Missouri voters could do well by recalling Josh Hawley as a US Senator. He defies our constitutional democracy and is merely looking for fame and fortune at the expense of the working class of our society who rely on democratic principles for survival.
Electoral Sour Grapes
Ted Folkert – January 5, 2021
We used to have two vibrant political parties, both of which held majority positions in local, state, and federal governments. Neither party was dominant for any extended period of time as voters vacillated from one to the other as good times and tough times prevailed. And as such a change in political power took place the lesser party worked harder to gain more control over the way we are governed. That is the definition of politics. That is what makes democracy work, not perfectly, but better than other forms of government such as monarchy or plutocracy.
Such a system has always been considered a healthy diversion of political ideals and has been accepted as a normal sequence of events. It has served to temper extremes from liberalism or conservatism, a much preferred system than one with numerous political ideals, or one with scattered voter segments too numerous to support a sensible system for a sharing of political power.
But now, in a time of the voters preferring a more liberal government, one which leans more heavily toward support of all the people, particularly those who suffer from joblessness or lack of income sufficient to support themselves in a reasonable fashion, we have a Republican Party which cannot accept the desires of the majority and choose to contest the decision of the voters to elect a president of the United States and, because they are not victorious, declare massive voter fraud, voter fraud without any evidence whatsoever. This is a dangerous decision by disgruntled politicos and a dangerous trend for the salvation of a strong and vibrant political system in a sharing of ideals in a democratic electoral process.
The experts tell us this won’t change to results of the elections but it certainly is a drastic diversion from a majority rule system which has prevailed for hundreds of years and is a dangerous trend for the future of a viable democratic system of government. We can only hope that these sore losers, such as Josh Hawley of Missouri, can swallow their pride and resist the urge to get their name in the headlines, and back off of a movement which could serve to render their political positions toothless in the future. This entire sour-grapes movement will be labeled as such and label those leading this movement to gain political recognition with an undemocratic display of losers remorse as extremists lacking common democratic principles.
If those who consider themselves losers wish to instill change they should do what political parties have always done, work harder to change to minds of the voters in upcoming electoral processes. That is what we call democracy.
Think about it!
The only new year’s resolution that matters right now
Ted Folkert – January 1, 2021
Goodbye, 2020 – What a year to remember. A year of painful challenges from Covid19 and the universal negative impact it has had on our health, our lives, our economy, and our way of life.
And welcome, 2021, a year of hope in overcoming this pandemic disease, this killer disease, this highly contagious disease, and all of its devastating impacts on our health, our livelihoods, and our lives.
But changing the number from 2020 to 2021 is not going to change anything unless we all comply in every way possible with the steps necessary to overcome this pandemic challenge to human life. We must stay away from each other at all times possible. We must follow the advice of Dr. Fauci and the other experts on pandemic diseases by social distancing, wearing masks at all time when in any form of contact with others outside our households, getting vaccinated as soon as possible to protect ourselves and prevent transmission of the virus to others, washing our hands frequently and getting tested when there is any indication of infection.
This is not a time for showing our perceived toughness or fearlessness. Such childishness only endangers us and everyone around us, perhaps those who we most cherish as family members, friends and associates.
Do it for your family members. Do it for your co-workers. Do it for your classmates. Do it for you recreational associates. Do it for your neighbors. Do it for those who you appreciate more than anyone else. Do it for yourself. Do it for humanity. All of the above are under threat of this disease and it will only be eliminated as a threat to humanity through everyone’s cooperation.
Pfizer says they can produce 50 million doses of the vaccine next year. That immunizes 25 million people. We have 330 million at least. They say we need 70% immunity. That would be about 250 million. So 50 million doses will immunize about 10% of us. We need more manufacturers of more vaccines and we direly need mask wearing and social distancing. This is a threat to the life of every American, young or old. Compliance has never been more important in our lifetimes.
An Unfortunate Oxymoron
Ted Folkert – November 17, 2020
One thing we all can agree on is that this virus is awful. It is obviously awful for those infected, but particularly awful for those who have lost loved ones to this dreadful pandemic. The announcements of vaccines is encouraging and provides some much-needed hope for all of us who have been either affected by the virus itself or by the inconvenience of preventative measures which most of us have endured and adhered to.
We are social animals. Staying home is not what we do. Wearing masks is not what we do. Avoiding interaction with friends and relatives is not what we do. Being depressed due to isolation, confinement, hibernation, or quarantine is very painful. We hate it. But it beats the alternative – an alternative that includes spreading the pandemic and infecting more people and enhancing its disastrous impact on humanity. This is a time when we must not only protect ourselves but protect all those we interact with, all those with whom we come into contact.
This is not a time to focus on the profit motive, enhancing our wealth, gaining advantage on those less clever, getting an edge on our competitors, winning the game of wealth accumulation. We have to keep paying our way but we can reduce the impact of unnecessary contact with others until vaccines are broadly distributed among the population and we all feel less vulnerable to this dreadful disease. Once this takes place and we get some positive results regarding the spread we can get back to the normal human impulses which drive the market for goods and services and accumulation of wealth, wealth which we will never spend.
Money, wealth, things, possessions, treasures and comforts and pleasures in life drive the economy, whether that is good or not so good, depending upon your take on the process. But these are also the things which drive diseases and interfere with the control and elimination of such. It is a simple equation, like third-grade arithmetic – the more human interaction, the more spread and the more of a challenge to cure the ailment – the less human interaction, the less spread and the better and faster the recovery.
This isn’t rocket science. It is simple arithmetic, but only if we all cooperate and inconvenience ourselves for a short period of time.
The unfortunate result of this is the negative impact on the economy. That is an impact that is impossible to distribute with any sense of equality. Some of us will be affected more than others. The only salvation is that once we have got the disease under control we can make up for lost time – the pent up demand for goods and service will prevail and we can begin to recover financially. Unfortunately, the longer we resist and delay the healing process the longer and more difficult will be the recovery.
This may be the definition of “oxymoron” but it is the only promising course of action.
We are all in this thing together, we are suffering it together, and together we must be in its defeat.
Rolling Stone Edition – November 2020:
“Biden will be confronted with the challenge of rebuilding a government corrupted by Trump and his henchmen. The current administration, led by a president impeached for inviting foreign interference in our elections, has politicized pillars of our government that previously operated above the fray. Attorney General Bill Barr has acted as the president’s personal lawyer, telling U.S. attorneys that they work not for the people but for the president. Even the Postal Service has become complicit in Trump’s anti-democratic schemes, with Postmaster Louis DeJoy ripping out mail-sorting machines in blue districts to disrupt the election. “At the heart of DeJoy’s and the Postal Service’s actions,” a judge ruled in September, “is voter disenfranchisement.”
Trump is a narcissist and an egotist, a shameless liar and an open bigot, a man who simply cannot understand the notion of sacrifice for the greater good, even as he demands unthinking fealty from those in his service.”
Sean Wilentz tells us that: “Before Donald Trump got himself infected with the coronavirus, he had firmly secured his place as the worst president in American history.” He further tells us: “By refusing to pledge to a peaceful transition of power should he lose, Trump has revealed hid plan for a coup d’etat, with Republican support.”
Tessa Stuart tells us that: “The sheer volume of changes to U.S, policy has been staggering under Trump, and it will take a huge investment of time and money to undo.”
The Rolling Stone further states: “…. the country has been reeling with a broken man at the Resolute Desk. Trump is a narcissist and an egotist, a shameless liar and an open bigot, a man who simply cannot understand the notion of sacrifice for the greater good, even as he demands unthinking fealty from those in his service.”
President Trump is being relieved of duty, a huge step in the right direction for America and the world. Obama started us on a track to placate the disastrous effects of global warming, which Trump calls a hoax. Trump took us back and wasted four years of potential progress. He not only dropped the ball, he never picked it up. Now the Biden-Harris team can pick up where Obama left off and set us back on a path of progress on this potential demise of humanity.
Perhaps we should now heed the words of Savern Suzuki, a 12 year old girl in 1992, 28 years ago, at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro: “I am fighting for my future. I am here to speak on behalf of the starving children around the world. I am afraid to go out in the sun because of the holes in the ozone. I am afraid to breathe the air because I don’t know what chemicals are in it. Did you have to worry about those things when you were my age? You don’t know how to bring the salmon back up stream, to bring an animal back from extinction, to grow back forests where there is now desert. You grown-ups say you love us, but I challenge you. Please make your actions reflect your words.” (Comments quoted from: “Hot, Flat, and Crowded,” by Thomas Friedman.)
Now the ball is in the Biden court!
Prudent Political Punditry
Ted Folkert – October 31, 2020
Thanks to efforts of such true politically-inspired Americans like Jim Hightower, author of the compelling and inspirational monthly serving of “The Hightower Lowdown,” grassroots organizations are alive, well and growing.
His October offering discusses the numerous organizations that are beating the odds against success by pursuing what is right for the benefit of all the people, instead of merely enriching the rich and powerful who have dominated the airways and publication channels for decades while convincing those of us who do the work on this planet that they are our salvation.
Hightower discusses the “newcomers” on the political scene, those who are “rejecting the money-paved political path that has led so many elected officials astray.” He state that “instead of being drawn to politics by the perks and prestige of office, these newbies are driven by community needs.”
His list of newcomer organizations includes: workingfamilies.org, workingamerica.org, poorpeoplescampaign.org, ourrevolution.com, movement.vote, peoplesaction.org, and blackvotersmatterfund.org.
We should all visit “Hightowerlowdown.org” and subscribe to this compelling newsletter which focuses on the working-class instead of the rich and powerful, a meaningful step toward a more democratic society and much-needed action for saving our fruitful planet which we continue to take for granted as we unconsciously abuse with actions which will render it incapable of supporting humanity in the not too distant future.
Think about it!!
How important is this Election? That is the question.
Ted Folkert – October 27, 2020
Why do we need a new president and a Democratic majority in Congress? Because – as Al Gore, Thomas Friedman and many others tell us – “we are destroying our planet.”
Al Gore has been telling us this for decades as was explained in his book “An Inconvenient Truth.” The right-wingers laughed at him, calling him names like “tree-hugger, sissy, girly-man, liberal” – all derogatory expressions by those who are either uniformed, misinformed, cowards who think they are tough, or simply don’t care about the future of the planet to support human life – only what’s in it for them today.
Thomas Friedman tells us in his book, Hot, Flat, and Crowded, that: “We are the people we have to overcome. We have been consuming too much, saving too little, studying too laxly, and investing not nearly enough. Our political institutions are the institutions we have to overcome. As long as our political system and Congress and Senate seem incapable of producing the right answers to big problems, as long as our politicians can only act like Santa Claus and give things away, and never like Abraham Lincoln and make the really hard calls, the greatness that America is capable of will elude us in this generation.”
“If we want things to stay as they are, if we want to maintain our technological, economic, and moral leadership, and a habitable planet, rich with flora and fauna, leopards and lions, and human communities that can grow in a sustainable way – things will have to change around here, and fast.”
He said all this more than a decade ago. It seems that not much has changed. Time is of the essence.
Please think about this before you cast your vote. We need a change and we need it fast. We won’t get it from those we have allowed to rule our country for the last four years or more.
Vote for Change!!
In the Eye of the Beholder
Ted Folkert – October 15, 2020
Donald Trump is a case study in the subject of wealth creation at all costs – without remorse, without compassion for others, without restraint, without any thought of the common good. It would be interesting to have him define the term “the common good.” He would stumble over that one for hours without a definition. Actually, he would probably consider “the common good” an unnecessary subject or condition, believing that all that matters are the rich and powerful and that those not included in that definition are merely only necessary in assisting the wealthy in wealth creation.
Donald Trump’s idyllic board of directors to join him in leading the world probably include Vladimir Putin, Mohammed bin Salmon, Kim Jong Un, Xi Jinping, and other actual or would-be dictators, people he has expressed admiration for and tries to snuggle up with, with that look of sincerity and hardy handshake. Others who we know he admires include Rupert Murdoch, Roger Ailes, Sean Hannity, Karl Rove, Kelly Anne Conway, Tucker Carlson, Rush Limbaugh, Rudy Giuliani, Roy Cohn and others. These probably wouldn’t make the board of directors. They are just sycophants, useful hangers-on, some seeking fame and fortune by exciting the right-wingers with the vitriol they need to spread hate and disinformation to the public – and some for inexplicable reasons such as selling newspapers or enticing TV audiences. As H.L. Mencken once said, “If they say it isn’t about money, it’s about money.” I guess we could say: “If they say isn’t about power, fame, and fortune, it’s about power, fame, and fortune.”
Trump actually admires and channels dictators who have the populace groveling at their feet and shrinking in fear of evoking displeasure. These are the types of world leaders we thought we had helped to reduce in the world as the US became a world power. But never doubt that they are still alive and well and do not seem to be fading into the past. Of course, this is the way Donald’s lecherous father raised him, the way he taught him to use his ill begotten wealth to control everyone in his path and continue to pile up riches to the amazement of the entire world. These lessons had to be reinforced time and again as Donald failed at most every endeavor which he pursued, all with the renewed financial backing of his father, backing which continued to be forthcoming regardless of his failures and which culminated upon his father’s death with an inheritance reported to be about 500 million dollars.
Everyone certainly wants a comfortable way of life and opportunities for their families, but what drives the race for riches? The drive for wealth and more wealth has to be about power and personal image – fame rather than fortune. The reason for such an analogy being that wealth only buys things and how many things can one person buy and enjoy. The more things you buy which you don’t have use for only creates unnecessary management of such assets. So what is the point? How does that make life more enjoyable? If you have all of the pleasures and necessities of life, what more can make life more satisfying, more enjoyable? Some believe it is merely keeping score – that it is all a game and when the game ends the one with the most toys wins.
Most of those of us considered the working-class are basically career-minded, seekers of a reasonable standard of living – people who have no inclination of fame and fortune. Careers are not all valued by money. They are often valued based upon the way that we perceive them.
This is a reminder of that famous story about the circus worker who was shoveling manure and someone asked him why he didn’t get a real job. His response was: “What, and leave show business?”
Maybe those who consider themselves worthy purveyors of political correctness have no remorse about the ultimate results of their actions. Maybe they find solace in their mistaken but useful belief that they are saving those of us who struggle in the trenches of toil from the trenches of poverty.
Show business must be alluring at all levels and fame must be perceived in the eyes of the beholder. Who decided that occupations should be rated by the level of monetary compensation? Is the job of the guy shoveling manure less important than that of the executive? It depends upon your time and place. If you are walking around the circus grounds, do you need an executive? Do you need someone shoveling manure? Who is going to contribute more comfort and importance in the moment – someone providing relief from smelling manure or stepping in it, or someone signing his paycheck? This is a case where the executive needs the guy shoveling manure more the guy shoveling manure needs him. So, who gets to decide which one is more important? Well, it depends on your time and place, and, of course, odor and messy stuff. Basically it depends upon perception, the eye of the beholder.
And some of us think that the rich and powerful who think like Trump are the ones shoveling manure. How much pride and fame and fortune can one wring from outsmarting, outmaneuvering, and separating those less fortunate from their money – those who don’t understand the true values which life offers, values which do not include dishonesty, debauchery, and trickery – values which include doing something which makes them proud to be a useful part of society, someone who cherishes the wholesome life which includes that famous cliché which we call the “Golden Rule – Do unto others as you would have others do unto you,” the cliché which the Trumps of the world really means “Do unto others before others do unto you.”
Vote for Joe Biden. Four more years of Trump, especially without a second term as a goal, could be devastating for the working-class in this country. This, as some have said, is the most important election of our lives now.
We must have a new president to lead us to a government of sanity and world leadership again.