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Who are these "humanoid" ALIENS that have invaded our country?  What is it they want of America - of its citizens? Who is in danger from them? How have they "invaded" us?  How is this possible? Is anyone safe?

Just some of the questions that must be asked and answered in 2012. Since the mid 80's they've been here, living amongst us as neighbors, workers, employers and most importantly serving as our lawmakers.  Today as I look back upon the past four decades I am reminded of a cult-like TV series that came along years ago (actually at the same time our real "aliens" began their activities here in the US) and was made into a full length film and recently resurrected, remade and had some success.  I am referring to the series "V" (Visitors)...
Visitors with insignia

"A race of aliens arrive on Earth in a fleet of 50 huge, saucer-shaped motherships, which hover over major cities across the world. They reveal themselves on the roof of the United Nations building in New York City, appearing human but requiring special glasses to protect their eyes and having a distinctive resonance to their voices. Referred to as the Visitors, they reach out in friendship, ostensibly seeking the help of humans to obtain chemicals and minerals needed to aid their ailing world. In return, the Visitors promise to share their advanced technology with humanity. The governments of Earth accept the arrangement, and the Visitors, commanded by their leader John and his deputy Diana, begin to gain considerable influence with human authorities."

In the V series I find a deeply disturbing familiarity with what has really been happening here on the third rock from the sun.  In the fictional TV production, the aliens all had smiles on their faces, spoke like humans and promised to cure our assorted diseases and provide us with a wealth of their technologies to make our lives better, easier and enrich us as a society and peoples of all nations.  They bought off the media and used them to publish articles favorable to them and their agenda and ultimately put the citizens at ease with the aliens.

In reality these were invaders who used disinformation, propaganda, slick advertising and willing human collaborators to enable them to prevail in a diabolical agenda.  They appealed to legislative bodies to get laws written and implemented that would make their victory easier and ensure success.  They used citizens as workers for their needs, paying handsomely - or not - and scientist began to fall out of favor with society due to the work of the alien Visitors and their control of the media:

""Strange events begin to occur and scientists become objects of increasing media hostility. They experience government restrictions on their activities and movements. Others, particularly those keen on examining the Visitors more closely, begin to disappear or are discredited. Noted scientists confess to subversive activities; some of them exhibit other unusual behaviors, such as suddenly demonstrating an opposite hand preference to the one they were known to have.

"Scientists around the world continue to be persecuted, both to discredit them (as the part of the human population most likely to discover the Visitors' secrets) and to distract the rest of the population with a scapegoat to whom they could attribute their fears."

The general public was unaware of the actual purpose of the "visit" from these alien life forms and were encouraged to just go about their day to day lives and pay little attention to the presence of these "friendly" Galactic neighbors.  These lizard like reptilians (as many would later say) "had their shit together" as they went about destroying our very world - while living among us.  Many average citizens simply disappeared (early form of rendition, perhaps?)

A "Resistance" was formed by those who realized the dangers to earth from these alien invaders and most of the story revolves around this small group who spends the entire length of the series trying to convince citizens of the true intent of the aliens and the dangers they posed to society and the very planet.  They fight, infiltrate and join up with alien "Fifth Columnists" to try and stop both the aliens and their human collaborators.

In reality we have been facing the same attacks by "ALIENS" living among us over the past 40 years.  Oh, they didn't come from some far off planet or galaxy - they come from down the street, more likely from "across the tracks" and seem to be just like us; same features, characteristics, same six senses and they live and breathe the same air as the rest of us...but they are in fact truly Aliens.  Their beliefs, actions and intentions are alien to us both as Americans and as a humanity.  They have an agenda, they are corrupting both our politics and our government in pursuit of dominion over us and our governments - state and federal.  They have a "plan" written out and followed religiously by they and their collaborators...

These ALIENS are legally here.  They are citizens of the U.S. but as I said their beliefs and activities are anything but American.  Their desire is to create their own world out of what is left of ours.  They have worked diligently and quietly in secretive ways behind closed doors to change the landscape of our planet, our democracy and our politics...and today they have spread their filth from our shores to several other countries as they attempt to expand their dominionism to citizens of the world...

The first question of who these "ALIEN" beings are is easy:

"American Legislators Intentionally Enslaving a Nation"

Better known as -  

The similarities between the ALEC cabal and the Visitors are difficult to ignore. The actions of both of these "aliens" -€“ fictional and nonfictional -€“ work to advance a hidden agenda through; control of the media, control over our planet's resources, enactment of laws benefiting them and their agenda, discrediting science, eliminating resistance, controlling government oversight, causing the disappearance of those who protest or resist and using the agencies and departments of our government to facilitate their agendas and control the masses through false assurances of "all is well".

What is it they want from America and us?  Dominion. They seek control and ownership of our government, the wealth of the people of the middle class, cheap labor to work in their factories, make their products, less taxes so they can enjoy the vast wealth they've stolen from the middle and lower classes.  Above all they see themselves as the privileged few destined to govern all of humanity, as their expansions into many foreign countries indicate.

V- Friendship is international

If we look at the videos of just the past ALEC Protest in Phoenix in Nov-Dec 2011 we can readily see an apt comparison to the movie version of the protests against the Visitors - where citizens were controlled by earthly law enforcement officials upon the orders of the aliens.  In Phoenix it was identical; lawmakers, corporate CEO's and representatives meeting behind closed and secure doors to develop new strategies to advance their agenda, while protesters and those opposing that agenda were contained and confronted by ALEC-paid law enforcement personnel using arrest powers, chemical sprays and the like to keep protesters out and the "elite" ALIENs safe and able to pursue their agenda:

Our ALEC ALIENs are working to change the landscape of democracy - entirely.  They are determined to oppress workers, union members, teachers and every U.S. citizen through legislation that is written by the corporations and disseminated to become the law of the land in each state and at the federal level.  They have formed "think tanks" that provide false information on our environment, climate change, how coal is "clean" energy, they have developed programs to indoctrinate our state and federal judges, prosecutors and religious leaders.  They have repeatedly accused our best and most renowned scientists as being incorrect on the issues of global warming and other environmental issues.  They also accuse our best economists of being incorrect, insisting that trickle-down-economics works and provide faux reports to support this propaganda.

This agenda and the combined efforts of the cabal are led by Charles and David Koch.  Their fingerprints are found upon Heritage Foundation, Reason Foundation, George Mason University, CATO Institute, ALEC and initiatives impacting upon oil, gas production and drilling, global warming and environmental laws.  This answers the question of who is running this organized cabal.

Collectively the cabal now own or control more than 80% of our MSM through positions on media outlet boards, internship programs, acquisition of all media genre by a handful of sympathetic conservative billionaires and their corporations and holding companies.  Through this media control they are able to see to it that readers and viewers are provided what "they" want us to see.  They have created laws to allow them the "use" of police, FBI, Homeland Security and armed private security to control us - as seen is Phoenix, New Orleans and without doubt will be used in their upcoming meetings in Charlotte, NC and Salt Lake City, UT.

Many of us have formed a "Resistance" to ALEC and the Koch led cabal.  We have been out in public, attending meetings, writing, blogging and making every effort to awaken a sleepy nation of voters to what is going on around them.  We have worked to expose ALEC and the members of their cabal, given radio and TV interviews about ALEC, published the secretive documents they have created that they are using to further enable their agenda.  We have traveled from state to state to organize and set-up demonstrations and protests against ALEC and the Cabal at every one of their meetings in 2011 and are planning to do the same in 2012...yet not many are really aware of the existence, activities and dangers posed to us, our country and government by ALEC.

The MSM -as stated previously - is owned, lock, stock and barrel by the cabal through companies owned by the likes of Bloomberg, Fox, Ailes, Murdock, Gannett, Hearst, etc.  Even the huge outpouring of citizen protests through the Occupy movement gets little press now - and before the violence by the authorities in NYC and mass arrests there, got no coverage by the MSM at all.  This is how they are keeping the bulk of us unaware as to their activities and agenda.

Everything - except for the killing and eating of humans - that happened in "V" is similarly happening to us here in the U.S. today: control of the media, use of the government, control of the police, legislators and houses of Congress.  Influence upon the Supreme Court from within (Roberts, Alito, Scalia, and Thomas).  They control our banks, financial markets and investment houses and are pushing legislation to remove regulations that control the use of poisons and restrict contaminants. Laws to allow them access to and consumption of vital natural resources have been implemented, along with laws to allow them to exploit animals of any species while restricting our ability to protest without being arrested under the Animal Enterprise Terrorist Act (look for NDAA to be used similarly to control other activism such as Occupy) as they have managed to push through recent legislation allowing for indefinite detention of Americans without a court hearing, defense counsel or even formal charges - and we all know it is only a matter of time or change of Administration until that law will be used to arrest and confine protesters and activists such as those of us actively protesting ALEC and the cabal.

I chose the fictional "V" as an apt comparison to what we are faced with as it does represent  similar, real, non-fictional attacks upon us and our very way of life .  I chose this venue as well because the ALEC co-founder, Paul Weyrich and his disciple, Eric Heubeck place great emphasis upon the use of the large screen and TV as a way of "capturing the imagination of the people".  This is described in detail in the "Plan" I linked to in the intro:

"We must place a high value on art, because the most important thing any movement can do is capture the imagination of the people. One must give them dreams and ideals that have been put in terms they can understand, and that touch their hearts, as opposed to their rational minds. If we cannot capture the imaginations of our members, then we cannot expect our members to make great sacrifices for us. There must be a common repository of books and movies that everyone in our movement is familiar with and inspired by, so anyone can quote a line that will be recognized by everyone else. Young people already do this, only with the wrong movies, songs, and other products of popular culture.

"We have the example of schoolboys studying Homer in Ancient Greece. No Greek would be considered properly educated without an intimate familiarity with Homer. This taught Greeks what their ideals should be, how they should act, and gave them a common base of reference which united them as members of a society. The films Braveheart and Gladiator are possible examples from current popular culture that could serve a similar, but clearly more limited function.

"There is no medium more conducive to propagandistic purposes than the moving image, and our movement must learn to make use of this medium. A skillfully produced motion picture or television documentary has tremendous persuasive power. It has the power to bypass not only the old prejudices that have been assiduously cultivated by the Left over the past few decades, but also the innate skepticism of the viewer, the resistance to new ideas. Rational arguments simply do not have this power, and all arguments made in print tend to appeal to the rational, critical faculties of the mind to a greater or lesser degree.

"The visual image allows us to illustrate our beliefs and arguments to our members and others in highly compelling terms--we will be able to show all the examples of cultural decadence, irrationality and disingenuousness in public debate, combined with our commentary, selectively edited and arranged for maximum impact. It avoids the vagueness and generalizations that tend to characterize many conservative arguments. It also allows us to show what we think is right about our current culture--examples from movies or television that we as cultural conservatives support and are excited by. The large amount of capital needed for involvement in this medium is hard to come by, and those with the most creativity and skills in this area are by and large not cultural conservatives--but these hurdles must be overcome sooner or later.

I use this "propagandistic image" they suggest as a medium against them. I believe doing it in this manner is not only appropriate but fitting.

Today they see a culmination of all their efforts on the horizon as they implement voter ID legislation, right to work laws, ending collective bargaining, privatizing education and the repeal of healthcare in those states where they hold majorities.  They are hurriedly attempting to implement laws (and make it nearly impossible to repeal them should a Democratic majority replace them) favorable to the corporations while they have majorities in many of our states and the U.S. House.  This is a genuine struggle of survival for unions, workers and American freedoms.  If these conservatives prevail, it doesn't take much imagination to envision what the future will hold for all of us. They stand a chance of actually prevailing unless more and more of us learn about them and their agenda and fight them tooth and nail.

Myself, VLTP, Center for Media and Democracy, PFAW, Common Cause and all of our members belong to the anti-ALEC Resistance today. Together, we are all working towards abolishing ALEC and the Koch funded cabal and denying them dominion over us, our government and our nation. Since this resistance was formed over a year ago hundreds of articles, blogs, documentaries and videos have been published about ALEC and their conservative agenda and activities...yet the MSM has steadfastly refused to publish one story, article, video or documentary about ALEC and their tremendous influence at all levels of our government.  Hundreds have turned out to protest at ALEC events with arrests, pepper spraying and injuries...and no "film at 11:00" so my assertion that the MSM is in "their" pocket is genuine and must be correct.  How else could all this happen in a nation and be considered not "newsworthy" or go unnoticed by the media?

There is more yet to do by all of us - beginning with denying them any further involvement with our Congress, state assemblies and the laws that emanate from them.  We have identified a majority of ALEC's corporate and more importantly, Legislative members.  Their names can be found at  They must be voted from office.  ALEC's alumni in Congress have to face similar replacements.  There are currently 100 of them and their names found here:  They have to go as they represent the worst threat to our democracy, are most dependent upon the corporate cash flowing into Congress and vote on behalf of their masters to keep themselves in positions of continuing power and wealth.

I have tried everything within my limited abilities to make all Americans aware of ALEC and the threat they represent to us as a people and a nation.  Others are working equally as hard but it takes all of us to defeat this cabal and return our nation to one of middle class prosperity and a true democracy rather than heading for a total corporatocracy as ALEC and the cabal desire.  Help spread the word and increase the size of our important Resistance movement....our very future depends upon your participation.

Originally posted to Bob Sloan on Tue Jan 17, 2012 at 02:59 PM PST.

Also republished by American Legislative Transparency Project, Earthship Koch, and Community Spotlight.


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  •  Sounds like it's time to break out the sunglasses (8+ / 0-)

    Find me a pack of bubblegum...

    Funny how they don't seem to make movies or tv shows like that anymore, eh?

    One of these days, I'm gonna learn that I'm only really good at convincing people when I'm being a wiseass.

    by detroitmechworks on Tue Jan 17, 2012 at 03:17:41 PM PST

    •  If we told you, we'd have to kill you, heh... (9+ / 0-)
      Forget This anim

      Democracy is the most fundamental revolutionary principle.

      by Radical def on Tue Jan 17, 2012 at 03:42:26 PM PST

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      •  Names! We want names! (16+ / 0-)

        So, here are some names.

        See List of American and European Masters

        You will find that, 80 years ago, in response to FDRs safety nets and unions gains, Abraham Vereide (founder of The Family), Fred Koch (a Vereide associate and one of the John Birch Society founders), many Politicians, Oil Men in particular, Pastors, and Industrial Leaders, began working quietly to end any/all Unions and Social Safety nets and to privatize utilities and government services.

        This is a worldwide network so vast it's mindboggling.  Who are some of these people? How are they globally organized?  Read these eye popping lists.  The Technocrats:

        80 Years of Planning: The Kochs + The Family + Birchers = Tea Party (Updated Jan 6, 2011)

        Damn Democracy Usurpers.

        Great work, Bob.

        ALEC didn't officially get rolling until the 1970s with the Nixon/Cheney/Rumsfeld/Rove/Etc Cabal

        Corporate America's Trojan Horse in the States  The Untold Story Behind the American Legislative Exchange Council

        Chapter Six -- A Brief History: ALEC's Formation, Growth, and Transformation

        The 1970s A Right-Wing Organization Takes Flight

        The American Legislative Exchange Council was originally the brainchild of conservative activist and culture warrior Paul Weyrich, a onetime journalist who later coined the term Moral Majority for evangelist Jerry Falwell.

        One member of the New Right, Republican Strategist Paul Wayrich, founded the Heritage Foundation in 1973 -- a think tank to promote the ideas of the New Right.

        Way or Wey Rich?  Really!  You can't make this crap up.

        Like Bernie Madoff who made off with everyones money.

        Irony never sleeps.

        It's difficult to be happy knowing so many suffer. We must unite.

        by War on Error on Tue Jan 17, 2012 at 08:12:50 PM PST

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        •  The main problem with the Democrats... (10+ / 0-)

 the extent to which they are subject to such huge pressure from these Right wing pigs to coerce, co-opt and, yes, corrupt the entire process of government.

          The right must be purged and suppressed, to the greatest extent possible, democratically, electorally, legislatively and Even give the Dems some breathing room, to begin to implement a more viable democracy.

          Bring the Better Democrats!

          All Out for November!

          Democracy is the most fundamental revolutionary principle.

          by Radical def on Tue Jan 17, 2012 at 08:50:41 PM PST

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          •  Exactly right! Everyone must turn out and vote (6+ / 0-)

            in every election with their heads and not hearts if democracy as we understand and love it is to continue to exist.

            "Inmates should be reformed - not recycled"

            by Bob Sloan on Tue Jan 17, 2012 at 10:22:57 PM PST

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          •  and in the press, the pulpits, the classrooms, and (6+ / 0-)

            ... in the streets, with massive nonviolent protests including peaceful sit-ins, clever disruption tactics, occupations and mic checks, gray ops and political theatre, and every other nonviolent tactic that can expose baddies, promote the progressive agenda, change opinions, shift consumer behaviors, turn out voters in large numbers, and get results.  

            "Minus two votes for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

            by G2geek on Tue Jan 17, 2012 at 11:58:02 PM PST

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            •  Yeah, all that is well and good... (2+ / 0-)
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              ...if done in a principled manner, keeping the focus on the real enemy, the Right, and calling for an electoral uprising, explicitly to punish the Republicans (and Blue Dogs) for blocking, delaying and sabotaging all progress.

              But ultimately, the "direct action" that will get the goods is:


              ...turn out voters in large numbers, and get results.  

              We don't "need" moar futile gestures of symbolic protest and defiance, we need material results, in terms of seizing the power, democratically, electorally, for real this time.

              Democracy is the most fundamental revolutionary principle.

              by Radical def on Wed Jan 18, 2012 at 01:12:39 PM PST

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              •  I agree it has to be an uprising across the nation (2+ / 0-)
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                to have the effect necessary to change the course they are taking us in.

                "Inmates should be reformed - not recycled"

                by Bob Sloan on Wed Jan 18, 2012 at 01:15:31 PM PST

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                •  Why do you seem to qualify that? (1+ / 0-)
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                  Any "uprising" calling for electoral boycott or splitting will prove counter-productive, in terms of material results, in that it will serve only to hand moar power to the Right.

                  Unless the uprising is electoral, to purge and suppress the right, the supposed "revolutionaries" will be blowing it out their collective ass.

                  Democracy is the most fundamental revolutionary principle.

                  by Radical def on Wed Jan 18, 2012 at 01:50:44 PM PST

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                  •  The GOP had an "Electoral uprising" in the (3+ / 0-)
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                    2010 election cycle that saw many Dem's replaced by Republicans.  They did it through getting the word out to those on the right and to the Independents - never mind their claims were more propaganda than fact - and while the GOP voters turned out, too many Dems stayed home.

                    This election it is of utmost importance for all voters on the left to realize what is at stake, where this agenda is taking us - and more importantly WHO is driving it.  With 100 alumni in Congress and 2,000 current lawmaker members in the states an uprising by Dems is what is needed to turn the tide.

                    "Inmates should be reformed - not recycled"

                    by Bob Sloan on Wed Jan 18, 2012 at 01:56:08 PM PST

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              •  protests aren't "well & good", but essential at (2+ / 0-)
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                this stage...with voting now falling to the level of "well & good" only if preceeded & followed by protests. Voting may be essential, but it is no longer sufficient to replace the V policies we have. Too many Ds vote the V party line & ensure ALEC continues on its path to immutable dominance.

                First, take it to the streets. Second, vote. Third, go back to the streets. That's the only way to get "better" Ds who less resemble Vs.

                Atlatl Cauac...Jatz'om K'uh.

                by catilinus on Wed Jan 18, 2012 at 01:49:11 PM PST

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                •  As long as primary focus is mobilizing electorate (3+ / 0-)
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                  to vote (for better Democrats) rather than sowing cynical defeatism, demoralization, electoral boycott and splitting sentiments, I have no problem with protests and demonstrations...

                  As stated elsewhere here, the main problem with Democrats is the very substantial pressure emanating from the Right, to coerce, co-opt, and yes, corrupt them.

                  The Republicans (and Blue Dogs) must be crushed, to have Any hope for a change, for justice and peace, to save the planet.

                  But yes, it must be ongoing, from now on.

                  Democracy is the most fundamental revolutionary principle.

                  by Radical def on Wed Jan 18, 2012 at 02:00:20 PM PST

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                  •  the main problem with democrats (1+ / 0-)
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                    is that they have to be deaf, dumb, blind, and stupid to not know about ALEC and the Cabal.  Are they that corrupted by the money that they get from, among other things, inside trading based on the information presented in Congressional hearings and inquiries?

                    Where is the largest source of money and corruption in Congress and in state legislatures--ALEC and the Koch Cabal and their supporters.

                    To not inform the public about ALEC and their model legislation and their money and corruption is tacit approval of what they are doing.  Democrats--up to and including President Obama--WTF are you doing staying silent on this subject?

                    •  I'm not informed on ALEC, except... (1+ / 0-)
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             the extent that it seem to be widely and strongly opposed, even vote wise in the House and/or Senate?...and seems by no means a done deal?

                      I just became aware of it, and checked some links, but Still not clear wtf it is about.


                      We seem to be making some headway on this one...

                      Not so much of a policy wonk, on all the gory details of the atrocities that the dictatorship of Right wing reactionary conservative and fundamentalist majorities in the House and Senate, and their Chamber of Commerce sponsors, are weaseling to impose on us.

                      As long as the Chamber has sufficient votes to block, delay and sabotage all progress, the whole world is screwed, more or less.

                      The right must be purged, and suppressed...coerced, if you will...democratically, electorally, legislatively and judicially.

                      Of course, they wiil scream bloody murder, about their "right" to be a murderous racist, sexist, eco-raping, monopoly corporate fascist pig imperialist warmonger...

                      How politically incorrect!


                      Death to Fascism, and All forms of Elitism!

                      Democracy Now!

                      But presently, the RW pigs have Obama hostage, with a gun to his head, over every single policy, appointment, legislation and even word out of his mouth.

                      These conditions are not conducive to optimal results.

                      To blame Obama and "teh Dems" for everything the Right is imposing on us is...irrational.

                      The only way to call his bluff, if that's what it is, about "make me", is to give him the material back up, or the jack up that he needs, in the House and Senate, and down the ladders of power.

                      Then we can kick right wing ass all up and down both sides of the aisle, and we'll find out what the Prez is really made of.  Until then, not so much, or worse.

                      Bring the Better Democrats!

                      All Out for November!

                      Democracy is the most fundamental revolutionary principle.

                      by Radical def on Wed Jan 18, 2012 at 02:57:04 PM PST

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                  •  It is not a question of "mobilizing electorate to (0+ / 0-)

                    to vote (for better Democrats). It is a question of people now mobilizing because the "better" Democrats we've voted for over & over again have given in to the very pressures they swear during campaign season they won't give in to.

                    The pressure elected Dems face once elected emanates from money & no longer from the ballot box. So while voting is essential in a Democracy, it isn't nearly enough in our system.

                    "Cynical defeatism" is retreating from that reality into the false comfort of outdated beliefs about the integrity of our elected officials once they are elected.

                    The country has moved past that Disney-like every poll shows. Reality has forced us to do that.

                    Atlatl Cauac...Jatz'om K'uh.

                    by catilinus on Wed Jan 18, 2012 at 04:53:02 PM PST

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                  •  yes and yes and yes some more. (1+ / 0-)
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                    The last thing on my list, the thing that the rest of it sums up to, is getting votes and thereby getting results.

                    The point of all the street tactics is to mobilize public opinion around issues that we will then push in elections, and follow up after elections by pushing those we elect to deal with those issues.

                    Hand-in-hand.  Not either/or.  And/both.

                    And BTW, I thoroughly despise the NOTV (Neg-Out The Vote) crowd, with their "shit on Obama / don't vote" campaign.  Per my sig, which should remain up all the way through November.   They are not Occupy, and Occupy is not them.  In fact a lot of them are Republican spies, trolls, sleepers, and shills, and a lot more of them are the "useful idiots" that the former count on to spread their emotional virus.  

                    "Minus two votes for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

                    by G2geek on Thu Jan 19, 2012 at 02:42:48 AM PST

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            •  You are so right - and many of us have been doing (0+ / 0-)

              just that!  Thanks for stopping in and commenting on this.

              "Inmates should be reformed - not recycled"

              by Bob Sloan on Wed Jan 18, 2012 at 01:14:03 PM PST

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          •  What democrats haven't realized is that (11+ / 0-)

            the opposite of democracy isn't tyranny or autocracy; it's hierarchy.
            Hierarchy is the objective of people who cannot do anything for themselves and need a strategy to persuade others to work for them.  All they can promise is that at some point those who obey and follow their directives will reach the apex of the hierarchy themselves.  This is an empty promise because those who can look after themselves have no desire to ascend to the apex and, indeed, recognize that the apex is meaningless.  Who, after all, wants to be pope?
            Where problems arise is from the fact that these mavens of hierarchy are not only incompetent but what they want done is counterproductive. So, if they are obeyed, the result is disaster.
            If this is correct, then we come to the conclusion that hierarchy ruined the economy and the reason the hierarchy ruined the economy is because American private corporations have been promoting dufuses into decision-making positions and from there they've been promoting them into the public sector. And the result is that Capitol Hill, as well as the capitals of the 50 states, has been overrun by the dufus brigade and the White House is next.

            Your aliens are dufuses.  While they all have most of the five primary senses (vision, hearing, smell, taste, touch), they are almost universally lacking in common sense, as well as one or more of the less obvious ones:

            sense of time
            sense of place
            sense of direction
            sense of order
            sense of temperature
            sense of situation

            The lack of these senses is made apparent in characteristic behaviors.

            Being late
            Getting lost
            Losing belongings
            Making messes
            Mistaking appearances

            The corporate hierarchy actually serves as a good hiding place because nobody at the top is expected to do anything. CEOs are in an assisted living situation.

            The corporate board room = assisted living at its best.

            People to Wall Street: "LET OUR MONEY GO"

            by hannah on Wed Jan 18, 2012 at 01:52:39 AM PST

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          •  As long as politics is about money, money will win (3+ / 0-)
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            all politics.

            End corporate contributions.
            Report individual contributions.
            Restore the Fairness Doctrine.
            Provide public funding to any candidate who polls over 5%.

            We kidnap. We torture. It's our policy. Embrace it or end it!

            by Mosquito Pilot on Wed Jan 18, 2012 at 04:25:05 AM PST

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    •  but they did during the Bush regime: Jericho. (7+ / 0-)

      Jericho was a mini-series that ran for about two years on the CBS (rabbit-ears) network.

      Basically it was a fictionalized and thinly-disguised look at life under a Cheney-like regime:  Beginning with a false flag nuclear terrorist attack on multiple cities and the breakdown of the US.  Depicting a fragmented country where a company that's a cross between Halliburton and Blackwater is gaining power, local people in a small town do their best to cope, and a resistance movement rises up in a most unlikely way.  And ultimately ending with a victory for the resistance and an optimistic outlook.  

      When I first ran across this I was absolutely shocked that anything like it could run on the leading national network at the time.  However it was cleverly-enough written as to have plausible deniability for its subversive elements, no matter how clear they were to someone with progressive sensibilities.  

      At one point the entire series was posted on a CBS website devoted to it, I don't know if it still is.

      But IMHO it ranks right up there with Babylon 5 as one of the most intelligent things to ever run on mainstream TV.  

      "Minus two votes for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

      by G2geek on Tue Jan 17, 2012 at 11:55:19 PM PST

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    •  Not every alien who arrives on Earth (0+ / 0-)

      after crossing the instellar void in a large ship, who wears sunglasses, and who speaks in a resonant voice has an evil or right-wing agenda.

  •  I'm reminded more of the even older series, (10+ / 0-)

    "The Invaders", they liked pollution, much like Koch funded ALEC.

    May you live in interesting times--Chinese curse

    by oldcrow on Tue Jan 17, 2012 at 03:41:12 PM PST

  •  life imitates art (7+ / 0-)

    and we'll never be rid of bad 80's TV.

    Great diary (as usual) with a really wonderful hook.

    Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. --Elie Wiesel

    by a gilas girl on Tue Jan 17, 2012 at 03:50:39 PM PST

    •  Yikes, OK, at the risk of being deemed as having (13+ / 0-)

      bad TV taste, I absolutely loved the original V back in the day. I have it on VHS and enjoy watching it once in a while.  Yes, thank FSM, we've come a long way with special effects, but I like the story enough that I watch it anyway.

      I'm kinda bummed they pulled the plug on the ABC reimagining of V after only one season and they freaking ended it with the alien queen having seemingly won the war.

      I don't know how helpful it is to draw comparisons between the Vs and the Rs, but it IS important to identify ALEC and it's supporters, R and D alike, as a threat to our quality of life and to this entire planet. That needs to be understood and taken very seriously. This ain't Alex Jones shit, this is real.

      Ds see human suffering and wonder what they can do to relieve it. Rs see human suffering and wonder how they can profit from it.

      by JTinDC on Tue Jan 17, 2012 at 04:32:51 PM PST

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      •  I chose V as it is one of my favorites as well... (13+ / 0-)

        and after viewing it on ABC recently, I realized there was just so much similarity between their fictional actions and what is really happening in our world I had to draw the comparison.  It is almost as if the producers of this mini-series and Director, Kenneth Johnson helped Heubeck develop his Treatise I link to in the diary.

        Who knows the R's love to refer everyone to Ayn Rand's work and movies like Braveheart and Gladiator to promote their perception of being in the underclass and ultimately prevailing against a "ruling class".

        Their revisionist rewriting of our nation's history should serve as a primary indicator of the unrealistic world they live in and envision for the rest of us.  Scary stuff and as you say, it needs to be understood and taken seriously.

        "Inmates should be reformed - not recycled"

        by Bob Sloan on Tue Jan 17, 2012 at 06:02:20 PM PST

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        •  Did you know tho that there actually are those (1+ / 0-)
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          who believe that there really is a humanoid lizard race of aliens who are controling a shadow government? Only rather than wearing human skins the lizards are shapeshifters? I watched a movie on YouTube about it that seemed to last forever. I was torn between laughing at and crying for the stupidity of it all.

          That's why I have some misgivings about the ALEC to V comparison.

          Ds see human suffering and wonder what they can do to relieve it. Rs see human suffering and wonder how they can profit from it.

          by JTinDC on Wed Jan 18, 2012 at 04:43:23 AM PST

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          •  They think Queen Elizabeth II is one. (0+ / 0-)

            If it's on YouTube or the internet it must be true, right?

            Rational sites are incomprehensible to them.

            I have spent many years of my life in opposition and I rather like the role. - Eleanor Roosevelt

            by Rogneid on Wed Jan 18, 2012 at 07:57:13 AM PST

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            •  And Hillary, and iirc, Bush I. It's nuts. (0+ / 0-)

              By the title alone I was afraid this was a nutter post.

              I don't see that much difference in the fevered paranoia required to believe in shape-shifting lizard people and the belief that Obama is a Manchurian Trojan Republican. Both are bat shit insane, one just more so than the other.

              Ds see human suffering and wonder what they can do to relieve it. Rs see human suffering and wonder how they can profit from it.

              by JTinDC on Wed Jan 18, 2012 at 08:35:44 AM PST

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              •  You must lead a blissful life (0+ / 0-)

                the diary is quite clear that he is only using V as an analogy for what is going on in America.  Either you do not understand what that means, you are posting to disrupt, or you are ignorant of what is going on around you.

                As Ignorance Is Bliss, you must lead a blissful life.

                •  I got that it was an analogy, I just don't think (0+ / 0-)

                  it's a particularly useful one. As for ignorance of what's going on around me, if you mean I'm ignorant that the gubmint gonna throw me in a FEMA camp, then yeah, feel free to call me ignorant. I don't buy that Alex Jones crap.  

                  I do, however, see what ALEC is up to, but I'm confident that once a majority are aware of ALEC and its agenda, then the people will prevail.

                  Ds see human suffering and wonder what they can do to relieve it. Rs see human suffering and wonder how they can profit from it.

                  by JTinDC on Thu Jan 19, 2012 at 05:21:18 AM PST

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    •  Thanks gilas girl! Bad TV of the 80's has become (7+ / 0-)

      our reality in the new millennium. I used to marvel that when movies depicted really far-out technologies we all knew to be sci-fi and unattainable science and R&D went to work and made it happen for real.  The pre-rocket world of Flash Gordon, hand held communication devices (Star Trek), travel to other planets...electric vehicles, etc. all began as fiction and became reality.

      Unfortunately we see it works with "the bad" as well as the good.  

      "Inmates should be reformed - not recycled"

      by Bob Sloan on Tue Jan 17, 2012 at 05:53:49 PM PST

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  •  Shocking Proof... (5+ / 0-)

    Fortunately, the resistance Does have alien fifth-columnist allies...



    Democracy is the most fundamental revolutionary principle.

    by Radical def on Tue Jan 17, 2012 at 03:51:34 PM PST

  •  Nice diary Bob nt (7+ / 0-)

    Republicans are like alligators. All mouth and no ears.

    by Ohiodem1 on Tue Jan 17, 2012 at 04:13:18 PM PST

  •  I've never been fond... (12+ / 0-)

    ...of metaphors which deny the humanity of our opponents, but if I get to see Michelle Bachmann eat a live hamster I'm in!

    ...j'ai découvert que tout le malheur des hommes vient d'une seule chose, qui est de ne savoir pas demeurer en repos dans une chambre.

    by jessical on Tue Jan 17, 2012 at 08:00:06 PM PST

  •  A tour de force... (3+ / 0-)

    ...and in service of a good cause.


    Send your old shoes to the new George W. Bush library.

    by maxschell on Tue Jan 17, 2012 at 08:18:02 PM PST

  •  One problem (7+ / 0-)

    The resistance in "V" eventually resorted to raids, bombings and other forms of violence in their struggle. I can see how that would be a problem, since the only 'legitimate' violence is that which is used to defend ALEC and its agenda.

    On the other hand, giant mother ships make pretty obvious and tempting targets; these guys have multiple homes, gated communities, penthouse condos, private yachts, private jets,  etc. They don't move among us at all if they can help it.

    Huh. Maybe that's why they've spent billions of our money to construct Homeland Security - we all look like potential terrorists to them even if we never do any thing violent at all. They have the storm troopers all ready to go any time they want.

    "No special skill, no standard attitude, no technology, and no organization - no matter how valuable - can safely replace thought itself."

    by xaxnar on Tue Jan 17, 2012 at 08:30:01 PM PST

    •  but that's TV and film for you. (2+ / 0-)
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      Of course the resistance is going to start blowing up shit on TV, have you ever known a TV producer who didn't like to show big explosions (and car chases)?

      IMHO it's perfectly OK to refer to TV & film as sources for metaphors for our political situation.  No sane person is going to advocate blowing up shit in real life, so it's pretty safe, as long as it doesn't head into stochastic terrorism territory (e.g. Glen Beck).  

      "Minus two votes for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

      by G2geek on Wed Jan 18, 2012 at 12:02:56 AM PST

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      •  No violence sought nor advocated. That's why (2+ / 0-)
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        I made no mention of that in the diary.  I wanted to make the comparisons showing that as in V those opposing the ALEC led GOP crap are a resistance faced with all the trappings of that series: a controlled media, collaborators helping their agenda and a public unwilling to believe what the resistance are saying.

        In the case of ALEC it merely takes voters to begin to believe and turn out at the damn polls - no bombings, torture, mind control or murders - just freaking vote these bastards out of office!

        "Inmates should be reformed - not recycled"

        by Bob Sloan on Wed Jan 18, 2012 at 01:24:56 PM PST

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        •  Wisconsin is making a determined effort.... (1+ / 0-)
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 throw off their alien overlords.

          "No special skill, no standard attitude, no technology, and no organization - no matter how valuable - can safely replace thought itself."

          by xaxnar on Wed Jan 18, 2012 at 04:50:54 PM PST

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  •  Out of sight!!! (2+ / 0-)
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    Bob ... you hit this one out of the park ... great job!!

  •  Help Us Marc Singer! (1+ / 0-)
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    There’s always free cheddar in a mousetrap, baby

    by bernardpliers on Tue Jan 17, 2012 at 09:00:40 PM PST

  •  Oh I dunno......there's so much TV (4+ / 0-)
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    and movies out there that are on our Jericho [cancelled] which was amazingly analogous with its "Ravenwood", Avatar, Enemy of the State, Flash Forward [cancelled], XFiles, Independence Day, Alien, Johnny Mnemonic, The Arrival........if I thought about it more I could come up with a long list.

    The guy that made Avatar was intending to make a dent. The new series on Fox, Terra Nova seems to make a similar statement.

    Use of movies like Braveheart and LOTR don't really make the leap as far as being able to compel because one can't hear Buchanan and McCain talking about hobbits and really believe they are realistically on the side of the good guys.

    Dune is also a momentous work, although the movies don't do it for me, you have to read that one. Maybe a remake is in order.

    It can't be a mistake that there is a classic motif of good vs evil running throughout all of our favorites. As for what jessical said upthread about denying the "enemy" their humanity, I say : meh. What is it that makes them part of the universal us? They are different in that they want to deny us the ability to progress and survive in favor of their horrid gluttony. They are threatening the planet. So far we don't have another one.

  •  They Live. We sleep. (1+ / 0-)
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    The former is dependent upon the latter.

    No longer rating comments, thanks to a drunk fucktard moderator whose ass I will not kiss.

    by khereva on Wed Jan 18, 2012 at 05:37:06 AM PST

  •  Alec is indeed evil. (4+ / 0-)

    Thanks for writing about this insidious cabal. Oh, what nightmares await us if we cannot get the money out of our politics.

    Just because it's made up doesn't mean it isn't true.—Plan 10 from Outer Space

    by mofembot on Wed Jan 18, 2012 at 06:04:51 AM PST

    •  You're right, mofembot. Until we abolish Citizens (1+ / 0-)
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      United and put controls on lobbying expenditures this is what our future looks like for America.  There is no more legislating for the people - it is legislating for continuous reelection by too damn many lawmakers.  Should be term limits on every damn one of them and no corporate money to elect them!

      "Inmates should be reformed - not recycled"

      by Bob Sloan on Wed Jan 18, 2012 at 01:35:37 PM PST

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  •  To Serve Man . . . nt (1+ / 0-)
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  •  Thanks for this interesting post ... (1+ / 0-)
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    I was particularly taken by the article written by Eric Heubeck.

    Due to the Wiki black-out I couldn't confirm my suspicions, but I will be very surprised if Huebeck isn't a traditional old white guy in his mid-70s or older. The syntax, cadence and underlying premises of the article simply smack of an era long gone.

    While I agree that ALEC is something we all need to be aware of, if the thought leaders of this movement are truly from the "greatest generation" then we've already won.

    A decade ago sociologist Paul H. Ray and psychologist Sherry Ruth Anderson published The Cultural Creatives. From the review:

    In an attempt to reconceptualize shifting American demographics ... Ray and Anderson posit that hidden within America are 50 million people, 26% of the population, who are what they call "cultural creatives." Based on 12 years of survey research, 100 focus groups and dozens of interviews, their study presents a complex portrait of these citizens.

    According to the authors, cultural creatives share a series of attitudes and concerns: "they like to get a synoptic view [and] see all the parts spread out side by side and trace the interconnections"; they have strong concerns about the well-being of families; they have a well-developed social consciousness and a "guarded optimism for the future"; they are disenchanted with "owning more stuff... materialism... status display and the glaring social inequities of race" and are critical of almost every big institution of modern society, including corporations and government.

    This cultural group, drawn from all classes, races, education and income levels and social backgrounds, has emerged only during the past 50 years and, according to the authors, forms a coherent subculture, only "missing a self-awareness as a whole people."

    Ray and Anderson argue that cultural creatives hold the potential for radically reshaping the values and material realities, the "deep structure," of American life, and so they aim to make this group cognizant of their shared values, to bring about substantive changes. More successful than Brooks in grappling with issues of gender, ethnicity, race and class, Ray and Anderson offer unusual insights that, while broad and sweeping, shed new light on American culture and politics.

    I'm not suggesting that we become complacent, just suggesting that there is reason to hope that the cultural shift is so already so deep and wide that it will take a natural or man-made disaster of seismic proportions to stem this tide.

    "Let us not look back to the past with anger, nor towards the future with fear, but look around with awareness." James Thurber

    by annan on Wed Jan 18, 2012 at 03:22:09 PM PST

  •  I believe the internet kind of thwarted their (1+ / 0-)
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    trajectory in 2008.  It's still thwarting it, which is why it's being attacked with SOPA.  These tubes are not in their plans.  They've been catching up as fast as they can, but we're like wack-a-mole and they can't keep us under control.  

    We shall overcome.  Occupy is a great example.  It disrupts their whole agenda.

    We need Obama back in the White House and we need to FIRE the ALEC f'krs in Congress.

    Thanks for this expose!  This ROCKS!

    Best. President. Ever.

    by Little Lulu on Wed Jan 18, 2012 at 04:06:15 PM PST

    •  Thanks Little Lulu. I agree on all points you've (0+ / 0-)

      made.  Yes to Obama back in the White house and to firing the ALEC f'krs in Congress - and the state members as well.

      "Inmates should be reformed - not recycled"

      by Bob Sloan on Wed Jan 18, 2012 at 09:41:12 PM PST

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