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  • CTHankster commented on the diary post Occupy Everywhere Anthem by Cynthia Kouril.

    2011-10-09 17:38:28View | Delete

    OK, not to toot my own band’s (Happy Ending) horn but back in 1983 we recorded an album full of protest songs called “Have A Nice Day!” One song, written by the other guitarist in the band, is quite apropos for #OWS (albeit a bit fatalistic): ” By the Rich, For the Rich .” The chorus: “Life [...]

  • CTHankster commented on the diary post Occupy HiJacked By SEIU/Great Orange Satan! by Larue.

    2011-10-07 05:54:50View | Delete

    Give me a break. This is ridiculous sectarianism, the equivalent of those Third Way folks at dKos who whine about “Firebaggers.” Stop it. The rec list over at Daily Kos has been regularly featuring pro-OWS diaries. So we should egg the house over there? (I diary–infrequently–and comment there as CT Hank. If you don’t trust [...]

  • CTHankster commented on the blog post Livestream from #OccupyWallStreet: Naomi Klein’s Speech

    2011-10-06 13:35:04View | Delete

    Thanks for all your great work, Jane.

    Just one thing–I believe it is TIM DeChristopher, not Tom.

  • Just a friendly correction:

    You write, “there is indication the International Workers of the World will have members at the site supporting the occupation.”

    If it’s the Wobblies you are referring to, the name of the organization is actually the Industrial Workers of the World.

  • CTHankster commented on the blog post Attention Whore Seeks Same

    2011-09-20 08:10:32View | Delete

    What ridiculous crap. I hold no brief for Nader’s statements about Palin–whether they were made in a wider context neither you nor5 I know–but your dismissal of him and what he has to say just shows you are not a serious person.

    If he’s so wrong, how did we vote for one Obama and get a completely different one? A dishonest whore for corporate power and the police state.

    Folks like you insist the public keep suckling at the Democratic teat. And they keep getting poisoned by that rancid milk.

  • I assumed his praise of Reagan was for the fact that Reagan, like FDR, was effective in transforming the terms of political debate. I think that’s how he wanted it to be taken. But maybe folks like Krugman were right. Maybe he not only admired the effectiveness of Reaganism in redirecting politics but also the substance.

  • Exactly. This is the fundamental failure at the heart of the Obama administration. The table was set for him when he took office to offer a grand narrative to replace the Reaganite narrative that has been driving this country into the ditch for 30 years.

    And it’s not like there isn’t a model for what that narrative should be. Its quintessential expression can be found in FDR’s 1936 address to the Democratic National Convention accepting his renomination:

    Philadelphia is a good city in which to write American history. This is fitting ground on which to reaffirm the faith of our fathers; to pledge ourselves to restore to the people a wider freedom; to give to 1936 as the founders gave to 1776 – an American way of life.

    That very word freedom, in itself and of necessity, suggests freedom from some restraining power. In 1776 we sought freedom from the tyranny of a political autocracy – from the eighteenth-century royalists who held special privileges from the crown. It was to perpetuate their privilege that they governed without the consent of the governed; that they denied the right of free assembly and free speech; that they restricted the worship of God; that they put the average man’s property and the average man’s life in pawn to the mercenaries of dynastic power; that they regimented the people.

    And so it was to win freedom from the tyranny of political autocracy that the American Revolution was fought. That victory gave the business of governing into the hands of the average man, who won the right with his neighbors to make and order his own destiny through his own government. Political tyranny was wiped out at Philadelphia on July 4, 1776.

    Since that struggle, however, man’s inventive genius released new forces in our land which reordered the lives of our people. The age of machinery, of railroads; of steam and electricity; the telegraph and the radio; mass production, mass distribution – all of these combined to bring forward a new civilization and with it a new problem for those who sought to remain free.

    For out of this modern civilization economic royalists carved new dynasties. New kingdoms were built upon concentration of control over material things. Through new uses of corporations, banks and securities, new machinery of industry and agriculture, of labor and capital – all undreamed of by the Fathers – the whole structure of modern life was impressed into this royal service.

    For too many of us the political equality we once had won was meaningless in the face of economic inequality. A small group had concentrated into their own hands an almost complete control over other people’s property, other people’s money, other people’s labor – other people’s lives. For too many of us life was no longer free; liberty no longer real; men could no longer follow the pursuit of happiness.

    Against economic tyranny such as this, the American citizen could appeal only to the organized power of government. The collapse of 1929 showed up the despotism for what it was. The election of 1932 was the people’s mandate to end it. Under that mandate it is being ended.

    The royalists of the economic order have conceded that political freedom was the business of the government, but they have maintained that economic slavery was nobody’s business. They granted that the government could protect the citizen in his right to vote, but they denied that the government could do anything to protect the citizen in his right to work and his right to live.

    Today we stand committed to the proposition that freedom is no half-and-half affair. If the average citizen is guaranteed equal opportunity in the polling place, he must have equal opportunity in the market place.

    These economic royalists complain that we seek to overthrow the institutions of America. What they really complain of is that we seek to take away their power. Our allegiance to American institutions requires the overthrow of this kind of power. In vain they seek to hide behind the flag and the Constitution. In their blindness they forget what the flag and the Constitution stand for. Now, as always, they stand for democracy, not tyranny; for freedom, not subjection; and against a dictatorship by mob rule and the over-privileged alike.

    Read it all. It’s worth it. Would it have to be updated? Of course, but it’s certainly a starting point.

    But when Obama came into office, he and his staff made “bipartisanship”–which the GOP, to their credit, clearly indicated they weren’t interested in–the yardstick by which their success was to be judged. How could you frame a new narrative if it was impossible to speak honestly about the causes and perpetrators of our present crisis?

    All the apologetics for Obama about how he was boxed in by Republicans and Blue Dogs is bullsh*t. He was perfectly situated to put them all on the defensive by going to the public–like he said he would when he was campaigning!–and making them (a) own their mess and (b) ratchet up pressure on them by painting them as obstructionists who didn’t care about recovery for average Americans. Instead, we got preemptive concessions to folks like Susan Collins.

    It was a historic opportunity to turn this country in a progressive direction. And it was wasted.

    (This doesn’t address the question of why, of course. Is Obama just a political coward or a crypto-Reaganite who lied to us all? Frankly, my dear, I no longer give a damn.)

  • My thoughts exactly. One month? Kucinich should just go to Quantico and demand to see Manning. Enough with the “pretty please.”