Many people assume that Republicans are bad and Democrats are good, so all we have to do is replace Republicans with Democrats and our problems will be solved. WRONG! In many, many ways, Democrats are part of the problem. Very often they actively go along with Republicans or timidly fail to oppose them. Robert Reich’s July 1, 2019, article said the Democrats caved in to Republicans about the border, despite huge public concern: https://www.nationofchange.org/2019/07/01/dems-cave-on-the-border/ This June 28, 2019, article reports that the highest-ranking Democrats in the Senate (Schumer) and the House (Pelosi) HELPED REPUBLICANS GIVE TRUMP $4.6 BILLION […]
Oppressors like to use “divide-and-conquer” strategies to disempower the 99%. The Olympian published an op-ed I wrote in May 2019. Here is the article as a Word document: BOC — 2019.05.16 FINAL version — We’re All in This Together Here is the article as it appeared on the editorial page on May 23, 2019: https://www.theolympian.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/article230676584.html?
Both of the big political parties cause serious problems. Republican Party leaders deliberately and enthusiastically make problems worse. Republican Party members obediently follow along. Democratic Party members want to solve problems (Green New Deal, Medicare for All, Impeach Trump, promote diversity in the party, etc.) Democratic Party “leaders” refuse to solve those problems. Dem “leaders” rebuff their members – and wonder why Dems don’t win more elections.
The article at this link provides insights into the effectiveness of RIGHT-WING MEMES — and why the Left falls short in that: https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2019/04/right-wing-groups-are-training-young-conservatives-to-win-the-next-meme-war/?utm_source=mj-newsletters&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=econundrums-2019-04-08 The Left had raised the issue of “globalization,” but the Right stole the issue and converted it into right-wing nationalism, racism, and anti-immigrant hysteria. This allowed Trump and right-wing extremists to gain power in various countries that used to be “liberal democracies.” This article provides insights: https://fpif.org/sieg-heil-deja-vu-understanding-the-global-rise-of-the-extreme-right/ In the U.S and elsewhere, the dominant economic and political systems are not working, so mainstream (“white”) people feel victimized. The right wing has promoted the current conservative […]
I have posted information several times about Trump’s intention to list a question about citizenship on the 2020 census. That is a horrible idea for several reasons that I have stated in previous blog posts. Now in late April 2019 there is more news about that. BACKGROUND AND PREVIOUS INFORMATION: http://parallaxperspectives.org/more-federal-judges-overrule-trumps-census-question-about-citizenship AND http://parallaxperspectives.org/updates-protect-the-2020-census-from-trumps-anti-immigrant-bias NEWS IN APRIL 2019 On April 17, 2019, the national ACLU provided this information, which they encourage people to share widely. (I’ve edited it only slightly here): Watch the video at the link at the end of this message, and share it with other people. […]
Globally, nationally, and locally, we are confronted with very serious problems. Some people feel overwhelmed and disempowered, so they feel powerless to solve the problems. But that only allows the horrible problems to get worse. I strongly support the opposite approach: Recognize that WE CAN INDEED LEARN HOW TO ORGANIZE EFFECTIVELY at the grassroots level (“Think globally and act locally”) to solve the problems. Sometimes people and organizations merely vent or flail about with random activities without a clear strategy for how to make the political and social changes we want. We can do better than that! Specifically, I seek […]
Let’s start dealing now with the hatred, cruelty and fascism that preceded Trump and will outlast him. This article helps us proceed: https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/04/05/1847969/-What-do-we-do-after-Trump-has-been-forced-out-of-office?detail=emaildkcs
People who live in Washington State tend to think we are more enlightened than the rest of the nation. But the Southern Poverty Law Center (www.splcentner.org) has identified 28 hate groups in Washington State. Sure, some might be small. But they can be dangerous. Decent people need to figure out various ways to make our local communities more welcoming and to discourage the kind of mean-spiritedness, bias, etc., that can cause some people to join up with hate groups. Here is the SPLC’s article: https://www.splcenter.org/states/washington
Previously I have posted information on this blog about Trump’s desire to ask a citizenship question on the 2020 census. Look for those posts on my blog’s “Immigration” and “Trump” categories. This is part of his racist, anti-immigrant efforts that intersects with the Republican Party’s intense corruption to deny fairness to people who live in Democratic localities. It also intersects with the Trump/Republican hostility to truth and honest scientific inquiry, which the Census should be promoting. In early April 2019 a THIRD federal judge has stopped Trump’s citizenship question on the 2020 census. See this article: https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/4/5/1848049/-Third-judge-halts-Trump-Administration-s-citizenship-question-on-the-2020-Census?detail=emailLL In early March […]
Watch my April 2019 TV program on your computer or on TCTV. This month’s episode is: “Understand Venezuela. Respect its Sovereignty.” To watch the interview, CLICK THIS LINK. To read a very thorough summary of what we said (and many links for more information sources at the end), CLICK THIS LINK: 2019.04 Summary of Venezuela interview. The April 2019 interview on “Glen’s Parallax Perspectives” series (see below for info about watching it through your computer or TCTV channel 22) provides fresh information and insights into the crisis in Venezuela. Venezuela is a sovereign nation – a real democracy – […]
The U.S. government and conservatives make a big deal about clamping down on undocumented immigrants who get jobs in the U.S., but the U.S. government and conservatives fail to enforce the laws that should be holding unscrupulous employers accountable for breaking the law. Page 28 of an article in the April 2019 issue of “In These Times” magazine reports: “ICE’s 2018 budget for its enforcement and removal department was $4.8 billion, while the Department of Labor’s 2018 budget for its wage and hour department was $280 million. We spent 20 times the amount chasing unauthorized immigrants than we did chasing […]
Republicans and many Democratic politicians want to deport “criminals” who have immigrated to the U.S. Why not take that logic one step further? If a Republican has immigrated into our State of Washington from a “red state,” and breaks the law here, let’s deport that Republican criminal back to his or her “red state”.
Four times before I had posted information about Trump’s scheme to pervert the 2020 census in order to hurt immigrants and the communities where immigrants live now. Those previous posts provide background, for today’s post, which provides newer information, including a way for Congress to fix the problem. BACKGROUND INFORMATION: On January 3, 2019, I posted this update on my previous posts: http://parallaxperspectives.org/federal-judge-blocks-trumps-immigration-question-on-2020-census On November 13, 2018, I posted this: http://parallaxperspectives.org/trumps-anti-immigrant-2020-census-question-is-going-to-court Previously, on July 22, 2018, I posted this: http://parallaxperspectives.org/more-about-trumps-blatantly-racist-xenophobic-partisan-citizenship-question-in-2020-census Initially, on July 17, 2018, I posted this: http://parallaxperspectives.org/urgent-info-and-action-alert-protect-the-2020-census-from-trumps-abuse NEW INFORMATION and ACTIONS: From February 2019 here are FOUR […]
Watch this brilliant, funny, VERY SHORT video about “walls” : https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/2/6/1832784/-New-Mexico-s-new-governor-releases-hilariously-quirky-video-literally-busting-thru-Trump-s-wall?detail=emaildkre Here is another great 1-minute satirical video about Trump’s “wall emergency” : http://www.markfiore.com/january-march-2019/2019/2/20/its-a-wall-emergency?ss_source=sscampaigns&ss_campaign_id=5c78396f17d9610001979274&ss_email_id=5c784314b6eaa40001713af4&ss_campaign_name=New+Animation%3A+Stormy+Summit+and+A+Wall+Emergency&ss_campaign_sent_date=2019-02-28T20%3A24%3A42Z Beto O’Rourke’s good video about immigrants and Trump’s insane border wall: Although Beto O’Rourke (from Texas) is not very progressive about some things (e.g., he is very subservient to big business), he has good values related to protecting human rights, and he is eager to reach out to the public on behalf of minorities, immigrants, and other folks whose human rights are in danger. This 7-minute video is good: https://www.msnbc.com/all-in/watch/the-border-has-never-been-as-safe-and-secure-as-it-is-now-1442974787669 Trump’s thinking is […]
The February 2019 interview on “Glen’s Parallax Perspectives” TV series (see below for info about watching it through your computer or TCTV channel 22) provides insights and examples for different spiritual and conscientious paths people can take throughout their lives that inspire and motivate them to do good work for peace, social justice, and other meaningful purposes. We can make our world a better place – and improve our local communities too – by drawing upon intangible motivations to inspire and guide our efforts. Many people do good work because they are moved by motivations grounded far below the merely […]