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Time for the Democrats and Republicans to Merge and Open up the Field to Real Leftist Parties

Now is the time for the two most disgraced parties in America to unite, and join together to fight the good fight for Wall Street, war mongering, and maintaining an America that’s the pity of the world. With so many Republican standard bearers and war mongers rallying around Joe Biden, becoming one single party is the logical trajectory. Let the Democrats be the ‘liberal’ wing of the Capitalist Party. They can push their weak social issues but on issues of discrediting and undermining everything from the postal service, health care, housing, social justice and everything that’s Black Lives Matter, they are in sync with the Republicans.

This fake dichotomy has been going on for far too long, creating an illusion of choice in America. Maybe this is an exception because it’s a referendum on Donald Trump, not on a Republican president. How many times in the past are so many Americans still unsure for whom to vote for as late as October? Since 1992, 100 days out the range of undecideds and 3rd Party supporters has been from 3.4% during Obama’s re-election to 22.1%, Clinton’s first run. With over 100 million actually voting, even 3.4 is a large number. In all these elections, if so many can’t decide which of the two parties to vote for, one must ask either, one, are they stupid? or two, are they smarter than everyone else that they can’t distinguish the two?

Looking at this most recent match up, we see how Biden and Trump are aligned on so many crucial issues, from opposing universal health care, supporting fracking and other life threatening environmental policies, financing the military and our empire to even levels the military doesn’t ask for, to massive incarcerations of people of color and the poor, to Israeli apartheid, to school vouchers and taking money away from public education. Did I miss anything? Sure, dozens of other issues they agree on.

The problems facing our electoral democracy (almost an oxymoron) are immense.  Both parties control each state and with that, they control the election process: Who can vote? What party can vote? What party can even be recognized and legitimized? Another problem is what will make up an anti-capitalist party? The Green Party is eco-socialist but horribly dysfunctional and since Nader’s 2.74% in 2000, the Greens have not gone over that mark. With its emphasis on decentralization, there is neither national unity nor discipline within the Greens. The party nominated Howie Hawkins but the Green Party of Alaska is putting up Jesse Ventura for its ballot. If the party had any discipline, Alaska’s Green Party would be excommunicated. And that they had for nominations for president individuals whose only asset is that their mothers would vote for them, with little or no organization behind them and inability to raise the measly required amount shows another level of not just dysfunction but a lack of respect for the very office they’re seeking.

There’s the DSA, but as long as they’re tied to the Democratic Party they will never be a voice for the people disenfranchised by the big two. Best of luck should go to the Movement for A People’s Party. Their platform is out of Sanders’s first run in 2016. It hits many, but not all the basic themes of a conservative leftist party: higher tax rate for the wealthy, pro-union, transparent elections, restorative justice, free (paid by taxes) services that are bankrupting Americans right now, etc. Their foreign policy is to attack our empire, support diplomacy rather than militarism, but is weak on Palestinian rights, as it calls for a two-state solution.

It is a shame that they don’t come out and say they, too, like the Green Party, are eco-socialist, or even an acknowledgement of socialism as a guiding principle, even if they adopt many of its positions. This is the 21st century. Most in this country who fear Communism or Socialism are already tied to the Republicans in particular and even the Old Guard of the Democratic Party fears it. Just look how Russophobia enveloped their entire psyche during Trump’s first three and a half years, and Russia isn’t even a socialist country anymore.

About the same number of eligible voters who vote, don’t. Like the undecided, many don’t see a difference between the two and more importantly, they don’t see how either represents their interests or that voting changes anything. This is untapped political wealth. We make it difficult for people to vote, having it on a work day and not having it as a national holiday. Voter suppression is rampant in both parties. Polling places are designed to discourage voting as they are often limited in high turnout areas. In some countries, voting is mandatory. Doubt that that would go over well here, though.

The failure of our 2-party system is why we have Trump, and Biden as the antidote. Even something simple like universal rank choice voting would be an improvement and would stave off demands on the system, but each party believes in their own exceptionalism to push for something more ‘democratic’. In 2016 the two most despised politicians in America ran against each other, after Cruz dropped out. Clinton was the only person who could lose to Trump. And now, it’s almost possible to say that Trump is the only person who could lose to Biden. If things are that bad, a real opposition party is needed. What is disappearing now is the power of voter shaming. For so many, voting for Biden is a Sophie’s Choice. And yet for so many others they will not be falling into that trap this time of the lesser evil. Americans who have been voting for ‘change’ since after Reagan might finally be waking up to the reality of what the two parties represent. It’s not likely that a true leftist party would ever be a majority, as the D/R Party would still dominate for generations. But with a real choice given to voters, along with Greens, Libertarians, and any other party, we could also see a more diverse political landscape, even with a possibility of moving to a parliamentarian system of representation.

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Why This is Not an Emmett Till Moment

Why is this not an Emmett Till moment?

The quick, simple response is because the Democratic Party is where social movements go to die and this will be absorbed into their own conservative narrative.

The open casket for Emmett shocked the nation, the white nation that is. It was neither shocking nor surprising for the majority of black Americans. They’ve seen it all too often before, just not with the exposition that Mrs. Till orchestrated in order to shock the world with an open casket. Many would rightfully say the civil rights movement truly began with this horrific murder and necessary showcase.

Attitudes were different back then. Polite society (liberal whites) knew the black American was being treated unfairly but for many it was an acceptable situation. Of course, many people in the mainstream abhorred the treatments and fought along with their brothers and sisters to reign in the oppression. But for the longest time after Reconstruction, there was a status quo.

Lynchings rarely made the papers but how many editorials regularly railed against Jim Crow enough to change attitudes? All Americans had to deal with WW1, the booming 20s, the Great Depression, and then WW2. The plight of the poor and minorities was of little concern to all who held power, as it is in many ways still today, thanks to our capitalist system.

Then came the horrific killing of Emmett Till and the subsequent kangaroo court trial that acquitted the murderers. There were many sensational cases throughout the 20th century but often it involved either the rich and famous or those already of national fame, or infamy. There was Sacco and Vanzetti, Leopold and Loeb, Scopes Monkey Trial, Hauptmann’s trial for allegedly killing Lindbergh’s baby, Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, and a few others involving heirs and big name custody fights. When it came to the Emmett Till trial, race was the issue and the first of its kind to kindle the flames of social revolution or upheaval.

The brutal murder of George Floyd was very different. We won’t know until the trial, but it could very well be that race may actually have played a minor role. Chauvin knew Floyd and there was talk of bad blood between them, especially regarding pay at the club where both served as bouncers. And, yes, he may have had animus for him just because he was black. The reaction by the entire world, enhanced by an already existing Black Lives Matter movement, is clearly focused on race, as it should, and police brutality against all, as all are seeing how thuggish the police are to all protesters for social change, regardless of color. What we’re seeing is the conflation of the issue that the police are the greatest threat to civil society that specifically targets blacks and the poor, because they know they can get away with it, and the larger picture that the police primarily serve the interests of the wealthy, of property, and the economic system of capitalism that requires a substandard living for many to prevent any form of egalitarian society and true upward mobility for the masses.


Many would say that there is a sea change. “Defund the police” is popping up everywhere. Billboards and buildings throughout the world, not just in the US, are defaced with this slogan. Racist statues are being taken down or torn down in larger numbers than before. Many go so far as to say abolish the police, and even the right wing, capitalist, war mongering paper, the New York Times, had an editorial arguing for its abolition. City councils are taking the defunding to heart. Of course, Minneapolis is the most prominent but we see it being proposed in, of course, Seattle, home of the modern day Paris Commune, known as the CHAZ, and Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Detroit, Baltimore and DC now, etc. Almost sounds like “Dancing in the Streets”. Mayors are called to resign for supporting the police.

It’s very likely that there will be budget cuts and perhaps re-allocations of funds to social services that do a hell of a better job than police work in order to alleviate the causes of crime. But overall, that’s window dressing. Will training by Israeli IDF thugs stop? Will enough school boards nation-wide cancel their school police presence? Certain tactics might not be permitted, like choke holds and maybe even tear gas, a weapon outlawed by the Geneva Convention, but will they return their tanks and other weapons of war as to not appear as an occupation army?

At a protest, will they continue to be dressed for war? Will peaceful and unarmed white and black protesters be treated in the same respectful way as armed white, right wing, often white supremacists, protesters?

The icing on the cake is time. Time is ripe for revolution like very few times in our past. And it looks like our brothers and sisters in the streets have the upper hand. Considering that schools (public and universities) are out for the summer, there’s still a pandemic keeping people away from leisurely living, and so many are out of work, one would expect our American Spring to roll into summer. But there’s something else on the calendar which will kill the momentum. November’s election. With Bernie Sanders playing the dutiful role of sheepdog for the Democratic Party and giving up on the idea of revolution, and Trump becoming more insane by the minute, the focus of so many, including the protesters, might very well be centered on removing him. Like it or not, Biden will probably be the Democratic nominee and so many noses will be held as they pull the lever or mail in their ballots, just to remove Trump. It doesn’t matter that Biden opposes everything, including defunding the police, that the protesters demand. It doesn’t matter that his heroes are America’s past, notorious racists. It doesn’t matter that people are losing their jobs and health care and Biden openly opposes universal, tax paid, health care. And it doesn’t matter that so many black people are so threatened, not just by the police, but by the entire judicial system, that Biden past legislative history will be momentarily forgiven, just so that a Democrat can remove Trump.

It’s also very likely that more black Americans than ever before will refrain from voting for the Democrat, but strategically, they don’t really count all that much. The big cities with large black populations are in states that normally vote Democratic, but they are a minority within. Where they may be majority in certain cities are often located in the South, which would mostly vote for Trump, anyway. It is the white liberal, the suburban white moms, the Blue No Matter Who people, who will divert attention away from George Floyd and all the others, as they have been doing for so many years. And considering that many of these horrific murders before Floyd also happened under the Obama/Biden administration, with no long lasting consequences, it’s hard to see Mr. Floyd being the start of something real and long lasting. Maybe the rest of the world that has seized this moment in history will carry through to see that their demands are met. But as stated above, the Democratic Party is where social movements go to die. This is not an Emmett Till moment. It’s just another footnote in American history.

SOTU shows true colours of all

The State of the Union Speech was pretty much a theatre of the absurd, but it also showed the true colors of everyone involved. As a speech goes, regardless of the content, it was very good on rhetoric. With plenty of theatrics that only a reality game show host could muster, it very likely gave Trump a bump in the ratings, for now. Let’s just wait for his post-acquittal speech where he’s likely to claim himself St. Donald, martyred by the Radical Left Socialist Democrats.

There were of course moments that were bi-partisan, for good or bad. Highlighting the Tuskegee Airman and his great-grandson could have occurred under any president. He gave a scholarship to a young African American girl, and talked about issues that crossed party lines, like planting trees, drug price reduction, and saving Social Security, none of which his administration has ever advocated and often fought for the opposite. Two of the most disgusting moments of bi-partisanship was the awarding of the Medal of Freedom to Rush Limbaugh and the standing ovation for Guiado, the usurper of power in Venezuela, and leader of the coup against the elected government.

Rush Limbaugh has been a radio voice for the ultra-right for decades. He has personified hate speech by employing outright crudeness, racism, misogyny, xenophobia, and fascism on the air and for this he was given a standing ovation by a majority of the House, including Democrats. In a way, the full House was giving Trump the ovation as his thoughts and actions mirror that of Limbaugh’s. This shows all of their true colors.

America pretends to be a voice for freedom and self-determination all over the world, except that it isn’t. In the chamber was Juan Guaido, who attempted to overthrow the democratically elected president of Venezuela, and just recently snubbed by the EU. Led by Nancy Pelosi, the entire House gave him the respect that could only be offered by a fascist assembly.

Every president lies or exaggerates during a State of the Union Address but true to form, very little of what Trump said last night was truthful. So many of his ‘successes’ were continuations of the previous administration, which he derided throughout the speech. His numbers were cooked, and of course left out what any of it meant. For example, yes the stock market is on the rise. But that only means rich people are getting richer, and nearly half of all Americans don’t even have stocks, let alone enough to make any real difference in their lives. Nancy Pelosi, in a moment of extreme anger and frustration, tore up his speech at the end, calling it a ‘manifestation of mistruths’.

As the saying goes, ‘this is not going to end well.’ Trump will be on a roll, given a rousing speech to his base and blasting the Democrats at every turn, continuing with today’s speech on his acquittal by the Senate, Pelosi and the Democrats, with egg on their faces for their debacle in Iowa, and the campaign continuing next week in New Hampshire; all point to several more months of mutual animosities, distrust, divisiveness, and outright fear of what an unleashed President Trump will do.

• First published 0n PressTV

Response to Chomsky et al.


I just read the open letter by Noam Chomsky, Bill Fletcher, Barbara Ehrenreich, Kathy Kelly, Ron Daniels, Leslie Cagan, Norman Solomon, Cynthia Peters, and Michael Albert calling on the Green Party not to run a candidate this year.

This helped me to come to a decision. I was seriously thinking of sitting this one out but my response to the above is: Fuck You! and I will now vote for whomever the Green Party nominates.

The authors above utilize so many clichés that it’s getting beyond ridiculous and frighteningly dangerous. This is the most important race in our history. You have to vote for the lesser evil. The Democrats and Republicans are not the same. Nader and Stein were spoilers. Democracy is only for the 2 parties. You vote your conscience, interests, and values and you let the Republican win. Can’t they come up with something original by now that can’t be taken apart so easily?



Let’s start off with the original sin of the Green Party. They cost Gore the election in Florida with their 97,000+ votes. With a margin of losing by 543 votes, surely of those 97,000 + at least 544 could have ‘seen the light’ and voted the way they were ‘suppose’ to vote. So do we ignore the fact that 12% of Floridian (about 200,000) Democrats voted for Bush in Florida?

Chomsky et al. pointed out all the other factors, including the Supreme Court stopping the elections, in which the Democratic Party accepted without a fight, but no mention of the thousands (57,000 according to NAACP v. Harris) wrongfully purged from the rolls. Where was the Gore campaign or the Democratic Party to fight that?



The bottom line is that the Gore campaign lost because it ran an awful campaign and refused to accept responsibility, much like Clinton in 2016. He lost his state. Bill Clinton was asked to keep a distance, and Arkansas went for Bush as well. And it wasn’t until he started to take more progressive positions that Gore started to eat into Nader’s base. Besides, how many millions of Democrats nationwide voted for Bush? Don’t mess with numbers unless you have them all to work with, not just those you cherry pick.

So even with the numbers that they shell out to “prove” how the Green Party spoiled the election, overall, it doesn’t pass the smell test.

One of the most insidious, and extremely anti-democratic and nearly authoritarian arguments that Chomsky et al. make is the one that how a person votes should be based on who owns those votes. It matters little if a person votes for their interests, values, or their conscience. Party trumps the individual. The “founding fathers” opposed the idea of political parties, but that’s where we are today. Yet it has taken on such a controlling factor over the citizenry that these powerful institutions have supplanted the role of the individual. Together, the two parties represent less than half the registered voters and even less of all eligible voters, yet have a near absolute control of the electoral process. It is these two parties that control who votes and in particular, which party, which particular point of view for Wall Street, can be represented in an election.



In many ways, the 2016 disaster for the Democrats mirrored the 2000 debacle. There is little doubt that Hillary Clinton was a horrible campaigner and candidate, probably even more so than Gore. And like the previous election, it wasn’t their fault they lost to Trump. Chomsky et al. pin it all on Jill Stein taking votes away from Clinton in Pennsylvania and other ‘guaranteed’ states for her. It is true that if the Stein votes in these states went to Clinton she would have won. Where in the letter does it say if the Gary Johnson votes went to Trump, he might have even won a plurality? Of course that’s not included, as it would be too much of a balanced argument to make.



The authors make their best attempt at gas lighting by pointing out the refusal “to acknowledge the special danger of Trump.” Clearly, Hillary Clinton was harmless. Hillary Clinton loved all people equally, especially our “predators” and “deplorables.” What was the joke back in 1980 about what glows in the dark in the Middle East? Answer was: Iran minutes after Reagan is sworn in. How many of us feared the same for Russia with a Clinton win? How many saw Trump as taking on the establishment and corporate power when his opponent exemplified the very same? Sure. Trump was and is dangerous as he marketed himself as the opposite of Clinton when in many ways he was merely an extension of her and so many of his crimes were similarly committed by Clinton and Obama. (Trump’s emoluments, the Clinton Global Initiative. Trump murdering Soleimani; Clinton/Obama murdering Gadaffi and young son, and many civilians through drone attacks. Trump’s open racism; Clinton and her “predators” and support of mass incarceration of people of color. Etc.)

Another problem with the letter is the analysis of the strength of the Green Party. Yes the “safe state” strategy of David Cobb nearly destroyed the Green Party nationwide, but the Stein campaign brought ballot access back to where it once was. The open-letter authors acknowledge that if the Green Party plays it safe again in this election, they “will pay a price for not running in contested states.” Their gas lighting admonition is that Greens should “notice the infinitely bigger price that millions and even billions of people will pay for Trump winning.” No acknowledgement of how the Democratic Party pretty much gave us Trump through the pied piper strategy, or the rigging of the election against Sanders, and of course their choice being the only person in America who could lose to Trump, but this time, don’t be fooled. The Democrats are the real deal and the antidote to Trump. And with their Democrat to win, there will be peace and love between the bald eagle and the bear. (Even Sanders has proven to be a Russophobe.)

Lastly, this is an election. It’s a way for a citizen in a free country to voice their choice for president. Despite the electoral process being rigged against any choice but Wall Street’s, who the Democrats nominate will be a factor in who wins in 2020. Choose Sanders, and it’s almost guaranteed many grassroots Greens will vote for him. For example, here in the state of Maryland, we actually had a state chair for the Green Party brag about how he switched parties just so he could vote for Sanders in the 2016 primary. As treacherous as that was, being an actual spokesperson for the Party, the rank-and-file Greens, here in Maryland as well as elsewhere, are very much in Sanders’s camp, and it’s their right to be so. If the nomination goes to Biden because of the Democrats’ repeated treachery against their own progressive voters, then it begs the questions: Is this even a democracy worth fighting for? Trump will win in a landslide, but of course it will be the Green Party to blame. It always is.

Reflections on Elijah Cummings

There aren’t many politicians in America who deserve the praise that Elijah Cummings had earned over the years. He was respected by all in Congress, and by many of his Republican rivals. He was a fighter for civil right all his life, and represented the most economically exploited citizens of Baltimore, first as a member of the State House of Delegates and then in the US Congress. Yes, he did represent part of Baltimore City that is ‘rat-infested’, as President Trump liked to equate all of Baltimore (at least where black Americans lived) and by extension Mr. Cummings himself. Donald Trump has a lifetime history of racism.

In 2016 I ran against Mr. Cummings for Congress as a Green Party candidate. I garnered only 3%, but it was the largest vote for the Green Party in the Baltimore area for a candidate for the House of Representatives. I did not run against Mr. Cummings because I thought his politics was too right-wing. In fact, every time as a constituent when I called his office to voice my concern over an issue I knew I would be speaking to one who supported my views. The problem I had with Congressman Cummings is that he stopped long ago from representing the people of the 7th Congressional District and nearly exclusively represented and advocated for the Democratic Party, often at the expense of me and other constituents.

Cummings signed on to sponsorship of Medicare for All. Yet he never advocated for it and instead, supported the Affordable Care Act, which put the nail in the Medicare for All coffin.

He opposed President Bush’s bailout of the banks but to preserve the prestige of the newly elected president Obama, and based on false promises from Obama, supported a new set of bailouts for the banks. Who but his constituents who were most affected, and whose lives were destroyed by the banking industry, were betrayed by Congressman Cummings?

Elijah Cummings’s death has certainly left a hole, a void, in Congress that will be difficult to fill. And it is very likely that his replacement, before an actual election, will be another sycophant of the Democratic Party. What is needed is the Old Cummings, the one who fought an establishment, not the one who lived the remaining years serving it.

Shit Show in Toronto

Alabama of the 50s and 60s has migrated to Toronto.  The ghost of South Africa has a consulate here. Israel’s apartheid government must be jealous over how well Toronto’s NDP runs its elections. So what the hell happened?

On June 23, 2019 a particular riding (similar to a Congressional district) had its election for the New Democratic Party (once one of the most left parties recognized by Election Canada) to represent the riding in Ottawa if it were to win the general election. Saron Gebresellassi, an Eritrean lawyer, and speaker of 7 languages, was one of 3 candidates for the position. Unlike the other two candidates, her base is the disenfranchised, the new immigrants to Canada, people of color, the disabled, the people on government assistance, and, of course, all others who support her humanity.

Saron and her team personally registered nearly 400 new voters to the NDP for this election. She personally delivered it to the NDP brass before the deadline. But because her registration forms were on paper, not on-line, and paid with cash, not credit card, the executive committee of the NDP in Ottawa did not register them, as they said they would. Jagmeet Singh, leader of the NDP, was notified and was asked to intercede, but to no avail.  So Saron’s voters come out to vote. So many for the first time in any national election, had to stand in line with screaming babies, old people not able to, people in wheelchairs, just to go through all 400 sheets of registration forms to match their names, while the near lily-white audience sat comfortably not having their registration challenged.

People left in frustration. People who had others pay the $5 membership fee were turned away because it didn’t come from their pocket. Someone else may have paid for them. A reverse poll tax. Either my wife or I paid our membership fees for both with a credit card yet neither of us were challenged, or even asked. The election was a sham, straight out of the US Republican Party playbook. The NDP clearly does not want to change the tenor, and especially the color, of its membership.

Their newly elected nominee, Paul Taylor, had personally insulted this particular community within the riding by refusing to attend a debate, which the other two candidates were present, and then had the nerve to ask the organizer of the debate to hold a celebratory meet and greet party for him “when” he wins the nomination. Taylor’s team left flyers about Naomi Klein’s endorsement in public housing and predominantly immigrant buildings where Saron had dozens of supporters. Funny, though, that he posted her endorsement in Saron’s riding, where she has been organizing for six months. Like who the hell there would know who Naomi Klein is? So out of touch.

NDP leadership played a major role in allowing this to happen. Singh was made aware of the problem of this non-traditional approach to registering voters and how the executive board in Ottawa refused to do their job of putting these new voters on the voters’ list. Janet Solberg, sister of Stephen Lewis, leader of the NDP for most of the 70s who kicked out the leftist contingent known as The Waffle, played a leadership role in officiating this election. In a 3 way call to the candidates, she openly expressed her hostility to Saron by stating how she won’t support her.

This party stood for something once. The greatest Canadian of all times, voted by a majority, was Tommy Douglas, former premier of Saskatchewan who gave us our single payer health care system and represented the NDP. So yes, now it supports their version of a Green New Deal. It opposes the neo-liberal Justin Trudeau. It hates Doug Ford, the Donald Trump of Ontario, but it also supports the disenfranchisement of people of color, new immigrants, and frankly, people who just don’t look like them. It is no wonder the NDP polls at 12%. And learning on social media that this is not an isolated incident within the NDP throughout the provinces, that 12% will be, and should be, a high mark.

Ban ROTC From Public Schools

The Parkland school massacre should be the justification for banning ROTC from public schools.

Peter Wang, Alaina Petty, and Martin Duque were murdered by ROTC. They were their students trained to take a bullet for their classmates, their comrades. They are to receive military medals for their bravery and Wang has been awarded a posthumous admittance to West Point. Nicholas Cruz was, in part, trained by ROTC at the same school and wore its shirt on the day of his killing spree. Whether victims or perpetrators, the military in our schools has a responsibility for this bloodshed. These innocent children, the victims, had to have been caught up in the moment, as any person would be. Their actions were based on instinct but also training or conditioning. Nearly all teenagers today are exposed to impersonal mass murdering video games, like Mortal Kombat. For them, death is gory and glory, but unreal. Death is finite, until they get to the next level. Violent death is not something most kids are really exposed to face to face. How unreal and horrifying the situation must have been for these 3 and 14 others!

These three children in particular should have been like any other teen in such a situation. Running for their lives and letting instinct take over, even if that meant sacrificing themselves for others. The three of them had the truest form of altruism in their hearts and souls. But how much of that was conditioned by serving a military?

Many would argue that ROTC trains leaders and instills discipline in our students. However, its primary purpose is military recruitment. With the US involved in endless wars, there needs to be an endless supply of recruits, and where else to get them but from public schools, especially in poverty districts where the false promises of a great future awaits them if they join. It’s why it’s called a ‘poverty draft’. It’s in the upper middle income schools where they really expect officers in training.

The US is a signatory to the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict. It has violated such agreements in the past by imprisoning Omar Khadr in Guantanamo, who as a child soldier fought against an invading army and killed an American soldier. We look at the past horrors of Sudan and war torn areas all over the world where children are either forcefully conscripted or indoctrinated early on to be a soldier, and then given such opportunities by the state or warring parties.

The child, even a teenager, has not developed the full cognitive abilities to make ‘adult’ decisions. Children who are minors are protected by law from harm, whether it be restrictions at the workplace, behind a wheel, or owning a firearm. Being part of a paramilitary organization that trains in drills, rifle actions, partakes in field trips to military installations, etc., is the very indoctrination of the child, potentially turning him or her into a child soldier, or a young adult with a child soldier’s mentality. Move away from ‘Call of Duty’. Here’s a real rifle for you, or even a tank if your unit is so lucky. And you get to wear a uniform with medals at your school, even Air Force sweats on Fridays are allowed as part of the school uniform.

We must look at the totality of what ROTC offers in a public school and come to the conclusion that it is not our charge to create child soldiers for a decaying empire.

A Response to David Axelrod

According to David Axelrod, and soon the entire mainstream media, minus Fox, I as a Green Party voter and candidate for Congress was duped by the Russians, as were hundreds of thousands of us nation-wide. We are so impressionable that what? $100,000 FB ads convinced me to vote for Jill Stein just to give Trump the edge? But why was I targeted? I live in Maryland which went 2-1 for Clinton. Guess the Russians didn’t want to take any chances and persuaded me to try to deny her Maryland’s 10 electors. Mr. Russian, try a more narrow broadcast for 2018. You might succeed in getting Greens, not Democrats, elected. (Wink wink, we got some running in Maryland!)

As preposterous as Axelrod’s argument is, what’s frightening is that it will be carried throughout mass media, and certainly in their letters to their registered voters that Greens are a threat to their way of life (for the members of Congress for their luxurious lifestyles, coziness to lobbyists, salaries way beyond the average American, excellent health insurance.) With a Russian behind every Green’s back, no red-blooded American should endure the very thought that a democratic election actually means having different voices being heard, not just that of the capitalist parties, two wings of the same bird of prey.

Axelrod’s main contention is that we Greens, Independents and other parties’ followers cannot think for ourselves. We have to be led by foreign agents capable of influencing us on matters that we feel so passionate about. For many of us, we oppose the imperial policies of the US. But who to vote for? Hmm. Russia, help us decide. The same can be said of so many issues. On the environment, anyone who really believes in it opposes fracking. It destroys groundwater, it’s alleged to have caused earthquakes in Ohio, and it’s a financial boon to the oil and gas industry. Candidate Clinton as Secretary of State promoted fracking all over the world. Russia! Help us decide who to vote for!

War and Peace: Although peace is one of the 10 pillars of the Green Party, it’s not something all of us totally support in the way some interpret it. Many of us support the idea that foreign (and imperial) soldiers on one’s territory ought to be fought against with whatever one has at their disposal. The UN allows for all people to fight against occupation. That goes for US soldiers everywhere, Russians in Chechnya, Israel in the Occupied Territories, and against any other occupying force throughout the world. Candidate Clinton took the peaceful, progressive, advanced nation of Libya, and turned it into the hell hole it is, with open slave markets. Man, can’t decide if I should vote for Clinton or not. Can Russia help me?

We Greens kind of don’t like Nazis. They walk funny in parades. Obama and Clinton brought Nazis into a European government for the first time since WW2 and turned them on fellow citizens in a near genocidal bloodbath against Ukrainians of Russian heritage. Now I see why Russia doesn’t want me to vote for Clinton. Thanks comrades for letting me see the light.

Most Greens and Independents strongly support public education. The Republicans, with Ted Kennedy’s help, of course, gave us No Child Left Behind. Obama, however, put the nail in public education’s coffin with his (Rat) Race to the Top, nearly weaponizing NCLB. Clinton strongly supported charters. Hmmm. Who to vote for? Need some help, Ivan.

Lastly, although the list is truly endless, we Greens believe in Single Payer; get the health insurance industry out of our health care. They have manned the death panels for decades. Your candidate, Mr. Axelrod, said that Single Payer will never happen. She meant under her administration. Trump had praised it at one time. I guess Greens just had to vote for either Stein or Trump if health care (1/6 of the American economy) mattered that much to us voters.

The Democrats have been extremely imaginative in coming up with excuses for why they would pick the only candidate in America who could lose to Trump, and why fixing the primaries against Sanders was good for the Party. Awhile ago when the picture of Jill Stein surfaced with her dining with Putin the propaganda knives were being sharpened. Now that there are indictments of Russians, the proof is there that Jill Stein acted as a foreign agent for Russia. Forget all the economic collusion between Clinton, her foundation and the Russian oligarchs, the Green Party is the latest cause for her loss. Such an insignificant national party that couldn’t even garner more than 1% of the national vote is now the latest threat to our democracy and for the Democrats to have continued the Obama legacy.

A Ray Moore Win Could be a Hidden Gift to Progressives

The most recent election was a bad day for progressives. Most people are wetting themselves over the Democratic victories, including DSA members, even when they support US militarism! Look who won. Not just the fact that they were Democrats, but there was a Marine veteran proud of his military service to the empire as well as one who boasted of voting for Bush Jr twice. Are these the ones to lead the opposition, the Resistance, for ‘progressives’?

The problem with their victory is that they are seen as the Resistance. But to what? Trumpism? Trump is a personality, a character, and a caricature. But Trumpism is 100% Republican economics. What are the Democrats saying? “That’s wrong”? Good for them. But what is their alternative plan?

Let’s start with Sanders who led the way for progressives during the primaries. Was he against militarism? No. He just didn’t want Americans to get their shoes bloodied. He wanted the Saudis to lead the military way out of the mess in the Middle East created by the Saudis, Israelis, and Americans. He’s been awfully silent about the bloodshed and genocide going on in Yemen. Sanders also received more military related funding for his campaign than any of the Republicans (according to Politico Magazine) and only somewhat shy of Clinton overall.

Sanders wants to break up the banks. Sounds great. They’re evil. They’re predatory. They’re the new Great Satan. Tell me how breaking up Ma Bell has worked since 1982. Phone rates gone down any in the last 35 years? Real progressives, real leftists would say nationalize the banks.

Even as long ago as 1919 the State Bank of North Dakota has served the people of ND, not the corporate shills of Wall Street. So this idea of nationalizing should not come as if it’s a radically new, revolutionary approach to banking, but certainly one even a progressive Democrat wouldn’t consider.

The Democratic Party is only marginally less respected nationwide than the Republicans. 58% of registered voters voted in the 2016 presidential election. With 31% of Americans seeing themselves or leaning towards the Democrats, 29% as Republican and 38% as Independents (Gallup, 2010), it’s clear that the Democratic Party ‘Resistance’ represents a very small portion of the country. When you have the leadership of Perez, Clinton, Schumer, Pelosi and others seen up front, there is no question that this Democratic Party led ‘Resistance’ is only designed to carry out Ronald Reagan’s agenda with a smiley face.

There will be occasional victories for real progressive thought in America. Socialism and Socialists are losing the fear factor it once held, and for generations. Cool during the 30s and Great Depression but quickly out of favor as Socialists were later hunted during the 50s, especially. Today, even the anti-communist organization, Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, commissioned a YouGov study which identified 44% of millennials who prefer to live in a socialist country.

Although many Green Parties nation-wide are still playing the safe state strategy with their leaders supporting Democrats in elections or pretending to be Green, there is a greater desire to move the party and its locals further to the left, completely distancing itself from the 2 party system. In Houston in 2016 at the Green Party convention it voted to declare itself anti-capitalist, the largest 3rd party to do so.

Jill Stein didn’t help, though, when she endorsed Bernie Sanders to win the California Primary, which would have ended any chance of a Green Party victory, even if victory was counted as getting 5% and thus future federal funding. Minnesota just ran an embarrassing candidate who was nearly indistinguishable from a Republican. In previous elections we see state GP chairs, like in Maryland, boasting how he switched to Democrat to vote for Sanders, and then switched back, all the while serving as a 3rd party state co-chair. This ‘crossover’ support still goes on in the MD Green Party within its leadership.

One local, Baltimore County, has learned the mistakes of the past and incorporated only a year ago, to become the fastest growing and possibly largest local in Maryland. With its focus on what a real third party ought to be, it has in its founding by-laws a requirement that no officer representing this local can endorse a Democrat or Republican, and must be registered Green. In time, the hope is that it would require all members to be registered Green, as the idea of a non-Green making decisions on this local’s future is troubling. This Baltimore County local has also done away with consensus voting, aka tyranny of the minority, where any individual disruptive and savvy enough can wear down a group until they get their way, as a child throwing a tantrum does with indulgent parents.

On a national level, the call for independence from the 2 parties is gaining steam, perhaps truly representing a resistance to not just Trumpism, but to the duopoly that has worked so well together to make life very good for the comfortable, and miserable for the already afflicted.

At the AFL-CIO 2017 Convention Resolution 48 called for: studies [for] the viability of independent and third-party politics.

Lee Saunders, president of AFSCME, and Randi Weingarten, President of the American Federation of Teachers, have called for independence from the Democrats and suggested that labor forms a Labor Party. These two, however, are members of the Democratic National Committee, so it looks more like an attempt to pressure the Party to move on labor issues, rather than seriously looking at forming a Labor Party. However, Mark Dimondstein, President of the Postal Workers, has long advocated for a Labor Party since NAFTA in 1993 but his union has no active campaign to make it happen.

Clearly, much needs to be done and the first is to dissuade anyone from thinking that the Democratic Party will lead the Resistance. As this party has long been the graveyard of progressive movements, either a viable Green Party (not likely) or a Labor Party may be the only hope for real systemic, radical and revolutionary change to take on Wall Street. Electing Ray Moore won’t really change things, but electing a Democrat in this race would be throwing a blanket over everyone’s eyes.

A Ray Moore Win Could be a Hidden Gift to Progressives

The most recent election was a bad day for progressives. Most people are wetting themselves over the Democratic victories, including DSA members, even when they support US militarism! Look who won. Not just the fact that they were Democrats, but there was a Marine veteran proud of his military service to the empire as well as one who boasted of voting for Bush Jr twice. Are these the ones to lead the opposition, the Resistance, for ‘progressives’?

The problem with their victory is that they are seen as the Resistance. But to what? Trumpism? Trump is a personality, a character, and a caricature. But Trumpism is 100% Republican economics. What are the Democrats saying? “That’s wrong”? Good for them. But what is their alternative plan?

Let’s start with Sanders who led the way for progressives during the primaries. Was he against militarism? No. He just didn’t want Americans to get their shoes bloodied. He wanted the Saudis to lead the military way out of the mess in the Middle East created by the Saudis, Israelis, and Americans. He’s been awfully silent about the bloodshed and genocide going on in Yemen. Sanders also received more military related funding for his campaign than any of the Republicans (according to Politico Magazine) and only somewhat shy of Clinton overall.

Sanders wants to break up the banks. Sounds great. They’re evil. They’re predatory. They’re the new Great Satan. Tell me how breaking up Ma Bell has worked since 1982. Phone rates gone down any in the last 35 years? Real progressives, real leftists would say nationalize the banks.

Even as long ago as 1919 the State Bank of North Dakota has served the people of ND, not the corporate shills of Wall Street. So this idea of nationalizing should not come as if it’s a radically new, revolutionary approach to banking, but certainly one even a progressive Democrat wouldn’t consider.

The Democratic Party is only marginally less respected nationwide than the Republicans. 58% of registered voters voted in the 2016 presidential election. With 31% of Americans seeing themselves or leaning towards the Democrats, 29% as Republican and 38% as Independents (Gallup, 2010), it’s clear that the Democratic Party ‘Resistance’ represents a very small portion of the country. When you have the leadership of Perez, Clinton, Schumer, Pelosi and others seen up front, there is no question that this Democratic Party led ‘Resistance’ is only designed to carry out Ronald Reagan’s agenda with a smiley face.

There will be occasional victories for real progressive thought in America. Socialism and Socialists are losing the fear factor it once held, and for generations. Cool during the 30s and Great Depression but quickly out of favor as Socialists were later hunted during the 50s, especially. Today, even the anti-communist organization, Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, commissioned a YouGov study which identified 44% of millennials who prefer to live in a socialist country.

Although many Green Parties nation-wide are still playing the safe state strategy with their leaders supporting Democrats in elections or pretending to be Green, there is a greater desire to move the party and its locals further to the left, completely distancing itself from the 2 party system. In Houston in 2016 at the Green Party convention it voted to declare itself anti-capitalist, the largest 3rd party to do so. Jill Stein didn’t help, though, when she endorsed Bernie Sanders to win the California Primary, which would have ended any chance of a Green Party victory, even if victory was counted as getting 5% and thus future federal funding. Minnesota just ran an embarrassing candidate who was nearly indistinguishable from a Republican. In previous elections we see state GP chairs, like in Maryland, boasting how he switched to Democrat to vote for Sanders, and then switched back, all the while serving as a 3rd party state co-chair. This ‘crossover’ support still goes on in the MD Green Party within its leadership.

One local, Baltimore County, has learned the mistakes of the past and incorporated only a year ago, to become the fastest growing and possibly largest local in Maryland. With its focus on what a real third party ought to be, it has in its founding by-laws a requirement that no officer representing this local can endorse a Democrat or Republican, and must be registered Green. In time, the hope is that it would require all members to be registered Green, as the idea of a non-Green making decisions on this local’s future is troubling. This Baltimore County local has also done away with consensus voting, aka tyranny of the minority, where any individual disruptive and savvy enough can wear down a group until they get their way, as a child throwing a tantrum does with indulgent parents.

On a national level, the call for independence from the 2 parties is gaining steam, perhaps truly representing a resistance to not just Trumpism, but to the duopoly that has worked so well together to make life very good for the comfortable, and miserable for the already afflicted.

At the AFL-CIO 2017 Convention Resolution 48 called for: studies [for] the viability of independent and third-party politics.

Lee Saunders, president of AFSCME, and Randi Weingarten, President of the American Federation of Teachers, have called for independence from the Democrats and suggested that labor forms a Labor Party. These two, however, are members of the Democratic National Committee, so it looks more like an attempt to pressure the Party to move on labor issues, rather than seriously looking at forming a Labor Party. However, Mark Dimondstein, President of the Postal Workers, has long advocated for a Labor Party since NAFTA in 1993 but his union has no active campaign to make it happen.

Clearly, much needs to be done and the first is to dissuade anyone from thinking that the Democratic Party will lead the Resistance. As this party has long been the graveyard of progressive movements, either a viable Green Party (not likely) or a Labor Party may be the only hope for real systemic, radical and revolutionary change to take on Wall Street. Electing Ray Moore won’t really change things, but electing a Democrat in this race would be throwing a blanket over everyone’s eyes.