Politics: Going to Extremes

The Optimistic Left

Occupy Wall Street started on Sept 17, 2011 and began a rapid decline after the police cleared Zuccotti Park on Nov 15. Half way through, Mica White of Adbusters magazine, who is credited with calling the original demonstration, told “What’s Trending”  (3:03 — 9:20).

This is a revolutionary movement that’s going to topple the corporate power structure. We are sick of the corperate political parties. This is the new model — there’s no leaders there’s no organizations. …  this revolutionary movement is not gonna stop. … This is a revolutionary movement of the 99% — this is not a left issue or a right issue.

A tad optimistic? Delusional? Perhaps this explains why the Tea Party has elected 81 extremists to Congress, and—to the lefts credit—the extreme left can’t elect a dog catcher. Ralph Nader, perhaps the most electable left extremist topped out with about 4% of the vote when he defeated Al Gore and gave us George W Bush. (Gore needed only 537 votes in Florida and Nader took roughly 50,000 (net votes) from him.)

The Koch Brother’s Tea Party

The Koch’s don’t own the tea party, but they helped start it well before Obama got elected. It’s part of their long term strategy that was launched in 1980 when David Koch ran for Vice President on the Libertarian ticket. Now, for the 2016 campaign they’ve pledged $889 million. As Politico points out, that “more than doubles the amount spent by the Republican National Committee during the last presidential election cycle.”

The right believes in getting organized, and it shows. This election is no time for the left to be messing around.

Will the Extremes Hand Us Over to the Republicans?

Probably. But there’s still some hope. … stay tuned.

Is Bernie another Obama?

Hillary Clinton

Aug 20, 2015. Bernie knows it's nonsense, but he's not saying. He's happy to have people fall for this line. 2015 is like 2007 and Bernie is like Obama. Let's take a look.

    • This time in 2007
      • Hillary had 125 Democratic endorsements
      • Obama had 47

Carly: Really?? Five Facts You Should Know

Hillary Clinton

Aug 19, 2015. Carly Fiorina shot into the spotlight after the GOP debates, even though she didn't make it to the top 10 but was relegated to the second tier of candidates. Sure, she came across better than the swarm of others at the podiums but let's take a closer look at her track record: 

  1. She has not served as CEO since her firing from Hewlett Packard in 2005. (HP stock rose 7% the day she was fired.)
  2. She nearly destroyed the company with her [Read more...]


Bernie Get Elected? With 28%? That's Insane

Hillary Clinton

Aug 14, 2015. In 1980, just before he won his first election, Bernie Sanders made a documentary about socialist Presidential candidate Eugene V. Debs. Bernie's known the electoral score for 35 years. So why won't he tell his supporters?

Debs ran for president five times, getting a high of 6% of the popular vote in 1912. If Bernie ran as a Democrat (which he's not and never has been), he just might get as much as 28% of the vote!

That would leave the Republican candidate with 70% (2% independent), by far the biggest landslide of any president in history. Second place would then go to Lyndon Johnson who got 61% in 1964. [Read more...]


The GOP Ticket: Bush and Fiorina

Hillary Clinton

Aug 10, 2015. You read it first here. The 2016 Republican ticket will be Jeb and Carly. No, the GOP establishment is not going to listen to its base. Not after Ted Cruz said they were all slaves to K-Street lobbyists. 

Fox News just took out Trump and and pumped up Fiorina. She's not part of the political establishment (though she once tried to be) but she is part of the corporate establishment and that's who lobbies Congress. So no chance [Read more...]


Background Stories

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Crony Capitalism

That’s when capitalists manipulate government to gain subsidies and loopholes. Wall Street uses a revolving door to high government positions. Big-business capitalists rely on K-Street lobbyists instead. But the Koch brothers, the Supreme Court, and Fox-Wall-St. are building a pro-corporate tea party. Occupy Wall Street and some tea baggers should join to fight corpocracy.


Extremists

The right takes the cake for extremism. David Koch, the billionaire founder of AFP, the group that invented and organized the Tea Parties, ran as a Libertarian against Reagan in 1980. He favored an end to public schools, Social Security, the FBI, CIA, and IRS, and also favored legalizing gambling, drugs and prostitution. The left dabbles in extremism (but without the big bucks) and only manages to help the right wing fanatics.
 


Lakoff-the-political-mind.pngMaking Sense

Sensible politics requires that two old-fashioned conservative principles be applied to an empathetic interpretation of the three long-recognized goals of government: protect the publicpromote the general Welfare,(1)From the first sentence of the U.S. Constitution. This does not mean the federal government can do whatever it wants. But it does mean that it should do things for the common good that are within its powers. and stabilize the economy. The two conservative principles are (1)don’t waste public funds, and (2) don’t discourage personal responsibility.


Obama_official.jpgObama vs. Progressives

The far left has turned on Obama for being too conservative, and the right calls him a socialist. In truth, he has governed from the middle. The left has always been disappointed with their presidents, and if they don’t understand why, they will hand the 2012 election to the Koch brothers.

 

 


 

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1. From the first sentence of the U.S. Constitution. This does not mean the federal government can do whatever it wants. But it does mean that it should do things for the common good that are within its powers.