August 29, 2012
I have been avoiding news and politics. One, I really hate politics, two, I am too emotionally involved in politics [yes, politics and me, it's like a bad boyfriend] — and three, I figured I did everything I could do for Ron Paul and now it was just a case of wait and see what happened at the Republican National Convention.
It wasn’t good.
Quoting a Minnesota Paul supporter, “They stole votes. They stole delegates. They refused to send buses for our delegates. [*Max note, when they did send buses, the buses got mysteriously lost for hours during important votes.] It’s a totalitarian process. This is not democracy.”
:::what happened at the republican national convention:::
So Ron Paul is out. He wasn’t even allowed to speak at the Republican convention unless he’d agree to have his speech written by the RNC and to publicly endorse Romney. [Bummer RNC. Ron Paul doesn't take dictation. Though his son does. Rand is one of yours I figure.]
That leaves one man standing who might bring the troops home, end the “war on drugs,” and start putting the Constitution back together: Gary Johnson.
I don’t know that much about Gary Johnson. I know what his campaign site says. He’s pro due process, anti nation building, internet friendly and anti SOPA/CISPA/et al/censorship, anti “drug war” — those are all good. He is kind of anti Medicare medical care which is not so good, but if he stops the damn wars and deployments and nation building, I’ll trade off on that. I was willing to do that with Ron Paul. He seems to be more localized control of education, but I haven’t yet sussed out in what way to interpret that. Bottom line. Bring the troops home, end the war on drugs, reinstate the Constitution and protect the internet is a fucking moonshot beyond what Obama or Romney are talking about.
Johnson’s got a crap campaign. The site is weak, the mission statement’s unclear. And the site and campaign are hanging on by trying to tuck into Ron Paul’s coattails. Unfortunate. But then —
Independents always do have crap campaigns, crap websites — they don’t have big money, they don’t get on TV. Only Democrats and Republicans get on TV and then only Democrat and Republican candidates networks like or can’t ignore — and the networks all have dogs in the race. That’s why Ron Paul went on the Republican ticket, it was the only way to get on stage and be heard.
Johnson hasn’t been fighting for decades to do the things that matter most to me like Ron Paul has, bring the troops home, end the war on drugs, protect and defend the Constitution — and more recently, protect the internet. And I am distrustful of political promises from newer younger politicians. Why wouldn’t I be? Obama was lying through his teeth. But —
Gary Johnson’s nomination pick for VP is one of my personal heroes:
Judge Gray has been fighting a long time to stop the war on drugs:
Votes more than likely won’t make any difference in this election. They haven’t for a while. Not while paper ballots are gone — or being dumped in Louisiana swamps or worse discounted for “chad” infractions” [seriously, chad infractions, Florida you so dick elections away, why?] and electronic voting machines rule the day and are manipulated with algorithms. Which everyone knows but no one is doing anything about.
And why would anyone do anything about that? The people in charge don’t want to do anything about boxes that can be manipulated. They are doing the manipulating.
There is no oversight on electronic voting machines. There are only a few companies, only one that programs, and it looks somewhat problematic how this all works. For example :::the landes report::: — you get that link because I am tired tonight, it’s hard to dig out the good links, and the fifty articles I have read on this that are stronger are buried beneath Google’s horrifying hundred page accruement of bad links so don’t get all excited it is not the New York Times, the New York Times, according to its editor, Arthur Brisbane, the New York Times doesn’t fact check any more [that would be "vigilante journalism --- according to Brisbane --- though when I was in school it was called just, um, you know, fucking journalism]. So now The New York Times just takes dictation from politicians. So think about your news sources. Maybe they aren’t as “legitimate” as you think.
But, anyway —
American citizens dutifully trudge to the polls and cast votes and the machines dutifully spit out a different result someone else programmed in. Someone’s benefitting from that. That someone is not the American people though. The American people keep thinking their votes count. I think that is called “cognitive dissonance.” But I will do it anyway. Better a cast vote that is manipulated than no cast vote at all. The only thing worse than being gagged by someone else is gagging yourself for them.
I know the arguments. The arguments will be fierce and ongoing and I will be besieged. “A vote for Johnson is a vote for [Obama/Romney, pick your "brand" candidate]!. Newsflash. One, I would rather throw away a vote than throw away my country. Two? Obama/Romney? They’re the same face on one politically corrupt machine taking this country to hell. And I’d rather be shot dead than vote for either one of them.
Take that to the bank that financed both of them.
where that art work comes from:
that is dovima with elephants by richard avedon
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Election coming up in November. People seem to think this election, if it does not work, will be like any other election, there will be four more years to get it right.
[This is an illusion the American people have, that every four years we have an opportunity to peacefully revolt and if that does not work out, we have another four years to think it out and get it right next time. We don't actually have another four years. We have gotten it wrong too many times in a row.]
I keep remembering this interesting exchange I saw reprinted that was between a [really clueless] reporter and Billy Wilder. The reporter asked, So what made you decide to come to the US? Billy Wilder replied [drily] it seemed like a bad time to be a Jew in Germany.
[If this doesn’t mean anything to you, Google WWII. And after that, Billy Wilder.]
It seems like a bad time to be an American in the US. Especially an American who doesn’t like the president. Who speaks out in favor of Occupy and dissent. Who is college educated. A teacher. Is easily labeled an “intellectual” and “dissenter.”
Those were the first to go in Stalin’s Russia.
So I am watching everything I know about my country slide into a crevasse, thinking about who’s going to go first, how to get out, how to stop the need to get out, and the Democrats don’t seem to be doing anything about it, they’re actually backing the asshole who signed indefinite detention into law. And the big question is, if things go really really wrong this coming election and it is time to flee the country — which looks highly possible —
Where do you go?
Greece is burning. Canada is up in arms with protests just as fierce as US protests. Mexico is dying, fueled by the drug war the US does not appear capable of letting go of. Ditto for South America. France is in tatters, though trying, they just elected someone willing to pull out of NATO and say no more war we’re leaving Afghanistan. [Go France! But that doesn't mean they'd welcome me and also I don't speak French.] Russia is seriously pissed off and there is a real threat of thermonuclear war if NATO pushes ahead shoving new missiles into Russia’s back yard after pushing for a nuclear arms draw back that the US and Russia both signed. [What a piece of crock that was, sorry Russia, Obama lied to us too.] The president, our “Commander In Chief,” has pushed through his [imperial right to sign laws into place] executive orders sans any say so or input of the legislative branch, granting himself the right to categorically target anyone he wants for assassination, abroad, or on native soil, regardless of citizenship and without charges or habeas corpus. ["Constitutional scholar" my ass.] Drones are infiltrating our skies, more and more every day. The same drones that are blasting women and children civilians dead overseas — which should outrage the Liberal Left, except the Liberal Left apparently has Stockholm Syndrome. Tens of thousands of people are gathering in the streets in the Occupy movement to protest, though they and the Tea Party, which protested when Obama first took office, can’t seem to find enough common ground like, I dunno, being human and wanting to maintain the Constitution and civil rights, to protest together — and getting the crap beat out of them daily by the more and more militarized and aggressive police. And mainstream media does not even cover Occupy, mainstream media now being owned by estimates are 4-6 conglomerates, depending on whom you talk too, all of which are linked into corporate America and at this point bought and paid for by the same entities buying and paying for elections and everything else in this country. And all of whom’s slick reporters want an invite to the White House that might not come if, you know, anyone asked a hard question or told the fucking truth.
The best most accurate news you can get now is on the internet on Russian TV. Russian. TV. Seriously. Our former Cold War enemies. Who might blow us up if NATO pushes through its unsane missile “defense” plane. What does that tell you when Russia is a better reporter of American politics than American mainstream media?
Meanwhile the one presidential candidate who says, Hey, maybe we should attempt to honor the US Constitution and uphold the Bill of Rights? Is labeled offhand a “crazy” or a “whacko” by mainstream media and the bulk of Democrats I know — not because it’s crazy to say honor the Constitution, but out of conditioning. More Stockholm Syndrome.
I’m thinking maybe New Zealand. Or Iceland. If they’ll take me. I’m in the arts. People in the arts are not a hot commodity ticket. And I hit the Hollywood scene right out of college so I never bothered with that masters thing so many people seem to value so highly. Bummer.
Also, the dollar is going to have to be strong enough to get out of the country for anyone to actually get out of the country. That’s not guaranteed. The dollar is sinking pretty fast. Check your savings. What did that cash buy last year? Five years ago? What does that cash buy today? What will it buy tomorrow after the Fed prints another few trillion to feed the war and everyone overseas says, Hey wait a minute, how much of this can you print and expect us to still take it seriously?
The dollar won’t go up. Be careful.
By the way, you should really be paying attention to the internet war. To control a population, from a military perspective, you have to control transportation and communication. Transportation is almost complete. Airlines are under wraps and the DOJ just bought a crap lot of bullet proof road check point booths and hollow points. What isn’t down yet is communication. But it will be. SOPA failed. But CISPA in on the horizon. Don’t know what CISPA is? Google it. Now.
A piece written by Eric Stetson originally posted on Daily Kos. It’s important so am reposting here:
Ron Paul, Progressives, and the Rise of “Situational Libertarianism”
~ Eric Stetson
I’ve been following with interest the rise of the phenomenon of progressives for Ron Paul. I have mixed feelings about it. I can truly understand the position of those such as Glenn Greenwald who explain why Paul should logically be appealing to liberals — possibly more appealing than President Obama — yet I can also understand the view, expressed in many articles on this site in recent weeks, that Paul should be repulsive and unworthy of any degree of support from the left.
However, the claim that Ron Paul’s supporters are just a bunch of white middle class people, and that progressives of color and without a high level of economic security would not support him, is incorrect. I personally know several working class or poor people who consider themselves liberals and yet are supporting Paul in this election. I also know at least two non-white people — both of whom are Middle Eastern — who are liberal fans of Paul.
How is this possible? How could a person with a low income support a politician like Ron Paul who wants to cut or eliminate most government services? How could a person of color support a candidate who is linked to racist newsletters? Follow me below the fold for a quick analysis of the deepest underlying reason why Paul is popular among some progressives, regardless of their race or economic status, which I haven’t really heard explained anywhere else.
Okay, we’ve all heard the arguments for why liberals should at least have some sympathy towards Ron Paul: his support for ending the wars, cutting the military and decreasing the influence of the “military industrial complex” in American politics, decriminalizing marijuana and ending the “war on drugs” that’s filling America’s prisons with non-violent offenders, ending bailouts of big Wall Street banks and auditing the Federal Reserve, and restoring civil liberties that have been eroded under the Bush and Obama administrations.
What we haven’t heard much talk about is the deeper issue: the fact that many people, including many progressives, are losing faith in “good government” being a possible outcome of America’s current political system.
Here’s the thing: Progressivism or liberalism is based on the idea that government is good, and therefore should grow or remain large rather than be cut. However, the evidence increasingly is persuading many people that although in theory government may be a tool for good, in practice, in America today, it is largely not.
One of the biggest things the U.S. government is doing in recent years is attempting to police the world and conduct a vague, amorphous “war on terror.” This produces two results —
*reprinted with permission of the author