16 thoughts on “United States primaries elections plutocracy

  1. The Mason Missile

    The E-Newsletter of

    John Oliver Mason

    December 26, 2011




    Whoso would be a man must be a nonconformist.

    -Ralph Waldo Emerson

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    Greetings, brothers and sisters! I wish everyone a happy holiday, whichever one you do-Hanukah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, New Years. Have a blast, celebrate ALL of them!

    I am heartily SICK of the whines coming from the rightist contingent about the “war on Christmas,” acting like Christians are being repressed and oppressed. (I continue to greet everybody “Happy holidays” – ALL of them.)

    This whining comes from a political Christianist movement that has campaigned against Islamic Sharia law being implemented by the law courts in this country, and which demands ALL Muslim Americans, good law-abiding folk, be placed under surveillance; the same damn movement that demands prayer in public schools and who uses their alleged religious beliefs as an excuse to discriminate against lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender people, to prohibit same-sex marriage, and to prohibit LGBT people from military service, based on THEIR version of what they interpret as “Christianity.” Authoritarian/fascist movements, like this one, and like ALL bullies, tend to play the victim and the oppressed party when someone finally stands up to them.

    Many of them have found a home in the Republican Party. In the debates of their presidential candidates, they cheered at the idea of an innocent person being executed, and of a person dying from lack of decent health care; and booed a young man in military service (which they supposedly love) serving in Iraq (which they still think was a good idea) simply because he was gay, as he asked the candidates if they would restore the stupid “don’t and, don’t tell” rule.

    What a cliffhanger we’ve been through- with the extension of the payroll tax cut and of unemployment compensation. The House Republicans, Tea Party types, all of a sudden oppose tax cuts- but it was for working people, not for their corporate paymasters funding their campaigns. Do we have to keep going through this, a political movement dedicated entirely to keeping Obama looking bad so he doesn’t get reelected? The main thing is JOBS for working people, so they don’t have to go on welfare and be the scapegoat for federal budget deficits created by no taxes on corporations and unnecessary wars.

    I’m still pleased with the Occupy movement; they have taken the media thunder out of the Tea Parties, simply by their organizing, coming together to express outrage at corporate dominance of our politics. The commercial media constantly errs to the right politically, so as not to offend corporate executives or long accepted conventional wisdom; thus the media made such a big deal of the Tea Parties, hyping them as a popular uprising, and not as the Astroturf corporate-sponsored event it has always been. The Occupy movement, however, was brought up over alternative media sites, about two weeks before the mainstream media found it. While we must work to find our way into the media to get our message across, we find we can do without it, using our own networks.

    Let’s celebrate the New Year, so we’ll be rested up to fight for the people. Bye!

    John Oliver Mason
    Freelance journalist, poet
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    Whoso would be a man must be a nonconformist.
    -Ralph Waldo Emerson



    The Republican Party is conducting a war to keep college students from voting.

    In GOP-controlled states, this war on college students is part of an orchestrated campaign to enact legislation that would limit a wide range of constitutionally entitled voting: from obstructing college student voter registration to making it harder for seniors, minorities – and anyone who is in a demographic group that tends to vote Democratic – to vote for the candidates of their choice.

    The bad news is that many of these laws are now in place; the good news is that the Department of Justice (DOJ) is reviewing some of these efforts, but not all of them by any means. Just last week the DOJ indicated that it will oppose the South Carolina voter ID requirement.

    In a December 27th New York Times (NYT) editorial, it is noted that:

    Seven states have already passed strict laws requiring a government-issued ID (like a driver’s license or a passport) to vote, which many students don’t have, and 27 others are considering such measures. Many of those laws have been interpreted as prohibiting out-of-state driver’s licenses from being used for voting.

    The New York Times editorial board deplores the efforts to limit the most fundamental exercise of democracy, the right to vote:

    Next fall, thousands of students on college campuses will attempt to register to vote and be turned away. Sorry, they will hear, you have an out-of-state driver’s license. Sorry, your college ID is not valid here. Sorry, we found out that you paid out-of-state tuition, so even though you do have a state driver’s license, you still can’t vote.

    Political leaders should be encouraging young adults to participate in civic life, but many Republican state lawmakers are doing everything they can instead to prevent students from voting in the 2012 presidential election.

    As we grow up, we learn early on in school about the great American tradition of electing leaders to represent us. It makes a mockery of the notion that this nation is a great democracy when one party imposes – as the Times decries – “these restrictions to win an election [that] will embitter a generation of students in its first encounter with the machinery of democracy.”

    The voting age in the United States is 18. Not allowing citizens over that age to vote based on partisan electoral strategy isn’t merely politics as usual; it is a mugging of democracy.

    Mark Karlin
    Editor, BuzzFlash at Truthout



    Rick Santorum may or may not “surge” to “win, place or show” in the Iowa caucuses, but playing political poker, he’s pulled out the race card.

    More than 90 percent of Iowa residents are white, and even though Iowans are not rabid racists by relative standards, Santorum is going for the GOP voters who feel that their taxes are being taken from them and redistributed to minorities.

    According to a January 2 CBS news story, “CBS News found that of the people on food stamps in Iowa, only nine percent are black and 84 percent are white.”

    Why is this important to the Santorum slide into racism? Because the same CBS article reported that the former Pennsylvania senator went out of his way to pronounce: “I don’t want to make black people’s lives better by giving them somebody else’s money; I want to give them the opportunity to go out and earn the money.”

    Santorum was answering a question “about foreign influence on the US economy” when he made this unrelated statement, which makes it about 100 percent certain that this was a contrived comment that was pre-planned to appeal to voters.

    Why would the arch, right-wing self-described disciple of God go Strom Thurmond on the last day before the Iowa caucuses?

    The answer lies in numerous studies that show that most working-class whites resent higher taxes because they falsely believe that the funds will be redistributed to “lazy” blacks and Latinos. So, when Santorum reinforces the myth that working-class tax money is used disproportionately for welfare for minorities, he is waving a red flag of resentment based on a racist lie. Despite the fact that the number of whites who receive food stamps in Iowa, for instance, is well over 80 percent, blacks are in the single digits as food stamp recipients in the Hawkeye State.

    This is one of the great conundrums for progressives to understand; many working-class residents are rabidly anti-tax because they believe that they are supporting minorities through the government taking their money in the form of taxes.

    Santorum has reinforced his foray into racial hot-button territory recently by saying that, as black people, the Obamas should be against abortion, that the Obamas are good role models for the great number of dysfunctional black families etc.

    The man who sees gay orientation as leading to man-on-dog sex also sealed the deal by coming out against diversity: “The greatness of America is people who are diverse coming together to be one,” Santorum said. “If we celebrate diversity, we lay the groundwork for that conflict.”

    People like Santorum show us that the Civil War still rages, and that the legacy of the likes of Jesse Helms lives on in a former northern senator who had his children view the placenta of his wife’s miscarriage in the family dining room.

    Playing the race card may be the least of his mental health problems.

    Mark Karlin,
    Editor of BuzzFlash at Truthout


  4. NH’s red-spotted newt wants to meet suited Newt

    January 6, 2012

    MANCHESTER, N.H.—New Hampshire’s state amphibian — the Spotted Newt — has a few words for the suited one.

    The red-spotted critter — also the official mascot of New Hampshire Magazine — is planning to drop by the Newt Gingrich for President campaign headquarters in Manchester on Friday.

    Magazine editor Rick Broussard said in a news release the newt wants to discuss the campaign’s “casual and reckless appropriation” of the newt’s own identity as one of the “cutest and most humble of New Hampshire’s state symbols.”

    The newt, who likes to be called “Spot,” notes that Gingrich’s New Hampshire website and headquarters are named Newt Hampshire. The newt also says the campaign featured a contest called “Spot the Newt” where office visitors were invited to search for a hidden newt toy.

    © Copyright 2012 Associated Press.


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  9. Something pretty major happened this week – one of the insidious, crazy and irresponsible statements made by Tea Party Congresswoman Michele Bachmann jumped across the Atlantic Ocean and almost created an international incident.

    Bachmann, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, was cited as a key source for an unsubstantiated rumor that the US government has been backing the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt’s recent elections – a charge that led to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s motorcade being pelted with tomatoes and shoes by angry protesters during her recent visit to Cairo. The rumor was apparently spread by far-right websites associated with Glenn Beck.

    This is a sneak peek into our media future if we cannot continue to build new institutions for independent online journalism. Truthout’s mission is to embody the highest standards of journalism while working to grow our robust online newsroom.


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