Created under great difficulties, today’s Video Weekend focuses primarily on analyzing the midterms and a path forward, but a number of other topics as well.
Stars: Mike Figueredo, Jacqueline Luqman, Paul Jay, Ralph Nader, Abby Martin, Farron Cousins, Anya Parampil, Elijah Manley, Jimmy Dore, Ron Placone, Stef Zamorano, Cenk Uygur, John Iadarola, Thom Hartmann, Marry Wood, Chris Hedges, “The Democratic Socialist Libertarian”, Paul Jay, Natalie McGill, RT America, Anya Parampil, Eugene Puryear, and trailblazing Nick Brana (and more).
One principal question: Who are we gonna vote for to save our lives if all we get on our candidacy ballots is scum vs scum? This video compilation will help answer this and other vital questions.
- Midterm Election 2018
- “Democratic” Graveyard
- Blue & Red Folks = Progressive
- Scum vs. Scum (on the ballots)
- The People’s Rights
- SCOTUS: Change Needed
- How to Talk
- Election Rigging
- Fake For-Profit Charities
- End the Corporate State
- The Road Ahead
I. Midterm Election 2018
Too many losses. A few (way too few) progressive wins (only 2 new progressives in Congress):
(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for The Humanist Report, Mike Figueredo, and the title: “Election Breakdown: Dems Retake House, Beto & Gillum Defeated”)
Comment: I see this as a confirmation (just as I expected and predicted) that trying to work for the much needed changes from within the “Democratic” Party won’t succeed. We may not have had sufficient third party victories in these mid-term elections to show people that this is the route to take with confidence, but then we are just at the beginning of crawling over that steep hill, what with the establishment media remaining totally silent about those candidates to keep the majority of voters ignorant of them. This is why we, the people, must learn to better educate ourselves and fully use, share, and support citizen media and articles like the one you are reading right now. Once we wisen up to the third-party route we can’t be stopped. Consider: (1) independent voters have become the largest voting block and (2) over half of registered Democrats (and also quite some registered Republicans) want a new party.
Quick results summary (Republicans did quite well, too — both corporate party arms of the oligarchy are still firmly in place to make the oligarchy happy and keep screwing the people):
(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for TheRealNews, and the title: “Democrats Take House but Progressives Dealt Several Defeats“)
Pretty good analysis:
(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for TheRealNews, Jacqueline Luqman, Paul Jay, and the title: “Democrats Take the House – What Now?“)
Comment: IMHP the corporate “Dems” let most progressive candidates through the primaries only in districts where “D”-labeled candidates were unlikely to win anyway. And here are the expected results. It’s not like progressive candidates don’t represent the majority of the American people. It’s that the stranglehold of the twin-party tyranny (the two-politicals-gangs serving the oligarchy) still persists.
Also, our election rigging is alive and well, boosting corporate corrupticians (esp. unabashed Republicans but also sneaky “Dems”) wherever a people’s wave might take over. It’s the old game of ensuring the elected office seats for the corrupt oligarchy-serving incumbants so they can continue their cushy job of betraying the American Public.
Some salient quotes:
- Jacqueline Luqman: ” Because they’re obvious, there’s nothing to figure out with what’s wrong with the Republican Party. They’re very open about their … racism, their … sexism… their xenophobia. And they’re not ashamed of it. So why are we wasting time talking about what’s wrong with them? … The problem is that we have not focused on how the Democratic Party has been complicit. … The Democratic Party has truly abandoned its base not only in in the current election cycle but going all the way back to … Clinton.
- Paul Jay: “I don’t think the Democratic Party ever was the party of working people. I think Roosevelt and the New Deal was an anomaly caused by a deep, deep crisis; and from Truman on Democrats and Republicans have been undoing the New Deal.”
- Paul Jay: “There’s [also] a much bigger picture here: The financialization of the economy. Starting at the beginning of the 20th century the banking sector takes off. There’s a dip during the crisis and a dip during World War II, but from World War II on the the percentage of GDP that’s finance takes off like a rocket ship. That power of Finance, the power of Wall Street, is controlling both parties. For a while, the United States is cleaning up after World War II and has so much riches they’re even willing to share it with the upper stratum of the working class. Then you get globalization, and they say: ‘Well screw you. We can produce in China so all you unions and all you upper stratum of the workers, ciao!’ And now we’re where we are. What I’m getting at is it’s not just some change of mind of the Democrats. There’s a real process going in within the system.”
No real (blue) wave. Corporate “Democrats” still prevail on the other side of the isle from the America wrecking crew known as Republicans. Will there be change? Hardly. Only a little break on some of the worst Trump-GOP outrages… perhaps:
(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for The Young Turks, and the title: “What Will The Dems Do With Control of the House?“)
Indiscriminate injustice beats discriminatory injustice:
(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for TheRealNews, and the title: “Ralph Nader on how the Democratic Party ‘Almost Blew it Again’“)
- “The Democrats almost blew it again. They’re probably gonna win the House, but they should have landslided this corrupt, cruel, vicious, openly anti-people, anti-patient, anti-environment, and anti-worker party called the Republican Party. … We’ve got to get over this over-concentration on discriminatory injustice at the expense of indiscriminate injustice that is where everybody is being ripped off regardless of their gender, or racial, or cultural, or whatever identity. … We have to mobilize where everyone is ripped off. You know, I’ve talked to conservative southern audiences on consumer protection, Hospital malpractice, credit fraud… They’re all ripped off the same way, conservative and liberal self-styled voters are ripped off the same way. … Do you think conservative workers at Walmart don’t want a better wage? The second [issue to vote on] is full Medicare for All. The third is dealing with 1.4 trillion dollars of gouging student debt that is aborting their opportunities in life…”
- “… And that’s the coalition that’s going to win control of the Congress. Now, you win control of Congress and then things change at the executive level. Different kinds of judges are confirmed or not confirmed. It affects the state legislators. 530 men and women. Don’t you think we outnumber them? Don’t you think there are a lot of conservative and liberal voters who want the same things for their children? Good schools, good public services, fair taxation, clean air, clean water, safe medicine, safe food, and, and, and…?”
Final words from the Real News channel on empire, grassroots, Wall Street and the robber billionaire class planning our demise and having their escape strategy for when the U.S. collapses due to their incessant raiding (New Zealand just (tried to?) put a stop to their buying up all of New Zealand’s lands as their place to flee to):
(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for TheRealNews, and the title: “Abby Martin: The Democratic Party’s ‘Abysmal Failure’ Presenting a Platform“)
The American public still has many nitwits who are willingly getting duped by corporate ads (another way our democracy is undermined by the oligarchy as long as we let ourselves be duped that way):
(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for The Ring of Fire, Farron Cousins, and the title: “Corporate Money Was The Big Winner Of 2018 Midterms“)
Question: should we really let ourselves be stripped of our rightful earnings by the oligarchy’s corporations so that they then use hundreds of millions of those dollars stolen from us to dupe us with ads making some of our fellow fools vote against a good country? — Message to any of those duped by the fossil fuel industry: Fossil fuel technology is outdated and killing us. It’s time to switch to the 21st century. (and, yes, modern energy technology provides jobs, too — probably more, in fact)
II. “Democratic” Graveyard
… for people’s candidates and policies:
(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for RT America, Anya Parampil, Elijah Manley, and the title: “Midterms: Democrats a “Failed Political Party”“)
Great quote: How can you spoil an already rotten system?
III. Blue & Red Folks = Progressive
Most of us want good lives for all, even those who are still foolishly attached to one of the corrupt major parties (that’s why we need a new party that fights for the policies that (A) benefit us all and (B) we, the people, wish for by a large majority):
(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for Jimmy Dore, Ron Placone, Stef Zamorano, and the title: “Red State Voters Supported Progressive Policies Overwhelmingly In Mid-Terms“)
IV. Scum vs. Scum
Chris Hedges is so brilliant in putting reality to words. His words enlighten people, and as the number of enlightened Americans grows we will shake off the oligarchy and create a good life for all:
(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for The Democratic Socialist Libertarian and the title: “Chris Hedges on Scum vs. Scum- the Election Day farce.“)
Link to Chris Hedges’ article: Scum vs. Scum
Those who possess most of the nation’s wealth rule it and its people. At least some people we can catch on public media are beginning to think about overcoming this despotism (published before the midterms’ final night):
(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for TheRealNews, and the title: “Push Public Ownership to Challenge Power of Billionaires – Q&A with Paul Jay (4/5)“)
More on the billionaire oligarchy, fascism to divide the people, and ethnic groups needing to come together and discover themselves sitting in the same boat (published a day before the midterms’ final night):
(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for TheRealNews, and the title: “Uniting Against Fascism, Racism and the Billionaire Class – Q&A with Paul Jay (5/5)“)
Plutocracy/Oligarchy: some numbers. America’s bought democracy = government of the people, by the bought politicians, for the corporations and their illegitimate billionaire owners:
(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for The Young Turks, Cenk Uygur, John Iadarola, and the title: “The Koch Brothers’ Biggest Secret”)
VI. The People’s Rights
In this century (starting with the Bush-Cheney regime) it has become common practice for the corporate state to run roughshod over its citizens, completely ignoring and violating our Constitution so much that we – the people – for the most part seem to have forgotten about our constitutional rights, safeguards, and protections, and the lack of a right of the government to violate us. Here is a reminder of what has been forgotten:
(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for Thom Hartmann, Marry Wood, and the title: “Climate Vengeance: A New Approach to Environmental Law (w/Guest Professor Marry Wood)“)
Quote: “High-ranking political operatives use their discretion to favor the industries they continue to serve from inside the agency. Staff scientists and permit writers operating within highly charged political cultures suffer varying degrees of pressure to fall in line with the agency’s political agenda. These pressures remain obscured from the public, taking place in procedural fortresses made nearly impenetrable by their sheer complexity.”
Comment: One item to put on the people’s agenda should be watchdog institutions.
VII. SCOTUS: Change Needed
Our system really still needs a lot of work. Our nation’s founders made some bold steps. But it was only a start. For instance, our Supreme Court Justices get way too much individual power while being tied in with the corruptible top-bought political-party dominance of government:
(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for Anya Parampil, Jacqueline Luqman, and the title: “US Supreme Court: An Archaic Institution?“)
VIII. How to Talk
How to respond to unreasonable challengers. With reason:
(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for The Humanist Report, Mike Figueredo, and the title: “Bernie Sanders Brilliantly Shuts Down MAGA Hecklers“)
Note: And generally, questions often work better than statements. It’s been official since Sokrates.
IX. Election Rigging
The voter fraud myth vs voter suppression:
(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for The Young Turks, Mike Figueredo, and the title: “How Blatant Voter Suppression Could Sway the Election“)
X. Fake For-Profit Charities
(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for Natalie McGill, and the title: “Charles Schwab + Fidelity Let The Rich Fake “Charitable Giving”“)
XI. End the Corporate State
(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for RT America, Anya Parampil, Eugene Puryear, and the title: “Democrats Neglect the Working Class“)
XII. The Road Ahead
Famous last words. Time for a lot of us to join:
(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for Jimmy Dore, Nick Brana, and the title: “A Progressive View On Midterm Results”)
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