Monday, February 15, 2010


“Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.”
---Barry Goldwater

Texas is an Incubator for Democracy in Action. The spirit of Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan is alive and well in Texas. Since the death of the Patron Saint of the Republican Party, Ronald Reagan, who seized upon the legacy of Barry Goldwater and took it to the White House, a long line of GOP candidates at the national level have attempted unsuccessfully to present themselves as an heir to his mantle, including one retarded and completely delusional Neocon Puppet in Sarah Palin. Authenticity was missing. So here we are in early 2010 and an authentic, articulate, intelligent female entrepreneur, Tea Party candidate citizen Debra Medina, with her meteoric rise in the Texas gubernatorial race, has struck fear into establishment Republicans who have met her with steep resistance, despite presenting a Liberty based candidacy that Barry Goldwater himself would have embraced. In fact the Texas Conservative base has been shifting towards Medina.

Debra Medina is a direct descendant of the movement inspired by and that coalesced around the Liberty based candidacy of Ron Paul in 2008. While the Republican establishment very much tried to ignore, marginalize and undermine Ron Paul and his candidacy in the 2008 electoral cycle, they have subsequently decided to embrace it, infiltrate the movement he inspired with Neocon’s allowing them to attack, marginalize and undermine the movement, both its principals and principles that the movement was founded upon, as well as its key foot soldiers like Medina. The 'Barbarians at the Gate', in the form of GOP Establishment, are engaged in a hostile takeover or LBO hoping to turn the values of the movement on its head, seize the assets and get rid of the superfluous employees, like Medina and Paul.

Glenn Beck’s ambush,smear and outright sucker punch of Citizen Debra Medina’s gubernatorial candidacy last week illustrates that DC Insiders and the mainstream political establishment in both parties is hesitant about allowing the elevation to high office people outside the U.S. mainstream political apparatus, and will employ propagandists like the $50 Million Dollar Man, Benedict Beck, the Neocon's reincarnation of Joseph Goebbels. So what do they do? Much in the same way that the 9/11 Commission was frustrated by the Bush/Cheney Administration, at getting to the absolute truth about 9/11, establishment Republicans want to bottle up and package this Tea Party movement by engaging in a McCarthyite like witch hunt to demonize, slander and marginalize the stature of those who continue to raise the very same questions that members of the 9/11 Commission did. Similar tactics used to obfuscate the surfacing of truth being uncovered by the 9/11 Commission are now being employed to cleanse the Tea Party Movement of '9/11 Truthers' by applying a 9/11 Litmus Test to disqualify candidates who dare to question their government, despite the fact that polls have repeatedly shown that for most Americans, from all walks of life and professional backgrounds, including New Yorkers and not just those in the Tea Party movement, many unanswered questions remain about 9/11, despite ongoing efforts to silence the most potent and persuasive voices. So much for “Liberty” ay? It does not fit with GOP's rhetoric which has regularly labeled those in the 9/11 Truth Movement as leftist fringe radicals affiliated with Democrats when the movement in truth gets its legs more from Liberty movement and independent investigative journalists than from Democrats or liberals who live in fear of being labeled radical and risk being diminished by the mainstream media (see: The Left Gatekeeper's Phenomenon).

But they best beware,
the backlash is coming even as the GOP and mainstream media allies attempt to suppress and spin it. It is already part of the public record that the co-chairs of the 9/11 Commission Tom Kean and Lee Hamilton who wrote a book entitled Without Precedent: The Inside Story of the 9/11 Commission, have also already gone on record in the New York Times that their investigation was stonewalled, the report is seriously flawed and that they did not get it all right because the CIA and the White House engaged in an Obstruction of Justice. The Senior Counsel to the 9/11 Commission, John Farmer, who led the 9/11 staff's inquiry, in his book The Ground Truth, has been quoted as saying that “the public had been seriously misled about what occurred during the morning of the attacks,” and further that "at some level of the government, at some point in time there was an agreement not to tell the truth about what happened."

So what’s the goal or the GOP’s end game? Absorb the brand of “dissent” represented by The Tea Party movement into the National GOP apparatus and then install their GOP establishment and Think Tank figureheads like Sarah Palin, Rick Perry et al etc., and in the process become perceived as the anti-establishment party in 2010 and 2012; fascinating, if it were not so unbelievable. In short, the choice is clear, does the Tea Party Movement choose to compromise its core values and allow the strength of its Liberty message to become diluted, their agenda curtailed in exchange for a seat at the table with establishment GOP? Would Paul Revere have abandoned his midnight ride and refrained from advising his fellow citizens that "the British are coming", if he had received a telegram advising him that he would be given a lucrative contract on Fox News once a Monarchy was installed to oversee the burgeoning new world and hold back the restless in the colonies? One would hope that they would react more like John Paul Jones and say, "I have not yet begun to fight."

Ron Paul for Congress:
Palin Is a Neoconservative, Not a Tea Party Constitutionalist:

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

THE HEALTH CARE PRAYER: The Dream Shall Never Die

Now I lay me Revolutionary soul down to sleep
I pray the Dems my Health Care to Keep
If I should DIE before I wake
Rest assured that courtesy of the GOP
Some fat guy in a suit at an Insurance Company just got a Tax Break


Edward M. Kennedy

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

OMEN FOR A REVOLUTION: GOP Running out the Clock on the Fortunes of The American People

TO MEMBERS OF THE GOP IN THE HOUSE & SENATE: The President of the United States of America has invited you to a Health Care Summit. May I remind you that you are NOT Being PAID by the American people to do what Dick Morris, Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter or Roger Stone want you to do in IGNORING the President. Don't get giddy at polls showing the President's approval rating below 50%. After all the country is mirred in The Great Recession, courtesy of eight years of GOP rule and policies which may have made Dick Cheney very wealthy and his friends worth hundreds of millions, if not billions more but resulted in a significant decline in the net worth of the Average American Citizen. It's no surprise that you hide behind angry populist rhetoric,while obstructing and impeding this President from making any progress even on administrative issues while seeking to extract concessions in exchange for the ability to function, lest the people truly figure you out that the rhetoric masks your complete and utter submission to the special interests whom OWN each and every one of you. The so called "party of ideas" has found itself so intellectually bankrupt that Christopher Buckley, the son of Conservative Icon, William F. Buckley, Jr., Founder of the National Review had to turn away from the Republican Party in the last election. Sarah Palin & The Tea Party have replaced the so called intellectuals in your party and that is truly sad.

WE THE PEOPLE WHO PAY YOUR SALARY expect you to work along side him to solve this country's problems. You may not respect Obama like you did Reagan but the guy is
The President and the people who pay your salaries expect you to work to solve this country's problems, not to hunker down in your bunkers and become the problem. You want to respectfully disagree with the President's agenda, offer up alternative, workable solutions and not wait for the Conservative Supreme Court to throw you a bone so that FOREIGN CORPORATIONS can now officially buy and own you to continue to work against the American people. Am I telling you not to fight for inclusion of your principles in The President's Agenda---he was after all elected with a mandate? No. READ the book, "The Right Fight", choose your battles and pick the right issues to fight over and advance the debate. As the minority party you do not get to dictate the debate.

THE TRUTH IS THAT YOU DO NOT RESPECT PRESIDENT OBAMA in the way you do your own parties Patron Saint,
Ronald Reagan, but like Ronald Reagan, Obama was elected President of the United States by a very wide margin. Let's be clear, GOP Vote Suppression efforts in battleground states and fermenting white rage may have been enough to slice and dice Obama's victory margin to prevent him from gaining 400 electoral votes so that you could deny that his victory was a landslide that provided him with a mandate to govern. As if? That is like the Indianapolis Colts claiming that they only lost by two touchdowns to the New Orleans Saints so therefore they deserve to share the Vince Lombardi Trophy. Gimme a break. Even now some Republicans still drink the Acorn Kool Aid, despite the compelling case put forth by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Gregory Palast. You say Obama is engaged in an endless campaign but your campaign against him was to undermine his standing from the get go making him unable to govern. And you call yourself Americans? Hell, at least we knew where Jessie Helms stood and finally were able to figure out where Trent Lott stood as well. But, all you need do is as Warner Wolf would say, "Let's go to the Video Tape" and look at the people who descended on the National Mall in DC to celebrate The Inauguration of President Obama, people in all shapes, colors, sizes and ethnic backgrounds. You were there. You saw it. This is not some BLACK REVOLUTION. It was a PEOPLE'S REVOLUTION, with all due respect to Kelly Cutrone who owns somewhat of a Trademark on that name. ;-) If you attempt to diminish, marginalize and destroy his Presidency for the greater good of electoral success in 2010 or 2012, make no mistake, you are fermenting the seeds of revolution. America is running out of chances to right its course. If we do not, the people will descend on Washington in Planes, Trains, Buses, Automobiles and on foot with pitchforks in hand to oust your corrupt hides from the halls of congress and lynch you for Treason on the grass. You think I am kidding? Go ahead, see what 20% plus Unemployment and no food of health care does to the electorate. You won't get Sarah Palin's Tea Party. What you will get is a scene out of CALIGULA.

JUST SAYING NO, while it may be a catchy tag line used by Nancy Reagan, to limit the President's ability to act to run out the clock, is in essence running out the clock on the fortunes of the American people and for that my fellow American, I will never ever forget that and you can count
Chris London as one of the folks who will be on foot armed with a pitchfork in hand on the steps of Congress looking for you. Make no mistake, despite my Ivy League Credentials, I am at the end of the day, a kid from Queens and Brooklyn, so know, I am not f___ing around. There may no longer be a LION IN THE SENATE in the form of Teddy Kennedy to fight for Health Care reform, even though there may be an Obstructionist in the Senate, a Coward in Congress, but there is one in Congress in the name of Anthony Weiner. Nevertheless, I choose to never forget that one man lived every day of the last 30 plus years of his life battling for the people who many of you still think are irrelevant.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

THE PROPHETS FOR THE CULTURALLY ILLITERATE: Palin, Beck & Limbaugh All "Going Rogue" on America

The "cultural elites"--meaning those of us with a greater than high school reading level who are able to work, pay our bills, read a newspaper and perhaps even throw back a literary work of an accomplished author from time to time and discuss with one another its relative significance in the context of human experience--need to wake up and look around us. We are losing the culture war to a growing class of people who look just like you and me, work just like you and me but some where along the line checked out of the information age and became hoodwinked by the disinformationalists and fear mongers who profit off their cultural illiteracy and their resulting insecurity and uncertainty about who and what are unfamiliar to them: Americans of different cultures, nationalities, color and perspective (i.e., you and me and our President).

Sarah Palin can be laughed at, dismissed or ridiculed for her book tour for "Going Rogue: An American Life", by those who wish to diminish her standing or question her intellectual abilities but that would be a mistake. She represents and appeals to a slice of America that is going rogue with her. You can thank the ideologically corrupt, unprincipled bastard, William H. Kristol, Editor of The Weekly Standard and of PNAC fame for helping to elevate Ms. Palin to national prominence. Kristol, one of the architects of the Project for the New American Century, the neo-conservative think tank persuaded the McCain Campaign that John McCain, a 72 year old American Kleptocrat on one of his last missions of vein political ambition, should pick as his running mate, potentially putting a heart beat away from the Presidency, someone so clearly unprepared and unqualified for the office in Sarah Palin. For this reason alone Kristol, McCain and company should be forever discredited for such a self serving, intellectually and patriotically bankrupt ploy. Even if her book is perceived widely as "Payback to the McCain Campaign" for their effort to discredit and blame her for their loss in 2008, these folks have still not paid a big enough price for their attempt to defraud America by choosing her in the first place.

These folks attempt to compromise the security of a nation so that the Neocon's can stay in power, and now your vice presidential blow up doll, makes a few bucks off a book and we are to demonize her (Palin), rather than looking to the douchebags who attempted to rig the game, divide and destroy a nation for the higher purpose of keeping the neocons in power? Sarah Palin is not my enemy. I will not buy into that game. My eyes are focused elsewhere on her political sponsors and lackeys. Even as McCain and company have trashed Palin and otherwise attempted to distance themselves from their selection of Sarah Palin for the number two spot on the GOP ticket in 2008, to re-establish McCain's political credibility, I say, "my friend" you knew exactly what you were doing. In the eyes of this citizen, the Real John McCain will forever be remembered as a Benedict Arnold and a total douchebag who was willing to sacrifice the security of his countrymen on a shallow political ploy, because at the ripe old age of 72 years you were so drunk and corrupt with your own self importance and life long yearning for the Presidency. You took a chance that you should not have. Your hope? Hope that the vote of cultural illiterates, right wing fanatics, racists and GOP vote suppression efforts in select battle ground states could swing the election in your favor and sneak a mentally unstable geezer and a barracuda into the Oval Office. It goes without saying that you severely miscalculated Palin's cross over appeal to disaffected Hillary supporters.

McCain, his handlers and legacy builders need to stop trying to spin the corporate media with the fiction that Sarah Palin cost McCain and the Republicans the election. That old dog just won't hunt. McCain was a dead man walking, a mentally and emotionally unstable, perhaps even insane, candidate on dying political legs. His sole redeeming quality to the neocons was that he was the Republican with the most cross over appeal in what was an otherwise Democratic year. Even so it became clear that McCain would very likely lose. The Palin Experiment was foisted on a desperate Presidential aspirant willing to win ugly and divide a nation if necessary. In the process, John McCain, an empty vessel became a trojan horse, used by Kristol and the neocons, his candidacy sacrificed to elevate Palin to national prominence in a bold appeal to unsettle the electorate and soldify their brand among a key constituency of disaffected and angry rural whites and hard liners, many of whom actually voted for Hillary Clinton over Obama in the Democratic primary contests. Palin's potential success would only embolden the far right by illustrating what it was possible for the neocons to get by the American people, or at least the relatively unenlightened, in the future. Mark my words on this. Time will prove me right and sufficient circumstantial evidence already exists in the public arena from which one could deduce this from the Palin experiment.

When you elevate to national prominence and stature, individuals of limited accomplishment and distinction, from among the ranks of so called "regular citizens", it is a cynical ploy by the most powerful to hold on to power, straight out of the Nazi Party playbook. For one these folks will do whatever their sponsors wish them to do to maintain their stature. More importantly, attacks upon them can be discounted, dismissed and ridiculed as attacks by so called "elitists" on a person who is "of the people." So, when you examine Sarah Palin keep a watchful eye on her sponsors and those who use the mainstream media to support her.

America's growing cultural illiteracy is evident when people who cannot even read newspapers or books can author them and those who do not read books go out and buy them. Their prophets? Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin. The real danger in America grows by the day as increasing numbers of our citizens are dumb down susceptible to these irrational hate prophets. The hate campaign that began against then Presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama has continued virtually non-stop to undermine the legitimacy of President Obama. The same role players continue to beat the drum of hate as they did on the campaign trail, coaching significant segments of the white electorate to hate the black man, question President Obama's citizenship and his "socialist" agenda. In the past, we would have given a group of people with this mindset coloring books and crayons. Sadly, however, these folks are all grown up so now it is rather easy for the hate mongers to spoon feed them a steady diet of disinformation as a rational to keep them in their cocoon's of hatred towards that and those which is different from them--you, me and so called cultural elites, blacks, Hispanics, ethnics, urbanites and the educated classes. Truth, facts, evidence to the contrary no longer matter. The prophets do not need to worry about fact checking or the validity of their arguments because the folks that they are preaching to have already checked out of civilized society. Those of us who are able to think and engage in logical reasoning, comprehend and communicate rationally are their enemies. Our arguments matter not to them.

This has nothing to do with whether or not you agree or disagree with every aspect of President Obama's political agenda and policy proposals. Earnest liberals, conservatives, progressives, libertarians etc. can agree to disagree about selected issues and the appropriate solutions. There is always room for rational debate about the right solutions needed to move the business of America forward. But those who elevated this woman to national prominence and continue to sponsor and support this woman as a vessel of any kind must appreciate and understand that you have created a Frankenstein Monster who along with the other ministers of hate and disinformation are engaged in a shell game on this nation's conscience. While the puppeteers remain in the shadows your puppets can only divide this nation further. This citizen will forever hold you accountable, even more so than I hold Sarah Palin accountable for her effort to remain relevant, sell books and keep herself in the public eye. Palin is but a pawn in your game.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Eight Years Later: Why Is There Still A Hole at Ground Zero?

On this day of remembrance, we honor all Americans who died on 9/11 or in the battles fought in the name of 9/11 by remaining vigilant engaged citizens in the search for truth. That is how I choose to pay my respects to those who through no fault of their own tragically lost their lives and left behind friends, family and co-workers. This day is a reminder that there are many still broken hearts and changed lives. 9/11 is not a photo op to promote the political agenda of any politician or political party. The fact that it is should cause thinking Americans to pause. To quote another HuffPo commenter: "How can anyone who calls themselves a "lover of freedom" not find it appalling that the information surrounding the events of 9/11 should be blacked out from the public? It does not make any sense that any conservative, freedom-loving individual would find it strange to want the truth to be told about what took place. This is not some partisan issue." The Truth About the 9/11 Truth Movement is that under no circumstances should participation or affiliation in it ever be considered some "Litmus Test" of Patriotism or lack thereof. Patriotism is not blind submissiveness to government, nor loyalty to any particular leader or party. Patriotism is vigilance in protecting and preserving the US Constitution from all enemies foreign or domestic who would incrementally pervert or overthrow it, or trample upon the many rights, freedoms and sovereignties of the people. Thus, it is simply unacceptable to brow beat and label those who ask questions, as being unpatriotic. Ironically, it is the very same people who pose around the American Flag to burnish their patriotic brand who beat down those who ask questions. "9/11 Truthers" are not radicals who hate America. The truth is that it is just plain hard to know what the truth really is anymore.
Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

Monday, February 09, 2009

Is Stimulus too Small?

The American Economy is on the brink. Americans are losing their jobs, their savings and their homes and the GOP with scrooge like machiavellian streak is engaged in a goal line stand attempting to insure that this President does not suceed in bailing out the economy. Make no mistake, they are not "fighting the good fight" but are trying to insure that the stimulus fails so that they can say they were against it from the get go. The plan is to battle the President Obama to the end, whittle Obama's Stimulus down to something inconsequential and thereby reducing the likelihood of its dramatic success. Then they can run against Democrats in 2010 and 2012 while continuing to put forth false arguments that returning money to the most privileged classes is the only way that the economy can be restarted when the reality is that it is Republican wealth concentration agenda over the last 30 years that has resulted in record economic disparity in America and pushed the American economy over the cliff. The people chose Obama's agenda, not John McCain's in this last election. While many Americans will end up homeless and bankrupt, John McCain can wax philosophic about his patriotism from one of his eight homes while his countrymen are in the streets. It is time to start priming the pump and investing in American infrastructure and society. Bottom line, the wealthy classes will not be safe in America if Americans cannot buy a sandwich, have a roof over their heads and heat in winter. Excess wealth concentration is placing American Society on the brink of revolution. What good is rebuilding Afghanistan if our society is crumbling all around us? I do not hate rich people or begrudge entrepreneurs for their success or even those that have inherited wealth. To the contrary. This is not about that. This is about preserving the integrity of our democracy. The GOP is the defender of what Paul Krugman has called The Madoff Economy and folks like McCain are battling to perpetuate it while posturizing as conservatively trying to protect the average citizen.
About Stimulus Package
Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

Friday, January 23, 2009

Matthews Slams NY Daily News Political Reporter Liz Benjamin For Citing Blog Rumors About Caroline Kennedy: "Let's Stick To Journalism. I Don't Do That Here"

There is a lot of meaningless nastiness that has been directed at Caroline Kennedy. It is especially disturbing and probably was unnecessary if the goal was to make a stronger case for the choice of of another candidate. While Caroline is a woman from a prominent family, it is also one that has suffered great tragedy. Caroline Kennedy has remained mostly a private citizen and extended her name and relative celebrity to meaningful causes like education, even if some question the extent of her actual record. Truth is, it did not seem that Caroline was much concerned about creating a record as much as she appeared to be lending the Kennedy name to important issues. Obama inspired many people, including Caroline Kennedy, who may have otherwise been content to remain on the sidelines, to get more actively involved. The foregoing being said, going from private citizen to the klieg lights of Broadway which is the rough and tumble New York political scene may have been a bit naive on her part, even with her having some strong allies at City Hall and the White House.

The selection of the relatively unknown, but nevertheless in my estimation, highly qualified Kirsten Gillibrand, a Blue Dog Democrat was a bold stroke by New York Governor Patterson, even if the process left much to be desired. If nothing else is clear is that the Clinton machine wanted one of their own to fill Hillary's seat and Governor Patterson viewed placating Hillary as important to his electoral success in 2010.
Clintonism has affected or infected (depending on your perspective) the New York Democratic political apparatus. One suspects that the jockeying for Hillary's seat went on long before the media began to focus on this in earnest. New York politico's enthusiastically bent over backwards to support their adopted New Yorker. The scorched earth tactics pursed in an effort to lower Caroline Kennedy's standing and to neutralize Andrew Cuomo were curious, if not downright foolish. The case for elevating Gillibrand could have been made without undermining a Kennedy or a Cuomo. Allies close to Hillary and the Clinton's in general ought to be careful leaving their fingerprints all over this selection and the smear job used to attain it. VOTE FRAUD in the New York Democratic Presidential Primary by those loyal to Clinton was largely overlooked by the mainstream media, despite Bloomberg and Citizens Union raising questions about the mystery in Harlem. Spitzer became mirred in his own scandal shortly thereafter and was forced to resign before he could even consider the request to investigate the fraud.

To bully a progressive like Caroline Kennedy with an inquest in to her private life serves no meaningful purpose.
Clinton surrogate, Chuck Schumer let on that Gillibrand's selection was a thinly veiled appeal to upstate voters, as well as Conservative Democrats. Patterson strategy appears to be to hold downstate Democratic voters while hoping that Gillbrand expands his base sufficiently to get him elected in 2010. Having Kennedy's, Cuomo's and Progressive Democrats in New York City aligned against you, however, is definitely a gamble. Does this not illustrate once and for all the “questionable” progressive bona fides of “liberal” icon Hillary Rodham Clinton? Was this her parting shot at those who abandoned her campaign to support Obama in New York and a reminder that the Clinton's still have major juice in New York? Abandoning Hillary seems to carry ramifications indeed. Perhaps it is just a coincidence that Governor Bill Richardson, Caroline Kennedy and Charles Rangel all became mirred in scandal or became the subject of rumor and innuendo in the media after jumping aboard Obama's train. And the timing of the Spitzer scandal, just so curious on so many levels. The Clinton Legacy should be re-examined, lest history keep repeating itself. Now that Hillary is at the State Department, let's see if our local leaders could regrow a set of balls and make decisions without consulting the Clinton Machine.
See also, The Huffington Post