* WHY I OCCUPY
By Hank Finkel
|Here is why I Occupy:
I am sick of
– Trickle Down
– Stay the course
– Endless war
– Support the troops but screw the vets
– Privatized profits and socialized losses
– Corporate welfare
– Corporate personhood
– Profits before people
– Profits before planet
– Too big to fail
– Tax cuts for the rich and service cuts for the rest
– Bailouts for the banks and bank fees for the rest
We watched as American workers have been downsized, outsourced, laid off, medical bankrupted, and foreclosed upon.
We watched worker productivity and profits rise while incomes remained stagnant. We watched this once great nation put a man on the moon and now we are told that we cannot find a viable alternative energy source or a way to make green jobs viable.
We watched the Wall Street Titans, the Masters of the Universe, the 1% bring us to the brink of global financial ruin, then come hat in hand, begging for taxpayer help, before turning around to continue business and bonuses as usual. We have not seen one bankster go to jail, charged with a crime, or threatened with an investigation into possible criminal activity.
We hear “drill, baby, drill” but watch as oil washes upon our shores and entire communities & industries are wiped away. We watch as rain forests are felled, species go extinct, and radioactive material continues to seep into the Pacific Ocean.
They tell our young, if you want to get ahead, borrow money and go to college, but there is no guarantee of a job when you graduate.
We are told that we have the best health care in the world yet we have children, veterans and poor with no access to it. You want death panels? You got em! Every time a bureaucrat in a cubicle in Iowa denies treatment or diagnostic tests.
But most of all, we abhor the way money has polluted our political system preventing us from truly addressing the above grievances. We have awoken to the fact that both political parties have been bought and paid for by Big Business.
We are the young, the old, the workers and the jobless, homeowners and homeless, gay, straight, students, handicapped and able bodied, we are all faiths and we are Atheist. We are of all backgrounds and from many lands. We are men and women, fathers and mothers, sons and daughters. We are your friends and neighbors, we are your family, we are the 99% and we will be heard!
* SHOULD THE OCCUPIERS STAY OR GO?
By Rick Salutin. Common Dreams
[…] The 15-M movement began there last May 15. It wasn’t an occupation. It was a protest held in Puerta del Sol square over the economic crisis that became an overnight occupation. Then it was dismantled by authorities, then it turned into a see-saw conflict over whether they would stay or go. A month later, when they finally went, it was by choice. One veteran of 15-M (there are no leaders) said: “It was a strategic move that led to the survival of the movement.” Almost happenstantially they had evolved another preference: to fan out into districts of the city (and elsewhere in Spain) and conduct regular meetings with local residents. These then forwarded proposals to a weekly “assembly” held in the square.
If you wander around Occupy sites, like St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, England, as I did this week, you often see signs saying, Join Us. It’s hard to imagine many of the people who pass by and warily eye the huddled tents, doing so. The Madrid option in a way is the opposite. It’s: Join Them. Go into your neighborhood, try and talk with your neighbors, different as they may be from you. Listen to them as they talk to you and each other.
This is different from a campaign to simply carry the Occupy message (99 per cent versus 1 per cent, etc.) out to “the people.” Some organizers of the Occupy movements, wrote the New York Times, are heading in that direction: “trying to broaden their influence . . . by deepening their involvement in community groups.” […]
* ABOUT THAT BOOT ON YOUR THROAT …
By One Pissed Off Liberal, Daily Kos
All political thinking for years past has been vitiated in the same way. People can foresee the future only when it coincides with their own wishes, and the most grossly obvious facts can be ignored when they are unwelcome.
All across our nation people are waking up to the brutal fact of outright fascism in America. It’s nothing new to those who have been paying careful attention, but it’s no doubt a shock to many.
I posted a video recently that featured shots of Hillary Clinton and President Obama speaking out forcefully in support of protesters’ rights…in Egypt, juxtaposed with shots of out-of-control police violence being waged on Occupy protesters here in the US. And here there is silence. The hypocrisy is stunning.
For those who’d care to see it, here it is again:
“Hypocrisy has its own elegant symmetry.”
Our ‘leaders’, who have betrayed us all are poised to commit the ultimate betrayal, the final selling out of democracy and the American people.
The Senate has voted to declare the US and all of the world a combat zone and to empower the government to imprison American citizens without charge indefinitely, and to designate anyone considered ‘hostile to the interests of the US’ as enemy combatants. So will we soon see Occupy activists or Kossacks sent to Guantanamo to be tortured and held without charge? Will they be rounding up liberals and putting them in a pen? Will they just start shooting anyone who objects?
Even if President Obama vetoes this blatantly fascist bill, how far to the right is that going to shove the Overton Window? Will we be told to ‘sit down and STFU! Look what almost just happened to you!’ Will we be persuaded to accept the man-behind-the-curtains fascism in preference to the bare naked variety?
We already have cops in the street beating our children. It’s as though we had learned nothing in the last forty years. Please explain to the families of those killed at Kent State in 1970 why we are allowing this to happen. Where is the President calling out for the rights of the American protesters? Where are the demands to cease and desist this horrible violence against the best and brightest of our youth?
Cops in the street beating our children.
They were nowhere to be found when phony leaders were lying us into war. There were no cops or legal authorities anywhere around when innocent people were being systematically tortured by illegitimate and corrupt officials at the head of our government. No cops to stop election theft. No cops to stop rich assholes from buying up our government. No cops to stop Wall Street from looting the world economy. No cops guarding the Treasury.
No. To see any cops in action you need to get some innocent young kids out in the street peacefully and constitutionally (and so very rightly) protesting the wrongdoing at the highest levels of our government and society. You’ll see a million of them then. Bristling with kevlar armor and riot gear. They’ll deploy with rubber bullets, tanks, pepper spray and LRADs if they get a whiff of civil disobedience on the part of the peasantry.
Yes, nothing scares our corrupt and decadent ‘leaders’ like a simple demand for mere justice coming from the unwashed masses.
To the police: lay off the kids you shameless bastards. It takes a mighty and noble warrior to savagely pound on unarmed college kids. Where do you assholes get the fucking nerve? The ones giving you your orders are your enemy as surely as they are mine. You’re working for the wrong side. You need to join us and get on the right side of history. And you will…sooner or later.
The problem with Occupy Wall Street is that they just don’t have a clear message…or so the ignorati are prone to muse. Just mad about being the natural born losers that they are, they oft opine. They would do well to get a bath and then a job says that apex creature of the ignorati glitterati, Newt Gingrich. Oh Newt, no matter how hard we scrub we’ll never be as clean as you (ewww).
Newt of course is a paid liar and corporate prostitute willing to do or say anything for a buck. He sheds wives like a snake sheds its skin, and keeps a rolling diamond account at Tiffany’s because that’s the only way he can get laid. And he’s such a horny old toad that he fucks our country every chance he gets.
Anyone who says that the occupy movement doesn’t have a clear message is either a fool or a liar – and quite possibly both. […]
* FASCISM IN AMERICA
By Stephen Lendman
[…] In his 2003 article titled, “Fascism Anyone?” political scientist Laurence W. Britt discussed its 14 comment elements, saying:
“These basic characteristics are more prevalent and intense in some regimes than in others, but they all share some level of similarity.”
In 2003 America, decades earlier, and today, it’s present, worrisome, and growing.
Elements of Police State Fascism
(1) “Powerful and continuing expressions of nationalism,” including display flags, lapel pins, and other patriotic nationalist expressions, rally people for a common cause.
(2) “Disdain for the importance of human rights” and civil liberties, believing they hinder ruling elitist power.
(3) “Identification of enemies/scapegoats as a unifying cause,” shifting blame for failures, “channel(ling) frustration in controlled directions,” and vilifying targeted groups for political advantage.
(4) “The supremacy of the military/avid militarism,” allocating a disproportionate share of national wealth and resources for it.
(5) “Rampant sexism,” viewing women as second-class citizens.
(6) “A controlled mass media,” in public or private hands, promoting power elite policies.
(7) “Obsession with national security,” using it as an instrument of belligerence and oppression.
(8) “Religion and ruling elite tied together,” portraying themselves as military defenders of the nation’s dominant religion at the expense of one or more others, deemed inferior or threatening.
(9) “Power of corporations defended,” for economic power, military production, and social control.
(10) “Power of labor suppressed or eliminated,” leaving political and corporate dominance unchallenged.
(11) “Disdain and suppression of intellectuals and the arts,” because they represent intellectual and academic freedom, subversive to national security and political control.
(12) “Obsession with crime and punishment,” handling them by draconian criminal justice measures and practices.
(13) “Rampant cronyism and corruption,” power elites enriching themselves at the expense of others less fortunate.
(14) “Fraudulent elections,” manipulated for desired results by disenfranchising opposition voters or simply rigging the process.
All these characteristics describe America. It’s a democracy in name only. It’s run by powerful elitists for their own interests at the expense of all others.
In 2010, Noam Chomsky said:
“I’m just old enough to have heard a number of Hitler’s speeches on the radio, and I have a memory of the texture and the tone of the cheering mobs, and I have the dread sense of the dark clouds of fascism gathering” here at home.
At the time, Weimar German “was the peak of Western civilization and was regarded as a model of democracy.” How quickly things changed.
In 1928, Nazis got 2% of the vote. In 1930, millions supported them during growing hard times. Moreover, people were tired of favoring powerful interests and ignoring popular grievances. They lurched right for something better.
They succumbed to appeals about “the greatness of the nation, defending it against threats, and carrying out the will of eternal providence.” When workers, farmers, petit bourgeoisie, and Christian groups supported it, “the center very quickly collapsed.”
Echoes of that time “reverberat(e)” today, he stressed. “These are lessons to keep in mind,” especially as enactment of empowering military authorities to indefinitely detain US citizens without charge or trial draws near.
Provisions in both House and Senate FY 2012 National Defense Authorization Act versions contain authorizing language. If enacted, anyone, including US citizens, accused of present or past association with alleged terrorist groups may be indefinitely detained in military prisons without constitutional protections.
Doing so institutionalizes tyranny. Political Washington’s about to enact it. No one voicing dissent will be safe, including OWS social justice protesters.
Demanding corporatism and democracy for the few be replaced by respecting everyone’s rights equitably may be criminalized. America will have reached rock bottom.
Occupy Wall Street.com says “the only solution is World Revolution” is right because nothing else tried so far worked.
Political Washington wants freedom and resistance destroyed. Preserving them won’t come easily or quickly.
A better world is possible. Going for it is goal one
* 70 YEARS OF LYING ABOUT PEARL HARBOR
By David Swanson, OpEdNews
[…] Why does it matter? Because the legend of Pearl Harbor, re-used on 9-11, is responsible not for the destructive pro-war policies of the 1920s and the 1930s that brought World War II into being, but responsible for the permanent war mentality of the past 70 years, as well as for how World War II was escalated, prolonged, and completed.
“Disturbed in 1942,” wrote Lawrence S. Wittner, “by rumors of Nazi extermination plans, Jessie Wallace Hughan worried that such a policy, which appeared ‘natural, from their pathological point of view,’ might be carried out if World War II continued. ‘It seems that the only way to save thousands and perhaps millions of European Jews from destruction,’ she wrote, ‘would be for our government to broadcast the promise’ of an ‘armistice on condition that the European minorities are not molested any further. . . . It would be very terrible if six months from now we should find that this threat has literally come to pass without our making even a gesture to prevent it.’ When her predictions were fulfilled only too well by 1943, she wrote to the State Department and the New York Times, decrying the fact that ‘two million [Jews] have already died’ and that ‘two million more will be killed by the end of the war.’ Once again she pleaded for the cessation of hostilities, arguing that German military defeats would in turn exact reprisals upon the Jewish scapegoat. ‘Victory will not save them,’ she insisted, ‘for dead men cannot be liberated.'”
Hitler killed millions of Germans, but the allies killed as many or more, Germans ordered into battle by Hitler or Germans in the wrong place when allied bombs fell. And, as Hughan pointed out at the time, the war drove the genocide, just as the vengeful settlement of the previous war a quarter century before had fueled the hostility, the scapegoating, and the rise of Hitlerism. Out of the resistance to war by U.S. conscientious objectors would come, finally, the development of civil resistance to racial segregation in U.S. prisons that later spread to the nation outside the prisons as activists sought to duplicate their victories on a larger scale. But also out of that very worst thing our species has ever done to itself, World War II, would come the permanent military industrial complex. We would extend the power to vote to more and more Americans while, in the cruelest of jokes, transforming voting into an ever more meaningless enterprise. We would paint a fresh coat of glossy pretense on our democracy while hollowing it out from the inside, replacing it with a war machine the likes of which the planet had never seen and may not be able to survive.
* GOP SUPERCOMMITTEE MEMBER ADMITS BUSH TAX CUTS DIDN’T CREATE JOBS, CAN’T EXPLAIN WHY
By Pat Garofalo, Think Progress
Republicans this week filibustered a Democratic plan to extend a soon-to-expire payroll tax cut, objecting to the fact that the extension was paid for by implementing a small surtax on income in excess of $1 million. To justify their objection to taxing the wealthy, Republicans have revived their false claim that taxing the rich amounts to taxing small business owners and job creators.
Bloomberg’s Al Hunt asked Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI) — who represented the GOP on the fiscal supercommittee that failed to craft a deficit reduction package — to explain this viewpoint, considering that more jobs were created under the Clinton administration and its higher taxes on the rich than were created following the Bush tax cuts. Upton admitted that “I don’t know specifically the answer to that question,” nonsensically pointing to Friday’s jobs report instead of trying to argue the premise of Hunt’s question:
HUNT: Why under those pre-Bush tax cut tax rates did the economy do so well in the ‘90s? And why under the Bush tax rates, less for the wealthy, to do so poorly in this decade?
UPTON: Well, a couple things. One, spending went up, Al, the wars. I mean, that’s trillions of dollars. And also there was no change in the entitlements. And we also know –
HUNT: But that shouldn’t hurt the economy. That shouldn’t hurt economic growth.
UPTON: Yeah, but that impacts the debt and the deficit.
HUNT: But I’m asking, why did the economy grow a lot? Why were more jobs created in the previous decade under higher taxes than in this decade under lower taxes?
UPTON: I don’t know specifically the answer to that question. I can – I can maybe merit a guess. But, I mean, in large part is because our job – we lost jobs. I mean, look at the jobs report that came out this last week, three-hundred- some-thousand people actually stopped looking for jobs. […]