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?
I wrote an insightful article in 2017, and it is still valid, so I updated it only a little and posted it here. I’ll write another proposing remedies for how to get out of this crisis. Look for that within the next few weeks. How We Got into Our Current Crisis
Previous posts on this blog have explained how the Electoral College frustrates honest democracy by over-weighting low-population states (which tend to produce Republican majorities) and under-weighting high-population states (which tend to produce Democratic majorities). This partisan imbalance has caused several Republican presidents to get elected by Electoral College majorities, even though they lost the popular vote. Trump is the latest example. Fortunately, a number of people and non-profit organizations have been pushing to replace the Electoral College with a National Popular Vote. Changing the U.S. Constitution is a horrendously huge, slow process that is not likely because the Senate (which […]
This article expresses alarm but shies away from impeachment. I say IMPEACH NOW!!! https://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/the-constitutional-system-is-not-built-to-resist-trumps-defiance-of-congress
The WA State Senate’s bill to abolish the death penalty passed the State Senate. The article at the link below says 54 House members wanted to pass it, but the House leadership (Democrat Frank Chopp) did not bring it up for a vote. Chopp has been opposing efforts to repeal the death penalty in WA State. House leaders said they wanted to focus on higher priorities than this bill. https://www.thenewstribune.com/latest-news/article229414449.html?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=fff8ef07-20b2-4c78-8559-6bca7143c5ca
Sometimes each of the big political parties does things intended to serve their own partisan interests instead of the nation as a whole. But in recent decades the Republican Party has become so extremely hyper-partisan that they have been violating the Constitution and constitutional principles in many ways (e.g., suppressing the voting rights of constituencies who favor Democrats and refusing to hold Senate hearings on Obama’s Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland). This article exposes Mitch McConnell’s cynical partisanship and rule-breaking. He thinks winning for partisanship is all that counts. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/apr/06/mitch-mcconnell-senate-republicans-donald-trump-judges
Joe Biden has publicly agreed that the climate crisis is an EXISTENTIAL crisis. It is so extremely serious that it is a life-or-death crisis. However, he thinks timid steps and compromising with Republicans are sufficient. He was Obama’s Vice President, and Obama tried for 8 years to compromise with Republicans, but Republicans absolutely refused to take reasonable steps. Now Republicans are vigorously repealing all of the very moderate steps that Obama took. Republicans are NOT a reasonable group to negotiate with. Biden is utterly unrealistic to think that a policy of yielding to them will produce good results for the […]
This 3-minute video is funny and timely. It does include some foul language. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/george-clooney-donald-trump-jimmy-kimmel_n_5cd28489e4b0e524a47cf276?ncid=newsltushpmgnews_Politics_050819&guccounter=1
Glenn Greenwald was interviewed on Democracy Now” in mid-February 2019. https://www.democracynow.org/2019/2/11/greenwald_how_can_democrats_support_trumps?utm_source=Democracy+Now%21&utm_campaign=58bad5b42d-Daily_Digest_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_fa2346a853-58bad5b42d-191704661
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.
Every time you mail a letter you could be building opposition to the Trump regime. I created this page of labels that you can print out and attach to the left side of every letter you mail. I circle mine with a bold red marking pen. They are formatted for a very common kind of address labels: 30 per sheet with 3 columns of 10 labels each, with dimensions 1″ by 2 5/8″ http://parallaxperspectives.org/print-these-anti-trump-labels-attach-them-to-envelopes-you-mail
The term “populism” has been thrown around and given a grossly misleading meaning. Various pundits have distorted it to seem supportive of racism and Trump’s pandering to his political base’s worst biases. Actually, the U.S. had a TRULY PROGRESSIVE historical era of “populism” more than a century ago. We need to rediscover those values and build upon the TRULY DEMOCRATIC political instincts that people were organizing around at that time. This political cartoon should inspire us and guide our truly populist organizing: CLICK THIS LINK: CARTOON — The people don’t know their true power “Populism” can be used […]
The U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment PROTECTS our right to practice — or NOT practice — any religion with freedom from any governmental support or opposition. The “separation of church and state” is clearly required. For 75 years an excellent organization — Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, www.au.org — has been protecting us from abuse by people who want to impose their religion upon us, and it has been protecting religion from governmental interference too. It works both ways. But some people want to tear down the “wall of separation” and use our tax dollars to fund […]
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. […]
It is possible to organize locally on environmental issues, take progressive political risks, and get elected to lead your nation: https://www.ecowatch.com/slovakias-first-female-president-2633405314.html?rebelltitem=2#rebelltitem2