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REBELION, LIBERTARIANISM & OTHER SH*T.. (IN THE ERA OF ‘NON LEARNING’)

 

My whole problem with the American ‘Libertarianism’…
1, I wholeheartedly agree, that we should be as ‘free’ as possible, without affecting others’ ‘freedoms’.. (women’s right to their bodies.. LGBTQ absolute freedoms. etc.)

2- But, , Hey, We live by choice, by birth, in the USA>. governed by this tricky CONSTITUTION. and BILL OF RIGHTS..which limits FEDERAL rights, has the two chambers of Representatives…the THREE branches of Gov’t, supposedly
as a failsafe and “Checks and Balances’…?

These two concepts/realities BUMP heads, REAL HARD on daily basis.
My questions are chiefly:,
If we choose to live in this ‘Democracy’ (not quite that any longer, let’s get real.. this was taken from us, pretty gradually, from the beginning of the 20th Century and massively the last 30-40 years.
By Both ‘Parties’.. and why ARE THERE ONLY TWO PARTIES AND IN NATIONAL CONTESTS/VOTING… THE TWO ‘PARTIES’ FOR REASONS UNKNOWN….HAVE CONTROL OVER WHO GETS TO VOTE FOR THEIR TWO HANDPICKED CANDIDATES…
Case: in NY the State Democratic corporate Establishment..keeps people from voting on their choice, if they DARE to be registered as anything else but Democrats.. and control how early or late, if you ARE registered as a DEM.
(Thus, i am involved as are many of my colleagues/Progressives, in a fight to win, Immediately registration as age, ?, and same day registration..and that’s just in the DEMOCRATIC NYS party.

Hey, folks, reminder:. OUR FIRST PRESIDENT, WASHINGTON DESPISED THE CONCEPT OF ‘PARTIES’ …and,
ALERT!.. PARTIES DO NOT APPEAR IN NOR DO THEY HAVE ANY ‘POWER’ FROM THE CONSTITUTION AS IT IS.
So, the latter questions both the ‘establishment’ as it is…(we really don’t pay much attention to our Rights by Constitution), and promotes concepts of ‘freedom to choose’…etc.. and also promotes our ‘freedoms’ guaranteed in the Constitution and that thing, called the BILL OF RIGHTS.. Geez, that fuzzy, archaic SECOND AMENDMENT, misunderstood and misinterpreted..today…
Will I we ever come to terms with all this? our personal freedoms vs. our Constitutional Rights and DUTIES.?

Lastly, though I cherish our RIGHT to Revolution… spoken of by not only JEFFERSON, but by our first president GEORGE WASHINGTON.. as the Right to revolt or rebel?…didn’t always go as planned… I suggest, learning some hidden. or untaught history.. THE PEOPLE’S HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES ..ETC.

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My Favorite speech and words of MLK

The speech, I believe finally got him assassinated.. (we can’t have a black man speaking out against our wars!)…”Speech by Martin Luther King, Jr. against the “triple evils of racism, economic exploitation, and militarism.”

Please listen on Youtube  on the link below..

Martin Luther King, “Why I Am Opposed to the War in Vietnam”

A year that WAS , and a year that WASN’T

 

I’m trying not to call names at this point, on all Social Media.. .does no good….in the long run… i have a split family, half or more of whom supported and /or voted for Mr. Trump…and just understanding that without considering half of my family ‘deplorables’ or some such…to think that some people who agreed with Mr Trump..when he called them ‘uneducated’…a joke to him? would defeat my purpose to just reply and call him, a ‘joke’.. he may well be,… what he is definitely, (supported by psychiatrists and my own psychologist) is a NARCISISIST, WITH PATHOLOGICAL TENDENCIES… others have added more to that.. but firstly, we must deal with this. Have we possibly had other Presidents, Vice Presidents, with similar traits? yes. But, I just heard Bernie Sanders again on Democracy Now, for an hour.. the One person I believe could have won this past election, had he been the Democratic Nominee.. There are many things i would say, we need to do and i only have ‘hopes’ at this point, having working hard this past year for the Sanders campaign and other progressives in my area… We need to follow, along with other things, as much as we agree with, the Bernie Sanders, ‘Our Revolution’ principles, other progressive groups, e.g. Citizen Action (of the Hudson Valley and others), MOveOn.org , Working Families party, and yes, the Green party for those who lean that way… But, we must work to include ALL valid candidates for the Presidency, and local progressives and progressive causes…

Two things upon my mind and the most important to me… One which I believe even Bernie Sanders (who took it seriously), is the possible ‘Near term Human Extinction’. due to Climate change, and possible extinction of many millions of species and ourselves? (I don’t trust any of the signatories of COP/Paris this past year)..and , Two, secondly, as far as we can enforce, is to fight, for the current, moment, our Constitutional, and Civil rights, in the Bill of Rights.. we have already lost SO many Rights, and are losing, seriously, our Free

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October 1935: Young fascist, in their black shirts, marching past Mussolini. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

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dom of Speech, personally and in our so called Media.

A blog of a different color.. Obama’s legacy?

what is Obama’s legacy… not exactly what any Progressive and many regular Democrats would have hoped in 2008.

 To my friends, critics, and those who  agree/disagree…well, this is my opinion, mostly. But , if we ignore the failures of his Presidency and don’t honestly look at what went wrong with ‘hope and change’, .. how can we learn? How can we forge ahead with real Progressivism?
I’m a ‘Progressive’ first, and not a ‘party’ person.. i left the Democrats years ago. for awhile, I ‘ll work locally with the DC Democrats in my county in the Hudson Valley, of New York, and we’ll see what we can change.. we have to look honestly and ask, about both HIM and HER, Hillary.. what went wrong? well, it s the ‘Republican lite’, ‘Neo Liberal’ world of the Corporate Democratic party of the last 30 years… WAR WAR WAR…..Obama’ s biggest mess for me was the continuation of the Middle Eastern wars (how many countries is it now ?6 or 7)…Drones, Killing of American citizens on foreign soil with No trial, no nothing? just do what Bush and Cheney did, carry it on? NO…. I scream NO! We need as Bernie  said, REVOLUTION.,but what kind? I have a BA in HIstory, taught for a few months in FL before becoming a librarian….I read a lot. I question EVERYTHING… if we stop questioning. we will (as you can see now) become an ‘Idiocrisy’…(see the movie or watch tv right now)….
– was Guantanamo closed as he promised in 2008,
– did he not RENEW , or let be renewed, the horrible PATRIOT ACT?
– Immediately filling his Cabinet with BANKSTERS/WALL STREET HEDGEFUNDERS?
– The ongoing Afghanistan/IRaq wars etc…?
– still not DECRMINIALIZING MARIJUANA which has been shown to help so many patients,… (myself included here) with many conditions.
good points:?
OK, some good social acts, Acting on at least, the delay of children of Illegal (rather Unpapered immigrants), ‘Obama care’ (Affordable Care Act) – not so affordable.. because HE LEFT THE BIG PHARMACEUTICALS IN CHARGE ESSENTIALLY.. why do you think the costs are going up? He could have stuck with ‘single payer’…plan, as he PROMISED. (broken again).
ONE OF HIS BIGGEST CRITICS —–09-obama-administration-w1000-h600


Prof. Cornel West, one of Obama’s biggest critics says…”CORNEL WEST ”
” You can’t talk about wealth and inequality, you can’t talk about education, you can’t talk about massive unemployment and under employment and you can’t talk about drones being dropped on people in other parts of the world without talking about white supremacy and its ways in which it operates. It doesn’t have to be overt. The president is right about that. – But too many black people are niggerized. I would say the first black president has become the first niggerized black president.” (http://www.realclearpolitics.com/…/cornel_west_on_obama…?) —-
or read the 52 Historians (the goods and bads of Obama), He could have been so much more… “http://nymag.com/…/01/53-historians-on-obamas-legacy.html“l

Thoughts on a Sunday Morning 11/13/2016

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THOUGHTS ON A SUNDAY MORNING, (and it ain’t the CBS Sunday Morning).

First Sunday, weekend  after Trump’s election as President (of all the people?).

Trump talks of the ‘forgotten people’ but who does he mean by ‘forgotten’…?Are the Native Americans forgotten?, are the Latinos, and various Island immigrants forgotten… LGBTQ (myself included), religious  minorities, including Jews and Muslims, Sikhs, the ‘brown’ (all non white peoples) who have always been ‘less than’ in equality in all sections of our nation, socially, and economically.

Not least of all,  African  Americans, who have the second most unique place in American history, (after the Indigenous tribes and ‘nations’) and are inescapably intertwined in our history, including the worst War in our history, which we seem to be closer to  enacting than ever before in our history, the Civil War. What will we do, if all of the ‘other’ FORGOTTEN people’s are suddenly suspect, mass arrests, as seems to already have happened under the current administration, facing increased persecution of ‘our’ liberties;  free speech,  ‘Right of the People peaceably to assemble’, freedom of Religion, and all the rest of the First Amendment , et.al.

To deny what I have posted above is a certain American Hubris, or just outright ‘denial’ by those not only in power, but those who voted for Mr. Trump out of some sense of unknown ‘entitlement’ or being ‘wronged’ somehow.  I understand the anger, the lost jobs, the feeling that this nation is not what it used to be, but to turn to the oft chime of  thinking we need a ‘strong’ leader?  but, is that always the answer?

Already there have been terrible incidences of seeming ‘white hate’ against Muslim, Black, LGBTQ students in schools nationwide, racial message painted on Black churches and such. Will this increase? Will it become like the early days of Mussolini’s ‘black shirts’, or worse, Hitler’s SS?  This is not some Hollywood movie, or daydreaming on my part; it already seems like it could begin in many parts of our nation. [“Reports of hate crimes and intimidation of American Muslims and other minority groups have increased in the days since Donald Trump’s shock election victory on the back of the most xenophobic campaign in modern US history .” –http://www.thenational.ae/world/americas/hate-crime-and-islamophobia-increases-after-trump-victory%5D

So, where do we go? To whom do we turn? Our Constitution, already well ‘shredded’ during the Clinton and Bush II, and Obama administrations?   During the first decades after WW II, we taxed the rich or richer, at 80 to 90 %, we had a nation where for the first time, War veterans could easily afford college, could easily afford a home on a single family income.  All that was slowly destroyed, from the Reagan backlash aministration, through all those that followed, yes, even the Democrats.  We seem to all want the equality of income of that era ,where the CEO’

S of companies made, perhaps, 30-40 times the common worker but not HUNDREDS of times the common worker. This is why Bernie Sanders offered real solutions, and seemingly Mr Trump, seems to have promised the same, if that’s what he meant by ‘Great again’?

We, on the sidelines that, whether we voted for Democrats, Independents, Green Party (my own choice, not supporting either ‘corrupt, Corporation owned ‘parties’), Libertarians, or other, await what’s to come. Some with renewed fear, some with expectations, some not knowing what is to come, and those who voted for Mr. Trump, I imagine, await the Great promises he made. Can he bring this to them? Will he work within the confines of our Laws, and Constitution? Or will he, as some fear, be the ‘loose cannon’ or ‘free speaker’ of the recent Campaign season, most of which was reprehensible in its Inhumanity, to more than half the Nation.   The Independents or ‘non voters’ of this recent Election, are about 1/3 or more.  Less citizens voted in both ‘parties’ than in the last Presidential election (stats provided upon request), and both candidates were the most ‘unpopular’ in our election history, in most polls.  (“..with registered voters, the two are basically tied: Clinton has 59% unfavorability and Trump has 60%.” – http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2016/08/31/poll-clinton-trump-most-unfavorable-candidates-ever/89644296/).

Not to go on forever in this strain, I will however, continue to blog and write as things occur through this new administration, on its actions, the populace’s reactions and much more.

I am just one voice in millions wondering the same, this first week, after a trying, tiring, exhausting, election for everyone concerned.  Peace and hope to you all, including everyone who may read this.

 

Robert J Dorn, Librarian, Genealogist, Activist, Commoner.‘

Con Vs. Con.. .Hedges has it down

Haven’t been bloggin much here lately.. Was moving this past few weeks, and now in Rhinebeck NY as of June 2016..
this article is just about the BEST analysis of the current CORPORATE parties . as they exist today.. and proof that what ‘s happened at the recent ‘People’s Summit’… will be a start to our way forward in the Movement or Revolution… should you please.. Con Vs. Con Con vs. Con people_summit

How Not to Talk About Muslims After a Fringe Terrorist Group Attacks Posted on Mar 23, 2016

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“….Show your Muslim neighbor (or even more likely in the US, physician) some love.  Daesh (ISIS, ISIL) does these horrible things to get people of Christian heritage to be beastly to the Muslims in their midst, spreading hatred and anger and a sense of victimization.  Daesh is hoping to use *you* to drive other Muslims into their arms.  They want to make you a recruitment officer.  They want you to hate and they want you to fear.  There is only one way to combat this tactic of sharpening contradictions.  Refuse to hate and refuse to be afraid.  Bend over backwards to be nice to Muslims.  They’re human beings, just like you, but they are being stalked by very dangerous people. Not all those dangerous people are even of Muslim heritage.  Some 40% of Daesh suspects arrested in the US have been converts from other religions.  And some of the dangerous people are US presidential candidates like Ted Cruz and Donald Trump.” How to talk about Muslims…. Continue reading How Not to Talk About Muslims After a Fringe Terrorist Group Attacks Posted on Mar 23, 2016