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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...

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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Monday, July 29, 2013

It must be nice for politicians always being able to respond to a reporter's question of, "What are the three main issue in this election?" and being able to respond with "Jobs, jobs, jobs," knowing there is nothing to hold them accountable for creating those jobs.

The people in power have to rob working people of their history in order to stifle the struggles for progress in the present.

Schools deprive young people of any real discussion about the struggle to include the Bill of Rights as part of the United States Constitution and the people who were left out of protection.

Did anyone ever learn about the racist Doctrine of Discovery or the racist United States Supreme Court decision of Johnson versus M'Intosh which still stands today--- almost 200 years later.

Few students learn of the most successful third party alternative in this country--- the Minnesota Farmer-Labor Party when this party of united Socialists and Communists dominated Minnesota politics for almost two decades electing two Socialist governors--- Floyd Olson and Elmer Benson, and a union organizer Communist--- John Bernard--- to the U.S. Congress with a majority in the State House and a near majority in the State Senate.

Students don't learn about the Minnesota Farmer-Labor Party and they don't learn about the massive government repression that killed it.

History books which have to be approved by a bunch of anti-working class racists in Texas are a bad joke.

I am sure the struggles of working people must have had similar successes at the ballot box in other states but I never learned about these successes in school so I can't tell you... did Wisconsinites ever have any successes in electing real representatives of the people outside the Democratic or Republican parties? What about in New York--- do people remember the Communist Councilman from Harlem, Benjamin Davis; or are they fixated on Anthony Wiener's sexting escapades?

Lots of kids tell me they are learning all about "terrorism" in their classes today; when I ask them if they know what the largest terrorist organization in the world is they don't know that it is the KKK.

I recently tried to find out about the Full Employment Act of 1945 which was pushed by the left-led CIO unions and authored by liberal Texas Democrat Wright Patman... not one single member of Minnesota's Congressional delegation would provide me with it... I never learned about it in school; it passed the U.S. Senate by a wide margin but when Wall Street went on the attack it was defeated in the House. It would have made the President and Congress responsible for attaining and maintaining full employment--- but, who cares about legislating full employment when you can run for office and get elected by mouthing the words "jobs, jobs, jobs" without being held accountable for actually providing the jobs once elected, eh?

The "Full Employment Act of 1945;" one of labor's most important legislative battles and it is just about impossible to locate the text of the legislation and the transcript of the hearings which is a history book itself. It took me hours upon hours of searching for this information because the people in power and the politicians have gone to such lengths to conceal it.

If anyone doesn't believe that history is being concealed from the people just check out the Full Employment Act of 1945 and the transcript of the hearings.

With all the talk about "jobs, jobs, jobs" at election time the Full Employment Act of 1945 must be at least somewhat relevant? Go ahead... try to find the text and transcript.

Finding out about real history in this country has become an unpleasant but necessary task.

It must be nice for politicians always being able to respond to a reporter's question of, "What are the three main issue in this election?" and being able to respond with "Jobs, jobs, jobs," knowing there is nothing to hold them accountable for creating those jobs.

Go ahead... try to find the text and transcript of the hearings on the Full Employment Act of 1945 anyplace except on my blog:

http://fullemploymentnow.blogspot.com/