The Meaning of Political Protest

On this day in 1784 America’s first daily newspaper, Packet and Daily, hits the streets.

For most of my adult life I have been on the front lines of political protest….not so much these days….age and a handicap  has kept me sidelined with only words and moral support have been my only tools.

In the past I have been a protester on many issues….labor, war, military spending, etc…..I think that there is no greater stand than to stand for something good…..

The younger generation is not as committed as us old farts…they protests but it is more about their personal relationship with the economics of the state….not about principles…..

Political protests are the foundation of what makes this country what it is and without the ability to protest and make ones voice heard, we continue down this dangerous path of conflating the true meaning of the word democracy while condemning its actual practice. People who only identify themselves as patriotic by standing up during the national anthem or saluting the American flag when it’s presented before them are falsely identifying what it means to be an American.

Patriotism can reveal itself in different ways and does not require the application of standing for a song that has racist historical roots, or standing for a flag of a country that was started under the contradictory promotion of freedom and slavery. Our country has a complicated history and to be a patriot in the most basic terms one is allowed to look at the country with questionable pride and demand that things can be better and you want that change for everyone. The idea of only connecting patriotism to the the military belittles the true flexibility and development of freedom and oversimplifies the identity of what makes America the country we all speak of.

Source: The Meaning of Political Protest

Millennials have a singer, John Mayer, that had a hit song “Waiting for the world to change”………My advice is do not wait for change….force it!

The American Pravda

Pravda….does anyone older than a stick of gum know what that word means?

Let me help…it was the official media organ of the Soviet Union…..a propaganda rag….the same as many of our “award winning” newspapers like NYTimes or the WaPo to mention only a few……

Skip forward….have you read any of the conspiracy theories floating around the internet?  You know 9/11 was a false flag, chem-trails or the school shooting was staged….those sort of BS reports.

Ever wonder where all these conspiracy theories got their start?

A year or two ago, I saw the much-touted science fiction film Interstellar, and although the plot wasn’t any good, one early scene was quite amusing. For various reasons, the American government of the future claimed that our Moon Landings of the late 1960s had been faked, a trick aimed at winning the Cold War by bankrupting Russia into fruitless space efforts of its own. This inversion of historical reality was accepted as true by nearly everyone, and those few people who claimed that Neil Armstrong had indeed set foot on the Moon were universally ridiculed as “crazy conspiracy theorists.” This seems a realistic portrayal of human nature to me.

Obviously, a large fraction of everything described by our government leaders or presented in the pages of our most respectable newspapers—from the 9/11 attacks to the most insignificant local case of petty urban corruption—could objectively be categorized as a “conspiracy theory” but such words are never applied. Instead, use of that highly loaded phrase is reserved for those theories, whether plausible or fanciful, that do not possess the endorsement stamp of establishmentarian approval.

Source: American Pravda: How the CIA Invented “Conspiracy Theories” – The Unz Review

This from a site that leans toward the Libertarian side of the political discourse….so take that into consideration…..

 

 

Is The “Populist” Uprising Over?

Now that the 2016 election is over and we have a winner…..the big question now is with all the populist movement, both Left and Right, will they continue….or is this a dead subject….are they over with the election?

The summer ends with a growing lament among progressives. Tom Frank’s cutting voice sums it up:

“And so ends the great populist uprising of our time, fizzling out pathetically in the mud and the bigotry stirred up by a third-rate would-be caudillo named Donald J Trump. So closes an era of populist outrage that began back in 2008, when the Davos dream of a world run by benevolent bankers first started to crack. The unrest has taken many forms in these eight years – from idealistic to cynical, from Occupy Wall Street to the Tea Party – but they all failed to change much of anything.  And now the last, ugliest, most fraudulent manifestation is failing so spectacularly that it may discredit populism itself for years to come.”

Like many on the left, Frank has few hopes for Hillary Clinton. She’ll be the ultimate Davos moderate, he predicts, collecting neo-conservatives and Republican elites, negotiating backroom deals to “get things done.” The elites, shaken by the Sanders insurgency and the Trump rise, are now back in the saddle.

Source: The Populist Uprising Isn’t Over—It’s Only Just Begun | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

We will see if these movements can continue after the voting is done….

I think that the movement has only just begun….but I have been mistaken before…..

But just what causes these times of popular revolt?

Easy answer….bungled wars, uneven growth and insecurity.

Does any of that sound familiar?

I believe the “populist” movement is here to stay….at least until the American people get some answers that makes sense to them.

Thoughts?

A Fatal Ménage à Trois

It is election time and the stories coming out about the dealings of both candidates is just mind numbing…….we have Mr. trump and his clown doctor’s letter attesting to his health….then there is Clinton and her damn email scandal which is a gift that just keeps giving to Trump.

Most everybody has heard the stories of the Clinton Foundation and its connections to foreign powers, right?  And it has made great fodder for the Trump camp on the campaign trail…….

I have said that this is an election of foreign policy….and a report political menage a trois….that would be Hillary Clinton, the Podesta Group and Saudi Arabia…..the dealings of these 3 are just amazing…..

If I told you that Democratic Party lobbyist Tony Podesta, whose brother John Podesta chairs Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, is a registered foreign agent on the Saudi government’s payroll, you’d probably think I was a Trump-thumping, conspiratorial nutcase. But it’s true.

The lobby firm created by both Tony and John Podesta in 1988 receives $140,000 a month from the Saudi government, a government that beheads nonviolent dissidents, uses torture to extract forced confessions, doesn’t allow women to drive, and bombs schools, hospitals and residential neighborhoods in neighboring Yemen.

Source: Hillary Clinton, the Podesta Group and the Saudi Regime: A Fatal Ménage à Trois – Antiwar.com Original by — Antiwar.com

Now the interesting part of this report….the Podesta Group has filed as a foreign agent in Washington……but wait….is not John Podesta a biggie in the Clinton campaign?

Does anyone else see the hypocrisy in this?

Is there any doubt what her foreign policy will look like…or for that matter….who will get preferential treatment by her administration?

But don’t worry her White House will be transparent to the people, right?

It’s gonna be a long 4 years.

How Veterans Are Losing the War at Home

I have been writing about the plight of our veterans since I began this site…..the US is NOT a friend to the American vet…..

Vets make great campaign props or to soothe the conscience of those that pretend they care and by saying “thank you” then they can sleep at night.

Veterans get lots of lip service but NONE of it translate into action that they desperately need…..I read this article in Truthdig from TomDispatch and it tells the real story of the American people and the veterans…..

A Vietnam vet told me about a veteran of the Iraq War who, when some civilian said, “Thank you for your service,” replied: “I didn’t serve, I was used.” It got me thinking about the many ways today’s veterans are used, conned and exploited.

Near the end of his invaluable book cataloguing the long, slow disaster of America’s War for the Greater Middle East, historian Andrew Bacevich writes:

“Some individuals and institutions actually benefit from an armed conflict that drags on and on. Those benefits are immediate and tangible. They come in the form of profits, jobs, and campaign contributions.  For the military-industrial complex and its beneficiaries, perpetual war is not necessarily bad news.”

Source: How Veterans Are Losing the War at Home – Truthdig

I know first hand how much the American people care about their veterans….and it is NOTHING like the persona that they want to protract……all that is just so much BS to make themselves feel better.

I for one am sick of all this faux patriotism……it is time for this country to stand up for the veteran as they have done for the country.

Dude, Where Did The Money Go?

How many times have you heard a nose picking, ass scratcher go on and on about those freeloaders (the poor) that are wasting government money?  Or that have string opinions about wasting money on unpopular programs like school lunches or pollution control or other such programs?

But does any of that add up to $8.5 trillion (that is trillion with a “T”)?

$8.5 trillion is the amount of cash that the Defense Department has somehow misplaced……(wink wink)

WTF?

When government is completely dysfunctional and seems not to serve the people’s interests, we have to wonder where our tax dollars are going. Thanks to a Reuters investigation by Scot Paltrow, we have an answer—or, rather, a non-answer. Apparently, the Pentagon has made use of $8.5 trillion of our tax money handed over by Congress since 1996—but don’t ask what was done with the money. The Department of Defense doesn’t have a clue.

Audits of all federal agencies were mandated by law beginning in 1996, but the Pentagon is unique in never having complied. In almost 20 years, the Pentagon has never accounted for trillions it spent, in part because “plugging”—fudging the numbers—is standard operating procedure.

And they worried about the price of a school lunch…..typical ignorant toads.
Think about this….if we add the money that is missing with the amount we have wasted on our wars of adventurism then we would not have a budget deficit…..see how easy economics is once you remove your head from your ass?

“When Will They Ever Learn?”

For years I have been trying to inform the American people, especially my regular visitors, that whatever news source you use that is nothing more than propaganda….that’s right CNN, NBC, FOX, etc…they all work as a tool of propaganda…..

There is a way to spot propaganda……a few posts that I wrote trying to help people understand the issue……

Source: What Is Propaganda? – In Saner Thought

Or if that one was not to your liking……

Source: Propaganda 2.0 – In Saner Thought

This began in full blown necessity with the Gulf War of 1990…..the government could NOT allow full access to the military as they did during Vietnam….they, the government, had to control the flow of information…..

It is getting worse today……..

Military’s ‘sock puppet’ software creates fake online identities to spread pro-American propaganda

The US military is developing software that will let it secretly manipulate social media sites by using fake online personas to influence internet conversations and spread pro-American propaganda.

A Californian corporation has been awarded a contract with United States Central Command (Centcom), which oversees US armed operations in the Middle East and Central Asia, to develop what is described as an “online persona management service” that will allow one US serviceman or woman to control up to 10 separate identities based all over the world.

Source: Revealed: US spy operation that manipulates social media | Technology | The Guardian

Not only are the intel services gathering info on the individual but they are also making sure that we have the “right” mindset……I guess the idea of “thought police” did have its contemporaries….

Is that report propaganda?

Take the IST posts I referenced and check out if it falls into the categories listed….if they do then you can be fairly certain that….It is PROPAGANDA!