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.
Feb 3, 2016. Is the Democratic nomination really up for grabs? True, Bernie could still win if his momentum continues after a near-tie in Iowa, but right now the delegate count is 385 for Hillary to his 29.
Yes, Hillary won in Iowa, but Sander's supporters are jubilant and hoping a win in New Hampshire [Read more...]
Feb 1, 2016. While endorsing Clinton, the NY Times said Sanders had "pushed Mrs. Clinton a bit more to the left." Everybody says that, but nobody knows. He likes to sound very left and she doesn't. Both have their reasons. Obama half explained these reasons when he endorsed Hillary. "Bernie came in with the luxury of being a complete long shot and just letting loose." That was the smart thing for Bernie to do, and it's good to see his views getting a lot of air play.
Hillary has also been playing it smart. But all politicians say and do things for strategic reasons. They have to, or they would not be politicians for long. For example, Bernie voted against the Brady (gun control) Bill several times (to the delight of conservatives), but he claims this was for strategic reasons. You just can't be sure what's talk and what's strategy. But there are two things you can tell for sure. [Read more...]
Jan 21, 2016. Paul Krugman is left of almost every Democrat, and he hates Wall Streeters. He's Bernie's kind of guy. Except for one thing. He's smart. Really smart. And he knows health plans — from Medicare to Obamacare, from Hillary's two plans to Bernie's new plan. Here's what he says.
"For all the talk about being honest and upfront, even Sanders ended up delivering mostly smoke and mirrors." As Krugman reminds us "I say this as someone who favors single-payer—but it’s just not going to happen anytime soon." He finishes with: "And Sanders isn’t coming clean on [Read more...]
Jan 20, 2016. "He's a nasty guy. Nobody likes him. Nobody in Congress likes him. Nobody likes him anywhere once they get to know him." That's the Donald talkin' about Ted Cruz (listen). Everyone knew Cruz was just using Trump to boost his own popularity until he got a chance to take his place. “Nobody likes him,” and the Republicans would suffer "cataclysmic" losses if they ran him for president. That's Bob Dole, 1996 Republican presidential candidate, talkin' about Ted Cruz. [Read more...]
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.
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.
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 public, promote 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.
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.|