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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Thought of the Day - Election Year

The rituals of election year, more than Christmas, Hanukah, Easter, or any religious holiday, reminds us the world is organized by belief systems, fundamental to our existence, and that without them, we're challenged and alone. Even science has boundaries of what is known, and what is believed. And yet, the agony of finding new leaders, puts us through a process of questioning that very stratum, so we at times, forget who we are. Ancient Celtic myth celebrated this loss of self, with regicide, the ritual execution of one king in preparation for the next. [Graves] The king in Jungian psychology, represents the self. To discover who we are, we must first eliminate who we think we are, and that is painful.

Thought of the Day - Bernie Undid It

About now about all just about everyone is tired of conspiracy theories about Hillary Clinton.

Yes the forces that decided to install Hillary in Washington are mammoth. Presidential elections are huge events, dramas played before the American people. Lovable souls like President and Mrs. Obama give moving speeches. Bernie Sanders gives a moving speech.

But Bernie's candidacy evaporated mysteriously even before the convention started, like a drop of soda water in a vast desert. That's a warning light.

Let's back up and examine Sanders' behavior in Philly. I'm forced to agree with Chris Hedges that Bernie blinked.. Bernie held and missed a golden opportunity, one that any politician seeking election, would have used. He never once spoke into a microphone about the WikiLeaks emails. He had the high ground, but refused to take it. And throughout his campaign he refused to criticize Hillary for her actions and choices.

The answer I've offered myself for this is that he's a gentleman, and could never attack the character of another. I've written it's not in his DNA.

The overwhelming answer from most Americans is that he was towing the line. He had lost, so why defeat the only Democratic candidate left standing. He was behaving as any good Democrat should.

And the vast story gobbled by so many Americans is that we must vote Clinton to prevent Donald Trump from being elected.

But suppose, Bernie never wanted to run for President at all, but was simply asked early on to to help the first woman get elected, by mounting a progressive candidacy for a short while.

He did so, but as the mess around the email scandals thickened he was asked to keep it up. Advance his platform.

'Ignite the passion of the left around your platform. Some of the things you say may be included in hers. It's helping your party. You'll become better known. Your beliefs will have a huge audience.'

This is conjecture, a theory only. If it is true it doesn't implicate Bernie Sanders in the slightest, only means that he entered the race for the Presidency with a specific objective. What other facts are there that could support this?

For one thing Bernie's political affiliation: Bernie was a registered independent from 1979 until 2015, for 36 years, but in November of 2015 he suddenly registered as a Democrat. In May of 2016 he announced his candidacy for the presidency.

At best this is circumstantial. But membership in the Democratic party would have been necessary to run against Hillary, to then be able to turn his support base over to her.

Was there ever a history of Sanders campaigning for a Democratic candidate? Yes.

Prior to 1979 Sanders was a member of the very left wing Liberty Union Party, Liberty Union co-founder Peter Diamondstone claimed Sanders "became a full-time Democrat", in spirit, when in 1984, when he campaigned for Democratic presidential candidate Walter Mondale.

We are left with questions:

Why did Bernie, an independent for nearly 35 years, so abruptly change his Party affiliation?

Why did Bernie abandon his followers, especially after they walked out of the convention in Philly.

And why do his supporters continue to believe in his candidacy, despite his self-debasement when success seemed so near?

History always shows that dreams sell better than reality. Elections are powered by a need to believe.

It's the hardest thing, not believing. For cynics life is hard, not believing in the Obama love-fest is difficult when contrary evidence exists of terror brought on by Obama's relentless drone campaigns. You believe in a person, or a party, or a nation, until something shatters that belief. Finding a replacement may be impossible. Belief is a cursed willingness to explore and find the thing that will upset your world order.

Beginning to believe that Bernie never had an intention to run his candidacy until the last possible moment was hard thought to absorb. But the facts were there, he did not persist. He stayed inside the Wells Fargo Center, rather than go outside to rally his supporters. He gave up early. He refused to do the things that could have shot him ahead in the polls and instead attempted to move his support base all at once to Hillary Clinton.

The campaign advisors to Clinton have known for years, she is not particularly electable.

Two essential factors were needed to complete her campaign. A way to deliver the left, the environmental and youth vote, since Hillary's politics couldn't by any reckoning be considered left wing or environmentally friendly. Another need was a way to frighten GOP voters and Clinton skeptics towards her camp. The fear vote.

I believe the answer to that first problem was Bernie Sanders. The second, was Donald Trump.

But three unexpected things occurred which endangered this strategy:

First, the climate started to change, rapidly. Temperatures recorded around the globe this past winter frightened even the scientists who studied global warming. Panic about the environment combined with Hillary's record on fracking began to erode her base of support.

Two, no one could have predicted the success of Donald Trump's venal verbalizations and bigoted remarks about women, transgenders, Mexicans, Muslims, blacks and just about everyone else. No one imagined such rhetoric would obtain the following it did.

Three, and that is the focus of this essay, I contend Bernie never wanted to become President. He wanted to see Hillary in office, and strengthen the support for his back office Senatorship representing the remnants of the true left. Bernie himself never thought he'd recieve the following he did.

And so, operating as Bernie, he used his new platform to strengthen his position within the drafting apparatus of the democratic party. Bernie has always been true to his ideas. He tried to deflect talk about White House plans, and instead prepared his followers for a withdrawal, like Christ at Gethsesame, the man was beginning to depart from the faithful. I will leave you.

At the convention Bernie embraced with a monumental speech all of the things he did not stand for, to support a candidate in moral purgatory. His followers booed him and walked out. How this must have hurt. Why didn't he go outside to address them there? Were his loyalties inside the Wells Fargo Center. Some must have been. He may have been hiding an agreement made a year ago, when he registered as a democrat in order to help the first woman make it into the presidency. I took him at his word when he said, and has repeated a thousand times, "I never imagined we would come this far."

To preserve Bernie as an honorable man, we know he imagined his bid for the Presidency would never achieve more than 5 or 10% of the vote. He was accustomed to being unpopular in Congress. of being too left wing for anyone to back seriously He assumed it would be an easy matter to bow out. So why not help Clinton get into office? He and his handlers never imagined that the 'radical socialist', as he was unfairly labelled by the Clinton right, would claim so many hearts and minds.

Establishment planners think big, planning out every possible outcome, that is the hallmark of election strategists. Establishment donors cannot afford the risk of an uncertain outcome. We've watched consent manufactured during many prior elections. We've seen 9/11 as a means of disemboweling Constitutional rights, and we've seen the Supreme Court used at the last minute to put a President in power. Each of these steps were rituals that were intimately rehearsed. The players went into action at top speed. Plans were in place.

Is it then too incredible to wonder if Bernie was asked to run, and then to withdraw, in order to cast support for the first woman president?

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Thought of the Day - Loss sets in - or does it?

Bernie Sanders' 'loss' at the Democratic National Convention has sunk in.

The 'New Republic' has run an article of questionable source, entitled: "Give Bernie’s Distraught Supporters a Break - The media is treating them like weirdos, but they're responding to Sanders's loss like ordinary human beings."

I ask this - whenever did it become dishonorable, or devastating to have one's candidate lose? Life goes on. As in any event with competitors, athletic, economic, or political, there can only be one winner. But being a contender does count for a great deal.

This election year more than ever, seems to be the one when citizens of the country are groping to be on the side of a winner, and seem in denial of various sorts when it appears that winning can't happen or is in jeopardy.

Yes Bernie Sanders has 'lost'. Not by fair means, not by democratic means in my opinion. Dirty tricks we know are part of politics, and have been since the beginning of time. I sure am over that. But I'm not sure that the supporters of Hillary Clinton are there yet. There remains a distinct possibility that she'll lose also.

While I've been saying all along this isn't likely, after all she has every force of government and capitalism behind her candidacy, it's evident, that since the first revelations about her breaking the law with her private email server and confidential documents, then having that crime verified by the Director of the FBI, and lately, having corrupted the Democratic Party to her own ends, these 'revelations' places her candidacy in a bit of a predicament.

GOP knives are out and being sharpened to a deadly edge. Rudy Giuliani is looking forward to being the prosecutor in charge. It's becoming more and more evident that politics in America is not taking 'no' for an answer. The cultures of two systems, neo-liberalism versus conservatism, has produced two hate-infused competing groups who want nothing short of blood from the other. And yet, line by line, their candidates are more similar than different. In fact, policy in America has not deviated wildly with swings from GOP to DNC since WWII. If anything, modern history has been a continuum, with presidents doing more or less the same things as their predecessors, regardless of party.

Bernie clearly was an outlier, a departure from the two very same old same old party choices that Americans have had for years. It's not surprising that he was defeated when you consider the forces arrayed against him.

Despite their similarity all the two major parties want is blood and payback. Along comes Donald Trump, who has broken a mold. He now verbalizes what we know that many past US Presidents thought, but kept to themselves. Woodrow Wilson, wrote of the 'great KKK', Bill Clinton made remarks suggesting that the motivation for his Clinton Crime bill was that blacks were 'animals'.  By in large our white male presidents, even the ones that were excessively bigoted, kept their bigotry to themselves.

But Trump broke that code of rulers, the unspoken but widely known secret that this is how many US leaders think. I said it's 'as if' because the ire for Trump, and the fear surrounding his candidacy approach the apocryphal. Let's examine his statements. He is not the first president to have considered a wall. He is not the first president to single out a group of nationals for imprisonment or deportation or religious beliefs for national prosecution. If you doubt this I'm glad to cite instances, many in fact. Everything that Trump says he'll do, though it strikes terror into the hearts of sane Americans, he shouts loudly and without taste, the same sins that many previous American Presidents and Americans citizens are guilty of.

It is as if in Donald Trump we have found a repugnant and all encompassing reminder of everything that's un-American. The opposite of fair, or loving, or just.

I'm not taking Trump's candidacy lightly. It will be an extreme challenge for our country if he's elected. But he will be marginalized, if by nothing else, by the very style of uninformed bigotry that casts whomever he talks to into the same despised role. He will not get his way, in Congress, or the Senate, or the courts, or at the state and local level. Though he will push our republic to the breaking point, it may be the best in America will come forth. The military may ignore his commands. He might be stripped by Congress to a know-nothing can-do nothing president and may ultimately be forced to defer to a manager with better sense.

His competitor Hillary Clinton, appears will not go down without a fight. But those voters who have defended her loyally to this point, are having a hard time justifying their stand behind someone who is so flagrantly dishonest and disrespectful of their support. The Trump loudmouth has forced a distasteful examination of DNC hidden secrets. The veils obscuring Hillary's loyalties are being stripped off in slow motion, like the unwrapping of a demoness in a Hindu myth. Hillary backers simply do not want to believe the 'dirt' surrounding her candidacy, even dirt that has truth or merit.

Which brings us back to Bernie, and the great disappointment his candidacy has become. He had a huge opportunity to hold Clinton's feet to the fire but didn't. He blinked. It may be for a strategy that in the end has equal merit, however in this moment to moment climate of dog-eat dog politics, he couldn't bring himself to put the knife in when he had the chance. Gentlemen always lose under such circumstances.

In my opinion Bernie lost the moment, the moment to make a stand and lead his followers towards a new third party. He may, and I only say may, have made a correct assessment, that his role could do no good except as gadfly to an otherwise corrupt administration that was going to get elected anyways.

Last of all to Bernie's followers who are headless, staggering about Philadelphia, and wondering what their master's strategy is or could be at such a moment, I'll repeat what Bernie himself said: "You'll need to find other masters. You'll need to go into politics yourselves." I've always told my friends here on FaceBook. "Don't try to game the system. Vote your conscience, even if you know you will lose. A vote executed any other way is simply not a vote, it's a shill."

Thought - Glue for a Democracy

The phenomena of Julian Assange and WikiLeaks may be explained as this: If honesty and truthful reporting cannot be obtained by the people from the media or the people's own government (Remember the words "of the people, by the people for the people") by operating within the framework of the law, then it shall be obtained from OUTSIDE the legal framework, which legally is no longer law.

America has more illegal procedures and laws in place today than at any time in history. Civil disobedience, and reporting facts about illegal activities is a constitutional right of all Americans.

But Assange is not American you say! Not by citizenship no, but by behavior he's 100x the American of either Trump or Clinton. He stands for what America used to be, and is helping to defend the rights of Americans.

He understands what holds a free democracy together. And whether you think he should be prosecuted or not, that glue cannot be LIES.

Thought for the Day - Pluto Carta

The irony of this election, is that the 1% are missing the greatest investment opportunity of a lifetime, by backing a candidate who stands for earth destruction, for ancient technology, and for a destructive defense industry.

Where will America's economy go if we destroy markets overseas with war? Where will workers come from if they are home sick dying from polluted water and cancer? Where will managers and executives, healthcare workers, doctors and engineers come from if we make education unaffordable? Where will crops come from if our farmlands are scorched to desert by global warming?

America needs progressive billionaires to step forward and form a pact to take this country forward. We need your wealth put into forward thinking economies that will build a rich earth with rich markets.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Love's Flower

I love such synchronicities,
They demonstrate love's power.
And prove we're just a bunch of bees,
Buzzing around love's flower.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Dirty Processes

Oh to move our dirty processes,
to the moon or Mars or somewhere far from us,
And there mine gasses like Helium-three,
to supply our Earth with energy that's free.

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