Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Monday, April 25, 2016
Let's face it honestly, fellow Leftists, Hillary has been shamed by Bernie Sanders on the big issues that divide Left and Right in politics. Her stance, squarely in the middle, has made her vulnerable to ample criticism from both quarters, but more from the Left, simply because the Democrat Left has been oppressed since 1992 first by Centrists like Bill Clinton and then by the Right, which used typical dirty tricks to win elections in 2000 and 2004. Centrist Obama came roaring in like a lion and will leave like a lamb of bland compromise. We voted for change and got spare change on major issues like fiance reform, foreign policy and health care.
I don't hate Hillary Clinton. In fact, she reminds me of many women with whom I have shared nursing jobs. She is a hard pragmatist who moved from middle class to celebrity class through hard work alongside her con-man husband. Couldn't have been easy. I've read her post-First-Lady autobiography. I think I get where she is coming from. It is where she is, and where she seems to be going, that trouble me.
I hated her choice to laud a man like Henry Kissinger. I hate her association with lords of high finance in New York. I hate her apparent coziness with the Koch brothers. I hated her performance as Secretary of State, an expensive million-air-mile photo op with heads of state which accomplished little other than furthering her public image. I hate her reluctance to release the content (promises?) of speeches to finance executives. I hate her cashing in on the Black vote provenance of Bill Clinton, despite offering little in policy projections to actually solve Black crime and poverty. I hate her hair style.
I think all this whining in media by women that Hillary is hated by Leftist men because of some irrational or subconscious misogyny is insulting to women as well as men. Absurd notion. Hillary is being held to a Presidential election standard of criticism and scrutiny. In fact, I believe she has received more sensitive treatment than she deserves given her lack of truly progressive agenda. She is running on a mediocre platform which will most likely yield less change than Obama's more progressive one. This will not win votes to change the complexion of the Congress in 2018. Hence even less will get done. But Hillary will have secured her place in history as The First.
Hillary may well blame misogyny for her failures if elected, as many Obama supporters blame racism for his. The truth is that private misogyny or racism motivates few real people in the real world when it comes to their economic and political fortunes. Each of those concepts in 2016 is a phantom blamed by those who simply cannot manage their roles adequately under the real circumstances of life. So, to those howling Valkyries who would take up the spears of feminism to promote or defend Hillary Clinton simply on the basis of her vagina, I would say, "Grow up."
Friday, April 22, 2016
President Obama has weighed in on the debate in the U.K. concerning its popular referendum on the question of whether to stay in or break with the E.U. on a significant basis. President Obama's case for telling U.K. to remain in the E.U. hinges on his claim of U.S.'s entitlement to cast its vote due to its assistance to Europe during and after two world wars of the 20th century. I think this could set an interesting international precedent.
Perhaps the head of the Chinese government should weigh in on U.S. policy since they have lent us the money to keep our economy from collapse. Perhaps the king of Saudi Arabia is justified in threatening to gut the U.S. economy if the Saudi involvement in the 9-11 attacks on Manhattan, which has been previously buried for obvious reasons, effect U.S.-Saudi-Arabian relations. Perhaps Indian government officials should weigh in on labor policy in the U.S. since their citizens have propped up the U.S. medical establishment and also provided cheaper labor to the tech industry.
The quid pro quo of Obama's pressing his Presidential position on the U.K. referendum is indicative of the old corrupt politics of The West. It reveals the fallacy of true democracy in the U.S., U.K. and E.U.. It appears the real reason that Obama has stepped in is the assertion of control by politicians who are in the pockets of financiers, who have assumed the role of aristocratic puppet masters of global governance.
Thursday, April 21, 2016
Howard Zinn, Boston University professor and author,
addressed us at anti-war demonstration on Boston Common in 1971.
Perhaps it is preparing for another anti-aristocratic revolt like the one in the 1770's when Harvard was already over a century old and on the Tory side at first. The esteemed Massachusetts Ivy has invited the military back on campus in full force with the addition of Air Force ROTC. Other branches have already returned to Harvard.
Harvard distanced itself admirably from American militarism during the Vietnam War era in protest of that colonial war. But that was a different time. That was a time when Bernie Sanders would have seemed a middle-of-the-road socialist and Hillary Clinton would have been laughed at as a potential Presidential candidate by the leaders of the Democrats.
America's war industry is now booming. Thanks to wily propaganda, patriotism is also back in the form of constantly thanking paid killers for their service abroad in distant fields where they have no ethical reason to be. This does not make these paid killers (soldiers) happy necessarily. American taxpayers will be picking up the tab for treating their psychological damage for decades to come. American citizens may also pay the price when gunned down by a veteran in a fast-food restaurant.
Perhaps the Harvard elite consider militarists peace-keepers. Or, perhaps they consider them portfolio-protectors, who insure the long term appreciation of the Harvard endowment funds. The reality is that the American military resides on foreign soil and foreign seas to intimidate and negotiate in favor of the American Way, a.k.a. ruthless corporate capitalism. Harvard is at the nucleus of that American Way, well insulated from the reality of combat troops on its ground.
I know now that the cultural influence of my generation of anti-war advocates is dead. There will be no requiem, because, like old soldiers, we will simply fade away out of frustration and disgust over what we see happening at places like Harvard.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Hillary feigns laughter after Angela remarks that nobody seems to know they are zombies.
Hillary Clinton plans to become Merkel 2.0. It looks like she will succeed on the backs of bourgeois baby-boomer women who like her "look" and corrupt Black ministers/politicians who swore their fealty to hubby Bill, mafia don of the Center-Left-Kinda-Right. Like Merkel 1.0, Hillary Clinton is a slave of the IMF and Wall Street. Perhaps even a zombie or the victim of some kind of body-snatching. You can see the glimmer of her resident evil whenever she gets what she wants, like when she won the New York primary. Her voice drops low and takes on the cadence of a truck driver after a successful bar fight.
What's the harm in letting aggressive bourgeois women have their goddess in The White House? Well, if you are happy with the socio-economics of the current world, no harm at all. If you like war, poverty and exploitation of migrants for financial and political gain, no harm at all. If you think people like Henry Kissinger, Benjamin Netanyahu and the King of Saudi Arabia are really nice guys, no harm at all. If you think that ignoring the outrage of Americans over illegal immigration and environmental degradation is OK, no harm at all. If you think that college students should still be cash-cows to be milked by college administrators, banks and the government, no harm at all. If you think that Obamacare is really the best universal health coverage Americans deserve, no harm at all.
Angela Merkel, like Hillary, will always do well for herself. She'll speak for high fees to the elites of the world. She'll be offered high-pay jobs. She'll most likely have a nice government pension as well. She won't have to wait in a clinic for health care with hundred of migrants. She won't have to live in a slum with them either. Her next jobs won't be impacted by competition for resources by dissonant minorities. She, like Hillary, will always be able to laugh the laugh of the IMF-Wall-Street zombie. And, bourgeois women will laugh along with them until the next revolution.
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Trump sign in East Boston. Photo from The Boston Globe.
This morning I was treated to a story on one of my local National Public Radio stations, WGBH. I would link the story, but it was unavailable on their site search engine or Google. I found that nutty too. But the gist of the story was the "plight" of illegal Latino immigrants in East Boston who are feeling oppressed by Trump election signs in their neighborhood. No kidding.
It seems the local NAACP, an organization which is grappling for relevance in an information-laden world, has latched onto and encouraged anti-Trump sentiments and fears in the Latino communities of East Boston, which is 55% Latino, a majority. So, who are the fascists in this scenario? One business owner in East Boston was interviewed. He moved out of Massachusetts after feeling he was being displaced by immigration in his native neighborhood. He still operates a laundry business in East Boston, and he has been harassed by local Latino residents for posting a Trump sign. He has been told to remove the sign by people he once considered friends as well as customers.
A Latino organizer from East Boston was also interviewed. She whined on that the Trump signs were somehow oppressing the Latino people of East Boston. What was her best stupid comment? She implied that many Central Americans fled to East Boston because of the lack of freedom and democracy in their home nations. Really? My reaction was two-fold. First, as a former property owner and resident of East Boston, my experience of the Latino residents was colored by their total detachment from the Anglo community as they assembled a facsimili of their native land. Second, freedom and democracy are maintained by contested elections in which actual citizens, not illegal immigrants, participate.
To the offended illegal immigrants of East Boston, I say, "Mind your own business. If you decide to go to a country where you cannot or will not legitimately participate in its political process, butt out. Enjoy our freedom of speech, but threatening people for practicing their Constitutional civil rights in not acceptable." To the Trump supporters of East Boston, I say, "While I think supporting a billionaire for President is ill-conceived in your social class, I totally support and encourage your legal participation in the electoral process. Stay strong in that, but please do more research on the candidates."
Sunday, April 17, 2016
Israeli Wall, a wall Donald Trump must envy.
I will remain open-minded and practical until election day, but I have to applaud Bernie Sanders for his recent statements concerning Israel during his debate with Hillary Clinton. It was courageous for him to be honest about his opinions on the treatment of Palestinians by the Israeli government.
Bernie, as quoted from www.feelthebern.org : “…the bottom line is that Israel must have the right to exist in peace and security, just as the Palestinians must have the right to a homeland in which they and they alone control their political system and their economy.”
This just follows the basic human rights philosophy of the United Nations and other international organizations. However, it is in stark contrast to the defensive posture of many American Zionists and the politicians who take their money. Bernie has publicly challenged the prejudice that all genetic Jews support Israeli-Palestinian apartheid as a defensive strategy. And, this comes from a person who has generational links with Holocaust victims.