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  • Dragonfli (1042 posts)
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    More and more people are becoming aware of how screwed the 99% are with no 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 it’s trade deals to the bottom, it’s austerity, it’s privatization of all the nations commons, it’s near enslavement of all the worlds 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 and defeat the plutocrats, we must restore balance and sanity again, but we must do so quickly.

    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, and we need to wake up from such meaningless differences very quickly 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 the games of racism, sexism, or any other isms.

    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 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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    • mick063 (2210 posts)
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      1. JPR rec…..nt

      Mick

      "I welcome their hatred"    Franklin D. Roosevelt
    • jwirr (3397 posts)
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      2. So well written. Thank you Dragonfli – hope you are feeling better.

      • Dragonfli (1042 posts)
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        4. I am beginning to adapt to the new normal, thank you for being concerned

        It is like moving to a higher elevation with less oxygen, at first it is very difficult and tiring to function, but over time one gets used to the new less oxygenated air. In time I will be fully adjusted, until that time, unfortunately even writting takes a bit more out of me than might be expected and I must rest in between.

        It is but a temporary limitation, I will be back full force before you know it.

        “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

          

        • jwirr (3397 posts)
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          6. Glad to hear that. Take you time we need you.

    • Jefferson23 (4934 posts)
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      3. Beautiful..thank you. I agree:

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

      • Dragonfli (1042 posts)
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        48. I've noticed it first hand where I live, the Sanders betrayal opened many eyes

        That once dreamed there was still an opposition party, also, according to Richard Wolff, where once he was seldom asked to speak, he has noticed an exponential rate of requests for an alternate political ideology, his schedule has become far too full to accept all but a fraction of requests to speak on a critique of Capitalism , stating the requests regarding the subject matter were not of his choosing but that of the exponentially growing number of Universities asking for him to engage, places he’s said avoided him previously are now beginning to awaken on their own and asking questions, uncomfortable questions the status quo would prefer remain unanswered.

        It does indeed appear there is an awakening and once people look around them with newly opened eyes, they see for themselves the growing economic destruction and the destruction of a Republic turned corrupt and uncaring regarding the fate of us all.

        If only Carl Jung were alive, I imagine he’d have some choice thoughts regarding the collective unconscious and the synchronization of a new paradigm shift.

        “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

          

        • Jefferson23 (4934 posts)
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          49. It's here, and it's not that quiet any longer. Many hurdles ahead and my

          main frustration is with the Democratic Party establishment right now……change or building a viable third party which is harder to accomplish will be necessary. I found this encouraging, and have been sharing in my posts.

          Students for Bernie Find Their Home in Growing Socialist Movements
          By Tom Hesse March 17, 2017 

          Campus socialist groups are on the rise. Many organizers have pointed to the election of Donald J. Trump as a reason, as well as the numerous Bernie Sanders supporters looking for a home after the U.S. senator’s failed presidential campaign.

          in full: http://www.chronicle.com/article/Students-for-Bernie-Find-Their/239507

           

    • ThouArtThat (4091 posts)
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      5. The Reality Is That The 99% No Longer Need Or Can Tolerate The 1%

      The 1% only exist because we allow them to exist and without us they could never exist to begin with.

      Time for the 99% to dispose of the parasite that is killing the host.

      Time for the 99% to reclaim their sovereignty.

       

      "In America Today, Power Corrupts and Money Corrupts Absolutely" - Anonymous  
      • jwirr (3397 posts)
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        7. Cuts to corporate welfare are coming. Someday.

      • Dragonfli (1042 posts)
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        10. They are leeches, actually worse as they have less regard for the survival of

        the host they feed off of and as such may die with the host like the scorpion on the fox’s back crossing the pond.

        Wolff explains their lack of input and theft of the fruits of the labor of others quite well, but does not go into a detail I believe is crucial, their usual model will result in the death of the entire host (rather than their usual expected casualties) unlike at times less ecologically crucial as ours.

        “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

          

        • FanBoy (7985 posts)
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          33. They have a plan for that — that's what moves into proprietary GMOs,

          the global arctic seed vault, lab meat etc are about.   They will privatize air eventually.

          • Dragonfli (1042 posts)
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            47. I have a very simple and decisive message for them regarding their attempts

            “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

              

        • disillusioned73 (348 posts)
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          35. Thanks for posting..

          I will definitely watch this..

            "Certainly there are some people in the Democratic Party who want to maintain the status quo. They would rather go down with the Titanic so long as they have first-class seats." - Bernie Sanders
      • VoiceOfReason (989 posts)
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        12. You said a mouthful with just a few words

        “the parasite that is killing the host”

        Precisely. It’s worth a thousand words.

        "Men who do evil brilliantly are often admired"  Voltaire BERN BABY BERN!!  War is madness!
      • senz (5259 posts)
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        21. +1000

        These almost feudal lords, would-be slave masters are indeed killing off the host on which they pray.

    • Populist Prole (547 posts)
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      8. Big Rec. Really good. Worth saving

      I just hope the less politically engaged can maintain the resolve over the next 4 ( 8? ) years. I hope those same people don’t succumb to the drumbeat by the establishment dems of “trump trump trump……..” and accept that a ( yet another ) corporate democrat is the answer.

      • Dragonfli (1042 posts)
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        9. If they fall for that, those that are fighting the real battle will lose

        far too much to be expecting a victory in time to matter enough to really save our children, I hope they do not succumb to the propagandized plan of which you speak.

        “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

          

    • Enthusiast (8383 posts)
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      11. Recommended to the max!

      Excellent piece, Dragonfli!

      "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
      • Dragonfli (1042 posts)
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        14. Thank you! As usual, your undiluted enthusiasm brings a smile to

        my otherwise normally unsmiling face! I always love how you do that.

        I must sleep a few hours for now (not necessarily a message to you, but to those expecting more immediate responses).

        I love your enthusiasm when it presents itself, it is more than just your “posting name”, but an infectious gift to at least this weary soul!

        “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

          

        • madfloridian (1874 posts)
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          54. I agree. Enthusiast always makes me feel enthusiastic.

          And that’s a gift.

          :hi:

          If a person is required to be loyal to a political party and not question their stands on issues, then any semblance of real truth is lost. https://twitter.com/madfloridian
    • VoiceOfReason (989 posts)
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      13. Great rant

      Good journalistic op ed.  Very stirring.

      "Men who do evil brilliantly are often admired"  Voltaire BERN BABY BERN!!  War is madness!
      • Dragonfli (1042 posts)
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        24. Why thank you

        I lack the training and skills of an actual writer,  and so the only way I know how to reach people is by “stirring” what they already know is true in their hearts. I know the hearts of most people fairly well, grammar not so much.

        If one stirs the heart where true wisdom lies, mind and actions often follow as one begins to believe the heart and get past the propaganda and doubt. So I am very pleased you complimented the only real writing skill I posses.

        Unfortunately, my writting has no affect whatsoever on sociopaths as they lack empathy, so letters to politicians and business leaders tend to elicit no results (many sociopaths are drawn to wealth and power)

        “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

          

        • VoiceOfReason (989 posts)
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          38. i think you have the skills of a great writer

          your grammar is fine and you have a great skill to communicate from the heart.

          "Men who do evil brilliantly are often admired"  Voltaire BERN BABY BERN!!  War is madness!
    • gardengoddess (341 posts)
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      15. Beautifuly Put!

      Thank you! :toast:

      Sheeeeuhlookuhlikeuhgnome        
      • Dragonfli (1042 posts)
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        25. Your welcome

        :toast:

        “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

          

    • WillyT (8488 posts)
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      16. Most Excellent Post !!!

      :fistbump:

       

      :hi:

       

      • Dragonfli (1042 posts)
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        26. I am doing my best while tired, thanks!

        :fistbump:  :hi:

        “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

          

    • Mom Cat (8776 posts)
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      17. Thanks for your assist in birthing the new awakening! You are so right about g

      time being short. The 1% are building their survival bunkers which give them the false sense of security that they might survive the maelstrom that they unleash on the rest of us.

           NEVER FORGET      BERNIE WON!          
      • Dragonfli (1042 posts)
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        27. The awakening is birthing itself, I am merely impatient + a bit of a nag

        But thanks for thinking me doing more than I am.

        “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

          

        • Mom Cat (8776 posts)
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          40. Nagging is a crucial role. Keep it up!

               NEVER FORGET      BERNIE WON!          
    • Marym625 (21816 posts)
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      18. On The Daily Radical!

      Thank you for this thoughtful piece

      Oi245KQ-1 "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  
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        28. An honor to be considered, thanks

        :hi:

        “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

          

        • Marym625 (21816 posts)
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          39. I keep saying this, and i mean it, the honor is ours.

          It may sound trite but I’m sincere when I say that. Every article we put on The Daily Radical is something we truly are honored to do.

          Thank you

          Oi245KQ-1 "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  
          • Dragonfli (1042 posts)
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            46. It may become tiresome, but I truly do feel it is a great honor when anything

            I write is considered worthy of the Daily Radical. I do not doubt your sincerity in the slightest!

            I simply really do feel it is an honor and like to express that feeling. Remember, I have the education of a tenth grade high school student, I can be arrogant because that is one of my character flaws, but I mostly just feel humbled at such times because I realize how many very gifted and learned writers contribute here whom I consider far superior to me both in contributions and accomplishments.

            If it bothers you I will stop expressing it, and no, you never sound “trite” to me anytime we communicate. That is the last word that would come to mind when reading anything you express.

            :hug:

            “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

              

            • Marym625 (21816 posts)
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              53. Thank you

              Thank you for sharing all that.

              You never have anything to worry about when it comes to your writing. You write extremely well.

              :hug:

              Oi245KQ-1 "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  
    • Koko (3378 posts)
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      19. Great Post, Dragonfli….

      and, as you say:

      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.

      • Dragonfli (1042 posts)
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        29. Together we will try to stop it, as we must. Anything else would be nihilistic

        “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 (519 posts)
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      20. D R A G O N F L I

      I, too, applaud your OP.  For years, you have so eloquently crystalyzed and written many of my own disappointments, frustrations and outright disgust with the current Life in America.

      But I would like to know if there is any way we may directly assist you with your health issues?  A heckuva lot of people here truly care about you and wish you well.  You know that, right?

       

      "Tyrants don't care if you believe them, they just want you to succumb to doubt." Peter Maass
      • Dragonfli (1042 posts)
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        30. Your thoughts and feelings are your own, you possess a heart, I do as well

        That is why I appear to express what you feel, it is merely our humanity showing, nothing more.

        I have been made well aware by countless people here how much they would wish to help me, from the top to the bottom. I usually try to just change the subject as there really is nothing anyone can do to help my chronic conditions. Help me by helping others, that is the best medicine I could ask for.

        “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 (519 posts)
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          43. Can't say I'm surprised

          by your generous response, Dragonfli.  It’s who you are…encouraging on others.  So, since I respect you unequivocally, I’ll try to do as you suggest.  My very Progressive Episcopalian rector would also agree with you.  Yesterday he equated Trump with Pharaoh:  “We are in a desert right now.  And people are dying, and if we do not act, more will follow because Pharaoh has come out with a budget plan.”

          Action, action, action!

          "Tyrants don't care if you believe them, they just want you to succumb to doubt." Peter Maass
    • senz (5259 posts)
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      22. Thanks for summing up our dilemma.

      Great OP, Dragonfli.  There will always be a struggle between the owners, or would-be owners, of capital and the workers who provide it, but I appreciate your willingness to place the blame for our current dire predicament on the destruction of the New Deal by the Clintons (which has then, of course, been compounded by each succeeding administration).   We’ll never be able to free ourselves of the parasite class if we lose historical perspective.

      Thanks so much!  :hi:

      • Dragonfli (1042 posts)
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        31. Thank you for catching on to that bit! Can you imagine what our country would be

        If FDR had lived past the war and carried forward his New deal to include his proposed Second Bill of Rights?

        It was a promise he intended to keep after WWII was over, that dream of such added rights for the necessitous man (or the elimination of such to grant them true freedom) unfortunately those additional rights, ended before they began when his heart stopped beating.

        We would have been so different if only, if only….

        “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

          

        • mmonk (1317 posts)
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          52. Yes. Well said.

        • Green Dog Dem (3276 posts)
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          58. Or if the Dem establishment hadn't replaced Wallace with Truman?

          Aloha! KamaAina in the hale (house).
    • Silver Witch (4839 posts)
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      23. Dragonfli – this is wonderful.

      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 is good that your time away did no harm to your beautiful writing.  Hope this finds you feeling yourself again!

      #Let'sTalkRevolution
      • Dragonfli (1042 posts)
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        32. My writting is a bit rusty, but I am beginning to recover,

        I hope I did well enough and didn’t screw up my grammar as much as I often do when not up to speed.

        “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

          

        • Silver Witch (4839 posts)
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          36. Grammar A+

          #Let'sTalkRevolution
    • d3lic (1145 posts)
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      34. "the 99%" and the 2016 US GE results

      A quick look at the 2016 US GE results is rather alarming

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_presidential_election,_2016#Results

      The article uses stats and averages to guesstimate a turnout rate of 55%

      That’s barely over the margin under which the result should be considered an overall vote of nonconfidence in the electoral system.

      Of the 55% that voted, 46.09% voted for Trump, 48.18% for Clinton, for an astounding  94.2% voting for a D or R in the D vs R charade.

      But then 46% of 55% is just 25.3%, and 48% of 55% is just 26.4%, totaling just 51.7%, and that isn’t a number broadcast widely.

      Anybody who has been involved in a leftist reformist progressive type political campaign will know that the more affluent a district the residents live in, the more likely they are to vote.  In the campaigns I worked on these facts were nailed to the wall.  There’s a very strong correlation between affluence and likelihood to vote.  There can be a lot of excuses, but in the end those territories where the more people from the less affluent districts come out to vote, the greater likelihood of progressive politicians being elected.

       

      • Dragonfli (1042 posts)
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        41. I may be able to shed some light on this, also the Sanders experience

        only reinforces what are admittedly only theories regarding such poor turn out numbers.

        One thing that I am sure was also “pinned to the wall” so to speak, is the inverse, that is to say, “the poor don’t vote” and half the country is impoverished, enough so that even with EBT programs food insecurity (especially healthy food, the first casualty when one faces food security issues) is becoming an increasingly larger problem.

        There are many levels and lifestyles of “the poor and un-famous”, ranging from the most common, the working poor, often too busy with multiple jobs and wrought with financial insecurity that forces them to spend more of what little non sleep free time remains trying to figure out ways to somehow juggle bills without having something shut off rather than spend that time vetting, or even paying attention to politicians or politics (most are also simultaneously aware either on a conscious or unconscious level that the system works only for those that pay for legislation and believe all politicians and politics to be a game rigged against them and for the wealthy and artificial corporate life-forms and so see little point in participation with free time being such a luxury, those with children would spend any such rare free time with children they barely have time to hug than try to effect change within a rigged system)

        Another level of poverty involves the homeless (in warmer climates tent cities and shanty towns abound, even as poverty itself is criminalized, a rather cruel reaction to the problem). I live in a colder area and my homeless friends and neighbors are often more hidden by the necessity of avoiding death by exposure taking residence in the far too abundant abandoned factories in my area, but are just as numerous as in more visibly homeless areas like sacramento and L.A. They really can’t vote without an address, but even those that manage one by circuitous means are also quite well aware that politicians will not and do not address their concerns, the homeless I know (and the way I’ve felt when homeless) was politicians were in fact working to make matters worse for them and passionately dislike politicians because of such beliefs even though their concerns include survival, a far more important issue to them than political ideologies to be discussed and argued over.

        The reason the poor do not vote (not a judgement just a statistical reality) is that they are not courted or even spoken of in political dialogue, nor are they mentioned save by very rare, nearly extinct politicians in a handful of “stump speeches” seldom heard as such rare politicians that bother to address the poor are seldom promoted by either party, quite the opposite in fact. The lowest class typically addressed are the middle class, this reality only adds fuel to the fire that drives the working poor and homeless towards political apathy at best and hatred of politicians at worst.

        In all classes save for the highest, the jig is up to put it bluntly, Hillary Clinton was an excellent example, only brainwashed party faithful or identity politics driven Idol worshipers believed for one second she would do anything but enrich herself or those already well to do, an apathetic and anemic voting population among the have nots should not be much of a surprise but rather expected.

        Among young voters (a subject I am far less attuned to) their appears to be a great deal of understanding that the system is rigged for the billionaires and policy is purchased rather than voted for, and I am not even addressing the largest elephant in the rom which is the reality that our election integrity and the results thereof are as tainted and manipulated as in any “respectable” banana Republic, a fact also consciously or unconsciously know to our population.

        A campaign aimed at solid issue based realities rather than identities or attacks, issues that address the critically neglected people would bring people to vote, this being the reason I believe that Sanders (originally expected to garner only at best 3% of the primary vote caught the establishment by surprise) did far better than expected and who I believe with certainty (I can only speak for myself yet suspect many may agree) would be Our President with coattails in office had it not been for the banana republic level of manipulated and compromised election integrity.

        We can draft politicians that address the needs of the 99% with a focus on issues and solutions rather than identity and vilification and change the turnout statistics dramatically (I know that if Sanders ran against Trump, and people were not blocked from casting their votes the number of participation would have been very greatly increased, I do not know unfortunately if even then the numbers counted would have been assigned as cast but believe instead election fraud would have warped reality to an amazing degree.

        One last thought, the poor should be a main focus rather than a taboo, after all, they are the fastest rising demographic and the “middle class” so diligently courted is shrinking at an alarming rate. We need an extensive stable of FDR types ranging from mixed economy social democrats to socialists that address poverty, the environment and the need for peace rather than the opposite which pretty much sums up the bulk of what both entrenched parties prop up as candidates that usually run, if we are to start winning this revolution politically as hoped (there really is no time for nature to take it’s course and the citizenry to rise as they always do when bled too dry via bloody revolutionary action, none of us should want it to become dire enough to create the conditions of such an inevitable conclusion of following the path we are on now).

        “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

          

    • HIP56948 (2319 posts)
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      37. Boy!, the way you write and communicate could wake up the dead,…

      …’cause them to build guillotines and scream:  “Let the fun begin!”

      I truly admire you.

      • Dragonfli (1042 posts)
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        42. High praise, but let's leave the guillotines out of this if we can

        The outcomes and the winners are too unpredictable, besides, I’d rather see the Billionaires suffer by seeing them reduced so shamefully to mere multi millionaires, crazy as it sounds, that would actually cause such sociopaths a great deal of endless pain.

        “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

          

    • Ohio Barbarian (3254 posts)
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      44. I read this on my lunch hour. It made my day. Superb post!

      I see it’s already on the Daily Radical, so I’ll spare Mary sending a recommendation to put it here where it belongs. I do not disagree with a single thing you said here, Dragonfli, and it needs to said, it needs to be shouted from the rooftops. We need, the biosphere needs, regime change in America pronto! 

      I know this took a lot of time and effort to put together, and you succeeded brilliantly. Well done!

      "Identity politics is the last refuge of the politically incompetent."  --Me, with a hat tip to Isaac Asimov  
    • TRex (2320 posts)
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      45. K&R

      We can thank the rich for one thing - times are changing due to the silent depression in the working class. I don't think the rich will be happy with the changes, but they forced it upon themselves through greed and avarice.
    • peacecorps (3259 posts)
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      50. Well said. "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 (and, I would add, nationalities) decided at birth, and we need to wake up from such meaningless differences very quickly if we are to survive) we absolutely must unify and do so quickly.

      I add “nationalities” since modern nationalism/patriotism is another form of identity politics that divides us from each other – “there is only one human race”.

      If I should ignore “melanin content, shape of eye, differences in sex organs, or varying sexualities decided at birth” (and I should), I can ignore the location where they were born and the color of their passport.

      • Dragonfli (1042 posts)
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        51. I agree wholeheartedly with your addition, survival has become a worldwide need

        “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

          

    • davidthegnome (1005 posts)
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      55. More Dragon than Dragonfli

      Several years ago, I began to realize just how screwed the majority was.  Born and raised in a small, rural area, as the child of average working middle class parents – I was sheltered from much of what was going on in our Country.  Becoming a man in my neck of the woods meant working full time – and for most, weekly partying, drinking, drugs, what have you.  The problem of alcoholism along with drug addiction has become so extreme in my area that it would be easier to say who is NOT addicted.  Even my middle class parents were (and are) functioning alcoholics.  Even now, in their sixties, my Father works over 90 hours a week, my mother is a full time nurse working the overnights… I cannot blame them for drinking their blues away when they do not have to work.  I have been in the field, in many fields, I have cleaned basements, gone through giant mounds of horse manure with shovels and pitch forks.  I have been a telemarketer, a dishwasher, a desk clerk, retail for a convenience store.

      Through it all was the awareness that… all of those working for dirt wages (myself among them) would never have the same opportunities that many in generations before had.  Whether it be factory jobs, various aspects of the new deal, or old programs that once focused on protecting the people as opposed to the power.  The upper class – those among them who I knew (or know) do not realize just how dire the fate of the rest of us really is.  When they go after food stamps, people go hungry.  When they cut medicare/medicaid – people die for want of treatment.

      The last year and a half a bad back had put me out of work.  I was ready to give up – couldn’t stand for longer than an hour, couldn’t do any of the work that I used to.  I was broke, out of work, living with my parents without much hope for the future – and I was only 31 and 32.  I could write a novel about the shit I’ve had to deal with in my life, but none was worse than the pain of knowing that, even if I wanted to – I could not support myself.  What jobs I could do paid precious little, when I could do them.  When I couldn’t do them at all… living in a conservative state with a whacked out governor (LePage) I think it really hit home for me just how screwed the poor and disabled really, truly are.

      What we MUST as a society do, if we are to survive, is consider a new way forward.  We build, we grow, from the bottom up.  The more we aid the unfortunate – the stronger, the better, the braver and the richer we become as a society.  We have entered into an era of deep selfishness, greed, capitalism, corporatism, all gone way the hell beyond wild.  Consider that our President is a billionaire celebrity – and that the wealthy are still telling us to tighten our belts, that the cuts are still coming hard and fast.  That we are the wealthiest Nation on earth and cannot, for some reason, ensure that all have access to healthcare, improve our infrastructure or our schools, restrain either our corporations or our police.

      It need not remain the best of times and worst of times.  We can make it OUR time.  The time when we, the great unwashed, the least of us, the masses, rise up and demand a more equitable system of government, of society.  If we do not, if we remain asleep, then all is lost.

      It is an age in which we need dragons, my brother – and you absolutely qualify.  Your compassion for those who suffer reflects your great dragon heart – and the flames of your anger towards those who inflict it, your fire.  As always, I am touched by your wisdom and passion – and stand, proudly, 100% with you in your – and our struggle.  Intense weekly therapy has kept me away for a while, along with starting a new job (keeping my fingers crossed – but so far I am managing…) that, and being too broke (until recently) to get back online.

      I’m going to be around more often now as I think I will have some time and some of my issues have improved.  I have been away from this struggle for too long.  I’m ready to roll up my sleeves for the things that really matter.

      Love and respect for you brother dragon.

      “There is no distinctly native American criminal class save Congress.” - Mark Twain
      • Dragonfli (1042 posts)
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        56. I consider you my online "heir" my friend, a dragon being born before us all

        My health ensures I will likely no longer be in the battle, even part time as I am now, within 5 years, 10 if I were to to receive a near miraculous ability to remain static in my chronic and degenerative ailments, you already write as well as I do, and will most assuredly become a far better writer than I as you continue to grow.

        We have spoken privately about your own ailments which being far from minor chain you with health issues as well, I do realize and understand that, yet you are also younger than I and far more likely to continue for decades more.

        Your compassion and empathy continue to develop and are already enlightened with great deal of such positive energy and I have watched as those qualities have grown stronger still before my eyes little brother.

        If you remember the story I told you about the two wolves, it will make sense to you when I say you appear to keep feeding the correct one and so I expect your positive energy to far surpass mine someday, even as does your writing.

        Presumptuous though it may be to consider you “the heir to my mission”, I may grow weaker, yet I am full of confidence that the dragon you are becoming will far outshine mine.

        You ARE the future David, and you have not only my respect, love and admiration, you also have my trust that you will complete our shared goals brilliantly and humble my memory someday, as I reflect on on your future achievements with pride, I feel complete confidence that my little brother will achieve far greater things and shine more brightly than ever I have.

        These thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and expectations have brought a great deal of comfort and reassurance to me, and for that I thank you.

        Denny

        “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

          

    • Green Dog Dem (3276 posts)
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      57. FDR came to power only after three years of the Great Depression.

      I sincerely hope we can take the country back before the next one.

      Aloha! KamaAina in the hale (house).