CHICAGO (STMW) -- The Rev. Jesse Jackson on Saturday said that President Obama's reelection was "a great victory," but that it would be incomplete with a reconstruction of urban America and an investment in the communities where the blacks who voted overwhelmingly for the president live.
"We're happy and full of pride," in the president's reelection, Jackson told the crowd at the Saturday morning forum at Rainbow/PUSH headquarters, 930 E. 50th St., "but our houses remain raggedy ... our schools remain closed."
Despite attempts at voter suppression in states such as Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida, Jackson said, blacks turned out en masse to vote, enduring waits that stretched into hours in many places. "We waited, we voted, we believed," Jackson said. "Now we want to get well.
"We voted early, we voted long. Our votes won," he said.
Rev. Jackson, who spoke longer, louder, and more forcefully than he has in some time at the Saturday morning Rainbow/PUSH meeting, asked the crowd, "What do we want? We want, we want, we want, we deserve, we deserve ... a return on our investment.
"What's good for us is good for everybody. What's good for blacks is good for everybody.," he said. "We bled too much, we died too young, we cried too much, we prayed too long, now we want a return on our investment."
Referring to those voter suppression efforts, he said, "these acts of meanness had unintended consequences." Rather than keeping blacks and Latinos away from the polls, voter ID measures and the curtailing of access to the voting booths made people more determined to vote. "Suppression became stimulation and people fought back," he said.
"We fought back," and the battle was won, but the war still remains, he said. "If we vote and don't bargain we get nothing. A Jacuzzi filled with stagnant water will not get you well," Jackson said. "You have to stir the water."
Jackson said blacks, who voted for Barack Obama for state senator, for U.S. Senator, and now twice as President of the United States, should demand, bargain, and march if necessary, for an end to "patterns of race discrimination, (for) our share of jobs. We want faster public transportation to connect us to where the jobs are."
He said black American also needs "access to capital," noting, "It's cruel to say. 'jump in the pool,' when there is no water. "
He also called for "fair trade," a "domestic trade zone. We need a domestic OPEC," he said. "In Chicago, for example, there are 100,000 vacant homes or abandoned lots; 40,000 in Baltimore. If we were to rebuild 25 percent, if we take down the boards and put in window panes, fix the broken sidewalks, cut the grass, fix the roofing, we'd create more jobs than there are people, just rebuilding where we live."
Jackson said, "there must be a plan for reconstruction" of urban America.
Saying that automobile companies and banks got bailouts, "we're the people who provided the votes -- we want to be bailed out. We need jobs, education, healthcare now. If we can be targeted for voter registration and voter turnout, target us for reconstruction, now.
"We are the new mainstream," Jackson said. "We are the America of shared hopes and shared dreams. We have the power, we have the votes.
"We waited, we voted, we believed, now we want to get well." He then asked the crowd, "Do you want to get well? Are you willing to fight to get well?
"It's time to sing a new song, of joy and hope," Jackson said.
"It's time to march again. March for healthcare, march for jobs. When we march great things come our way. "
I seem to remember reading somewhere that when they visited Rome 30 years after it fell, all that was there were ruins, outlaws and wild animals, sounds like Detroit, doesn't it?
As mark said, history may not repeat itself, but it certainly rhymes.
[Ma'an] US vote a painful reminder for divided Paleostinians
I didn't follow the United States elections due to my belief that in the Paleostinian subject particularly, and US policy in the Middle East in general, the difference between the candidates is negligible.
But I followed the approach for both candidates in how they reflected their position and defended themselves, as well as the mode in which each party criticized the other. I realized why they are at the top of the pyramid and rule the world and control the fate of people, and why we are at the bottom of the gendarmerie failing even to maintain our unity.
I followed with interest Obama's victory speech, delayed more than three hours even though everything was ready and waiting -- the public, the media, and the entire world -- but Obama preferred to wait for a call from his defeated rival Romney to bless his victory and wish him success in his mission.
Obama began his speech with thanks to his rival for his handling the election battle clean and clear from charges, treason phrases, defamation, and personal abuse, as we hear and read in our media every hour and every moment. Then he thanked his wife, his family, and his extended family America, where he said to the public that he became the US president because of them and re-elected, he promised that he will be president for all the people of America in all it segments, colors, ethnics and nationalities.
They are at the top of the pyramid and we are at the bottom because of the governance for the people, who choose every four years their president exactly and perfectly and not looking for excuses and justifications to evade this merit. It's true that we are not America and not even a part of its state, but we're talking about a concept and how to apply it, democratic values, cultural, and moral practice.
They competed for tactile achievements made by the president or claimed that he achieved, they spoke of figures, data and facts. They didn't talk about fake achievements or military and diplomatic victories that do not exist. They rebutted each other's claims in front of the people who will decide which of them deserve to govern and decide their fate in the coming four years.
We didn't hear one of them accuse his opponent of being an agent of the enemy or neglecting the interests of America for the benefit of its enemy; no one questioned the patriotism of each other. They don't have patriotic humans, noble, fighter, loyal to his country in the daytime and in the night he is a traitor, an agent, a killer, a corrupt, a thief, and a briber without any evidence provided about what they say or accuse. They talk about everything and criticized anything, but according to the ethical and professional rules that specified by law.
American leaders can't mislead or underestimate people because there is a free media and most importantly an influential, not cutting and pasting the news but investigations, asking questions, giving answers, and even if it's necessary, exposing.
Their media don't accept the official answers about coups and everybody will accept that, but the media examine the accuracy and credibility of a speech and whether the official exploits his power or this is the truth and then the independent and honest justice will protect peoples rights before it protects the official and his action.
The US vexes us on its policy of supporting Israel; US vexes us again with its democracy that makes us feel how young we are and how much they are our senior.
The author is a former Paleostinian Authority minister who lectures at Birzeit and Al-Quds University.
They are at the top of the pyramid and we are at the bottom because of the governance for the people, who choose every four years their president exactly and perfectly and not looking for excuses and justifications to evade this merit.
Apparently it's easier for the American voter to turtle, watch the world burn, America meltdown and simply assume they can pick another from the list in 4 years, as if choosing a different color car, than to have pushed a little for what they want now. So secure in their secure belief that America could not fail them, that they let it.
I hope we still have the opportunity to choose in four years.
Stephen Moore of The Wall Street Journal interviewed Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who talked tough. "I am not willing to raise taxes to turn off the sequester. Period." He said Sen. Chuck Schumer is "on another planet" to think Republicans would just raise tax rates and close loopholes.
Moore noted this is a negotiating position. "This isn't to say that next week, when the lame-duck congressional session begins to negotiate some kind of budget solution, taxes are off the table. Mr. McConnell is a realist." And Obama will come looking to strike deals with moderate Republicans:
It isn't at all certain that Mr. McConnell and House Speaker John Boehner will be able to hold their troops together. The senator understands that Mr. Obama will try to cut a deal with other senators--Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, Susan Collins of Maine, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina--but Mr. McConnell doubts that the tactic will work. "We have differences on other issues, but on taxes I can't think of a single member of my conference from Maine to Texas who thought he was sent here to Washington to raise taxes on anybody or anything."
...I ask him about the recent counterproposal by Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer that Republicans should abandon tax reform of the kind that passed in 1986 and lowered rates in return for fewer loopholes, and instead should both close loopholes and keep tax rates high to lower the deficit. "He's on another planet," Mr. McConnell replies, and doesn't seem to be kidding.
Would Republicans accept the liberal dream of a value-added tax as a new revenue machine? "There won't be any new tax. It's not going to happen in this Congress," he says.
What is clear about the coming tax-cliff negotiations is that Mr. McConnell doesn't trust the White House after the debacle of the debt-ceiling nonsolution in July 2011.
"The speaker and I spent an endless amount of time in the first half of 2011 trying to get the president to do what we all know has to be done if we're going to save the country," Mr. McConnell says. "Until we adjust the entitlement programs to fit the demographics of today's America, you can't fix the problem. You can't tax your way out of it. You can't cut health-care providers as a way out of it. But Democrats laughed at those ideas even when we offered a quarter-trillion of higher revenues largely taken from high-income people."
With respect, I don't think that to "cleave to principle and obstruct, obstruct, obstruct" is a workable option. The MSM propaganda machine would simply go into overdrive yet again and deliver a Dem-majority House in 2014. If we stand aside for the next two years and "let it burn," maybe - just maybe - enough independents, along with the millions of slugs who were supposed to be on our side but stayed home this time, will get wise and deliver both houses of Congress back into strong Trunk control. One thing though...what absolutely must happen now is a purge of the Trunk leadership in both houses. McConnell? You're a big part of the problem, so you're toast. Don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out...and please, please take Speaker Weepy McTanningbooth with you.
Posted by: Ricky bin Ricardo (Abu Babaloo) ||
A good compromise would be to remove the exceptions...
Go for intellectual property taxes and remove all the loopholes.
Ricky: I was taking the longer view. I think Republicans should stop compromising, participating in, or otherwise sharing any responsibility for the destruction of the republic. Offering (1) no resistance or (2) maximum resistance are about the only options.
I think (2) is viable because it's a given that the MSM will smear Republicans and call them obstructionists no matter what they do. The lies and propaganda are a constant in this equation. Thus, Republicans need to stop responding and reacting to the press. The MSM and their followers are the bleating sheep from 1984. They can't be influenced, so they should be ignored.
The burden is on citizens to do their homework and seek out alternative media and sources of information. 58 million voters did turn out for Republicans last week, despite the best efforts of the Democrat-media complex.
I agree - the spineless compromisers have got to go.
"No resistance" is going to do maximum harm to this country. What is being done to the country will not be undone for a long, long time if ever. This administration is churning out regulations/notices at the rate of 6,125 Proposed Regulations and Notifications Posted in Last 90 Days--Average 68 per Day. The Donks and the media will have their way whichever path is chosen. At least the path of maximum resistance (whatever that means at this point) will result in slowing things down and preventing some things from happening. Obugabee will attempt to force his agenda via executive orders or treaties with the UN (climate change, gun control, treaty of the seas).
More people don't vote than do vote. Something like 94M don't vote who are eligible. Currently, at least half the country or more (counting the people who did not vote for one reason or another: religious reasons, lukewarm towards Romney, didn't like either candidate, etc.) voted for gridlock, i.e. for obstruction as in 2010. The Donks scared the hell out of a lot of people in 2010. The path of maximum resistance has a risk; it might lead to losing the House in 2014. The Marquess of Queensbury Rules don't seem to be working for the Pubs. The Pubs also have to quit hiring firms to determine polling and demographics who might as well be stealth firms provided by the Donks. The Pubs need to get far smarter about elections. They need to figure out how to tap into the 94 million eligible voters who didn't vote.
We don't want a monarchy. We don't want czars. We don't want to be a mirror of the former USSR or of China. People need to think about whether they are a freedom-loving people or whether they are going to submit to the will of whoever wants to dominate them--that's what things boil down to. If the latter is the choice get ready for a statist government that dominates and suffocates every aspect of life. Get ready for more and more enslavement on a daily basis.
We don't want a monarchy. We don't want czars. We don't want to be a mirror of the former USSR or of China.
A large swath of "Americans" do want all of the above. They are the New Immigrants. The Muslims, the Socialists from the Old Countries who think the government is the ONLY source of all wealth. They are being allowed in by the droves by the Democratic Socialist Party.
The demographic change of America being implemented by the Socialists is working spectacularly for them.
"No resistance" is going to do maximum harm to this country.
Correct. A colossal finanical collapse is also inevitable. Helping it along is precisely the idea, because (a) the quicker, the better, and (b) the party in charge when it happens will never get another vote.
"No resistance" and "maximum resistance" are extreme options, but not as extreme as civil war, and so far all Republicans have done is agree to death by a thousand papercuts. That is not what people elect them to do, so I'd just as soon have it over with, or see them get very, very serious about refusing to cooperate.
What is being done to the country will not be undone for a long, long time if ever.
Correct. That is my very premise: it is already gone, and never coming back as we knew it.
Yes, aquiesce, give the whole platform to the Dems politely and without grief, then bitch quietly when there is a single party system only, and cry when it like that until the next revolution, because if crash and burn phoenix theory has not fruited in Cambodia, or PRNK, or ZimBob...in fact, name where it has worked.
swksvolFF, "crash and burn phoenix theory" never bore fruit in those places because there was nothing meaningful to return to. Also, America is different and so is its current economic condition. Much of life is timing, and I can't think of a worse time to attempt to institute socialism, paid for with other people's money, when we're already sitting on $16 trillion of debt, and every other major economy is also teetering on the brink. The global financial system is on the verge of a major reset, and Ogabe's reckless, ignorant ambitions may well push everything over the cliff. "If it were done, when 'tis done, then twere well it were done quickly."
A small disclaimer: I'm playing devil's advocate here. I think it's worthwhile to kick around unorthodox ideas, because orthodox ideas have gotten us exactly nowhere.
We don't want a monarchy. We don't want czars. We don't want to be a mirror of the former USSR or of China.
We don't; a majority of the voters do.
Posted by: Rob Crawford ||
After 30 years of working and contributing to the public coffers - I've gone Galt. Lost my job 3 years ago to a government funded competitor (NIH research grants.) Sent out a 100 or so resumes (to black holes responses.) Now, I'm infrequently consulting, doing a little construction here and there, and not making much - but enough to survive.
Turns out, if you make half an effort, you can live on very little (if you have saved some from working for 30 years.)
I'm done with being a tax slave. Used to contribute ~ $50,000 a year in taxes... now only sales and property taxes.
I take the time now to enjoy myself. Started an exciting/interesting hobby (gold mining) that gets me out of the house (doesn't make money yet... but that may come.)
Anyway, I'm done contributing till the government considers me a free person, and not their cash cow.
Somewhat off-topic but maybe not,
#15 LeighG, someone else mentioned gold mining the other day. They said they supported their family this way. Any websites outlining this off-the-radar hobby/income producing activity?
[Dawn] IT is a welcome sign that, despite the deep grudge many in Bangladesh still bear against the West Pak military action of 1971, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina ...Bangla dynastic politician and current Prime Minister of Bangladesh. She has been the President of the Bangla Awami League since 1981. She is the eldest of five children of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the founding father of Bangladesh. Her party defeated the BNP-led Four-Party Alliance in the 2008 parliamentary elections. She has once before held the office, from 1996 to 2001, when she was defeated in a landslide... has reportedly accepted Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar's invitation to attend the D-8 summit in Islamabad this month. Dhaka would like a proper apology from the Pak government for the large-scale killing of Bengalis. It was not satisfied with then president Gen (retd) Musharraf's expression of "regret" in 2002. According to the Bangladesh foreign secretary, "some unresolved issues" still exist although, he says, Ms Khar stated that Pakistain had "regretted in different forms and ... it was time to move on". The debate by academicians and propagandists on both sides will continue; they will fight over the actual number -- in thousands for some, millions for others -- of Bengalis killed while resisting the injustices perpetrated on them by an insensitive western wing. What cannot be denied is that brute military force was used to exterminate activists, intellectuals and ordinary supporters of what was united Pakistain's largest political party, and that consequently led to Indian action and the creation of Bangladesh.
On its part Pakistain must recognise the wrongs committed by its leadership during those days, and issue a full-fledged apology -- not just expressions of regret -- that is acceptable to Dhaka. In doing so, it would be joining the ranks of other countries and institutions that have been courageous enough to admit the historical wrongs they have committed in order to give both themselves and the victim nation a chance to move on. The Vatican has apologised for the actions of Catholics who persecuted non-Catholics, and expressed sorrow over the attack on Constantinople during the Crusades. Japan has apologised to Koreans for wartime aggression. It is time for Pakistain, too, to come to terms with its past.
CAIRO -- Described by the UN as one of the world's most persecuted minorities, Myanmar's ethnic-Bengali Muslims, generally known as the Rohingyas, are facing a catalogue of discrimination in their homeland.
They have been denied citizenship rights since an amendment to the citizenship laws in 1982 and are treated as illegal immigrants in their own home.
Rohingyas say they are deprived of free movement, education and employment in their homeland and suffer human rights abuses at the hands of government officials.
Myanmar's government as well as the Buddhist majority refuse to recognize the term "Rohingya", referring to them as "Bengalis".
Possibly because that's what they originally were, at least some of them?
The website gives readers a glimpse of the Rohingya Muslims in a series of supporting sub-articles.
long article from Tablet - an extract below
Extensive reporting from local sources in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states reveals that several countries surrounding Iran are beginning to back the country's ethnic dissidents as a way of waging a proxy war against the mullahs. In Saudi Arabia, media and clerical elites recently mobilized to raise public awareness about the situation of Ahwazi Arabs, frame their cause as a national liberation struggle, and urge Arabs and Muslims to support them. Saudi donors are providing money and technological support to Ahwazi dissidents seeking to wage their own public information campaign, calling on Ahwazis to rise up against their rulers. The Saudi initiatives, in turn, join ongoing ventures by Azerbaijan and Iraq's Kurdistan Regional Government to organize and train other dissident groups.