Unacknowledged Revolution

Unfortunately I am not talking about “Bernie's Revolution”. Instead our subject is the MoniedPowers Revolution, which we are swimming in – while being carried into uncharted extralegal waters. Hardly anyone speaks of it, least not on TV, but the signs are all around us. One of the more obvious signs that monied power is overwhelming is that it is nearly impossible to actually accomplish anything politically. “Politics” is people-centered, and Surprise (!), our democratic mechanisms are paralysed. Our governmental procedures and policies are controlled to such a degree by rich entrenched special interests that “we the people” have lost the ability to govern: our Senate and House are "paralysed".  But note that our military is not paralysed, our security state is not paralyzed, and the big corporations are not paralyzed. Most illuminating of all, certain radical business actions in congress somehow get passed! The passage of Fast Track for the TPP is like a flash of lightning illuminating an obscured landscape: when businesses want something done, despite the “paralysis” of congress, it gets done. Fast-Track for the TPP was approved with bi-partisan support. But we should call it “apartisan” support, since the motivating force buried in the “Democracy Show” is Money – the call of a power answered by all parties.

How Do We Democratize Our Media?

This article was first published on Truthout on Tuesday, 29 March 2016 by The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program.

Jill Stein has an Identity Problem

Looking at the main page of the Jill Stein for President official web site, one of the very odd things that becomes apparent is that there are no hyperlinks to the “Green Party”. In fact there is only one mention of the Green Party: ”Why Jill is running for President with the Green Party?” and there is no link. It seems that the official site itself is not supported directly by the Green Party. I'm looking at the note at the bottom of the web page: “Paid for by the Jill Stein for President Committee” There is no link to this Committee either.

A Fork in the Road

In these days of decaying infrastructure the roads are crumbling. The Democratic Party had a chance to repair itself, to reinstate it's basic direction. Now that option is gone. Do we stay on a road that will lead us nowhere?

What Warren Wing?

What Warren Wing? 

With Bernie Sanders losing in Massachusetts by about 1 percent, I think that Bernie could have carried the majority, if only Elizabeth Warren had endorsed him before Super Tuesday. Warren's voice would have caught the attention of female voters here who have favored Hillary Clinton. And a victory in Massachusetts would have had great symbolic value for the Sanders campaign. Now it appears that Bernie has lost critical momentum.

 

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