G. K. Chesterton on Conservatives and Progressives

“The whole modern world has divided itself into Conservatives and Progressives. The business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes. The business of the Conservatives is to prevent the mistakes from being corrected.”
-G. K. Chesterton

Immortal Technique Speaks with Alex Jones – They Seek Middle Ground Between Far Left and Far Right.

My usual readers will know already that I have great respect for the artist named Immortal Technique. He has recently been interviewed on the Alex Jones show. Why would he do such a thing you might ask. I would answer that question this way:

Is this not what we need, the left and right are coming together? We must integrate, not separate. United we stand, and divided we fall correct?

The reality is that if we can stop agreeing to disagree: we will often find that always agreed to begin with. Very often when we argue or disagree it is a result of using different words, different definitions for words, being manipulated, and being in pain (which is the primary emotion that leads to the secondary emotion – anger).

Instead I suggest, that when we reach an impasse in conversation, we should stop disagreeing for the moment, give each other space and time, come back when desired and desirable, and then share instead of trying to convince each other of things.

Don’t be intimidated by the length of this video. However long you can listen to it, please do. I assert that you will get out what you put into listening to this. For those of you that know me already I think you will agree and already know what I am saying.

As always, your thoughts and feedback will be appreciated (wanted and needed too).

Peace and love brothers and sisters!

Thoughts on Obamacare, AKA The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

Obamacare, also known as The “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, while a small step forward, is based upon a Heritage Foundation health care legislation recommendation for the Republican Party/conservative agenda.

Obamacare

Huh?

Obamacare serves the people a small amount of good at the cost of a permanent requirement to earn and pay enough for health care based upon their probability of getting ill (with the costs skewed towards the young). The problem with that is that nobody’s earnings are based upon the work one does but instead is based upon the amount of capital one already has, their economic class, their social class, their skills, their talents, and the work one does. The obvious assumption here is that everyone deserves the same quality of healthcare.

Obamacare was probably the best we could have reasonably expected without the man getting JFK’d. (assuming he’d vetoed the bill when it was finally passed so he could use the leverage that the American Public had/have over congress to get more favorable legislation for the lower 98%/lower classes)

Obamacare is largely a corporate giveaway because it requires every American to purchase PRIVATE insurance instead of having PUBLIC insurance, hence giving the insurance companies more leverage for the PROFIT motive instead of REDUCING COSTS overall to both the American PUBLIC and American GOVERNMENT.

I know some of you liberals are probably disappointed in me

I recognize that many would think that if I was truly a bleeding heart liberal I would be more supportive of our President and Democratic congressmen (and women!).

Sadly, if you haven’t noticed, President Barack Obama and his herd are just the other side of the coin called the corporate party.  Of course, I had no love for President George W. Bush or his herd either.  Hell, I actually voted for Obama the first time, but as Dubya so eloquently put it “fool me once, shame on you.  Fool me.. can’t get fooled again.”

My problems with our liberal leadership are many and varied.  A true liberal doesn’t allow tanks to roll through the streets inside of their own country.  A true liberal doesn’t offer to cut Social Security as an opening move in budget negotiations (what would the equivalent be in chess – perhaps playing without any pawns).  A true liberal doesn’t allow torture.  A true liberal doesn’t circumvent due process and the rule of law to catch the bad guys.  A true liberal doesn’t give up the liberty of his people, no matter what the cost, ever.

If the citizens that considered themselves Democrats or Republicans had any spine they would stand up for what they supposedly believe in, protest, make their representatives act on their beliefs, and never vote for either party again.  Instead it is apparent that the majority of people who consider themselves either a Democrat or a Republican merely support “their man” without question (let’s take that literally too – we have never had a woman president – Pakistan has).

I wish members of both political parties could have the courage to admit that both of “their guys” screwed up our economy, infringed upon our civil liberties, violated the Geneva Conventions, and engaged in thinly veiled resource wars in the name of “democracy” and “terrorism.”  Of course, that would mean admitting that we were wrong when we supported one side or the other.  It would mean admitting that all those arguments we had with people of the other party were really just us being the unwitting patsies of the plutocracy.  It would mean that we would have to actually do something other than repeat the canned phrases that we hear on MSNBC and FOX news.  It would mean we would have to admit that the two-party system is fatally flawed.  I can see why most Americans can’t bear to do that.  It takes some real courage to admit when you have been wrong and it has hurt just about everyone you know.

I will admit it to you now.  I was wrong for at least 80% of my life.  I thought the Democrats had my back.  They didn’t.  Anybody else?

I may sound radical but let’s think about our current situation critically.  Tanks are rolling around in our streets and DEMOCRATS are JUST FINE with it.  If that doesn’t qualify the United States as a military state and an authoritarian regime I don’t know what does.  Can you imagine what Democrats would be saying if George W. Bush had allowed tanks to roll around in our streets?  This is what is called a cult of personality, you know, like the Dear Leader in North Korea has.  Patriotism is all well and good but this rally around the flag mentality has gotten completely out of hand.  Stop being motivated by fear.  Start standing up for your rights and the rights of others.  The men and women in uniform that have died for us over the last 237 years deserve that we honor them by at least not being utterly ignorant and craven cowards.

It is with these things in mind that I have decided to refer to our current President as “Dear Leader” in honor of his cult of personality and his authoritarian regime.  I will also pray to our Dear Leader, never take his name in vain, and when Passover comes I will put the blood of a member of the opposing party (whichever party that is at the time) above my door to make sure that “my guy” knows I’m with him so he doesn’t kill my firstborn son.  That said, to use our Dear Leader’s favorite cliché, “Make no mistake,” I am as disappointed in the American people as I am with our leadership.  Now, get back to the herd and go back to sheep.. er.. I mean sleep.

Why is America the greatest country in the world? It isn’t.

Video

This is a clip from the HBO series “The Newsroom.”  If only I was able to rant like this whenever a jingoistic Republican started getting in my face about how America is the greatest country in the world.

What have liberals done for us, where are they now, and who is speaking for them?

I ran across this clip from “The West Wing” the other day.  It really made me think (and convinced me that I have to watch this show).  How could it be stated more succinctly?  This is what liberals have done for us:

This make me wonder: where are the liberals now?  Why aren’t they stopping the constant attacks on our social safety net?  Ostensibly they are in the Democratic Party; but the Democratic Party is not the liberal party anymore.  There is no party for the liberals.  Don’t feed me that bull about the Libertarian Party being the party of liberals either.  Most Libertarians would like nothing more than to completely remove the social safety net in lieu of what can only be called social Darwinism.  If anything the Libertarian Party is the party of yes small government and austerity (you know what the Republicans claim to be).  But I digress, there is no place for liberals in any political party today.  There is just a huge ugly mess to clean up after the two ‘parties’ just trashed the house; and there are no parents to come back and scold them for the damage they have done.  Well, not unless the American people can start acting like responsible parents instead of spoiled selfish brats.

Why can’t you call the Democratic Party liberal?  Often the reason is subtle, like their perceived inability to act.  The main problem though is that you can’t call the Democratic Party liberal just simply because it opposes a slightly more conservative party.  We need to face the fact that the Democratic and Republican parties have moved steadily to the right for the last twenty to thirty years.  Sadly, liberals, by in large, have not noticed that the Democrats no longer represent their interests; instead they represent banks, lawyers, and the corporatocracy, not in word, but in deed.

Let me illustrate how far to the right the Democratic Party has slid by reviewing some of what the Obama Administration and the Democratic Party have done or allowed to be done since President Obama took Office:

I could go on but you get the point.

So who is speaking for the liberals now?  With the exception of Bernie Sanders and Keith Ellison I honestly have no idea.  We lost Denis Kucinich.  We lost Barnie Frank.  We lost Anthony Weiner .  Who else is left (pun intended)?

We could try for a new liberal political party.  One problem with this approach is that the Supreme Court has sanctioned the two-party system by allowing laws in various states that make third parties more difficult to form (I will address this in the future).  Another problem is splitting the ‘liberal vote’ which could mean a series of Republican wins and majorities for a long time to come.

So I guess it’s up to us guys.  We have to protest.  We have to push our politicians to represent our interests.  We have to make calls and write letters to our congressmen.  We have to get the money out of politics (or legalized bribery as I like to call it).  We have to push for run-off voting.  We have to push for an end to the two-party system.  We have to elect officials that will stand up for our rights.  If they don’t represent our interests we need to promptly attempt recall elections when possible, or at least vote them out after their term is done.  I wish I had better suggestions.  I welcome your ideas.  Seriously, help.

Obama’s 2013 State of the Union Speech

There were many things liberals enjoyed hearing said in President Obama’s 2013 State of the Union speech.  There were even more things that liberals should have noticed that weren’t in the President’s speech.

I can’t help but notice that he didn’t try to justify his administration’s continued support of warrant-less wiretapping, indefinite detention of Americans suspected of being terrorists, extrajudicial killings of Americans abroad, the use of torture, extraordinary rendition, or the continued use of the Guantanamo Bay prison.  I did not hear him say that he would end the failed war on drugs.  I did not hear him mention the prison-industrial complex and the need to break its back.  I did not hear him mention the two new wars the United States became involved in (Libya and Mali).  I did not hear him defend the torturous treatment of Bradley Manning.  I did not hear him explain why more whistleblowers have been prosecuted under his administration than under any other.  I did not hear him explain why he resigned the Patriot Act.  I did not hear him explain that Social Security and Medicare are self-sustaining and do not contribute to the national debt.  I did not hear him explain how Social Security could be made solvent through the baby boom merely by removing the income cap on Social Security payments.

One thing I did notice in that liberals should be outraged about is the increased rate of oil drilling and the reduction in regulations – especially after the gulf oil spill; but the public seems to have conveniently forgotten about this tragedy and focused more attention on the daily fluctuations of gas prices.  The memory hole is always so close at hand here in America.

He is indeed a great compromiser.  He has compromised the values he was elected to uphold.  He has compromised the liberty of his citizens for the promise of more security.  He has compromised with the far right to pass mediocre center-right legislation left and right (pun intended).  He quotes Reagan constantly and I think there is a reason.  He behaves a lot like Reagan.  Ladies and gentlemen our president is equivalent of a Republican from the 1980’s.  That is how far our country has drifted in the last 30 years.

Republicans should think of a new word to describe their party and the far-right position on the political spectrum it holds because their previous position has been usurped by the Democrats and their President.  Perhaps the lesser of two evils was in fact the greater of two evils.  Would the Democrats in Congress would have allowed all this to happen if a Republican had been in office?  Wouldn’t they have filibustered the Patriot Act?  Wouldn’t they be demanding that American citizens be given due process by the courts rather than allow them to be killed abroad with little more than an executive committee masquerading as their constitutional right to ‘due process?’  Since ‘their guy’ won the Democrats in congress and the Democrats in the public are more than happy to endorse almost anything ‘their guy’ says is in their interests.

Divide and conquer has worked again America.  The liberals have been thrown a few bones.  The push for a higher minimum wage (which over the long-term does not fix structural economic problems and ends with the same levels of poverty).  The push for woman’s rights.  Gay rights in the military.  A health care law that was authored by the Heritage Foundation and is as much a corporate giveaway as it is means of giving the public insurance.

Yet overall the warmongers, the bankers, the military-industrial complex, the prison-industrial complex, pharmaceutical industry, the insurance industry, the international corporations, the lobbyists, and the moneyed elite have won again.  For allowing this to happen I can do nothing more than voice my opinion, disperse relevant facts, and admonish the American public for its inaction.  In other words, for shame America.  Wake up.  The two-party system is a joke.  At the very least we need a third-party that represents the interests of the actual left.  We need a more engaged citizenry.  We need a better educated public (and by this I don’t necessarily mean by educational institutions – read a book dummies).  We nearly need a miracle.  This is the downward spiral.

Who and what will lead our nation back from the brink?  We must risk something now while we still have the resources to risk or soon we will end up penniless and landless sharecroppers on the land of our forefathers (and the American Indians before them).  Speak out!  Protest!  Contribute in whatever way you can!  The longer we wait to act, the less power we have, and the easier we are to subdue.  I’d rather we took action now.  It will only get harder to reverse these trends as time goes on.