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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 ...

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 ...

Will Cheney Help Or Hurt The Republicans In The Mid-Terms?

Will the re-emergence of Dick Cheney help or hurt the Republicans in the mid-terms?  There is so much going on about which voters are rightfully incensed my guess he will have little impact. I think it depends, however, on what happens in the middle east over the next couple of months. Those who believe it wouldn't be in the mess it is if it weren't for the Bush/Cheney policies and rush to war will be reminded of just that - the ...

An elective despotism was not the government we fought for, but one which should not only be founded on true free principles, but in which the powers of government should be so divided and balanced among general bodies of magistracy, as that no one could transcend their legal limits without being effectually checked and restrained by the others. Thomas Jefferson
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How Will Your Piggy Bank Vote In 2012?

Republicans and Conservatives seem to be long on advice to “Get Out Of Debt And Save Your Money” but as far as I have been able to discern, they never quite get around to offering any sensible or workable  suggestions or plans as to how this may be done.

As I see things, their usual mantra for solving the national debt crisis goes something like this, “Give More Tax Breaks To The Wealthiest 1% who are the “Job Creators” and sock it to the other 99% whose only purpose in Life is to live the good life on the backs of the “Honest Taxpayers” (The filthy rich).

Government Spending does not seem to me to be one of their favorite options for getting the sluggish economy going again even though it was Government Spending (On a massive scale) that allowed us to realize victories during World War II and it was huge Government Spending that underwrote the greatest economic booms (After WWII and on up through the 1950s) that this nation has ever experienced.

But I have long since learned, “Never try to confuse Radical American  Conservatives with facts. They have their own set of facts that they have collected through the years of listening to the myth-makers on their convenient and comfortable 24-hour-a-day
“Alternative Universe Media” and nothing or no one is going to tell them anything different than what they “Believe.” 

I deal with that reality every day on this blog as the trolls flock to my posts with their mindless little diatribes and endless arguments about why I am wrong on almost everything I address.  But I have learned that the best way to deal with them is to ignore them because they are not really saying anything anyway. (I love the power of the delete button.)

They “Know That They Know What They Know” and Heck (better word to describe the bad place where devils live and fire tortures souls) or high water does not seem to be able to move them off their locked-in thinking.

Over the years, it has occurred to me that the Conservative mindset is to act on “Faith” (Belief) first and look for facts at a later time. “Faith” seems to be a big thing with Conservatism.  Issues are, in my opinion, more often decided on what they “Believe” no matter what the facts are and they seem to me to be very quick to argue on any issue, “I know what I know that I know” and they often appear to be”Locked In” on attitude and it seems to me like nothing is going to shake them.  Nothing! That has been my experience with the ones I have known anyway.

So my point is that even though Government Spending has been the proven engine of economic recovery for generations, the truly “Committed” among Conservatists (I wanted to say “Fanatical” but that isn’t nice) will argue til they are blue in the face that it just ain’t so!

Their silver bullet seems to be rewarding the fortunate few 1% at the top of the national food chain. In my view, feeding the material desires of the fat cats is the ultimate gain, personal reward and Valhalla of Reichtie in America today.

What they fail to realize is that giving massive tax breaks to the already obscenely rich is nothing more or less than one gigantic, bloated, resource-consuming, divisive,  mega-government-spending program.

With one breath, Rightie complains about “Big Government” and with the next breath Rightie explains all the good reasons that the mechanism of Big Government should be used to promote, advance, secure, proliferate or spread the failed ideology of their too-often vaporous wish dream fantasies and to foist these empty notions onto the American People.

They don’t want to spend Taxpayer Dollars on things that will actually help “The Little Guy” (The not-so-fabulously-wealthy) but they have no complaint whatsoever about stuffing the national treasure down the gullets of the “Have It All” hogs, now do they?

In all the history of this great country of ours, the Economy has fared better under Democrats than it has ever hoped to under Republicans and any well-respected and widely-known Economist worth his or her salt has said so. (Do some research in some Economic History Books that have not fallen to the ax of Right Wing Revisionists and you will see that what I am saying has been considered to be the case for a long long time.)

President Franklin D. Roosevelt raised the sinking economy through the big-spending programs of “The New Deal” and, in my opinion, it is a darned good thing that he did. Conservatism seems to hate the mention of “The New Deal” but I can almost guarantee that if it had not been for that spectacularly successful event in our history, many of them wouldn’t be so cocky today because they would still be living in the dark ages of poverty and, perhaps, even squalor.

Now many of the intransigents and the obstructionists of that treatable condition I often refer to as Radical Conservatism are wagging their sulphurous tongues against President Obama because of TARP, The Stimulus Programs and the “Bail Outs.”

They simply cannot realize (Or do not want to admit) that these initiatives actually saved many of what I consider to be their worthless rear ends and I think the reason for that is that many of them are angry that the money was spent on things to help America and not on more and bigger tax breaks for their cronies in their alabaster towers of privilege and elitism.

If there is a “Pathology” rampant in the land today (As many on the dark side of Conservatism like to claim) then that pathology is not found in trying to boost a lagging economy with some infrastructure spending or in saving the auto industry—that pathology is found in sticking to the same old tired, worn-out policies of failure and economic disaster that they have been wed to from time immemorial.  That would be, in my opinion, where the pathology lies–in the pathological incompetence of the visionless and the leaderless who always oppose and obstruct every good thing that Liberals, Democrats and Progressives ever try to do or get done.

In my opinion, President Roosevelt’s “New Deal” saved America’s Economy following World War II.

And so, what is the Republican Plan for The United States?

Posted by John Liming (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.

3 comments to How Will Your Piggy Bank Vote In 2012?

  • Wouldn’t the simplest way to help the average American’s Piggy Bank simply be to decrease the number of unemployed? A novel concept I realize, and almost simplistic, yet something your current Federal government has yet to grasp.

    Government does not create long term self sustaining jobs, sure they pay lip service to it, but the reality is the only jobs they can create are ones in their own bureaucracy. These jobs can in no way, shape, or form ever be considered “self sustaining” as they require a continuous influx of taxpayer money. The irony of it is that many of these bureaucratic jobs exist simply to collect taxpayers money to in fact sustain their own positions, and as the size of the bureaucracy increases so does the number of individuals required to deprive citizens of their income to simply sustain this bureaucratic leviathan.

    The only say government has in job creation is one of getting out of the way of private business, so that these businesses can be innovative and create and supply products and services that the consumer chooses to trade their hard earned dollars for. As this demand is created, more people are hired, as more people go to work there is more disposable income, more disposable income leads to increased demand for products and services, which in turn leads to hiring more people to fill the demand. Pretty simple cycle, one that the government has no place in other than to act as a roadblock.

    Just once I would like someone to point to a true self sustaining job that government has created, one that does not require ongoing funding from taxpayers into perpetuity, or a massive investment at the onset that far exceeds the actual net benefit of the job. There’s a challenge for you, name one. I look forward to your response. Please, I beg of you prove me wrong

    A Canadian Commenter

    PS: Feel free to look to Canada for this elusive self sustaining government created job, but be forewarned you have more chance of finding a living, breathing Sasquatch (Big Foot) than you do of ever finding proof of existence of such a job.

  • Ah, the power of being able to sustain continuous attention from a loyal and devoted readership is satisfying beyond belief.

  • Any luck finding that one elusive job? If not I just heard a report that a Sasquatch was spotted in the interior of British Columbia.

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