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So far, I've written some in this group about Bubba's earlier years and Huey Long's.
Howard Dean is yet another Democrat with whose earlier life I was not very familiar and about which I had a very mistaken impression.
Dean was born in East Hampton, where Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis was raised, and where President Clinton and First Lady (now Secretary) Hillary enjoyed a couple of vacations while he was in office and where Sean Combs started his much-imitated white parties.
Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/star-map-east-hampton-2011-8?op=1#ixzz3heWKZWpo
The family belonged to the country club and also had a three bedroom pied a terre in the city--in Manhattan's Upper East Side on--wait for it--Park Avenue.
Dean attended prep schools and then a "frat boy" at Yale University. His wiki is full of references to his friends and enemies alike trying to minimize and dismiss this golden spoon in the mouth and Republican background, with friends saying he wasn't as rich as they were and Peggy Noonan saying he wasn't a typical WASP. Hello?
During the Vietnam War, Dean had a draft deferment because of an unfused vertebra. He worked as a stockbroker for a time, then decided to go to medical school, taking the pre-med courses he needed at Columbia University in NYC. Then came two life changing events: his brother's disappearance and meeting his future wife.
In 1974, Dean's younger brother Charlie, who had been traveling through southeast Asia at the time, was captured and killed by Laotian guerrillas, a tragedy widely reported to have an enormous influence in Dean's life; he wore his brother's belt every day of his presidential campaign.....
During his early years in Vermont, Dean opposed a condo development on Lake Champlain and fought instead for a bike trail, something that can be viewed as either indulgent or populist. (Think the criticism Senator Kennedy got for resisting wind farms around his favorite sailing waters.)
The success of the bike path campaign launched Dean's political career. He volunteered for Jimmy Carter's losing re-election campaign. In 1982, Dean ran for the Vermont House of Representatives, and won.
Dean remained in the Vermont House until being elected lieutenant governor in 1986, 1988 and 1990. Because those were part-time positions, Dean was able to continue practicing medicine. In 1991, the Governor, Richard A. Snelling died, making Lt. Governor Dean the Governor of Vermont.
After that, Dean ran for and won five two year terms as Governor. Only Thomas Chittenden has served longer as Governor of Vermont. (1778–1789 and 1790–1791). From 1994 to 1995, Dean was also chair of the National Governors Association.
Dean was faced with an economic recession and a $60 million budget deficit. He bucked many in his own party to immediately push for a balanced budget, an act which marked the beginning of a record of fiscal restraint. During his tenure as governor, the state paid off much of its debt, balanced its budget eleven times, raised its bond rating, and lowered income taxes twice.
Vermonters considered him a moderate.
In 2003, Dean began running for the Democratic Presidential nomination, against Senators Joe Lieberman, who had to drop out early on, John Kerry, and about ten others. In March 2003, Dean gave a speech critical of Democrats, beginning with the line, "What I want to know is what in the world so many Democrats are doing supporting the President's unilateral intervention in Iraq?" By Autumn, 2003, he was the apparent frontrunner, despite criticism from the Party's left wing that he was a "Rockefeller Republican"—socially liberal, but fiscally conservative. (The more things change, the more they remain the same?)
In January 2004, however, Dean's placing third in the Iowa caucus led to "the Dean scream" while he was firing up his supporters. Even I know what happened after that.
Posted by merrily | Sun Aug 2, 2015, 07:53 AM (2 replies)
I had a grand plan of a series of posts from the Revolution to the present, but I didn't follow through.
Too ambitious and too disciplined for me, I guess. Instead, I'll be posting on whatever interests me and hoping it interests others, too. Huey Long, aka "Kingfish," interests me.
The question has been whether Long was a populist or a demagogue.
I'll leave that to you, dear, dear reader. Anyway, I give you
When Long, who had been home schooled earlier on, completed the 11th grade of his school, his school decided to make completing the 12th grade a requirement. Long circulated a petition to protest, which got him kicked out of school. So, technically, he never completed high school. Nonetheless, he won a debating scholarship to Louisiana State University. However--and this is heartbreaking--he could not afford the textbooks he had to buy. (This is from his wiki, which describes his family as a "middle class" farming family.)
His mother urged him to attend a Baptist university, but he decided he was not cut out to be a preacher and quit. He took some law courses. After a year, he took and passed the bar exam, without a high school or a college or a law school diploma. He practiced law for ten years, bragging that he never took a case against a poor man.
Long won fame by taking on the powerful Standard Oil Company, which he sued for unfair business practices. Over the course of his career, Long continued to challenge Standard Oil's influence in state politics and charged the company with exploiting the state's vast oil and gas resources......In 1918 Long was elected to the Louisiana Railroad Commission at the age of 25 on an anti-Standard Oil platform...
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huey_Long (emphasis added)
Well, I'm impressed so far.
In 1924, at age 31, he ran in the primary for Governor of Louisiana, but lost. In 1928, he won the primary by a plurality with the slogan, "Every man a king, but no one wears a crown," which he had copied from William Jennings Bryan. Long then won the general with 96.1% of the vote, despite a poll tax that kept many of the poor from voting. After consolidating his power via firings and other strong arm and dubious means, he instituted a program of free textbooks for schoolchildren and an adult literacy program, as well as an unprecedented public works program. He also called for a tax on oil. That got him impeached, but he foiled that cleverly and the state legislature abandoned the effort.
Soon after that, Long ran for the U.S. Senate, and won, beginning his term in 1931, but also remained Governor until 1932 and continued to control politics in Louisiana until his death in 1935. In Washington, he denounced both Republicans and Democrats for failing to do enough about the crisis of that era and supported Franklin Roosevelt for President.
Roosevelt considered Long a radical demagogue. The president privately said of Long that along with General Douglas MacArthur, "e was one of the two most dangerous men in America."id.
Long was shot in 1935, one month after announcing his intent to run in the 1936 Presidential election, presumably by Dr. Weiss, the son in law of a Louisiana judge and long-time opponent whom Long was attempting to oust. (Speculation had it that the fatal bullet had actually come from the gun of one of Long's bodyguards and had been mean to stop Weiss, but historians reject that theory.) A doctor treated Long unsuccessfully and that doctor's actions have also been called into question. Long's machine continued to control Louisiana politics and a number of Long's family members served in state and national politics.
I urge you to read his entire wiki, which is friggin' fascinatin'.
Posted by merrily | Sat Aug 1, 2015, 02:41 PM (0 replies)
Hmmm. Seems as though even some dictionary definitions are rigged against populists!
Let's be clear. One is a populist; the other is a demagogue. What I mean when I use the term "populist" is (from above) "1. A supporter of the rights and power of the people."
Posted by merrily | Sat Aug 1, 2015, 12:14 PM (7 replies)
I was going to make this a poll with a variety of possible answers, but I am not so ambitious today. Please supply your own elaboration.
Posted by merrily | Wed Jul 29, 2015, 10:38 AM (7 replies)
I should have done it weeks ago. Still, better late than never, I hope.
Curious about Sanders? Find an event today near you.
Posted by merrily | Wed Jul 29, 2015, 10:34 AM (14 replies)
(Photo accompanies breitbart's disgusting story. I'm not linking to it.)
I don't know the details of the treaty. I don't know if the Obama Administration's Secretaries of State and Energy could possibly have negotiated a better one or not. I hate fucking Godwin's phony law, which tends to protect the right and cut off discussion. However, Huckabee and Fox are fucking ridiculous.
http://mediamatters.org/research/2013/11/24/worse-than-munich-conservative-media-react-to-i/197038 NOTE: This link is to a 2013 media matters story about Iran.
Posted by merrily | Wed Jul 29, 2015, 08:23 AM (4 replies)
MSNBC reporting this morning that Mark Cuban said that Trump is just what politics has need for a long time. That Trump's message does not even matter. It's that Trump says what is on his mind.
Hello? If the message does not even matter, why haven't you been praising Bernie for that behavior, Mark?
Could it be because Bernie's message is not as billionaire friendly as Trump's. IOW, I think you are not being honest about how irrelevant the message is.
Then we hear from Harold Ford, former DLC Chair, saying that Trump's poll numbers show America's fascination with a rich man who speaks his mind. No, that fascination with the wealthy would be you, Mr. Ford. Americans are filling Sanders' events to overflowing while the Trump camp inflates the numbers showing up at his events--and Trump is offering a free lunch!
And, btw, why is what Mark Cuban thinks of Donald Trump MSNBC newsworthy this morning, but today, an unprecedented day in US politics gets no mention whatever on an allegedly pro-Democratic TV network this morning or last night (except for already cancelled Ed Shultz)? Huh? Huh? Huh?
Posted by merrily | Wed Jul 29, 2015, 06:08 AM (26 replies)
Buzzfeed's McCay Coppins has been appearing on a variety of MSNBC shows of late, often commenting on Trump. (Apparently, every guest pundit on MSNBC who is going to discuss Trump has to be smirking knowingly when introduced by the show host.)
Anyway, on Chris Hayes Tuesday evening, McCay Coppins noted that Trump had long had two sets of advisers around him. However, once he actually announced, his advisors were a new bunch of professionals. Now, waiiit forrrrr itttt--
"And they're not Republican establishment. Like, they've worked for the Koch brothers."
Posted by merrily | Wed Jul 29, 2015, 03:41 AM (4 replies)
Let's do it up left.
If you can, take a nap, so you show up at your meeting all bright eyed and NOT Bushy-tailed.
Take with you whatever you think you need for peak functioning:
Water, so you don't have to keep leaving your seat and/or asking your host
A laptop, if you can. There will be streaming. The more screens in the host's home, the better.
Pencils or pens and paper.
Your business cards, if you have same, so you can easily exchange contact info, if you wish. Be careful, though.
If you are driving, maybe stick a folding chair or two in the car, just in case. If not, maybe a beach towel to put on the floor to sit on, if needed.
Bring any info about Bernie you think you might need. Not everyone who attends will have been posting and reading about Bernie every day.
Bright ideas, enthusiasm and encouragement.
When people say they cannot donate, remind them: Bernie asks for donations as small as $3.
MAYBE, a snack to share. A box of cookies or a few bunches of grapes. Bring a disposable serving item for your snack, too. You don't want the host spending the evening setting up a buffet. Nothing too loudly crunchy or too salty.
Comments as to whether the above suggestions are good or counter-productive? More suggestions?
Please keep this thread kicked today.
Most of all, ENJOY. He's running for us!
Posted by merrily | Wed Jul 29, 2015, 02:37 AM (7 replies)
However, if you really can't, I still love you.
Please remember to use Omaha Steve's link to donate here: https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/duforbernie
Okay, Standers for Sanders
Again, please do not donate at the link to the video. Instead, please donate at Omaha Steve's DU link here: https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/duforbernie
Now, here's the link to video: https://go.berniesanders.com/sneak-peek
Posted by merrily | Tue Jul 28, 2015, 08:20 AM (21 replies)