The following was adopted on November 27, 2016, as an official statement on the situation in Syria by the Pinellas Greens of Pinellas County, Florida:
Jill Stein (website):
“The situation in Syria is complicated and disastrous, with an all-out civil war in Syria entangled with a proxy war among many powers seeking influence in the region. US pursuit of regime change in Libya and Iraq created chaos that promotes power grabs by extremist militias. Many of the weapons we are sending into Syria to arm anti-government militias end up in the hands of ISIS. In Syria it’s extremely difficult to sort out this complicated web of resistance fighters, religious extremists and warlords with backing from regional and world powers. The one thing that is clear is that historic and current US military intervention in the Middle East is throwing fuel on the fire.”
So you say you STILL want a revolution? Okay, let’s talk.
With the slamming of the door at the end of the Democratic National Convention still ringing in our ears, it appeared to us Bernie supporters that there were two paths to pursue.
The first was Our Revolution (OR), the outfit set up by Bernie’s top staffers. Yes, many were heaving in the bushes at Bernie himself having not only endorsed Hillary Clinton, but then going on the campaign trail for her. Still, the Greens claimed to be fielding only 279 candidates around the country for a variety of offices, and thousands of seats are up for grabs that the Greens are in no position to contend for. The promise of a vibrant grassroots organization, maintaining the momentum of the Sanders primary campaign, and backing the most progressive down-ticket candidates, seemed like an attractive option. High on that list of such candidates was Tim Canova, who was challenging disgraced former DNC chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz in Florida in U.S. House District 23.
Whipley Snidelash, public official of a very important government intelligence agency.
So I’m kicking back on this post-hurricane Labor Day, doing what every red-blooded American does on this most sanctified of holidays. Nothing. Well, maybe I’ll work up the energy to watch a couple of football games, but first I have to convince my cranky little wife Rose that we have to stand at attention with hands over our hearts for the playing of the National Anthem. Who says it’s easy being a patriot.
But then my state of blissful tranquility is disturbed by the blaring headline from today’s Washington Post:
“Those dirty bastards!” I cry in startled dismay. But yes, it’s true:
“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.
I 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.
I 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.
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?”
In 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.
We’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:
- A state of perpetual war, driven by the desperate neocon policy of Full-Spectrum Dominance.
- An American economy so shaky that total stagnation is called a “recovery.”
- Austerity across the board, crumbling infrastructure, evisceration of the social safety net.
- Racists stalking the streets with guns on their hips and rallying fully-armed in stadiums.
- 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.
— 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.”
“The art of war is to gain time when your strength is inferior.”
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.
Yesterday (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!