Friday, December 8, 2017

The Feminine is Fed Up

We can't stop bad men by sacrificing good men. We can't attain the moral high ground on our knees. We can't let political opportunists lead a moral movement.
Questions: Would Al Franken have been sacrificed to the cause if he weren't in a safe Democratic seat? Is Jackie Speier's reticence to identify men that she claims to have knowledge of engaging in sexual harassment/abuse an act of cowardice? Is Kirsten Gillibrand attaching herself to the MeToo Movement to gain political currency to spend in a bid for the 2020 presidential campaign?
Consider: Senator Robert Menendez, accused of corruption, was given due process both by the Senate Ethics Committee and the judiciary. Jackie Speier, according to her office, refuses to offer up the names of the other people in Congress who have been part of this malignant misogyny because "the victims don't want to come forward." They don't have to do anything of the kind. Many accuser have reported their harassment/abuse anonymously. Gillibrand whipped up a mob - I am sorry to say Sanders was part of it. I don't like mobs. I don't like mob action. Full disclosure, I don't like Gillibrand.
The MeToo Movement is righteous. Many women have suffered mightily because of male sexual aggression in the workplace. I am not one of them, but many women have suffered. The Movement is the logical outgrowth of electing a career sexual predictor to the highest office in the land. The feminine is fed up.
MeToo is far to important to be tarnished, indeed undermined, by scapegoating for political gain, attempting to sustain a moral position without transparency, or the kind of sick opportunism that is part and parcel of the tribalism that threatens our very democracy.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Crawling for Coins

The Senate did as they were told & are picking their donor's coins up off the floor. Now off to watch the House crawl. Proud of your government? It is time to make sure all this donor money is wasted at the polls. VOTE THEM OUT IN '18!

OUT IN '18.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Nothing to Fear but Fear Itself ... FDR

I just called Jackie Speier's office and asked why she is withholding the names of men in Congress who have perpetrated sexual harassment.  The staff member I spoke to told me that the victims are frightened. Okay. So, the upshot is that this is becoming a Democratic issue.
There is a price to pay for running scared.  There is a price to pay for allowing fear to rule a party, a life or a social/political position.
The Democrats have been frightened for years, frightened of being called Liberal; frightened of being too far to the Left; frightened of separating themselves from money, big donors and Wall Street; frightened of standing too firmly for Labor.
The price they have paid is a dwindling donor base, a shrinking party, the loss of elections at the city, county and state levels in record numbers and finally Donald Fucking Trump.
Yes, the Democrats earned him as well as the Republicans. Establishment politics and business as usual gave this country the abomination of Trump on both sides of the aisle. Where they didn't sow apathy they sowed disgust - and the worst possible element took control.
Sanders rose to power on his courage. The people who supported him still support him because of that courage. Albeit he didn't win the nomination, he is the voice of the Left in my mind and the mind of millions. I hear few others. I refuse to support a party, an agenda or any member of society or government who can't face life with courage.
If women truly want this mistreatment to stop they must step up and fight back. The day for hiding behind someone else's voice is over. As it was over in the day of the fledgling Feminist Movement and the beginning of the Civil Rights Movement.
The staff member in Speier's office snarled at me that perhaps I wasn't sensitive enough to be afraid. Of course I have been afraid. Courage has nothing to do with not knowing fear. Courage is about moving to spite fear. So, let's move past our fear rather than cutting our own throats for a change.

Monday, November 6, 2017

I am Mentally Ill

I am mentally ill.  I have been all my life.  It isn't something you catch off a toilet seat or from eating with your neighbor's spoon. It can be induced by trauma or stress.  Like any other disease it can present as chronic (long term) or acute (of short duration). 
For my part it is chronic and lifelong. I am a manic depressive, what today is called a bipolar. I don't use the term because, as I have said before, I am not a battery. While prior to my formal diagnosis and treatment many areas of my life were out of control including my temper, I never attempted to hurt anyone.  I am prone to rage even after twenty years of treatment and twice that many years of therapy and would never consider owning a gun.
It must be noted that there are benefits to my disease. One of which is that I am bloody smart. Most of us are in fact. We are too smart to be used as scapegoats by an indifferent public, a whoring government, a dim witted president or a greedy, bloated gun lobby.
It is time to demand sensible gun control in this country. You can't with any margin of credibility cut funding for mental health treatment as Trump proposes, than insist that only mental illness is responsible for these egregious acts of violence; deny felons the vote than turn around and sell them guns; insist that even the sickest among us have a right to own guns as Congress has while gathering together in the vestments of the hypocrite praying to a benevolent God and insisting that only more guns will solve gun violence.
Speaking with the expertise of someone who is technically and clinically crazy, all of this is nuts. Speaking on behalf of mentally ill people everywhere who deal every minute of every day with their disease, we do our job now the public, the government and that creature in the Oval Office need to do theirs.

Friday, November 3, 2017

The Truth, At Last

We knew this, those of us inside Bernie's campaign saw it and were told to sit down and shut up.  Those of us working for Bernie on Twitter and Facebook saw the bots that claimed to be Bernie's people, knew they weren't ours because our geeks couldn't trace their IP addresses to a person or organization inside this country. We weren't sophisticated enough to identify Russian interference, but we knew that the so-called Bernie Bros and other cyberspace jag-offs weren't part of his campaign. We were told to sit down and shut up.
Sanders' people don't sit down and shut-up, not then, not now, not ever. We are part of the resistance and we still stand with Sanders and his principles. Having said all of this if the Democratic Party wants to become whole again, form common cause again and win elections again they must organize around something other than the Clintons and their Neoliberal agenda. This isn't about what some call "purity." This is about the party of the people and the Great Liberal Cause. We are the Left, and we like   it that way.
Finally, it is time to put 2016 in the past, stop whining, finger pointing and reopening our wounds. It is time for us all, on both sides, to direct our energy and passion toward defeating the greatest enemy this Republic has ever faced - the enemy within - Trump.

Monday, October 9, 2017

What Happens in Las Vegas ...

What follows was written at the time of the Aurora shooting in 2012. I have revised it for the most recent atrocity. How long will we allow a lot of cynical and greedy people to run our government by proxy? I am referring to the NRA and other gun lobbyists. How long will we allow their sycophants and paid stooges to serve in that government? I am referring to parasites like John Thune, Senator from South Dakota, who recently told NBC that the American people need to "get small" in order to avoid being the victims of gun violence. If we want a different world we must change it now. Get active, speak out and for the love of all you hold dear prepare to vote in 2018.

"I need to say up front that I support the 2nd Amendment, although certainly not as is sometimes implied by lunatics on the Right as the Constitution in total. I also support common sense gun laws.  Further, I do not believe that the right to bear arms supersedes the Constitution. My Goddess does not require a tangible and phallic extension of Herself to reinforce the faith of Her followers or to grantee their allegiance. Many of my friends, including my best and most beloved friend, are gun owners. I understand their arguments with regard to the right to bear arms. Well all but one – that is the idea that somehow guns are tools and have nothing to do with the killing of human beings, or as was once said, "guns don't kill people, people kill people." This is the equivalent of saying instruments don’t play music; people play music.

Consider. One of the most beautiful pieces of music ever written is Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5, 2nd Movement. Had the skilled fingers of a violinist never met the strings of the violin, Concerto No. 5 would never have been heard - since by its passive nature even Mozart’s music cannot play itself. If the man in Las Vegas had never taken a huge number of guns into a hotel room and fired down at a crowd of people enjoying a concert over 50 human beings would still be alive and countless others whole and unharmed.

Does it meet the test of reason that Rachel Barton Pine would stand before a concert audience and hum Concerto No. 5 while her violin sits silently behind her in a chair? Accordingly, does it meet the test of reason that the Las Vegas shooter could have killed or wounded all of those people with a knife or a ball bat at a remove – is that not the advantage of a gun to inflict damage at a distance? Had he moved in close enough to his targets to use a more personal means of destruction wouldn’t someone or a number of some ones been able to stop him? Wouldn’t he have known that?

Therefore asserting the passivity of the weapon is not exculpatory because it does not reckon with efficiency or the assailant’s protection. The drama of gun violence is a symbiosis, reciprocity of aggressive action and passive reaction in which the gun co-stars.

Support the 2nd Amendment if you are so inclined. I may even support it with you - within limits. However, don’t expect me to support a simple-minded and tortured argument that insults my intelligence."

The roses featured below are the last of the season. Yesterday just before Goddess brought on the winter they were glowing bright in the autumn sun like candles on an altar. They are here in honor of the many who die from gun violence – not to defend a nation, an ideal or the Constitution, but for the greed of a few, the fear and hate of many and the sins of us all.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Another Outrage

If anyone tells you this is not the time to speak of guns, gun violence or gun control because you are politicizing the latest tragedy, tell them to insert that sentiment, their prayers and thoughts in the same orifice. On behalf of the dead and for the sake of the living, the time is NOW. The place today is LAS VEGAS.