Archive for October, 2011
Most of you have probably seen this video by now. The one-time nominee to head the Consumer Protection Bureau and current candidate for the senate from Massachusetts lays out the foundation for everything that is gripping the country’s current psyche in blunt words. I would even argue that this video, going viral and galvanizing support for her campaign almost immediately upon release, was one of the primary catalysts for the first people heading down to Wall St. The fact that the GOP is trying to use that as an attack means she’s doing something right.
If you haven’t been paying attention, the sentiments in this speech aren’t exactly popular with the moneyed elite. Her willingness to articulate the ills of the country so honestly is what guaranteed that she would never be confirmed by a senate so beholden to that same elite. President Obama, in a move pilloried by his base as yet another capitulation, passed over Warren once it became clear the the GOP in the upper house weren’t going to sway, giving the post instead to Richard Cordray. The Left was furious at the time but as it turns out, it couldn’t have been a better move.
Consider this photo showing a volunteer meeting for the Warren campaign. Scott Brown, Cosmo centerfold, misogynist and documented Koch-sucker, must be shaking in his boots. That he’s an outlier Republican in one of the bluest states is worry enough but Warren has nearly erased any lead he once held and done so in only a few short weeks.
2012 is likely to be a topsy-turvy, nausea-inducing election year but there is one bright spot in the cycle. America may have lost a strong middle class advocate at the CFB but it seems that she has the potential now to be an even more powerful force for working people in the US senate.
Well, it’s happened. A new CBS News/New York Times poll found that nearly 7 in 10 Americans think the GOP supports the wealthy. That’s compared to only 2% who think they care about the poor.
I know, I know, shocking, right? I’m going to assume the very best of my readers when I say that all of you are probably saying “DUH!” right about now. Unfortunately, good sirs and madams, we’re not the norm. Indeed, the most shocking part of that result is that so many people in this country actually get it. Despite the corporate media churning out pabulum masquerading as journalism, despite well-paid propagandists manufacturing anger and sowing hatred, despite a major political party being fully consumed by mendacity and willful ignorance… 70% of the country can see through the bullshit!
Personally, I’m pleasantly surprised. Who knew the truth could be so stubborn?
This has been making the rounds the past couple of days so I thought I’d give my dear readers a chance to be super with it! Given that Herman Cain was called out on Tuesday by pretty much everyone for his ridiculous tax plan (one which Rick Perry is now trying to top), this might be a little bit of piling on but when have I ever worried about offending?
Want to know exactly what Herman Cain’s 999 tax plan means for America? Check out an awesome graphic chart after the jump! You might even start to believe in homicide!
I’ll start with a confession: I didn’t watch last night’s debate. Mostly because this is, what, the 27th in a row now? Secondly, I already know about all the excitement. Lastly (and most importantly), I didn’t watch because there’s absolutely nothing more I could learn about the candidates to convince me that any of them is worth worrying about. Remember, we’re talking about the nomination of the 2011 Republican party. In a nutshell, that means no taxes, no regulations, no gays, no Mexicans and no poors. There, I just saved you having to watch the next one.
In fact, the only real reason to keep watching these things is to see which candidate flames out next. From Perry’s narcoleptic swagger to Bachmann’s twangy platitudes from outer space to Herman Cain’s SimCity tax plan, it’s hard to see how anyone takes them seriously. Romney, far and away the most electable, also comes off as just a clueless buffoon. Who doesn’t understand why expanding your manse while calling for foreclosures to continue (so they can be scooped up by investors, naturally!) is tone-deaf at best and utterly callous as worst?
The real takeaway is that the GOP field is populated much like a clown car. None of these candidates offers any real plans for American progress. Their messages are all predicated on ideas that have been tried for the last 30 years and have failed miserably. Their best hope is a chameleon who would be a staunch liberal if he had any core principles whatsoever. I’m not naive enough to believe that Obama will have an easy time next year but with this current crop of Republican jokers, it’s hard to see how he won’t.
Hell, even Calvin gets it.
The Occupy movement has been tough to pin down for a corporate media drunk on its own self-worth and slowly going the way of the dinosaur. They treat it as if it’s rowdy kids climbing the counter and pulling down cookies as opposed to a true populist uprising. That is, when they don’t scoff outright.
On the bright side, opinion seems to be shifting. Here’s Melissa Francis explaining to Joe Scarborough what he clearly doesn’t take seriously. That’s great, and I applaud Francis and any other outlet willing to actually talk about OWS and why they’re so mad. The big focus so far has been on why they don’t have any demands in sound-bite form. I don’t seem to remember the Tea Party discussing the finer details of “Take My Country Back” but I digress.
The point is that even as the media is shaking off the dust, the powers that be are not sleeping at all. In fact, they seem to be scared shitless of the power that the masses hold. That means that what we’re doing is working.
Keep pushing. Keep standing your ground. History is on our side.
With the extreme , wide range of choices for the Republican nomination, the candidates are a subject I have stayed as far away from as possible. It is not probable , to me, for any of the front-runners to earn the nomination (okay, maybe the nomination) as they are all far right Christian conservatives with little grasp of the average American, have little stability of view-point, offer scandalous voting records as opposed to their current views, and are environmental science denying, corporate puppets. I know this can be said about many politicians, but with where we are as a nation right now, I don’t see us handing one of these thugs the White House. Except for two… maybe. And while these two’s views on issues aren’t exactly my own on a lot, listening to them is like a breath of fresh air across the wild, overgrown Republican field.
Now, neither are probable candidates, mind you. They’re not even showing in the polls. One has not even been allowed to debate. But what a mistake that is for the right! I really think that one of them is probably their only real chance at beating Obama. Now don’t get me wrong. I’m Obama 2012 all the way. However, I would like for the two best men for the job to be running in November. Actually, the four best…
That being said, my first pick for a reasonable candidate is Jon Huntsman. Unfortunately, too many Americans are unaware of the fact that America is not, in fact, a Christian nation and that it is actually unconstitutional to use one’s religion against them to deny them the presidency. In short, I’m afraid, the fact that he is a Mormon will not help his cause in the least. If you combine that with the fact that he doesn’t get much media coverage and has little name recognition compared to other candidates… fat chance.
Now comes the real disappointment… the lack of presidential nomination promise for the Roemer campaign!! I’m telling you, what he is selling is right where the people are headed and what the country needs right now if we’re talking about getting the money out of politics and holding corporations and banks accountable. The problem with Buddy is his very message is to his own detriment with the way our electorate process works right now.
No PAC money. No corporate sponsors. $100 donations from the public. That’s it. Both a blessing and a curse, as it’s impossible to win an election against the kind of money the others have without having that kind of money yourself; Which is pretty impossible to get without a corporate sponsor. It’s a vicious cycle. Also, he’s the only candidate so far to make an appearance and spend time with the protestors at the Occupation. Pretty impressive, if you ask me.
We have several major issues we need to be working on as a people and will need to do so indefinitely. Unfortunately, we can only get there if we correctly express our voices at the polls, as much as we can in our daily lives, and whenever the opportunity forces itself into our consciousness, such as OWS. Since Citizens United, corporate money in politics has been at the top of that list. It also expresses the necessity of taking a good look at the SCOTUS, and working to reform that and other corrupt branches/agencies/policies that work against the will and prosperity of the people. The 99%.
It really is a shame how we got here. It is a tragedy where we are. And it’s gonna be a hell of a journey where we’re headed. Giving in is not an option. Giving up is not a choice. It’s a long, hard road ahead and we are only just beginning. If everyone, everyday, makes a conscious effort to make a difference, we’ll be there in no time.