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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Support but Do Not Vote For Rand Paul in the Primary (unless you are a Libertarian or a Republican)

Now that Bernie Sanders has made it clear that he will run as a Democrat for the presidency, I want to make it clear to all liberals, progressives, populists, socialists, etc. that I will not vote for or encourage anyone to vote for Rand Paul in the Republican primaries and caucuses next year.

This may come as a disappointment for many of my libertarian friends but 2016 is very different from 2012. We do not have an incumbent President who is running unopposed. Just as it made absolutely no sense for most progressives to vote in the Democratic primary last time, it makes no sense to vote in the Republican primary this time.

I am not at this moment endorsing Sanders because I want  to see what other progressives do and say. I think it would be better  if only one progressive took on Hillary or if more than one, that they coalesce around one progressive alternative no later than February 21 ( the day after the SC primary).

This is not to say, give no support to Rand Paul. On the contrary, we ought  to be promoting his campaign and maybe trying to find a way to get him and Bernie to debate during the primary. Wouldn't that be a great way to kick the establishment?!! Better yet get presumptive 3rd party nominees, Virgil Goode, Gary Johnson and Jill Stein on the same stage along with whoever emerges as the Republican cultural conservative favorite.

What we want is Rand Paul and Bernie Sanders to be the nominees and if not them, then for Paul, Sanders and Ben Carson to endorse Johnson, Stein and Goode at 5pm the evenings of Jeb and Hillary's coronation speeches.

A political revolution to overthrow the corporate military industrial catastrophe remains the strategic goal but we must make this tactical change at this time for the revolution to have a fighting chance of success.

PS ... I use names here as possibilities. I do not think that Jeb Bush will be the GOP nominee. In fact I think the Republican ticket is going to be Susana Martinez and Ben Carson. Hopefully, Clinton takes a dive and we get a Sanders/Warren ticket to oppose them. If we do, I will be expecting Robin Koerner to tell Gary , "No!" and support the Red Democrat ticket instead. (Is red a classical liberal color?)

Friday, April 17, 2015

Return to P4RP

A spike in visits which correspond with Rand Paul's recently announced presidential campaign compels me to return to P4RP. I don't intend to be back long but I do feel the need to let you know my thoughts about his candidacy.

To get right to the main question: Will I promote progressives support for Rand Paul? The answer is both yes and not yet.

Among likely GOP candidates, Rand Paul is the best. Sure, this is not saying much especially given his latest support of the anti-peace letter to Iranian leadership and his advocacy of a sharp increase in military spending paid for by cuts in foreign aid and domestic investments. This may not mean a neo-con turn but election time feints to the MIC will win him no friends among peace progressives even as it confirms doubts among purist libertarians.

Nevertheless, a strong showing in the Republican primaries and caucuses will be a significant blow to warmongering corporatists throughout the duopoly. A libertarian coup of the GOP remains a consummation devoutly to be wished by all principled progressives. A victory in this year's battle still seems unlikely for all the same reasons as last go around with his father but any damage done to the imperial oligarchy is not only desirable but necessary. Democrats who are already showing their cards for Queen Clinton  by trashing him deserve resistance from all real progressives.

But should support mean primary votes? While my friend, Robin Koerner, wants a resounding yes, we need to wait and see what challengers rise to confront the Queen. It is likely that there will be a progressive or two who step up. Bernie Sanders (now a socialist independent), Elizabeth Warren (the most populist and popular progressive) and Martin O'Malley (former Maryland Governor) are all possibilities.  I am hoping that Ron Paul's friend, Dennis Kucinich gets in the race as his NEED Act (HR 2990) is a definitive document that gets at the heart of our economic problems.

Progressives need to challenge Hillary by voting for one or more of these or other potential candidates who hopefully give voice to the disaffected base of the the Democratic Party. This is not the year for jumping ship during the primaries. If, in the unlikely circumstance Clinton faces no progressive opposition, then I will be back here or somewhere else encouraging progressives to vote for Rand Paul in the primaries.

Another unlikely scenario is Paul getting the nomination and facing Clinton in the general election. In that circumstance I am going to want to support Paul and if there is no viable Green or independent candidate from the left, I would most likely encourage progressives to vote for him. I would first like to see a reversal on his latest vows to make deeper domestic cuts to support more military spending. There may be a way around this by finding more cuts in MIC spending to fund pay and benefit increases for enlisted personnel. Or maybe he takes a cue from Koerner and stops worrying about government deficits and finds a way to increase government spending to bring down private sector debt.

Progressives need to take more radical stands against the Democratic Party's corporate captivity and be more creative about making alliances with other anti-corporate outsiders. We need leaders like Kucinich, Sanders and Warren to not only stand up to Hillary and her corporate puppeteers but to be extremely skeptical when her rhetoric shifts leftward. My idea continues to be... when the inevitable happens and coronation night arrives, go public at 5pm endorsing the Green Party nominee. The MSM would not be able to ignore a dozen progressive leaders with 3 or 4 of them being primary opponents of the Queen, defiling her party by endorsing Jill Stein, especially if one of them is her running mate.

I know...I know... totally unconventional...not going to happen. Of course, in all likelihood, we are not going to provoke politicians even at the periphery of their parties to chance backlash because of what will surely be seen as a kamikaze move. I understand the harsh realism as I have been ignored by anybody and everybody inside corporate fortress. But what else do we have other than handing a grenade to whoever's reaching out between the bars. This tactic would work even better if it were coordinated and Rand got his Dad, Justin Amash, Thomas Massie, etc. standing behind him and Gary Johnson as Paul endorses Johnson.

It will take something as dramatic as well timed defections by widely recognized anti-corporate politicians to force the moment to its crisis. Pulling that off requires that outsiders come together with a willingness to step outside the box they landed in when they stepped out of the corporate box. If we are to make a difference in the upcoming election, we have to get sympathetic candidates and voters to consider unconventional, mutual and cross party endorsements, vote swapping, etc. We are outgunned millions of times over and so we need guerrilla tactics and risk taking and realistic politicians and voters if we expect to make a real and significant difference.

I might come back again if you like.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Thanks and Moving On

I want to thank you, for your support in reading this blog over the last 2 years. I am not sure that I have made much of an impact but if anything I wrote here was meaningful to just one of my readers, I am forever glad I did it.

I'm moving on to something else but not so much different either. Come join me again if you like.  My first post on the new blog: http://usamultipartycoaltion.blogspot.com/

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Moving Forward: A Coalition Strategy for Winning a Peaceful Revolution

The Democrats and Republicans finished their conventions trying to convince us that they are the party of the middle class and of course they are since we are all middle class, aren’t we?  Now that we know they are on our side economically, they can get on with the much more consequential cultural debates so we can find out which one is going to protect our unborn gay children and which one will protect a woman’s right to choose her child’s sexual orientation.

We will have a president and it is most likely to be Barack Obama. The only question is: how much money will be spent by the GOP to lose the race?  At least that’s about as interesting as corporate media coverage will be.

All kidding aside, Ron Paul libertarians, if they know what’s good for their movement, will vote for Gary Johnson, especially in Red swing states so as to punish the powers which silenced them. They might even get a bit more sophisticated and vote for Obama in Red States so as to humiliate those same powers with a landslide loss.

As it stands, unless Gary Johnson, Jill Stein and their running mates get in the debates, we can expect popular vote results along these lines:

Obama: 48%                                                                                                                                                              Romney: 46%                                                                                                                                                             Johnson:  4%                                                                                                                                                                      Stein: 1%                                                                                                                                                                    Others:1%

If the debates are inclusive of the Green and Libertarian candidates, we could see something like this:

Obama: 44%                                                                                                                                                       Romney: 39%                                                                                                                                                       Johnson: 10%                                                                                                                                                                Stein: 5%                                                                                                                                                                        Others: 2%

Obviously the latter results would send the strongest signal to both parties that their corporatism is no longer invulnerable. This message gets even louder if Johnson can win Nevada and/or New Mexico and Stein can win Vermont.

Something more like the former results are more likely since libertarians and progressives are not organized enough to get their candidates in the debates.

If libertarians and progressives decide to continue going their separate ways next time, they might share as much as 20% of the popular vote and if they come to their senses and do what I continue to advocate, go full blown fusion coalition, they will get not less than 29%, and if they come to their senses before the midterm and execute a congressional coalition strategy of crossover voting and mutual endorsements, they stand a real chance of slaying the two headed corporate beast in 2016.

Of course there is a chance that the GOP comes to its senses and puts Rand Paul on the ticket in 2016. You can be certain that any libertarian on that ticket will be VP, not P. More likely the GOP will go with something more traditional like Huckabee/Martinez in 2016 and that kind of ticket could win enough women and Latinos to get them in the White House through 2024. Progressives cannot expect to gain any more ground without a coalition partner, and by 2024, we will probably all be corporatists.

Let’s imagine for a second that libertarians and progressives come to their senses on November 7. What are the tactics for creating a coalition revolution in 2016?

First, create a platform consisting of civil liberties, constitutional rights, non interventionist foreign policy, bold reductions in militaristic and false security spending, domestic reductions through cabinet consolidation, and creative compromises on economic policies. The last will be the most difficult and therefore the most important.

The components of these creative economic policy compromises are: 1.) Splitting 50/50 all gains from budget reductions and revenue increases between debt reduction and population based block grants to states and/or local governments. 2.) Setting a goal of shifting in 8 years time not less $4 trillion and not more than $10 trillion out of Washington through debt reductions and block grants. 3.) A gradual shifting of funding sources for block grants from federal toward state and local levels through diminishing federal matching funds. 4.) Moving monetary authority from the Fed to congress. 5.) Increased allowance for liberalized legal tender laws which make room for greater competitive and complementary currencies in the consumer market place.

Second, with this platform in place use it to find, endorse and promote Senate and House candidates who agree with it, and in doing so avoid pitting libertarian and progressive candidates against one another.

Third, aim to get 40 coalition Senators and 174 coalition Representatives in 2014 and 60/218 in 2016.

Fourth, focus on open and vulnerable seats in 2014 and contest or reaffirm at least 80% of all congressional seats in 2016.

Fifth, bring together coalition convention sponsored by the GP and the LP and any other interested citizen groups, which meets to endorse a coalition presidential ticket. This convention should be held the weekend after the Democrats and Republicans have their shows. If holding it that late prevents the ticket from being on the ballot in all 50 states hold it in between or before the corporate duopoly conventions.

Sixth, support through crossover voting and mutual endorsements libertarian candidates in red states and districts, and progressive candidates in blue states and districts.

Seventh, run 2 presidential candidates inside the corporate parties and 2 outside the corporate parties.  When the corporate parties reject our candidates, have them endorse the 2 outside candidates as a coalition ticket nominated by a fusion coalition convention.

These 7 tactics must be agreed to and activated by a coalition of libertarians and progressives if we are ever going to stand a real chance of overthrowing the corporate junta. Righteous dreams, by one or both of these ideological rivals, of total victory and unconditional surrender will result in failure, probably irrevocable and potentially catastrophic.

There is no time to waste attempting to convert one another or to sweet talk one into political favors for the other. Beyond this coalition there will be plenty of time for bickering and jousting for political control. Without this coalition, watch for corporate power continued indefinitely and populist politics of all sorts dead for another century.

Once again, I sound my unamplified hue: libertarians and progressives unite; you have nothing to lose but your corporate chains.

Friday, September 7, 2012

New Petition Must Go Viral Now


This one has been created  by 2 Gary Johnson and 2 Jill Stein supporters. It's got over 1500 signers in 24 hours. Let's make the duopoly have to take this seriously.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

What's Left to Do Mr. Machiavella?

Some of this may sound like a Hail Mary but what more is there to lose? Here’s what’s left to do:

1.) Ron Paul delegates walk out of Republican convention and join Paul supporters in a peaceful human blockade of Tampa convention center when Ron Paul’s name is not placed in nomination.

2.) Get Anderson, Nader, Kucinich and Alexander to endorse Stein, and Goode, Paul and Roemer to endorse Johnson.

3.) Get Gary Johnson and Jill Stein in the debates.

4.) Focus on New Mexico, Nevada and Vermont and leaning states: Johnson on those leaning Romney; Stein on those leaning Obama.

5.) Secure two states: New Mexico for Johnson and Vermont for Stein. Stein endorses Johnson in NM and Johnson endorses Stein in Vermont with prominent progressives and libertarians joining in.

6.) Leave toss up states alone and back off leaning states if money pours into Stein’s campaign from Romney sources. If not, Stein endorses Johnson in toss up states and backs off Obama leaning states.

7.) Get Bernie Sanders to negotiate in the Senate if there is a 50/50 split.

8.) If GOP retains the House, Romney is in. Put Biden in as VP unless Defense, Treasury, State and 3 other cabinet posts are secured.

9.) If Democrats take the House, Obama is back in. Bernie Sanders threatens to put Ryan in VP slot if same cabinet spots are not secured.

10.) A coalition of libertarian Republicans, progressive Democrats and opportunists from both parties who realize which way the wind is blowing take over congress and together with our people in the cabinet end the imperial presidency and replace empire building and maintenance, the military industrial catastrophe and all its crony corporate cousins with debt reduction and block grants to the states for building the peaceful green economy.

Friday, August 3, 2012

I Beg You...

Barring some unforeseen miracle, the purpose of this blog will not be successful. Ron Paul will not be president. He will not be the Republican nominee. He will not run as an independent or a third party candidate. There will not be a coalition candidacy of any kind.

On the other hand, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney will be the two major candidates for president. We will here much ado about nothing in the debates. Cultural issues will be stressed when we face a catastrophic economic crisis. The media will do nothing to hold the candidates accountable. We will have a president in 2013 who cuts spending on the most vulnerable and continues to increase defense spending. That same president will lower the top marginal rates and do so while supposedly closing loopholes. This "reform" will be backed by a bipartisan super majority.

Wars will wind down in Iraq and Afghanistan while drone strikes will increase in several countries. Brinksmanship with Iran and North Korea will continue to justify a glutenous military and security budget with greater personal and social intrusiveness. Unemployment will gradually fall until it settles a tad south of 7% late in 2015. We will all then be reminded that we cannot have full employment without bubbles unless, of course, we want to do away with the minimum wage.

Neither progressives nor libertarians can feel much satisfaction in a war stimulus but that is essentially what we will get over the next four years with either Obama or Romney. If you want America to have a choice, it's too late for a viable one but it is not too late to get truly progressive and truly libertarian views a fair hearing. Eli Beckerman has started a very well  constructed petition that needs 250K signatures. This petition seeks to get the only other candidates who have qualified to be on enough state ballots to have a mathematical chance of winning this election: Gary Johnson and Jill Stein.

I ask all who read this to please sign this petition because we need to hear something different. We need America to know that we do not have to continue down this road of corporatism and militarism. At his point I am not ready to endorse either of these candidates. I wish I could endorse the two of them on the same ticket but it's too late for that to happen.

Please sign this petition and urge your friends to do the same!

Update: Marnie Glickman and Adam Gibson have both signed Eli Beckerman's petition.