DemExit finally

I’ve taken a lot of crap from friends who are Democrats. If you voted Green, or for anyone but Trump or Hillary, you’ve heard it, too.

The election of Trump? SAD! On this, I agree with Hillary’s supporters.

Other SAD things also come to mind:

  • The sense of entitlement that Dems have that tells them all people left of Attila the Hun are “their voters”
  • Their addiction to greed and reaping the rewards of corporate donations to their campaigns for looking after corporate interests over the people’s
  • The duplicity of saying different things to different crowds of people; call it deception, or better, LYING
  • The manner in which they condescend, throughout the mainstream Dem party and their puppy-dog propaganda press, to speak to me, to minorities, to blue collar workers, to millennials, to Republicans, to virtually everyone except those in their elite circles of money and power
  • Their inability to speak the truth plainly about their own shortcomings and deceptions of the past — their complete inability to conduct honest self-analysis and critique
  • The way they shift blame to everyone but themselves for giving up over 1000 positions in state governments during the period of Obama’s presidency
  • The way they are satisfied with mere symbolism, as in the election of a black president, and the prospect of having a woman president, rather than being authentic crusaders for social justice, peace, workers rights, and others
  • The way they so quickly embrace war, drones, and intervention as solutions to many issues that could be negotiated if they would drop their dogged allegiance to money, oil, and Israel.

SAD, REALLY SAD!

I’m done with the Democrats. I’ve given them over half my life, but I’m finally over it. I have found a good home in the Green Party as many people are doing. Our success will be found in winning the issues we fight for. We are informed, and we are active beyond words.

 

2037 – Looking back at the Earth we once knew

Try to imagine yourself twenty years from now. Don’t look at the grey hair and wrinkles, but look at the world outside, that world you once knew to be suffering from the effects of global warming, that world that believed all the scientific evidence that the Earth’s limitations were being tested, that world that postponed the most important decisions ever to be made by the human species, decisions that would have, perhaps, stopped the global nightmare that is now obviously coming true.

As you imagine the world twenty years from now, along with it, imagine the audacity of a politician in 2037 determining that global warming is a hoax, that the systems we relied upon for knowing the truth about the Earth and its people — science, geologists, oceanographic experts, economists, sociologists, and so many institutions — are but a distant nuisance, voices that represent the ultimate wackiness, the “Flat Earthers” of 2037.

The world is crashing, burning, crumbling, and dying from starvation and disease, and yet the overwhelming majority of people on the planet are powerless to change it. We have become desperate to find our own food for the day, clean water to drink, and a shelter that accommodates the dignities that living as a human require.

It makes no sense that in the year 2017, twenty years past, a leader of the greatest industrial nation on the planet, voluntarily dismantled the meager, but only, protections that kept our hopes alive that better days would be ahead if we would have simply sacrificed some principles that were killing us: the principle of economic domination, the principle of military superiority, these, the principles of empire.

“If only the people had fought harder. If they would have only taken their bodies to the streets and demanded that the course of the Earth be changed. If they would have laid aside their entertainment, that is, the partisan squabbling that the leaders used to distract them from the sadness that was coming and has now come.”

Everywhere, greed flew like swarms of flies on a carcass, as the leaders grabbed all they could, and made laws to keep the people from speaking, from marching, from demanding, from fighting.

And here, in 2037, people everywhere are writing epitaphs and trying to rid themselves of memories and regrets.

 

Time tasks in organizing

Most nights, I come home and prepare a quick supper for us, and then I get on with my reading and letter-writing about upcoming legislation, reading the local news that needs some local action, and then I try to leave time for some background reading to keep the coals burning. During baseball season, I take lots of time outs to check on my Texas Rangers.

But, some nights, like tonight, I simply have to sit down and get organized. I take time to follow through on commitments I’ve made to the local and state Green Party, and I think about “next steps” a lot. It’s just Organizing 101 to make time for tasks that seem a bit off-topic at times, but they are important.

  • They keep us on the path to a future we want
  • Our actions have a ripple effect, and will sometimes kick someone else into gear
  • It feels good to get all the thoughts down in writing (spreadsheets are my favorite)
  • We can sleep at night knowing that we’re doing all we can

It’s always important that our valuable time is spent on the “right” things, and we don’t get caught up in perfection. I admire beautifully done spreadsheets and formatting and such, but it’s also debilitating, so I try my best to avoid perfectionism.

But, it also just as important that great ideas that are ignited in our brains while we’re driving, sleeping, showering, or talking with other people, do not die out due to not getting it down on paper in some kind of planning apparatus.

Tonight, I spent a couple of hours putting together a legislative “Bill Watch” spreadsheet, organized by Green Party topics, so that other Legislative Committee members can team up, using shared Google documents, and make everyone’s load lighter. We are bound to get more done, and more bills will be influenced, if we can work together and not overlap each other’s efforts.

A Texas-size pissing match

A real Texas-size pissing match is taking place in the state capital of Austin as Governor Greg Abbott is seeking greater control over local law enforcement agencies. The issue is “sanctuary cities.”

In one corner, you have the “guvnah”, the successor to one Rick Perry, who was the successor of one George W. Bush, and on and on, with one exception, the late great Ann Richards. Some of us still remember those days fondly, but nostalgia aside, this ain’t Ann’s Texas any more.

In the other corner, you have the Travis County sheriff, Sally Hernandez. She has a distinct honor these days, the honor of being the governor’s number one nemesis, the kind that makes a mudpie with your own spit, and then rubs your face in it. Hernandez doesn’t care much for ICE detainers, those pieces of paper that tell her who she is supposed to detain for the feds. And, by some accounts, she enjoys the role of antagonist to the governor.

In all likelihood, even though the House is weakening the bill from that which was passed in the Senate committee, Abbott will win this battle. Perhaps, it’s demographics. Or, maybe it’s that Ann has been gone too long for us Texas progressives to survive this one.

Read the Texas Tribune article for more info…

 

Hedges: “Crawl toward despotism”

Readers of GreenGuyBlog will quickly note that I read Chris Hedges, and I trust his analyses and forecasts.

In today’s column on Truthdig, Hedges forecasts the “crawl toward despotism” of power in the United States. His article, “A Last Chance for Resistance”, presents a chilling call to Americans to heed the stark warnings of our impending democratic demise.

It will be increasingly difficult to carry out mass protests and civil disobedience. Repression will become steadily more overt and severe. Dissent will be equated with terrorism. We must use the space before it is shut. This is a race against time. The forces of despotism seek to keep us complacent and pacified with the false hope that mechanisms within the system will moderate Trump or remove him through impeachment, or that the looming tyranny will never be actualized. There is an emotional incapacity among any population being herded toward despotism or war to grasp what is happening. The victims cannot believe that the descent into barbarity is real, that the relative security and sanity of the past are about to be obliterated. They fail to see that once rights become privileges, once any segment of a society is excluded from the law, rights can instantly be revoked for everyone.

Read the entire article here.

A change in focus – Hello Greens!

My political journey has had some dramatic twists and turns in the last 42 years that I’ve been politically aware and somewhat conscious (most of the time). As I entered my 60’s a few years ago, I looked back and gasped at the amount of time I spent wandering, unanchored to principles that matched my passions at the time.

The lack of consistency in my political activism, I believe, is due to my dependence on a “false anchor” that I was reluctant to cut myself away from. This anchor was the Democratic Party.

I don’t care to defend that last statement — I’ve spent too much of my life trying to satisfy critics of my political leanings, of which there are many.

We have been brought to heel by “big money” politics, and the most predictable outcome was achieved, a thriving oligarchy in which the Democratic Party, under Clinton and beyond, especially, was its chief architect. In pursuing corporate money, i.e. power, the masses of people who had once depended on Democrats to do their bidding were betrayed by the Party’s pursuit of richer pastures. They sold us out for thirty pieces of silver. Many of us were reluctant to admit it; and, many still haven’t.

So, I’m going in a new direction, one in which my principles and passions match. I am now a full-fledged and soon-to-be full-throated member and activist with the Green Party. I stuck my toe in the water in 2016, voting for Green candidates in all the races where they existed in my district, but now I’m diving in. So long, Dems! Hello Greens!

(Posts previous to this date have been retained for the record, but this marks the beginning to a new title for the blog, GreenGuyBlog. The old “60 Left” entries were written during the period I supported Bernie Sanders for the Dem nomination.)