In school we studied our history: How the country began. How the “Founding Fathers” took rebellious colonies and formed the greatest democracy the world has ever known. As the decades flew by, we grew in riches, achievements and statue in the world. A very important part of that history is our developing into a Super Power. [We’re the only one left.] When war broke out in Europe leading to World War I, we were eventually called in to win a triumph for the forces of good. That war was not conclusive and later we had to join World War II, the War to End All Wars, to vanquish raw evil. We proved our supremacy by inventing and deploying the atom bomb to conclude a war in which America felt it was their responsibility to save our european allies…with finality! While our star is not as bright today, we remain the world’s sole country with the resources to defend democratic ideals globally.
Of course, all of our history has not been pretty. We’ve had robber barons, monopolies, the bashing of attempts to organize workers, political corruption and the quiet amassing of money and power by the upper class and corporations. Recently that political power was enhanced by the US Supreme Court. Today corporations have been made “people” with political power that humans enjoy. Unlike us, these corporations enjoy more power than any mere human could contemplate. The growth of the upper class has been at the expense of the poor and the middle class. There was a pall on Christmas last year caused by our President having to give a massive, unjust and un-needed tax cut for the rich in exchange for the extension of unemployment benefits for the middle class and the working poor. Yes, things are very bad for the middle class. In the November election only three of the ten largest contributors to political campaigns were advocating for the people: The poor and the middle class. How can we survive with these odds? We have no jobs. Corporations have sent thousands of American jobs overseas to maximize profits. They sit on a trillion dollars of capital instead of developing domestic commerce. The gulf between the have’s and have-nots have never been wider. I ask myself, “Where are we headed?” The Roman Empire only lasted 500 years. Are our days numbered? We need an issue, a cause or a charismatic leader to galvanize America and turn us away from the greed of the upper class and corporations and make this country a land for the prosperity of all the people. Basic American ideals and rights must be reclaimed. We must believe that hope lives. If not, why bring children into the world?
MILLIONAIRES, BILLIONAIRES AND CORPORATIONS STAND IN LINE TO GIVE TO REPUBLICAN PARTY
SUPPORT THE STRONGEST CHAMPIONS OF THE PEOPLE
Governor Scott Walker appeared om MEET THE PRESS (NBC) Sunday. Host David Gregory asked “What is wrong with collective bargaining?” More than once Walker refused to answer the question offering rhetoric. He repeated that if the 14 democratic senators who are delaying the vote on the anti-union labor bill do not return so that the bill can pass by Tuesday, 165 million dollars in savings will be lost and he would have to begin massive layoffs. Gregory ended the interview with the embarrassing fake phone call in which the Governor said that he considered sending “trouble-makers” into the protests against him…to stir up the crowd.
Congress has not been in session this week. Next week we shall witness the culmination of a game of chicken which affects the lives of 40 million people on Social Security. I am one of those people. President Obama has not had to play a direct role in this game except to remind us of his veto power. Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Speaker of the House, John Boehner (R-Ohio) have engaged in the media on the subject. I trust that I will be paid next week because ‘pay day’ is before the March 4 deadline when the Government runs out of money. Many people feel that in the end, both sides will be adult and realize that the price of letting the government ‘run out of money’ is too high to pay. [Of course, we are really broke. Eventually, Congress will have to raise the Debt Ceiling to keep the Government running.] May God provide a legislative solution before the next Social Security checks are due.
Wisconsin Assembly OKs Union-Weakening Bill, Moves to Senate
The Wisconsin state Assembly passed a Republican bill Friday that strips most public workers of their collective bargaining rights, but the fight over the bill seems far from over.
The bill still has to be passed in the Wisconsin Senate, which could prove to be a more contentious battle.
Fourteen Democratic Senators have fled to neighboring Illinois to prevent a quorum from voting on the issue, and they remained absent early Friday.
Thousands have also protested the bill in recent days.[Text: CNN]
I Shouldda Had a Trade Union!
A trade union (British English) or labor union (American English) is an organization of workers that have banded together to achieve common goals such as better working conditions. The trade union, through its leadership, bargains with the employer on behalf of union members (rank and file members) and negotiates labour contracts (collective bargaining) with employers. This may include the negotiation of wages, work rules, complaint procedures, rules governing hiring, firing and promotion of workers, benefits, workplace safety and policies. The agreements negotiated by the union leaders are binding on the rank and file members and the employer and in some cases on other non-member workers.
Originating in Europe, trade unions became popular in many countries during the Industrial Revolution, when the lack of skill necessary to perform most jobs shifted employment bargaining power almost completely to the employers’ side, causing many workers to be mistreated and underpaid. Trade union organisations may be composed of individual workers, professionals, past workers, or the unemployed. The most common, but by no means only, purpose of these organisations is “maintaining or improving the conditions of their employment”.[Source: Wikipedia]
Billionaire Koch Brothers, Puppeteers in Wisconsin
Say, have you been keeping up with the pro-union rally in Madison, Wisconsin? Did you hear about the fake phone call to the Governor? A fake David Koch called Governor Scott Walker and revealed who is pulling the strings in Wisconsin. The call was recorded and has made the national news. Look for it. The call ended with an exchange that might lead to a legal investigation.
Artist: Lauren Prax
I have been around women all my life. My mother was a woman. 🙂 Seriously, it is a shame that our legislators regard women as a comely bag of bones, a marionette, subject to their laws, approval and acquiescence. [Their overwhelming majority are men.] Congress feels it is their province to enact laws regulating a women’s reproductive miracle. Sure, the pure health of our women is a matter for public concern. But this constant conversation and stupid action about abortion and rape is trying on the national conscious. Women should have greater say-so over their bodies and health and we need to make definitions permanent and laws final. Witness the current attempt to re-define rape as having to include force. What about marital rape where the woman is unable to defend her rights? Would you want your father raping your mother…like mine did?
No! Planned Parenthood is not evil! No public service is perfect.
Whether you are a teen, a man, a woman or a senior citizen, there is a responsibility and need for all of us to participate in the national dialogue about our health. Let your those who make our laws know your opinion.
I found this interesting ant-abortion video aimed at the black community:
The subject of women’s health, especially reproductive health is subject with incalculable gravitas. Read up on the subject and add your opinion to the dialogue.
Silent Billionaire Bankers of the Republican Agenda
Joe Scarborough on “MorningJoe” (MSNBC) cut off discussion of the obscene contributions of the Koch brothers (GOP).Rachel Maddow reports that of the top 10 campaign contributors in 2010, 7 were REPUBLICAN and 3 were DEMOCRAT…THANKS TO THE US SUPREME COURT! The 3 demcratic groups were UNIONS! Using Koch money republican governors have planned and are trying to take away the only major contributors democrats have. Then republicans can pay for and win all elections! Then the billionaire Koch brothers will have won! I never thought growing up that the American government could be bought. I wonder if grassroots republicans are aware of the true agenda of their party. THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY IS THE ONLY PARTY WHICH PROMOTES THE RIGHTS AND WELL-BEING OF THE PEOPLE. BIG BUSINESS, CORPORATE AMERICA INVESTS IT’S MONEY IN THE REPUBLICAN PARTY. If the american people don’t rise up and take off the oppressive shackles of the ruling class, OUR COUNTRY IS DOOMED!!!
WHAT’S WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE?
“Gov. Haley Barbour (R-MS), a potential presidential candidate, appears to have marked a line in the sand for an expected presidential run sure to be dogged by the politics of race and the legacy of the Civil Rights Era in his state. Asked by reporters today in Jackson, Mississippi, Barbour not only refused to denounce efforts by some to create a license plate honoring Confederate general and Ku Klux Klan founder Nathan Bedford Forrest. He said he was out of the denouncing business altogether.
“I don’t go around denouncing people,” said Barbour, the Jackson Clarion-Ledger reports. “That’s not going to happen. I don’t even denounce the news media.”
Barbour also added: “I know there’s not a chance it’ll become law.”
Forrest was a slave trader before the Civil War, who became known during the war for his significant innovations in military strategy — and also, the paper notes, for leading a massacre of captured black Union troops at Fort Pillow, Tennessee. He founded the Ku Klux Klan after the war, but later left the organization.” [Source:Eric Kleefeld | February 15, 2011, TPMDC]
Ku Klux Klan rally, Gainesville, Florida, December 31, 1922.
We know of the KKK’s infamous history and purpose during the Civil Rights Movement. It has been around a long time.
Nathan Bedford Forrest