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With “Progressives” Like These

11:52 am in Uncategorized by SenatorGovernment

 

So the election is over, and as predicted the President won reelection handily.  The electoral college victory President Obama won over Romney was an open hand slap to Mitt’s campaign and after looking at some of the other election numbers; a rebuke of CONservative principles and a tolling of the bells on the inevitable demise of the Republican Party as we know it.  Those are all good things, and as some of my colleagues have pointed out to me there are other positives too.  The continued increase in the Latino voting population likely means a more progressive voting block for years to come; and I must concede that if this continues, it seems likely that eventually Congress will be forced to enact some sort of real immigration reform.  I thought it impossible at first and argued that, even with the numbers grossly against them, that CONservative politicians and the big businesses they represent would do everything in their power to hold onto the cheap labor source of undocumented immigrants and the added bonus of wage suppression this has on the wider domestic economy.  But they may not be able to stop it, maybe.  We’ll just have to wait and see how it plays out, I will submit though, that this state of affairs may push the 1% and their henchmen into other forms of wage suppression in order to recapture any profit loss this may entail, but again, we’ll just have to wait and see.

Open handed slap to Romney and CONservatism aside, the reelection of the President was also an embrace of the NeoLiberal policies advanced by the modern Democratic Party, privatization of schools nationwide and deregulation of everything from the transportation system in Atlanta Georgia to the continued deregulation of genetically modified food labeling in California, irresponsibly low taxes on businesses and wealthy individuals, the continued fleecing of the working class and the beginning of the dismantling of what remains of the social safety net with the “Grand Bargain” aiming directly at Social Security, Medicare and set to nearly eradicate Medicaid.  **Here is a video of The Young Turk’s Cenk Ugyr talking about, you guessed it, the Democrats betraying the working class ALREADY! Sadly, Cenk STILL thinks Dems and Obama are somehow the less evil, and somehow thinks that the path forward is to go after overturning Citizen United to get money out of politics….[the flaw I find in his "logic" is that he is relying on the same bought off crop of 'public servants' in Congress who brought us this mess and many more to reverse it]……with “progressives” like these who needs CONservatives?**

[Mmmm, perhaps Cenk and many others should read this column by Chris Hedges entitled 'Why I'm Voting Green' in which Hedges explains why he voted for Jill Stein in the presidential race and points out the historical truth that almost every major advancement in actual progressive legislation in the U.S.....has come on the strength of third parties, third parties who did not win the elections but who acted as a mechanism with which to punsih one of the major parties and to force them to adopt progressive policy.   I don't know how much simpler the case has to be made.]

I know that most of the folks who cast their vote for President Obama and the Dems did not have this in mind, and that many voted simply out of fear of the other side; but it is impossible to separate one from the other, every vote cast amounts to a co-signing of the aforementioned policy positions.

I believe I mentioned it once before, but I once joked on a thread at another site when we were arguing about the Democrats being corporatist that, if folks kept co-signing and endorsing the rightward drift of the Democratic Party that ‘progressives’ of 50 years from now would be arguing for a “tax increase of 1/1000th of a percent on the wealthy for all income earned over a gazillion dollars!”  A ridiculous position of course; but why not?  After all, where exactly is the line that liberals and progressives of the United States will not cross?  I have yet to see one; and neither has the corporatist, right-wing, NeoLiberal Democratic party.

As for the death of the Republicans, I honestly don’t know what sort of party will spring up in their place. Whatever it is, it must be less racist, less bigoted, and less religiously intolerant than the current GOP if it hopes to survive. The destruction of the GOP is certainly good in and of itself; but I think that is a decade or two in the making.

In the meantime, as the right implodes it will get meaner and scarier and nastier than ever, and the corporatist Dems will be there to suck up votes and move the country further to the right ever more stealthily as they appear continually better than their counterparts.  The question is what kind of right-wing, NeoLiberal  laws and precedents will be put into place throughout this period?   This pattern of lesser evilism has already brought us Citizen’s United, a nonexistent middle class and a working class under seige, it’s already brought us massive tax cuts on the wealthy and cuts to social programs across the board for average citizens, it’s already brought us the financial ruin of 2008, the loss of millions of working class jobs andworking class homes and the bailouts of the same folks who caused the mess in the first place. The wage of the average worker hadn’t increased in over 30 years before the crisis in 2008; and the jobs coming back to the economy are lower paying than before.  And the list goes on.   And I haven’t even touched on the eradication of civil rights or the blood thirsty “foregin policy”we’ve come to expect from this President and his Dem counterparts.

So.  What happens now that there is essentially no firewall between the wants and wishes of the multinational corporations and the wealthy individuals funding both wings of the UniParty….and the legislation they want enacted on their behalf?

Song:   Phonte  ‘Not Here Anymore’ 

800 lb Up-Armored Gorilla (in Wisconsin and probably YOUR hometown)

3:45 pm in Uncategorized by SenatorGovernment

‘one day, all them bags, gon’ get in your way’ – Erykah Badu

Here is something you likely haven’t heard in the news.  Here is something that you may have thought about, and then thought better of, or thought about and then rejected it, put it out of your mind…and dismissed it.  Here is something you may have been aware of on an instinctive level, and yet never brought those pangs or feelings up into your conscience thoughts and speech.

As the corporate media dissects, and as many many people in the state of Wisconsin and nation wide commiserate on the fact that even the heroic efforts by folks in the state of Wisconsin and across the country to recall the corrupt, regressive, lying, and possibly criminal governor did not succeed as hoped…..there is something you probably haven’t heard talked about too much as to the ’why?’.

Unlimited monies and negligent, lackluster performance by establishment Dems we have heard shouted from the rooftops.  All of which IMHO is true and absolutely part of the answer as to why Scott Walker is still in office.

I don’t want to take up too much of your time so I’ll try to be as brief as possible here.  Do you believe that racism played a part in what happened in Wisconsin? Do you believe that racism plays a substantial role in the politics of this nation?  I do.

Did you know that Wisconsin is ranked among the top 10 WORST places to BE BLACK in the United States?   It is.

Did you know that there is a very robust link between CONservatism and racism & bigotry?  There is.

If anyone reading this diary has ready any of my others then you know that I am of the firm and vigorous belief that there are only 3 pillars which prop up the organized crime syndicate known as the GOP.  Those pillars IMHO are:  Racism, Bigotry, & Religious Intolerance.   Without these, the tiny, tiny handful of rich folk who benefit from the GOP would not be able to sustain an organized crime syndicate in the form of a ‘political party’ known as the Republicans.  AND.  Without the GOP; there would be no political space for the smooth talking, backstabbing Democrats, without which; we would have enough political space for a real party of the people.

I’ve heard the term ‘post racial America’ and I have found the term and the concept wanting.  If anything, we are a post OVERTLY racist America.  Let us NOT deceive ourselves on this.

My reason for writing this post?  Very simple, let us at least acknowledge the problem, in our analysis, in our planning and in our calculations.  We do ourselves a disservice if we do not.

And I know that is pitifully inadequate, but I also know that no problem ever got solved or even addressed…..without first being acknowledged.

We’ve come a hell of a long way.  We still have a long way to go.

The dirty, bloody, bag of racism is still holding us back.  And we have to realize we are carrying it around in order to have enough sense to let it go.

Scorched Earth Doctrine (the untraveled road)

6:24 pm in Uncategorized by SenatorGovernment

 

Kiss Progress Goodbye

With great sadness I must find the current political system in the U.S. severely wanting and utterly  incapable of making, maintaining or improving any positive legislation or institutions.  At this juncture, the political infrastructure in the U.S. is capable only of responding to the wants and whims of the rich and powerful, there isn’t much room for anything else. Occasionally one group or another will raise such a fuss that the UniParty will have to pay lip service to them in some form or fashion.  Like the President’s recent evolution on the right of gays to marry.  Notice that the President has yet to do anything to actually advance the goal of legalizing gay marriage, he has only, after three years in office, said that he thinks gays should be allowed to marry.  How brave of him, just look at all the political damage he’s opened himself up to for taking this bold stance!  Strike that last bit, it appears that most of the country already supports gay marriage or don’t give a damn one way or the other; so it looks like the President actually took a position that is politically advantageous.  Remarkable; and even this pittance was three years in coming.  And yet, there is a segment of the population which holds this up as an act of courage and leadership. Fascinating.

It’s times like these my friends.  Bad economy, sky high income inequality, corrupted political system, mockery of the rule of law by the wealthy and powerful, etc etc. It’s times like these that make me wonder just how short the national memory is and just how gullible, stupid or apathetic the U.S. population is in the aggregate.  When it comes to Republicans, their mere existence is a constant source of amazement to me.  That is how terrible the GOP is; in a decent society they simply wouldn’t exist due to a complete lack of support among the populace. When it comes to Democrats; the fact they can be allowed to halfway speak the language of the people but do the bidding of  the rich and powerful plutocrats year in and year out without consequences is just as amazing to me.

It is times like these that make me realize something else:  It’s all fucked up…..and it’s our own fucking fault (collectively speaking that is).

In terms of numbers, about 40% of Americans identify as Republicans or Conservative; since the vast majority of this group are NOT rich, this would indicate that the vast majority of this group ARE either complete morons, racists, bigots, theocrats, or some combination of all four.

Another 40%  of Americans identify as Democrats or liberal, progressive.  Good news and bad news here.  The good news is that this group represents the only hope the U.S. has of not becoming a 5th world country in the near future.  The bad news.  This group is suffering under a delusion that their political party of choice (the Democrats) actually believe what they believe.  This delusion persists despite Democrats best efforts to show their base that they don’t give a damn about working people.

[20% of Americans identify themselves as independent or swing voters; but as the numbers show, they make up 20% they aren't nearly as important as the two big voting blocks no matter what their political intentions].

Back to why Democrats are delusional.

Example:   In 2009 a Democratic President assumes the oval office.  In short order the Democratic Party that boasted a Democratic President as well as  a House and Senate controlled by Democrats, managed to hamstring themselves and the nation in short order.  The one thing the Democrats did (actually didn’t do) with the longest lasting effect was managing to NOT pass a budget.  Let me write that again, they managed to NOT pass a budget.

This put the Republicans in a position of power they had no right to occupy.

It was a gift from one side of the UniParty to the other.

Later on, the budget, and even later on, the fake ‘debt ceiling’ fiasco would be used by the Democrats to sell out with ‘dignity’ to Republicans on issues including everything from additional stimulus, cuts to Medicare, Social Security, food stamps, assistance to the poor, to refusing federal aid to desperately cash strapped states etc.   The single act of NOT passing a budget when the Democrats controlled the House, Senate and Presidency, was done intentionally in order to sabotage the very legislative goals that people voted Democrats into office in order to achieve.

SO.  The 40% of Americans who identify as Democrats and liberals represent the best hope the country has……and at the same time they are delusional, putting their support and energies into a political party that is NOT on their side.

The only thing the current state of affairs accomplishes is to provide an elaborate cover, under which a relative handful made up of the rich and powerful impose their will on the great mass that is the working class.  This impacts nearly every member of the working class in much the same way, regardless of what each individual believes politically.  This situation produces the kind of frustrating, unresponsive, corrupt, pathetic excuse for a government we have come to expect.

Scorch the Political Landscape

So what to do to tip the balance of power in favor of the people?  Glad you asked.  About two years ago I came to the conclusion that the only way to break through the power blockade that is our modern Fascist Kleptocracy is to expose the outright fraud that our current UniParty perpetuates.  We must bring the whole damn charade shattering down, breaking it into a billion pieces so that citizens from coast to coast may see the charade for what it truly is.   Then and ONLY then can any real progress be made in the U.S.  This can easily be done peaceably but thoroughly, by way of the vote.

We have already seen what happens when the Democrats;  (limpwristed fake dogooders that they are) get control of the Federal Government: they give lip service to the people and Faithful service to the 1 percent.  This is perhaps the most dangerous of all outcomes as it provides a false sence of security to great swaths of liberals and lefties who wrongly assume that Democrats are on their side.  These loyal Democrats are often so appeased by having Democrats in power that they forget, or don’t notice when the Democrats DO NOT accomplish the goals they voted them into office to achieve.  Instead, loyal Democrats make themselves busy as they happily attack Republicans and blame them for any lack of accomplishment on the side of the Democrats and act as attack dogs against their more progressive counterparts who dare lodge any complaint against the Democrats in power.  Democrats being in power actually maintains the charade of the UniParty because Democrats are, simply put, much smarter and much more subtle than Republicans.

But turn that power balance upside down. Put Republicans in power around the nation, give them control of the Presidency, the House and the Senate……and just sit back and let them do what they do.

Yes it will be difficult to watch and painful to experience, but due to the criminal, hateful and illogical nature of Republicans and the CONservatism they represent, they will undoubtedly render themselves obsolete in very short order.  Like a dying Star, they will expend maximal effort as they reach higher and further ascending to ever increasingly spectacular fuck ups until such time as they have managed to piss off and alienate every single demographic contained inside the U.S. except for the tiny handful of rich folks whom they actually represent.  They will rip the veil off of the charade faster and far more effectively than any work shop or advocacy group or even the Occupy movement ever could.

Drastic?  Absolutely.  Necessary?  Guaranteed.  In point of fact, it is the astounding lack of empathy that permeates the U.S. that prevents otherwise reasonable people from being able to identify the absurdity and cruelty of the catalogue of CONservative policies that is the playbook of the Republican party.  And it is the mere existence of the Republican party that creates the illusion that the Democrats are substantially better and allows for their pursuit of destructive NeoLiberal policies.  All of which removes ANY chance of actual progressive or, god forbid, socialist policies ever being proposed let alone passed into law.  This is the bedrock of the lesser evil quicksand that the U.S. seems content to drown itself in.

When folks who idolize the rich and despise the poor, the needy, the desperate and jobless  (either because they are rich or because they identify with the wealthy and powerful) actually Become the poor, the needy the desperate and the jobless; there quickly occurs in these people the most profound change in perspective and maturing of political awareness.  It is nothing short of miraculous!

I tell you this: give me the most CONservative, hateful, most stupid man that you know and arrange it so he actually has to live in the world that he and his Republican and CONservative buddies fantasize about.  There is zero question in my mind that that man will amaze even himself at how quickly he finds that he’s had enough of his little wet dream.

Only prolonged, unchallenged and widespread Republican rule can work that miracle upon the populace in numbers sufficient to shatter the charade of the UniParty and to thoroughly discredit CONservatism and NeoLiberalism perhaps for all time, but at least for several generations.  

Conclusion

So there you have it.  This is in my honest opinion, what I believe to be the  blueprint to building real and lasting change in the U.S.   Would you rather have the Republicans continue to drag U.S. politics farther and farther to the right while the Democrats play ‘good cop’ and they both slowly screw the working class and rearrange the U.S. into a 5th world country?  Or would you rather have the Republicans get in the driver’s seat, show their hand to the world, render themselves obsolete and make way for an actual political system with enough political space for an actual party of the people?

As always, the choice is yours.

When I cast my vote in 2012 it will be for ANYONE but President Obama or Mitt Romney.  I’m voting 3rd Party progressive in the presedential race and in every race I have the opportunity to do so because it’s what I believe in and it is what I will remain committed to until such time as someone is able to convince me of a strategy that makes more sense.

A vote for Pres Obama…!

8:38 am in Uncategorized by SenatorGovernment

 

Catchy title huh?  Looks like some crap you will find over at dailykos or huffpo.

Thanks to Mr. Alan Maki for providing with me with a shot of inspirational outrage to write this short diary.  I just learned that communists are supporting Pres Obama! Lol!  As usual his post was  informative, accurate, and straight to the point.

Communists supporting Obama? LOL!   I guess words really have lost ALL meaning.

A vote for Obama is a vote for his CONservative/NeoLiberal policies.   Period.

In addition it puts a stamp of approval on fake liberalism and progressivism and puts a nail in the coffin of any real progressive voices.

I’m not down with that, not now and not ever.  I like how folks try to say ‘well Dims lost the
house in 2010′ like that’s an excuse for every sell out and backstab Obama and
the Dims did BEFORE 2010 elections. It takes either an extremely low memory
MoFragger or an extremely disengenuous MoFragger to try and run that nonsense
past the smell test.

When we cast our votes in 2012 we should remember many things, a few key things to remember are:

1.  With a DImocratic President, House and Senate these DImocratic ‘public servants’ somehow managed to NOT pass a budget….putting the Rethugs in a power position, just ouitright handing the Rethugs the fear mongering spectacle of the debt ceiling to use as a blunt instrument.  This coordinated move allowed the Dims to sellout with ‘digninty’ on issues like the budget, social programs, the Bush/Obama tax cuts etc.

2. The Affordable Care Act, ( You Know; the legislation they used as an additional excuse as to why they couldn’t work on anything else)  was a con job and a giveaway to for profit insurance companies from the word go.

3. The new ‘JOBS Act’ passed in a Bipartisany fashion is Gauranteed to bring about the next shakedown of the working class.

I mean really…..I ain’t the smartest man in the world but  Damn!  What do they have to do?  Come and rob me at gun point before I get the message that all they care about is finding a way to take money from me and other working class people and give it to rich folks?

My Philosophy

Either vote 3rd party progressive or sit down, shut up and enjoy the screwings you are sure to receive at the hands of the Uniparty corporatists you have voted for.

Fire away!