Jan. 4, 2014 By Jack Jodell.
HAPPY NEW YEAR, everybody! I thought I’d start this new year on a positive note. Lord knows, this blog has spent a very long time focusing on the negative aspects of our government, economy, and military, and will continue doing so. But today I wish to concentrate mainly on people and events I believe are pointing us in a more hopeful, fair, and positive direction. In this world dominated by corporate greed, industrial polluters, and the psychopathic paranoids enmeshed within our military-industrial complex, the people I will highlight here today will seem like a very welcome breath of fresh air. Each, in his or her own way, can give us inspiration and hope that the world to come will indeed be better and more just.
First and foremost is my long-time favorite leftie commentator, THOM HARTMANN. This genteel man has been the voice of progressive reason both on talk radio and even cable and satellite TV for many years. He dispels conservative folly with fact, engages in respectful and civil debate with critics on the right, and even features part of his weekly programming for a viewer / listener call-in session with the ever-fair minded, worker-friendly Sen. Bernie Sanders (I – VT). Hartmann has just released a brand new, must-read book called The Crash of 2016. Through a solid. analytical documentation based heavily upon past political and economic precedent, he predicts that we are on the verge of what may quite possibly be perhaps the worst economic catastrophe in history – even more devastating than the recent Great Recession of 2008 or the Great Depression of the 1930s. A word to the wise: as Hartmann tends to never engage in sensationalism and is always reliably well-researched, it is definitely well worth your time and money to pick up a copy of this easy-to-read book and see what he is talking about. I would also encourage those of you not yet familiar with him to Google his website and view or listen to some of his more recent shows. I’m sure you’ll be inspired by his modesty and his sincere concern for all of us in the 99% MAJORITY. Catch him on FREE SPEECH TV (available on DIRECTV, DISH Network, and many other cable TV stations as well).
GWEN BARRY is another long time, tireless leftie activist who also seeks economic and social justice plus environmental sanity worldwide. She and I co-host a weekly Sunday online radio program on Blog Talk Radio called Here Be Monsters: The Sunday Show. It runs from 6 – 7 PM Eastern time each week, and is chock-full of liberal, progressive, and even radical activists, each of whom is actively involved in pushing forward and bettering the human condition for not only this generation but for succeeding ones as well. You can hear past archives of the show by going to http://www.blogtalkradio.com/here-be-monsters. You can even call in to the showand take part live by calling 213-816-O357. Trolls beware: we keep active record of all incoming calls, and any attempts to disrupt the program with obscenity or threats will be turned over to the proper authorities. We hope all you serious callers will tune in, or will call us with a comment soon!
The youngest leftie pundit / commentator on talk radio or cable / satellite TV is DAVID PAKMAN. He can also be found on FREE SPEECH TV. Mr. Pakman is on top of all the latest issues and is, fortunately, also on the correct side. This enterprising young man is only 29 at this writing and is already on mote than 150 stations. He is sharp and bright, and brings a fresh new approach to political commentary. He is a credit to his generation and definitely deserves repeated listens and viewership.
AMY GOODMAN is also a tireless fighter for equality and economic and social justice. She can be viewed on LINK TV, FREE SPEECH TV, and also online. This tough but gentle, kind-hearted, and persistent woman has seen it all and is one of the few true investigative journalists we still have with us today. Like everyone else on this page, she is committed to truth in media, economic and social justice, and to a cleaner environment.She is a credit to her profession, and her program, DEMOCRACY NOW!, is not to ne missed!
The Roman Catholic Church’s new POPE FRANCIS is emerging as a powerful voice for social and economic justice. His recent pronouncements condemning greed, capitalistic self-centered excesses, and discrimination against gays, plus his advocacy of love and understanding for all are a great improvement over that Church’s seeming acceptance of the status quo and bear watching for the future. After all, any Pope condemned as a “Marxist” by that blowhard Rush Limbaugh is definitely on the correct track!
CHERRI FOYTLIN is another notable activist who is boldly standing up to BP in the Gulf of Mexico and against industrial polluters across the nation. She has appeared on CNN and is a frequent guest on our Here Be Monsters Sunday show. Since the horrendous BP oil spill in 2010, she has waged a courageous war against environmental pollution, which she correctly believes is harming her young children and irreparably damaging the entire world. You can read her blog at http://www.bridgethegulfproject.org/blog.
Hats off to General Mills, for their announcement that, starting very soon, they will be offering their original Cheerios brand ONLY as a non-GMO product! While I wish that would apply to ALL of their products, that is at least a helpful first step in the proper direction! Let’s press the rest of our food manufacturers to adopt the same policy!
These are but a few of the many fabulous people who are actively working for everyone’s benefit in this new year, and also some of the great and very desirable changes which are beginning to appear on the horizon. Progressives, we have a great deal to look forward to, so let us NOT fall into apathy or complacency and redouble our efforts to elect a progressive Congress this fall! Remember, if the 99% votes and does so correctly next fall, it won’t matter one bit what the 1% does! Let us resolve to send those extremist, Tea Party-infested reactionary Republicans and special interests packing! And, speaking of corporate money dominating our politics, keep in mind that both Common Cause and Move to Amend.org are actively waging strong campaigns to abolish the very odious and harm-ful Citizens United Supreme Court decision! BOTH of these groups find the argument that corporations are people and that money is free speech to be completely flawed and ludicrous. BOTH groups wish to overturn that horrible decision, so BOTH groups deserve our strong support! So let us not be discouraged, and let us get re-energized and commit ourselves firmly to try to begin to attain social, economic, and political justice in 2014!