It Takes A Village – VNV Monday: We the People – 4/10/17

Grass Roots Activism- Our salvation


 

Let’s Recap:

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:

PRO

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.

CON

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).

Additional flaws:

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.

 Resistance Continues:

 

‘Call to Action’: Harvard Students Launch Resistance School to Combat President Trump

Updated: 9:28 AM ET | Originally published: Apr 06, 2017

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.”

  34 comments for “It Takes A Village – VNV Monday: We the People – 4/10/17

  1. wordsinthewind
    April 10, 2017 at 8:43 am

    good morning Philly76, much to think about today. We’re having a nice spring morning here in the desert where the wind has not gotten up yet. I’m drinking coffee and getting ready to go for a dentist appointment this morning, I make those early so I don’t have to spend too much time thinking about them before I get there.

    • WYgalinCali
      April 10, 2017 at 11:08 am

      Good morning, Words. I always make my dental appointments in the early morning, too. Get them out of the way, so I can enjoy my day. 45 in Sac right now with an expected high of 67. May your day be wind and cavity free.

    • bfitzinAR
      April 10, 2017 at 11:17 am

      {{{wordsinthewind}}} – Healing Energy.

  2. bfitzinAR
    April 10, 2017 at 9:39 am

    {{{Philly}}} – gotta meeting but I’ll be back to actually read as soon as I can. Sorry the Village at DK is still under attack and you caught the latest “friendly fire” – sigh. moar {{{HUGS}}}

    • April 10, 2017 at 10:19 am

      What? What happened? How come I always miss everything? Of course, I was out of reach yesterday for most of the day. There’s more pillage in the Village?

      Philly, thank you for this comprehensive roundup, which is more to my taste than the one available Over There. You and bfitz are doing a sterling job!

      Okay, off to pull weeds and sneeze in the breeze!

      • bfitzinAR
        April 10, 2017 at 11:26 am

        Yes, Philly’s been banned at DK – not sure the excuse, but… And I’m hoping we don’t take any more “friendly fire” over there as I’m already regularly doing Thursdays and Fridays for the Village and Wednesdays and Saturdays for Street Prophets plus covering emergencies. I’m getting a little stressed out here but I’ll keep doing it as long as needed. (I wish the pollen was making me sneeze – what it does to me is turn the mucus into sludge and block up my breathing.) Have fun with your gardening and allow the contact with the Earth recharge you. {{{Diana}}}

      • WYgalinCali
        April 10, 2017 at 11:28 am

        Philly got a TO and, through a bunch of unfortunate steps (and help from our resident troll BradyB) got banned. ☹️

        • April 10, 2017 at 12:31 pm

          OMG, that’s too bad! Honestly, if it weren’t for the fact that I’d miss certain people over there, I’d give That Place a miss too.

          Anyway (cheering up) we can still see Philly here and on Twitter! Much as I wish I could visit ccotenj’s site I just can’t do more than I’m doing. Even that’s keeping me from doing other stuff!

          • WYgalinCali
            April 10, 2017 at 12:36 pm

            You could sign up and lurk from time to time. They have an open thread up all day so, when the afternoon hits and nobody is talking in the 🍊or moose, you could hop over and check it out.

  3. bfitzinAR
    April 10, 2017 at 10:52 am

    OK – have read now – Extreme Left is the mirror image of Extreme Right, up to and including the faith- not fact-based insistence that their way is the “One True” way. Fascists have always depended on the Extreme Right to be their base – and the Extreme Left to add just enough to their numbers to get them into power. Easier in a parliamentary system (Hitler) but as the recent election shows very possible with some help from the media in a constitutional federal system. The Extreme Left should be our allies, but they are not. We cannot depend on them for anything but “friendly fire” – which isn’t – although we should add our “centrist” might to anything they are pushing that we actually want. They’ll take credit, of course, but we’ll save lives and that’s what we’re interested in. moar {{{HUGS}}}

    • WYgalinCali
      April 10, 2017 at 11:30 am

      Morning, bfitz. I’m going to say this as nicely as I can: There’s a piece of my anatomy that both the alt left and right can kiss. Hope you have a wonderful day.

      • bfitzinAR
        April 10, 2017 at 12:42 pm

        I don’t want them that close to me. :)

  4. WYgalinCali
    April 10, 2017 at 11:05 am

    Good morning, Pond Dwellers! Here’s hoping everyone has a wonderful day. Thanks, Philly, for the wonderful post. Alas, I think the only way we stand a chance of changing our system is to change the minds of enough republicans. Good luck with that, right? The only thing I know for sure is, I won’t give up or give in! I’ll be attending the Climate Change march April 29th here in Sacramento. My mom used to say “The squeaking wheel gets the grease” and I intend to get my share of it. LOUD AND PROUD! STRONGER TOGETHER!

    • bfitzinAR
      April 10, 2017 at 11:32 am

      {{{WYgalinCali}}} – not gonna bring the Rs over to us. They’re Rs for a reason, a not very nice one. But we outnumber them. I’m hoping for the Courts to force non-partisan district-drawing which would get rid of most “safe” R seats and make them compete with Dems again rather than with each other. Safe seats skew towards the Extremes at both ends of the spectrum which is bad for ordinary people. Competitive seats give power to the moderates – namely people who want government to work. So progressives who are willing to make progress in increments do so by compromising with people who may not want to make progress but they do want government to do its job. For the time being, Loud and Proud – Stronger Together is what we can do – have fun doing it. :)

  5. shenagig
    April 10, 2017 at 11:16 am

    Thanks Philly for the excellent read…the creep of Fascism is my concern too…the alt-left seems to want to use the same tactics as the alt-right to force things on people that most don’t seem to want…even if we personally think it’s the best thing for them…

    The Extreme Left should be our allies, but they are not. We cannot depend on them for anything but “friendly fire”

    So true…they seem to think if the centrists were gone that people would turn to them not realizing that no…people would go further right….

    • bfitzinAR
      April 10, 2017 at 11:43 am

      {{{shenagig}}} – we’ve always had a fascist component in America and unfortunately always will. Lots of different names but if it quacks like a duck… When the moderates (what rto calls cen-Dems, not blue dogs) are in charge, government works, we make progress in increments, and both Extremes are isolated enough that they are reduced to complaining to each other about how bad everything is. When the Extremes are in charge – and while the Extreme Right uses the Extreme Left to get into power, the Extreme Left has never been competent enough to use the Extreme Right to get into power (it’s what they’re trying to do now, see jsfv) – government doesn’t work, progress is rolled back, many people die and many more are hurt.

      But we still outnumber them. We’ve already recovered enough from the shock of fascisti running 2 branches of our government to start making noise, Resisting every way we can think of – and working on taking back every seat we can get our hands on at all levels of government. It takes time to get enough seats back to make overt changes, but we’ll get there. We’ve been here before, you know. Has been done, can be done, will be done. moar {{{HUGS}}}

  6. Batch
    April 10, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    Morning Philly and fellow meese…

    Love the thread Philly…Hope you are doing OK after getting the boot from that puritanical other site we all used to meet at…

    Glad we all can stay together and glad you’re here.

    • bfitzinAR
      April 10, 2017 at 12:25 pm

      {{{Batch}}} – I’m glad we were proactive about building the other Villages – as someone we know and love said we’re “Stronger Together” :) and moar {{{HUGS}}}

      • shenagig
        April 10, 2017 at 2:12 pm

        Yeah it’s really getting bad over there..BradyB seems to have made it his mission to get rid of as may of the villagers as he can…I’m thinking it have always been him and not Iggy so much…

        • WYgalinCali
          April 10, 2017 at 2:33 pm

          I think he’s taken over for Iggy. Soon, somebody else will so they can’t be accused of stalking.

      • Batch
        April 10, 2017 at 2:50 pm

        Hi {{{{fitz}}}}…The orange is going to shit…Marcos has let it be ruled by admins that have no regard for 1st amendment rights and instead are letting it be overrun but the Bernie bots…He needs to fix it or the site will go down the drain. moar {{{{Hugs}}}}

        • wordsinthewind
          April 10, 2017 at 3:25 pm

          no one has 1st amendment rights at a private site, our Constitution only burdens governments with that requirement. Private individuals are free to be as bigoted as they choose as long as they are not acting in the public sphere.

          kos wrote a couple of weeks ago that he was making big plans for the site and implied that he wanted to be more influential in politics. If that is the case he will need to take a long, hard look at some choices that he made years ago and has lived with since then. Some of his people are entirely too small-minded to move into the big time and they have always limited the growth of d k, they do not want what he wants, they do however want very much to be well paid and apparently he’s obliged.

          • notcondoleezza
            April 11, 2017 at 1:11 am

            Oh joy, the great Orange KOS wants to be the nouvelle liberal Glenn Beck. I cannot wait.

            • wordsinthewind
              April 11, 2017 at 7:57 am

              It’s not as though the place could become more unreadable, it will simply give the syncophants a sharper focus.

    • WYgalinCali
      April 10, 2017 at 2:35 pm

      Hey batch. Just got back from walk one of two. Refreshments and lunch before starting out again. {{{HUGS}}} Good to see you at the Pond.

      • Batch
        April 10, 2017 at 2:45 pm

        {{{Hugs}}} to you too beautiful…Trying to get here more often…

  7. MomentaryGrace
    April 10, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    Thank you Philly76. Excellent post and DK is the poorer for their ridiculous actions towards you.

    Here’s an illustration of our motto, #StrongerTogether:

    • WYgalinCali
      April 10, 2017 at 4:03 pm

      How adorable and spot on.

    • basket
      April 10, 2017 at 4:20 pm

      {{{{{MomentaryGrace}}}}}

      goes back into hiding

      • bfitzinAR
        April 10, 2017 at 4:22 pm

        {{{{{basket}}}}} – Healing Energy and moar {{{HUGS}}}

      • MomentaryGrace
        April 10, 2017 at 4:30 pm

        ♥♥♥basket♥♥♥
    • shenagig
      April 10, 2017 at 7:29 pm

      Sweet!

  8. Philly76
    April 10, 2017 at 8:07 pm

    Thanks all the resistance will continue here and SOB

  9. notcondoleezza
    April 11, 2017 at 1:11 am

    The struggle continues – stronger together.

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