Tuesday, October 25, 2005

The Loyal Opposition

Yesterday, I heard that New York Democratic Senator Charles Schumer made a statement on “Meet The Press” this past Sunday, 10/23/05. When asked if he, knowing what he knows today, would, again, vote for the resolution giving Bush a blank check to start a war wherever he thought it was “necessary”, Schumer said, “Yes”. Yes!

Democratic Senator Charles Schumer would vote for the resolution for which he voted, even if he knew then what he knows today!

Schumer would vote for the resolution knowing that Iraq possessed no WMD!

Schumer would vote for the resolution knowing that the facts were “being fixed around the policy”!

Schumer would vote for the resolution knowing that top military officials strongly opposed the invasion of Iraq or at least opposed the method that was used to execute it.

Schumer would vote for the resolution knowing how close investigators are getting to exposing The Regime’s complicity in the events of 9/11!

Schumer would vote for the resolution knowing that Bush lied in his 2002 State of the Union address when he said that Saddam had attempted to obtain uranium from Niger!

Schumer would vote for the resolution knowing that The Regime would punish people like Joe Wilson, Richard Clarke, Paul O’Neil and Sibel Edmonds because they dared to speak the truth about its actions in Iraq!

What Schumer said in essence is that he would again vote, knowing what he knows today, to send 2,000 Americans to their deaths in spite of the fact that the reasons for doing so have all been exposed as having been fabricated!

I saw a Carl Levin press conference this morning on C-Span. Levin, the Democratic Senator from Michigan, said that Bush was conducting the war in Iraq all wrong. He said that, if it was up to him, he’d tell the Iraqis to settle their political differences in a timely manner or he would threaten to consider setting a timetable for the withdrawal from Iraq of American troops. He said we just can’t “cut and run”.

Levin, if he was in charge, would threaten to consider setting a timetable for the withdrawal of American troops from Iraq - threaten to consider setting a timetable for the withdrawal of American troops from Iraq!

If you take the time to read my essays “Representative Ellen Tauscher – The New Neocon” and “Representative Ellen Tauscher – The New Neocon - A Response to a Responder”, you’ll see what Tauscher, a Democratic member of The House of Representatives, thinks about our role in Iraq and about withdrawing American troops. You can be reminded of how she feels about the Americans who are dying daily in Iraq.

Am I missing something?

I know I missed something on November 2, 2004 when, after writing several essays presenting reasons for not voting for John Kerry and posting them on this blog, I caved to “progressive” groups like MoveOn.org and voted for Kerry. I can’t even explain why I did that as I was convinced that Kerry was, and still is George W. Bush with a different face and a different voice. I joined the ABB gang but really didn’t vote for anybody but Bush. I voted for Bush with a different face and a different voice.

I ask you, why are we talking about “fixing the Democratic Party”? Why are we talking about the “two camps” of the Democratic Party? Why can’t we see that the Democratic Party has made it very clear that it doesn’t represent a progressive platform? Why can’t we see that the Democratic Party is just another arm of The Corporacracy, the real political party which sits atop the government of not only the former United States of America, but most of the world?

“Progressive” organizations such as MoveOn, The Progressive Democrats of America, TrueMajoirity, etc. are Democratic Party apologists, nothing more, nothing less! If they won’t lead the way in wiping out the “red state/blue state” mentality, then we must search for groups who will. If they won’t call a Corporat a Corporat, then we must find groups who do. If they continue to look at alternatives to Democrats and Republicans as possessing the “third party disease”, then we must find groups who don’t.

We’ve got to stop asking what’s wrong with the Democratic Party and how do we fix it? We know what’s wrong with the Democratic Party. It operates in lock step with the Republican Party! As George Wallace said in 1968, “There ain’t a dime’s worth of difference between ‘em.” As someone once pointed out to me, they both drink from the same trough.

We have to stop pretending that red and blue are the only two colors in the spectrum. We have to begin to see that neither of the two so-called political parties represents America and Americans. We have to break out of this box into which precedence and the mainstream media have placed us, without our consent, against our best interests and while we weren’t paying attention.

If we want the United States of America to be a nation belonging to all Americans, present and future, we have to start paying attention and showing everyone with whom we come in contact how to pay attention.

To friendship,

“If you kill one person you are a murderer. If you kill ten people you are a monster. If you kill ten thousand you are a national hero.” – Vassilis Epaminondou

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

An Email Message I Sent to Senator Barbara Boxer

Most of the professional politicians who belong to the two corporate supported political parties are corrupt. I’ve expressed my opinion about this previously. As I said in my essay, Priority Number One, until the way we hire those who work for us is changed, the issues which we so passionately hold close to our hearts will be the “ball” that the disingenuous professional politicians will toss around.

There are a couple of professional politicians whom I believe may still incorporate some sincerity in their speech.

During the 2000 primaries, I thought that John McCain, with whom I disagree on most social issues, actually believed what he was saying. I thought that he was honest.

When Bush was selected, McCain forgot that the slime machine all but said that he was in favor of breast cancer and slid under their rock. I was wrong.

In 2004, Dennis Kucinich provided some hope for many of us.

After Kerry was nominated, he became George Bush with another face and another name. Kucinich, however, supported Kerry.

After The Regime manipulated what is falsely called a “Bush victory” again in 2004, the Congressional Black Caucus, the only body in the US Congress that seems to have any courage, once again challenged the electoral vote.

This happened in 2000 and not one senator would sign on with the Congressional Black Caucus to initiate a review of the 2000 election.

In 2004, Barbara Boxer did sign on with the Black Caucus which, in turn, initiated such a review. The review was, of course, a farce as the Republican lead Congress would never find fault with any aspect of that election. Even if they did, the complicit and compliant Democrats would have laid down, agreeing with what their Saturday golf buddies said.

Boxer has taken quite a few stands against The Corporacracy. This is not to say that she hasn’t accepted the same kind of “aid” from some of the same kind of “donors”.

It would be helpful in exposing the truth that we all seek if someone within the system who has national name recognition rose to a leadership level.

Boxer’s made herself a target of the slime machine with her “extreme” views on society. At present, she seems to be just about the only person with national recognition that may put truth before self-promotion.

The following is an email message that I wrote and sent to Senator Barbara Boxer of California.

Dear Senator Boxer,

My name is Michael Bonanno and I live in Antioch.

I’ve been bugging you for some time now to at least test the waters for the 2008 Democratic Party presidential nomination.

There is a genuine fear among progressives that Hillary Clinton is a shoe in. The fear, of course, is that Hillary Clinton is not a representative of people, she is a professional politician.

I once heard someone say that Bill Clinton may very well have been the best Republican president is history. Hillary, if elected, would put that claim to bed.

Senator Clinton supports raising the troop level in Iraq. This ill-advised move is based upon the assumption that, somehow, the American occupying force will someday turn Iraq into a democracy in the image of the US. I know that you don’t believe that, Senator Boxer.

You are maybe the most progressive person in the Senate. Like Dennis Kucinich before you, your views are in stark contrast with the views of more “moderate” members of your party.

Representative Kucinich pursued the Democratic Party’s nomination for president in 2004. What Kucinich ultimately did was to support John Kerry in spite of the fact that many of Kerry’s views were views that Kucinich reviled.

Senator Boxer, the “red state, blue state” phenomenon has got to end. You are just the person to end it.

Here is my brief attempt to counsel you on a possible presidential bid:

1. Search the net. I am not alone in pleading with you to make a move. Here’s the URL of one site out of many that supports you –
Barbara Boxer 2008 a strong voice for freedom & truth. It’s not the only one.

2. Senator Boxer, you shouldn’t have to make your intentions known so early, but you do. As long as those who can actually make a significant change to the Electoral College, if not
ban it altogether, are the same people who benefit from its existence, they will never try to make such a change.

You may think that banning the Electoral College is a national, widespread goal, but it isn’t. It has a trickle down affect. The Electoral College perpetuates the exclusivity of political ambition. It reinforces the “red state, blue state” phenomenon.
Third parties are as appealing to the American voters as is having a third eye.

This is why Kucinich didn’t walk away from a party that was promoting everything that he wanted to change. Kucinich didn’t have the courage to split with the lemmings in the party and run an independent campaign.

Unfortunately, Senator Boxer, this is why you need to make your intentions known quickly. You need to see what kind of support you receive from the political party to which you belong and, if you find support is lacking, and you very well may, you need to separate yourself from the party and run under the umbrella of a political party with which you can better identify. If nothing else, Senator Boxer, you will need to run as an independent.

I firmly believe that if Kucinich took this bold stand, he would have garnered a great many votes, even though the so-called “progressive” pundits were asking Ralph Nader to bow out. I respect Nader for seeing that Kerry was offering what Bush was already giving us and for standing his ground. If he took votes away from Kerry, it was because Kerry didn’t earn those votes in the first place.

4. If there are skeletons in your closet, and the slime machine will find them if they’re there, you mustn’t run from them. Unless you’ve murdered someone in cold blood during your lifetime, there can be no skeleton from which you should have to run.

If you had an affair, say that you had an affair.

If you belonged to some kinky sex cult, say that you did.

If you lied, say that you lied.

My point is this. Every time a politician’s closet is raided, said politician lies about what is found.

So where does that get one? One has not only done something that is, prima facie, distasteful to many Americans, but lies about it, compounding the controversy.

If Bush, for example, had said, “Yeah, I was scared to death. I didn’t want to go to Vietnam so I had my daddy get me out of it. But I regret that. I wish I would have fought for my country and that’s the reason I have so much admiration for those who are patriotic enough to do so now,” his supporters would have had even more “ammunition” with which to support him. They could have said he made a mistake but at least he’s owning up to it.

The same with Clinton. Admit that you’re having an affair, say that you and your spouse are receiving marriage counseling and, other than that, say it’s nobody’s business.

Admitting a mistake, explaining why one would have made that mistake at that time or explaining why you believe that what you did was the right thing to do and then moving on would be almost more than detractors can stand.

In addition to that, as Bill Clinton had “Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow”, a Fleetwood Mac song, as his anthem, if you do have skeletons, you could adopt Pat Benatar’s “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” to speak to detractors.

5. Unlike Representative Kucinich, you, Senator Boxer, must never let your supporters down, not even if someone else captures the Democratic Party’s nomination.

You either have to continue right up until election day in November as an independent or claim that your followers are the “New Democrats” and thus name the party which you and your supporters will be creating.

6. Begin publishing essays at sites such as
Common Dreams.org on a regular basis. Become even more popular with the truly progressive community.

All of the “Barbara Boxer updates” should be published at
Common Dreams and other progressive publications.

Senator Boxer, the voting process in the US has been corrupted and the mainstream media has reinforced that corruption. I’ve seen the color spectrum, Senator Boxer, and there are many more colors in it than red and blue.

Unfortunately, Senator Boxer, because of a corrupt system whose change you can spearhead after the 2008 election, especially if you were to win the presidency, you need to express your intentions very early and begin campaigning very early as well.

We can raise money for you, Senator Boxer, I’m sure. However, if you were to use some of your own wealth to support your own candidacy, you would be sending another strong message.

Please heed our call for your candidacy, Senator Boxer. We need you now more than ever.

To the staff member who reads this and is assigned to respond to it: even if Senator Boxer doesn’t personally read this message from one of her constituents, please ensure that she reads as many messages as possible from people pleading with her to run in 2008.

Michael Bonanno

The Mind Of Michael

To friendship,

Saturday, October 01, 2005

Old/New Concept

Ever since I was 18, the first year that Eugene McCarthy became an unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination, I’ve been struggling to find a political party with whom my conscience would allow me to register.

Thus far, I’ve registered with the Democratic Party, the Libertarian Party and the Green Party of the United States. I even researched the Socialist Party USA. I’m presently registered as an independent because those parties possessed traits and/or planks in their platforms that I could not support.

I wrote to one of the authors of an opinion piece which was published on the CommonDreams.org[ web site. I told this person that I was both endorsing the Green Party of the United States and communicating with it to encourage it to make more of an effort to promote its candidates, especially on a national level.

The writer replied to me, saying that he had supported the Green Party for the longest time but was frustrated with what to him was a lack of initiative. He said that he was going to look around for like-minded people and try to reinvigorate the Populist Party.

I then began to research information about the Electoral College because I believed, and still do believe, that third parties are as appealing to the American voter as having a third eye. As I believe that the Democrats and the Republicans aren’t the least bit interested in banning the Electoral College, it appears at present that we’re stuck with corporate owned professional politicians for some time to come.

Tonight I finally Googled the Populist Party. On one of its pages, there was a link that took me to The Direct Democracy League.

I don’t know if this guy is the only person trying to make a case for The Direct Democracy League, but he offers a lot of information.

At this time, I’ve only begun reading the information and I have more questions than opinions. As I read, I may discover how Stephen Neitzke proposes to implement what is quite an ambitious plan.

The Direct Democracy League presents me, at least, with something to study that’s entirely out of the box.

He speaks of a “2nd National Constitutional Convention” to “renew” The Constitution of The United States. His Direct Democracy League supports the ideal of “True Republican Governance” (TRG).

I will state up front that Neitzke references federal statute 18 USC 241 very often. When I clicked on the link, it took me to the text of that particular federal law. What I was a bit suspicious of was that the text is on a page that is also an advertisement for a law firm.

In Neitzke’s defense, I believe that he’s put too much thought, research and general effort into his writing to have a hidden agenda. He’s also extremely passionate. However, if you’re at all interested, you can visit the site and decide for yourself.

I’m sending this message out to you to offer another angle from which to view how our government could potentially look. If you wish to visit the web site, the reading is extremely interesting and, as mentioned, Neitzke is extremely passionate about the league’s mission. One almost gets the idea that Neitzke firmly believes that the implementation of the league’s mission is already a done deal.

There’s a lot to ingest, but I thought some of you may be interested in learning a bit about Neitzke’s goals. I know that I’m interested.

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To friendship,

You cannot simultaneously prevent and prepare for war.” – Albert Einstein

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