Friday, May 30, 2008
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
For Vice President these same starry eyed libertarians chose hyperactive, egomaniacal and proudly Jewish Wayne Root, a rich Las Vegas odds maker seems to have become more libertarian since entering the race last year - but we'll see if the stays that way, especially when it comes to supporting his favorite colonialist apartheid state, Israel.
Some joke that the wacky Root is sufficient revenge for the more reserved Barr taking the nomination from more radical candidates. See radical photos. Others make plays on their names that are plainly penile allusions. "Barr-Root: Thrusting to the future."
The good news is enough radicals were elected to the Libertarian National Committee and Judicial Committee that both candidates will know their every utterance will be scrutinized. (I already have a dozen google alerts out for certain phrases and their names.) Article 12. Sec 5. of the Libertarian Party bylaws reads: "A candidate's nomination may be suspended by a 3/4 vote of the entire membership of the National Committee at a meeting."
Anyway, here's the Lemonade:
* Libertarians did not restore the 2004 platform but wrote a short one which isn't too objectionable, except on National Defense, Internal Security and Individual Rights and International Affairs! Just too many little loopholes that allow "libertarians" to claim the platform supports neoconservative wars of aggression and impositions on civil liberties. However, the platform almost makes up for it - and for deleting the "Secession" plank with a new plank:
3.7. Self-Determination: Whenever any form of government becomes destructive of individual liberty, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to agree to such new governance as to them shall seem most likely to protect their liberty.
That's what I call getting with the program! Let's make it HARD for Barr-Root to forget it.
* Maybe a lot of those annoyed radicals will join "Secessionists for Barr-Root" - if anyone gets around to starting it.
Friday, May 23, 2008
Meanwhile, what fun that McCain had to renounce the endorsement of "Christian Zionist" John Hagee (much mocked on this blog) for yapping about Hitler being "God's hunter" who drove the Jews to Palestine. I'm sure McCain can find similar comments as or more ridiculous than anything Rev. Wright ever said, if he investigated some of his other endorsers. Like Mike Huckabee who actually joked about an assassination attempt on Obama.
Deep in their hearts these white racists are hoping the "uppity black boy" gets it. (And they are just encouraging non-Mossad angry white men to do it!) So disgusting! Some disgusting right wing males also are insulting the hard core libertarian presidential nominee, uppity female Mary Ruwart.
Below is a video report on Hillary's comments and my video of the history of the John F. Kennedy grave and memorial with appropriate Irish folk music accompaniment. Even Irish radical decentralists can think fondly of an Irish president who stood up to certain foreign lobbies and probably were assassinated for it. (I mean isn't a bit of a coincidence that both Jack Ruby and Sirhan Sirhan worked for the Meyer Lansky gang, which ran weapons to Jewish terrorists in Palestine in the 1930s and 40s and did money laundering for the Mossad after the creation of Israel?)
Thursday, May 22, 2008
However, for years “moderate” and pro-military “libertarians” have been trying to water down the platform’s most pro-peace and freedom planks - including in just the last couple years that supporting secession.
Since the September 11, 2001 attacks, pro-interventionist factions - especially Israel supporters, people working for military contractors, frightened libertarians and, more and more, conservatives and neoconservatives posing as libertarians - have worked to make the radical LIBERTARIAN Party a CONSERVATIVE Libertarian Party. Most of these people are not as hardcore libertarian as Republican Ron Paul!
In 2004 this faction engineered getting its partisans to an off year LP convention held in far off Portland, Oregon. They gutted the platform of its most radical planks - including secession. Since the beginning of this year hard core libertarians (LP Radicals and Restore04, among others) have been working to restore the original 2004 platform, and to nominate a hardcore libertarian candidate for President this Memorial Day weekend. (A convention I just couldn’t get it together to make this year. That's me at 2004 convention, speaking and flashing a peace sign.)
However, some members of the Libertarian National Committee and its office staff (led by a truly sleazy operative named Shane Cory) have been manipulating to give former Congressman Bob Barr the nomination, hoping he could jump on the Ron Paul bandwagon – without being as libertarian as Ron Paul. The takeover is being organized by Richard Viguerie and Russ Verney (Barr’s campaign manager) who in the past raided and decimated the American Independent Party and the Reform Party. (Cory quit his job and now works for them. He loves to threaten to sue people for libel and slander. Would that include this paragraph?)
Read about their crass attempts to take over the Libertarian Party through infiltration and bribery - including by buying ThirdPartyWatch.com. See Is Richard Viguerie Trying to Buy the Libertarian Party? by David F. Nolan (who called the meeting that launched the LP) and Resist Much! by Tom Knapp (long time radical activist). I’ll report briefly on the outcome next time.
As I've said for decades, the problem with political parties is that they tend to attract people who want power, and they can only get that by watering down principles and driving out radicals so they can attract mainstream and even special interest money. So I'm not particularly surprised or discouraged by this. Especially because libertarians are starting to gravitate into the evolving secession movement and I'm working on helping them get there.
I do encourage people to run for office as secessionists - but on whatever party makes it easiest to gain ballot access and all the free publicity running for office can generate. A losing challenger in a major party primary can be just as effective as a losing libertarian or green challenger in the final election.
I’ve just gotten Thomas H. Naylor’s new paperback “Secession: How Vermont and All the Other States Can Save Themselves from the Empire” (intro by Kirkpatrick Sale) and once I finish reading it will report on which of those strategies he prefers.
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Bush, of course, was ranting his malarkey about "appeasement" - insinuating that talking with governments you have problems with is defacto appeasement. That gave Barack Obama lots of air time to explain why Bush (pressed on by his only buddies mentioned above) is the war-aggressing Hitler of our time. He didn't do much to stand up for the Palestinians, however.
And of course it lead to this great television theater on MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews badgering the young and ignorant talk show host Kevin James to explain just what it was that British Prime Minister Nevil Chamberlain did in the late 193os that was appeasement. James clearly did not know it had something to do with Chamberlain's concession's to Hitler's Germany - or was too stupid to explain it. (Of course, many of the concessions would have been just or practical ones given the punishment of Germany after World War I, but ones empire builders like Hitler take advantage of.) Anyway it's pretty amusing viewing and shows just how little substance there is to Bush and company's war mongering.
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Mother's Day in the USA is as good a day as any to remind people what that mother Hillary Clinton meant when she said she would "totally obliterate" Iran if in some highly speculative future scenario it nuked Israel. Barack Obama replied: "It's not the language that we need right now, and I think it's language that's reflective of George Bush. We have had a foreign policy of bluster and saber-rattling and tough talk, and, in the meantime, we make a series of strategic decisions that actually strengthen Iran." Hopefully, in his comments he's merely pandering to war mongers!
Anyway, mothers of the world, this is where we are headed if we don't stop cooperating with - and even fronting for - patriarchal and largely male miltarism and war mongering. More photos here.
In fact, it's a great day to reprint reformer Julia Ward Howe's 1879 "Mother's Day Proclamation"
Arise then...women of this day!
Arise, all women who have hearts!
Whether your baptism be of water or of tears!
"We will not have questions answered by irrelevant agencies,
Our husbands will not come to us, reeking with carnage,
For caresses and applause.
Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn
All that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience.
We, the women of one country,
Will be too tender of those of another country
To allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs."
From the voice of a devastated Earth a voice goes up with
Our own. It says: "Disarm! Disarm!
The sword of murder is not the balance of justice."
Blood does not wipe our dishonor,
Nor violence indicate possession.
As men have often forsaken the plough and the anvil
At the summons of war,
Let women now leave all that may be left of home
For a great and earnest day of counsel.
Let them meet first, as women, to bewail and commemorate the dead.
Let them solemnly take counsel with each other as to the means
Whereby the great human family can live in peace...
Each bearing after his own time the sacred impress, not of Caesar,
But of God -
In the name of womanhood and humanity, I earnestly ask
That a general congress of women without limit of nationality,
May be appointed and held at someplace deemed most convenient
And the earliest period consistent with its objects,
To promote the alliance of the different nationalities,
The amicable settlement of international questions,
The great and general interests of peace.
Monday, May 05, 2008
Anyway, I made a fun collection of video and photo clips of my life set to a bouncy version of the birthday song. Leaving out a number of significant others so I don’t get a lot of complaining emails! Ain’t modern technology wonderful?