The Union


“We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.” ~Abraham Lincoln; First Inaugural Address

As this  COLD civil war reaches fruition I planned to use the quote above a day or so after the election but it seems tempers disfranchisement, and division  became part of the central message of this election. We have lost so much, compromised what should have been the uncompromisable, we broke apart. Ultimately we shut others out, we became cruel. We took a Curare laden arrow to the soul.

For better or worse, certainly worse, we picked two toxic leaders to represent us. This  speaks volumes as to what little thought the American People place on politics and what we need to confront with resolution in the years to come.  It has always been a vexing proposition to work in bipartisan fashion; now that there is a deep division within the Democratic party, it appears an impossible task.

Labels have always been a problematic thing. They confine, generalize and no matter how thorough they leave out important information.

Whether you are deep blue, “Cobalt Blue” or shifted to the green side of the political spectrum we need to find our commonalities, let these things be our defining aspects, we must NEVER let the love lust for one leader  degrade us again.

EPILOGUE:

Of course none of this means we should become the raked, DISSENT now and forever!

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  1. Green4E says:

    It was the Democrats’ embrace of neoliberalism that won it for Trump ~ Naomi Klein

    “…That is the task ahead. The Democratic party needs to be either decisively wrested from pro-corporate neoliberals, or it needs to be abandoned. From Elizabeth Warren to Nina Turner, to the Occupy alumni who took the Bernie campaign supernova, there is a stronger field of coalition-inspiring progressive leaders out there than at any point in my lifetime. We are “leaderful”, as many in the Movement for Black Lives say.

    “So let’s get out of shock as fast as we can and build the kind of radical movement that has a genuine answer to the hate and fear represented by the Trumps of this world. Let’s set aside whatever is keeping us apart and start right now.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/nov/09/rise-of-the-davos-class-sealed-americas-fate

    • Green4E says:

      “Neo-fascist responses to rampant insecurity and inequality are not going to go away. But what we know from the 1930s is that what it takes to do battle with fascism is a real left. A good chunk of Trump’s support could be peeled away if there were a genuine redistributive agenda on the table. An agenda to take on the billionaire class with more than rhetoric, and use the money for a green new deal.(BBM) Such a plan could create a tidal wave of well-paying unionised jobs, bring badly needed resources and opportunities to communities of colour, and insist that polluters should pay for workers to be retrained and fully included in this future.

      “It could fashion policies that fight institutionalised racism, economic inequality and climate change at the same time. It could take on bad trade deals and police violence, and honour indigenous people as the original protectors of the land, water and air.”

      Green is good.. http://gpus.org/organizing-tools/the-green-new-deal/ ….8-)

    • Darth says:

      “Here is what we need to understand: a hell of a lot of people are in pain. Under neoliberal policies of deregulation, privatisation, austerity and corporate trade, their living standards have declined precipitously. They have lost jobs. They have lost pensions. They have lost much of the safety net that used to make these losses less frightening. They see a future for their kids even worse than their precarious present.

      At the same time, they have witnessed the rise of the Davos class, a hyper-connected network of banking and tech billionaires, elected leaders who are awfully cosy with those interests, and Hollywood celebrities who make the whole thing seem unbearably glamorous. Success is a party to which they were not invited, and they know in their hearts that this rising wealth and power is somehow directly connected to their growing debts and powerlessness.”

      That’s because it is. The wealth and power of the ruling class is, in fact, directly connected to growing debt and powerlessness for the rest of us. Economic imbalance and the erosion of Democracy is what sustains them. There is no equitable redistribution of wealth, it is focused like a laser to flow directly to the top of the pyramid, and we don’t live up there. That is what neoliberalism does; it concentrates wealth and enriches the few at the cost of the many. That’s all it does. Democrats need to face this or nothing will ever change. They could become the party of the people again, if they choose to. Or they can stay in denial. The rot has to be cut away like a gangrenous limb or it will be fatal. It nearly is now.

  2. Sup with Cenk? he’s acting a bit like a tool.

    I think I know. After he began critiquing Bernie, he lost all the Berners gone Clinton. As he got hate for being “on the wrong side” he lost viewers/subscribers eventually close to the elections as the inevitability ( so they thought) of a Clinton sweep hit them, he turned on Stein—-Ratings People!

    Now he’s attacking Stein supporters because he caved to peer pressure and has to save face.

    • Darth says:

      Everyone is in basic “beat something with a stick” mode right now and is trying to cope. Some going off the rails. They’re talking about impeaching Trump in the bubbles. That would be a neat trick with a Republican congress. Of course even if the hired a wizard or something, then we’d end up with Pence, which doesn’t really sound like a bargain if you ask me. Meh.

      • Same goes for all the PENDING litigation, because a TRUMP FBI will be more effective than Obama’s….Comey much?

        I’ve been trying my best no to rail against some of HRC supporters especially the young ones, they are inexperience yet put so much effort into HER campaign. I felt bad for them when I saw them crying on TV.

        I remember the merciless attacks on Bernie’s staff when he conceded —bastards that claim to be liberal showed no mercy.

  3. Darth says:

    My fav version of this song. RIP Leonard Cohen

  4. Nite youse, moring Fiona!

  5. misterx27 says:

    Trump is already tweeting about the “media generated protest” I am at a loss for words my friends.I need time to absorb it all.

  6. fi says:

    These 4 guys seen heading west, seem a nice bunch.

    • MSolomon2 says:

      Had been looking at images of them just last night to post! Yup! They’re out for a nice ride on their horseys!

  7. Darth says:

    Keith Ellison, Howard Dean offered as possible DNC chairs as Democrats seek to regroup https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2016/11/10/liberal-democrats-lash-out-at-dnc-say-overhaul-needed-to-woo-back-working-class-voters/

    “On Thursday afternoon, former Vermont governor Howard Dean (D) offered his service for a second tenure as DNC chairman, saying on Twitter: “The dems need organization and focus on the young. Need a fifty State strategy and tech rehab. I am in for chairman again.”

    In an interview, Sanders said he is lobbying for Ellison and argued that the DNC needs to be reoriented so that it becomes less of an insiders’ club “preoccupied” with raising money and more of an advocate for the concerns of the working class.”

    • Darth says:

      Howard Dean, K-street lobbyist insider, says “dems need organization and focus on the young”, then tries to swipe DNC chair from younger progressive contender Keith Ellison. You cannot make sh*t this up.

  8. Darth says:

    DNC in Mutiny as Staffer Explodes on Donna Brazile for Helping Elect Trump http://usuncut.com/politics/dnc-mutiny-staffers-explode-donna-brazile/

    “The Democratic National Committee held its first staff meeting in Washington following the election, in which Donald Trump not only won a majority of Electoral College votes, but Democrats lost in a number of key House and Senate races, resulting in a Republican supermajority. Brazile gave what The Huffington Post described as a “rip-roaring speech” calling for Democratic Party officials to have hope for the future.

    That was when a staffer identifying only as Zach stood up and challenged Brazile’s leadership, saying she was to blame for Trump’s victory.

    “Why should we trust you as chair to lead us through this?” he asked, according to two people in the room. “You backed a flawed candidate, and your friend [ousted DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz] plotted through this to support your own gain and yourself,” Zach said.

    After staffers started booing Zach and tried to get him to sit, Zach then escalated his attack on Brazile, saying the Democratic Party’s 2016 drubbing will likely lead to mass extinction.

    “You are part of the problem,” Zach said. “You and your friends will die of old age and I’m going to die from climate change. You and your friends let this happen, which is going to cut 40 years off my life expectancy.”

  9. Darth says:

    Maine became the first state in the country Tuesday to pass ranked choice voting https://www.boston.com/news/politics/2016/11/10/maine-became-the-first-state-in-the-country-to-pass-ranked-choice-voting

    “Amid a national vote that rocked the political world Tuesday, voters in Maine narrowly approved a measure that supporters say will be respectively disruptive to the state’s political status quo.

    With 98 percent of the vote reporting in the state, 52 percent of voters approved a ballot question making Maine the first state to implement ranked choice voting, a fundamental reform of how voters literally fill out their ballot.

    In a ranked choice vote system, rather than simply voting for one candidate, voters rank their candidates by preference—first, second, third, and so on.

    Then, if no candidate receives at least 50 percent of the vote after the first choices are counted, the candidate with the least first-choice rankings is eliminated, and the voters who preferred the last place finisher have their vote reallocated according to their next choice. The votes are then recounted and the process is repeated until one candidate breaks the 50 percent threshold.”

  10. Darth says:

    Florida voters reject utility-backed solar amendment https://thinkprogress.org/florida-amendment-1-fails-52e07bb50adf#.d175i0uao
    “One race was called early on Tuesday, when Florida voters resoundingly rejected a solar initiative backed almost entirely by utilities and their conservative partners.

    Florida’s Amendment 1, titled “Rights of Electricity Consumers Regarding Solar Energy Choice,” had been challenged by solar and consumer rights organizations as misleading.

    And, indeed, in the days and weeks leading up to the vote, numerous Floridians reached out to ThinkProgress to say they had voted early, and erroneously, for a measure that sounded pro-solar but would have paved the way for utilities to crush the state’s nascent rooftop solar industry.

    Given that as late as September, the measure was polling well in Florida, Tuesday’s outcome reflects a remarkable turnaround.”

  11. Green4E says:

    I think public utilities should be publicly-owned….8-)

  12. YO! Gotta hit the road soon, getting out of NYC, this weekend there’ll be some interesting protest I’m sure.

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