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Alan Maki

Alan Maki
Doing research at the LBJ Library in Austin, Texas

It's time to claim our Peace Dividend

It's time to claim our Peace Dividend

We need to beat swords into plowshares.

We need to beat swords into plowshares.

A program for real change...


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, November 12, 2008

Will Barack Obama suffer the fate of Lyndon Johnson?

Barack Obama has pretty much sealed his fate before he enters the White House because the Democratic Party has learned nothing from the presidencies of Lyndon Johnson or Richard Nixon.

Contrary to popular belief, but, what every historian knows, the Democratic Party has long been the party of war and the mainstay of the military-financial-industrial complex in this country.

According to Minnesota's socialist Farmer-Labor Party Governor, Elmer Benson, Franklin D. Roosevelt could have prevented World War II had he listened to the advice of United States Congressman John Bernard and supplied assistance to the International Brigades fighting the fascist Franco in Spain.

Warmongers in the Democratic party wanted a big war in order to create a "bubble" to get the American economy going, which is what happened.

In fact, had it not been for World War II, capitalism would probably not have survived because the economic depression would have continued indefinitely--- just like the present economic depression is going to do--- and the massive movements and struggles for reforms by working people would soon have become a revolutionary tidal wave sweeping away capitalism and replacing the rotten system with a cooperative socialist system.

Obama, like Lyndon Johnson, is very likely destined to suffer Johnson's fate as he is intent on pursuing wars and bailing out Wall Street bankers, financiers and industrialists; thus doing the very two things sure to plunge the capitalist economy into the worst economic depression ever known to humankind. The Obama Administration is taking humanity into a place where everyone will have wished they have never been... the most ghastly, horrible death and destruction with an economy unable to sustain human civilization.

In fact, Obama will be fortunate to survive his first term, never mind a second term, because Obama is likely to be driven from office in disgrace before completing one full first term like warmongers Lyndon Johnson and is likely to suffer a fate similar to Richard Nixon.

Both Johnson and Nixon made the fatal mistake thinking that war and military spending would provide a boost and stimulant to the economy. Both were wrong! Unfortunately for the Vietnamese, they were dead wrong.

Johnson and Nixon had no clue as to the nature of the capitalist beast, which in spite of the capitalist sooth-Sayers who rail against the redistribution of wealth, wealth under capitalism is always being redistributed; the problem is, the wealth is always being distributed up towards the wealthiest which kills off the economy eventually every time because the majority of the population which creates all wealth can no longer buy back the goods it has produced.

One does not have to be a genius to figure out that the capitalist system--- given the cold hard facts--- can not help but be plunged into economic depression, which, in spite of the capitalist system's best apologists, has nothing to do with "oversight" or "regulation," and everything to do with what, at first glance, noting humanity being in need of so much, is in fact a crisis of overproduction.

John McCain and Sarah Palin, being defenders of the capitalist system, had good reason to fear socialism... where they were wrong is calling Barack Obama a "socialist" and "Marxist;" unfortunately for the American people and the peoples of the world Obama is nothing but a self-serving flim-flam man willing to allow those in power to pull the strings manipulating him as long as he, and he alone, climbs the ladder.

Liberals, progressives and those on the left can remain silent and motionless and let Barack Obama have a "honeymoon;" but, at the risk of very, very grave consequences.

We don't have to wait to see what is going to happen if Obama is given a chance; all we have to do is soberly analyze where we are at AND WHERE WE WANT TO GO.

We know we don't want more wars; we didn't want these wars we now have to begin with; we certainly don't want these wars expanded into other countries. As liberals and progressives who look left for solutions to our country's very serious economic problems we certainly don't approve of bailout to the wealthy.

The wars and economic bailouts of the wealthy are a recipe for complete and total disaster--- here at home and abroad... at least for the working class, and even for the much heralded and ballyhooed middle class which the politicians have pandered to.

Right now Obama is pushing for a bailout of the auto industry, an industry that has grown fat exploiting workers who have been forced to produce unwanted and unneeded as well as environmentally destructive automobiles along with its share of weapons of war.

This is an industry which took its profits--- the wealth created by auto workers here in this country--- and immediately started investing those profits in Canada... the rest is history as the American auto industry took the wealth created by U.S. and Canadian auto workers and began building plants all over the world in quest of ever cheaper resources and labor.

Now the Big Three cry poverty while holding the hands of corrupt and incompetent labor "leaders" tagging along behind who just forced the worst contract in labor history down the throats of auto workers in the United States.

Why should American tax-payers subsidize the Big Three with bailouts when the only thing the government has to do is patiently watch and wait for a few more months and tax-payers will be able to purchase the entire auto industry for fifty cents a share... and Warren Buffett said he got a good deal buying General Motors stock for $3.00 a share.

Why should American tax-payers be taken for a ride when we can get a real bargain and come out the owners of the entire industry for a fraction of what expanding the war in Afghanistan will cost?

Is this socialism? Well, dah! Not quite, but it is getting us there and that is the direction we need to go--- if we want jobs and peace with a healthy economy that puts People Before Profits!

Instead of doing what is right and just--- beginning to redistribute the wealth to the working people who created this wealth; just the opposite is being done.

We need peace.

We need socialized health care.

We need jobs.

We need an indefinite moratorium on all home foreclosures and evictions.

We need a minimum wage that is a real living wage.

We need an end to the robbery at the pumps and at the grocery store.

We need People Before Profits!

Obama doesn't need a "honeymoon" because he has been wedded to the military-financial-industrial complex for a long time--- that he has chosen Rahm Emanuel as his right-hand man only demonstrates the marriage was kept a secret; what Obama does need, like any other dumb donkey, is a good kick in the ass to get him going to do what people voted for him to do.

Of course, for a bunch of dumb donkeys and dumb clucks--- politicians--- who don't see anything wrong with approving "Compacts" creating the Indian Gaming Industry which has resulted in some two-million of their constituents working in more than 450 smoke-filled casinos strung out across this country without any rights at poverty wages with no protections under state or federal labor laws that are protecting all other workers... and for politicians who have refused to rescind the draconian "at-will hiring, at-will firing" legislation in twenty-eight states including Minnesota and Michigan who now turn around, and for political expediency, tout the Employee Free Choice Act as the bone they intend to throw to labor, we don't think these politicians will consider doing what is right by the American people because they are already busy soliciting their pay-offs from big-business, again.

I get a kick out of Barack Obama talking about "cost cutting" in health care when three times more than anything he intends to do could be saved--- not to mention the health of two-million workers--- by ending smoking in casinos... that these dumb donkeys and dumb clucks don't have the common sense to think of such solutions should tell us something about everything else they are doing.

Consider this: Homeowners could have been bailed out by the United States government buying up every mortgage in foreclosure and this still would have been a gift to the Wall Street Bankers.

Think about this: Where would the money going to purchase the mortgages have ended up? In the vaults of the very same bankers!

Now, do you really want to allow these dumb donkeys (Democrats) and dumb clucks (Republicans) to continue on the course they are headed.

We have two choices: capitalism or socialism; take your pick.

Goddamn it! Who is in trouble, and who needs the help?

Alan L. Maki
Director of Organizing,
Midwest Casino Workers Organizing Council