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    I ask that you indulge, as my health wanes, the need I feel to repost an old OP

    More and more people are becoming aware of how screwed the 99% are with little help to be expected from anyone on the political horizon, no matter the party.


    In a constitutionally and systemically created “two party country”, we have allowed the one time “party of the people” to devolve into a co-conspirator that would have us all as slave labor feeding the wealthy, a country where those that have nothing to contribute to the wealth of the few are left to perish as useless eaters. A country where bloody empire for the profit of of an out of control military industry and a thriving new mercenary industry are gorged on the blood of those that are no threat to us in any military sense. A modern form of feudalism that is developing before our eyes, becoming further entrenched, and will destroy our children’s lives and livelihoods (our own as well of course but it is the children I feel will inherit the worst of it) no matter which party is in control, many feel one party is more in favor of such dystopian achievements than the other, yet I find they simply play off each other, taking turns, each party doing what it does best to achieve this neo-feudalism.

    The modern Republicans are a blunt instrument and it’s damage resembles smash the skull and grab the wallet and as such are often seen and fought as the more obvious oppressors, but the modern Democrats are just as dangerous with their stealth pick pocket and feigned “hero act” as they achieve via soft lies and barely hidden agreement and dry powder submissions the very same goals often unachievable under blunt force, stolen softly without a fight by using the trust of the “marks” to accomplish their part. It took a Democrat to destroy welfare and fully establish corporate “trade” agreements with the support of those they were destroying, pass race related crime bills that imprisoned half a generation of fathers leaving their children alone in single parent homes and destined for poverty and few alternatives to survive beyond black market economic endeavors ensuring yet more incarceration, there are many more examples seldom discussed. of an unspoken alliance unknown to too many on the watered down American left, a lesson many may never learn is that both parties are more allied behind closed doors than progressives are unified in open or private. Neither party works for the 99%, they work for the same corporate interests that fund them both instead.

    Without a party to protect us from the unwavering desire of some to recreate this nation as a neo-feudal fascism, it’s rebirth will continue unabated on it’s course toward the neo-feudal goal.

    The 99% are beginning to see that they are on their own now against the purchased post-partisanship that will lead us to that goal faster or slower, but on the same course, ever rightward ever more cruel and ever more a threat to their well being and happiness.

    We are almost there and there appears to be nothing to stop it.

    I blame us that are on the front of liberal thought for allowing our party to so easily be taken over by the republican castaways that dare claim to be more than what they are, purchased lackeys of the wealthy elite.

    I blame myself for allowing myself to be used for decades as shamelessly as any poverty stricken GOP member that would support and vote for what is demonstrably against their best interests and the interests of over 99% of the citizens of this country.

    I blame the party faithful for so easily adopting and even cheering well known and deeply damaging right wing policy simply because they follow the party line (policies that they are well educated about and once fought against).

    I blame the party itself for being so easily bought and co-opted by the policies of the Heritage Foundation and The Chamber of Commerce simply for a pittance in campaign contributions. Without a party to oppose the neo-feudalists, what is left to stop them?

    Many may still be sleeping, but the awakening has begun!

    Some dreamers have awakened! Many no longer follow the mcpravda media and are seeing with their own newly opened eyes as their lives and livelihoods fall apart all around them while the billionaires capture all the wealth created by the work and effort of those that see themselves falling either from middle class into the working poor, or from the poor to the desperately impoverished. while at the same time witnessing the once solid safety nets put into place to keep them safe and fed, free from the horrid conditions of more Dickensian times being ripped to shreds little by little before their eyes, with both parties complicit in their destruction.

    One need look no farther than a Republican stump speech or the more cleverly hidden common goals of the new Democrats that have become Vichy collaborators that hide their plans in the open to destroy those safeguards against complete hopelessness by perusing the chapters of the PPI or Third Way sites where they scheme with the (john Birch Society Transformed) Republican party to not only recreate the gilded age (which they have already done) – But to surpass it via the now global neo-liberalism and its trade deals to the bottom, it’s austerity, it’s privatization of all the nations commons, it’s near enslavement of all the world’s workers, and it’s desired complete destruction of any semblance of a middle class in an insane attempt to create the wealthiest class ever, which will create the poorest population conceivable.

    The new generations are fully awake however and are beginning to feel their power and the power of unity that will in time destroy the depravities and horrors of completely unchecked Capitalism via revolution. The question becomes when and how at this point, the people united win!!! Once after a depression a man and his political revolution saved us from the very same plan at this very same stage, by mixing Socialism with Capitalism and regulating it and thereby defanging the beast of it’s venom.

    His name was Franklin D. Roosevelt. WE that are awake, those that are awakening, and those of a younger generation not polluted by propaganda must either unite again in a similar political revolution, or else they WILL succeed with their Dickensian utopia until such a time as a different sort of Revolution occurs – one involving a great deal of blood, death, and in the end a victor that may or may not be any better than the ruling elite that it defeats, that is, if it defeats it at all the first go around.

    For the sake of us all, I hope we make the better choice for all of humanity as this is history unfolding before us, and history almost always ends up with the bloody revolution. However unlike in the past, we are facing an Extinction level event that threatens many of the lifeforms on the planet including humanity itself and so we lack the luxury of time and blood soaked streets and the turmoil that follows such ever recurring events before things settle and we begin to repair the damage being done to the biosphere that supports us.

    Not to be an alarmist, but the alarm has already sounded and we not only need to fight and win a political revolution to defeat the plutocrats, we must restore balance and sanity again, and we must somehow do so quickly lest we fall past the point where reparation is still possible.

    We must unite as well and stop being divided by minor differences within our species (in truth there is only one human race regardless of melanin content, shape of eye, differences in sex organs, or varying sexualities decided at birth), we must awaken from such meaningless differences if we are to survive – we absolutely must unify and do so quickly.

    There is no more time to play history’s games of the wealthy siphoning everything until a revolution occurs, or indulge in racism, sexism, or any other ism.

    For time is too short and not only must the quality of life of the struggling and ever more impoverished masses be resolved, but unity must happen or not only will the impoverished continue to grow ever more hungry, but the entire human race will cease to exist.

    We have run out of time to play the DNC and RNC games and fully awaken not only to live well, but to live at all.

    The Younger generation has begun to glean this and so must we all, and unfortunately time is so short that such grand goals with such high stakes must begin by winning unpurchased representatives in each and every election cycle from now on. Our political revolution has nothing to do with parties (unless or until a new unpurchased one is formed) and so the letter or lack of one does not matter, only the individuals vetted run, and voted for. It has unfortunately been made so unnecessarily difficult by the pure short sighted ridiculous greed of people like the Clintons, their “Third Way” and the Republicans. Yet our children need us to fight with them now more than ever.
    Let us all awaken now!!!!

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    “We must dissent from the indifference. We must dissent from the apathy. We must dissent from the fear, the hatred and the mistrust. We must dissent from a nation that has buried its head in the sand, waiting in vain for the needs of its poor, its elderly, and its sick to disappear and just blow away. We must dissent from a government that has left its young without jobs, education or hope. We must dissent from the poverty of vision and the absence of moral leadership. We must dissent because America can do better, because America has no choice but to do better.” Thurgood Marshall

      


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    • ThouArtThat (5781 posts)
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      1. Recommended

      eom

      "In America Today, Power Corrupts and Money Corrupts Absolutely" - Anonymous  
      • Mom Cat (15018 posts)
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        2. Totally!

             NEVER FORGET      BERNIE WON!          
    • JEB (664 posts)
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      3. Bookmarking this imporant post.

    • Mom Cat (15018 posts)
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      4. Take care of yourself!

      :hug:

           NEVER FORGET      BERNIE WON!          
    • iggy (1831 posts)
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      5. Well said

      …better than I could ever.

      Truth has no Expiration Date. Life without Dignity is Slavery.
    • Marym625 (27224 posts)
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      6. On The Daily Radical

      Member recommended.

      Is there anything we can do for you? Are you back in the hospital?

      Take Action #StopFCC https://www.battleforthenet.com/breaktheinternet/ "Once the decision was made to go into Iraq as an invader and occupier,  it’s like our nation lost its conscience. And it has not yet gotten that conscience back." Madfloridian  
      • ThomPaine (4655 posts)
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        8. Thank you for posting on the DR.

        aka rhett o rick.     The rich treat us like ants. They may avoid stepping on us, but if our home is in the way of their new swimming pool, we can kiss our ants goodbye.
        • Marym625 (27224 posts)
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          11. Absolutely

          I loved this the first time, I love it more now. And I love @dragonfli

          Thanks to @momcat for letting meknow about it

          Take Action #StopFCC https://www.battleforthenet.com/breaktheinternet/ "Once the decision was made to go into Iraq as an invader and occupier,  it’s like our nation lost its conscience. And it has not yet gotten that conscience back." Madfloridian  
          • Mom Cat (15018 posts)
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            13. Any time! He is one of our most cogent writers with a unerring moral

            compass and a steady sense of compassion. :heart:

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            • Marym625 (27224 posts)
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              15. Absolutely!

              :heart:

              Take Action #StopFCC https://www.battleforthenet.com/breaktheinternet/ "Once the decision was made to go into Iraq as an invader and occupier,  it’s like our nation lost its conscience. And it has not yet gotten that conscience back." Madfloridian  
            • ThomPaine (4655 posts)
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              20. I so agree.

              aka rhett o rick.     The rich treat us like ants. They may avoid stepping on us, but if our home is in the way of their new swimming pool, we can kiss our ants goodbye.
      • Dragonfli (1351 posts)
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        21. Thank you Mary (redundant DR as the original resided there for a time)

        Compassionate as always, your first thought is what might be done for me.

        To answer the first question, there is nothing to be done but allow time to heal what time has the power to overcome.

        To the second, you should know by now that no disinfected prison guarded by scrub wearing lackeys can long hold a prisoner such as I. I was held overnight with little fight only due a weakened state (and temporarily diminished will) as my Ox Sat levels were thought to be dangerously low (SpO2 74) with a fever, combined with the misfortune of falling over in public, creating undue attention I’d have preferred avoided.

        An attempt was made to hold me longer without bail, but after successful negotiations and a closing argument that contained the words, “I can not be held against my will, where do I sign to cover your asses”. I was let go after negotiations involving the recording and calling in to a nurse desk certain vitals taken twice a day (negotiated down from every six hrs.) combined with my dismissal of their odd notion that “observation” would, being a passive act, accomplish much while wasting a great deal of time.

        I am rather a boring figure to observe as my 4 legged accomplice would attest to, for I do very little to nothing, she would prefer instead I did something of great import, such as chase squirrels in the backyard with her, an activity she believes vital to our safety and well being with the added bonus of being more fun than lying horizontal – putting the beepy thing on my finger or strapping that object she distrusts around my upper arm which makes suspect sounds while expanding (she keeps a close eye on it, ready to pounce to my rescue).

        I have oxygen, advice on settings to maintain Ox Sat levels to around ninety, and my vague promise of returning to be observed by more than Jackie if those levels drop below 80, or my temperature trends are not to the liking of whomever takes down the information I call in.

        I had to escape Mary, I must be here to take care of my charge – “Jackie of the clan Russell”.

        Thank you for indulging my repost, my thoughts the past months have grown muddled, my concentration uncertain, and my memory unreliable, so even though I can envision a more proper contribution, I lack the mental acuity at present to successfully write any such envisioned OPs, I wanted to contribute something and so chose something I felt still relevant that perhaps might not have been read by all the new names I have seen of late.

        I am expected to recover and return to my new normal such as it is, so no need to be overly concerned, the bad news is my new normal includes a much reduced sharpness of wit and a diminished clarity of thought. I am not sure I will be able to continue to produce further contributions of more than minimal value.

        “We must dissent from the indifference. We must dissent from the apathy. We must dissent from the fear, the hatred and the mistrust. We must dissent from a nation that has buried its head in the sand, waiting in vain for the needs of its poor, its elderly, and its sick to disappear and just blow away. We must dissent from a government that has left its young without jobs, education or hope. We must dissent from the poverty of vision and the absence of moral leadership. We must dissent because America can do better, because America has no choice but to do better.” Thurgood Marshall

          

        • hopemountain (2336 posts)
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          23. dragonfli!

          :hug:  thank you for the update and repost. once your O2 levels normalize your clarity will brighten. much love & appreciation for your written contributions.

          ~in a good way, hopemountain.

          "economic and environmental justice is spiritual work." ~ tom b. k. goldtooth .... "question everything – including, organizations touting labels proclaiming stewardship of living things and high ideals when in truth, they fanatically practice the stewardship of exploitation, greed, and destruction."
        • Mom Cat (15018 posts)
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          24. Thanks for the health update and for your OP. You are one of our most cogent and

          compassionate members and have been an inspiration to me for years. Please keep us posted as to how you and Jackie are doing! Don’t worry about some brain fog from time to time. At your most oxygen deprived fevered state of being, you can articulate circles around me. Your words are always an inspiration even if you do not consider them your personal best. Take care.

          :hug:     :heart:     :hug:

          :yourock:

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        • Marym625 (27224 posts)
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          25. This post proves your mind is sharper than you think

          I love the description of your dog and what she wants. The entire reply is well written and interesting.

          I’m sorry that you’re so sick. I’m glad you’re recovering. Please let us know if there’s anything you need.

          I’m sorry it took me so long to reply.

          Please don’t underestimate your contributions here. And an OP like this deserves to be on the Daily Radical many times

          :hug: Please stop fighting the doctors and nurses so much. They’re just trying to help

          Take Action #StopFCC https://www.battleforthenet.com/breaktheinternet/ "Once the decision was made to go into Iraq as an invader and occupier,  it’s like our nation lost its conscience. And it has not yet gotten that conscience back." Madfloridian  
    • tokenlib (254 posts)
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      7. Discouraging times and a humbling post gives me a bit of hope…

      Thank you as always for the wisdom of your thoughts. Wishing for your health and well being as you are so appreciated.

    • ThomPaine (4655 posts)
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      9. Thank you, thank you for this post. I am sorry about your health

      problems.  Keep posting these great thoughts.  :fistbump:

       

      aka rhett o rick.     The rich treat us like ants. They may avoid stepping on us, but if our home is in the way of their new swimming pool, we can kiss our ants goodbye.
    • Ohio Barbarian (5725 posts)
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      10. Superb polemic. I think Cicero and Demosthenes would approve. I know I do.

      Ignorance is the foundation of tyranny.   
    • nevereVereven (3521 posts)
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      12. Recommended!

      A hologram of a magnifying glass will also function as a magnifying glass, but a hologram of Sherlock Holmes won't solve anything.  
    • Fordfairlanestl (1213 posts)
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      14. Thank you , Thank you, Thank you.

      I must send this data to all I know. Quite impressive. I don’t know how I missed this the first time.

      That is all…..  :)

      There is no one like Bernie Sanders. NO ONE!!! The cause is right!!  The time is NOW!!! Note: I ONLY vote for grass root progressive politicians that support: "Single Payer", "Tuition Free College", "15 bucks an hour". That is all.....
    • davidthegnome (1197 posts)
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      16. I always enjoy your writing.

      I haven’t been doing much myself lately due to my own health problems.  I fear I have become rather pessimistic and cynical.  Your post hits a lot of nails on a lot of heads and I have always admired your passion and enthusiasm.  Haven’t had much hope lately, but wanted to reply to say that this is a great piece of writing and I have always valued and respected your words.

      “There is no distinctly native American criminal class save Congress.” - Mark Twain
      • Dragonfli (1351 posts)
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        22. I enjoy your writing as well, health limitations permitting endeavor to continue

        Your reactions are understandable and to be expected, no one that observes and understands our present reality could, if sane, expect to avoid ingesting large doses of pessimism and cynicism. The trick is to to build a tolerance and allow what hope that does still exist to infect as well. Nurture and grow it within as if antibodies to very real concerns that must not be allowed to overtake one and leave one paralyzed and thus unable to fight for the changes needed to overcome the sources of such understandable pessimism and cynicism.

        If I am not making sense, I apologize as I am a bit dizzy and unable to focus well at the moment.

        Nonetheless as always, I am here to advise and help you as needed if able.

        “We must dissent from the indifference. We must dissent from the apathy. We must dissent from the fear, the hatred and the mistrust. We must dissent from a nation that has buried its head in the sand, waiting in vain for the needs of its poor, its elderly, and its sick to disappear and just blow away. We must dissent from a government that has left its young without jobs, education or hope. We must dissent from the poverty of vision and the absence of moral leadership. We must dissent because America can do better, because America has no choice but to do better.” Thurgood Marshall

          

    • Iwillnevergiveup (716 posts)
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      17. Dragonfli

      You are a force of nature, and we are lucky to “have” you.  What a powerful and prescient piece.  THANK YOU!  May your health status rapidly improve.

      We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.     Native American Proverb
    • Enthusiast (10636 posts)
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      18. Recommended to the max!

      Let us all awaken now!!!!

      "The NSA’s capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything. There would be no place to hide."  Frank Church "When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men in society, over the course of time they create for themselves a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it." - Frederic Bastiat, 1848
    • MrMickeysMom (1815 posts)
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      19. Once again, your words prompt – Can I speak my truth and be heard again?

      First, I can reach out because I speak to people every day, various generations. I’m glad I can reach out this way.

      Those party loyalists are within my family, and it hurts that whatever I have to say about this with them or to them falls on deaf ears. They are true believers in the party. Well, I think they are beginning to break from that loyalty. They don’t seem to think that millennials have the right ideas, because they are stuck in their way. I have more trouble with talking to people in MY (boomer) generation than the generations who will truly not want to be dealing with this shit any longer.

      But, as of this writing, I have my health… and I can sense that your reaching out this way again is going to enable me to connect more. Thank you for re-posting it again.

      Sending you healing thoughts, dragonfil…

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    • Xyzse (3235 posts)
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      26. It is a welcome read. I enjoy your posts.

      Thank you.