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I simply refuse this false equivalency, that the Republicans are somehow 'controlling the narrative,'  just as I refuse the idea that the Republicans can continue to 'blackmail' our own Democratic Presidents and our party.  Some may call it 'compromise,' but I will not.

The only result of this buying into this delusion, is that we as a party, refuse to see exactly how the two party system, has failed, and continues to gut the Middle Class, the poor, Unions of our own nation.

The new code words such as 'competitiveness,' and 'shared sacrifice,' simply proves to me once again how seamlessly the two-party Oligarchy Neo-Liberal, Neo-Con propaganda machine works hand in hand (and very successfully) to create the illusion, as America which is sliding into a Banana Republic and fully corrupt, 'has it's best days ahead of her.'


And that is exactly the kind of 'delusional,' message that I believe we are about to hear from President Obama in his SOTU address.  One of those 'fake JFK moments,' whereby for an hour or so, the blind leading the blind in our own party, and across the nation will get all teary-eyed and full of that old, 'oh yes we can fire and brimstone,' rah rah rah feeling again.  

But then of course, it will be back to business us usual, and the Middle Class and poor, the Unions will continue to be openly fleeced, as the Neo-Liberal, Neo-Con Governmental, Corporate, MIC elite, attend fund-raisers, flying around the world on their Gulf Stream Jets, having long 'serious commission type, serious people discussions,' while neither Ben Bernanke, Wall St./the Banks or the Corporations lift one single finger to help out those Americans who have paid the greatest price in the last century, to keep them all rolling in the dough, making out like the bandits and Robber Barons they are.  

President Obama will continue his fabulously successful rope-a-dope  Presidency, by doing what he does best: Remaining silent, sending up trail balloons, leaving us all guessing at to who and what he stands for, (if anything besides the fact that his best friends are all from Wall Street, and of course, he'll continue to give tons of amazingly charmingly photogenic speeches, that say all those warm fuzzy 'things' he believes he wants us to hear, while behind the scenes he will be as duplicitous as he has always been.  It will continue to be the same old, "the Republicans made me do it," routine.  

But then that is exactly what I mean, when I am talking about how this fake two party system Propaganda machine works.  

One of my favorite diaries this year was from OPOL, and one particular quote from that diary goes like this:

Change is driven by discontent.  And what do we have to be content with?  A rogue government hijacked by the biggest assholes in the world?  The climate deniers, warmongers, torturers, tax-cutting tinkle-downers in a dumbed-down fake democracy drunk on greed whose only priority in the face of unprecedented challenges to our continued existence is to despotically squeeze the last few drops of wealth from the lower 99% into the coffers of the already obscenely wealthy who refuse to do anything useful with their money? The fall of Rome wasn't this fucking ugly.

Amazing diary OPOL, and that last sentence, 'The fall of Rome wasn't this fucking ugly.' Has been rolling around in my old burned out hippy brain for months now.  

And I suppose, what makes me feel this way, is that I know the ugly brutal truth, when it hits you deep down, like an arrow in your heart, that has been broken into, because many of us Democrats were naive enough to believe, that we might have one last chance, to 'get it right again,' when Teddy Kennedy passed the torch to President Obama.  And millions and millions of young people, that next new generation of Democrats swarmed to the polls to cast their vote, to give their hearts and souls to the belief, that President Obama was that last new shining moment to uplift the Middle Class, the poor, the disenfranchised, the Unions and to get us the hell out of all the 'dumb wars.'  Our new FDR or JFK, our new LBJ, our new Bobby Kennedy, our new MLK?  Not even close. Obama is more like Ronald Regan and Bill Clinton on steroids. Oh, sure we get a few bones thrown our way, but none of this has to do with any real support for the Middle Class, the poor, the Unions, the completely destroyed housing market, or at least demanding the Banks/Wall St, meet us even one third of the way to help out the same people who bailed their asses out.

This is why I wanted to take a minute again, to repeat the great article that Matt Stoller did recently, because it speaks power to the truth:

Matt Stoller brings it all home to me, so if you care to listen up:  BTW, Matt, who I consider a great friend an mentor, gave me full permission to publish this entire article on Daily Kos:


Matt Stoller: Understanding the Strategy of the Democratic Power Class

   Yves here. I took the liberty of lifting this comment by Matt Stoller from a recent post, since it is informative in its own right and relevant to the piece today dissecting a mortgage proposal advanced by a think tank with close ties to the Administration.

   By Matt Stoller, the former Senior Policy Advisor for Rep. Alan Grayson. His Twitter feed is @matthewstoller

   Since the 1970s, Democratic elites have focused on breaking public sector unions and financializing the economy. Carter, not Reagan, started the defense build-up. Carter, not Reagan, lifted usury caps. Carter, not Reagan, first cut capital gains taxes. Clinton, not Bush, passed NAFTA. It isn’t the base of the Democratic party that did this, but then, voters in America have never had a lot of power because they are too disorganized. And there wasn’t a substantial grassroots movement to challenge this, either.

   Obama continues this trend. It isn’t that he’s not fighting, he fights like hell for what he wants. He whipped incredibly aggressively for TARP, he has passed emergency war funding (breaking a campaign promise) several times, and nearly broke the arms of feckless liberals in the process. I mean, when Bernie Sanders did the filiBernie, Obama flirted with Bernie’s potential 2012 GOP challenger. Obama just wants policies that cement the status of a aristocratic class, with crumbs for everyone else (Republican elites disagree in that they hate anyone but elites getting crumbs). And he will fight for them.

   There is simply no basis for arguing that Democratic elites are pursuing poor strategy anymore. They are achieving an enormous amount of leverage within the party. Consider the following. Despite Obama violating every core tenet of what might have been considered the Democratic Party platform, from supporting foreclosures to destroying civil liberties to torturing political dissidents to wrecking unions, Obama has no viable primary challenger. Moreover, no Senate Democratic incumbent lost a primary challenge in 2010, despite a horrible governing posture. Now THAT is a successful strategy, it minimized the losses of the Democratic elite and kept them firmly in control of the party. Thus, the political debate remains confined to what neoliberals want to talk about. It’s a good strategy, it’s just you are the one the strategy is being played on.

   A lot of people think that Obama is a bad poker player, but they miss the point. He’s not playing with his money, he’s playing with YOUR money. You are the weak hand at the table, he’s colluding with the other players.

   There are parts of the Democratic elite that don’t believe in neoliberalism, but they are a modest portion of that structure. So often what comes out of the party is garbled. Most Democrats support our reigning institutions, they believe in paying taxes, they believe in government power. Given a choice, they’ll grumble, but they are more willing to believe that this government is good than to support structural change. By contrast, the Republicans are unified in their desire for a more brutal and more plutocratic though otherwise unchanged institutional arrangement.

   This makes the GOP seem more committed, more professional and more change-oriented. This isn’t poor strategy or coordination from Democratic elites. The lack of willingness to fight on behalf of the public isn’t the same of an unwillingness to fight. It’s just their unwillingness to fight anyone but you.

That old saying, 'the sin of omission' (and I'm not saying that in a religious connotation, but in a moral connotation, and in having the courage to note this central fact):

In my heart, at least, it not what President Obama is saying in all of his wonderful speeches and rhetoric, (lord knows, he sure as hell is great at the part of being a politician), but it is fact more to me exactly:  What he is is not saying, and where he truly stands, and leading our party into has nothing to do with a clear concise agenda and vision, or plan that makes sense, with the basic tenets of his strength as a President as to what he is willing to do, what his plans are, how he intends to carry these plans out, and what legislation he is willing to back and perhaps (god forgid) have some of his own advisers present in writing, to hand over to the House and Senate, as a 'leadership vision and agenda, with substance, and direction.'

There is absolutely no reason, why President Obama could not at least take the time to call upon his own advisers to give his own party (the Senate and House) as to the following visions, ideas forward towards real answers and progress):

  1.  A real Jobs Bill putting Americans back to work, and of course, he could call a national summit inviting the Republicans and all the greatest Business members of the community in our nation in the world to follow suit.  In my opinion, this kind of a summit should last no longer than a week at the White House, with a deadline of two weeks, for a honest plan, with every single Union invited to put in their own ideas, not to mention the Bankers/Wall St. who are directly responsible for destroying our economy.  Invite the Republicans to present their own plan, but let the Democrats present their own, at least have the damned decency to put out a plan on both sides of our nation.
  1.  An honest and open answer to the complete collapse of the housing market and what little equity in what is left in our homes.  No more, bullshit: schemes to figure out how to make the MERS legal, by the lobbyists, and create yet another bail out for the Banks, and destroying centuries of basic property rights.  Thank god, 4 States, are leading this effort:  Massachusetts, Maryland, Virginia and New York.  Let the Banks clean up their own mess, and restore some kind of accountability to financial sanity.  
  1.  An honest and open answer to our own Democrats, led by President Obama, to make an honest pledge, to protect Social Security, and Medicare, and instead, to face the fact the most Americans want the Defense budgets cut, and the endless wars to stop stripping us down to the bone.  And this goes into my fourth point:
  1.  At what point, should any decent President, including most of all a Democratic President, does not own up to the fact that:  Americans have already paid the greatest price of all?  

 A.  We already bailed out the insolvent Bankers/Wall Street who were simply allowed to get away with economic terrorism, and the fact is, they are still making huge profits on the the backs of our tax dollars, with no help, and in fact, a complete disruption of any protection for the illicit Foreclosure processes.  

 B.  Whereas, the Federal Reserve has willingly given the Banks/Wall Street virtually interest free funds, the Federal Reserve, had made it clear, there will be no help whatsoever, for the States/Cities that are (going down, with the new fake Bankruptcy laws in the works, for the first time in the history of this nation) as millions of police forces will be cut to the bone. If you do not understand that his alone is a gold graved invitation to deep civil strife, and riots, not to mention, how the disabled and pensions are being gutted, then think again.

 C.  Whereas, there is no true plan, by either party to rebuild our own manufacturing base, that simply keeps many American families working two or three part time jobs, with no benefits, just to keep a roof over their heads, and whereas, although there have been made some decent strides in Health Care, what happened to the idea that the Democrats, would fight, to make it better?  Oh right, crickets, as we find the Health Insurance Companies, once again getting away with raising their rates to astronomical and outrageous rates.

 D.  Whereas, Obama (who is well on his way to understanding that the only way he is probably going to refund his new billion dollar campaign for 2012, is that he has now hired William Daley (of JP Morgan) and Gene Sperling (of Goldman Sachs) not to mention this great news:

Obama Hires Mr. "I'm a nut on China" Immelt as Jobs Chairman (*Update2) Hotlist
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Fri Jan 21, 2011 at 09:05:44 AM PST

Jeffrey Immelt is the guy who Bernie Sanders was talking about in the famous "China China China China China, five Chinas" part of his "filibuster" speech last month.  Immelt has enthusiastically described himself as "a nut on China."

President Obama just hired Immelt to chair the new Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, which is the new name for the President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board, chaired by Paul Volcker, Volcker being not exactly progressive but still one of the very few in the White House economic circle who was trusted by progressive leaning folk, IMHO, and who is now, of course, out the door.

Immelt is also the CEO and Chairman of GE, and a protoge of the Morning Joe darling, Jack Welch.  The company's stock has lost "58% of its value since he took over, while the S&P 500 fell 22%."  

   * joanneleon's diary :: ::

Is this a pattern?  Larry Summers was awarded with a top economic job in the White House after he lost billions of Harvard's money and was a person who didn't make unemployment a top priority.

Oh, and by the way, Immelt isn't quitting his job.  He will remain in his job at GE while serving.  Yes, you heard that right.  He isn't quitting his job at GE.

(BTW, thanks joanneleon....loves you to death, and your are damned right, not only it is a pattern, it is a concerted effort on his part to fund his campaign for 2012.)

Back to my original point:

The 'narrative is not being stolen from President Obama,' and that is a complete and utter delusion on all our parts (if you believe that). Just like Filibuster Reform is a delusion, just like Campaign reform is a delusion.  Silence, and no agenda, or leadership, or vision and plan is in fact an abdication of responsibility.  So, let us at least have the courage to face that singular truth at the feet of President Obama.

President Obama not only has the full value and strenght of the 'bully pulpit,' but he also has the full value of picking the most amazing public relations team (if he would, but he will not) to be on top of the 'narrative' every single day in the MSM.  Get over that delusion.

God forbid we should have the courage to face up to the fact, that the Oligrachy is working on the same team:   Cut taxes, cut government, cut the so called entitlement programs: Social Security, Medicare, any help for the States/Cities, the disabled, the poor, do not address the destruction of the housing market and the equity in our homes, do not address, how our jobs will continue to be outsourced, and our own manufacturing base being decimated, continue to support the MIC, never addressing how we are now in the longest and most needless wars of our nation, (and of course let's not pretend how Gates keeps wanting to cut the Vet's Medical Benefits or how JP Morgan are illegally foreclosing on the Military Family or how the same Insurance Companies for death benefits, are screwing the same military families).....and of course we have that ass hat Darrel Issa (used car man of the century waiting in the wings to investigate the fact (OMFG after Bush/Cheney) how the Obama Administration is the most corrupt of all....lots of investigations on the way....but remember this: Row Vs. Wade is the biggest decoy of them all.  

The only people that are stealing the narrative is the Republican controlled media, after the demise of Keith Olbermann, right before the SOTU, and the 2012 elections, that is nothing more than exactly how the Oligarchy, the Plutocrats, the Corporate Overlords, are in more in control than ever before.  This demise of Olbermann was not a coincidence people, get over that, will you?  

One of the many reasons, that I've always been so proud about being a Democrat, is that we were never, and never will be haters or low information voters.  We are smarter than most people on the web, or in the feckless MSM news.  We are smart enough to go all over the web, and take time on all the international news sites, we are smart enough to know that Julian Assange is no different from Daniel Ellsberg, or Bob Woodward and Epstein of Watergate.

Remember this story?  I do:

The My Lai Massacre (Vietnamese: thảm sát Mỹ Lai [mǐˀ lɐːj]; English pronunciation: /ˌmi:ˈleɪ, ˌmi:ˈlaɪ/  ( listen),[1] Vietnamese: [mǐˀlaːj]) was the mass murder conducted by a unit of the U.S. Army on March 16, 1968 of 347–504 unarmed citizens in South Vietnam, all of whom were civilians and a majority of whom were women, children (including babies) and elderly people.

Many of the victims were sexually abused, beaten, tortured, and some of the bodies were found mutilated.[2] The massacre took place in the hamlets of Mỹ Lai and My Khe of Sơn Mỹ village during the Vietnam War.[3][4] While 26 U.S. soldiers were initially charged with criminal offenses for their actions at My Lai, only William Calley was convicted. He served only three years of an original life sentence, spent on house arrest.

When the incident became public knowledge in 1969, it prompted widespread outrage around the world. The massacre also increased domestic opposition to the U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War. Three U.S. servicemen who made an effort to halt the massacre and protect the wounded were denounced by U.S. Congressmen, received hate mail and death threats and found mutilated animals on their doorsteps.[5] Only 30 years after the event were their efforts honored.[6]

The massacre is also known as the Sơn Mỹ Massacre (Vietnamese: thảm sát Sơn Mỹ) or sometimes as the Song My Massacre.[7] The U.S. military codeword for the hamlet was Pinkville.[8]

But the carnage keeps going on unabated, by either our parties:

On September 16, 2007, Blackwater military contractors shot and killed 17 Iraqi civilians in Nisour Square, Baghdad.[1] The fatalities occurred while a Blackwater Personal Security Detail (PSD) was escorting a convoy of US State Department vehicles en route to a meeting in western Baghdad with United States Agency for International Development officials. The shooting led to the unraveling of the North Carolina-based company, which since has replaced its management and changed its name to Xe Services.

The next day, Blackwater Worldwide's license to operate in Iraq was revoked.[2] The US State Department has said that "innocent life was lost"[3] while US military reports indicate Blackwater's guards opened fire without provocation and used excessive force.[4] The Iraqi government vowed to punish Blackwater after an Iraqi inquiry found that the guards were "not touched even by a stone" when they opened fire on the civilians.[5] The incident sparked at least five investigations, including a Federal Bureau of Investigation probe that found almost all of the shootings "were unjustified and violated deadly-force rules in effect for security contractors in Iraq."[6][7]

The Blackwater guards responsible for the shootings never received sentences for their actions having been granted immunity in exchange for testimony from the Bush administration's Justice Department.[8][9]

The reason I put up these few stories comparing Keith Olbermann, and our past history, is for perspective.  How soon we forgot about this story, and stopped asking Congress, or our own President Obama about this story:

Billions over Baghdad

Between April 2003 and June 2004, $12 billion in U.S. currency—much of it belonging to the Iraqi people—was shipped from the Federal Reserve to Baghdad, where it was dispensed by the Coalition Provisional Authority. Some of the cash went to pay for projects and keep ministries afloat, but, incredibly, at least $9 billion has gone missing, unaccounted for, in a frenzy of mismanagement and greed. Following a trail that leads from a safe in one of Saddam's palaces to a house near San Diego, to a P.O. box in the Bahamas, the authors discover just how little anyone cared about how the money was handled.
by Donald L. Barlett and James B. Steele
October 2007

Each piece of these puzzles all add up:  The MSM, and the takeover our our national airwaves, keep us all busy with inane bullshit, as does our Government and nation.

The pain and the resulting civil uprising have just begun:  

A recent article in the New York Times did a good job of summarizing the financial pain that many state governments are feeling right now.  Unfortunately, as bad as the budget shortfalls are for this year, they are projected to be even worse in 2012.... While state revenues — shrunken as a result of the recession — are finally starting to improve somewhat, federal stimulus money that had propped up state budgets is vanishing and costs are rising, all of which has left state leaders bracing for what is next. For now, states have budget gaps of $26 billion, by some estimates, and foresee shortfalls of at least $82 billion as they look to next year’s budgets.  So what is the solution? Well, for state and local politicians from coast to coast, the answer to these financial problems is to impose austerity measures.  Of course they never, ever use the term "austerity measures", but that is exactly what they are.    The following are 22 signs that austerity has already arrived in America and that it is going to be very, very painful....

#1 The financial manager of the Detroit Public Schools, Robert Bobb, has submitted a proposal to close half of all the schools in the city.  His plan envisions class sizes of up to 62 students in the remaining schools.

#2 Detroit Mayor Dave Bing wants to cut off 20 percent of the entire city from police and trash services in order to save money.

#3 Things are so tight in California that Governor Jerry Brown is requiring approximately 48,000 state workers to turn in their government-paid cell phones by June 1st.

So hold on to your wallets, because the politicians are going to be coming after them.  We are entering a time of extreme financial stress in America.  The federal government is broke.  Most of our state and local governments are broke.  Record numbers of Americans are going bankrupt.  Record numbers of Americans are being kicked out of their homes.  Record numbers of Americans are now living in poverty.  The debt-fueled prosperity of the last several decades came at a cost.  We literally mortgaged the future.  Now nothing will ever be the same again.

I hope you have the courage to read the rest of this article, all 22 points and more but then again, let us have the courage to face the facts, as to how we got here, why we got here, and who 'got paid off' for taking us here, and how they are all poised right again, to strip our bones down to the core of our beings....because that is what is what is really happening, regardless of your happy 'unicorn rainbow feather pillow Democracy' and how we keep saying the 'Republicans are stealing the narrative from President Obama.'  As my old man used to say: total unmitigated malarky.  

I just wanted to make my point.  You ain't seen nothing yet.  The Federal Reserve has not only refused their mandate, they have ignored it, and not one single member of our government is standing up for that.

Just stop calling it a partisan issue, that idea disappeared a long time ago.  And now all we have left is to just destroy one another over arguments that no longer matter. Because our nation and our government is lost inside their own insidious state of deep corruption, and the last thing they care about are the working people of this nation.

Wish it were not so...but it is.  What I find truly amazing about what is happening in our national politics is how we amazingly intelligent Democrats, who are just as deeply outraged and angry as most Americans are, are allowing our own party to be fractured, as we dare to call each other tea baggers and racists, when we all know damned well, we are not.  Stop that shit, will you please?  We are not.  I know we get trolls, here, but most of us, are just trying to figure out an honest way out of this deep morass we find ourselves in.

BTW, there is no one, more than me, wanted President Obama to step up to the plate and fight the good fight, and succeed.  But our nation simply got lost in a great global destruction, or not being fair to our citizens, our nation our own growth, and the basic accountability of the laws of this nation.  Now we are paying for that. What I fail to understand is why, we as a party, are so deeply fractured with one another. I will always believe in human compassion and understanding, and empathy, but I refuse, to let our leaders get away with leaving this great nation behind, to fall into total chaos based on their own lack of integrity and responsibility to those, that elected them, and who put them into offices where they are, all in fact, living the fucking high life.  That will not do for me.  

We do in fact, have a Democratic Platform (a sacred contract or inner party 'constitution' of sorts, that is apparently being completely ignored).  I read it twice a month, to make sure I'm still on course.

Not only do we deserve better, but I believe that most Americans are sick and tired of being pillaged, and the reason is clear:  Who is the hell do these public servants think is paying for their pilfering and high life:  We paid enough, President Obama.  You ran on raising up the Middle Class and the poor, you told us all, this was 'our moment and our time' but everything that is happening, just makes you seem like a coat hanger for the Oligarchy, and we sure as hell are tired of that shit.

One of my favorite websites I read every day is this one, and I hope you will take the time to read this wonderful article, and again reminds you of all, of what I'm talking about:  No one stole the narrative from President Obama or the Republicans, that is the ultimate lie of all time.

America Appears To Be Trapped in a Massive Cover up of Control Fraud and Corruption

The American government is acting as if it is involved in a massive coverup of a control fraud and corruption that could perhaps be the worst in its history.  I think many people who are looking at this know in their hearts that all is not well, that there is something not quite right in the current situation.  How else can we explain such massive and widespread financial fraud, with so few meaningful indictments, or even ongoing investigations with credible disclosures?  And the worst perpetrators appear to be dictating the remedies and reforms to the system for this government sponsored recovery.  Hank, Tim, and Ben alluded to the consequences of the discovery and uncontrolled disclosure of this fraud, and it frightened the Congress so badly that they immediately gave up and signed over 700 billion dollars, and many billions more, to facilitate the coverup of this under the guise of recovery and stabilization.  I would like to imagine that those in charge are attempting to prevent a panic while they put out the fires, but I see little serious remedies designed to save the public, much less than to perpetuate the firetrap.  And so the corruption continues to fester, and debilitate the nation.

More than an American scandal, this fraud reaches deep into the halls of power in Europe, some of whose national governments are already failing. What had been the Keating Five is now the Global Finance 500. People say they understand this, but they really do not understand the implications of it. They intellectualize and theorize around it, try to deal with it by smashing it down into something they can get their mind around and accept, and even turn to their short term personal advantage. But they are not dealing with it and certainly not facing up to it.  And there are many whose goal is to distract and to change the subject away from it, and a great deal of money to be made by serving their desires to turn people's attention away from the problem to find someone else to blame, some other problem to focus upon, and some new victim class to absorb the public's anger. It is an old story, often repeated in tragedy.

Thirteen Ways to Hide the Truth:  But unfortunately, confronting the truth and fixing the situation is key to any sort of sustainable recovery. And this is the trap of crony capitalism and control fraud, when it has nearly exhausted its victims, and is having difficulty finding new ones to maintain its growth and facade.  Until that time there will be a procession of scapegoats, defaults, bailouts, and property seizures, both implicit and explicit, and a growing toll of innocent victims and systemic destruction, ending finally in the collapse of the US national currency and international trade. If it had not been that the US is so large, and for the time being controls the bulk of the world's reserve currency, it is likely this would have already come to some conclusion before spreading so widely and pervasively.  But the situation remains highly unstable and threatening, despite assurances to the contrary.  William K. Black is telling us something very important, as Harry Markopolos had been trying to tell some simple but important things to the investors in Bernie Madoff's investment scheme.  The Madoff investors preferred to vilify and ignore him.  It appears that the same thing is happening to William Black.  And the final outcomes may be similar. What can one person do besides to spread the word, and demand the truth in their own place and their own way, to support those who stand and tell the truth sometimes at great cost?  Insulate and remove yourself from the fraud as best you can, and above all resist the madness, and wherever you are make it clear that you will be neither a willing victim nor a silent bystander to the intoxicant of blame and hatred, and the victimization of others, be they Gypsy, Muslim, Jew or Christian, black, white, Asian, Hispanic, disabled, old, poor, ill or weak, any other variety of outsider.

More here:


(with a great video from William K. Black).  

I've spent the past 45 years of my life, as a deep loyal Democrat, and I will not give up that spirit in my soul.  I know exactly 'how we got here, and why we got here.'  

From day one of President Obama's presidency, there has been absolutely no sense of 'fair play,' for the American people, let alone our own party.  If there had been, jeeesum crow, even a honest, decent program demanding that Wall St/Banking cartel, help the homeowners out (not the bullshit HAMP program) but instead, Cram down, was thrown out the window, HAMP funding was thrown out the window, and when the illicit foreclosure mills got caught with their pants down, the lobbyist descended upon Washington DC like locusts, to change centuries of basic property right laws so that they could protect MERS.  

One last quote, from OPOL's fantastic diary:

As for the WH, it's worse than tone deaf....they're not actually on our side.  And it's not just Obama.  No one who ever inhabits the WH is ever going to be on our side.  We the people are the opposition to the oligarchy – and they own the White House.  They act like they don't care about us because they don't.  We're just the suckers in this game...the enemy.


Oligarchies have been tyrannical throughout history, being completely reliant on public servitude to exist. Although Aristotle pioneered the use of the term as a synonym for rule by the rich, for which the exact term is plutocracy; but oligarchy is not always a rule by wealth, as oligarchs can simply be a privileged group, and do not have to be connected by bloodlines as in a monarchy. Some city-states from ancient Greece were oligarchies.


Democracy is dead in the USA.  Citizen's United v FEC finally dispensed with all pretense of democracy and enshrined the plutocratic/oligarchic frankenstein we are left with...a Wall Street Government.  The best government money can buy.

Like I said in one of my own recent diaries:  Let's clean up our own side of the street first.  

Our beloved Democratic party members are not the enemies, and 'we' are certainly not your own party enemies.  Our own solidarity, lays directly in our own original party platform, and regardless of which President we send to the White House in our own party, the idea that President Obama is having the 'narrative stole from him,' by the Rethugs, is the biggest bullshit cop out of all.

'Silence is not always golden, sometimes it is deadly and excuses the Oligarchy to make those same old back room deals' that has caused us all to simply fracture our own party principals, and who we are, and what we stand for, where we came from, and where we expect our own leaders to have the courage strength, committment and voices, to provide, direction, vision and certain 'lines in the sand,' that should, and must never be crossed is the only viable debate we should be having on this site: fuck Palin, and Beck, and Boehner, and Rush and the other total waste of time articles.  Who cares?  Those articles are not only a waste of time, but they are exactly how the Oligrachy dose their woo do woo do voodoo, decoy propaganda.  

Since when did the ideal of 'accountability,' become a code word for, 'the Republicans are stealing the narrative?'  Get a grip.  

Our nation, is now at a point of the Deepest Shock Doctrine (that never sleeps) and a point of no return for our own party.

It is pretty damn clear to me, after his last few appointments, exactly what direction President intends to go towards, and if you think it is going to be standing up for Main St., the poor, the Unions, and the final safety nets, well think again.

Thanks as always, and a special thanks to OPOL, a great, great truth teller (like so many on this site, who I deeply care about).  BTW, regardless of what you may think, I'm not a hater, I never have been, but I put my own party, and it's platform, way above anything or anybody who I support with my money and my tax dollars.  I think that is a fair debate worth having.

Ms. B.


Originally posted to Badabing on Sun Jan 23, 2011 at 06:11 PM PST.

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  •  The only light I can in all this is what happens (18+ / 0-)

    once the shit hits the fan or the toilet. At some point this whole thing is going to fall down and go >BOOM< Maybe metaphorically, maybe literally. The last time it happened we got a reboot with FDR. It might be the one and only way we as a nation can get that again. And that's a rather shitty situation in and of itself.

    I have a purpose in life, I am my cat's doorman.

    by ontheleftcoast on Sun Jan 23, 2011 at 06:17:10 PM PST

    •  Hate to break it to you, but the shit DID hit (16+ / 0-)

      the fan, and somebody flushed the toilet while we were trying to swim.

      The collapse of the banks and housing market were actually a bigger fucking deal than what happened in 1929. But this time we had no FDR in the wings, dedicated to the country as a whole. We have, apparently, few allies in Washington who are in positions of power.

      90% of the government assistance after the crash has ended up in banksters hands, while they continue to willy nilly violate laws right and left, and the courts won't even do anything about it.

      I've been rather slow coming to this conclusion, but we in the working middle class are well and truly fucked, my friend. Any melt-downs to come will be anti-climactic, at least for me in my last decade of work.

      So, don't hold your breath. Find a place in the wilderness to flee to when the NSA/Homeland Security comes looking for you because you've been a PITA to the plutocracy for too long.

      •  Don't try to out shit my shit with your shit :p (10+ / 0-)

        Yeah, it's bad. But it's still not 30's bad. It will get there, but we're not at 35% unemployment. We're not in the middle of the Dust Bowl (though with global warming that's coming as well). So we're not there. Yet. The fan has been turned on. The hand is on the lever. And there is a foul stench is in the air. But the worse is yet to come. Shit.

        I have a purpose in life, I am my cat's doorman.

        by ontheleftcoast on Sun Jan 23, 2011 at 07:20:43 PM PST

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        •  Mother Nature Has Not Yet Weighed In (3+ / 0-)

          Give us an ARkStorm, or drought, or CME or Midwest 8.0 groundshake, or any one of a dozen things that can do unexpectedly severe damage to a towering civilization that is built as high and narrow as our own.  

          I agree, we are not yet "30s", in part because of the safety nets put in place since that time.  

          But as we systematically dismantle those nets at a State and Federal level over the coming months, we may see ourselves more clearly in that Depression era mirror.

          And as the food prices rocket up along with the price of oil and other essential commodities, especially in light of recent history I am even less willing to blindly accept the assurances of the "smartest guys in the room" that everything is fine, everything is going to be fine, and there is absolutely nothing to worry about.

          As I read somewhere else - a hard rain may be coming.

          It is not Class Warfare. It is more than that; it is a war for the survival of democracy.

          by Into The Woods on Sun Jan 23, 2011 at 10:27:21 PM PST

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        •  I agree, it doesn't seem like the '30's, but I (2+ / 0-)
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          think that's only because most households were two income by the year 2000, which means that many families are ekeing by on half the income they had.

          The number of foreclosures is easily matching the number of farm foreclosures in the early 1930's, and the unemployment roles no longer tell a true picture -- they don't count those who cannot collect unemployment, so about half or less of all those unemployed are counted. I've heard estimates as high as 25% from some economists.

          Into The Woods, in the comment above refers to the safety net (or what's left of it), and there is some of that, too. Unemployment, for example, holds about 40% of the unemployed above subsistence level for a while.

          So, I think it is indeed worse than it seems, partly because the structural problems that got us here are being ignored nearly three years after the crash.

          Indeed, a closer look at the 1930's reveals a situation very similar in terms of the recovery of corporate profits, though the stock market has improved faster than it did in the '30's.

          You are right, of course -- the worse is indeed yet to come. Hopefully I have my place in the wilderness picked out, because I won't live on the street. I'll die in the woods first.

          •  There is more here than meets the eye (2+ / 0-)
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            (or perhaps the nostrils). Thanks for the well thought out response. I can't argue with you on any of your points. It's brutal and many people aren't willing to admit that it is. Just because you've got a job, or don't see the local effects of markets collapsing, or the climate changing doesn't mean they aren't. And trying to change the course of these various Titanics before they hit an iceberg is going to be difficult at best, maybe impossible.

            I have a purpose in life, I am my cat's doorman.

            by ontheleftcoast on Mon Jan 24, 2011 at 08:30:11 AM PST

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            •  Yes, it will be difficult; but that doesn't mean (0+ / 0-)

              we should stop trying. Indeed, I believe that the next generation will have to struggle and fight for their future unlike any since my father's; possibly unlike any since the panic of 1877.

              For me, it is nearly too late. But once I am forced out of work, I hope I will be physically able to join the young. They will be forced to wake up, and in Georgia there are signs they may be. But it's too early to see. There are still an awful lot that seem just to be functional nihilists, though they won't admit it.

              Of course, I'm comparing them with my own generation's revolutionary fervor in the '60's, and maybe that's not fair. But we must keep working for change, with a new party if not the sold-out democrats.

  •  "When the levee breaks...." Well put, and I (16+ / 0-)

    agree with your diary.  

    Sad to say it so....

    Hey Boehner and the Republicans: WHERE ARE THOSE JOBS YOU PROMISED????

    by LamontCranston on Sun Jan 23, 2011 at 06:18:03 PM PST

    •  I'm just as sad as you are Lamont.... (13+ / 0-)

      but I'm not ready to lay down and play dead.  I have the great stories of generations of my grandparents and parents from Ireland, who deeply believed in human rights, Unions and having lived through times like these.  I keep remembering, they didn't give up, and that's why I'm not going to.

      Best to you.....

      (did you watch the great show on HBO, I'm a huge fan of Spike Lee)

      When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts is a 2006 documentary film directed by Spike Lee about the devastation of New Orleans, Louisiana in late August and early September 2005, due to the failure of the levees during Hurricane Katrina. The film runs for 4 hours, and premiered at the New Orleans Arena on August 16, 2006. The television premiere aired in two parts on August 21 and 22, 2006 on HBO. The film was shown in its entirety on August 29, 2006, the one-year anniversary of Katrina's landfall. It has been described by an HBO executive as "one of the most important films HBO has ever made."

      The documentary was also screened at the 63rd Venice International Film Festival on August 31 and September 1, 2006. It won the Orizzonti Documentary Prize and one of two FIPRESCI awards. In addition it was shown at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival on September 15 and September 16, 2006. On July 19, 2007, it was nominated for five Emmys, and it won three on September 16.

      The title is a reference to the blues tune "When the Levee Breaks", by Kansas Joe McCoy and Memphis Minnie (later repopularized by Led Zeppelin) about the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927.

      The film's original score is by Terence Blanchard, a New Orleans-born trumpeter who also appears in the film with his mother and aunt as they return to their flooded home.

      The documentary consists largely of news footage and still photos of Katrina and its aftermath interspersed with interviews. Interviewees throughout the film include politicians, journalists, historians, engineers, and many people from various parts of New Orleans and the surrounding areas who give first hand accounts of their experiences with the levee failures and the aftermath.

      The first installment opens with a photo and film montage of historic and recent New Orleans scenes with a soundtrack of Louis Armstrong performing Louis Alter's "Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans". At the end of the last episode is a similar montage with Fats Domino's "Walking to New Orleans" on the soundtrack.

      In the style of Michael Apted's Up series (a documentary series that interviews Apted's subjects every seven years) Lee has planned to interview the interviewees in Levees at least once more.[1] In August 2010, HBO aired Lee's documentary series If God Is Willing and Da Creek Don't Rise, which chronicles how New Orleans and the Gulf Coast area have fared in the five years following Hurricane Katrina.

      It was so hard to watch that, but I spent most of my life in that part of the south, and spent 25 years as a jazz vocalist....

      Bless you love.

      Ms. B.

  •  Badabing, you have a pure heart. (19+ / 0-)

    I'm glad you're here.

    (Of course, you realize that Gov-Co is working exactly as designed, right? Just checking...)

  •  Don't doubt your heart is in the right place (3+ / 0-)
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    maybe the first place you went wrong was in quoting Matt Stoller, part of the problem himself.

    And seriously, what a piece of Debbie Downerism! There's much more to the universe than POTUS, a person who's over-covered on this blog, every day. Stoller, for that matter, always had something negative to say about Obama, and never had anything positive to articulate for progressives that wasn't cliche and enriched the likes of David Sirota and Cenk Uyger, parasites extraordinaire.

    Corporations have been enthroned and an ERA of corruption in high places will follow -- Lincoln. -9.38, -5.18

    by Nulwee on Sun Jan 23, 2011 at 06:27:54 PM PST

    •  "Debbie Downerism" (16+ / 0-)

      Doesn't make it any less true.

      You can't help to fix a problem unless you acknowledge it.

      Hensarling: "Let's repeal it today, replace it tomorrow." Wimpy: "I'll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today"

      by gooderservice on Sun Jan 23, 2011 at 06:32:14 PM PST

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    •  well Nulwee, I''ve been a great friend to Matt (8+ / 0-)

      for a long time, and we can agree to disagree on your point.

      You are calling me, a parasite, like Sirota and Cenk?

      Is that your analogy?

      Stoller, was simply pointing out a reality, that we should all understand how both parties, are in fact working together....and we should be responsible enough to understand, that we should not, at least in my book, call this all, 'caving in, or capitulation' or 'the Republicans made us do it' or compromise...

      I simply do not agree with any of those premises.

      Thank you for our contribution.

      Ms. B.

      •  No (0+ / 0-)

        Stoller was pointing out his version of reality. I like Matt.  But he is often full of over the top nonsense.  And his writings on the Fed are close to silly.

        Of course the vast majority of the center left doesn't agree with you.  Obama's popularity among liberals and Democrats are evidence that yours is a very minority in the country.

        I get it.  You think the economy is going to collapse, and that you think that Obama is a complete sell-out.  You think Democracy is over.  You think the "system" is impossible to change.

        The rest of think that the stimulus package, which contained the largest green spend in human history, made it essentailly free for someone to go to community college for two years, and  provided subsidies for unemployment insurance contained much that was good.  That it wasn't driven to serve his corporate masters, and that it help stave of economic disaster.

        The rest of us also think the exending health care to 30 million people isn't serving his corporate masters.

        In fact, we think on the merits you are very wrong.  

        The bitter truth of deep inequality has been disguised by an era of cheap imported goods and the anyone-can-make-it celebrity myth - Polly Toynbee

        by fladem on Sun Jan 23, 2011 at 09:21:38 PM PST

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    •  True (12+ / 0-)

      There's much more to the universe than POTUS, a person who's over-covered on this blog, every day.

      But as the diarist maintains it isn't just the POTUS causing this. It's the whole system. Two party voting ensures polarization and gridlock. Corporate funding drives the bulk of the political process, who do you think gets the help? There are places where sun shines. But don't fool yourself, there is a storm coming and it isn't going to be pretty. You might want to grab a rain coat and some galoshes.

      I have a purpose in life, I am my cat's doorman.

      by ontheleftcoast on Sun Jan 23, 2011 at 06:35:43 PM PST

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      •  well, thanks for noticing the heart of my diary.. (9+ / 0-)

        I wasn't just putting this all on Obama, and how many times, have I said in this diary, and in other diaries how much I wanted him to succeed?  I still do.

        I remember one Kossack saying, that she wasn't sure anymore if it mattered who the President was in our nation, but I've been watching for such a long time, and have read many articles on what is known as the Imperial Presidencies.  

        I wonder at the same time, who really has the power here?  I'm not certain any long, but still, why even bother to pretend that the Oligarchy isn't controlling the messages, and why we have a President now, that seems to favor 'crickets' and trail balloons' over a strict meaningful plan and agenda.

        That is what I'm asking.  I think that is a fair debate.  This idea that the Republicans are stealing the narrative, certainly doesn't answer my question:

        Why doesn't President Obama (who has access to perhaps the greatest minds and Public Relations team, not even to mention the Bully Pulpit) not use any of these tools at his disposal.

        That is a false argument, that dose not only relay on common sense, but also, let's our own President (how convenient) off the hook for being held responsible for real leadership.


        Ms. B.

    •  I agree in this regard: (6+ / 0-)
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      I still cannot figure out why people focus on President Obama.

      He has so very little power and must walk between the raindrops to serve his Overlords (and Ours).

      •  I focus on him because he's supposedly the leader (6+ / 0-)
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        of the free world.

        With the exception of Britnety Spears or Paris Hilton, he's got the biggest microphone there is.  Hell, everywhere he goes, he's got the media tagging along.  They ride in the plane with him, for goodness sakes.

        He's got the wherewithal, actually the opportunity to set the agenda.    

        Hensarling: "Let's repeal it today, replace it tomorrow." Wimpy: "I'll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today"

        by gooderservice on Sun Jan 23, 2011 at 06:48:54 PM PST

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      •  Same Reason We Focussed on Bush (2+ / 0-)
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        and same result - too much focus on a person, too little focus on the policies and ideologies.

        When the person leaves (like Bush) or disappoints (like Obama) it takes our footing out from under us.

        But it is only through the acts and speeches that implement such policies and ideologies that we can focus on them and bring them into the public square for discussion, so the personalization of it is almost unavoidable.  

        It is not Class Warfare. It is more than that; it is a war for the survival of democracy.

        by Into The Woods on Sun Jan 23, 2011 at 10:32:04 PM PST

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    •  I appreciate your diary, but it is somewhat (3+ / 0-)
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      disjointed and rambling. You're writing your passion, and I cannot fault you for that; and I agree with most of what you said.

      The bottom line, IMHO, is that we need to begin organizing outside the parties, as the Teabaggers did (only we don't have the Astroturf, so we have to do it oursleves.)  But I don't see much hope of that; the boomers who would do it are still working, and the students seem too conservative, scared or nihilist to care.

      •  From what I can tell it's nihilism (3+ / 0-)
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        Or simply a rejection of the political process as a means of change.  I can't imagine that Obama has helped.  People don't trust the political process, and it's hard to blame them.

        I refuse to represent my political beliefs using numbers. It isn't accurate, nor is it helpful. But I'm around a -10 on both scales.

        by AoT on Sun Jan 23, 2011 at 07:11:17 PM PST

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        •  well, thanks but I do not consider this nihilism (5+ / 0-)

          whatsoever, I consider this diary on what we like to call ourselves here:  a reality based community.

          Again: my question to you and others is this:

          Why the complete lack of true public use of the bully pulpit, who could in fact have the choices of the greatest Public Relations team at his disposal, to, on a daily basic, lead the narrative?  

          What happened to that debate?

          Thanks for your remarks, but I am actually trying to figure out why this deep vacuum, of what we are calling the Republicans taking over the narrative, has no other rational argument, as to why President Obama (who has every single disposal available to him) is not using that tool.

          I detest quitters, and nihilism.  You need to understand my argument please, as to the 'black whole' of silence, that represents to me not just a capitulation to the Oligarchy, but a capitulation, as to President's Obama's responsibilities to set an agenda, a plan of action, and on a daily basic to be willing to fight tooth and nail for the so called 'narrative' instead of continuing to use this Oligarchy excuse that:

          The Republicans made me do it......

          got the message?  Thanks.

          Ms. B.

          •  I was commenting on the view of the youth (4+ / 0-)
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            Seeing how little has been done to combat global warming certainly hasn't done any good for the faith in the political system.  There is a pretty pervasive view of the country, and the world really, as headed to a really bad place with no means of stopping it.

            I refuse to represent my political beliefs using numbers. It isn't accurate, nor is it helpful. But I'm around a -10 on both scales.

            by AoT on Sun Jan 23, 2011 at 08:04:13 PM PST

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          •  Nihilism (2+ / 0-)
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            Simply a slur used to dismiss criticism against the administration.
            •  An odd comment, in that I was agreeing with the (0+ / 0-)

              diarist in his criticism of the administration. I was commenting on what I percieve as the disaffection of the youth, which (from my many talks with them) seems to be nihilist, or at least a sense of total powerlessness before the forces of corporatism.

              Please re-read my original comment carefully; you'll see that I was quite specific in my use of the term.

          •  I've been lamenting this vacuum for decades, (1+ / 0-)
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            and my support form Obama was based on large part on his ability to use language to define the terms of the discussion.

            My support has also weakened as he's refused to use the bully pulpit to do so. I think the tax cut deal was the final straw for me.

            But the fact is, outside of Howard Dean, I really don't see any young warriors raising the flag of workers and middle class to do battle for the soul of the government. It's like everybody believes Reagan's understanding (that government is foreign, alien and incapable of being anything other than evil) of the government has the stamp of divine inerrancy on it, so no democrats dare oppose it.

            I've about given up on the democratic party, actually. I'm not a quitter, and obviously not a nihilst; I actually care quite a bit. But there is little an individual can do alone, and we can't seem to create the critical mass to pull the country back away from the far right.

  •  Superb (9+ / 0-)

    Absolutely spot on and bonus points for quoting one of my favorite diaries from one of my favorite diarists.

  •  It's become like an organism that can only (10+ / 0-)

    survive by eating itself.  And it's getting hungrier.  

    S.A.W. 2011 STOP ALL WARS "The Global War on Terror is a fabrication to justify imperialism."

    by BigAlinWashSt on Sun Jan 23, 2011 at 06:39:37 PM PST

    •  you always crack me up Big Al..... (11+ / 0-)

      I have this strange weird feeling that the day after Obama was sworn in, 'the Oligarchy' put him into the Oligarchy Orgamasmion in that Woody Allen movie 'Sleeper'...........

      LOL, and once they put Obama into that machine Candidate Obama came out all fried and had some kind of brain transfer thinkie happen to him.....(I always picture Joe Lieberman in a white lab jacket with a steathascope around his next) welcoming Obama when he comes out of the machine, and smiling and saying:

      'There you go, now you are one of us'...

      Nothing else makes sense to me.  

      Loves ya, as always Big Al.

      Ms. B.

      •  Love Sleeper and agree that there was (7+ / 0-)

        an almost instant transformation, but I'm inclined to think that it was designed by more sinister forces than even Lieberman...

        May the forces of evil become confused on the way to your house. George Carlin

        by msmacgyver on Sun Jan 23, 2011 at 07:12:18 PM PST

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        •  hysterical...I mean none of this makes sense to (6+ / 0-)


          at least we kind of sort of, maybe, understood what fucking idiots our nation were electing with the Republicans, but Obama?

          Noooooooooooooooooooo....this is X-Files, twilight Fifth Avenue shit.....



          Ms. B.

          •  Your Diary is really thought provoking (7+ / 0-)

            and you point out things I hadn't considered.

            I know that it's lonely at the top, but Obama continued to cling to his Harvard connections like a security blanket.  Summers has done more damage internally than he did with policy.

            He is an imperious and nasty piece of work who has bullied his way into top spots always leaving a big bag of screw up when he left. Same with the WH.

            I didn't idolize Obama or imagine that he would be able to turn things around, but I did hope that he would pick people who would take on the noise machine which the GOP has created over decades.  If nothing else, that should have been top priority.

            I'm concerned when I hear Obama talk about the PPACA, particularly when he claims that it gives coverage to all Americans.  Huh?

            I do think that a lot of us, including me, are in a kind of PTSD about Keith Olbermann. Lots of peripheral issues contribute to the overall conspiracy theory mind-set which is uncomfortable.

            I ramble...

            May the forces of evil become confused on the way to your house. George Carlin

            by msmacgyver on Sun Jan 23, 2011 at 07:38:38 PM PST

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            •  I don't think this is about conspiracy theories (7+ / 0-)

              at all:

              I do think that a lot of us, including me, are in a kind of PTSD about Keith Olbermann. Lots of peripheral issues contribute to the overall conspiracy theory mind-set which is uncomfortable.

              I ramble..


              I think most of it common sense.  We're not stupid, we can connect the dots, and like I said, I simply refuse to believe in 'coincidence'....

              The other night after the big bro ha ha, about Olbermann, and his Face Book Page, immediately there were the usual crowd that came on and said:

              This is a fake page created by some undisclosed person, that was not Keith Olbermann.  I linked the article to FDL, who in fact, provided facts that Keith had had a Facebook page for a long time on that site, but still.....

              When I asked these same deniers to provide me with a link to prove it was not his page, guess what I got?


              I further stated, that there would and should not be any contractual agreement, with what Keith has been going through, to not make a simple statement on Facebook saying:

              This is not my Facebook page.  That is a plain and simple statement, isn't it.

              Again:  Nada.  Keith never has denied that, and indeed, many other supporting groups have come out of that Facebook page, that are building up huge support and strength for Keith.

              Further, all this dose is prove my point.

              I is strange to me, how many people get away with calling others as being CT theorist but when they are called on to prove it, the ones that go down in flames, are the same people with basic common sense, while the ones that get away with calling other lairs, with no links, are never called upon to prove their own lies.

              Of course we are all in shock about Keith, and why shouldn't we be?  He was the top money maker for MSNBC, and right before the SOTU, and the Presidential elections of 2012, and the Comcast/NBC merger happened.....?

              give me a fucking break.  

              •  You misunderstand...I was not implying (4+ / 0-)
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                that you were endorsing, creating or contributing to CTs.

                I meant that at a time when each of us has our own little piece of the world which shares the day-to-day with what is in our immediate environment.  I live in WV and the Baggers and the influence of RW extremists, conspiracy crazies, religious nuts, and typical isolationist thinking is often hard to deal with.

                I don't defend Obama any more than is necessary if it comes up, but I do still say, "I support the President" which isn't where I want to be.

                I am saying that losing Keith at a time when so many other issues are on the table has been unsettling, at least to me.  

                May the forces of evil become confused on the way to your house. George Carlin

                by msmacgyver on Sun Jan 23, 2011 at 08:23:18 PM PST

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          •  Well, didn't Disney replace Reagan (3+ / 0-)
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            after the shooting, with an anamatronic(tm) robot? I always thought so. Maybe Obama got Stepfordized too.

      •  Bill Hicks' explanation ... (4+ / 0-)
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        Something like this - not verbatim, haven't found a clip or transcript after searching various groups of keywords.

        When a new president is sworn into office he is invited to a meeting in the smoke-filled room with the leading industrialists.  (You know the smoke-filled room.)  The guy at the end of the table with the big cigar thanks him for joining them and then asks for the screen.  And a projection screen lowers from the ceiling and the president is shown a film clip of the Kennedy assassination.  Only, it's from an angle that nobody has ever seen before, looks suspiciously like its from the grassy knoll.  So anyway, the film clip ends, the screen is raised, the lights come up, and the man with the cigar asks, "Any questions?"

        "Just what my agenda is."

        FOX News is for people who can't handle reality ...
        BTW - read The Authoritarians free here.

        by kbman on Sun Jan 23, 2011 at 08:31:24 PM PST

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  •  For once, twice, thrice, I'd like to see (12+ / 0-)

    electricians, boilermakers, waitressess, janitors, secretaries, just to name a few, sit around a huge table with the president to discuss issues, issues that pertain to the working class people sitting at the table who would represent most of the working class.

    Here's a thought:  How about the next political townhall that Obama holds, the audience should just include CEOs who are randomly called on to ask a question.  

    I'd also like to see the working class get invited to State dinners, not Chris Christie or journalists or celebrities.  (And the military, too, many, many, not just a token)

    The arrival of the guests at this last State dinner should have been its own reality show... as it's no different than any other stupid reality show.

    When Obama meets with the CoC soon, he should also spend the same amount of time with not only union leaders but actual workers.  In fact, every minute Obama spends with the business community should equal the same amount of time he spends with representatives of the working class in the same type of environment.

    Hensarling: "Let's repeal it today, replace it tomorrow." Wimpy: "I'll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today"

    by gooderservice on Sun Jan 23, 2011 at 06:45:07 PM PST

  •  For what seems like the umpteen thousandth (2+ / 0-)
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    time, I'll repeat what President-elect Obama said that glorious election night in Grant Park: "For those of you who didn't vote for me, I'll be your President too"
    Barack Obama is President of a vast nation, whose governance relies on the consent of the governed, and he's well aware that 47% of American voters did not vote for him.
    For too long we've accepted the dictatorship of 50%+1. If you thought Barack Obama would continue that relatively recent tradition you just weren't paying attention.
    Go back and listen to the 2004 DNC breakout speech again. He was always honest about who he was, and what he thought was wrong with our politics.
    If you're uncomfortable with the fact that he doesn't govern like a Republican, well, maybe Republicans are what you really like.
    But if you believe that the consent of the widest possible piece of the electorate is what America really stands for, the right guy is in the White House.

    "Pancho needs your prayers it's true, but save a few for Lefty, too. Townes van Zandt"

    by DaNang65 on Sun Jan 23, 2011 at 06:45:15 PM PST

    •  I think you missed the point. (6+ / 0-)

      I don't know if you read the whole thing, it's long and I almost didn't bother, but the point was not just an attack on Obama.  The point is that there is a systemic problem with the democratic party that isn't being addressed.  Democratic administrations have consistently undermined the working class and the poor.  It isn't that the democrats or Obama are the same as republicans, there are distinct differences between the two parties on some issues, but little light when it come to economic action.

      I refuse to represent my political beliefs using numbers. It isn't accurate, nor is it helpful. But I'm around a -10 on both scales.

      by AoT on Sun Jan 23, 2011 at 06:58:06 PM PST

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    •  if you believe, on the other hand, (3+ / 0-)
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      that the things he is doing are not what needs to be done to fix this country, and indeed might be counterproductive, then go ahead and believe that he may not be the leader we need.

      "Intolerance is something which belongs to the religions we have rejected." - J.J. Rousseau

      by James Allen on Sun Jan 23, 2011 at 06:59:21 PM PST

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    •  Many of us were (13+ / 0-)

      voting against yet another Republican holding the office of President. Obama himself campaigned stronger against George W. Bush than he did against John McCain. As he was the only viable choice we had, we cast our vote for Obama.

      Now that we've seen his continuation of many of the Bush policies and his conservative-leaning thinking, it appears that we were willing dupes to nothing more than a good politician and a great orator.

      He may be the right guy for you, but not for me.

      Of all the varieties of virtues, liberalism is the most beloved. ~ Aristotle

      by Coldblue Steele on Sun Jan 23, 2011 at 07:03:04 PM PST

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    •  The Right Guy Was Captain of Titanic (6+ / 0-)

      Reality takes precedence over public relations and politics, because mother nature cannot be fooled.

      The country needs a hundred policies both parties oppose. And the entire planet is paying the price for that.

      That is fact.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Sun Jan 23, 2011 at 08:29:53 PM PST

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    •  I love how folks keep saying (4+ / 0-)
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      he told us who he was right from the start.

      Well, maybe it's time for him to rethink who he is in order to be everyone's president, not just the rich.

      Yeah, I'm pitchfork mad like that.

      by lisastar on Sun Jan 23, 2011 at 10:29:27 PM PST

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  •  The problem behind the problem in the Dem Party (14+ / 0-)

    is exactly the CEO class, or at least primarily the CEO class, which has acted as a parasite on the very corporations that they  lead, and unsatisfied with pillaging their own companies, have decided to do the same to the nation.

    As James K/ Galbraith said in his book The Predator State, this is a predatory class, the predatory rich, and we, the people, our companies, our government, are the prey.

    "Intolerance is something which belongs to the religions we have rejected." - J.J. Rousseau

    by James Allen on Sun Jan 23, 2011 at 06:53:37 PM PST

  •  The oligarchs have a lock on everything. (11+ / 0-)

    Even if the serfs tried to fight back, something like challenging the Citizen’s United ruling, our newest Supreme Court justice (Kagan) would have to recuse herself, because she argued the case as solicitor general (which further protects the corporate oligarchy). How people could be so naïve as to think that Obama wasn’t aware of how a challenge to the Citizen’s United ruling would play out is astonishing. That’s Obama’s greatest strength, the ability to capitalize on the naiveté of his followers.
    We’re so screwed it ain’t even funny.

    •  Yeah, its starting to remind me of one of those (8+ / 0-)

      endless zombie movies....we keep waiting for a new plot, but its always the same plot, they eat us alive, chomp chomp chomp and even when we are all dead, we keep going and voting for them...

      always love your take on things have much to teach me.....

      Ms. B.

      •  I doubt that. (3+ / 0-)
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        You’re way ahead of me (especially on the banking stuff), which reminds me, the Assange release of the banking stuff (i.e. BOA etc.) felt a little stifled. Seems like we haven’t been getting the all of the dump on that (i.e. more shoes to drop). I was really hoping for more on that.

        •  There hasn't been a WikiLeaks bank release yet (3+ / 0-)
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          It was announced at the end of last year but hasn't been released yet.  And it hasn't been confirmed that it's BofA, though that is the most likely guess.

          I refuse to represent my political beliefs using numbers. It isn't accurate, nor is it helpful. But I'm around a -10 on both scales.

          by AoT on Sun Jan 23, 2011 at 08:10:46 PM PST

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        •  I'm on it Mike, but the information is huge, and (4+ / 0-)
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          has to be into a under web friendly environment.  Plus the entire world Oligarchy is coming after Assange with a vengeance.

          Wikileaks has to keep moving their websites around the world almost daily, plus I have the feeling that they don't have enough staffing and funding, to do what they need to do.  

          BOA pales into comparison of this story:


          Reuters) - The founder of whistleblower site WikiLeaks attacked Switzerland on Sunday for arresting a Swiss banker on suspicion of breaching banking secrecy instead of investigating the tax evasion he said he had uncovered.

          In an interview published in the Swiss weekly Der Sonntag, Julian Assange, whose website has angered Washington by releasing confidential U.S. diplomatic cables, said Switzerland's actions were drawing renewed international attention to its controversial banking practices.

          On Friday the Swiss prosecutor's office said former banker Rudolf Elmer would be detained over the weekend after police questioned him about breaking Swiss banking secrecy laws. A judge will decide on Monday whether to remand him for longer.

          Police took Elmer into custody on January 19 after he handed computer discs to Assange for WikiLeaks at a news conference in London earlier in the week. Elmer indicated the CDs contained details of as many as 2,000 offshore bank accounts.

          "Mr. Elmer is in prison because he has revealed a criminal offshore system of tax evasion in which Swiss banks play a leading role," Assange was quoted as saying in an interview.

          "Instead of investigating these offshore structures and going after the tax evaders, the authorities are going after Mr. Elmer," he said.

          The newspaper, quoting Assange in German, said it had received his comments via a WikiLeaks intermediary.

          In a separate case, Elmer was also convicted on January 19 of breaching banking secrecy by passing on private client data to the tax authorities and of threatening employees at his former firm Julius Baer.

          Elmer has appealed against this verdict.

          Swiss media have speculated that the data Elmer handed to WikiLeaks on Wednesday concerned Julius Baer operations in the Cayman Islands, where Elmer had headed its operations, and are therefore not covered by laws protecting Swiss banking secrecy.

          Switzerland's bank secrecy helped it build a $2 trillion wealth management industry but the laws have come under intense global attack in recent years, with neighboring Germany buying secret data from informants to track down tax evaders.

          "Elmer's arrest makes it more urgent to examine his banking data and publish them as soon as possible," Assange said.

          "Switzerland is putting itself into the spotlight with its actions," he said.

          Assange said Switzerland was not the only country involved in the offshore banking structures that were depriving tax authorities worldwide of some $22 billion.

          Assange himself is under a form of modified house arrest in England, awaiting an extradition hearing to Sweden for questioning over alleged sex offences that he denies.

          WikiLeaks has previously said it plans to release documents relating to a major U.S. bank, believed to be Bank of America.

          "WikiLeaks is my only hope to get society to know what's going on," Elmer said.

          The discs are full of details about the Swiss bank accounts belonging to more than 2,000 American, European and Asian individuals and multinational companies, Elmer has said. Among them, are some 40 politicians, as well as business leaders, celebrities, organized crime leaders and three major financial institutions. One of those banks is Bank Julius Baer, the former employer of Elmer.

          Elmer previously leaked documents to WikiLeaks in 2008. Those files contained information about his former employer's offshore operations in the Cayman Islands and prompted a U.S. judge to temporarily shut down WikiLeaks.

          "I want to let society know how this system works," Elmer said. "It's damaging society."

          Also present at the event at London's Frontline Club was John Christensen from the Tax Justice Network who estimated that $20 trillion is held offshore with the intention to evade taxes.

          "Secrecy encourages criminal activity. And bankers...promote secrecy," Christensen said.

          Notice the mention of 40 American politicians....OMFG....

          No wonder they have thrown Elmer into jail. This entire farce, is exactly what I as trying to make a point in my diary about....the Oligarchy and how they all work together, so that no one, least of us, will dare to 'ask questions.'

          Ms. B.

    •  they know the stakes of the issue. (4+ / 0-)
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      Their Justices would never recuse themselves on an issue so critical.

      "Intolerance is something which belongs to the religions we have rejected." - J.J. Rousseau

      by James Allen on Sun Jan 23, 2011 at 07:01:13 PM PST

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  •  If the Fraud Stops (5+ / 0-)

    the Financial system collapses.

    What happens if fraud and misrepresentation of risk is expunged from the U.S. financial system?

    The Power Elites of the status quo, both political and financial, are well aware of the system's total dependence on legerdemaine, misrepresentation of risk, manipulation, lies, fraud and well-oiled machines of embezzlement...
    The answer is self-evident: if law and order were imposed on America's fraud-dependent system, then "this sucker's going down." As well it should. Parasitic organized financial crime is bleeding the real economy dry as it siphons off hundreds of billions and redistributes it to the nation's Power Elites.

    Loyalty to petrified opinion never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul in this world--and never will. Mark Twain

    by whoknu on Sun Jan 23, 2011 at 06:59:50 PM PST

  •  that about sums it up. (8+ / 0-)

    cities, states, counties and the nation broke and owing.  the chickens can't even come home to roost because the chicken coop is in foreclosure.

    •  and not one finger lifted by Bernake and pals... (5+ / 0-)

      Until the housing crises is addressed, the domino's will continue to fall.  

      This is why I am keeping my eyes of the MERS WHITEWASH plan, because, this is the key to the complete capitulation of the Federal Government (and now with Tom Miller and other other 50 State US Attorney's doing a back flip) to destroy centuries of basic property laws, then that, is going to be the final end of the Shock Doctrine, along with the dismantling of Social Security, and Medicare.  And of course this will all be done under our very own...past the torch via Teddy our new AA Transformational President......

      I mean, you can't even make this shit up.  

      The horrifying thing to me, is how, our own party is being destroyed  by this, never in my life time, could I even imagine a time, when 'we' would be calling each other teabaggers and racists, when we dare to express our honest disagreements with President Obama's Wall St./Banking policies.  

      That is a a dirty down rotten shame, and I will not stand for that.

  •  Wholeheartedly recommended (5+ / 0-)

    I was doing the "bread and circuses" thing today, watching football and skipping to The Lord of the Rings marathon during commercials (Never going to be able to afford a new Audi, and not interested in hearing about the "new" Vagisil) and anyway..

    There's Aragon, wielding a sword in the cave of the damned telling the ghosts "Regain your honor. Fight for us."

    Pictured someone from the working class saying the same words to an assembled Congress.

    Not that any words could get our corrupted "representatives" to care about honor, since the concept seems to be completely foreign to them.

    Bachmann/Bolton '12 'Cause there's no such thing as too much of the crazy

    by Anthony Page aka SecondComing on Sun Jan 23, 2011 at 07:43:14 PM PST

  •  I Think a Flood Of Us Could Join Unions (5+ / 0-)

    There was a fascinating but tiny thread last night in a diary when user Whoknu brought up the idea of throwing in with unions with some kind of associate membership. S/he later found an AFL-CIO affiliate all set up for it.

    I scanned a number of union pages and they didn't seem to be set up for regular people to join out of the blue, but I think if they started getting requests they might find a way to make room.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Sun Jan 23, 2011 at 08:26:23 PM PST

    •  I'm with you Goose on this ideal. It is time for (0+ / 0-)

      the Unions, to at least have the courage to stand up to President Obama, with a honest ultimatum:

      Start showing some honest leadership to rebuild our manufacturing base, or we will form our own party, tooth and nail.

      Except for a few good speeches by Trumka, and a Wall St: 'pretty pitiful show up in numbers by the AFL-CIO' on the march last spring:

      You Broke It, You Fix It Wall Street march, I cannot fathom, why we have not had a national labor union strike.....why hasn't that occurred?

      Maybe when gas goes to 5 bucks a gallon?  When was the last time there was a trucking industry stop movement on all the national highways, when they refused to deliver goods, or load the docks?

      If Trumka, is just going to sit around and wait until a few weeks before Obama get's elected again, to do something meaningful, that ain't gonna work.

      Thanks for your comment.  I'm totally Union all the way.

      Ms. B.

  •  How about an unemployed people's (3+ / 0-)
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    union? Get volunteers to pay each unemployed persons dues, sponsor them. Call it the Create More Jobs in America Worker's Union. Lobby Congress and help people find jobs.

  •  it seems that most people (3+ / 0-)
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    here have a handle on what's going on. There seems to be disagreement on the why. My observation is that the majority of people are working and aren't thinking about any of this. If you have health insurance through your job you're probably making all your payments with maybe a little left over for toys. If you watch the news or read at all you might have a little fear that it could go away. You might know if you lose your job how truly fucked you are, but why worry about something that hasn't happened? Maybe people who are underwater on their mortgages are very good at hiding their fear. I suppose if you don't have to move and you're still able to pay the mortgage why does it matter? While at work they are either gossiping or talking about the latest tv shows or celebrities as talking politics just leads to arguments.

    Meanwhile we who know we are screwed and know plenty of people who are screwed or care about how screwed everyone is, appear to be loonies to the folks I imagine above.

    I do appreciate your diaries Ms.B. You speak of things that I wouldn't hear about from the people I know. Mostly people say all politicians are liars and crooks, and of course the rules and laws don't apply to the rich. I study this stuff and read yours and others diaries as simple cynicism isn't very thought provoking.

    ps. it took me over half an hour to write this comment so I really! appreciate your work.

    music- the universal language

    by daveygodigaditch on Sun Jan 23, 2011 at 08:40:32 PM PST

    •  you are so kind davey, and I appreciate (2+ / 0-)
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      your comment and feed back.  There are so many amazing and wonderful writers on this site, and I learn a great deal from many of them, mostly the most discerning thinkers, who have the courage to think for themselves, but then I always felt that this was the 'heart of not just our party, but our own civil duty to be willing to apply our own beliefs to how' the political body plays out in our own lives.

      Being critical, but with true perspective is the key.  Regardless of what anyone says, we are a nation of laws and not of men, and once that is thrown out (and I don't give a shit who the President is and what party he belongs to that does it), then guess what?

      Everything else falls apart.  Our nation has always had certain levels of corruption, but unfortunately after the past 30 years, and esp. after Bush/Cheney et., al, our nation has now reached a critical mass of corruption on all sides.  There is a thousand reasons this has happened, but the powers that be, have entrenched themselves so deeply, that the Oligarchy controls 90 percent of the nation's wealth, and those in power, 'have figured out exactly how to detract us with issues that have absolutely nothing to do with solving how the Middle Class, poor and Unions, and our safety nets, are being destroyed.'

      At a time when our nation desperately needed true Democratic leadership, to quell our fears, to inspire us again, to regain our confidence with a real jobs program, to find a fair just system to help homeowners, we lost all that.  It simply did not come from President Obama, nor our own Senators or Congressmen.

      Now we find ourselves at a new precipice, on how to reply upon our own original party platform, and if need be, do whatever it takes, to regain, what our own grandparents and parents did before us: Demand a decent wage, a real Democratic party that holds true to its own standards and ours, and regains the rules of law, to protect homeowners and our jobs.

      That is why we vote for them, that is why we give them our support and money and time.  I appreciate your comment so much.

      Ms. B.


  •  where are the heroes when you really need one? (2+ / 0-)
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    And please no one say --we are the ones we have been waiting for.

    I do fear for our future unless we some how change the course we are presently on.

    Change you can believe in? I'd say that is with a small 'c', but that would be a bit of an understatement.

    by GeeBee on Sun Jan 23, 2011 at 08:40:58 PM PST

    •  it sounds so hackneyed now, doesn't it? (2+ / 0-)
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      Badabing, GeeBee

      --we are the ones we have been waiting for.

      Yeah, I'm pitchfork mad like that.

      by lisastar on Sun Jan 23, 2011 at 10:24:35 PM PST

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    •  "We" Still Are The Ones We've Been Waiting For (3+ / 0-)
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      Not "He", not "They", but "We".

      Trouble is, 'we' are still 'waiting'.  

      I for one thought He might be the one to help convince us of that singluarly powerful truth that 'we' must be the leaders of our own movement, 'we' must be the shapers of our own future and 'we' must be the saviors of our own democracy.

      He made serious noises like that was the case during his campaign, but since then, he has left that on the cutting room floor.

      A transformational Obama campaign turned into a traditional Obama administration - and that more than anything is what has led to the frustration and the emotionally raw response to his administration.

      Neither tone nor words that call us to high ideals will make his administration transformational.  

      In this day and time, what is needed is to lead the people back into control of their own democracy.  And on that score, Obama had great potential but has failed to even really try.

      That fundamental failure to carry through on his promise (that he made or that he carried) colors everything else he does, casting it in darker light and making everything seem more shallow because without fundamental transforamation of the system each gain may be nothing more than temporary until someone else sits in his chair or controls the House and Senate and each loss seems to be just one more step down that old road.

      The only thing that can ultimately change that direction and the only hope to overcome what the diarist has painted as our future, is that 'we' come to fully understand those truths and 'we' start to act on that knowledge that is still true and still holds the ultimate power whether it be stated here or Tunisia or Iran or China, or Burma.

      We Are The Ones We Have Been Waiting For.

      It is not Class Warfare. It is more than that; it is a war for the survival of democracy.

      by Into The Woods on Sun Jan 23, 2011 at 10:57:20 PM PST

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  •  it's this kind of crap (2+ / 0-)
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    Badabing, Dude1701

    that IMO makes us look like fools:

    Harry and Mitch are such good buddies even if they are on opposite sides and work SO hard to make sure things go smoothly in the Senate.  How about making sure you do what's best for the American people, fools?

    It's all a part of the game.  Their game that gives them the lifestyle, the perks, the healthcare and retirement, the power - and leaves us with next to nothing.

    Yeah, I'm pitchfork mad like that.

    by lisastar on Sun Jan 23, 2011 at 10:19:53 PM PST

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