Thursday, July 26, 2012

Senator Sanders On Behalf of The People

Senator Bernie Sanders once again comes forward to speak out and act on behalf of the interests of The People. A piece: The Road to Oligarchy has detail of his testimony, proposing a Constitutional amendment, to The Senate Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights at a hearing on "Taking Back Our Democracy: Responding to Citizens United and the Rise of Super PACs."

A handful of billionaires own a significant part of the wealth of America and have enormous control over our economy. What the Supreme Court did in Citizens United is to say to these same billionaires: "You own and control the economy, you own Wall Street, you own the coal companies, you own the oil companies. Now, for a very small percentage of your wealth, we're going to give you the opportunity to own the United States government." That is the essence of what Citizens United is all about -- and that's why it must be overturned.

Let's be clear. Why should we be surprised that one family, worth $50 billion, is prepared to spend $400 million in this election to protect their interests? That's a small investment for them and a good investment. But it is not only the Koch brothers. There are at least 23 billionaire families who have contributed a minimum of $250,000 each into the political process up to now during this campaign; my guess is that number is really much greater because many of these contributions are made in secret. In other words, not content to own our economy, the one percent want to own our government as well.

The constitutional amendment that Congressman Ted Deutch and I have introduced states the following:

• For-profit corporations are not people, and are not entitled to any rights under the Constitution.

• For-profit corporations are entities of the states, and are subject to regulation by the legislatures of the states, so long as the regulations do not limit the freedom of the press.

• For-profit corporations are prohibited from making contributions or expenditures in political campaigns.

• Congress and the states have the right to regulate and limit all political expenditures and contributions, including those made by a candidate.

Is there some reflection of Senator Sanders' self-described democratic-socialist leanings in his natal chart? A strong Uranus connection would indicate rebellion against the status quo. I used to think that emphasis on Aquarius indicated a drive for social reform - it can, but not always. I now see Aquarius, when emphasised, as simply indicating a draw to, or interest in, politics (of one stripe or another).

Senator Sanders was born 8 September 1941, New York NY. No birth time is known, so this is a chart set for noon on his date of birth. Ascending sign and exact degree of Moon in Aries not known; Moon would have been in Aries, somewhere between 13 and 25 degrees.

His natal Sun in mid-Virgo indicates a discerning and critical nature, one that can separate the wheat from the chaff with consummate ease.

Natal Aries Moon was likely conjoined with Mars(though how tight the conjunction can't be established without his time of brth). This would denote a fighter, not a physical aggressor in this case, but a fighter for causes close to his heart.

Mercury (mental processes and communication) is in an early degree of the more tactful and dipolimatic Libra, and (importantly) trines Uranus at 00 Gemini - here's that rebel mindset! And.... Saturn is conjunct Uranus, albeit in a very late degree of adjacent sign, Taurus.

Saturn and Uranus are opposites in essence. Tradition versus the avant garde, the old versus the new, status quo versus change, capitalist versus socialist. Bernie Sanders has them well-blended in his personality blueprint. The signs the two planets occupy, Gemini and Taurus, could also be said to represent opposite ideas : free thinking, adaptable (Gemini) and the more traditional fixed mind-set (Taurus). The Senator has an innate understanding of traditional values, but with a yearning to modernise and improve them to fit 21st century needs; and the unusual talent of being able to communicate on both levels. These characteristics have helped him to shine in his own state, Vermont, one of the first 13 states of the Union, steeped in tradition, yet willing to step into the 21st century with Senator Sanders.

Would that the USA had more Senators and Representatives of the calibre of this man!!


DC said...

he has the moon conjunct his in my natal chart.....from experience I know this is an aspect that prompts one to act as he feels...plain and simple...the facts are true and he knows it. I love this guy....great post on a truly awesome yet humble politician...I only wish more of the people in Washington could follow this mans lead.

Twilight said...

DC ~~ He's the best there is. I wish we could clone him!

R J Adams said...

All I can say is: "Hear, hear!"

I did hear a rumor he is retiring. I hope to the gods it's not true.

Wisewebwoman said...

The one good honest man to lead from darkness into light?
I sure hope so, otherwise it is game over.

Twilight said...

RJ Adams ~~ Oh! I hadn't read anything about that.....surely not, not yet...PLEASE!!!

Twilight said...

Wisewebwoman ~~ Sen. Sanders seems to be the only one not shackled to the Democratic Party proper who
kowtow to the oligarchy, corporations who have bought them.
A few others talk a good talk but never walk it. :-(