Kudos to Whitney Webb ( <3 ) and Graham Elwood for sticking with this thing. 👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏
The extreme arrogance and hubris that is continuously radiated by characters such as these is due to this: they now realize that they allowed throughout their lifetime the circumstances to exist that brought us to this moment; that they failed in their own eyes to prevent the problems that are before us now; but instead of simply stepping aside, acknowledging the truth, and getting out of the way, leaving it clear for others to do the necessary work, they entrench themselves, embittered, and seek to pretend that the problems couldn’t have been prevented, or that they are not as bad as they seem, or that they are beyond the ability of others to solve, or that they are unsolvable by anyone, or, lastly, that they don’t even exist.
I think we’ve come to the point where any reasonable person would concede that what we’re doing isn’t working. There necessarily comes a time when there is no more time left to conduct studies; to have discussions; to debate trivialities into infinity; to convince or educate the ignorant and shallow and easily satisfied and incurious; to compromise yet further; to reach across the aisle. That time is upon us. It’s time to shift gears now. This is a binary change. On or off. Forward or backward. Thrive or wither.
There is no middle.
There is no half gear. Do you see a 1 1/2 gear on your car’s stick shift? You pick a direction and you follow it. You do not simultaneously follow one direction and another or else you will split yourself in two. Any idiot can see that.
We’ve so far gathered much information throughout our human history about ways human beings can thrive on this planet. We have way more information than is necessary to solve all of our problems! Do you understand that? However we have chosen not to act upon that information and pursue courses of action that truly allow us to thrive as a species and to thrive as a planet. Instead we have chosen to follow the moving target, the rabbit on the post, watch the same old show over and over again, tell the same old joke, perform the same old tradition. Instead of using what we’ve learned in order to move forward and better ourselves and our society and our circumstances and our understanding of the universe we have chosen instead to take all of that, fancy merely the shiny bits, sit on the couch, eat potato chips and watch TV and get fat and drunk and stupid and drive bigger and bigger trucks. Our coastlines are not collectively-owned celebrations of nature’s beauty and places to reflect and enjoy but staging areas for pushing more metal and plastic and oil and waste into the oceans, making them merely extensions of our mismanaged, exploitative, terrestrial roadways.
Sigh. It’s late and I’m tired so I’m going to go home. I’ll write more later maybe. 🙂👍💜✌️🌍🌌🦄🌈👽🛸
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I just signed up to go to an event tomorrow night. I strongly encourage you to keep up the momentum that we generated going into these midterm elections and show this corrupt administration that this battle has only just begun and no one is backing down.
The following is my half of a discussion I had online regarding this story:
I really don’t want to have to point this out. 😐 But obviously people have reached their tolerance for the kind of status-quo, meandering, lazy, “middle-of-the-road” (it’s not the middle), milquetoast, politics that have passed for normal from the Democratic Party since I don’t know when to be honest — a long time. At least since Bill Clinton (whom I did not vote for, and I’ve never voted Republican ever for anything to my knowledge). And clearly history wants this Class, this ideology (really?), this waste of resources to move out of the way and allow human progress in whatever nasty or beautiful form to proceed. But the waste isn’t going anywhere on its own accord despite having had plenty of time on the world’s stage to demonstrate its efficacy and correctness; it hasn’t. So, what I didn’t want to have to point out is that this Class must exit the world’s stage one way or another. And I’m just the messenger here!!!! I’m not one of the misguided zealots who tried in a very dishonorable, unethical, cowardly, brutal way to murder these human beings (who are just like the rest of us in the ways that really matter, unfortunately). I hope people are open to receiving this message eventually before too much more is wasted unnecessarily.
I don’t mean to escalate the argument. 🙂 But I disagree that the left must move toward a more progressive track. Instead I feel that progress requires certain things to happen and the American Left can either do it or not do it. That’s its choice. And it’s either not making the choice or it’s making the wrong one, over and over again. Just never the right one. Which is why it has to go.
I’m just citing examples from memory but for starters ratifying the UN’s Declaration of Human Rights. Making that part of the platform. And not necessarily the document itself but the spirit which is that in this era we should all be receiving safety, shelter, sustenance, love, medical care, humane and happy accommodations. . . . there is no need for this false scarcity that we insist must be true but isn’t.
The false scarcity is purely a product of how we choose to divide our resources. It’s complicated! 🙂 Of course! Because there are billions of people! But it can be broken down into parts, regions, nations, countries, states, cities, towns, tribes, families.
These are all choices. And the worst thing, THE WORST THING, is to be in the middle of the ocean, in a sinking boat, just sitting there, doing nothing. Because that’s what we’re doing. We’re doing nothing while the perfect options and perfect moments and perfect opportunities seem to slip by. But that’s also an illusion. Because there is no perfect! 🙂 But there is what we can do right now. And that is the definition, to me, of boldness, of bold progressive action. It is the antithesis of the status quo, this sinking boat we’re all happy to keep sitting in for some reason.
And don’t get me wrong. This goes not only for the Democratic leadership but anyone who would be called neoliberals, neoconservatives, anyone in the establishment status quo that plagues us at the moment and has led this country down the wrong track for decades, since World War II at least.
I sincerely and greatly commend Max Boot and others like him for being so philosophically courageous as to face this situation honestly and follow the truth wherever it led them, regardless of how painful, isolating, disorienting, and lonely it might have been. They set a crucial example for others regardless of their political or social beliefs.
Michael Avenatti’s attacks on the Democratic establishment are creating new friction as the party debates how abrasive an approach to take against President Trump.
Maybe more than anything else it’s the pathetically weak criticism of Michael Avenatti that makes me think he’s correct.
Willie Nelson debuted his new song “Vote ‘Em Out” at a Beto O’Rourke rally last month. O’Rourke is a Democrat running for senate in Texas against Republican incumbent Ted Cruz. The closely-watched race could represent a major shift in the political life of a deep-red state, and Nelson has given his support to O’Rourke and other Democrats challenging Republican seats in the midterm elections on 11/6. Nelson’s song shares a simple messages: “If you don’t like who’s in there, vote ’em out.” It’s a lighthearted call-to-action that references some current political issues the US is facing (“The biggest gun we’ve got is the ballot box”) and the buffoonish current administration (“If it’s a bunch of clowns you voted in/ Election day’s comin’ ’round again”). Listen to Nelson’s song below and get out the vote on 11/6!
It’s a catchy tune!!! 🙂