There is no point in electing Democrats if they vote the same as Republicans. Neoliberalism has captured both major parties. It is time to destroy the cult of austerity - if we really wanted to, we could fix our problems easily. Spending massive sums on bombings doesn't help. https://t.co/wW1ZTq92h7
Whatever their differences, the two front-runners in the Democratic presidential race, Joe Biden, born November 20, 1942, and Bernie Sanders, born September 8, 1941, share one common trait: They are too old to be president.
His goal isn't to be President. He is 88, and he doesn't want to win. What he wants is to make the debate stage so he can challenge Bernie and Tulsi from the left and air the most progressive platform you will find anywhere.
And if the Dems have their way…especially Green Party candidates.
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The BAR newsletter had popped into my Inbox a few days ago, and I was interested in this piece on Black Agenda Radio: ‘Greens’ Howie Hawkins is 2020’s Only Real Peace Candidate’, Bruce Dixon, April 4, 2019, which transcript was labeled with ‘Tulsi Gabbard is a Sheepdog’ before the rest of the radio title.
It isn't what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about it. - Dale Carnegie
It gives me great pleasure to host Tuesday's Open Thread and I thank you all for stopping by. For today's topic I'd like to introduce two concepts that may seem incongruous taken together but in this instance actually complement each other quite well. The first one is the discipline of Science, and the second one is the tradition of Buddhism. How they complement each other might surprise you.
So, without further ado, let's begin!
I've been reading discussions here, speculating about what the Democratic Party's 2020 strategy could be, and all of a sudden the light dawned. I don't know what their main strategy is, but they do have a back-up plan. It's so devilishly simple. Their Plan B is literally Plan "B".
Picture the scene in the smoke-filled back room at DNC headquarters:
An email today indicates that Tulsi is only 653 new donors away from making the 65,000 goal.
She just needs 19 new donors per day through May 14 in order to make it!
Plus, Tulsi evidently has studied many martial arts since she was a kid, including Capoeira. Here is a link posted showing her do some Capoeira (she's pretty good).
I have a theory that, like many, the corruptocrat strategy is to flood the primaries with candidates and force the convention to a second ballot.
But at first look this strategy seems stupid because of the 15% rule. Look at the possible outcome:
Dork #1 10%
Dork #2 10%
Dork 3-6 all 5%
I just received an email from Mike Gravel which included the video below.
In it, I was struck by him concentrating on taking on the main corporate candidates straight on.
And he deferred on slamming Bernie and Tulsi. So, hmmmm. If that's gonna be his tack for the debates, it's well worth a buck to his campaign imo.
Now that the Russia Hoax is behind us, this seems like a good time to shift into reality-based politics. It is the ideal way to understand why the elections will be steered down the same old cul de sacs, moving toward the same old outcomes with rampant misinformation and domestic propaganda littering the way. But eyes-wide-open politics can also reveal the occasional opportunity to nudge things in a different direction.