What's Our Vehicle, Baby? (Why We Need One)
I have written in the past, via comments, that if we don't start learning how to prevent the co-option of our movement, we are toast. In addition, we must have a reliable way to get that message out: a vehicle if you will.
All you need do is look at history. TPTB, regardless of party affiliation, seem to always learn from their mistakes because they are greedy sociopaths/psychopaths. Their primary need is to be dominant. Whether it is having more money and/or power than 'name your deity' over those they deem to be less than, we must remember it is their prime motivator.
For example, I have been living on the second and attic floors of a house for many years. During this time, there has been an ongoing battle with mice. The first time the Orkin man showed up, he explained that the problem is on the first floor and basement. Unless the entryways into the house are found and sealed, the problem would continue.
Since the current tenants downstairs have failed to deal with the problem and have left food scraps near the foundation of the house, the problem has not abated. For the past couple of years, when the weather got cold, the mice would appear. I would go through my routine of exterminating them and then once the weather got warm, we would have no mice until the cold weather returned.
I have done all I can to eliminate their ways in but they are determined little critters. You see, their primary motivation is to eat because they need to survive. Their perseverance has resulted in my discovery of all the ways that they had been able to get into my apartment. I was able to seal up all but one because that one way is in the kitchen behind the counter. Unless the counter is ripped out and replaced, there is no stopping them entering there so the battle continues.
TPTB are determined to be rulers over us all. They can't help it because it is their prime motivator. They will do everything they can to succeed; and just like the mice, they are determined critters. This is why they are winning and we are losing. For most people, their prime motivation does not require anything more than a semblance of fulfillment. Many people will settle for less as long as they believe that it's not so bad. Regardless of what we recognize as basic human rights that are for everyone, many settle for less.
TPTB won't settle for less. If we manage to get laws passed that limit them, they will keep gnawing away at them until they create a hole big enough to let them back into America's house. As the Orkin man said, you have to put measures in place to prevent them from getting back in, no matter what. This is America 2017 and I believe there is only a small chance of turning this around.
When there were outlets that allowed for the transmission of information to the public, we had a better chance of informing the populace. Bit by bit, those outlets have all been stripped away and/or coopted except one. The papers are gone. Television news: long gone. Radio: gone. The Internet is the last outlet left and net neutrality is the only thing preventing an inability to reach enough people to make a difference.
TPTB know this very well which is why they are intent on destroying the internet by removing net neutrality. We may very well have no chance once it is gone. With net neutrality gone, the message of alternative media will likely not be heard by enough people because of the implementation of pay-for-play speed restrictions.
Removing net neutrality is Plan A but they do have a Plan B. You are seeing that with the ad revenue defunding on YouTube. One can only hope that Patreon will be more than just a stop gap. Alternative news outlets that refuse to be coopted have been moving to Patreon but the free flow of information will slow to a crawl if the funding can't keep enough of them viable. For TPTB, Plan B is in place in case they are unable to push through Plan A.
So how can we ensure access to the truth? Some people here may remember Air America Radio (AAR). Whether you loved it or hated it, the results were clear. If enough people are reached, elections can be won. Whether the elected keep their promises is another matter but we can put people we support in office with a large enough turnout.
Sometime after the death of AAR, I wrote about it at TOP where it received, as far as I can remember, a rather tepid response. At the time, I didn’t realize that TOP was fully coopted by TPTB. The main point of my old TOP diary (which I am not able to republish here because I am not willing to subject myself to that place to pull a diary that might not even be that good): when there is a way that everyone can easily get alternative content, a movement will grow. When people are informed, it makes a difference. When they are ignorant; TPTB win.
The only reason we got Obama (even though he turned out to be just another eager tool of TPTB) was because enough people were aware and willing to vote. There was no way to defeat that momentum. Obama's win in 2008 was achieved despite all the voting problems simply because there were too many people voting for the election to be stolen. Side note: according to TOP, election fraud is a myth and nothing happened in 2000, 2004, and the 2016 Dem primary. Right - wanna buy a bridge?
Unfortunately, just like his Dem predecessor "Slick Willie", "No Drama Obama" was only there to grease the wheels. Make no mistake we were screwed but his "cool" helped many accept it. Oh, he had the cool, smooth moves but those moves were but a slick veneer covering up the mountains of crap poured down upon us.
Experience just proves that there is no point looking to a new leader until we realize that without a vehicle to spread the message and a steely focus on what we want, we will continue to be screwed. This is why I believe that we need to have nonnegotiable points. Every potential candidate that wants our vote must support these points.
My feeling is that the following three points could be our focus:
1. The peace movement
2. Medicare for all
3. Net neutrality
There are certainly other points that need to be addressed but I believe these three are the ones that could gain the most traction among all people regardless of their political affiliation. If there are better focus points, I am all in but whatever we finally decide to push must be “make or break”. We can even narrow it to just one as Alligator Ed said in his excellent essay.
If a candidate does not fully support our focus points then they should not be supported by us. We can no longer go halfway with this. TOP and their masters can derisively call it a purity test. I don’t care. We need to go forth with the unadulterated truth and we need to start now!
Finally, remember this; TPTB did not get where they are by going after everything all at once. They first focused on just one part of one pillar of the New Deal and once they achieved that, they moved on to the next. They did this all while convincing people that their lives would be better for it.
In my opinion, their major successes came with the advent of what I call the "Grand Showman Presidents". The first GSP was Reagan and then Clinton took up the mantle. Next, was Obama and finally Trump. I don't include the Bushes as GSP's because they were just place holders in my opinion. Their purpose was to keep the gains made until the next uber charismatic GSP arrived. Bear in mind that had Her Heinous won then she would have just been a placeholder since she has absolutely no charisma. Some might consider Trump to be a placeholder but only time will tell.
So, what do you all think? And bye the bye, if we lose net neutrality, I believe we will have to go old-school. Pamphlets, flyers, buttons, and t-shirts produced by us may be the only outlet we will have left. If it comes to that, I hope we will find a way to do it.
Ignorance is bliss but once enough people have awakened, a reckoning must occur. Here's to its success.