We are the people and we are the cure @ WTF 6/28

Saw this on Facebook the other day… I think its worth watching especially for the words this man speaks when he finishes his justified rant…

Moveon.org Healthcare Rally


Posted by U.S. Democratic Socialists on Monday, June 26, 2017

Remember this… this government is supposed to be all about us and not all about them… also remember this….

We are the people and we are the cure…

Seems lately that there is a growing conversation on media sites like Facebook on how we need people in government who aren’t career politicians. And, to an extent that is true but it needs to be qualified.

What we have in Congress now is a multitude of politicians who have been in elected office for way too long and have gotten way too fat and comfortable.

In the 2018 midterm elections 18 of the 33 Senators running for reelection will be 65 or older. Four of these Senators if reelected will be into either 80 or already into their 90s by the end of the 6 year terms… donkey Diane Feinstein is presently the oldest Senator at 84; elephant Orrin Hatch is 83 and has been in the Senate since 1977 or 40-plus years and counting, donkey Bill Nelson is presently 74, and independent (cough, cough) Bernie Sanders is 75.

In the 2020 elections 21 of the 33 Senators running for reelection will be 65 or older.

Right now, of the total elected 535 members of Congress, 55 have been in office since Wee Willie Clinton was first elected as our fearless leader… and more than a few have been in office since before Clinton was the prez… the list… in order of time served…

First the donkeys… John Conyers 1965/52 years; Patrick Leahy 1975/42 years; Steny Hoyer 1981/36 years; Marcy Kaptur and Sander Levin 1983/34 years; Nancy Pelosi, Peter DeFazio, John Lewis and, Louise Slaughter 1987/30 years; Frank Pallone 1988/ 29 years; Eliot Engel, Nita Lowey and Richard Neal 1989/ 28 years; Jose Serano 1990/ 27 years; Rosa DeLauro, Collin Peterson and Maxine Waters 1991 26 years; Jerrold Nadler and Diane Feinstein 1992 25 years and finally Wee Willie’s first year in the office of president… 1993 and 24 years… Patty Murray, Eddie Bernice Johnson, Sanford Bishop, Jim Clyburn, Anna Eshou, Gene Green, Luis Gutierrez, Bernie Thompson, Alcee Hastings, Carolyn Maloney, Lucille Roybal-Allard, Bobby Rush, Bobby Scott and Nydia Velasquez

Now the elephants… Don Young 1973/44 years; Orrin Hatch 1977/40 years; Thad Cochran 1978/ 39 years; Jim Sensenbrenner 1979/ 38 years; Hal Rogers, Chris Smith and Chuck Grasserly 1981/36 years; Mitch McConnell, Joe Barton and Pete Visclosky 1985/32 years; Lamar Smith, Fred Upton, Richard Shelby and John McCain 1987/30 years; John Duncan 1988/29 years; Dana Rohrabacher and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen 1989/28 years and one more time… since Wee Willie in 1993… 24 years ago… Ken Calvert, Bob Goodlatte, Peter King and Ed Royce.

Getting a feeling about something… anything… yet?

Try this… since mid-2011 the Congressional approval rating has been consistently below 20% … correct… 80% of those asked poll in most representative polls say Congress sucks. And most Americans tell the pollsters that they want a change to come in their government representation…

Soooo… wouldn’t ya’ll think some… if not many or almost all… of these incumbent peeps would be out on their asses come post-election time?

Choke on this… the list is a hint… in 2014 incumbents were reelected 95% of the time.  In 2016? That number rose to 98%.

Ya’ll have heard me say this before… Malcolm was right… we are a bunch of fucking political chumps. Malcolm didn’t use the word “fucking” as an adjective but I sure as hell will. We are dunces. We believe the hogwash these idjits spout out. They come around every time they are up for reelection; then make all of these lying bullshit promises and we go yep, yep, yep, this time it’s gonna be different.  We repeatedly just keep right on reelecting them again, again and again. 55 people have been in office since Bill Clinton, yet we say we believe these men and women have failed in doing right by us. We are a bunch of mice who keep right on voting the way we are told to vote. The facts do not lie.

We had the chance to unelect 387 members of congress in the 2016 elections. True, not every one of those 387-people deserved to be unelected, but according to the polls a significant number of them should have been. Yet, only 8… count ‘em… eight damn people were deemed unworthy to be reelected when we told the pollsters that we believe… 80% or more of us… that congress has repeatedly failed us in fairly and responsibly representing us.

That is the definition of insanity. And is frankly… inanity to the most powerful degree. And, it is why we are chumps.

We say that we totally and absolutely hate the job that Congress is doing, and yet somehow the same people we disparage are still holding down office space in Washington DC.

So is there a solution to this problem?

There is… number one… we need to stop being chumps. We need to tell both the donkeys and the elephants if they do not represent us as we need to be represented… if they do not start serving we the people and fulfilling the inherent promise they made when they decided to run for office to give us a representative government of the people, by the people and for the people instead of a government of the elite, by the elite and for elite we will go elsewhere with our votes and represent their asses right out the door and onto the street of the unemployed. .

It isn’t so much we need to stop electing career politicians… we need to stop electing liars who are in the pockets of the ultra-wealthy corrupt corporate system that presently are running this this country. We need to elect real people who are in touch with the people of America. Who feel the pulse of America… the hurt of America. Who understand what it is to earn a paycheck and then must choose how to spread it around to make sure the minimum needed to make it through to the next paycheck is taken care of.

I am 68-years-old… I hate when people discriminate due to a person’s age but but if these old worn dolts can’t listen to we the people then maybe its time to tell them

Come senators, congressmen
Please heed the call
Don’t stand in the doorway
Don’t block up the hall
For he that gets hurt
Will be he who has stalled
There’s a battle outside
And it is ragin’
It’ll soon shake your windows
And rattle your walls
For the times they are a-changin’.

Come mothers and fathers
Throughout the land
And don’t criticize
What you can’t understand
Your sons and your daughters
Are beyond your command
Your old road is
Rapidly agin’
Please get out of the new one
If you can’t lend your hand
For the times they are a-changin’

(Words from “The Times They are A-changin'” by Bob Dylan)

And this time it needs to be made sure that we fucking damn well mean it!

Stop marching because it’s the thing to do. Stop raging against the machine when it is convenient. Stop shouting slogans and words you don’t even know the meaning of. Stop being summer soldiers. Stop giving lip service to the whatever cause is the du jour movement making the rounds and then slinking off to your safe place hidey hole until the next demonstration where ya’ll will do your penance and take your fair share of abuse while threatening to blow a 50-amp fuse before you once more walk away to the clubs and the bars getting juiced on your favorite escape of the day until the next Black person is killed by a cop… or the next pipeline is run roughshod through more Native American sacred land… or the next Jewish house of worship is desecrated… or the next immigrant is told to go back to where they came from…  or the next woman is date raped and her abuser is let off by some old smarmy ass judge…  or the next gay person is beaten and left for dead… simply because it’s the thing to do and hell ya sometimes just gotta let loose and scream at the unjust system that allows it all to keep on keeping on.

Because ya know the truth?

Words without action are just that… empty damn words that mean absolutely nothing.

Stop doing shit because its the thing to do and start fulfilling your part of the social contract. Start doing your part to change the world… to leave it better than when you came into it… regardless how small… participate and organize on whatever level that you are able… and… if by nothing else… by voting out rich millionaire cronyism and putting in people who represent the true values of we the people… justice, freedom… and… yeah… peace.  By voting for people who will build a government that provides we the people with the necessities… health care, educational needs, jobs… so people can be living in humane and fulfilling ways instead of inhumane desperation.

No matter how you do it… take a real and meaningful stand for something that will change the world for the better.

When you are asked the question: “What have you done to make the world a better place?

Will you have an answer? One that means something?

More questions…

Speaking of questions and answers that appear to be blowing in the wind…

Screenshot of Philando Castile bleeding after being shot.

On July 6th of last year, in the a small Minnesota city, Philando Castile was shot multiple times and killed by a cop during a traffic stop while sitting at the wheel of his vehicle with his wife and young child seated nearby. By all the video evidence that has been shown since that fateful day, Castile unnecessarily had his life snuffed away because a cop overacted with deadly force when he inexplicably got the heebie jeebies and fired multiple times at a man who was obeying the cop’s directives and trying to explain he was reaching for ID that was requested. Castile prior to reaching for his wallet and ID had had advised the cop that he had a licensed gun in the vehicle. By all accounts… video and human Castile was reaching for his wallet and ID when the cop suddenly started screaming ““Don’t pull it out! Don’t Move! … Don’t move!” … and then suddenly fired seven times… with five of the shots striking and and ultimately causing he death of Philando Castile.  Just before he died  Castile was heard saying… “I wasn’t reaching for it.”

The only account that differed was the one offered by Jeronimo Yanez… the cop who shot and killed Castile. He said he feared for his life and acted accord to prescribed police procedure to protect that life.

Yanez was acquitted about two weeks ago last week on all charges related to the shooting death of Philando Castile, which included a charge of manslaughter.

After the decision by the jury, Castile’s mother announced she planned to file a wrongful death civil suit regarding ho and why her son’s life ended.

On Monday, a statement was released that said in part, “… no amount of money could ever replace Philando. The death of Philando Castile is a tragedy for his family and for our community. The parties moved expeditiously to resolve potential civil claims resulting from this tragedy in order to allow the process of healing to move forward for the Castile family, for the people of St. Anthony Village, and for all those impacted by the death of Philando Castile throughout the United States.”

In accordance with the agreement, St. Anthony Village will pay his mother, Valerie Castile, a next-of-kin settlement of $2.995 million.

This settlement was given just two weeks after a jury acquitted Jeronimo Yanez of manslaughter after he gunned down Castile during the tragic July traffic stop.

Yanez was fired from the St. Anthony PD the day the jury read its decision regarding the criminality of his actions in the death of Castile. The City of St. Anthony released a statement that said “The City of St. Anthony has concluded that the public will be best served if Officer Yanez is no longer a police officer in our city. The city intends to offer Officer Yanez a voluntary separation agreement to help him transition to another career other than being a St. Anthony officer.”

WTF gots to ask…

Why the settlement if the cop involved was innocent of any criminal actions in Castile’s death?

Why fire the cop if he was innocent of any criminal actions?

And… I really gots to ask… does the cop get fired if the cop involved was not Hispanic? If he were white… does he still get fired?

I got all the time in the world for any forthcoming answers.

Philando Castile does, too… now.

His now 5-year old daughter might not. She probably is mystified why she has never heard one damn good reason for why her daddy ain’t with her any more.

Healthy America is a healthy economy…

Saw another article on all the bullshit surrounding the political puke that passes for responsible and intelligent discussions on what health care in America should be.

Replace the Affordable Health Care Act… aka Obamacare… and replace it with either one of the elephant’s versions… the Senate health care bill or the the House version..

Keep the Affordable Health Care Act and screw all those other fatally flawed other plans.

Or… come up with a single payer system…

Or, maybe even a system where the government just pays for it all… seems I read recently where if the US government just paid for everyone… every man, woman and child… in America to have health care… including eye care and, glasses and dental… that it would cost in the neighborhood of maybe $800 billion dollars.

Whew… that is one damn expensive neighborhood and surely is a lot of sirignanos to expend.

Yet… I also read that the US government shells out about $1 trillion…or more… to administer Medicare, Medicaid and health care for veterans.

Do the math… we could stumble fuck along the our present health care thorny path as we are going and spend about $1 trillion a year for three health care plans that covers a limited and select portion of America’s population… OR… we could implement a plan where the government supplies all of America’s population with a comprehensive health care plan and actually add $200 to the US government’s budget to spend on other needed services… like education… or roads… or developing clean energy… or whatever.

But, that’s not why I bring up that article I recently read….

The reason I bring up that article is that in it says that the elephant health care plans has accomplished something no other political discussion has could do in the last few years… which is seeing elephants and donkeys coming together in unison and saying the same things about the elephant health care…  which is a fair amount of elephants are agreeing with the donkeys that the elephant’s health care proposals suck.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said the bill is “devastating to the middle class” and that “It kills the middle class and gives money to the wealthy.”

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wi), says, “There’s no way we should be voting on this next week. No way. Let’s not rush this process. Let’s have the integrity to show the American people what it is, show them the truth.”

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Me) said “I have very serious concerns about the bill.”

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said his party “promised too much” on a bill that is not expected to bring down premiums as promised and that he elephants need to try, try again and this time “work with Democrats.”

BUT… only one politician was quoted saying anything that is anywhere close to what I have been waiting to hear from any politicians…

That political peep is John Kasich who served  nine terms as  a member of the House and is the present governor of Ohio.

While he denigrated the latest elephant health care proposal with exclamation’s of “They think that’s great? That’s good public policy?” and “What, are you kidding me?”

And… he added, “Why don’t we have those folks go and live under … Medicaid for a while? Why don’t we have them go live on their exchange where they can get two, three, four thousand dollars a year to cover their health care exchange costs. We have a health care civil war going on. It’s all about recrimination.”

Then he said exactly what this is about… and has always been what it is about although few congresspeople will admit it aloud…

“I don’t think either party particularly cares about helping poor people..” … John Kasich

He said, “I don’t think either party particularly cares about helping poor people. We have not designed a system to get people work. Everything we’re talking about right now … getting people healthy, getting them health care … is designed to get them to work.”

And, isn’t that what everyone should want?

If America misses time from their jobs because they can’t afford the medical care they need that would keep them healthy and able to work, then it will do nothing to help America’s economy and in the long run will be a huge detriment to the economy.

Or… if they are already out of work then they may continue to be unemployable if they can’t get the health care they need to keep them literally up and running and being a functional and productive contributor to the economy.

Or…  If parents can’t afford to take their children to a doctor or clinic for proper preventative care and then the children wind up missing school due to the fact they are constantly living unhealthy lives and therefor sick a lot then the parents will need to take time from their jobs and…

Right… that, too, will be another detriment upon America’s work force that will harm the economy.

Damn… I think they may be beginning to understand it now!

In a very real sense… an investment in having all of America being kept in good health is an investment in keeping America’s economy strong and vibrant.

And, it took an elephant to make this very simple yet poignant observation.

A damn elephant that I am hard put to find a lot we can agree about…

His stand on Planned Parenthood and abortion…  the environment… his support for developing more oil pipelines like Keystone… his tax plan… his stand on America’s military involvement in other countries… and so much more… all suck.

But… in health care we suddenly and amazingly find ourselves being kindred souls.

Go fucking figure.

Trump’s lies…

This is directly from the New York Times as put together by By David Leonhart and Stuart A. Thompson. 

David Leonhardt is a New York Times columnist. Stuart A. Thompson is the graphics director for the Opinion section.The sources they used to verify Trumpty Dumpty’s lies included Politifact; Factcheck.org; The Washington Post Fact Checker and The Toronto Star

They began tjhey opinion pice by saying…

Many Americans have become accustomed to President Trump’s lies. But as regular as they have become, the country should not allow itself to become numb to them. So we have cataloged nearly every outright lie he has told publicly since taking the oath of office.

I won’t list the lies here but here is a link to the Times article…

Posted by Joe Cantiello on Wednesday, June 28, 2017

I suggest… hell, I implore you to read it. It is an extensive and long oped piece. So, grab a coffee or whatever and get ready to sit your ass down for a spell…

Another thousand words…

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