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Jim Hightower
NationofChange / Op-Ed
Published: Wednesday 14 November 2012
“Unleashed by the Supreme Court’s Citizens United edict allowing unlimited sums of cash in our elections, they spewed an ocean of money into efforts to enthrone Mitt Romney in the White House and turn the Senate into a GOP rubber stamp for totally corporatizing government.”

Billionaires Crap Out in 2012 Elections

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They came. They spent! Then, they limped home, tails between their legs. (OK, they didn't limp; they were flown home on their private Gulfstream jets. But still, their tails were tucked down in the defeat mode.)

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ABOUT Jim Hightower
National radio commentator, writer, public speaker, and author of the book, Swim Against The Current: Even A Dead Fish Can Go With The Flow, Jim Hightower has spent three decades battling the Powers That Be on behalf of the Powers That Ought To Be - consumers, working families, environmentalists, small businesses, and just-plain-folks.

We are now engaged in our

We are now engaged in our second SWIFTBOAT attack. . .
republicans lost the relection.....Do not believe their tactics will change .
The next day came the petitions for secession....the count was at first twenty states - then it was thirty-six states now it is all fifty states. . .. . . .
CLEVER ??? . . . . NO - - - - stupid
the confederation of the 11 southern states that seceded from the United States in 1861, an act that started the Civil War. Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia were the states that seceded.
Evereybody is in it for a laugh ?? they have forgotten what the WAR was.....and that as bad as economy is..... it will get alot worse
fifty states to fifty countries - - we can't keep our border shut now how do they think that will work?? OR the simple fact that the Confederacy printed its own money - -Oh, Gee, fifty different monies to contend with....and you think you get ripped off now ??? CROSS THE BORDER AND DIE ??
you start by owning nothing - no deeds as you know them......whose house do you live in today - and how do you prove it - and to who do you prove it to??
the laws are all gone - write new ones - - the courts as you know them are also gone - get new ones.......
We complain about the inequitables of the law today - wait till tomorrow......you think the slaps on the wrist are bad wait......it's not what you know but who you know....
JUST ANOTHER SWIFTBOAT ATTACK.......NO LEADERS...OR NONE STANDING UP TO TAKE CREDIT...HIDING UNDER A ROCK????
AND WHEN ALL IS SAID AND DONE THE BILLIONAIRES WILL BE THE BIGGEST LOSERS - - - - THE STATE WILL TAKE ALL THEY HAVE....JUST LIKE RUSSIA

I for one would encourage

I for one would encourage those states that wish to secede to do so. They are, so far as I can tell, all recipient states, which is to say they are all states that receive more from the Federal government than they put in. The balance is made by the donor states such as my state of California. We are receiving something on the order of $.77 back for every dollar sent to the Fed. States like Alabama are receiving something on the order of $1.25 for every dollar sent to the Fed. Still wanna secede all you rugged, individualistic, don't tread on me, the Fed is so onerous, bunch of parasites? Go ahead. Please! I promise this time we won't invade or use the military to compel you to come back to reason. And good luck with that minority status thing.

Wow...tails between their

Wow...tails between their legs? Not really sure how you come up with that assessment. The way I see it, the powers that be got exactly what they wanted, more of the same. They are perfectly happy with their 'house negro' . If you think Romney was anything but a tool to make Obama more heroic, you aren't really paying attention to the big picture. i.m.o.

Whoever says revenge is not

Whoever says revenge is not sweet does not know what he or she is talking about.
Had the President come out swinging in the first debate and won he would have shut out Romney right there. These billionaires would not have poured all this money in to back Romney up. God was watching and decided to teach these people a lesson. He works is mysterious ways - Hallelujah. He allowed them to knock themselves out and then brought them down, big time.
The last weekend before the elections these seemingly bright successful people were still coming out with silly attack ads and throwing good money after a loss cause.
It was amusing to watch that Morris explaining how he came to the conclusion that Republicans were going to win a landslide. A statistician he is not. To all those billionaires and their zero to five percent return on investment - he he he!!

This is a war between the

This is a war between the plutocrats and the democrats. For the time being, the plutocrats are winning big. They lost a battle, but compared to all the battles they won before, it's small potatoes. The only way to beat the plutocrats is to limit incomes and wealth. No more than $ 20 million for wealth, and $ 1 million a year for income. the existence of billionaires is an absurdity. It simply shows that, ethically or philosophically speaking, mankind is still living in the stone age. The people must rise and put an end to it. And I believe it will. Sooner or later.

It was delightful to see an

It was delightful to see an America that wasn't for sale in spite of the GOP/Rove thoughts to the contrary. Fascinating that Romney didn't having a prepared concession speech? Were they really that sure of themselves?

It's going to be interesting what they try to foist on the electorate next time. The easily-manipulated automatons didn't work, the vapid beauty queen didn't measure up, the muscle boy didn't last. Maybe a ventriloquist and an empty chair....no, they tried that at the convention. Perhaps a warrior, if they can find one with strong family ties.....sigh.

A bit of history plus what we

A bit of history plus what we can do now:

Our government was corrupt for 8 years because Bush and Cheney distorted our federal tax code to favor the corporations that outsourced American jobs and granted the richest American citizens tax breaks that they did not ask for. In addition, they caused the Iraq war based on contrived information that Weapons of Mass Destruction existed in that country. In addition there was the Afghanistan debacle. Both of these wars were conducted on money borrowed from China and the real purpose of them was to continue uninterrupted importation to the US of crude oil from the Mideast countries so that Exxon and the other four big US oil companies could continue to enjoy their massive profits and exorbitant tax breaks. Cheney’s Halliburton made enormous profits from their participation in these wars. All of this was not enough for their greed. So they refused to enforce financial regulations and that resulted in the billions of dollars of fraudulent Mortgage Backed Securities (MBS’s) assembled by Goldman Sachs that were sold to unsuspecting investors and banks all over the world. Of course as we all know as soon as it was discovered that these MBS’s were made up mostly of mortgages that were destined to be foreclosed on our big banks had to be bailed out with tax payer money. (To throw salt in our wounds, Goldman Sachs shorted the MBS investment packages as soon as they were sold and made a really big bundle of dough on their failure.) So the debts incurred from two unnecessary wars plus the financial crash resulting from fraudulent investment packages plus the horrendous tax breaks given to the very rich plus the outsourcing of American jobs that destroyed our middle class all adds up and the sum total resulted in the near depression and still existing recession we have been experiencing since 2008.
So in addition to the foregoing, where are we now and what can we do? Let me put it this way: I am 78 years old and from when I was only four years old I remember my father saying "Money talks"! Of course that was only a colloquialism of the time that meant exclusively “You can get what you want if you paid enough money for it!” However, now that I am a mature, well educated and experienced adult, I know the difference between speech and money. However, our current Supreme Court Justice Scalia (who naively took the old colloquial expression literally) has ruled that "money is speech". This gross distortion coupled with another of his gross distortions; i.e., "Corporations are people" has encouraged and made legal an infinite amount of money (that could total billions of dollars or more) that U.S. Corporations can contribute to U.S. elected members of our U.S. Congress to assure adoption of their preferred policies and legislation. Our Supreme Court voted that their action is protected by our Constitution’s freedom of speech proviso. As a result, the Corporations' massive amounts of money funneled through an inordinately large number of lobbyists to our members of Congress "speaks" so loudly that the voices of ordinary U.S. citizens are not heard or ignored by our elected Representatives and Senators. This is not Democracy (government by the people). It is a form of Plutocracy (government by the wealthy). This is the insidious compelling and all powerful force that is the real problem causing the gridlock we have been experiencing in our U.S. Congress. I respectfully submit that nothing is going to improve in Washington D.C. until this crippling situation is changed. And, the ONLY way it can be changed is to take the money out of American politics. To make this change, because our Supreme Court approved what Justice Scalia maintains, we must amend our U.S. Constitution. The basic Amendment is set forth in http://signon.org/sign/take-money-out-of-politics - so click on this link or paste it into your browser and see if you would like to sign the petition. Enough signatures are needed to get a two thirds vote in both our House of Representatives and Senate. Again - http://signon.org/sign/take-money-out-of-politics.

Looks like this time common

Looks like this time common sense has prevailed against sponsored lies.
But let's not think for one moment that they're going to give up now, the struggle continues!

Seeing one ad 51 times might

Seeing one ad 51 times might not do the trick, but how about 51 ads, a trillion dollars worth of times. You may consider yourself too tough-minded to be swayed, but ads do seem to work on many people. Consider Mit Romney. Consider global warming (I almost said "climate change". oops)

Step 2...Time to rid

Step 2...Time to rid ourselves of all those Republi'nazi' Governors the ignorant tea baggers installed. The corporate whores who are making the working class pay for the rotten economy caused by the rich pigs.

Basically, the American

Basically, the American people reacted to the rich folks assumption that if they spent enough money we would buy whatever load of crap they were peddling. If we see an ad one time and know that it isn't true, we aren't going to believe it the 51st time either.
And, while we might have been willing to give the candidate they are backing a chance if they weren't insulting our intelligence, that inclination decreases with every time we are hit with those lies.
There were candidates I might have held my nose and voted for, even when I didn't agree with all of their positions. But, if the people paying for those ads want those people in congress, I'm pretty sure it isn't in my best interests for them to be there, so I'm holding my nose and voting for the other guy I don't totally agree with.

In state elections, at least

In state elections, at least in Kansas, the billionaires did somewhat better. The Koch brothers, through the Chamber of Commerce and AFP got about 8 ultra conservative senators elected to replace somewhat moderate Republicans, giving Sam Brownback a veto proof majority in both state houses. Watch for the Kochs to bankroll Sam for President in 2016.

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Outside Spending Makes Big Difference in State Level Races

Paul Abowd
Published: Thursday 8 November 2012
Citizens United decision impact goes beyond D.C.
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ABOUT Paul Abowd

"Paul is a graduate journalism student at American University. He comes to D.C. after four years in Detroit reporting on education for Labor Notes magazine. His story on President Obama's charter school policy won a 2010 Project Censored award. He is in post-production on a documentary about Detroit's Brewster-Douglass projects, the country's first public housing development built for black residents."

One of your examples actually

One of your examples actually goes against your assertion - money spent in New Hampshire was overwhelmingly from conservative Republicans outside of the state, yet we elected a Democratic governor and two Representatives, flipped the state House from 3:1 R to 3:2 D, and are within a (pending) recount of dividing the state Senate evenly...

The TP taking over the state was a last-gasp effort to return Republicans to power in NH... it was short-lived, and they pissed off a lot of people - I doubt they'll be back in force again. NH has joined the rest of the New England states in being progressive and liberal.

Corporations have never been

Corporations have never been citizens even though they may have acted as such. They stopped acting as responsible citizens with the election of Ronald Reagan: outsourcing; union busting; factory exporting; 10:1 foreign:domestic investing; off-shore subsidiary profit hiding for tax evasion purposes; direct and indirect campaign financing; exclusionary extortion by/to/at lobbying/lobbyists by politically aligned lobbying/lobbyist firms; etc. It's time corporation, banks, insurance companies, etc. have a maximum size limit imposed, severe penalties for any wrongdoing and holding corporate officers and boards of directors personally and criminally accountable, placing a 10,000% tax on the cost of corporate attorneys and eliminate the limit-multiple for punitive damage awards. Also, eliminate the statute of limitations on financial crimes--retroactively imposed. They are not new crimes, they WERE on the books but enforcement has been ignored by a particular political party, thus effecting a dereliction of duty by those in regulatory and enforcement authority--both public AND private. The time for accountability is nigh.

SPLF

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Thomas Magstadt
NationofChange / Op-Ed
Published: Monday 5 November 2012
“You can be a patriotic American with all the rights of citizenship even if your first language is Spanish.”

On Being a Democrat in 2012

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To be a Democrat in 2012 probably (liberals never ever agree on everything) means you believe:

1.  Every man, woman, and child in America has a right to affordable health care.

2.  You can be a patriotic American with all the rights of citizenship even if your first language is Spanish.



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Tom Magstadt earned his Ph.D. at The Johns Hopkins University School of International Studies. He is the author of "An Empire If You Can Keep It: Power and Principle in American Foreign Policy," "Understanding Politics: Ideas, Institutions and Issues," and "Nations and Governments: Comparative Politics in Regional Perspective." He was a regular contributor to the Prague Post in 1998-99 and has published widely in newspapers, magazines and journals in the United States. He was a Fulbright Scholar in the Czech Republic in the mid-1990s and a visiting professor at the Air War College in 1990-92. He has taught at several universities, chaired two political science departments, and also did a stint as an intelligence analyst at the CIA. He is a member of the board of the International Relations Council of Kansas City. Now working mainly as a free-lance writer, he lives in Westwood Hills, Kansas.

Wow - this is one of the best

Wow - this is one of the best written and thought-out editorials I've read in ages!
I voted Green Party even though friends said that I was effectively voting for Romney. The 'protest 'message' of my vote was: Hey democratic leaders! Don't tell me I "have nowhere else to go". In my opinion, Obama needs to be more like FDR. Also, both parties are owned by coprorate money, so they will never do proper regulation to prevent another 2008 financial crisis. It's their wallets that are too big to fail.

Thanks, Thomas, for another

Thanks, Thomas, for another good article. My apologies for the many garbage posts that followed. Sometimes that happens. Maybe people are a bit wagged by the last days of the campaign. Maybe a bit of drinking, too....

It makes little difference

It makes little difference which party is in control . The Neo Cons , the former Conservative Republicans [ our party was infiltrated by the Trotskyites back in the 1970's ] or the " Democrats " a.k.a. Socialist / Marxists . In this so called "Democracy " we are allowed to vote for what we consider the lesser of two EVILS , Tweedle Dee or Tweedle Dumb . Not much of a choice . They refuse to allow a 3 rd or 4 th party to compete . Both are quite happy playing musical chairs and taking turns at power. No matter who is in power , little changes. We have had non stop wars since 1950 [ we attacked over 30 poor 3 rd world countries who were no threat to us ] , both parties approve . We have troops stationed in over 135 countries around the world but few on our own borders , both parties approve . We have for the past 25 + years shipped our heavy industry [ high paying jobs ] overseas to 3 rd world countries , both parties approve . We bailed out the corrupt " too big to fail "[ the Banksters and the gamblers on Wall Street ] , both parties approve . No matter who is in power , it is the same old , same old . Both parties are bought and paid for WHORES , both sold out for 30 Silver Shekels .

Arminius Aurelius Please help

Arminius Aurelius

Please help change this ridiculous situation. Click on or copy and paste into your browser - http://signon.org/sign/take-money-out-of-politics

Thanks, Thomas Magstadt: I

Thanks, Thomas Magstadt:

I appreciate the idealism reflected in your essay, though the "both parties stink" crowd are assailing you. I think some are young and inexperienced, and others? Who can say?

Keep up the good work, despite the ill-mannered attacks!

I believe we can change this

I believe we can change this country with Barack Obama as President. I believe that he has rich 1% behind him and he doesn't want to piss off or offend them. But in reality he is not taking this Tax Code change far enough. Romney is a joke, and we would never get the Middle Class out of the gutter with his policy of lowering taxes for the rich and raising taxes on the Middle Class. President Obama wants to raise the top marginal rate a mere 4%. This is Not Nearly Enough. We need a new Tax Code to resemble what the Great Leaders of the past did in order to bring us out of the Great Depression. In 1938 we had 33 Tax Brackets in order to reach all ranges of income. These 33 Brackets ranged from 4% for income up to $64,000. all the way up to a top marginal rate of 79% for income over $79Million. Now that is what I call "Fair & Balanced", and I would love to see President Obama and all Washington Democrats push for this fair & balanced system of Income Tax Code. There are a lot of super rich Democrats in Washington that will not want to help the Middle Class at the expence of their own paychecks, but that is when the people have to tell Washington what we Demand out of our representatives. We need to curb runaway income inequality, we need to build the Middle Class and working poor. We need at least "20 Brackets to $20Million & 60% top rate". God Bless the Honest Man.

I liked the one about being a

I liked the one about being a Republican, it seemed correct. Trouble is many "lawmakers" in the Democratic party are just as bad.

And some of the stuff in the article is blatantly false, for example:

" Banks too big to fail cannot be trusted to make financial decisions affecting the well-being of us all without regulation but a woman can be trusted with decisions about her own body." It was our democratic president, administration and senate that scared everyone into bailing out the banks.

"Cutting the deficit is neither responsible nor realistic without 1) deep cuts in defense spending and 2) tax reform that closes special loopholes for the rich and incorporates the "Buffet rule" (a 30% minimum tax on individuals making more than $1 million dollars a year)." Yeah right. Obama and Romney agree on social security and medicare, the difference is in how much they will cut it while raising more funds for wars.

Actually, there is too much to go through. I think this guy is smoking something really strong. He makes out Democrats to be the "Enlightened", and if that were the case, how did we get here under a democrat president and senate (and congress for the first 2 years)?

Yeah, I know these things take time so just hold your nose and vote for the lesser of 2 evils one more time hoping that this time, it won't result in less more evil. Be happy you are not this weeks Drone target, you may be someday in the future.

Pickwich, here's how I see

Pickwich, here's how I see it:
Banks too big to fail: yes, Bush and Obama saved them. They had to! That's what too big to fail means. What was missing was a plan to break them up. Maybe that will come in the 2nd term

Democratic control in 1st 2 years: Where were you? Sen. Franken was not seated until July 2009 in a MN recount. By then Ted Kennedy and Robert Bird were on their deathbeds. This filibuster-proof Senate was pure media hype! This is an false as the trope that Obama did not focus on job creation, only health care reform. Have people forgotten the stimulus? That was tee-ed up first before Obamacare.

Wall St. may have supported Obama in 2008 but they are firmly in the Romney camp in 2012.

My question: Why does anyone in the 95% support Romney-Ryan and the GOP agenda? If nothing else, this proves the collapse of any critical thinking in the U. S. Romney was as wrong about that 47% as he is about everything else. We love rich guys! They may have just bought us a President!

Dear Thomas Magstadt, Phd. I

Dear Thomas Magstadt, Phd.

I would very much appreciate how you would respond to the following article:

A bit of history plus what we can do now:

Our government was corrupt for 8 years because Bush and Cheney distorted our federal tax code to favor the corporations that outsourced American jobs and granted the richest American citizens tax breaks that they did not ask for. In addition, they caused the Iraq war based on contrived information that Weapons of Mass Destruction existed in that country. In addition there was the Afghanistan debacle. Both of these wars were conducted on money borrowed from China and the real purpose of them was to continue uninterrupted importation to the US of crude oil from the Mideast countries so that Exxon and the other four big US oil companies could continue to enjoy their massive profits and exorbitant tax breaks. Cheney’s Halliburton made enormous profits from their participation in these wars. All of this was not enough for their greed. So they refused to enforce financial regulations and that resulted in the billions of dollars of fraudulent Mortgage Backed Securities (MBS’s) assembled by Goldman Sachs that were sold to unsuspecting investors and banks all over the world. Of course as we all know as soon as it was discovered that these MBS’s were made up mostly of mortgages that were destined to be foreclosed on our big banks had to be bailed out with tax payer money. (To throw salt in our wounds, Goldman Sachs shorted the MBS investment packages as soon as they were sold and made a really big bundle of dough on their failure.) So the debts incurred from two unnecessary wars plus the financial crash resulting from fraudulent investment packages plus the horrendous tax breaks given to the very rich plus the outsourcing of American jobs that destroyed our middle class all adds up and the sum total resulted in the near depression and still existing recession we have been experiencing since 2008.
So in addition to the foregoing, where are we now and what can we do? Let me put it this way: I am 78 years old and from when I was only four years old I remember my father saying "Money talks"! Of course that was only a colloquialism of the time that meant exclusively “You can get what you want if you paid enough money for it!” However, now that I am a mature, well educated and experienced adult, I know the difference between speech and money. However, our current Supreme Court Justice Scalia (who naively took the old colloquial expression literally) has ruled that "money is speech". This gross distortion coupled with another of his gross distortions; i.e., "Corporations are people" has encouraged and made legal an infinite amount of money (that could total billions of dollars or more) that U.S. Corporations can contribute to U.S. elected members of our U.S. Congress to assure adoption of their preferred policies and legislation. Our Supreme Court voted that their action is protected by our Constitution’s freedom of speech proviso. As a result, the Corporations' massive amounts of money funneled through an inordinately large number of lobbyists to our members of Congress "speaks" so loudly that the voices of ordinary U.S. citizens are not heard or ignored by our elected Representatives and Senators. This is not Democracy (government by the people). It is a form of Plutocracy (government by the wealthy). This is the insidious compelling and all powerful force that is the real problem causing the gridlock we have been experiencing in our U.S. Congress. I respectfully submit that nothing is going to improve in Washington D.C. until this crippling situation is changed. And, the ONLY way it can be changed is to take the money out of American politics. To make this change, because our Supreme Court approved what Justice Scalia maintains, we must amend our U.S. Constitution. The basic Amendment is set forth in http://signon.org/sign/take-money-out-of-politics - so click on this link or paste it into your browser and see if you would like to sign the petition. Enough signatures are needed to get a two thirds vote in both our House of Representatives and Senate. Again - http://signon.org/sign/take-money-out-of-politics.

GRANDMA IN WA: Good Grief!

GRANDMA IN WA:

Good Grief! You've cluttered up this post site with eight (!) cut and paste jobs!

What ARE you thinking? Your post is too long and well-known for anyone, even those who agree with you most fervently, to read again and again and again and...

It's like the damned commercial ads and political attacks numbing our brains nowadays. Say something original except an introductory sentence. I saw this post of yours weeks ago, and you keep posting it again and again, as if mere repetition is going to make it be more effective. Don't you know this useless redundancy just irritates people?

Please, Grandma, I'm a Grandpa in NM, and I ask you to STOP.

Sorry to irritate you

Sorry to irritate you Grandpa. As of now I only have 535 signatures from people all over our United States. I am very anxious about this because I know hundreds of thousands signatures are needed to motivate the action needed by our Congress.

GRANDMA: While I can

GRANDMA:

While I can appreciate your concerns, merely repeating the same message ad nauseam is more likely to annoy people than gather new signatures. If you really feel you have to keep posting something to get more people to sign, it would be far more effective, IMO, to post something short and original. But posting a well-known, lengthy paragraph with the same information eight times at one comment site is nothing if not ridiculous.

Why would you think it would work? It's like seeing the same attack ads on TV, over and over. People just reach for the remote and press MUTE.
Well, when readers see you're just regurgitating the same message without let-up, they "tune it out" when they see GRANDMA IN WA and skip to the original comments people have made.

I guess one can at least

I guess one can at least agree that "democrats" are long-winded.

With both parties

With both parties (rape-public-again & demo-crap) sponsored by the same wall street investors, neither party is an intelligent choice as both need to be voted out. All the political problems extant are the result of dem/rep decisions and policies. Nobody else wielded control, so neither party can blame it on a third party. Since the destruction of our liberties and freedoms happened with each regime change, both rep/dem are the only guilty culprits.

To believe that either of the parties guilty of causing, promoting, and instituting the problems we face AND BELIEVING THAT THESE PARTIES ARE ANY SORT OF SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEMS WHICH THEY PROPOGATE is very poor intellectual processing. It almost implies insanity.

Somehow, the two parties manage to imply that they ARE solutions to the problems they cause. They manage to direct the national conversation to the inconsequential, or the divisive so that nothing of true consequence can change the status quo.

Perhaps we should discuss the need to destroy this "civilization" and start over. Neither party discusses how the wealthiest people have literally attacked the majority of sovereign Americans, simply because the congressmen and political whores have sided with the rich against us. When a segment of society attacks the rest of society, it would seem they have forfeited their social contract w/the majority of that society. Our implied group support for increased survival has been cut off by the rich in their attack. As such, they are no longer valid or positive members of society. If the masses, in other words, the working classes choose, the rich have NO function in the new society beyond what we allow them. This needs discussion.

The fact that some corporations literally kill untold numbers of our people with the support of those in govt needs to be addressed. In fact, i've never met another person who has pointed out that the goals, functions, and properties of govt and corporations are not only different, but in instances, mutually antagonistic to each other. Why then do so many people think a wealthy corporate person is a good fit for a govt position?

We have so many problems. Virtually all of them of national and planetary significance are caused by the wealthy, powerful individual PERSONS running the corporations. Let us address these issues and make as fair and just a society as can be done.

BRAD: I know that disaffected

BRAD:

I know that disaffected voters like to spend their time and energy patronizing those of us trying to do the best thing through one of the two major parties. I understand this, because I've been there myself. But merely whining and looking down your nose at others might make you feel better, but it does ZERO for achieving your goals, whatever they are.

We have a political system. Either you try to operate within it, and change it for the better, or you sit on the sidelines, hissing and snarling. Or you try to assassinate political leaders, blow up the Capitol, and kill everyone who gets in your way. I surely don't advocate the latter option, and just sitting there impotently, cursing everyone else, is not a way I can see that would lead to anything better.

So I try to work within the first option, but people like you, and a few intransigent Greens, just turn up your noses and say I'm enabling corporate thieves and bloodthirsty killers. Well, what are you doing about the bad things you see in our world? I mean, Practical and Pragmatic things, performing actions that will really change things for the better.

All I get in response, from third-party supporters who are proud to be uncompromising, is some variation of "I'm going to vote for '...........' and maybe my vote will make the major parties notice and take my feelings into account and..." And that doesn't really work. In fact, either party would be inclined to encourage a third-party that would take votes from their opponent. And that's about all it will accomplish.

If disaffected voters - and I know there must be millions of them - REALLY want to change things, then they have to build a national party, from the ground up. They'll have to win seats in city councils, state legislatures, and then in the US Senate and the House of Representatives.

Then soured Democrats, for example, will take them seriously when they nominate a viable candidate for president. But just fielding an unknown for president every 4 years does nothing positive, but may take votes from the party that is the "lesser evil" and thus help elect the greater evil.

Some third-party supporters scorn the very concept of Lesser Evil vs Greater Evil, and while this may make them feel pure and superior, it's not realistic at all.

Just for example, if you help Romney and Ryan get elected by not voting for the President (with all his failings), the plutocrats in our society will feel grateful for the Citizens United door-opening to corporate millions, and feel justified in their generous donations to the Romney campaign.

While people like you may be saying, "damn both parties, they both stink," the facts are that a Romney administration will take this country in the wrong direction entirely. We'll have "BUSH II" to pander the super-rich and perhaps start another unpaid, unjustified war in the Middle East. Social Security may be cut or privatized, Medicare voucherized, and Medicaid pared down to impotence. And Obamacare may be overturned or underfunded (by Tea Party control of government), and more conservative appointments to the already-conservative Supreme Court may lead to the overturn of Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion.

And hey, these things, which are not just fantastic imaginings about what Romney/Ryan could and would do, are GREATER EVILS because they would have very negative impacts on millions of Americans, including some of our most vulnerable. So I would say, don't you care?

I used this analogy before, and I'll use it again. Say you have a vote between George W. Bush and a resurrected Adolf Hitler. I despise Bush, think he was the worst president in our history, but knowing what I know about Hitler, I'd vote for the lesser evil, Bush. And what would the uncompromising do? Just pretend they're too righteous to make a choice between the two. Wow. That's real effective.

For the environment, to address Climate Change, and to save the safety net in our society, I believe Obama is a far better choice than Romney. And conscientious environmentalists and progressives are making that very choice, including members of the Green Party. They know what's at stake.

And I don't now, nor did I in 2008, idolize Obama and think he was perfect, nor do I feel he's my ideal candidate. He's human, but he's still a better choice than Romney. If Obama gets a second term, I'm determined to remind him, and my Democratic representatives in the House and the Senate, to live up to their promises and push for Medicare for all and a Manhattan Project effort to find a substitute for oil and coal.

Very well stated Brad! In

Very well stated Brad! In further support of what you have articulated so well, I add a bit of history plus what we can do now:

Our government was corrupt for 8 years because Bush and Cheney distorted our federal tax code to favor the corporations that outsourced American jobs and granted the richest American citizens tax breaks that they did not ask for. In addition, they caused the Iraq war based on contrived information that Weapons of Mass Destruction existed in that country. In addition there was the Afghanistan debacle. Both of these wars were conducted on money borrowed from China and the real purpose of them was to continue uninterrupted importation to the US of crude oil from the Mideast countries so that Exxon and the other four big US oil companies could continue to enjoy their massive profits and exorbitant tax breaks. Cheney’s Halliburton made enormous profits from their participation in these wars. All of this was not enough for their greed. So they refused to enforce financial regulations and that resulted in the billions of dollars of fraudulent Mortgage Backed Securities (MBS’s) assembled by Goldman Sachs that were sold to unsuspecting investors and banks all over the world. Of course as we all know as soon as it was discovered that these MBS’s were made up mostly of mortgages that were destined to be foreclosed on our big banks had to be bailed out with tax payer money. (To throw salt in our wounds, Goldman Sachs shorted the MBS investment packages as soon as they were sold and made a really big bundle of dough on their failure.) So the debts incurred from two unnecessary wars plus the financial crash resulting from fraudulent investment packages plus the horrendous tax breaks given to the very rich plus the outsourcing of American jobs that destroyed our middle class all adds up and the sum total resulted in the near depression and still existing recession we have been experiencing since 2008.
So in addition to the foregoing, where are we now and what can we do? Let me put it this way: I am 78 years old and from when I was only four years old I remember my father saying "Money talks"! Of course that was only a colloquialism of the time that meant exclusively “You can get what you want if you paid enough money for it!” However, now that I am a mature, well educated and experienced adult, I know the difference between speech and money. However, our current Supreme Court Justice Scalia (who naively took the old colloquial expression literally) has ruled that "money is speech". This gross distortion coupled with another of his gross distortions; i.e., "Corporations are people" has encouraged and made legal an infinite amount of money (that could total billions of dollars or more) that U.S. Corporations can contribute to U.S. elected members of our U.S. Congress to assure adoption of their preferred policies and legislation. Our Supreme Court voted that their action is protected by our Constitution’s freedom of speech proviso. As a result, the Corporations' massive amounts of money funneled through an inordinately large number of lobbyists to our members of Congress "speaks" so loudly that the voices of ordinary U.S. citizens are not heard or ignored by our elected Representatives and Senators. This is not Democracy (government by the people). It is a form of Plutocracy (government by the wealthy). This is the insidious compelling and all powerful force that is the real problem causing the gridlock we have been experiencing in our U.S. Congress. I respectfully submit that nothing is going to improve in Washington D.C. until this crippling situation is changed. And, the ONLY way it can be changed is to take the money out of American politics. To make this change, because our Supreme Court approved what Justice Scalia maintains, we must amend our U.S. Constitution. The basic Amendment is set forth in http://signon.org/sign/take-money-out-of-politics - so click on this link or paste it into your browser and see if you would like to sign the petition. Enough signatures are needed to get a two thirds vote in both our House of Representatives and Senate. Again - http://signon.org/sign/take-money-out-of-politics.

Yet another stupid article.

Yet another stupid article. Read Chris Hedges, get educated, pull your head out of the sand, trash your useless PhD, it has rendered your brain incapable of rational thinking...

MAUIPAUL: You are inexcusably

MAUIPAUL:

You are inexcusably rude to a man who has far more education AND experience than you'll probably ever have. This just sounds like another adolescent scream of self-adulation and pity.

Re: Green Party/Third

Re: Green Party/Third Party

Folks, I would love to see some real choices for another political party (or two or three), but until any of these fringe parties show that they can garner support and influence at the LOCAL level, all their efforts, money and VOTES are wasted at best, or given to their least wanted opponents, at worst.

The two current major parties will usually give their (tacit) support to the ideas they think will get them the votes most in line with the general agenda. This is what happened to the once libertarian Tea Party at the local level, at least until the likes of the Koch brothers saw the potential for their own greedy ambitions.

To vote and not have your

To vote and not have your choice elected is not throwing away a vote. To erroneously believe that "voting for the lesser evil" as rep or dem is to give implied sanction to their crimes against the US and the world.

To vote otherwise does two things; 1) it increases the dissatisfied vote. That puts the parties on notice that the natives are restless and they'd best watch their step. 2) it forces the parties to change their platform in an attempt to garner the dissatisfied vote before the other party does. This is why Romney made Ron Paul noises - it was recognized that millions of people like aspects which RP endorsed.

Continuing to vote for the dem/rep parties and implying that their issues are your priority will only continue the status quo. To cause change, enough of us truly intelligent, truly patriotic people must stand up and show these wealthy lap-dogs that they are not even in the same book, much less on the same page regarding what needs to be done to restore our country and freedoms.

A bit of history plus what we

A bit of history plus what we can do now:

Our government was corrupt for 8 years because Bush and Cheney distorted our federal tax code to favor the corporations that outsourced American jobs and granted the richest American citizens tax breaks that they did not ask for. In addition, they caused the Iraq war based on contrived information that Weapons of Mass Destruction existed in that country. In addition there was the Afghanistan debacle. Both of these wars were conducted on money borrowed from China and the real purpose of them was to continue uninterrupted importation to the US of crude oil from the Mideast countries so that Exxon and the other four big US oil companies could continue to enjoy their massive profits and exorbitant tax breaks. Cheney’s Halliburton made enormous profits from their participation in these wars. All of this was not enough for their greed. So they refused to enforce financial regulations and that resulted in the billions of dollars of fraudulent Mortgage Backed Securities (MBS’s) assembled by Goldman Sachs that were sold to unsuspecting investors and banks all over the world. Of course as we all know as soon as it was discovered that these MBS’s were made up mostly of mortgages that were destined to be foreclosed on our big banks had to be bailed out with tax payer money. (To throw salt in our wounds, Goldman Sachs shorted the MBS investment packages as soon as they were sold and made a really big bundle of dough on their failure.) So the debts incurred from two unnecessary wars plus the financial crash resulting from fraudulent investment packages plus the horrendous tax breaks given to the very rich plus the outsourcing of American jobs that destroyed our middle class all adds up and the sum total resulted in the near depression and still existing recession we have been experiencing since 2008.
So in addition to the foregoing, where are we now and what can we do? Let me put it this way: I am 78 years old and from when I was only four years old I remember my father saying "Money talks"! Of course that was only a colloquialism of the time that meant exclusively “You can get what you want if you paid enough money for it!” However, now that I am a mature, well educated and experienced adult, I know the difference between speech and money. However, our current Supreme Court Justice Scalia (who naively took the old colloquial expression literally) has ruled that "money is speech". This gross distortion coupled with another of his gross distortions; i.e., "Corporations are people" has encouraged and made legal an infinite amount of money (that could total billions of dollars or more) that U.S. Corporations can contribute to U.S. elected members of our U.S. Congress to assure adoption of their preferred policies and legislation. Our Supreme Court voted that their action is protected by our Constitution’s freedom of speech proviso. As a result, the Corporations' massive amounts of money funneled through an inordinately large number of lobbyists to our members of Congress "speaks" so loudly that the voices of ordinary U.S. citizens are not heard or ignored by our elected Representatives and Senators. This is not Democracy (government by the people). It is a form of Plutocracy (government by the wealthy). This is the insidious compelling and all powerful force that is the real problem causing the gridlock we have been experiencing in our U.S. Congress. I respectfully submit that nothing is going to improve in Washington D.C. until this crippling situation is changed. And, the ONLY way it can be changed is to take the money out of American politics. To make this change, because our Supreme Court approved what Justice Scalia maintains, we must amend our U.S. Constitution. The basic Amendment is set forth in http://signon.org/sign/take-money-out-of-politics - so click on this link or paste it into your browser and see if you would like to sign the petition. Enough signatures are needed to get a two thirds vote in both our House of Representatives and Senate. Again - http://signon.org/sign/take-money-out-of-politics.

"...but until any of these

"...but until any of these fringe parties show that they can garner support and influence at the LOCAL level..."

The Green Party has 135 officeholders that have WON their elections at the local level: http://www.gp.org/elections/officeholders/index.php

I'm not surprised you're ignorant of this; the corporate media never reports Green-Party wins.

The Green Party also just qualified for a moderate amount of matching Federal funding. NONE OF THIS WOULD HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE WITHOUT OUR SUPPORT OF THE GREEN PARTY IN PREVIOUS ELECTIONS, EVEN WHEN WE KNEW IT WOULDN'T WIN IN THAT ELECTION.

The next frontier is the State and Federal levels. I assume we can count on your support?

Amazing! 135 local

Amazing! 135 local officeholders belong to the Green Party! That's about 26 per state, and none is the governor. Such progress! The Green party could not raise enough money for a single TV ad in any state.

What an ignorant

What an ignorant response.

135 is progress compared to zero. Starting an opposition political party is a PROCESS that spans multiple elections.

The Republicans have no trouble raising money for TV ads -- Why don't you go support them, since that appears to meet your criteria for support.

ALAN8: No need to get

ALAN8:

No need to get insulting to those who differ in their opinions.

I have voted for Green Party candidates in NM in the past, yet I know of no Green Party members in the State Legislature.

Look, the whole point is that if the Green Party can't get people elected to the US Senate and the House of Representatives, they can't seriously field a candidate for president and urge votes for same. Even if God intervened and made a Green candidate president, he/she couldn't govern without support in the Congress.

And yes, if Green Party members run for House seats in NM, I will vote for them and support them. But don't ask me to throw my vote away by voting for a presidential candidate who has no chance of winning.

Building a national party takes time, patience, and a lot of work. I'll support realistic efforts for this, but I hate to see the Green Party just giving voters a "none-of-the-above" choice for president, which is all they're doing at this time.

I continue to be amazed at

I continue to be amazed at the lack of understanding which permiates our political discourse. OK, the 2 previous comments have a specific agenda but they also display common misconseptions of the world in which we live. Nobody knows what Al Gore would have done had he been elected. It is also possible that had he been president, the attack of 9/11 might have been thwarted through the use of intellegence available beforehand. We'll never know, of course, but the possibility is there. Here is another "what if": Had Donald Rumsfeld followed the plan in Afganistan and promptly sent in the 10th Mountain Division when Bin Laden and Omar were traped in the mountains of Bora Bora, the entire course of events in Afganistan would have been different. Here is another: Bush Jr. came into office intent on invading Iraq. Had 9/11 not occurred, he would have done so sooner. His reasons are obscure, but the intent was clear as described by former Treasury Sec. Paul O'Neal. His tax cuts in the face of 2 wars were just the tip of this man's ignorance. The economic melt down which concluded his presidency was predictable, yet no one made any serious efforts to stop this foolishness.
The problem is less about party and more about thinking. It is time for those who think these things through and understand what is going on to step up and enlighten the people. It also means that the press will need to reclaim their position as the fourth estate and begin anew to report real news and information, not simply repeat what he said and she said. Finally, we need to allocate more of the country's resources to educating our young. As important as math and science may be, the need for critical thinking requires the study of Liberal Arts and the Humanities. It seems increasingly clear that educating our youth in the functions and workings of our government is seriously lacking. As a people, we are so uninformed about government that it is no surprise that what passes for government is a dysfunctial, partisan food fight over trivia. We don't need new parties or additional parties. What we need is an informed electorate.

A bit of history plus what we

A bit of history plus what we can do now:

Our government was corrupt for 8 years because Bush and Cheney distorted our federal tax code to favor the corporations that outsourced American jobs and granted the richest American citizens tax breaks that they did not ask for. In addition, they caused the Iraq war based on contrived information that Weapons of Mass Destruction existed in that country. In addition there was the Afghanistan debacle. Both of these wars were conducted on money borrowed from China and the real purpose of them was to continue uninterrupted importation to the US of crude oil from the Mideast countries so that Exxon and the other four big US oil companies could continue to enjoy their massive profits and exorbitant tax breaks. Cheney’s Halliburton made enormous profits from their participation in these wars. All of this was not enough for their greed. So they refused to enforce financial regulations and that resulted in the billions of dollars of fraudulent Mortgage Backed Securities (MBS’s) assembled by Goldman Sachs that were sold to unsuspecting investors and banks all over the world. Of course as we all know as soon as it was discovered that these MBS’s were made up mostly of mortgages that were destined to be foreclosed on our big banks had to be bailed out with tax payer money. (To throw salt in our wounds, Goldman Sachs shorted the MBS investment packages as soon as they were sold and made a really big bundle of dough on their failure.) So the debts incurred from two unnecessary wars plus the financial crash resulting from fraudulent investment packages plus the horrendous tax breaks given to the very rich plus the outsourcing of American jobs that destroyed our middle class all adds up and the sum total resulted in the near depression and still existing recession we have been experiencing since 2008.
So in addition to the foregoing, where are we now and what can we do? Let me put it this way: I am 78 years old and from when I was only four years old I remember my father saying "Money talks"! Of course that was only a colloquialism of the time that meant exclusively “You can get what you want if you paid enough money for it!” However, now that I am a mature, well educated and experienced adult, I know the difference between speech and money. However, our current Supreme Court Justice Scalia (who naively took the old colloquial expression literally) has ruled that "money is speech". This gross distortion coupled with another of his gross distortions; i.e., "Corporations are people" has encouraged and made legal an infinite amount of money (that could total billions of dollars or more) that U.S. Corporations can contribute to U.S. elected members of our U.S. Congress to assure adoption of their preferred policies and legislation. Our Supreme Court voted that their action is protected by our Constitution’s freedom of speech proviso. As a result, the Corporations' massive amounts of money funneled through an inordinately large number of lobbyists to our members of Congress "speaks" so loudly that the voices of ordinary U.S. citizens are not heard or ignored by our elected Representatives and Senators. This is not Democracy (government by the people). It is a form of Plutocracy (government by the wealthy). This is the insidious compelling and all powerful force that is the real problem causing the gridlock we have been experiencing in our U.S. Congress. I respectfully submit that nothing is going to improve in Washington D.C. until this crippling situation is changed. And, the ONLY way it can be changed is to take the money out of American politics. To make this change, because our Supreme Court approved what Justice Scalia maintains, we must amend our U.S. Constitution. The basic Amendment is set forth in http://signon.org/sign/take-money-out-of-politics - so click on this link or paste it into your browser and see if you would like to sign the petition. Enough signatures are needed to get a two thirds vote in both our House of Representatives and Senate. Again - http://signon.org/sign/take-money-out-of-politics.

I expected better from Nation

I expected better from Nation of Change.

The Democratic Party DOES NOT BELIEVE in the principles you've listed here. Their allegiance is to the 1%.

Most Democratic voters are ignorant of the Democratic Party's enthusiastic support for "free-trade" deals: e.g. http://www.citizen.org/Page.aspx?pid=4868 and http://www.citizen.org/TPP

The Democratic Party has supported allowing the military to arrest U.S. citizens without charges and hold them indefinitely with the NDAA: http://www.aclu.org/indefinite-detention-endless-worldwide-war-and-2012-...

Obama wants to cut Social Security, and thinks he deserves CREDIT for this! http://news.firedoglake.com/2012/08/09/obama-frustrated-he-doesnt-get-cr...

The Green Party is the non-corporate alternative, and we BUILD the party each election we vote for it, regardless of the result in that election.

If you vote Democratic, they take your votes and laugh at you while they pass more legislation that helps the 1%.

It's time to take OUR country back from the corporations: VOTE GREEN 2012!

How much legislation can a

How much legislation can a Green Party president get passed? NONE! The corporate lackeys in Congress will have a field day. Romney's 800 vetoes in MA will be surpassed in the first year.

How could you have read that

How could you have read that article and not noticed that he was talking about people?

"On Being a Democrat in 2012" was the name of the article not "On Being a Democratic Party in 2012."

The article was talking about people who describe themselves as Democrats. Many of them probably agree with many of the Green Party's positions, but they are going to vote for Barack Obama.

I sympathize with the Green Party but Jill Stein in on 38 state ballots. Even if I vote for her twice she aint gonna win.

A bit of history plus what we

A bit of history plus what we can do now:

Our government was corrupt for 8 years because Bush and Cheney distorted our federal tax code to favor the corporations that outsourced American jobs and granted the richest American citizens tax breaks that they did not ask for. In addition, they caused the Iraq war based on contrived information that Weapons of Mass Destruction existed in that country. In addition there was the Afghanistan debacle. Both of these wars were conducted on money borrowed from China and the real purpose of them was to continue uninterrupted importation to the US of crude oil from the Mideast countries so that Exxon and the other four big US oil companies could continue to enjoy their massive profits and exorbitant tax breaks. Cheney’s Halliburton made enormous profits from their participation in these wars. All of this was not enough for their greed. So they refused to enforce financial regulations and that resulted in the billions of dollars of fraudulent Mortgage Backed Securities (MBS’s) assembled by Goldman Sachs that were sold to unsuspecting investors and banks all over the world. Of course as we all know as soon as it was discovered that these MBS’s were made up mostly of mortgages that were destined to be foreclosed on our big banks had to be bailed out with tax payer money. (To throw salt in our wounds, Goldman Sachs shorted the MBS investment packages as soon as they were sold and made a really big bundle of dough on their failure.) So the debts incurred from two unnecessary wars plus the financial crash resulting from fraudulent investment packages plus the horrendous tax breaks given to the very rich plus the outsourcing of American jobs that destroyed our middle class all adds up and the sum total resulted in the near depression and still existing recession we have been experiencing since 2008.
So in addition to the foregoing, where are we now and what can we do? Let me put it this way: I am 78 years old and from when I was only four years old I remember my father saying "Money talks"! Of course that was only a colloquialism of the time that meant exclusively “You can get what you want if you paid enough money for it!” However, now that I am a mature, well educated and experienced adult, I know the difference between speech and money. However, our current Supreme Court Justice Scalia (who naively took the old colloquial expression literally) has ruled that "money is speech". This gross distortion coupled with another of his gross distortions; i.e., "Corporations are people" has encouraged and made legal an infinite amount of money (that could total billions of dollars or more) that U.S. Corporations can contribute to U.S. elected members of our U.S. Congress to assure adoption of their preferred policies and legislation. Our Supreme Court voted that their action is protected by our Constitution’s freedom of speech proviso. As a result, the Corporations' massive amounts of money funneled through an inordinately large number of lobbyists to our members of Congress "speaks" so loudly that the voices of ordinary U.S. citizens are not heard or ignored by our elected Representatives and Senators. This is not Democracy (government by the people). It is a form of Plutocracy (government by the wealthy). This is the insidious compelling and all powerful force that is the real problem causing the gridlock we have been experiencing in our U.S. Congress. I respectfully submit that nothing is going to improve in Washington D.C. until this crippling situation is changed. And, the ONLY way it can be changed is to take the money out of American politics. To make this change, because our Supreme Court approved what Justice Scalia maintains, we must amend our U.S. Constitution. The basic Amendment is set forth in http://signon.org/sign/take-money-out-of-politics - so click on this link or paste it into your browser and see if you would like to sign the petition. Enough signatures are needed to get a two thirds vote in both our House of Representatives and Senate. Again - http://signon.org/sign/take-money-out-of-politics.

Republicans represent the

Republicans represent the rich, and Democrats today represent ONLY the middle class. Bill Clinton took an ax to the ladder out of poverty, and an arrogant middle class cheers. Well, those still in the middle class, anyway. That really works on the millions of post-middle class voters. Vote for whom? Consider that a massive portion of our jobs has been shipped out since the 1980s, and Clinton ended basic poverty relief for those who can't work or for whom there are no jobs. An arrogant middle class looks down its nose and says, "That's no excuse!" Funny, really. The strength of the Democratic Party was in the unity of the poor and middle classes, and today's Dems worked hard (and successfully) to divide and conquer their own base.

A bit of history plus what we

A bit of history plus what we can do now:

Our government was corrupt for 8 years because Bush and Cheney distorted our federal tax code to favor the corporations that outsourced American jobs and granted the richest American citizens tax breaks that they did not ask for. In addition, they caused the Iraq war based on contrived information that Weapons of Mass Destruction existed in that country. In addition there was the Afghanistan debacle. Both of these wars were conducted on money borrowed from China and the real purpose of them was to continue uninterrupted importation to the US of crude oil from the Mideast countries so that Exxon and the other four big US oil companies could continue to enjoy their massive profits and exorbitant tax breaks. Cheney’s Halliburton made enormous profits from their participation in these wars. All of this was not enough for their greed. So they refused to enforce financial regulations and that resulted in the billions of dollars of fraudulent Mortgage Backed Securities (MBS’s) assembled by Goldman Sachs that were sold to unsuspecting investors and banks all over the world. Of course as we all know as soon as it was discovered that these MBS’s were made up mostly of mortgages that were destined to be foreclosed on our big banks had to be bailed out with tax payer money. (To throw salt in our wounds, Goldman Sachs shorted the MBS investment packages as soon as they were sold and made a really big bundle of dough on their failure.) So the debts incurred from two unnecessary wars plus the financial crash resulting from fraudulent investment packages plus the horrendous tax breaks given to the very rich plus the outsourcing of American jobs that destroyed our middle class all adds up and the sum total resulted in the near depression and still existing recession we have been experiencing since 2008.
So in addition to the foregoing, where are we now and what can we do? Let me put it this way: I am 78 years old and from when I was only four years old I remember my father saying "Money talks"! Of course that was only a colloquialism of the time that meant exclusively “You can get what you want if you paid enough money for it!” However, now that I am a mature, well educated and experienced adult, I know the difference between speech and money. However, our current Supreme Court Justice Scalia (who naively took the old colloquial expression literally) has ruled that "money is speech". This gross distortion coupled with another of his gross distortions; i.e., "Corporations are people" has encouraged and made legal an infinite amount of money (that could total billions of dollars or more) that U.S. Corporations can contribute to U.S. elected members of our U.S. Congress to assure adoption of their preferred policies and legislation. Our Supreme Court voted that their action is protected by our Constitution’s freedom of speech proviso. As a result, the Corporations' massive amounts of money funneled through an inordinately large number of lobbyists to our members of Congress "speaks" so loudly that the voices of ordinary U.S. citizens are not heard or ignored by our elected Representatives and Senators. This is not Democracy (government by the people). It is a form of Plutocracy (government by the wealthy). This is the insidious compelling and all powerful force that is the real problem causing the gridlock we have been experiencing in our U.S. Congress. I respectfully submit that nothing is going to improve in Washington D.C. until this crippling situation is changed. And, the ONLY way it can be changed is to take the money out of American politics. To make this change, because our Supreme Court approved what Justice Scalia maintains, we must amend our U.S. Constitution. The basic Amendment is set forth in http://signon.org/sign/take-money-out-of-politics - so click on this link or paste it into your browser and see if you would like to sign the petition. Enough signatures are needed to get a two thirds vote in both our House of Representatives and Senate. Again - http://signon.org/sign/take-money-out-of-politics.

@ VoteDemocratic.US -- And

@ VoteDemocratic.US -- And who will pass instant-runoff voting so that we can vote Green? Do you think the two parties will enact instant-runoff voting, endangering their hold on power, and with no pressure whatsoever to do so? You cannot argue that instant-runoff voting is required before voting Green when exactly the opposite is the case. Absolutely no Democratic Party chief will support it.

Some things will never change unless you begin to take action and make sacrifices. That includes breaking free from the Democratic Party. There will be sacrifices in terms of reproductive and gay rights and the like if the Republicans win -- if they win -- but in the long run the left has a responsibility to the rest of the world to rein in its leaders on huge things like climate change, war, nuclear arms, etc. The Democrats and Republicans are more or less no different on these things.

Here are examples of my last statement: You mentioned Gore v. Bush in 2000. Why? Bush Jr.'s Iraq War II came on the heels of Clinton's illegal bombing and devastating sanctioning of Iraq, which came on the heels of Bush Sr.'s Iraq War I. Bush II's war was consistent US foreign policy.

As for Afghanistan--do we believe that Clinton-Gore's would-be successor, Gore-LIEBERMAN, would not have invaded Afghanistan after 9/11? Of course it would have. Many Democrats to this day still believe in the Afghanistan War, further evidence that Gore-Lieberman would have had the support it needed and would have invaded.

Back to Iraq. It is well known that sanctions are the precursors to invasion. I think it's safe to say that Gore-Lieberman would have followed the logical extension of Clinton-Gore's policy and invaded Iraq, too.

Bush II is not an aberration foreign-policy-wise. That is the whole point of breaking from the two parties. Bush II is an aberration perhaps in its flagrancy and failure to mask its criminal actions, foreign-policy-wise. Obama's criminal actions, meanwhile, are masked and accepted by Democrats.

This is reason to begin building a Green Party vote by vote. If the Green Party wins 5% of the electoral vote on November 6, it will result in over $20 million in federal money granted to the party. That is how you build a party -- on the national level with federal money. It comes with sacrifices, but if we are being unselfish then they are worth it, and reversible by the way.

A bit of history plus what we

A bit of history plus what we can do now:

Our government was corrupt for 8 years because Bush and Cheney distorted our federal tax code to favor the corporations that outsourced American jobs and granted the richest American citizens tax breaks that they did not ask for. In addition, they caused the Iraq war based on contrived information that Weapons of Mass Destruction existed in that country. In addition there was the Afghanistan debacle. Both of these wars were conducted on money borrowed from China and the real purpose of them was to continue uninterrupted importation to the US of crude oil from the Mideast countries so that Exxon and the other four big US oil companies could continue to enjoy their massive profits and exorbitant tax breaks. Cheney’s Halliburton made enormous profits from their participation in these wars. All of this was not enough for their greed. So they refused to enforce financial regulations and that resulted in the billions of dollars of fraudulent Mortgage Backed Securities (MBS’s) assembled by Goldman Sachs that were sold to unsuspecting investors and banks all over the world. Of course as we all know as soon as it was discovered that these MBS’s were made up mostly of mortgages that were destined to be foreclosed on our big banks had to be bailed out with tax payer money. (To throw salt in our wounds, Goldman Sachs shorted the MBS investment packages as soon as they were sold and made a really big bundle of dough on their failure.) So the debts incurred from two unnecessary wars plus the financial crash resulting from fraudulent investment packages plus the horrendous tax breaks given to the very rich plus the outsourcing of American jobs that destroyed our middle class all adds up and the sum total resulted in the near depression and still existing recession we have been experiencing since 2008.
So in addition to the foregoing, where are we now and what can we do? Let me put it this way: I am 78 years old and from when I was only four years old I remember my father saying "Money talks"! Of course that was only a colloquialism of the time that meant exclusively “You can get what you want if you paid enough money for it!” However, now that I am a mature, well educated and experienced adult, I know the difference between speech and money. However, our current Supreme Court Justice Scalia (who naively took the old colloquial expression literally) has ruled that "money is speech". This gross distortion coupled with another of his gross distortions; i.e., "Corporations are people" has encouraged and made legal an infinite amount of money (that could total billions of dollars or more) that U.S. Corporations can contribute to U.S. elected members of our U.S. Congress to assure adoption of their preferred policies and legislation. Our Supreme Court voted that their action is protected by our Constitution’s freedom of speech proviso. As a result, the Corporations' massive amounts of money funneled through an inordinately large number of lobbyists to our members of Congress "speaks" so loudly that the voices of ordinary U.S. citizens are not heard or ignored by our elected Representatives and Senators. This is not Democracy (government by the people). It is a form of Plutocracy (government by the wealthy). This is the insidious compelling and all powerful force that is the real problem causing the gridlock we have been experiencing in our U.S. Congress. I respectfully submit that nothing is going to improve in Washington D.C. until this crippling situation is changed. And, the ONLY way it can be changed is to take the money out of American politics. To make this change, because our Supreme Court approved what Justice Scalia maintains, we must amend our U.S. Constitution. The basic Amendment is set forth in http://signon.org/sign/take-money-out-of-politics - so click on this link or paste it into your browser and see if you would like to sign the petition. Enough signatures are needed to get a two thirds vote in both our House of Representatives and Senate. Again - http://signon.org/sign/take-money-out-of-politics.

18. Voting for Barack Obama

18. Voting for Barack Obama on November 6 is no guarantee we will finally get "change we can believe in"; voting for Mitt Romney is a guarantee that we won't.

And... being progressive means remembering Al Gore vs. W. Bush in 2000. Voting for the Green Party cannot be done until we have "Automatic Runoff Elections", or some way to register your 'protest vote', without electing a regressive by mistake. Having everything get really bad, under a Neo-Conservative, so people wake up hasn't worked so far.

I firmly believe we need to Vote Democratic (www.VoteDemocratic.US) for every office as -just a first step- towards getting the "change we can believe in." The next step is to help those elected Democrats to make those changes.

A bit of history plus what we

A bit of history plus what we can do now:

Our government was corrupt for 8 years because Bush and Cheney distorted our federal tax code to favor the corporations that outsourced American jobs and granted the richest American citizens tax breaks that they did not ask for. In addition, they caused the Iraq war based on contrived information that Weapons of Mass Destruction existed in that country. In addition there was the Afghanistan debacle. Both of these wars were conducted on money borrowed from China and the real purpose of them was to continue uninterrupted importation to the US of crude oil from the Mideast countries so that Exxon and the other four big US oil companies could continue to enjoy their massive profits and exorbitant tax breaks. Cheney’s Halliburton made enormous profits from their participation in these wars. All of this was not enough for their greed. So they refused to enforce financial regulations and that resulted in the billions of dollars of fraudulent Mortgage Backed Securities (MBS’s) assembled by Goldman Sachs that were sold to unsuspecting investors and banks all over the world. Of course as we all know as soon as it was discovered that these MBS’s were made up mostly of mortgages that were destined to be foreclosed on our big banks had to be bailed out with tax payer money. (To throw salt in our wounds, Goldman Sachs shorted the MBS investment packages as soon as they were sold and made a really big bundle of dough on their failure.) So the debts incurred from two unnecessary wars plus the financial crash resulting from fraudulent investment packages plus the horrendous tax breaks given to the very rich plus the outsourcing of American jobs that destroyed our middle class all adds up and the sum total resulted in the near depression and still existing recession we have been experiencing since 2008.
So in addition to the foregoing, where are we now and what can we do? Let me put it this way: I am 78 years old and from when I was only four years old I remember my father saying "Money talks"! Of course that was only a colloquialism of the time that meant exclusively “You can get what you want if you paid enough money for it!” However, now that I am a mature, well educated and experienced adult, I know the difference between speech and money. However, our current Supreme Court Justice Scalia (who naively took the old colloquial expression literally) has ruled that "money is speech". This gross distortion coupled with another of his gross distortions; i.e., "Corporations are people" has encouraged and made legal an infinite amount of money (that could total billions of dollars or more) that U.S. Corporations can contribute to U.S. elected members of our U.S. Congress to assure adoption of their preferred policies and legislation. Our Supreme Court voted that their action is protected by our Constitution’s freedom of speech proviso. As a result, the Corporations' massive amounts of money funneled through an inordinately large number of lobbyists to our members of Congress "speaks" so loudly that the voices of ordinary U.S. citizens are not heard or ignored by our elected Representatives and Senators. This is not Democracy (government by the people). It is a form of Plutocracy (government by the wealthy). This is the insidious compelling and all powerful force that is the real problem causing the gridlock we have been experiencing in our U.S. Congress. I respectfully submit that nothing is going to improve in Washington D.C. until this crippling situation is changed. And, the ONLY way it can be changed is to take the money out of American politics. To make this change, because our Supreme Court approved what Justice Scalia maintains, we must amend our U.S. Constitution. The basic Amendment is set forth in http://signon.org/sign/take-money-out-of-politics - so click on this link or paste it into your browser and see if you would like to sign the petition. Enough signatures are needed to get a two thirds vote in both our House of Representatives and Senate. Again - http://signon.org/sign/take-money-out-of-politics.

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