Power in Politics and Why it Matters

How do we get past the miscommunication over terms and really understand that ultimately, we the general populace want the same kinds of things? In my mind, one thing we should be talking about is power.

Ignore the Establishment Narrative America

You know you should stop watching CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX etc (and stop looking at NYT for news) when the hardest hitting Donald Trump interview ever was in 1990 by an Asian-American woman not exactly known for being probing. Connie Chung is now 70 years old.

The Death of PBS

The U.S.’ Growing Education Gap and the Elimination of Public Media

Social Security Cannot Go Broke!

It is impossible for Social Security to go broke. All it takes to see that is a ride on the subway.

The Trump Administration is Determined to Sink the Economy, Grandma First

To all those elderly who worked hard to make a decent life for themselves and their families, many of who served our country to protect the freedoms we (at least for the time being) enjoy, the Trump administration wants to thank them for all their contributions to society by ensuring they have as short a life as possible.

The Current Corporate Coup

The loss of democracy is an inevitable result of the ascension of unelected political power. Over the past 40 years in the US. we have witnessed the return of this cyclical phenomenon of our capitalist economic system--the gradual rise of corporate control of government--which has occurred every 70-80 years since the founding of the nation. Paralleling the increase of corporate power, and directly related to it, is the widening of the income/wealth inequality gap between the 1% and the balance of the population. Economists tracking that gap found that it peaked in 1928, the year before the Crash of 1929, the Great Depression. It peaked again in 2007, the year before the onset of the recession we have not fully recovered from. An amazing concordance. Of course, for people of wealth, those crises were special opportunities to become even richer. Failing business were bought by the vultures for fire sale prices; and homes in foreclosure were scooped up for pennies on the dollar.

The Time Has Come to Rise Up

In just his first 10 days in office, Trump has managed to move the US toward a fascist state, endangering the lives of most of its citizens. How this occurred? Weren’t the Democrats supposed to resist every policy of Trump’s, much as the Republicans did during the Obama administration? For that matter, where are the sane, responsible Republicans who so vociferously expressed their dislike for Trump during the election cycle? It was baffling to see them do nothing as Trump signed yet another asinine executive order banning Muslims from 7 countries, an edict that belongs somewhere in the Dark Ages.

What If The Government Prints Money To Pay The National Debt?

If you think that "printing money to pay the national debt" causes inflation, then you do not understand how the monetary system actually works.

What the Government Doesn’t Want You to Know: It Can Fully Fund Anything

What if I told you that everything we have been taught about US economics is wrong? Before your eyes start to glaze over in anticipation of boring economic jargon, let me acquaint you with 5 simple facts that might just wake you up.

Russian Attacks on John Podesta, DNC Leaks Are Fake

Bottom line, the Russian conspiracy is a myth, for both Podesta Leaks and DNC Leaks. I will prove it.

Real Progressives' Trending on Twitter #DrainTheSwamp

Donald Trump came in on promises to #DrainTheSwamp (meaning to remove all of the establishment inertia from Washington). It seems that he was just pandering to his constituents. He has instead decided to tap the heads of industry and the same establishment politicians he belittled to head his administration. The disdain of the public for his equivocacy is noted in the tweets below:

Fukushima and the Pernicious Lie of the Sustainability of Nuclear Power

Fukushima Daiichi was back in the news this week after another offshore earthquake triggered a new tsunami warning in the prefecture of the tattered nuclear plant. Fortunately, this time the tsunami was miniscule compared to the one that led to the original meltdown, but the problems at the plant, like the problems with nuclear power in general, remain both omnipresent and potentially catastrophic. It is imperative that we, as Real Progressives, realize that nuclear power is neither green nor sustainable, and that, like the petroleum infrastructure, we are forced to live with the myriad of established installations. We must look to truly sustainable options for any new construction and any incidence of governmental subsidy.

All You Need to Know about Neoliberalism-But Were Afraid to Ask

Neoliberalism has guided US government policy since the 1980s. Yet, few Americans really understand the concept behind neoliberalism. This essay provides a guide and examples of governmental neoliberal policies from Reagan's administration to the present day.    

Top 10 Reasons Why Hillary Clinton Lost

Notice also, which items are NOT featured on this list...

The Stealing of America

Let's face it folks, unless we, the people, can find a way to clean up the elections, we will never get control of our government back in our hands. Instead, we will continue to be pawns to a government that hands the baton of power from one neoliberal politician to another. Although they may be of different political parties, all neoliberals are made from the same cloth. This is the reason that in the last 30 years, we've seen little difference in the governance of Republican and Democratic administrations. The main goal of the neoliberal agenda is to keep the power with the elites. Rigging voting machines and suppressing the votes are easy ways to keep fellow neoliberals in power.

Please Stop Protesting Donald Trump

It is your right to protest at any time, for any reason, but in the case of Donald Trump, it's important to ask yourself why you're doing it.

If Trump's Muslim registry is enacted I'll convert to Islam

I will convert to Islam if a Muslim registry passes legislation

The Third Party

Democracy in America is only a word now; nothing more than an ironic name for one-half of our openly corrupt government. The illusion of choice that is the two party system grew stagnant a long time ago, and in its stagnation it became repugnant. We are a ruled people. We have been so for longer than we care to admit because we are afraid. We are afraid of our masters, the rich and important people who write our laws yet walk above them. We are afraid of their power—and that's the trick; it's not actually their power, it's ours. We are their power. We sustain them, for now. They want us out of the conversation, though, that much has been made abundantly clear over the last year and a half. We're treated as livestock and encouraged to behave accordingly. The American people are not lead, we are herded. The Democrats defied the will of the people, and in doing so allowed a man to propel himself into the White House by harnessing America's helpless rage.

The Land Beneath the Pipeline: Standing Rock & Obama's Chance to #HonorTheTreaties

John Laurits explores the meaning of the United States' treaties with Native Americans in light of Standing Rock's resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Dear Robert... An Open Letter to Robert Reich & Friends

Dear Robert... an open letter to Robert Reich, asking for an explanation for why changed his message and turning his back on progressives when we needed him most.

The Divided States of America

Many are still digesting the news, and that is ok. This mess didn’t occur overnight, and neither will the solution.  But before too many Americans wallow in hopelessness and stick their heads in the sand for the next four (hopefully not more?) years, everyone must realize we are all going to have to do our parts to fix this. Someone must step in, and step up, and the more of us that do, the faster we can turn things around. Let us not waste too much time pointing fingers and being angry. Such behavior offers no solutions. Only actions can do that. Please, join us Real Progressives in the fight to turn this sinking ship around back to shore before it’s too late.  It is time for all of us to unite, whether you want to formally join us, or just participate in the revolution alongside us, this cannot be done without coordination and concentrated efforts. Are you in?

Occupy Inauguration: I'll #SeeYouInDC, My Friends

We reject the domination of Wall Street and the rule of our society by billionaire elites. We oppose the rigged political and economic system and we do so with the firm belief that another world is possible. To reach that world, we will need to build a united struggle and a Party of the 99%, free from the influence of large donations that has corrupted the two parties so that it will be capable of putting the lives of our people & the future of our planet over profit. Massive demonstrations in the capitol will send the message to our government that we stand in solidarity with all movements for racial, social, environmental, & economic justice and that we will not tolerate attacks on marginalized groups in our communities. Until our mis-representatives genuinely address our demands & grievances, we are removing our consent to be governed.

We Told You So - The Four Words We Did Not Want To Have To Say

But we kept trying to warn you. Even though we were treated so terribly by so many, still being called names for refusing to support either establishment candidate, because the problem is THE SYSTEM that allows such horrible choices to be the result of systematic corruption that has become accepted by most.

We Told You So But Now It's Time to Heal

Now is the not the time for progressives to gloat or liberals to lash out. It is time to learn and regroup behind better policies.

Dr Ajamu Baraka Interview at U of MD Green Party Rally

In speaking with Dr. Ajamu Baraka, Green Party candidate for Vice President said at the Green Party rally at the University of Maryland, about Standing Rock, the nature of revolutionary resistance and our expectations of it, I asked how he felt about the fear that people are succumbing to again in our national elections

Jacqueline Luqman Interviews Misty K. Snow

Misty K. Snow is a prime example of how a regular American can make a difference in the political process. Formerly a cashier in a grocery store, Misty saw that Jonathan Swinton, the Democratic candidate for Senate in Utah, was aligned more and more with policies and special interests that were against the principles she believed in, and the things that were important to her. She watched with growing concern as no one in the Salt Lake City Democratic community challenged Swinton on his avowed Conservative values – even as he identifies as a Democrat – and made a crucial decision; she decided to run against him. With no experience in running for public office, Misty – who was working as a grocery store cashier – felt her way through the filing processes and deadlines to declare her candidacy and get her campaign off the ground. She had only one person who supported her to work on her campaign at the time, but with that person’s help, Misty was able to speak to several groups that traditionally support the Democratic party, and earned the support and admiration of many of them. Even as a transgender woman in religiously-conservative Salt Lake City, Utah, Misty has earned the support of many. According to her, “They don’t care about who I am. They only care about the issues I represent.” It is certainly groundbreaking that Misty is one of two transgender candidates running in this year’s elections; but what is even more spectacular is that she is a serious contender for the Democratic Senate seat, deciding to run for office when she was “just” a cashier in a grocery store. Regardless of the outcome of Misty’s race, her story serves as an inspiration and a wake-up call to the rest of us: there is nothing to stop you from changing YOUR world. Nothing.

A Revolution by any other name...

The truth is we will never unite and rise up against this plutocratic oligarchy if we do not set our egos and self-interests aside. To truly facilitate a real bona fide political revolution, we all must be willing to sacrifice everything it takes to get it done. Everything it takes. 

American Evil

What if everything printed this year about Donald J. Trump was 100% true, yet Hillary Clinton still wound up being the greater evil? What then America?

Despite This Dismal Election, There Is Yet Hope

There is no question that we are at a significant turning point in the history of the United States. In many ways, the people are divided to a degree that has not been seen since the Civil War. Some are enthusiastically voting for Clinton or Trump, unable or unwilling to see the glaring unfitness of either candidate for the highest office in the country. Others are completely disgusted with both these options and are voting for a third party in an attempt to enact some positive change, or they are simply staying home.

How We Can End Wars for Oil

Of the 7 countries the US is currently bombing, our attacks on Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Afghanistan, and Pakistan are largely due to US government support of fossil fuel interests. We are supporting Saudi Arabia’s military intervention in Yemen that is starving 14 million innocent civilians so we can stay on the Saudi’s good side; the US wants a gas pipeline built from Qatar to Europe via Saudi Arabia and Syria.