Grass Roots Activism- Our salvation
Illegal Air Strike in Syria that accomplishment nothing but divert attention from Russia.
U.S.S. Vinson heading for the South Korea.
Department heads are quietly roll back Obama protection against everyone and Nature.
Bernie offering his winning formula to potential candidates.
As was predicted the Senate went Nuclear to confirm Gorsuch as a Supreme. The consequence of being in the minority means who don’t get the chance to govern. A quick review of the Pros and Cons of our Government: America and most other presidential democracies use the single-district plurality voting method. The set-up for this one is simple: each district has only one representative in the house, and the candidate who receives the most votes (a plurality) is declared the winner. This is applicable to senate and presidential races as well. Single-Vote Plurality systems make strong third parties impossible, because securing small percentages of the vote doesn’t translate into gaining seats.
Now, from this information, one can infer several pros and cons for the United States government:
1. The power of the executive is greatly restricted compared to other nations, preventing hostile takeovers/unconstitutional actions (remember, Hitler came to power legally by democratic means in Europe).
2. The power of the legislative branch is greatly restricted, as many of its potential powers are reserved for the President.
3. Citizens are able to elect their President directly, instead of indirectly through parliament.
4. By necessity, congress is often forced to compromise on various bills, leading to relatively centrist legislation.
5. Citizens have a single representative who is directly accountable to them.
6. There is a decreased chance of a predicament referred to as “tyranny of the majority“, a scenario in which a minority bloc is consistently overruled in congress.
1. Separate government can easily lead to legislative inaction or “gridlock”, especially when two parties hold power.
This inaction leads to two additional downsides:
2. The U.S. is occasionally less able to respond to dramatic crises or other events requiring decisive action than other nations.
3. Voters are constantly dissatisfied with Congress and the legislative process (which may explain low voter turnout and is certainly responsible for congress’s consistently abysmal approval ratings).
4. Americans have fewer viable candidates and parties to choose from, and many political ideologies (classic liberalism/libertarian-ism, environmentalism, socialism/social democracy) that are commonplace in European politics are completely ignored.
5. When voters have only one representative, there is a chance that their congressman may not represent their political ideology.
6. Ideologically pure Americans on the far left and right are often dissatisfied with the centrist legislation that the system encourages.
What transpired in the Senate will, I believe will further flame the winds of change that will mobilize our electorate in 2018 and bite the Republicans in the ass, as Senator McCain suggested.
Now would be a good time to talk abut Alexander Reid Ross’s new book, Against the Fascist Creep (AK Press, 2017).
As the title suggests, Reid Ross is concerned here with the “fascist creep,” which is related to the idea of the “fascist drift,” or the disturbing attraction many 20th-century leftists felt for this new reactionary ideology. Fascists reject mainstream conservatism as decrepit and corrupt (see the contemporary alt-right’s repudiation of the GOP), and while they violently oppose liberalism, socialism and anarchism, they paradoxically wield left-wing notions, such as solidarity and liberation as part of their ultra-nationalist schemes for a falsely classless society, which is to be characterized by “natural hierarchy.” Fascism also relies heavily on myth, in the sense that its proponents seek to restore a “golden age” that supposedly existed in the putatively heroic past by means of “national revolution” against the existing liberal-parliamentarian order. This romantic-revolutionary element represents another commonality in the creep between fascism and leftism, considering the nostalgia for the pre-capitalist “lost paradise” that sometimes drives left-wing passions. In fact, Reid Ross writes that fascists gain ground precisely by deploying “some variant of racial, national, or ethnocentric socialism,” opportunistically inverting the internationalist goals of socialism. Clearly, fascists and leftists differ principally on the question of egalitarianism, with the latter defending equality by organizing against capitalism, the state, borders, patriarchy and racism, while the former use these oppressive systems to reproduce inequality, domination and genocide.
As Reid Ross explains, US fascists rely on the “radical” or far right cesspool of authoritarian nativists, white supremacists, conservative “revolutionaries” and neoconservatives to mainstream their views, recruit, gain popularity and ultimately seize power. Indeed, we now confront a nightmarish playing-out of this scenario with Trump’s rise to power. Yet the situation is distinct in Europe, where fascists have drawn heavily from the revolutionary-leftist tradition to advance their aims. In this sense, Against the Fascist Creep is a clear warning to the left.
‘Call to Action’: Harvard Students Launch Resistance School to Combat President Trump
For more than 15,000 students across the country, Wednesday marked the first day of Resistance School — a program where the educational focus is mobilizing against President Donald Trump’s administration.
Thanks to: federal judge in Baltimore on Friday approved a deal struck between the city and the Justice Department in the final days of the Obama administration to reform Baltimore’s troubled police department, denying a request from the Trump administration to delay approval of the agreement. U.S. District Court Judge James K. Bredar approved the deal in an order Friday morning. Bredar’s ruling called the Justice Department’s report on patterns of unconstitutional conduct in the Baltimore Police Department “deeply troubling.” He said the consent decree was “comprehensive, detailed, and precise” and “appears to be balanced and well-calibrated to achieve the parties’ shared, jointly-stated objectives.” He concluded that the decree “is fair, adequate, and reasonable.”
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