor who instigates dishonesty
  • A Police Chief who allows and covers up crime (street and white collar)
  • A Solicitor who disregards and turns a blind eye to malfeasance, misfeasance and nonfeasance in office
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    Filed under: Jim Kalb,Uncategorized — tkm January 2, 2006 @ 16:0 pm

    It always astonishes me the people who are actually occupying positions in public offices that should require some amount of experience and a fair share of intelligence lack both.In Portsmouth, Ohio we have a mayor who insists on spending far more than we take in, and who continues to base all the solutions on tax, tax, tax, while refusing to face reality and refusing to take battle against a group of inept leaders and professionals that are out-of-control with taxpayer monies. At some point in time the corrupt politicians and the unelected privileged of our City took charge and the citizens gave up the fight.

    In today’s society it is more important to the media to secure their loyalty to the SOGP than how effective they are in the performance of their duties. So as the news media in our city salivate over acceptance from the SOGP, the city falls apart.  While the mayor is certainly sociable and jovial, the truth is we made a major mistake in electing him, and trusting him with our city and our future, and even our lives are proving to be quite costly and dangerous.

    Every time he talks about how he is cleaning up the City, I feel like jumping into my car and driving around town to see what has changed. I do that every day and I can tell you that nothing has changed and nothing will change.

    It should not surprise us that the only thing flim-flam Kalb is good at is pulling the proverbial wool over our eyes. To solve the problems of this city you need more than lip service. You need experience. Many of Kalb’s appointments and proposals are DOA simply because he has failed to research, plan and advertise prior to enactment.

    Hopefully the city will survive the ineptness vomited out of this city hall. Hopefully in the future we can elect some honest blood in Portsmouth, Ohio.

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