"I identify with him more than anyone else I’ve seen in the last 40 years. I was
willing to go to prison and give my life and be executed."
(– Daniel Ellsberg,
before being arrested with 30 others outside Quantico)
"If I don’t have moral integrity, what do I have?"
( – Jonathan Jones, Kalamazoo Community College student and member of
arrested 'Fab 5' protestors)
“I wanted to say thank you for everyone who’s kept this fight going,
who have awakened all the union members. I’m a union member. I’m also
a mom whose kids have been kept safe and clothed and fed by union
"I'm asking everyone who can to take Wednesday off and head to the State
Capitol in Lansing to protest the cruel and downright frightening legislation
currently being jammed down our throats ... Governor Snyder, once elected,
yanked off his nice-guy mask to reveal that he is in fact a multi-millionaire
hell-bent on destroying our state and turning it over to his buddies from
Wall Street ... Trust me, you will rue the day you sat home and did
nothing while thieves posing as politicians stole your
Great Lakes State from you."
"If you take a job away from someone who is paid a reasonable wage
because they enjoy the protections and prosperity of democratic
government, move it across a border, and give it to someone living
under a thugocracy, forced to work for pennies with no protections
whatsoever, it should be just plain obvious that the worker on our
side of the border and the worker on the other side of the border are
not going to be better off. And when you do this on a massive scale it
just stands to reason that most people on both sides of the border are
going to be worse off.
But propaganda being what it is, we were somehow convinced to try a
worldwide experiment in taking good jobs from democracies and turning
them into bad jobs in thugocracies. Now, of course, the experiment has
run its course and we can see the results..."
(-Dave Johnson on "Free Trade")
"I have watched as the world has grown further and further from the
terms the MC5 launched four decades ago. Throughout these years, the
fate of advancing capitalism has undermined all of the quality from
our sensory perception and creative imagination until we are barely
able to connect with the essence of anything. That is because our
whole existence is channeled by digital electronics and the capital
gains of technology that captivates the consumer public. Instead of
pursuing the technology of truer personal enhancement, we have created
a world of quicker and immediate personal enhancement, but more
importantly, a world of immense capital enhancement. That is, the
largess of capital gain has become our ruling factor and god. The
banks are running this world, not the people. This is not a sermon or
a complaint that we aren't religious enough; that is everyone's
personal matter. I don't care what anyone believes drives this
existence. What I do care about is what do we get out of it, and
brother, I think we are being cheated of our freedom by the financial
monster we allowed to rule our behavior. Watching the TV, as the
monumental destruction was taking place, on the other side of the
Pacific, I could not help but envision the allegorical end of the
world taking place here and now..."
(-Michael Davis, Motor City Five)
"On May 4, 1886, in Haymarket Square in Chicago, the public rallied
peacefully in support of 40,000 workers in Chicago who had gone on
strike, to win the right to organize. The police attacked, and eight
On July 6, 1892, in Homestead, Pennsylvania, 3800 workers went on
strike, to win the right to organize. Three hundred hired and armed
goons attacked them. Five people died.
On April 20, 1914, in Ludlow, Colorado, 1200 coal miners went on
strike, to win the right to organize. The Colorado National Guard
attacked their shantytown, and burned it to the ground. Nineteen
people died. Two women and 11 children were asphyxiated, and they
burned to death.
Here and around the world, many people have fought and died, so that
you and I would have the right to organize.
And so that 250,000 public workers in Wisconsin would have that right, too.
This is not exactly a new idea. Six months after the Ludlow Massacre,
President Wilson signed the Clayton Act, prohibiting the prosecution
of union members under Antitrust Law. That was almost a century ago.
Two decades later, during the Franklin Roosevelt's first term as
president, he signed the National Labor Relations Act into law. It
protects the right to organize. That was over 75 years ago.
The right to organize also is a fundamental principle of international
law. Over 150 countries have ratified the "Right to Organize"
Convention, an international treaty. It was adopted in 1949, over 60
So why are we even talking about this, 11 years into the 21st century?
Because the teabaggers want to "take back America." They want to take
it back, all right -- take it all the way back to the 19th century.
When there was no right to organize. When people worked for a dollar a
day. When grown men competed against children for jobs. When women
were barred from most jobs entirely. When you worked until you died.
Not to mention slavery.
I want to see an America that is healthy and wealthy.
They want an America that provides cheap labor to our corporate
overlords. An America where the middle class is chained by debt.
We didn't ask for this fight. But we have no choice except to fight
back. For the survival of the middle class in America. For us, for our
children, and for our grandchildren. And so that the victims in
Haymarket, in Homestead and in Ludlow did not die in vain.
As Cardinal Spellman said 45 years ago, "it is a war thrust upon us,
and we cannot yield to tyranny.'"
I'm ready to fight for what's right. What about you?"
(-Congressman Alan Grayson)
Have ya noticed how anytime the people find out about "the man",
the man just changes names? Movies like "Food Inc." and "King Corn"
have outed high fructose corn syrup, among people who care about their
basic health, so the industry-the Corn Refiner's Association, has been
advised by their marketing people to switch it up. They already
shell-game it's name in varying nations-it's also known as
"glucose/fructose" in Canada, and "glucose fructose syrup" in Great
Britain. Anyway, High fructose corn syrup-a widely used, unhealthy
sweetener, hidden in most everything manufactured in the U.S., is
rebranding itself as, "corn sugar"-much like Blackwater changed it's
name to Xe Services and a dozen other shell companies; Halliburton
changed it's name to KBR; and the Bush Regime changed it's public face
to Obama's. The disaster-capitalists are using chaos to clamp-down on
civil rights and spread wars for hegemony, but we Americans are too
bamboozled, by red versus blue culture-wars distractions to ever
unite, to oust the elites, who actually cause the unrest. WHY is the
"defense" dept. funding vaccine research? Just a decade back, they
said the U.S. was attacking Saddam, because he had weapons of mass
destruction, plus he invaded other nations and tortured people in
secret dungeons and used chemical weapons on his own people. Look up.
What's that shit being dumped in the sky? The Discovery
Channel-basically a tool of Pentagon propaganda, even did a program on
the mysterious Haarp program, seldom mentioned in the corporate-media,
but no one is currently, talking about it, at all, in relation to
Haiti or Japan. Youtube it. The religious people seem to think all
these wars and atrocoties are the work of their own exclusive, loving
God, punishing the symbolic others...but the poison in the food, air,
water, and soil, casual human rights violations, and non-stop, sport
killing, look more like the work of a devil, to others. They say the
fake Dems in the Whitehouse are polling for ways to "fire up the
base", without deviating from the far-right, Dick Cheney agenda, that
Obama has been so successful in streamlining, and accelerating. They
claim he was a slick Constitutional lawyer, not just a Kissinger
sock-puppet, but he's done NOTHING to restore our Constitutional
rights, while assuring us it's okay to torture people who have never
been convicted of any crimes. Nixon never even got away with anything
that Nazi-like. It's cake, now: every six months, they entrap another
Muslim patsy to be the latest fill-in-the-blank bomber, to ratchet up
bigger TSA, and DHS budgets. All the money goes to occupations and
domestic-spying. It's not trickle-down, it's vacuumed up. Ya hear that
big sucking sound? That's the trillionaires stealing your pension,
your medicaid/medicare, college-tuition, affordable housing, and
living wage jobs. Obama is not opposed to the Wall Street elites, or
globalist rightwing hawks. He's one of 'em. That should be abundantly
clear, by now. Code Pink, Human Rights Watch, his entire base has
called for an end to TSA gropings, torture, and the mistreatment of
whistle-blowers, Obama governs just like Evil-Dick.
No doubt, he seems like a very likable man. Charming on TV. Like
you, my family and I shed tears of relief on his election-night, and
tears of hope and joy on his inauguration. I was even assaulted by two
furious, racist, meth-head farmboys, at my rural grocery store job, on
the night of his election, while facing product, on end-caps. They
assumed my braided pony tail was sufficient evidence I'd voted for a
black man, and therefore, deserved a pummeling. The Obama sign in my
relatives' yard was vandalized by insane, cable-TV watching, Limbaugh
listeners...And yet, the most "audacious" thing he's done since taking
office, on behalf of real people, was when he said it was "stupid"
that some townie cop was able to bust in to a widely revered black
professor's home, his own private property, and arrest him, without
just cause. The still powerful-for-now, cop unions, along with the
military-dictatorship sensibilities of the overpaid, authoritarian
cable news fraudcasters, even demanded that Obama "walk back" that one
true, mildly honest, statement. Ever since then, he's been allowing
the Israeli Navy to kill American citizens on humanitarian aid-vessels
to Gaza, he's allowing the monarchy of Bahrain to hire-in Saudi
Arabian enforcers, to crush the Democratic movement, same as in Yemen.
He's got Blackwater and JSOC drone-operating killers bombing peasant
children in Yemen and Pakistan. He stands idle, while various other
puppet dictators kill their people, in Egypt and Libya. His
health-care sham was just another wag-the-dog, big giveaway to
insurance companies. He couldn't even keep his vague, minimal promises
to the gay community. He's done nothing, but perpetuate the Bush
agenda, let's face it. Yes, I know the Heritage Foundation/Koch
Brothers/Karl Rove, far right, is going to keep rolling out even
kookier police-state extremists to make Obama seem liberal, but come
Has he ended any occupation? Has he stood with labor? Has he
rescinded any executive orders justifying citizen-assassination lists,
and indefinite detentions? Did he repeal the Patriot act, or insist
the TSA stop feeling-up travellers, and nuking them with dangerous
radiation? Has he ever considered freeing non-violent pot-offenders,
from for-profit prisons? Has he demanded Gates and Clinton quit
abusing, political-prisoner, Bradley Manning-who has still been
convicted of no crime, besides alledgedly leaking video of war
criminals snuffing out children's lives like it's a video-game? Has he
ceased extrajudicial killings in Pakistan? Has he closed Gitmo,
restored the Geneva Conventions, and/or prosecuted torturers? Is he
discouraging Saudi Arabia and Israel from attacking Iran? Has he made
the wealthiest pay their fair share of taxes? Has he ordered the
Justice Department to go after the white collar criminals of Wall
Street, who are entirely responsible for the economic crisis? Has he
seized B.P.'s assets to help restore the Gulf? Is he defending true
net-neutrality? Has he told his spy agencies to quit referring to
peaceful, peace activists as terrorists? Has he ordered the FBI to
quit entrapping Muslims, and sending spies to infiltrate vegan
pot-lucks? Has he insisted the old, deteriorating, nucleur facilities
from the fifties, and sixties, be closed down? Okay, so can you name
even one token gesture this guy has done, on behalf of real people?
Did he apologize to 71 year old peace activist, Ray McGovern, after
his Secretary Of State, Hillary Clinton's goon-squad roughed him, up
during his peaceful protest? Has he outlawed cop-tasers? NO!!!
He has yet to even end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan! This guy
is Bush on steroids. He has not betrayed his base. His loyalty was
always to the billionaires, bankers, Nixon spooks, and executive-level
spies who guided his rapid ascent. Nader and Mcinney both warned us.
Show me a sliver, a shred of evidence this guy has even a trace of
concern for the Bill Of rights. Some shining Constitutional lawyer.
Sure. And Palin's a doctor, and Michelle Bachman's an accountant. All
these people just read teleprompters, cover up for war-makers, insult
progressives, and punish truth-tellers. Sad but true. I wanted Obama
to be a champion of the people, as much as any of you did. I stayed in
willful denial for a good year into his term. I told friends, "You
can't undo twenty years of fascism overnight". I made excuses for him.
I wondered why his wife, Michelle, who seemed vital and educated, was
not outspoken about ending the wars, stopping torture, or restoring
the Constitution. Instead, she gave interviews about her workout
regimen, dieting, and clothes. Eventually, I had to come to terms with
the fact that these people worked for the Bush billionaire, Top Secret
America, war machine...not, "we, the people". They're not with us.
They're with the military-industrial complex. We were all fooled
again. Don't mourn, organize. Every five minutes, the generals and
their Republican-shill from Kentucky, Mitch Mcconell, demand another
five hundred million for the wars, while they moan incessantly about
"the deficit", and public spending, here at home. Kucinich dissents.
Obama complies. He's bi-partisan, doncha know? We're all going broke
here, while the military-profiteers and oil companies use their "Shock
Doctrine" crisis/shock-theater tactics, to price gouge, steal
trillions, and demand always more money to spy on you, build nukes,
bust unions, dissolve local townships/school boards/elected officials,
and to kill poor people in Muslim countries, who've done them no harm.
Where is the gutsy alternative-media? Where is the true opposition
party? We have no democracy, not when they've shredded the Fourth
Amendment, and the war-manufacturers own the air-waves. Who represents
YOU in Congress? Personally, I can't afford to hire lobbyists.
War Criminals Roam Free, Truth-Tellers Are Fired And Imprisoned, Under Obama:
Anyone who thinks it's a good idea to close schools, lay-off civil
servants, bust up public-sector unions, and spend five hundred billion
more dollars on killing and repressing brown-skinned people, on the
other side of the globe, all while they keep insisting there's no
money for jobs, infrastructure, education, quality health-care, or
affordable housing, here in the States, is either a radical, racist,
far-right, religious zealot, or they've just watched way too much TV,
and listened to too much talk-radio, since Bill Clinton handed the
airwaves to just eight corporations in 1996. The media keeps
consolidating, and Americans keep telling themselves they're being
told the truth by the Pentagon's propaganda wing. They've never told
the truth about Kennedy, you think it was eleven cave dwellers with
box-cutters that were responsible for the hole in the side of the
Pentagon, the controlled demolitions on 9/11, of the towers AND the
building never hit by a plane, but still, mysteriously, "pulled",
Building Number Seven? Do you think we were told the truth about Iraq,
Afghanistan, New Orleans, Haiti, B.P. in the Gulf, or the ongoing
nucleur fall-out, and radiation, in Japan? War Criminals roam free,
Truth-tellers are fired, and imprisoned, under Obama. Meanwhile,
Koch-whore governors are ramming through legislature, essentially,
stating, that anytime, when prompted by their corporate over-lord
financiers, who seldom pay any taxes, they can choose to declare a
"fiscal emergency", and appoint their own "crisis mgt."/local
dictators, dissolving municipal governments, and ignoring all
previously binding contracts. I was watching the TSA hearings on
C-Span, today, and the congressman were sucking up to the TSA and
Chertoff Group lobbyists so hard, they reminded me of the politicians
in the second "Godfather" film, just completely grovelling before
them, both these 'Dems and 'Thugs are so interchangeable, I've been
calling 'em all, "RepublicRats". Obama and Emmanuel=Bush and Cheney.
'Still makes me wanna Ralph!
I'm from rural America, where the only industries still thriving,
besides Wal-Mart are prisons, hospitals, and D.U.I.'s, and many
well-intentioned, but under-informed, white folks are still
endeavoring to distinguish themselves from the KKK and the skin-heads,
by "supporting the President". It's bleak. People rise up to protest
in Wisconsin and Michigan, and get swatted back down, Libya-style, by
cops and judges. The FBI pay young college girls to spy on peace
protesters. That's insane to me. The only good jobs left are in the
espionage, corrections, a-killin', poisonin', propaganda, and
repression fields. "Saturday Night Live" and the young punks ought to
be exposing the cover-up's, of the CIA kingpins and oligarchs. All we
get from the big-media classes is more war, more lies and pro-war
propaganda. Now, Obama's "liberating" Libya, by bombing the shit out
of them, too. The corporate tools on TV keep saying "Al Quada" has
"infiltrated" the Libyan rebels, so even if Gaddafi's overthrown,
naturally, Libyan's can't be trusted to govern themselves. It is a
grotesque theater of obscene perversity. Even if the vast majority of
us oppose these drone wars, torture, and occupation, they drag on and