Archive for November, 2014

IT IS TIME FOR THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY TO FIND ‘SOUL’; THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY UNDER ESTABLISHMENT CENTRISTS, HAVE AGAIN IN 2014,TURNED AMERICAN WORKING MIDDLE CLASS VOTERS OFF AND TWO THIRDS OF AMERICAN VOTERS AVOIDED VOTING FOR EITHER OF THE PARTIES IN THE MIDTERMS.

Sunday, November 30th, 2014

Today, I was reading about both parties deserting the American majority, the working Middle Class, and Democrat Party Establishment insisting candidates must lean Right to get elected; of course, the result was the 2014 Midterm Election disaster, when the winning Republican Party garnered support of only 16% of the voters (who happened to represent the 16% of American voters who are total ‘loonies’).

What hath God and the Neocon Republican 5 Supreme Court Justices deciding Citizens United, wrought? “Southern Democrats Urge A Return To Party Basics”: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/11/28/southern-democrats_n_6234976.html

Southern Democrats have all but been forgotten by the Centrists of the Democratic Party establishment. Democrats seem to have already forgotten that it was ‘liberal’ Democratic Party Chairman, Gov. Howard Dean, who instituted the ‘Fifty-States Campaign’ that resulted in the election of President Obama in 2008.

Southern Democrats are after all, basically ‘liberal’ working Middle Class Americans, just like their Northern counterparts except Southern Democrats ‘drive pick-ups with gun racks in the back window’.

Both political parties seemingly, can only think in terms of dollars and not voters; they completely deserted the majority of the People, the working Middle Class Americans who are ‘liberal of necessity’, and go for the bucks of ‘conservative’ Corporate America that is not people and is incapable of emotion, like the love and compassion for humanity.

Corporate America is not about People, Corporate America is about profits and cutting labor costs to increase profits.

Both parties clearly understand that the party with the most campaign contributions appears to always win, except in the case of President Obama in 2012, but they fail to realize that wealthy corporate campaign contributors are contributing significantly to the political party that will reduce their labor costs and oppose the interests of the working Middle Class; most often, the working Middle Class voters have no candidate from either party representing working Middle Class voters’ interests.

When the Democratic Party deserts the American working Middle Class and become “Centrists” to get huge contributions to win, they are spurning the working Middle Class voters who have been responsible, for Democrat’s previously winning election, like in 2008.

Actually, a classic example was the 2008 primary elections, when Hillary Clinton, a ‘Centrist’ and shoo-in to win the Democratic nomination was defeated by Barrack Obama, a Black man of all things, but a “liberal” and supported by working Middle Class Americans.

Democrats seem to have a poor memory; they forget that Al Gore, the ‘Centrist’, lost the election in 2000 primarily because the ‘liberal’ working Middle Class, without a liberal candidate, voted for the more liberal Nader in enough numbers that allowed W. Bush to win the Electoral College without having the support of even a plurality of American voters; the big loser, won the 2000 Presidential Election because of the Nader vote.

But this did not appear to deter the Democrats from thinking they had to be more Right like W. Bush to win elections.

So in 2004, the ‘liberal’ Democrat with unimpeachable character, Gov. Howard Dean, was leading all the polls early in the Democratic primary until he was summarily “thrown under the bus” early, for of all thing, campaigning too loud; Dean was not defeated by opposition Republicans but by the “Centrist”, Right leaning Democratic candidate, Sen. Kerry. Kerry leaned Right, won the primary, and lost the 2004 Presidential election to the more Right Wing President W. Bush. Democrats never learn.

Why is it that Republicans and Democrats both self-destruct.

The Republican Party has driven out of their party, all those candidates that cared for America’s working Middle Class; this has allowed the Republican Party of a humble common man, Abe Lincoln, the champion of common men, to become totally manipulated by the wealthy elitists of the John Birch Society, PNAC Neocon Republicans.

And the Democratic Party, with the advent of “Citizens United” purchasing of elections, totally deserted working Middle Class Americans in 2014, rejecting the winning ‘liberal’ record of President Obama, twice elected by the People, and leaning ‘Right’ as ‘Centrists’ for their pittance of financial support by Corporate America. Democrats seemingly never learn.

Democrats totally lack ‘vision’; they cannot perceive the power of a union of working Middle Class Americans electing a ‘friendly’ government, if only the Democrats would come up with ‘liberal’ working Middle Class candidates that win the favor of the People, instead of ‘watered-down Republican’, Centrist Democrats like Hillary, Kerry, and the like.

America’s working Middle Class know the power of uniting out of common interests; that is why all American workers now work a forty-hour week instead of a sixty-hour week and work an eight hour day instead of a ten hour day; it came from labor unions uniting the workers.

What labor has done using labor unions, political parties can do using a political union. Unfortunately Democrats have also forgotten that Labor Unions are the only voice of America’s working Middle Class.

One cannot help but sympathize with the Southern Democrats, who the Democratic Party Centrist Establishment just ignores, because the Democrat Establish is convinced that campaign contributions and not voters win elections, and Southern Democrats do not represent wealth, they are working Middle Class Americans. The American democracy is sick; both political parties are sick.

Perhaps someday, all working Middle Class Americans will unite and create a political party (union) that will entice liberal candidates to run for office, convince the voters that campaign advertisement are bullshit, and by word of mouth persuade the common People to go to the polls and retake their government without having to suffer political advertising full of hatred and lies!

All it would require for a revolution by the common People, is for good, quality Americans to sacrifice, bear the brunt of being called nasty names, being lied about, and run for political office for the purpose of providing for the wellbeing of American working People.

TODAY’S POLITICS HAVE CHANGED FOR AMERICA’S WORKING MIDDLE CLASS; AND SO, THE POLITICS OF THE PEOPLE MUST CHANGE ACCORDINGLY

Friday, November 28th, 2014

The Citizens United Decision made by the five extremist Republican justices of the U.S. Supreme Court has made it necessary for the American working Middle Class to totally change their way of making their votes count in elections and making their voices heard; our very democracy is threatened.

We of the American Working Middle Class must abandon all normal campaign methodology; we cannot compete with the John Birch, corporate wealth extremist Republicans for campaign funds.

We, working Americans, must depend on seeing that liberal worker candidates run for public office with our interests in mind, opposing those candidates of the wealthy extremist Republicans; then we the working Middle Class need to get the word out to others of the working Middle Class, about our candidates and the importance of voting, by our own ‘word of mouth’, in order to elect our worker’s candidates.

America’s working Middle Class must campaign without using corporate America’s owned, controlled, and edited (censored) news media. American workers need to understand that they cannot afford expensive national advertising. But they individually, can campaign for their candidates and get them elected.

And, it will take a lot work by we of the working class to win elections, it will take a lot of ‘gum shoeing, and a lot of effort from each of us to convince our co-workers of the need to elect candidates reflecting our needs, and voting to get them elected. But, we workers are a majority and we can do it; as Able Lincoln once said, “God must have liked the common man because he made so many of them.”

This is the only way that we, the working Middle Class, can ever revive our power of the ballot; we are the majority in America, but we cannot compete with the wealth of the extremist Republican Party and their huge campaign contributions, and they will only support candidates that benefit their corporate dollar profits and not workers.

Furthermore, we must also, go out and form and join a Union; Labor Unions are the only voice of working Americans. Every working Middle Class American needs to form a union of their own, whether you work in a business, are self employed, or a farmer, you are still American working Middle Class and don’t forget it. And, as a union member, you will never stand alone!

Historically, the working Middle Class emerged from the Feudal System of Medieval times, and the working Middle Class emerged in the form of an organization of the worker’s Guilds, which were basically trade unions and the forerunners of today’s labor unions.

The workers realized that in union there is strength; and, it was their only voice in their economy, which is still true today.

Employers today, have their own unions (such as US Chamber of Commerce) and they have united as a group to defile our labor unions as a corruption of their own radical American capitalistic economy. Further, these wealthy corporate entities have convinced the Republican Party to oppose the very existence of labor unions, and Republicans would outlaw unions as today’s Wisconsin Governor Walker has, for example.

However for the American working Middle Class, in union is their only strength and labor unions are the ONLY voice of America’s working Middle Class. It’s all a matter of history!

PERSONALLY, I DO NOT APPROVE OF POLICE SHOOTING ADOLESCENTS FOR NOT WALKING ON THE SIDEWALK

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

The Michael Brown, Ferguson White police officer shooting of a black adolescent for not walking on the sidewalk has preyed on my mind.

The saddest aspect of these cases of Michael brown, Travon Martin, and other minority youth killed by police or would-be police, is that this is exactly the behavior that appears to attract candidates to a career as a police officer.

Personally, it appears to me that if police were unarmed, it would make a big difference in the kind of people that are attracted to police work; and fewer citizens would be shot and killed by police.

Potential police officers otherwise, appear to have a Wyatt Earp personality.

As for me, I am not proud to be an American living in a nation where a young man is shot twelve times and killed for not walking on the sidewalk! What manner of society is this American society?

Though I am White, I admit that I do not trust policemen either; I don’t trust policemen because I had unfortunate experiences with them that did not create big problems for me, it was just the demeanor of the officers I encountered made me feel threatened, and not more safe in our society.

Fortunately I lived most of my life in San Diego where we had one of the best possible chiefs of police of all time that I have ever known; I do believe that he kept a reign on his officers and he was he greatest role model ever, for police officers.

That chief has long retired but I still have good memories of his tenure as police chief.

Police have often been compared to school teachers; and, I hate that comparison, since I made a career of being a teacher that did not rely on authority to teach students.

Actually, I think learning is best achieved by a student through the student’s desire to learn, rather than my authority to make him learn; further, I believe punishment has no place in a school and I ultimately discovered that if students are given a choice of learning or not learning, invariably students learn out of self respect or pride.

And I thank God that public school teachers are not armed.

TO MY DETRACTORS, “SAVE YOUR BREATH”; I HAVE A MANDATE FROM MY AMERICAN DEMOCRACY TO SPEAK UP, IT’S CALLED THE FIRST AMENDEMENT!

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

Today I received a message from some of my detractors, basically telling me they disagreed with my concept of today’s Republican Party, condemning the extremists in the Republican Party, and I should shut up; it has not been unusual for me to receive messages and even threats like these. Criticism of me like this comes from speaking out for something I believe in, and in this case it’s democracy!

These enemies of mine did not point out any evidence that I had been wrong in anything I said or wrote, but only that they disagreed with me and I should shut up; and, that is the reason I keep talking and writing, to take advantage of my American democracy, liberty, fraternity, and equality.

To me, my democracy is sacred and I oppose those of the Republican Party who are determined to eliminate democracy from America; and, my opposition to them has nothing to do with my opinion of the Grand Old Party of Abe Lincoln, my personal hero, and Teddy Roosevelt (another hero). My criticism is not of the Republican Party per se, instead it is condemnation of those Republicans who would deprive me of my democracy, which I hold sacred.

Extremist have taken over the Republican Party, and dumbed down the People with their lies and misinformation. Case in point, here is an item hidden in the news today that these detractors of mine will probably never read or believe, but it is fact; note the source:

“From the Associated Press account: A two-year investigation by the Republican-controlled House Intelligence Committee has found that the CIA and the military acted properly in responding to the 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, and asserted no wrongdoing by Obama administration appointees.

“Debunking a series of persistent allegations hinting at dark conspiracies, the investigation of the politically charged incident determined that there was no intelligence failure, no delay in sending a CIA rescue team, no missed opportunity for a military rescue, and no evidence the CIA was covertly shipping arms from Libya to Syria.” http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/house-intel-panel-demolishes-benghazi-conspiracies

I rest my case, as I continue to keep on talking and writing!

AMERICA IS BROKEN; IT CAN BE FIXED! WE THE PEOPLE NEED TO FIX OUR AMERICA!

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

This is certainly a low point in American history for me. The American democracy is governed by a Republican Party government that only 16.6% of American voters approved.

And those same Republicans are calling the President of the United States of America who was elected by a large majority of all American voters, dirty names.

America is broken!

Americans did not vote in 2014 because they were not interested; they did not vote because they were disgusted with American politicians, nothing was being accomplished, and the voters did not have viable candidates, in either political party, to vote for that could fix America.

President Obama is a respectable, intelligent human being with an unimpeachable character; now take a look at how he is abused and called bad names by the entire Republican Party. Is there any respectable, intelligent and capable American who wants to subject their self to the public abuse heaped upon them by the members of the Republican Party and the American News Media, and run for the Presidency of the United States of America?

Can you imagine that for the Republican Party, the Presidency of the United States of America has become a monstrosity to be feared by American children?

President Obama has twice been elected President, because he promised the people universal health care and he was elected the second time because he delivered his promise; it is obvious that the President expresses the will of the People; and, the Republican Party responds to that by calling the President of the United States, dirty names.

There is only one explanation; times have changed and America needs to change our government to express the will of the People.

Today we have the electronic technology to provide for a national referendum by the People on the Nation’s most important issues, with each citizen standing up to be counted. I suggest that America take immediate means to provide for national referendums.

Each and every one of us who has had enough of the filthy, do-nothing, politics of today, must demand that our government change our Constitution to provide for the will of the People to be honored.

We need to demand of Congress and our State Governments that the Constitution be amended to provide for national elections and national referendums on the most important issues of State. Americans need to mend the United States of America and make serving the People as President of the United States an honor instead of a personality to be abused and vilified.

Please join me in making this come to pass.

PRESIDENT OBAMA’S PLACE IN HISTORY

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Today on ‘facebook’, I read of Speaker Pelosi’s comparison of President Obama to President Reagan in terms of using Executive Orders to fulfill their respective responsibilities as the Chief Executive Officer of the United States of America for administering the law.

Madam Speaker Pelosi, I dearly love and respect you as a fantastic responsible speaker of the House and being the First Female Speaker of the House which is a great honor; and, I do not disagree with you about the Gipper’s use of Executive authority, after all, the President is the Chief Executive of the United States of America. But, I respectfully believe that it is a bad comparison of, Obama and Reagan for other unrelated reasons.

In explanation, I personally have no ill feelings against President Reagan, he was an affable human being, however totally politically wrong for the USA, and then there was the Iran Contra affair which was impeachable, ‘as Republicans clamor about Obama without merit today’, but Reagan’s successor, President Papa Bush, pardoned President Reagan for the Gipper’s real impeachable sins (just as President Ford quickly pardoned Tricky Dick Nixon for his very impeachable sin of covering up Republican criminal activity); it is interesting that when a Republican President follows a Republican President guilty of criminal activity, the subsequent Republican President pardons the former of “any criminal act he may have committed”, just like God pardons every one of their sins, and suddenly the former criminal Republican becomes ‘Saint’ Ronald Reagan.

So that is why I question using St. Ronnie as a comparison to my present President, Barrack Obama.

As for me, I haven’t considered sainthood for President Obama as yet, though of all the Presidents he is in all probability going to be the most qualified for sainthood; he easily compares to Job in regard to suffering, and the President is presently suffering political sores and boils infected by relentless, ruthless extremist Neocon Republican opposition.

Never in my lifetime have I seen or read about a President more deserving of honor and respect for his suffering from discrimination against him for his compassion and concern for the common working People of the United States of America; and that is something Republicans can never take away from him.

President Obama is exceedingly worthy of these honors, in spite of and indifference to his being the First Black President of the United States of America, and regardless of cause!

Beyond his greatness for suffering, President Obama will forever be known and recognized for finally providing Americans with affordable quality medical care, also for eliminating the persecution of gay and lesbian soldiers in the United States military, some things that many other Presidents tried to do and failed miserably. Then, of course, President Obama did win the President W. Bush’s Wars, by apprehending terrorist bin Laden, after President W. Bush publically maintained that “getting bin Laden” was not important; this was a most important accomplishment for America, because bin Laden was the actual enemy perpetrating the heinous terrorist attack of September 11, 2001.

Personally, I am a common man and a professional historian, having studied history all my life and my chosen career was teaching history in the public schools; and, I do have my personal favorite Presidents, bias.

My all-time personal favorite Presidents have always been the ones that I most identified with, Presidents that were of common men, like me. I have pride in the common American and I have pride in myself as a common American being. Therefore, my all-time favorite Presidents were Abraham Lincoln, Harry S. Truman, and now, probably going to be Barrack Obama, whose presidency is not yet finished.

And so, I honor and approve of all three of these common Americans, ascending to the Presidency of the United States and caring for, more than anything else, the humanity abiding in the United States of America. In my sense of values, of all the issues of State, the one issue above all others is the welfare and being of the common People.

So I do not actually disagree with Speaker Pelosi’s comparison of President Obama’s Executive orders to President Reagan’s, it is just that I do not approve of associating President Obama favorably with the pardoned President Reagan of Iran Contra.

WHY ARE AMERICANS THE SECOND MOST IGNORANT POPULATION IN THE WORLD?

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

Today I was reading about a study (Ipsos MORI, a leading research company based in the UK) that concluded that compared to other nations in the world, the American public was second to the most ignorant of all, in terms of knowledge of word affairs and news; only the Italian population was more ignorant. The Study concluded the reason was American politics of fear.

Personally I was not surprised to find that the people of America ranked next to the bottom of nations in terms of ignorance of world affairs, but for a different reason which I will explain. “Politics of Fear Causes an America of Ignorance, Says Study”, Blue Nation Review: http://bluenationreview.com/politics-fear-create-america-ignorance/

The study make findings that I actually learned in 2000-2005, while I was living in Europe; in Europe, I got the news from European sources and then read the news in the US on my Computer and the news was totally different and inaccurate. I was appalled.

And then, that was when I discovered and realized that 99.9% of American news media is owned by a very few Corporate America conglomerates that are not interested in informing the public but only in business to make profits from advertising Corporate America products; the American news media does not care about sale of newspapers magazines, or TV programs, only advertising profits.

Then I read of a famous news correspondent that had been in Iraq reporting the war, for over a year, and returned to the US and the reporter was appalled as I was at the misinformation in the US News Media; the reporter said, “Reporters accurately report the news but editors distort it and print whatever they want to print”.

When I returned to the US from Europe in 2005, I too was dismayed to learn what my friends and relatives did not know was going on in the world. One thing that particularly devastated me was that none of the Americans I talked to even knew that the reason bin Laden had for perpetrating his heinous attack of Sept 11, 2001, was an American military base that the USA put in Saudi Arabian Muslim Holy Land in 1991, and all Muslims believed that it defiled Islam; all the rest of the world knew it.

American news media is self-censored for the benefit of news media owners; for example, corporate America are the only entities in America that profit from war – Corporate America and the Corporate American news reported, reflects that interest. Americans are consequently “dumbed-down” by the media.

Many see this bias in Fox News, but actually all national news media self-censors news for their own benefit using American “Freedom of the Press”; “Freedom of the Press” allows American news media to lie and misinform with impunity.

Americans need to realize that the Freedom of the Press was written in 1787; the only news media then, were home town newspapers individually owned by one owner in that city. Newspapers existed for only one reason; inform the public and earn some profits for doing that. News media ownership and interests are much different today.

Regulation of news media today allows too few owners to control news in America; there is no competition for accurate news reporting and there is no free market. The consequence is censored news and a public ignorant of the facts.

Unfortunately, not many Americans will ever read or know about this study of American ignorance.

God bless America, Americans, and American ignorance!

“FRANKLY, MY DEAR, I DON’T GIVE A DAMN ABOUT GASOLINE PRICES OR PUBLIC TRANSPORATATION!”

Monday, November 17th, 2014

Today I was reading about complaints about gasoline prices; seems everyone is complaining except Rhett Butler! No one does anything about it, they just complain about gasoline prices.

Personally, I researched the problem, the State has researched the problem, and the Feds have researched the problem, economists have researched the problem, and none can find any legitimate reason for gasoline prices.

The words, “shortage of oil” has been closely investigated; however, there seems to have never been a time when the local gas station failed to fill the tank of someone’s SUV because there was a shortage of oil.

Gas prices are whatever the oil industry determines they will be; the oil industry has a total monopoly, there is no free market, and foreign oil and American oil are the same price. So, there is nothing controlling the price of oil or gasoline, except the love of profits for those people selling oil and gasoline.

Mexico’s government owns and controls Mexican oil production; in order for the Mexican people to afford gasoline, the Mexican government subsidizes Mexican gasoline sales. There is an interesting side note here, I once had a wealthy American Republican acquaintance who owned a big Mercedes; he would drive across the Mexican border here in San Diego, just to fill his tank and buy Mexican subsidized gasoline. And, he vehemently supported America’s subsidies for the oil industry in which he invested.

Oh yes, in addition to gouging the American People, the oil industry also receives subsidies from those same American taxpaying People; that appears to be ‘adding insult to injury’.

Fossil fuel is killing the planet, and Americans do nothing about it, but fill up the tanks of the SUVs!

America leads the word in consumption of fossil fuel; they lag far below all other civilized nations in public transportation, bullet trains, and alternative forms of energy. The auto industry and the oil industry obviously do not mind America’s lack of public transportation, it contributes to their meal ticket; the only people who are disadvantaged by American Automobile Culture, are those who can’t drive, those who can’t afford an automobile, or that vast number of Americans who are under sixteen and have no way to get to their music lesson.

To Americans, the U.S. Government not providing public transportation is not an political or humane issue. The U.S. Government prefers to subsidize the oil industry rather than subsidizing public transportation or providing food stamps for the twenty percent of America’s children who are living in poverty.

It totally amazes me that Americans take such great pride in their automobiles; probably it is because they spend so much time in their cars, sitting on the freeway during the commuting hours each day.

Gross ignorance is incurable.

REPUBLICANS ARE BAD AT MATH AND RESPECTING HUMAN DIGNITY; FURTHER, THE GOP MISTAKENLY BELIEVE THEY HAVE A MANDATE TO THREATEN PRESIDENT OBAMA AND TO DO MAYHEM!

Monday, November 17th, 2014

What I don’t understand about the Republicans and the 2014 elections, is how when they won the election they started screaming threats at their President, who won two elections by a great majority of all of the American people; Republicans won both Houses of Congress in 2014 in a close race where 2/3 of the voters did not vote, and Republicans are saying they have a mandate.

Now I am wondering why the Republicans seem not the least bit concerned that in 2014, actually, 83% of the American people did not vote for Republicans and didn’t want those same Republicans to be elected and to be in charge.

Republicans it seems, just can’t take the hint; neither can they do math, nor are they very intelligent, and they seem to have no conscience at all.

It is times like these that I become terribly ashamed of my beloved United States of America!

But I am waiting for that one American to rise up and save America, someone like George Washington, Abe Lincoln, Franklin Roosevelt, or Harry Truman.

It’s going to happen. It has happened before!

That man could even be President Barrack Obama! He currently has the most votes!

INTERNET NEUTRALITY: WHO OWNS AND CONTROLS AMERICA’S RADIO WAVES?

Sunday, November 16th, 2014

If a person, or a corporation, wants to go into business in the United States of America, they must first get the approval of a business license from the government “of the People, by the People, and for the People”; because, America belongs to the People.

If a television station wants to broadcast over the air waves, it must first get a license from the government to utilize the air waves which are owned by the People, represented by the government “of the People, by the People and for the People”.

When internet providers wants to grant privileges for use of the ‘air waves’ for profits, by giving those privileges to corporate users, over and above the People, they will need the approval of the American People, who own the air waves, through their government ‘of the People, by the People, and for the People’.

Our Constitutional forefathers faced a similar problem when they wrote our Constitution in 1787. The Post Office was the only communication available in 1787. Our Constitutional forefathers resolved the issue, by writing in the U.S. Constitution, in Article I, section 8: “The Congress shall have the Power. . .To establish Post Offices and post Roads.”

In all their wisdom, our Constitutional forefathers believed that the Peoples’ communications were too important to trust to the private sector.

Republicans today, have had a change of heart, when it comes to internet neutrality.