Bernie Sanders–Not Just Another Candidate

Bernie Sanders is not just another candidate, but a Democratic SOCIALIST calling for a POLITICAL REVOLUTION against the corporate fascist state. He is not just running for highest office, he is fomenting a rebellion. An article at the Huffington Post talks about Sanders’ appeal and how he is connecting with people, despite saying what would be seen by all the political “experts” as the “wrong thing.”  Bernie Sanders is the only mainstream presidential candidate who tells it like it is and people resonate with that, exhausted as they are of political corruption, party politics, platitudes, empty-headed reporting, and smug punditry. The folks so intent on spinning the lies that thinly disguise their support of elitist rule are frankly nonplussed by the appeal of the actual truth, something of which they have little awareness and to which they attach little value.

What is reflected in the polls is the growing awareness across all party lines that the elitist rule that rigs the system for its own benefit while impoverishing the 99% has to go and that the failure of both corporate-owned parties to address the pressing issues of the electorate must end.  Sanders is addressing real problems and unfairness, from corporate trade deals like the TPP and the polluting influence of money in politics to income inequality and social injustice and people are responding because they recognize the importance and reality of what he is saying and the sincerity of his desire to make a difference.  Sanders’ authenticity and integrity are pretty solid  and are evident when he speaks.  This can be faked by Hillary or Obama, and attempted without a shred of success by all the phony, hypocritical, and despicable Republicans, but Bernie is the real deal and his stated goals and ideals are backed up by his voting record and revealed by his speaking truth to power.

Whatever happens with Sanders’ run, may it bring with it the awareness of how far-reaching the problems are in this country, and that nothing short of a political revolution, including ending plutocratic rule by the corporate criminal elite and their fascist fundamentalist pawns will bring about the amount of change that is needed. Ultimately, what must happen in order to effect true democracy, is an end to economic exploitation inherent in capitalism, proportional representation, and a citizens legislature, run by the actual people, but Bernie Sanders is likely a bridge towards even more fundamental restructuring and for now, whatever the electoral outcome, a refreshingly honest and crucial voice for revolutionary change.

Why I’m voting for Cindy Sheehan for Governor

I don’t know about you, but I’m voting for Cindy Sheehan for Governor. Here’s why she is getting my vote. Not only is she an outspoken anti-war/peace activist, she opposes corporate rule, is a woman (we need many more in office!), she is a third-party progressive (the only real kind, other than a few exceptions like Alan Grayson and Elizabeth Warren), and she is running on the Peace & Freedom ticket. Mr. Jerry Fracking Brown, the Democratic candidate, is certainly NOT progressive, bowing as he does to the oil industry and other corporate interests. Haven’t we had enough of the two-party corporate-owned tyranny?

Cindy writes on her website why she is running for governor: “primarily because I believe that California should be leading the nation in peace, education, health care, sustainable/renewable energy and democracy.” Secondarily, she writes that she feels the only way to halt the corporate stranglehold is by running as a third-party candidate, thereby challenging the two-party system which collaborates with and enables corporate rule. This is why I support her and the Peace & Freedom Party, which represents and fight for the rights and benefit of the 99%, not the over-privileged 1%.

P&F recognizes that capitalism is the vehicle of classism and imperialism and is inimical to democracy, and clearly states this in its platform without equivocation. Our system is in grave need of socialization, in every sense of the word, in view of the winner-take-all, mean-spirited, violent, war-obsessed plutocracy we currently have where profit rules supreme in a corrupt political landscape where money is “speech” and corporations are “people” while actual people are reduced to a commodity to be manipulated and ruled.

Remember to vote on Tuesday and remember we can now vote for any candidate of any party in California, so I hope you consider voting for Cindy Sheehan for Governor!

The California Peace and Freedom Party is the only socialist and feminist political party on the ballot in California and has the largest voter registration of any socialist party in the U. S., nearing 80,000 currently. P&F’s preamble reads, “The Peace and Freedom Party is an open, multi-tendency, movement-oriented socialist party. We are united in our common commitment to socialism, democracy, feminism and unionism and our common opposition to capitalism, imperialism, racism, sexism and elitism.” For more information, visit peaceandfreedom.org.

NO PARTY PREFERENCE SURPASSES REPUBLICAN REGISTRATION IN CALIFORNIA

I recently got the news from a Republican Congressman’s office that the number of people registered as “no party preference,” previously known as “decline to state” and commonly known as “independents” now surpasses the number of people registered as Republican in the State of California!  This is great news!!  I knew I was onto something when I started this website on the premise that we need to move away from political parties as party politics are a corrupting influence, applying pressure to go-along-to-get-along as they do, regardless of whether or not she or he agrees with the issue.  The complicity of elected Democratic Party representatives to fall in line with Obama’s evisceration of our Constitution is probably the most glaringly egregious example of this.

We need to now push for equal ballot access for all Independent and third-party candidates as well as for proportional representation.  The importance of these two changes cannot be overstated as we suffer from 50% of the population being disaffected at all times with the current winner-take-all two-party tyranny.  If we had proportional representation it would do away with gerrymandering altogether as there would be no incentive to gerrymander as EVERYONE’S vote would count, not just the votes of the party that passed the goalpost first.

It is heartening confirmation that we are on the road towards less identification with political parties, so that we can begin to focus on issues, not partisan politics, and principles, rather than party platforms, towards a more participatory democracy. I very much hope this trend continues and No Party Preference registration surpasses both corporate parties, the GOP and the Democrats.

Well Thanks Again, Mr. Obama, for Nothing!

We can always depend on Obama to hand over his best bargaining chip and cave in to the right-wing.  Is there any promise on which he has made good?  All talk and no action; all style and no substance.  Yet again he caves in to the detriment of we the people.  See  Fiscal cliff deal raises taxes on 77% of Americans

All this fiscal “deal” proves is that neither Democrats nor Republicans have any answers, and this president can always be relied upon to hand over his best leverage without any more than a squeak of protest.  Wake up everyone–both parties are looking out for the interests of the 1%, not the 99%,and have created this “fiscal cliff” drama to distract the public from the elephant in the room: the defense budget and the wars, the REAL reason for the deficit.  Why?  Because corporations make megabucks off war!

One wonders what happened to the crusading orator who promised when campaigning to rein in the excesses of Wall Street, and protect Main Street.  It turns out that apparently Obama is just another corporatist deceptively using populist lexicon as a smokescreen for his real intentions, and ultimately you have to pay attention to what the man DOES, not what he says.

Dems Claim Control of Wisconsin Senate | Care2 Causes

The back story that is being missed here is that the DNC did not put one cent towards the recall effort and the “support” Obama offered was one tweet on Monday night, revealing the dedication to maintaining the status quo and corporate corruption of the Democratic Party, always ready to sell out anyone or any cause that is truly progressive in its obsequious pandering to the far right.  Add to this their discouragement of a general strike in Madison, the gerrymandering by the Democrats, not the Republicans, of Kucinich’s district aimed at defeating his chances at re-election, and all the caving in to the rightwing extremists in Washington, and it becomes clear they are simply not about any substantive change.  So I will hold my applause.  We need third party and independents in office to break the two-party stranglehold the Republicans and Democrats have on our broken system.

Dems Claim Control of Wisconsin Senate | Care2 Causes

FOCUS: “Deja Vu” Are Democrats Caving in Budget Talks?

We DO have other parties, but the Republicrats won’t let them participate in any debates and the corporate-owned media doesn’t cover their campaigns.  In addition, we don’t require public financing of campaigns or spending limits.  We need at least a plurality so there are more choices or better yet, to do away with all parties so that there would be more choices and candidates would actually have to deal with the issues.

FOCUS: “Deja Vu” Are Democrats Caving in Budget Talks?

70% of OWS Supporters are Politically Independent

This is an excerpt from a posting on the wallst.org website and is a direct quote.  For the full posting click on the link below.

“70% of #OWS Supporters are Politically Independent”

“Posted Oct. 19, 2011, 2:11 p.m. EST by OccupyWallSt.”

“Two weeks ago we conducted an anonymous poll on this website to learn more about our visitors. We asked Héctor R. Cordero-Guzmán Ph.D, sociologist of the City University of New York to look at the data, which he analyzed to create an original academic paper titled “Mainstream Support for a Mainstream Movement“.

“His analysis shows that the Occupy Wall Street movement is heavily supported by a diverse group of individuals and that “the 99% movement comes from and looks like the 99%.” Among the most telling of his findings is that 70.3% of respondents identified as politically independent.”

“Dr. Cordero-Guzmán’s findings strongly reinforce what we’ve known all along: Occupy Wall Street is a post-political movement representing something far greater than failed party politics. We are a movement of people empowerment, a collective realization that we ourselves have the power to create change from the bottom-up, because we don’t need Wall Street and we don’t need politicians.”

The People Need to Reclaim the Republic

It is telling that despite campaign promises to the contrary, the Obama administration hasn’t held the previous administration accountable for their abuses of power, has not rescinded the Orwellian practices of detention without trial, has sent even more troops to the Middle East, renewed the “Patriot Act”, went along with a bailout bill for greedy, irresponsible bankers over the strenuous objections of the voters and members of Congress, and kept all the Wall Street profiteers in key advisory positions. It appears that the same power brokers are pulling the strings, regardless of who is the governmental figurehead.

I would suggest that both the right and left wing are correct in their assessment that big government and big business are the problem as they are in league with each other and may even, as some fear, become an indistinguishable monolithic power. The ultra-rich 2% can afford to hire lobbyists but can we?  With the rapid disappearance of the middle class and our civil rights, we are becoming an impoverished slave class.

The alarming levels of corruption of government by corporate influence and the banking industry must be addressed if we are to reclaim our democracy.  We can start by rescinding the recent disastrous Supreme Court Citizens United decision that allows corporations to buy elections, pass the Fair Elections Now Act that imposes campaign spending limits, and pass legislation to end the revolving door between government regulatory agencies and corporate lobbying, among many other reforms, in order to reclaim government by and for the people.

Comments on Obama’s State of the Union Address 1/27/10

Barack Obama is very good at saying what we progressives want to hear but makes promises on which he either won’t or can’t deliver.  Talk is cheap–he needs to walk the walk and at this point his failure to take on the right wing or show any leadership has made me very cynical about his intentions or ability to do what needs to be done.  I now think he is just another average politico protecting the home turf, though I never did view him as the Messianic leader many did.  It turns out there’s not much reason to hope for change from this administration, all campaign promises to the contrary, and his reticence to rock the boat shines the spotlight on how changing leaders does not change the fundamental systemic problems.  How much longer are we going to hope that the Democratic Party is going to do anything?  We need independent and third-party progressives in office because the members of the two major parties are too invested in the status quo.