Let me turn my attention, for a brief moment, to those who most often resonate with my words here on my blog, or in the books that I’ve written, or […]
The notion that a world can be built on angry activism that is trying to go back to a lily-white nation will never happen. Yet, this seems to drive an ideology of the current Administration and its supporters. The perceived lily-white nation really has little to offer to the nation from those that want it. Sending a sizable portion of our workforce, that makes up a sizable portion of social security and other pay roll taxes out of the country in a sweep of police state action would devastate our economy and our basic moral compass. There are not replacement folks for most of these jobs waiting to take them. The white working class have been marginalized through a false work ethic while having their pockets picked by busting unions, sending family wage jobs overseas, and beating the drum that a healthy environment is not important. To an extent the Church has been complicit in this. That is the unreasonable right-wing fringe. It rules the right now. No one in that sad land is reasonable, or seems to care about the rule of law anymore. New Testament guiding principles and humanity have been ignored, seemingly with a deal with the devil over abortion. Far too many Representatives and Senators that used to have at least a modicum of honor and humanity have thrown it out the window for a lockstep with the current demagogue. This is the status quo. This has real fascist elements calling the shots right now. If the Central American migration tragedy is a house on fire; then the Trump and Republican solution has been to lock up the house and let the residents burn. The hue and cry of support from evangelicals for current border policy is a denunciation of the Gospel. A general amnesty is needed. Infrastructure programs direly needed around the U.S. need to employ a massive work force that shores up infrastructure and ensures a healthy environment that no longer pollutes the planet.
The left for the past thirty years has only offered Globalism and cheap prices at Walmart while wages stagnated, life expectancy has declined, and an epidemic of opioid abuse runs through working class communities–as middle class life declines or becomes non-existent in some communities. The unreasonable left-wing fringe of angry activism seems to want to enforce an equality of outcome. You can’t enforce equality of outcome. Enforcing an equality of outcome would engender fascist elements that would equal the right wing in oppression. Socialist countries that operate off a Soviet model have nothing worth emulating. I don’t want people who innovate and work their asses off and who deserve some of the pleasures of working their asses off to earn only $15 an hour. We want people who have been marginalized and must work three jobs to survive to make $15 an hour.
The billionaires and Corporations are another story. They can hire teams of lawyers to ensure they won’t pay their fair share of taxes; and they do not pay their fair share. This is the status quo. It must change. Successful Scandinavian countries formed a partnership with Billionaires and Corporations that serves everyone and eliminates dire poverty, and provides healthcare, and education. Billionaires and Corporations began to pay their fair share. This did not happen by asking nicely.
Inside each fringe both Republicans and Democrats have been spineless in reining in elements of idiocy largely because they depend on money from Billionaires and Corporations. The Democrats are spineless for not impeaching Trump and reinstating the rule of law. The Republicans are spineless for not opposing him and stopping the madness at the border.
To the extent that the Church has been complicit in this great inequality and inhumanity not to mention the tragedy of rampant pedophilia by priests and pastors there has been a hue and cry to eliminate its tax-exempt status. Right now, as children are kept in unsanitary cages ripped away from the arms of their parents who are escaping unimaginable cruelty in Central America, that may be deserved. Billionaires and Corporations and Mega Churches need to make amends.
Source: How a Democrat Killed Welfare
Question: Hi Senator Sanders, so my father’s family left Soviet Russia in 1979 fleeing from the same socialist policies you seem eager to put in this country. How do you rectify it with the failures of socialism in every country that has tried it?
Sanders: Thank you for that question. Is it your assumption that I believed in authoritarian communism that was in the Soviet Union? I haven’t, and I opposed it. I believe in a vigorous policy. You asked me about democratic socialism. Fair question, and let me answer it.I happen to believe that in the United States there is something fundamentally wrong when we have three families owning more wealth than the bottom half of American society: 160 million people. Something wrong when the top 1 percent owns more wealth than the bottom 92 percent. Something very wrong when 49 percent of all new income today is going to the top 1 percent. And something is equally wrong when we have a corrupt political system made worse by this disastrous Citizens United Supreme Court decision that allows billionaires to spend unlimited sums of money to elect candidates that represent the wealthy.
So answer number one, it’s a radical idea. Maybe not everybody agrees but I happen to believe we should have a government that represents working families and not just the 1 percent and powerful corporations. That’s point number one.
Point number two, what do I mean when I talk about democratic socialism? It’s certainly not the authoritarian communism that existed in the Soviet Union.
This is what it means. It means that we cherish among other things our bill of rights. Franklin Roosevelt made this point. In 1944 in a State of the Union address that never got a lot of attention, this is what he said basically. A very profound speech. He said we got a great Constitution. Bill of Rights protects your freedom of religion, freedom of assembly, freedom of speech, but it doesn’t protect and guarantee you economic rights. So let me be honest with you, I believe in a democratic civilized society health care is a human right. Government should make that happen.
I believe that every young person in this country regardless of his or her income has the right to get all the education they need.That’s why I have fought hard with some success to move toward making public colleges and universities tuition free and very substantially reduce student debt. And I believe there’s something wrong when you have millions of families paying 40 or 50 percent of their limited incomes to put a roof over their heads and that millions of working class families, young parents cannot find quality and affordable child care.
So we have to address the very, very rich getting richer and middle class struggling and 40 million living in poverty. It means to me that we expand Medicare and provide educational opportunity for all Americans. We rebuild our crumbling infrastructure. In other words, government serves the needs of all people rather than just wealthy campaign contributors. That’s what it means to me.