I speak about the FBI raid at trump’s estate, and of republican hypocrisy when it comes to “law and order” and back the blue.”
I speak about the need to get involved in the election process, and the CPAC conference in Dallas.
I speak about the Inflation Reduction Act, and the grassroots work to get it passed; the victory for abortion rights in Kansas; and the need for education against internet rumors.
On July 22-24, Turning Point USA, the trump-loving far-right youth group founded by Charlie Kirk, held its Student Action Summit at the Tampa Convention Center. Outside the center, neo-Nazi gangs stood with swastika flags, a flag with the SS symbol, and a banner for Governor Ron Desantis. (Neo-Nazis favor Desantis? Hmmm…) TPUSA sent out a statement disassociating themselves with the neo-Nazis. (https://www.clickorlando.com/news/florida/2022/07/24/nazis-show-up-outside-turning-point-usa-student-action-summit-in-tampa/)
(However, why would the neo-Nazis be there if they didn’t go along with the conference’s purpose? This would require soul-searching and self-analysis within Turning Point, of which they’re not capable of.)
The featured speakers at the conference were the usual stratosphere of MAGA luminaries, entering with screechy rave music, fireworks, and dry-ice smoke, more fitting for a pro-wrestling show.
Texas Senator Ted Cruz-you know, the champion of our service-members and veterans, who later voted against the PACT Act out of pure partisan spite- told the crowd, “I’m told there’s a dangerous bunch of radicals gathered in Florida seeking to peacefully overthrow a Communist government run by inbeciles and nincompoops, and so God bless each of you.” After spouting some lame jokes about Biden’s mental capacity (as opposed to trump’s genius) and abortion, he took a dig at “wokeness-“the knowledge that racism, class oppression, homophobia, transphobia, and anti-Semitism exist-he added, “I’m Ted Cruz, and my pronoun is kiss my ass!” (https://www.salon.com/2022/07/22/ted-cruz-says-his-pronoun-is-kiss-my-ass/) (Sarcasm alert) Yeah, that’s the way, Teddy, don’t let them get in the way of your bigotry! Keep fighting against those who would DARE consider themselves full-fledged citizens!
Matt Gaetz, Congress-thing from Florida and guy who thinks he such a chick-magnet, strode in and gave a misogynistic drunk-frat-boy address attacking pro-abortion protestors, simply insulting their looks and not addressing the abortion issue itself. “Have you watched these pro-abortion, pro murder rallies?” he started. “The people are just disgusting. Why is it that the women with the least likelihood of getting pregnant, ae the ones most worried about having abortions? Nobody wants to impregnate you if you look like thumb!
“These people are odious, from the inside and out!” continued Gaetz in his not funny stand-up routine. “They’re like five-two, 350 pounds, and they’re like, ‘Gimme my abortions or I’ll get up and march and protest!’ I’m thinking, march? You got ankles weaker than the reasoning behind Roe v. Wade! A few of them need to get up and march, they need to get up and march for like an hour a day, swing those arms, get the blood pumping, maybe mix in a salad.” (https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2022/7/24/2112258/–Nobody-wants-to-impregnate-you-if-you-look-like-a-thumb-Matt-Gaetz-condemns-pro-choice-activists)
Josh “crazy legs” Hayley, Senator from Missouri, proclaimed to the conference-goers about his role in the January 6 events (like his fist salute to the rioters), “And I just want to say to all those liberals out there and the liberal media, just in case you haven’t gotten the message yet, I do not regret it,” adding, “and I am not backing down, I’m not gonna cower, and I’m not gonna run from you.” (Yes, he actually said that.) (https://www.businessinsider.com/sen-josh-hawley-says-he-wont-run-away-from-liberals-2022-7)
Oh, by the way: Hawley will have a book out next year, entitled Manhood: The Masculine Virtues Americans Need, calling for men to resume their manliness, to take back their roles as husbands and fathers. (https://www.huffpost.com/entry/josh-hawley-book-manhood_n_62e2ca4ee4b006483a9b886a) Isn’t hypocrisy fun?
Yep, these young people at the conference will become the future leaders of the republicans Party, running for various state and federal offices, with the idea that blatant racism and disregard for the rights of others, along with pyrotechnic stage shows, is the way to campaign. The racism, homophobia, transphobia, sexism, classism, and anti-Semitism on display will permit them to act it out.
I speak about the Senate Republicans vetoing the PACT Act, and trump using his first wife’s remains for a tax dodge.
My 65th birthday is coming up, and I continue my practice of writing down my birthday resolutions, compatible to New Year’s resolutions. The act of personal growth is ongoing. Here they are:
I will continue to conduct myself with self-love, self-esteem, and self-respect, forgiving myself of my errors and mistakes, accepting all blessings and compliments that come my way, as I am worthy of them, and bearing myself with pride and dignity.
I will continue to be faithful to Jewish religion, traditions, culture, and the Jewish community.
I will continue the work of education and cultural development, attending classes, libraries, galleries, seminars, museums, etc.
I will continue the business and art of writing, attending readings, workshops, conferences, etc.
I will continue my political and social activism, in politics, the unions, etc.
I will practice moderate exercise.
These are my resolutions; please hold me to account for them. God bless you all.
On August 1, I’ll have my 65th birthday, and I’m looking forward to this milestone. I feel like my best years-and I’ve had some good years, some not so great-are coming.
Over the years, there has been a new idea about aging; life doesn’t end at a certain time, you don’t have to look forward to decrepitude. In the words of the poet Robert Frost, I have “miles to go before I sleep.”
Issues of class and race remain in the forefront, whether or not the news media brings them up. So many times I hear of working-class people complaining about some alleged “benefits” someone just a little less fortunate than they are have attained, or about some other branch of the working class that attained said benefits from being in a union; it’s mainly someone’s biased perception, or someone told them something at a bar or in line at the store, and such anecdotes get passed around, and sometimes the commercial news media is no help. The attitude is, “I don’t have that good stuff, so why should they have it also? Let them be miserable like I am!”
It’s people like these who are the audience for such fascist charlatans as t—p, who direct working people’s anger at some other target than who is really putting them down-the plutocratic class, as dangerous as the oligarchs around Putin, who have subsidized political campaigns, media platforms, so-called “research institutions,” etc., to turn our politics, our economy, and our very thinking processes in their favor. It’s the undoing of decades-centuries-of faithful work by labor organizers, suffrage campaigners, activists for the rights of people of color, LGBTQ+s, workers in fighting for their most basic human and civil rights; and the removal of legal protections for working people, women, and minorities, and the end of restrictions on how far the traditional dominant classes-in race, gender, or class-can continue to dominate.
One thing that occurs is the hero-worship of such figures as corporate executives, and of the so-called Founding Fathers” who wrote the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. Corporate execs are simply people on top of vast private bureaucracies, passing down orders to those below them, hiring and firing people whom they employ for the work of their hands and brains (for as little money as possible), getting as much work out of as few workers as possible trying to attain a slightly higher quarterly profit, using money from tax breaks to stash in offshore tax havens and buying up the company’s stock to raise the value of the stock. These are not forward-thinking geniuses concocting new ideas and technologies in their basements; otherwise, they would see that fossil fuels are tearing apart the environment, eventually leaving the planet inhabitable; and that their employees can take only so much abuse and not do anything against it.
As for the Founding Fathers, the geniuses behind the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution: they were indeed great men of that time, but in that time, they owned slaves, and lived off their unpaid labor; they were mortal human beings, with all the feeling that men have; and they were primarily upper-class men of that society, and that turned the decision-making apparatus of the new country in favor of that class; there was chattel slavery for African-descended people, property qualifications kept low-income whites from voting, and women were mainly totally excluded from any role in society outside of the home. Plus, the Revolutionary War economy was primarily agrarian, mainly in the South, and manufacturing was more of a supplement, focused on small localized shops worked by master craftsmen.
And in THIS era? Lower-income people, of all colors and genders, and after much grassroots agitation, won the right to vote; and the small shop for manufacturing has been replaced by multi-state, multi-national, highly beaucratized corporations, which can safely ignore shop-floor workers in their local branches (if the workers don’t have unions), who are only answerable to their boards of directors, who care nothing for the quality of the product and all about the next quarterly profit, and have evolved into financial capitalism, where banks and hedge-funds make all the primary decisions about the economy-if there is no popular intervention, either through the ground-level activism or through a government actually on the side of the people.
In short, the made-up idolatry of the corporate class and the earliest leaders of this nation has to cease, and we must make up OUR OWN minds to take responsibility for the well-being of this country and those of us in it. And we must avoid the two traps of despair (“They’re gonna take back the House and Senate, and the election hasn’t happened yet!”) and overconfidence (“The Republicans are running the most stupid and reactionary candidates, who’s gonna vote for THOSE guys?”). The task of defeating them will require much effort, for they are wealthy, organized, and indifferent to anyone else’s rights or well-being; but our nation’s history is studded with the struggles of put-down, put-upon people organizing, alongside of other similarly-repressed peoples, and with their efforts, they won their rights-the rulers of our society didn’t just cheerfully give in to them. They did it in the past, and we can and must do it today.
Stay safe, stay strong, and stay together! Slava Ukraini! America will be free! Bye!
I speak about the need to combat climate change, and to urge people to take part in the political process. I also speak of recent legislation in Congress.
Hey, kids, the Tax The Ultra-Rich NOW Fest will take place at Philadelphia’s City Hall, from 12-3:00 PM, on Sunday, July 24, 2022. The event is sponsored by the PA Budget and Policy Center. (https://krc-pbpc.org/event/join-us-at-our-tax-the-ultra-rich-fest-sunday-7-24-at-philadelphia-city-hall/)
This is an event demanding that the oligarchic class, the billionaires who dominate our economy and politics with their corporate campaign donations, pay their fair share of taxes, so that we can all have decent services like highways, police, fire, schools, etc. At the event, there will be “Mr. Rigs,” a giant inflatable fat cat, and guest speakers.
I’ll be there, will you?