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Vichy America
By David Glenn Cox

Were it not all so real it would make a great book; Dan Brown could add another hundred million dollars to his collection. Perhaps he could call it "The Bhagwan Code," while I prefer to think of it as "Vichy America." Our synthetic, middle class, pseudo nazis, protesting for their gun rights or tax rights, a smiling, flag-waving, picture-mugging, minivan-driving collection of the dumbest individuals ever to stand up on two legs.

It's like a sort of reverse evolution where mankind evolves back into a creature that moves on three legs while leaving one hand free to carry the Bible or a cell phone. They are too dumb to even understand the herd mentality, too dumb to know the difference between predator and prey. The gun nuts rally to show off their machismo to each other thinking that they might somehow intimidate the government with their show of force like a baby shaking its rattle at a rattlesnake.

Do the Taliban march through Kandahar to show how tough they are? Do the Greeks wave tea bags and shout, "Don't tread on me"? The herd shouts, "Restore the Constitution!" but they don’t have a clue as to what that really means, unaware that the Constitution that they imagine is miles from what they want. The herds are out protesting in favor of the predators and against themselves.

The Walton family fortune is worth some $90 billion and was made primarily on imported goods and exploitive labor practices. The Bush tax cuts saves the Walton family millions of dollars a year in taxes and saves the average worker $240 per year. The right wing government that they want to protect them has eliminated trade tariffs and a tariff is a tax on a foreign good that you don’t pay. Are they protesting for an end to the Bush tax cuts yet?

If there is a tariff on bananas you don’t pay it unless you buy bananas, and even if you do the cost per banana is miniscule. It is a tax on companies which import bananas into the United States and most of those companies are owned by Americans. Right now the US Congress is mulling over the idea of a value-added tax or a national sales tax. Leaving aside that sales taxes are the most regressive and unfair taxes on the working poor. Look at it this way: they have taken the taxes off the multinational corporations' incomes in the name of free trade, and now, to make up the deficit, they want to put the tax on to you.

I used the example of bananas because I thought it might strike a chord with these knuckle-dragging baboons. Imagine you and I share a toll bridge on the border and I charge a nickel for each person crossing the bridge my way and you charge a nickel for each person crossing your way. Five thousand people cross each day going your way while ten million people cross each day going my way. You earn $250 per day and I earn $50,000 a day.

Free trade argues that if you eliminate that nickel tax more people will want to cross the bridge. That it will create jobs and industry on both sides of the bridge, except the people on my side of the bridge earn $20.00 an hour and the people on your side earn $5 per day. The benefit goes to the guy that owns the banana trees; the loss goes to the workers in the country earning $20.00 per hour. It's true that traffic on the bridge has increased, but since there are no longer any tolls collected, what does it matter?

To me that is a far greater threat to national sovereignty than any of the made up reasons of the gun nuts and teabaggers. Because now they want you to pay the taxes to make up for the lost bridge tolls and even to buy them a new bridge! We live in an America under a two party system, those with money and those without money, and for those without money it's no party. Take, for example, our Treasury Secretary Mr. Geithner.

He began his early career at Kissinger and Associates; then he was a senior fellow for the Council on Foreign Relations before moving on to the Federal Reserve. He served in the Clinton administration under Lawrence Summers and Robert Rubin. Their names came up recently when Bill Clinton commented that he had been given bad advice about derivative trading by Lawrence Summers and Robert Rubin. Before Geithner joined the Obama administration his take home pay was around $7,000 per week, just like yours. What? You don’t take home $28,000 per month?

I know, most of us don’t, but I use that figure because many of us have no concept of wealth. None of the teabaggers and gun nuts have any concept of wealth. Geithner is a hamburger flipper in a red paper hat and nylon jump suit when compared with his predecessor. Hank Paulson was worth over $700 million and just the interest on $700 million in a bad year is $35 million dollars. Hank could buy a new $10 million yacht and a $25 million estate in the South of France every year and never touch the principle.

John McCain’s wealth is between $20 and $25 million. Diane Feinstein's, $40 to $100 million. John Kerry, $167 million and Georgia Senator Johnny Isackson, $23 million. So who do these people have more in common with, you or each other? That’s why John McCain and John Kerry can wholeheartedly agree that it is important to send $1.5 billion a year to Pakistan to build schools and infrastructure. Last week Defense Secretary Gates was out advocating for a free trade agreement with Colombia. Apparently Mr. Gates has enough time on his hands to fill in at the Commerce Department, but what do we need from Columbia that we can’t get now?

It's just another chance for the American wealthy to sell toothpaste made in China or Fords made in Mexico or hire workers in a country where half live below the poverty line. You see, the United States market already accounts for 40% of Colombia’s exports and the US accounts for less than 30% of Columbia’s imports. So a free trade agreement would be a net 10% loss for a trade deficit which last month grew to over $38 billion. The winners? Multinational corporations. The losers? You!

Try and understand, the tea partiers and gun nuts aren’t wrong. They’re just stupid. The herd senses danger and closes up but doesn’t know the difference between lions and giraffes. They’re smart enough to know that something is wrong but not smart enough to figure out what it is, so they follow the leader. Their leader who makes ten times as much money as Tim Geithner and who tells them, "They’re destroying your Constitution."

What was it that George W. Bush called it? "Just a goddamned piece of paper!" Are you sitting down? Bush was right. A constitution that doesn’t protect you from exploitation or rapacious greed, that allows your life and prospects for prosperity to be sold down the river in the name of corporate good is just that, "a goddamned piece of paper!" You might think that it’s superman standing on top of the Empire State Building, cape and flag waving in the breeze behind him, but the rich folks is having monkey stew tonight and you’re invited!

I look into my poor man’s crystal ball and I can tell you what the future will bring: income for banks and corporations will rise while unemployment will remain unchanged and wages will remain flat. The President’s committee on deficit reduction will recommend cuts and tax hikes to Social Security and Medicaid but only to "Save" them. Those hikes and cuts won’t be recommended until after the November elections. Then as the presidential election season is upon us the Republicans will again put up a weak challenger and maybe the teabaggers will hoist some clown as their standard bearer thus making sure that Obama is re-elected.

Then the Mr. Burnses of this country will lament, "Oh, fiddle dee dee, now I didn’t want that to happen." What you see happening in Greece today will come to America. "Gosh, we really hate it that we have to cut spending and social programs but the revenue just isn’t there." No, of course it’s not, it's all been shipped overseas, but the profits still have a place to call home.

Capitalism is like a jackass pulling a plow; the jackass will do a good job for you if you put him in a harness and let him know what will happen if he doesn’t do as he’s told. If, however, you don’t show that jackass who's boss, he’s going to sit on his backside and laugh at you!

There will be blood; not because I want it or advocate it. There will be blood because "power never takes a back step - only in the face of more power." There will be blood when people begin to realize that prosperity and jobs are not coming back and when their extended benefits begin to run out. The blood won’t come from gun nuts or teabaggers but from the same place it always comes. Students didn’t shoot National Guardsmen at Kent State and protesters didn’t beat up policemen in Chicago. The groundwork is already being laid.

April 20 (Bloomberg) -- Al-Qaeda and its ideological allies are using English-language Web sites and forums to encourage non-Arabic speakers to make war on the West as terrorists seek the next Ft. Hood shooters and "Jihad Janes."

"Their goal to widen the pool of prospective terrorists beyond traditional Middle East and Asia sources is part of a search for 'white al-Qaeda' activists who could foil racial profiling and initiate attacks, according to Evan Kohlmann, a consultant with FlashPoint Partners, a New York-based security research company. "The effort is consistent with the gradual decentralization of Islamic-inspired holy war," he said in a telephone interview.

This, coupled with the President’s unilateral decision that he can extra-judiciously kill Americans, means that you are the terrorists and the terrorists are you. That after you’ve lost your home, your job, your family and your future, it is Al-Qaeda that you’re fighting for and not your dignity and the teabaggers and gun nuts will probably believe them if Glenn Beck says it's so.

"Let you alone! That's all very well, but how can I leave myself alone? We need not to be let alone. We need to be really bothered once in a while. How long is it since you were really bothered? About something important, about something real?" (Fahrenheit 451)

Originally posted to Daveparts on Fri Apr 23, 2010 at 09:02 AM PDT.

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  •  Sad to say, but this is all too likely. nt (3+ / 0-)

    "Ridicule may lawfully be employed where reason has no hope of success." -7.75/-6.05

    by QuestionAuthority on Fri Apr 23, 2010 at 09:09:00 AM PDT

  •  fucking powerful diary! loving it to the max. (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Statusquomustgo, nippersdad

    guess i better subscribe...i am still wowed.

    Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.~Voltaire

    by Randy Flagg on Fri Apr 23, 2010 at 09:18:32 AM PDT

  •  excellent diary Daveparts, hope you are doing ok (5+ / 0-)

    It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment. Ansel Adams -6.5 -6.75

    by Statusquomustgo on Fri Apr 23, 2010 at 09:20:25 AM PDT

  •  Shit! This is one hell of a diary! (3+ / 0-)

    I can feel the righteous anger oozing through my screen. And I like it.  

    Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room!

    by bigtimecynic on Fri Apr 23, 2010 at 09:29:01 AM PDT

  •  Recc'd Especially for this paragraph (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    RhymesWithUrple, Randy Flagg

    Capitalism is like a jackass pulling a plow; the jackass will do a good job for you if you put him in a harness and let him know what will happen if he doesn’t do as he’s told. If, however, you don’t show that jackass who's boss, he’s going to sit on his backside and laugh at you!

    Did you write that?

    If I use it, I might say "mule" since they were more commonly used than asses in America for farming.

  •  And the divide between the rich and the poor (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    RhymesWithUrple, Herticalt

    will only grow larger as the circle-jerk composed of corporations, corporate lobbyists and the Congress continues.

    We're like the squeaking of a mouse compared to the roaring of a lion. We can never be heard over the constant din.

    "The human eye is a wonderful device. With a little effort, it can fail to see even the most glaring injustice." Richard K. Morgan

    by sceptical observer on Fri Apr 23, 2010 at 09:44:58 AM PDT

  •  Great diary Daveparts (as per usual!). ;-) (1+ / 0-)
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    Randy Flagg

    So many people hear things like OTC Derivatives or VAT and they just tune out - they really don't understand these things.  Your diary did an excellent job of explaining VAT (though VAT can be applied and/or structured in a number of ways).  

    While I believe VAT proponents have some valid points, what most of them ignore is the biggest harm from VAT would come to those with the lowest income levels.  Not because they would pay a higher tax rate than the wealthy, but because those with the lowest incomes currently pay little or no income taxes.  And, in many cases the lowest income families get tax credit refunds even if their total tax liability is zero (for instance the EIC).

    Small sidebar on Fox fans - I commented in a diary some time back about the Fox "news" audience.  It wasn't about the TBs, rather the diary was asking how people dealt with family/friends who watch Fox.  

    I just ask them if they have heard the term "low-information voters" (sadly, so far none of them have heard the term) and tell them that's the Fox demographic.  Generally, one of two things happen, 1. VERY rarely - they go check it out and start broadening their news horizon or 2. they stop talking to me about their Fox Views.  Works for me either way.

    "Help!!! I'm being Enlightened!" - TCFKNCS's avatar

    I always wanted to quote an avatar.

    by RhymesWithUrple on Fri Apr 23, 2010 at 09:49:42 AM PDT

  •  "You might think that it’s superman standi (0+ / 0-)

    top of the Empire State Building, cape and flag waving in the breeze behind him, but the rich folks is having monkey stew tonight and you’re invited!"

    wowsers...this would make 'baggers think, if only they COULD think.....

    Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.~Voltaire

    by Randy Flagg on Fri Apr 23, 2010 at 10:06:52 AM PDT

  •  This Diary is full of shit. (0+ / 0-)

    While much of the "analysis" is correct, more or less...where it falls down and wallows in the swampy mud of rhetorical dogma and doctrinaire contempt for the masses is in it's indiscriminate, absolutely false conflation of Tea Baggers, Republicans and corporate swine with "real" Americans....

    The Diarist, for all of his "radical" protestation, has nevertheless succumbed to the Faux "News" memes, that this is a center/right nation, that the right "represents" anything but maybe 20%, tops, of the population, or that we EVER "elected" the Republicans, over these many years of massive, deliberate suppression of likely Democratic voter turnout, by hook and by crook, including infiltration of "left" and "movement" venues with jive ass electoral boycott and vote splitting "strategy", which is the ONLY thing that has EVER allowed the right to seize and hold power, just BARELY.


    I would just point out that DESPITE over 30 years of all-out propaganda blitz, 24/7, on all channels, by monopoly corporate fascist commercial mass media, the people of this great nation have stepped up and elected Obama, enlarged Democratic Majorities, and a burgeoning Progressive Caucus, in response to an explicit rhetoric of justice and peace, to save the planet.

    Public opinion has shifted very substantially to the left in this country, and we are NOT going back.

    I don't care whether the Diarist and supporters of the kind of "analysis" represented and supported by many comments here consider themselves "communists", "socialists", "anarchists" or goddamn "Libertarian" Republicans, or whether they are really just right wing sock puppets, posturing and posing for effect...


    They represent a very serious counter-revolutionary error, at best, and a counter-revolutionary crime against the people, at worst, in promulgating such absolute cynical defeatism, which can only be aimed at demoralizing and diverting likely Democratic voters into further pursuit of a totally failed, discredited, electoral boycott and splitting line, which the masses have REJECTED and kicked to the curb.

    Unprecedented numbers of youth, and virtually all peoples of color, have chosen instead to  "vote with their feet" and "take it to the streets", by marching to the polls to elect Obama and more and better Democrats, to seize the power democratically, electorally.  

    This is a good thing...yet too many elements of the "left" still see it as a defeat, in terms of their own unprincipled "revolutionary" weaseling for sectarian hegemony.

    It's time for the left to recognize and accept the leadership of the masses, who have chosen to establish the necessary popular democratic mandate that revolution requires, press the contradictions of capitalism by demanding genuine democracy.

    Those who remain convinced that only civil war can overthrow the dictatorship of capital can be assured that the closer we get to actual real electoral democracy, the more likely the prospect for that civil war...from the right.  

    Indeed, the right is even now screaming for political assassination, mass murder and civil war...go figure!  We are winning!  The right is dead meat, politically, no longer politically correct, and they know it.  

    What is it about the "left", that they just don't seem to get it?

    The vast majority of "Americans" are now staunchly opposed to racism, sexism, eco-rape, murderous corporate rip off and profiteering imperialist warmongering.


    The revolution is at hand, and no amount of incredulous denial or gratuitous negativity, slander and knee-jerk oppositionalism from the right, or from the "left", is going to stop it.  

    Unprecedented interim election voter turnout in 2010, and again in 2012, will deal the coup de grace to the right.  The final struggle has begun.


    You can regurgitate, ad nauseum, all of the details of how inadequate Obama, the Democrats, and the present balance of power and reform may be, and you may not necessarily be "wrong", per se...

    But what you fail to recognize and appreciate is that the present real poltik is simply that remnant Blue Dogs and Republicans yet and still retain, JUST BARELY, sufficient plurality to block, delay and sabotage motion.

    Just a few more progressives, and a few less Blue Dogs and Republicans, coming out of 2010 and 2012, will very substantially, significantly, shift the balance of power to the left, in our favor, such that we can surge forward, into the 21st Century.

    Will it be socialist utopia yet?  I think not.

    But just because nobody, anywhere, has ever achieved real democracy, yet, does not mean that it's impossible, or undesirable.

    This is the USA, here and now (NOT Russia or China, 50 years ago, lol).  

    If anyone can do it, we can.

    All Power to the People!

    Sieze the Time!  Seize the Power!

    All Out for 2010 and 2012!

    Bring the Better Democrats!

    Death to capitalism, as we now know it, and it's moribund form fascism!


    "...a printing press is worth 10,000 rifles..." Ho Chi Minh

    by Radical def on Fri Apr 23, 2010 at 12:29:00 PM PDT


      Dear Sir,

      Might I ask how old you are? Because if you are over forty years of age then maybe you’ve experienced the political shift in American politics. If Barack Obama ran for the Presidency against Richard Nixon Obama would be the Republican.

      If you think that I am conflating tea baggers and gun nuts with real Americans it is due to your poor reading and comprehension skills on your part. I specifcally made the point that they are a bunch gum chewing knuckleheads. As for your polls by the highly respected Gerstin Agency just what do polls have to do with anything in America?

      In polls American’s favored single payer healthcare by a wide margin. Did they get it?
      In polls American’s favored a Public option in healthcare. Did they get it?
      In polls American’s want more alternative energy, they get nuclear plants and expanded coastal drilling.
      In polls Americans favor more money for schools and less money for the Pentagon. Did they get it?

      "I don't care whether the Diarist and supporters of the kind of "analysis" represented and supported by many comments here consider themselves "communists", "socialists", "anarchists" or goddamn "Libertarian" Republicans, or whether they are really just right wing sock puppets, posturing and posing for effect... They represent a very serious counter-revolutionary error."

      Do you ever stop to realize in that what you are calling  me and those who agree with me are  "thought criminals" I upset your utopian vision of good guys and bad guys, cowboys and Indians

      "One of those completely unquestioning, devoted drudges on whom, more even than on the Thought Police, the stability of the Party depended" (1984).

      •  I am gratified... (0+ / 0-)

        Somewhat, by your response...especially in your more specific acknowledgement that the American peoples are not mere stupid sheep, who like, or accept, the present status quo.

        You are quite correct to point out that the government we now presently have, as things now stand, is less then democratic, and far from ideal.

        I have no disagreement with most of the details you articulate, in that regard.

        What I do have a problem with, and where you appear to continue to fall short, is in the seeming failure to more explicitly recognize and focus on the source of that fundamental contradiction...which is the anti-democratic counter-revoloutionary right.

        Your screed, which so closely resembles so many others here on dkos, does NOT seem to make that distinction, but rather seems to be intended as an absolute, indiscriminate condemnation of Obama and the Democrats...rather than presenting a more principled, objective, accurate analysis, especially as to the real source of the problem, and the only material solution to that problem.

        Indeed, I recall no solutions being offered here by you, whatsoever.

        FYI, I'm over 60, graduated from high school in 1965.  Not that it "proves" anything, whatsoever, about the correctness, or not, of my analysis, or yours, lol.

        Let me just say, I have NEVER been a Republican, or a goddamned "Libertarian", have always considered myself more or less communist (small c)...which means I believe in democracy.  

        I took up arms, in my youth, to fight against my "own" government, for democracy.

        But, that was then, and this is now, heh.

        Obama is no Nixon, lol.

        Obama would have been assassinated, then, and may yet be, by the right, of whom Nixon was an exemplary opportunist representative.

        For you to equate Obama to Nixon, lol, or to Bush, as so many here seek to do, is just...crazy...and it just destroys all credibility for your "logic" and "reason", for me, or anyone else with a brain.

        Your objection to the very concept of political correctness, or the possibility of serious counter-revolutionary error, or crimes against the people, attempting to thus equate me with Big Brother, or "Commmunizzzm", lol, would seem to indicate that maybe you have some strong "Libertarian" tendencies?

        I think it's possible to know some shit, and to be more or less correct, or not.

        But the ultimate criteria for correctness, and action, especially on a national socio-economic, governmental level, must be democracy.

        I eschew, and abhor, any form of elitism.  I am more or less anarcho-communist, heh.  But that doesn't mean I believe in chaos.  

        The right will never voluntarily submit to the popular democratic will

        They must be purged from all levers of power, and suppressed, by coercion, democratically, electorally, legislatively and judicially...and if they resist militarily, they must be suppressed militarily.  

        Revolution demands no less, anywhere.

        You got a problem with that?

        Let's cut to the you support, and call for, an unprecedented, historic interim election voter turnout in 2010, and again in 2012, to elect more progressives Democrats, and get rid of more Blue Dogs and Republicans, as the only viable means of correcting the problems we now face, on any given issue?

        If so, I propose that you should include that as more of an element of your otherwise fairly meticulous and more or less correct articulation of the problems we face.

        Or do you have some other kind of proposal, such as electoral boycott, or splitting the vote for some guaranteed loser "alternative" party or candidate?

        In that case, I would propose that you should take that jive shit somewhere else, because this blog is about electing more better Democrats.


        "...a printing press is worth 10,000 rifles..." Ho Chi Minh

        by Radical def on Fri Apr 23, 2010 at 03:16:24 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

      •  Prompted by your response... (0+ / 0-)

        Have re-read your Diary (but not reviewed your profile or archive).

        You seem to be coming from a hard left anti-capitalist perspective very similar to mine...Like I say, I have no problem with most of your critique of the present government, in that regard.

        It may be possible that the only really significant difference is that I propose electoral struggle, to take over the Democratic Party, to seize the national the most viable and immediately feasible means for that very urgent and necessary material result, the "seizing power" part.

        The ice caps are melting, wars are simmering and raging all over the world, and the enemy has already stolen the national treasury, in an an escalation of the counter-revoloutionary class war, anticipating that they were losing their ass, politically, and preparing for, and calling for, all out civil war.

        Time is running out, and we must act, now, to seize the power, or die, in more ways than one.

        I propose that all revolutionary comrades and cadres, brothers and sisters, or whatever, lol, should immediately proceed to take over their local Democratic Party Headquarters, by being the ones who show up there to do the work, participate in the meetings, assume functionary positions, write the platforms and programs, select the delegates and candidates, and run for office, at all levels, from local to state to national.

        We tried that back in the late 60's, early 70's, but were rebuffed by the Blue Dog elements, causing many to abandon electoral struggle.  

        When we were viciously militarily attacked by the pigs, many of us took up arms, and prepared to engage in revolutionary war, determined to seize the power by any means necessary, in order to stop the Viet Nam war, and other foreign and domestic atrocities of the capitalist pigs.

        This proved...infeasible at that time. Foco didn't seem to work here, at least during that period.

        It was determined that we did not have sufficient support in the masses to carry off or precipitate a mass uprising, and seize the power.  The pigs would just murder us all, on TV.  

        That was when Nixon ordered North to build the FEMA apparatus for martial law.

        It was soon collectively decided, nationwide, to stand down from the armed struggle rhetoric and practice, at that time, and to instead "take it to the masses", in terms of returning home, going back to school, to work, co-op or commune or collective, or do the grassroots networking, organizing, agitating and practical programs required to win the hearts and minds of the masses, to establish the necessary popular democratic mandate for legitimate revolutionary struggle, anywhere.

        It has taken some 30 years of concerted, protracted struggle, more or less "underground", heh...but more or less in plain transform public opinion in this country, very substantially...but we have done it.

        Won over the hearts and minds of the people, as you acknowledge re: "meaningless" polls.  

        What's meaningful about those polls is that a huge majority of the people now very substantially agree with the left, on virtually every important issue, despite an anti-democratic counter-revolutionary right wing propaganda blitz on monopoly corporate fascist commercial mass media, 24/7, on all channel, for 40 years, lol.

        That's what I mean, when I say that we have won the revolution.

        Now, the final struggle is at hand.  The stage of actually suppressing the counter-revolution, and consolidating the power.  Civil war is likely to be a part of that, but some of us American exceptionalists think it may be theoretically possible to avoid, or substantially minimize and quickly suppress the civil war part, with a fast enough and big enough popular democratic mandate.

        Personally, I think Obama should reserve his executive powers, deploy FISA, FEMA and Patriot Act, and round up all of the most egregious right wing traitors, and all of their friends, supporters and sponsors.

        Bring the black helicopters and throw open the FEMA camps!

        It would be a sweet irony, since that entire apparatus was set up to suppress the left.

        If I was in charge, lol, I'd want to arrest all registered Republicans, Libertarians, and Blue Dogs, too....oh yeah...and corporate executives, of course.

        I'm not saying they should all be dragged out into the street, and summarily shot, out of hand, like the rightwing militias want to do to us, heh.  They should all get a fair trial, first.  

        We'd treat them way better than they ever treated us.  Rather than shooting their jive ass, or knocking them on the head and throwing them in a cage to be brutalized, raped and murdered, we'd offer actual real re-education and rehabilitation, and substantial incentives to get with the program, to help build the new revolutionary green paradigm.

        If all that makes me subjective, or even delusional, so be it.  I'm an old man, anymore, and I've been waiting and working for this moment all my life, it seems.  

        I really, really, hate the pigs.  Death to fascism!  For real.

        Sorry, but I don't think that makes me a freakin' "fascist", nor a "Communist", in the Stalinoid sense of the word.  It should all be very democratic, for real, which would be much more legitimate, and certainly not "the same", or anything like, really, the negative 1984 scenarios, or the Nazis or "Commies".

        Of course, the right will scream bloody murder about their "right" to the "freedom" to be a racist, sexist, eco-raping, murderous corporate rip off, imperialist pig, etc. etc.  

        But only the most intransigent recalcitrant elements would have to do hard time, lol.  And only those who resist militarily would have to be suppressed militarily, and destroyed.

        Oh well...few people agree with me, on all of that...LOL!  That's cool.  Whatever the nation decides to do, in a genuinely democratic manner, I'm cool with that, and will be loyal to it.  

        The fact that the largest number of youth ever, and virtually all people of color in this country have chosen to step up and vote for Obama, compells me to support that popular democratic mandate, to pursue justice and peace, to save the planet, via the Democratic Party.  

        To do otherwise seems to be...elitist, even racist in implication.

        We have to give this a chance, even if it serves only to eventually prove a need for, say, a general strike.

        I propose we emulate our comrades in Latin America, for example, who have heeded the popular democratic will, which has directed them to engage the enemy electorally, to seize the power.

        While I can't guarantee what will happen, this cycle, or next...I can smell it in the air, and I'm convinced this is a good time to do this.


        "...a printing press is worth 10,000 rifles..." Ho Chi Minh

        by Radical def on Fri Apr 23, 2010 at 05:12:57 PM PDT

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          but I'm not anticapitalism just that like the jack ass capitalism can't be trusted to work on it's own.
          Someone has to drive it and that someone is the people.

          My father worked in the Democratic party for over twenty years. So I was raised steeped in party but that party is no more. I am an FDR Democrat and I understand that FDR was motivated more out of fear than altruism. The people don't need to set the cities ablaze to get what we want it is the fear that we will set the cities ablaze.

          When FDR carried 47 out of 48 states in 1932 there wern't any moderate Democrats left in Congress the next day. Roosevelt was most often refered to as "That son of a bitch FDR!" and that was what the Democrats called him.

          FDR arranged the mortgage rescue of over a million homes over lunch. FDR grabbed the banks by the throat and rather than saying Too big to fail said, why should I let you live?

          "Those newspapers of the nation which most loudly cried dictatorship against me would have been the first to justify the beginnings of dictatorship by somebody else." FDR


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    the power represented by a few hundred million net worth when you are begging for someone to hire you at minimum wage.  Bootstraps . . . yeah, right.

    The sad part is that all that dry powder stashed in the back halls of Congress will explode, not because they finally decided to fight the good fight, but because some teabagger-Beck-fan accidentally tosses a lit cigarette in that general direction.  There will be blood, and it won't change a damn thing because nobody understands what needs to change.  

    "Rules must be binding. Violations must be punished. Words must mean something." President Obama in Prague on April 5

    by jlynne on Fri Apr 23, 2010 at 01:01:08 PM PDT

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