I first met John Powell a.k.a. Johnny Skatepunk circa 1984-85 via the underground Carbondale punk rock scene. Places like Airwaves or Cafe Flesh that featured bands like The Hip Chemists, Your Mother’s Lover, Nice Boys From Good Homes, Life Without Art, The Jesus Guys, Blood Stained Tool, and The Coffee Achievers.
Johnny went on to become a scientist and an avid sailor. While the political establishment considers the Bernie Sanders Green New Deal plan to be too radical, Johnny echos a fragment of discouraged scientists that believe it may already be too late to mitigate #ClimateEmergency. He related his personal experiences in Antarctica to his skepticism, though he remains in favor of making the boldest effort possible to save ourselves.
These are iphone videos are from my visit with Johnny while canvassing North Chicago to get on the ballot as part of my run for Congress in IL-10.
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.