things should be getting better for everyone. The rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer, and the climate is being destroyed by a small group of oil salesmen.
climate and healthcare
we need to help the climate and do what the scientists say we need to do and transform our energy system away from fossil fuels, end corporate influence on policy, and pass universal healthcare.
|U.S. budget deficit: $2.7 trillion, 2021|
|$28.43 trillion in federal debt|
democracy is a system where people can change their rulers by voting. Democracy is equality, social equality and civil rights. voting rights, women's rights, immigration and healthcare. making a path out of poverty. willing to give up privilege for the common good.
if you understand democracy and how narrow, nationalistic interests threaten democracy, then you must consider the common good and put common needs ahead of private interests.
President Biden is fixing the $#!t from 45. infrastructure, transportation, clean water, green energy, increase corporate taxes, revive global cooperation, combat climate crisis reduce emissions of heat-trapping greenhouse gases into the atmosphere to prevent the planet from warming to more extreme temperatures, manage forests, end border wall construction, end oil pipelines and drilling on federal lands and fragile environments, like the Arctic.
collective goals. not so individualistic. More "let's create a better world," and less "me, me, me, me, me."
Noam Chomsky, leading public intellectual: "That's normal in a political system mired in corruption. It's often been observed that the U.S. has a one-party political system - the business party - with two factions, Democrats and Republicans."
"... where the impact of corporate lobbyists, always significant, has exploded since the 1970s as the corporate-run neoliberal assault against the general population gained force."
Noam Chomsky chomsky.info
"... it is now unmistakably clear that we can change these disastrous, divisive policies only by changing the men who are now making them." Robert Kennedy, 1968
Robert F. Kennedy, 1968
Robert F. Kennedy, 1968 on the night Martin Luther King was killed: "Let us dedicate ourselves to tame the savageness of man and make gentle the life of this world."
"We must rid ourselves of all division, hatred, violence and lawlessness if we are to survive as a nation. It is our capacity to love and have compassion for one another that will build the nation."
$3.5 trillion infrastructure: "I already negotiated. The truth is we need more." U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, democratic socialist, Wed 25 Aug 2021
democratic socialism is a program of social benefits funded by taxes, a democracy based on the principle of one person one vote.
Socialism is an economic and political system based on public ownership of the means of production. The government is involved in the rules, collection, and distribution of funds. Everyone gives a little and everyone takes a little.
Social Security is a form of social welfare that ensures that the elderly, disabled workers, and their dependents have some minimum level of income.
U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders introduced a bill to block the $735m arms sale to Israel, as he added, "Netanyahu has cultivated an increasingly intolerant and authoritarian type of racist nationalism." The resolution is not likely to pass, said everyone. Thu 20 May 2021
vote them out
- Donors give huge sums to elect politicians to office
- Elected officials rewrite the rules in the donors' favor
- Donors make a huge profit
it's a language war: the racist rhetoric is fueling the violence.
it's a language war, and mainstream Republicans are constructing a new moral panic using the qanon messaging: that top Democrats were involved in elite child sex-trafficking rings.
alt-right ideologies, white supremacy, racism, spread only because they convince there is a bad guy. it is not us it is them. us vs them, there must be a monster. "They are taking our jobs, they are grooming our kids!"
alt-right Republicans are using the tactic of attaching a negative label (communist) to those who hold different beliefs and relentlessly repeating that label regardless of its accuracy.
Trump is liable for federal prosecution of obstruction of justice as made public in the Mueller Report.
We continue to see Trump's display of embarrassing damage to democracy by a sore loser. Trump's assault on democracy and humanity are dividing America. This is a small group that has a large megaphone.
tax breaks for super-rich people, a.k.a. donors
see Trump's 2017 Tax Reform Act, a.k.a. Trump's Tax Scam, enriching the super-rich and corporate sector at the expense of everyone else - the bill that Joseph Stiglitz termed the U.S. Donor Relief Act of 2017, which "embodies all that is wrong with the Republican party, and to some extent, the debased state of American democracy."
American democracy is under attack. Republicans have launched an attack on voting by changing the rules of democracy with aggressive new restrictions on the right to vote. It suggests that Republicans do not believe that everyone is equal.
"The coordinated onslaught of voter suppression bills is not the norm." Stacey Adams in Georgia, May 2021
the many restrictive voter suppression bills tout the big lie of voter fraud. The Republicans are desperate to hold onto power and believe the only way to wield any power is to keep as many people as possible from voting.
the conspiracy of lies, deceit and fraud is a distraction. They want us to believe some $#!t to conceal their agenda of discrimination and hate. "Their hate and lack of integrity is as common as their greed and incompetence," she said of her Republican colleagues.
antidem /anti-democracy is authoritarianism /the enforcement of obedience to authority at the expense of personal freedom. What is the Republican platform? what do they stand for? Republican party has no stated policies. Erasing Obama is not a policy.
democracy is based on a shared reality. Antidem has a warped acceptance of conspiracy rather than reality. They shout "fake news" to discredit all other sources of news but their own. Seek the truth and get the facts from many sources rather than to isolate yourself in a silo of disinformation.
carrying out a shadow foreign policy campaign aimed at pressuring Ukranian leaders to do political favors for Trump. "It kept getting more insidious," said top US diplomat testifying in House impeachment investigation, Nov 2019.
1. Trump was impeached on 18 Dec 2019, Abuse of power and Obstruction of Congress. He withheld congressional aid to Ukraine. Republican Senators voted to acquit.
2. Trump was impeached on 13 Jan 2021, Incitement of Insurrection, He incited the Jan.6 storming of the U.S. Capitol. Republican Senators voted to acquit.
Presidents shall not use the people's tax dollars for personal political gain. Trump had no authority to withhold congressionally approved aid, military aid, from a U.S. ally, Ukraine. Trump prevented the House from obtaining documents and testimony from important witnesses, including acting White House Chief of Staff Mulvaney and Secretary of State Pompeo.
State Dept. is responsible for promoting U.S. foreign policy and international relations through diplomacy and is prohibited from advancing domestic political objectives.
Open corruption. Self-dealing slimy schemes. Corrupt operations for political gain. Withholding foreign aid to an ally for a corrupt political motive. Official foreign security aid is tax-payer money that is authorized by Congress to Ukraine to help Ukraine defend itself in a hot war against Russian aggression. We now have corroborated testimony of criminal bribery by Trump.
insurrection Jan. 6
Trump was trying to thwart democracy, yet the guardrails held strong. Jan. 6 was violent insurrection, a failed coup by a dictator wannabe. Trump and his followers were intent on violence. This was an attack against the U.S. Congress to stop certification of election results. The seige of the Capitol was the manifestation of months of violent extremist rhetoric and the normative effect of constant news about physical violence, hate speech, and the use of hateful symbols.
the shadow campaign continues to inspire the dullards.
far-right domestic terrorism
far-right terrorism has significantly outpaced terrorism from other types of perpetrators, including from far-left networks and individuals inspired by the Islamic State and al-Qaeda.
demilitarize the police; when all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. demilitarize police Brennan Center
CS tear gas on citizens
tear gas is a pain nerve gas deployed by federal agents to disperse rioting protestors or crowds of peaceful demonstrators. Tear gas is the generic term for a class of compounds that cause a burning sensation. LE use a chemical called CS, 2-chlorobenzalmalononitrile. CS activates a specific pain receptor, and it is 100,000 times stronger than the sting from wasabi. When inhaled, the pain induces people to cough.
John Lewis knew that we have to be vigilant against the darker currents of this country's history. Of our own history. Where there are whirlpools of violence and hatred and despair that can always rise again. Bull Connor may be gone, but today we witness with our own eyes, police officers kneeling on the necks of Black Americans. George Wallace may be gone, but we can witness our federal government sending agents to use tear gas and batons against peaceful demonstrators.
we are not asking for special treatment, just equal treatment.
how to pay for Medicare for All
"We have the money to make health care a right in this country. What we need is the political will." Robert Reich 5 Aug 2020
- repeal the $1.9 Trillion tax scam for corporations and the 1%
- pass a wealth tax
- shrink our bloated military
Republican authoritarian swing
the Republican party has embraced autocratic tactics to wield power. state Senator speaks at white nationalist America First Political Action Conference about hanging her political opponents.
AOC and the progressives are campaigning for Cisneros in Texas. see Justice Democrats.