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Angry or Hopeful?

May 29th, 2016 No comments

Here is the difference between an angry and a hopeful America. #FeelTheBern

Facts are stubborn things…

May 29th, 2016 No comments

The Lesser of Two Evils

May 23rd, 2016 No comments

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The renowned twentieth-century political scientist Jerry Garcia noted that “choosing the lesser of two evils is still choosing evil.” That is where I will start with the Bernie-Hillary row that is going to split the Democratic Party.

I will begin by noting that the Democratic Party is not the progressive party. It once was. During the presidency of FDR the Democratic Party came as close as it ever would be to a true people’s party, although even then its work was tainted by racism and party bosses. But whatever claim the Democratic Party once had to populism was lost with the election of Bill Clinton, whose policies were closer to those of Richard Nixon than FDR.  Obama ran as a progressive but didn’t govern as one, perhaps bowing to the exigencies of the Washington establishment. And now Hillary, by hook or literally by crook, promises to continue the 1% friendly policies of the past three decades.

The vacuousness of the Clinton campaign is revealed by their emphasis on this: at least she’s not Trump. Followed by, if you don’t vote for Hillary, you’re going to get Trump elected, and that will be all your fault. It’s time to be reasonable, pragmatic. You can’t have everything all at once. It’s time to hold your nose and vote for the lesser of two evils.

Nonsense.

America was built on idealism. When our founders pledged their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor, they weren’t risking everything in the hope that someday the people of Britain would elect a Parliament that would respect their rights. For them it was all or nothing.

George Washington at the end of his presidency warned against party politics because he saw the corruption of democracy partisanship would foster. He observed that in the end partisanship would do more to destroy than to further the will of the people.

One of the expedients of Party to acquire influence, within particular districts, is to misrepresent the opinions & aims of other Districts. You cannot shield yourselves too much against the jealousies & heart burnings which spring from these misrepresentations. They tend to render Alien to each other those who ought to be bound together by fraternal Affection. — Washington Farewell Address

Jefferson believed an educated electorate should vote their conscience and leave it to Reason to create a Republic of Virtue. And Thoreau saw voting as at best a feeble statement of preference that should reflect nothing other than your positive judgment. He believed if there was nothing to vote for, you should not vote.

The two party system has reduced the American political system to little more than the illusion of democracy. It’s like when you try to convince your six year old that they have a choice: red socks or blue socks. But it’s not a real choice; the kid is going to wear socks. In the same way, we are expected to celebrate the election of the red neo-liberal or the blue one as a real choice. But either way we’re getting neo-liberalism: massive income redistribution to the one percent, the disappearance of the middle class, continued wars for profit, crumbling infrastructure, unresponsive government, poverty, lack of access to affordable education and health care, all supported by a corporate owned information media that keeps us distracted and divided with celebrity shenanigans, pseudo “issues” (transgender bathrooms), and other artificially created conflicts.

Bernie Sanders has found resonance with the younger generation, prone to idealism, and those of us in the older generation whose youthful idealism has not yet been completely extinguished, because he offers a real alternative to the status quo. He speaks the truth. He refuses to play the two party game, much to the fury of the 1% and their puppets in the DNC.

It may be true that Bernie will not be the Democratic candidate for president. The DNC had this process rigged from the beginning. Not against Bernie per se, because the fix was in before Bernie unexpectedly announced. It was rigged for Hillary by a superannuated party apparatus for the purpose maintaining the system as it is.

Bernie has animated the progressive wing of the Democratic Party and brought millions of idealistic young people into the political process. But none of these have any allegiance to the DNC, whose cronyism and venality drove them away from politics to begin with. We won’t be frightened with the prospect of the greater of two evils; we will only settle for positive good. And if HRC and the Democratic establishment continues to flip us off, it will be they who are responsible for burning down the house.

And maybe it needed to be burned down anyway, to make room for a real People’s party.

Vote for Integrity

May 20th, 2016 No comments

This is who we are. No party loyalty. Vote for integrity.

Nuclear Fallout in the Nevada Desert

May 18th, 2016 No comments

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For the purpose of setting the record straight I am including a number of links at the bottom of this document from people who attended the Democratic Convention in Las Vegas on May 14, 2016. The purpose is to show that almost all of what has been reported about it in the establishment media, including the so-called “alternative” media, is wrong, and in most cases probably deliberately so. If you are reading this you probably are already aware that what was revealed by events in Nevada was that the establishment Democratic Party will resort to any method to maintain the status quo: fair or unfair, legal or illegal, and then enlist their allies in the media to spread false reports that support their twisted narrative. It reminds of the tactics of the Soviet state, that so distorted the history of the Russian Revolution that scholars after the fall of communism were unable to determine exactly what had really occurred.

I will not waste your time rehashing the events. The point that needs to be made is that we learned the Democratic Party is not the progressive party and does not represent progressivism. The political consequence of the neo-liberalism introduced during the Reagan Administration and continuing through every administration since has been the creation of an oligarchy ruled by a tiny wealthy elite for the purpose of maintaining and expanding the power and wealth of the elite. The supposed differences between various establishment political groups (Democratic vs. Republican, for example) gives only the illusion of choice. Put a suit on Hillary Clinton and you have George Bush. Put a pant-suit on Barack Obama and you have Hillary Clinton. Even the rabid nut jobs of the establishment right, were they to somehow gain access to executive power, would only be able to govern as far as their Wall Street masters allowed.

This is why the establishment has become so rattled in this election cycle. We saw it first with the establishment reaction to Donald Trump.  Media talking heads of both the “left” and the “right” express mystification at his popularity, and the establishment has gone full court press, unsuccessfully, to the glee of his followers, to silence him and rein in his supporters. Why? Well, he is an ignorant bigot who is enough of a showman to be able to sense, and harness, the anger of common people about the usurpation of their democracy. Mr. Trump, if one can believe the establishment media, is a dangerous man. But I wonder if he is not more dangerous to the ruling class than he is to the people.

I wonder that because of what happened in Nevada. The establishment media has up to now seen fit to ignore Bernie Sanders and his political revolution because they were convinced he was not a threat to the status quo. Aside from those who follow his campaign on social media, many people don’t even know who Bernie is and what he stands for. This is not because he has not articulated his message clearly, and it is not because his message has not resonated with millions of dissatisfied citizens. In fact it is because his message is so resonant that he has been nearly completely silenced. In the meantime the establishment Democratic Party has proceeded unabated to make a mockery of the democratic process, to the point of actual and blatant fraud, in order to engineer the coronation of their favored stooge. I remember at the time of the Nevada caucuses Senator Harry Reid assured Hillary supporters made nervous by Bernie’s popularity that she would be the candidate. This before over half of the Democrats in the country had even had the opportunity to vote, and while polls showed Bernie Sanders as the only national candidate viewed positively by a majority of voters. And they have the chutzpah to claim that the process is not rigged.

But the Nevada convention demonstrated to the Democratic Party hacks that Bernie and his followers would not stand idly by and be ignored. Bernie has unleashed a revolutionary democratic force that will not be denied. Bernie supporters were ready to loudly oppose shenanigans and political trickery designed to steal an election from Bernie Sanders. That this was the intent was clear when the Nevada Democratic Party leadership, over the obvious vocal dissent of the majority in attendance, shoved through “temporary” rules for the convention. If the convention was transparent and fair, why did they need “temporary” rules? And why did they need to dictate these rules under the pretense of democracy? It is because the substance of the rules were, “Hillary wins.” So much for Democracy in the Democratic Party.

The event set off alarm bells throughout the party elite. In response to the steadfastness of Bernie supporters the establishment media has bought and widely disseminated a patently false narrative (see the links below) that portrays Bernie supporters as a bunch of lawless thugs, no better than Trump supporters. The irony is that since we now know this narrative is false, we have to question the veracity of the portrayal of Trump’s supporters as well.

At any rate, the State of Nevada which provided the geographical location for the testing of nuclear bombs  in the 1940s and 1950s has now detonated a political nuclear bomb that will create a poisonous fallout. The poison is eating away the thin facade obscuring the corruption of the DNC and the establishment Democratic Party. It is time true progressives realized the Democratic Party is not their party, that they have no established home in American politics. It is time to create a new people’s party founded on real progressive values. That will be the outcome of Bernie’s revolution.

Links:


Democratic Candidate Rolle on the background events leading up to the convention


Former Ohio State Senator Nina Turner describes the events at the convention

Sanders Statement on Nevada – Bernie Sanders

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders on Tuesday issued the following statement: “It is imperative that the Democratic leadership, both nationally and in the states, understand that the political world is changing and that millions of Americans are outraged at establishment politics and establishment economics.

Finally, if I wanted to convince you I had received a negative message, could I not get one of my friends to leave a negative message on my phone, and then play it back to you and say, “See?” No one in their right mind (I mean, aside from Trump and Clinton supporters, but then I risk an oxymoron) can believe threats and intimidation against the opposition would do anything to help Bernie’s cause. Did you know that the reason the Nazis invaded Poland was that Poland invaded first?

The new standard of presidential integrity:

May 12th, 2016 No comments
“Sources have told ABC News that so far the investigation has found no evidence of criminal wrongdoing.”
 
This sentence is embedded in an article (below) reporting on statements made by the FBI, that contain no indication one way or another about “criminal wrongdoing”, but indicate that #NeverHillary ‘s campaign has mis-characterized the INVESTIGATION into mishandling of sensitive emails as a “security inquiry.”  FBI remarks reveal they are not familiar with a process known as “security inquiry.” 
 
If anyone was bold enough to ask, “what sources?”, the answer might be, “well I asked my kid’s entire Sunday School class,” or “I met a group of homeless people, and none of them could identify any intent of ‘criminal wrongdoing.'” But even as absurd as that is, is that the standard of integrity we expect in candidates for President of the United States?
 
“I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just.” – Jefferson

FBI Director Questions Clinton’s Take on FBI Email Probe

Even though Hillary Clinton has repeatedly described the FBI probe over her use of a private email server as a “security inquiry,” FBI Director James Comey today questioned the use of that phrase. “I don’t know what that means,” Comey told reporters today in Washington, D.C. “We’re conducting an investigation.

Look familiar? #TheFixIsIn

May 8th, 2016 No comments

Look familiar? #TheFixIsIn

Who put the un in the unDNC?

May 8th, 2016 No comments

We like to laugh at struggling democracies where outside observers (sometimes from the US) are supposedly required to prevent election fraud. But it’s a case pot kettle black — the US has long struggled with election fraud in many contexts. You may recall in 2000 we weren’t able to learn who our 43d president was for weeks after the election, and the election in the end was decided by the Supreme Court. Fidel Castro offered to send election supervisors to help us sort it out. We’ve long known that the electoral system was rigged, but it serves the purposes of the status quo. That’s why we need a political revolution. Read this article about one solution to shrinking democracy from 2008.

The Case for Keeping Score

In 2000, Americans finally learned what Roy Saltman calls “election administration’s family secret”: Our election system is run badly. Election problems prevented us from learning the identity of our 43rd president until weeks after the election. Things got so bad that Fidel Castro, admittedly a man not cursed with self-awareness, offered to send election monitors to Florida.

College Not War

May 6th, 2016 No comments

#BernieSanders #FeelTheBern Why is the idea of free public education “socialist” and unattainable without massive tax increases, therefore unrealistically expensive, but the cost of sending our young to wars in Central Asia and the Middle East (at the rate of about $3500 per second) is perfectly reasonable?

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The time-honored role of the Democratic Party:

May 1st, 2016 No comments

Absorbing and taming populist movements.

Not many people know about Upton Sinclair and the 1934 Gubernatorial election in California, but it has striking similarities to Bernie’s revolution. The biggest similarity is the way the establishment Democratic party is trying to sweep him under the rug using smear tactics. Differences include that in 1934 there was a progressive president in the White House, and that the Democratic Party had not yet mastered the art of voter suppression. Either way, Sinclair’s EPIC program collapsed after the 1934 election. We need to make sure that doesn’t happen to Bernie’s revolution.

Upton Sinclair and the Democrats’ Dirty Tricks

After decades of asserting his independence from the two capitalist parties in the U.S., one of the best-known socialists in the country registers as a Democrat to run in the party primaries. He campaigns on a program of pro-working class policies, taxing the rich and putting the unemployed to work.

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