Friday, May 07, 2021

Why the Vietnam War? by Michael Swanson

Fred Litwin on the Facts of the JFK Case


The End of the Week news.



Today, the GOP is in a state of crisis. Back in the day, there were moderate Republicans in high numbers like Abraham Lincoln and George W. Romney. After the 1980's especially, the GOP is dominated by far right extremists. Donald Trump is the epitome of an extremist who desires oppression, hatred, and bigotry to exist in society. That is why Trump and his supporters want Liz Cheney out of the House. Liz Cheney is a conservative from the House of Representatives, and even she told the truth that the 2020 election wasn't stolen. Liz Cheney also mentioned that the events of January 6, 2021 should never be sugarcoated. Trump cultists even having hatred of people like Liz Cheney (a person who I disagree with on many issues), shows how extreme the Republicans are. So, we have a Trump cult who try their best to slander and lie about anyone who disagrees with Trump, whether that person is a Democrat or Republican. Trump wants to replace Liz Cheney with Rep. Elise Stefanik of New York as conference chair. Kevin McCarthy (who was caught on a hot mic criticizing Liz Cheney) is the coward who is now in league with Trump to try to oust Liz Cheney. GOP leadership members have no honor.


The irony is that many Republican Senators are taking claim for the bill dealing with stimulus that they voted against. The GOP can't claim to promote working class people when they oppose stimulus legislation, a living wage, or a robust infrastructure bill. Now, we have centibillionaries in the world in about 8 people. That is why some want a wealth tax to help the American people. The GOP leadership has complained about free speech being harmed, but they have introduced 81 anti-protest bills in 34 states including a law in Oklahoma protecting drivers who run over protesters. The Republicans claim to abhor "cancel culture," but many of them are willing to oust Liz Cheney for saying the truth that Trump lost the 2020 election. In order words, if a person opposes stimulus checks, unemployment benefits, a living wage, unions, overtime pay, taxing the rich, and an infrastructure bill, then that person is against the interests of the working class.

We are not naive about Liz Cheney though. Many in the mainstream corporate media portray Liz Cheney as a superhero like Joe Scraborough. Liz Cheney is right that Trump lost the 2020 election, but she has a long legacy of endorsing reactionary politics. Liz Cheney, for a long time, has advocating imperialistic wars and other policies like her father Dick Cheney. Liz Cheney criticized Julian Assange and Edward Snowden. Trump cult followers believe in the lie that the election was stolen by Trump. The irony is that Liz Cheney is right to condemn the big lie involving the 2020 election, but his father embraced the big lie that Iraq had massive quantities of weapons of mass destruction back in 2003 when the Iraq War commenced. The Republican Party is presently so far right that some GOP leaders want a conservative like Liz Cheney to be gone from a committee. Biden said that he wants a 2 party system, because both major parties at times acts as bulwarks against revolutionary change in American society for decades. The Democrats can blame Republicans and vice versa if a policy isn't enacted in the U.S. The fact of Stefanik allying with Steve Bannon shows how fascistic the Republican Party is. 


Right now, there is widespread Wall Street speculation. This comes during the time now when Wall Street banking interests have record, massive profits. Back in March 2020, the pandemic had a huge effect on workers. That is why wildcat strikes and walkouts took place to demand health measures to save human lives. Then, the federal government and the FED helped to rescue Wall Street. The Trump team used a multi-billion dollar bailout of many corporations via the CARES Act. The S&P 500 has risen by some 88 percent since its March 2020 lows. Now, we have the rise of the crypotcurrency market filled with Bigcoin, and other currencies. Dogecoin is another popular crypotcurrency. Dogecoin has risen in price 11,000 percent this year. Also, we see the wealth of global billionaires rose by 60 percent from $8 trillion to $13.1 trillion. The number of billionaires rose by 660 to 2775, which is the highest rate of increase and the largest number ever. Too much speculation have caused commodities to increase in their prices like steel, lumber, copper, soybeans, etc. That is why an economic system based on social need is necessary. 



Yesterday was the Birthday of Brother Willie Mays, and he is 90 years old. He is a great legend of baseball. He played most of his MLB career for the New York Giants/San Francisco Giants. He finished his career with the New York Mets. People know him as one of the greatest baseball players in history. He was World Series champion in 1954. He was a 12 time Gold Glove Award winner. He was a NL batting champion. He was a 24 time All Star too. He played for the Negro League from 1948-1950 for the Birmingham Black Barons. Westfield, Alabama was the place of his birth. His mother, Annie Satterwhite, was a gifted track star and basketball player in high school. Willie Mays played in football and basketball when he was in high school too. Willie Mayswas elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1979. Excellence, grit, and class are all accurate characteristics to describe the life and legacy of Willie Mays. Many people like Roberto Clemente called Willie Mays the greatest baseball player of all time. I wish Brother Willie Mays more blessings. 


By Timothy



Wednesday, May 05, 2021

British MPs Sign Parliamentary Motion in Support of Normalising Relations Between Cuba and the US and Ending the Blockade

Financial Transactions Taxes: The Perfect Way to Pay for Biden’s Infrastructure Package

Time Continues.



The funeral of Andrew Brown Jr. took place on Monday on May 3, 2021. Andrew Brown was murdered by the police in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. His family has continuously called for justice and accountability. While people are in the streets protesting, forces of reaction desire the constant status quo. Sheriff deputies were involved in his killing. The Rev. Al Sharpton gave the eulogy at his funeral. For a while now, authorities have refused to show the complete video of the shooting to the general public. Many sheriffs were place on administrative leave, and some are back in regular duty assignments. It the height of hypocrisy for policing authorities to claim transparency when they refuse to show the contents of a tape weeks after the unjust killing of a black man. Benjamin Crump, Bakari Sellers, and Harry Daniels were in the church where the funeral took place too. Brown's family was only allowed to see a 20 second snippet of the events. That is a total disgrace. The FBI has opened a civil rights investigation into the shooting too. Daunte Wright and Ma'Khia Bryant has passed away as well.

Black Lives always Matter.

Right now, President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris are touring the country to promote the infrastructure plan and the family plan to the American people. These policies are supported among the vast majority of Americans. Also, Biden and Harris are touring into working class areas, and Biden wholeheartedly desire a deal to get progressive actions accomplished Biden wants Republican support, moderate Democratic support, and other human beings to go along with his agenda. This goal is not easy, but if Biden get these laws passed, then it would be a whole new development involving the Biden legacy. Biden knows this, which is why he is traveling nationwide in order for his proposals made into law. The GOP's plan of $189 billion for infrastructure is anemic as we have roads breaking downs, schools in need of upgrading, and hospitals in need of help. A strong infrastructure, health care, and education causes higher productivity and a stronger nation. That's just common sense and proven by history. Families need paid leave, our cities and rural areas need new buildings, and our nation deserves further investments in order for it to be better. Therefore, a robust Biden infrastructure plan is needed to help society.

Some sad news is that four people have died and 2 dozen were injured after a migrant boat cap sized near San Diego, California. Rick Romero is a lifeguard lieutenant for San Diego Fire Rescue. He told Reuters that many people were drowning in the water. People speculate that the boat was a human smuggling vessel. The operator of the boat is in custody and cooperating with federal agents. There is an increase of maritime border crossings in recent years according to the U.S. Border Patrol. The Border Patrol reported a 92 percent increase in apprehensions at sea. This comes during our immigration crisis where asylum seekers suffer, children are detained, and a border wall exists between America and Mexico. 22,500 migrant children are held now in detention centers run by the Department of Health and Human Services. This is an international problem. We have the most serious migrant, immigration crisis since the end of World War II. Many migrants are stranded at Sea near Europe. Some asylum seekers (which includes black Africans) are sent back to Libya where some face rape, torture, and slavery. The only solution is a comprehensive approach where immigrants are given resources to survive, nations must work together to address the reasons why asylum seekers escape their own country of origin in the first place, and have a comprehensive immigration policy that honors fairness and human rights too. The Golden Rule requires us to treat our neighbor as our ourselves. If we treat our neighbor wrongly if he or she is an immigrant or migrant, then that is a violation of the Golden Rule. It's as simple as that.

Mitch McConnell saying that 1619 is not an important date in American history is not only racist and offensive. It is part of the GOP's agenda to sugarcoat real American history. 1619 was when black slaves from Central Africa were sent to Virginia against their wills. There were black people in America before 1619 obviously, but 1619 was a date that signified how more black people lived in North America. Mitch McConnell and other far right people don't want schools to be educated on slavery or race critical theory for any sincere reasons. They desire to manipulate young people to embrace a false, whitewashed view of how America got started. The 1619 Project was a historical project which wanted to show how slavery was a key part in the forming of America and how black Americans made huge contributions to fight for democracy despite how many in America advanced anti-democratic policies. Therefore, we are clear that historical truth matters. That means that America's contributions, bad history, and everything in between must be known to the world public. Nikole Hannah-Jones is the Pulitzer Prize winner who created the historic 1619 Project. That is why we do know that oppression is intersectional. 


The same people who hate black folks like me hate other marginalized groups of people (like Asian people, Latino people, homeless people, poor people, etc.). It is certainly important the black interests must be promoted in America. We (who are black people) voted Trump out of office percentage wise more than any other demographic. Therefore, our interests must be promoted by the Biden/Harris administration without preconditions. That is why I always say that we want black people to have resources to determine our own destinies not tokenism. Racism is not just about individual prejudice. It is about a systematic, oppressive system that harms black people the world over. Therefore, black people have every God-given right to advance the purpose of promoting black liberation. Just because modern day American slavery is not here, many people benefit from privilege. Indicting evil and promoting truth make sense.


By Timothy