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It's Not President Obama's Democratic Party Anymore
It's not President Obama's Democratic party anymore. He's not running for office this November and there will be another nominee. Indeed, under his "leadership" of not "allowing" what the people really want he has converted about the biggest congressional majorities the Democrats ever had into about the smallest minorities.
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Keep Opposing It: Why The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Is So Bad, For Those Who Are Asking
As long as we have been fighting the TPP, the corporate interests pushing it have never relented either, and only need one moment of inattentiveness or complacency on our part to do their dirty work. Most troubling is the fact that the Democratic party platform has now given a green light blessing for its members of Congress to go rogue in defiance of the clear will of the people.
OUTRAGEOUS! DNC Platform Refuses To Take A Stand On TPP. Tell Them Off!
The snaky language they voted through for the platform says that there are "a diversity of views" in the Democratic party on the TPP. Given that every Democratic candidate for president SAYS they oppose it, the only diversity we can see is between the bought off paid off corporate creeps and their supposed constituents.
The Despicable False Narrative Of Violence In NV
We're being bombarded with a conspiratorial narrative that there was some orgy of violence, and we'll give you two wild guesses about why. It is the corporate media, and those in the Clinton camp, spinning the narrative to try to take down Bernie Sanders, who cannot
condemn violence enough times, and in enough different ways, to even be heard once.
Bombshell Revelation From Benghazi Committee, And It's Not One The Republicans Wanted
It seems that among other things on Hillary Clinton's email server, she inherited former Secretary of State Colin Powell's email files. And tucked away in there was a memo for a secret summit documenting that Blair had some great PR ideas about how they were going to sell the war they were going to launch regardless. And this was all a full year before they broke all the pottery in stock at the Middle Eastern Pottery Barn.
Tuesday, October 6, 2015(27 comments)
A Bold Proposal For Comprehensive Gun Regulation
From most of our timid politicians we've heard much hand wringing after one gun massacre after another, from some various constructive proposals, but no actual comprehensive plan frankly from anyone. After much input from our participants, here's our own proposal in the form of an action page, which no law-abiding gun owner should have any objection to, though it is bold, and novel in a number of aspects.
Friday, April 11, 2014(3 comments)
The Dangerous Folly Of Campaign Finance Reform Legislation Now
We've gotten multiple mail solicitations in the last couple days for some petition calling for "comprehensive" campaign finance reform OR constitutional amendment to "reverse" McCutcheon, with the emphasis on the former. The problem is that the Supreme Court has made itself perfectly clear. Any attempt to undo what they are doing, and they will strike DOWN your comprehensive campaign finance reform just as comprehensively.
Sunday, March 30, 2014(39 comments)
Who Will Save The Democrats From Themselves?
Last week Nate Silver gave his assessment that the Democrats had a 60% chance of losing the Senate in the next election. Considering the fact that Democratic leaders were bragging last time about how Silver always got it right, this is an ominous sign. The one and only hope the Democrats have is to put everything behind a constitutional amendment to reverse the Citizens United corporate personhood decision.
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Easy Write A Letter To The Editor Protesting Trans Pacific Partnership
They are trying in the secret Trans Pacific Partnership to give corporations veto power over the national laws of any country on pollution, labor, privacy and everything else? But with this new easy write a letter to your newspaper editor we can create the publicity to stop them.
Monday, October 14, 2013
Stop The Shutdown Merry-Go-Round
When the latest shutdown started, Michelle Bachmann was quoted as saying the Republicans had never been merrier. We, the people of the United States, are not merry. The shutdown merry-go-round must stop.
Saturday, October 5, 2013(1 comments)
Chump Change: Our New Corporate Health Care System
While the health care bill's strongest defenders are bragging that they can save a hundred dollars or whatever, America continues to pay . . . continues to pay . . . CONTINUES to pay more than twice as much as any developed first world country in the world for their health care. These are chump corporate discounts, folks, for anyone with the integrity to admit it.
Monday, September 9, 2013(3 comments)
The Dead Bodies They Won't Show Us Pictures Of
In a last gasp attempt to try to inflame the American people and its Congress into our own irrational act of international murder in Syria, the administration has flooded our media with pictures of dead bodies. Do they really think all they have to do is show us some bodies lined up in burial shrouds and like Pavlov's mad dogs we will all start foaming at the mouth for war?
The Red Line For Impeachment In Syria
Kerry contends that Assad was warned that use of chemical weapons was a red line not to be crossed. but he did so anyway. We warn President Obama that rogue executive action to launch an attack is an equally clear red line, and he dare not cross it, and we WILL call for accountability and shame on us if we don't.
Monday, January 21, 2013(4 comments)
Unblocking The Pipe (Stop The Filibuster, Part 5)
The most important thing to recognize is that the only thing that has ever forced any movement on filibuster reform has been the threat to change it unilaterally. There have been many attempts to reform the filibuster, but only when the Senate was completely fed up and ready to invoke the so-called "constitutional option" has anything ever actually happened.
Sunday, January 20, 2013
Robert's Rules Of Disorder (Stop The Filibuster, Part 4)
Some may think that because Robert's so-called Rules of Order include a procedure that resembles an attempted cloture vote (to cut off a filibuster) that this was some time honored tradition from the same era as our Constitution. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Pirates Of The Constitution (Stop The Filibuster, Part 3)
It was not until at least 50 years after the Constitutional Convention that some perverse senators had the evil idea of exploiting an inadvertent defect in the rules to hijack the process . . . pirates of the Constitution. And that is exactly how they were viewed at the time.
We Need A Million People To Stop The Filibuster
We need a million people to submit the action page to Stop The Filibuster. But Now that the Democrats are talking like they will actually move to reform filibuster abuse, the Republicans are threatening to completely shut down the Senate in vengeful retaliation. Isn't that the status quo? Isn't that why the filibuster must be abolished in the first place? Isn't that why we must all speak out now?
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Where Do We Go Forward To From Here, Post Election??
Unless we get cracking right now, and advocate for policy change in voices that WILL NOT be ignored, in another two years we will again be faced with a choice between candidates hard to defend and even greater evils. This is our three part plan on how to proceed going forward.
Saturday, January 21, 2012(1 comments)
MTV (Viacom Inc.) REFUSES Ad For The Last War Crime Movie
In an astonishing act of corporate arrogance, MTV (Viacom Inc.) refuses to accept an ad for the new feature length film, "The Last War Crime", and admits in the same breath that it is an act of political censorship of the film itself, not just of one particular ad.
YouTube Censors the Waterboarding Scene from The Last War Crime movie
Though still not even in official release, YouTube is already trying
to suppress "The Last War Crime," a new full-length feature film
about indicting Dick Cheney for torture. And by the way, isn't that
something billions of people want to see? But YouTube does not want their
visitors to see the preview clip of the waterboarding scene from the movie, and a protest is mobilizing against their censorship.
Dead Political Party Walking
The Democratic party as a viable political power force is finished for at least the next election cycle. Stick a fork in it, it's done. We see no scenario of possible recovery from this. It's over. The only reason they did not lose back the Senate in round one is because only a third of the seats were in play. The rest they will lose the next time for sure.
The Synchronized Surrender Squad, A.K.A. The Democratic Progressive Caucus
Those of us who have so-called progressives supposedly representing us in Congress have cause to complain the loudest. More than sixty of them declared in no uncertain terms last fall that NO bill would pass without a strong "public option". Instead, they did the opposite, working en masse to drag anybody who would hold out back into their slime pit of cowardice.
The Most AWESOME Political Force In The Country . . . And It's YOU!!
What most people do not realize is that as of this moment the MOST
visited web site on the planet is Facebook, bigger even than Google.
That is where the people are, that is where the people are going
(independent of anything we do), and THAT is why we MUST mobilize
The Great American Stupid Test
Once in a while, actually quite frequently lately, a politician will say something so idiotic on its face that it becomes a test of the national credulity. For example, when they tell us they will really, really try to pass a public option later.
Hope Is Dead, Long Live Independent Activism
We are calling for all citizens of the United to declare that under no circumstance will they vote for any candidate associated with either the Democratic or Republican parties, and that we instead dedicate our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor, to electing worthy independents who can demonstrate a lifetime of public policy advocacy on behalf of the people.
"The Medicare Option": Let People Under 65 Buy Into Medicare
There IS an option that could redeem even the Senate health insurance bill in consideration, presuming we get an iron clad commitment up front that it will be done. And that is to provide that people younger than 65 should be permitted the OPTION of buying into the Medicare.
Sunday, March 7, 2010(17 comments)
The Democratic Party's Plan To THROW The Next Couple Elections
To understand the current political dynamic, first you must understand that the Democrats are PLANNING on losing the next couple election cycles. UNTIL you understand that, the events to unfold in the next couple years (unless you act to derail them) will make no sense to you.
Ask Your Medical Corporation CEO If Being An Indentured Debt Slave Is Right For You
All the "hope" in the world is not going to result in the slightest bit of real progressive policy change. NO, for that YOU must ACTIVELY speak out and KEEP doing it. Put down your "Yes, We Can" coffee mug and step away from the slick corporate con job. Submit this action page now, which includes a special custom function to pipe your personal comments directly to the new White House questions form.
Sunday, February 21, 2010(1 comments)
The Supreme Court 5 Insist They Were Right All Along ... Far, Far, Extreme, Off The Deep End Right
This is the 5th installment of our legal analysis of the various inexcusable errors in the EDICT by five Supreme Court wolves to rip apart limits on corporate influence on the people's elections. So if you are getting the impression that some law school could build an entire semester's lecture course around EVERYTHING that is wrong with this case, as a text book example of bad legal work, it is because they could.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
The Supreme Court 5, Baking Fresh Fact Pretzels Every Day On Corporate Personhood
This is the fourth in our series of critical analyses of the many twisted aspects of the decision by five judicial radicals on the Supreme Court to throw our democracy over the side of the ship of corporate state. We continue our examination of the factual funny business that now purports to pass as a Supreme Court decision, again with specific citations to pages of the opinion itself.
Five Supreme Court Judges Do Da Corporate Takeover Hustle, And They Must Be Stopped
This the second in a series of action alerts about the fundamental willful and pernicious errors underlying the decision by 5 agenda driven right wing judges on the Supreme Court to gut all restraints on corporate meddling in our elections. Each of these successive alerts will analyze additional derelict aspects of this shameful and truly dangerous decision, to further demonstrate why we the people must reverse it.
Did You Get Our Message, Tuesday?!
What is it with the Democrats really? Is this some kind of senseless, unilateral mass suicide thing? In the space of a mere year they have gone from one of the most compelling mandates for real progressive change in American history, to trying to stuff a "much more of the same" bill down their constituents' throats, a bill so universally despised that if Ted Kennedy were still alive even HE would be crying foul.