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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

Let's talk...

Let's talk...

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Obama supporters Carl Davidson and Jay Jurie have come out attacking me like a couple right-wing bigots... this is my response to them.

The argument isn't over an "inside/outside" strategy. The problem arises because these people pushing this strategy aren't even doing what they say others should be doing. They promote this so-called "strategy" in order to undermine the struggles of the working class. Carl Davidson says he doesn't go to Democratic Party meetings, caucuses, conventions--- does Jay? Apparently neither of them have ever been to a re-districting meeting. Members of PDA and CCDS were no place to be found as we conducted a state-wide struggle--- for six years--- to win passage of the best resolution in the Democratic Party in support of single-payer universal health care; they never spoke up at precinct caucus meetings, they never supported our precinct caucus resolutions 9hundreds of them)... but, after our resolution passed... out come the members of PDA and CCDS to do what? Make a motion recommending that the State Central Committee of the Minnesota Democratic Farmer-Labor Party be given authority to modify the resolution with the insertion of the word "affordable." In order to make sure the resolution was not brought forward into the Democratic Party National Convention as a counter to the for-profit Obamacare. And PDA along with John Conyers, claiming to represent the single-payer movement "negotiated" a health care resolution with the Obama group for passage at the National Convention.

I have been an elected member of the Minnesota Democratic Farmer-Labor Party's State Central Committee, an elected delegate to NUMEROUS state conventions and I believe in working with honest grassroots activists who make their political homes inside the Democratic Party while advocating for the re-establishment of a new political party along the lines of the old socialist Minnesota Farmer-Labor Party--- the most successful ever--- third party movement here in the United States which neither Davidson, Jurie nor PDA and CCDS will acknowledge and encourage people to learn from; a party which, quite literally, elected thousands of workers, farmers, small business people and professionals to all kinds of public offices including: two socialist governors, a majority in the state house and almost captured a majority in the state senate, sent people like John Bernard to Congress and elected United States Senators not to mention majorities to dozens of city councils, county commissions, hundreds to school boards and park commissions. For close to thirty years, the socialist Minnesota Farmer-Labor Party was the dominant player in Minnesota politics.

What kind of people push an "inside-outside" strategy without themselves being involved "inside?"

I would like to see the resolutions Carl Davidson and Jay Jurie have drafted for use INSIDE the Democratic Party for county and state conventions and precinct caucuses condemning Obama's wars, for keeping mines, mills and factories open under public ownership/nationalization, for single-payer/public health care, child care, on the minimum wage being a real living wage, for a "21st Century Full Employment Act for Peace and Prosperity" (the Full Employment Act of 1945 modified for the present conditions).

Anyone who is going to advocate for an "inside-outside" strategy had better be involved "inside" themselves.

In addition, this "inside-outside" strategy is misleading because it does not call for building a new working class based progressive people's party similar to Canada's socialist New Democratic Party.

Carl Davidson has the nerve to play the most disgusting speech by Richard Trumka in support of Obama which is nothing but the most pathetic form of racist patronization and he doesn't play for us the leaders of the AFL-CIO's speeches in Canada praising labor's controlling role in the New Democratic Party.

Obama was never a friend of labor. Obama was never an advocate of civil and human rights. Obama has never been anything other than an opportunist, self-serving politician looking out for his own interests by working on behalf of corporate America to undermine the movements of the people for peace, social and economic progress because that is the role of the foundation-funded outfits that Obama has worked for and served so well.

Who are the great "philanthropists" who fund these foundations? They are the very Wall Street parasites who profit from creating all these problems now causing working people so much misery. These great "philanthropists" are the Fortune 400-plus multi-billionaires--- these parasites are not going to fund anything that will lead to the demise of their control over society.

Have Carl Davidson or Jay Jurie ever proposed real progressives and leftists to be in Obama's cabinet? No. If so, let's see where they have done so.

We are being fed a line of bullshit by these two--- it is as plain and simple as that.

Wall Street can not be challenged for political and economic power without building a political party and movement to accomplish this most basic and essential task.

Carl Davidson and Jay Jurie along with their organizations propose nothing but support for worthless Democrats looking out for Wall Street's interests.

What is causing the havoc and division in the left, today?

It is those pushing for support for Democratic Party warmongers who wage and finance these wars, subsidize the billionaires at the expense of those they cut from Food Stamps and heating assistance while hiring an outfit like Xerox to collect delinquent student loans while working from huge call centers in the Bahamas where workers are paid FIFTEEN CENTS an hour.

Come on, Davidson and Jurie, let's here your solutions to the problems working people are experiencing.

Hyatt Hotel heiress Penny Pritzker became U.S. Commerce Secretary in June, with near-unanimous confirmation by the Senate, 97-1. She revealed in filings that she made $160 million in 2012, part of the reason her fortune has risen $400 million since last year. Most of that was from a onetime payout, FORBES learned, from family members for overseeing the decadelong unwinding of the shared Pritzker family fortune, which included industrial conglomerate Marmon, credit-reporting firm Transunion and other investments.

This is the real face of the Obama Administration...



What we don't hear from Davidson and Jurie is that the candidate they backed appointed this poor-bashing, union-busting Wall Street parasite while Democrats join Republicans in cutting Food Stamps as Penny Pritzker reaps $1.6 million in farm subsidies--- Her Chicago Mill & Lumber Co. received $1,604,288 in cotton, soybean, corn, sorghum, wheat, rice, oat and other farm subsidies from 1996 to 2006--- remember United States Senator Eastland--- he was a piker when it came to receiving farm subsidies compared to Obama's appointment who is worth well over two-billion dollars, and counting.

And working people can't even get a real living Minimum Wage out of these Democrats--- in fact, no state unit of the Democratic Party nor National Convention has ever passed a resolution calling for the Minimum Wage to be a real living wage--- but, over 300 DFL precinct caucuses here in Minnesota did pass the Minimum Wage resolution I wrote calling for the Minimum Wage to be tied to all cost of living factors--- but, like our peace resolution calling for an end to aid to Israel, it failed to pass through the state convention.

I don't know what people riding around with shotguns in Pennsylvania has to do with anything when it comes to politics since lots of people in Minnesota are hunters and ride around with shotguns, too, but this doesn't influence how they think or act.

Any vitriol Davidson and Jurie have experienced they brought on to themselves with their lies in support of a bunch of worthless Wall Street warmongers like Obama.
I have even mentioned these barbaric drone wars or how every single one of the politicians they have endorsed and supported back the Israeli killing machine to the hilt.