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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.

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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.

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- Ben Franklin

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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Primary Obama with Hillary Clinton

I have received a lot of responses to my suggestion that we should use Hillary Clinton to get rid of Barack Obama. I can understand these concerns completely. Here is my response...

    • Alan L. Maki 
      Let me make clear. My response is not predicated on the same kind of opportunist "pragmatism" the supporters of Obama share with him--- a "pragmatism" that is the ideology of imperialism used to push forward Wall Street's agenda of war abroad and austerity at home.

      My suggestion is based on finding a PRACTICAL way to defeat Obama. "Practical" as in finding a tactical way as part of a strategy to defeat Obama and his Wall Street agenda; complete separate and distinct from the rank opportunism of Obama and these "PRAGMATISTS" for whom "pragmatism" is an ideology.

      Here is my response to those who have challenged my suggestion that we primary Obama with Hillary.

      Unlike the "pragmatists" supporting Obama; I will never engage in a campaign of insults and lies nor will I try in any way to suppress the views of others--- I will, however, respond with my views and opinions based upon my working class analysis which welcomes the most vigorous dialog, discussion and debate with ALL viewpoints welcome. I invite the supporters of Obama to comment to their heart's content here on my "FaceBook Wall" or in the communities and places where people work and go to school because this is what democracy is all about:


      I share your "lack of enthusiasm" for Hillary--- HOWEVER, I think by pushing a Hillary/Sanders ticket in front of the people we raise the ante by providing people the chance to get rid of Obama.

      If a primary challenge doesn't get rid of Obama it cripples him for the general election.

      In my opinion the left is being very irresponsible in not putting together a ticket to fill the vacuum that has now been created.

      We need to serve notice on the left activists in this country that if the left is not going to be the catalyst for responsible change by bringing forward a ticket that liberals, progressives and the left can support that people are going to do exactly what they say they are against happening--- grassroots activists continuing to work in the Democratic Party simply because there is no place else for them to go.

      I had asked these people who put out the "Letter to the Left Establishment" to take into consideration two things:

      1. That they should not suggest that people not work in the Democratic Party unless they were prepared to help organize an alternative; and

      2. To use that letter to suggest a national conference be convened with an open invitation to liberals, progressives and the left opposed to Obama for the purpose of bringing forward a national ticket that would appeal to these three important components which must be united for us to make any headway.

      They chose not to consider this; instead, launching into an attack without providing specific suggestions for an alternative. Big mistake in my opinion but what is done is done and the corrections can quite easily be made... it's not like having contributed to dividing and fracturing the left in the service of Wall Street which was required to elect Barack Obama; plus, the letter with its many problems has done a great service to the people's movements for peace, social and economic justice by serving as a catalyst for a real discussion, finally.

      For crying out loud; people have to have a political voice; if the left is not going to be the catalyst for initiating this discussion it is unrealistic to think that people will not try to do what they can in the Democratic Party to try to defend their livelihoods and try to end these wars.

      It appears to me that the only Democrat preparing to challenge Obama is Hillary Clinton even though she claims otherwise; but, both Paul Krugman and Robert Reich are Hillary's frontmen--- obviously they have gone on an attack against Obama that they are not going to be able to retreat from without making themselves look like complete fools.

      As a result, I am grasping the only straw out there--- Hillary Clinton and trying to make a point by suggesting Bernie Sanders as her running mate... that socialism has to be on the ballot if we are going to challenge Wall Street.

      If people want to create an alternative to the two-party trap I will be the first to jump in--- but, I am not going to leave the political process to the sole machinations of a creep like Barack Obama and his Wall Street crowd along with his gaggle of phony liberals, progressives and leftists whose two primary leaders--- tom Hayden and Carl Davidson, the former a poster boy for the Israeli killing machine for four decades and the latter who gloated with glee and approval over the killing fields of the murderous butcher Pol Pot, another phony "leftist" posing as some kind of "revolutionary"--- if I can raise my voice in the least little way... I know of no other way to force a discussion on this issue... anyone who wants to attack me for supporting Hillary as the way to terminate Obama's career is going to have to bring forward another idea.

      Besides, when compared to this rotten creep Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton with Paul Krugman and Robert Reich at her side, she doesn't look bad at all.

      I have circulated this around a little.

      Looking forward to your response.

      Yours in the struggle and in solidarity,


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

      58891 County Road 13
      Warroad, Minnesota 56763

      Phone: 218-386-2432
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