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Social Protest Lit: Ebenezer Elliot, “The People’s Anthem”

A poem from Ebenezer Elliot entitled The People’s Anthem from Book IV called “Out of The Depths.” This chapter is focused on man’s pursuit of remedy for social injustice: When wilt thou save the people? O God of mercy! when? Not kings and lords, but nations! Flowers of the heart, O God, are they! Let them not pass, like weeds, away! Their heritage a sunless day! God save the people! Shall bring crime for ever, Strength aiding still the strong? Is it thy will, O Father? That man shall toil for wrong? “No!” ...

Stephen Moore’s Ridiculous Anti-Clean Energy Rant

Hard right-winger Stephen Moore took a break from pushing debunked trickle-down economic policies to take a pathetic shot at clean energy.  Let the stupid begin. …radical Greens, one of the most influential political forces in America today… Seriously?  He goes on to mention the famed Sierra Club as one of these forces.  And where did they rank in 2013 on lobbying: 755.  In fact, if we look at the top 50 interest groups giving to members of Congress this year, no sign ...

Anti-Israel Policies/Actions Is Not Anti-Semitsim

There have been growing protests in Europe against the mass murder of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip by the State of Israel. These actions are in response to the IDF killing 500 Muslims there with the vast majority of them being civilians. But what is troubling about these movements is, according to this article in the NYT, an anti-Semitic tinge has taken place at these protests. The story reads that in France: Several recent pro-Palestinian demonstrations in Paris have boiled over ...

Warren For President?

Today at the the annual Netroots Nation conference in Detroit, the nation’s largest gathering of liberal activists and organizers, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D) reportedly drew an applause that Hillary could only dream of. According to NYT and Politico reports, Warren was a rock-star while Hillary Clinton, the likely Democratic candidate for President, was absent. Warren’s populist talking points and her history of taking Wall Street to task (remember that Warren was an early advocate for the creation of a new Consumer Financial ...

Social Protest Literatue at Sparking The Left

Here at STL we are starting a new feature. In between our political-insight posts, I will start publishing excerpts or entire pieces of great literature that speak to crucial social and political issues which span the centuries. Though almost all in the Western tradition, the subject matters are transcendental. Now first to name my source, I am taking pieces from Upton Sinclair’s selected and edited collection “The Cry for Justice: An Anthology of the Great Social Protest Literature of All Time.” ...

Pulitzer-Winning Journalist Detained for Being Undocumented

I was first brought aware of Jose Antonio Vargas’ story last week in a piece he penned in Politico. He explained that he was in the Rio Grande Valley, in the city of McAllen, just north of the Mexican border. He was there to see first hand the tens of thousands of undocumented children, most of them from Central America, and observe how they were being treated. The trip was also used for a news conference appearance and vigil organized by United We Dream, ...

GOP Refuses Funding for Border Children Projects

A humanitarian crisis unseen before at our borders is becoming more and more urgent everyday at Rio Grande Valley, TX, and other Southwest locations. And yet the GOP is arguing over numbers. Yesterday President Obama requested an amount of $3.7 billion from Congress to help aid the 57,000 unaccompanied minors who illegally crossed the border from the Mexico side since October. They are mostly from violence-ridden Central American countries, like El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras (Honduras has the world’s highest murder ...

Problems galore for the new government headed by Mr. Narendra Modi in New Delhi – Imperative for the first time PM and his council of ministers in governance amidst multiple challenges

The phenomenal victory for Mr. Narendra Modi and his party (the BJP) in May 2014 general elections has not only drawn the adulation of people world over but also silenced all its die hard critics at home and abroad. It was so stupendous and stunning that even the American government and its top leaders across party lines acknowledged Mr. Modi as the emerging democratic leader of the world, setting aside their past antagonism as an error of judgment, not based ...

Selective Outrage

War is hell.  All we have to do is look around the world to see its toll.  That being said, I don't understand the lack of outrage coming from this President and his administration other than that aimed at our one ally - Israel which is doing no more than trying to protect it's people from rocket fire and constant raids from Hamas. The fact that Palestinian civilians are getting killed is a tragic yet unavoidable aspect of this war.  Why ...

Why Are We So Full Of Hate?

What has happened to human kind?  No matter where you look we find ourselves surrounded by a world filled with hate. What puzzles me is how it's combined with political correctness.  Take this country where so many words are now frowned upon and even forbidden because they are hurtful to certain people.  Redskins, squaw, savage plus a whole lot applying to blacks, orientals and hispanics not to mention middle easterners.  Has it dawned on anyone banning the names has done nothing ...

Has Putin Over Reached Once Too Often?

My, oh my.  We've watched this man make mince meat of Obama over the past several years.  Each time you could see the smirk broaden and the swagger get more pronounced. He and his allies - Iran, China, Syria and North Korea were truly enjoying themselves. But as happens with a lot of bullies, they get over confident and suddenly everything around them collapses. I'm wondering if this is the case with the downing of the Malaysian passenger jet. With the death ...

If Only It WERE The Heat!

What a day.  A passenger plane has been shot down over Ukraine uncomfortably close to the Russian border. Hamas reneged on the humanitarian cease fire so Israel launched their ground offensive. Children still pour across the border while Congress dithers. It's now being reported parents are giving them birth control in case they are raped during the journey. Along that line former member of Congress, Todd Aiken, who once talked about legitimate rape and the idea that women's bodies protected them from becoming ...

Hannity's Histrionics

For a person who doesn't have much faith in the intellect of pundits, I wonder why I watch them so often.  I wonder even more why the cable outlets and networks that employ them don't take more care in who they hire. Many of them get on crusades that bear no resemblance to reality.  Sean Hannity is one of the most prominent. The night before last  he was on his Bowe Bergdahl kick demanding to know why he was returned to ...

Do Actions Speak Louder Than Words?

If the President could run away from the border mess any faster I'm sure he would. It's being said it's because being seen in the setting of kids crammed into confined spaces with their scabies and lice would reflect badly on him.  It could even be his Katrina.  Well, maybe.  But who's fault is that? It goes to show his handlers aren't as smart as they think they are.  For one, drinking beer and shooting pool in Colorado, a state where ...

The Kids Always Went Home

Watching the immigration mess going full bore brought to mind a lot of things that have involved children from other nations.  The first thing that comes to mind is the Disney song It's a Small World After All that speaks to all we have in common. Hopes, dreams, all the warm fuzzy stuff. We've had exchange student programs where a student from another country lives with a local family to learn not only academics but what life in American and Americans ...

The Militia Is Coming, The Militia Is Coming!

That's all we need! News has it a call has gone out for militia, both unarmed and armed, to gather along the border to help private land owners protect their property in something called Operation Save Our Borders.  Terrific! Remember how well it went when militia turned out to help to  help Cliven Bundy in his fight over Federal grazing rights in Nevada?  It came within a hair's breadth of turning violent. I really feel for the border towns who are the ...

A government is republican in proportion as every member composing it has his equal voice in the direction of its concerns, not indeed in person, which would be impracticable beyond the limits of a city or small township, but by representatives chosen by himself and responsible to him at short periods. Thomas Jefferson
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John Liming - American Liberal Times

Everybody Deserves A Fair Shake!

I, for one, appreciate the fact that we have had President Obama at the National Helm during this period of economic crisis that we have been going through.

Anyone who wishes to look deep into what he has actually accomplished on behalf of The United States since he was elected is going to find a long list of positive accomplishment including the one that assures equal pay between the genders.

Too, there are, at present some 82 million seniors who are enjoying a closing of that expensive old “Donut Hole” in their Medicare coverage. I imagine that if “Obama Care” gets overturned some day, those seniors will be less than pleased with the Conservatives who are working so hard to make more millionaires at their expense and on their backs.

But there will always be some arrogant nartwoggler who will argue, “So what are you going to do when the country runs out of money and can’t afford all those free handouts anymore–like Social Security and Medicare and VA Medical care?”

My answer to that is, “If that happens, I am sure the American People will make sure that the greed mongers live hard.

Americans will take a lot of horse manure from a lot of sources, but when they are pushed against the wall, the sleeping giant awakens and the perp-er-traitors end up getting theirs in areas where the sun don’t shine.  It has always been that way and I have no reason to suspect that it won’t continue to be that way because Americans are a Proud People– an industrious People, an Inventive People, and Imaginative People and an undefeatable force when messed with. The powerful combination of a riled-up Citizenry and a voting booth is a formidable detriment to injustice and inequality.

So the oppressors  with the big mouths and the swelled pocketbooks, take notice.  America is watching!

The Occupy Wall Street Movement is what I consider the beginning of something big and wonderful– a populist movement to actually level the fiscal playing fields again. The adversaries of OWS think it is some kind of flash in the pan, obviously and they spend a lot of time telling us how “Communist” it all is.

But may I remind the more astute students of history among us that it is probably the same way old King George viewed those pesky and rebellious American Colonists back in 1775 and 76?  We all know how that turned out, don’t we?

The Right Wing Tories and Loyalists saw the handwriting on the wall and so they grabbed all their wealth that they could pack and set off for safer ground in Canada and elsewhere.

They were braggarts and cowards back then and many of their ilk are braggarts and cowards today and when things get rough, they will do what they always do– they will capitulate to the Will of the People or they will hide out in their cushy little several acre mansions until it all blows over.

But it might not blow over this time. Please remember the reportedly arrogant responses of The Czars in Russia in 1917.

The wealthy in that “Country Destined For Change” soon discovered that their money couldn’t buy their way out of the revolutionary fever that was sweeping them along toward a destiny they could have never imagined in their wildest dreams.  Many of them became absolute paupers during that Historic event we now call “The Russian Revolution.”

I think we are, at this very time, on the cusp of a new revolution here in America.  I think it will be a cultural revolution and that there will be no need to resort to armed conflict as some of the political demonstrators have suggested with their tight little silk pajama and tricorn hat “Patriot” suits and their hate signs.  Remember them?

They aren’t making the noise they once were able to make are they?  They showed America their true faces and they got some of their own ideologues elected to some governorships and it was such a disaster that recall petitions flew like snowflakes in a blizzard and the fall-out from those idiotic decisions is still burning like signal fires in the night.

Regardless of all the noise and propaganda that the wealthiest 1% of Americans can fire up, I am totally convinced in my own heart that they will not escape the raging flames of populist discontent and that, sooner or later, their little financial kingdoms and serfdoms will come tumbling down around their astonished ears. It almost happened during the most recent meltdown, but The President and an administration that did not have their heads up their rear ends were able to douse the conflagration before it consumed us all.

I love it when President Obama says thing like, “I believe that this country succeeds when everyone gets a fair shot, when everyone does their fair share, and when everyone plays by the same rules. “

Is there anybody who knows anything at all and who can actually think for themselves who does not believe for a minute that there is unfairness in America?

Is there any doubt in any sane person’s mind that there are many who “Play The System” and take unfair advantage of the middle class, the lower classes, the desperately poor, the sick, the aged, the infirm and the disadvantaged?

Does anyone with any kind of heart and compassion at all believe that America is totally shielded from crooks and liars and deceivers and scoundrels who profit on the misery of others and that much of this chicanery is coming from the top of the food chain?

For the uninformed who think that there are no “Class” systems in the modern world— and especially in America where everyone is supposed to be equal– remember the old saying as I have re-edited it: “Everyone is born equal. It is just that in The United States and elsewhere, some people are born more equal than others.” (John Liming, 2012)

It is up to the American Voting Public to level the playing field and to make sure the servants of Big Business and the upper crust do not get their grubby little mitts on the White House in 2012.

We have never needed good, solid Democrat, Liberal and Progressive leadership more than at the present time and in these present circumstances.

Posted by John Liming as his political opinions.

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John Liming - American Liberal Times

Author: John Liming - American Liberal Times

I am an American Man, 72-years-old, and a Veteran of The U.S. Military. I have served honorably in both The United States Army (National Guard) and The United States Air Force for a total of seven years and three months active duty during what is now known as The Vietnam Era. I am a concerned citizen and refer to myself as "A Crazy Left Wing Liberal Nut Case with occasional Right Wing Conservative tendencies. I am particular fearful that we might get to the point, in our internal power struggles where we would be a One Party Nation.

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