Progress takes time, baby steps. If you want something, you have to start at the bottom and work your way up. That's the way Bernie Sanders sees it with health care for Americans. Instead of demanding a single payer health care system NOW, like that described in HR 676, a legitimate single payer plan that now has 72 cosponsors in Congress, Bernie thinks it's "prudent" to improve Obamacare first by adding a public option to it, to "work toward" Medicare for all.
It's ironic that Alligator Ed asked the question just this morning Democrats: are they finally realizing they are on the Titanic?
I say it's ironic because Bernie Sanders answered that very question a couple days ago.
I didn't catch this at the time but thought it was important to alert concerned citizens.
Glenn Greenwald has delivered a devastating critique of the inept, corrupt, and sickly response of the Democratic Party to the 2016 election debacle.
The whole article is great, but there is one juicy item that stands out.
Mark Blyth is a Scottish political scientist and a professor of international political economy at Brown Universit. Blyth first came to my attention when his prediction of Trump's electoral victory--and how it was tied to the vote for Brexit--was widely shared after the USA election.
As Steven Salaita says on Facebook:
Trump is unusually crude and boastful. As a result, nearly all his actions highlight a reality obscured by more cultured politicians: the ruling class, in both its conservative and liberal incarnations, has unadulterated contempt for those with less power.
Since I posted and defended efforts by the Justice Democrats to "do something, anything", I thought I should follow it up with these videos by the Sane Progressive. There are rebuttals to her on YouTube that make the case that "reform is hard, a new party impossible".
Robert Reich posted an article in his blog titled The Life of the Party: 7 Truths for Democrats. In it he argued that it is urgent that the Democrats (and presumably the left wing as a whole) need to stop "squabbling" and recognize the seven truths he enumerated:
The big news this week is apparently that while all the nice liberals were busy planning protests against a President who won't have done anything yet, the nice people whose campaign blunders gave us this President have been very busy keeping the Democratic Party in their own hands.
So for instance we have this piece, from Counterpunch:
- “We’re going to have insurance for everybody,” Trump said. “There was a philosophy in some circles that if you can’t pay for it, you don’t get it. That’s not going to happen with us.”
Water contamination and a water blockade have been occurring in Damascus, Syria which evidently involves the White Helmets, the Nobel Peace prize nominated, NATO sponsored, terrorist affiliated, propaganda "organization". If it involves the White Helmets, it also involves the U.S. and Britain.
I wanted to use another word than "beejesus" but I heard recently that swear words in titles get bojoed in web crawlers and whatnot, so ya, I like this place, respect, in digital form. Maybe the Son of God and a little honey will get the spiders dancing...
Yup, I like Jimmy Dore and the Jimmy Dore Show... but tonight he was on fire. I am talking 10 videos, all of them worth watching, and if you follow Jimmy, this is actually quite a rare event, so I guess he had a few things on his mind... not only that, but they are almost all about the election, the Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton and her cabal of losers.
In the realm of you can't make this shit up, I present to you exhibit A of the Democratic Party's imminent death. Idiots and charlatans, the whole lot.
Hillary Clinton shouldn't go on a "thank-you" tour, but a "I'm sorry" tour... she owes the whole fucking country an apology for Heir Pumpkinfuehrer.
Fair and reliable elections, an informed citizenry, wide participation in governance -- these are cornerstones of democracy. But the recent election in the U.S.A. has pointed out serious cracks in those stones. Gerrymandered districts weakened voters of one party, and made races non-competitive. Recently-erected hurdles stopped many from voting. Big media focused on the horse race, and ignored policy issues. Persons trafficked in misleading and fake news on social media. And, in the end, demagogy and crackpottery carried the day. What follows are six simple ideas that can, I think, be easily implemented, and that might well go a long way toward fixing those cracks and strengthening our democracy.
This video, less than 5 minutes long, deserves to stand by itself.
The money quotes is 3:20 in, when Thomas Frank is asked how the Democrats can win back the working class.
Based on Shumer and Pelosi being selected to lead, it really does appear the Democrats are beyond saving.
The Democratic Party symbol or logo should be the Montgolfier Balloon. It is an archaic contrivance dependent upon hot air to rise. What we think it is and what we think we know of it is largely myth, and the insiders, elites, and powers that be not only promulgate some myths themselves, but possibly even believe some of them.
Let's start -- the "party of the people", the liberal, or progressive party. Heh. Snapshots follow, form your own thesis.
The establishment political factions motivate their bases with social issues - appealing to their respective tendencies by speaking for or against social progress. The "Conservative" base is motivated by fear, and the "Liberal" base is motivated by morality.
If you're the "Conservative" base, the Republicans will promise to prevent or halt social progress of one kind or another. (The crazier ones will promise to turn back social progress) They'll blame problems with the economy on reckless liberal policies. They'll say that getting government out of the way of business will allow the jobs to come pouring in.
Let's take a look at what's likely to happen.
Somehow or other we must get into the Government men who can match our enemies in fighting spirit, in daring, in resolution and in thirst for victory. Some 300 years ago, when this House found that its troops were being beaten again and again by the dash and daring of the Cavaliers, by Prince Rupert’s Cavalry, Oliver Cromwell spoke to John Hampden. In one of his speeches he recounted what he said.
I voted for Jill Stein when she ran against Obama, gave money to Bernie when he ran in the primary, voted for Stein and other Greens by mail awhile back.
Like others here still not happy with the way things turned out with the Sanders campaign and especially not happy with how the DNC did what they did.
Found a new Dutch documentary via Twitter today that was interesting.