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.
(my purpose here as names are read in downtown Manhattan today, is to remember not just Americans died on that day. Just found this blog entry and it will correctly show some perspective.. my only reason for showing this today.)
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IN EVERY TYPE of government, nothing unites people behind the leader more quickly, reflexively or reliably than war. Donald Trump now sees how true that is, as the same establishment leaders in U.S. politics and media who have spent months denouncing him as a mentally unstable and inept authoritarian and unprecedented threat to democracy are standing and applauding him as he launches bombs at Syrian government targets.
Trump, on Thursday night, ordered an attack that the Pentagon said included the launching of 59 Tomahawk missiles which “targeted aircraft, hardened aircraft shelters, petroleum and logistical storage, ammunition supply bunkers, air defense systems, and radars.” The governor of Homs, the Syrian province where the attack occurred, said early this morning that the bombs killed seven civilians and wounded nine.
The Pentagon’s statement said the attack was “in retaliation for the regime of Bashar Assad using nerve agents to attack his own people.” Both Syria and Russia vehemently deny that the Syrian military used chemical weapons.
When asked about this yesterday by the Globe and Mail’s Joanna Slater, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau urged an investigation to determine what actually happened before any action was contemplated, citing what he called “continuing questions about who is responsible”:
But U.S. war fever waits for nothing. Once the tidal wave of American war frenzy is unleashed, questioning the casus belli is impermissible. Wanting conclusive evidence before bombing commences is vilified as sympathy with and support for the foreign villain (the same way that asking for evidence of claims against Russia instantly converts one into a “Kremlin agent” or “stooge”).
That the Syrian government deliberately used chemical weapons to bomb civilians became absolute truth in U.S. discourse within less than 24 hours – even though Trudeau urged an investigation, even though it was denied in multiple capitals around the world, and even though Susan Rice just two months ago boasted to NPR: “We were able to get the Syrian government to voluntarily and verifiably give up its chemical weapons stockpile.”
Whatever happened with this event, the Syrian government has killed hundreds of thousands of people over the past five years in what began as a citizen uprising in the spirit of the Arab Spring, and then morphed into a complex proxy war involving foreign fighters, multiple regional powers, ISIS, Al Qaeda, and Russia.
The CIA has spent more than a billion dollars a year to arm anti-Assad rebels for years, and the U.S. began bombing Syria in 2014 – the 7th predominantly Muslim country bombed by Obama – and never stopped. Trump had already escalated that bombing campaign, culminating in a strike last month that Syrians say destroyed a mosque and killed dozens. What makes this latest attack new is that rather than allegedly targeting terrorist sites of ISIS and Al Qaeda, it targets the Syrian government – something Obama threatened to do in 2013 but never did.
Leading Congressional Democrats – including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi – quickly praised Trump’s bombing while raising concerns about process. Hours before the bombing commenced, as it was known Trump was planning it, Hillary Clinton – who has been critical of Obama for years for not attacking Assad – appeared at an event and offered her categorical support for what Trump was planning:
The Trump White House is preliminarily indicating that this was a limited strike, designed to punish Assad for his use of chemical weapons, rather than a new war to remove him. But such aggression, once unleashed, is often difficult to contain. The Russian and Iranian governments, both supportive of Assad, have bitterly denounced Trump for the attack, with a Putin spokesman calling it a “significant blow” for U.S.-Russian relations. Russia already announced retaliation in the form of suspending cooperation agreements.
Even if it is contained, there are endless implications from Trump’s initiation of military force against the Syrian Government. For now, here are ten critical points highlighted by all of this:
George Orwell’s 1984, is now rising on library bookshelves… Google searches are increasing…some people seem to be concerned. Sinclair Lewis’s 1930’s warning of a ‘Leader’ such as Trump in ‘It Can’t happen here”…is now being quoted, posted all over now….is someone trying to tell us something? while the new ‘Tweet’ President runs the nation by Tweets and Presidential ‘decrees’…(executive orders, legal but when is Enough?)..
“Lock her up,” “Trump that bitch,” “Build a wall,” overheard at a Trump Rally.
“A hideous ecstasy of fear and vindictiveness, a desire to kill, to torture, to smash faces in with a sledge hammer, seemed to flow through the whole group of people like an electric current, turning one even against one’s will into a grimacing, screaming lunatic,” George Orwell on mass hate. – “
“From this day forward, it’s going to be only America first, America first,” Donald Trump on America.
“There will be no loyalty, except loyalty towards the Party,” George Orwell on loyalty.”
Quotes ; see below.
Six quotes that show 2017 is already George Orwell’s 1984
George Orwell’s 1984 is most popular selling book on Amazon but there was already dystopia in 2017.
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
dom of Speech, personally and in our so called Media.
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.‘