Texas Longhorns with newborn calf in Bluebonnets

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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

Let's talk...

Let's talk...

Monday, September 17, 2012

Obama and "reforms."

Robert Borosage blocked me from posting and commenting on the "Campaign for America's Future's" website yet he continues to send me his appeals for money and his point of view.

Today in my e-mail I found a letter from Robert Borosage.

In this letter Borosage states:

"In the midst of a fiercely polarized election, Americans must decide if they want to go back to the failed conservative policies that drove us into this mess or continue on the path of reform."

This statement proves the convoluted reasoning and complete dishonesty of the so-called "progressives" backing Obama because Obama and the Democrats do not have us "on the path to reform."

The very word "reform" carries with it by definition something is being done to IMPROVE the lives and living standards of the American people--- for progressives this means improving the lives and living standards of the working class first and foremost because the well-heeled can manage on their own.

Robert Borosage and his fellow "progressive" apologists for Obama are very dishonest in claiming Obama and the Democrats have us "on the path to reform."

I have repeatedly asked Borosage to enunciate the specifics of these "reforms" and he refuses to do so because he knows that Obama has us on a path to wars paid for through austerity measures which in the end are the "failed conservative policies that drove us into this mess."

With Obama or Romney we get the "failed conservative policies that drove us into this mess." Obviously we don't get "reforms" with Romney/Ryan but we don't get "reforms" with Obama/Biden or any other Democrats, either.

Robert Borosage has the right to support Obama but he has the responsibility--- if honest--- to support what Obama actually represents.

Obama represents the exact same Wall Street interests that Romney represents.

Any "reforms" that might be forthcoming will have to be fought for by a powerful mass movement whether Obama or Romney is the next president.

Health Care versus Health Insurance

Let's be clear on what the objective and goals of health care are:

Health care is intended to keep people healthy and get people well when they are sick. Selling people health insurance premiums is not a requirement for health care.

In fact, health insurance is a barrier and obstacle to people receiving health care.

Fighting Bob Fest

(Note: The Capital Times is one of the sponsors of The Fighting Bob Fest.)

Letter to the Editor, Capital Times---

I read with interest the stories on Fighting Bob Fest.

The September 15, 2012 Editorial < http://host.madison.com/ct/news/opinion/editorial/the-supreme-issue-of-fighting-bob-fest/article_0418dd5e-fea2-11e1-8f5a-001a4bcf887a.html >and the article, Madison Politiscope: Fighting Bob Fest showcases what unites — and divides — progressives 
< http://host.madison.com/ct/news/local/govt-and-politics/politiscope/madison-politiscope-fighting-bob-fest-showcases-what-unites-and-divides/article_b436a24e-ff96-11e1-964c-0019bb2963f4.html >.

Since it would seem Jill Stein's campaign would best capture the spirit of "fighting Bob" I am wondering why the Democrats would get a better reception than Stein did? This seems rather odd since the Democrats have no progressive agenda; not even a liberal agenda.

For sure there is nothing progressive about Barack Obama and his dirty imperialist wars being paid for through austerity measures from which Wall Street profits from both the wars and the austerity measures; Wall Street bankers even profit from the distribution of Food Stamps.

I'm wondering if the Fighting Bob Fests are intentionally structured with the intent of using progressive-sounding rhetoric to keep people trapped in the two-party system?

One thing that is particularly troubling is Mike Wiggins, Jr. Chairing a session on open pit mining. Mike Wiggins, Jr. runs around talking about how mining destroys air quality yet the very casino industry he is a major part of managing forces hundreds of thousands of workers to work in smoke-filled casinos at poverty wages and without any rights as these casino operations are major contributors to the campaign coffers of the Democrats who Wiggins bribes to look the other way in indifference to these injustices--- thousands of working people in Wisconsin now work in the hideous Indian Gaming Industry under these most atrocious and despicable conditions where crooked and corrupt tribal councils front for the white mobsters who own all the slot machines. The sheer hypocrisy of Mike Wiggins, Jr. chairing a session on open pit mining is the epitome of hypocrisy when he is a major player in an industry that not only creates impoverished workers but forces them to work in these smoke-filled casinos without any rights under state or federal labor laws knowing that they will contract heart and lung diseases and cancers along with the complications associated with diabetes and second-hand smoke.

There is then the conclusion by Capital Times that young people stayed away from the Fighting Bob Fest because of football games.

I have another theory why so many young people, especially young activists from the Occupy Movement, labor, civil rights, environmental, women's and peace movements are staying away from the Fighting Bob Fest: They are fed up with the hypocrisy of using the progressive, militant, anti-Wall Street legacy of fighting Bob La Follette to try to rope them into dead-end "activism" with the Democratic Party where the pinnacle of their activism involves working for a Wall Street warmonger like Barack Obama.

Might I suggest that future "Fighting Bob Fests" be centered around building the kind of progressive movement that "fighting Bob" really fought for--- independence from Wall Street's Democratic and Republican parties; a movement capable of challenging Wall Street for political and economic power.

Forget about inviting the Democrats; instead invite people from Canada's socialist New Democratic Party to speak about what they are doing and how they won real health care reform. Focus more on building on the legacy of the progressive foundation of fighting Bob La Follette and his allies in Minnesota--- the socialist Minnesota Farmer-Labor Party. Then you won't have to make up excuses that activists don't attend because they are watching football games.

We know what unites progressives: peace, jobs, justice, equality, living wages, worker's rights and decent working conditions.

What divides progressives is having Democrats and Obama shoved down our throats.

Howard Pawley, a former New Democratic Premier of Manitoba recently wrote an excellent book I think fighting Bob La Follette would have appreciated, "Keep True."

I would suggest that the organizers of the Fighting Bob Fest "keep true" to the ideals for which fighting Bob La Follette is best known--- breaking free from Wall Street's two-party trap.

Alan L. Maki
Director of Organizing,
Midwest Casino Workers Organizing Council
58891 County Road 13
Warroad, Minnesota 56763

Phone: 218-386-2432
Cell: 651-587-5541

Primary E-mail: amaki000@centurytel.net