Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Lebanese woman singer speaks on Zionism and religious extremism

This is a very powerful statement from a Lebanese woman. I don't know much about her but did find the comments interesting on Youtube. The Zionists as we have said before on this blog, are not only a catastrophe for the Palestinians, and if they have their way a catastrophe for the entire region with their warmongering, racist philosophy, they are a catastrophe for the Jewish people as well.

San Leandro and the charade of the Town Hall Meeting

by Richard Mellor
Afscme Local 444, retired

I attended a Town Hall meeting tonight to hear Rob Bonta, a Democrat in the California State Assembly. We should be clear. These meetings are not in the mold of the Town Hall meetings that took place during the American revolutionary era,  just the opposite.  They are structured events, political theater where the politicians from the two Wall Street parties like Bonta can act like they actually care about the average person.

The meeting was only scheduled to last an hour and started about 20 minutes behind schedule. I didn’t expect much from a Democratic Party politician but was motivated by a colleague to go along anyway.

There were about 17 people there, maybe 20. Jim Prola a city council member was also present and some other Democratic Party characters I’m not familiar with. When we add the cops there was perhaps 25 people.

I sat there for 40 minutes or so listening to Bonta drone on about the successes he has had in the state legislature and how good things have become since the end of the Great Recession. He said something about him and his party’s efforts returning some social services to the “High levels that existed before the Recession.” “ High levels” Is that so?

He talked of how he had campaigned to get drivers licenses for ex cons. I seem to recall him saying something about them being able to pursue a profession more easily.  The reality of course is that the best that will do is help them get to the unemployment office a little easier where they will get one of those $10 an hour jobs if they’re lucky, or maybe two of them if they’re even luckier, especially if one has some benefit plan.

He boasted about how the Democrats minimum wage plan has “kicked off” a national campaign conveniently leaving out the fast food campaign, the election of a socialist to Seattle City council that has highlighted the issue and the general mood among the low waged that something has to be done. Oh, and he seems to have forgotten the Occupy Movement which has brought some minor changes in its wake as the state responded with the carrot and the stick.

Bonta made sure to include Hilary Clinton in his cheerleading speech pointing out that the Hilary, Bill and Chelsea (not Chelsea Manning) Foundation was doing good work and he was partnering with it in Oakland. That Hilary and Bill are among the top recipients of Goldman Sachs bribes seemed to escape him as did Hilary’s contribution to the struggle for paid maternity leave in the US, the only industrialized nation that doesn’t have it.  Hilary has made it very clear that she supports paid maternity leave----------“eventually”*

Any politician representing the interests of workers and the middle class would have to be concerned that only 17 or so people would show up at a “Town Hall” meeting.  But these folks are happy with that. In fact, these meetings, like regular council meetings are designed to keep people away.  The audience was mostly, though not exclusively older and white; no youth, hardly any people of color.

As you see in the video, I was ushered out by the cops. I had a beer with lunch 6 hours or so earlier and one of the cops, the most aggressive one physically, smelled it and tried to intimidate me by threatening to arrest me. But it does suggest we don’t drink for 24 hours before a city council meeting like eating before communion.

Jim Prola, a city council member and former co-worker of mine and, was there as well.  He told me he “likes” Bonta. I am sure he does. I was at a Town Hall meeting about ten days earlier to speak against a tax increase all the council members support, a sales tax that will affect the poorest among us.  The city councilors at that meeting all spoke in favor of it and how it was going to save us all, along with the increased sales tax proposed by the county. We will have good roads etc.  Prola waxed eloquent as they all did about the private sector and the need to bring businesses to our town, especially hi-tech.  They want to make san Leandro the silicon valley of the East Bay. The reality is, no matter what these people say, they are all representatives of business. We have no workers representatives on these bodies.

The hypocrisy of these characters has no bounds.  Being a retired public utility worker like myself Prola has a pension most workers can only dream of.  I know as I have a similar public sector pension.  Coupled with social security it is a decent living barring a medical crisis. This is why the two Wall Street parties as representatives of the 1% want to eliminate the public sector unions and the benefits we receive, wages, benefits and pensions that everyone should have. We should not be ashamed of a pension we can live on; it should be expanded to every worker.

I am fortunate enough to have had a union and to have worked in the public sector.  I’m not hypocritical to the point that I could champion market forces and the private sector knowing that it is public employment that has given me a decent life.

Oh, yes. Bonta also forgot mention Gaza. The US Congress supports the present genocidal assault 100%, this includes a local politician Barbara Lee a darling of the liberals as does Rand Paul, the Libertarian. They are war criminals, all of them.

At the Town Hall a week or so ago when I spoke against th tax increase I made it clear in a conversation with a worker who happened to wander in there and felt he should support it that it’s not that I can’t afford it.  It’s a matter of principle. I am opposed to taxes on workers and the middle class as well as community business.

At some point we have to mobilize our forces and go after the folks with the money and they don’t live in our neighborhoods.

*Business Week, 7-21-14

Obama, oil and gas criminals, target east coast.

Unless capitalism is overthrown it will destroy life on earth as we know it. We print below a statement from the environmental group Oceana. Obama Admin. Clears Way for Dynamite-Like Blasts to Search for Oil & Gas Off East Coast, Ignores Local Opposition & Threats to Fisheries, Economies & Marine Mammals.

Oceana Says Limited Protections Don’t Go Far Enough

July 18, 2014

Contact:
 Dustin Cranor ( dcranor@oceana.org | 954-348-1314, 954-348-1314 (cell))
Amelia Vorpahl ( avorpahl@oceana.org | 202-467-1968, 202-476-0632 (cell))




WASHINGTON – Today, the Obama administration released a decision authorizing the use of dynamite-like blasts to search for oil and gas deposits deep below the ocean floor in an area twice the size of California, stretching from Delaware to Florida. While the decision includes limited protections for species like the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale, of which there are less than 500 left worldwide, Oceana says they do not go far enough to combat the threats posed to fisheries, economies and marine mammals.
Oceana campaign director Claire Douglass released the following statement in response to the decision:
“For more than 30 years, the Atlantic coast has been off limits to offshore drilling. Today, our government appears to be folding to the pressure of Big Oil and its big money.
The use of seismic airguns is the first step to expanding dirty and dangerous offshore drilling to the Atlantic Ocean, bringing us one step closer to another disaster like the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. During this process, our government will jeopardize the health of large numbers of dolphins and whales as well as commercial and recreational fisheries, tourism and coastal recreation – putting more than 730,000 jobs in the blast zone at risk.
According to the government’s own estimates, these dynamite-like blasts could injure and possibly kill up to 138,200 marine mammals, while disrupting the necessary activities of millions more. Impacts to marine mammals could include everything from temporary or permanent hearing loss, to disruption of vital behaviors like communicating, feeding, mating, calving and migrating, and masking of biologically important sounds.
The Obama administration has apparently learned nothing from the destruction that similar testing has caused off the coasts ofNamibiaAustralia and Madagascar, which resulted in declines in tuna catch, decreased productivity of the scallop fishery and melon-headed whales being scared into a shallow lagoon where they later died. They seem to be ignoring the voices of concern and opposition from more than 50 Members of Congress, over 100 scientists, 16 coastal towns, 78 local elected officials, 163 conservation and animal welfare organizations, and commercial and recreational fishing groups.
Seismic airguns create one of the loudest manmade sounds in the ocean, each 100,000 times more intense than what one would experience if standing near a jet engine. These dynamite-like blasts will occur every 10 seconds, for days to weeks at a time. They are loud enough to kill small organisms like fish eggs and larvae at close ranges and can disrupt the behavior of large animals like whales and dolphins from up to 100 miles away.
The government has not developed adequate closure areas to protect the migratory corridor and nursery of the right whale, the rarest large whale species. Our government has also failed to consider safer alternative technologies such as marine vibroseis, which is quieter than seismic airguns and has less impact on marine mammals.
We believe that the federal government should reinitiate the environmental review process to include the best available science before determining whether to move forward with permitting this dangerous activity off the East Coast. There’s simply too much at stake. 
With today’s decision President Obama is bowing to pressure from Big Oil rather than listening to the thousands of voices calling on him to protect our natural resources and coastal economies.
Instead of deepening our dependence on fossil fuels, the Obama administration should remain committed to developing clean and renewable energy sources such as offshore wind.”    
Background:
Over the past several months, 16 coastal towns have passed local resolutions opposing or voicing concern with the use of seismic airguns along the East Coast (Cape Canaveral, FL, Cocoa Beach, FL, St. Augustine, FL, St. Petersburg, FL, Carolina Beach, NC, Caswell Beach, NC, Kill Devil Hills, NC, Manteo, NC, Nags Head, NC, Oak Island, NC, Southport, NC, St. James, NC, Sunset Beach, NC, Topsail Beach, NC, Bradley Beach, NJ and Red Bank, NJ). An additional 78 local elected officials160 conservation and animal welfare organizations as well as The Billfish Foundation and The International Game Fish Association have joined the mounting opposition against their use.
Oceana has also delivered more than 100,000 petitions opposing seismic airguns to the director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, as well as more than 50 members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, also called on President Obama to stop the use of seismic airguns last year.
In February, more than 100 scientists called on President Obama and his administration to wait on new acoustic guidelines for marine mammals, which are currently in development by the National Marine Fisheries Service. These guidelines are 15 years in the making and aim to provide a better understanding of how marine mammals are impacted by varying levels of manmade sound, as well as demonstrate the measures that are needed to protect them. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and eight additional U.S. senators also sent a letter to DOI Secretary Sally Jewell urging her to hold off on issuing the recent administrative decision until all of the best available science, including these new acoustic guidelines, could be incorporated.
Oceana recently released a new short documentary titled “Drill, Spill, Repeat?” which commemorates the four year anniversary of the BP oil disaster and chronicles the ongoing struggles facing Gulf communities, economies and ecosystems. To learn more about the film and to watch the trailer and full-length video, please visit www.drillspillrepeat.org.
For more information about Oceana’s efforts, please visit www.Oceana.org/Seismic
Oceana is the largest international advocacy group working solely to protect the world’s oceans. Oceana wins policy victories for the oceans using science-based campaigns. Since 2001, we have protected over 1.2 million square miles of ocean and innumerable sea turtles, sharks, dolphins and other sea creatures. More than 600,000 supporters have already joined Oceana. Global in scope, Oceana has offices in North, South and Central America and Europe. To learn more, please visit www.oceana.org

Hamas kill Israeli soldier as death toll mounts. US Congress 100% behind slaughter




by Richard Mellor
Afscme Local 444

This is a video of the Hamas military arm I believe killing an Israeli soldier and taking his weapon. it was shown on Israeli TV as well I think.  I have been lucky enough not to have been placed in  such a position, having to kill another human being.

I imagine that it would not be difficult for me where I in a Gazan's shoes managing to get a hold of an Israeli soldier after Israel has rained hell on my community, or more accurately the camp that I am a prisoner in 

As of this morning another 60 Palestinians have been killed, according to local health officials,  after a ferocious barrage of some 60 airstrikes. So far, according to reports, 1,137 Palestinians, mostly civilians have been killed this month compared to 56 Israeli's, 53 of them soldiers and three civilians including a Thai migrant worker. Israeli F16's even bombed the monument to the victims of the  Mavi Marmara aid flotilla attack in May 2010. An F16 hit the home of one family killing 20. 

The Zionists are intent on destroying the already weak superstructure that keeps Palestinians in Gaza alive, last night's attacks hit the power plant. Gazan's of course have no means to defend themselves against F16's tanks, ships, drones and the high tech Israeli military.  Despite this, and the huge disparity between the two sides militarily, the Palestinian population of Gaza have shown incredible courage and resilience, they are after all, fighting a foe intent on ethnic cleansing the entire area, a foe guided by the most extreme racist philosophy.

We have a saying in the US "Live Free or Die", it is the official motto of the state of New Hampshire. It is ironic that the Zionists, heading a Jewish state, have mastered the Nazi mode of slaughter and oppression in the 21st century and that they are able to do so with the financial, political and military backing of the US government.  "Live Free or Die" doesn't apply outside of the US border I guess and neither does Jesus it seems as so many American Christians ask their god to bless only them.  I don't think the modern US nation state existed back then did it?

My father was a prisoner in Japan for almost 4 years. He was caught in Hong Kong in 1939. I remember him telling me about an incident where a Japanese soldier through has experience loading ships was killed by a falling crate. He had shoved my father aside rudely to show him how it was done, he wasn't moving fast enough apparently. My father could have warned him and saved his life but didn't.

I could see the look of glee in my dad's eyes when he told me that story.  But he wasn't a bad man. He never taught me to hate the Japanese.  Just the opposite.We behave according to our conditions.

I am sure the Palestinian soldiers that killed that Israeli soldier, a representative of a state that occupies their lands and in fact drives them from their lands while importing the most right wing religious fanatics to occupy them, I am sure these small successes give them strength to carry on against overwhelming odds as the Pentagon funds and supports the Zionists.  "Live Free or Die" as we say over here.

I was equally pleased to read in Haaretz that Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem along with the famed Spanish director Pedro Almodavar and others have signed an open letter  condemning the Zionist slaughter on a civilian population, overwhelmingly children, as well as the continuing occupation of Palestinian land.  The letter also calls for an end to the blockade that has gone on for ten years.   There have also been demonstrations in Tel Aviv against the invasion also, this is uplifting news. Zionism is a catastrophe for the Jewish people, many of whom are disgusted by this.

Javier Bardem wrote in another letter that, "In the horror happening right now in Gaza there is NO place for distance or neutrality."  

This is absolutely the truth.  The entire US congress are war criminals in that they are 100% behind this genocide

The right wing anti-union politician Rand Paul who in safer times has taken an anti-war stance and criticized aid to Israel reveals what a hypocrite he is when one has to swim against the stream, "No one should question Israel's actions in a time of war."
 
We have an obligation as human beings to stand against the Zionists, do what we can and call it what it is, genocide.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Israel's US Lobby Is Trying to Reverse the Tide of Public Opinion

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Israel has a serious public relations problem. It is a nuclear armed state with the eleventh strongest military in the world, equipped by the U.S. (at taxpayer expense) with some of its most modern and lethal weapons.

Gaza is not a state. It has no military. But it is one of the most densely populated areas in the world, with 1.8 million people living in an area the size of Philadelphia. 43% of its population is under fifteen; 64% under 25.*  Israel has blockaded Gaza since 2007, holding its population captive in what has become the world's largest open air prison - deprived of adequate food, housing, electricity, water, sanitation, building materials and other necessities of life.  

Let your member of Congress know you support an immediate cease-fire, the withdrawal of Israel troops from Gaza and the lifting of the Israeli blockade, and that you oppose House Concurrent Resolution 107. If not prepared to vote against it, they can simply skip the vote. Call toll-free 1-855-68 NO WAR (1-855-686-6927)
The American public has been shocked by the slaughter unfolding in Gaza.  As of July 27th, more than 1000 killed, of whom 76% are civilians, 23% children.  6233 Palestinians have been wounded (31% children, 19% women).**

Five children have been killed or wounded every hour since July 8th when the Israeli military was unleashed.  By comparison, Israel has suffered 46 dead, of whom 43 were soldiers.  

215,000 Gazans have been displaced. Homes of 22,200 have been totally destroyed; homes of another 147,000 have been damaged. 130 schools and 22 hospitals and health centers have been shelled or bombed. 194,000 traumitized children exposed to death or injury of family members, or loss of their homes are in urgent need of pyschosocial support. Water, sanitation and power generating plants have been destroyed or damaged.**
Let your member of Congress know you support an immediate cease-fire, the withdrawal of Israel troops from Gaza and the lifting of the Israeli blockade, and that you oppose House Concurrent Resolution 107. If not prepared to vote against it, they can simply skip the vote. Call toll-free 1-855-68 NO WAR (1-855-686-6927)
Israel's occupation is illegal. It's collective punishment of civilians, and targeting schools and hospitals are war crimes. It's disproportionate response to rockets launched against it (largely without effect) is a war crime. As the occupying power of the Gaza Strip, Israel has an obligation and a duty to protect the civilians under its occupation. Israel denies Palestinians the right to govern and protect themselves, while simultaneously invoking the right to self-defense and declaring war on them.***

The American-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) is Israel's Zionist lobby, fundraiser and cheerleader in the U.S. AIPAC has a problem. Public opinion is turning against Israel's apartheid-like treatment of Palestinians, it's siege of Gaza and the slaughter of Gaza's civilians. AIPAC is now trying to use its considerable lobbying power to push for adoption of H. Con. Res. 107 - a measure that turns reality on its head. 

It accuses Hamas of using civilians as human shields in violation of international humanitarian law - a classic case of 'blame the victim'. 

It accuses Hamas of storing its rockets (many of which are homemade) in populated areas. But most of Gaza is heavily populated. Hamas has no bases on which to store arms. Under international law, civilian homes, schools, mosques and health centers may not be targeted unless they are actively used to launch rockets.***

Israel deliberately provoked this war with Hamas. Without producing a shred of evidence, it accused Hamas of kidnapping and murdering three settlers near Hebron. Four weeks and almost 700 lives later, Israel has yet to produce any evidence demonstrating Hamas’s involvement. During ten days of Operation Brother’s Keeper in the West Bank, Israel arrested approximately 800 Palestinians without charge or trial, killed nine civilians and raided nearly 1,300 residential, commercial and public buildings. Its military operation targeted Hamas members released during the Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange in 2011. It’s these Israeli provocations that precipitated the Hamas rocket fire.***


Let your member of Congress know you support an immediate cease-fire, the withdrawal of Israel troops from Gaza and the lifting of the Israeli blockade, and that you oppose House Concurrent Resolution 107. If not prepared to vote against it, they can simply skip the vote. Call toll-free 1-855-68 NO WAR (1-855-686-6927)

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These are the AIPAC-influenced co-sponsors of H. Con. Res. 107:
[If your member has already signed on, ask them to withdraw their co-sponsorship.]
Rep Kennedy, Joseph P. III [MA-4] - 7/22/2014
Rep Kilmer, Derek [WA-6] - 7/22/2014
Rep Kuster, Ann M. [NH-2] - 7/24/2014
Rep Lance, Leonard [NJ-7] - 7/22/2014
Rep Lowenthal, Alan S. [CA-47] - 7/18/2014
Rep Lowey, Nita M. [NY-17] - 7/24/2014
Rep Marino, Tom [PA-10] - 7/17/2014
Rep McCarthy, Carolyn [NY-4] - 7/24/2014
Rep McHenry, Patrick T. [NC-10] - 7/24/2014
Rep McKinley, David B. [WV-1] - 7/18/2014
Rep Meadows, Mark [NC-11] - 7/17/2014
Rep Mica, John L. [FL-7] - 7/22/2014
Rep Murphy, Patrick [FL-18] - 7/22/2014
Rep Nadler, Jerrold [NY-10] - 7/24/2014
Rep Pearce, Stevan [NM-2] - 7/23/2014
Rep Perry, Scott [PA-4] - 7/17/2014
Rep Poe, Ted [TX-2] - 7/24/2014
Rep Polis, Jared [CO-2] - 7/25/2014
Rep Price, Tom [GA-6] - 7/24/2014
Rep Schakowsky, Janice D. [IL-9] - 7/24/2014
Rep Schneider, Bradley S. [IL-10] - 7/25/2014
Rep Schwartz, Allyson Y. [PA-13] - 7/25/2014
Rep Simpson, Michael K. [ID-2] - 7/25/2014
Rep Sires, Albio [NJ-8] - 7/24/2014
Rep Stockman, Steve [TX-36] - 7/23/2014
Rep Vargas, Juan [CA-51] - 7/23/2014
Rep Wasserman Schultz, Debbie [FL-23] - 7/17/2014
Rep Waxman, Henry A. [CA-33] - 7/23/2014
Rep Weber, Randy K. Sr. [TX-14] - 7/17/2014
Rep Wilson, Frederica S. [FL-24] - 7/25/2014
Rep Wolf, Frank R. [VA-10] - 7/22/2014
Rep Young, Todd C. [IN-9] - 7/23/2014
Rep Bachus, Spencer [AL-6] - 7/25/2014
Rep Bear, Ami [CA-7] - 7/23/2014
Rep Bilirakis, Gus M. [FL-12] - 7/17/2014
Rep Brown, Corrine [FL-5] - 7/25/2014
Rep Capito, Shelley Moore [WV-2] - 7/22/2014
Rep Chabot, Steve [OH-1] - 7/17/2014
Rep Cicilline, David N. [RI-1] - 7/17/2014
Rep Collins, Doug [GA-9] - 7/23/2014
Rep Conaway, K. Michael [TX-11] - 7/23/2014
Rep Connolly, Gerald E. [VA-11] - 7/24/2014
Rep Cook, Paul [CA-8] - 7/17/2014
Rep Cotton, Tom [AR-4] - 7/23/2014
Rep Crenshaw, Ander [FL-4] - 7/23/2014
Rep DeSantis, Ron [FL-6] - 7/23/2014
Rep Deutch, Theodore E. [FL-21] - 7/16/2014
Rep Diaz-Balart, Mario [FL-25] - 7/17/2014
Rep Duffy, Sean P. [WI-7] - 7/17/2014
Rep Fincher, Stephen Lee [TN-8] - 7/24/2014
Rep Frankel, Lois [FL-22] - 7/17/2014
Rep Franks, Trent [AZ-8] - 7/24/2014
Rep Gabbard, Tulsi [HI-2] - 7/17/2014
Rep Gosar, Paul A. [AZ-4] - 7/24/2014
Rep Grayson, Alan [FL-9] - 7/24/2014
Rep Griffin, Tim [AR-2] - 7/24/2014
Rep Hall, Ralph M. [TX-4] - 7/23/2014
Rep Harris, Andy [MD-1] - 7/24/2014
Rep Hastings, Alcee L. [FL-20] - 7/22/2014
Rep Higgins, Brian [NY-26] - 7/23/2014
Rep Hunter, Duncan D. [CA-50] - 7/22/2014
Rep Israel, Steve [NY-3] - 7/23/2014
Rep Johnson, Bill [OH-6] - 7/24/2014
Rep Joyce, David P. [OH-14] - 7/22/2014

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Robert Reich: Ryan's poverty plan a "serious one"


Haven't we heard this before?  Fool me once.
By Richard Mellor
Afscme Local 444, retired

It is no wonder American workers and the middle class, perhaps more than the population of any other advanced capitalist economy, have nothing but disdain for politicians. It is a natural response to having very limited choices when it comes to voting and political parties.

We have seen the decline in living standards over the years no matter which party is in power.  The Democrats controlled both houses and the presidency during the Carter years and also during the first two years of the Clinton’s first term.

It is easier for this writer to read their views than to actually watch them on TV it’s so unsavory. I caught Hilary Clinton on TV the other day talking about foreign policy and everyone knows US foreign policy is a catastrophe, especially for its weaker victims.

But I caught a few minutes on ABC ‘s “This Week” today as standard bearers from the two Wall Street parties talked about the Paul Ryan plan for dealing with poverty. Robert Reich, a major theoretician of capitalism and part of the administration that brought us NAFTA and threw working class women off of welfare, says Ryan’s plan for dealing with poverty in the US is a “serious one”.  Reich goes even further saying that “….frankly, I’m very impressed.”  Donna Brazille, the Democratic Party strategist welcomes the plan too excepting that it leaves out raising the minimum wage, something panelist SE Cupp from CNN, obviously a Republican, says won’t solve poverty. Apparently we must not be as concerned about take home pay as these folks are about take home profits.

Of course, doubling one’s pay is definitely an improvement, but he Democrats with their calls for a higher minimum wage and the Republicans, saddled as they are with the extreme right wing Tea Party types, are responding to the mood and increasing anger that exists beneath the surface of US society as poverty grows and the inequality gap widens.
Those I have referred to in the past as the New Populists, types like Reich and Warren, are the more insidious danger.

What we see here is representatives of US capitalism bickering among themselves over how best to undermine radicalism among workers and the poor and derail any independent social or political movement of the working class.  It’s all about “Dialogue” between Democrats and Republicans and “reaching across the aisle.”  Genuine workers’ political representatives would not be trying to “reach” any sort of consensus with these people except one that was forced on them by the power of the movement on the ground, in the workplace, communities and schools. Or, in another scenario, forced on our movement due to the balance of class forces at any given time. In other words, when we are force to retreat in order to strengthen our forces for the next offensive.

This much most workers understand which is why we have withdrawn from the political arena in the millions; workers are not fooled by this gathering of thieves.  Reich and Warren and others like them will be welcomed by the liberals for their salvation as they cannot envisage that workers can lead or govern society and cling to the non-existent liberal wing of the capitalist class in desperation. The new populists will say what the liberals want to hear, but no solution will come from this camp. It is the united and independent movement of the working class and direct action tactics that will drive back their austerity agenda.

One of the most revered of the liberal politicians is Barbara Lee here in California. She was completely absent as transit workers went through a summer of hell last year defending their standard of living. She also claims to be a friend of the Palestinians in their struggle for survival against the genocidal onslaught the Zionists are waging in Gaza yet she voted to give the Zionist regime million more dollars in military hardware.

Robert Reich in his movie, Inequality For All never uses the term “working class”, “How much inequality can we have and still have capitalism?” he says, and this reveals his concerns. He reads history, he knows about Flint 1936, the great uprising of 1887, the wars in textiles, auto, steel and of course the Civil Rights struggle. He is aware of the rich, militant history of the US working class and it is this that he fears.  Both sides of these debates are simply two wings of the 1% trying to figure out how to prevent a social explosion that will occur if poverty and inequality are not addressed.  Reich and his ilk are more insidious because they portray themselves as our friends.

The political system is a set up and very undemocratic, every American knows this. The campaigning starts a couple of years before the election and maybe $2 billion or more is spent bribing anyone who can be of service and molding public opinion through their control of the mass media.  That this is done yet millions recognize it for what it is shows that in the last analysis, consciousness has a material base. 

The main problem is that people do not think anything can be done, “You can’t fight city hall” is the term and why fight when you believe only defeat will result?  We have no political party of our own and the leaders of the labor movement are all pro-market and the socialist left has no influence in the working class of any significance which has to be addressed if things are to change.

Workers know little about our own history so we get no sense of the monumental struggles that got us here against the most ruthless of enemies.  The heads of organized labor are as terrified of their own members and the working class as a whole as Reich is. And why not?  They have the same worldview. They worship the market and any movement of the working class for them can only lead to chaos.  The labor hierarchy’s hero of the 1930’s is Roosevelt, but Roosevelt was an astute bourgeois.  He, like the miner’s leaders John L Lewis saw the dangers, realized all could be lost if something wasn’t done.  As Broadus Mitchell wrote in his book Depression Decade, “If those who had long made excuses for capitalist shortcomings were to be infected with collectivism, they preferred catching chicken pox from Keynes rather than smallpox from Marx.”*

We know that the US capitalist class and their government is a violent master.  We see the homes lost, the bankruptcies and failed businesses because sickness descends upon a family. We see more than 2 million in Jail and we see how this state responds to those that reject US corporate dominance of their economies.

As I watched these politicians for about 7 minutes this morning it was only useful as it gave me something to write about.  They are all united on the basics that the working class will pay for capitalist crisis. 

There will be major struggles in the not so distant future as workers attempt to resolve the crisis in our own way. We are seeing these develop already like the fight back against water shutoffs in Detroit, the movement against fracking and against the attacks on education.  These will have to be drawn in to a national movement to be successful.  Organized labor will also be convulsed by the movement as it reaches inside the workplaces and union halls. The stifling bureaucracy atop organized labor has slowed the movement for change but cannot prevent it from transforming these bodies.

The difficult question is not will this happen but when.

*Broadus Mitchell The Economic History of the United States Volume 1X, “Depression Decade”.  P 126.