Somethings Never Change

Closing Thought–11Jul19

Back in my younger days I was at odds with the leadership of my party (It was not the Democratic Party, FYI)….it seems they did not appreciate my outspoken criticisms and told me to hold my tongue and keep any disagreement private…..I gave them the finger and resigned from the party for when dealing with the people there should never be any secrets after all we are their representatives (at least that is what I thought).

I read something that made me wax nostalgic…..

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday urged unity among fellow Democrats in the face of battles over the direction of the party and warned members to ditch Twitter and keep their disagreements private.

“You got a complaint? You come and talk to me about it. But do not tweet about our members and expect us to think that that is just OK,” Pelosi said during a closed meeting of House Democrats, according to a source who was in the room.

It was not clear if Pelosi, the top elected U.S. Democrat, was aiming her remarks at a specific lawmaker’s tweet or issuing a general warning about using social media, the favourite means of communication for Republican President Donald Trump.

https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-usa-congress-pelosi/u-s-house-speaker-pelosi-tells-her-democrats-to-kill-the-tweets-idUKKCN1U52N7

Looks like the corporations are winning again…..Pelosi is just protecting the collaborators not looking for a future for the country just the corporate profits….

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/07/09/aoc-wants-change-world-through-action-nancy-pelosi-wants-do-it-through-pithy

More on this …..

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/07/10/pelosi-after-railing-against-aoc-and-others-nyt-interview-tells-critics-caucus-not

Plus Pelosi knows how influential Twitter and social media can be and that is a stake in the heart of corporate America.

The more they champion change the more things remain the same.  Corporations want the status quo….for they are making obscene profits and any progress will lessen that and they will not stand for it…..ergo Pelosi’s dictum.

Let’s not pretend this is about unity….it is about control….and the corporations are in control.

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Those Spineless Collaborators

The word makes me think of those people during World War 2 that worked with the Nazis against the interests of their countrymen……I know there are other definitions but that is the one that I will stick with for this post.

For this post it is those Dems that are in the pocket of corporate dollars…..it is more important to win re-election than to work for the betterment of the nation.

As the 2020 election comes into focus there are a couple of collaborators withing the Dems ranks….some are candidates and others are leader in Congress…..

First there is the candidate, Joe Biden……

It’s really quite simple: the rogue oligarchs and corporations who now run this country constitute the enemy. Since becoming a Senator in 1973, your favorite Irish uncle, Joe Biden, has actively collaborated in the extreme capitalism, racism, nationalism, and police state-ism that enable the oligarchs’ agenda; and while most ably empowered by their instrument, the Republican Party, between times, it is more than adequately carried out by the Democrats. What we see now, with a mostly pliant Trump, with a conservative majority Supreme Court, and with a divided Congress where stasis rules, is the Oligarchy’s ideal. But as the political calendar moves on – a proven collaborator must be installed, over the next twelve months, as the Democratic nominee in the 2020 tryst with their current champion – just in case.

https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/07/05/joe-biden-is-a-collaborator/

Next we go to the House and the Dem leader Schiff…..he likes to label himself a progressive and there is nothing more false than that…….

Neoliberal, fake progressive Rep. Adam Schiff (D-C) showed his true colors yet again last week. He said in responseto President Donald Trump’s saber-rattling and threats to attack Iran that,

“Iran is a thoroughly malign actor, a cause of deep instability in the region, a profound contributor to the violence and misery in Yemen, and one of the most dangerous regimes in the world. Through the IRGC (Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps) and its proxies, it is also a state sponsor of terror. The threat it poses is real.”

That certainly wasn’t the position of the Obama Administration. Schiff instead has decided to jump into the Trump foreign policy with both feet. He’s made similar threatening statements about Venezuela and China, too.

JOHN KIRIAKOU: Adam Schiff—The Left Wing of the Hawk

Schiff is also in the pocket of the corporations…..his policies are to help them not to move this country forward.

Can we count on Dem Senator Coons to vote for a progressive agenda?  My thought is NO!

A trade group representing chemical companies will spend more than $150,000 on advertising during July in support of four Republican senators and one Democrat, all of whom face reelection in 2020. The American Chemistry Council, which represents nearly 200 companies including DuPont, Chevron Phillips and ExxonMobil, is running TV and radio ads in Alaska, Delaware, Louisiana, Montana and South Dakota between July 8 and 21, according to Federal Communications Commission records accessed via OpenSecrets’ political ad database. Sens. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Steve Daines (R-Mont.) and Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) all face reelection next year.

Trade group airs ads to boost five senators facing reelection

I say keep an eye on the collaborators…….then ask who do they truly represent….my guess is the cash and not the people.

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****More on this situation in today’s Closing Thought****

Where Are The Dems?

As the 2020 election kicks off we hear lots of rhetoric and promises and most importantly….LIES.

The candidates are promising to make equal pay the law of the land…..make the climate a priority……make health care possible…..yada yada…..but there is one situation that is suspiciously missing from all the rhetoric……WAR!

Where are the Dems and their answer to endless war?

There sure are lots to choose from. By now, more than 20 candidates have announced a run for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. And with national security adviser John “Regime Change” Bolton, along with the others in the four Bs cabal—Benjamin  Netanyahu of Israel, Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia and Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates—seem poised to pull President Trump into war with Iran, now would seem the time for Democratic leaders to unveil their alternative, antiwar, foreign policy plans. It’s more likely you’ll hear crickets … or a sound bite or two.

The truth is the Democratic Party, especially of late, has abandoned serious foreign policy analysis and ceded national security—and supposedly macho “toughness”—to hawkish Republicans. See, at least since Harry Truman “lost” China in 1949, one Democratic president after another has bent over backward to either prove his masculine mettle, or, better yet, to ignore global affairs altogether.

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/05/17/where-democratic-alternative-forever-war

Promises are everything on the stump and very few of them ever see the light of day after the election win.

I am an antiwar activist and at least CodePink is stepping forward…..

Peace activist Medea Benjamin said Wednesday that the current political moment “is a time where we have to build up an anti-war movement again.”

Benjamin, a co-founder of the women-led advocacy organization CODEPINK, said her call is a response to the Trump administration manufacturing a crisis to push the U.S. into war with Iran.

The current situation, she told Democracy Now! Wednesday, has echoes of the lead-up to the war in Iraq because “lies” and “misinterpretations” are put out by the White House and echoed by corporate media.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/05/15/counter-trumps-hawks-codepinks-medea-benjamin-says-its-time-build-anti-war-movement

My thought is…we have had endless war since the 1950s and now is when we need the antiwar movement?….a little late.  We had a good antiwar movement but everyone let it die out and now they think we need a new one…..people like me have NEVER let it go.

To answer the question….where are the Dems on endless war?

A bipartisan letter signed by nearly 400 US Congress members is calling on President Trump to remain militarily engaged within Syria, while claiming to be “deeply concerned” about extremists in the country.

President Trump had announced a pullout from Syria in December, but had already disavowed it repeatedly by February. Still, lawmakers want to keep emphasizing how enthusiastic about the Syrian War they are, and push Trump into escalating it against various other parties.

Once a war about ISIS, the letter urges Trump to “increase pressure on Iran and Russia with respect to their activities in Syria.” The US already treated Syria as something of a proxy war, and the letter suggests they do away with all pretext and just make it into a war against Iran and Russia over Syria.

The lead signers of the letter were top party leaders and ranking committee members in both the House and the Senate. This once again underscores that on matters of war, Democrats and Republicans within leadership positions are almost completely in-line on keeping the wars going.

(antiwar.com)

Centrist Dems are doing the work for the M-IC under the guise of national security……and the media is allowing them to do so.

There are candidates that are antiwar…the media does not want them to get any press but they are there…..think Tulsi Gabbard.

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#23–Bill De Blasio

Holy crap!

How many more ego-centric tools want to be president?

The news has broke….NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio has thrown his hat into the fray for the nomination of the Democratic Party…..this situation is now become a joke.

Really?

Does the country need 23 candidates to choose from?  A country that cannot make up its mind whether paper or plastic!

What does he bring to the table?

Another day, another Democratic candidate. This time it’s New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who announced his 2020 campaign with a video and an appearance on Good Morning America, reports ABC News. The 58-year-old, currently in his second term, is running on a “working people first” theme. If he wins, he’ll need to do a better job managing secrecy: The Washington Post notes that his launch was revealed in advance by a sharp-eyed teenager in St. Louis. Gabe Fleisher, 17, spotted a notice from the Democratic Party in Sioux, Iowa, announcing that de Blasio would be in town Friday for the “first stop on his Presidential announcement tour.” Fleisher tweeted the news Wednesday, meaning the teen’s Wake Up To Politics newsletter scooped every other media outlet.

“There’s plenty of money in this country,” de Blasio says in his video. “It’s just in the wrong hands.” He adds that he’s a New Yorker, and “I’ve known (President) Trump’s a bully for a long time. This is not news to me or anyone here, and I know how to take him on.” De Blasio may have name recognition, but FiveThirtyEight notes that he is unpopular in his home city and has suffered some high-profile policy failures—for instance, he campaigned on a promise to curb homelessness, but New York’s shelter system has only gotten more crowded. And his liberal base wasn’t too thrilled that he tried to bring Amazon to town. “Then again, he has some debates coming up, and he isn’t a stranger to a crowded primary field, so don’t rule him out just yet,” writes Chadwick Matlin.

To me he is a typical politician…..say what he needs to get elected then do what he wants…..for instance when he was running for re-election he was asked if he would give the people of NYC a full 4 years if he won re-election……his answer was…YES!  That being the mayor was all he wanted to do.

He lied!  He will lie if in office as president.

He needs to stay put and focus on the needs of NYC…let the other 22 focus on the nomination.

Just another ego trip to clutter up the 2020 election cycle.

Biden Is The Man!

Now that Biden has entered the race the MSM, all but FOX, is making him the man to be nominated…..

They push his story for him…his elections, his wife and child’s death, the house burns down, his son dies and how he handled each of these disasters.

Granted he is the guy to go to when you need someone to talk you through some personal disaster…….no one person could help more.

But I am sorry all this “story” does not make Biden uniquely qualified to be the best person for the presidency….of course that is my feeling not that of the corporate media who is firmly in Biden’s corner (at least for now)…..

As former Vice President Joe Biden entered the 2020 presidential race Thursday, he immediately looked past the vast field of Democratic rivals and threw down the gauntlet toward President Trump, casting the race as a “battle for the soul of the nation.”

His strategy amounts to a bet that ideology and policy matter less to Democratic primary voters than their desire for victory over a president who has upended social and political values that liberals hold dear.

I have been comparing Biden to most Repubs (those before they sold their souls to Trump) I have said that his policies are more in line with the GOP than most average Americans (those people that MSM says he appeals to most)

Recent criticism of Joe Biden for praising Dick Cheney as “a decent man” and Mike Pence as “a decent guy” merely scratches the surface of what’s wrong with the current frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination. His compulsion to vouch for the decency of Republican leaders — while calling Donald Trump an “aberration” — is consistent with Biden’s political record. It sheds light on why he’s probably the worst Democrat running for president.

After several decades of cutting corporate-friendly deals with GOP legislators — often betraying the interests of core Democratic constituencies in the process — Biden has a big psychological and political stake in denying that the entire GOP agenda is repugnant.

 
I am not going to support Biden for the nomination…I do not care if he is the only one that the media thinks can beat Trump in 2020…..and as soon as the voter gets their heads out of the media’s ass they will see that he is not the one we need to put this country into a healthy state.
 
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Biden In The Lead

Last week Biden finally came out of the closet and announced his campaign for the Dem nomination……and now that he is in the lead the media will do their best to tear him down….(not that I find it reprehensible to do so)…after all he is the flavor of the day (for now)…..

To me Biden is not the candidate the country needs…he is an interventionist, anti-regulation in other words he should be a Repub…..

Joe Biden will never again be more popular than he was the day before he entered the presidential race. Still his residual appeal, a misbegotten nostalgia for the Obama years, vaulted Biden 20 points ahead of his nearest Democratic Party rivals in a Quinnipiac poll taken a few days after Biden’s announcement (in a creepy video) and his first campaign gigs, where, despite decades of service in the legislative ranks of Wall Street, he cunningly wrapped himself in the union label.

This Quinnipiac poll is almost certainly an outlier, but it must be picking up some kind of vibrations. Warren surging, Bernie plummeting. Warren has been hitting hard on new policies. Bernie is avoiding difficult issues and giving same stump speech he has for past 6 years…

https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/05/03/roaming-charges-biden-in-plain-sight/

There are several reasons why in my opinion Biden is the wrong person to rep the DNC……and this group below offers several of the reasons why this is…….

As soon as former Vice President Joe Biden announced his run for the presidency, he drew fire from the more progressive side of the Democratic Party. Justice Democrats, a group that backs Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib and other new faces in Congress, issued a tweet thread laying out why Biden is not their candidate.

“Joe Biden stands in near complete opposition to where the center of energy is in the Democratic Party today,” the group wrote April 25. “We don’t need someone who voted for the Iraq War, for mass incarceration, and for the Bankruptcy Reform Act, while voting against gay marriage, reproductive rights, and school desegregation.”

The six issues in that tweet have long been seen as Biden’s Achilles’ heel in this Democratic primary. Biden’s votes are a matter of record, but on some points, such as gay marriage, Biden switched his position.

https://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2019/apr/26/justice-democrats/biden-draws-barbs-progressive-democratic-organizat/

My concern is foreign policy and so far between the two “front runners” Biden and Bernie have differing views……

Supporters of former Vice President Joe Biden praise him as a man with extensive foreign policy experience. He’s living proof, however, that extensive doesn’t necessarily mean good.

Biden reflects the mindset of the previous generation of mainstream Democratic leaders who are out of touch with the anti-interventionist sentiments of most Americans.

“We don’t like his experience,” says Karen Bernal, theoutgoing chair of the California Democratic Party’s Progressive Caucus and who supports Senator Bernie Sanders for President. “Biden is way too deferential to the military-industrial complex. I don’t see him changing.”

Biden vs. Bernie – a Foreign Policy Faceoff

Oh God the polling is never ending and the BS of the MSM is never ending….for the media needs a corporate America friendly candidate they can promote and that candidate is Biden.

Biden is in the lead by double digits as they approach the first post but he needs to watch for the other horse in the race to cut him off as they race to the finish …….(sorry I had to throw in a Derby reference)…..(that will be the first and last reference to this damn race you will hear from me)

This is a debate that few will pay attention to for this election……for me I am still supporting Tulsi Gabbard for she best reflects my outlook on our foreign policy.

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Changing Of The Guard?

In 2018 the House reverted back to the Dems and in that election more women and Millennials were elected and they came to Congress with one plan to do the work of the people who elected them.

While they set about making their mark they were told by the “Old Guard” to be silent and keep their heads down…..they did not take that advice. And now the Old Guard is running scared and are doing all they can to make these Congresspeople as least effective as possible.

Come let’s be honest these old farts Dems are as conserv as the GOP all their noise made in contrary is just political theater knowing full well that their opposition will not be taken seriously and the status quo will remain….that means you will be crapped on as usual.

Starting with Clinton, Bubba not Hil, the Dems have drifted into conservatism and remained there…there has been lots of talk about change….but really? What has changed within the DNC? Obama may talk a good game but policies remained in the conserv vane…and yet he is seen as a progressive.

As a true progressive I despise the use of the term used to describe anyone in the DNC…the new brand is embracing true progressivism over the conserv BS from the past…..the country will win in the end.

These freshmen Congresspeople are giving the American people what they have had so little of in the past…a voice in their future.

I am so tired of these pundits on TV that make 6 figures or more telling the American people what they need and what they want.  These people have NO idea what an average family wants or needs……but yet they bad mouth the so-called Left populism…..

The considerable advances that the labor movements made in the period 1945–1978 (known as “The Golden Age of Capitalism”), and the considerable expansion of social, labor, and political rights that these movements achieved on both sides of the North Atlantic (North America and Western Europe), generated a response from the economic and financial establishments—as well as from the political and media establishments which they influence enormously—that had an extensive impact. These establishments developed the anti-labor movement policies, known internationally as neoliberal policies, that significantly reduced the powers of labor and weakened the rights that had been won over the previous decades.

The data speaks for itself: labor income fell as a percentage of GDP in most of these countries at the cost of a large increase in capital income from the 1980s until now (see my book Ataque a la democracia y al bienestar. Crítica al pensamiento económico dominante. Anagrama, 2015).

https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/04/26/why-left-wing-populism-is-not-enough/

I worries me when I see so-called unions come out in favor of the conservatism of Biden and most other Dem candidates…..unions NO longer represent the worker in the manner they were intended to in the past. (a post in waiting?)

The DNC needs a sharp turn to the Left…….we have had at least 3 decades of big money party politics….those days need to go away and stay away.

There are way too many “centrists” in this field of Dem candidates……these are the cowards from the past time for them to do what they can to help the changing of the guard…..

Democratic centrists — or you can call them New Democrats or moderates or “pragmatic progressives” or whatever label you choose — have had quite an impressive run in national politics. They have won seven consecutive Democratic presidential nominations (or perhaps eight, depending on how you classify Michael Dukakis), and then went on to win the popular vote in six of those general elections. This stretch of relative success came after Republicans had won five of six presidential elections between 1968 and 1988.

http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2019/03/a-new-role-for-democratic-centrists-helping-the-left-win.html

I have never liked Centrists…..pick a path a stay on it…the center of the road is a dangerous place….especially for the nation.

Change the guard and move the nation forward…we have had enogh back peddling.