The People Rise & Fight

When the people choose the rule of law…

In 1776 the former colonies told the King of England and all kings, that a new kind of nation would obey a document instead. In 1789 the 13 crown colonies became 13 states who submitted to the power of that Constitution. This document made the people the ultimate source of power.
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The wealthy would-be royals have always been able to moderate the power of the people. Starting with Reagan and accelerating with Nixon defenders in Clinton’s house and senate and going supersonic with Fox’s Cheney Administration.. The “symptom” that is Trump is the biggest (and most real) opportunity for the wealthy few to end the constitution completely.
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Going back to Clinton/Obama/Biden centrism will do nothing to save our constitutional rights let alone improve or expand them. The people must remind the few who are stealing from and threatening the world that we still intend to be moderated by LAW and not ruled by WEALTH.
 

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Resist the looting of America

 

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Bernie People v. Hillary People: A plea

Here’s my observations on the endless battle for progress among liberals:
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Bernie people: “I want Democratic Socialism in one election cycle, Hillary not only says, “no,” she says she wants to ‘help’ us her way… therefore she made a pact with Wall Street Satan and is therefore secretly the devil. But we figured out the secret. Plus … I love bernie, I want Bernie… I love Bernie… oh, wait, he endorsed her? Bernie is a chickenshit sell out!! Vote for a bucket of Chicken!”

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Hillary People: “Those Sanders Supporters are … um.. “Not Democrats” , “sexist bros”… “a cult” … “are lazy or ignorant and don’t understand that you can’t just have free stuff…” & “Hillary is our only realistic firewall against Trump.”

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Me (somewhat ineffectually): Hey. Do you want to keep moving to a socially just and equal-opportunity society with greater wealth and income fairness? yeah? Ok. Democracy is incremental. Now that Bernie helped NAME the goal, how about we get together and let it take a few election cycles.. maybe 10… maybe less? How about we vote for progressives at every level? How about we do what Bernie suggests and continue the move to Social Democracy with the HELP of The Clintons, who match our goals pretty closely? How about we stop with the emotions and conspiracy theories and just embrace good old fashioned Democracy? How about we make progress election by election, candidate by candidate and never let another Dick Cheney ever happen to us again in our lifetimes?

 

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Open-Primaries movement? More democracy?

Open Primaries Movement Interview with John Opdycke of OpenPrimaries.org

From Bradblog (http://bradblog.com/?p=11660)

“What the open primaries movement is pushing for is public primaries, not partisan primaries,” he tells me, citing states like California, Nebraska and Washington that hold “Top Two” primaries (also known as “Cajun” or “Jungle” primaries) for many elected public offices, allowing candidates of all (or no) parties to compete against each other to run in the general election. “This is a fundamentally different conception of what a primary is. It’s a public primary. Not a partisan primary.”

While recognizing that political parties are private organizations with a First Amendment right to organize as they see fit, Opdycke explains how the result blocks people from the process and makes it nearly impossible to change the system. “They control the political process. They control the boards of elections. They control how redistricting is done. They control the primaries. They control voter registration. They control every aspect. They even control the Presidential debates. And we Americans, we’ve participated in that. We have in some ways ceded our power to these political organizations and I think the time has come to take that back. Not abolish political parties, but simply return them to an appropriate place.”

The April 21 BRADCAST is worth a listen! (www.bradblog.com)

 

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Fix War-Capitalism with More Democracy?

Capitalism?
* I care about Wealth Disparity & International Wall Street abuse.
* Less oligarchy and more democracy.
* War-Capitalism. War for money… when we have no major enemy.
* 60% of our tax money goes to war for profit… and not mine.
* A good sufficient education
* Infrastructure, water, power, air and public transportation
* Women’s rights. Pay equity and social equality.
* True LGBT rights… total equality.
* The end of systematic government oppression based on skin color
* Mass incarceration and criminal justice reform. End legalized slavery.
* Union rights and American workers – the crime of outsourcing.
* Banking freedom for the scammers who break the law and get slaps on the wrist, or a big bonus while robbing our families of their savings.
One of the greatest things about 2015 and 2016 is that the idea that war-capitalism can be reset, redone and retired has been mainstreamed. We are all focused and changed by this. People have been overly focused on the White House. That’s how Americans are… “who will be our new parents?” But the IDEAS that we can be free of CORPORATE and OLIGARCH TYRANNY … we have the power of democracy to become free again… is a joyful thing. And I am running into more and more people who are saying, some for the first time, “It doesn’t have to be this way anymore…”
 
They are exactly right.

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Antonin #Scalia Quote of the Day 2

“[Yes! The Devil!] You’re looking at me as though I’m weird. My god! Are you so out of touch with most of America, most of which believes in the devil? I mean, Jesus Christ believed in the devil! It’s in the Gospels! You travel in circles that are so, so removed from mainstream America that you are appalled that anybody would believe in the devil! Most of mankind has believed in the devil, for all of history. Many more intelligent people than you or me have believed in the devil.” – Antonin Scalia, (a Justice of the US Supreme Court… FROM THE BENCH.)

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Antonin #Scalia Quote of the Day

“Mere factual innocence is no reason not to carry out a death sentence properly reached.” – Scalia (Hey, we paid for the court time… kill him.)

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Corporation Quote of the Day: W. Berry

“This massive ascendancy of corporate power over democratic process is probably the most ominous development since the end of World War II, and for the most part “the free world” seems to be regarding it as merely normal.”
Wendell Berry, Bringing it to the Table: On Farming and Food

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Corporation Quote of the Day: D. Jensen

“Surely by now there can be few here who still believe the purpose of government is to protect us from the destructive activities of corporations. At last most of us must understand that the opposite is true: that the primary purpose of government is to protect those who run the economy from the outrage of injured citizens.”
Derrick Jensen, Endgame, Vol. 1

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Bernie & Hillary are but 2 hypotheses in our search for the cure

I think I might understand why the more-liberal-than-progressives are fighting against the More-progressive-than-liberals all over the internet… why we are having such unruly fights between Bernie-Believers And Clinton-Colleagues in our online left-wing communities.  I think you’ll see after reading this that we really have to stop tearing each other down.  It’s easy for me to say because, for some weird reason, as of early February 2016, I am still undecided, not as to which dream I like better, Bernie’s, but which choice gets us to that dream soonest and best. Liberals have always been the center way that provides more for the average working family.  Unions are liberal. FDR centrists are liberal. Kennedys are liberal.

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Kennedys are not always progressive.  Progressives can be either Democratic Party or, as in the case of Teddy Roosevelt, GOP. Progressives want big change and they want it sooner.  Progressives define progress for the era and then go after it tenaciously. They are a necessary ingredient in health democracy.

Millennials:
Here is why voters born after 1980 are more progressive than they are liberal. Reaganomics.  They have no memory of a world before Reaganomics; the giving of the economic gains to the richest and expecting them to make life better for everyone else after they consume and crap out their billions. To the under-35-year-old, this has always been the way… and like AT&T bills for “long distance,” this way of doing things is lo-tech and needs to be hacked. They did the research.

They know that if every adult over 24 brought in 75-95 thousand dollars a year while doing what they love to do, they wouldn’t want or need more money… they would simply want to create, innovate and sell new ideas to the world both physically and digitally. To the Millennial, the solution to our economic injustice is simple: take the entire US economy as a pie, and divide it up so that everyone has enough and the rich, while still existing, are not as rich.  They believe, according to the research, that even the RICH would be happier and better off this way.  So since they know that the system is rigged, how it’s rigged and why it’s rigged.. they are sick of anyone who wants to try to work within it.  No.  No more internet service over copper landlines.   Don’t try to make outmoded systems work.

It’s a totally understandable position, and one of these years, they are going to throw out the old ways, and a whole new landscape of citizens, servants and predators will emerge… it will be a new game with problems of its own.  But they want it.
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Boomers and Gen-X:
People born before 1979 remember Carter, Reagan and Bush 1. Baby boomers remember Johnson and the war on Poverty.  Gen-X remembers the change too. We remember Gingrich and we remember what Clinton had to do to survive the tidal wave of super-capitalism and corporatism.  He had to join it and use it to make life better for the working family. That’s what he did.  He triangulated between the most right wing and the most left wing of the mainstream political landscape. It worked. Clinton was elected by ⅓ of the American voters and transformed himself into a leader who much more than half the nation trusted by the end of his first term. He sought and won the protection of Wall St. elites and large industries other than Oil and Pharma.  He played ball with the Military Complex and he gave into Rupert Murdoch and GOP law makers… and with that compromise, balanced the budget, cleaned up the environment, expanded gay rights, expanded women’s opportunities, got people off of welfare, avoided military adventures for resources, banned assault weapons, reduced poverty… raised some taxes… all that centrist liberal stuff.   It worked.  We who remember it know it.   We also know that Obama, the first Gen-X president, came in dreaming of bigger changes with only his read on history to guide him.  When he went to triangulate with the right, he found unprecedented hate and opposition. We know what that means. We know that without some cooperation between deal-makers, nothing moves. Nothing gets better.
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So a lot of us born during and after the 60s but before the 80s are torn.  We see both sides.  Bernie stands for the end of Reaganomics.  Clinton stands for forward motion from where we stand today.  We don’t know if Bernie can do the things we all dream about.  We feel, rightly or wrongly, as if we know Hillary can do at least as well as Bill did, and probably better with her greater knowledge of the game.

One thing I think all of us are feeling is that a PRESIDENT can’t save us anymore. We need new unions, new political organizations, new politics  and a return to an active MIDDLE CLASS.
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Whichever Democrat wins the White House will likely untangle the Supreme Court of the United States and make a HUGE difference in progress against predatory capitalism going forward. But what is the best way?  Will Hillary’s pragmatism and experience with the Reagonomic-Status-Quo be the best way to actually gain the progress the Bernie supporters ultimately want? Or will Bernie light a fire under the asses of a whole new crop of people who have been sitting out elections, causing fundamental changes in the make up of government and by extension the economic lives of men, women, LGBT, pink, brown, “red”., “yellow” , Muslim, Mormon, Protestant, Catholic, Jewish and Atheists alike?

I know that a lot of you Democratic Primary Voters think you  *know the answer… but I contend that you merely *believe your answer is best. We don’t know for sure. So let’s admit that … and stop beating up others who, just like you, don’t know for sure…. but want the same end results.  Just because you don’t think Hillary can make the copper wire work for WIFI, doesn’t mean you call her a C-word and then demonize her supporters.  That’s just not going to help anyone but the post-Reagan corporate class.  Just because you don’t think Bernie’s dream is something Bernie himself can accomplish at this time, doesn’t mean you lie about him and call the Bernie supporter a sexist commie. Look, we all want a thriving middle class with a cleaner environment and an end to the racism and sexism and hatred of the 20th century. We all want social justice and a system that works the way modern people know it can and should.

Let’s not forget that.
Let’s speak to each other as members of the same experiment… just trying different formulas.

I love you guys.

– Corporations_Ate_My_BABY!

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