What The Hell Happened?

2016 was an election about change….a funny topic because Americans do not want change……it was a primary season about the rise of the outsiders….

We have a 3 branch system of government…..a great idea…but unfortunately ours does NOT work and has NOT worked for decades.

It’s 2020, four years from now. The campaign is under way to succeed the president, who is retiring after a single wretched term. Voters are angrier than ever—at politicians, at compromisers, at the establishment. Congress and the White House seem incapable of working together on anything, even when their interests align. With lawmaking at a standstill, the president’s use of executive orders and regulatory discretion has reached a level that Congress views as dictatorial—not that Congress can do anything about it, except file lawsuits that the divided Supreme Court, its three vacancies unfilled, has been unable to resolve.

On Capitol Hill, Speaker Paul Ryan resigned after proving unable to pass a budget, or much else. The House burned through two more speakers and one “acting” speaker, a job invented following four speakerless months. The Senate, meanwhile, is tied in knots by wannabe presidents and aspiring talk-show hosts, who use the chamber as a social-media platform to build their brands by obstructing—well, everything. The Defense Department is among hundreds of agencies that have not been reauthorized, the government has shut down three times, and, yes, it finally happened: The United States briefly defaulted on the national debt, precipitating a market collapse and an economic downturn. No one wanted that outcome, but no one was able to prevent it.

Source: How American Politics Became So Ineffective – The Atlantic

So the question remains…what the Hell happened?

That one is easy to analyze…..

Trumpism may have parallels in populist, nativist movements abroad, but it is also the culmination of a proud political party’s steady descent into a deeply destructive and dysfunctional state.

While that descent has been underway for a long time, it has accelerated its pace in recent years. We noted four years ago the dysfunction of the Republican Party, arguing that its obstructionism, anti-intellectualism, and attacks on American institutions were making responsible governance impossible. The rise of Trump completes the script, confirming our thesis in explicit fashion.

Source: The Republicans waged a 3-decade war on government. They got Trump. – Vox

And then some say it has been a 50 year struggle for the GOP…..a struggle to change the very definition of “American Values”……

The current U.S. presidential election cycle may seem over the top. But in one important way, it is no different than any other over the past several decades. Since the 1970s, presidential candidates running under the Republican ticket have successively shifted further and further to the political right. How many times have we heard—or said—that George W. Bush made Richard Nixon look like a liberal?

The rightward political shift is no accident. Since the end of World War II, far-right conservatives and libertarians have patiently laid the groundwork for a national climate receptive to their ideals of weak government and a strong corporate presence.

Source: The far-right’s 50-year project to transform American values with a clandestine ‘counterrevolution’

Now look at this country and what is happening…..the country is so divided that nothing gets accomplished….it is a program that will change nothing…..a program that will eventually destroy this country from the inside.

(I know it is a lot to take in…but it is worth reading all the links…that is if you see there is something wrong with this country….if not then return for the search for Pokemon).

Opposing Plutocracy Means Opposing the Warfare State

Yes I know….many of you think that I am a peace-nik……if so then you are not mistaken.  I have been one since 1975.  Once I returned to the states after my two tours in Vietnam I was moved to do whatever I could to help end the war at any price….

Once the Vietnam War was effectively over I continued my anti-war work…….I was determined to help keep any American person from having to experience something that would change his/her life forever……I admit that I was not very successful since we have had a war a year since those days to contend with…..but that did not deter me from my continuing work….

With limited success will not keep me from voicing my opposition to war….it has never been fashionable to be anti-war and today more so than any point than I can recall…..when you voice opposition to war then prepare yourself for the name calling and the insults…it is not as bad as it was say 40 years ago…..today they are off-hand insults…like “apologist” or the ever popular “bleeding heart”…..OUCH!

Now we are in the midst of the 2016 election and our politicians have shown me that not one of them is against war….to the contrary……

Bernie Sanders wants to stay on message. So his presidential campaign has focused on economic issues. The American economy is rigged, Sanders says, in the interests of the wealthy and well connected. Banks and Wall Street brokerage houses get what they want at the expense of everyone else. The government should step in on the […]

Source: Opposing the Plutocracy Means Opposing the Warfare State – Antiwar.com Original by — Antiwar.com

Defense contractors have lots of cash to throw at politicians to make sure that the world remains a dangerous place…..the Pentagon does its part to keep the public afraid of their own shadow which in turn makes the propaganda more potable…..

Now ask…what are the chances that we could have a peaceful decade in the near future?

Robt.  Parry does a good explanation to that question…….

After nearly 15 years of Mideast war – with those conflicts growing ever grimmer – you might expect that peace would be a major topic of the 2016 presidential race. Instead, there has been a mix of warmongering bluster from most candidates and some confused mutterings against endless war from a few.

No one, it seems, wants to risk offending Official Washington’s neocon-dominated foreign policy establishment that is ready to castigate any candidate who suggests that there are other strategies – besides more and more “regime changes” – that might extricate the United States from the Middle East quicksand.

Source: Giving Peace Very Little Chance | Consortiumnews

The outlook for the future is grim…..that is if you are not a defense contractor…….the forecast is for a generation of war and the consequences if we continue down the path we have chosen……

You may appreciate it….but I do not…..and I will continue to speak out as an anti-war activist…….and as long as stupid is the rule of the day…..

The Revolt Against ‘Democracy’

I noticed something (everybody noticed it so I am not that perceptive) each GOP candidate took his/her turn badgering the press and the media…..most times with thunderous applause…

I am not a big fan of the MSM….I believe that they since they are part of corporate conglomerates, are used as a propaganda tool…..and that includes FOX, Drudge and the puke fest that is WND……. among others…..

I agree with others that say they believe that the media picks the candidate they want to promote, not necessarily to win but the one they can get the most mileage out of on air…….eg Clinton and Trump and now it is Rubio and Carson they are taunting the readers to care about…..

I believe that a free and unbiased press is a necessity for a democracy…..I am starting to doubt that we have either……

It’s election time in the US, and people are talking about subjects generally ignored in the woof and warp of everyday life. The role of government, trade policy, immigration, foreign policy – but none of these subjects dominated the stage in the latest installment of the seemingly endless GOP debates. Instead, the assembled candidates were […]  (Read more….)

Source: The Revolt Against ‘Democracy’ – Antiwar.com Original by — Antiwar.com

Italian socialist Antonio Gramsci in is writing back in the 1920’s warned his readers about the power that the media would eventually exert over the population……that it was inevitable that it would control the hegemony of society….so far he was spot on…..and we do little to change that……and for our lack of action we are losing our democracy……little piece at a time until it is eventually eroded away….

Now Here Is An Idea That Is Just Stupid

A couple of days ago I wrote a post about some Dem that thinks our poor underpaid Congress people need a raise…….these people just get more pathetic by the election….but there is an idea that is being floated about the Congress pay raise…….

You were probably outraged when Rep. Jim Moran said members of Congress can’t live on $174,000 per year, right? But over at Salon, Alex Pareene makes the case for why we actually should pay lawmakers more—say, a million bucks a year. Yes, we all hate Congress, but here’s the truth: “A Congress that is made up of rich-but-not-super-rich people is going to be more corruptible than a Congress of really rich people,” Pareene writes. That’s because many lawmakers want to be ultra-rich, which is how we end up with scandals like Bob McDonnell accepting illegal gifts while he was governor of Virginia.

That craving to be mega-rich is also why members of Congress “advance the interests of their funders far more often than they advance the interests of regular folk,” Pareene writes. To remove the influence of the rich on government, “we ought to try to free our lawmakers from reliance on wealthier benefactors.” And higher salaries would be a sort of campaign finance reform: “Everyone loves it when a billionaire candidate like Michael Bloomberg promises to be ‘above politics’ because he can fund his own election, so why not let members of Congress do the same?” Click for Pareene’s full column.

So sorry but most of these toads are already rich and if they cannot live on what we pay then stay home and bother the wife……or like I said the other day….get a second job….but one that does not conflicyt with his government position….try fry cook and see what the rest of us go through.

Are You Sick Of The BS Yet?

Commentary by Chuq……..

Today is my day to post rants…..some times I need to get some things off my brain to make room for the important stuff……

This question I ask of all my readers both Left and Right……has the “alternate” news organization began to be driving the news and the issues?

Jeez, I get it!  You hate the prez…..or is it the Dems….or all liberals…..or NSA or whatever is the news of the day.   It seems we have a scandal a day when we should have and address an issue a day.  But what can you expect from a Congress that works about 3 months a year, next year it will be 126 days.

We are accomplishing NOTHING….shall I repeat that for the more slow readers……We are accomplishing NOTHING….all we are doing is making this country and its people flipping crazy with bullsh*t stories and scandals…..do not get me wrong…..I love it….gives people like me lots of fodder for posts……

The Middle Class is disappearing….slowly but slowly…..and Congress is doing NOTHING to prevent that from occurring……why?

An excellent question!  Basically it is because that is not something that will win a primary for them……it does not fit into the slim category of a “scandal”…….in other words….NO one cares….at this point….please you Liberals do not nod in agreement…I am talking about you as much as I am talking to the base of the Tea Party/GOP…..for too long both parties have been blind to the plight of the middle class and now it is almost too late to save it……

To quote the song “Bad Boys”….whatcha gonna do?

I read daily and for hours about economics and politics…….and so far I have seen NOTHING from anyone that even appears to be a solution….as usual…..all talk…NO action.  That is how we Americans address our failings….we talk and talk….and in the end there is NO solution…..maybe a small reform but the problem always remains…..

Please, if anyone sees a cure on the horizon…let me know for I missed it……

The Mensa Bowl It Ain’t!

There are times when I ask the sanity or at least the intelligence of our politicians……I mean listen to the crap flying out of the mouths of idiots….and NO I am not speaking solely of the GOP…the Dems are just as guilty as anyone…..is it a plan to be speaking obscurities or is it just a lack of mental power?  Or maybe it is a lack of mental discipline?

Doug Hanchard writing for ZDNet………

Are we getting the best bang for the buck from our elected officials? Do existing politicians have the smarts we need to run the country? Would an IQ test raise the bar and attract better candidates to hold office? The answer to those questions and others is unclear and if any recent testing is any indication of what we witness may surprise you.

An accurate and repeatable result isn’t proof in the pudding and while IQ tests may rate an individual intelligence, it is a poor barometer to gauge one’s ability to be an elected official. President Obama (who’s well educated) in his State of the Union speech stated that funding education is a priority. In recent years, there has also been a demand by state and provincial governments, that teachers should also be better educated and tested regularly.  Some would argue that we need to do the same with our elected officials since many would suggest that we have some very …fill in the blank… elected people governing. Is this an argument to suggest we need smarter elected officials? Would an IQ test be a good litmus test?

Personally, I think they should…..or at least be given a civics test to see if they realize what it means to be a citizen of the greatest country on earth……I tire of all the freedom talk and inaction….. they are pissing all over people’s freedoms/rights.  I do not agree with everything the Dems are saying and doing and I definitely do not approve of the policies that most Repubs are pursuing……I realize that according to the Constitution the majority gets to name the game to be played in Washington….but should not the people we send to Washington be working on what is best for the people of the country and leave all privacy issues to the privacy of the person’s discretion?

In a time when millions are unemployed and millions more struggling to exist………I believe there are more important issues to focus on than what a woman does with her vagina or a new name for a Post office  or who shot who and why…..our Congress is polling at about 8% approval….my question is who are this 8%?  My guess would be lobbyists and their staff and the Congress and theirs……..everybody else seems to think that they are a bunch of do nothing clowns……

Let us say, for the sake of argument, that the GOP loses the 2012 general….will there be a re-calibration of the party and will it keep plugging along as it is doing today?

These people we have elected are NOT doing the job they were sent to Washington to do….then why do we keep electing the same or the same-like people time after time?