As usual, the pusillanimous lackeys of the NRA are regurgitating the same old puke, after another horrendous school shooting. Speaker of the house Paul Ryan dared to spit out those meaningless words “NOW IS NOT THE TIME” once again. I knew exactly what he was going to say before he opened his mouth, because he says it every time there is another mass murder. He said it after Sandyhook he said it after Las Vegas and every time in between. He is not alone in this phony money driven sentiment; Mitch McConnell, Senate Majority leader,stayed on script and spit out the same garbage. Marco Rubio, the Senator from Florida also said, “Now is not the time” this shows me that the language is scripted. These bought and paid for politicians are not representatives of the people, but agents of the gun lobby. The fact that they continue, to try and misdirect the conversation away from sensible gun control, proves that their agenda is not the safety of children, much less citizens in general, but to keep the guns flowing and the bullets flying for the sake of profit.
Today is super bowl day
There is a disturbing trend in the the media and in the progressive movement, of timid voices, Trump apologist and negative defeatist and unfocused pseudo revolutionaries disguised as progressives, (some of which might just be government plants). I have heard the statement, that we can not work within a broken system, we must over throw the system; but these people never say how that can be done with out violence. these same people say that marching in the streets and peaceful demonstrations yield no results what soever.
All of the above mentioned myths are dangerous, in one way or another, so for the sake of clarity, I will attempt to address each of these categories of political saboteurs individually.
First the minority apologist; these men and women appear to be well educated and rational normal human beings. Their usual spiel is; people don’t give Donald trump a chance, that folks don’t want divisive government and that we should seek compromise with uncompromising republicans, like Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell and Ted Cruz; all of which were blatant obstructionist to the Obama administration. The history of their obstructionism is evidence enough, I seriously doubt that any of these distinguished gentlemen, have changed their attitudes about cooperating with Democrats in any way shape or form.
Under the Trump administration, things are exponentially worse. So why are you normalizing this unacceptable behavior, by disregarding the truth and denying the obvious. My question to you, Mr. or Ms Minority apologist, is why are you legitimizing a man who obviously thinks that you and the ethnic group you belong to, are basically inferior Untermenschen? Why are you making excuses for a man who refuses to brand Neo Nazis as domestic terrorist? There is no reasoning with the unreasonable men of the Trump administration and their congressional cronies.
Next I’ll address the Nay sayers. I understand that everyone in a forum or a strategy meeting deserves a voice; as a matter of fact those are usually the rules; however another rule of strategy meetings is, do not be negative, negativity is counter-productive. I have seen this on various discussion panels on both national and local programs. One of the most irresponsible comments that I hear is, that protest and demonstrations don’t work. There are literally thousands of examples world wide, that disprove this ludicrous belief. Mass demonstrations send a powerful message to those in power, it can also incite fear in the ruling elite; which is exactly why they have spent the last half century militarizing local police forces. Instead of dealing with social problems they have chosen to suppress freedom of speech and freedom of assembly. It is our right to protest unfair treatment by the government and if protest didn’t have any effect, Police officers would not use pepper spray on demonstrators, who are peacefully exercising their rights to protest, by simply sitting on the ground.
The other misconception that is expressed, is that working within the system is a failed policy. The diverse progressive block of the Seattle city council have the opposite opinion or they wouldn’t have run in the first place. The council includes Kshama Sawant, Lisa Herbold, Debora Jaurez and Lorena González, a female majority. With a strong progressive block they have made meaningful changes to public policy including a fifteen dollar an hour minimum wage. When people see what is possible, they stop thinking that their goals are impossible, or pie in the sky as Hillary Clinton described tuition free college education. If there are changes to be made, they have to be made from within the system. The alternative is not pretty and probably involves violence, but most of these cowards who claim that we shouldn’t bother working within the system, won’t come out and say it. If the nay-sayers have a viable alternative that doesn’t include shooting up the country I’d like to hear it.
The third group of disrupters and detractors are the fake progressives. These timid souls claim to be progressive, but their views are more status quo, neo liberal. They are always afraid of rocking the boat or disturbing the progress that has already been made. Their classic lines include, universal health care will never exist. Socialism doesn’t work, Pharmaceutical companies and insurance companies should be part of any health care plan and my favorite, where will the money come from for free college tuition. I have an answer for that; take it from the NCAA ,every penny of it, it’s all stolen from the public any way. The other tell that unmask the fake progressive is, that most Americans will steer clear of anything left leaning and that we need a big tent party to win elections. The truth is, that the populist movement can unite people across party lines and that most democrats are center left and not center right. We need a return to the progressive policies of Teddy Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt, Neo- conservatism and Neo-liberalism should be reviled, not socialism, yet fake progressives use the word socialism with as much disdain as any Republican.
This is not a critique of the Progressive movement, it is a warning against taking trolls and defeatist seriously. All these people do is misdirect energy,confuse the dialogue and slow down the movement to create an equitable and just society. We can have an intersectional, multifaceted, people oriented solution to, wealth inequality, never ending wars, pollution and an end to the extraction capitalism of corporate oligarchs.
I worked up to three jobs as a student just to feed myself and put a roof over my head, and that was in 70″s when tuition was a lot cheaper. part of the reason for the inflated tuitions is the NCAA a pernicious parasite that sucks the money out of schools and universities and gives little in return. they are listed as a non profit an insult to anyones intelligence.
The student crisis is not like any crisis this country has seen. It’s not a natural disaster like a hurricane, a medical pandemic like MRSA, or even an inability to stay competitive in the global economy. This is, in fact, man-made. To explain, a national innovation system has three parts, basically schools, companies, and customers. In a functioning system, customers tell companies what they want and companies ask schools to educate students to produce what customers demand. The companies are merely a go-between, and when they decide they don’t want to do that anymore, you get what we have today in the United States.
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Today is mothers day a well deserved day celebrating all moms everywhere.
Okay! I have been neglecting this blog because things in this country have been getting more and more bizarre and disturbing than usual. We have had police men acting like self appointed executioners in just about every state, on an almost weekly basis without any repercussions; no punishment not even firings just dismissive attitudes, claiming that the person who was killed was an alleged threat to them. I’m sure that 12 year old Tamir Rice was a threat to the clown who exited his police cruiser firing his weapon with fatal results.Closer to home Philando Castill a minnesotan from my old neighbor hood of Falcon heights was wantonly killed by a trigger happy fool who had no business wearing a badge or carrying a gun shot him in his car while he was explaining that he had a permit to carry. I guess permits are only for white men not people of color. If a black man can be callously be gunned down in a neighborhood like Falcon Heights then we are not safe any where in this country.
I started writing this article one day after Philando was killed and I am only finishing it today April 30th 2017. This past few years have been traumatic for every person of color in this country. Now with the Election of Donald Trump Things can only get worse, especially with Jefferson Beauregard Sessions as the Attorney General. Way to go Donald just give the country over to the clan and the Neo-Nazis and stop pretending that you represent all of the people; Every right thinking person in America has been violated by Republican party. Voter cross check voter ID’s Gerrymandered districts closing of polls and DMV’s where among the repertoire of dirty tricks played on the public by the republicans. They are no longer the party of Lincoln bur the party of corporate fascism and the enemies of democracy. Still the ask for our cooperation across party lines and claim that the Democrats and progressives are obstructionist.
We are in a fight for our live and the lives of our children and grand children as well as a fight for the survival of mankind itself. The time for compromise is over and done with now is the time for unwavering resistance to Corporate tyranny brought on by right wing judges and congressional lackeys. The republicans and Libertarians are destroying America and it is time to vote these betrayers humanity and of democracy out of office forever.
Today at 3:23 pm ET. in the second round of voting, Tom Perez won the chairmanship of the Democratic National Committee. I called it at 10:30 am Minnesota time, when I heard that Boynton, Buttigeig and Greene had dropped out. It is apparent that the party did not get the message, that the progressives within the Democratic party,emphatically do not want the old status quo wall street neo-liberals running things. I feel that with Tom Perez at the helm people who do not know about him, will think that holdouts from Debbie Wassermann Schultz may still be running things. We don’t need no stinking moderates to reach across the Isle, and we don’t want the dismissive, east coast wall street Democrats, that refer to us as fly over country.
My fear is, that they have effectively thrown away any chance of a 2018 win or a 2020 win and that our country is lost forever. Unless the Democratic party can show that they are sincere about moving toward a progressive populist agenda; which means, protecting the middle class, maintaining the social safety net and protecting the environment, they will not get the support that they need to take back America.
The time for compromise is over, the time for kowtowing to republicans is over, it is time to get rid of the Phonies who jokingly call themselves public servants, who only serve themselves and their corporate masters. This can not be achieved without the full support of Progressives and old school liberals not neo-liberals, who think more like conservatives.
Remember the Ideas that brought us to this sorry state of affairs were all neo-liberal and neo-conservative ideas. NAFTA CAFTA and the TPP were all supported by that wing of the Democratic party, by collaborating with their colleagues across the aisle. To get a view of what these horrible and misguided beliefs about free trade, which is closer to full blown market monopolies, all you need to do is look up pictures of the closed manufacturing plants in Cleveland, in Detroit, in Pittsburg, or any other once productive industrial city, you will see the complete devastation that Neo-conservativism and Neo-liberalism has wrought throughout our country since the Reagan era deregulation.
If they were smart the Democrats would have all thrown their support behind Keith Ellison, Who was supported by favorites Howard Dean and Bernie Sanders. It would have been much easier to unite the moderates with Ellison, than it will be to unite the various progressive factions, to the party of compromise and surrender. Throwing a biscuit to Kieth Ellison supporters by making him the deputy chairman may or may not work my gut feeling is that too much trust has been lost with long term Democrats and progressives to heal the rift in time for the 2018 elections. We just might see a lot of independents or third party candidates muddying up the waters in the all important upcoming election. All I can say is good luck Democrats we will all be watching you I can only hope that you do the right thing and make that left turn.
2016 has been a tragic and mind blowing year. We have lost some beloved celebrities in the entertainment industries, including Minnesota’s most Iconic rock star Prince. Around Christmas time we got a triple wammy with the death of George Michael, Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds. I have also suffered losses closer and more personal to me, with the loss of two family members, my cousin Gladys Reese Foree and my sister in law Joetta Kemp McAdams.
On top of all of the grief, the biggest blow to myself and millions of other minorities was the election of Donald Trump as the new President of the United States of America; who’d a thunk it! The mainstream media gave (the Donald) one of the most unfair advantages that I have ever seen in my life time, by covering him almost constantly, while they barely gave Bernie Sanders a mention. Hillary and the very disappointing Democratic party leadership were hoisted by their own petard in the guise of Debbie Wasserman Schultz. I understand loyalty to Hillary, but I don’t understand nor do I condone the sabotage of a candidate that consistently bested Hillary in the polls and who was running as a Democrat.
Maybe if the DNC leadership had paid more attention to demanding equal coverage time for Hillary and Bernie Rallies and holding the media to task, the outcome would have been different. There is a reason why the press is mentioned in the constitution, but we can’t have a free press that is not beholden to the people. The media failed as the watchdogs of democracy in every way conceivable. They failed to cover the widespread voter nullification of more than an million mostly minority voters. According to an article in the Nation there are 868 fewer voting places in 2016 because of the Supreme court’s moronic if not racist decision to gut the voting rights act in 2013.
predictably those counties that had always had a history of denying the vote to minorities went to work and closed polling places in heavily minority neighborhoods. States with histories of discrimination and malicious voter nullification were given free rein to defeat true democracy.
The justice Department under Eric Holder should have done more to investigate such blatant and obviously racist attempts to take the vote away from, not only minorities, but from students, the elderly and any one else likely to vote Democrat. Gerrymandering, voter ID. laws, closing DMV offices and voter purge list, like voter crosscheck, started by Kansas secretary of state Kris Kobach spread over half the country, heavily targeting People with ethnic sounding names in key battleground swing states. Seven million voters were tagged as suspected of voting more than once and therefor guilty of voter fraud, invalidating their votes. We don’t know how much damage that these tactics caused because the department of justice has not bothered to compile statistics on the real fraud, the GOP’S all out assault on voting rights and Democracy.
With the Appointment of Jefferson Beauregard Sessions as the new attorney General, my guess is that the South and the nation as a whole will return to
the days of white supremacist terror organizations like KKK and the Nazis. Hate crimes have already escalated under Obama I can only imagine how bad its going to be under the trump administration. No one is safe women will end up in prison for getting abortions or even having a miscarriage, which is a tragedy and not a crime; people will continue to be executed by police without any justification both white and black, and the poor and middleclass will continue to funnel their meager earnings to the false gods of Wall street. I Once heard a televangelist say that, “You may not always get what you want but you will always get what you deserve.” HAPPY NEW YEAR AMERICA!
I have just seen something on the morning news that is not only deeply disturbing, but something that should be sending shock throughout the African American community as a collective whole. Kanye West a man that I USED TO RESPECT has been seen kowtowing to the new God of white supremacist Donald Trump. I am aware of the fact that not all of my soul brothers and soul sisters hold the same political views, I am also aware that everyone is entitled to have dissenting opinions, but you would expect and should expect something more from a man who considers himself a genius.
In spite of all the evidence to the contrary Mr. West has chosen the side of a man who will become the oppressor of people of color and completely dismantle the middle class, white people included, to pay for tax breaks for his wealthy cronies. Recently I have been hearing a new word Kakistocracy (kækɪsˈtɑkɹəsi) is a term meaning a state or country run by the worst, least qualified, or most unscrupulous citizens. The word was first coined by English author Thomas Love Peacock in 1829, but was rarely used until the 21st century. This is a word that is new to me, but it has been around for a long time. What Donald Trump’s transition team has done is a text book example of this definition. Let’s face it Rick Perry is not the brightest bulb on the Christmas tree, and he is being considered as the energy secretary; head of an agency that he wanted to dismantle.
Donald trump has no time for national security briefings, but he does have time to meet with the Uncle Ruckus of the hip hop world, aka. Kanye west. If you don’ know who Uncle Ruckus is, he has his own wiki page. In short Uncle Ruckus is the modern version of Uncle Tom, who was an institutionalized non threatening slave. Kanye has proven his unworthiness; as a supporter of the white supremacist status quo, he has put himself in the same category as Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity and the rest of the crazies on Fox, not good and not cool. If any one out there is actually reading this, spread the word to boycott any product that has the Kanye West name attached to it. He is no better than Ted Nugent as far as I am concerned and in some ways worse, because he is a person of color and should know better. The fact that he does not disassociate himself from Trump, demonstrates that he is shallow and uninformed and living in the celebrity bubble. This man does not deserve our support, or our dollars.