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Never Trust a “Cold-War Liberal”

October 7, 2016

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Never trust a “Cold-War Liberal”
They are war-happy.
You can spot them by the repeated warnings they issue about Russia and China.
Mostly Russia.
Cold-War Liberals live in the past.
In a dangerous past.
But to them, in their old age, in their dotage, it is a glorious past.
They are elderly now and the past is all they have left.
It is who they are, because it is who they were.
They cannot look forward.
This is not a game.
The world needs new ideas and new plans.
The end result of the vaunted “thirty years of experience” Withers cite for their candidate is where we are right now.
The people who put us here, right here, where we are right now, did so deliberately and they will not change things.
Unless we got here by accident, in which case, that “thirty years of experience” means absolutely nothing.
And if you want to see change: YOU ARE A SOCIALIST TOOL OF PUTIN AND CHINA!!!!
You know you have heard this empty imprecation again and again.
So how can you expect change from someone who denounces change?
See how cold-war senility works?
They got away with that garbage in the 50s and 60s.
They saw their dead parents doing it.
So the Cold-War Liberals need to relive their youth.
But their youth has evanesced.
It is no more.
It is gone.
Elect a Cold-War Liberal aching to recreate her or his heyday of youth and potency, and there will be war, misery, and blood.
The day of the Cold-War Liberal is over.
THIS is what the exemplary Cold-War Liberal had to say about war:
“Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty. This much we pledge–and more.”
That means regime change.
That means war.
That is from a liberal hero.
55 years ago.
We step back to those days at our own peril.
The world is different now. We cannot attack with impunity.
People hit back.
Remember that:
People hit back.

UPDATE:

Now the NY Times reports that Hillary Clinton, in a secret speech revealed by WikiLeaks, has announced her passion for SECRET WARS (click here).
She touts the joys of “covert-intervention,” to use the NY Times euphemism.
Covert-Actions. 
CoIntelPro was covert action
Installing the Shah as dictator of Iran was covert action
Killing Salvador Allende was covert action
Overthrowing Guatemala was covert action
The Bay of Pigs was covert action
The bloodthirsty School of the Americas was covert action
LBJ’s Operation Chaos was covert action
Sabotaging the Democratic Primary was TYPICAL covert action
Henry Kissinger is covert action personified
And Mrs. Clinton LIKES THIS?
Wants MORE of it?
Is she insane?
The Times writes: “Mrs. Clinton gave a tough-minded, realpolitik answer to the question of how to handle a problem like Syria. If the best chance of success was to act secretly inside that country, she made clear, she had no problem doing that.”
Oh… She has no problem doing that?
Unfortunately THE WORLD HAS A PROBLEM WITH YOU DOING THAT, you war-crazy maniac!
Mission Impossible was FANTASY.
I will not vote for more wars.
Especially secret wars. You know, like NIXON IN CAMBODIA which led to this:

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This is a democracy, despite what this Cold War Neoliberal thinks.
As to the Times: saying her call to secret war is “tough-minded, realpolitik” is not journalism, it is editorializing. You are putting lipstick on that pig.

How much more NIXONIAN will Clinton reveal herself to be?
She may well take the White House, this bloodthirsty Cold War Neoliberal, but not with my consent.

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FURTHER UPDATE:

Late in October, Tim Kaine CONFIRMED that Hillary’s first action will be to ask Congress for unlimited war powers.
As with all neocons, which the Cold War Liberals have spawned, Hillary actually believes that in wartime the nation will unite. She is a big step into the past. Cold War Liberals are in their dotage now and should just take the gold watch then go home to their republican grandchildren.
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The Last VP Who Took Gifts As Governor…

July 23, 2016

Washington, DC: Vice President Agnew, left, held a last-minute meeting with President Nixon at the White House, September 10, just before departing on a week-long, six-state swing to campaign on behalf of the Republican candidates. Agnew's trip is regarded as the first part of an intensive campaign, which should keep the vice president on the road frequently until election time, in a Republican effort to capture the Senate and House and retain control of the state capitols. --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

The Clintons and Plantation Politics

April 15, 2016
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There is a big swing Sanders will soon take against Clinton and she knows it is coming. Yet I predict she will be compelled to walk right into it; even force Sanders to use it.
Both Clintons cling to the patronizing, condescending, extremely White supremacist notion that Black people in America are either criminals or crime victims, all of whom desperately need help to stand on their own two feet. All Black youth are “inner city” denizens who live “at risk.”
In Clintonian America, Black people seem to have a very narrow range of concerns. When Sunday rolls around and the Clintons inflict themselves on every Black church from New England to the Mason Dixon Line, what do they talk about?
Will they ever take to the pulpit to discuss international trade? Global warming? GMOs? Health care? Regime Change (including Honduras) which the Clintons so love? The decline of the bees, so vital to agriculture? No. The message is always about crime, welfare, and “at risk” youth.
And if, at these events, a few Black persons should have the gall to rise up and show offense – then the Clintons erupt is an orgy of self-congratulation about all the Black people they saved from either a life of crime or from the bullets of criminals.
Here is Bill when challenged by BLM:
“I had an assault weapons ban in it [the crime bill]. I had money for inner-city kids, for out of school activities. We had 110,000 police officers so we could keep people on the street, not in these military vehicles, and the police would look like the people they were policing. We did all that. And [Joe] Biden [then senator and chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee] said, you can’t pass this bill, the Republicans will kill it, if you don’t put more sentencing in it.”
This is how Hillary and Bill always frame their appeal to African Americans.

And when she makes the inevitable strident attack on the Sanders civil rights record, he will take that swing I mentioned above:
Madam Secretary, I refuse to be criticized on the issue of Civil Rights by a former proud Goldwater Girl.

I believe Mrs. Clinton will invite this retort willingly – so that she can then comfortably and conveniently blame her loss on “that one damn Goldwater line Sanders said about me,” and not blame it on the clear fact that people just don’t want her, and don’t like her, and certainly do not trust her.

 

CRONY CAPITALISM

March 5, 2016
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“He was born on third base and thought he hit a triple.” – Ann Richards on “W”

Ms. Richards was talking about “W,” but she was also describing the worst, most corrupt, part of today’s America: CRONY CAPITALISM.
Working hard and succeeding on merit is the myth we teach our children, but for some children, the reality is Crony Capitalism. They “succeeded” not from their own efforts, but from the source of sperm and egg.
And it’s not just about Bushes. Crony Capitalism is how Hillary Clinton got handed millions of dollars for delivering a series of short speeches to Wall Street, and it’s how a pisher like Chelsea Clinton, a woman with no commensurate work or life experience, manages to sit on multiple corporate Boards of Directors.  Did you know about this? Few do, for when proud parents Bill and Hillary gush about their daughter in campaign speeches, they somehow never mention her being on Boards of Directors.  All we hear of is… Chelsea’s child who was, yes, born on third base.
Look: Chelsea Clinton sits on the boards of the Clinton Foundation, the Clinton Health Access Initiative, the School of American Ballet, the Africa Center, and the Weill Cornell Medical College. She is the Co-Chair of the Advisory Board of the “Of Many Institute” at NYU.
She’s also on the board of a conglomerate called IAC meaning she’s a Director of:
About.com
Ask.com
Vimeo
The Daily Beast (which covers mommy’s campaign)
Price Runner
…Among many other companies.

And Chelsea’s “experience”? As IAC notes in her corporate profile:
“Chelsea currently teaches at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and previously worked at McKinsey & Company and Avenue Capital.  As Vice Chair of the Clinton Foundation, Chelsea is a tireless advocate for the work of the Foundation.”
Then they list her college degrees.
Curiously missing from this rather skimpy resumé is any mention of Chelsea’s $600,000 a year no-show job with MSNBC.
Do the people who denounce Senator Bernie Sanders for having “no experience” hold a well-connected lightweight like Chelsea Clinton to the same standard?
As far as experience goes, I am willing to bet that…
MORE THAN HALF THE PEOPLE ON MY FACEBOOK FRIEND LIST HAVE SUPERIOR, MORE IMPRESSIVE, MORE ACCOMPLISHED WORK HISTORIES.
Are they on a laundry list of corporate Boards?

Is America a Meritocracy? 

Hardly.
Privileged Persons like Chelsea Clinton bear witness to the 
scandalous truth: We live in an aristocratic kleptocracy. Most people work their asses off for little reward (51% of us make less than $30k) while a few have it made for no justifiable reason. In exchange for attending just a few meetings per year and signing, here and there, a few documents they rarely even read, Board members pull in hundreds of thousands of dollars a year from each board they sit on. And “sit” is what they do for the rest of the time, by the pool, on a horse, or on a yacht, as the checks come rolling in…
 
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Chelsea Lolling on a Yacht, Off Sardinia, with Her Hedge Fund Hubby During a Needed Break From The Tough Toils of CRONY CAPITALISM

The men and women of the New York City’s Sanitation Department, dedicated workers who toil day in, day out collecting the City’s trash… people who perform one of the most important and dangerous jobs in any city… make less money in a whole year of backbreaking labor than Hillary Clinton scooped up for 20 minutes of palaver in front of Goldman Sachs executives. When Hillary served as Secretary of State, Crony Capitalism went into over-drive as Bill Clinton’s speaking fees tripled, and their daughter suddenly – miraculously! – became the Board Room’s newest “must-have” accessory. To this day, Chelsea Clinton remains the fuzzy dice of Wall Street. Why? What’s she done in life to merit this?


Does anyone seriously believe Chelsea Clinton EARNED her way into these highly-lucrative sinecures?
Will the Sanitation workers see such a future for their own daughters?

Is This The America We Want or Need?
CRONY CAPITALISM is THE issue of our time.
All injustices of the system stem from this callous looting of The American Dream. 
Don’t let the very people who benefit from rigging the system masquerade as populists every four years to get your vote – even as they steal the future from your children and hand it to theirs on a silver salver, not as a reward for accomplishment or hard work but as a “royal” birthright.

Do not buy their over-the-top scare tactics about terrorism or about how your life will immediately collapse if they themselves cannot be johnny-on-the-spot to nominate “caring,” “progressive” Supreme Court Justices. Other than as a tool of manipulation, they don’t give a damn about the Court – and if you don’t think SCOTUS is a crony capitalism whore-house look into their “vacations” and their spouse’s vocations.
And aside from the court, what are we to expect from the corporatist Crony Capitalist’s choices to run The Fed? The Commerce Department? The FDA? The Treasury Department? The SEC? EPA? The Education Department? These appointments have a greater effect on our day-to-day life than the Supreme Court does. Crony Capitalism is what poisoned the water in Flint. 

Clearly, CRONY CAPITALISM is THE issue of our time.

Remember this when Hillary Clinton’s campaign talks about “breaking down economic barriers” or equality and opportunities for “the children.”  Does she mean YOUR children?  Will your children have people lining up to offer them no-show 6-figure income jobs? Even as their daddy rakes in a taxpayer funded pension of $450,000 a year?

Don’t elect anybody from any party who’s in it for the sake of building a dynasty – even if it’s a dynasty gussied up as a “foundation.”

Look for candidates who live by the same rules you live by. 

America is supposed to belong to all of us, not just the entitled scions of a few money-grubbing families who have no goddamn idea what life is really like in modern America.

Lesser? Evil? My Hypothetical Scenario…

February 28, 2016

What an unconventional election season!

So many WHAT IFs being tossed about.
More hypotheticals than facts, it seems.

Well here is my hypothetical scenario…
Can you answer it?
GOP candidates have begun making Trump look foolish. Rubio recently mopped up the floor with him.
Trump has no tolerance for people who push back.
In 2001, angered by republicans, he became a democrat.

He barely has 32% support in the GOP.
So… What if he does it again? Becomes a democrat?
Let’s say he does.  And he sweeps the primaries – which he has shown is possible even with little support.
He is the dem’s nominee.

This move leaves the GOP in disarray.
BEN CARSON takes the lead.
He squeaks by and becomes the GOP nominee.

I have seen so many people set up a hypothetical race then DEMAND that in this hypothetical race we vote for a candidate we dislike because… well, we must. Because our democracy is at stake! SCOTUS!!
S/he is bad, they admit, but not as bad as any republican. And… our democracy is at stake! SCOTUS!!
Voting for anyone else is a “wasted protest vote” and will make a republican the winner.
So my question to the lovers of hypotheticals is:
Trump v. Carson in November…
No begging the question.

Who gets your vote? 

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Election Time Is America’s FEAR-A-PALOOZA

December 24, 2015

Crime is down in America. Despite this fact, a new report from the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law just found that Americans are terrified of crime. 
70% of Americans believe that they are in danger of being killed by “ISIS” – which they think is trying to take over America. International Terrorism is a chimera; a fantasy drilled into the consciousness of Americans by politicians who use this demonstrably false threat to hold power. The BBC documentary THE POWER OF NIGHTMARES charts this fraud in great detail. It works and now the HOME OF THE BRAVE is quaking in its boots. Even though home-grown followers of a reputed Prince of Peace have been bombing and shooting up Planned Parenthood centers, nebulous “foreigners” are feared to the marrow.

Even though more toddlers have killed Americans than terrorists have, the fear of foreign terrorists is pervasive and forms the basis of the Republican political campaign.

Listening to the hysterical shrieking of the conservative fear-mongering horde, one would never know that you are more likely to be crushed to death by your furniture, than killed by terrorists.

People deliberately spreading fear… THEY are the real terrorists. The only people terrorizing you now are these power-hungry politicians.

There is a candidate on the Democratic side who also talks the neocon bull about the need for America to lead the world in  “the global fight to exterminate Islamic State” which presents NO threat to us here. Mrs. Clinton even calls for a NO FLY ZONE even though ISIS has no air force. Or a single airplane.

When trying to persuade people to vote for her, as they ignore the many serious complaints about her, Mrs. Clinton’s supporters always whip out yet another fear: They say we MUST have her in office to save the Supreme Court.  So even though they admit that she cannot be trusted in other ways, and she talks like a conservative, and is sponsored by Wall Street (which shovels money at her) they somehow trust her to make progressive SCOTUS choices. Why? And said from he court, what are we to expect from her choices to run The Fed? The Commerce Department? The FDA? The Treasury Department? The SEC? The Education Department? Will she secure the separation of church and state? When it comes to the mythical man in the sky, Mrs. Clinton is as much a bible thumper as any other conservative, claiming that this amalgam of Bronze Age fairy-tales made her the person she is. Religious pandering always accompanies fear mongering with conservatives and Mrs. Clinton is no exception.

Back to earthly matters: Will Clinton protect Social Security from Wall Street privatizing? Will she prosecute the rapacious banksters who crashed the economy of the world? Yes, you say? Why should we think so? This would be biting the hand that feeds her, and feeds her husband, and feeds her daughter, and feeds her much touted grandchild – whose father is a hedge-fund huckster from a family of Republican politicians.

And when all else fails, the Clinton wing raises the fear of back-alley abortions – claiming she and she alone will save Roe v. Wade.  See my previous post in this blog in which I show why that is balderdash. This is more fear… It is all some people have to offer. Some. Not all…

So clearly, we cannot lay the far-mongering rap exclusively on the Republicans. It infects conservatives no matter which party they sign on with. One thing is certain: I will never support any candidate who inspires and exploits fear. THAT is terrorism: “the use of violence and intimidation in the pursuit of political aims” (New Oxford American Dictionary). And deliberately scaring the crap out of people is intimidation. Doing so for political gains is TERRORISM. No, it is not swarthy, Muslim, foreign terrorism but terrorism it is.

Using fear is, of course, nothing new. The whole phony “Cold War” worked wonders in the fear department. I hear from people to this day who believe that “commies” are trying to take over America – which was another totally phony fear. The USSR was never a threat to America. Again, see THE POWER OF NIGHTMARES to learn how Ronald Reagan whipped this fear up to a post-McCarthy fever pitch even though the CIA told him it was baloney. The CIA. Hardly a bastion liberal pinkos… For a look at fear in the early 20th Century I recommend the reissue of a 1919 classic called UNMASKING FEAR.

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This valuable study of mass hysteria and rampant fear first appeared in 1919, long before mass media – which today is the most virulent and relentless purveyor of fear. But the lessons apply. And I consider them are well-worth learning from. IF, of course, people can learn. I have my doubts – especially when I see people running for their lives from… nothing at all. When their furniture is a bigger threat…

On Moneyism

September 30, 2015
Capital is MONEY. So why don’t we call our system MONEYISM?
Why hide behind a euphemism? Call it what it is.
For many people it is all about money even though people were around long before money was.
People should not be pictured on our money.
Not presidents, not Harriet Tubman, not Margaret Thatcher, not Ben Carson’s mommy.
In honor of MONEYISM, you know what should be on the money?
MORE MONEY!

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Why It Happened…

November 12, 2014
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Don’t Say We Were Not Warned

If you are at sea over the recent mid-term elections, I suggest you reach back to 1996 and re-read this book by Al Franken, now Senator Franken, to see the process of the dumbing down of the electorate right back at the start.
As Franken notes – and which should have horrified everyone – the people who get their information from conservative “news” shows think of themselves as highly informed, but they are actually THE MOST IGNORANT of all voters.
Read this again and ask yourself if we were not adequately warned…

Ebola Gonna Git You!!!! BE AFRAID!!!

August 1, 2014

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ABC NEWS asks, “What Happens Once Ebola Patients Arrive in the US?”
Why do the TV news people ask this when the answer they will sell us is: THEN WE ALL DIE A MISERABLE DEATH!!! They live to make people afraid so we will a) keep watching and b) lose the ability to think clearly. FEAR puts humans in “fight/flight” mode and that eliminates thinking. Blood actually LEAVES the brain and goes to the legs. Then, when you are properly frightened, they pitch ads at you that also stimulate fears but tell you what to buy to fight back… All their ads are based on raising a fear and then offering a solution. Capitalism literally depends on fear. That is the only way they can sell you things you do not need. They do it out of pure, unmitigated greed.

Think back over the things that network news has told us to fear, just going back as recently as Y2K. Never mind the earlier bizarre notion that Russia wanted to take over America (or Germany did, or Japan did, or China now does… and what would they do with us once they had us?) and forget the odd thought that we – the only nation to detonate nukes in war – were going to get hit by nukes… DUCK AND COVER!!!! IT’S TROTSKY!!!! Remember SWINE FLU?
Fear is their stock in trade and now it is Ebola they will get you to fear. Let it go. The only thing we have to fear is… NETWORK NEWS PEOPLE. And of course, Sharia Law which is going to be in the Constitution once the democrats eliminate the first amendment… right? I saw it on TV so it must be true…

I wrote the introduction to a 1919 book on FEAR. It is discouraging to note that nothing changes. UNMASKING FEAR goes into the ways in which fear gobbles people up. And it was written before our 24 hour mass media went into the full-time SCARE THE HELL OUT OF EVERYONE business.

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Please do not let these highly paid masters of manipulation scare you. That is how they control you. FDR knew. As he said, so long ago:

Something to Think About…

May 9, 2014
Although it is routinely called “fossil fuel,” nobody really knows just what oil actually is. Suppose, as some scientists speculate, oil is really planet Earth’s… blood. Well, then, what will happen when it is all gone? And… what does that make us?
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