Wednesday, April 16, 2014

"Senate clears path for corporate tax giveaways"

Why electing PROGRESSIVE Democrats is the only way.

Here's the link or below to the headline above:  

This is where the SCREAMING MUST take place.  The bottom up must make and FORCE the change in the other direction.
Occupy Wall Street get yourselves in gear and make some eardrum piercing noise.  This is exactly why this "recovery" seems like the recession still but it does not to the billionaires.  I wonder why.  It does to those of us in the 98%. So many are smart, have experience andeven have extended degrees but are still laid off and STILL looking for work after YEARS of being without it.  
Sure give the unconscionable 1% the tax breaks they ship overseas or to hidden offshore accounts while people of worth and even youth end up living off savings, living out of a car or a cheap motel room because the 1% ran off with the bucks that trickled down to no one but themselves.
GROW a HEART, America, before it is too late!  Close the loopholes for mammoth gouging corporate interests, pass unemploymentminimum wage and while you are at it enact another stimulus to create jobs.  
Our infrastructure is crumbling and our oil producing filth is killing the planet.  Not enough to do?  I suspect there is TOO much to do!  So DO IT.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

An Answer for Carla

Yesterday, I attended a Passover sedar as is Jewish custom at this time of year. The sedar meal retells the Biblical story of the Exodus—the freedom of the Jewish people from the grips of centuries of slavery.  Passover has had meaning, too, for many who are not necessarily Jewish but who still globally struggle with bondage and oppression.  The holiday has served for centuries to offer hope to the hopeless and to convey the idea of freedom to those who are not yet free.

It is a commemorative dinner filled with good food, close family and friends and it is also a meal of symbolic ritual as evidenced by various symbolic foods on a sedar plate.  The ritual, as delineated in a Passover book, the Haggadah, and as part of the commencement of the ceremony begins with the retelling of the Exodus as the youngest child asks the central question “Why is this night different from all other nights?"  Amid the retelling of the Exodus story there is a portion entitled “The Four Sons” – the one who is wise, one who is wicked, one who is simple, and one who does not know to ask about the Passover story.

The wise son wants to inclusively know.  Since Passover is heavy with symbolism I submit we compare it to circumstances we face in modern times.  I thought the most prescient question and the one with the most gravitas for our time was one that was asked of me by Carla, the lovely young daughter of equally lovely friends.

Our discussion centered in general around the violence of the day and more specifically the killing of three innocent people at the Jewish Community Center and assisted living facility in Kansas.  Carla asked me why people have to do that to one another.  I starred at her blankly at first as I contemplated the answer to this existentially profound question.  My inadequate response to her at first was “I do not know why man’s inhumanity to his fellow man is so prevalent but it is and it is unbelievable.”

On the ride home I thought about her profound Passover question, wondered why I could not have given her a better response and, more importantly, why I did not offer at least some solution to the sad reality of our violent time. 

Part of the answer is, I think, that man has been doing evil to his fellow man since the beginning of man’s time on earth.  It is, it seems, in the nature of the human beast or at least in the nature of the beast’s brain stem.  The other part of the answer should have been the solution to this seemingly eternal existential conundrum.  While violence may be endemic to our species non-violence and peace can begin with us too if we let it.  Many men and women have shown us the path to non-violence but it is, in the final analysis, we who are responsible for our own destiny, the masters of our fate and it is we who must oppose violence and war in our own time for all time.  It is at once as simple and as complex as that.

Carla asked the right question for the right time.  It saddened me that I could not provide a better answer to her so I am writing this as the 1,729 post in my nine year old blog to attempt to generally do so.  I thank my friends’ very sweet and humane daughter for spurring me to think about the most important question of our time—the violence of man.  What better time than Passover to contemplate its answer.

Monday, April 14, 2014

The Longest Hatred--A Better Day and Peace

In the 1990's I bought a tape entitled "The Longest Hatred."  It was a documentary chronicling 2000 years of hatred and its child of violence that has been the story of the Jewish people for centuries.  We mourn our dead yet again and go on living.

The killing of three human beings, two at the Jewish Community Center in Kansas City and one woman at an assisted living center close by is but the latest in killings that have become so common place in this nation that so many here barely give it a second glance.

I give it a second glance, a third and ask the eternal question why.  I mourn those killed on the eve of Passover as I would mourn them at any time of the year.  In fact, I mourn all those innocents cut down by senseless hatred that runs so keep into the sinew of the bones of man.

I am a secular Jew but I will say, at the sedar table tonight, a special Kaddish prayer for the dead (and the living) not only for those who died in Kansas but for all those irrespective of race, religion or creed who are the victims of man's inhumanity toward his fellow man and, indeed, I will pray for a better day and peace!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

The Government Listens To Lobbyists And The Wealthy, Not You And Me

If we do not take our democracy back there will be no democracy to take back. The world's last best hope for democracy is dying.


 Here or below is the article entitled above. It is a view worth reading and why getting our voice and vote out is our only hope.



http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2014/04/12/3426152/wealthy-lobbyists-policy/  By Bryce Covert

Saturday, April 12, 2014

My Bleeding Heart

Huffington Post headline with a picture of one Koch brother reads in HUGE letters "GOP BUCKS BURN OUT DEMS" here or below.

My heart sank when I saw the headline even though I surely know the reality. I could not even read the entire story as I know the story well. This is what those rancid Supreme Court "conservative" unconscionable and unethical five did when 5 to 4 they decided Citizen's United and McCutcheon as a chaser reinforcing it.  They actually made law, an action once condemned by those very conservatives, who, when they benefit from it, surely do not mind doing that at all. 

These five immoral justices single handedly opened up the flood gates of money in political campaigns overturning McCain/Feingold election law reform. They rigged the entire, total and complete game for the richest 1%. The middle class Tea Bags do not get it that Republicans are not about them. Now, how on God's earth does one fight that kind of money? 

Our VOTE is the ONLY shred of hope we have to compete as Republicans try to suppress even that. It shows one how very weak Republicans truly are.  The only way they can win is buying the vote or suppressing it.

I hope the majority of an often uncaring electorate especially in the mid-terms see what has been done in our name -- the scorching of American democracy. What an utter disappointment in an era that once sought and got through blood, sweat and tears, so much change for the good. That change is reversing and disappearing before our very eyes. The headline pierced my heart so much it bled.  I am sure right wingnuts react to that with glee.

If ALL of us do not get out to vote Democratic in November then we have ourselves to blame for the government we get.   You MUST get out the vote for Democrats in local, state and federal elections everywhere across the nation in November, 2014. As I say often, THERE IS SO MUCH AT STAKE and our lives, your children's lives, our nation's life and, indeed, our planet's life depend upon it!

Friday, April 11, 2014

IMAGINE

"Imagine Living in a Socialist USA": New Book Envisions 

Greater Democracy, World Without Capitalism" edited by 90 year old Frances Goldin -- amazing!


Why I love Amy Goodman from "Democracy Now."  She is a humanitarian supreme! Link here or below.


http://www.democracynow.org/2014/4/11/imagine_living_in_a_socialist_usa?autostart=true

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

All the Presidents' Bankers--Properly Had

Author Naomi Prins was on "Democracy Now" today which I always DVR.  Yet another book I need to download and read. The book is entitled: "All the President's Bankers." I could have listened to her for hours.  I link it below.

She was on a show I do not often listen to, Alex Jones, who had her on for an hour after she wrote her first book. Jones is sensationalist journalism but because Prins had something worthy to say about the banks I link it.  

Here or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVkB8NnuC7Y

Personally, irrespective of what happens in my lifetime, we are I believe a doomed nation.  The only thing that saves the 1% is the ignorance of the American public. As Sherlock Holmes said: "We have been had, Watson, properly had."