Reactionaries lie when they call themselves conservative. Progressives should not repeat the lie.

I passed 7th grade social studies. I’m proud to share what I learned with the rest of the class, which has been incessantly dumbed down. It’s not your fault, class. A lot of money and effort was invested in this process, but it’s time to move on.
Reactionaries often call themselves conservatives but accepting that label wrongly legitimizes them. Conservatives might be allies or potential allies. They are not an existential threat to democracy. With reactionaries, we can only hope for an uneasy truce or containment.
While conservatives seek to maintain the status quo, they might accept policy change at a prudent incremental rate as a matter of maintaining fiscal or social stability, and might even prove progressive on particular issues.
Reactionaries, like radicals, are willing, sometimes violently willing, to completely uproot existing social institutions.
The radical seeks rapid social change for some idea of social good. Sometimes they strive for utopian outcomes. Since the ideology is a concept of a potential future, it’s difficult to prove or disprove possibility.
The reactionary seeks a return to a mythical past.  Historical revisions can be proven false though reactionaries have a defining tendency not to let reality interfere with their ideology. Reactionary ideology is closer to mental illness or sociopathic deception than something worthy of legitimate consideration, because no, America was not better off with the institution of slavery. No, the Constitution is not made stronger by repealing the rights of women, minorities, or low income citizens. Supreme Court Justices should not be shaman fortune tellers serving as mediums with the spirit world of slave-owning founders suddenly vested with an authority the Republic did not grant them while they were among the living.
Reactionary politics are illegitmate in an electoral system because reactionary politics are anti-Democratic. Other philosophies have authoritarian strains. Reactionary politics are inherently authoritarian because where else does turning back the clock lead except pushing society backwards to trial by combat and other forms of might makes right: divine rights of kings, master/slave relationships, all those conditions that strangle blood from the brain from which humanity has been slowly and painfully loosening?
In a nation predicated upon electoral reform, reactionary politics are an existential threat. Death from boredom in a stifling environment that tolerates neither dissent nor diversity and a rotting corruption that collapses into itself:  inevitable consequences of intellectually and morally bankrupt tyranny, but not before dragging down everything stuck to it.
Progressives might disagree with conservatives, but progressive politics are not mutually exclusive with conservatism. Contrary to decades of Orwellian doublethink in political discourse and mass media, the positive strains within both major parties are liberal in nature. Those who prematurely pronounce the death of liberalism (or denounce it as something it simply isn’t) ignore a powerful libertarian impulse on both sides of the political aisle. Progressives can stand with conservatives on ecology and civil liberties. We can stand with them on ethics and rule of law. That is not the case with reactionaries. They are a threat to democracy and human rights. Call them what they are not what they pretend to be.

Happy Birthday, USMC.

OOrah! You Devil Dogs! Marine Corps!

And Happy Veterans Day in advance to those who served and a special tribute to those who organize for peace, to honor the sacrifice of the those who gave the ultimate sacrifice by working to make sure we learn from the futility and waste of the past and create a better future moving forwards.

And a shout to two of my favorite Marines:

Gen. David M. Shoup.

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“I believe that if we had and would keep our dirty, bloody, dollar-soaked fingers out of the business of these nations so full of depressed, exploited people, they will arrive at a solution of their own — and if unfortunately their revolution must be of the violent type because the “haves” refuse to share with the “have-nots” by any peaceful method, at least what they get will be their own, and not the American style, which they don’t want and above all don’t want crammed down their throats by Americans. “

Gen. David M. Shoup – Almighty Wiki

Gen. Smedley D. Butler

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“I spent 33 years and four months in active military service and during that period I spent most of my time as a high class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism. I helped make Mexico and especially Tampico safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street. I helped purify Nicaragua for the International Banking House of Brown Brothers in 1902-1912. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for the American sugar interests in 1916. I helped make Honduras right for the American fruit companies in 1903. In China in 1927 I helped see to it that Standard Oil went on its way unmolested. Looking back on it, I might have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three districts. I operated on three continents.” — From “War Is A Racket” by Gen. Smedley D. Butler
Gen. Smedley Butler – Almighty Wiki

 

 

 

 


Our Revolution: Illinois Democratic Gubernatorial Forum

The Illinois Democratic candidates for governor speak about both their experience and platform at this forum hosted by Our Revolution Illinois/Chicago. Candidates include: Daniel Biss, Bob Daiber, Tio Hardiman, Chris Kennedy, Alex Paterakis, Ameya Pawar, and J.B. Pritzker. Since this event, Ameya Pawar suspended his campaign.

I’ve watched this twice, so far, and given it a lot of thought. I am putting this out there with an invitation for feedback.

Illinois Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Forum


FUN FACTS ABOUT AFFORDABLE HEALTH COVERAGE

Congratulations! I’m sharing some info from my Obama alumni association:

Open enrollment for affordable health coverage has started – go to HealthCare.gov to sign up. You must sign up by December 15. Coverage could be more affordable than you think. 8 out of 10 people can find a plan for under $75.

  • There are big changes this year.
  • The enrollment period is half as long as in previous years and there’s only one deadline, so you must take action by December 15 or risk not having coverage in 2018 and having to pay a penalty.
  • The administration has made other changes which will make it harder for people to get the information they need to get and stay covered.
  • In person assistance funding has been cut by 40% and advertising has been cut by 90%. HHS regional staff have even been told they cannot help get the word out about Open Enrollment.

That means it’s up to all of us to get the facts out. Here’s what we need people to know:
You must take action to sign up for coverage by December 15 for 2018 coverage, and because of financial help, most people can find a plan for $50 to $100 per month.

There is a lot of confusion that we need to cut through.
The best way to do that is to talk about the facts.

For the uninsured, that means making sure people know that coverage is more affordable than they think.

  • You can even apply on your smart-phone. It only takes about 10 minutes to submit an application.
  • An Out of Pocket Cost estimator will help you estimate your total costs for the year including premiums, deductibles, and co-pays.
  • There are Doctor and Prescription Drug Lookup tools so you can find out which plans cover your doctors and prescriptions.

For those who already have coverage through HealthCare.gov, they need to know that they should come back and shop because plans and prices change every year and there might be a more affordable plan that meets their needs.

  • Did your job, family, or health status change? You should come back to HealthCare.gov to shop and make sure you’re enrolled in right plan.
  • It pays to shop – when you’re buying a car you shop around–you should do the same with health insurance.
  • Even if none of your information has changed, you may still be able to get a better deal. Marketplace consumers have the option to switch plans annually. This means that during Open Enrollment you can check to see if there is a plan offered this year that saves you more money, offers you more services, or includes more doctors

5 Facts About Signing Up For Coverage at HealthCare.gov

#1: Sign up by December 15. Open Enrollment starts on November 1 but you must take action by December 15, no matter if this is your first time getting covered or if you are returning to shop and save. Beat the rush and sign up early.

#2: Coverage could be cheaper than you think. Last year, 8 in 10 people qualified for financial help to make their monthly premiums more affordable. In fact, most people found plans available between $50 to $100 per month.

#3: Shop and save. If you had coverage through HealthCare.gov for 2017, you should come back to update your information and compare your options for 2018. Every year, plans and prices change, you could save money by switching to a new plan that still meets your needs.

#4: Those who choose to go without health insurance may have to pay a penalty. There is a minimum penalty of $695 for not having health insurance.

#5: Free help is available. If you have questions about signing up or want to talk through your options with a trained professional, free help is just a call or quick away. Call 1-800-318-2596, visit localhelp.healthcare.gov or make a one-on-one appointment now.


More Fun w/ KKK’s Voter Purge Commission

Imagine level of hysteria from usual suspects if this was the Obama Administration, a Hollywood mogul, or friend of Hillary instead of a hype working for Kochbot Kris Kobach

Tool removed from tool box for child porn

 


America now with memes for to re-educate at glorious Russian Troll Farms

Is good? Maybe no.

Greetings, comrades. You may already be serving Mother Russia and her stooge American infomercial con-artist President and Soviet Republican party while resisting.

Am sure? Is car working? It has wheels. It has brakes. But maybe defogger broken. Maybe cheap tires ready to peel off any instant.

But what about memes? Memes good. Facebook good. Twitter good. Is all very good. No? Maybe?

Some pro-Bernie sites and some pro-Hillary sites (neither actually connected to the public figures they champion nor connected to any current or upcoming election) are troll accounts designed to tear the Democratic party apart. Of course, we do enough infighting to do that by ourselves, but full-time pro and amateur trolls giving us metaphorical pointy sticks and knives to help us isn’t helpful to create positive outcomes.

Not sure what Russia’s endgame is, but they were playing the progressive and centrist factions and both parties off of each other in the last election cycle. I’m seeing signs that this is continuing to happen. There’s a virtual psychological ploy being used to encourage, by design sometimes, unwittingly sometimes, tribal gang wars within the progressive movement. We didn’t get Trump by accident. We’ve been walking this way since the Reagan Reaction. The Resistance needs a United Front or reactionaries will stack the courts and all the legitimate seats of power with their own lawless might makes right kind.

 


A More Public Sharing: Random, spontaneous Facebook remark concerning the left/right debate within the Jewish community.

(Editor’s note: Seems to me that most of the left/right arguments are absurd and are beneath the understanding of 7th Grade Social Studies. This may confirm the maxim that public political messaging is usually conducted at a 6th grade level. My guess, strictly from observing our President and remembering the playground trash-talk contests of the Chicago Public Schools I attended…we are, collectively, more at 3rd or 4th grade. I sometimes have the tendency to bring things to a street level. That’s part of who I am and I don’t think that will completely go away, but I hope to sometimes bring the discussion up to the college undergraduate level and help us all to a better social and political place.)
There are pro-Israel voices on the hard left and on the hard right. Just as there are anti-Israel voices all over the spectrum. I am going to repeat a point I made early and often back in our old MySpace Jews group: because Jews make up one of the strongest constituencies within the Democratic party, elements of the GOP deliberately sought to widen the wedge between the Anti-Israel left and Pro-Israel Jewish Democrats (I am talking about specific parts of specific factions, not the entire party, not the conservative movement, not Christianity as a whole—definitely part of the Trump coalition that added to the GOP base and provided a margin of victory).
 
This messaging war—which erupted in the midst of traditional bi-partisan support for Israel—has caused deeper and more bitter divisions within the Jewish communitiy, it ignores the fact that a good portion of these hard left anti-Israel are outside the Democratic party precisely because it is the party of Pro Israel Jews. It falsely accuses passionate supporters of Israel of being anti-Israel for advocating a two state solution and sometimes makes that false charge against those that criticize Israel, sometimes for merely understanding that Palestinians, enemies or not, are human beings. In short, we are falsely accused for acting out some aspect of ethical Judasim that somehow crosses some ever-shifting increasingly fascist party line. This is the same line that has no problem with loshon hara against the last President Democrats elected here and apparently, in some cases, has a very soft, if not supportive view of an elected Israeli Prime Minister being murdered.
 
Most recently, some of my fellow Jews here, the same ones that have carried false witness against me and my colleagues, have been off chirping that Anti-Fascists are the real Fascists. Welcome to Orwell’s nightmare. Thank you ,Fascists and Crypto-Fascists. Cynical and battle-hardened as I am, to think that I’d live to see the day I’d be falsely accused of being a terrorist or a fascist precisely because I identify as Anti-Fascist, or that another Jew would have the chutzpa, to apologize for or sympathize with active Nazis, or join them in criticizing the rest of us.
 
The last of the survivors and those that won the war against the Nazis are now passing from this earth. It is a new golden era for holocaust deniers. Or should I call it an Orange era? And now we hear the Anti-Fascists are the real fascists. Reductio Ad Absurdum. Let us pray. Shalom.

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