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.

Google: The Surveillance State of the Art?

Big Brother EarthStill using Google, gmail, and now Google+?  I’m not.  Google seems to have inverted its motto, “Don’t be evil” and has been engaging in wholesale collection of data it gathers on its users and is now polluting what was once its premier product, its search engine, with commercialized, proprietary garbage. This has been going on for some time but many people still do not seem to be aware of it. See The Guardian’s “Google ‘improperly’ accessed Kenyan rival Mocality’s database” and read The Case Against Google for a comprehensive argument against using Google by Mat Honan on Gizmodo.com, both written in 2012.

Google was taken to court in a class action suit in 2013 regarding its intrusive data-gathering practices, a case that it lost.  In a victory for online privacy, an article on Consumer Watchdog.org entitled, ““Gmail Judge Holds Internet Accountable To Wiretap Laws In Key Consumer Victory” sums up the ruling against Google thusly:

“This is a historic step for holding Internet communications subject to the same privacy laws that exist in the rest of society. The court rightly rejected Google’s tortured logic that you have to accept intrusions of privacy if you want to send email,” said John M. Simpson, Consumer Watchdog’s Privacy Project Director. “The ruling means federal and state wiretap laws apply to the Internet.  It’s a tremendous victory for online privacy. Companies like Google can’t simply do whatever they want with our data and emails.” Read the decision here: http://www.consumerwatchdog.org/resources/GoogleGmailOrder092613.pdf

Google may be involved in much more than anyone might have imagined, and its influence/involvement may likely far exceed data collection. For a very disturbing examination of the larger issues of what Google may be involved in politically, see Google is Not What it Seems for a 2014 Newsweek article containing an excerpt of Wikileaks’ Julian Assange’s book, “When Google Met Wikileaks” regarding Eric Schmidt, previous Google CEO.

After reading these articles, you may agree that Google has abandoned its motto and is now being evil by its own definition as well as by that of many of its erstwhile users.  This is an example of the kind of dismissal of ethics endemic in capitalism, where profit trumps all, and is the larger lesson we need to learn from this betrayal.  Some of us would argue that a system predicated on profit is inherently corrupt, self-serving, and, well, evil.  It is no small matter that the NSA spying has been piggybacking off information gathered by tech giants like Google, Microsoft, and Apple and why these corporations need to be held accountable.  But even more disturbing, Google may be involved behind the scenes in larger world events.  This is why We the People need to take back control of our government and rein in these corporations who think they are “people” so that we can again have some privacy as well as some say in our lives.

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.

Class Warfare is Real

There is class warfare going on from the top down (not the bottom up!) and we are committed to exposing the roots of this inequity.  Not only is the middle class being decimated and the poor further impoverished and dispossessed, but our democracy is being dismantled as well.  In the words of Warren Buffett, ““There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning.”  See: http://www.nytimes.com/2006/11/26/business/yourmoney/26every.html?_r=0

Here are some links that will explain how and why this has happened:

http://billmoyers.com/episode/full-show-taming-capitalism-run-wild/

Richard Wolff – Capitalism Hits the Fan

http://www.democracyatwork.info/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Econ_Update_Truthout_2013.09.13.48k.mp3

http://www.versobooks.com/blogs/1433-post-crash-economics-a-reading-list

For an interesting and fresh alternative, watch this video: