Friday, May 20, 2022

Big John Fetterman

 

 Gisele and John Fetterman Photo credit: Fetterman website.

The past few months have been one long and debilitating depression for me. And for you, as well, I’ll guess.

Trumpist and Trump voters (nearly 50% of Americans) are racing down the slippery, historic path toward fascism, albeit spiked with an American blend of Christo/authoritarianism, directed by their anointed demigod.

Today, totally under the psychopathic whims of Trump, the Republican Party fully endorses and ceaselessly smears all nonbelievers (Democrats) with contrived and debunked Tucker Carlson/FOX News, white supremacist, American Nazi, “replacement theory” lies, while simultaneously slurring them as “groomers” and pedophiles.

This from the Party that not only advocates but works round the clock to overthrow the United States Constitution to empower themselves to crown their candidates regardless of election results.

This from the party that plans to trash Social Security and Medicare, raise taxes on nearly all Americans, save corporations and the .01% mega wealthy, and adopt a five-year sunset on all federal laws.

This from the party that has trashed every reform helping the 99.9% of Americans since FDR’s first term during the 1930s to this very day.

And, finally, this from the party, along with FOX and Tucker Carlson, that advocates for Putin over Ukraine, America and our NATO allies.

So, after all this, what has given me hope?

Big John Fetterman, the Pennsylvania Democratic Party candidate for the U.S. Senate.

Listening to Fetterman slice through the Republican B*S*, disinformation and misinformation, is like being pulled free of quicksand at the last second before going under.

Even more important is the fact that Fetterman actually hasa record of working for all 99.9% of us – white, black, brown, yellow and red. All of us.

Big John is the man I want in office. I want to see him lead the Democratic Party. I want to see him confront and defeat the Trump/Putin traitorous Republican Party.

I want to see Big John Fetterman as President.

Gun Violence


 John Fetterman: Rolling Stone Interview Special Edition

Andy Kroll spoke with the Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania about how his state flipped for Biden, the continuing appeal of Trump, legalizing cannabis, and the future issues of the Democratic party.

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Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Swords into Ploughshares

 

Let Us Beat Our Swords into Ploughshares*

Only one man unleashed war on Ukraine. He can halt it in a second. Will he?

Please, those of you in Russia who can, please stop him... stop this senseless murder in Ukraine.

Years ago, when I was younger, I would pray for Peace.

Every New Year I silently resolved that killing and war would be no more.

I was a child then.

I believed that my resolving would bring Peace into being.

An old man now, I have observed that my resolving didn’t exactly pan out.

Peace has not arrived despite my annual effort to make it so.

Today I plan to add a few more words to my resolution:

I resolve that killing and war will be no more and that all of us on planet Earth resolve it, too. Together we can make it so.

"And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more." Isaiah 2:4

* The bronze sculpture "Let Us Beat Our Swords into Ploughshares," was created by Soviet artist Evgeny Vuchetich, and presented to the United Nations on 4 December 1959 by the Government of the USSR. The sculpture, depicting the figure of a man holding a hammer aloft in one hand and a sword in the other, which he is making into a ploughshare, is meant to symbolize man's desire to put an end to war, and to convert the means of destruction into creative tools for the benefit of mankind. It is located in the North Garden of the United Nations Headquarters.

First published as, Make it So, 14 Dec 2015.

Wednesday, March 2, 2022

The Problem is Still Civil Obedience

In 2012, Matt Damon helped pay tribute to the late historian and author Howard Zinn. This rendition of a speech Zinn gave in 1970 on civil disobedience is one of his most powerful performances to date. It is still true... The Problem is Still Civil Obedience.

“Back in the 60s and 70s Dr. Zinn was one of the few who understood... and he did his best to tell us... that what was happening to our black brothers and sisters would soon be happening to us, all of us, save the mega-super rich. Today we understand his message was a premonition about our times, too.”

Genora (Johnson) Dollinger, ​Women's Emergency Brigade 


Fighting for the rights of common people is unfortunately not just a recent activity. For instance, Genora (Johnson) Dollinger, ​of Flint Michigan, co-founder of the Women's Emergency Brigade, became nationally known following the famous 44 day long Sit-Down Strike at the Flint General Motors plant, 1936-1937.

The video below includes a re-enactment of her:

“Finally, I got up in the sound truck and I called the police, "Cowards, cowards, shooting into the bellies of unarmed men and firing into the mothers of children".  And everything became quiet on both sides of the line. And I appealed to the women, the spectators on both sides, "Breakthrough those police lines and come down here and stand beside your husbands and your brothers and your uncles and your sweethearts".

"In the dusk, I could barely see one woman walking down the battle zone. A cop grabbed her by the coat and she went right out of that coat and this was in freezing weather and she just kept right on coming. And as soon as that happened there were other women who followed down, then more men. And there was a big roar of victory." --Genora Johnson

More Here

Howard Zinn Speaks: Collected Speeches, 1963-2009, Howard Zinn

Civil Disobedience at the Boston Federal Building with Howard Zinn, 1971, Daniel Ellsberg's Website

Howard Zinn on the Power of People, billmoyers.com, 11 Dec 2009

Monday, February 28, 2022

Traitors, Broadcasters and Commentary

 

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy makes a statement in Kyiv on Friday.
Photo credit: Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/Reuters

I thought FOX’s Mr. Carlson was better than this. 

Apparently, he’s allowing his FOX show commentary to be used on RT, Russian Today, the Russian state TV network, to justify Putin's invasion of Ukraine.  

If so, in some ways it is remarkably similar to past autocratic-loving, non-democratic, traitorous, broadcasters like Tokyo Rose or Axis Sally who were used to justify war against America and our allies during WWII. Except, they were forced to do their radio work against their country. It’s clear that Mr. Carlson favors autocrats such as Mr. Putin over democratically elected leaders such as Mr. Biden and Mr. Zelenskiy.

Tokyo Rose, a.k.a. Iva Toguri D'Aquino

"During (WWII), Tokyo Rose was not any one individual, but rather a group of largely unassociated women working for the same propagandist effort throughout the Japanese Empire. ... Toguri was accused of being the "real" Tokyo Rose, arrested, tried, and became the seventh person in U.S. history to be convicted of treason."

https://www.history.com/news/how-tokyo-rose-became-wwiis-most-notorious-propagandist

Axis Sally, a.k.a. Mildred Gillars

“American Traitor: The Trial of Axis Sally” is the fact-based story of Mildred Gillars, an aspiring American actress who was tried in 1949 on eight counts of treason for her role as a radio propagandist for Nazi Germany during World War II.”

https://www.newenglandhistoricalsociety.com/maines-mildred-gillars-wanted-fame-got-it-wwii/


Friday, February 25, 2022

The Case for Peace

 

Why Peace Makes Sense Even for the .01%.

We all know that if decisions were made based upon what is best for humanity we would have banished war a few million years ago. But that is not how our world turns, is it? Throughout history we have had war or wars every so many years because it is profitable and good for business for the people who are pulling our strings.

In fact, there has never been a time in the history of mankind in which we have had no wars, that is … violence, rape, pillaging, killing, slavery, economic subjugation, rebellions, crusades, and multiple holocausts. Reflect for just a second and you will see that today we have continuous war... war without end.

But as human beings and members of the 99.9%, we share a characteristic with millions of our brothers and sisters throughout the world: We just want to live our lives in PEACE and be left alone to enjoy the fruits of our labor. If we have freedom enough for that, well then, we're basically happy.

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Tuesday, February 22, 2022

High Noon for America


Today, we are engaged in a life-or-death emergency, with nothing less than our heritage, our Democratic Republic at stake.

Will we summon up courage enough to survive as a nation, "...conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal"?

The Trumpist-Fascist Republican Party is now actively supporting anarchy, the overthrow of our Constitutional government. And, now, Trump and his sycophants have declared admiration for Putin as “genius” and “very savvy", as he invades the Ukraine.  

As it was for my father and mother's generation and their ancestors before them, the crucial question was... Whether keeping our nation alive is worth fighting for. Today, that question is now ours, as well, to answer.

Will we stand up for ourselves and fight to preserve our democracy? Will we resolve that these dead (our ancestors) shall not have died in vain? “That this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom”? “That government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth"?

In a few days hence we will choose our destiny... our answer. 

What will it be? 

Will we become "craven cowards" or choose "love and duty"?

The Gettysburg Address

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate -- we cannot consecrate -- we cannot hallow -- this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

Abraham Lincoln, 19 Nov 1863

High Noon (1952) Official Trailer - Gary Cooper, Grace Kelly Movie HD

‘High Noon’: A Remarkable Take on Society Whatever You Find Lurking Beneath Its Surface, Sven Mikulec.

Do not forsake me, oh, my darling - Tex Ritter original soundtrack High Noon

High Noon (Do Not Forsake Me) Song by Tex Ritter

Do not forsake me, oh my darlin'

On this, our weddin' day

Do not forsake me, oh my darlin'

Wait, wait along

I do not know what fate awaits me

I only know I must be brave

And I must face a man who hates me

Or lie a coward, a craven coward

Or lie a coward in my grave

Oh, to be torn twixt love and duty

S'posin', I lose my fair haired beauty

Look at that big hand move along

Nearin', high noon

He made a vow while in state prison

Vowed it would be my life or his'n

I'm not afraid of death but, oh

What will I do if you leave me?

Do not forsake me, oh my darlin'

You made that promise as a bride

Do not forsake me, oh my darlin'

Although you're grievin', don't think of leavin'

Now that I need you by my side

Wait along, wait along

(Wait along)

Wait along, wait along

(Wait along, wait along, wait along, wait along)

Source: Musixmatch

Songwriters: Tiomkin Dimitri / Washington Ned

High Noon (Do Not Forsake Me) lyrics © Volta Music Corp.


Thursday, January 6, 2022

Keeping the Promise of America Alive

 

Statue of Liberty National Monument, Liberty Island, New York Harbor
Photo by Daniel Bendig from Pexels


The New Colossus

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,

With conquering limbs astride from land to land;

Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand

A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame

Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name

Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand

Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command

The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.

"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she

With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.

Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,

I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

Emma Lazarus, November 2, 1883

President Biden’s Full Jan. 6 Anniversary Speech



Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Following the Money

 

Art credit: Jon Berkeley, The Economist, The Debasing of American Politics

"Follow the money," the character, "Deep Throat," said in the Watergate scandal movie, All the President's Men

Today, we need to heed the same directive to understand who financed the 1/6 Republican Fascist coup d'├ętat and who is continuing to enable the seditionists one year later to overthrow the Constitutional government of the United States.

First, who are the 1/6 seditionists? 

This recent article outs, "More than 1,000 Americans in positions of public trust acted as accomplices in Donald Trump’s attempt to overturn, the 2020 election result, participating in the violent insurrection at the US Capitol on 6 January or spreading the “big lie” that the vote count had been rigged."

Go here for the Insurrection Index, compiled by Public Wise, “along with its partner organizations, has built an accessible online database of individuals and organizations involved in the deadly riots and insurrection at our nation’s capitol on January 6, 2021.”

As for following the corporate money trail and outing the Republican Fascist enablers, that task is being completed by CREW, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. CREW maintains this website.