Saturday, March 4, 2017

Let not the Elephants and Donkeys Deceive You Anymore

The world is no longer the same after Margaret Thatcher, who had totally decimated the progressive politics single handedly. She had deregulated financial sector, broken the back of the labor unions, and privatized state-owned companies. Thatcher's popularity during her first years in office waned amid recession and high unemployment, and she only survived because of her victory in the 1982 Falklands War. However, by the time she was forced to resign in 1990 she had forever changed the political landscape of modern era.

In the United States, Ronald Reagan borrowed from Thatcher’s book and implemented similar policies to kill the people oriented politics, and the United States politics too changed. Reagan had broken the unions and reduced their membership so much that they were no longer the countervailing power against the Wall Street big banks and the military industrial complex. To counter the reduction of funding from the unions, Bill Clinton approached the financial sector in the Wall Street and the trial lawyers, and the Democratic Party changed forever. The left politics was destroyed.

Yet, more than two decades later, vast number of low information professional people still try to explain politics in terms of left and right politics, and talk in terms of swinging pendulum. The fact is the progressive politics is dead since the time of Bill Clinton and the Democratic Party is equally beholden to the big money, varying only in degrees. Today the Republican Party, which was the real progressive party at the time of its inception, has become totally bound to the corporate America, and the one racist Democratic Party has become the second fiddle to the same master. Today’s politics is between extreme right and right, the left is dead.

Bill Clinton was a Republican disguised as a progressive, and so was Barrack Obama. The unprecedented outrage of the GOP against both of them was simply a ploy by the crook politicians to deceive common mass, and give the semblance of democracy.

Consider the Presidency of Bill Clinton. He signed on to NAFTA, the Tele Communication Act, Welfare Reform, dismantling of Glass-Steagal Act, among other anti-people measures. Each of these was passed with more Republican votes than Democratic, as the rank and file Democratic Party members were still pro-people.

Remember Ross Perot? Despite being a business man he had warned America against the NAFTA. He had made a sucking sound to demonstrate how jobs would be sucked out of America, and he was so right. So my Bill-loving friends consider once more – was Bill Clinton a stupid man not to understand implication of his fore-mentioned policies? Or, was he was wrong on each of those? Obviously, he cannot be both, so chose one.

Barrack Obama followed the foot steps of Bill Clinton, and carried on where George W Bush had left. He presided over the biggest financial missteps since 1929, and his action only benefited the very people who brought that financial ruin. Not a singe Wall Street executive went to jail, yet, millions of homeowners lost their homes. Obama came with the promise of stopping wars, notwithstanding, he not only sent more troops to Afghanistan, and he invaded Libya, and encouraged Saudi Arabia to destroy Yemen. He create ACA with so much loopholes that Insurance companies drove trucks through it and gave opportunity to the Republicans to destroy all so-called entitlement programs.

Wake up Americans, understand the new political games. Do not hold on to your age-old views of left-right division of politics. Understand your own rights and help yourself to get what you deserve. You have the ultimate power to change your fate, but only when you understand the game and stand for your rights. Be active, join the grassroots movement, and take over the party offices. Start at the local level, drive the bums out. You have the power. You can do it.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

The Palace Coup Has Succeeded, For Now

After eight years of destruction of the progressive movement Barrack Obama is still at it. Barrack who on his own admission on a Spanish language channel, is a Republican in ideology, has delivered Donald Trump the US Presidency. It was expected that he would move out of the national politics, yet, he is becoming more active under the disguise that he would be the countervailing weight for President Donald Trump.

Today, the Democratic Party has lost about 1,000 elected posts counting the White House to Congress and the 50 statehouses, directly as the result of Wall Street appeasing by Bill Clinton and Barrack Obama, clearly a nadir of their political history in the last century, yet, they lost the opportunity of reforming them in the just concluded DNC chairman race yesterday.

Originally the DNC election was supposed to be held at the beginning of the year. After the defeat of “corrupt” Hillary by the most unqualified man in the race of American Presidential election, it was time for a wholesale reform of the Democratic Party. The liberal wing of the Party led by Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren had thrown their weight behind Keith Ellison for the DNC Chairman position, and he was a sure shoo-in. But the Corporate Democrats began conspiring and the postponed the election to buy time. They fell upon Obama to lead their cause and Obama picked his own Labor Secretary Tom Perez.

After the debacle of Debbie Wasserman Schultz, whose nefarious intervention killed Bernie Sanders’ cause and tilted the Democratic Party’s nomination to the most unelectable person, Hillary Clinton the situation was too hot to handle by the corporate Democrats, and they needed time to go behind and buy off the DNC members with big money politics. So the election was deferred to the last Saturday of February.

So the job is now at the hand of Obama’s Labor Secretary, Tom Perez, to rebuild the party that is at its lowest point since the era of the1920s. The ban was first implemented by president-elect Barrack Obama in 2008, but had been dropped last year by the corrupt erstwhile party chair, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz. Ellison supported the reinstatement of the ban and envisaged to have fundraising model in the mold of Bernie’s small-dollar campaign. Perez never committed to reinstating the contribution ban.

Bob Mulholland of California argued strongly against the ban leading to the casting of the votes. His point was that the corporate opposition to oust North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory was proof that corporations aren't all evil as they are cast out to be. Jessica Sell Chambers was equally passionate in her opposition commenting, “I belong to the party of the people and the last time I checked corporations aren't people.”

Yet, big money finally own, thanks to Obama and the other conservative Dems. To avoid the immediate bloodbath, on his election to the chair Tom proposed Ellison as his deputy, and Keith did accept the position. The question is for how long the battle will be avoided?

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The Second Gilded Age

For a great number of people life is a continuous struggle in the USA, working multiple jobs, spending long hours at the workplace, and yet no sign of upward mobility. Things look so bleak that there seems to be no future, however, this is not the first time the helplessness has prevailed over this country. Actually, we are now at the second gilded age. The first was at the turn of the nineteenth century, it was the time of the robber barons, when Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, and Vanderbilt reigned supreme.

“What do I care for the law”? Vanderbilt had quipped, “Hain’t I got the power?” Indeed, 48 of the 73 men holding cabinet posts between 1868 and 1896 either lobbied for the rail road, worked for them, presided over their boards, or, had relatives connected to that business. Things were actually even worse than today. In 1873, the Chief Justice of the Wisconsin’s Supreme Court, Edward G. Ryan warned the graduating class of the state university, “The question will arise, and arise in your day, … which shall rule—wealth, or man; which shall lead—money or intellect; who shall fill public stations—educated and patriotic men, or the feudal serfs of corporate capital?”

Speaking in 1890, populist reformer, Mary Lease declared, “Wall Street owns the country. It is no longer a government of the people, by the people and for the people, but Government of Wall Street, by Wall Street and for Wall Street.” Ohio Republican Senator John Sherman pushed his colleagues to act against the corporate power and was instrumental in getting the Sherman’s Antitrust Act passed in the Senate by 52 to 1 vote on July 2nd, 1890.

Initially Antitrust law was used against organized labor, but since President Teddy Roosevelt things started changing. The Republican president used the act against Harriman’s giant conglomerate Northern Securities Company that controlled transportation sector in the Northwest. President William Howard Taft, another Republican stalwart broke up Rockefeller’s Standard Oil Company in 1911. The gigantic Bell System, AT&T was broken up under President Roland Reagan.

It is a tragedy that today’s Republican Party has become a corporate poodle breaking away from the tradition of their great leaders, and the Democratic Party serves as the poor second fiddle to the same master! Truly speaking the GOP started changing in the 1920s when increasingly the party began depending on the dole out from the corporations. Even after the great depression of 1929, the Democratic President Franklin D. Roosevelt encouraged cooperation between businesses, until he appointed Thurman Arnold in charge of the antitrust division of the Justice Department in 1938.

We are now at the peak of the second gilded edge, where power has been totally concentrated at the hand of the new robber barons. The situation is probably much worse now since the rich has nearly total control of the Media, thanks to Bill Clinton. The only ray of hope is coming from the internet where the playing field is nearly even. The young educated mass is increasingly becoming alert and conscious of their situation. Will they be able to bring a new revolution to restore the people power? Will they be able to bring the freedom of the little people back?

The youth say, yes. I say, I hope.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

The United States is a Failed Democracy

What is a failed democracy?

When a handful rich groups of people set the rules to enhance the wealth of comparatively few at the top, while a vast majority of people remain in poverty and financially unsecured, and the bottom of the society feel totally helpless to change their lot then it can be said that the democratic system has failed in that society. The rich wield sufficient power and have resources to control the politicians, regulatory heads, and the judicial system to ensure that the “free market” works for them.

The US is controlled by the Military-Industrial complex for the benefit of the very rich. The two political parties, Republican and Democratic, both serve the same master. There is a slight difference between the two parties, while the Republican Party is a wholly owned subsidiary of the corporate America, the tool of the rich; the Democratic Party is the 2nd fiddle to them only to create the impression of sham democracy. There are handful leaders in the Democratic Party who are still fighting for the poor, but they can be counted in one hand.

It would naturally follow that poor would elect the Democrats who are marginally better for the interest of the vast majority, however, through the control of the overwhelming media the Republicans are able to deceive the people and poison their mind against the Democratic Party. The relentless air waves in the United States create multiple wages to deceive and divide people. In addition, the Republican Party uses voter Suppression, Gerrymandering, and other illegal means to win elections and keep their control. Today the Republican Party has a total grid lock on Power with the control of Presidency, Senate, House, Governorship, and the soon to be majority again in the Supreme Court.

We should not blame the mass for this situation. Hillary Clinton had famously called the Republican voters “deplorable.” Nevertheless, it is the subsequent Democratic Presidents who are responsible for this situation today. The Democratic icon Bill Clinton was the first modern President who campaigned as a progressive leader but ruled as a Republican. Among his greatest crime against people were signing of the Telecommunication Act, dismantling of Glass-Steagall Act, signing of Trade agreement NAFTA, Welfare Reform etc.

If Bill Clinton was incidental in harming interest of the poor, his Democratic successor Barrack Obama was no better. Obama presided over the 2007-8 depression which was caused by the biggest financial irregularity by the big banks and the Wall Street investment farms, yet his Justice Department did not prosecute a single Wall Street official. He provided huge subsidy to the big banks while allowed millions of people to lose their houses because of their inability to pay their mortgages.

Barrack Obama campaigned with the promise to stop wars but once elected he sent more troops to Afghanistan, started new wars in Libya, Syria, and Yemen. He created an Affordable Care Act, only to serve the interest of the big insurance company. He had control of both the Senate and the house, yet, he declared he would not support a single payer option even before any negotiation started.

With the election of Donald Trump the rich had acquired total control of political machinery and the situation looks very bleak. They did not waste any time in proclaiming removal of regulations that keep the rich from totally going berserk, and started signing executive orders one after another. The Democratic leadership is appeasing the Republicans. Only a handful rebels from the Democratic Party are still fighting for the common people against all odds. Nevertheless, the future does not look promising, at least, not in the near future.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Shall American Muslims be Naturally Aligned with the Republican Party?

A statement is oft-repeated in pseudo intellectual discussions - in the United States the Muslims find their natural allies among the Republicans since both share conservative values. This couldn’t be further from the truth. 

Pseudo conservatism
Today’s Republicans do not practice conservatism; they routinely use that word to deceive unsuspecting masses. Mere attaching label of conservatism doesn’t make one conservative if it is not followed by action. Conservatism is a philosophy that urges one to conserve nature, tradition, values and culture. Modern Republicans are totally at odd with these principles. In practice, they don’t even pay lip service to preserving nature, anymore. They want to give free reign to industries to pollute. They want to disband EPA and do away with all regulations. They want to promote extreme right wing values totally in opposition to the core Christian teachings. Just last week the GOP House members met and conspired to abolish the independent ethics committee, so that no charge could be brought against them for unethical behavior. So much for principles! 

Environment and Community
GOP is the only political party in the developed world that does not believe in climate change. They have made it their sole objective to serve at the feet of the oligarchs in violation of all morals and scruples. Greed is their driving force and deception is their tool. They have no concern for the greater good of the community. Self-promotion and ‘profit making at any cost’ is their mantra.

Muslims on the other hand have community service ingrained in their religious diktat. Their religion encourages them to offer obligatory Friday prayer in a mosque. Purpose of this is to strengthen communal harmony, and extend bonding between members. After the prayer they are encouraged to mingle with their neighbors, find out if there are poor and needy among them, and then help those. 

The word ‘prayer’ is found 90 times in Quran; in most instances the word ‘prayer’ is accompanied by the word ‘charity’ in the same breadth, 71 times in total – such is the importance on charity the holy book reposes. A  Muslim’s duty to God is never complete unless the person practices generous charity; it is one of the fundamental pillars of his religion. Service to humanity and preservation of nature is his basic duty. 

Prophet Mohammad led by example, he was the supreme leader and had unbound power to control the wealth of his nation, yet, he lived practically a pauper. In life there were days when he remained hungry because he had given his last piece of bread away. In death he left practically no possession. 

Republican politicians (count 70% Democrats in the same bracket) live to usurp wealth of the middle class and other low income people at any cost; they want to take away the safety nets for the lowest of the lows. They dodge taxes, cut tax rates for the richest at every opportunity. They preach pulling oneself by one’s bootstraps, and then take the bootstraps away. They want to dismantle Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and SNAP (food stamp) programs. They strive continually to transfer wealth from the poor to the rich. This type of behavior is against the essential teachings of Islam. 

Prophet Mohammed had said – if needed one should travel to faraway China for learning (China was a distant land from Arabia in the 7th century). Following his instruction the Muslims invested in public education and ruled the world of science for the next few centuries. The Republicans on the other hand want to remove all government support for education; the GOP stalwart Reagan began defunding education and now it has reached its peak where the basic public education system has been weakened so much that the Asian countries lead in that field. 

Social values
Muslims erroneously think the Republicans’ religious stand on right to life, gay rights, transgender, and other minority folks make them conservative. They fail to understand that it’s the facade the Republicans hide under; there is no dearth of people among them who are practicing gays, or lesbians, and sex offenders. It is sad that great numbers of Muslim are misled by their spectacle, and lack the ability to dig deeper and examine the reality. 

Matthew 25 sums up the teaching of the New Testament: 

“Then the king will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me,  naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.’ Then the righteous will answer him and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink?  When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?’…

…He will answer them, ‘Amen, I say to you, what you did not do for one of these least ones, you did not do for me.’ “

This teaching is shared by Islam as well, and a true Muslim must use this principle as his yard-stick and be guided by it.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Difference between a progressive, and a conservative in fewer than 600 words

Progressive, which is interchangeably used as liberal, is a dirty word in the US politics, thanks to the rightwing media that controls 99% of the air waves.

But what does the word progressive actually mean, and what differentiates him from a conservative?

A progressive is the one who is naturally inclined towards progress. He is open minded, ready to consider new ideas; he explores innovative solutions, and probes the unknown for the betterment of the society. A conservative on the other hand has closed mind towards anything novel and wants to hold on to the age-old practices, antiquated systems and traditions, and existing ways and means.

A progressive believes in the good of the society, and considers wellbeing of each and every member of the society as the paramount requisite for the wellbeing of the community at large. A progressive is a person whose central thought is uplifting the lot of the least member of the community, because he believes happiness doesn’t come from self achievement only if rest of the society is in deprivation. In one word a progressive is a selfless person.

A conservative’s basic thought process rotates around pushing personal agendas at the cost of the rest of the society. He does not care for other’s suffering so long he is successful. He believes triumph at any cost; to him end justifies the means, and his slogan is greed is good. He preaches – one shall lift up oneself with his own shoestrings, as long as it applies to others. In one word a conservative is a selfish person.

From the fundamental mindset of the progressive comes the idea of tolerance towards the minorities. The progressive believes in the right of the minorities, freedom of choice for the women, the transgender people, gays, lesbians and other people of difference. He wants to make the society inclusive of all the diverse group of people. He believes in welfare for the lowest of the lows, and social security for everyone. He wants Medicare and Medicaid to flourish. He believes healthcare is a right and so is education.

The conservative is intolerant of minority opinions. He doesn’t believe in the right of anyone who is different from him. He will force others to his views, using whatever force is necessary to subdue others. He is for exclusivity, and is willing to do whatever necessary to preserve his self-interest. The conservative wants to do away with the welfare and privatize the social security to kill it. He wants to put hole through Medicare and Medicaid to destroy them. He wants healthcare to become a business for profit and destroy free education.

A progressive wants regulations for he knows without those rules the industries will pollute, the corporations will devour each other and will end up in monopoly and fascism. Five media companies control America today. In most places there is one, or, two choices for the internet hosting companies, a handful of insurance companies play with the health of 350 million people. A progressive wants socialism for the people.

A conservative doesn’t want any regulation; he is for the deregulation of the existing businesses, so that profit can be maximized. The conservative wants to destroy EPA although it was created by a Republican President. He wants the Wall Street and Fed to control the finance of this country. He props up the Banksters and uses Lobbyists to do his bidding. A conservative wants socialism for the capital.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Weinbach’s daughter and thirty Human Beings

Francine was someone’s daughter.

Did she have a sister? Or, brother? I do not know. Perhaps she did, perhaps she did not. But friends must she have had. And neighbors?

One thing she had for sure, and lots of them – students. For Stein was a musician and she had taught at the Julliard School.

What kind of person was she - Francine Stein?
Did her students hate her? Did anyone love her?
What kind of music did she play? Did she string a violin that cried loud through the starry starry nights when the world was sleepy and the only listeners were fairies and angels?

How was Francine when she was sixteen?

Was she the most beautiful girl of the world to someone?
Did her supple body warm someone else’s in a night of cold? Damp, or, rain?
Did she have any child?
Did she ever comfort a young tiny helpless creature in her loving arms?

I do not know answers to any of these, I only know, when she died she was alone.

And when the time of her burial came she was going to be alone but for a kind-hearted Rabbi, and her sensitive daughter, Ora Golda Weinbach.

Ora, the kind daughter of a kind rabbi had another idea.

Rabbi Elchanan Weinbach, a man of God, was to do the God’s service. He was to officiate at the suburban New York funeral at a cemetery in Orangetown, NY. Ora posted the following message on her Facebook page.

Huge mitzvah opportunity. A woman is being buried tomorrow who has LITERALLY NO ONE attending her funeral, other than the funeral home director and the rabbi (my father). Who would like to join me at the funeral? I will be leaving Teaneck at 10:45. Free lunch with the rabbi after. 

The response was heartwarming to Ora. A score and half people showed for the service to pay their respects to a woman who they never met. It was an act of human decency as one person commented.

Yes, this is the last bit of decency in an age of selfish, violent time that defies all odds and declares triumphantly: God your creation was not in vain.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Life Spent At The Service Of Others – A Life Spent Well

People die everyday. But all deaths are not the same, some leave larger vacuum than others. Dr Edric Baker’s was one such , who left indelible memory in the minds of thousands of people far away from his own home.

In his death came people from the neighboring villages, teary eyes, to pay their last respect to a person who had dedicated his life to the service of the downtrodden. Half the globe away was his mother, four brothers and two sisters in New Zealand to join the poor patients in Madhupur, Tangail to mourn his death.

For over three decades, a lifelong bachelor, he lived among the poor villagers in a nondescript Tangail village, treating patients for TK 5 (6 US cents). People who couldn’t afford a standard physician’s fee that ran in three digits, affectionately called him Daktar Bhai.

Born in 1941, Baker got his MBBS degree from Otego Medical College at Dunedin in New Zealand in 1965. He joined a government medical team and that took him to the war-ravaged Vietnam, where he lived till 1975. His desire to serve the people who can’t afford health service brought him to Bangladesh in 1979, where he joined a Christian mission hospital in Meherpur.

In 1983, he set up a healthcare centre at Kailakuri village and since then he had been giving treatment and medicine to the locals. His patients would get medicine from the centre whether they could pay or not. The nominal fee the doctor charged was hardly enough to meet expenses for his clinics. Money came from donors, friends and family members around the world including his home country.

In an interview with The Daily Star in September 2011, the Daktar Bhai had said that he chose Bangladesh because the people there were “really good and they did not get healthcare due to poverty.” “I've chosen this country in order to give them a little health support,” he added.

At the time of the interview his health was already failing, but he continued to provide service to others. “Many students get MBBS degrees in the country every year. I’m waiting for one of them to come and take the responsibility to provide treatment to the poor in the area,” the good doctor had said.

Four years later when he died on September 4th, 2015 at the age of 75, he was still waiting.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

May God Save America!

Only a week ago, in an article named Democrats lost—who cares? I had written:

“President Barack Obama’s shellacking is now complete with the 2014 mid-term election. His party is minority in both the House and the Senate, and he will have encouragement to carry on his disguised rightwing conservative agendas without any apology.”

When it became clear last week that because of the eleventh hour addition of the two riders, the budget bill could not pass without Democrat votes, President Obama sprang into action. The two riders were—one on campaign contribution limits, and the other on weakening of Dodd-Frank Act, to insure that derivative trading on Wall Street can flourish. Obama sent his Knights from his White House to threaten and cajole enough Democrats to rescue his arch enemy John Boehner from a stringing failure, over the vociferous opposition of House minority leader Nancy Pelosi.

Hail President Obama, the Protector of the Mighty and the Destroyer of the Meek!

Yet, there is no scarcity of Obama defenders among the liberals!

American politics is a total circus! People still dance to the tunes of Hillary Clinton, another Corporate Shill. And some have found a new savior in the name of Elizabeth Warren—a politician who cannot speak without a prepared speech, and runs away from all controversial issues, showing lack of conviction and moral compass.

People, consider this. In 2002, Georgia Democratic Senator Max Cleland, the disabled Vietnam veteran who lost one arm and both legs in a battle was running against Republican Saxby Chambliss with 22 points lead. The wily Chambliss ran television advertisements picturing people resembling Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein, and criticized Mr. Cleland as opposing homeland security. On the Election Day Chambliss won 53% – 46%. That day proved Democracy could not work in a large populace where truth could be distorted with money, and that was long before the Supreme Court verdict of Citizen United.

Democracy can only work where people know their candidates personally, such as in local elections, however, there is such a great apathy that even in those levels it has become anathema.

May God Save America!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Democrats Lost—Who Cares?

I admit. I no longer am an optimist that I have been life-long and have lost faith in this nation’s immediate future. Unless reform happens soon, our children will not have a better life than what we did, and the prosperous America of the fifties and the sixties is dead—long live America!

President Barack Obama’s shellacking is now complete with the 2014 mid-term election. His party is minority in both the House and the Senate, and he will have encouragement to carry on his disguised rightwing conservative agendas without any apology.

As a bleeding heart liberal I have no sadness that the Democrats lost, for it makes hardly any difference to the agenda of the Military Industrial Complex, of which a Republican President had warned us once. The Democrats—especially their power centers have abandoned the labor and the common people a long time ago. They too have become dependent on the largesse of Corporate America to fill their coffer. A lone Elizabeth Warren does not revolution bring. Today’s Democrats are deeply entrenched with the plutocrats, and they only do the bidding of their Masters; the difference is that they talk the talk, showing empathy for the poor, while the Republicans don’t even pretend.

If Reagan revolution began the wealth transfer from the middle class and the poor to the super riches, Bill Clinton strengthened that mechanism with creation of business treaties such as NAFTA, enactment of media consolidation with Telecommunication Act, and repeal of Glass-Steagall Act. Since Reagan, both the Democrats and the Republicans have served the same Master; their elaborate exhibition of intense rivalry is mere drama to hoodwink American people.

Elections are won with money and not merit. There are no substantial policy debates to differentiate a candidate, which is why we see so much negative personal attacks and unsubstantiated lies and counter lies during every election cycle. Over four billion dollars were spent in the last election. From the first day a candidate takes office s/he has to start thinking of how to raise money for the next election, and who has more to donate to election funds than the billionaires and the Wall Street crooks? But they donate millions only to steal back billions, influencing politicians to create tax loopholes and other preferential laws such as subsidy and license to pollute.

This president took away freedom of the people by suspending habeas corpus, the last vestige of an ordinary person’s right, and the liberals raised no voice as the president is supposedly one of them—what a shame! Ferguson lead to New York and the American justice system failed to deliver once again, and the incidents were swept away under the racial rug. The truth is, under the guise of ‘war against terror’ the ruling class has institutionalized police brutality to nip in the bud slightest show of rebellion to continue their financial exploits, shifting the tax burden from the rich to the poor, and dismantling all safety nets one after another. In the meanwhile people remains divided, fractionalized with petty issues.

Case in point of media deception: Before the midterm election CNN continued 24 hour Ebola coverage creating fear in people and shifting blame on the president for his inactivity, while in reality no action was needed. They promptly dropped the coverage after the election.

Fortunately, the majority of the ordinary Americans are not racial. Look at the protesters in Chicago, New York and Ferguson—great numbers of them are white Americans protesting black deaths. And don’t forget it was the white Americans who elected a black president.

This is the only bright spot among the overall gloom, the people and their resilience, and this keeps me believing in the spirit of this nation. This natural sense of justice of the American people tells me that this nation is not done with. If we don’t bring the reforms to make it a just society, our children will.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

A Former VP Flips Burger

I talk to my acquaintances, friends, and colleagues at work places, mostly people with low six figure salaries, overwhelmingly Republican supporters, going in their everyday lives in a slapdash fashion, blaming welfare queens for all the ills that embrace this country while banksters and crooks of the Wall Street goes on nonchalantly scheming and defrauding ordinary taxpayers. I pray to God, “Have mercy on these ignorant people they know not what they are saying.”

Tom Palome’s story seems far-fetched and one of a kind, but it is going to be more common place in the future when the impending economic doom wipes out a large segment of American middle class. As a vice president of marketing for Oral-B, Tom Palome once earned in low six-figures and flew first class on business trips to Europe. Today, at 77 Tom shuffles two part-time jobs, one as a food demonstrator at Sam’s Club for $10-an-hour and the other flipping burgers at a golf club grill for a little more than the minimum wage.

Palome worked hard his entire career but saved little because he had to maintain his lifestyle competing with the Jones, on top his savings of $90,000 took a big hit in 2008 financial crisis, and now must work to survive. Gone are the days of pension, cities after cities are raiding pension funds giving dime to the dollars to the hapless retirees, while giving 50-60 cents to dollars to the powerful banks who caused this financial mess in the first place, often with outright criminal acts.

Tom, at 77 has to mop floors at the club grill before he goes home at 8 pm, yet he feels lucky that he’s able to work and live independently, and most importantly maintain his dignity, but many of the brain dead taxpayers who cheerlead today’s Demorepublicans and Republicrats will not have that luxury. Repentance will come but will be too late for these laziest taxpayers who patronize the current plutocracy in America.

A Former VP Flips Burger

I talk to my acquaintances, friends, and colleagues at work places, mostly people with low six figure salaries, overwhelmingly Republican supporters, going in their everyday lives in a slapdash fashion, blaming welfare queens for all the ills that embrace this country while banksters and crooks of the Wall Street goes on nonchalantly scheming and defrauding ordinary taxpayers. I pray to God, “Have mercy on these ignorant people they know not what they are saying.”

Tom Palome’s. story seems like far-fetched and one of a kind, but it is going to be more common place in the future when the impending economic doom wipes out a large segment of American middle class. As a vice president of marketing for Oral-B, Tom Palome once earned in low six-figures and flew first class on business trips to Europe. Today, at 77 Tom shuffles two part-time jobs, one as a food demonstrator at Sam’s Club for $10-an-hour and the other flipping burgers at a golf club grill for a little more than the minimum wage.

Palome worked hard his entire career but saved little because he had to maintain his lifestyle competing with the Jones, on top his savings of $90,000 took a big hit in 2008 financial crisis, and now must work to survive. Gone are the days of pension, cities after cities are raiding pension funds giving dime to the dollars to the hapless retirees, while giving 50-60 cents to dollars to the powerful banks who caused this financial mess in the first place, often with outright criminal acts.

Tom, at 77 has to mop floors at the club grill before he goes home at 8 pm, yet he feels lucky that he’s able to work and live independently, and most importantly maintain his dignity, but many of the brain dead taxpayers who cheerlead today’s Demorepublicans and Republicrats will not have that luxury. Repentance will come but will be too late for these laziest taxpayers who patronize the current plutocracy in America.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Obama Is Bush W II

When Barack Obama talks of income inequality I can’t decide if I should laugh or cry, for, not Reagan, nor Clinton, neither even Bush W, but it is Barack Obama himself who has presided over the greatest income inequality of our time. It is in his watch the greatest financial steal took place leading to the demise of Lehman Brothers, and not a single banker went to jail. It is in his watch that the crook of the century Jamie Dimon got accolade and a raise instead of jail term. There was at least a heated debate before JP Morgan's board voted to increase CEO Jamie Dimon's pay after embarrassing lawsuits that decimated the banks reputation (I mean whatever was left), but in Obama’s book he remains a hero.

Obama came in the name of change and freedom, yet he reverted to strengthening the hands of Wall Street crooks, and blessed suppression of habeas corpus. And if that is not all he is now crowning himself with the embarrassment of slavery by pushing corporatist idea –TPP, Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal, which is “NAFTA on steroids.

Obama had promised in his 2008 campaign to support a minimum wage hike to $9.50 by 2011, but he did nothing at all to implement it and after half a decade of rule declares this is the “year of action” when he’ll use his executive power to get a $10.10 minimum. Thanks heaven that it took five years but he finally learned that he has access to something called executive power, nevertheless, even this promise of him is nothing but smoke and mirror. He declared that he would issue “an executive order requiring federal contractors to pay their federally-funded employees a fair wage of at least $10.10 an hour but hid the fact that only new hires – a tiny fraction, of the two million federal contract workers – will get the wage boost; a deliberate lie and deceit. The reality that the president didn’t even propose a gradual increase for the rest of the two million workers demonstrates that he has no intention of using his powers to redress the income ineqality.

Glen Ford wrote in his article, American State of the Union: A Festival of Lies “Obama offers nothing of substance, because he is not authorized by his corporate masters to do so. He takes his general orders from the same people as do the Republicans. That’s why Obama only speaks of minimum wage hikes while Republicans are in power, rather than when his own party controlled both houses of Congress. Grand Bargains are preferred, because they are the result of consensus between the two corporate parties. In effect, the Grand Bargain is the distilled political will of Wall Street, which feeds the donkey and the elephant. Wall Street – the 1 percent – believes the world is theirs for the taking, and they want all of it. Given this overarching truth, Obama has no choice but to stage a festival of lies.”

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Is America Heading Towards A Violent Revolution?

The Hindi expression Der Hai Andher Nehi connotes, there may be delay but not darkness; this expression is usually linked with human observation on God’s judgment.

A few weeks back I raised the question why are Chris Christie’s poll numbers not tanking after the Bridgegate? A recent poll by NBC News/Wall Street Journal reveals that Christie’s popularity has taken a major blow, now only 22 percent of Americans view the Republican New Jersey governor favorably, down from 33 percent in last October.

Contrary to the political pundits’ discourses that Christie would survive this crisis nearly unscathed his political future looks to be in serious danger as more and more Americans now believe that the embattled New Jersey governor is lying about the bridge closure scandal. Twenty-nine percent of the responders now view Christie unfavorably compared to 17 percent only a few months ago. Christie repeatedly denied knowing anything about the lane closures on the George Washington Bridge and the consequent unprecedented traffic jam causing at least one death and immense public suffering over four days. Forty-four percent now believe that Christie is lying in comparison to 42 percent who say he’s telling the truth.

On top of the bridge closure issue Christie has been slapped with another allegation that his administration threatened to hold up Hurricane Sandy relief aid to Hoboken unless the Democratic mayor of the city supported a private development project. Finally it is evident that Christie is a bully and thug, in the mold of third world politicians.

Christie’s rating has fallen across all population and not just with Democrats—35 points with Democrats, 20 points with independents, and seven points with Republicans and with every demographic group and in nearly every region polled. More importantly, a Jan 15 NBC/Marist poll found Christie losing ground to his possible Democratic rival Hillary Clinton by 50 percent to 37 percent, a solid 10-point shift from a month earlier.

American media is totally controlled by a few giant corporations, thanks to Bill Clinton and his Telecommunications Act of 1996, and the propaganda machines spew untruth blanketing airwaves relentlessly. Truth has taken a backseat and relegated to only a few handfuls small progressive networks that together have merely 5 percent of the media through the internet (until it is taken away). People are stressed with high unemployment and wage reduction leaving them unsecured and afraid of showing any dissent. The oligarchy’s control is nearly airtight. But when all means of peaceful protest are eliminated the only inevitable alternative remains is violent revolution.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Science of Religion

Science of religion is the same as religion of science, both man made and evolve with time. Why are we here? What is the purpose of life? What happens when we die? Let's find out what the greatest minds have to say!

I was barked at by numerous dogs who are earning their food guarding ignorance and superstition for the benefit of those who profit from it. Then there are the fanatical atheists whose intolerance is of the same kind as the intolerance of the religious fanatics and comes from the same source. They are like slaves who are still feeling the weight of their chains which they have thrown off after hard struggle. They are creatures who—in their grudge against the traditional "opium of the people"—cannot bear the music of the spheres. The Wonder of nature does not become smaller because one cannot measure it by the standards of human moral and human aims.

— Einstein to an unidentified adressee, Aug.7, 1941. Einstein Archive, reel 54-927, quoted in Jammer, p. 97