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If the Democrats Called People to Take the Streets

If the Democrats Called People to Take the Streets

By Dennis Loo (7/3/17)

Back in 1973 in Chile in the weeks before the fascist Pinochet coup (backed by the US government), everyone could see the coup coming. President Salvador Allende's followers begged and pleaded with him to arm the people to defend against a coup everyone saw was coming. But Allende kept saying that the Chilean military was patriotic and would not participate in the coup and refused to arm the people. Thousands died in the first few days of the coup, including Dr. Salvador Allende. Fascist Pinochet Chile was the place that neoliberal policies - the Chicago Boys led by Milton Friedman - was first implemented. It was a harbinger of what was to come with Thatcher and Reagan, followed by the rest.

So now our POTUS didn't take power through a coup but through an election, the groundwork laid for him by Obama himself. Obama never meant what he said about "hope" and "change," after all, the Democrats like Nancy Pelosi had the majority since the 2006 elections, and then the White House in 2008. A majority or near majority wanted Bush and Cheney impeached, but before even the 2006 midterms, Pelosi ruled impeachment "off the table." Obama had a mandate but instead of doing what so many hoped he would do, he "reached across the aisle" to the discredited and fascist GOP and tried to work with them. He bailed out Wall Street instead of helping mortgagees, standing between those damn bankers and the people. What did he say to the bankers who were ready to cave?

"My administration," the president [Obama] added, "is the only thing between you and the pitchforks." 

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Trump, Pence: How to Best Take Them On - Part 5

Trump, Pence: How to Best Take Them On - Part 5

By Dennis Loo (6/30/17)

In no particular order, these are some of the pitfalls that we can avoid:

Setting an Example

When we make mistakes: we correct them and make a sincere public apology. Not everyone will do this, but we need to set an example. At times everyone errs. Many of us are smart enough to realize that we aren't the best at everything, and we can learn from others and from the experience. In fact, humility is a hallmark of being smart, whereas arrogance - e.g., repeating many times that we are the very best in the world at ... - is a sure sign that we aren't smart enough to realize our own human limitations. The smarter you are, in fact, the more humble you are, because you realize that there is so much more to find out. 

When I was eighteen or so, I thought that I knew a lot more than I knew at the time. 

To paraphrase Hemingway here: if you're 18 and think you know more than you do, then you haven't yet lived enough. If you're forty and still think you know everything you need to, then you've got no head. 

Setting an example is especially needed when POTUS is a thug, a hothead, a madman, and wants journalists beaten up or worse.

The Democratic Spirit (small 'd')

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Trump, Pence: How to Best Take Them On - Part 4

Trump, Pence: How to Best Take Them On - Part 4

By Dennis Loo (6/29/17)

As I wrote last time, there are three basic truths that apply here, if you want to actually do something, and not just vent.

Not that venting is wrong necessarily, but it will only get your frustrations out, and we want to win.

Not win in the way that Trump means it, but actually triumph. If that is what you want to do, then listen up:

Like anything else worth doing - such as winning an NBA championship, winning a Grand Slam in tennis, or ending up defeating your rivals in debate, or any other arena, at any level, you have to make sacrifices and you have to want to win more than your rivals. Hasn't this always been true - that those things worth doing, require sacrifices and tremendous effort? What is easy and requires little to no risk is correspondingly not worth much.

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Elaine Brower of World Can't Wait speaking at the NYC Stop the War on Iran rally 2/4/12