It’s time to Roll up our Sleeves & make a Phonecall to the President – that is, if you care about Gun Control

First thing I did this morning after making myself an oatmeal and a cup of tea, was make a phonecall to the Presidential switchboard  201-456-1111, which is the Whitehouse comments line.  I urged President Obama to take Executive Action on gun control.  I was simply participating in an all-day call-in campaign initiated by Everytown for Gun Safety, which was founded by Sandy Clements in 2012.  Her mother, a teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary, was a witness to the bloodshed that occurred that day, where 6 of her colleagues and 20 first graders were gunned down in Newtown Connecticut.  And the Congress has repeatedly ignored the will of the people, because their pockets are lined with NRA $s.    So besides, chipping away at gun-control state by state, the only way Americans will get our way as a nation, concerning gun control, is by urging the President to take Executive Action, before we risk having a Trump in the Whitehouse promising to hand out guns to everyone who voted for him.

Lives lost since Sandyhook

Making this phone call is easier than calling in an order of Chinese food – and I will make it even simpler for you –

  1. Text OBAMA to 644-33  (If you call another day : just dial 201-456-1111
  2. Wait for a volunteer operator to answer – I waited about 2 minutes.
  3. Take a deep breath and speak calmly and slowly so they can type in the information-
    State your name, and which state you are registered to vote.
    EX: Hi , I am Bozo the Clown, and I am registered to vote in Florida. (Where else would he be registered? – FYI, if you aren’t registered to vote – get on that, will you.  Voting is the LEAST you can do as a democratic citizen)
  4. Then  – I am calling to urge President Obama to take Executive Action addressing gun control.
  5. Then state your reason for wanting gun control –  Sure this is a no-brainer, but unfortunately, no-brains are controlling our government these days, so we need to UP the intelligence ante in government.
  6. Then thank them, Say goodbye and get on with your life : )

If you can’t make the call today, do it tomorrow, or the next … just please do it.

Make a promise to the thousands of Americans that could be killed by guns in the wrong hands in the future, that you will do your very best to save their lives.  It is just 5 minutes out of your day.

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We are already Embroiled in 3 Wars and the Republicans want to drag U.S. in a Fourth?! – WHY?! – Because Diplomacy is BAD for Business!

Okay, folks … time to wake up!

After months of earnest hard-working political efforts by OUR government, working shoulder to shoulder with friendly nations and Iran – we can breathe a sigh of relief that Iran will not become another nuclear state.  Nuclear BOMB that is.  Or can we?

Not if the Republicans have their way with the media.

The Republicans have millions of dollars from Sheldon Adelson and company for TV ads to throw mud on the deal. Republicans used their millions to smear the Affordable Care Act which gave millions of people access to health insurance; the Obama economic stimulus which kept U.S. unemployment from rising to Greek levels after the 2008 Wall Street collapse; and the military heroism of John Kerry, who got two decorations for bravery and three purple hearts. If Republicans could accomplish these smears with their millions, they think, why couldn’t they do the same with the Iran deal? Huffington Post – Can Republican’s Swiftboat the Iran Nuclear Deal?

You see, the Republicans’ mentality has NOT evolved since the 1950’s when WAR = Everything that is good and just in the world.  Subtext – War made them a shite-load of money.

Consider this historical lesson –

Once upon a time our country was GREAT, let’s say in the 1950’s through the early 1960’s – fat and happy from the spoils of WORLD WAR II. (The war that is most oft-described in mainstream media as the “good war.”)  It is an obvious, but little-discussed fact that the U.S. economy due to the wealth derived from colossal military contracts reaped great profits from WW II.  Read below – and you will see how the U.S. Secretary of War clearly tied the interests of business with war mobilization.

“If you are going to try to go to war, or to prepare for war, in a capitalist country, you have got to let business make money out of the process or business won’t work.” Secretary of War Henry Stimson made this comment in 1940 as preparations for World War II (1939–1945) gained momentum (quoted in Koistinen, p. 580). The global war would pit Allied forces, eventually composed primarily of the United States, Britain, China, and the Soviet Union, against the Axis powers consisting primarily of Germany, Japan, and Italy. U.S. businesses would play a key role in the mobilization efforts for war and the New Deal policies and programs would be largely curtailed. Funded by large military contracts, industry provided millions of new jobs and higher incomes than had been available through the Great Depression when millions of workers had lost their jobs or faced pay cuts. The mobilization effort focused on industry producing massive amounts of war goods including ships, tanks, arms, ammunition, and warplanes. Due to the strong U.S. public mood against international alliances, however, it took Roosevelt almost six years of lobbying with Congress, industry, and the public to begin earnest mobilization efforts.  Read more WW II Mobilization

Notice my highlight?  Do you see a recurring theme here – of MORE MONEY FOR WAR and LESS MONEY FOR PEOPLE at home?

Undoubtedly there were moral reasons to enter WWII, but those moral reasons weren’t compelling enough for the U.S. to enter until we were bombed in Pearl Harbor, and until millions of Jews had already been imprisoned in concentration camps and/or murdered.  We dragged our feet for years, but it seems that the business community had ALWAYS been chomping on the bit to enter the war, not for reasons of morality, though.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem like the Americans have learned ANYTHING from history.  Why?  Because Americans care NOTHING about history.  We are the ones that SEE the future, always forward-facing, chasing the better, the newer and improved versions of freedom-fighting. We never seem to learn from our mistakes.

For instance, how is it the Republicans whine and holler about the debt, when it is THEIR effing wars that are sucking our economy dry?Dollars that could be spent on rebuilding America are poured into destroying nations.

How much do these wars contribute to our debt? This is a NOT-HOT topic in the media because the most informative article I found was written nearly a year ago in Fiscal Times:

Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, told reporters (in September 2014) that the projected annual cost of $2.5 billion to $3.65 billion to conduct the new air strikes against ISIS hardly compares to the $77.7 billion spent during fiscal 2013 for Operation Enduring Freedom, most of which went for fighting in Afghanistan.  War Against ISIS will EXPLODE the U.S. Debt  (Read the whole article with your hands pressed to your skull or your head might explode as well)

We  can only imagine what our anti-ISIS efforts, launched practically a year ago have cost U.S. since that point.

Here is a handy little graphic to give you just a taste of what your tax dollars have been going to every day!

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This is why Republicans don’t want to give you health care, or help students pay for college, or why they REALLY want to dip deep into Social Security, or why they want to CUT every government program allotted for educating, beautifying, conserving, feeding, Americans and America.  Because they have THEIR priorities and that is to pay for their WARS, that makes THEM and their Corporate constituents PLENTY of MONEY.  Don’t get me started on why they are so delusional that they value money over the quality of life of millions, if not billions of people, if you want to get global about it and the quality of life on this planet.  Another rant for another day!

 

If you are sick and tired of giving the government permission (via your silence) to flush your money down the toilet, as well as kill people and destroy nations, and cheat you and your children and children’s children (ad infinitum) of a better life here in America … consider signing the following petitions.

Defend the Iran Deal – Just Foreign Policy

Republican’s seek to Torpedo Iran Deal – MoveOn

WayWard Water – California Style

If you think the benefits of Fracking in particular, and Domestic Oil Drilling, in general – lowered gas prices, and maybe in the distant future less reliance on oil from the Middle East – outweigh the risks – consider what you put in your mouth these days.  Don’t worry, I am only talking about Food and Bottled Water ….

Blowjobs won't be directly affected.

Back on Track  to a Tangled Tale

California is in the midst of the third worst drought in recorded history.  Check out the California Drought Monitor (http://www.cadrought.com/drought-monitor/) and you will see that 50 per cent of the state is in “Exceptional Drought Condition” meaning, exceptionally BAD!

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And California supplies close to fifty per cent of the nation’s vegetables, fruits and nuts, as well as being the home for numerous water bottling plants.

So what, YOU say?  You haven’t heard about any reductions in the food supply, due to the drought.

And you are right – California farmers are still cranking out the produce, in spite of their dry water resevoirs.  How? Because they are relying on alternate water sources.They are now pumping ground water to irrigate their fields.  (For More Deets on the Drought’s impact on CA ag – http://news.ucdavis.edu/search/news_detail.lasso?id=10978)

But GUESS WHAT?

The Californian State Government has been working hand in hand with the Oil Industries to poison the state water supply unbeknownst to the public.  And as of April 20th, this once “illegal” dumping of toxic waste into 2500 wells has been codified into California law as an acceptable practice until February 2017, because, according to DOGGR (Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources) it is too “inconvenient” for the oil companies to discontinue their illegal practices.  So why not make them temporarily legal, until it is more “convenient” for them?  Never mind the fact that it might just be “inconvenient” at best and lethal at worst for Californians to drink water poisoned with toxic waste.

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People  – Can I hear our beloved Corporate Mantra – PRIVATIZE PROFIT and SOCIALIZE COST?  

A lawsuit by Earth Justice – Alameda County, CA, on behalf of Sierra Club and Center of Biological Diversity is being waged against the California State Government to overturn the emergency ruling allowing the poisoning of the California water supply!  ( For more details refer to (http://www.smartenergyuniverse.com/category-blog/oil-and-gas/item/19483-lawsuit-seeks-to-halt-illegal-dumping-of-toxic-oil-waste-into-california-s-water-supplies )

Here is a Youtube Video related to the kind of Workshops the Industry had to seek exemptions to EPA’s safewater regulation, and a Fracktivist intervention.

Governor Jerry Brown the Environmentalist – cough, cough

Nice little hypocrisy here – on April 2,  2 weeks prior to the California State Government granting this little favor to the Oil Industry, Jerry Brown, called upon California residents to reduce their water usage by  25 per cent.

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I suppose, if Californians, just stopped DRINKING the water, then at least 25 per cent of our use would be reduced. See  http://www.cnn.com/2015/04/01/us/california-water-restrictions-drought/

Well that would be GREAT news for Nestle and Coca Cola which are the leading bottled water producers in California are allowed to plunder Californian groundwater supply for THEIR profit and our LOSS. But wait, how can it be legal for two corporations to sell  water out from under Californians, while the state is in a drought?  (Read Mother Jones’ article on how the majority of bottled water comes from Drought stricken areas in the U.S. – http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2014/08/bottled-water-california-drought   It is a heart-warming tale of why CAPITALISM is GREAT for EVERYBODY!!!!!)  Could there be a connection to states having droughts, and them being major bottle water producers? Not a weather connection, but certainly an ANTI-SUSTAINABILITY and STUPIDITY connection, for profit OF COURSE!

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Check out What Nestle’s SWISS CEO says about the Water/Human Rights connection starting at 2:07.

He states that – Basically considering water as a human right is an “extreme”  position.  According to him water should always have a market value.  He admits earlier, that water is THE most valuable resource in the world. So obviously it follows that he would prefer the “less extreme” position of it having a market value.  Does it bother anybody except me, that this creepy Swiss guy has so much control over the American Water supply for profit?  When is Nestle going to start bottling air?

 Should POISON WATER have a Market Value too?

But WAIT – The water bottling industry in California could ultimately be getting their bottled water from the groundwater supply that is being poisoned by the Oil Companies!!!   So I guess drinking bottled water is out as well! Bye-bye to Arrowhead and Crystal Geyser which are drained from the groundwater.  While Aquafina and Dasani are from the Californian Municipal Water Supply.  Just imagine, if you lived in California, you would be getting Aquafina and Dasani for nearly FREE by just turning on your faucet! BUT, if Californian water resevoirs are drying up – where is our Municipal water supply coming from?  Could we be coming full circle to the groundwater supply, again?

Gosh, there doesn’t seem to be any escaping those pesky toxic chemicals that our Oil Buddies are sharing with us!

And if that wasn’t enough — Besides dropping your Bottled water habit, you might just rethink eating fruit and vegetables altogether.

In a California state agency publication for farmers, it illuminates how IMPORTANT water is to agriculture –

The lettuce we buy each week at the grocery store is actually
composed of over 90% water, and the same goes for tomatoes, strawberries,
cucumbers, and many of our favorite fruits and vegetables.
  http://www.cdfa.ca.gov/drought/docs/Water&CalFarmer2014.pdf

Message to the Defenders of All Things Fossil Fuel

To those of YOU, who say – HEY, those Oil Companies claim to say that they are only polluting water that isn’t a source of drinking water.  (See above video, where Head jackass oil-guy explains to his  jackass compatriots how to get away with poisoning California Water – Oh those pesky, pesky regulations!)

But in DROUGHT conditions, water for drinking and water for irrigation will be always be the most easily accessible water ANYWHERE in the state.  So when one source dries up, you go elsewhere , even if that wasn’t previously a main water supply, correct? But what if the OTHER sources are poisoned, what then? Well, you can always pay for the use of  unregulated “filtered” oil-waste water, like some desperate farmers – See (http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-drought-oil-water-20150503-story.html#page=1).

Wow, aren’t those Oil Companies clever profiteers?! FIRST they poison the water, and then they “filter” it, and SELL it to farmers.  WHAT will they sell us next – the cure for the cancers that Americans get from drinking the bottled water and food they have poisoned?

But I am getting sidetracked from all the Delightfully Creative Evil-doing of Oil companies ….

Whether the water that the Oil Companies are poisoning NOW is a main water source for drinking or irrigation is IMMATERIAL – Who can say WHERE those water supplies will be as the drought continues?  If there is ANYTHING an Oil Company Flunky/Apologist should understand is that when a VALUABLE resource grows dry in one area, you pick up and go seeking it elsewhere – no matter HOW far you have to go.  And if you are willing to go to the ARCTIC for the less valuable resource of oil, how is it ILLOGICAL for farmers, water departments, regular people to go drilling a county or two over for access to fresh WATER – NECESSARY FOR LIFE when your original resource was dry?  It isn’t!

It certainly didn’t stop Switzerland based NESTLE to come ALL the way to California to drill for American Water and sell it back to U.S.  Nestle must think we are chumps for paying a Swiss Company $1.50 a bottle for water we could get for nearly free from our own taps.  And they would be right!  God bless the Creeprocrats and the American Nation that keeps them happily employed!

To those Whose Souls haven’t been Sucked Dry by Fossil Fuel Interests

Here are some petitions addressing several of the issues states above.
Please visit these links –

Earth Justice Petition to Demand the OVERTURN legislation allowing poisoning of CA Water till 2017
https://secure.earthjustice.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=
1707&_ga=1.75420565.649615880.1431066916

MoveOn Petition to Ban Fracking
http://pac.petitions.moveon.org/sign/ban-fracking-in-califoria?source=c.em&r_by=2081239

 Petition to DEMAND to the right to know what the Proprietary Poisons are in Fracking Wastewater
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/547/560/632/?z00m=22856612&redirectID=1649830906

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 And if you would LOVE to Hate on Nestle and their lizard-eyed CEO Peter Brabeck sign this petition against water bottling in CA
http://petitions.moveon.org/couragecampaign/sign/demand-nestle-immediately

I posted a visual-free version of this on Daily Kos – My first Diary – so if you have a moment please visit
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/05/17/1385365/-Fracking-up-the-NATIONAL-Food-and-Water-Supply-Do-you-Give-a-F-k

And give it some love and attention – or even some controversy.  Hell on the internet, any attention is worth something.

Republic vs. Democracy – 6th of 10 Commandments for the Reluctant Democrat

Understanding the Importance of Exercising one’s “Democratic” Rights in the US Republic.

My political observations are based more upon the observation of history and society at large, than upon theory – so I won’t indulge in the debate of what is a better form of government, a Republic or a Democracy.  But what is interesting, is that from the very beginning of the drafting of the American Constitution there were some problems – mainly that the first three words upon which our nation is based – “We the people” would only represent an elite class of white men for over a century.   (One could argue by looking at who in the U.S.A.  represents the government and dominant economy – that while more Americans participate percentage wise,  the allotment of the American Pie slices really hasn’t changed all that much.)

And since then the Constitution has had to be amended twice to allow African Americans, and women to vote.  In 1869, the 15th Amendment gave African American men the right to vote, but African American women would have to wait until 20 years into the next century with the rest of the women to be granted voting rights by the 19th Amendment.

What's another couple of years after over a hundred years waiting - anyway?

What’s another couple of years after over a hundred years waiting – anyway?

Even now, women in this country have had less than a hundred years of voting, while white men have had over 200, and black men have had nearly a century and a half of voting rights.  To be sure, racist policies across the nation have have severely limited African Americans from easy access to voting, but “in theory”, men have been significantly ahead in achieving their full civil rights in this country than women.

Ever wonder why Education is often one of the lowest priorities on the politicians' budget? Even without illegal obstruction - the less educated one is, the less likely they are to vote. Never trust a politician that has a problem with

Ever wonder why Education is often one of the lowest priorities on the politicians’ budget? Even without illegal obstruction – the less educated one is, the less likely they are to vote. Never trust a politician that has a problem with “intellectuals.”

Now this is just an “example” of two fundamental problems with a Republic – 1) It can only be as strong as the Constitution it is based upon; 2) Even if the Constitution upholds the best ideals a Nation can aspire to – If those who serve and protect it lack the same enlightened consciousness of the Constitution; i.e. – forefathers leaving out the majority of the Nation’s populous OUT of the discussion of governance, while still proclaiming _ WE the people … Well truly, how can we, the true people, win?

The ONLY counterbalance, to the intransigence of a Republic toward change of any kind, IS the Democratic voice of the people.  Without the full participation, of the great popular diversity of our nation, we are stuck in the straightjacket of a government/constitution make-up that no longer serves the Nation as a whole.  If we want to KEEP the stability of our government, we need to make our voices heard so that certain constitutional amendments can be made in our lifetimes.  Generations upon generations of American Women and African Americans lived in this country as 2nd or less class citizens, due to the lack of an ability to vote.

These must have been the Great-great-great grammas to our beloved

These must have been the Great-great-great grammas to our beloved “FemiNazis” – Shaming women for demanding their human rights never seems to get old.

One of the most crucial of these Constitutional discussions of late, is how to address the last few Supreme Court hearings that have struck down the campaign finance laws, which were meant to keep corruption at bay in the elections process.

It was the 14th amendment that granted corporations “personhood” – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corporate_personhood  and this is the reason the Supreme Court ruled in favor of McCutcheon.  Because the majority of the Justices saw that putting limits on a corporations campaign contributions violated the rights of “personhood” that it was granted in the 14th amendment.

So … you see, with our present Republic, only the most powerful voices – whether they are energized by money or quantity of people can make a difference when it comes to challenging serious problems concerning our constitution.

If you want to be part of the Democratic OUTCRY demanding that our Constitution be reformed to prioritize the rights of PEOPLE versus the abstract personhood of corporations, please visit the links to the following petitions which seek to change the currently corrupt campaign finance system.

http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/president-obama-can-do

http://www.democracyisforpeople.org/

Would the Democratic Party Please CHANGE its Scratched Record? : The Ten Commandments for the Reluctant Democrat

So I am wondering if we should just come clean with ourselves America.  AMERICA – HELLO ARE YUUUUUU LISTENING!  Do we ACTUALLY want the responsibility of being a Democracy or do we just want to sit back as we become the befuddled masses ruled by a Monarchy of one of two families – the Bushes or the Clintons?  This is a question only YOU can answer — starting Thinking on it!

Conservative Chat

For more of Drew Sheneman’s comedic brilliance check out his page on Go Comics.

I know that I am only preaching to the converted – to anyone following this, but if you would please share this post with your people … we need some Waking UP to do, of this Country AND its Politicians and its People.

Here the First 5 of 10 Commandments for Reluctant Democrats –

Because a Government is like anything else, you get what you put into it – Garbage in and Garbage Out – Although in the case of Washington D.C. – Too many voters forget to take OUT the garbage!

Unfair advantage of Reps vs Dems - voting

1) VOTE in ALL Elections –  All elections.  You think the Presidential race is the most important?  Sorry, wrong answer.  The most important is EVERY election.  Why? Because remember, the fewer A-holes in Federal  or  your State Congress, the better the nation or your state runs. Currently, our Federal Congress has more A-holes in it than a year of busy-days in a proctologists clinic.  So GET busy People – and start voting those jerks out! And voting decent folks in – make them EARN their money, instead of pimping you for yours!

Voter Apathy

And voting means figuring out the following AHEAD OF TIME

* How to get time off from work – F.Y.I. – It is illegal for an employer to refuse you time off to vote.
* How to get there.  Around election time, many non-profit organizations offer free transportation to your polls.  But in
order to take advantage of this, you need to sign up in advance.

And if you are UN-LUCKY enough to live in one of those Voter suppression states, (if you don’t know – Ask yourself is it a Red – Republican or Blue Democrat run – Chances are if there are primarily Republicans running the politics of your state, and have been for a while – Get ready to jump through some voter suppression hoops – like signing away your first born.  All kidding aside, you will need to do your homework NOW – get registered correctly ASAP, and check with your elections board to make sure you have ALL the information at least a month ahead of time … and check a week beforehand for any wiley changes of polling spots, etc.  Half the reason, Republicans get in is by pure trickery come election time.  They are counting on catching you unawares with your Panties or Jocks down by changing the election rules last minute.  Be PREPARED !

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2) BE INFORMED before you vote – This means reading. If someone tells you something on tv, don’t just believe what they say BECAUSE they are on tv.  Remember people on tv are often PAID to lie, so there is no incentive, besides their conscience (if they didn’t sell it already), to do otherwise.   And if it is in a political ad, all the more reason to check their facts, if any magically appear in the ad.  Check it out on the internet, google several sources, not just your favorite propaganda.  Does something sound fishy about the story/issue – Start actively wondering and wandering through the media to see what you can see.  We do have access to a LOT of truth, we just can’t count on the mainstream media – TV/Radio/Newspapers to consistently provide it to us – Why should they – They are supported by corporate interests, for the most part.  And irregardless what those red-faced fools on Faux TV say, these corporate interests are ANYTHING BUT, liberal.

Media Garbage IN -

Some Media Sources that are reliable and not the typical mainstream I check regularly.

http://www.motherjones.com/

http://www.theguardian.com/us

http://www.dailykos.com/

http://america.aljazeera.com/

3) KNOW your Politicians!  Know them BEFORE you vote them in, and WHILE they are doing their job.  They all have websites with that information –  Here is a good place to start finding out what they are up to ….

http://act.commoncause.org/site/PageServer?pagename=sunlight_advocacy_list_page

This link is for your Federal Representatives.  Your Homework is to find out who your state Representatives are.

WARNING – Before you heed my advice on the following – I suggest you make a separate email account JUST for email associated with the following.  This is easy, you can have multiple free gmail, hotmail, etc accounts.  I have an account set up just for correspondence to and from the following organizations.  And I would suggest NOT to sign up to the Democratic National Committee – They will send you  fundraising emails, EVERY DAY with horrible scare tactic headlines – Like … IT’s ALL OVER!! or WE ARE DOOMED!!!   As far as I am concerned the Democrats have ENOUGH money of mine to waste every year, until they start getting their priorities straight they are not seeing any $$$$ from me!  Better to send money to political action groups that SPECIFICALLY address/support your Issue.  Send it to the Dems and they take the money and run without a concern about fighting for what is important to you.

4)  SPEAK OUT effectively.  If you don’t have the time to call or write your Representatives,  I think you can manage the push-button democracy of signing a petition via any of these sites below.  On most of these sites you can search for the cause(s) you care about, and you don’t need to go through all the petitions.  If you get on their mailing lists, they will send you popular petitions that are making headway politically.  Petition-signing is one of the easiest AND most effective tools of democracy.  When a politician gets a petition addressed to him/her, they KNOW that their constituents are PAYING attention to their votes on that issue, and that their votes could be deal-breakers or makers for their constituents.  With the internet, the public has FULL access to a politician’s voting record, as well as the types of legislation they draft.  Politicians are like cockroaches – they do their dirty business in the dark, and the Internet is a BIG shining light on them.  Sign a petition heading for your representatives and see them run for cover if they are voting the wrong way.  Currently on the MoveOn site there are lots of petitions directed toward Republican politicians to allow their states access to Federal Monies from the Affordable Health Care Act.  I have seen responses from a number of State Representatives who agree that the citizens from their state, such as Missouri shouldn’t be given the short end of the stick, because their Republican politicians are rabidly dogmatic, and would rather see their constituents sick and/or dead than accept money from the Federal government, thanks to “Obamacare.” Here’s hoping their cheating their popular constituency of health care is the ideological rope that strangles their future in politics.

Check these petition sites out and feel how good it is to exercise your Muscles of Democracy!

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/

http://www.commoncause.org/

http://front.moveon.org/

https://www.change.org/

For international petitions check out –  http://www.avaaz.org/en/

5)  BE ACTIVE – Once you get a “taste” of Democratic power, you may get hungry for more. These days with the internet you can get active by simply joining an organization that addresses your issue and seeing how you can support their work, through volunteering, money, rallies, a huge number of ways.

Some of the few organizations  that seem to be on the sensible side of some hot-button issues –

Gun Control –

Moms Demand Action  – http://momsdemandaction.org/   and their story … just regular Moms becoming activists and forcing change in gun laws  http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/09/moms-demand-action-guns-madd-shannon-watts-nra

Social Security –    http://www.socialsecurityworks.org/

Americans for Financial Reform – addresses Campaign Finance Reform –   http://ourfinancialsecurity.org/

Environment and its Relation to Public Health:  Food and Water Watch –    http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/

Racism in America : Color of Change – I had trouble accessing the website but you can see what they are doing via  twitter  which will take you to their website – https://twitter.com/colorofchange

Environment and Climate Change/Chaos: http://www.sierraclub.org/

So that should keep you folks busy! Enjoy your newly strengthened Muscles of Democracy!

Post – Modern battle between David & Goliath : Elizabeth Warren takes on the U.S. Banking System –

There were fireworks in Washington D.C. last week . No there wasn’t a holiday. It was the fall-out from Senator from Massachusetts, Elizabeth Warren verbally ripped into Citigroup and its historical corrupting influence in Washington.  Citigroup has been front row and center to the crafting of Federal banking policy since the Clinton administration.  Ms. Warren goes through this intimate corporate/government relationship in the following video.

 

Citigroup and Gov ties graphic

Well, long story-short, after Ms. Warren’s chastising – we are at status quo, one big love fest between the government and Citigroup.  Here is a small thing YOU can do to let the folks up in the Capitol that you DO NOT APPROVE of their illicit relationship financed by your tax dollars.  Sign the petition below to demand that Obama replace the present under-secretary to the treasury, whose proud resume includes advising Burger King to undergo corporate inversion.

http://act.credoaction.com/sign/weiss_treasury

B_King cartoon

Burger King is now owned by Brazilian Company – 3D – and could give a DAMN about the Americans it underpays and profits from.

This means that Burger King merely was advised by Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway to merge with a foreign company (Tim Horton of Canada) so it can Presto-CHANGO become Canadian, and thus free itself of the burden of paying American Corporate taxes.  Never mind that the King was born here, he is renouncing his citizenship.  And never mind MOST Of the King’s profits that made it into the Behemoth of junk food it is today came from the US … The King is doing a slam-bam-thank-you-Mam to the American consumer and hiding out North of the Border. Leave it to a KING to treat the Americans like peasants. I can tell you one thing, I will NEVER set foot in a Burger King again.  But that is another petition/boycott to come.

The March of Entitlement – Back in the day of Occupy Wallstreet

 

I have been an active commenter on a number of sites for a few years now, and am impressed with how a good debate can get even right-wingers or liberatarians to start to come to the table and start having a reasonable conversation where we are seeing eye-to-eye on certain issues.  And one of the issues that is becoming a point of agreement is that EVERYBODY hates the banks, people, conservative, tea-party left, liberatarian, green and progressive … the 99 per cent of the population that is.

And this is something that the Democratic party  needs to seriously consider if they don’t want to hand the WHOLE of the country over to the Republicans in two years.  It isn’t that their democratic constituency doesn’t care about the DIREction of the country but rather, they just see the Democrats who are running by and large acting Republican-lite when it comes to dealing with policies associated with anything from corporate oversight and regulation to ending corporate tax loopholes and legacy corporate subsidies.  And what does the Democratic constituency do when their leaders fail them?  They vote with their feet AWAY from the ballot box.  We saw it this fall, with the loss of the Democratic-majority senate.  Democrats are purists.  We want our leaders to walk their talk.  The Republican constituency may be satisfied with lies and doubletalk, but Democrats are not.  Democrats are a complex bunch, but what we can agree on is that we have had ENOUGH of corporations stealing our government with OUR taxdollars!

And what troubles me, is that the Democratic party is soooo incredibly out of touch that they don’t get how outraged the American public has been about the bank bail-outs for gambling with their money.  So out of touch that Hilary Clinton is thought to be the shoo-in for the Democratic Presidential race.

The same Hilary Clinton, whose history is tied to the Whitewater banking scandals of the 80’s is .  And can we not forget that she was first lady when the whole banking deregulation began with the destruction of Glass-Steagall act that had prohibited banks and securities from operating under the same roof.  Either the Democratic party is intent upon self-destruction or they are so wrapped up in corruption that it will take a popular revolution against the whole government for them to reconsider their ineptitude at serving their constituency.

When reading the comments from the above video, I noticed that there is a sizeable anti-Hilary contingent in the left. They see her as  in bed with the banks and the frackers, as well as being a war-hawk. And people have been saying that Hilary is not a valid choice and will either sit out the election or write in a candidate rather than vote for her.

I think what Democratic leaders NEED to understand these days is that the majority of their constituency will NOT vote PERIOD unless they are authentically representing the issues that people care about. This is why we lost the Senate – too many Democrats are Republican-lites and are tragically out of touch with their constituency. And this is why people are getting excited about Elizabeth Warren, both Left and Right – because there are so few politicians on either side that actually are walking their talk when it comes to serving the interests of the people and taking on the the corporatocracy that is consuming America as we speak. Elizabeth Warren is our “David” fighting our Goliath (the Banks).