Jill Stein vs. the Two Horsemen of the Apocalypse

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“The Green Party is all about integrity. I didn’t say purity. I said integrity.”
— Ajamu Baraka, Green Party 2016 vice-presidential candidate.

I am afraid. Very afraid.

brute03I fear that Donald Trump will unleash a race war, will empower white mobs packing guns walking the streets of America, will give carte blanche to direct police rule in America’s urban wastelands, will shred what is left of the Social Safety Net that is the only buffer to the deteriorating American economy, and gut what is left of the few civil liberty protections afforded us by the U.S. Constitution.

brute02I fear that Hillary Clinton’s triumphant call for American Exceptionalism (“USA!” “USA!”) will take us to the edge — and over the edge —to nuclear confrontation with Russia, to expanded war in the Middle East, to the Zionist regime in Israel finding a “final solution” to their Palestinian problem, and to shootouts in the South China Sea, as the neocons of both the Republican and Democratic Establishments unite behind her candidacy.

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Can We Cancel the Endorsement?

hillary cancelledUpdated below.

Obama has repeatedly vowed to try to ram the TPP deal down the throat of the American people in the lame-duck congressional session after the November election.  Sez Obama:  “Right now, I’m president and I’m for it, and I think I’ve got the better argument.”

As explained in the August 10 Washington Examiner, two major progressive organizations — CREDO Action and Democracy for America are circulating a grassroots petition stating:

“Hillary Clinton has spoken out against the TPP as well. Now we need her to take a bold step forward and help us prevent a vote on the TPP, especially during the “lame duck” session. If she speaks out, the White House will have a very hard time saying no to her. Hillary Clinton has a great opportunity to do so when she speaks to workers in the Detroit area this week. Will you join DFA and CREDO at this important moment?”

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It’s Us. Period!

us02In response to my last post, many people responded with one simple word, “Stein!”  But many others said, “Wait and see what happens at the convention.”  Maybe a lawsuit exposing Hillary’s voter fraud will turn the tide and the superdelegates will flip.  Maybe Hillary will get indicted.  Maybe Bernie has some secret master plan, and his endorsement of Hillary is just a clever ploy.

There are some facts that have to be faced:

  • Hillary will be the Democratic nominee.
  • Exposure of Hillary will not turn the tide.  She has been exposed so much and so thoroughly that the lines are drawn and the fix is in.
  • There is no master plan for Bernie to seize the nomination.  The campaign delegates are not mindless minions, and cannot turn on a dime should the word be given (and it will not be given).
  • Regardless of the law, write-in votes don’t get counted.  If you think voter fraud was bad during the primaries … my advice is to invest in trash can stock.

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… the Centre Cannot Hold

01conventionWe’ve all heard the poem that goes:

“Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
… The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.”

We are supposed to lament the “best lacking all conviction,” but in my book, those who “lack all conviction” hardly deserve to be called the “best.”  Rather than lamenting those tender sensibilities, let us rather embrace and exceed the “passionate intensity” of the worst.  It is time to make it our own.

Consider the crumbling center that neoliberalism extols:

  1. A state of perpetual war, driven by the desperate neocon policy of Full-Spectrum Dominance.
  2. An American economy so shaky that total stagnation is called a “recovery.”
  3. Austerity across the board, crumbling infrastructure, evisceration of the social safety net.
  4. Racists stalking the streets with guns on their hips and rallying fully-armed in stadiums.
  5. The largest prison population in the world.

… and … and … oh hell, you know all this.

The foremost champion of this collapsing center is of course Hillary Rodman Clinton.

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Time to Put the Sheepdog Narrative to Sleep

— Rose Roby
July 4, 2016

In May 2015, shortly after Sanders announced his run, the popular leftist blogger Bruce A. Dixon of Black Agenda Report, put out a piece that went viral throughout the anti-Sanders left blogosphere titled “Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders: Sheepdogging for Hillary and the Democrats in 2016.” Dixon asserted:

“Bernie’s job is to warm up the crowd for Hillary, herding activist energies and the disaffected left back into the Democratic fold one more time. Bernie aims to tie up activist energies and resources till the summer of 2016 when the only remaining choice will be the usual lesser of two evils.”

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Wings over Philadelphia!

“The art of war is to gain time when your strength is inferior.”
— Napoleon

01bluebird Our strength is inferior?  I already hear the cries of “Blasphemy!”  But if blasphemy it be, so be it.

To put it most simply, we in the Sanders movement are up against a Democratic Party Establishment backed by Wall Street, funded by corporate America, entrenched in the corridors of power.  Their bullshit is blasted out night and day from every nook and cranny.

Are we therefore powerless?  Far from it.  We have had an astonishingly effective grassroots campaign organization.  But a campaign organization is a very fragile and unwieldy beast.  It is designed to (obviously) run electoral campaigns.  It is not designed for doing much else.

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On this Bloody Morning After …

bloodyYesterday (June 7) was a hard blow. Yes, our votes were stolen in so many ways. The last minute media barrage declaring Hillary the winner probably cost us many, many votes. We have had the weapons of the most powerful political Establishment the earth has ever seen arrayed against us. We have every right to hold our heads up with justified pride in FORCING that Establishment to pull out all its stops. It leaves them having to ask themselves, “What can we do for an encore?”

Our defiant answer: “Not much! Bring it on, motherfuckers! Bring it on!

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As the vultures circle …

for californiaPeople are so concerned about the well-being of Bernie Sanders, you know, those working class heroes such as the Wall Street Journal, passed on by Huffington Post:  “Bernie Sanders Campaign Is Split Over Whether to Fight on Past Tuesday.”

vulturesFirst they quote a Democratic stalwart:

“Orin Kramer, a New York hedge-fund manager who has raised campaign funds for both President Barack Obama and Mrs. Clinton … I would hope people would understand what a Trump presidency would mean and act accordingly—and ‘accordingly’ means quickly.”

They quote Sanders strategist Tad Devine:

“What will happen hopefully when the voting is done, our two campaigns will begin to talk once more to one another and figure out where the common ground is.”

They counterpose Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver:

“Sen. Sanders is the best chance that Democrats have to beat Trump,” Mr. Weaver said. “The trajectory is the same regardless of the outcome in California.”

There you have it, there’s the big split.

A little thin, you say.  Right.  So the Journal does a little piling on with a gaggle of Hillary endorsers:

former Senator Tom Daschle, a Clinton endorser
Senator Harry Reid, a Clinton endorser

They wrap up with William Daley, a former Obama White House chief of staff:

“[T]he “damage” Mr. Sanders could do is “overwhelming if he doesn’t give [Mrs. Clinton] the breather she needs in the run-up to the convention to take on Trump.”

nobodySo apart from getting out the word for this round of primaries, we need to be letting Bernie know very directly that we have his back.  I don’t need to repeat the litany of principled issues that separate our campaign from the DNC machine.  Just take a minute to let the campaign know that we’re in it for the long haul.  Call them.  e-mail them.  Facebook them.  Let Bernie know that this is why we fight today!  This is why we fight through the Philadelphia Convention!  This is why we fight through November!  This is why we fight until we win!

or bust Jeff Roby
06/06/16

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Nevada Looms as Dress Rehearsal for Philadelphia

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Article I.

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

… what it actually says.

From July 25 to 28, the people will be peaceably assembling in Philadelphia.  Nobody is forgetting 1968, but we all know that this is not 1968.  Sanders people are negotiating details for four demonstrations, one at FDR Park, about a half mile from the Wells Fargo Convention Center, and others scheduled at a much smaller plaza four miles away.  Sanders organizers are working with city officials to keep everything “peaceful and constructive,” and are expecting upwards of 30,000 people.  Plans are already in motion to line up busloads and accommodations for Philly, and state organizations have begun raising money specifically for the demonstrations.

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There are no “Safe Choices”!

killdog02With a sincere “thank you” to the January 1973 National Lampoon!

The important thing
is to pull yourself up by your own hair
to turn yourself inside out
and see the whole world with fresh eyes

Marat/Sade, act 1, scene 12

Broken landscape.

Our current political landscape is unprecedented.  The Republican Party is coming apart at the seams.  The Democratic Party is broken, the rift between Wall Street Establishment and populist insurgents grows ever deeper.  It is generally recognized that there are now roughly four social forces — no, not just four nominal factions, but four distinct social forces, POLITICAL FORCES — contending for the soul of America.  Distinct not merely by programmatic nuance, but by fundamental social vision.  They are:

  1. Establishment (Wall Street) Democrats trying to maintain the old post-WWII consensus;
  2. Establishment (Wall Street) Republicans who would rule through the sheer power of money;
  3. the Trump insurgency, taking the rage of the working class and trying to harness (divide) it in terms of race and nationality;
  4. the Sanders insurgency, taking that same rage, and trying to unite it in terms of racial and economic justice. In terms of human solidarity.

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