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Good News From Seattle

I was born in 1930, a year when the Socialist party of America could still gain over 250,000 votes in a presidential election. In 1912, Eugene Victor Debs, the Socialist candidate for president won over 900,000 votes, the equivalent today of about 4,000,000. There were Socialists as mayors and some in Congress. Good news from Seattle. Kshama Sawart of the Socialist Alternative party was elected to the City Council of Seattle which means that city finally has someone holding public office who actually cares about the needs of those who are poor and those who are in the declining middle class. Isn’t it wonderful to have a politician who does not believe the end goal of getting elected to public office is to protect our oppressed wealthy people from paying higher taxes? Yes, John Boehner, there are “job creators,” but the jobs they create are for the top five percent in America! I can guarantee the following words will not be uttered in the halls of Congress this year.

Ms. Sawart: “I will do my best to represent the disenfranchised and the excluded, the poor and the oppressed by fighting for a $15 an hour minimum wage, affordable housing, and taxing the super rich!” It’s been a long time since we elected someone to public office who speaks for the 95% of Americans. By the way Republicans, during World War II the top tax rate was 90%! And, during the administration of Republican President Dwight Eisenhower it was 70%. And, believe it or not, our economy boomed and the middle class grew larger and wealthier!!

Poverty Myths In America

During the Great Depression which began with the stock market crash in 1929, the unemployment rate was somewhat different than what modern Americans associate with poverty. Of course, there was no unemployment money coming in, Social Security only began in 1936, there was no government medical care programs like Medicare so people made do. Until, that magic moment, three months after President Franklin Roosevelt was inaugurated in March. Thus began the famous 100 days when government program after government program was unleashed and by the summer about FOUR MILLION WERE WORKING AT GOVERNMENT SPONSORED JOBS.

In other words, about 25% of those reading these words had relatives who only survived the Depression because there were government sponsored work programs. In other words, about 25% of those who read these words are descendants of POOR PEOPLE. So, let’s explore the meaning of being poor:

1. Poor people work their butts off because they are hungry and have to feed self or family.

2. Poor people do NOT receive government handouts like making their lunch tax deductible or the hundreds of tax write offs the wealthy possess.

3. Work helps an individual define the Self. It makes no different if wealthy or poor, we all need work in order to have a healthy self concept.

4. Yes, the boss created the company, but its success depends on those who work in the establishment.

5. OK, so five percent of those who are poor seek handouts. Exactly, what percent of businessmen seek government handouts?

6. Believe it or not, those who work at $7.45 an hour at McDonald’s take pride in their work.

7. To be poor means going to bed wondering if there is food in the morning for the children. That adds stress and anxiety to the individual. Hardly the way to keep physically or mentally healthy.

8. Poverty sucks as anyone who has been poor understands. It is NOT a goal, it is a consequence for living in America where those without money lack political power which leads to lack of economic power.

It is time to cease making those who are poor come across as lazy. After all, is that the way you want your grandparents depicted??

Agony Of Barack Obama

I have been able to hear or see State of Union presentations for over 75 years. On Tuesday night, President Obama came before Congress. He talked and talked as an audience sat quietly listening to words that few actually ever believed would result in action, if the word, “action” relates in any manner to new legislation. It is quite clear the Republican party has committed itself to a program of sabotage of any legislation that does not result in greater wealth and power to the wealthy. It is quite clear that Barack Obama has lost connection with members of the Democratic party and they simply do not regard him as a leader who will move the party and nation forward. So, what went wrong?

The problem began on election night of 2008. Barack Obama had a model as to how to confront a nation which had a collapsed economy and millions headed for unemployment–March, 1933 with the swearing in of Franklin D. Roosevelt as president. Instead of studying and adapting the famous 100 Days of FDR, Obama, for some strange and mysterious reason, selected Ronald Reagan as his model!! The FDR model was centered on two basic ideas: Banks, Wall Street and the wealthy were responsible for the Depression. Period. Secondly, the IMMEDIATE ISSUE WAS-PROVIDING JOBS FOR PEOPLE. Obama did NOT have his 100 days of action even though Democrats controlled both House and Senate. Instead, he ignored the job issue( Between March, 1933 and August, 1933, FDR provided work for FOUR MILLION JOBLESS PEOPLE).

FDR’s assistant was Harry Hopkins, a former social worker. As Hopkins once told an administrator who said the task could be handled next week, “people eat today, not next week.” Obama surrounded himself with Wall Street types like Geithner and Summers, there was no Hopkins to focus on needs of those without work who needed aid NOW.

Franklin Roosevelt was adored by those without work, Obama is regarded by those without work as not caring and only concerned with his relations with Wall Street. True or not, that is his image among those without work. FDR held news conferences three times a week, he got the message out about his concern, Barack Obama does not like press conferences and never has gotten the message out about his concern for those without work.

During the 100 days, there were laws to provide 1,000,000 young men work with the CCC so they could gain some money as well as pride rebuilding our forests. There were laws to provide jobs to men and women who build schools and hospitals and rebuilt ports as well as new airports. People had their faith restored in self. There was no Obama legislation to provide financial assistance to young people faced with huge student loan debts although hundreds of billions were available to save banks and General Motors.

In other words, Obama failed from day one to get across the image of a leader determined to help people NOW. Instead he pushed for health insurance, an important idea, but one that could have been initiated two years later. He failed to lead. He failed to communicate. He failed to pay attention to what mattered the most–JOBS, JOBS, JOBS!!

Now, few regard him as a leader who is concerned with the needs of those without. What is more ironic than a president who wanted to help those without now regarded as a leader who is only concerned with himself and his image??

Banality Of Evil

A half century ago the state of Israel placed Adolf Eichmann, the notorious Nazi who helped organize and carry out the Holocaust on trial for genocide. At that time Hannah Arendt, a famous historian, wrote a book in which she argued that Eichmann was a bureaucrat who carried out orders because they were orders and it was his task as a bureaucrat to carry out orders given by superiors. Arendt was harshly criticized because she employed words such as “banality of evil” as to transform the Holocaust into a process carried out by bureaucrats rather than a systematic murder of millions. Alas, we continue to live in a world in which whoever is in charge employs the bureaucracy that exists to enforce laws because it is the duty of bureaucrats to enforce laws. Barack Obama twice ran for the presidency arguing that he would end the disabuse of rights by the Bush administration and restore basic Constitutional laws that guarantee the rights of individual American citizens. Instead, Obama has become the defender to spying and surveillance because since he is the president then he must do what presidents do-catch the spy and enforce whatever technology has been used in the past to catch the spy.

If tomorrow, someone else became president- Chris Christie or Ted Cruz or even Rand Paul, we could expect that president would continue a campaign of surveillance and disregard of human rights. The power of bureaucracy is even more powerful than the power of common sense and respect for the Constitution. Military leaders, bureaucrats, technicians always argue that in the name of “our national security” certain actions must occur. Edward Snowden, in one sense, was the anti-bureaucrat because he chose to pose questions concerning which comes first, Constitutional rights or “national security.” In so doing, Snowden made clear the choice was NEVER between “national security” and the Constitution.

The evidence is overwhelming. For over a decade we have allowed bureaucrats in the armed forces or the NSA or the CIA to decide what constitutes “national security” and in so doing, have allowed nameless bureaucrats who simply are “doing their job” to continue doing a job that has failed for over a decade to protect “national security.” What is unusual about Edward Snowden is that a nameless bureaucrat who was just doing his job, began to question the nature of his job, and set in motion the concept that those who run the machine of death can always stop and question why this program of death?

Texas, Land Of Death

Texas is both a state of mind and a place in which there are human inhabitants. Texas is the home of those who believe killing is simply a way to demonstrate to God that one is a good Christian. Texas is a land of plenty for a few and a land of poverty for many. Texas believes fervently that if one kills a “bad person” then other “bad people” will become good people. Edgar Tamayo is a mentally disabled individual who murdered an innocent person. He was a citizen of Mexico and thus entitled, as any foreigner is when charged with crimes when in a strange land, to assistance from his embassy. Americans overseas immediately contact the US Embassy when charged with a crime. It is an international right recognized by International Courts. The recent death by drugs of Dennis McGuire took 25 agonizing minutes to accomplish.

Former President Bush urged states to recognize our obligations in America to respect the right to consular assistance. Secretary of State John Kerry has urged Texas Governor Rick Perry to hold off on the death sentence for Tamayo and work with Mexican officials. Hell man! This is TEXAS! This is the land where one can kill and kill. Of course, when George Bush was governor of the state he never gave prevented an execution of someone convicted in a courtroom.

It is nice to know that George Bush “found God” and became a new man. Rick Perry doesn’t worry about finding God, all he has to do is look in the mirror.

Humans Are Simply Humans!

There is an old French expression, “Plus ca change, plus c’est le meme chose,” which in English translates into “the more things change, the more they are the same.” Archeologists excavating in the Bursa area of Turkey discovered evidence of the existence of torture chambers and dungeons from 2,300 years ago. Pick up a newspaper today or survey the Internet and one encounters images and stories of human brutality that bring back memories of World War II and Adolf Hitler or Japanese soldiers going wild in the streets of Chinese cities. Of course, the Allies also enjoyed opportunities to kill and torture, although, on a much lower scheme of things. So, what did these 2,300 year old dungeons reveal?

There were hangman who cut off heads of people, and then threw their heads into a well while selling off body parts to relatives of dead people.

There were instruments of torture –just like we have instruments of torture in the 21st century.

So, what has changed in terms of human brutality? Just the numbers involved, just the numbers. We have always been part of the human race.

Question: Did our Cro-magnon or Neanderthal ancestors also torture??

Iran Moves Forward

The worst nightmare for AIPAC in the United States of America has arrived. It has spent years intimidating American political leaders with stories that Iran threatens peace, not only in the Middle East, but in the world and must be halted in its nuclear programs. Republicans and Democrats are rallying behind the Israel lobby’s efforts to increase, rather than reduce sanctions upon Iran. The European Union, Russia and China are supporting efforts to compel the Iranian government to end its nuclear weapon program. President Obama has been working with these allies in order to establish a nuclear free Middle East. In the presence of UN inspectors, the Iranian government cut high level uranium enrichment. Jay Carney, speaking for the White House, noted: “these actions represent the first time in nearly a decade that Iran has verifiably enacted measures to half progress on its nuclear program and roll it back in key respects.”

This Iranian statement of compliance will not be hailed by most American Senators as representing anything other than another attempt at covering up its nuclear weapon plans. They are beholden to the Israel lobby and want votes in the 2014 campaign. Ironically, the ONLY nation in the Middle East which DOES posses nuclear weapons is -ISRAEL! And, Israel has repeatedly refused to allow UN inspectors into its facilities!

In other words, American Congressmen are NOT for a nuclear free Middle East!

Planet Earth Rich And Poor

At the Davos meeting, a report indicated there are 85 people on this planet in possession of more wealth than 3.5 BILLION PEOPLE. A simple fact of life for those who live on this planet. It is clear the Republican party accepts these figures as proof that “talent” must be served even though the meal is rather large for a few people and nonexistent for the vast majority. I assume when we humans emerged as Cro-magnons, the disparity between those who had more goods than other Cro-Magons was nothing like the current disparity. I assume during thousands of years when we were pastoral people wandering around for food and shelter, no such gap existed. All Cro-magnons were in possession of pretty much the same amount of clothes or food. I assume when humans emerged who farmed, the concept of “wealth” began to emerge, but nothing like the current figures. Yes, there were kings and queens who lived in a palace, but the disparity between what they consumed daily was not the current figure between the 85 and the 3.5 billion.

I assume it was arrival of the Industrial Revolution that began the current growth in disparity. Emergence of technology simply has accelerated the growth in disparity. It is time to take action-globally!

1. No human should be allowed to possess more than ten times the national average of wealth in a society.

2. All money beyond the Law of Ten should be placed under control of the government.

3. Each society should establish a basic wage for each inhabitant that ensures a healthy life for individuals and families.

To sum up, anyone on this planet, anyone living anywhere, can exist on a million dollars a year!!

STAND YOUR GROUND AND DEFEND SELF!!

I understand that in American society there exists a bunch of cowards who pretend to be in favor of allowing criminals to run wild in our streets without any fear of being halted. These “liberals” are the sort who vote for foreign socialists like Barack Obama and hate the US Constitution. Curtis Reeves, a former policeman for the Tampa Police Department, took his wife to the movie theater for a night of entertainment. During previews for the movie to be watched, some guy named Chad Coulson was texting something to his daughter’s daycare and creating noise. Mr.Reeves told him to halt, complained theater management and when he returned to his seat the argument continued. At this point Mr. Reeves was assaulted by either some popcorn or a bag of dangerous popcorn. Mr.Reeves is not only an American, he is an American who believes in the right to Stand Your Ground when assaulted by violent criminals and members of terrorist organizations. He proceeded to shoot and kill the popcorn terrorist, one Chad Coulson.

As Richard Escobar, lawyer for Curtis Reeves put it: “The alleged victim attacked him. At that point in time he has every right to defend himself.” Damn well right. The next time some friggin baby throws her food back at me, I have the Right to Stand My Ground and blast away at the little twerp!!

Just Another Guy With A Handgun

I was raised in the slums of New York City during the Depression, a time when the state of New York had rigid laws about who could possess a gun, and the United States Supreme Court believed it was in accordance with the Second Amendment to control use of guns. Over the coming half century, attitudes in America shifted from support of weapon control to the current crazy attitude that people have a right to carry weapons of destruction. Last night, a man in Elkhart, Indiana, walked into the Martin Super Market about 10:00 p.m., took out a semi-automatic handgun, saw a woman and shot her, and then walked a few pages more to shoot another woman. He was ready to blast away–according to his Second Amendment rights when police entered and blasted away and killed him. No one has any idea why he wanted to kill people, and the NRA will insist that he had a right to carry around a gun. I am certain the NRA will argue that if the women who were killed had a gun they could have fired back!!

I am baffled about gun ideas of the American people!Who have we become??