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I ran across this today at Lew Rockwell’s website
Charles Burris summarizes what he has noticed, and likes, about the way Donald Trump’s campaign has exposed certain aspects of the Deep State. I was gratified to read this article because I’ve been thinking the same things, and it’s good to be reminded that I’m not alone.
Comments welcome as always.
Darrell Castle, the presidential candidate of the Constitution Party, and Gary Johnson, the presidential candidate of the Libertarian Party, have a lot in common. Such as the following:
— 1. Both of them believe in the central importance of personal political liberty.
— 2. Both of them dislike the Establishment 2-Party System.,
— 3. Neither of them expects to win an election for president, at least not this year. Probably neither of them even expects to win a single electoral vote.
Since neither of them expects to win anything, it can be reasonably asked, “Then why in the world are they running?”
My answer would be, “Each man is carrying the banner for a traditional political philosophy that crosses the boundaries of countries and centuries.” They are champions of political philosophies that are important in themselves, even if they seem marginal to many voters. Each of the candidates embodies a point of view shared by many other intelligent, articulate people. Each is, in my view, worthy of respect.
So much for generalities; now to specifics. Here are links to the current party platforms, brief descriptions of the parties, and biographies of their candidates.
I have friends and acquaintances in both parties, and have attended their rallies and conventions, and have voted for their party candidates, local and national, in elections past. I’ll be looking forward to seeing both of you guys, and your parties, on Tuesday’s ballot.
I have thought this for a very long time. From my vantage point, though, there has been no way to prove it. So I, like most of us, depend on the connections, hard work, due diligence, and courage of others, including Julian Assange and his friends, to keep me informed.
Comments most welcome.
This is a follow on to my earlier post, in which I talked a little about the Green Party’s platform. Here is a link to that post:
In that post I promised this follow-up. Here goes:
I admire Jill Stein for her instincts to stand with our fellow-citizens on the Dakota tribal lands who are defending their ownership of their lands, and trying to resist the encroachments of the bulldozers of the fracking corporate-ocracy, supported by the US military-police-state. This unrighteous union of wealth-greed-and-power has the sufficient support of both Democratic “liberal” and Republican “conservative” lawmakers to do what they are doing with the impunity that naturally goes with people who have gotten by with this murderous shit for generations.
( By the way, I used the word shit because it is the appropriate word to use here. Though I admit that I don’t mind that it will piss off some of my very righteous fellow Christians who think they ought to own and regulate free speech with their own version of political-religious correctness. If you think that your children might be reading this, and get the vapors, just hurry them back to Disney-world again where it’s all good-y and safe-y and nice-y. And fantas-y. )
Let us remind our selves, in passing, that this attack upon the Dakota tribe comes from an administration and an Establishment political party that supposedly stands for human dignity, rights of women and children, etc. ad nauseum. With the willing complicity of the other Establishment political party across the aisle.
But back to Jill. I said I admire Jill Stein for her instincts, when I meant to add that I also really admire her for her courage to physically stand with a completely marginalized group of citizens. The Dakota tribe has a right to the sanctity of their ancestral lands — should I have said “reservation”?
Of course, Jill is not acting alone. She is part of a larger group of people. You have company, Jill, and I know that you know that. Just know that you will not be getting kudos from very many people. If you have the approval of your own heart, and a few good friends, that will probably have to do.
You might get kudos from Cindy Sheehan, who challenged the Establishment-popular invasion and occupation of Iraq in 2003 when she camped outside of George W. Bush’s “compound” in Crawford, Texas. The substance of her challenge was never adequately responded to. The media decided that they owned the story, and when it passed its sell-by date, gladly moved on.
You’ll probably get kudos from the spirit of Rachel Corrie, who in 2003 got run over by an Establishment-Israeli bulldozer while literally standing up for the right of Palestinians to live on their own, uh, “reservation.” Rachel was run-over twice: once by an Israeli bulldozer operator who claimed that he couldn’t see her, and the second time by an Israeli-friendly media who chose to avert their eyes.
Maybe the examples of these two brave women will help to encourage you. They will probably keep your expectations of “success” modest, though.
Go for it, Jill, and maybe some of us will get up there to Dakota to join you soon.
Jill Stein is the Green Party candidate for President in 2016. I don’t know as much about her qualifications and experience as I ought to, but I want to say — to myself, my future self, and anyone reading this — that there are two specific reasons for me to respect and admire Jill Stein, before whatever happens in the coming election.
First reason: there is a lot for me to like in her Green Party’s platform, which you can read here:
As I scanned through the (many) bullet points, I found quite a few — a majority, actually — that I agreed with. There are some that I fully agree with; there are others in which I agree with the implicit moral intent, while reserving some doubts as to whether the policy to achieve that moral intent is well crafted to achieve it; and there are a few with which I disagree as a matter of basic personal principle. If you read the platform through, I suspect that your experience will be similar to mine, but differing on points.
The GP platform raises issues that neither the Establishment, nor its Sanders-supporting opponents, nor its Trump-supporting opponents are saying much, if anything, about. I find this interesting. In fact, I find this selective blindness (on the part of pretty much everybody) downright curious. But let us move quickly on — time constraints and all that.
Second reason: there is something about her personal instincts and courage that I admire. But I’ll save that for a follow-up post, so stay tuned. This one has gone long enough.
I suggest that those good folks who profess to be (or are truly) tired of this election cycle or turned-off by the two major-party candidates should check out Jill Stein. You might find a cause you can better believe in and a candidate you can more fully support.
October 25, 2016
Gavin MacFadyen, one of the founders of Wikileaks, and an investigative journalist for decades, just died at the age of 76. First, a post about his death.
Next, a post about Eric Braverman, a former Clinton Foundation CEO ( who suddenly quit after only a year and a half on the job), who is seeking political asylum in Russia, probably afraid for his life. Some think this decision is linked to the death of the Wikileaks founder.
There are also websites saying this is NOT true. Who knows? Do your own due diligence.