A Veterans’ Day Question to All Current and Future Politicians

A Veterans’ Day Question to All Congressional, Senatorial, and Presidential Incumbents and Current or Future Candidates:

Apart from the Progressive candidates who refuse to take high-dollar donor money and don’t have conflict-oriented finances, the rest of you have a hand in the military industrial complex. You have either financial stakes in their stocks or have received repeated high-dollar donations from those companies and corporations who are involved, directly or by proxy, with the Pentagon and the Armed Services, or both.

If one of you went to a civilian company and said, “Design this for me to use in a war game.” And you paid them $100,000 for it, you would get a top-notch, top-drawer result.

Our military doesn’t make their own clothing and equipment. It’s outsourced, just like every many quality jobs in this country. It’s done that way because you refuse to pay a living wage and supply them with health and financial benefits. I say again, for the benefit of the American workforce: You outsource because you refuse to pay us a living wage and quality benefits. You want it all on the cheap, exploiting foreign workers.

The same is done to our military through sub-contracting. You will pay them a high amount of our taxes. But for what? Crap. You don’t reward our soldiers, airmen, marines, sailors, and guardsmen with high quality clothing, equipment, food, shelter, and healthcare, and you don’t do this because you don’t think they’re worth that much. You want them to fight in your pointless wars, but when they come home, the financial and medical care they receive is a pittance compared to the private rewards you give yourselves.

Senator John McCain is getting high-quality care for his brain tumor. The same cannot be said for the Specialist or Sergeant who returns home with either physical injuries, mental injuries, or both. High-ranking members of the military DO get top-notch care, but only because of their rank. You decide that. You reward only the ones who’ve achieved high rank. Everyone else is fodder.

You claim you care about our troops. Our military. But your records show that all you are interested in is in making money off their lives and corpses. What in the hell are you going to do or us Veterans? For the men and women who come home from those wars you greedily sign up for our fellow citizens to fight? For the men and women who currently and in the future serve on active duty and are equipped with the best tools WE can possibly give them? Everything from their boots, quality food, quality billets, quality equipment. All you care about it making money from the weapons they’re equipped with, while at the same time, those weapons are not the best they could get. You paid a handsome dollar to their maker. The person who uses them gets squat.

What are you going to do that will match that so-called support you incessantly spew at the public? What are you going to do that will match that useless and pointless and frankly, offensive, Armed Services salutes you selfishly pay the NFL for? What will you do in order to get our respect and be either elected or re-elected?

Before you answer, you are not allowed to spout off with some insufferable talking point about how brave our soldiers are and that you have always had the highest respect for them. If you do, I will suggest that your constituents elect someone else. If by chance you have rigged their voting system, by purging rolls or gerrymandering districts, then you deserve to be kicked out and someone with an actual plan will take your place.

I am sick and tired of this “fiscal responsibility” lie you and others have shelled out to the American public and toward our military service members and veterans. Our budget is 60% military spending and half of that is handed over in cash to war profiteers who hide behind civilian contracting company boardrooms while they electrocute our soldiers in sub-par housing. KBR, anyone?

Our military is not meant to be a cash cow nor is it meant to be privatized. But many of you make money off the backs of our military personnel and you inhibit, thwart, and contravene them with your outsourcing of their jobs to mercenary armies whose sole purpose is to plunder and pillage.

Exactly what the hell are you people good for if all your intended solutions are geared toward padding your bank accounts?

Either equip our military with expensive and top-notch clothing, equipment, and medical care, or get out and give your job to someone who gives an actual shit.

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Our “Civic Culture” Is Sick of Obama and the DNC Establishment Horror Show

Mr. Obama’s article at Politico, the hack site that never gives all the facts:

Obama, opening his foundation’s first summit, calls for fixing civic culture

He said:

“What we need to do is think about our civic culture, because what’s wrong with our politics is a reflection of something that’s wrong with the civic culture, not just in the United States but around the world.”

No. You’re playing party politics and catering to the establishment corruption. OUR “civic culture” is sick of it. OUR “civic culture” has had enough of the lies, the pandering, the lobbyists, and the legalized briberies.

We didn’t get Clinton elected because she was a BAD candidate. Her egotistical approach to campaigning for the job was “I deserve it”.  She acted like the job’s hers because she’s running and because she lost eight years prior to a 44-year old professor of law so this time, it’s her job.  It’s such a narrow tunnel-visioned approach to campaigning.  She’s not only corrupt, she gave us the middle finger.  Like the following:

She avoided us and the press for 8 months of the election cycle. She went around giving paid speeches instead.  She altogether refused to tell us WHY she was running.  “I’m With Her”, or that other slogan that I can’t even remember because it was so lame-ass, was a bomb waiting to go off.  She was supposed to be this smart person and she lost.  NOT because people voted for Stein or Johnson.  That’s a pathetic excuse to blame the voters instead of looking at yourself to see what it was that they didn’t like.  It’s like that crap with Gore v Bush in 2000.  The DNC is still fuming over that.  Gore actually did win.  BUT.  He would have won a lot more if he had adopted the Progressive platform and not gone further Right.  Sure, he was for the environment, but you can’t be “for the environment” and cater to the corporations’ tax dodging and annihilations of said environment.

So along comes Obama and he basically says the voters are to blame for Donald Trump.

People, please listen up.  “Civic Culture” is a euphemism for voter turnout.  We are to blame.  No.  Clinton is to blame.  The DNC leadership is to blame.

We. Are. Sick. Of. The. Establishment. Corruption.

You, Obama, and the rest of that lot?  You don’t do what we tell you to do.  You treat us as if we’re children acting up.  Only when we put a knife to our throats (Trump) do you sit up and take notice and ask what the hell went wrong.  YOU went wrong.

Mr. Obama.  The DNC got lazy.  They turned into GOP Lite.  They went Right instead of Left and they are in Congress for one reason only:  padding their wallet.  Only the Progressives who have to call themselves Democrats in order to get backing from the DNC care about us.  You don’t.  You started up wars we had no business getting involved in.  You should have apologized to the entire Muslim world for our arrogance and war crimes, but instead, you increased military contractors and our Zero Policy presence in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Indonesia, and Asia.

Why don’t you use your time to tell everyone the truth?  Because you won’t get paid for all those lies you tell in those $quarter-million-dollar speeches.

You booted out Latinos for no good goddamn reason.  “Only the criminals” was a lie.  Trump has ICE outdoing your heinous deeds because you gave him the blueprints.  You went after whistleblowers because they exposed the criminals.  You killed the messenger.

Let’s make a comparison.

Men and women betray our country and they get a slap on the wrist, a stern talking to.  But “leakers” and “whistleblowers” get put in prison for exposing the war crimes we’ve been committing.  So they’re arrested and thrown in a dungeon or they’re forced to go on the run.  They exposed what you were ILLEGALLY doing so they had to pay.

We The People are sick of the lies that have torpedoed our bank accounts and livelihoods over the last 40 years, and all because we bought into the lies you fed us.  We are SICK of you, Clinton, and the DNC’s favoritism for the corrupt.

Progressive want to purge your kind out of government.  And for that, the new establishment hack leader of the DNC purged all Progressive democrats from leadership positions in the DNC.

That’s a message.  And we’re not gonna take it.  JusticeDemocrats.com, people.  Go support.

I fell for your bullshit, Mr. Obama.  I voted for you.  Twice.  The second time was because I absolutely HATE Mitt Romney and every single Republican out there.  He wanted to cut Social Security!  They all do.

And so did YOU.  The ONLY reason you didn’t get your cuts was due to the GOP’s plan of non-governing, refusing to do anything you wanted to do.

Voting for them is signing our death warrant.  But now voting for establishment democrats like you means the same thing, but in a nicer package.  Establishment Dems make speeches, tell us what we want to hear, and then they do the opposite.  Kamala Harris is just like you.  She was a Big Pharma lobbyist.  That’s enough to disqualify her from office.

I’m sick it.  I’m sick of you.  Buh-bye, asshole.  Go sit the fuck down and shut the fuck up.

Here Is The Damaged Democratic Party and We Either Fix It or Create a New Party

The Intercept’s Ralph Nader: The Democrats Are Unable to Defend the U.S. from the “Most Vicious” Republican Party in History

The history of the Democratic Party’s disastrous agenda, starting with the defeat of Jimmy Carter in 1980 (and part of that was Reagan committing treason by making a private deal with Iran behind the back of the President–it’s treason because it’s privately dealing with a contrary foreign government for political advancement.  He said, “Release the hostages and I’ll give you guns and money.” That’s against the law and if Reagan had lost, he would have been arrested for treason.  He pulled that same trick again but got caught.  It was called Iran-Contra and it should have landed both him and Oliver North in Leavenworth but by that time, our Congress was bought and sold to corporations and the rich)

Here is history, as told to us by Ralph Nader, who was demonized after the 2000 election because the Democratic Party was weak and refused to campaign on policy.  If the Supreme Court hadn’t halted the recount in Florida’s clear-cut election fraud, Al Gore would have won but only by a small number.  Because of Nader, Gore was forced to campaign on more Leftist ideals (pro-worker/union, pro-safety net, pro-safety regulations, pro-infrastructure).  Without Nader to push him, Gore would have lost a lot more than he did.

Ralph Nader:

“Increasingly they began to judge their challenge to Republicans by how much money they raised. You talk to [Marcy] Kaptur from Cleveland, she says, we go into the Democratic caucus in the House, we go in talking money, we stay talking money, and we go out with our quotas for money. …

As a result they took the economic issues off the table that used to win again and again in the thirties and forties for the Democrats. The labor issues, the living wage issues, the health insurance issue, pension issues. And that of course was a huge bonanza for the Republican Party because the Republican Party could not contend on economic issues. They contended on racial issues, on bigotry issues, and that’s how they began to take control of the solid Democratic South after the civil rights laws were passed.

Raising money from Wall Street, from the drug companies, from health insurance companies, the energy companies, kept [Democrats] from their main contrasting advantage over the Republicans, which is, in FDR’s parlance, “The Democratic Party is the party of working families, Republicans are the party of the rich.” That flipped it completely and left the Democrats extremely vulnerable.

As a result they drew back geographically, to the east coast, west coast and so on.
And that created another millstone: You don’t run a 50-state [presidential] campaign. If you don’t run a 50-state campaign, number one you’re strengthening the opposing party in those states you’ve abandoned, so they can take those states for granted and concentrate on the states that are in the grey area. That was flub number one.

Flub number two is what Ben Barnes, the politically-savvy guy in Texas, told me. He said, when you don’t contest the presidential race in Texas, it rots the whole party down … all the way to mayors and city council. So it replicates this decadence and powerlessness for future years.

When they abandoned the red states, they abandoned five states in the Rocky Mountain area, and started out with a handicap of nine or ten senators.

You may remember from your history, the two senators from Montana were Democrats, Senator Church from Idaho was a Democrat, Senator Frank Moss, great consumer champion, Democrat from Utah. Now there’s almost nobody. The two senators from Wyoming are Republican, the two senators from Montana are Republican [John Tester, the senior Montana senator, is a Democrat], the two senators from Utah are Republican. I think the Democrats have one seat in Colorado. Then you get down to Arizona and that’s two Republicans.

So they never had a veto-proof majority even at their peak in the Senate. And of course later when they weren’t at their peak it cost them the Senate again and again. And now they’re in a huge hole, with the debacle in the Senate races in 2016, they’re facing three times as many Democrats up for reelection in 2018.

The [third] millstone is they decided to campaign by TV, with political consultants influencing them and getting their 15-20 percent cut. When you campaign by TV you campaign by slogans, you don’t campaign by policy.

Next millstone, the labor unions began getting weak, weak in numbers and weak in leadership. They began shelling out huge money to the Democrats for television. And as they became weaker they lost their grassroots mobilization on behalf of the Democrats.
The Democrats began the process of message preceding policy. No — policy precedes message. That means they kept saying how bad the Republicans are. They campaigned not by saying, look how good we are, we’re going to bring you full Medicare [for all], we’re going to crack down on corporate crime against workers and consumers and the environment, stealing, lying, cheating you. We’re going to get you a living wage. We’re going to get a lean defense, a better defense, and get some of this money and start rebuilding your schools and bridges and water and sewage systems and libraries and clinics.

Instead of saying that, they campaign by saying “Can you believe how bad the Republicans are?” Now once they say that, they trap their progressive wing, because their progressive wing is the only segment that’s going to change the party to be a more formidable opponent. Because they say to their progressive wing, “You’ve got nowhere to go, get off our back.”

And this went right into the scapegoating of the last twenty years. “Oh, it’s Nader, oh, it’s the Koch Brothers, oh, it’s the electoral college, oh, it’s misogyny, oh, it’s redneck deplorables.” They never look at themselves in the mirror.”

Please read the rest of the article at The Intercept.

Do we want Medicare-For-All?  The return of our Unions?  A marginally better federal living wage ($15, but it should be $23 if it were adjusted for the *actual* rate of inflation from 1974)?

Are you aware that the average salary for a member of Congress is $174,000 per year?  That’s $90 an hour.  $90.  And they are refusing to raise the minimum wage from $7.25.  The American people work a hell of a lot harder than Congress does, never mind the fact that Congress doesn’t even work 40 hours a week for 52 weeks per year.  They go into recess far more often than you *don’t work*–that’s because you work only 9 hours a day, not including commutes.

Are you aware that if it hadn’t been for the FDR Democrats, our work weeks would have been a lot longer?  It was the FDR Democrats who created the 40-hour work week and the mandated minimum wage.  It was the FDR Democrats who demanded decent working conditions, clean water, disease and bacteria-free food.  Upton Sinclair wrote a book called “The Jungle”, which detailed our meat industry’s heinous environmental and food conditions that made our people sick.  Through progressive protests and demands, our leaders made sure our food would be safe.  FDR built on that.  If Republicans had their wish, all those regulations would be rescinded.  Trump campaigned on the back of Republicans’ demonization of regulations and he said, for every regulation he passes, he’ll rescind two of them.  That’s our death knell.

FDR Democrats are today’s Progressives.  Back Bernie Sanders, Nina Turner, Tulsi Gabbard, and all other Progressives, whether they’re Democrat or Independent.  The Republican party and the corporate wing of the Democratic Party is all about lying to you.  They tell you what you want to hear, then they do the opposite.  The Democrats are worse, however. All they do is tell you how bad the Republicans are and refuse to run on policy ideas that will get them elected–because they don’t give a damn about our welfare.  Republicans care even less.  They want your money, your vote, and then they’ll sell your souls to the devil.

This Is What You Voted For, Trump Fans

Trump promised to protect the sick and the poor. He lied.

Uninsured ranks still to grow by tens of millions under latest House health-care bill, CBO says

CBO: House Obamacare repeal bill would leave 23 million more uninsured

23 Million Fewer People Would Have Coverage Under Obamacare Repeal Bill, CBO Confirms

You voted to kill a lot of people, Trump voter.

This is not hyperbole.  You will take away our healthcare.  You will take away our homes.  You will take away our Social Security Disability.

This will lead to death.  DEATH.

TRUMP LIED.  YOU SHOULD HAVE SEEN THIS?  WHY DIDN’T YOU?  WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH YOU?

2018 SPENDING BILL (not Obamacare repeal only):

Remove Obamacare
Massive cuts to Medicaid
Massive cuts to Social Security and Social Security Disability
Massive cuts to HUD
Massive tax breaks to the rich

THIS IS WHAT WE GET, TRUMP VOTER

If this goes through, I AM SCREWED. I will be without state health insurance and will have to rely on the VA, which is shit coverage because I never served during wartime. I will lose my apartment because a) they’ll take away housing vouchers, and b) they’ll take away my Social Security Disability. I will be homeless and without healthcare. Thanks, Trump Voter.

FUCK. YOU.

Amendment Suggestion Regarding Political Salaries

Missouri lawmakers just took raises away from minimum wage workers

Cities within Missouri raised the minimum wage.  The state legislature has finally been able to veto it and everyone who makes the current raised minimum will now go back to $7.70/hr.  They’ve all just been given a pay cut.

This should be illegal.

Suggestion for inbound Democrats in Congress:  When you get the majority, find your fucking backbones and institute a new unbreakable rule, even making it an amendment:

“All politicians, either in office or retired, are hereby prohibited from earning a salary that is higher than the federal and pertinent states’ minimum wage.”

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Take away their fucking government Single Payer Healthcare, too . . .

 

“Those that work against their constituents’ constitutional right to life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness will have their government healthcare plan revoked until they meet the minimum standards for serving the people.”

Our Corruption Has Deep Roots

Re: The U.S. Government.

It’s going to take several decades, if not centuries, to get corruption out.  The corruption I speak of isn’t just among certain members of congress or the presidency.  It has to do with our government turning a blind eye to criminality and atrocity due to GREED.

It belongs to policies.  It belongs to trade.  It belongs to “decorum”, and it belongs to our own Constitution.

Examples:

  1.  The Constitution.  In 1775, Jefferson was forced to rewrite it time and again because the “southern” states made lots of money from the “industry” of slavery and they refused to give it up.  Our government started out corrupt.
  2. Our National Anthem.  Francis Scott Key was a slaveholder who viewed blacks as subhuman and property.  He wrote it into the third verse of the song.  Despite knowing that, our racist forebears allowed it to become our national anthem and since then, have refused to remove it on the grounds that it’s anti-patriotic.  LIE.  Our patriotism was grounded on rebellion and revolution and written into the constitution (our rights to assemble and protest).  Patriotism is not defined as one who thinks and acts the way the corrupt government tells them to think and act.
  3. Oil and Gas Trade.  WE the People, via our corrupt government, do business with governments who commit atrocities, all because we want their oil and gas.  We prop up/support regimes who routinely murder their own citizens because we’re using them for some heinous means.  Saudi Arabia is one of them.  We did business with the USSR’s Stalin during WWII because we needed his support against Hitler.  Um, NO, we didn’t.  What WE (and the UK) didn’t want was to fight a war on three sides:  Germany, Japan, and Russia.  And because Russia sits on huge oil reserves.
  4. So-called War On Drugs.  Nixon created this problem because he hated “liberals”. i.e., Democratic voters.  Blacks and the poor routinely vote on the Democratic ticket — and generally against war — and in order to reduce their numbers, they had to be targeted.  The best way to do that was to create a drug problem, then to create extreme laws to “fix” the problem.  This also had a secondary industry growth: the private prison industrial complex.  When these people get out of prison, many states refuse to let them vote.  The corrupt members of congress and their industry donors can’t allow blacks to vote.  So if they aren’t going to prison for smoking a joint, then they have to be attacked in other ways.  One of them is to create a false narrative about voter fraud (which doesn’t exist), so voter ID laws were created that force out people who can’t get to a DMV.  DMVs are shut down, bus systems are cut back, and benefits to those on welfare are cut.  The whole point in doing all of that is to keep the political corruption going.
  5. Marijuana Demonization.  In the mid 1800s, the timber industry was booming.  The rich bastards at the top, which included congressmen and senators, who controlled the industry discovered that there were elements among the liberals who were trying to get hemp distributed as an alternate, and safer, source for paper-making.  Our own Constitution and other documents were drafted on it.  BUT.  Hemp would cut into the timber industry’s profits and our crooked Congress members couldn’t have that.  So hemp, and its strains like Cannabis Sativa/Indica, had to be demonized.  A ridiculous film called “Reefer Madness” was distributed in the 1920s as the central part of a campaign to place marijuana and hemp as dangerous substances–all the while, Cocaine and Heroin were widely distributed in medicines and soft drink products like Coca Cola (where do you think the name came from?).  When the FDA was created and drugs were being considered for prohibition, Cannabis was at the top of the list.  NOT for its dangerousness but because it was a rival to the timber industry.  When the pharmaceutical industry got going, cannabis was once again a threat, so the DEA was instructed to keep it on the prohibited list as a Schedule 1 drug, equal to heroin, cocaine, bath salts, LSD, and methamphetamine.  “Big Pharma” currently has developed a synthetic version of marijuana.  It’s addictive and has dangerous side effects.  Unlike the natural plant.  But Big Pharma needs to make money so the plant will stay on the DEA list.  Many states are now realizing the lies surrounding marijuana and are legalizing it, but its federal criminal status keeps the plant out of government tax status, which is illogical.  The government could profit, but Big Pharma is in charge and they pay off politicians (via “legalized bribery” in campaign contributions) to keep it that way.  (to learn more about marijuana, go to herb.co)
  6. Kratom Demonization.  Kratom, aka Mitragyna speciosa, is a member of the coffee plant family whose *miraculous* qualities help people fight their opioid addictions.  BUT.  The pharmaceutical industry (Big Pharma) will lose money if they can’t peddle their addictive substances like oxycontin, oxycodone, etc., so they bribe our politicians who make DEA policy.  Kratom is currently being considered for the Schedule 1 list.  It’s no more dangerous than the Valerian plant, a natural sedative, which has been synthesized to make Valium.  Fentanyl is a synthetic form of heroin, taken from the poppy.  It is highly addictive and can easily kill.  If anything should be illegal, it should be synthetic versions of plants intended for narcotic addiction.

 

The list can go on and on, but you get the point.  Our system is corrupt.  To get the corruption out will take a long, long time because they will fight against it.  Money makes people do evil things.  But we need to change, to root it out, to put us on a path where we can be proud to be Americans.

The Rape of Our Country

You need to pay attention.  Now.

What’s happening in the WH and the government is SCARY.  We have three major things that are at serious risk of breaking the back of our country.

1) Internet Security.  We need that baby and trying to control it the way they (the rich) do their lives (ick, lower class, get away, you don’t deserve shit but to shine my shoes and make my cars) will ruin us.

2) TAX CUTS.  Do you understand that taxes pay for everything? What they want to do is give less and make the rest of us give more. Our country cannot handle the tax plan they are intent on implementing. These people don’t want to help us. They want to help themselves. They are going to bankrupt our country and if you can’t or won’t see that, may the gods help you.

3) FARM WORK. Our country depends on seasonal workers to get our produce to market.  Without it, we are fucked.  WHITE people, so-called Americans, don’t want to do the work. Who does? Latino-Americans and undocumented Latinos. Ask every farmer who depends on “migrants” to get their crops picked and processed their opinion on our Latino seasonal workers. You’ll hear nothing but praise. Ask them about American workers, non-latino workers, and you’ll hear disgust and disdain.  When Latinos are employed, 90% of the crops go to market.  When whites and others are employed (only), 30% goes to market.  Why? Because the lazy good-for-nothing white workers don’t want to do seasonal work. Don’t want to do the *hard* work.  But we need our produce to get to market. We can’t survive without it.

This anti-immigrant, anti-undocumented worker bullshit is nothing but propaganda designed to do only one thing: DISTRACT. It’s the shiny object they’re waving while they steal the goddamn treasury out from under us.

PLEASE. PAY ATTENTION.

So why haven’t you heard about this ad nauseum on cable news? Because cable news is corporate owned and they’re about to get a big pay day thanks to a massive tax cut… which is partly amusing since the fuckers don’t pay their fair share in the first place. But now they don’t want to pay at all.  We are going to be stuck with the bill, just like always.  AND WE CAN’T PAY IT.