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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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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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We Are The Government. (Well, we were… and should be again!)



Before they hid behind corporations, DYNASTIES passed their wealth to their immediate family to continue dominating others. They hid behind a concept called "Divine Right"... since their family had so much gold, land and power, it must have been a god choosing them for this "duty".

Thus was created a very CONVENIENT concept transforming War Lord-Wealth-Hoarding Thieves into Sovereign Lords or Kings and Titled Royalty of Empire. They were really just Oligarchs and the King was the figurehead for those vassals who grabbed and hoarded the wealth of the land and the work of the people.

We rejected this concept and the result was the **American Revolution (see below).

But the urge toward dynasty, royalty and oligarchy burns strongly in the breast of humans who become too wealthy, and so checks and balances were put into our founding document and amendments that counteracted dynasty and rule by consolidated wealth and power.  Imperfect as it may have been in it's prosecution, the system we started with insured a distribution of wealth that strengthened the nation as a whole.

In 1868, 77 long years after after the Bill of Rights was adopted, the  14th amendment* (see below) was passed to ensure a fairness required to stave off such economic royalism.

In fact the Constitution is designed to CHECK the rise of Oligarchy.

That's why it is so disturbing today to admit what we now have.

We have a "Bought Government."

A few of our citizens managed to become economic royalty† and pushed hard to free themselves from the constraints against monopoly. Persons "prominent" in finance and industry began to drown out the will of the people. They used the libertarian argument that government was hampering "everyone's" freedom. But it was really just their freedom to get stronger than government (still the voice of most of the people).

They got away with the continuation of slavery, then a quasi slavery of the children of slaves, imported Asian laborers and the poor immigrant. Of these families who's power rivaled that of American government, many still exist today and are widely thought to have more voice in the Federal Government than 100 million Americans at once.  The very forces we declared independence from had returned in a new form. Industrialist. Banker. Plantation owner. These were the new royalty to fight.

They were careful never to allow that designation to be pinned on them until President Franklin D. Roosevelt coined the term, "Economic Royalists" and made it stick.

The modern corporation is the hiding place for the forces that we fought and nearly lost our lives too during the revolutionary war.  The ethos of monopoly threatens us as always, but the legal construct of the corporation hides and white washes the threat.  It appears that they have won. The royal court has returned.

We the people have no ability to vote our will past them on a federal level (Can you imagine all of us deciding we want a simpler military (akin to say Germany or England?) and their methods of control and monopoly are only growing because their Legislators on the hill and their judges on the Supreme Court of the United States are making their corruption the law of our land.

Corruption is the LAW of OUR LAND.

No good idea on solving problems experienced by the people, no good idea on providing for the general welfare of the people can get past the corruption. Ask for federal exemptions for taxes the way Exxon Mobil does, they might even say "yes"... but by the time you get to the table, the Lawyers and Lobbyists of the Oligarchs have sucked up all the allotted subsidy and you are told you are out of luck.  The oligarchs buy away your ability to compete with them. There's no "free market"... and the bodies on the hill are not interested in your needs. They only respond to those who donate enough money to keep them in power.

This is 100% true with the GOP and it is also true with Members Democratic Party. The argument can be made and illustrated that those legislators, judges and executives that do fight for the working man ... and the middle class ... almost exclusively caucus with the Democratic Party on a federal level.

The solution will come, and always comes from a push-back by the people and leaders that rise to prominence on the focus of that popular will. Sooner or later the people get sick of being pushed around, read our history, take advantage of the democratic infrastructure of our nation and slap the Oligarchs down... not out... but down. They get heavily taxed, they lose market share, they lose access to cheating and have to deal with *actual competition* which they cannot win, because the patriarch of their family who knew something about competition has long since died.

The modern corporation has changed this.  They have created a giant robot to climb into and be "super" citizens. Normally I'd just figure it will take longer for us to figure out but self correction will come in time.

But that's just it, we don't really have time the way we used to. We have terrible over population, lots of cheap labor around the world, desperate to be enslaved so they can eat, and the pollution of our tiny blue dot in space is approaching the moment where most life forms will be killed off by a shift in the levels of oxygen and heat.

FDR saved capitalism. Obama is doing nearly exactly the same things that FDR did in his early term. He's compromising (FDR had bankers into the white house and designed a plan to save them first as his GOP opponents wanted), he's keeping his enemies close (FDR had a vile republican chief of staff)... he's playing the long game. (FDR would have served 4 terms or MORE had he not died at the beginning of that 4th term.)

We Americans who wish to save the nation and preserve, even expand, the initial freedoms treasured by most of our founders, have to do something new. The (super) corporation has slipped past the usual response. The corporation has made itself impervious to regulation.

The corporation has seemingly eclipsed the will of the people by vetoing our voices with unquestionable "national security," unquestionable military spending, unquestioned media ownership, and now un-resisted categorization as "persons" who hold more power than an American Citizen who is not simultaneously a global super corporation.

FDR saved capitalism. Obama seeks to return to thriving national industry that will provide "good paying" jobs to a working and middle class.

I don't doubt that either men believed that this was doing good for the people. FDR was basically right.  But because of the inability to check the power of these super entities, these mega-persons, I observe that saving Capitalism must now take a back seat to expanding Social Democracy instead.

A smaller more localized form of capitalism must tear down the centralized global will to power and royalism.

Government that is you and me must replace government that is bought for *them.

How?

1. A passion must sweep the country to get the money out of political campaigns. People who will elevate the people above the monopolists must have the same chance to win and govern as those who will do the bidding of Halliburton or Goldman Sachs.

2. That passion must have at it's core a goal. The goal must be to make it the law of the land that legislators and presidents may not collect money from the people directly but must instead have their short campaigns funded by tax dollars.  The government must mandate free Air Time.  The candidates must provide their governing philosophy and goals for governance online and in their speeches and ad spots. There will be no time or money for "attack ads"

3. The people must be educated about their general welfare and the goals of social democracy free from the competition of misinformation, disinformation, purposeful lying in propaganda and scare tactics.  Basically Fox News and any other corporate news source that works for the oligarchy over the people must lose it's license to broadcast. Why? Because it's advertising for candidates by private money. Fox advertises for politicians plain and simple... 24 hours a day, minus commercials. That must now be illegal, and the people must join together and fight for that too.

4. The goals of unionization, tax funded education, tax funded health care and strong environmental regulation must replace the goals of blowing everything up to bring Jesus back early.

We cannot continue with a "bought" congress or supreme court. We cannot continue to have a White House filled with "advisers" from the permanent class of servants and agents of the industrial oligarchy.

Revolution can be peaceful (just stop society) or violent, but as it was necessary in 1760s and 70s it is necessary again. It is just common sense that democracy and the will of the people cannot long hold out against the centralizing of trillions of dollars, land, industry and power... of wealth... on a global scale.

The Chamber Of Commerce,  (Advocates for Corporate Super Power) are now corrupting our system of government with unlimited money from around the globe.  If we are to be a nation of laws and of our founding documents, we must rise up against these aristocrats hiding behind the big colorful logos.

It will begin with college age kids... that will spark support from grandparents and soon those struggling to keep their jobs will see that they too must put down their pens and spatulas... clock out and go join the revolution.

This is what must be. Sooner or later.

If not, King George ultimately won.

Corporations Ate My Baby

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Footnotes:


**The American Revolution was the result of a series of social, political, and intellectual transformations in early American society and government, collectively referred to as the American Enlightenment. Americans rejected the oligarchies common in aristocratic Europe at the time, championing instead the development of republicanism based on the Enlightenment understanding of liberalism.

Among the significant results of the revolution was the creation of a democratically-elected representative government responsible to the will of the people. However, sharp political debates erupted over the appropriate level of democracy desirable in the new government, with a number of Founders fearing mob rule.

Many fundamental issues of national governance were settled with the ratification of the United States Constitution in 1788, which replaced the relatively weaker first attempt at a national government adopted in 1781, the Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union. In contrast to the loose confederation, the Constitution established a strong federated government.

The United States Bill of Rights (1791), comprising the first 10 constitutional amendments, quickly followed. It guaranteed many “natural rights” that were influential in justifying the revolution, and attempted to balance a strong national government with relatively broad personal liberties.

The American shift to liberal republicanism, and the gradually increasing democracy, caused an upheaval of traditional social hierarchy and gave birth to the ethic that has formed a core of political values in the United States.


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Section 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
Section 2. Representatives shall be apportioned among the several States according to their respective numbers, counting the whole number of persons in each State, excluding Indians not taxed. But when the right to vote at any election for the choice of electors for President and Vice President of the United States, Representatives in Congress, the Executive and Judicial officers of a State, or the members of the Legislature thereof, is denied to any of the male inhabitants of such State, being twenty-one years of age, and citizens of the United States, or in any way abridged, except for participation in rebellion, or other crime, the basis of representation therein shall be reduced in the proportion which the number of such male citizens shall bear to the whole number of male citizens twenty-one years of age in such State.
Section 3. No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any State, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any State, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may, by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.
Section 4. The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of pensions and bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or rebellion, shall not be questioned. But neither the United States nor any State shall assume or pay any debt or obligation incurred in aid of insurrection or rebellion against the United States, or any claim for the loss or emancipation of any slave; but all such debts, obligations and claims shall be held illegal and void.
Section 5. The Congress shall have power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.

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ECONOMIC ROYALISTS. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, in his speech accepting the Democratic nomination for a second term, delivered at Philadelphia on 27 June 1936, said, “The 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.” He was referring to persons prominent in finance and industry who in general opposed his tendency to centralize the government and to put it into competition with private enterprise.

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OK Corp, I get what you’re against; what are you FOR?

I’m against Corporate Power, American Empire, Pollution, Being Fined and Hassled By Bureaucrats, Religion & Stupidity – We all gripe, we all complain but what are we FOR??

Here’s a list of WHAT I AM FOR*

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1. Peace.

No attacking other nations – defense yes, but only on our own shores. Occasionally lending support to others. I’m against the existence of Nuclear weaponry. Since it’s here, we must have worldwide rules regarding the use of nuclear power and weapons. We must obey them, we must ask others to obey them. We must stop loose nukes and nuclear crazies from getting too powerful. It’s tragic because the Nazis and the US unleashed this crap on the world and now we have to have our noses in everyone’s business. I’m for peace, I’m not for imposing peace on others, but nukes have made that a sticky subject best expanded on in a future blog. I can say this much, we could do just fine taking 90 percent of the Pentagon budget for social programs and still have an Awesome Defense. I’m for replacing the Pentagon with a basic armed service and a lot of services for the people similar to the ones in Sweden.

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2. Highly regulated capitalism.

I hate Super-Capitalism… but what that really means is we have woefully underregulated capitalism. I will refer to that as either “unregulated” or “super” – Unregulated capitalism is fascism. I love Co-Op markets, but they are still a form of capitalism. I don’t agree with some of my friends that ALL CAPITALISM needs to go just yet. Someday we can have a resource based economy, that is an ULTIMATE DREAM, but we are not there yet… and I want to be strategic. The next step towards a world not PREDICATED on GREED, is a world of highly regulated capitalism balanced with the NATIONS GDP prioritized to the social needs of the many. Which leads to #3…

3. Social Democracy.

When capitalism threatens democracy, which it has since Ancient Greece, we, the people must look at our constitution’s preamble to remember our mission. The lives, liberties, happiness, safety, and GENERAL WELFARE of the PEOPLE is the first priority of government. Social Democracy is a focus for the democratic form of government. Yes our votes guide our destiny. yes simple majorities can lead to new laws, and super majorities can change old established laws, and YES, the minority’s rights are protected throughout, but the priority is now ALWAYS for the GREATEST NUMBER of people and against consolidated wealth, power and influence. The Scandinavian countries are the best example of how well social democracy can work. Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Greenland…. these are the Scandinavian (post-Viking/Thor worshiping) nations. They pay some big taxes, but they get it all back and more, they get amazing Medical, great totally free educations through Doctorates if they have the grades. They get vacations, good jobs, help with housing, help with building their families. They get amazing lives. Every single one of them. Some are rich, some are nearly poor. The rich have two houses… filled with MUCH nicer things. The poor have a government apartment with the basics. But everyone is healthy, everyone has an equivalent experience of being free to do as they wish. The vast majority of Danes are Middle Class. And they are the happiest nation on earth by all measurements.

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* Some would say, yeah, but Corp… doesn’t that mean “big government?” I don’t like “big government”… to which I say, “you wouldn’t like government that was too small to help or protect you either” – “big” is a lazy designation for government… what you want to look at is “good” … or “effective for you”.  The myth is that if government is big it will *ALWAYS* abridge your freedom… burying you in rules. You even have some good evidence on your side. When Reagan took over from Carter he ballooned the government. When Bush Sr. took over he grew it even more. Clinton shrunk it… it was by no means small but it was smaller and more efficient.  Bush Jr. bloated it beyond all records. – Still, the problem was not it’s size but it’s inefficiency, it’s ineffectiveness for you, and it’s promotion of predatory capitalism. In a nutshell Bush’s govt. GOVERNED BADLY. For a while, CLINTON’S GOVERNMENT GOVERNED WELL.

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Under Clinton:

*We not only paid off the deficit, we had a surplus.

*We had the most Americans start college in US History

*We had the lowest crime and the largest “head start” program attendence.

*The rich got rich and the poor went middle class.

*Child care, gay rights, public health and more all improved.

*Peace expanded – the US was far less militant than at anytime since 1939.

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Was it perfect? Not even close. Did Clinton screw things up? Yes. He did many things, NAFTA and FOX NEWS are but 2 things attributable to the triangulation/centrism-caused failures of his administration to protect us.

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Social Democracy will pull us out of this tug of war between appeasing the elite and submitting to the elite with strong regulations & a REQUIREMENT that all business benefit the most people possible.  Social Democracy will end the effects of money on governance. We will have GOOD government, and it will be the size required to provide service and protection from (mostly domestic) enemies of our general welfare.

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[ yes, our “King” is the constitution]

Finally

4. I am for the ecosystem. When greed & grabbing run the show in any pocket of human grouping, the land, sky, water, flora and fauna all suffer horribly.

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As i stands today we are like a rash, a cancer, an infection on the planet. we destroy the “lungs” of our planet; we destroy the homes of non-human beings essential to the balance of life. We dump toxic chemicals and pollution everywhere.

We kill people, yes, we torture them too… but we kill and torture plants and animals far more brutally as the “dominant” species we seem to be.  We use mass delusions like religion to ignore our destruction and our responsibilities to keep our nests clean. Our beliefs tell us that whatever we want is what “god” wants. We fear different races, creeds, colors, and orientations… yes… but we fear wolves and sharks for no good reason and we drive them to dangerously low populations.

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And we make plastic. We make non biodegradable toxic shit… and we dump it in the oceans to kill all life around it. Those of us who are smart, know who is behind this particular big of insanity: Big Chemical Cos like MONSANTO, BASF, EXXON, CHEVRON, DOW, SHELL. DuPont, INEOS and even BAYER.

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But my first three on the list will go a long way in improving America’s portion of responsibility for no. 4. The rest is Science… I am FOR SCIENCE!!… and diplomacy. I am for diplomacy. Rational Thinking… I am for rational thinking.

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So:

I am FOR Peace, Highly Regulated Capitalism, Social Democratic Government (that’s big enough), Science, Diplomacy, Rational Thinking and the Ecosystem.

What are you for??

– Corp

p.s. this blog was born out of a need to start calling all the lazy thinking “everything is bad” types out. It’s so easy to say “they’re all bad!”… yeah? well use your brain… whats “good” then?

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Here’s an example where both European Social Government is “bad” and American Capitalism is “bad” because it’s the government… and all government is “bad”… yeah? Move to Somalia!

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