Posts Tagged ‘Green Party’

Why the Democrats are Losing All the Time

So much has happened since my last post that I have decided to make this one a “themed” essay. No day by day telling of my time in The Swamp. More of an overview of what I see happening.

My theme is “Why the Democrats are Losing All the Time.” By Betsy Garrold

Here are some of the reasons that the tone deaf DNC will continue to lose to the dysfunctional, horrible, racist, sexist RNC.

#1: They are tone deaf to issues they even claim to champion like LGBTQ rights. Here is my evidence. I was at a famous DC hotel a couple of weeks ago attending a dinner/training for a legislative fly-in I was participating in. Also in the hotel were the DNC. It was not a huge group and seemed to be mostly young people so I am guessing some sort of youth caucus event. Anyhow I went to use the public restrooms in the corridor we were sharing with this group and this is what I saw:

 Not a great picture but you get the idea.   Yep, it’s okay for the “girls” to share their (Gender Neutral) restrooms but don’t you dare ask the “men” to do it. Tone deaf much?

#2 My next encounter with the DNC was at the big Planned Parenthood rally on the front lawn of the Capitol building. PP had done a great job of building up to this rally against the proposed replacement for the Affordable Care Act. There were thousands of people there in their pink buttons and t-shirts. The speakers began……all Democrats. Which was marginally tolerable but then Nancy Pelosi introduced the head of the DNC What’s-his-name Perez and I had to walk away. I scouted the perimeters hoping to run into my own party (the Greens) but instead found this group advocating for a single party payer system:

And then, several days later, I read this interesting article which explained a lot. 

So no surprise that the PP rally turned into a DNC pep rally. Only sadness at the co-opting of an organization I used to respect. It looks like this cartoon may have some truth to it…even considering the source.


And finally #3. This meme from the book of the face.   


How terrifying is that thought? Yes, if Clinton, with her smarts and her savvy and her social graces had been elected we all could have gone back to sleep and let the oligarchs continue to run our lives. She would have been so soothing and PC as she lead us into more wars and more $$$ being funneled to the wealthiest few and more of everything that Wall Street and Big Pharma and Big Argo-business etc etc wants. As I said to many of my friends on 11/9/16 “Well, at least he will be a good organizing tool for progressives.” And he has been (tool, of course, being the operative word) his blatant racism, sexism, elitism is easy to rally against. So, yes, you could have had neo-liberal, con-artist Clinton as your President. But in many, many ways this is better.

So why has the DNC lost all the special elections since 45’s inauguration?  Because they think that being Republican-lite is the way to go. They are so far up the behinds of their moneyed masters that they cannot even see the light of day and they certainly can not see, or figure out why, the masses anger at the status quo. No justice, no peace. Know justice, know peace. Figure it out DNC. Or don’t, all the better for the truly progressive parties out there who will keep growing and fighting the good fight and winning.

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We the People…

Some random thoughts (not all of them uplifting) on watching President Obama’s second inauguration and listening to the talking heads on the various networks.  Bearing in mind that I am a frustrated speech writer and admitted political junky:

Second inaugural speeches (and really all inaugural speeches) are supposed to be big picture speeches.   They are a call to action but they are supposed to set the goals not write the policy.   That is exactly what Mr. Obama’s speech did today.    As Deval Patrick said on one of the networks he called people to “turn to each other, not on each other.”   Another commentator called it a “We the People speech in the tradition of Howard Zinn.”  So Bob Schaffer, I admire you, but you got it wrong when you said he should have been more specific in his plans.   That is for the State of the Union speech in February.   Today was a day to be inspired not told what the work plan for the next four years is.

The Reverend that gave the benediction could have used a good thesaurus or a better speechwriter.  He was the second string because the first choice turned out to be a raging homophobe.   I know he was blessing us but he used the word “blessing” at least 20 times in a two-minute speech.  Some minor rewrites might have been in order.

Another talking head used the term “cascading fiscal cliffs” to describe the coming legislative session.   Great imagery.

I found very poignant the moment when the President and his entourage were going back into the Capitol and he turned and just stood there for a several seconds looking back out over the Mall and the crowd.  Savoring the moment.   It was very Zen of him.

I like that the leader of the free world has an actual smile, and uses it.   Four years of the Bush smirk was more than enough.

I did not stand up for the swearing-in of the President (although I would like to thank Justice Roberts for getting it right this time) but I did stand in my living room with tears in my eyes as Justice Sotomayor swore in Vice President Biden.   You go, Joe and Sonja, you made my day.   And Joe you are my hero, the nation’s government needs more straight talkers like you.

Chuck Schumer was the pitch perfect emcee.   Good choice!

Eric Cantor further demonstrated his limits as a human being by spending his entire time at the microphone describing the Lennox Crystal he was presenting to the President and First Lady.  What a waste of breathing space this man is.    Hollow and shallow and what every other words for truly mediocre you can come up with.

Got a little too much of the “our troops” stuff.   Need to stop creating so many veterans and take better care of the ones we have created.   Enough said.

During another time-filling conversation by the talking-heads they spoke about guessing who was in the any given motorcade in DC by how many cars there were.   One of them said if there were more than two limos it was “obviously not the Secretary of Agriculture.”   Nice guy!   What would you be eating for lunch if it weren’t for agriculture?   Chew on that.

The inaugural poet, Richard Blanco, spoke of us all living under one sky, We the People, waking up to the same sun.   And he is from Maine.   And gay.  Beyoncé hit the high notes and James Taylor got to be a political commentator for a while on NBC.  Not a bad day for the professional performers.

I, personally, liked Laura Bushes sense of style better than Michelle Obama’s.   I do not need to say that I think I would rather go out for a beer with the current FLOTUS than  with her immediate predecessor.  That said, I have to come down on the side of liking the new “bangs.”   They frame her kind, smiling face very nicely.   You gotta love an organic gardener.

Another commentator, when the Obamas and Bidens stopped in front of the MLK bust in the Capitol, showed his marvelous grasp of the obvious when he said there is a “direct through line between Dr. King and Mr. Obama.”   Ya think?

I agree with whichever commentator it was that said Mr. Obama seems like a very balanced person.  Trying to be a good Dad and a good President.   Now that the girls are teenagers I hope he will have more time to work on the President thing.   He has the bully pulpit; he should not shrink from using it to get all of his initiatives passed.   Immigration, Same Sex Marriage, Gun Control, and “Peace on Earth Good Will Toward All Men” as he joked while signing papers in the Presidential Room of the Capitol.

The close up shots of the limo’s license plates with the DC logo “Taxation Without Representation” will warm the cockles of the hearts of my DC Statehood Green Party friends.  It made me smile.

But I have to say, trying hard to steal the spotlight of the day; definitely NBC’s Al Roker so far gave the most entertaining moments to us.   He stood at the side of the parade route and managed to not only get POTUS to comment on the weather but then scored the double play by getting Mr. Biden to scare the crap out of his security detail and come over to shake his hand.   Way to go Al.   It looked like you were having a great time and you certainly brightened my day with your antics.

Speaking of security, it saddens me when I reflect on the fact that we live in such a bat-shit crazy country that the security between the President and the people he was elected to lead and serve has to be 5 or 6 deep.   And the amount of $$$$ spent on that over reaction, to what ever real or imagined threats there are, is appalling when there are children in this world hungry and cold.   It lines the pockets of some powerful people so it will not go away soon.   Let us just hope that we can be as sensible as we are able and remember the words of that other great inaugural speech “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”

See You in December!

For those of you who are faithful followers, and thank you for that, you may feel a bit peeved that a political blog is going off-line just before a critical election.  Well, what can I say, my candidate is not going to win.  I’ve done all I can and I am off on a new adventure.  If you are interested in what I will be doing for the next month (other than mourning this decaying and morally bankrupt thing we call a democracy) see my post on my other blog:  Rhubarb, Rhubarb.   And see you in December provided we still have freedom of speech at that point.  TTFN.

The “Spoiler” Issue

I try really hard not to get riled up and go toe to toe with people over politics. But this is one issue that boils my butt. Here is a very good take on the subject from Living a Greener World.

Happy Birthday Occupy!!!

Today all over the country people are celebrating the first Anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street Movement.  A decentralized, joyous announcement that the Movement is not dead and hardly in disarray as the Yahoo Headline said this morning when I opened my email.  The Nation has a better article.  Read it here.

 Why was I up early this morning?  Because there was a counter demonstration organized by my friends Heidi and Read in the next town.  Yes, in sleepy little Freedom, Maine the Koch brother funded “Americans for Prosperity Tour” was rolling into town.  And we were there to meet it. Their deluxe bus arrived in front of the Dirigo Grange and the three people riding on it got out.  The local conservative activists met them and everyone stood around eating the complimentary breakfast.  It was a beautiful autumn day in Maine.

Then the Occupy folks started accumulating.  By the time the Grumpy Old Plutocrats (my new take on the GOP acronym) started their speechifying the Occupy counter-protest outnumbered them about two to one. 

The media showed up and interviewed everyone.   The “Prosperity” folks wandered over to chat with us.  We wandered over and spoke with them.   We talked among ourselves and caught up on what was going on in each other’s lives since the last picket line we’d stood on together.  I talked to Carol Weston, an old family friend, about our kids.

At one point a woman in our group looked at me and said, “You’re the Green Party!”  Well, I’m not quite the whole party but I guess I am one of the more public faces of the party in this area.  That, of course, unleashed the usual discussion about how the Green Party should just give up and join the Democrats.  Leading to my now well-worn rant about corporate parties and how can you stand there with a anti-corporate sign and still vote for someone who is essentially a wholly owned subsidiary of Wall Street and the Military Industrial Complex?

Cars went by, people waved and car horns honked.  All in all a festive occasion.  And very civilized as befits small town politics.

 

So here are a couple of pictures of invasive species. 

Oh, and my farm did not get hit by a frost last night so all in all I’m having a very good day!!!Bub-bye!  Empty bus leaving Freedom.  I know there’s a metaphor there somewhere.

 

Jill and Cheri on Moyers and Company

Just a quickie today.  Go watch this video and then explain to me how you can vote for anyone else in November:

http://billmoyers.com/segment/jill-stein-and-cheri-honkala-on-third-party-politics/

Food for Day 22 of the Mona Lisa Watch and Food for Thought

Mona Lisa on day 22!

I took an extra day off from the Co-op today to stay home with my broody hen, Mona Lisa.   I really want to be around when the remaining three eggs hatch.  She is still turning them and sitting faithfully so I am optimistic that, any day now, we will have chicks.

So I sat around (and spent way too much time on Facebook) and wrote for a while this morning then spent the afternoon in the garden.    I weeded and harvested.   The peas are done for this planting but the cucumbers are coming on and the garlic needed to be pulled.   I also did a heavy-duty weeding of the apple root-stock.   All is looking good.  Here are pictures of the harvest:

Garlic on the screen to dry for storage.

Red, white and blue potatoes.

Cukes and baby carrots.

For dinner I had the most local of all meals.  Fresh from my garden.  I mixed up cukes, tomatoes and carrots with a nice shiitake vinaigrette for a salad.

Freshest salad, ever!

As a main dish I caramelized some fresh garlic in local butter:

Caramelized garlic.

then mixed that with some boiled new potatoes.

Boiled new potatoes, Celtic soul food.

Excellent meal if I do say so myself.

Which leads me to the topic of the day.   We need to grow our own as much as possible.  But when we can’t we have a right to know what we are eating.  To that end in California; home of some of the best, most activist Greens I know; they have on their ballot this fall Prop 37.  This proposition would compel food producers to label their food if it has GMOs.   No surprise,  Big Ag and the pesticide producers are spending mega-bucks to defeat the people’s right to know what they are eating.

 So if you have friends, family, old boyfriends, whatever in Cali get in touch with them and tell them to vote for Prop 37.   Grassroots organizing beats big bucks any day. (I hope)