on Drug policy reform and more… Ralph Nader should have been elected President in 2000…

http://www.counterpunch.org/2017/05/26/the-leftright-challenge-to-the-failed-war-on-drugs/

Only the Super Rich Can Save Us By Ralph Nader

Buy it through http://www.allbookstores.com/book/compare/9781583229231
or
Check out the preview at:
https://books.google.com/books?id=ub0Yx_T095EC&printsec=frontcover&dq=Only+the+Super+Rich+Can+Save+Us&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiqwJis-o3UAhVi3IMKHflxBLMQuwUIKzAA#v=onepage&q=Only%20the%20Super%20Rich%20Can%20Save%20Us&f=false

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Misc. resources and such like…

KrugKommKwizdom…

…what, exactly, was the message the Democrats had for West Virginians? Yeah, I didn’t hear it either. All I heard Hillary talk about was that Trump didn’t have the temperament to be president. Until the Dems get a good, solid message and platform together and effectively communicate that to people, they will continue to lose to a master marketer like Trump who had a simple message and repeated it over and over and over. Democrats just can’t tell people what is wrong with Trump-they have to tell people what they will do for them and what they stand for…

The support for Trump is not about what he says or does. It’s about how tired people are of the Democratic Party’s hypocrisy and lip service. I can remember a time many years ago when I first became disillusioned with the party and subsequently voted Republican for the only time in my life. I attended a National Committee meeting and saw how the National Committee treated its most loyal constituency, railroading a proposal to fight apartheid in South Africa. I thought to myself, I work for this party, and vote for this party because of civil rights, and this is how they treat that constituency. It was an eye opener to say the least. The same goes for its treatment of organized labor, and even women, those without a college education. What it has become is the party of government of the big banks, for the big banks, by the big banks. The rest of the party platform is just gilt. You know, that stuff Trump seems to love so much he decorates everything with it. The reason people voted for Trump is simple. They understand well enough that the Democrats only pretend to differ.

…address WHY people don’t vote Democratic. Could it be the Democratic candidates or leadership? You know, like Chuck Schumer smugly proclaiming, incorrectly, that "for every blue-collar voter we lose in western PA, we will win two suburban Republican voters in eastern PA." Or Navy Pelosi telling the Face the Nation guy who asks her what new direction the Democrats are going to take after getting wiped out at every level of government, and she says "the voters don’t want a new direction". Half our nation is poor, the middle-class has been wiped out through income inequality and wage stagnation and the Democrats STILL won’t fight for a $15 minimum wage. Is it any wonder why the two parties have basically morphed into one?…

…tremendous momentum has built up behind action to completely fix the damage from the financial crisis, reduce inequality, finally provide actual universal health care, attack racial, gender, and other inequalities, fix climate change, and drastically expand the welfare state. To win and maintain a majority, Democrats must actually fix the tremendous problems besetting the American people from every side.

The party as a whole must see that full-throated populism is both a moral and political necessity.

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the progressive labor environmental earth party???

http://inthesetimes.com/features/trump_labor_union_organizing.html

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Ed. reform sites…

This is the lady’s blog that I saw on TV last night:https://wrenchinthegears.com/

and this the organization she initially got involved with, I think…
https://parentsunitedphila.com/

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An article or two to refer to…

…when making contact with "Our Revolution" and other Bernie related groups.http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/16/bernie-sanders-democrats-2020-238425

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/05/23/theyre-talking-better-game-will-democrats-fight

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Misc. links from various sources…

https://garryleech.com/2014/08/08/israel-palestine-by-the-numbers/

https://garryleech.com/

His book Capitalism: A Structural Genocide is available at ridiculously high prices, probably because it is suppressed to some extent- kind of like that one I found the PDF for on the early history of the Anti Communist movement in the US. Anyway:
http://www.allbookstores.com/book/compare/9781780322001

but you can check out the google books preview at:
https://books.google.com/books?id=qmhjDgAAQBAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=Capitalism:+A+Structural+Genocide&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwikxZCbt4bUAhVr1oMKHTG1Ct8QuwUIKzAA#v=onepage&q=Capitalism%3A%20A%20Structural%20Genocide&f=false

HIs other books whould also be checked out the same way:
https://garryleech.com/books/

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A major reminder on the real power behind the right wing thrones…

…and it ain’t just about Mein Trumpfs Phollies…https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/05/21/billionaires-lay-siege-state-governments

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For “Democracy and the Food Supply Chapters”

monsanto protection act- google this for food blues pages…

godaddy has $1.99 .com price special…

Food and Water Watch- http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/

Wenonah Hauter is the Executive Director of Food & Water Watch. She has worked extensively on food, water, energy and environmental issues at the national, state and local level. Her book Foodopoly: The Battle Over the Future of Food and Farming in America examines the corporate consolidation and control over our food system and what it means for farmers and consumers. Experienced in developing policy positions and legislative strategies, she is also a skilled and accomplished organizer, having lobbied and developed grassroots field strategy and action plans. From 1997 to 2005 she served as Director of Public Citizen’s Energy and Environment Program, which focused on water, food and energy policy. From 1996 to 1997, she was environmental policy director for Citizen Action, where she worked with the organization’s 30 state-based groups. From 1989 to 1995 she was at the Union of Concerned Scientists where, as a senior organizer, she coordinated broad-based, grassroots sustainable energy campaigns in several states. She has an M.S. in Applied Anthropology from the

http://www.fooddemocracynow.org/about/

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For the MIC and Dept. of Peace Chapters…

Blogpost…
I am trying to find info and reference to the term "Blood Debt" as it refers to giving justification to ongoing wrongheaded jingoistic militarist solutions and/or excuses for the hegemonic behavior of America’s oligarchic plutocratic globalist extractive (of whatever leads to rapacious wealth accumulation for the few at the expense of the many) Neo Con nut job elite- either they or the they who they represent… here’s some of what I found:
Lehrack’s book is available at allbookstores.com and I will try once more to put that link here and send this because this computer in general and browser in particular are acting really squirrelly (sic)…

http://www.allbookstores.com/book/compare/9780891418863

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1977767/posts an article Helen Thomas: Time To Get Out Of Our Blood Debt In Iraq (Burden Placed On Next President)

(Helen Thomas can be reached at hthomas)

Author Otto J. Lehrack wrote about the presidential dilemma of Vietnam in his 2004 book “The First Battle: Operation Starlite and the Beginning of the Blood Debt in Vietnam.”

Lehrack makes the point that U.S. withdrawal from Vietnam could have been easily accomplished — without much furor — before August 1965.

But then came the first major Marine battle against the Viet Cong at Chu Lai. The Americans vanquished the Viet Cong but lost 54 casualties. The U.S. toll quickly escalated in later months and, by the end of 1965, American dead in Vietnam totaled 2,385.

From then on, American presidents found it politically, morally and emotionally difficult to disengage because of what Lehrack calls the “blood debt” that the U.S. leadership incurred as a result of these casualties and the thousands that followed. How could U.S. officials tell the next-of-kin and the American public that their loved ones died in a futile war?

“How could the American president defend the expenditure of more than two thousand American lives with nothing to show for it,” the author writes. America spent another 10 years and more than 56,000 additional lives in pursuit of the Kennedy-Johnson-Nixon policy in Vietnam.

“Like gamblers who have already lost their gambling money, and then the rent month, and then the car payment, and then the grocery money, and then borrowed or stole in the hope of changing their luck, the Johnson and Nixon administrations kept signing markers to America for a debt in gore that they hoped a reversal of fortune would justify.”

In other words, the United States was getting further in “because it would be too embarrassing to America’s interest to get out.” It sounds sadly familiar.

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Original Content on Citizen Candidacies and Constitutional Amendment Conferences…

So, my suggestion on how to reclaim (our) American Democracy……entails a bunch of tings, mon, to be done under a loose but coordinated "United Progressive Citizens Candidacy campaigns across the U.S., starting with the mid-term 2018 Congressional elections and having the intent of being a much more palpable force and powerful entity by the 2020 Presidential election campaign cycle, which of course, has already begun with "the Donald" already ramping up his perpetual false advertising and branding campaign and running around the country holding cult like rallies of his koolaid drinking faithful to celebrate his historic landslide and amazing accomplishments so far, in the face of unprecedented and unfair resistance to his American people first agenda of tax cuts for the wealthiest, deregulation of anything that inhibits rich concerns with strip mining anything for profit anything htey want to with complete impunity, and either privatizing anything in the public "Commons" that can make fast easy profits for the few at the expense of the many or suffocating through funding cuts anything else that might dare to be a "public good" or benefit to all. So anyway, here are some of the basics to what I am proposing, and what I am planning to do myself to make these things start to happen, starting with some specific things for me to do first…

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…as a lead in event to hold in as many Congressional Districts as possible for the 2018 midterm and 2020 Presidential Election year elections. I have been rasslin’ with what to name what I am fixin’ to do. I have kind of settled on:
"United Progressive Citizen Candidates"
which has a nice ring and allows for people to run under a variety of Party affiliations around the country, depending on what’s best for their particular district. I know I am planning to run as an independent so I can have the full range of time that the general election will be "covered" so I can get my message and platform and rationale "out there" as much as possible. While I am doing that In Ohio’s 9th Congressional District I will be putting together, as best I can, a model for trying to have the same sort of thing done in other districts. So a few notes on this:

  1. There needs to be a coherent platform on the issues that my own candidacy and larger suggested movement is to be based on. This is huge, like the "Party Platform" for a new Progressive party, or the new platform for the remaking of the Democratic party. A political manifesto for the whole "p’BD’DiA" movement I am calling for through my engagement with the political and electoral "real world"… This is a huge assignment but I really do have a handle on what I want to have in it and why and I really just have to organize my shit and post it… it will be a work in progress but I have to get a clean and fairly coherent "Beta" of It up there on the "Brand New Blog" ASAP because it is this thing that I will be putting up air as the lightening rod to call attention to what I am doing and to also ask for support, funding, and help in the actually implementing and doing of what I am making this "Political Call to the Wild" for…
  2. Each "Citizen Candidate" in every Congressional District where one runs is charged with not only running for and hopefully winning the actual seat as highly progressive candidate- but he or she also needs to be the focal point person in the organizing a real new and different kind of activist progressive presence in that particular Congressional District and the State and larger Region that it is naturally a part of… This means a lot of different things, and that’s what i need to put into the main writing project, or book type of deally bop, that this is at the heart of what I am trying to do.
  3. Cuz, like, I am a writer at heart, a poet philosopher, writer naturalist, adventurer explorer type of guy at heart, and this is to be either my "Fat Masterpiece" itself (with apologies to Cactus Ed Abbey), or, short of that, it is to be the once and for all "getting this political economy/social justice shit out of my system so I can find some peace and or write the other stuff that has been clogged up inside partly because of the state of our "business and politics as usual" for a goodly measure of most of my adult life. Mind you, I’m not complainin’. I’m just saying.

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But wait, there’s more (the following is rough transcription of snail notes…

  • Congressional Candidates start an ongoing organizational structure promoting and advocating for the overall "p"BD"DiA" platform, agenda, and path to make it all a reality in the real world… they also recruit copious other "Citizen Candidates" to run for all manner of public offices- from local school boards and city councils to various and sundry other County, State, and Federal offices. This part is huge to the overall building of a foundation for the movement towards "We the people…" reclaiming control of our American Democracy.
  • While running to win is paramount, no matter how quixotic it might seem in many early instances and in some places that have very little in the way of a strong progressive presence in public life… the idea is to build that presence by holding all kinds of events and parties and forums and Music Festival/Progressive Cause Rallies that are meant to both bring together and expand the progressive thinking people in a given area- not to just get all wonkish or cultish about issues and policy, but to have fun, party together to build the party that needs to fill the vacuum of real pro Democracy solidarity in our politics that has been almost completely co-opted in our public life by the harsh "money coup" of the hard right and the acquiescent and limp kneed mainstream Democratic Party response to that coup over the last 40 or so years now. That centrist Neo Liberal hawk approach is not now and never really has been an acceptable approach to all of the real challenges we as a people, not of just our nation but of the while dang world it’s just set the stage for what we now our forced to confront- "Mein Trumpf" and the whole organized right ready to inflict their old tired agenda on everyone and everything under creation- but the few at the top

More to follow…

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