Friday, February 29, 2008

The Progressive that Progressives Love to Hate

(Originally published at OpEdNews.com)

Anthony Wade wrote an article at OpEdNews entitled The Nader Illusion, This is No Time for a Protest Vote.

The article was, of course, the first shot across the bow at Ralph Nader because the 74 year old activist had the gall to give the American people a real choice in the 2008 presidential election.

We all knew this was going to happen, though, didn’t we? Mr. Wade’s premise, naturally, is that the 5% vote that Nader picked up in Florida in 2000 would have been enough to make the results unquestionable and, consequently, make the results too definitive to allow The Regime to steal it.

Nobody knows what The Corporacracy would have had Al Gore do if he was elected. There's lots of talk that Gore would not have gone into Iraq or would have captured bin Laden. Was there a Gore presidency film that we’ve previously seen? Would it have been a rerun? Are that many people clairvoyant?

We have to remember the things that have been done while one leg of The Corporacracy or the other owned the person who we euphemistically refer to as president of The Former United States of America.

Whatever Truman was thinking, whatever plans Eisenhower may have had, even though Kennedy was OK with putting "advisors" in Vietnam, the person who occupied the position of fantasy during the time when most of the 58,000 American military personnel died was Johnson, that's Johnson-D.

Some believe we didn't have to get involved in WWII and others say that the first group is nuts. I won't get into how I feel about that, but Roosevelt, that’s Roosevelt-D, was playing the role when Americans died and Japanese Americans were incarcerated.

There are even more people who are convinced we had no reason to lose soldiers in WWI. That's the war that happened during the so called Administration of Woodrow Wilson-D.

If Franklin Roosevelt had anything to do with putting America on the right track for the right reasons after The Depression, I have to admire him for that. I hope he didn't use the death of war to help him.

Herbert Hoover had lots of friends and he did what Republicans seem always to do and that's cronyism America into that very Depression.

A road was built during the Eisenhower years, but he didn't stop people from dying in Korea.

Ford let a criminal go free to save the country from divisiveness which actually might have been good for the country. We may not have fallen asleep to awaken to the fact The United States were finally no longer united.

Carter, well, I'm not sure what Carter did. Some say he caused the energy crisis, some say that bills coming due from Vietnam were doing that. The point is he didn't have the diplomatic skills nor the staff with enough diplomatic skills to free 52 Americans from Iranian captivity. Of course, the presidency is a front for The Corporacracy and the Carter years were slow.

Reagan did very well and I'm sure received good grades from his bosses.
He began escorting American workers to pasture while smiling and being ridiculous enough to be considered America's human sunshine.

His bosses made him and his buddies introduce Iran to El Salvador.

We had our made for TV miniseries war as cameramen and newscasters waited for American soldiers to land on the shores of Grenada. That might be when TV news started to become really silly.

HW screwed Saddam Hussein after years of foreplay. If not for trying to stuff his buddies’ pockets with money in a short period of time, he may have accrued the legacy of being a good president or whatever they call such thespians.

Bill Clinton? Having the stage while the bosses forced the American workers' best friend, NAFTA, on a nation divided by a blow job shouldn’t be something of which to be proud.

Bush may very well be the worst person to ever play president, but it's not because he was behind 9/11. Oh, I'm a supporter of a real investigation into 9/11 and wouldn't be the least bit surprised if The Regime played a small part, had knowledge of 9/11 or did everything from soup to nuts. I don't believe, however, that the guy that some people say is a "terrible president but might be a nice guy to have a beer with” knew 9/11 was going to happen until The Corporacracy was ready to tell him.

Now we're watching more American political theatrics. We actually can now watch the phoniness daily on C-Span.

The Corporacracy won't own President H. Clinton, President Barrack Obama or President John McCain. No, they won't own them. They already do.

I don't want to be negative, but it is what it is.

It won't change anytime soon, either, because the American people don't realize what it is. Those who care about elections view them as sporting events, sort of November madness, if you will and, truth be told, the people who have the most power to change our so called political system are the very people who benefit from it most. It will be amazing if this nation will ever graduate from The Electoral College and, in light of the fact that people say we should fix smaller, more manageable problems first, The Electoral College has a trickle down effect, which is why Americans view so called third parties as they might view a third eye.

Obama, McCain and Clinton all drink from the same trough. They work for the same conglomerate or the same conglomerates. They will send American soldiers where ever The Corporacracy tells them to send American soldiers, they will continue to turn the nation into a two layer class system and maybe half of the American population will continue to argue that things are bad because there's a Democratic president and maybe half of the American people will argue that things are bad because there's a Republican president.

Meanwhile, real Progressives like Nader or The Green Party candidate or even real Conservatives like Ron Paul will never, ever be elected, not because they're third or fourth or fifth party candidates, but because people won't vote for them. And the reason people will never vote for such candidates? You got it. Because people don't believe that they’ll ever be elected.







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To friendship,
Michael

“Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it whether it exists or not, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedy.” - Ernest Benn


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Saturday, February 16, 2008

In The Land Of The Free

Below is the link and lyrics to a new song I’ve just finished writing and recording called “In The Land Of The Free”.

Before I let you in on the inspiration for that song, I’m going to do something that I've not used this blog to do on very many occasions. I'm announcing that my newest CD entitled Lights Over The Bar has been released.

I've covered two songs on previous cds. On my cd From The Heart, I covered an old, early 60s rock n’ roll song called “Be My Baby”.

On Flameland, I recorded a great song which was written by a little known but talented writer named Jason Oliver. The song is called “Cemetery Rose”.

On Lights Over The Bar, I’ve done something I’d not done before. I collaborated in writing two of the songs.

The lyrics for track 10 were written by Jim Bush, a regular contributor of poetry to OpEdNews. I met him in my capacity as assistant editor for at OEN.

The lyrics for the twelfth and final cut on Lights Over The Bar entitled “Streets Of Eden” were written by an extremely talented poet named Alan Hodgson. Alan goes by the screen name of Ferris at the Arcanum CafĂ© poetry message board.

Now, about the new song, “In The Land Of The Free”.

It deals with torture and it begins by looking at torture from the perspective of a young, gung-ho soldier who’s just gotten to Iraq and is ready to kick some Arab ass. More specifically, it was inspired by a soldier who was interviewed in Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 9/11”.

If you’ve seen the film, you may remember a young soldier who’d just arrived in Iraq and had some heavy metal music playing either through head phones under his helmet or somewhere in the vehicle which he had just exited. He was ready to kill. He almost reminded me of the part in “Alice’s Restaurant” when Guthrie (Arlo, that is) starts screaming, “I wanna kill. Kill! Kill! Kill!” I forget exactly how many times he says it, but, if you’re familiar with the song, you know what I’m talking about.

So, part of the song is from this young “patriot’s” point of view and the chorus and part of the last couple of verses actually answer that gung-ho point of view.

I not only hope that you enjoy the song, but I hope it means something to you.



No way that we’re gonna leave here.
We’re staying ‘til this war is won.
Don’t take no shit from no sandman.
Look at the damage we’ve done.

We’ll make ‘em cop to their plans while
we work on ‘em one at a time.
Geared up for every detainee,
don’t care if they did any crime.

Sounds like you’re overlooking
our great American dream.
Think about living in the land of the free
while you bust ‘em, you break ‘em
and you make ‘em say what you wanna hear.

Skies are dark,
the ground’s overflowing
with the blood of badass young boys;
wading in puddles of crimson;
learnin’ that guns just ain’t toys.

This ain’t no videotainment;
you’re chokin’ ‘cause you’re trying to get air.
All thoughts of awesome engagement
have morphed to fear and despair.

Too many won’t get a chance at
our great American dream.
They won’t be returning to the land of the free;
they been busted, they been broken,
they been made to say what they wanna hear.

To friendship,
Michael

“If history repeats itself, and the unexpected always happens, how incapable must Man be of learning from experience.” - George Bernard Shaw


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Sunday, February 03, 2008

It Ain't Gonna Happen

(originally published at OpEdNews)


Where are we now?

Physically, I know where I am, but, truly, where are we?

First, there was one presidential candidate that wasn’t afraid to say what’s what. John Edwards was an “ambulance chaser” during his legal career, but someone has to chase them and find out what happened to the main passengers. He became wealthy chasing ambulances.

I wasn’t happy with any of the candidates, both on the Neanderthal side or on The Democratic Party side.

Believe it or not, I had this feeling that, although Rudy was running as a rough and tough “9/11” parrot, he may have become somewhat liberal if elected. After all, don’t we say that Bill Clinton ran on a Progressive platform and, once elected, became the best Republican president we ever had?

McCain, too, has always been a maverick in The Neanderthal Party. When he says “America shouldn’t torture”, he means America shouldn’t torture. Whose to say that he won’t take a turn for the liberal if he’s elected?

I listen to a very brilliant radio host almost every day. Thom Hartmann has taught me a great deal. He knows history. One of his callers said that his IQ grows 2 points every time he listens to Hartmann. I don’t think that can happen, but I understand the statement.

Hartmann is also a very courageous radio host. He invites conservatives to be on his show. He debates them. He says that they’re mostly Libertarians as Neanderthals won’t appear on his show.

Hartmann has said a few things lately that have upset me, however.

It appears that most conservative radio hosts hold that all “Republicans good, all Democrats bad” (followed by a Neanderthal grunt).

One reason I don’t like to listen to Randi Rhodes is that she takes the same approach regarding Democrats. “All Democrats good, all Republicans bad.” And she brings up proof of this by saying that all Neanderthals vote no on all important issues (where “yes” would be the populist vote). I don’t hear her say that all Democrats vote yes on all important issue. She at least goes that far.

I get tired of her Lucille Ball type of yelling about how Democrats are good and Republicans are bad.

As I’ve written previously, they all drink from the same trough.

One example I can give about the hypocrisy of the Democratic Party is Kucinich’s support of John Kerry once he became the nominee of the other leg of The Corporacracy.

If you remember, one of the first things Kerry said he would do if he became president was to immediately introduce 30,000 more troops into Iraq in order to “win the peace”. And let us not forget the fact that Kerry is a full steam ahead “free trade” advocate. After all, he’s part of the class that benefits from such tyranny.

Using war to win the peace! Isn’t that what we’re supposed to be doing now?

These are positions that one would think Kucinich would never support, yet he did when he supported Kerry.

Back to Thom Hartmann. Hartmann is sprouting the same fairytale that caused Kucinich to support the other George Bush in 2004. Any Democrat would be better than any Republican. Like Rhode’s transparency, Hartmann is showing that he’s no more and no less than a Democratic Party apologist.

There are two phrases that Hartmann uses on his show. One phrase he repeats over and over again, especially in response to callers is “it ain’t gonna happen” or “that ain’t gonna happen.”

He uses this phrase is response to questions like do you think Al Gore will run for president? It ain’t gonna happen. Gore probably won’t run for president, but I, for one, wouldn’t be as sure as Hartmann.

I’ve given one example, but just listen to him – I’m sure you do. How many times does Hartmann condescend toward a caller by using the phrase “it ain’t gonna happen.”

The problem is when the person in charge of the microphone says “it ain’t gonna happen”, he or she influences whether or not something will or will not happen.

The other line that Hartmann uses everyday is “tag, you’re it!”

Hartmann ends his show with this line because he’s encouraging his listeners to become activists. Hartmann is always advising his listeners to write to their members of Congress.

I know that he must realize that no one writes to his or her member of Congress. We write to interns who are told what form letter they should use to respond to us.

I’ve written, respectfully, to Barbara Boxer, Diane Feinstein and Ellen Tauscher many, many times. I get letters and/or emails saying how absolutely thrilled they are to hear from me (hyperbole mine).

They continue by telling me how empathic they are to my point of view, how horrible it is the “The Bush Administration” is or is not doing this or that. Then they break out the “I for an I”.

“Consequently, I introduced a bill” or “I’ve been working with Senator Feingold or Senator Kennedy on a bill that’s meant to combat these evil things that “The Bush Administration” is doing.”

It seems, if it was up to Hartmann, I’d be doing nothing but calling my members of Congress or writing to them day and night, night and day. I’d be receiving the same claptrap if I did that.

Friends, how much good has sending letters to you members of Congress done? Did “Bush” – oh, George W. Bush is such a small part of The Regime – apologize for sending American troops into Iraq once we found that there were no weapons of mass destruction? Has he made a vow to work with other nations to clean up the mess that his “mistake” caused? Has he said that there will be no more armed combat between American forces and Iraqi freedom fighters?

In fact, some of the Neanderthals in Congress have a “D” after their names. Feinstein, for example, plans on patting the telecommunications industry on the back with her own form of “Good job, Brownie” only, in her case, it will be, “good job, Verizon and friends. Good job spying on Americans.” What a precedent to set!

So, what’s my solution. A military type revolution against the government of The Former United States of America? Well, as Hartmann would say, “That ain’t gonna happen.”

Hartmann was all fuzzy about the Green Party’s David Cobb telling people in “purple states”, those states that could go either way, not to vote for him in 2004. I would ask Mr. Cobb, “Sir, there’s one absolute way in which you can get people not to vote for you. That is to not run.

What good is running for office if you’re message is, “Please don’t vote for me.”

On a couple of occasions, Ralph Nader has been ruthlessly attacked for being the one serious Progressive running for the presidency. The reason Nader’s been attacked is because Progressives feel that, when his name is on the ballot, he takes votes away from the Democratic candidate. Well, what if the Democratic candidate is not a Progressive? What if he’s John Kerry talking about making more war in order to have peace?

Progressives shouldn’t be angry with Nader for taking votes away from Kerry. They should be angry with Kerry for taking votes away from Nader.

Of course, if one asks Thom Hartmann if a third party can win the presidency, he would merely say, “It ain’t gonna happen.” When Hartmann says, “It ain’t gonna happen through his microphone, he definitely decreases the chances of it happening.

One of my solutions, most of which I’ve already touched upon in past articles, is to get rid of The Electoral College. The Electoral College is the single most useless yet damaging antiquated system in the FUSA. It’s a voter’s HMO. It’s like having money changers between doctors and patients.

With the Electoral College in place, we, the voters, vote for electors. If we the voters are voting, should we not be the electors who are deciding the outcome?

The Electoral College ensures that our one party, two branch political system will remain in place. The people who have the leverage to begin to dismantle that house with the “danger do not enter” sign on it are the very people who, either directly or indirectly, benefit from it.

Getting rid of The Electoral College – well, “that ain’t gonna happen.”

This is not so much a harsh criticism of Thom Hartmann, a radio host with a brilliant mind and a civilized manner. I’ll listen to him today and I’ll listen to him for as long as his show is on the air. After all, I’d rather listen to Hartmann having civilized dialogues with his guests and callers than to listen to Michael Savage or Randi Rhodes screaming at the top of their lungs about the cowboys with the black hats and the cowboys with the white hats.

It’s more about telling Thom, “OK, I’ve spent years, and I’m sure others have as well, being the kind of activist that you recommend that I should be and it’s gotten us nowhere. Two members of The Corporacracy are attempting to become the nominee of The Democratic Party and two members of The Corporacracy are attempting to become the nominee of The Neanderthal Party. You can look with your microscope and talk about how Hillary is moving a bit more toward the left or about how Obama said he was against the Iraq war from the beginning, a fact he can’t prove because he wasn’t in a position to vote for or against the resolution in 2002. You can say things that make McCain or Romney look bad. But you’re doing this in spite of the fact that they are, politically speaking, Siamese quadruplets.

What might save us this time around is if Kucinich doesn’t back a candidate that stands for everything with which he disagrees. Maybe a Kucinich/? ticket on a third party ballot will prove the verity of his words. Maybe if there is a real Progressive third party ticket, Thom Hartmann, whose words deeply touch many listeners, will go out on a limb and, instead of saying “it ain’t gonna happen”, he will say, “If you all support the true Progressive, it not only has the potential to happen, but will happen.”

Nah, that ain’t gonna happen.


To friendship,
Michael

“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” - George Bernard Shaw


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