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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, January 8, 2018

For solidarity with the Iranian people and the Tudeh Party

Four important statements from the Tudeh Party of Iran:




Cecil B. DeMille

A lot is being made of Oprah Winfrey receiving the Cecil B. DeMille Award.


But...


Did you know that Cecil B. DeMille was a thoroughly reactionary Republican who worked in cahoots with the fascist Wall Street imperialist Allen Dulles and the CIA in helping to foster discord and mayhem all over the world... especially in undermining socialist working class movements and destabilizing socialist countries?


Cecil B. DeMille played a despicable role in the Hollywood witch-hunts of the 1940's and 1950's.


I don't know why anyone would even accept an award presented in this guys name.

Oprah Winfrey won't be getting my vote

Oprah Winfrey Receives Cecil B. de Mille Award at the 2018 Golden Globes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fN5HV79_8B8


Oprah Winfrey talked a good line about "not covering up the truth" and yet she has helped cover up the truth of capitalist exploitation as the breeder of war, poverty and racism for years... just the kind of candidate the Democrats would like having run in their presidential primary to suck people in.


Although we all know Oprah would never be allowed to run heading up the Democratic ticket... maybe as the vice-presidential candidate on a ticket headed up by Joe Biden.

Oprah Winfrey should try looking at the way women are treated in the factories around Chicago... I would suggest she starts with the racist Tootsie Roll Company which tries to get out of its agreements in the collective bargained contract with its union employees at every opportunity to see how women of color are exploited and mistreated by the billionaire owners of this company which has been exploiting workers for over 100 years in this country and around the world in countries like Mexico.

In the meantime, speaking for the Wall Street Democrats under the guise of being for working people, the crooked and corrupt Hillary Clinton continues to spew lie after lie about everything from foreign relations, U.S. interventions, meddling and wars to the plight of working people and how a market-driven, for-profit health care system is in our best interest and how she and the Democrats are opposed to racism and discrimination against women but refuse to support the enforcement of Affirmative Action and won't even insist on something as basic and fundamental as monitoring every single employer to make sure they are paying into Social Security and when the funds are deducted from wages this money gets paid into Social Security rather than going back into the employers' pockets.

Vague words about "truth" and "justice" sound nice in the era of Trump's lie machine working twenty-four/seven but it will take much more than mere words to solve our problems.

I'll be waiting for Oprah Winfrey to do a series of programs on the long sordid racist anti-worker history of the Tootsie Roll Company before I believe her words are any more than mere nice-sounding words intended to keep people trapped under the Democrat's "big tent for all."

Quite frankly, Hollywood doesn't seem to be very interested in the plight of working people especially when it comes to being very specific about our problems.

Why I will never again give my one precious vote to a Democrat

The Democrats are obviously going to be running a full field of candidates for the presidential primaries for the 2020 Election.

These will be candidates with a variety of views the Democrats consider are necessary to keep people trapped in their "One Big Tent for all."

I wouldn't waste my time walking across the street to vote for any of these candidates because none of these politicians have ever lifted a finger to solve the problems of working people.

Let me give you an example of how little these Democrats will do:

I worked for years for an employer who deducted Social Security payments from my paycheck but kept the money for himself instead of paying into Social Security.

When it came time for me to get Social Security I find this out that the funds had never been paid in.

Social Security then told me I had to "prove" I worked for this employer for so many years.

Well, I had the best proof one could have... The files the FBI maintained on me for every forty-five days proved I worked for this employer as the files show the FBI documented:

Where I lived.

Who i associated with.

Where I worked.

So, I prove to Social Security I worked for this employer for all those years and then Social Security throws at me:

"Prove to us the employer deducted Social Security payments."

So, I asked for a hearing and provided the names of the other people I worked with as witnesses this employer was deducting Social Security payments from our paychecks.

Social Security then said, "We are not calling all these people to be witnesses."

So, I go to my Democratic Congressman, Collin Peterson. He said, "I'm not going to help you; you are a Communist." So I told him, "Who do you think fought for Social Security you rotten Dumb Donkey?"

So, this Democrat did nothing for me... which would not even have been for me but to assure the integrity of the Social Security system.

So, another Democratic Congressman, Rick Nolan, advertises that he will be at the public library to help people with their Social Security problems. I get up and explain to him in front of dozens of people what is going on with my Social Security. He stands there and say, "This is just terrible. It is just terrible. This can't be happening. I am going to get right on this. You just put all the information in my hands and we are going to take care of you." That was in front of dozens of people. But, when it came to taking care of this problem Congressman Nolan made sure he never talked to me again. When I attempted to approach him at another public meeting he literally ran away from me.

Now, I do not care who anyone votes for but I do not want to hear from anyone telling me that I have some kind of responsibility to vote for any of these worthless Dumb Donkeys because I have no responsibility to surrender my one precious vote to any of these worthless bastards... not when they don't even have the moral, ethical or political courage to defend the integrity of the Social Security system.

And, oh, yes; Congressman Nolan assures me that I am not alone. That thousands of people in this country come up against this problem of unethical employers--- as if this is supposed to make me feel better.

So, I worked.

I paid into Social Security.

I get next to nothing out of it.

And I can't even get a fair hearing.

And what do these Dumb Donkeys do? Absolutely nothing.

So, no Democrat running for president or Congress will ever again get my one precious vote no matter how hard they or their hacks or anyone else begs for it.

Let me just ask one final question:

Where is the responsibility on the part of this rotten government to make sure every single employer is paying into Social Security as required by law?