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Douglas Carpenter

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Gender: Male
Hometown: Corry (Erie County), Pennsylvania 16407
Home country: USA
Current location: Saipan, U.S. Commonweath of the Northern Mariana Islands
Member since: Wed Jun 1, 2005, 08:56 PM
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When will America be ready to elect a progressive president running on a progressive agenda?

When will America be ready to elect a progressive president running on a progressive agenda?

Perhaps some people think my question is silly because we already have one and with Hillary waiting in the wings we are all set to elect another one in 2016. But I suspect most people who think that are those too young or too unfamiliar with the world before Ronald Reagan when Keynesian economics dominated and even many Republicans accepted both the short term and long term agenda of the New Deal and the Great Society.

So when I say progressive It means a campaign that defines entitlement reform and welfare reform as moving our country as rapidly as possible toward a genuinely comprehensive social economic security system such as we find in almost every other modern democracy. It means publically sponsored and completely comprehensive healthcare for all such as we find in almost every other modern democracy. It means a livable wage for all those who work and those who cannot work due to no fault of their own such as we find in most other modern democracies. It means rights for workers enshrined into law that equal or exceeds those in most of the liberal democracies of Western Europe. It means reducing military spending and moving away from the quagmire of an unsustainable military empire.

For almost forty years we have heard that these may be good long term goals - but we cannot run on them now. We need to move more and more to the "center" in order to win. Then perhaps during the next election cycle or maybe the one after that - then finally we be able to run the great progressive campaign.

At the same time during most of the last forty years the rightwing which forty years ago would have been considered the lunatic fringe extreme right - has pushed the boundaries so far to the right - the "center" at least on economic issues is now being defined in the mainstream of the media as something pretty close to where the far right used to be. While what is being called liberal or even "far left" is more or less close to what thirty to forty years ago would have been considered moderately conservative. After all in 1976 Gerald Ford picked Bob Dole as his running mate to appease the rightwing of the Republican Party - the Senator who along with George McGovern designed the Food Stamp and School Nutrition program. That is how far our public debate has drifted to the right.

So, when can we have a progressive campaign again? Can we do it in 2016? If not - when?


Please excuse my melodrama - but sometimes when I think about these questions I recall this campaign song Johnny Rivers wrote way back in 1972 for the McGovern campaign. It seems to me the words are even more relevant now than the were then.

Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Wed Mar 12, 2014, 06:20 AM (23 replies)

If Sen Sanders runs as a Democrat - do you believe he could win the nomination and go on and win the

General Election?

As a disclaimer of my own bias - Because Sen. Bernie Sanders has such incredible persuasive abilities and is able to explain the progressive social democratic perspective in such practical bread and butter terms that more often than not - he at least wins the respect of even many conservatives and because issue by issue he is more in tune with the vast majority of ordinary Americans than any major candidate in recent memory - Yes, I personally do believe it is possible he could win the Democratic Party nomination and go on to win the general election. However, I think it is more likely that he would have a strong influence that could bring back progressivism into the mainstream of national political discussion for the first time in more than a generation.

Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Sat Mar 8, 2014, 11:57 PM (91 replies)

do people today understand what war with Russia would mean?

Even some opponents of military intervention talk as we were debating whether or not to invade Panama. The idea of engaging Russia in military action far exceeds the issue of invading Iraq or even Iran. A military strike against Russian forces would place the world in a state of parallel far, far more dangerous as the Cuban missile crisis of 1962.

Only a crackpot or madman would even consider such a course of action. I rejoice that there is no crackpot or madman currently sitting in the White House who would even consider for one single second such an action.

Could it actually be possible that some people have forgotten what war with Russia would likely escalate to?

Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Sun Mar 2, 2014, 08:39 AM (116 replies)

What is your opinion about Marxism?

Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Sat Mar 1, 2014, 05:00 PM (106 replies)

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer to speak about controversial bill

Source: Los Angeles Times

By Cindy Carcamo
February 26, 2014, 4:18 p.m.

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer will make a statement Wednesday evening about a controversial piece of legislation that would give more protection to businesses who cite religious beliefs in refusing to serve gays and others, she announced.

The move comes after an intense national outcry by the gay community, its supporters, business owners and Arizona political leaders, urging the governor to veto SB 1062.

Critics describe the bill as anti-gay, unconstitutional and divisive. It passed the Republican-controlled Legislature last week, largely on a party-line vote.

Proponents of SB 1062 say the bill is being misrepresented. They emphasized that it was not a discriminatory bill and was intended to protect religious freedom. They note that state law already permits businesses to refuse to serve gays and others, and this bill would merely strengthen that right.

The bill was met with quick and widespread criticism — prompting three Republicans who had voted for it to reverse course and urge a veto.

Some foes of the legislation have threatened to boycott Arizona if the bill becomes law, and a national group of Latino lawyers announced Wednesday that it had pulled out of hosting a conference in Phoenix.


Read more: http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-arizona-brewer-20140226,0,77134.story#axzz2uThaHI2K
Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Wed Feb 26, 2014, 07:35 PM (6 replies)

unfair to the rich kids

Thanks to the Facebook page - The Christian Left:

Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Sat Feb 22, 2014, 07:25 PM (1 replies)

Washington Post headline: Obama to drop Social Security REFORMS from latest budget request

Note how much of the media describes cuts as "REFORMS". Why is everything that hurts working people considered reforms?

President Obama will drop from his latest budget request a plan to use a less-generous measure of inflation when calculating Social Security cost-of-living increases, according to White House officials.

The contentious proposal, which was included in last year's White House budget, was offered in hopes of persuading House Republicans to cut a deal to reduce federal deficits, but such a deal never materialized. Meanwhile, congressional Democrats opposed the plan and urged him to take it off the table.

One official said the offer would remain on the table in the event of new budget talks but that it would not be part of the president’s formal spending blueprint for fiscal 2015.

The official was not authorized to comment by name on the budget plan before its March 4 release and spoke only on condition of anonymity.

Read more at:
Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Thu Feb 20, 2014, 01:49 PM (7 replies)

Your greed is hurting the economy!

thanks to Facebook Page: Occupy Wall Street

Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Tue Feb 18, 2014, 02:19 AM (3 replies)

Smearmaster Greenwald's smear campaign against George W. Bush

AS they say - haters are going to hate and smearers are going to smear. Greenwald did not begin his smear career with President Obama - he was doing it way back before Obama came to the White House. It seems that he thinks that just because someone is in powerful position - that they are supposed to be criticized - Imagine that!~!

2008 Bill Moyer interview with Glenn Greenwald about the George W. Bush legacy


He also wrote three books about the George W. Bush Administration; The New York Times-bestsellers How Would A Patriot Act? (2006) and Tragic Legacy (2007), and his 2008 release, Great American Hypocrites.
Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Mon Feb 10, 2014, 07:12 AM (17 replies)

Well I will say this about the Coca Cola ad - sure it is corporate advertising - perhaps even

corporate propaganda - if you will. It is safe to say the Coca Cola Corporation has not joined the struggle to build the Workers' Commonwealth. But the very fact that such a major corporate icon chose to run its most expensive advertisement it ever ran - are betting their future on an America where dark skin street dancing kids, gay parents, Hispanics, Jews and Muslims live just as much at the core of mainstream American identity as middle class suburbanite White Anglo Saxon Protestants - This shows that in spite of setbacks on the progressive economic agenda - The culture war is being won. The Tea Baggers and rightwing fundamentalist vision for the America they want is being defeated. Coca Cola Corporation certainly knew that their advertisement would cause those people to throw a fit. But they didn't care. They didn't consider their feelings very important at all. They are betting their bottom line on a future America that looks like the diverse America in the most expansive advertisement they ever ran in their entire corporate history. NO it does not address the economic issues we want to address - but still I can't help but consider this advertisement an auspicious sign for all of us who prefer diversity and acceptance over sameness and conformity.

Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Wed Feb 5, 2014, 07:50 AM (6 replies)
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