Michael Harrington (podium) at the 1980 Thomas – Debs Dinner in Chicago. Seated to his right is that year’s honoree, Rosemary Ruether. Seated to his left are Rev. Jim Gorman and Crystal Lee Sutton. Photo by Syd Harris.
This is another of the cassette tapes from the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) national office. While I found the content interesting, it also had some mild historical interest, being a presentation by Michael Harrington to a gathering of the Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee (DSOC) sometime in the first two-thirds of 1980. I’d guess August. DSOC was one of the predecessor to DSA, the other being the New American Movement.
The quality of the recording is adequate, especially as it may have been done from the audience. It is missing the first minute of the program, and there is another more irritating section of really dead air about two-thirds in. I don’t…
These recordings are from another reel of audio tape from the late Carl Shier’s basement. This one was a real (begging your pardon) find as the recording dates from 1958. Furthermore, Shachtman, as I recall, was not in general enthusiastic about being recorded. If that sounds a bit shifty to you, it does to me as well, but that’s my bias. Shachtman, IMHO, was not someone who brought out the best in people. Also, if you know anything about open reel magnetic tape, it doesn’t always age well or for long, so it was a real surprise that the audio quality was as good as it was.
As with the earlier audio posts here at Yip Abides, the recording was posted on Chicago DSA’s web site back when I was the web master. This was done early in the century when a plurality of web access was still done through…
I was triggered by a meme. It’s funny but dangerous. Because #VoteBlueNoMatterWho. I am plenty pissed off about the stupidity and corruption of my party and I’m willing to fight to reform it. It’s the same loyalty I gave my personal stupidity and corruption. So I guess this is me Demsplaining to some of my comrades who are new to being inside the jackass party.
If you weren’t a democrat last week but you’re volunteering for a democratic presidential candidate today, I have bad news for you: YOU’RE A DEMOCRAT. And democrats close ranks after the primary. It’s a contract.
If you weren’t a democrat last week but you’re volunteering for a democratic presidential candidate today, I have bad news for you: you’re a democrat. And democrats close ranks after the primary. It’s a contract.
The good news is that if you enjoy beating up Democrats, Democratic primary campaigns can be bloodbaths. But not like a war where you physically bury the opponent. Like a Stanley Cup Playoff where there’s a handshake line at the end and someone advances and someone else goes home. It can be ugly, sloppy, brutal, and unfair, but it’s better than war, because the loser goes home and mopes or disappears on a hiking trip, not buried or imprisoned. It’s something we take for granted: the ability to replace or reform government without firing a shot.
If you’re volunteering for a democratic presidential candidate today and you’re telling democratic primary voters that you won’t Vote Blue No Matter Who vs. Trump, Democratic primary voters (required to win a Democratic primary) won’t trust you. And if after I explain this to you and you keep doing it, I won’t trust you either. I can’t be sure if you’re stupid, crazy, or just working for the GOP.
Rejecting a call for a united front against Trump is OFF MESSAGE and will be used by the corporate GOP-lite DINO sell-outs to feed the Not A Real Democrat narrative when Bernie wins the nomination. We are running a Democratic primary not an independent campaign. It’s one thing to criticize the corrupting influence of We’re On Your Side Too corporate money among our establishment leaders and another to ridicule party unity and make the nomination a meaningless prize in a fractured party.
There are all kinds of things we can talk about that will build unity, win the nomination, and defeat Trump and his GOP enablers (and put the writing on the wall for his DINO enablers): #MedicareForAll #GreenNewDeal #FairTaxes #SaneForeignPolicy. This election isn’t about the way the democratic party was wrong last week, last month, last year, the years before that, last century, or the century before that. It was very wrong very often. The GOP has an army of paid hypes to talk about that 24/7. Not our job. Our job is to vindicate the Democratic party and The Republic moving forward. All kinds of democratic primary voters can be persuaded on the issues if we take the time to explain them. Independent progressives can be persuaded to join the party if we have a realistic program for progress and reform. We do. Let’s focus on that. Let’s win for #Bernie2020 and let’s be the ones who shout #BlueNoMatterWho the loudest.
Full disclosure: I am political director of the Vernon Township Democrats, co-organizer of Our Revolution Lake County, and a member of the Democratic Socialists of America. I don’t always speak for the causes and candidates I am attached to and they don’t always speak for me.
DISCLAIMER: This is the first in a series of installments reacting to a crappy corporate opinion piece. This is my new chew toy. This is my opinion. This is my knee-jerk reaction. I don’t always speak for my party, my comrades, and my candidates, and they don’t always speak for me.
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.
“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. “
“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
Congratulations! I’m sharing some info from my Obama alumni association:
Open enrollment for affordable health coverage has started – go to HealthCare.govto 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
#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.
25 some odd years ago, this poem was rejected for publication by Grassroots, the literary magazine of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. I was informed it was “too flippant” which I consider a rather flippant rejection. This is far superior to the first poem I ever wrote. That first one was published by Grassroots, and good thing, too, because it convinced me I must be a poet. I was fortunate when rejected to be secure in my greatness, unaffected by rejection though I still feel compelled to bring it up all these years later. Perhaps I am just insecure and narcissistic enough to become President of the United States someday and I hope my work as an internet troll is sufficient to accomplish that, because it will be so great. Believe me. As another note, I was not nearly as fat when I wrote this as I am now, though as a starving young poet I was not nearly flacid enough to be Presidential. One last note, my wife says I look good in orange. Jackson County thought the same thing after I refused to pay a speeding ticket. But that’s another story.
The Heartland Remembers Elvis
Who could bounce the sweet, fat ball of success better than
When I plunge into a soft chair, feel my gut sag into
E is for everything a King can get away with.
L is to love that extra bacon grease in the gravy
on the biscuits of life.
V is for Vegas, and beating the odds,
like when Cool Hand Luke eats fifty hard-boiled eggs
and doesn’t puke…
he’s the biggest winner in prison doing lonely, hard time.
I is for me, sometimes acting like E.
S is the hiss of final music, your last breath coming out
your mouth like steam, when you kiss the Devil’s ass.