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Think I’ll Just Stay Independent, Thank you

Most of my knowledge of all things political stems from roughly 60 years of personal observations from both sides of the ideological divide and more recently links and opinions posted on Twitter.

First let me offer my acknowledgement that the true meaning of the opinions expressed thereby are often severely impacted by the 140 character per tweet limit imposed by the system.  I try not to be that surprised when I myself am misunderstood from time to time.  It just goes with the territory and if you’re lucky, you get a chance to explain yourself further before someone you actually agree with tries to rip your head off.

The fact is that Twitter has a ton of shortcomings as a medium for the expression of opinions and ideas in addition to the the 140 character limit which… when you stop to think about it… really isn’t that much of a shortcoming at all.  While it frustrates me at times, I realize that to try to do what Twitter does without that limit would result in utter chaos and since Twitter is pretty close to chaotic all the time anyway I welcome any opportunity to get my 140 in edgewise.  But anyway, I didn’t sit down here today to talk about Twitter.  It is what it is. Moving on…

I make no secret of the utter contempt for the Tea Party and its ignorance based campaign to take over the country and turn it into a twenty first century version of the old confederacy.  I’ve been an extremely vocal critic of the “movement” since its inception and will continue to be so every chance I get.

The Republican Party’s willingness to adopt agendas and positions that would a relatively few decades back have been looked upon as treasonous or seditious, ties it so tightly to the Tea Party that there is no practical distinction between the two and the terms GOP and Tea Party can be used interchangeably with no need to try to find one,  So again, there is no question that I would ever advocate even a partial surrender to the mud dwelling right wing cretins who dominate the congress through a majority in both houses if you count the Blue Dog Dems in the Senate.  Whatever the case, America remains a nation in which the minority can force it’s agenda down the throats of the American public no matter who we send to Washington and that sucks whether you worship the president as some kind of minor deity, as many on Twitter do, or can’t stand him.

So… the natural assumption for most folks I suppose, would be that I’m a Democrat.  After all, anyone that loudly critical of Republicans and their policies HAS to be a Democrat, right?  Fact is that once I realized I had reached the point of disagreeing with everything the GOP was claiming to stand for and virtually every word that came out of any Republican’s mouth, I kind of got the idea that I might be better off as a Democrat.

That notion lasted about as long as it took to get a good look ( more recently via Twitter which exposes you to the situation first hand) at what constitutes today’s Democratic Party and its own agenda and philosophies.  I was simply taking it for granted that the Democrats were there for ALL the people… because this is what I learned from my Roosevelt Democrat war hero dad… while Republicans were only there for the RICH and that was always going to be the basic difference between the two.  Sixty years later, that difference has shrunken to about the size of Boner’s ball sack.

I’m the first to agree that President Obama inherited a tremendous load of crap, and also that the main obstacle to getting anything done is the totally and unashamedly dysfunctional GOP Majority in the House of Representatives.  hell, that’s the ultimate no brainer and there’s never been any question of that in my mind.

But I also know that he didn’t inherit the huge number of RWs that he surrounded himself with on taking office… people who have been instrumental in the failure of this administration to END the most odious of the policies and situations inherited from the Bush years and in the actual expansion of many of them.  Hell, some of them were even carryovers from the Cheney/Bush regime.

He didn’t inherit Rahm Emanuel or Tim Geithner or Larry Summers or any of that bunch of “moderate” Republicans who now masquerade as Democrats and which makes up most of the executive branch today.  (Yeah, I know all three of those are gone now.   I’ll leave it to you to explain how far “left” their replacements are because I gave up expecting to see any real liberals anywhere in the White House in about 2009).

He may have inherited the revolving door… that actually predates Bush by a lot of decades…  whereby execs and lobbyists are constantly placed in oversight positions over the very industries they work and/or lobby for but he’s done his share to keep that door spinning and the list of lobbyists and if people with vested interests hasn’t risen, it hasn’t abated noticeably under his watch either.

It wasn’t Bush’s DOJ that dawdled and obfuscated and failed miserably to indict a single one of the criminals who brought down our entire economic system until the statutes of limitations had run out on most of their crimes while the rest remain firmly under the rug (although there’s no doubt in my mind that’s exactly what would have happened had he remained in office).

And yes, Bush and his cronies may be ultimately responsible for the so called “Patriot Act” that by it’s very name was designed to prey on the ignorance and fears of the most ignorant and fearful among us and which has done more to promote the country’s de-evolution toward just another right wing dictatorship in which neighbors are encouraged to spy on neighbors and big brother spies on everyone, than possibly all the other RW policies put together.

However, the expansion of powers of some of the agencies involved and the increasing boldness with which politicians and bureaucrats at all levels are beginning to denounce any and all dissension… or even just the questioning of authority… as “terrorist acts” or “terrorist threats” and dubbing any organized group attempting to oppose the Corporate takeover of the country as “terrorist organizations” that threaten the “security” of the country, has been happening on his watch with little to no opposition from those who actually make the policies the rest of us get to live with.

There are of course, numerous other examples but the point is that no matter who is in the White House, Wall Street still wins.  Wall Street will ALWAYS win for as long as we expect politicians… the cheapest, most easily bought people in our society… to fight that battle for us.

This is nothing new for Democratic administrations either.  In fact, since there have only been two Democrats in the White House in the last 33 years… both of whom have embraced polices and actions that in my younger days would have been viewed as radically conservative… you might say it’s become rather par for the course and it’s the willingness of the rank and file Democrats to always “settle” for par that’s going to result in the complete takeover of this country by corporate Fascists.

NAFTA and the repeal of the Glass Steagall Act are two examples of what happens over the long term when Democrats decide to go along to avoid the muss and fuss of having to… you know… play politics.  Sure they were Republican proposals but in the end, thanks to much the same kind of crap we see the GOP using today, they were done with virtually no opposition from members of a Democratic administration that indeed actually waxed poetic about the wonderful effects NAFTA was going to have on the economy… the economy being measured in terms of dollars in the pockets of institutional and activist shareholders and CEOs of multinational conglomerates of course… while deliberately ignoring the destruction of America’s working class that it couldn’t help but bring about over the long run.

When asked to point to one accomplishment by this administration that has been of benefit to the people rather than the megabanks and corporations, 99% of those asked are going to point to the Affordable Care Act which somehow managed to squeak through both houses.  Admittedly this is one subject I’m personally biased in regard to but because of that it’s also the issue I am most familiar with and will probably always speak to.

As one of those going without adequate health care, peering at the world through a pair of glasses I got back at the turn of the century and gumming soft foods because I go to a 4 minute per visit privatized public health clinic and have no vision or dental care, I’m having trouble buying into that one.

I’m one of those people that ACA zealots would prefer prefer to remain safely out of sight and not to be pointing  out the fact that a lot of the money to pay for all that private insurance and the $600 billion a year profit for the insurance companies… came from the elderly and poor, many of whom are… like myself… definitely worse off financially than we were five years ago… and I really don’t feel it’s all that big a step forward if everyone who gains from it has to be offset by someone who had to lose something but that’s what happens when you pass massive programs with no funding… someone has to get it in the shorts, eh?

Right now the big excuse offered up by many “Progressives” for having to kowtow to the GOP/TP is that the Republicans “gerrymandered” districts in order to maintain their majority and therefore get to dictate to everyone else how we’ll be living our lives until they crawl off and die because you’re never going to dislodge the bastards from the public teat.

Geez people, where were the Democrats while all this was going on?   You didn’t flipping notice it was happening?  Too busy watching the ball game or discussing the latest celeb meltdown or the latest round of gibberish from the Vulgar Pigboy or the Mighty Right Wing Propaganda Squawk Machine to even realize it was going on, much less to take up the cudgels and storm the ramparts to stop it from happening?

Oh yeah, that’s right.  Democrats don’t DO cudgels and they don’t STORM ramparts in America anymore.  Today’s “liberal” activists are more the angry tweet, sign my petition, “I fart in your general direction” types who don’t like to get their hands dirty or chance breaking a nail or something.  Not only are we a tad less spirited in our defense of our way of life than some of our forebears might have been but these days any kind of activism can also gets you designated as a potential terrorist and on all kinds of shit lists and who needs the bother?

Yeah, yeah, you could point out how much worse things would have been under Romney and Ryan from now to Doomsday and you know what?  While you can’t prove any “might have been” opinion is right, no matter how many indicators support your argument, you’d very likely BE right,  However, the fact that Romney and Ryan lost makes it entirely irrelevant,  We have to live and deal with the guys that WON.

The main difference on which to base a choice is between wrong and less wrong to the exclusion of right and as long as you remain willing to accept “shared sacrifice” as a watchword from Democrats and Republicans alike… especially when we peasants the only ones actually sacrificing… then eventually those that have become epitomized by the banks, large energy companies and people like the Kochs are going to win by attrition as we are forced to “bargain” away everything my generation fought and worked for bit by bit because you think you can keep a pack of slobbering hyenas from eating your hand by offering them a finger, which is what many self proclaimed “Progressives” advocate.  The sad truth of that is you only have a finite number of fingers and sooner or later you’re gonna  run out of ’em, right?

The conclusion I’ve reached is that far too many… not all (and you can decide whether the shoe fits or not because I really don’t care)… Democrats also are as susceptible as Republicans to the noise coming out of Wall Street and Washington on a daily basis for that party ever to represent a viable hope for a return to sanity without the use of pitchforks and torches.  Just as it was when the shoe was on the other foot and the GOP owned the White House, if their leader says jump, their only question is “How high Chief?” and the thought that there might not be any viable reason for them to jump in the first place never enters their head.  I could be exactly wrong but politics based largely on personality and charisma is not the best way to run a country in my humble little opinion.

So all in all, as long as the only choice is between directly supporting a feudalistic greed based caste society in this country or indirectly doing so through appeasement and abasement of myself to those who do… while I’ll probably always vote the straight Democrat ticket simply because they ARE “less wrong” on most of “my”  issues, I think I’m going to remain and Independent from now on so I can voice my opinion on the subject of bending over for the Wall Street GOP and Tea Party and my disdain for anyone who suggests I do so.

I’d rather die knowing I never kissed a rich man’s ass, EVEN in return for his voluntarily taking an infinitesimally smaller piece of the pie this year because I know damned well he’s just going to come around next year demanding something else, but hey, that’s just me.

–#67–

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Posted by on June 22, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

The Guardian Needs To Do A Little Vetting Here.

Before I make any hard fast judgments about this young Snowden fella that I won’t be able to walk back later should I prove to be wrong, I want to know one thing.  What was the relationship between he and Glenn Greenwald prior to Mr. Snowden’s employment by BAH because based on Greenwald’s own words, there apparently was one.

Anyone who knows me knows I loathe the intrusions on our personal privacy and freedoms being carried out by our government and that I support whistleblowers emphatically and anyone who knows me personally knows I’ve even been one a time or two and paid the price for it. 

But the question in my mind is whether Edward Snowden is a true whistleblower or just another grifter who was recruited and planted by Blogger Glenn Greenwald to drum up a Pulitzer scale “scandal” for Greenwald to “expose”.

I feel it’s a legitimate suspicion to have at this point. 

  • Let’s forget for a moment that most intelligent, thinking people have been aware that our government has been spying on us for at least the last thirty years or so with the collusion of any and all of the major forms of communication and social interaction in this country. 
  • Let’s forget the fact that the government has long had no more regard for the fourth amendment than it does for any of the other amendments that Wall Street deems “objectionable”… in other words, detrimental to the furtherance of its own agenda. 
  • Let’s forget that there is absolutely no empirical evidence that the fact that we have given up many of the key freedoms and liberties guaranteed in our constitution has kept us any safer, an assertion often made but which is largely based on pure conjecture and circumstantial data.

Greenwald, in his zeal to bust a “big” story feeds that suspicion with the revelation on Twitter that his relationship with Mr. Snowden extends back Greenwaldto a date prior to not only to the alleged conversations with WAPO’s Bart Gellman but also prior to Mr. Snowden’s employment as an NSA contractor (see image at left).

The problem for Greenwald’s credibility is that Mr. Snowden, according to various sources, didn’t go to work for BAH until March.  Kind of hard to claim on the one hand that you had no dealings with someone prior to a certain date and that these revelations just fell into your lap from a clear blue sky AFTER the personal experiences described in your story had occurred… and then claim you’d been dealing with him from a time prior to his ever having been placed in the position for them to occur.  Last time I looked, even Neolibs like Glenn Greenwald had been as yet unable to travel in time no matter how badly they want to turn America into a modernized version of 1930s Italy.

I’m also having a problem with buying into Mr. Snowden’s tale about becoming disillusioned by what he saw and heard during his relative short few week tenure as a lowly placed NSA contractor.  It’s taken people like me… industrial grade cynics… decades to become as disillusioned and cynical as he professes to have become in in a relatively short few weeks on what appears to have been basically a data entry job. 

The guy simply had to have known this was going on and had been for at least 30 years, the only changes being that the degree of sophistication on communications systems had not only made communications themselves easier but also made intercepting and storing that data easier for anyone who had a motive for doing so.

It’s just my opinion of course, and worth exactly what you paid for it but as far as I’m concerned, this guy went to work for Booz on a contract that he… and Glenn Greenwald… had to know would provide “evidential” fodder for Greenwald’s furtherance of his own agenda.  As Colin Quinn used to say, “That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.”.

Disclaimer: The above should not be construed as support for any supposedly democratic government spying on it’s citizens without probable cause nor does it imply acceptance of the police state which the the United States is rapidly becoming.  I neither approve of nor accept any of that and those are entirely different subjects from that of this post.

–#67–

 
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Posted by on June 10, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Kill ‘Em All & Let God Sort ‘Em Out_Duke Nukem

Hightower.phpAs usual, I find myself pretty much in agreement with Jim Hightower (left) on this social welfare tax exemption situation.  Also as usual, it’s because he finds a way to inject a huge dose of common sense into the usual he said/she said pissing contests.  I’m sorry as hell Democrats and Republicans, you don’t get to pick and choose which political 501(c)(4)s are the good guys and which are the bad guys.  The simple fact is that any group that gets a tax exemption as a charitable or at least nonpartisan or non political organization… and then acts on behalf of any party, candidate, cause or ideology… is the bad guy and  needs to have it’s tax exempt status yanked.  Now.  Yesterday, if we can manage it.  And that includes many churches or faith based organizations as well as those brazenly formed for and engaged in the open support of purely partisan political causes.

You Democrats especially, are constantly yelling about getting the money out of politics and yet you have just as many… if not more… organizations operating under a tax exemption working for specific political causes and openly soliciting money for political candidates as the Republicans do.  I know this because I get a dozen or so emails a day from them asking for money or for me to sign this or that petition.  Of course the petition ones solicit money too along with asking me for a list of my friends and their email addresses so they won’t miss out on the chance to be solicited too, but honest folks, it’s the petition, where we get to tell that bunch of pimps and whores that have assumed control Washington and who are making millions a day telling us to go eff ourselves, not to be doing that shit that’s the important thing.  It really, really is.

Here’s Jim’s take on it (from Creators dot com):

Lately, a mess of right-wing tea party groups have been wailing nonstop that they have been targeted, harassed and denied their civic rights by partisan, out-of-control, Obamanistic IRS thugs (no adjective too extreme when assailing Obama or the IRS). The groups certainly are right that it’s abhorrent for a powerful agency to run a repressive witch hunt against any group of citizens just because of their political views. After all, liberals have frequently felt the lash of such official repression by assorted McCarthyite-Nixonite-Cheneyite forces over the years, and it must be condemned, no matter who the victims.

In this case, however, the right-wing groups were not targeted by government snoops and political operatives, but tagged by their own applications to be designated by the IRS as 501(c)(4) “social welfare” groups. This privileged status would allow them to take unlimited bags of corporate cash without ever revealing to voters the names of the corporations putting up the money. The caveat is that 501(c)(4)s are supposed to do actual social welfare work and cannot be attached to any candidate or party, nor can politics be their primary purpose.

Forget what the rule says, though. Such notorious political players as Karl Rove and the Koch brothers have cynically set up their own pretend-welfare groups, openly using them as fronts to run secret-money election campaigns. Suddenly, hundreds of wannabe outfits were demanding that they be given the special hide-the-money designation, too, brazenly lying about their overt political purpose. Some even asserted that they were engaged in no political activity, when their own websites bragged that they were.

Pretty much sums it up.  Any time something like this comes up which appears on the surface to be something that benefits the people of this country over the nobility we aren’t even supposed to have, you can damned well bet bet what’s left of the farm that that someone… some political consultant or other jolly trickster… has already figured out a way to monetize it to their own advantage and the ink won’t be dry on the apps before someone will be exploiting the living crap out of it.  The only thing that’s going to vary is the scale.

The scale will range from the huge Wall Street greased organizations supported by Republicans and condemned by the Democrats as the living embodiments of evil… at least at least for public consumption… to smaller political consultancy outfits working the social network memberships at the grass roots level.

For an example of the latter that I’m personally familiar with, consider the Green family, currently involved an an attempt to switch horses in mid stream from and open attempt on Twitter to privatize and therefore monetize the political movement we mistakenly refer to as the left to the 501(c)(4) model.  This switch comes about partly as the result of a backlash against privatization/monetization early on in the organization’s inception, but it’s also due largely to the fact that the 501(c)(4) designation provides a neat little bag of financial benefits to those running it without the regulation and scrutiny and of course taxation a private organization would get if things worked the way they were supposed to.

Put simply, you do not deserve a tax exemption if your organization is engaged in activities that blatantly discriminate for or against large segments of the population based on any political ideology.  That’s just not the way the thing is supposed to work and all the fake outrage and flatulent fury being expressed by the usual suspects in this case isn’t going to change that.  And when the party in power either targets specifically those groups and organizations to whom it is ideologically opposed… OR GIVES THE APPEARANCE OF HAVING DONE SO… then the only solution is simply to shut ‘em all down and this is what the IRS needs to do if it’s going to preserve at least a shred of credibility with the thinking segment of the public for itself and the administration.

Unfortunately, with the proclivity of the current administration for wimping out on anything that requires them to directly confront the chancrous pustule we call our financial sector, we’re more likely to simply see “our” government once again bending over and grabbing its collective ankles while the Kochs and the Roves solidify their total control of the country and we tweet meaningless hashtags and indignant demands that our elected leaders stop being bootlickers for the powers that pay them more to be bootlickers than we can pay them not to be.  In Washington today, in any war between dollars and hashtags, I can pretty much guarantee you dollars are going to kick the crap out of hashtags. EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.

–#67–

 
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Posted by on June 6, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

My Latest “Cyber Terrorist” Attack

Haven’t posted anything here for a while now.  Not because I’ve run out of opinions (I am an opinionated old bastard after all) but I’ve just reached that point (again) where there’s little left to be said and what there is is all being said on Twitter and Facebook. 

However, it did dawn on me this morning that that fact itself might be a subject for a post and since I don’t have anything else to do today and haven’t done anything to piss off a bunch of folks in a week or so, here’s your latest dose of cyber terrorism from #67 on Unite Blue’s cyber terrorist list.

I’ve met some awfully good folks online, especially on Twitter which has become my mainstay social network and indeed, even though it isn’t as much pure fun as it used to be, I still like many of the interactions I have with the majority of left leaning folks, including many in Unite Blue. 

Until Zach Green popped out of the right wing woodwork and decided to take control of the “left” side of the Twitter aisle and then hand it over to a group of outright trolls, I was thoroughly enjoying myself meeting and interacting with hundreds of new people I would never have had a chance to get to know otherwise. 

Alas, I made the same mistake a lot of people make when newly entering the world of social networks (and in my case it’s inexcusable because I’ve been doing it for nearly thirty years now having started with the old Quantum-Link BBS back in my Commodore days).  I failed to realize or remember that anytime you put three persons in a room, #1 is going to be a willing minion… #2 is going to feel entitled to control the situation, in this example meaning control #1 and #3… while #3 is gonna be dedicated to keeping him from it.  And in most cases #1 is gonna work hard for #2, even though he loses if #2 wins (It’s that whole minion mentality thing he’s got going on there).  Confused? Yeah, me too but I think I got it straight.

In any expanded situation of that nature, what you’re going to wind up with is this attention slut/control freak guru and his/her little clique of hardcore groupies battling anyone and everyone whose opinions differ from theirs by more than half a degree.  The next thing you know, defending your clique against those horrible trolls that have the audacity to think differently than you do becomes the sole reason for the existence of that little band of groupies because nobody in the leadership can remember what the hell they all got “united” for in the first place.  Eventually you erode away any bit bit of moral high ground you might have retained.

It’s this “fer us or agin us”, “our way or the highway” attitude that has gripped the leadership of Unite Blue and it’s only intensified since one of their very own hero/gurus, indeed one of the original (personally anointed by Zach Green) leaders of the organization, turned out to be not much other than a cheap dope peddler and a pedophile who’s now languishing in a Tennessee state prison and damned lucky they had to use the sentencing guidelines in place at the time of his arrest instead of those existing today or he’d probably never be coming out again. 

I don’t frequent Tea Party or right wing sites and it may be that they have the same things going on over there but I’ve never been able to quite suppress the notion that the people we like to call RWNJs are sitting over there laughing their asses off at the “left” and all the little knots of groupies clamoring for someone to lead them in whatever form of group thought has their fancy on any respective day and the smaller knot of self styled progressive “stalwarts” that not only think they’re the only ones with all the answers but the only ones with ANY answers.  People like that give me a pain almost as much as the RWs themselves do.

I recently saw a thread involving two of this last type (#1 the convicted criminal mentioned above, #2, the biggest phony liberal ever to sign up for a Twitter account) agreeing with each other that as “pragmatic progressives” it was their “duty” to “educate” the “less informed” on the left (at least they managed to avoid saying less intelligent this time but the implication was there) as to how to vote so that the left… their definition of the left, of course… could move forward with its agenda… their estimation of what the agenda of the left OUGHT to be, likewise of course.

That’s OK.  Hell like I was saying above, there are LOTS of people on Twitter who wallow in this kind of condescension and are more than willing to accept being talked down to and about in this manner, because hey, this guy has X number of followers and all this cool crap in his bio so he must be something special although we’ve recently seen that what’s in someone’s bio may be pure crap… or at least a little outdated.

So much are they wound up in the cult of the Twitter personality, they completely miss the irony of some dude who is supposed to favor making everyone pay their fair share of taxes being a million bucks in arrears on his own. 

So much so that they don’t even notice the incongruities involved in someone slamming RWs for their moronic sexual attitudes and peccadilloes living (at the time of his arrest) with a teenage girl in a motel room and possessing literally hundreds of images depicting child sex and abuse against children. 

So much so they see nothing amiss in someone claiming to be a highly intelligent (Mensa level… big deal, so am/was I and I’ve never managed to make much from it) person claiming that they didn’t know possessing child pornography and selling drugs was illegal.  Call me whatever but that just doesn’t sound real bright to me. 

I know if I were a RW and just casually winging through some of the threads that have passed for intelligent discourse on behalf of Unite Blue and their pet criminal during the past few weeks I’d have laughed myself goofy by now.

Think about it… every candidate 140 Whatever has been involved with since it’s inception has LOST, including Colbert-Busch, their first UB Democratic campaign although I’m pretty sure UB never officially had anything to do with that campaign and simply used it as a vessel for the little donation scam we saw pop up and which (as have so many other Zach Green oopsies) disappeared as soon as someone pointed out what was going on.  But I digress.  This isn’t about anyone in particular really.  It’s happening all over Twitter to greater or lesser degree.  This is just the situation I happen to be most familiar with.

The point I was aiming at is that as long as people think they’re fighting tyranny by allowing a private corporation or just some unknown geek behind a keyboard in East Slobovia… someone with absolutely no personal stake in the fight other than to make money or groupie/follower points from it… to direct them in their efforts and ESPECIALLY as long as they let these people determine the form and direction their fight should take, then they have nobody to blame for the outcome but themselves for blindly following their self anointed “leaders” who constantly remind them that politics is the “art of the possible” and the best way to get along is just go along with whatever turds happen to roll down from above, because we didn’t win the house and on and on, blah blah, blah. 

A few words on politics of the possible, possibly one of the most regressive and backward political phrases ever coined:  This country wasn’t built by people who were afraid to attempt what conventional wisdom said was “impossible.  People who  only take on the battles they knew they can win don’t fight a hell of a lot of battles and and you can’t win a battle if you refuse to fight.  And people who tell you to settle for the crumbs the opposition is willing to let you have while the the bad guys get thieving else are NOT doing you any favors. All most of you are to them is a digit in their follower figures.   Any self styled ‘expert” who tells you differently on Twitter is either lying to you or simply preaching to his own choir.

There is no room for “compromise” or appeasement when you’re fighting for a way of life and to accept them them in any form means you’ve already had your ass kicked before the fight ever started.  As for that guy telling you you have to suck up and bend over for the people who threaten that way of life he’s just looking out for number one, the only thing he really has any talent for.  It’s obvious that he lets the oligarchy carry his balls in their pockets but that doesn’t mean you have to hand yours over also.  

He doesn’t give a rat’s ass about you and your problems, and in 99% of cases he’ll never wind up paying the price for his moral cowardice as long as he can get someone else to do it.  It’s his job to keep you quiet during fleecing time and some of ’em are pretty good at it.

It’s not going to do you a damned bit of good to wait until there’s nothing left and THEN get pissed off and start screaming to get it back, either.  You need to stop them from taking it all now while you can still get pitchforks and torches because once the taking part is a done deal, those are the first two things that are gonna disappear.      

This country came about through the blood sweat and tears of people who were not afraid to stand up on their hind legs and go for what the quislings and cowards were telling them was “impossible” because settling for less was just a slower form of defeat and did nothing but prolong the agony.  That’s how a ragtag bunch of rebels and malcontents managed to beat what was at the time the most powerful nation in the world (OK, with maybe just a little help from their friends, the French.)  If they’d listened to the “pragmatics” of their day, we’d still be bowing to the queen and eating chicken stuffed up a duck’s ass.

I have no patience with “leaders” on the “left” whose idea of opposing Fascism is to “negotiate” away my freedoms one piece at a time any more than I do for the RW Fascists and corporate tit sucking Plutocrats who want to take them all right now.  All these roll over and play dead types are doing is helping someone steal your horse one leg at a time instead of all at once, hoping to get a bone or two for themselves and the result is the always going to be the same… you no longer have a horse to ride and it’s a long fricking walk to the poorhouse. 

Next time you feel like sucking up to some pompous twit you don’t know from fricking Adam… who’s most likely interested in nothing but making sure his slice of whatever pie is left after our overlords get theirs is bigger than yours… by raving about how wonderful he is for convincing you that sacrifice on the altar of corporate Fascism is a good thing (as long as it’s someone else who’s doing the sacrificing or being sacrificed), try thinking about this first. 

In most cases, if this guy was really the superman he pretends to be on Twitter and actually had all the answers he claims to have, he wouldn’t be sitting in some hole in the wall motel or his mama’s spare bedroom (basement?), spending more time tweeting and posting than most people do at real jobs and listing his life’s work and/or accomplishments as being an “entrepreneur” (just another word for people looking to make money without working for it). Oh. And and having a Linked In account.

When people start telling me how to accomplish something, I prefer it to be someone who at some time or other in his/her life has actually accomplished something, something of benefit to all, not just amassed more Twitter followers or more “likes” on Facebook than the other guy.  

–67–

 

 
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Posted by on June 4, 2013 in Uncategorized