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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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Let's talk...

Monday, December 10, 2012

The Nation. How to save the Democratic Party.

Just amazing--- The Nation Magazine publishes an article, "How To Save the Democratic Party"--- written by an anonymous "progressive" writing under the pseudonym of "L. R. Runner" and then selecting a slew of "progressives for Obama" as "contributors" all of whom are foundation-funded flowers with the article so far attracting almost 200 comments from readers most of whom couldn't care less if the Democratic Party bites the dust and neither L. R. Runner nor any of the "contributors have the common human decency to engage in the discussion they began.


I have made a number of comments including this most recent one:


I find it interesting the Nation's selected "progressives for Obama" who "contributed" their comments to the article written by "L.R. Runner;" just like Runner, are so arrogant they refuse to become engaged in a discussion on a topic they considered so important.

This tells us something about how serious they are about real change.

It also tells us a great deal about their concept of democracy.

The foundations pay them to think for us and like any straw boss they send the message, "never mind thinking, leave the thinking to me."

So far the only thing we know for sure those who want us to believe it is possible for progressives to gain a voice and decision-making power inside the Democratic Party are looking for is to reform capitalism and capitalist markets.

L. R. Runner and all the "contributors" seem to have bought into George Lakoff's advice everything is about:

Framing issues around progressive policy directives while intentionally not bringing forward specific solutions to the very real problems people are experiencing because to do so might cause a loss of votes for the Democratic Party.

There seems to be considerably more interest on the part of people who think we need to free ourselves from this two-party trap which begs the question:

Why no article in The Nation focused on breaking free from the Democratic Party and inviting "contributors" who will take their participation seriously and engage people who comment in a discussion?

Would this kind of article not be appreciated by the foundation-funded outfits financing the magazine and these "contributors" to the L.R. Runner article?

We know ALL the so-called "liberal," "progressive" and "leftist" foundation-funded outfits front for the Democratic Party so of course those receiving funds from these foundations are going to have an agenda intended to keep people under the "big tent" which has become more like a circus tent with the clowns keeping us distracted between the main acts: the Wall Street bailout, Israel's murderous attacks on the Palestinians, the United States Senate approving the National Defense Authorization Act, the budget debates, 'the fiscal cliff" with militarism and war spending omitted, the people locked out of the health care debate.

All the talk about "budgets being the real indicators of this Nation's priorities yet we, the people, have no say in the decision-making process in a way that determines the priorities of our country.

Oh; and don't forget the Trans-Pacific Partnership where the top corporate lobbyists--- Obama's largest bundlers--- have all the say in all the decisions made in secrecy behind closed doors.

And then we have this group of "progressives" whose identity is as confidential as that of L.R. Runner who met with Obama behind closed doors with the stipulation that everything said and discussed remain in the room and discussed with no one.

I can't help but wonder, even if this group of "progressives" were to come into decision-making capacities inside the Democratic Party what they intend to do; carry out the same kind of deception they provided to Obama for the next Democrat anointed to run for president in 2016?

Do L.R. Runner or any of the carefully selected contributors have in mind any specific solutions to people's problems they actually think will solve real problems?

We know they can recite facts and figures when it comes to unemployment and poverty; but, do they really comprehend living, breathing working people without jobs are going to be poor?

Apparently these "progressive for Obama" who have morphed into "progressives for the Democratic Party" have taken Ron Paul's advice and they intend to fly under the radar in infiltrating the Democratic Party.

But wait!

These are the same people who have been lecturing us about how it is our fault Obama has caved to Wall Street rather than doing what is right (I suppose there could be a pun intended with the word "right").

But how do you build movements except around bringing forward specific solutions to very specific problems.

And if you do this you can't fly under the radar to carry out your infiltration because the party hacks, corporate controllers and manipulators see you coming.

Just try getting into the Democratic Party calling for an end to the carnage of the Palestinian people by the Israeli killing machine or objecting to drone attacks that kill 200 innocent people for every target on the "kill list."