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Name: Manny Goldstein
Gender: Male
Hometown: Greater Boston
Home country: USA
Current location: Remulak, as far as I can tell
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This is how leaders lead (Elizabeth Warren)

Some senators get passionate about the need to attack Middle Eastern countries. Some get passionate about people doing their damned jobs and preventing the foreclosures of millions of homes.



Big tent.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Wed Nov 19, 2014, 05:55 PM (56 replies)

Yesterday, Elizabeth Warren assumed control of the Democratic Party

Yesterday, Elizabeth Warren assumed control of the Democratic Party in a bloodless coup. I'm not even sure she was trying.

I can't prove it, but I've had a sneaking suspicion for a few days that Elizabeth Warren was about to take the reins of our party, and yesterday's announcement has helped fuel my fire.

At this point, I think that few of us can credibly argue that the bulk of elected "Democrats" are behaving well, or performing well. In some cases, they're just grabbing as much cash as they can with both hands; but in many other cases, they just don't know what else to do.  They are very smart people, very socially adroit, who've gotten ahead in life by doing what's been asked of them by wealthy people wearing impressive clothing. They eventually became politicians, in charge of important stuff.

Excellent Sheep.

But no matter how excellent the sheep, they are still sheep, in need of a shepherd.  The wealthiest people in the most impressive clothing for the last few decades have been the Wall Street crew, with high-pressure hoses of cash to spray down anyone with the ability to spray back even more cash. So the excellent sheep followed Wall Street's shepherds, passing law after law aimed at grabbing cash from the 99% and handing it to their shepherds, while taking a nice chunk for themselves and their families.

And the American Dream was destroyed.

And here we are.


I don't think that the wholesale destruction of our country has gone unnoticed by our Democratic Excellent Sheep. They must surely realize that six years ago they held the Presidency and both house of Congress, and had a mandate from America to fix the @#$%ing thing; and that now they have no  houses of Congress, a near-impotent Presidency, and things have only gotten worse for the 99%. I suspect that somewhere, deep inside, most of them feel terrible about it all when they lie in bed at night, or when they pass a homeless person begging for money to feed their kids.

They are powerful. They are adroit. But they are utterly clueless as to the way forward.

Here's the thing that makes Elizabeth Warren special, the thing that made my brain boing like a rubber band when I first noticed her years ago: Warren is as smart and adroit as any person alive - that's how one gets to be a Harvard Law School professor. But unlike the Excellent Sheep, she also has a big heart, a big vision, and one hell of a punch. In a few short years, that difficult woman from Massachusetts has set up an agency to protect the 99% from financial predation, publicly told Geithner and company to take a flying @#$% at a rolling donut, beat a popular incumbent senator like a drum, fended off yet another attempt to unleash Summers on the 99%, got financial regulators to start thinking about doing their jobs, changed the conversation in Democratic circles, and won the hearts of FDR Democrats.

I don't think that these things are lost on the Excellent Sheep.

I suspected that something was up last week, when three days after the elections Warren published an op-ed in the Washington Post instructing the President to not do what he does best, which is caving in to Republicans before they even ask in the bizarre hope that they'll somehow like him one of these days. Instead, Warren wrote, he must get up and do the right thing for working Americans.

A Democratic Senator instructed a Democratic President, in public: when was the last time something like that happened? Something interesting was up: Warren clearly felt like she had serious mojo.

Then, yesterday, Sen. Warren was given some sort of leadership position in the Democratic Party, she's now their "envoy to Liberals" or some such thing. It's not clear what that means. But, this unclarity may actually make the intent clear: I suspect that Democratic leadership, particularly Harry Reid, just want an excuse to bring a senator with only two years of tenure into their Mt. Olympus. Reid's had enough of the bull@#$%, and wans the horror to stop. He understands that Warren knows the path forward, and he wants her to lead.

And Warren being Warren, she'll grab a machete and plow through the dark jungle ahead until we find bright light and good drinking water. You totally know she will.

Great things ahead, I think. I could be wrong, but let's hope I'm not.

Excelsior!

(Copyright note: I gave myself permission to copy this, in its entirety, from my new blog which has almost nothing on it yet and will probably get abandoned in a few weeks, but I'll give it a go.)
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Fri Nov 14, 2014, 08:28 PM (169 replies)

So Elizabeth Warren's getting a title to match the reality

that she's a leader among FDR Democrats. Less than two years after becoming a Senator! This is what happens to proud Liberals who know when to use their fists.

It wouldn't surprise me if she gets another title in 2016.

I understand that some Democrats hate her because she used to be a Republican, years before entering public service. Or maybe they're just yammering about it in a strange attempt to boost some Third Way presidential contender. In either case, those Democrats should think about meditation, or learning anger management techniques, because she's now a full-throated Democrat, she's tough, she's passionate, and she ain't going away.

And if she has her way, and we all help her out, the American Dream won't go away either. It will turn around and come back to us.

This is a great start; let's do what we can to turn it into a great finish.

Regards,

Very-Happy Manny
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Thu Nov 13, 2014, 05:11 PM (73 replies)

Are either of the Clintons Liberals?

(not neo-Liberal, that's completely different)
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Wed Nov 12, 2014, 11:42 PM (158 replies)

Theoretical question: can our President fire his dingo?

If the dingo insists on eating the baby?

I'd think he could.

At this point, I'm down to simply hoping that Democratic Leaders don't call a vote on Soylent Green rations tomorrow; but in the event that anything decent is left in America, and the dingo does what's in his dingo DNA, can the President stop it?

Atten jury: No, this isn't a joke about private parts, click the link ferchrissakes.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Wed Nov 12, 2014, 08:41 PM (2 replies)

A Rededication to the United States of America

The United States of America was never a sure thing, and it still isn’t.

A little epiphany for me today, on Veteran’s Day. Actually, not so little: too damned long! But here goes...

240 or so years ago, British colonists in America rebelled against their mother country over an idea. An idea! An idea that had been much talked about but little acted on in that era, which is stated succinctly in our wonderful Declaration of Independance:

“Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed”

(We don’t need no stinkin’ monarchy! We pick our own leaders, dammit!)

At that time, America’s colonials enjoyed perhaps the highest standard of living in the entire world, and British subjects enjoyed political freedom that was unique among citizens of major powers. Benjamin Franklin, no lover of the British monarchy, thought that rebellion was @#$%^ing nuts to give up such a good thing, and it took him quite some time to fully buy into the idea of splitting off. But despite having much to lose, our country’s first army came together and took up arms for the right to turn that idea into practice. There was great hardship and suffering, ambivalence and antagonism from many fellow colonials, but in the end they earned what they asked for.

Today, we thank those brave soldiers and their families for their suffering in the service of creating a noble experiment in government of, by, and for the people.

80 years later, brave Americans were again at war, this time over the question of whether the young country was a country; were we The United States of America, with laws that applied to all inhabitants? Or were we simply a confederation of smaller states that banded together when convenient to each state? Were we one, or many? The proximal cause of this war was the ghastly insistence by some states that man has an unalienable right to own another human being, and to use that human being in whatever manner they wished, and that this terrible practice should expand in contravention of our Constitution.

Would the Constitution hold? There is no more perfect description of that struggle than President Lincoln’s opening address at the dedication of a vast cemetery filled with the dead from one battle in that war. It begins:

“Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure.”

and ends:

“It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us… that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

The noble idea again prevailed, through the blood, sweat, and tears of soldiers under arms, and today we thank them and their families for their suffering in this service.

After another span of about 80 years, our founding principle was again under attack, by oligarchs at home and fascism abroad:

“They had begun to consider the government of the United States as a mere appendage to their own affairs and we know now that a government by organized money is just as bad as a government by organized mob. – Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Taking back our own government was effected virtually without bloodshed thanks to the revolutionary weapon given to us by our Founders: the vote. We got our act together, voted for good and smart leaders, and government of, by, and for the people was restored.

Our votes won the war.

But the situation abroad was another matter, and Americans again took to arms, in a brutal global struggle against monstrous tyranny. And again, those Americans were successful, and today we thank them and their families for their suffering in this service.

Once again eighty years have passed, and again we find ourselves in a familiar predicament: government of, by, and for the people has been replaced by government of, by, and for organized money. America’s 99%, indeed our planet’s 99%, have become the the food, the pawns, and the playthings of a small group of people, many of them deeply depraved predators, more interested in filling the gaps in their wine collections than in feeding the hungry. They have purchased the majority of those who make and enforce our laws, and have spent vast amounts to divide and weaken the populace so that we have become unable to leash their depredations.

I have been watching our inexorable decline for decades, and it has been frustrating beyond words, so very, very sad. At first I tried to do what I could to stop the slide, but the thing was too large, and it was obvious that my efforts were but a flea fart in a hurricane. So I stopped trying.

And now we spiral the drain.

Month by month, things grow worse for the 99%, better for the 1%. We see the homelessness, the despair. The American Dream is now just a distant dream for most Americans. We once were a great country where each year brought greater prosperity for most, where there were wrongs, but these were righted with time. We are now the Hunger Games, the prey and the preyed-upon.

Sometimes I just want to walk away. To pick up stakes, to take my family and go to another place, to one of the few remaining countries which are organized around the collective good of all of their residents. I’ve thought about this a lot recently: today’s United States of America is no good place for our teenaged son to enter adulthood. Perhaps it’s time to seek better conditions elsewhere, as my ancestors did, and as did their ancestors before them.

But here’s what I realized today, on Veteran’s Day: I am surrounded by people, some alive and some as spirits, who went out there and fought the good fight. Some gave there lives, some returned with grievous wounds to body or mind, and some served at a desk. But they served. They got up off their asses, joined the cause, and they got the job done. It was never a sure thing, but they fought through the uncertainty and got it done.

What kind of a person am I if I quit the fight now? Not much of one!

And so, I will give it another shot. Instead of slinking off, I will try to live up to the ideals of our veterans.

I will fight. I’m not sure of what to do yet, but I will damned well fight.

And I hope that you will fight, too!

It will be tough, but we can win. We must win. We owe this to our posterity, to our future, and to the future of our children.

Excelsior!

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(Feel free to not check the blog out yet. Almost nothing's on it, and it's ugly.)

Everything I write on it will be freely shareable under the Creative Commons license, and will be marked:

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Posted by MannyGoldstein | Tue Nov 11, 2014, 11:38 PM (21 replies)

To all the right-wing anti-Purgies

We have a problem.

For 20 years, y'all have exchanged favors to Wall Street for cash to you, to your families, and to fabulous war chests used to destroy any politicians that hold traditional Democratic values.

That's worked out great for your bank accounts and those of your relatives, and America's wealthy have never done better. But it ain't all rosy: for typical Americans, by-and-large, it's been a catastrophe. Utter disaster. Record numbers of homeless children, that sort of thing. (Fortunately for you, the police state you've created keeps the unsightly urchins from view as you walk from your limo to your fabulous dinner parties, but they're out there, cold and hungry.)

Now things have finally gotten so bad that even the base that you keep mooning and screaming "who the #%^* else ya gonna vote for, schmucks?" at has finally said "not you!".

You suck, and you're destroying our country.

So perhaps you can understand why people want you to go away. If we FDR Democrats (i.e., those of us with "#%^*ing retarded" ideas) do finally get our act together and reconstitute the party of working families, you're certainly welcome to vote for us. But do stay the hell away from the levers of government: you people have wrought, and/or been complicit in, enough destruction to last a century.

Go the #%^* away.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sat Nov 8, 2014, 05:41 PM (277 replies)

"Who the #%^+ else ya gonna vote for, chumps?"

They keep mooning the electorate and screaming "who the #%^* else ya gonna vote for, suckers?"

Surprise!

Obviously, their solution is to moon the electorate a few more times per day. Perhaps waggle their junk at us on special bipartisan occasions.

Incredible.

How these nitwits remember to breathe each day, let alone that they make bajillions on Wall Street in their respites between government "service", is beyond me.

Dear Lord: yes, it's kinda funny. We get it. You are, indeed, the greatest prankster of all. Now stop.

Sincerely yours,

Banged-Up Manny

Posted by MannyGoldstein | Fri Nov 7, 2014, 07:59 PM (50 replies)

We need a new Democratic Party, that much is clear

The current one sucks so terribly that we got our asses flambéed and handed back to us by a confederation obviously composed of lunatics, idiots, and rogues.

Lincoln fired his losing generals until he got some that got the job done. When will we rank-and-file Democrats do the same?

This is war.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Wed Nov 5, 2014, 07:37 AM (342 replies)

This could actually be good. Stop laughing and hear me out...

Remember back in 2006 when Democrats were somehow able to overcome Howard Dean's leadership of the DNC to take over both houses of Congress?

When that happened, Democrats could have stomped Republicans like bugs, but instead they adopted a new spirit of amity and comity, never lording their position over the opposition. Do we have any reason to believe that Republicans will be any less gracious come January? That a new spirit of cooperation and putting Americans ahead of partisanship won't take root in Congress?

Anyone? No?

OK, well then maybe we can focus on president Obama's able and willing veto pen? He can stop the GOP cold if they try to do bad things. Right?

#%^*

Well, gotta go, need to change my underwear and get very, very, very drunk.

Goddamned Liberals.

Posted by MannyGoldstein | Wed Nov 5, 2014, 12:04 AM (1 replies)
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