The Bottom Line…

“We’re in serious trouble: before 2030 it is all over but the shouting.”

 
We’re in serious trouble: before 2030 it is all over but the shouting.

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“There is a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can’t take part; you can’t even passively take part, and you’ve got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you’ve got to make it stop,” Mario Savio said in 1964.

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ingersoll2Unarmed citizens are being executed by sociopaths for jaywalking, wearing a hoodie, running or driving away, stealing cigars, selling cigarettes, not selling cigarettes, walking while black, refusing to provide ID, demonstrating against injustice, expressing grievances… or sometimes harmless unarmed citizens are just in the wrong place at the wrong time and a trigger-happy thug guns them down for looking suspicious or for no apparent reason at all.

endearAt home, American police bureaus, militarized and armed with machine-guns, have been provided a license to kill at will and our president claims a “right” to kill anyone, anywhere, any time, for any reason or without providing any reason at all. This amoral and extralegal extortion has been extended abroad in more than 27 corporate wars of choice. And what is most terrifying: the American people have surrendered to this betrayal and treason. With innocents executed at home and abroad, we are under attack and must stand up and fight back: no fear, no compromise and no surrender.

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Truth is…

“All of us are more than fed up with mediocrity, hypocrisy, lesser-evil, trickle-down, less-than-perfect settling for spending trillions and killing millions for munitions firms and billionaires who pay no taxes and steal what we pay.

This is more than “less than perfect.” This shakedown is organized crime, committed in our names and on our dime because we let it happen and it comes from both sides of the corporate aisles.

Nothin’ but the truth

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Truth and Lies;
Peace and War;
Fact, Myth, Magic,
Science and Fiction…

 

Over time we find small truths, big lies, radical science and brilliant ideas.  But so far war trumps peace, aggression spreads and myths abound. Too many live in personal fictions where facts are too great a burden to bear.
dick“Reality denied comes back to haunt.”
― Philip K. Dick

Hold fast to dreams

For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.
 

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Hold fast to dreams

For when dreams go
Life is a barren field

Frozen with snow.

 

Langston Hughes

 

“Kindness, I’ve discovered, is everything in life.”

 

Isaac Bashevis Singer
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“All of us are more than fed up with mediocrity, hypocrisy, lesser-evil, trickle-down, less-than-perfect settling for spending trillions and killing millions for munitions firms and billionaires who pay no taxes and steal what we pay.

 
This is more than “less than perfect.” This shakedown is organized crime, committed in our names and on our dime because we let it happen. And it comes from both sides of the corporate aisle.

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War is not the answer…

Election year nonsense can be very painful.

kingtrumpElection year nonsense can be very painful.
The Republican party bragged about wanting to spend trillions killing millions in avoidable wars for billionaires… and the Democratic party lied about wanting to spend trillions killing millions in avoidable wars for billionaires.



With Trump, Clinton or Obama… this was a losing proposition. 

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We had two actual choices:

One choice was Trump or Clinton for wars on the road to ruin

 

The other choice was Dr. Jill Stein and The Green New Deal: securing the peace and investing in people, progress and the planet.

War was not the answer. 

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But mainstream media represented the corporate elite and gave us entertainment instead of hard news.

So we got Trumped.
 

Now that the deed is done, we can’t pretend anymore.
We can secure the peace and rebuild the nation or let the bottom fall out.  


Time to organize.   Si se puede.

Trump or Clinton will sink all ships

We cannot continue spending trillions killing millions for billionaires in pursuit of corporate empire. Global economists agree this has already bankrupted the country and will destroy the nation between 2020 and 2030. We are teetering on the brink.

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Donnie and Hillary both had royal ambitions, but neither one of them is presidential material.  And we do not need a king or queen.

Obama declared that he, as the American president, had the “right of kings” to murder at will without due process of law. According to this theory, a president can murder anyone, anywhere, anytime, for any reason… or without providing any reason at all. Congress did not challenge this rank treason because they are mostly cowards, thieves and profiteers.  Our new King Trump and would be Queen Hillary agree with this insanity and do not belong anywhere near the White House.  Voting for either of these clowns makes no sense

https://thewordsmithcollection.wordpress.com/2016/07/20/neither-hillary-nor-trump-will-do/

 

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27 simultaneous, expanding wars of unprovoked aggression is a bad platform. Launching thousands of drones known to kill an average of 50 innocents per strike and bombing smaller and less powerful nations will only continue to create more enemies and make us even less secure.

https://thepeaceresource.wordpress.com/2016/06/07/while-we-bury-our-heads-in-the-sand/


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We cannot continue spending trillions killing millions for billionaires in pursuit of corporate empire. Economists agree this military madness will bankrupt the country and destroy the nation between 2020 and 2030.  We are teetering on the brink.

 

https://thepeaceresource.wordpress.com/2016/04/15/its-time-to-strike-back-at-the-empire/

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Our future is in our hands. If we had voted for Dr. Jill Stein and the Green New Deal (voting values instead of fears)  we could have taken back the nation, secured the peace, established justice and guaranteed freedom.

But that time has passed and we are in serious trouble.

 

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3rd Parties… or 7th, 8th, 9th and more!

Dr. Jill Stein has a plan for revolutionary change. She wants to put everyday people back in charge.

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We deserve better than Ronnie Reagan, George Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Trump, and avoidable wars for profit.

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Our educational system is failing. High school graduates cannot do college level work. Each year Systemic decline continues and next year it will be worse than it is today.
We deserve better.

Instead of non-profit, single-payer, common sense health care, we got mandated payments to deep-pocket insurance cartels who continue to hold the purse-strings and control the increased costs.

The health “insurance” we get is increasingly un-affordable and leaves 31 to 35 million Americans at risk, uncovered, unprotected, vulnerable and losing fortunes, homes and lives.
peace5This cannot continue.

We spend trillions fighting avoidable wars chosen by advocates on one side or another of the corporate aisle. Most of the biggest players (like the 16 big guys who make billions and pay no taxes) are savvy enough to payoff both corporate parties to hedge their bets.

Our only option is to pay attention. Between 60 and 75% of the voting public say, at this point, they are ready and willing to seriously consider a third party.

This is good and bad.

The bad part is Bernie Sanders will rope people into the lesser evil myth (with a blind eye to Israeli and corporate aggression.) The truths he will tell about banks are useful, but when he folds up his tent and supports Hillary, we are left in the lurch with nothing but Clinton and a Bush.

But we have a bird in the hand!

Dr. Jill Stein has a plan for revolutionary change. She wants to put everyday people back in charge.

president steinDr. Stein is recognized as a global leader in health care and people. She advocates for peace and a restoration of human services at home and abroad. As we transition to peace, instead of transitioning between wars, we can rebuild, renew and replace failing infrastructure. This will create jobs at home, good-will abroad and ships will rise.

During and after this transition, we will retool for peace and shut down ambitious, boneheaded and counterproductive corporate power grabs and abuses of the public trust. Savvy firms will reinvest and we can begin exporting technology, information, education and peace… instead of munitions, aggression, studious-ignorance and war. It’s time to stop fooling ourselves, war is surrender and peace is victory.    http://www.jill2016.com/plan


Hillary’s crimes cannot be erased…

“In March 2011, Clinton supported the NATO attacks on Libya to aid rebels in their attempts to overthrow Moammar Gadhafi, which … led to Libya becoming the failed state that it is today.”

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton looks on as she speaks during a town hall meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada August 18, 2015. REUTERS/David Becker – RTX1OPKY

Most people do not hate Hillary, they hate the war machine she endorses and supports.

Clinton, who served in the U.S. Senate from 2001 to 2009 and as Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013, has supported every major recent U.S. war and intervention.
 
a look at her record:
During her time as a senator from New York, Clinton voted in favor of the Patriot Act, a controversial piece of legislation due to concerns about civil liberty violations, including the indefinite detention of immigrants, and the expansion of law enforcement’s power to search homes, businesses, and electronic communications — often without a court order.
6_9_2015_dem-2016-clinton-282www.washingtontimesdot.com01_c0-29-2334-1389_s885x516 Clinton supports the United States’ traditional allies in the Middle East as well, like Saudi Arabia and Israel. She has also penned an opinion piece for the Washington Post, where she expressed her strong admiration for Henry Kissinger.
Clinton, …  supported the post-9/11 invasion of Afghanistan.
 
The New York senator voted in favor of the 2002 Iraq War Resolution. This sent U.S. troops into Iraq, destroyed the country and created the chaos in the region today.
Clinton introduced legislation in 2005 to increase the size of the U.S. Army by 80,000 soldiers due to difficulties the troop force was facing in Iraq.

1246205860wwwdotelmundodot.es_0That same year, she helped to ensure that Manuel Zelaya, the democratically-elected president of Honduras, who was overthrown in a military coup in 2009, would not return to office. …

 

In March 2011, Clinton supported the NATO attacks on Libya to aid rebels in their attempts to overthrow Moammar Gadhafi, which … led to Libya becoming the failed state that it is today.

After becoming Secretary of State in 2009, Clinton supported Obama’s decision to send an additional 21,000 troops into Afghanistan.

http://www.veteranstoday.com/2014/08/12/us-forces-who-have-tortured-or-killed-civilians-in-afghanistan/

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The secretary then supported greater contact with Free Syrian Army rebels in Syria and wanted to arm them.
Clinton supported Israel’s attacks on Gaza last summer, which killed over 2,300 people and left almost 500,000 displaced.
More recently, she supported a bombing campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)…
When asked about moral scruples, Hillary the hawk’s response was: “What difference, at this point, does it make?”

https://thepeaceresource.wordpress.com/2015/04/19/war-hawk-hillary-hell/


Clinton’s actions as Secretary of state were war crimes. She should be in jail, not the White House. She broke the law, cost us billions and killed millions. Not small potatoes.
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton ajusts headphones at Echo Moskvy radio station Wednesday morning, Oct. 14, 2009. (AP Photo/ Alexander Zemlianichenko)

“What Hillary Clinton
did to Libya is a crime
on a scale rivaled only
by the crimes of the
Bush administration
in Iraq – and there is
a definite parallel in
the methodology of the criminals.”

Some Curious Things you may not know about Hillary:scaryclinton
Co-sponsored bill to criminalize flag-burning. (Jan 2010)|
Voted YES on loosening restrictions on cell phone wiretapping. (Oct 2001)
Rated only 60% by the ACLU, a mixed civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)
Longtime advocate of death penalty. (Jan 2008)
Supports “Three Strikes” and more prison. (Aug 1994)
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Supports structured inner-city schools, with uniforms.
(May 1996)
Opposes merit pay for individual teachers. (Apr 2000)
Voted YES on funding student testing instead of private tutors. (May 2001)
2001 speech to AIPAC pledges money for Israeli military. (Nov 2007)
Allegedly pro-PLO in 1960; but pro-Israel by 1981. (Jul 2007)
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 Committed to maintaining economic embargo against Cuba. (Dec 2008)
Chief advocate for Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). (Aug 2014)
Defended outsourcing of US jobs to India. (Oct 2005)
Voted YES on “free trade” agreement with Oman. (Jun 2006)
Voted NO on establishing the Senate Office of Public Integrity. (Mar 2006)
Recommended “managed competition”; not single-payer system. (Nov 2003)
tpp1%FactCheck: Yes, in 2006 condoned exceptions on torture. (Oct 2007)
Voted YES on reauthorizing the PATRIOT Act. (Mar 2006)
Voted YES on building a fence along the Mexican border. (Sep 2006)
Hillary began her college career as a conservative Republican. (Aug 1999)
Voted NO on restoring $550M in funding for Amtrak for 2007. (Mar 2006)counterpunchimageofhclinton
Believed, wrongly, that Iran was pursuing nuclear weapon. Global intelligence communities agreed this was not true.
Hillary refused to listen.
(Dec 2007)
She admits “I  got it wrong on 2002 Iraq War vote.”
(Jun 2014)
Called war on terror “Bush’s war” but played an active role. (Nov 2007)
2002: Attacking Iraq “not a good option” but authorized it. (Feb 2004)
hillstyClinton wants to ignore the rule of law and “Don’t demand complete moratorium on Israeli settlement.”
(Jun 2014)
Facts matter. They are simple declarative statements.
Regardless of various political opinions, facts remain
 

 

rest of the storyhttp://original.antiwar.com/justin/2015/02/01/hillarys-war/


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The Rise & Fall of American Empire

American foreign policy under Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama, when considered by the non-partisan observer, has a sense of continuity – and escalating and expanding aggressiveness.

886853520046797971If we look at American foreign policy under Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Donald John Trump…
what strikes the non-partisan observer is a sense of continuity – and an escalating aggressiveness.

President Clinton moved with force into Haiti, Bosnia, and Kosovo, the latter two in support of a Muslim minority that was fighting for independence against Serbia. The result: a permanent US “mission” (under NATO auspices) in both Bosnia and Kosovo, and the establishment of a de facto protectorate in Haiti. He also moved against Iraq, bombing constantly during his two terms in office and maintaining draconian sanctions that killed as many as a half a million Iraqis, mostly children and the aged.

www.doomsteaddiner.netIn the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, President George W. Bush launched two major wars – and a worldwide covert “shadow war” – that represented a Great Leap Forward for the American Empire. We invaded Iraq, and occupied it: we invaded Afghanistan, and set up the conditions for the longest war in our history. The Bush presidency also set the stage for future interventions, ratcheting up tensions with Iran, and extending our reach into the former Soviet republics of Central Asia and the Caucasus, taking on Russia in the bargain.


President Obama took office as the “antiwar” candidate, criticizing the Iraq invasion while advocating an escalation of the “neglected” Afghan front. Iraq, he argued, was a “diversion” away from our central task, which was fighting terrorism (and al-Qaeda) in Afghanistan – and in Pakistan, as well. This last was an important addition to our enemies list, one that went little noticed at the time but has since loomed large in this administration’s sights, as the stealthy but steady expansionism of the frontiers of empire pushes forward.

obageoIn Iraq, and now in Afghanistan, the US announced a “drawdown” – indeed, as far as the former is concerned, we were supposed to be withdrawing entirely. At least that’s what the US-Iraq Status of Forces Agreement, signed by President Bush, stipulated. However, the Americans are trying to get around that by claiming there are still 1,000 al-Qaeda fighters in Iraq. The country “continues to be a fragile situation,” he averred, “and I believe that we should take whatever steps are necessary to make sure that we protect whatever progress we have made there.” Asked about the Iraqi government’s willingness to let the Americans stay, he testified:

“It’s clear to me that Iraq is considering the possibility of making a request for some kind of [troop] presence to remain there,” he said, adding that he had “every confidence that a request like that will be forthcoming.”

police-bad-copsEver since the Obama administration took office, US officials have been pressuring our Iraqi sock-puppets to cave in to US demands for an extended stay, in defiance of the “radical” Shi’ite leader, Muqtada Sadr, and his followers, who have joined the ruling coalition government. The fiercely nationalistic Sadrists are threatening to withdraw from the coalition, and even take up arms, if the deadline for the US withdrawal passes and the Americans are still there. This would serve the administration’s purposes rather neatly, providing a rationale for an extension of the deadline and marginalizing a troublesome figure who stands in the way of our long range plans.

And what, exactly, are those plans?

no3It’s clear that what the US envisions in Iraq is an “independent” state entirely dependent on US aid and military assistance: in short, an American protectorate, garrisoned with a “residual force” of several tens of thousands of “non-combat troops.”

The same holds true for Afghanistan, although the process is not as far along. That’s the purpose of announcing this fake “drawdown.” Look at the Afghan pattern: it’s virtually the same as in Iraq – a “surge,” followed by a “drawdown” to previous levels, with the end result being a garrison of US soldiers left behind to police its newly-integrated province. As Bob Woodward related in Obama’s Wars, then defense secretary Robert Gates – at a dinner for Afghan “President” Hamid Karzai – expressed his regret for going along with George H. W. Bush’s decision to “abandon” Afghanistan, and went on to declare:

poem-truth-casino-inconvenient-truth2“We’re not leaving Afghanistan prematurely,” Gates finally said. “In fact, we’re not ever leaving at all.”

Make no mistake: both Iraq and Afghanistan are provinces in an American empire that has rapidly expanded, since the fall of the Soviet Union, to include much of the Middle East – and, now, parts of North Africa, where the Libyan intervention is the tip of the American spear.

In Libya, to be sure, we are going in with our NATO allies, but this is just a stylistic difference with the previous administration: Bush and the neocons preferred to go it alone, while the present gang flies the flag of “multilateralism.” The result, however, is the same: a conquered province in an ever-expanding global empire, totally dependent on Western aid and support to keep afloat.

cropped-peace-justice1.jpgBack in the cold war era, the US constructed what the late Chalmers Johnson called “an empire of bases,” a series of lily-pads that allowed Washington to project American military power to the four corners of the earth at a moment’s notice. With the implosion of communism, and the end of the US-Soviet global confrontation, the Americans moved rapidly to put flesh on the bare bones of their empire.

In Iraq and Afghanistan, we are making the transition to a more traditional form of imperialism, following the Roman model: setting up protectorates which are allowed to run their own affairs internally – as long as they don’t conflict with US objectives, and permit a contingent of US troops to stand guard over the frontiers of empire.

cropped-ttd.jpgThose frontiers are being pushed ever onward, and this is clearly the goal of the Obama administration in Pakistan – the next American target – as well as Libya. Yet this is also, for Washington’s empire-builders, an era of consolidation, when the military conquests of the previous administration are to be formalized and “legalized.”

At home, too, the empire is being institutionalized, and given a formal structure, as the President defends his supremacy in the foreign policy and military realm – so far successfully. Although the Founders abhorred imperialism, and are no doubt turning in their graves over the ongoing usurpation of Congress’s authority to make war, the White House has blithely gone about its business, ignoring its congressional critics – and this has been the case since the days of Harry Truman, who sent US troops to Korea without consulting the elected representatives of the people.

cropped-dove.gifA few years ago there was a discussion among foreign policy wonks about whether America should ditch its anti-imperialist heritage entirely and become an empire. I had to laugh at this “debate,” for America has been an empire in fact if not in form since the end of World War II, and is now reaching the pinnacle of its power. Which is to say: it’s downhill all the way from this point.

The American empire may be expanding, but the economic foundations on which it rests are in fatal disrepair. As we contemplate our imminent bankruptcy – moral as well as financial –

…The pattern of imperial consolidation – “humanitarian” wars of “liberation,” followed by occupation and the installation of American garrisons in the newly-integrated provinces – is not the inevitable the result of some natural law in the evolution of great nation-states.

Source:  http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2011/06/26/the-rise-and-fall-of-the-american-empire/

 

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