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Mitt Romney is a Lying Stupid Bobble-Head White Rich Man, But You Already Know That

You can fool some of the people all of the time, and those are the ones to concentrate on.  ~ George W. Bush

I am not a leech.  Rat Romney thinks that I, we are leeches, chase government money to live on, are lazy, love our country only for the money it gives me and am not a responsible human being.  True I am in good company, military veterans, students, seniors, the disabled, the working poor, women, pay no income tax and all those other leeches.  Wait a minute.  Was he really talking about the middle class, the 47% or was he secretly speaking about himself.  After all, he pays no income tax.  I at least work hard for my paycheck, I take all the deductions that the Republicans gave me so I could pay less income tax so I could have more money to pay bills and redistribute funds to small businesses when I make a purchase.  That secret video shows that stupid people will listen intently only to even more stupid people.  Stupid people who lie.  Think about it.  It was a fundraiser…. please.  He doesn’t need the money to pay for his campaign to oblivion.  He can just write a check and move on.  This is only to try to convince other stupid rich people that he is just as stupid as they, just richer.  These are people who are going to pay higher taxes to help the poor and middle-class.  How dare they pay more.  He will cater to their basest political desires.  He is a racist – like his party.  Joan Walsh said it best:  “Mitt Romney should be ashamed of himself, and so should anyone who votes for him.”

I am a Democrat and proud of it, but I vote for people not parties.  There used to be good republicans once upon a time, Lincoln, Roosevelt, Dirksen, Ford and McCain.  Yes McCain.  I would have voted for McCain if the real McCain was running.  He started out the maverick, saying what he though and what he believed.  You knew where he stood and he held his ground.  He may not have always been right, but you knew who we was, what he believed and what his vision and hope was for America. Then he went off the cliff doing what the party wanted and there he lost my vote.  He was no longer a real man.  He showed up again when he conceded in 2008.  That McCain I would have voted for.  Call me crazy, but I would have.  Romney believes in nothing.  He can’t articulate what his vision is for America, what his plan for the economy is, how he plans to make the country better and stronger, how he will represent all of us.  He has no clue.  That was made clear and bright in the secret video.  He proved that he is not presidential material.

I had hope for Romney.  I would not vote for him, but I was willing to listen to his ideas, plans, hope and fears for our country and have those open to discussion.  I felt that we could have an open view of two different visions, if in fact they are different.  I had that hope.  What that video tape revealed is that Romney has written off the government check recipientsthat won’t vote for him, and almost half the people don’t pay taxes and undoubtedly won’t vote for him.  That is a hell of a lot people that won’t vote for him.  He announced that is has lost the election.  He told it to his supporters and the party.  It must be hard for him to get up in the morning.

I recently wrote of an imagined rural Ohio woman sitting on her porch, watching the campaign go by. She’s 60, she identifies as conservative, she likes guns, she thinks the culture has gone crazy. She doesn’t like Obama. Romney looks OK. She’s worried about the national debt and what it will mean to her children. But she’s having a hard time, things are tight for her right now, she’s on partial disability, and her husband is a vet and he gets help, and her mother receives Social Security.

She’s worked hard and paid into the system for years. Her husband fought for his country.

And she’s watching this whole election and thinking.You can win her vote if you give her faith in your fairness and wisdom. But not if you label her and dismiss her. ~ Peggy Noonan ~ Time for Intervention http://blogs.wsj.com/peggynoonan/2012/09/18/time-for-an-intervention/

Romney has no understanding of what life is and means to ordinary people.  He can’t associate with hardworking people, because he never had to work a day in his life.  He has dismissed millions and millions of people.  He has no conception of who they are, what they do to get by each and every day.  We don’t have stock that we can chip at to pay the rent and buy food as he did.  We have to work hard every day to make life better for ourselves and our families.  He just doesn’t know much or anything about America.  We are people with hopes and aspirations.  We are not just democrats and republicans, we have feelings, souls, ideas for our families and our country.  This is about America and the American people.  He doesn’t yet understand that.

Still, before the secret video, I was willing to listen.  I wanted to see if he could prove that he was qualified to be president.  I wanted to see his character.  How he would handle difficult situations.  I wanted to imagine him as president.  Then the Mideast exploded.  Here was his chance to be presidential.  Blue background and American flags.  When he stepped out to the podium on September 11,  we got cruel opportunism.  His smugness showed all over his face.  He was not presidential.  He condemned the U.S. Embassy in Cairo and accused the U.S. Government of sympathizing with terrorists.  The next morning he had a chance to make it right.  Instead, he intensified it: “When our grounds are being attacked and being breached, the first response should be outrage.” “Apology for America’s values will never be the right course. We express immediately when we feel that the President and his administration have done something which is inconsistent with the principles of America.”  He had a chance to make it right.  Instead while the U.S. Consulate in Libya was being attacked, while Libyans were defending Americans, While Americans and their defenders were being killed; he denounces and condemns these and Americans and their defenders.  With each word he spoke there was a dead body to accompany those words.  It was an opportunity, a chance for Romney to prove his quality. His character.  We now know he has neither.  He proved that he is hateful and self-destructive.  He showed his racism in this press conference and in the secret video.  Nothing he can say or do now will change that.

When I look at Romney now I see and hear Richard Nixon: “I am not a crook.”

 

 

 


Unions Fail Their Members: Toothless Giants

In many parts of the world, organized labor is a force to be reckoned with in the streets and at the polls.  Not in the US.  Union leaders spend more time campaigning for candidates than defending worker’s rights.

The AFL-CIO embraced President Barack Obama and they celebrated Labor Day together, a scene unimaginable for the majority of union leaders and members of Europe. The closeness of major US labor union to the Democratic Party has co-opted many of them into ineffectiveness.

The protests in Wisconsin and Ohio and soon in other states are blatant examples of a toothless union.  These protests are grassroot events, not officially sanctioned by the labor unions.  In fact, labor unions are asking their members to return to work, rather than defend their rights long fought for.  The truth is if you want something different that what has been going on these past 30 years, then you have to move in a different direction rather than rolling with the dominant part.  Unions will more or less turn out the votes, give major donations but aren’t able to demand things they want.  Their members are left out in the cold.

Now the American worker is in the street. The biggest crises with unions in American now is the inability to organize workers because labor laws make it easy to fire or penalize workers for unionizing. Unions must be detached from politicians, yet be involved in policy to represent their workers.  Unions no longer fight for their workers.

Unions are dead as an influential force in workers rights. They have outlived their usefulness, or just simply lost their way.  Unions collect dues, spend $50 million of it dues and deploy 150,000 workers to support Obama with the hope that politicians will deliver workers rights.  Workers say that unions have failed to deliver on their promises, but in truth the unions never promised them anything.  Politicians did.  Now union members in the unenviable position of defending their rights.

Only now is the Obama administration beginning to send statements that they are in agreement with union members protecting in Wisconsin and Ohio.  But it begs the question….Are they doing this because they truly believe or simply appeasing the union membership to retain their votes in 2012?

We can all argue that state governments are making every effort to bust unions?  It is true.  This is a time for leaders of Labor unions need to join the fight with their workers.  Fight for the rights they have now, and future improvements. Union membership has been declining for years, because people understand union leadership hold workers rights as a sideshow.

Grassroots movement is showing the future of the labor movement in two ways: One is the importance of fighting on the basis of workplace issues and making sure that people at the grassroots, the rank and file level, have a voice in those unions. Second: the importance of social unions, social movement unionism, one that sees not just the interests of workers at a particular workplace as the only thing that unions should defend, but realizing the ties and connections that bring together the interests not only of the workplace.

Wisconsin and Ohio may be our “Egypt.”  If it true, that would mean clean out the Union Leadership house.  Unions of the past are dead.  It is up to the membership to fight.  They probably will lose, but they must fight.

Protests and civil disobedience is a healthy sign in this country, but to win, we must take our government back.


Egypt: History Repeating Itself

Fifty-seven years ago, March 1954, the Egyptian people, let y students rose up to resist oppression and for respect for the constitution, where marching in Cairo in 1954.

King Farouk had been removed in a military coup, led by Gamal Abdel Nasser in 1952. This coup was first met with support and hope, but soon dissolved as the Egyptian people watched the new leadership move toward oppression. The constitution was suspended and members of the opposition arrested.

They had no cellphone or internet, but the word spread quickly. Thousands marched Soldiers opened fire and wounded students. The determination of the students was immediate. The government had to be brought down.

Nasser said he would hope open and free elections that summer and promised to spend the intervening months implementing an array of political reforms. Abd al-Quadir Audeh, one of the leaders of the demonstrations, took Nasser at his word and asked the protesters to go home. Audeh was arrested house later and executed, along with other protest leaders the following year. Egypt‘s current protesters are well aware of their country’s bloody political history. The question is whether Mubarak‘s incoherent message to his people means that both sides are bound to repeat it.

The protesters will not be tricked again.  The same promises are being made again, now. Suleiman has offered token concessions to the protesters while rejecting real subtantive changes. Suleiman is reading from the same script Mubarak has used for decades.  The same talk Nasser used.  Suleiman said,”Oh, young men of Egypt…go back to your homes, go back to your jobs.”  Nasser told them the same thing and the protesters were hunted down and shot.

Breaking News:  Mubarak along with his family has left Cairo. Unconfirmed reports from Israel that he has gone to the Red Sea Resort of Sharim el-Sheikh. He has a villa there.  Bought with money stolen from his people.

In an interview Nawal El Saadawi said:

We are in the streets every day, people, children, old people, including myself. I am no 80 years old, suffering of this regime for half a century. You remember, Mubarak is the continuation of Sadat. Both Sadat and Mubarak , their regime worked against the people. They created this gap between the poor and rich. They brought the so-called business class to govern us.  Egypt became an American colony. We are dominated by the U.S. and Israel. And 80 Million people have no say in the country.  But what I would like to tell you, the US. government, with Israel and Saudi Arabia and some other powers outside the country and inside the country, they want to abort this revolution. They create rumors that Egypt is going to be ruined, to be robbed. So they try to frighten us. They have two strategies: to frighten us, so we say we need security, we need Mubarak because people are living in fear. What we want to tell the U.S. and others, keep away from us. End your false democracy and neo-colonialsim.

The Caliphate guru’s need to shut up.  They just perpetuate lies for their own benefit and profit.

In stead of just sitting around and believing all the trash, what we need is a “truth test.”  All bloggers should begin to deconstruct everything they claim as fact. The media enables them, also enables views to being manipulated.  Beck will tell you he is going to tell you the truth.  Well, isn’t it time to tell the truth about, Beck, Palin and all those other Right-Wing liars.

Be brave.  Start the “truth test” movement. Democracy is ours, the Egyptian people deserve it with no assistance from us.  Truth be told, the Mubarak regime is an American creation.

“Those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it.”


One Autocrat is Gone, The People are about to be set free, maybe

The Revolution:

The Military has stepped in to protect the country

Mubarak to speak

NDP Leader says that Mubarak must go

Military prevented Mubarak  from making speech handing over power to Vice-President Suleiman

Will Military support a civilian government or continue with regime

but does it matter to us.  Again if our interests take precedence over democracy and freedom, we will be guilty again of manipulation.

Just look at Haiti.  In 2004 the us sponsored regime change in Haiti.  It happened in the wee house of March 1, with US landing houses after President Jean-Bertrand Aristide reportedly gave in to demands from an armed opposition movement that he step down and go into exile — there were rumors on the ground maintained he was actually arrested by US forces.

This overthrow had been in the making since December 1990, when Hati’s first free election was held The winning candidate, was the populist priest Aristide. But seven months later Aristide’s government was overthrown n a military coup. No government on earth recognized the military junta, but Noam Chomsky said: “washington maintained close intelligence and military ties with the new rulers while undermining the embargo called by OAS, even authorizing illegal shipment of oil to the regime and its wealthy supports.”

The last elections took place in November 2000, Aristide won his second non-consecutive term amid allegations of irregularities by the US and the opposition.  To the surprise of Washington Aristide was president again.  The US and international donors blocked financial aid stating elections were flawed.  They just didn’t get the result they had worked to hard to achieve.  The opposition was being armed and trained.  The US government was directly involved in a new military coup attempt against Aristide and are being backed by Washington.  He has been exiled twice.

The recent trip to Haiti by Secretary Hillary Clinton to visit Haitian children was a cover, her main mission was to convince the  powers that be to keep Aristide from returning.  All this is being done so that the American government has control of “free” elections.

In Egypt now, the US government is caught east of the rock and west of the hard place.  If they lose control of the government that did their bidding, their foreign policy or the lack thereof , has been bovine scatology.  The fact that they had Wisner tell Mubarak to name Suleiman VP, shows what they want.  Interests are more important the democracy and freedom.

When a stronger stand against the regime was needed, i.e. cut off aid, they talked about the Egyptian people receiving what they want.  They were conspicuously silent about telling Mubarak and regime to go.  Simply put, they didn’t want him to go.

We will see what will happen, but regardless of what does happen, the Middle East may be changed for the good forever.  With luck, Israel will lose a friend.

 

More on Haiti can be found at: foreignpolicy.com


Bogeyman: Islmaist Take Over

Islamist’s would come in to power and would be against the West.  This is the lying narrative that is being peddled by the Regimes, Neocons, and Israel.  If you believe what they tell you on television, radio and in the papers, we are already being taken over by the Islamist’s.  What can expect if you listen nothing but Fox, Beck and the other neocons.  They are using unjustified and lies to make  you afraid, to stir up your Patriotism

Not since the end of WWI and Woodrow Wilson has the Arab world changed.  Wilson perpetuated social justice, self-determination,an end to external control, and social justice. The same is happening now. There is again a break from the past, but no one knows what the future will bring.

Fear is being used by the Regimes, Israel and the neocons. Social justice has nothing to do with it. What is happening here is the reality of the Arab world, masked by this lying narrative peddled by the old Regimes, Israel and the god fearing neocons. Either us or the devil. You accept a police state, you accept beatings outside poling places, you accept all kinds of horror.  This conversation, narrative, is going on now with the neocons and Israel’s comparisons of Egypt with Iran of 1979.  Fear is the ultimate weapon. They speak of freedom, liberty, free elections, change the world, and make it a better place.  But they want you to believe that it will all be replaced by a terrorist government.  Why? Because they say so. 

They are afraid.  It is beginning in other Arab countries and the remarkable thing is, there’s been no prominence of Islamic extremism either on the left or right.  It is a remarkable mix of the various trends that existed in these countries, but were masked by this narrative of fear wer were peddled. 

Question now is what happens next.  Will the police apparatus be tamed? Security forces musty be removed from the equation. The fear is a Mubarak Regime without Mubarak. The person who is in charge of the Egyptian Security apparatus is now the vice president, Mr. Sulemin. If that regime stays in place there will be no democracy and no change. It is not the matter of the man, Mubarak. It is the secret police apparatus running things in Egypt or not? Mubarak’s security command, Mr. Sulemin, who they say is very ill, may not be the man.

Egypt has been the dominate role in the Arab world. Egypt ow has the Palestinian question. Do they lift the siege of Gaza? Palestinian authority, Mr. Abbas which supported Mubarak in the seige of Gaza, can no longer be a client of a foreign country. The region is linked and they have the same aspirations.

The envoy that Obama sent has said that Mubarak must stay. He was the wrong choice. There may be a conflict of interest. Wisner works for the law firm, Patton Boggs, which advises the Egyptian military, the Economic Development Agency.  The firm has strong ties to Mubarak.

All across the Middle East, we are waiting to see the downfall of America’s friends. In Egypt, Mubarak must be wondering where he can fly to. America’s friends are collapsing.  They must if they want their freedom, rights, social justice and change. 

The Democrat’s world in the Arab Middle East is at its end.