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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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.

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:  http://commondreams.org/killing-messenger 

Bernie – the ‘maverick’ Senator?

Saturday, January 27th, 2007

When talking about Vermont’s Bernie Sanders, a lot of people got it wrong. Bernie’s not a “maverick.”

That’s just a construct of the Punditocracy that is in total ideological lock-down. They couldn’t see, recognize or embrace a new, live idea if it disrobed in front of them.

Bernie, if anything, perfectly embodies the American spirit of innovation and justice.

Since some decrepit gatekeepers left over from the Robber Barons decided that any actions in favor of the common good rather than individual advancement was sinful atheistic social/communism, many of us have fallen prey to the fiction that working for the common good was somehow UnAmerican.

A brief look at today’s world under the horror/terror regime of Bush/Cheney/Halliburton/Enron and all the misery it brings and portends for this planet and how it is shredding the most minimal of our rights here at home, ought to recognize that Bernie Sanders represents the very BEST of homegrown American spirit.

It is caring, rugged individualism in service to us all that represents us at our best, at a time when it is in great jeopardy. Think of Sinclair, La Follette, the Roosevelts to some measure, Jefferson, Franklin.

The term “maverick” itself has come to mean anyone not with the program, on the inside, on the take.

It is really the arrogant heirs to the Robber Barons who are “not with the program” of human rights and progress, the advancement of knowledge, science and civilization who are mavericks. They stand, bewildered on the outside, living as brutes in the caves, looking for ever bigger clubs to use upon the intelligent ones they seek to subdue, for they cannot comprehend their free and fair spirit.

We have been fooled. Bernie is no maverick. He is a shining light of human imagination tempered with compassion and intelligence. It is time we started listening and emulating. In our Senate, he is literally one in a hundred. But it is the other 99 who are the mavericks, who have strayed far afield.

He is our Mr. Smith … in Washington. We should all pay attention to him.