Terrible Truths: One capitalist party that in not much fun for most of us.

From an article in The Nation on the At by Norman Solomon, Karen Bernal, Pia Gallegos, and Sam McCann.  The tax bill we should all be crying over is not purely the result of what republicans have been doing and until those who lean liberal realize this, the usurpation of the people’s power by the wealthy few will continue unabated.

“This “Autopsy,” in other words, is a text for rebellion and a rough suggestion of what a born-again Democratic Party might look like. This is the heart of its indictment: “The mainstream Democratic story line of victims without victimizers lacks both plausibility and passion. The idea that the Democrats can somehow convince Wall Street to work on behalf of Main Street through mild chiding, rather than acting as Main Street’s champion against the wealthy, no longer resonates. We live in a time of unrest and justified cynicism toward those in power; Democrats will not win if they continue to bring a wonk knife to a populist gun fight.”

The authors are clearly seeking a straightforward repudiation of the governing strategy on economic issues by the last two Democratic presidents. Neither Bill Clinton nor Barack Obama attempted to challenge corporate and financial interests, and neither did nearly enough to address the lost jobs and wages that led to deteriorating affluence and fed popular cynicism and distrust. Obama, for example, gratuitously appointed General Electric CEO Jeffrey Immelt to the White House Jobs Council—an odd choice, given that Immelt’s company was a notorious pioneer in offshoring American jobs to foreign nations. Immelt subsequently admitted that he was motivated by GE’s bottom line: American wages were too high, he explained, so he intended to lower them. He succeeded.”

The autopsy is available free of charge 

 

TO A DARK CHRISTMAS AND AN UNHAPPY NEW YEAR

People marched a few times to show their disapproval for he who had become their president.  People felt happiness for the good numbers that showed up to chant and wave placards.  People called their representatives and thought that those calls we somehow the cause of moves to end the Affordable Care Act failing.  They thought there was power in petitions.  They heaped praise on the likes of John McCain, Lisa Murkowsk, Susan Collins, Jeff Flake for seeming to do the right thing.  There was even hope generated by Trump’s meeting with Chuck and Nancy.

Deception and self-deception.  Nothing good has come our way since the inauguration and many a terribly bad thing has been done to us.  There is no good reason for joy and there is no good reason to celebrate.

We should mark this season with the sorrow we should be feeling for what has been lost.  We should be taking down the festival lights, replacing them with symbols of the darkness that has come over this land.  Strip the trees of colorful ornaments and replace them with symbols of degradation and defeat, symbols that will remind us of how far we have fallen.

We have lost a great deal.  We have lost our democracy and we have lost our dignity.  Most of us are now living under the control a small group of very powerful people who hold power because they have bought and sold us.  They have stolen our wealth and they have destroyed our dignity and we, without dignity or wealth pander to them for the little bits they are willing to dole out to keep us at bay.  We work for their system, a system designed to make them wealthy by our work.

IF WE WISH TO RECOVER WHAT IS RIGHTFULLY OURS, THE POWER TO GOVERN, THE POWER TO BUILD A SYSTEM THAT IS GOOD FOR THE WHOLE, THAT INSURES PROSPERITY FOR ALL, THEN WE NEED TO THINK OF HOW WE ARE GOING TO GO ABOUT BREAKING THE SYSTEM THAT WORKS AGAINST US, THAT WORKS TO FORCE US TO WORK FOR THEM AND NOT THE COMMON GOOD.

I PROPOSE THAT WE BOYCOTT CHRISTMAS, THAT WE CEASE OUR FEEDING OF THE SYSTEM, THAT WE ACCEPT THE HARDSHIP THAT MAY COME OF SUCH ACTION, THE AVOIDANCE OF WHICH HAS PERPETUATED OUR MISERY WHILE MAKING US FEEL AS THOUGH WE ARE REALLY FEELING GOOD.  WE HAVE PURCHASED THE THINGS THEY SELL US TO KEEP OURSELVES HAPPY AND THAT SENSE OF HAPPINESS HAS KEPT US FROM DOING WHAT IS NECESSARY TO END OUR MISERY.

ON CHRISTMAS DAY AND ON NEW YEARS EVE TURN THE CELEBRATIONS INTO GATHERINGS WHERE A TRULY BRIGHT FUTURE IS DISCUSSED.  USE THE TIME TO TALK TO ONE ANOTHER ABOUT WHAT IS WRONG AND HOW THINGS CAN BE MADE RIGHT.  ADMIT TO THE DARKNESS, LOOK INTO IT AND TALK ABOUT HOW IT IS THAT WE HAVE ALLOWED SUCH GLOOM TO OVERTAKE US.

AND THEN BEGIN THE PROCESS OF RESTORING JOY, CONSIDERING WHAT IT WILL TAKE TO MAKE A SOCIETY THAT IS WORTHY OF CELEBRATION, A SOCIETY THAT IS KIND AND HUMANE, MORALLY UPRIGHT IN THE PROPER WAY, FOR THE PEOPLE AND THEIR WELFARE, FOR A FUTURE IN WHICH ALL WORK IS DONE FOR THE SAKE OF MAKING THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE IN WHICH TO LIVE.

Posted to Facebook: Acknowledge the darkness, not a time for festivals of light

I haven’t read the tax bill but I think a final blow has been struck and what it means is either that capitalism as we know it has finally gone too far and will soon be dealt a death blow or that we have finally been fully taken over by a few who are rich and own us part and parcel. What happened tonight is simply intolerable but so much that is intolerable these days is endured. Come on puppet classes, yank those strings, pull the puppet masters from their high places and give it to them good just what they deserve.

BREAK THE ECONOMY THAT IS BREAKING US. END THE HOLIDAY SHOPPING SEASON NOW. PURCHASE NOT ANOTHER ITEM THAT IN ANYWAY SENDS PROFITS TO THE CORPORATIONS. TAKE THE HIT AND TAKE BACK THIS NATION ALREADY!

REPLACE THE BULBS WITH BLACK ONES. LET IT LOOK LIKE SOMETHING HAS DIED. FOR IT HAS. FORGET THE PARTIES AND INSTEAD MEET TO PLOT STRATEGY. ON CHRISTMAS DAY, GATHER IN THE STREETS TO MARK THE DEATH OF DEMOCRACY AND MAYBE TALK TO ONE ANOTHER ABOUT HOW IT MIGHT BE RESTORED. NOT A TIME TO CELEBRATE BUT TO MOURN AND CONSIDER HOW WE MIGHT PURGE OURSELVES OF THE SCOURGE THAT IS THE GOVERNMENT THAT WE HAVE ALLOWED TO BE TAKEN OVER BY A GROUP OF SELF-SERVING, SELF-RIGHTIOUS SCUM BAGS.

Wealth cannot = power in a democracy. It does here. Thus, this is not a democracy.

Mira Sorvino‏

Following ‪@MiraSorvino

“How Donald Trump Could Build an Autocracy in the U.S. or, The Ghost of America Future – if we don’t wake up and stop him…- The Atlantic”

How to Build an Autocracy

The preconditions are present in the U.S. today. Here’s the playbook Donald Trump could use to set the country down a path toward illiberalism.

theatlantic.com

Replying to @MiraSorvino

Money moves to the top and the top use the money to buy political power so they can move more money to the top so they can buy more political power. The only way to break the cycle is to make it impossible to buy political power and there seems no will to do so because those with power do not want to prevent themselves from being able to buy power because they like having the ability to use their power to grab up more wealth. If they will not stop buying power with their money, then the people should act to take away their wealth.

“Katrín Jakobsdóttir: a 41-year-old democratic socialist, feminist, anti-militarist” and she won election in Iceland. It can’t happen here, it can’t happen here–but why?

Ah!  From a party that is not full bore defender of the capitalist way!  In the USA no such parties exist, parties that offer up alternatives to the predatory capitalism with which we accept as the only alternative.  How did it come to be that our form of capitalism came to be the only possibility, this in a nation that advertises itself as a democracy, democracies operating effectively only when a good many ideas are up for reasoned discussion aimed at discovering the best answers to questions related to the well being of the nation’s citizens?  How is it that the only answers that are considered are answers that are supportive of capitalism even when capitalism has proven to not be in favor of a good life for all?  We are, it seems, conditioned to accept the absurdity of our existence, of the system under which we live, a system that IS us even if we do not like what it does to us.

From John Nichols Tweet:

The new prime minister of Iceland is Katrín Jakobsdóttir: a 41-year-old democratic socialist, feminist, anti-militarist who says Iceland will expand its health-care system, “go farther than the Paris Accord” in fighting climate change and strive for increased gender equality.

Two Parties for capitalism and no alternatives

In a functional democratic society, a society in which there is a lot of thought and many voices offering many ideas for the good of the whole, for the betterment of the society, there would naturally be political entities with some power, some degree of representation in the public discourse, speaking for alternatives to what presently exists. In a functional democracy in the 21st Century, the democratic nation would, as exists in other 21st capitalist nations, political entities critical of capitalism as it presently exists simply because capitalism causes a great many problems for a great many people. In the United States of America, both parties are parties of capitalism. There are two parties but in regard to dealing with the most potent force in the society, its economic system, they are both one the same side of things, the one offering a particular brand of capitalism, the other a slightly different version, neither in anyway willing to provide the necessary critique.

The United States of America, under its current two party system is not a democracy but rather a capitalist society because in the course of what is supposedly democratic debate, alternatives to capitalism are never discussed because there are not political parties offering alternatives. How can it be that there is no labor party in the U.S.A., no viable socialist party, no–yes–communist party?

It is because capitalism is us and capitalism is inviolable. A telling feature of our existence in this country, isn’t it?

Screw them all because we want even more!

Ace wrote in response to the article below: Screw the retired folks, college students, healthcare! Trump and his friends needed more Money!!!

My response: They do and they need it in order to gain even more control over the lives of the people of the world, people they view as their servants who they are willing to give enough to survive so they can serve the desires of those who have most of what there is. This is a scheme that has been working to erode the power of the people that has been in effect since the invention of capitalism and, following the capitalist ethic, it does not have to be played fairly, ethically,honestly, or humanely. It cannot be played fairly, ethically, or honestly because it is a scam and for a scam to work someone must be scammed. The more fools the better and, so far, the scam has worked so well as to insure that there are enough fools to keep the system working. That these bastards can propose what they have and their not be riots in the streets is a clear sign that the ploy has worked exceedingly well and soon it will be working even better for there are many provisions in this bill and other legislation and rules being proposed to insure that very few will be so well educated as to be able to see this for what it really is.

The article:

Screw the retired folks, college students, healthcare! Trump and his friends needed more Money!!!

The group notes that the new report should concern anyone who will become a senior citizen over the next 10 years.
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