Various proposals are currently being made for reforms to the existing electoral set up, such as different ways of counting the vote, caps on campaign spending, elimination of the Electoral College and its replacement with a direct vote for president. It is important to examine these proposals from a vantage point that is to the advantage of the people. That is, the existing relations of power keep the people out of power and preserve and protect the power of the rulers. Will proposals change these relations in favor of the people, or take steps in that direction? Or do they preserve the status quo? Continue reading
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Hillary Clinton, in supporting impeachment of President Trump, said, “This occupant of the Oval Office poses a clear and present danger to our future, to our democracy.” Use of the phrasing “clear and present danger,” is commonly associated with justification for aggression abroad against an enemy that has not attacked but poses a “clear and present danger,” and for restricting freedom of speech in the name of war and countering espionage. It would appear Clinton and those she represents, including the intelligence agencies, favour both at this time. These agencies, like the military are supposed to remain neutral, so as not to compromise their loyalty to the Office of the President. They both instead have been openly interfering, as the norms of the existing arrangements break down. Continue reading
A main problem the U.S. ruling circles are trying to solve is preserving the U.S. and their rule in the face of intensifying conflicts among the factions vying for power, particularly control of the presidency. There is concern that Trump has been unable to unite the vying factions, especially the huge military bureaucracy, while also keeping the people dispersed and disempowered. In attempting to contend with these problems and unite the factions, some of the most powerful forces have joined together to establish the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft. It is openly a means to bring together what are often called anti-war conservatives and liberal democrats. It is funded by billionaires George Soros, a big Clinton backer, and the Koch Brothers, Trump supporters and notorious for their anti-union and anti-people actions. Continue reading
Ukrainegate: The conflict in Ukraine, which started with US involvement, backfires into US politics and can damage both the current US president and his top challenger
Interview with Dr Ivan Katchanovski, Ph.D.
How did a comedian-turned-President end up contributing to the beginning of a process of impeachment, so talked about but fairly rare in US politics? Feel free to expand in whichever direction you want.
The president of Ukraine and Ukraine overall are just playing cards in the US politics in the case of the impeachment process. The Democratic Party started playing this card after its hopes to impeach Donald Trump using the Russiagate scandal failed after the Mueller investigation did not prove Trump collusion with the Russian government and a conspiracy theory that Trump is a Russian agent was also debunked. The whistleblower report about the call between Volydmyr Zelensky and Trump was used to initiate impeachment proceedings even before the transcript of this call was made public. Continue reading
The discussion on the crisis in the US ruling circles is marked by an obtuse refusal on the part of the media to objectively examine the objective reality and the problems facing the current US system. They refuse to look at the realities of the political situation, especially the broad disaffection and discontent which exists, the need for political renewal, and even the realities of their own constitutional and electoral regime | JIM NAURECKAS of FAIR comments on the creation of a parallel universe”
Here’s a Doonesbury cartoon by Garry Trudeau from 1974:
“Somebody has to talk about the things that are too uncomfortable to talk about. Somebody has to stand for all of the injustices that are going on in America and a president who’s making it worse,” said hammer thrower Gwen Berry
American gold medalist fencer Race Imboden took a knee and hammer thrower Gwen Berry raised her fist – as other politically-engaged athletes have done in the past – during the playing of the US national anthem at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, to protest social injustice and to call attention to their country’s racism, mistreatment of immigrants, and ongoing gun violence epidemic. Continue reading
(August 7) – Venezuela’s Vice-president Delcy Rodriguez denounced Wednesday that a ship containing 25 thousand tons of soy-made products has been seized in the Panama Canal due to the U.S. blockade while calling on the United Nations to take action against the “serious aggression” that impede Venezuela “right to food”. Continue reading