Manufacturing Consent: … or why Chomsky endorses voting

– the other 80% of the population — are marginalized, diverted from political awareness and participation in self-governing, and reduced to apathy so they don’t vote or take charge

noam-chomsky-2014-22realism-national-interest-and-the-israel-lobby22_converted_scruberthumbnail_4“Chomsky’s concept of NECESSARY ILLUSIONS is linked to power elites dominating how life happens, with part of the population — about 20% who make up the political class and are expected to participate as cultural managers in a limited fashion — are indoctrinated, and most people — the other 80% of the population — are marginalized, diverted from political awareness and participation in self-governing, and reduced to apathy so they don’t vote or take charge. Media are a tool of society’s power elites and owned and controlled by them and are used to impose those iIllusions that are Necessary to keep people diverted from the political process.”

http://hope.journ.wwu.edu/tpilgrim/j190/Chomsky.summary.html

no6Regarding Thought Control in a Democratic Society, Chomsky makes these points:

1) Propaganda is to democracy what violence is to a dictatorship.

2) Ordinary people have remarkable creativity.

3) People have a fundamental need for creative work, which is not being met in systems where people are like cogs in a machine.

4) What would make more sense as a way to govern is a form of rationalist-libertarian socialism — not one that increasingly functions without public input. Chomsky advocates a system where a community and its members run things in a democratic fashion and whose people do not function as some sort of wage slaves.

fightback5) People need to be able to detect forms of authority and coercion and challenge those that are not legitimate.

6) The major form of authority that needs challenging is the system of private control over public resources.

7) The First Amendment means that democracy requires free access to ideas and opinions.

8) Democracy in America is not functioning in an ideal sense but more in the sense that Lippmann noted in Public Opinion (where a specialized class of about 20 percent of the people — but who are also a target of progaganda — manages democratic functioning) and, in effect, are under control of a power elite, who more or less own the institutions. The masses of people (80 percent) are marginalized, diverted and controlled by what he calls Necessary Illusions.

cropped-rainy-day-reading.jpg9) Manufacturing consent is related to the understanding that indoctrination is the essence of propaganda. In a “democratic” society indoctrination occurs when the techniques of control of a propaganda model are imposed — which means imposing Necessary Illusions.


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THE DRONE PAPERS

~That “Drones strikes—which are being conducted in Pakistan, Yemen, and Somlia—are illegal is cut and dry.

peace-conversion-task-force-cartoon-sized-down-adapted-300x235US officials responsible for carrying out drone strikes may have to stand trial for war crimes, says a report by Amnesty International, which lists civilian casualties in the attacks in Pakistan. Human Rights Watch has issued similar report on Yemen.

~That “Drones strikes—which are being conducted in Pakistan, Yemen, and Somlia—are illegal is cut and dry. Article 2 of the U.N. Charter states that “All Members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state, or in any other manner inconsistent with the Purposes of the United Nations.” Under the Charter, there are only two circumstances under which the use of force is legitimate (i.e., not illegal): One, when the use of force is in self-defense against armed aggression, and, two, when the U.N. Security Council has authorized it. These drone strikes are not actions that defend the United States from armed aggression against its borders or sovereignty, and they have not been authorized by the Security Council. Thus, they are incontrovertibly illegal.”

~Jeremy R. Hammond                                           ~ http://www.ThePortlandAlliance.org/drones


THE DRONE PAPERS

                                                                                               Photo: Mohammed Hamoud/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
SQ01_TheAssassinationComplex01-feature-hero01. THE ASSASSINATION COMPLEX
02. A VISUAL GLOSSARY
03. THE KILL CHAIN
04. FIND, FIX, FINISH
05. MANHUNTING IN THE HINDU KUSH
06. FIRING BLIND
07. THE LIFE AND DEATH OF OBJECTIVE PECKHAM
08. TARGET AFRICA

ARTICLE №1 OF 8 
THE DRONE PAPERS
by Jeremy Scahill
Oct. 15 2015, 5:57 a.m.
 
droneone“From his first days as commander in chief, the drone has been President Barack Obama’s weapon of choice, used by the military and the CIA to hunt down and kill the people his administration has deemed — through secretive processes, without indictment or trial — worthy of execution. There has been intense focus on the technology of remote killing, but that often serves as a surrogate for what should be a broader examination of the state’s power over life and death.
 
…The implicit message on drone strikes from the Obama administration has been one of trust, but don’t verify.
 
…Whether through the use of drones, night raids, or new platforms yet to be unleashed, these documents lay bare the normalization of assassination as a central component of U.S. counterterrorism policy.
 
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… faulty intelligence has led to the killing of innocent people, including U.S. citizens, in drone strikes.
 
 
…the internal view of the people being hunted by the U.S. for possible death by drone strike is: “They have no rights. They have no dignity. They have no humanity to themselves. They’re just a ‘selector’ to an analyst. You eventually get to a point in the target’s life cycle that you are following them, you don’t even refer to them by their actual name.”
 
rainy-day-reading
…documents detailing a special operations campaign in northeastern Afghanistan, Operation Haymaker, show that between January 2012 and February 2013, U.S. special operations airstrikes killed more than 200 people. Of those, only 35 were the intended targets. During one five-month period of the operation, according to the documents, nearly 90 percent of the people killed in airstrikes were not the intended targets. In Yemen and Somalia, where the U.S. has far more limited intelligence capabilities to confirm the people killed are the intended targets, the equivalent ratios may well be much worse.
 
“Anyone caught in the vicinity is guilty by association,” the source said. When “a drone strike kills more than one person, there is no guarantee that those persons deserved their fate. … So it’s a phenomenal gamble.”
 
…The architects of what amounts to a global assassination campaign do not appear concerned with either its enduring impact or its moral implications. “All you have to do is take a look at the world and what it’s become, and the ineptitude of our Congress, the power grab of the executive branch over the past decade,” the source said. “It’s never considered: Is what we’re doing going to ensure the safety of our moral integrity? Of not just our moral integrity, but the lives and humanity of the people that are going to have to live with this the most?”
from source:
https://theintercept.com/drone-papers/the-assassination-complex/


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No Debate: How the Republican and Democratic Parties Secretly Control the Presidential Debates by George Farah, Seven Stories Press (2004).

the whole story:  https://www.popularresistance.org/lawsuit-against-phonty-debate-commission-filed/



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no_war_for_oil-4431Perhaps we can learn from the past 36 years of macho-male misadventures and mistakes.

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March on Washington: September 22: Resist Militarism at home and abroad!

ANTI-WAR ACTION-WASHINGTON,DC
DATE: 9.22.2015
TIME: All Day
COST: $Free
ORGANIZER: Malachy Kilbride
VENUE: The White House
ADDRESS: 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW
CITY: Washington, DC


  • United Against Terrorism March on Washington Photo #1UNITED AGAINST TERRORISM MARCH ON WASHINGTON
    September 22, 2015

          Monday   8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Rally starts at The White House –
1600 Pennsylvania Ave

Washington D.C.  Washington, District of Columbia 20500


Tell Coaca5ngress and The President to reverse course and secure peace instead of war in America, Afghanistan, Algeria, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Gaza, Gulf of Guinea, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Liberia, Libya, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria, Tunesia, Uganda, Ukraine, West Bank, & Yemen.

27 Wars of Aggression cannot be sustained.
Since taking office, Obama has bombed TEN Sovereign NATIONS, more than any of his predecessors.  None of these nations attacked America. These bombings violate International Treaties, U. S. Civil Law, The War Powers Act and the Constitution.

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DATE:
9.22.2015
TIME: All Day
COST: $Free
ORGANIZER: Malachy Kilbride
VENUE: The White House
ADDRESS: 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW
CITY: Washington, DC

SOWING THE SEEDS OF HOPE: From Congress to the White House

For our planet, the war-ravaged, and the poor we will sow the seeds of hope for peace.
occupyGuided by conscience, reason, and commitment…  we call upon people of good will to come to Washington, DC on Tuesday September 22, 2015 to actively participate in a witness of nonviolent civil-resistance calling on Congress and the White House to take meaningful action as we confront the climate crisis, unending wars, poverty, homelessness, police getting away with murder and the structural violence of a military-security state.  We ared now at war in 27 nations, habeaus corpus is suspended at home and we send drones to kill an average of 50 innocents per strike.  We kill prisoners at home and have bombed mrore than 7 nations who have not attacked us. Congress has ignored violations of the War Powers Act.  There will be an occupation of a Congressional office, followed by direct action at the White House.

Come together to save Mother Earth!

joy2The Pentagon is the biggest consumer of fossil fuels. Unnecessary wars are being fought for oil and profiteering. These avoidable conflicts will continue to be waged to secure precious resources in years to come. Wars destroy populations and habitat, assault the environment, and exascerbate deteriorating environmental conditions.  The use of depleted uranium, chemical weapons and toxins are part of the Pentagon’s arsenal. Pesticides are another disastrous example of the mistreatment of the environment. Drug wars and Plan Colombia have had catastrophic impacts on people and planet Earth. Too many weapons of mass destruction entirely threaten life on the planet. All nuclear weapons and the plans for their use must be abolished.

stopviolenceEnd corporate wars!

The United States has been in a perpetual state of war for decades. Democratically-elected governments have been overthrown in violation of international law. It is not sustainable for the US to continue waging war. The US is conducting an illegal and immoral drone program that has killed and maimed thousands of innocent victims.  The US military footprint is in evidence at hundreds upon hundreds of military bases abroad including new and expanding bases on South Korea’s Jeju Island and in Okinawa, Japan.

The US must cease its hostile rhetoric and sanctions against North Korea, Russia, and Iran. Furthermore, the US onemorethingshould seek a diplomatic solution to the civil war in Syria, disband NATO, and end the increasing military presence in Southeast Asia commonly referred to as the “Asian Pivot” which works against peaceful relations with China. We must end all military aid to Egypt, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and the other countries in the Middle East. A new approach must be taken by the Obama Administration to free the Palestinians from over half a century of violent Israeli oppression. Diplomacy is the only answer to stop perpetuating the cycle of violence. Violence and war are not the answers to conflict, as history has shown that only human misery results.

End poverty by using money for jobs, education, infrastructure, and the poor!
It is not sustainable and or even moral to continue to spend trillions of dollars to prop up this economic system dependent on the war profiteers and fossil fuel industries. We call upon our government to withdraw support for the wealthy financial corporate elites who profit at the expense of the poor. Such inequality threatens our planet. We must create an economic system that supports working people and the poor by reorienting our economy to supporting human needs over the profits of a tiny minority of people. The Pentagon budget must be cut and resources directed to a universal healthcare system, renewable energy, free education and trades programs, and the creation of a jobs program to rebuild the infrastructure of this country. We have enough resources to eliminate hunger and homelessness and this must be done.

enhanced-buzz-26394-1375369390-23End structural violence!
We call upon our leaders to listen to and take action on behalf of Native Americans and people of African descent who have suffered grave injustices for centuries through many forms of institutional and structural violence. We call for an end to mass incarceration and solitary confinement in all prisons and jails, closing the detention centers for undocumented immigrants, shutting down the Guantanamo prison and immediately releasing prisoners who’ve been cleared for release, closing the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation “School of the Assasins”, and ending the militarization of our local police. Black lives matter, Palestinian lives matter and we cannot continue to allow these policies of exclusion and repression.

Organized by National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance (NCNR) as part of Campaign Nonviolence week of actions.  For more information contact malachykilbride at gmail.com, mobuszewski at Verizon.net, or joyfirst5 at gmail.com.  Find updates on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/National-Campaign-for-Nonviolent-Resistance-NCNR/184398124955311 .    

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 Taking Action Against War In Washington, DC This September 22nd, 2015

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Supporting Sanders sends the wrong message

“In 2016, we need to make sure there is a ballot line for any independent left or socialist candidate to contest the corporate party lackeys running for office.”

bernieseattleAll Bernie had to do was pick up the microphone, after the 4.5 minutes of silence, and say something useful. Instead, he opted to shut down the event and leave. If this is how a relatively conservative 73 year-old white man reacts to discussions about racism and black lives, we have better options.

And Bernie has baggage. He supports a trillion dollar boondoggle, the F-35 fighter/bomber, which cannot even match the performance of the previous bomber costing 80% less. (The definition of profiteering.) He is also supportive of drone strikes which are known to kill an average of fifty innocents per strike. He condones illegal settlement-building and attacks on Gaza by the IDF. This is beyond the pale.

blm“The Sanders platform has a populist bent, but the Green Party platform is clearly to the left of that. Sanders has been silent on the increasing police violence against Black and Brown young men and women. In my opinion, no leftist who stands in solidarity with Palestine can make excuses for Sanders foreign policy positions.

…IT IS likely that the majority of Sanders supporters will follow Sanders into his already declared support for the Democratic nominee, the warmonger and 1 Percenter Hillary Clinton.

I agree with Ashley Smith that getting involved in the Sanders campaign will be demobilizing and take energy away from the radical movements of today

To continue to build a bigger and stronger left independent political movement, we need to organize around a declared, independent left candidate now. We cannot take for granted that the candidate of our movement will be on as many state ballots as possible unless we have everyone on board from day one.

JillSteinTo sum up, I don’t support the organized left actively participating in the Sanders campaign.

…And right after Jill Stein announces her bid for president as an independent, left candidate seeking the Green Party nomination, we need to get behind her 100 percent.

In 2016, we need to make sure there is a ballot line for any independent left or socialist candidate to contest the corporate party lackeys running for office.

We need to ensure that there is a healthy, viable independent presidential campaign, like Jill Stein’s, that will lift up and support our left candidates and their social movements around the country.

That, in my opinion, comrades, along with our movement and education work, will be the path to system change.”

GLORIA MATTERA, Socialist and Green Party Member
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http://socialistworker.org/…/the-wrong-message-on-sanders

Dr. Jill Stein is the ticket.

She has a plan for shutting down dozens of wars of choice, including the ongoing brutality in Gaza and the West Bank. It is time we got past the last five angry militant men, and put a brilliant and capable woman (and distinguished physician) in the White House.

enhanced-buzz-26394-1375369390-23Dr. Jill Stein can provide the critical transition from exporting munitions, terror and war… to exporting knowledge, technology and medical and agricultural expertise… along with peace in our time.

Let’s allow her to help heal a nation in distress.

Dr. Jill Stein is endorsed by Noam Chomsky, a linguist, author and activist, and by Chris Hedges, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and war correspondent, among others. She is as real as it gets.”

https://thepeaceresource.wordpress.com/…/why-jill…/

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The right-wing political record of Bernie Sanders

Last fall, when members of Code Pink and Occupy confronted him about his failure to oppose Israel’s attack on the Gaza civilian population, Bernie took an evasive liberal position, criticizing the Palestinians who were resisting as much or more than the Zionists. He then called the police on us.

onemorethingThe right-wing political record of Bernie Sanders
By Tom Hall
15 May 2015

…In 1990 Sanders ran for the House of Representatives, defeating an incumbent Republican and a Democrat in a three-way race. During congressional deliberations over authorizing the first Gulf War, Sanders declared his support for sanctions, diplomatic pressure and even the use of US forces to “pressure” Iraq into submission, while stopping, along with most congressional Democrats, just short of voting for the actual war. This caveat was dropped in 1993, when Sanders voted for US intervention in Somalia. Sanders then voted for the NATO air war against Serbia in 1999.

war-is-moneySanders voted in 2001 for the Authorization for the Use of Military Force, the congressional resolution that was the basis of George Bush’s invasion and occupation of Afghanistan and the launching of the “war on terror,” and which is still cited by Barack Obama as the legal justification for drone-missile assassinations in Pakistan, Yemen and other countries. He regularly voted for military appropriations bills, required to fund the ongoing war in Iraq Sanders claimed to oppose.

.Sanders’ stance on immigration is entirely in line with right-wing efforts to scapegoat millions of impoverished and exploited Hispanic workers for the falling living standards of American working class. He has repeatedly introduced bills in Congress calling for the suspension of the federal visa program under the guise of protecting American jobs. For his efforts, he has earned the admiration of noted anti-immigrant racist and talk show host Lou Dobbs, who called him “one of the few straight talkers in Congress.”

11050250_936108489766020_7179628589638616419_nOn the massive NSA spying first revealed by Edward Snowden, Sanders has staked out a position virtually indistinguishable from the public position of Barack Obama, “welcoming” the opportunity to “discuss” government spying while demanding that Snowden be punished for revealing it. … Last July, Sanders co-sponsored the Obama-supported USA FREEDOM Act in the Senate, which would regularize NSA spying under the guise of regulating it.

…His role in the campaign will be to use his reputation as a politician of the “left” to disguise the ever more right-wing orientation of the Democratic Party: its abandonment of even a nominal commitment to social reform, its embrace of war, assassination, mass surveillance and an increasingly dictatorial role for the American imperialist state, both internationally and at home.

REST OF STORY:
https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/15/sand-m15.html


  • Bernie Sanders:  A booster for U.S. imperialism

    Edvard Munch-886497I HAVE lived and been an activist in Vermont for the past 30 years, during which time I closely followed Bernie Sanders’ political career that has led him from Burlington mayor to U.S. congressman to U.S. senator to presidential candidate.

    Over those years, I have had a number of direct encounters with him. I can tell you from my experience that Bernie is (1) a very rude human being (which makes it hard to understand how he has been a successful politician) and (2) has never been part of the social-change movements here in Vermont, and has often been at odds with us, particularly when it concerned wars and other international issues–most recently, the savage Israeli attack on Gaza.

    My first experience with Bernie came shortly after he was elected mayor, and I moved to Burlington partly on that basis. It came while I was participating in a Central American solidarity action at a General Electric Gatling Gun factory in the early 1980s in support of peasants in El Salvador and Nicaragua against whom the machine guns mounted on helicopters were being used.

    fightbackOne would have expected, and I certainly did at the time, that Bernie–back then, much more of an “avowed socialist” than he is today–would have supported our civil disobedience protests to rid the “Peoples Republic of Burlington” from this odious human rights blot. Burlington had a sister city in Nicaragua.

    But Bernie did not. Instead, I vividly remember Bernie standing arms-folded alongside the right-wing union officials from the factory and the Burlington Police Department as we were being arrested. He falsely insinuated that we were “anti-worker,” and he refused to have any serious political dialogue with us activists. Bernie next made cozy with the cops and their union, who endorsed him in his future mayoral elections.

    To my knowledge, Bernie has never spoken out against U.S. imperialism, calling it for what it is–namely, the foundation of upper-class profits and middle-class privileges in the belly of the beast. Down through the years as a politician, he has waffled at best on opposing U.S. wars against the developing world and other people who are deviating from what our rulers want. To his credit, Bernie did vote against the Iraq wars (though this was not a particularly courageous stand to take given how many other members of Congress did the same), but he has not consistently voted against the military funding legislation that made these wars possible.

    Bernie1Moreover, back in 1999, he was an enthusiastic supporter of Bill Clinton’s bombing campaign against Yugoslavia. At that time, I was a member of a group of angry and upset peace activists, including Dave Dellinger, who held a sit-in at Bernie’s Burlington office and were arrested after Bernie refused to speak with us. At that same time, one of Bernie’s Washington staff, the labor historian and activist Jeremy Brecher, wrote a stinging open letter explaining why he could not continue to work for and represent a politician who would take that kind of pro-war position.

    In the last couple of years, a huge battle has taken place in Burlington and surrounding towns over the Pentagon’s plan to station the new F-35 warplane boondoggle at the Burlington Airport. A large and diverse movement came together to oppose it, based on everything from the noise level for those who have to live under its takeoff to its contribution to militarism and global warming. Did Bernie stand with the people’s movement? No, he has supported the F-35 to the hilt, standing instead with the area’s military types.

    Last fall, when members of Code Pink and Occupy confronted him about his failure to oppose Israel’s attack on the Gaza civilian population, Bernie took an evasive liberal position, criticizing the Palestinians who were resisting as much or more than the Zionists. He then called the police on us.

    Yes, I will freely admit that Bernie can talk a good talk about economic inequities and the need to redress them. He’s definitely on the mark there. An Occupier can agree. While never much of an environmentalist, he has even added a bit about global warming to the end of his standard populist stump speech. (When I knew him as Burlington’s mayor, he was all in favor of letting developers take ovhillaryattackser the public lands on Burlington waterfront–which fortunately was stopped due to actions by Green activists with whom he could never get along.) However, is that enough?

    In my view, we need to be clear–especially if we are socialists–about the strong linkages between what capitalism does overseas and here at home, and we need to stand firmly in solidarity with all of those people who are opposing U.S. imperialism and call for no more military spending that is being used to kill and repress them. I will certainly not waste my vote on a politician who does not take that stand.

    As importantly, we need to be building revolutionary movements to take power away from the ruling class, not campaigning for politicians who invariably let us down with their promises of reforms.

    Jay Moore, Marshfield, Vermont


    stein-caucus-articleInlineWe have a better choice:

    Published on Wednesday, June 24, 2015

    by  Common Dreams

    Under Green Party Banner, Jill Stein Officially Sets Sights on 2016

    Power to the People Plan ‘would end unemployment and poverty; avert climate catastrophe; build a sustainable, just economy; and recognize the dignity and human rights of everyone in our society’

    Jill Stein at an Occupy Wall Street demonstration in 2012. (Photo: Paul Stein/flickr/cc)

    Vowing to combat the “converging crises” of racism, militarism, climate change, and “extreme materialism,” Dr. Jill Stein on Tuesday announced this week that she is running for president of the United States as a Green Party candidate.

    In a campaign kick-off speech at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, Stein laid out the major planks of her platform, excerpted below:

    cropped-peacedovemiddle.jpgOur Power to the People Plan lays out these solutions in a blueprint to move our economy from the greed and exploitation of corporate capitalism to a human-centered system that puts people, planet and peace over profit. This plan would end unemployment and poverty; avert climate catastrophe; build a sustainable, just economy; and recognize the dignity and human rights of everyone in our society. The plan affirms that we have the power to take our future back:

    We have the power to create a Green New Deal, providing millions of jobs by transitioning to 100% clean renewable energy by 2030. 


    cropped-cropped-peace-justice11.jpgWe have the power to provide to a living-wage job and workers rights for every American. 

    We have the power to end poverty and guarantee economic human rights.

    We have the power to make health-care a human right through an improved Medicare for All system.

    We have the power to provide education as a right and  abolish student debt.

    We have the power to create a just economy.

    We have the power to protect Mother Earth.

    fearWe have the power to end institutional racism, police brutality and mass incarceration. 

    We have the power to restore our Constitutional rights. 

    We have the power to end our wars of aggression, close foreign bases and cut military expenditures 50%

    We have the power to empower the people.

    …Speaking of her economic priorities, Stein told Democracy Now‘s Goodman: “We are very focused on reforming the financial system, not only breaking up the big banks, but actually establishing public banks at the community, state and national level, so that we actually can democratize our finance. We can nationalize the Fed and ensure that it’s running for public purpose and not simply for private profit.”

    resist… Stein’s official entry into the 2016 presidential race coincides with the filing of a lawsuit against the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) on Monday. That lawsuit, brought by the advocacy group Level the Playing Field and the Green and Libertarian parties, seeks to expand the 2016 general-election presidential debates to independent and third-party candidates.

    Stein—who was arrested, along with vice presidential candidate Cheri Honkala, trying to enter a presidential debate sponsored by the CPD in the fall of 2012—was reportedly “deeply involved in negotiations with Level the Playing Field to have the Green Party join as co-plaintiff in this suit.”

No Surrender to fear: embrace Courage

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

https://thepeaceresource.wordpress.com/2015/05/15/why-jill-stein-is-the-only-logical-choice-in-2016/

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Those who insist on pretending we only can choose between Democrats and Republicans must learn how to think outside the corporate box. We have 36 years of evidence that perpetual and unending war is not the answer. And sitting on the couch hoping for change or only focusing on local issues are not solutions.

We must keep our eyes on the prize of freedom and vote values instead of fears.  We can secure the peace and demand justice. Too much hangs in the balance to straddle the fence, vote for “lesser evils” or surrender.

peace and justice, Tim (tmf)


 Hillary Clinton  and Bernie Sanders are fatally-flawed pro-war candidates.  

AugustPeaceresourceTim
Timothy Martin Flanagan: writer, educator, journalist, editor, artist and gardener who enjoys planting seeds.

Hillary supports the odd notion that Israel is somehow entitled to break the law, build illegal settlements, hide nuclear bombs from international inspections and attack virtually defenseless occupied and surrounded people. Israel has an Army, Navy and an Air Force. These  resources are backed up with un-inspected nuclear weapons. Israeli “Defense” Force attacks on Gaza and the West Bank are offense not defense: this criminal enterprise must end.

Aside from Hillary’a blinders on the Middle East, she endorses multiple wars of choice and spouts Netanyahu’s delusional aspirations about attacking Iran (and flirting with World War III) instead of dealing with facts on the ground. She is trigger-happy, unstable, dangerous and has been wrong too many times. She has committed international crimes by her machinations with Libya and Syria. She should not hold public office.

~(tmf)

https://thepeaceresource.wordpress.com/2015/05/07/the-difference-between-jill-stein-and-bernie-sanders/
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hillsty“Given the US record of the past dozen years, there is a great deal to be said in principle for a long period in which Washington simply pulls back from involvement in international crises. In practice, though, as several administrations have found, international affairs will not leave a US president alone. Crises blow up suddenly, and to craft an appropriate response requires a consistent philosophy, deep local knowledge, a firm grip on the US foreign-policy apparatus, and the ability to frame that response in ways that will gain the necessary support from the policy establishment, media and population. These are sufficiently great challenges in themselves. To expect in addition that a statesman will display originality, moral courage and a willingness to challenge national shibboleths is probably too much to ask of anyone. On the evidence to date, this is certainly too much to ask of Hillary Rodham Clinton.”

http://www.thenation.com/article/hawk-named-hillary/

About Hillary

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“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.”

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Bernie Sanders is an older and conservative politician dedicated to the military status quo. His populist rhetoric about ecnomics is compelling, but the congressional record provides glaring examples which prove he remains a “hawk” on Israel, the F-35, drones and specific wars of choice. These stances mock his supporters and explain why he is not running against Hillary, but for her.  He told us he plans to vote for Hillary and by doing so endorse the ongoing Democratic apparatus of destabilization, invasion, attacks and avoidable wars of aggression against smaller and less powerful nations.

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Sanders seems ambivalent about how black lives do not matter in America.
(Bernie Sanders’} foreign policy positions are to the right of many liberal Democrats. Sanders voted in favor of George W. Bush’s original Authorization for Use of Military Force resolution that gave the administration a green light to launch the war on Afghanistan. While he did vote against Bush’s invasion of Iraq, he repeatedly supported funding resolutions for both US occupations. And while critical of some aspects of Israeli policy, Sanders has a less than stellar record on Palestine, even going as far as defending Israel’s right to “self-defense” during its bloody assault on the Gaza Strip last summer.”

This alone should disqualify him as a presidential contender. The lesser-evil theory has been completely and overwhelming debunked.  We must forget voting for evil and work for the greater good.   

“Sanders’ backing of US imperialism compromises his support for workers’ rights.”

https://www.jacobinmag.com/2015/05/bernie-sanders-socialist-president-clinton/

Bernie-SandersSanders not only defends military contracts that benefit his constituents in Vermont, he also joined the 100 to 0 vote in the Senate to give unalloyed moral and political support to the state of Israel during its most recent bombing campaign against Gaza.”

Bernie Sanders supports the right-wing war lobby…

https://thewordsmithcollection.wordpress.com/2015/04/30/bernie-sanders-supports-the-right-wing-war-lobby/

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We can do much better than three right-leaning, conservative pretenders who ignore human rights, freedom and attending to the real victory: peace in our time. Instead, all three want to continue flogging the dead horse of endless conflicts with munitions cartels in charge of our military and our nation driven by wars of choice.

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Only one candidate has identified what is destroying the health of this nation and wasting vital resouces. We spend trillions killing millions instead of investing in people and the places where we live.
If we shut down unnecessary wars of choice, we can redirect national, corporate and human resources in reversing environmental degradation, repairing infrastructure and investing in peace.


Dr. Jill Stein provides the only sane choice.

https://thepeaceresource.wordpress.com/2015/07/19/if-war-is-working-for-you-vote-sanders-but-if-you-want-peace-justice-and-freedom-shine-with-stein/

Stein will begin a radical transition from exporting destabilization, munitions, terror and war to the more sustainable export of human services, technnological resources, courage and peace.

This doctor has an established plan and singular purpose. We must shut down the corporate war-machine and insist on investment in peace, research, infratructure, equity and progress.

Dr. Jill Stein has been endorsed as the single best person to be our next President by Noam Chomsky, a linguist, author and activist, and by Chris Hedges, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and war correspondent, among others. She is as real as it gets.

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https://thepeaceresource.wordpress.com/2015/06/23/dr-jill-stein-is-running-for-president/
Jill was born in Chicago and raised in suburban Highland Park, Illinois. She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College in 1973, and from Harvard Medical School in 1979.

 

Dr. Jill Stein is a mother, physician, longtime teacher of internal medicine, and pioneering environmental-health advocate.

She is the co-author of two widely-praised reports,  In Harm’s Way: Toxic Threats to Child Development, published in 2000, and Environmental Threats to Healthy Aging, published in 2009.. The first of these has been translated into four languages and is used worldwide. The reports promote green local economies, sustainable agriculture, clean power, and freedom from toxic threats.”

Dr. Stein has taken a vow to do no harm. She has the creative genious, foresight and courage required to heal this nation. After 36 years of men (greater and lesser evils), the time has arrived when we can most benefit from the steady hand of a woman marshalling the resources to find victory in peace, equity, justice and freedom in our time. And it’s about time.
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https://thepeaceresource.wordpress.com/2015/05/02/jill-stein-walks-the-talk/

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 tells 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!

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

 

https://thepeaceresource.wordpress.com/2015/05/15/why-jill-stein-is-the-only-logical-choice-in-2016/

We can Shine with Stein!   https://thewordsmithcollection.wordpress.com/2015/05/16/shine-with-stein/


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There are more of us…

“Our strategy should be
not only to confront empire,
but to lay siege to it.
To deprive it of oxygen.
To shame it. To mock it.
With our art, our music, our literature,
our stubbornness, our joy, our brilliance,
our sheer relentlessness – and our ability
to tell our own stories. Stories that are
different from the ones we’re being
brainwashed to believe. ― Arundhati Roy

revoluiton1We can take it back.

4% of Americans are millionaires. There are more of us than there are of them. Across history, we have defeated various isms and ideologies by organizing, educating and agitating. Giving up is not a viable tactic.

This struggle for justice has endured for more than 40 years and it is time for justice to finally prevail. Our survival depends on the 60-plus % of Americans who choose peace.


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“People have only as much liberty as they have the intelligence to want and the courage to take.”
― Emma Goldman

 

 


At 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.

resistThis amoral and extralegal extortion has been extended  abroad in more than 25 corporate wars of choice for extraction or exploitation. What is most terrifying is that 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.

The revolution has begun.
~OO~


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“A revolution is coming – a revolution which will be peaceful if we are wise enough; compassionate if we care enough; successful if we are fortunate enough – but a revolution which is coming whether we will it or not. We can affect its character; we cannot alter its inevitability.”

― Robert F. Kennedy

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Many remember when America was doubling down on French losses in South Vietnam and the United States had become the newest occupier of that nation. Real journalists, videographers and photographers inspired an uprising in America and across the globe.

We shut down that American war on the Vietnamese and Cambodian people.

Franz-Kafka-Quotes-3The carnage was disastrous: more than 58 thousand American lives, many forced into service…  and at least two to three million indigenous people.



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People who stand up and speak out make a difference.  Don’t buy the lies, lesser evil or trickle-down theories. We have been too patient and waited too long.


“America is the first country… that can actually have a bloodless revolution.”
~Malcolm X

A revolution is not a bed of roses.  A revolution is a struggle between the future
and the past.”  ― Fidel Castro

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