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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...

Monday, August 5, 2013

After declaring on FaceBook that I will never support another Democrat I received hundreds of private messages and e-mails; this is my response--- I don't have the time nor inclination to answer each one individually.

I got so many private messages regarding this last comment I don't know if I will ever be able to respond to each one individually. But the gist of most is that I should never shut the door on the Democrats since they are our only hope for salvation.

I can't believe the number of people who wrote me to tell me that I was being too hard on the Democrats in saying I would never vote for or support another Democrat. I will respond here to all of those who wrote me in this vein because it would take me days to respond to all the private messages and e-mails.

We, the Midwest Casino Workers Organizing Council, have been engaged in a struggle to organize workers employed in the Indian Gaming Industry for over ten years in the states of Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan. And only once, has any politician stood to support our struggle and this was a Republican woman in the Michigan state legislature who declared that she understood that there is a serious health issue involved with forcing people to work in smoke-filled casinos and she said she understood the effect of the noise on people's hearing and their mental health. Because of her vocal public concern she was pilloried by both her Democratic and Republican colleagues to the point where she broke down and cried.

I want this understood that this hideous Indian Gaming Industry which forces human beings to work in such unsafe and unhealthy working conditions at an imposed poverty wage amidst such fabulous wealth is an intentional creation of these politicians who reap huge campaign contributions and all kinds of "perks" ranging from free hotels/motels and dinners to prostitutes from a bunch of rich white mobsters who own every facet of the Indian Gaming Industry except for the debt which the Indian Nations incur--- which mires the Indian Nations and peoples in never-ending poverty.

These politicians--- mainly Democrats--- created these "Compacts" between state, federal and tribal governments in a way that left what is now some two million human beings employed in this Indian Gaming Industry without any rights under state and federal labor laws with most of these workers forced to sign statements as a condition of their employment that they understand they will be fired if they engage in any disparaging remarks, written or verbal, against their employers and that they will not engage in union organizing lest they will be immediately terminated.

Just to give you an idea of the kind of disgusting human beings these politicians are taking campaign contributions from--- the Vice-Chairman of the National Indian Gaming Association, Kevin Leecy, beat his wife to a pulp until she was unconscious and because the politicians came to his defense he got off without any jail time and didn't even receive a slap on the wrist.

The National Indian Gaming Association hired the vicious and violent union-busting outfit Altegrity/USIS to try to thwart and stymie our organizing efforts.

Anyone who thinks I should support any of the worthless politicians who have voted for these "Compacts" which include the likes of so-called "progressives" like Keith Ellison, Ben Cardin, Elizabeth Warren and Raul Grijalva who turn around and walk in the opposite direction when they see me coming can kiss my goddamn ass.

I wouldn't vote for one single Democrat--- Mark Dayton was the final straw with his public agreement with us which he turned around once elected and stabbed us in the back. We put this son-of-a-bitch in the Governor's Mansion and he turned around and shit on us just like all the other politicians from the Democrats and Republicans have done with one exception of those elected to public office... one lone Republican.

I do not need to be lectured by anyone about these goddamn Democrats being some kind of saviors when they have done these dirty deeds to casino workers so a bunch of filthy rich white mobsters can profit while the only thing Native American Indians get out of this Indian Gaming Industry is ill-health and poverty.

The Midwest Casino Workers Organizing Council will never again support any Democrat or Republican... and the Justice Party and the Greens aren't any better when it comes to the rights of casino workers to be free from these injustices--- if anyone doubts this show me any statement from this so-called "Green Shadow Cabinet."

To contrast the difference with how real progressive, working class based people's parties respond to the problems of working people--- it wasn't even two-months after the problem of second-hand smoke in the provincial and Indian Gaming casinos in Manitoba was brought to the New Democratic Party's attention and the casinos were made smoke-free.

So, it is possible for working people to create political parties which really do respond to the problems of working people.

We simply do not need these worthless Democrats or Republicans and we certainly don't need Greens who talk about how they are for worker's rights but then act just like Democrats and Republicans when it comes down to specifics.

It is very difficult to remain civil in responding to people who think that these worthless Democrats who are as rotten as the system itself are going to solve their problems any sooner than they have solved our problems--- again, problems these Democrats INTENTIONALLY created for the employees of the Indian Gaming Industry.

Democrats argue against third parties: "You can't win."

Democrats make the stupid charge against third party candidates that, You can't win."

The funny thing about this "can your candidates get elected" argument is that about half the Democrats run in districts they know they can't get elected in because they have been a party to gerrymandering the districts as part of the "good ol' boys' club" so why do they bother running in these districts knowing they can't win?

The main reason the Democrats run (and even spend millions of dollars to lose) is so people don't break free from the two-party trap.

Yet, knowing they have no chance of winning, these Democrats will still make the accusation that third-party candidates are splitting the votes.

Any Democrats want to answer my questions here?

A perfect example of what I am talking about is the last race for Michigan's 3rd Congressional District where Democrats spent millions of dollars on Steve Pestka's campaign knowing Pestka didn't have a snowball's chance in hell of winning. Does it make any difference how many times the losing vote is split?

We saw the exact same thing with the Dave Barrett for Governor campaign in Wisconsin--- neither Barrett nor any of the Democrats put up any real fight against Walker yet they wasted millions of dollars on a campaign and the Greens, led by Ben Manski and Jill Stein, bought into the idea they didn't want to take votes away from Barrett so the Greens didn't field a candidate for governor in Wisconsin even though the "fix" was already in assuring a Walker "victory."

We can look at dozens of similar situations all across this country.

How much longer will people continue to buy into the "lesser evil" argument and its companion argument of,  "You can't win?"

But, look at the states with Democratic super majorities like Minnesota--- and what have working people "won" with these Democrats keeping the Minimum Wage at $6.25 an hour using the bogus argument that they couldn't agree on how much to increase the Minimum Wage.

Obama had a two year Democratic super majority--- what did working people get? Shit.

Even when Democrats win, the people lose.

Get your name on the ballot and run independent of the Democrats and Republicans.

Progressives need to have Congressional District Committees serving as their base to run for federal, state and local offices.

Of course the Democrats never want to talk about credibility and accountability--- they would rather campaign on a platform of "jobs, jobs, jobs" knowing they won't create one single job--- other than their own jobs doing nothing but serving Wall Street's interests.