Apparently this is the 20th anniversary of the “War in Iraq”. Many callers to C-Span expressed belated regrets for this anomaly of a military action by the USA. Better late than never. Many people were vehement in condemnation of this ill-fated military self-indulgence in the time and place. We also remember the media frenzy over “freedom fries” and “supporting our President”. Too bad our Presidents don’t support We The People.
And so democracy in the USA is diminishing and the middle class of America is past. The USA is devolving into 3rd-world status.
In his view, the United States is shifting toward an economic and political makeup more similar to developing nations than the wealthy, economically stable nation it has long been.–end of hlm info–
8:55AM–C-Span caller–paraphrase–Was passionately against the War in Iraq. Would call in ever 30 days to C-Span expressing opposition. Refers to a “W” interview with Barbara Walters where “W” said of Saddam Hussein, “that man wanted to kill my Daddy”. (Isn’t this similar to European feudal wars in which personal affronts were settled using peasants and war?)
This is not democracy. As heard on a Billl Moyers show, governments don’t do democracy, people do democracy. The US republic has chosen adherence to capitalistic hierarchical control over democracy, and “running government like a business” leads to corruption and the fragile state of the US economy.
Self-indulgence of Dynasty families include the Bushes, at the expense of We The People. Due to current economic fragility, one will remind of Silverado.
https://www.denverpost.com/2008/09/29/silverado-collapse-cost-taxpayers-1-billion/ –The failure of one of Colorado’s thrifts, Silverado Banking Savings and Loan, was legendary. Its collapse in 1988 cost taxpayers $1 billion and entangled prominent Denver businessmen, including Neil Bush.
The son of then-President George H.W. Bush and a brother of the current president, Neil Bush was on Silverado’s board of directors. Silverado made loans to developers who owned shares in the thrift and who had bankrolled Neil Bush’s oil company.
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Why do we see the jarring highs and lows that de-stable American families? Because that is where hierarchy profits. This is the system that has been erroneously labeled as democracy when FACTually it is capitalism. These are the “Western Values” often toted as the reason to “spread democracy” at the end of a gun barrel.
Consider the ongoing use of the word “we” by the following C-Span guest. This person held an ongoing litany of reasons for war by “we”. This doesn’t wash in the Middle East any more than it does in Ukraine. Hussain Abdul Hussain can have used a page out of the book of Zelensky. It’s about oligarchical promotion and preofiteering, in one person’s view.
https://www.c-span.org/video/?526669-5/washington-journal-hussain-abdul-hussain-discusses-20th-anniversary-war-iraq&live — MARCH 19, 2023 | PART OF WASHINGTON JOURNAL 03/19/2023
Hussain Abdul-Hussain on the 20th Anniversary of the War in Iraq
Hussain Abdul-Hussain, Research Fellow with the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, discusses the 20th anniversary of the war in Iraq and its aftermath.
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****As one who would be perfectly contented to retain the Senate if they adhered to Oaths of Office more than to Citizens United campaign donations, one is interested in a topic raised as to the reason we maintain the US Senate—-
This is a reminder of how much we don’t know. This brings one around to Howie Hawkins, who continues to impress with original thought. We also could acknowledge Hawkins often speaks to censored information.
One such topic about which one would never have even considered, is whether the USA needs The Senate. Apparently The Senate is little other than expensive window dressing, promoting hierarchical interests, and too often placed in positions of power by big-money via Citizens United. But the public gets to fund this curiosity of pompous supremacy. Who knew?
The Democratic Branch of the Republican/Democratic Duopoly are especially functional in voter suppression—–https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNbdkuU1edw —#GreenSocialist Notes #76
Howie Hawkins brings up the concept of whether the USA needs the Senate. Apparently according to some people, the Senate isn’t necessary. This brings up the blockage from the Senate of many bills that would benefit We The People. Combined with Citizens United that promotes big-money interest choice of Senators, in which laws are passed that benefit big-money interest rather than We The People, and that We The People support economically, the members of the Senate, this seems a good topic for discussion.
The US Constitution doesn’t seem to sanction elections run by political Parties, and to permit control of political debates by political Parties seems equally corrupt. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQ7kn2-GEmM —
Ross Perot in 1992 on NAFTA and the “Giant Sucking Sound”
Centralization is the lifeblood of the R&D duopoly. It’s the way to enforce capitalism onto workers in 2022.———————–We can do better———-
That “we are a 2-Party system” is a fabrication of the Republican/Democratic duopoly and spread by MSM. In FACT the majority of voters aren’t either registered Democratic or Republican. The censorship about this info must be envied by bureaucrats of the Former USSR and their simplistic style of 1-Party elections.
Regardless of which character sits in the Oval Office, We The People have work to do to maintain principles of our democratic (small d) Constitutional republic. Several items to challenge—*We need the integrity of ranked-choice voting so voters won’t feel compelled to “hold your nose and vote”*Censored debates must be stopped. The Democratic/Republican duopoly pretends to legitimate debates in what is nothing other than another campaign show. Independent debates run by uninterested sponsors such as The League of Women Voters, must be restored. (Access www.debates.org to understand the extent of duopoly control). The so-called Debate Commission is a corporation to promote the Democratic corporation and Republican corporation, not to inform We The People*Challenge and stop gerrymandering that is a trick especially of the Republican branch of the duopoly.*Stop voter suppression by political Parties, and especially confront and stop Party suppression, which is the over-arching approach to voter suppression. Party suppression seems to have been the responsibility of the Democratic corporation*Promote by law ranked-choice voting, so we won’t be told again, by D&R duopoly, to “hold your nose and vote”
If these issues are handled, our next elections can be honorable.
*******************************************************************https://news.gallup.com/poll/15370/party-affiliation.aspx—-Political Party affiliation of voters.
https://www.lwv.org/newsroom/press-releases/league-refuses-help-perpetrate-fraud–LEAGUE REFUSES TO “HELP PERPETRATE A FRAUD”
WITHDRAWS SUPPORT FROM FINAL PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE–end of lwv info–Murray Bookchin, who founded social ecology, a theory that strongly influenced early Green Socialist thought, strongly advocated the discussion and study group as the first step of any revolutionary movement. A group of individuals meets to expand their knowledge of radical thought and form a radical intellectual community; through the give and take of discussion, can eventually form ideas for next steps in organizing and political activity. According to Bookchin, study groups help create solidarity and a shared language — with a shared coherent vision — for building a mass, organizing, political movement!