QuickyNews: The Swamp Boils Over, Net Neutrality on the Gallows, International Neoliberalism, & The Unrig Summit

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The People’s Movement is Born

Finally, the people’s coalition I called for over a year ago seems to be launching.

It has been brewing for a while. In 2008, a landslide of votes put Obama in office because he had promised hope and change. Starting around 2009, the Tea Party was formed to co-opt rebellious right-wing Americans. In 2016, a storm swept through our elections, boosting Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump. We are still in trouble. Time and again, we were cheated and lied to. But we are not done. The American People still needs and wants change, and we will keep fighting for it. Now a people’s movement is being born that transcends political party lines.

Important facts:

  1. The twin-party tyranny has sold us out to the robber billionaires and driven our country to the brink of collapse.
  2. The American People is sick and tired of the twin-party tyranny. Independents are now the largest voting bloc. And, according to Gallop, around 60% of Americans want a new major party, and the trend has been rising for years.
  3. The efforts to flood and take over the “Democratic” Party for the people have had practically no success. Even though some people’s candidates managed to take over low positions, the party establishment still rules supreme and is blocking and purging those who don’t share their corrupt ways.
  4. If a political revolution fails, only two possibilities remain: a violent revolution and/or a violent dictatorship
  5. Millions have been leaving the “Democratic” Party thanks to last year’s rigged presidential primaries and the party’s continued stubborn resistance to reforming away from its big-money-in-politics corruption and towards fighting for the people’s needs. They, just like independents (and even many Republican Party members) need a new party to represent them.
  6. Existing third parties tend to suffer from low voter confidence and can be in mutual competition for votes. A coalition can help overcome that.

When representatives of the Draft Bernie for a People’s Party movement met this September 8-10 with other third-party representatives and activists, the idea finally crystallized to converge into a people’s coalition. While flooding the base of the existing mainstream parties will help to keep on the pressure, I strongly suspect that a trans-partisan people’s coalition will achieve the most. So, I am happy today to present a report on the official launch of the “Movement For a People’s Party”:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: »DraftBernie Launches “Movement For a People’s Party”!«)

The one part that may still be missing is the massive grassroots effort I recommended when I suggested the American People’s Coalition a year ago. I still think that all of us who can do so should engage in direct action, including the local hammering out of a broadly acceptable platform of public goals that most Americans can sign on to — and then implementing it in local politics. In other words, whenever we can to do something ourselves, let’s not wait for others to do great things on higher electoral levels. Let’s all talk to our friends, family, and neighbors, hold house parties or communal meetings, and move forward together. Even while we wait for national and state level changes, we can often make local changes right now. And also, very importantly, we must inform ourselves and polish our ideas to be ready inside for the changes we want on the outside.

Note: The new website is forapeoplesparty.org. The older site (Draft Bernie For a People’s Party) still exists. The latter’s Facebook page has been renamed to Movement for a People’s Party. Hopefully, not too many followers of that page have thereby lost the connection. (Facebook is buggy about name changes)

Further Reading:

  1. Reading Weekend 8-26-2017: The People’s Party Looms
  2. Is the Time Ripe for a New Party?
  3. APC (American People’s Coalition)

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Another Election “Irregularity” Made it into the News

While nearly all the election fraud and rigging that is rampant in the U.S. never gets reported in our colluding mass media that prefer to drown us in unsubstantiated allegations of Russian meddling (even as it would be very unlikely to amount to anything comparable to what happens domestically right under our noses and the actual allegation is only one of revealing the truth to the American public), one case of election rigging actually did recently make it into our corporate media for once! Basically, voters in Georgia wanted the possibility of election hacking investigated, and the people in custody of the electoral data quietly erased them to sabotage the investigation, to which I can only say that our security begins at home, not in Russia:

Here is this rare news report: Georgia Election Server Wiped After Lawsuit Filed (NBC News / Associated Press)

Quote: “It’s not clear who ordered the server’s data irretrievably erased.”

That’s when people need to be brought in for questioning!   Continue reading

HELP! How Can We Be Heard?

This is long overdue. Millions of Americans have woken up from their fifty years of slumber, but they don’t know where to go, what to do, what is really going on, and that we could build a Star-Trek-like utopia in our lifetime… if only they knew how. And the few, like me, who do know, are struggling to make ourselves heard.

And what are all the awoken doing to get the word out? Close to nothing. 

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Video Weekend 11-04-2017 (7 + 1 Videos)

This weekend’s mix of enlightening videos, starring Jimmy Dore, Chris Hedges, and David Graeber, focuses primarily on two topics: government (despotism vs democracy) and the economy:

Note: Somehow the announcement of this posting failed to go out yesterday. I have therefore just added one very entertaining video at the end here instead of making a new post out of it. It’s big fun! Skip to it if you watched the others yesterday.

 

I. “Democratic” Party Reform not Working (Jimmy Dore):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Tulsi Gabbard Rips The DNC – Demands Change”)

Maybe Tulsi should dress in her uniform when she gives speeches. (and also stop being so polite)

 

II. The hill of the shining beacon has caved in (Jimmy Dore):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “CIA Whistleblower Reveals CIA Still Torturing – Here’s How“)

 

III. The Silencing of Truth, Justice, and The People (Chris Hedges):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “On Contact: The Silencing of the Left with Robert Scheer”)

The thing to realize for a lot of folks who have been raised to hate the “left” and self-identify as the “right” is that when you are against billionaire money in politics and for the needs and wishes of the people, you are actually “left” by the standard definition. The establishment has played a trick on you reversing the definitions of political labels, turning them on their heads, so that we, the people, fight each other over self identification, hating the other group for being our opposite when, for the most part, they are actually the same. So, if we can’t agree on the meanings of these labels, let’s drop them – they are only words, after all – and unite around the actual issues on which most of us agree, like a fair economy and functioning democracy where we all can have a good living and a voice in our public affairs.

Quote: “Everybody out there has a story of abuse.” So… maybe we should all become more willing to accept the grievances of others and commit to help one another?

 

IV. Ideal vs real vs underestimated economic inequality (in case I haven’t shared this before):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “The collapse of the american dream – This will scare you”)

 

V. Money is not our limit (David Graeber):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “David Graeber: debt and what the government doesn’t want you to know | Comment is Free”)

 

VI. When the rich make the tax rules to their benefit, it creates gross inequality:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Were Not Broke – The Corporate Tax Cheats of America”)

 

VII. A final word of reason — Voter’s Leverage — This is how democracy works:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Democratic Civil War! A Struggle We Must Win“)

 

VIII. HEHEHE:

Jimmy Dore at his finest as a comedian, giving us an ironic parody of disgusting MSM behavior:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Thank You, Hillary! Our Response To The Tonight Show’s Hillary Love Fest”)

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Bernie Sanders Spark of Hope: Breaking the DP Chains

Bernie has been playing far too nice since the DNC cheated him (and the rest of the country) out of the primaries. He has been pursuing a strategy of changing the “Democratic” Party back to a working people’s party by putting pressure on the party through doing things like supporting berniecrats in their primaries and creating Our Revolution and the Sanders Institute.

But, in return for keeping its door a crack open, the DP has had him trying to sheep-dog people back into the dying party, a tactic that would coincide with Bernie’s goal if the party were willing to change. Sadly, this party (or more accurately, it’s upper management) has proved unwilling and resistant of change, voting against Bernie’s medicine price control bill, stopping Medicare for All in California, appointing a neoliberal new party chairman who then purged the Rules Committee of all Bernie supporters — the better to secretly take corporate money and rig the next presidential primaries in 2020 against the will of the people, just like they did last year. And the chief perpetrators of last year have been rewarded with influential positions, at that.

So, it is refreshing that, recently, Bernie chose not to play nice in Virginia:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for “Moyers & Company” and the title: “Bernie Sanders Refuses To Support Democratic Candidate for Gov in VA”)

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Video Weekend 10-21-2017 – Part B: The Root of the Problem

We all know that our economy is a mess and that the money-royalty, whom I like to call our robber billionaires, has bought our politicians and thereby our government which therefore colludes with them to squeeze the rest of us further and further out of a livable life so the rich can become richer and richer at the expense of us becoming poorer and poorer.

It’s nothing new. If it was new to you, watching and reading this week’s series on this topic should have brought you up to speed. I recommend you share the posts from the week that is now ending with everybody you know who is still unclear.

But what good is all that muck-raking unless we dig down to the root of the problem? Well, you may be surprised. After a week of sharing the work of more or less well-known personalities with you, today – in order to take you to the root of the problem – I will share with you an article and video from someone much less known, plus another video which might seem to come out of left field because it isn’t about humans but nevertheless shows us a way out of our man-made set of problems.

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Death Of The American Middle Class: How the Middle Class is Being Forced Out

Here is the fifth part of this week’s rigged economy series. A 28-minute documentary that is very good presenting the 1%’s war on the middle class, but – as so often – skips over the class below into which they are being pushed. This blind spot is a pet peeve of mine. I deplore that so many who rebel against the class war from the top against the so-called middle class (what exactly is that, really?) still ignore the underclass subsisting below, where millions of Americans have suffered in poverty all along and where we all are headed. Tomorrow, I will serve up a documentary which fills that gap, but this video today is still very worth watching. Ultimately, we need to take a look at all the tiers of our class society to get the full picture. So, please watch this report and read my commentary below:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “The Death Of The American Middle Class”)

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Video Weekend 10-14-2017 – Part B (3 Videos)

Sundays are meant to be relaxing. So, here are three calm videos of politically educational caliber. The first connects with yesterday’s videos by being yet another reason for Americans to appreciate RT. How often do U.S.-establishment-controlled media discuss issues like these?

 

Peter Joseph on our current state of things and our so much better alternative options:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Empire Files: Peter Joseph & Abby Martin on Abolishing Capitalism”)

 

Antidemocratic “Democrats” :

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Smash The Democratic Party, Save the World “)

Gist: If the DP resists change, dismantle or starve it. Something else will take its place. Something better. Challenge corruption in politics! Bernie Sanders is the “Democratic” Party’s ghost of Christmas past, showing it (and everybody else) what this party used to stand for but no longer does. Long ago it acted as a people’s party, not just another tool for the robber barons (Republican Party 2.0), and Bernie keeps reminding everybody of that.

 

Humanity First Instead of Markets First

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “The Ultimate Problem is Trust : “)

Gist: Our current economic system knows only one goal: profit for the few. If that means stealing from the poor to give to the rich, the people in charge don’t so much as blink.

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Medicare Soon Raided by the Super-Rich – What’s Up? – Causes & Solutions

While the nation’s attention was on the Las Vegas Massacre, and while Bernie Sander’s Medicare for All plan is up for votes and gaining ground in the American public, the evil demons in politics snuck another backstab of the American People through the House of Representatives: the federal 2018 budget.

Have you ever wondered how the super-rich got so rich? There is a famous quote by the classical, French writer Balzac, author of The Human Comedy: “Behind every great fortune lies a great crime.”  Continue reading