THE DEMOCRATS HAVE GROWN FAR TOO FOND OF “D” WORDS!

June 22, 2017  Ny Jack Jodell, American Dissident, M.M.P.    

There is only one thing that will save our democracy: a MASSIVE defeat and removal from office of the authoritarian, reactionary, so-called “conservative” Republicans who now control our Congress, the presidency, and a large majority of the nation’s governorships and statehouses. Long term, slick campaigns funded by Libertarian billionaires such as the notorious Koch brothers and the equally misguided  Mercer family have corrupted our body politic and will eventually cement in a government of, for, and by billionaires rather than “the people” at large, as our Founding Fathers envisioned at the nation’s very start. We CANNOT allow this to happen, and we DO have other alternatives that are far more preferable than the current nightmare scenario these greedy billionaires are attempting to enslave us with!

Regrettably, the only practical alternative at this point is the election of a great many more Democrats. I say “regrettably” because the Democrats have abandoned many core elements of their constituency over the past several decades.  I am not advocating the election of a flood of corporate, bought-out, wimpy “blue dog” Democrats – at this stage, what we need is a surge of firebrand, PROGRESSIVE Democrats who will steer the party away from the collusion-oriented Bill Clinton-esque types who favor corporations, elitists, and the wealthier classes back to champion workers, labor union members, the poor, the disenfranchised, minoroties and  will woo back many traditional party members of the FDR, JFK, and LBJ mold – those who actually believe that effective government can and MUST play an active role in shaping the nation, as I do! I outlined in my May 11, 2017 post “TIME TO REBOOT (OR REPLACE) THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY!” the steps I believe need to be taken before this party can ever hope to reestablish itself as the true majority party. In light of recent defeats by the GOP in special congressional races, I maintain that the time to enact these steps is NOW – IMMEDIATELY! That is the only way possible to throw the reactionary Republicans out of office starting in 2018!

Think of this, fellow, like-minded progressives and apolitical readers: Donald Chump is hugely umpopular with a large majority of voters.  Republicans have been charting a pro-wealthy, anti-labor course since the Ronald Reagan days of the 1980s which benefits mainly the rich and powerful at the expense of those beneath them on the income scale, yet they have been winning an astounding and frightful number of elections using nefarious tools like disenfranchisement! Democrats have been following a corporate-friendly policy ever since the mid 1990s, when Bill Clinton was President and was heralding the arrival of his “New” or “Third Wave” Democrats. This perversion of the party has been disastrous: in recent years, the Democratic Party has lost control of 2/3 of the nation’s governorships plus over 1,000 legislative seats, as well as the U.S. Congress and the presidency. Democrats have grown far too fond of “D” words like Disgust, Disappointment, Disparagement, and Dejection, and have become victimized by successful Republican Disenfranchisement efforts. It has caused Democrats to become set up for totally avoidable and thoroughly unnecessary Defeat. THIS, my friends, is a strategy of abject  FAILURE which must come to a screeching halt!!!  

In the name of saving our democracy, then, beginning in 2018, and continuing onward, isn’t it high time for the once-great, once-powerful Democratic Party to get back on track and start winning elections again? One would certainly think so!
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Demanding Loyalty, Demanding Adoration

June 19, 2017  By Jack Jodell, American Dissident, N.M.P. (in association with the gifted writer BURR DEMING, creator of, and chief author over at brilliant blog site FAIR AND UNBALANCED.COM – see my Blogroll in the lower right portion of this page).  

COUNTDOWN: We hate to say it, but as of today,  1,312 days still remain in this horrible administration’s term in office…

We saw a very sickening display of brown-nosing and ass-kissing among key members of the President’s administration this past week. It was a disgusting show of fealty to a man who is completely underserving of such admiration. It displayed for all to see just how wimpy, weak, and pathetically insecure Thief-in-chief Donald Chump truly is, and it revealed how lame his cabinet really is: from the lying-sneakily-in-the-weeds-just-waiting-to-grab-the-presidency-for-himself Mike Pence all the way down. We have sunk totally to the bottom with this entire bunch of weaklings of no moral character, and the country has severely lost face internationally with such a corrupt and unqualified pack of losers blindly holding onto their Liar-in-chief’s coattails.

In today’s offering, our master podcaster BURR DEMING muses over this group of subservient morons, and examines their leader’s very evident flaws. 

Burr says, “When the ruler of the most powerful nation demands unconditional loyalty, even future generations will take notice.”

PODCAST

Transcript:
http://fairandunbalanced.com/?p=6259
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WHY PAUL RYAN IS A HYPOCRITE AND SHOULD LEAVE THE GOP!

June 15, 2017  By Jack Jodell, American Dissident, N.M.P.     

COUNTDOWN: It truly grieves me to mention that a very long 1,316  days yet remain in this terrible administration’s term in office…

Speaker of the Republican-controlled House Paul Ryan often absolutely infuriates me. For one thing, I usually refer to him as Paul RUIN, as I truly do believe his Ayn Rand and Ronald Reagan-inspired ideas on the economy are a crock of feces in that they overwhelmingly favor the rich and do very little for any other segment of the economy. I firmly believe, once fully implemented, that an economy devoid of government regulation replete with greatly reduced taxes for the wealthiest 1% will prove to be an utter disaster. This smug Ryan has proven himself time and again to be a pure ideologue who will side with his reactionary Republican Party above all else. Although he may fein to, he doesn’t give a damn about the poor, the handicapped, the sick or the elderly, and certainly not for average everyday American workers, especially those very few who still belong to labor unions! This charlatan is a shill for big business and corporate interests.

RUIN also claims to be a devout Roman Catholic. This is astonishing when one considers his stances on public policy seem to be greatly at odds with core principles of Catholic teaching. For example, let’s examine the Gospel of Matthew, a close disciple of Jesus, who quoted Christ numerous times in his Gospels. In Matthew 25: 31-46, we see Jesus saying, 31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. 34 Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39 And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40 And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’

41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ 44 Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ 45 Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ 46 And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

NOWHERE in this sacred passage did it say or even infer anything about depriving the poor by slashing their needed programs to give the rich massive tax breaks, and NOWHERE did it say or infer that the rich deserve or are entitled to the very best in income or all the pleasures of life – in fact, Matthew quotes Christ Himself as meaning exactly the opposite! For example, Christ is quoted in Matthew 19:24 as saying, “Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” As a professed “devout Catholic”, then, RUIN had better readjust his political and economic views on taxes, luxuries, and all other things involving income IMMEDIATELY, wouldn’t one suppose? What is preventing this blatant misguided hypocrite from making such a readjustment, anyway – is it vanity? Pride? Ignorance? Or simply the love of power, money, and the wealthy?

Unless and until Speaker RUIN mends his ways, renounces the equally hypocritical Ayn Rand, renounces the fallacy of economics proposed by Milton Friedman and implemented by Ronald Reagan, and begins to vote in FAVOR of the marginalized and programs which will help them, it behooves us to vote him OUT of office in 2018!
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Trump and Muslims and a Question That Answers Itself

June 12, 2017  By Jack Jodell, American Dissident, N.M.P. (in association with the gifted writer BURR DEMING, creator of, and chief author over at brilliant blog site FAIR AND UNBALANCED.COM – see my Blogroll in the lower right portion of this page).  

COUNTDOWN: We regret to inform you that 1,319 days still remain in this horrible administration’s term in office… 

Happy start of a new week, everyone. President Donald Chump keeps on setting new behavioral lows. Last week, for example, this loudmouthed blind and ignorant oaf tweeted abuse toward London mayor Sadiq Khan, simply because Khan is a Muslim.  Inaccuracy? Poor taste? Gross distortion? Gigantic LIE?  It doesn’t matter to Chump, just as long as he can deliver anti-Islamic hateful red meat to his equally blind followers.

In today’s offering, our podcaster magnifique BURR DEMING recalls the sage advice given us right after the 9/11 attacks by then-President George W. Bush, and contrasts it with Chump’s imbecilic and insulting Tweets right after last week’s terrible London bombings.

Burr  says, “Terrorists attack London. People are killed.

Police respond heroically. Citizens rally.
A mayor reacts with calm and vigilance.

And my President’s first impulse is a childish taunt.”

Transcript:
http://fairandunbalanced.com/?p=6147

PODCAST
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ANOTHER “INVISIBLE” REACTIONARY FORCE TO WATCH OUT FOR!

June 8, 2017  By Jack Jodell, American Dissident, N.M.P.   

COUNTDOWN: As of today, a total of 1,323 days yet remain in this horrid administration’s term in office…

For many years I have deservedly been lambasting the sneaky, secretive, billionaire Koch brothers for the way they have been using millions of dollars to corrupt our electoral system by bribing CON-servative Republican candidates and helping them to get elected to office, and especially for the perverse way they have spent millions to set up and finance a plethora of far-right, anti-democracy and anti-worker libertarian-oriented groups like the  American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the Club for Growth,  Americans for Prosperity, and many others. I and other progressives have succeeded in casting a bit of light on this sordid pair’s activities, but there are a number of other like-minded regressive groups who remain shrouded in secrecy. Today I will focus on another of these well-financed groups: The Bradley Foundation.

The Bradley Foundation was begun way back in 1942  by a couple of wealthy Wisconsinites named Lynde and Harry Lynde Bradley.       Ostensibly a charity begun to help fund the arts and other cultural entities, it has morphed into a secretive force which involves itself in promoting far-right, pro-capitalist and decidedly anti-worker causes. With assets totaling over $800 MILLION, it has been spending freely to disseminate propaganda extolling the supposed great aspects of unbridled, unregulated capitalism, although its main focus seems to be heavily against labor unions. For example, it presents blocks of money it calls grants to various conservative groups and has even begun to funnel these grants to reactionary CON-servative Republican politicians! Housed in Milwaukee, WI, it has begun to involve itself nationally. Just like its Koch brothers-sponsored foundation, it, too, donates to the arts, privatized education, and health organizations. Since 1965, it has become increasingly active in areas of public policy. (It should be noted that co-founder Harry Lynde Bradley helped set up the virulent anti-communist John Birch Society which smeared a huge number of innocent people in the 1950s,   and was aided by Koch brothers’ father Fred Koch in doing so).  

This group was started to preserve and extend the principles and philosophy of the Bradley brothers. They said, “the good society is a free society. The Bradley Foundation is likewise devoted to strengthening American democratic capitalism and the institutions, principles and values that sustain and nurture it.” The problem lies in the fact that, in this age of ever-increasing corporatism, very little of the capitalist system can any more be regarded as “democratic.” Like almost all right-wing groups, it  champions limited government, meaning that it favors a giant marketplace where intellectual, cultural, and economic freedom can be realized without influence from regulating bodies of government. It supports American ideas and institutions,  and believes that citizens must be properly informed (brainwashed?) so that they can make responsible decisions. As such, it finances scholarly studies in areas of both domestic and foreign policy.

One of he Bradley Foundation’s former presidents, Michael S. Joyce, was influential in creating the Philanthropy Roundtable. The goal of the Roundtable’s founders was to provide a forum where donors could talk over  the principles and practices that inform the best of America’s charitable tradition. Currently, there are more than 600 of this Roundtable’s Associates.

Noted author Jane Mayer focused heavily on the Foundation in her book Dark Money, exposing them for the right-wing frauds they truly are.

Current members of the board of directors of the Bradley Foundation are:

Chairman: Dennis J. Kuester, former Chairman and CEO of Marshall & Ilsley (1993-2010).

Vice Chairman: David Vogel Uihlein, Jr., President of Uihlein-Wilson Architects, grandson of co-founder Harry Lynde Bradley.

President and CEO, Richard Graber.

 

Terry Considine, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer,

 

Curt Culver, Chairman, Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Corporation

plus

Patrick English, CEO of Fiduciary Management
Robert P. George, 2005 Bradley Prize recipient, Professor of Jurisprudence and Director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University.Victor Davis Hanson, senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Diane Hendricks, Chairman of ABC Supply, plus 
Cleta Mitchell, Partner at Foley & Lardner. and, last but not least,  arch-conservative, Tea Party darling Art Pope, President of Variety Wholesalers. and notorious far-right NC businessman who has unabashedly championed far-right causes and who spent $2.1 MILLION to get like-minded Republican candidates elected in the  horrible Tea Party mudslide of 2010.

These people all comprise a very real THREAT to every worker across this country. They are modern-day robber barons who want to keep your wages stagnant and eliminate ANY chance you’ll ever have to sit at the country’s economic roundtable!
 
The Bradley Prize is a major grant to individuals who are “innovative thinkers”(e.g. stooges, or brainwashed fools who unquestioningly accept the Foundation’s propaganda). According to the Foundation, the Bradley Prize is to “formally recognize individuals of extraordinary talent and dedication who have made contributions of excellence in areas consistent with The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation’s mission.” Up to four Prizes of $250,000 each are awarded each year. Winners have included the late notorious far-right Fox “News” co-founder Roger Ailes, among others.

Organizations which have been awarded grants include a host of far-right groups such as FreedomWorks, The Heritage Foundation, Americans for Prosperity, the Hoover Institution, the Black Alliance for Educational Options, plus the SEED Foundation. Each of these, in varying degrees, have been responsible for the dissemination of disinformation and the spreading of anti-worker propaganda, and they present a very real danger to economic freedom for average, everyday Americans! (An internal Bradley document contains a sort of enemies list, which include two progressive, truth-oriented Wisconsin groups, One Wisconsin Now and the Center for Media and Democracy).

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, a major Wisconsin newspaper, has reported, “from 2001 to 2009, it [Bradley] doled out nearly as much money as the seven Koch and Scaife foundations combined.” 

In her book, investigative journalist Jane Mayer has revealed how the mission statement of the Bradley Foundation changed over time, by telling us, “Originally, the foundation’s purpose was to help aid needy employees and the residents of Milwaukee, as well as prevent cruelty to animals….After (Mike) Joyce took over the foundation in 1985, however, a new mission statement was drafted, directing its grants to the support of ‘limited, competent government,’, ‘a dynamic marketplace,’ and ‘vigorous defense.”‘ This off-the-rails group strongly supported far-right governor Scott Walker as he began to disassemble Wisconsin’s public-sector labor unions and turned the once-strong union state into a right-to-work (for LESS) state in 2015. The Foundation contributed over $8 MILLION to Walker’s political campaign in 2012 – 2013. and supported a web of three dozen anti-worker, anti-union groups all favoring right-to-work and privitization efforts in that time frame. In a One Wisconsin Now report released on February 25, 2015. “The Bradley Foundation, having nearly half a billion dollars in assets, regularly hands out $30-40 million a year, making it perhaps the largest right wing funding foundation in America. Groups operating in Wisconsin, including the MacIver Institute, the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute, the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty, Media Trackers and the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce Foundation…each took in excess of $2.9 million.”

An anti-union group called The Center for Union Facts, which is part of virulent anti-worker lobbyist Rick Berman’s family of phony front groups, received $1.55 million between 2007 and 2010 from the Bradley Foundation and spent huge amounts to support Walker and smear teachers unions during the nfamous 2011 fight over public sector collective bargaining rights. Plus, a member of the ALEC-allied State Policy Network, and Koch brothers-created and funded Americans for Prosperity called the MacIver Institute spent millions om Scott Walker’s recall election to ensure his continuance in office. As a matter of fact, a few days after Walker’s successful 2010 gubernatorial campaign, Walker met with the board of the Bradley Foundation, and, two weeks later, this MacIver Institute published an editorial urging the legislature to turn Wisconsin into a right-to-work state. THIS, EVERYBODY, IS A PRIME EXAMPLE OF EXACTLY WHY WE MUST GET BIG, CORPORATE-SPONSORED MONEY OUT OF POLITICS!!! 

In addition to the ties to Scott Walker listed above, Bradley Foundation CEO Michael Grebe personally conducted interviews at the cabinet level of the Walker administration and served as chair of Walker’s campaign, the “Friends of Scott Walker.”Directly and indirectly due to this, Wisconsin’s public sector unions lost any power they had previously held. The union has lost all bargaining power for its employees. This can hardly be considered economically fair, or an aid to poor workers!

In 2013, a total of $33,988,318 in Bradley Foundation grants were awarded.

According to Right Wing Watch, the Bradley Foundation has given grants to highly controversial individuals, among which have been Charles Murray, who has stated that intelligence is based upon race, and Dinesh D’Souza, who has ludicrously attempted to excuse whites from having made blacks slaves by claiming that blacks of that time were too uncivilized to be part of society anyway!

A GIGANTIC number of reactionary far-right groups have benefitted tremendously from Bradley Foundation’s grants. Every single one of them  have proven to be regressive, pro-wealthy, and anti-worker. For brevity, I have only listed a few of these well-funded, anti-democracy groups here. There are an alarming and utterly disgusting many, MANY more! I encourage you to read Jane Mayer’s superb book and Google as much as you can regarding this sordid, dark money group called the Bradley Foundation which is actively trying to buy out and corrupt our democracy and return American workers into feudal, economic serfdom!
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How James Comey Became Lybdon Johnson

June 5, 2017  By Jack Jodell (in association with the talented writer BURR DEMING, creator of and chief author over at the fabulous blog site FAIR AND UNBALANCED.COM – see my Blogroll in the lower right portion of this page).         

COUNTDOWN: As of today, we regret to say that a total of 1,326 days still remain in this wretched administration’s term in office…

Happy first Monday of June, everybody! There have been, in recent days, an increasing number of comparisons drawn between disgraced former Republican President Richard Nixon, who was forced to resign due to his cover-up of the Watergate scandal, plus the massive number of lies he told in that cover-up, and the fact that he infuriated so many of the officels of that era, with our current Liar-in-chief Republican President Donald Chump, who is doing all he can to delay and stall (cover-up) a current FBI and congressional investigation of apparent collusion by his campaign team with the Russian government, along with the record number of lies he and his administration are telling every day, as well as the constant infuriation he is causing the entire political community.  As our gifted podcaster extraordinaire Burr Deming relates in his latest offering today, there is also one other key comparison by men who tried to shield the public from the realization that their President was indeed a traitorous crook.

In today’s insightful podcast, Burr tells us similarities between President Johnson in 1968 with today’s former FBI Director, James Comey. Burr says, “President Johnson had meeting dates and places. He knew who was responsible. He had proof. Candidate Nixon had sent messengers to the South Vietnamese government. If the South Vietnamese stopped negotiating, if they blocked a peace agreement, Nixon would become President and he would guarantee much better terms…

I thought of President Johnson as details came to light about James Comey and the Russian campaign to take over the government of the United States…

Almost half a century before, Lyndon Johnson explained on tape that he would not reveal the treachery of candidate Richard Nixon. The nominee of a major political party was actively engaged in treason. President Johnson did not want to endanger public confidence in America’s system of government.

In both cases public servants wanted to protect an institution. Both were dishonest for honest reasons. Both decided the American public could not handle the truth.

President Johnson protected the American system of government. We got Nixon, years of death in Vietnam, and Watergate. Public confidence was shaken after all.

Director Comey protected the Federal Bureau of Investigation. We got, well, we got Donald Trump…

The unknown, little reported, scandal within the scandal we call Watergate helped cause years of national pain.

Nearly five decades later, James Comey repeated that scandal. Both acts of deception came from the same crisis of faith. ..”

Transcript:
http://fairandunbalanced.com/?p=5984

PODCAST
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AN END TO TRULY CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT IN THE U.S.A.!

June 1, 2017  By Jack Jodell, American Dissident, N.M.P.  

COUNTDOWN: As of today, there are still a god-awful 1,330 days left in this horrible administration’s term in office…

“Nothing is more certain than the indispensable necessity of government, and it is equally undeniable, that whenever and however it is instituted, the people must cede to it some of their natural rights in order to vest it with requisite powers.” 
– John Jay, FEDERALIST No. 2 –

Current so-called “conservatives” may disagree, but for all legitimate purposes, conservatism is dead in this country. In its place has arisen a very dangerous, backward-looking force I will call reactionism. Let me explain the difference…  

Conservatives have traditionally prided themselves on being prudent and cautious. Their aim was to keep that which has been proven to be time-worthy, and they were opposed to rash or hasty action. They took the time to analyze and study a situation before they would act.  While they were not big fans of government regulation, they nonetheless saw it as necessary to preserve order and fairness. Much of this changed during the presidency of Ronald Reagan in the 1980s. Heavily influenced by the advice of Milton Friedman and the Chicago School of Economics, Reagan (plus Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in the UK) began to dismantle many government-run programs, deriding them as inefficient and a waste of taxpayer money. Reagan couldn’t have possibly been more wrong. He obviously forgot the causes of the Great Depression, which he grew up in. Instead, he and Thatcher embraced the crazy theories of Friedman, which held that “the market” was “self-correcting” and should not be interfered with in any way.  Unfortunately, both leaders were successful in implementing a new policy of neoliberalism, which minimized the power of government and also of workers and labor unipns –  the only mechanism for exerting any economic leverage and leveling of the economic playing field whatsoever. To the detriment of economic fairness and justice, this led to a huge spike in corporatism, with scores of giant, corporate mergers and the unfortunate gobbling-up of many smaller businesses. Whereas previous conservatives placed a great deal of value upon the notion of competition in business, thse new corporatist neoliberal fools adopted an “anything goes” and “profits before people” operating methodology (which, incidentally, is akin to modern libertarian philosophy). By rolling back government’s power to regulate business, and by vastly weakening the strength of labor, these 3 very misguided people laid the foundation for our current record wealth disparity. For all this nonsense about how privitization is the only answer to our problems, and that business by its very nature is far more efficient than government, I will counter with the truism that corporations and big business can be far more wasteful than are small, sole-proprietorships, limited partnerships, OR government. ANYBODY who has ever worked for a huge corporation, as I once did, wull certainly know exactly what I am talking about! Yet these modern reactionaries who errrantly refer to themselves as conservatives wish to pursue corporatism – which by its very essence is thoroughly profit-driven, monopolistic, anti-labor and anti-government. Rather than preserving that which is good and has withstood the tests of time, these rash fools are pushing to set the clock far backward to a time when there was no social safety net, no government oversight for the protection of all, and only a few giants of industry had any real economic or legislative power.

Authentic conservatives and liberals, as well as all fair-minded people, MUST be aghast with what these reactionaries are trying to do!

We are still the captives of old Reagan, Thatcher, and Friedman-era economic policies which have benefitted only the wealthy. Sneaky libertarian billionaire types                                                                                                               like the Koch brothers, the Mercers, plus their willing stooges like Speaker of the House Paul RUIN (Ryan), and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, are each trying to enslave this country and the world in a corporatist cocoon of scaled-back individual freedom and limited opportunity for average, working people. They have nearly been totally successful in turning this once land-of-the-free into a monopolistic oligarchy. The way Donald Chump has loaded his cabinet up with billionaires from Wall Street banks and has spent his entire adult life screwing contractors and unions is ample proof of this! We see a gigantic rise in far-right militias and an alarming increase in hate crimes, evidenced as recently as Memorial Day in Portland, OR, where a veteran was fatally stabbed by an alt-right, neo-Nazi intolerant moron who was yelling racial slurs to a group of young girls when this brave veteran rose to the girls’ defense.

This is NOT conservatism; nor is it libertarianism – it is utter madness. NO true conservative can stick up for behavior of this sort!

For the ideal of a libertarian dream amounts to a realistic economic nightmare for all of the rest of us who comprise the 99% MAJORITY of the population! That is why, beginning in 2018 and continuing through the next several election cycles, we must UNITE and throw out ALL of these libertarian Republican monopolists! They are a sneaky, secretive gypup of billionaires whose aim is to enslave and exploit workers in America and abroad. They set up and finance far-right “think tanks” and supposed charitable foundations like The Heritage Foundation, ALEC (the American Legislative Exchange Council), and the extremely sordid Bradley Foundation (more on this odious group in a future post). We must RESIST and REPLACE these deluded, bought-out scoundrels with honorable, unselfish, civic-minded individuals who do NOT subscribe to the existing and exceedingly bankrupt reactionary theories which have stagnated our buying power for nearly 40 years now.

We have been deluded by these newer, libertarian style reactionaries into believing we are being led by “conservatives.” Face it, people: Conservative Government in this country has been replaced bt corporatist, libertarian bandits who will say or do anything to obtain and keep power. They hate government and have no regard at all for any of us!

THROW THESE REACTIONARY REPUBLICANS AND WIMPY LIKE-MINDED DEMOCRATS OUT OF OFFICE IN 2018 AND 2020 AND TEACH THEM A LESSON!!!
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