We need to beat swords into plowshares.

We need to beat swords into plowshares.

A program for real change...

http://peaceandsocialjustice.blogspot.com/2013/03/a-progressive-program-for-real-change.html


What we need is a "21st Century Full Employment Act for Peace and Prosperity" which would make it a mandatory requirement that the president and Congress attain and maintain full employment.


"Voting is easy and marginally useful, but it is a poor substitute for democracy, which requires direct action by concerned citizens"

- Ben Franklin

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Rocky Anderson... another fake "progressive" comes out of the woodwork like a termite at work in the dark at election time in order to do a little red-baiting.

So, Rocky Anderson has taken to attacking me, again; what a fraud that guy has turned out to be but what can one expect from a former Democratic Party politician who helped his friends enrich themselves from lucrative real estate dealings in Salt Lake City when he was Mayor. Rocky Anderson says he can't work with someone like me (his code language for pernicious red-baiting)--- but he could work with Mitt Romney.


The dissension between me and the former Salt Lake City Mayor stems from my drafting what the position of the Justice Party should have been regarding full employment.


Rocky Anderson insists that it is good enough that he supports the Humphrey-Hawkins Full Employment Act which has nothing to do with full employment and everything to do with glossing over the fact that the Democrats want to be able to talk about "Jobs, Jobs, Jobs" at election time to trick workers out of their votes but then these same Democrats refuse to make themselves legislatively responsible for attaining and then maintaining full employment by putting millions to work solving the pressing problems of the people and fulfilling social needs through universal social programs like a National Public Health Care System, National Public Child Care System, re-establishment of WPA and CCC, etc.


And most of all, Rocky Anderson, just like the Democrats he only partially left, wants to be able to vaguely talk about peace without talking about the need to end militarism and imperialist interventions and wars while advocating beating swords into plowshares in order to pay for these universal social programs which would put tens of millions of people to work on real living wage jobs.


Just as Rocky Anderson, just like a Libertarian, doesn't believe government should be made legislatively responsible for attaining and maintaining full employment, he doesn't believe government should use its levers of power to put an end to this horrendous "Cost-of-Living Crisis" every single working class family is caught up in.


As Rocky Anderson himself admits, he is a follower of the advice offered to Democrats by their leading party hack, George Lakoff, who has written that in order to win votes issues must be "properly framed" but left without any specifics for alleviating and ending any problems because to suggest specific solutions to problems will lead to a rupture of Democratic Party unity--- read loss of support from Wall Street.


Wall Street profits from wars.


Wall Street profits from for-profit schemes like Obamacare and for-profit child care.


Wall Street reaps huge profits from this "Cost-of-Living Crisis" which sees prices on everything from food to fuel to college tuition to health care and child care spiraling out of control--- we pay; they profit.


These fake and phony "progressives" like Rocky Anderson are no better than the Democrats they claim they have come to resent but want to be every bit as corrupt and undemocratic as the Democrats and even though they claim to loathe the Republicans, when big money deals involving real estate are involved, Rocky Anderson can work with the likes of a Mitt Romney--- and when it comes to the rights and livelihoods of workers, Rocky Anderson demonstrated during his tenure as Mayor of Salt Lake City he could be every bit as callous and cold-hearted towards the rights and livelihoods of workers as Donald Trump as he glossed over his animosity towards the working class with the kind of self-serving language Hillary Clinton uses even though as she claims to support labor she doesn't mention she was the architect of a Wal-mart policy which included firing pregnant women and nursing mothers from their poverty waged jobs.


How much more of this kind of self-serving/Wall Street serving politics will people in this country put up with whether it comes from Obama, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders or Rocky Anderson... who, in addition to having no problem working with Mitt Romney, has no problem working with the head of a Wall Street investment firm, Jonathan Ruga, and even the most crass Libertarians, one of whom openly supports genocide against the Palestinian people and another who had a link to David Duke's website at the time Rocky Anderson recruited him to be on the National Steering Committee of the Justice Party.


Some people want to re-organize the Justice Party but it seems to be a daunting task as long as an opportunist like Rocky Anderson is tolerated in trying to dictate what the Justice Party should stand for.


We simply won't be able to free ourselves from this two-party trap as long as we allow the likes of a Rocky Anderson to dominate the discussion... after all, Rocky Anderson is a big fan of Bernie Sanders and no doubt will go along with Bernie Sanders' decision to support Hillary Clinton as we get closer to Election Day even though at this time he says he won't. But what's new? We heard this line before only to have these phony "progressives" capitulate.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Who speaks for you?

As working people we are paying a very heavy price for allowing a few millionaire labor leaders and this huge crowd of muddle-headed upper-middle class intellectuals with their diplomas pinned to the wall dominate the political discourse when it comes to our problems.


For these people, politics has become the art and science intended to trick us out of our votes by making us think their nice sounding rhetoric is intended to be a solution to our problems when they are really looking out for their own interests without stating such.


Some examples:


Health care... the doctors lined up in support of single-payer universal health care and then went along with Obamacare because it kept them in the profit loop along with the pharmaceutical companies, the private for profit hospitals and nursing homes when the real solution to this health care mess, the only real solution, is National Public Health Care System.


When it comes to child care, here again they push the for profit system under the guise they want to make it "affordable" when in fact, the more expensive it is--- just like with health care--- the more profit they make off of us. The real solution is a National Public Child Care System.


Then we come to the issue of full employment; we have all heard the line, "Jobs, Jobs, Jobs" yet these charlatans posing as "progressives" won't go any further than supporting the Humphrey-Hawkins Full Employment Act which is no full employment act at all because it only establishes voluntary goals and objectives rather than it becoming mandatory that the president and Congress attain and maintain full employment... and, when the truth be told, even the very minimal standards established by Humphrey-Hawkins which allows for millions to remain unemployed have never been met.


We have the same thing when it comes to the most pressing and important issue facing humanity: peace--- ending militarism and these dirty imperialist wars robbing us of the wealth required to really solve our problems by putting people to work solving our problems. For these shysters who claim to be looking out for us when they are actually heavily invested in the arms industry, imperialism takes on the face of humanitarian intervention.


Just ask these muddle-headed upper-middle class "intellectuals" who so arrogantly insist on defining our problems and speaking for us to see their investment portfolios and it becomes clear why this grouping who Wall Street entrusts to look after its affairs would like us to believe they speak for us.


And keep in mind you won't hear any of these muddle-headed upper-middle-class intellectuals ever mention the fact that every single working class family is caught up in this very real "Cost-of-Living Crisis" which makes it a struggle for working class families to make ends meet from pay-check to pay-check never mind trying to make ends meet on an unemployment check, Social Security or the miserly Minimum Wage or welfare allotments.


Our world is the real world these well-heeled muddle-headed upper-middle class intellectuals and millionaire labor leaders will never understand simply because all the solutions to our problems will require they and their Wall Street crowd will have to cough up the wealth they have been stealing from us either through outright exploitation of our labor or through various crooked and corrupt schemes their politicians have devised for their benefit.


Their profits result in our poverty.


It really is this simple.


Speak up in defense of peace, your rights and your livelihood because if you don't no one else will.


We have seen how easy it was for Bernie Sanders to go from railing against Wall Street to supporting Wall Street's favorite candidate and don't think for a minute all these well-heeled muddle-headed upper-middle class intellectuals who profit from our problems right along with Wall Street won't be following Bernie Sanders' lead in voting for Hillary Clinton who helped Wal-mart devise a scheme to fire pregnant women and nursing mothers... any human being who would be this mean spirited in establishing a corporate line is beyond all hope of human redemption and should never be considered fit to hold any public office let alone the presidency.


Neither Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump are morally, ethically or intellectually qualified to be the next president of the United States because they both serve Wall Street's interests--- not our interests as working people.

Banned from "The People's Summit:" any talk about building a new progressive people's party.

We are still hearing a great deal about "The People's Summit."


What I do not understand is how an event can be billed as "The People's Summit" but any talk about organizing a new "people's party" is banned as a topic of discussion even though it is very clear the majority of the people in this country have no use for the Democrats or Republicans because there is an understanding that neither party will address the concerns and problems of the people in a way leading to solutions.


We need to organize a real people's summit that will lead to the creation of a new political party in this country.


Therefore, I have commented on all the YouTube videos promoting this "People's Summit" with this comment:


Check this out. It was written by Minnesota's second socialist Governor, Elmer Benson, who had been elected on the Minnesota Farmer-Labor ticket. Benson also Chaired the Progressive Party which ran Henry Wallace for president. We have to break free from this two-party trap.



http://collections.mnhs.org/MNHistoryMagazine/articles/47/v47i04p154-161.pdf

Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren on the campaign trail in Ohio...

...Feeding working people a line of crap in order to trick people out of votes while the Wall Street employers are financing this circus of the clowns.

Neither one of these Democrats offer real solutions to the problems working people are experiencing.

Millionaire labor leaders bus people in to create the crowds who applaud on cue.

Among Hillary Clinton's Wall Street financial backers are some of the worst poverty wage paying employers and union busters

Workers got nothing from Obama and the Democrats and workers will get even less from Hillary Clinton and her coalition of Wall Street bribed and serving Democrats and Republicans and millionaire labor leaders whose only connection to the working class is the dues they collect from the members that go to pay their big fat salaries.

The capitalist economy is on the skids to oblivion and this Wall Street crowd of Democrats and Republicans will intensify the exploitation of the working class while imposing the most heinous and Draconian austerity measures on working class families to pay for these dirty imperialist wars.

The "Cost-of-Living Crisis" will continue to deepen.

The cost of everything from food to child care and health care to college tuition will continue to rise as employers continue to squeeze more production from fewer and fewer workers paid even less to produce more as Social Security is intentionally sabotaged in order to set it up for privatization so the Wall Street vultures in quest of greater profits can impoverish even more people.

Hillary Clinton is a warmonger at a time when we need leaders who will fight for peace and disarmament; beating swords into plowshares so we can fund the solutions to the problems of the people should be at the very top of any honest politician's agenda and yet this is not even so much as mentioned by these politicians perverting the meaning of the word "progressive" as they peddle lie after lie in order to get the votes as they steal the rest of the votes they need to win--- by hook and by crook is what these Democrats and Republicans are all about and we are their victims so long as we refuse to break free from this two-party trap.

Socialism needs to be placed on the people's political agenda as an alternative to Wall Street's deadly course placing all humanity on the verge of extinction as poverty becomes a way of life for more and more people.

What a rotten stinking mess we are mired up to our necks in because we allow the Wall Street crowd to control and manipulate us with their little circus of donkeys and elephants complete with political clowns.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Notice: FaceBook has prevented me from logging into my FaceBook Account to make posts on my personal page.

FaceBook has retaliated against me because I am one of the Administrators of a page that has exposed widespread corruption on the Leech Lake Indian Reservation by publishing the documents proving the corruption.

FaceBook removed the documents from this page even though the documents are of the nature of being public records and the corruption includes the misuse of tribal funds along with state and federal funds.

For my part, I will not back down from supporting the publication of the documents FaceBook has removed.

The internet is supposed to be a way for such corruption to be brought to light for all to see.

Once again, Rocky Anderson, the former Mayor of Salt Lake City and the lackluster presidential candidate of the Justice Party who turned in a most embarassing vote total has turned to attacking me... and this is my response to him and members of the Justice Party.

My suggestion would be that we move on in organizing the Justice Party without Rocky Anderson since he and his arrogant multi-millionaire friend, Jonathan Ruga, along with a small group of right wing libertarians, have been the primary obstacles to moving forward in building the Justice Party as a viable progressive party.

We have seen how Rocky Anderson supported Bernie Sanders only to have Bernie Sanders come out and say he will be voting for Hillary Clinton who Rocky Anderson claims he could never support.

Rocky Anderson is responsible for sowing dissension in the Justice Party as a means to prevent it from moving forward.
We don't need Rocky Anderson, Jonathan Ruga or their small band of libertarians, some of whom have openly aligned themselves with KKK's David Duke and others with the Israeli Zionists perpetrating a campaign of genocide against the Palestinian people.

​Rocky Anderson has demonstrated a complete unwillingness to work in a way that fosters the kind of unity required to build a new progressive political party.

In fact, in the past, Rocky Anderson has arrogantly stated he expects the rest of us to do his "heavy lifting" as if the Justice Party centers around him and not the quest for peace, social and economic justice as was originally intended.

Instead of putting forward his reactionary anti-working class views in a forum for debate, which includes opposition to the government being responsible for attaining and maintaining full employment, he has put forward the view that full employment is a mere goal and objective of government rather than a responsibility of government while acting like a Democrat in trying to stifle dialog and discussion.

Making the president and Congress responsible for attaining and maintaining full employment with programs and projects financed by beating sword​s into plowshares has always been central to a progressive agenda.

Rocky Anderson, Jonathan Ruga and their little band of libertarians should be told to take a hike.

If Rocky Anderson is going to attack me for bringing forward for consideration in the Justice Party's Platform, full employment; who will his next target be?

I point out that I am a former member of the Justice Party's National Steering Committee

Bernie Sanders says he will vote for Hillary Clinton... but, will you vote for Wall Street's candidate?

Why would Bernie Sanders support Hillary Clinton when the majority of those who gave their support to him don't want to vote for Hillary Clinton?

This demonstrates a complete lack of respect and an arrogance that is mind-boggling on Bernie Sanders behalf towards those who went all out to support him thinking he was going to take on Wall Street only to have him turn around and support Wall Street's main candidate: Hillary Clinton.

This leaves us to wonder if both Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders aren't ringers being used by Wall Street in order to trick us into believing we have choices when we really don't.

And the media, again, owned by Wall Street, has very cleverly manipulated the coverage of all three candidates with no toleration of any discussion about the need for a new political party similar to Canada's socialist New Democratic Party.

Might one of these 1,800 billionaires be your next door neighbor?

Ya, sure; you betcha...

They will all live and retire very comfortably...

At YOUR expense:

The World's Billionaires



http://www.forbes.com/billionaires/list/#version:static



New Rankings: The Richest People in America (And What They’re Doing that You’re Not)

What they never mention is the fact that the working class collectively creates all this wealth they are controlling and manipulating to work against us and for them... What are they doing? They are exploiting and then screwing you...

New Rankings: The Richest People in America (And What They’re Doing that You’re Not)

By MONEY MORNING STAFF REPORTS


http://moneymorning.com/acq/frontrunners/new-rankings-the-richest-people-in-america-and-what-theyre-doing-that-youre-not?advText=yes&ad=za1a-nrfarb-p4&iris=522029

Forbes just released their annual report on the richest people. And there’s only one real surprise on the list.


1,810 billionaires made this year’s World’s Billionaires List, with a total net worth of $6.48 trillion, down from $7.05 trillion last year. Altogether, 221 former billionaires dropped out of the rankings, while 198 newcomers joined for the first time.


Bill Gates is the front runner with a $75 billion net worth. Close behind him is Amancio Ortega with $67 billion, and Warren Buffett with a whopping $60.8 billion.


Hedge Fund Managers, George Soros and Carl Icahn fall in at numbers 23 and 43, with $24.5 billion and $17 billion respectively.


You may be asking yourself right now, “What investments are making these guys so rich?”
Or, “What are they doing that I’m not?”


We actually may have an answer for you…


Money Morning’s Executive Editor, Bill Patalon, is, for the first time ever, releasing his research on a group of 7,524 millionaires and billionaire hedge fund managers who are legally able to move stock prices.


As you’re about to see, with $2.3 trillion in collective buying power, this group has more wealth and political sway than most small countries.


They’ve recently seen prices jump by as much as 300%, 1,135% and 1,400% in just six months.


Most of us wouldn’t touch these stocks


They’re buying shares in companies like Celator, Energy Recovery and Uni-Pixel, all of which have already gone up nearly 500% in a matter of months.


Since his research started, Bill has been referred to as “The World’s Greatest Stock Picker,” roping in 2-3 double and triple-digit peak gain winners every month.


Bill has not released his research to the public.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Eliminate the national debt by nationalizing the banks.

So; the political discourse now centers on the national debt according to Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.


But, neither one talks about how the Wall Street bankers get rich off of our debt--- whether it is the debt from home loans, college tuition, to pay for roads and highways of the national debt accumulated for financing these dirty imperialist wars.


Our debt is Wall Street's profits.


There is only one way to eliminate this debt; any of this debt; all of this debt:


Nationalize the banks and seize their assets with these assets used to fund a national public banking system to finance human needs.


The Wall Street bankers are criminals even if they are too big to prosecute; but their assets are just the right size to seize to compensate us for all their dirty criminal deeds.


Don't fall into the trap of breaking up the banks when the solution is to nationalize them and bring them under public ownership.


We can see what happened when Ma Bell was broken up into bits and pieces--- workers were given the shaft and consumers are being ripped off while the same Wall Street crowd who still owns all the smaller entities laughs--- all the way to the bank.


Nationalization under public ownership is the solution to "too big to fail" for workers and consumers.


Forgo the prosecutions of the bankers for their criminal deeds; just reclaim the wealth that is rightly ours which these bankers have stolen from us with the connivance of the politicians..

What are we voting for?

So, stopping Trump is the only thing this election boils down to now? What's the choice? War or war?

Poverty or poverty? Lies or lies? Corruption or corruption? Wall Street's agenda or Wall Street's agenda?


I would like the opportunity to vote for a "21st Century Full Employment Act for Peace and Prosperity."


I would like to be able to cast my vote for beating swords into plowshares.


I would like to be able to vote for nationalizing the banks and creating a national public bank with outlets in every post office.

Militarism and wars from the Democrats and Republicans

The greatest stress is being placed on the economy by Wall Street's Military-Industrial Complex with is wasteful spending on militarism and wars.


It just so happens that this same Wall Street Military-Industrial Complex leaves behind the largest carbon footprint when it comes to global warming and climate change...


Maybe we should be talking about "killing two birds with one stone?"

Sunday, June 19, 2016

The People's Summit 2016

Why did the organizers of the People's Summit refuse to make this available to all participants and attendees?

Check this out. It was written by Minnesota's second socialist Governor, Elmer Benson, who had been elected on the Minnesota Farmer-Labor ticket. Benson also Chaired the Progressive Party which ran Henry Wallace for president. We have to break free from this two-party trap.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Where is the movement?

Did you watch Bernie Sanders' speech that was live-streamed last night?

Obviously he is preparing to toss in the towel and throw his support to Hillary Clinton under the guise of defeating Trump and the Republicans.

But, why do we want to defeat Trump? Isn't the reason because we don't like, nor want, Wall Street's thoroughly reactionary agenda of wars abroad paid for with austerity measures shoved down our throats?

Well, Hillary Clinton is offering the same agenda... no more benign than Trumps.

Now, let us face reality. Bernie Sanders has built no movement. He would like us to believe he will take a stand in defense of his very dubious twelve point program and platform at the Democratic Party's National Convention but how will he do this with only a few delegates who will be vastly outnumbered?

This is no movement... not a movement capable of winning reforms; certainly not capable of ending these dirty imperialist wars nor stopping new ones from being started by Trump or Hillary. There is no movement for socialism which is required here and now in order to save the planet and improve the lives of working people and working class families caught up in this "Cost-of-Living Crisis" neither Sanders nor his "movement" nor Hillary Clinton have broached.

There is no talk about legislating a "21st Century Full-Employment Act for Peace and Prosperity" along the lines advocated by Congressman Wright Patman nor William Winpisinger, the socialist trade union leader, that would necessitate "beating swords into plowshares" so we could put millions to work solving the problems of the people like a National Public Health Care System which would create some twelve-million new jobs or the badly needed National Public Child Care System creating over three-million new jobs both publicly funded, publicly administered and publicly delivered without the greedy hands of private profiteers in the public trough.

We need an anti-monopoly/anti-imperialist, anti-capitalist and pro-socialist people's party based in the working class motivated to solve the problems of working people and with the intent, not to regulate Wall Street, but challenge Wall Street for political and economic power.

Our class and all humanity along with our planet cannot survive under capitalism in the near term so let us stop talking about socialism as if it is something many years down the road--- we must get our country onto the socialist road now, not later. This is a question of survival.

Working people require many reforms in order to solve pressing problems but socialism should not be tabled in order to wage a struggle for reforms--- the struggles for reforms are urgent and the struggle for socialism is urgent. There is no need to fight for one or the other when we should be struggling on both fronts simultaneously. Anyone advocating anything less is confusing and misleading people while putting us at risk.

I wouldn't expect the well-heeled muddle-headed upper middle class intellectuals who don't have to suffer the pain of a toothache because they can't afford to go to a dentist to understand any of this.

Only when grassroots and rank-and-file working class activists experiencing these pressing problems take the initiative to organize real movements for the kind of change we need in our neighborhoods, where we work and where we go to school will we begin to empower the working class... class action power is what this struggle is all about.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Wall Street comes to the "rescue" of Puerto Rico with HR 4900.

Wall Street is coming to the "rescue" of Puerto Rico the same way it came to the rescue of Detroit with a little added bonus for Wall Street employers including raiding the pension funds and lowering the Minimum Wage to $4.25 an hour:


http://naturalresources.house.gov/uploadedfiles/hr_4900_promesa.pdf


I wonder how our great free media missed this one?


Here is Congressman Paul Ryan's take on another imperialist (mis) adventure:


http://www.speaker.gov/press-release/statement-puerto-rico-legislation


More injustices enforced by the United States government with tax-payers picking up the tab to keep Puerto Ricans subjugated through a "benevolent" and uniquely American brand of colonialism passed off as "humanitarian" assistance.


I wonder if the FBI, CIA and the U.S. Marines and U.S. Navy are going to be able to handle the rebellion which is sure to follow?


I wonder how the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs Magazine and the rest of our great free media so adept at passing off big lies as the truth will explain all of this?


I would point out that only Cuba has been able to get out from under the heel of U.S; imperialism since the Spanish American War--- a war we have been paying for since 1898--- anyone think imperialist wars come cheap?


It is almost unbelievable in this day and age there is any government on the face of the earth with so much arrogance in bringing forward such legislation; but, considering that Puerto Rico was one of the first American attempts at "nation building" (for other countries) I guess we shouldn't be surprised to find the United States Congress now considering this kind of thoroughly reactionary austerity measures for its oldest colony which Wall Street employers have used as one of its primary sources of cheap labor... although the Haiti experiment is proving to be much more promising when it comes to raking in maximum profits through exploitation fostered by the great philanthropists like Bill and Hillary Clinton whose foundation is blazing new trails for greater profitability for the sweatshop industries...


after all, don't ya know--- lower wages is what the chase for bigger profits is all about.

Oh, wait!

At least one voice in our great free media has ventured forth with an ever so "enlightened" opinion on the risk of having too high of a Minimum Wage in Puerto Rico:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/puerto-ricos-lesson-for-the-mainland/2015/07/08/24e63970-25ad-11e5-b77f-eb13a215f593_story.html

Now, where are the organized anti-imperialist voices here in the United States?


Monday, April 11, 2016

Which way for the New Democratic Party in Canada?

There is a lot of controversy surrounding recent developments in the New Democratic Party in Canada.


I lived in Manitoba for ten years until I was deported because of my political views after the Liberal government joined the right wing in attacking me.


At the present time, I am a member of the Lake-of-the Woods Communist Club, one of three co-chairs of the club which has members from Minnesota, Manitoba and Ontario. Members of our club have been very involved in the NDP and our club had members at the recent NDP meeting.


There are those making the outrageous claim that the NDP is a "social democratic party."


This was my response to one person making this claim: Wrong. Dead wrong, Andy Span.


The New Democratic Party is not a social democratic party.


The NDP includes all views from the left... and beyond... or, at least it should.


Social democrats should go start their own party if they want an exclusively social democratic party.
But, this wouldn't solve any problems, either.


The NDP would be severely weakened should the social democrats withdraw; but, the social democrats are going to have to learn to be respectful of the views of others.


There is no proof that the Leap Manifesto won't gain tremendous traction with the vast majority of working class Canadians. Why would anyone oppose it being debated and discussed. These debates and discussion will bring new life into the NDP.


The most successful provincial NDP government of all time in Canada was led by Howard Pawley in Manitoba and he had an open door to all of the entire left... and most others willing to work with him for the common good.


I would suggest everyone take a few deep breaths and read Howard Pawley's excellent book, "Keep True, My Life in Politics."


The NDP paid a very heavy price for Bob Rae's treacherous betrayal (and I was very involved in helping get this guy elected as the first NDP premier of Ontario) and the NDP is paying a very heavy price for making a substantial part of the left in Canada feel like they have no home in the NDP because there are those who try to pigeon hole the NDP as a social democratic party.


Tom Mulcair started coming to his senses in his later speeches in Toronto but it was too little, too late.
Buying into this crap about the need for "baby steps" and "incremental reforms" is sure to doom the NDP.


Tommy Douglas, from his deathbed, urged the NDP and all Canadians to take up the task of struggling and fighting for fully socialized health care and if we examine this issue as a way to look at most other struggles for required reforms we can do so by asking a very simple question concerning the right to have dental care included as part of health care:


Would you vote for any politician who didn't care if you have a toothache and can't afford to get dental care?


Working people have very serious problems from poverty wages to lack of child care (and what is with this "affordable child care crap" when child care should be universal through a public system and free for all? Is this too much for the well-heeled crowd of social democrats to comprehend?


And why don't the social democrats like Mulcair want to talk about a Minimum Wage that is tied to actual cost of living factors which would bring in a Minimum Wage of just over $20.00 an hour for a forty hour work week?


Or, what is the position of the social democrats when it comes to a Basic Income Guarantee which worked so well as an experiment in Dauphin, Manitoba when the NDP forced the Liberals to fund the experiment?


When it comes to health care, child care, unemployment, Minimum Wages, the cost of higher education--- "baby steps" and "incremental reforms" are not what the severe problems working class families confront need... a giant Leap forward is required and it is time for the NDP to bring forward some kind of program and platform to make the multi-national corporations which have been raping the land of resources pay for it all.


I have traveled and met with Canadians in every single province and a point of great unity is that Canadians are sick and tired of U.S. and other multi-national corporations taking everything they can grab while leaving nothing behind to improve the lives of the people and this theft has been carried out in a way that has left tremendous damage to the environment.


As far as the oil in Alberta... bring these oil fields under public ownership like the NDP originally believed in doing. Then take a look at the situation and decide how to proceed. Again, this is foreign multi-nationals raking in huge profits at the expense of the Canadian people while doing great harm to the environment. Cut out the huge corporate profits and perhaps an environmentally sound way can be found to manage the production of oil. In the long run as the oil industry is going in Alberta it would be cheaper to just halt it right now because the mess that is being made is going to end up costing a lot more than what is being gained right now.


What gave the social democrats the right to use bullying tactics to replace the demand for public ownership of the mines, mills, factories and entire industries like banking, communications and energy with this coddling of private industry--- domestic and foreign--- while pushing higher taxes on the working class?


And why would Mulcair seek to ally the NDP with Obama's neo-liberal Wall Street Democrats as a way to appease Bay Street instead of seeking out allies from among the working class?


The social democrats who have bullied their way into the NDP while trampling on democracy insisting that the NDP be a social democratic party have been very selfish and their selfishness cost the NDP an election victory that was there for the taking.


The NDP should have gone to Canadian with a plan to reduce the retirement age to 60; free universal child care; free public education through university; tax the hell out of the foreign multi-nationals; for a socialized health care system that includes everything from pre-natal through burial... and a commitment to pull out of NATO and end all complicity with U.S. imperialist wars and a promise to raise the Minimum Wage to at least $20.00 an hour while outlining a strategy to put an end to the cost-of-living crisis every single working class family in Canada is experiencing.


The base of the NDP must be the working class and farmers along with real small businesses and professionals.


The Manitoba NDP put a full dental program into every single elementary school and the Conservatives and Liberals killed that program--- as Manitobans today how they like paying for private dental care for their children.


Manitoba had a provincially owned and operated telephone system providing Manitobans with the least expensive phone service in North America... the Conservatives and Liberals connived together to kill this... ask Manitobans how they like paying through the nose for private for-profit telephone service today.


The NDP government took over bus manufacturing in Manitoba saving hundreds of jobs; the company was doing just great. The company was sold to a foreign multi-national after being subsidized by Manitoba tax-payers.


Manitoba has government owned casinos... the profits go for health care and education not into the pockets of Las Vegas mobsters. And Manitoba's casinos were among the first to go smoke-free to protect the health of its workers and the general public.


Because of the fight led by Howard Pawley, Manitoba has a provincially owned auto insurance program. I don't hear many people other than the Conservatives and few of the more die-hard free-enterprise Liberals complaining.


The NDP should be for public ownership not just out of some old principle articulated in a Marxist pamphlet but because public ownership works better for the people than private ownership in most cases.


The strength of the NDP has always been that all views from the left are always welcome... and not just those with left wing view but those with liberal and progressive world outlooks, too; and this is the way it should remain.


I want to point out that in Manitoba, the NDP always got along with Communists like Jacob Penner and Joe Zuken... in fact, the NDP took the initiative to name a public park after Jacob Penner.


And Jacob Penner's son became an outstanding Minnesota Attorney General.


I counted Howard Pawley among one of my best friends and we got along just fine even though we had some differences on some issues.


My suggestion is that the problems should be articulated and a common approach should be found to solving these problems in a way that works best for the working class.


Tom Mulcair and his social democrats are just going to have to learn to live with the fact that working people want their problems solved now--- while they are still alive, not later after they die.


These are very important developments now taking place in the New Democratic Party and there will be much for everyone to learn.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

My experience with for-profit capitalist dental care.

I went to the dentist today.


I am "covered" by an insurance outfit called, "Health Partners" which operates a Health and Dental Clinic in White Bear Lake, Minnesota.


After having a bunch of teeth pulled; now they tell me I need something called a "deep cleaning and planing." The cost: $1,200.00. And they say this isn't covered under my plan.


And they told me they won't even fill my three cavities until I have this done. What a neat way to get out of providing the care needed... thus saving them a lot of money at my expense and at the expense of my health.


And then these bastards wonder why people are getting angry.


I told them I couldn't afford that so they told me to call the University of Minnesota's School of Dentistry.


The School of dentistry told me they would do it for about $900.00.


I told them that I couldn't afford that.


Their response--- and I quote exactly word for word:


"Too bad; you will just have to wait until you can come up with the money."


So much for health care under capitalism...


Just wait until you can come up with the money... it is all about money, money, money... or, to put it more succinctly: Profits! Profits! Profits!


Everything under this rotten capitalist system is driven by sheer greed in quest of the almighty dollar.



Here is the solution and it is very simple:


A National Public Health Care System.


General health, eyes, ears, dental, family planning and mental health... pre-natal to death. Everyone in; nobody left out. Health care provided based on need not how much you can pay.


Put all of the doctors and dentists and optometrists on the public payroll just like teachers and pay them the same thing. Provide them with a free education so they don't have to cry for forty years about how much they spent for college in spite of becoming multi-millionaires.


Public funding and financing instead of paying for these dirty rotten imperialist wars.


Public administration of the entire system.


Public delivery.


A public health care center in every neighborhood and community instead of wasting our tax-dollars on over 800 military bases on foreign soil protecting Wall Street's interests and investments with profits derived from exploiting cheap labor and raping Mother Nature.


The hell with wasting any more time on this single-payer crap... even the Canadian health care system doesn't cover dental work.


We need to work up a national struggle for socialized health care... a National Public Health Care System that is no more controversial than public education.


The for-profit health care system has failed miserably... except for those who profit.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Tell the Democrats to stick it where the sun don't shine.

Has anyone noticed a very interesting development that has been taking place in Wisconsin, the home of the most right-wing reactionary Republican governor in the United States, over the last month?

The Democrats--- including Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and all of these millionaire labor leaders--- have made Wisconsin the focus of their attention with more political activity than in the past than over the past six years during Scott Walkers term as governor of Wisconsin...

And they expect all of us to drop everything we are doing, including taking days off from work!

To do what? Campaign for Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders.

Now, here is my question...

Actually two questions:

1. How come these millionaire labor leaders did not exert the same efforts and marshal the same resources to support the militant initiatives of the rank-and-file working class and grassroots activists who took to the streets, occupied the Wisconsin State Capitol and were preparing for a general strike to halt Scott Walker, the Republicans and the Koch Family bosses in their tracks as they destroyed the standard of living of millions by taking away the collective bargaining rights of public employee unions?

And, two...

Why weren't the same efforts and resources brought into the struggle to recall Scott Walker after the Democrats and their millionaire labor leaders friends pushed workers out of the streets and sabotaged their efforts that were leading towards a general strike by making people believe they would spare no efforts at getting a political solution through recalling Scott Walker?

And, the non-struggle position of the Greens who set up separate rallies because the millionaire labor leaders and their Democratic Party allies and friends didn't want their participation in the labor movement; so, instead of fighting for their right to participate in a UNITED struggle, the Greens took the cowardly way out of non-struggle.

All of this begs the question:

Why should workers waste their time and limited resources working for any of these worthless Democrats, of which we now know for certain Bernie Sanders is one of them.

Vote for whoever you want...

But put your efforts and resources into building a new working class based people's party that will finally challenge Wall Street and its two political parties for political and economic power.

The most successful alternative party in the United States has been the socialist Minnesota Farmer-Labor Party which called for the creation of the "cooperative socialist commonwealth" which would have brought the mines, mills, factories, banks, communications and energy industries under public ownership and control--- something this phony socialist Bernie Sanders and his long time "democratic socialist" colleagues are determined not to talk about just like they have determined they will not place on the table and before the people in the public square the need to beat swords into plowshares as the way to peace and a full employment economy.

We need an anti-monopoly/anti-imperialist working class movement of which this new party would be an integral component...

This is what movement building is all about.

And we can't build this movement if we are allowing the Democrats to drain our strength and monopolize our limited resources.

Bernie Sanders and the current labor unions in the grip of these millionaire labor leaders have the resources to tell the Democrats to go to hell but they are not going to do this.

This initiative needs to come from rank-and-file and grassroots activists.

Why are we delaying taking the required action?

All that is required are small circles of friends in each and every state and in the cities and communities around the country.

We know this is possible because of the huge turnouts for Bernie Sanders from among the working class.

Bernie Sanders has now openly stated his intent to betray his base of very enthusiastic socialist supporters as he declared in Wisconsin just last week that Democrats must come together to defeat the Republicans. This is not a program for change. Supporting Democrats has proven not to be of any benefit for workers and working class families. All we end up with is Wall Street wars paid for with austerity measures shoved down our throats which deprives us of real solutions to our very real a very pressing problems--- jobs for all at living wages and livable incomes, be they wages, unemployment compensation, welfare or Social Security, child care and free quality public education through university and the kind of world-class National Public Health Care System we are entitled to after having created with our labor the wealthiest country in the world the likes of which has never been seen before.

Where were Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, Obama, the Democrats and the millionaire labor leaders when Wisconsin needed their organization and resources to get rid of Scott Walker?

As far as being so afraid of these Republicans like Donald Trump?

Tens of thousands of workers are forced to work in his casinos and hotels every single day and I have yet to hear one single Democrat or millionaire labor leader say that he is not fit to be an employer and his hotels and casinos should be taken away from him and placed under public ownership using eminent domain for the public good with the profits derived from these enterprises used for the health and welfare of all of us.

And Hillary Clinton and her Wal-mart friends are no better than Donald Trump or the Koch Klan.

This is a class thing.

This is all about CLASS STRUGGLE.

Politics is about class struggle.

Isn't it time we as working people start to talk about the politics and economic of livelihood?

Capitalism is collapsing all around us. Wall Street's wars are every continent creating massive human misery. Other people are being bombed when our own needs are going unmet.

We have "leaders" who will boast of having signed on to the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights but won't come up with the resources to make these words filling one sheet of paper a living reality for the living, breathing human beings who they expect to cough up votes to legitimize this rotten system.

Is there anyone else who feels like I do willing to sign on to a statement calling for creating a new working class based political party?

Canadian workers have their own political party--- the socialist New Democratic Party. It's late great past leader, Tommy Douglas, has been recognized in a poll involving millions conducted by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, as the "greatest Canadian of all time." Shouldn't this tell us something?

And Canadians can walk into any doctor's office or hospital and get the care they require without every having to pay one single penny let alone have their home taken away to cover the bill.

"Baby steps" and "incremental reforms" are the words of the uncaring, muddle-headed, upper middle class crowd of intellectual Democrats who don't have to worry about how to make ends meet and who have no concept of what is involved in this "cost-of-living crisis" now dogging every single working class family; we don't have to put up with this crap. Life is two short. There is no reason we should have to struggle just to survive.

We need the kind of organizations and a party that will enable us to take a giant leap forward comparable to what the wealth of our society--- which our labor has created--- will provide.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Add your voice to putting an end to the inhumane U.S. Embargo against Cuba.

Here is some information about Obama's historic trip to Cuba you will find useful in your activity for ending the Embargo:


























http://en.granma.cu/


https://medium.com/an-historic-trip-to-cuba

https://berniesanders.com/press-release/sanders-statement-president-obamas-historic-visit-cuba/



Use this information in contacting your members of the House and Senate and insist on knowing where all the candidates stand.

Since Sunday, President Obama has been in Cuba on an historic mission. Obama has called for the elimination of the five-decade-old economic blockade of the island and has taken some key steps to accomplish this. There are more steps he can take, and we must ask him to do so.


But to completely eliminate the blockade will require congressional action. The blockade is locked into place, especially, by the 1992 Torricelli Act and the 1996 Helms-Burton Act. To remove these acts will require the passage of legislation in the Senate and the House of Representatives.


Though the Republican majorities in both houses of Congress, together with many thoroughly reactionary Democrats, constitute a daunting obstacle, it is not impossible to overcome. Besides the fact that ordinary U.S. citizens are motivated by a desire to see justice for the Cuban people, there are business interests which are anxious to develop commercial relationships with Cuba, relationships now impeded by the blockade. This mixture of interests is able to influence Republican as well as Democratic members of Congress to follow Obama's step with legislative action.


IFCO/Pastors for Peace is a highly respected faith based organization which has organized solidarity actions with the people of Cuba for more than twenty years, including annual "Friendshipments" which defy the blockade by bringing needed supplies to ordinary Cuban people. Now IFCO/Pastors for Peace is requesting  that we all take advantage of the moment created by Obama's Cuba visit to contact our elected representatives, including the White House and members of Senate and House, to promote support for some specific bills in Congress, which will eliminate the blockade and also the onerous restrictions on U.S. citizens' right to travel to Cuba.


In the House, these are HR 3238, the Cuba Trade of 2015 and HR 664, the Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act of 2015. In the Senate, the bills to focus on are S 1543, the Cuba Trade Act of 2015, and S 299, the Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act of 2015.


All four bills have both Republican and Democratic cosponsors and are deemed to have an excellent chance of passing. But they need to get many more supporters in Congress, which means we have to work hard to lobby in their support.


IFCO/Pastors for Peace has provided a very handy script you can use for contacting the White House, the House of Representatives and the Senate. In the script are links to the contact information you will need. Or, you can find Congressional contact information here: 


Phone calls, emails, faxes and visits to your representatives' district or D.C. offices are all useful, but it is important that we act now while there is a focus on the Cuba issue.


More from the White House on the historic trip to Cuba: medium.com/an-historic-trip-to-cuba


Full statements published by Time magazine, here: http://time.com/4266772/barack-obama-raul-castro-press-conference-transcript/

Friday, March 11, 2016

If this is too much for you to read, then don't read it... just keep getting screwed.

We often wonder why unions with their huge staffs and millions upon millions of dollars led by millionaire labor leaders can't organize themselves out of a wet paper bag with a big hole in the bottom.

Well, the other day a pork-chopper from the United Steelworker's Union came posting on my FaceBook page "refuting" what I had written by saying "too much information; too much to read; I can't be bothered with this."

I never solicited his stupid comment in the first place. He came forward and posted that as a smear tactic as these pork-choppers routinely do thinking people would just ignore what I had to say after reading his "brilliant" brief remarks.

But workers are fed up with these pork-choppers being passed off as "union leaders." They can't even defend the pensions of their own members when these pensions are in writing and signed on to by the bosses. Nor can they negotiate any contract that isn't a concession and give-back to the employers.

Well; as it turns out, it seems people are fed up with politicians, too, just mouthing words like "Jobs, Jobs, Jobs" in order to get our votes or with saying they are for health care reform without serious bringing forward the solutions to this health care mess when we can actually create millions of jobs by solving our health care problems.

If this is too much for you to read; then don't read it; just continue getting screwed. Don't bother trying to free yourself from Wall Street's two-party trap. Be content to think the way the millionaire labor leaders tell you you must think... just like they do which pleases the Wall Street bosses.

People are always asking me: Who are you going to vote for?

Why don't you suggest solutions?

So I previously posted this:

"People do not realize what they are in for until they get sick in this country and require health care. Then the nightmare begins.

And this is why we need a National Public Health Care System free from the for-profit system; nothing else will work as the Canadians are finding out just as Tommy Douglas warned after the single-payer reform: "Keep fighting for socialized health care until you get it."

What we need is publicly funded health care that is publicly administered and publicly delivered.

We need a network of community health care centers across our country instead of over 800 military bases dotting the globe protecting Wall Street's profits and investments.

This is the socialist solution to this health care mess.

A united working class movement can win the struggle for real health care reform."

And then I posted this...

"I really think we need to get beyond advocating for single-payer universal health care. Let the liberals advocate for single-payer. We have as much chance winning a struggle for a socialized National Health Care System plus it gives us the added advantage of talking to people how socialists will solve problems.

As socialists, we have been far too timid in advocating socialist solutions to problems.

When Bernie pulls out of the race the Democrats are counting on that ending all talk about socialism. We can't let this happen.

Explaining to people how we socialists advocate solving this health care mess through socialized health care will make sense to lots of people."

And that still wasn't good enough so now I'm posting this...

Some people seem to think that we have to wait for some kind of certain time and just the right political atmosphere to talk about the socialist alternative to capitalism.

Other people think all we need to do is talk about socialism without talking about what it is that makes socialism a good alternative to capitalism.

Some of the biggest issues and most pressing problems being discussed should be what provides us with the platform to explain why we need socialism and what kind of solutions to the problems socialists have.

Ending the wars, health care, living wages with full employment are very prominent right now.

There are those who approach all of this as if these issues are not connected.

Many people are hung up in thinking we need to bring the full 99% into struggle if we are going to bring about change.

If we can bring 20% of the people into active participation in a movement for real health care reform this would be a huge, huge movement.

And health care is very closely associated with these other issues; in fact, so closely it is correct to say that solving all of these problems can not be separated one from the other.

We have to realize that most of the politicians in this country, from the president on down get elected to public office with fewer than twenty percent of the over 18 years of age population voting for them. How many are in the 1%? Can't 20% of the population united and struggling for what they want and need to live decent lives in dignity win with 20% and most other people supporting them?

We know from the polls; we know from talking to people where the majority sentiment lies in this country and it is with a truly progressive agenda for ending these wars and reordering the priorities of this country.

In fact, every single time the people are presented with all the alternatives to the present health care mess they choose a National Public Health Care Program.

The advocates of single-payer refuse to place the National Public Health Care System as an alternative before people.

Why? Because the strength of the single-payer movement is formed by doctors and other "professionals" who have for-profits motives in approaching health care reform--- they want the profits instead of the insurance companies.

I have had exchanges with the Physicians for a National Health Policy on this very question and they admit in private that a National Public Health Care System is far and away superior to single-payer universal health care; but, they also admit they fear advocating for this because they will lose the support of the doctors and other for-profit health care "professionals."

I would never suggest that the present health care system or single-payer be taken off the table for consideration--- what I am suggesting is that socialized health care, a National Public Health Care System, be placed on the table for the consideration of the American people, too. This is only fair. This is what democracy requires when discussing and debating these issues.

When I traveled all across Minnesota the majority of the people favored National Public Health Care once I explained all the options.

In fact, I had many Republicans say things to me like, "I hate socialism but I support socialized health care."

Plus, and this is a huge plus for a National Public Health Care System--- not are we only talking about free health care for all and its public delivery through neighborhood and community based health care centers, we are talking about creating some twelve-million good paying, real living wage jobs in the process. At best, single-payer creates only 2 million jobs.

Of course "how to pay" is always the question.

Let the people decide if they want to pay for health care or militarism and wars. Obviously the current crop of corrupt Wall Street bribed politicians are never going to tolerate or allow people to make this decision in a democratic manner.

The key to winning the struggle for any health care reform is what side of the issue the working class is on and how determined workers are to win the struggle.

The question is always:

Where do we begin?

What needs to be done?

The key to winning is always embodied in this very basic and fundamental formula:

Education + Organization + Unity in struggle = the key to Winning

And, we don't do one and then the other. They all need to take place simultaneously with each struggle building into more massive struggles.

It can start with a leaflet, a letter to the editor; a few people then getting together to table/door knock with leaflets and petitions; then a meeting with public officials and/or selecting someone to run for office committed to making this a main issue among voters and everyone; a picket-line here, a demonstration there. Forums and debates get organized.

Create a "To Do List."

Study up yourself and begin talking to people. The more you talk to people the greater chance you have of finding others willing to work with you.

Let's put the struggle for a National Public Health Care System front and center during this period of the 2016 election cycle... given the circus taking place in the electoral arena we will be talking the ones talking about seriously solving this problem and people will appreciate this.

As socialists, let's take our politics seriously and I think we will find millions of other people welcoming us into the national political discourse.

We need to create the kind of movement on this issue where ALL politicians are forced to respond to us and not the other way around even though at first we will be responding to them.

For those who don't like this approach let them go their own merry ways; but, we shouldn't give into their cheap political shenanigans as they attempt to "properly frame issues" without providing real solutions to our problems while evading connecting the dots as required just to trick people out of their votes.

When Hillary Clinton baits Bernie Sanders with her crap that Bernie doesn't explain where the money will come from for "free college" and "free health care" we need to make our voices heard when Bernie is afraid to open his mouth in rebuttal.

By all rights, we should have small groups of people following both Bernie and Hillary around distributing leaflets, circulating petitions, unfurling banners in front of them which articulate our real progressive socialist agenda.

Maybe we need to nationally circulate some kind of statement with all of our signatures on it like: "The Socialist Solution To This Health Care Mess--- A National Public Health Care System."

And then whenever these candidates come into our communities we get this statement out at their events.

This way these politicians know we are not buying into their phony shenanigans of "properly framing issues" devoid of real solutions while the people are finding out that socialists are bringing forward the real solutions that these politicians do not... thereby we create the foundation for a new working class based political party, too.

Is anyone willing to sign on with me to a National Statement concerning all of this that we can each circulate widely in our own communities in this country?

Oh, and if you got this far, you might want to read a little more... find out what Minnesota's former socialist governor, Elmer Benson had to say about the need to break free from the two-party trap.