Stream of consciousness from the screaming hell of caffeine addiction, My love/hate relationship with my party. Campaigns and Elections. Adam’s wild years. Political economy. Election2020. Honoring Veterans.
Keep your hate, clipped and distant Keep your luck, a two-headed cow The pilgrimage has gained momentum Take a turn, take a turn Take a fortune, take a fortune – R.E.M.
There’s this mythos that the left wing controls the media… Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, that’s not the far left. It is in a bizarro world where you have a President like you have now… we’re living in a rightwing madhouse where these corporate conservative people are the far left.
More nonsense. More craziness. It becomes normal in a sort of way. Like the way racism is normalized to the point where we don’t even see it.
RICHARDSON! calls in! TIGER WON? Are you kidding? I thought Ex-Cub, ex-White Sox Bobby Molinaro was going to win that thing!
Fun Facts: The GOP was formed in 1854. Lincoln campaigned for Republican candidates to the Illinois General Assembly in 1858 seeking an appointment to the US Senate.
The Great Society and The War Against Poverty were laid to rest in the napalm ashes of the Vietnam War and the Reagan Reaction that came after the malaise of the Carter years. Dr. King died on this day in 1968 while advocating for sanitation workers in Memphis. 15 years later Ronald Reagan signed MLK Day into a national holiday while at the same time The Reagan Adminstration made sure the modest gains of the Poor Peoples Campaign withered in austerity. The 30 million dollars per day burden of killing Vietnamese peasants to save them from communism has become a 30 million dollars per hour Forever War. For Dr. King, the protest against mindless militarism and for economic justice was one and the same. It is not only fitting we remember the lessons of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., it is essential for our future to act upon them.
It should be noted that when Rep. Rita Mayfield and Rep. Curtis Tarver sided with Republicans and voted no and stopped an effort to Lift The Ban on Rent Control, it wasn’t a vote against a particular form of rent control. It was a vote against any form of rent control anywhere. It was a vote against democracy supported mostly by the real estate industry and developers, people who stand to profit from predatory rental agreements and gentrification.
Once again, we have profits over people. Money speaks for money while low-income people are not organized to protect themselves. With this vote we see the results of that. It is telling that the victory statement by the Chicagoland Apartment Association admitted that “affordable workforce housing… is currently lacking in supply, but the concept of rent control would make the goal of providing additional affordable housing less attainable because it would reduce the supply and quality of rental units to select from.” Simply put, the inability to force people out of their homes with sudden extreme rent increases will limit the number of units on the market. People with the least privilege and risk are expected to be left vulnerable so that wealthy and secure people are not inconvenienced in their effort to become wealthier and more secure at the expense of working people forced into homelessness.
The Democratic party, with a historic super majority in the Illinois general assembly, remains saddled with Koch Brothers/ALEC legislation that was implemented with regressive intent to serve the interests of the powerful and make sure every dollar earned by working families ends up in the company store with IOU notes added. There will always be a well-funded slick argument to support a grand pyramid scheme, but if a Democratic super majority cannot find the political muscle to stand up for people, it’s time to change the name of our party to GOP LITE.
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Lisa needs practice for her #M4A podcast so I fired up the Facebook Live and started rolling. We’re having some fun with our lefty Romper Room and we talked about #MedicareForAll #M4A, some #GreenNewDeal some #Bernie2020 and looked back again at #ACA #Obamacare and the #GOP #RepealAndReplace movement that won a lot of elections but then backlashed in the midterms when after seizing all levels of American government it was revealed they had nothing but misery and despair and more money for #BigPharma and #BigInsurance to offer the desperate and pissed off American voters that are tired of paying more for less.
We gave a couple of shout outs to #BLM Lake County founder Clyde McLemore who had to visit the ER and has our thoughts and prayers.
We walked into an emotional minefield to talk about Israel and Rep. Ilhan Omar. This is a great wedge issue for the reactionaries and they’ve been building on and stressing the divisions within the Jewish community and between progressive Jews and other progressives for over a decade. Just to be clear: I stand with Bernie and Kamala on this issue and I #StandWithIlhan
We talked about campaigns and elections. I did some GOP-bashing but took some hope in the fact that Trump was elected over Cruzifer (Banning Muslims guy vs Carpet bombing Muslims guy).
We talked about the concerns of one community member who is dismayed about the Socialist trend in the Democratic party. We were all over the road on that one and I’m glad we have at least another 6 months to tighten that up before we do another 6 months of messaging before the IL Democratic primary. And then another 6 months to get mobilized for the 2020 Get Out The Vote campaign. We’re just getting started to #FuelTheBern