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N.Y. TIMES worried about threats to democracy? Oh, really?

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

Frequently appearing as worrisome  public narratives are the fears of external threats to U.S. democracy, be they bricks-and-mortar attacks or cracks appearing in the basic legal underpinnings of our nation.

The below-referenced TIMES article goes there, … but effectively gets it UPSIDE-DOWN … seriously adding to our confusion.

The piece aims to disclose potentially damaging ramifications of what they say is Russia’s social media “warfare” against the U.S.

— “If there has ever been a clarion call for vigilance and action against a threat to the very foundation of our democratic political system, this episode is it,” former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper testified before Congress — as stated in the article.


WE in the U.S., of course, … would NEVER do anything to create or further an “information war against global democracy,” undermine another nation’s sovereignty, or interfere in their elections, … would we? Neither, heaven forbid, would we use REAL war techniques like soldiers or bombs or drones to disrupt internal affairs abroad, would we? Not US!

Among the tremendous ironies, disinformation, and outright lies of such a major and “serious” article, is the TOTAL ABSENCE OF AWARENESS of just HOW MUCH our own home-grown oligarchy with their bought-and-paid-for media empire and cash-driven political machinery … are indeed engaged in multiple levels of attacking, dismantling, and destroying whatever remains of a functional democracy here in the USA — one that should consistently hear, reflect, respect, … and serve the American People!

This would just be a perverse joke, were it not so deadly serious for us all, and for the planet. Here we have many local proponents actively tearing down democratic practices & institutions both domestically and abroad, screaming about their concerns over possible Russian influences upon our internal politics! Obfuscating what really goes on right here daily by controlling news coverage, is how they cover-up their own true actions and roles.

Yes. We SHOULD be afraid … afraid of those arrogant domestic automatons chipping away at our rights and freedoms … and of those individuals paid good money to call themselves “journalists” while misleading us and hiding from us major realities that they themselves might not even be capable of perceiving, much less comprehending!

— based upon “Inside Russia’s Social Media War on America”


Saturday, March 4th, 2017


The 2016 Narrative … in a nutshell.

DNC Democrats, desperate to please their Owners, got Down and Dirty this past year, and — along with Bankers and Bought-out Media — Denied Democracy to the largest People-Centered Majority that had formed in the USA since FDR’s New Deal. They pushed hard for their 1% corporate agenda — essentially Hijacking their own Primary … and along with it, the Will of the American People.

They then went on to lose what little remained of the Dollar-Distorted “Election” to an extreme rightwing-led Minority, disgusted with what they, too, saw as bad “choices.”

NOW, in total Denial, the DNC Dems assume NO responsibility for what they did, the mess THEY themselves created, and, in fact, go on to BLAME EVERYONE else, including the Disinformed, Distraught, Demeaned and Derailed Voters, Berners, Johnson, Stein, Russia, Putin, Sarandon, and more.

Like the stern parents they have often shown themselves to be, the Democratic establishment does not listen, but instead lays down the law to any free-thinking offspring about what is permissible conversation and whom they must heed. Essentially, for them, American voters are children … not to be heeded, but herded … then to be blamed, should they dare step outside the “rules.” With incredible cynicism — and without shame, reflection, or respect — they still label this drama … “democracy.”

Furthermore — willing to do anything to PREVENT a true People’s Agenda from even being openly discussed — what would essentially be a verbalized list of those things Americans might actually want or need — corporate-led Dems go beyond scolding, silencing, and scripting, to even greater extremes, such as seeking possible anti-democratic Deep State “solutions” to their dastardly deeds (those which effectively led us to the current presidency) — including examining non-electoral “solutions” that would Dictatorially Dash what might remain of any Democratic Hopes of the American People.

And these “leaders” … many folks still refer to them as  “the good guys”!? When We the People are relegated to the shadows, little overall illumination occurs,  and democracy cannot be seen.

A Dark Hour, indeed … and, remember this  the gloom is independent of the current occupant of the White House — for, while Trump may well be a bitter fruit for our nation  he is not the seed!

It will likely remain dark until that True “New Deal” style Majority we saw emerge this past year is, finally, publicly recognized for what it is … and it comes back together with Force and Purpose to claim its rightful place, heading a truly Representative Democracy.

Worth noting: While the “Parent-Child” relationship in this essay refers specifically to how the Democratic establishment deals with its minions, this is also a basic truth for how the U.S. Oligarchy in general treats the Citizens of the nation. Like children. So much to the contrary of popular patriotic sloganeering and justifications for our frequently going to war, the attitude of those who, without our consent, manipulate most power in this nation, essentially mocks the very notion of democracy to its core, denying us our heritage.

Walk AWAY … From the Edge!

Saturday, December 3rd, 2016

This article refers to Tom Englehardt’s Tom Dispatch piece “Was 11/8 a New 9/11?: The Election That Changed Everything and Could Prove History’s Deal-Breaker” which was re-published in Common Dreams.

Englehardt’s comments and dire scenarios of planetary demise are well-founded, if frightening.

Some ESSENTIALS are missing from his focus, however.

If ANYTHING can be done at all to alter this, we MUST begin with a knowledge that this has been coming for quite some time, and that the Trump Zoo of Non-believers is just the latest version of a story we have been UNWILLING to SEE all along … literally for decades!

• Trump is the fruit … not the seed!

For years I have been fond of saying that …
• the Republicans march us like lemmings over a cliff’s edge to planetary disaster.
… whereas, …
• the Democrats would have us hold hands, march us “over the river and through the woods” — singing Kumbaya — yet take us to the edge of the very same cliff … only somewhat later — so maybe we feel a bit better about it.

… but, of course, …

It is not so funny anymore. If anything, the Trump Phenomenon just makes our Colossal Historical Hubris much more palpable. But it was COMING ANYWAY … whether R’s or D’s were in charge, … since our TRUE BOSSES and Decision-Makers are really UNELECTED Corporatists with a Pathological ROI-Mindset … and with NO regard for the concepts of democracy, compassion, people … or planet.

Avoiding this dire scenario required MUCH MORE than avoiding a Trump victory in 2016 … and most Americans STILL do not get that!!!

We must move in new directions … and as soon as possible. One group offering some serious precautions, warnings … AND available solutions to multiple problems is the Green Party.  While not the only answer, they have been consistently repeating the ESSENCE of this larger message … for over two DECADES!! As a non-corporate-funded group, they have, for all sorts of reasons, been … unable … or prevented … or both … from having their QUITE CORRECT Basic Messages being either heard or understood by the general public!

Beyond their own internal squabbling, there have been very active forces on the outside using Electoral Deceptive Practices and Falsehoods, lack of media coverage, outright media lies, ballot access rules, … and more … to stop and to silence ALL 3rd parties and Voices of Reason in this COUNTRY!!! That is a blatantly anti-democratic and unconstitutional slap in The People’s face!

Basically, if it makes sense or sheds light on the Truth, it will most likely NOT make it into the “News.”

One glaring example: The continual  prohibition of True Debates which must include all qualified voices. That is symbolic of our self-imposed deafness and blindness.

Democracy has been distorted and dying here for quite some time.

Face it! This already IS an Authoritarian State, … even if the ownership details have yet to be worked out.

A People-Centered MAJORITY exists … now!

One of the greatest IRONIES here, is that 2016, in truth, displayed the First Big Wave of People-Centered Thinking and Action seen for many decades in the U.S.

— In fact, 2016 is NOT best represented by the supposed “huge wave of dark-matter Fascism” led by Trump. Not even close! It may SEEM that way at first glance, but that is false.

SANDERS’ huge Public Successes and receptivity featuring our Future — the Millennials — along with Jill Stein and others’ messages, combine to HIGHLIGHT this tremendous People’s Agenda … for Progress! Education, Healthcare, Climate-sustainability, safe air, water & food, justice, infrastructure repair, fair elections … and more! People DO Want Change … and are READY for CHANGE.

It is the DUOPOLY … led by BOTH Republicans and Democrats (who thoroughly sabotaged the progressive Sanders Phenomenon), that fight and hide this Truth, ultimately leading us all to a more blind Trumpist Version of Planetary Suicide. But BOTH establishment parties were and are taking us THERE.

Within the Duopoly … there is no answer!

FACE IT! This is not merely opinion anymore … it is TIME to FACE it … Or FAIL!

UNTIL we understand this, any solutions we attempt will be FRUITLESS!

TAKING OVER “THE PARTY”… ? Yeah, right …

Saturday, November 19th, 2016

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Let’s STOP pretending that “this is a new day” for the Democratic Party.

The election is barely over, and the RESULTS ARE the DIRECT RESPONSIBILITY of the structure, funding, PURPOSE, and direction of that Party … far more than that of the Republicans!

The recently much-touted “overhaul” or “remake” of the party, currently falls into the category of pipe-dream, as the Owners are unlikely to give up ANY power … without major fighting and finagling … precisely because they currently STILL DO control that structure and financing. Robert Reich’s recent Alternet article about the “soul” of the Party pretty well describes it … though I disagree with his conclusions about the possibilities or likelihood of “internal” change.

Yet fantasies already abound, like the CommonDreams’ article speaking of recent “massive crowds” for Bernie. I am glad to hear of an overflow, but not “massive” … yet. Let’s see.

The current renewal of the “takeover” goals perturbs me. That has been tried now for decades … with only ONE success story … the takeover by Bankers!

These dreams are coming from disturbed “progressives” who less than a few months ago largely stood by with crossed arms as the Party leadership mounted a campaign to undermine the growing successes and, yes, Massive Crowds that Bernie’s popular, socialistic agenda attracted. They allowed THAT … to be stolen … then backed the flawed, twisted logic of oligarchic thieves who had NO concern for the condition & needs of the American People!

Are these our Saviors now? They did not embrace freedom when it finally stared them in their faces.

“TAKING OVER” a party that has already been taken over … was wrong THEN … and is wrong NOW. It is a colossal waste of time and energy doing battle with wealthy entrenched interests who will fight with all sorts of seen & unseen tricks … every inch of the way.

THAT will keep real progressive goals and an organized, focused resistance and fight against Trump’s craziness … effectively SIDELINED for years. The monied crowd loves it!

It is FAR better to rally DIRECTLY for the visions & goals we want and need, and bring LIKE-MINDED FORCES together to truly form a majoritarian Movement, than to waste precious time bickering with corporate Dems who will oppose every move. We’ve seen this over & over.

BTW, the negative comments I’ve seen about Stein’s efforts, are not relevant. Those results are products of the same deeply-flawed, anti-democratic structural problems to our electoral, party, and media systems that both duopolistic D’s & R’s have created for us (W, Bill, etc.) … and that MUST be confronted … from OUTSIDE that fatal Quicksand. The climate and planet await us all!
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Honoring the Oath … Who really DOES it?

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

We have far too many “officials” and appointees in unelected positions of power whose  personal views hardly support any democracy as we know it. In fact, many tied to our corporate Oligarchy outright oppose the democratic process. They see it as antithetical to their personal and class hegemony. How can THEY make the rules if all citizens get to participate in deciding our fate? No sooner do they get appointed or sworn in, than they totally disregard that Constitution they swore to defend and protect — merely that “piece of paper” (as president “W” famously referred to it) … upon which the nation was founded.

It’s amazing that so few seemingly sincere “patriots” don’t seem to SEE that …

Some among us have shown the desire to CHANGE that. Most notably, Bernie tried for a while not so long ago, and found a following … of millions.

Way too FEW in our military &/or executive have respected that oath so many like to cite. They use their “authority” as THEY re-define it, cleaning their feet on that “piece of paper” — the Constitution — they swore to defend. They twist words, and occupy authority they do not have. It is part of believing ultimately in physical force as some kind of “divine” justification. Cave men, short of wisdom and real morals.

• Take, for example: Henry Kissinger … a model of vision & integrity. Right? Admiring or recommending HIM … by itself … disqualifies the moral judgment of anyone wanting to be a leader of a democratic U.S. That has been true for decades.

— They constantly warn us against foreign threats & demand billions from us for our “defense”, while ignoring, protecting, or even aiding much more serious DOMESTIC threats … to our people, stability, economy, environment, well-being and to the democratic process itself.

— Sadly, that OATH itself has become but “piece of paper” as banksters & other unelected power-brokers rob us blind and usurp authority while buying up our laws, lawyers, media, and elections … with total impunity. No questioning, no warnings, no indictments. Only … rewards, … oh, they might pay an occasional fine perhaps. U.S. prisons are for dope smokers, the out-of-work, minority critics, and whistleblowers, not Constitution-trashers. This is not mere speculation … but rather simple, sad observation.

Spreading the Modern Myth: HRC can STOP Trump … & so deserves our support

Monday, September 26th, 2016

First of all … Democrats HAD someone who could STOP Trump, beat him hands down … but their “leaders” chose not to support him. Their “minds” had been made up (and apparently paid for) … years ahead of time, as it turned out.

Ahhh … so MANY still do not get it … tsk, tsk

… a new female Kissinger for our world — just what we need.

— Are people blind, or do they voluntarily put their heads into the sand?

• A candidate gets over $200K for individual speeches … whose contents the people of this country … must not ever know … do not “deserve” to know …

— What is wrong with this picture??

Many now defending HRC have attacked JILL Stein and third parties in general for not having a chance. Hmmm … why are their chances so small? A lack of significant ideas or plans? If not, … then, why?

Wellll … actually, THAT situation has been … created — over DECADES — by both Democrats themselves, & also by Republicans manipulating rules to undemocratically keep alternative voices quiet … or out of the way. Aided, clearly by mainstream Media Pundits who are funded by … the same funders of the two parties.

… and this all is additionally advanced, in fact, by people, not unlike many commentators out there, who pontificate in their seemingly reasonable way about the “impossibilities” of 3rd parties. Pontificators who … do NOTHING, I repeat, NOTHING, to change things for 4 years until another Presidential Election rolls around.

… and Wham, Bang, … there those folks are again.

… 3rd parties and our very democracy continue being short-shrifted, and worse … they are ACCUSED … of causing the problem — when it is exactly those that do NOTHING but COMPLAIN every 4 years who are both the victims and CAUSES of the lack of democracy. For SHAME!! Just LOOK at how they verbally mistreat those who actually go out on a limb, spend time & money at not little personal risk to bring the beginnings of such needed change. And then the myth purveyors … attack them … as “unrealistic” & “unreasonable”.

… I ask you, WHO … is UNREASONABLE?

Dammit! It is just such pious arrogance that KEEPS the oligarchy growing with ever greater power each year. Bernie woke a lot of folks UP to that fact, yet so many watched passively as he was thrown under the bus. Many of them now say Hillary must win to avoid Trump. Clearly, THIS year HRC IS the oligarchic candidate par excellence.

— LOOK AROUND YOU CAREFULLY. Really SEE (& understand) WHO … are to blame. One thing for sure … it ain’t ME, babe.


Why Debate Rigging is TERRIBLE for America

Monday, September 26th, 2016

When the rigged rules keep 3rd parties out of the televised presidential debates, crucial Topics & Issues important to the American People — and for democracy in general — are not even BROUGHT UP, much less debated!!

The 2 Least Trusted Candidates, along with our unquestioning, compliant & colluding Corporate Media, actually end up RESTRICTING the SCOPE of discussing what is VITAL to the nation during an election season.

• It is not merely the candidates that the public does not get to hear — and consider — there are TONS of potentially BETTER IDEAS that all of us are essentially ROBBED of! We effectively are NOT PERMITTED to KNOW those thoughts are being discussed nationally. Dictatorship, anyone?
… So much for the “freedom & democracy” we often kill people around the world to “defend.” We DICTATE and LIMIT what our voters even get to HEAR!

• Is there even ONE mainstream “journalist” with enough Courage & Insight to actually SAY that??

— When interviewed about the Debates, Dr. Stein & Gov. Johnson SHOULD emphasize that.

Prime-Time, Fantasy Unity-Time DNC Puts Disney to Shame

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

(from the BernieSanders FB site on the Monday of the DNC in Philly)
I hear and share the disappointment of many here. Yet I understand that the solid, seriousness of the programs discussed by Bernie in his national campaigns & rallies, about education, healthcare, banks, prison, TPP and more, ARE important for the future of this nation and indeed the world. That these issues are rebutted or glossed over by the Machine-DNC is galling at best.

— Their campaign is based upon fear of Trump and intimidation, but not of the vision and courage to make our democracy work for us all, as it COULD and SHOULD.Berners At Convention

— While Trump clearly is the Beacon for Bigots, this Elite-driven DNC represents the cold, calculating lengths to which our corporate oligarchy is willing to go to maintain THEIR control over the Power Structures of the Nation and to marginalize America’s People from any process of governance.

— They could, in a flash, nominate Bernie, roundly defeating Trump, their declared nemesis and bringing new millions of people into the process. But for those heartless vultures, Bernie is the UNDECLARED nemesis they set out to destroy … and basically DID.

—Then they BLAME the Victims (an old Dem favorite Game): don’t yell, don’t complain, don’t boo, don’t be disrespectful, don’t leave the party … etc. It is a childish playground bully mentality that is reflected SQUARELY in our current foreign policy. We do what we WANT to do to whomever we name or blame, … then cry: “Do not complain, do not fight back, resistance is futile”, etc. — OR, we’ll attack you, drone you, steal your election … whatever.

— You SEE, WE too … are treated … as Enemies if we seek fairness, economic justice, participation, … democracy. That’s how they have treated the Sanders movement: as enemies. There is a war on democracy in the USA, and Dems do their part, when not pretending that it does not exist.

— So all their sweet staged words do NOT compensate. We are their enemy, they thus are ours … or at least enemies of democracy, fairness, decency, and our Constitution … and of their OWN Rules, to be honest. Their “superdelegates” (Supermen?) are REQUIRED to vote for Sanders who is the most likely to win, but they will NOT.

— I, for one will NOT sleep with the enemy.

Can Democrats be changed? One thought on that question.

Sunday, July 3rd, 2016

“Dems are lost cause” says man who ran Nader’s campaign in Florida

Over several decades, progressives have claimed their efforts were guided by the goal to change the Democratic Party from the inside, and, as the Progressive Democrats of America claim, from the outside as well. Any progress? Have any of their efforts succeeded? [Read original KATU interview]. Do the still oft-repeated “spoiler” claims of of the 2000 race which brought W to the White House, have validity?

“Spoilers” & Ranked Choice Voting
Must there never be a challenge to the two-party system? Are there any ways third party candidates could legitimately be heard and run without upsetting “the horserace”? Ranked-choice voting (a popular example of which is IRV, or Instant Runoff Voting) claims to allow voters to chose multiple candidates, and prioritize them, so that if their 1st choice does not win, their vote goes to the 2nd choice, and so on. Would that be difficult to achieve? 

“IRV works like this: Voters are asked to rank their candidate preferences when they vote. Voters indicate their first, second, and third choices in every contested race. If no candidate receives a majority of votes after tallying all of the first choice votes, the bottom vote getter is eliminated, and the voters who had selected that last place finisher as their first choice then have their second preferences counted instead. This algorithm repeats until a majority outcome is achieved, and a winner is declared. Naturally, if there is a majority winner in the first round of tallying votes, then there is no need to go to second preferences.”
— a definition from The Matt Gonzalez Reader

If, for example, IRV, were able to eliminate completely the so-called Spoiler Effect, then why wouldn’t the Democrats who claim Nader “spoiled” Gore’s chances in 2000, do everything in their power to help us GET this remedy? Why, in fact, would they actively OPPOSE it, like they did in the San Francisco mayoral race in 2002? They brought in heavy-hitters like Gore and Bill  to get a last-minute court injunction against IRV to keep likely winner County Board of Supervisor President (and Green candidate) Matt Gonzalez from winning with an IRV coalition vote, and get THEIR candidate into office. It seems they are really about control, any way they can get it.

Could it be they just don’t want to confront any truly progressive opposition — either from the outside like Nader or Gonzalez, — or as with Sanders in 2016, from the inside, either? Maybe … they are just opposed to … democracy … and its rules … anything “of, by and for” the People.

Interview & Article
How does this relate to the idea that the Democratic Party is … a “lost cause”? That is a conclusion of an interview by Portland’s KATU which gives a glimpse at the rationale behind this claim. The title is “Man who ran Nader’s campaign in Florida & supports Sanders says Dems are lost cause.” Read the full interview.

[What really happened in Florida in 2000?]


Killing the Messenger … a Few Thoughts

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

On June 28th, progressive news site Common Dreams made an unusual plea for operating cost donations. They are running short in their latest campaign, and indicate that at least some of the more typical “larger” donations have fallen off … because the donors were unhappy with … the treatment CD had given their favorite candidate, … Hillary.

CD published this as a story/plea with the title “Killing the Messenger” … thus our own title. There is a link to the original article below.

Given how the Hillary campaign has treated ANYTHING modestly “progressive” during this “election cycle” — and especially after the antics of their Platform Committee this week, trashing all crucial progressive proposals. I just found it necessary to send their editor a letter on the situation in which Common Dreams finds itself. My letter follows:

Dear Editor and CD staff,

It is a shame that you find yourself in this position. I read your message and wish I could personally help more at this moment … .

Nevertheless I felt I wished to comment on what you have shown, to help find the most appropriate solutions.

You say you seem to have lost some of your “larger” donors, a number of whom have written you complaining about your coverage of Bernie and lack of support for Hillary — if I understand correctly.

This is bad. Bad for you … and thus bad for those of us who turn to you.

However, it is no coincidence that “larger” donors may favor Hillary. Nor is it a coincidence that they would berate or attack you for having favored a candidate favoring a People’s Agenda. This is EXACTLY what Hillary Democrats have done to the Sanders campaign from the get-go. They oppose his policy ideas, his reasoning, his supporters, his campaign in general … ACT to HARM our ability to see and incorporate a New Agenda of actual democracy in our nation … AND they make threats.

There is a perfect parallel in today’s ragged political scheme. People are pressured to vote AGAINST, not FOR. Much of the pressure comes from economic origins. CD has been more than lax on 3rd party coverage, even when it fits clearly into your stated goals. Jill Stein, now polling at 7% for example, is getting more coverage on CNN and DN! than on your site. Bias always exists in any situation and is hard to avoid completely, but now, I fear, you are seeing the results of some biases being thrown back into your face.

Democrats who wish to “control” their impressions in the progressive public, now seem to be doing what they did to Sanders, et. al., … to you.

They PRESUME that if you are to get their money, you are to reflect THEIR thinking and politics, and celebrate THEIR candidate … even if there are thousands of reasons her agenda, partners, and goals have NOTHING to do with your publication. This past week of solid BETRAYALS to progressive policies brought to the Platform Committee of the Democratic Party only reinforces the immense gap between their Lip Service PR and a continual LACK of interest and willingness to address the needs of working America: dealing with minimum wage, universal healthcare, education costs, fracking, climate, TPP, etc.

They desire to act like Republican Light for their sponsors … with no blame or recriminations from anyone. Beyond hypocrisy.

They seem to have but ONE message for America today: CLICK your heels because of Donald Trump … then shut up and vote.

I can feel your pain in terms of donations, but these people — in SPITE of what they may think — do not OWN you just because they can muster “larger” donations. That seems to be how they see the world. Common Dreams does not.

You must find ways to succeed, that do not succumb to this kind of blackmail which frighteningly has largely become the Democratic modus operandi. Right now they are applying this kind of blackmail to … the ENTIRE nation. We ALL suffer. We must ALL find solutions. We must ALL refuse … to CAVE IN.

The original article: