Support our troops - Get them out of there - Bring them home.
Click here for The Center For Public Integrity database of the 935 Lies of the Bush administration officials that led us into War.
From The Mike Malloy Program 01/24/08.
Investigate - Impeach - Indict - Imprison.
"In my lifetime we've gone from Eisenhower to George W. Bush.
If this is evolution, I believe within twelve years we'll be voting for plants." - Lewis Black
If we detain people without hearings, wiretap our own citizens, and torture people on mere suspicions, the terrorists have won, because we have given up everything our country has stood for.
Um ... Looks like we have given up everything our country has stood for.
Obama as Ombudsman
This is one of those “Remember The Sixties” flashbacks. It’s not necessarily a “Sixties” thing as it had happened many times before during the union movement struggle dating back to the turn of the century and the African-American Civil Rights Movement since 1955. But I didn’t see it with my own eyes until the late sixties.
Here’s the scene: Everything is about to boil over. The media talk about widespread unrest in the inner city, college campuses, and in the workplace. The fuse is lit and everyone knows it’s just a matter of time before “something happens.” City, State, and Federal officials as well as college administrators want to avoid another race riot or massive anti-war demonstration. So they put forth … an Ombudsman to work with … The People.
Way back then I had never come across the word before so I had to look it up.
1. a government official who hears and investigates complaints by private citizens against other officials or government agencies.
2. a person who investigates and attempts to resolve complaints and problems, as between employees and an employer or between students and a university.
They always looked something like this: Short sleeved white shirt. Skinny tie. A crew cut that had barely grown out enough so he could part his hair. The cartoon equivalent of a white middle class straight guy whose job it was to find a way to work with a bunch of pissed off people.
After many tumultuous meetings where nothing but compromises were made over and over again … the Ombudsman would go back to “Management” with a list of watered down demands that barely hinted at what was needed.
Following a meeting with The Powers That Be, the go-between Ombudsman would return with a pronouncement. He’d say something like, “After lengthy deliberations with Management … we’ve decided to relax the dress code and institute Hawaiian Shirt Fridays.”
So much for “Working Within The System.”
Most of the time The Powers That Be did something that eloquently demonstrated exactly what little regard they held for the wants and needs of The People.
Like on November 27, 1965 when some 40,000 protesters led by several student activist groups surrounded the White House, calling for an end to the war, then marched to the Washington Monument. That same day, President Johnson announced the escalation from 120,000 to 400,000 US troops in Indochina.
Cut to November 2006 when the Republicans lost the Senate and House in the midterm election. The Democrats won because people wanted an end to the War in Iraq and were fed up with the Republican culture of corruption. In January 2007 Bush’s response was to announce a “surge” of more troops to Iraq.
Progressive change didn’t happen when labor or civil rights organizers worked within the system. Change happens when rules are broken. When management says, “Screw You” we don’t change a goddamn thing by staying politely out of sight within a prearranged Free Speech Zone. The Powers That Be didn’t give American workers an 8 hour workday or African-Americans the right to vote because people sent angry email.
Americans went on strike … and won.
What I saw 40 years ago …and finally … completely … understand today … is that The Ombudsman works for Management. That’s where his checks come from.
During his first State of the Union Address President Obama is going to ask Congress to freeze spending for some domestic programs saying it will save taxpayers $250 billion over the next 10 years. But at whose expense?
The Department of Health and Human Services is the United States government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves. If Obama’s budget is passed, spending for DHHS will be frozen until 2013.
The Pentagon and the Homeland Security Department would be exempt from the proposed freeze.
As Paul Krugman writes in today’s NY Times, “ … it’s a betrayal of everything Obama’s supporters thought they were working for. Just like that, Obama has embraced and validated the Republican world-view and more specifically, he has embraced the policy ideas of the man he defeated in 2008.”
We worked diligently and gave the Democrats victory in the 2006 midterm elections. We worked our asses off again in 2008 and gave the Democrats increased majorities in both houses of Congress and the Presidency.
And they have returned after meeting with their Corporate handlers to tell us that they’re going to relax the dress code, institute Hawaiian Shirt Fridays, and completely ignore the needs of the people.
What did we expect? The Ombudsman works for Management. That’s where the checks come from.
As Jonathan Zaslof wrote today, “If this is true (Obama’s proposed spending freeze) … then there seems little reason to support Obama on anything. … What next? The rotting corpse of Andrew Mellon as Treasury Secretary? Or do we already have that?”
Krugman adds, “Mellon was Herbert Hoover’s Treasury Secretary, who according to Hoover told him to “liquidate the workers, liquidate the farmers, purge the rottenness”.
We know where they stand. We need to leave the Free Speech Zones and take back our streets, our cities, our schools, our courts … our country.
E.J. Dionne Jr. writes in today’s New Republic, “Hoist Your Pitchforks! Time for angry Americans to march on the Supreme Court.
… The only proper response to this distortion of our political system by ideologically driven Justices is a popular revolt. It would be a revolt of a sort deeply rooted in the American political tradition. The most vibrant reform alliances in our history have involved coalitions between populists (who stand up for the interests and values of average citizens) and progressives (who fight against corruption in government and for institutional changes to improve the workings of our democracy). It's time for a new populist-progressive alliance.”
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My Favorite(?) Excerpt
The discrepancy between the kind of society many Germans thought they were building and the reality of the horror of the Third Reich presents one of the most intriguing questions of our age. How could Fascism -- have happened in a modern, industrialized, educated nation?
Click here for the excerpt from They Thought They Were Free, The Germans, 1938-45 (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1955) by Milton Mayer
Books I Give To People I Know and Maybe They'll Still Talk To Me But Probably Won't
Deep Green Resistance - Strategy to Save the Planet
Aric McBay, Lierre Keith, and Derrick Jensen
For years, Derrick Jensen has asked his audiences, “Do you think this culture will undergo a voluntary transformation to a sane and sustainable way of life?” No one ever says yes.
Deep Green Resistance starts where the environmental movement leaves off: industrial civilization is incompatible with life. Technology can’t fix it, and shopping—no matter how green—won’t stop it. To save this planet, we need a serious resistance movement that can bring down the industrial economy. Deep Green Resistance evaluates strategic options for resistance, from nonviolence to guerrilla warfare, and the conditions required for those options to be successful.
Clicking on the book links to Deep Green Resistance website.
The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder
by Vincent Bugliosi
"I hope that at some time in the near future a courageous U.S. attorney general, U.S. attorney, state attorney general, or district attorney in America who is committed to the rule of law and who has dedicated his career to enforcing the law fairly against all who, big or small, violate it, will hear the cries for justice from the graves of the thousands upon thousands of men, women, and children who had their lives violently cut short because of the lies of a man who smiled through it all. And that, with a sense of uncompromising righteousness, he will take the ample case I have laid out in this book before an American jury to let them decide whether George W Bush is guilty or not guilty of murder, and if so, what his punishment should be.
Even if this doesn't happen and what I have said in this book receives all the attention of a new fly in the forest, I do know that someone had to say what is written on the pages of this book."
From The Prosecution of George W. Bush For Murder by Vincent Bugliosi, page 168.
Clicking on the book links to the book's website.
Vincent Bugliosi testifying before the House Judiciary Committee of the U.S. Congress.
Family of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty, the Powerful Forces That Put It in the White House, and What Their Influence Means for America
by Russ Baker
How did Bush happen? How did George W. Bush, of all people, rise to the most powerful position in the world? This simple question sparked a five-year investigative odyssey by Russ Baker. What he found will force us to rethink virtually everything we thought we knew about the Bush family and its role in shaping recent American history.
In FAMILY OF SECRETS, Baker reveals that Bush, the people around him, and his policies are but an extreme, very public manifestation of what his family and its circle have always been about: an interlocking web of covert and overt machinations on behalf of a small cluster of elites-social, financial, industrial, military, intelligence-that enabled the Bush dynasty and propelled George W. Bush to the top.
Clicking on the book links to the Powell's Books online store.
Rules for Radicals
by Saul D Alinsky
"What follows is for those who want to change the world from what it is to what they believe it should be. The Prince was written by Machiavelli for the Haves on how to hold power. Rules for Radicals is written for the Have-Nots on how to take it away."
In 1971, Saul Alinsky wrote an entertaining classic on grassroots organizing titled Rules for Radicals.
For Alinsky, organizing is the process of highlighting what is wrong and convincing people they can actually do something about it.
Clicking on the book links to the author's website.
The End of America: Letter of Warning To A Young Patriot
by Naomi Wolf
In a stunning indictment of the Bush administration and Congress, best-selling author Naomi Wolf lays out her case for saving American democracy. In authoritative research and documentation Wolf explains how events of the last six years parallel steps taken in the early years of the 20th century’s worst dictatorships such as Germany, Russia, China, and Chile.
Clicking on the book links to the publisher's website.
As Basil Fawlty keenly observed: but ... this is no joke.
The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism
by Naomi Klein
Naomi Klein's The Shock Doctrine advances a truly unnerving argument: historically, while people were reeling from natural disasters, wars and economic upheavals, savvy politicians and industry leaders nefariously implemented policies that would never have passed during less muddled times. As Klein demonstrates, this reprehensible game of bait-and-switch isn't just some relic from the bad old days. It's alive and well in contemporary society, and coming soon to a disaster area near you.
Clicking on the book links to the author's website.
If you like Sean, Rush, Bill-O, Savage, and dutifully watch Fox ... You'll hate listening to Mike. I listen every day.
"Uncounted: The New Math of American Elections" As the 2008 presidential elections draw near and disillusioned voters are still reeling from the election fraud scandals of 2004 and 2006, Emmy Award-winning filmmaker David Earnhardt takes a logical and factual look at just how easy it is to alter election results and undermine the integrity of the entire democratic process. By speaking with a series of renowned computer programmers, journalists, statisticians, and even seasoned election officials, chilling proof that the people may not be guiding the direction of our country after all. Click here to go to the "Uncounted" website.
"Iraq For Sale" An eye-opening exposé of the war profiteering companies raking in billions of dollars from the war, click here to go to the "Iraq For Sale" website.
"War Made Easy" exposes a 50-year pattern of government deception and media spin that has dragged the United States into one war after another from Vietnam to Iraq. Click here to go to the "War Made Easy" website.