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January 20, 2021

The New "Silent Majority"

As we finally move into a new era I can't help but to reflect on my memories of the Nixon/Agnew days. Agnew invented the term. It was used to malign those opposed to the Vietnam war. The point was that while the protests opposing the war were loud the majority of American's supported that war. Slowly, over the course of those years the tide turned and the majority of Americans eventually opposed the war but the term "Silent Majority" stuck.

Well, fast forward to 2021. We have heard a great deal about the "Trump voters" and their beliefs. Far too much in fact. We have been reminded for weeks about how 70 million or so voted for that regressive regime. We have had to live through hours and hours of horrible video of radical right-wingers attacking the seat of our government.

The tide has turned. We have remained silent because our case is strong. We know that we are the majority. We know that our voices have been somehow overpowered by the mindless shouting of the radical right. This ends today!

We, the new "Silent Majority" are in charge and the tide turns today!

June 19, 2020

Don't worry - refuting the lies is the easy part

The dems really don't need to do that as the major media will do that for them.

Further, we need to learn a lesson from previous election cycles. We can stop worrying about the case itself. The hearts and minds we want to sway will not be swayed by rational argument - we've tried that before and even in the face of overwhelming evidence - it didn't work. We need to work on and appeal to emotions.

Finally, we only need to get our voters in and counted this November. If we do only that from here on out, we will win.

May 29, 2020

I've been expecting a major catastrophe for awhile but yes, this is remarkably bad.

We have been teetering of the verge of major catastrophe for awhile now though if you think about it.

1. Trump screwed up North Korea - in a slightly different scenario that goes very badly wrong and well...

2. Trump has recklessly vacated the Iran nuclear deal and further stroked the fires by assassinating a Senior official. Yes, he was a vile person, nevertheless, the Administration had clearly not calculated the Iranian reaction and almost blundered into a major war.

3. Trump has continued to encourage ultra-right violent demonstrators.

4. Trump has proven he has no understanding of the gun crises in our country.

We have been teetering for sometime. It is not surprising that Trump's luck (and unfortunately, ours) has finally run out.

May 27, 2020

LIVE: SpaceX to launch 1st astronauts for NASA on Crew Crew Dragon Liftoff is set for 4:33 p.m. EDT

Source: Space.com

Veteran NASA astronauts set out today (May 27) to make history with SpaceX's Demo-2 mission and everyone from celebrities to astronauts is celebrating around the world.

Astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley have trained tirelessly to launch today aboard SpaceX's Crew Dragon from NASA's Kennedy Space Center all the way to the International Space Station with Demo-2. The pair, who are experienced test pilots as well as veteran astronauts, have worked hard to get to this moment where they will be the first humans to fly this capsule to orbit.

Read more:

Go Dragon!
May 22, 2020

Curiously, I think this is there re-election strategic lever

Or they think it will be. I think their perverted reasoning is to make the charges against the Obama administration appear to be the rot and then to say that Biden is rotten by connection.

They are smart in one way. Now, it will be reported as both candidates have serious scandals and investigations, etc. And they will say (we know this is completely false) that Trump has been completely exonerated and that is because Obama is guilty.

It is complete deceit. But it has worked well for them in the past. They shore up the base and bring in just enough "undecideds" to move the scales close enough so that they can steal the rest.

Unfortunately, it could work for them. I don't think it will be it could ... there is a long time between now and November 3, 2020. Time for them to spin their insane lies.

March 30, 2020

An open letter to both Biden and Bernie Supporters

Hello all! I'm a Bernie Sanders supporter. With a heavy heart I am changing my signature support to "Undecided".

I support the ideals that Senator Sanders advocates. I know that many Biden supporters are also with me in this. I will support Biden to full extent possible as we move towards the end of the primaries and the Presidency in the fall.

It is time for us to come together as one voice. We share in more ways that we differ. I admit that after Super Tuesday I was quite bitter and still am to some extent. Nevertheless, I can move beyond that to fully endorse the democratic candidate for the Presidency. That will inevitably not be Bernie Sanders and will likely be Joe Biden.

I will continue to strongly advocate for my ideals. Foremost and clearly relevant given the current frightening medical situation is Universal Health Care. Call it "Medicare for all", "Single Payer", or "Socialized Medicine" but it is past time that the United States join the rest of the Industrialized world in this matter. I will push the Biden administration hard on this point. And because he will actually be my President, I have hope that I will be heard.

To Sanders supporters and the Senator himself, it is now past time to suspend your campaign. Yes, we must continue to push the issues that are critically important. It is now time to rally as one and suspend our campaign. It was a good run and had the situation been slightly different, the tables could well be turned in Sanders favor. That is not the reality in which we are living.

Hope and Peace

March 24, 2020

Strongly strongly agree but ... the

mainstream of this discussion apparently doesn't think so. They have not learned a single lesson from the past and apparently want to try the "our way or the highway" failed strategy yet again.

If I say anymore this post might get hidden. It still might get hidden. The Bernie bashing is beyond the tier but they don't see it.

March 21, 2020

Reality bits ...

so fucking true and karma is true just not what you expect. Holy fucking shit! Here we go folks. No fucking leader and into the deep

I mean really? Could the simulators have dreamed of a more amazing game?

March 2, 2020

An Open Letter to Mainstream Dems

This letter is an honest expression of some problems that I have seen for many years. I am basically an Elizabeth Warren supporter. However, I am now leaning strongly towards Bernie and the Bernie bashing here actually moves me closer not further from him. In addition, it appears that Warren is not viable as the progressive candidate so, despite wishing that a woman could lead the ticket, I am swinging towards Bernie.

For as many election cycles as I can remember (I'm 62 so I voted for Jimmy Carter in 1976) the left has been asked to stand aside and "support the mainstream" because the alternative was much worse. While this has no doubt been true, the left has been taken for granted. That may now be changing.

Bernie may, in fact, win big on Super Tuesday. Buttigeig's withdraw may alter that calculus, but I doubt by as much as the mainstreamers hope it will.

If he wins and it becomes clear that he has a path to the nomination, we expect your whole support. Your lack there of will be remembered for many election cycles. When it is time to get on the train we expect the same dedication from you that we have shown when the tables where turned towards your candidates.

I apologize if you feel that I have disrespected the mainstream. Realize that it comes from having been marginalized and disrespected for decades not just this once. The American electorate is not what you believe it is nor is it what the pundits believe it is. If 2016 taught us anything, I hope we learned at least that.

Good luck and let it be known that I will fully support ANY democratic ticket versus Donald Trump. Will you do the same?

January 5, 2020

Thoughts on the Iran crises from a peace activist

In the midst of a political crisis and the impeachment soap opera, we have the Iran crisis.

I agree that this situation is very serious. In my honest opinion, the trouble is that what we don't know. What we do know is the Trump administration is hopelessly corrupt, disorganized and irrational. We have no reason to trust anything that the administration says.

For this reason, it is essential that we listen carefully to the democratic congress after they have been briefed. If they come away unsatisfied (we will need to judge carefully who is reliable in this regard) then we have a very serious problem.

It seems to me that the administration is making up for past failures. They did not respond to the Iranian attack of the Saudi oil fields along with attacks on US bases in Iraq. Trump was presented with the assignation of Gen. Qasem Soleimani as a way to save face. He took it.

This is only a working hypothesis but we have no reason to discount it nor do we have reason to accept the administration's claims of an imminent attack.

We are in crises and yes, war may result. I personally view it as less likely. Most likely the Iranians will respond with a terrorist attack on US interests and the administration will respond in kind. This situation will await a wiser and more measured leader which we have to elect in 2020.

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