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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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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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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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Activists Face Enormous Challenges

Corporations_ate_my_Baby?! What? Huh? (a Facebook posting)

I started being "Corp" in 2004 on mySpace. We were the first really active daily politics bloggers and post-monkeys on MySpace when it first started.  It was a trip! Thousands of like minded people all finding one another and posting about everything from climate change to 9/11 theories. Those were the days. We all met each other then too. We organized and marched against Bush policies.  People also hooked up like crazy. There are a lot of mySpace babies going into 4th and 5th grade this year.
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I went onto other sites like Tumblr, WordPress and YouTube to try my activism there. Ultimately I got swept into Facebook where I had a private profile with over 2000 daily readers.  Then they had their pre-IPO massacre and my profile was nuked.

Today I have 733 "Likes" on a "fan page" or whatever this is... which "reaches" 1,700 people a day and I try my best to post stuff that shows the progress we make and the stupidity on the other side.   But it's not the same as the old days. We all know that. FB controls and limits us in comparison to "MySpace Tom" - and while the various "politics groups" are fun, they are nowhere near as intense as the old blogs were.
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In many ways, socially the western world is better than it ever was before.   We are less brutal, more scientific... and better at meeting basic needs. In other ways things are worse than the Gilded age.   Those who don't have, suffer horribly.  Their children cannot break out of poverty... and if they are not pink-skinned, their lives are worth less and they often die horribly.   Humans of all hues are not doing what is required to stop the super-heating of our globe.  Things are going to be terrible for a lot of humans in the future.  I feel terrible for letting my great-grandchildren/nieces/nephews/cousins down.
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Things are going to get worse-- and one day they will get bad enough to where we organize and chop the heads off of the "ruling class" (oligarchs.)  I wish we could just be civilized about it... but... money.   Corporations_ate_our_Civil_Options.

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In 2015 you have ONE job.

Fox News apparently doesn’t believe that Obama is a war-time president. Though down-shifted, the Oil Wars are still raging. Fox and GOP-fundraisers are already talking about expanding American international warfare.   Those are our choices now, low-burn war or super-war. How did we get stuck here? Reaganomics and WEALTH INEQUALITY.   If you want this to change you have to get back in touch with your inner Democratic-Socialist — and your inner Street Protester and … your inner CLASS ACTION LAW SUIT signer. –

Want clean oceans? Want clean energy? Want to end war? Want to bring jobs home? Want to protect animals from cruelty? Want to protect children from poisons? Want to protect women from being enslaved by theocracy? Want to jail bad bankers? Want to take weapons away from city and county policing? Want to see more opportunities for regular Americans? Want to be able to buy a home? Want to be out of debt? Want universal single payer healthcare?

One thing is overarching all of our actions. One thing must happen first. We must get money out of politics and scare the hell out of the ultra-rich by SHEER NUMBERS of ANGRY AMERICANS on strike in the STREET.  Our fury, our votes, our lawsuits… but mostly our numbers with a SINGLE DEMAND.  Think about it for 2015

Do you remember what big protests look like?

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To 21st Century Capitalist Oligarchs, a WARNING

A warning.

You, decedents of the great western industrial capitalism, you have today ruined it all by allowing your scheme to spread and choke off the host.  Your new capitalism snuffs out democracy. Your modern capitalism even destroys our traditional markets … our MERCANTILE history.

You greedy pigs have killed it all and now your brand of capitalism, as well as 20th century capitalism must be fully replaced.   You shat your own nest until it was irretrievable, not-recyclable and irredeemable. You made a pile of shit with nest pieces hidden within.  We cannot live here. We will not. Your privileges are soon to be revoked. Grab your cash and run away.

Or face us. Face the overwhelming masses against you. – Corporations_ate_my_Baby!

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Are you qualified for democracy?

Lower wages, fewer jobs and bleak futures are the result of decisions. If I ask someone “whose decisions?” and they answer “the president.” they are not *yet* qualified to engage in democracy.


That’s when I do my best to explain what the legislative branch is (2 houses of congress, the house based on population, and the senate based on a “2 each” model.) Then I tell them that they make their decisions based on who pressures them.

Then I tell them that both parties pretty much only listen to the richest and most powerful. Then I tell them that this means the top 0.1% is making the choices regarding our experience of our economy.

Then if they can still follow me, I tell them that getting money out of politics would immediately change the decisions of law makers. Without even discussing the overreach of the supreme court and if they heard me, they are now (possibly) qualified to engage in democracy.

Do you do something like this?

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