in Malfunctions, Politics and Plans

Storm Politics

Storm Systems

The progressive movement’s political struggles involve much more than the loss of Sanders as a Presidential candidate. He has laid a new foundation, but there is much more to learn by defining the malfunctions of twenty-first-century center-left political thinking. From the day of his bid for the presidency in April 2015, he leaned gracefully away from the Democratic Party’s failures, leading directly to Joe Biden’s nomination and ultimate success. He effectively repositioned where a Democratic Socialist can stand on the American political spectrum in just five years. That is a strong indication of an expanding political organization.

The thirty to forty percent of voters who accept the historic social ideals of the Democratic Party have a new problem. The need to find about a thousand new Bernie Sanders, or an average of one hundred per State. Ideologically we are not challenging to find. Identifying those who can be loved like Bernie is the question. How many will have the skills to become a national leader, run for President, and keep the burn real? Many are in office but placed into the oddly shaped, swayable, gerrymander-purple of districts where despair is easily defined as the failure of those who have it. Today seven households can be pushed into despair for every 3 capable of weathering any storm. The odds are moving toward eight to one against, and the world is entering a century of storms. This indicates a need for the expansion of political leadership organizations.

Storm Metaphors

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The malfunction includes the inability to describe this shift in odds as a political policy product, not destiny, and not jargon like “globalization.” Real? Yes, but falsely used to blame others amid divide and conquer economics. Sanders succeeded in teaching every American the words “billionaire class.” He failed to help Americans understand what that “class “has done to the Democratic Party’s leadership and social justice politics generally. The American people are still looking across a chasm of fog and clouds filled with inadequate descriptions. For instance, “the one percent 98 percent of the wealth.”

The average American’s eyes glaze over when the percent of what questions regarding wealth categories are all described as fungible.  The progressive movement’s ideological malfunction remains. It is the inability to illustrate the widening gap between working people and those earning $5,000 per week and up.

When the power to influence is set by corporate “identity scrubbing,” negatively influence the lower seventy-percent you get lists of storm makers such as the following (here). Alt-Right index Dark Right index) These lists need to be thoroughly understood far more thoroughly than the ordinary person can do alone. Who should tell the story and share it well enough for it to be believed without question,

Some traction has been added to the storm metaphor. Beyond the useful but battered ones, there is a new disorder. Call it climate change roulette. No matter who you are, your number is on that wheel. In this century, the impact predictability of storms beyond a few days or minutes creates the opportunity for catalytic cooperation as a strategy for avoiding catastrophic resolution.

The 2020-2021 pandemic is a storm-lesson people can understand as a catalyst demanding collaboration. Resolutions to big problems like this are led far more adequately by science than politics. We fail as a nation by quietly allowing political science to displace the message of medical science. We missed the opportunity to teach some hard science from the top down.

Storm Mitigations

America’s social democracy ideals will be exhibited in Biden’s platform more strongly, given success in Georgia, but with not much credit to Sanders.  Still, both men are embedded in this predicament of honest speech in a society so willing to accept lies.  The race for the Senate in Georgia became an economically overheated representative of a winner-takes-all system. Why are so many people screaming fire in a crowded theater? Why are the stakes so elevated, why are the shares in the American economy sought with such desperation?

One answer comes in four words from one of America’s billionaires, capable of being progressive. He said, “Never bet against America.” Warren Buffet’s words speak of pure confidence. They have a dramatically calming effect. Frightened people in a wealthy nation can clearly understand that message. Even so, public policy has got to start proving it. Think of the conversation that might occur using a few reasonably precise talking points. 

  • We are a diverse nation that cherishes liberty and freedom from fear.
  • We are a nation that lifts people up and away from the horrors of despair
  • We select multiple opinion and influence leaders with different perspectives
  • We can name the sources of news and information we use daily.
  • If the quality of life is reduced, you are not its origin. It is a product of public policy.
  • What has been taken from you? Who took it? How? Why? When and Where?

One other corporate leader’s points need to be added. They are best heard from a speech by Betsy Bernard on “rules” delivered just before the election of POTUS45.  In a few memorable minutes, she gave me seven reasons why POTUS45 was a one-term, dishonest President (here). I also learned how quality leadership could produce trusted-responses and strengthen American values in challenging times. Progressives and Democratic Socialists can find some new doors to open that could expand social justice organizations. The times ahead require effort to find those best to knock on, and how lightly or firmly, a pitch on mutual interests will be needed.

Storm Forecasts

There is no doubt, the dangerous world became more so as a product of the 45th President. America’s 2021 geopolitical position may take years to resurrect. In the previous four years, systemic racism and violent, outright bigotry in America is benignly accepted by this rude President’s raw manners. Lies and obfuscation must no longer be accepted. It must be rebuked. I thought this to be the warning letter by former Secretaries of Defense. Then, on January 6, 2021, the President’s demand for mob insurrection has led to a call to use the 25th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.  These and other remedies are compelling, as would a second impeachment, but it was all too late.  And we all knew better.

What will matter most is that on January 20, 2021, the nation’s heart can be set on a new path, and its head will turn in a new direction. A journey demanded by the U.S. Constitution and put deeply into its foundation as – e pluribus unum — out of many, one. That will always be the goal of America.

The two projections touched on here points to reform how political representation is established from precinct to State. At the center of a healthy representative government is how the voting structure for a free and fair election system is sustained as transparent. The second issue describes the need to analyze political influence structures and corporate identity scrubbing in funding political organizations and campaigns. The media-spheres of the 21st c. present a complex issue that travels all the way to the Supreme Court U.S. and the U.S. Constitution.

These two problems tell me of one pressing need.  We need to find new alliances and allies. We need to them not just from the streets and neighborhoods of America, but from the vast storehouse of wealth, these streets and neighborhoods have produced. That wealth now rests in an extended new class of investor-owned businesses. Our representatives have done their bidding, a massive accumulation of wealth has occurred. The time to ask with a strong sense of urgency – has this policy worked?

Storm Politics

The Democratic Party is best known for its past in job creation, fight for equal pay, and quality education and health care for all.  It sees the future of clean, renewable energy as the best way to meet every other goal. The Democratic Party is reasonably aligned with the Working Families Party (WFP). This progressive political organization now sponsors candidates in nearly twenty states, and it is growing in popularity.  The WFP fights to make every voice matter, first in the sanctity of the vote, and second as grounded in free speech principles. The Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) is the largest socialist organization in the United States. It is a  U.S. affiliate of Socialist International.  Like the WFP, it believes working people can democratically manage the economy and build a diverse society that reduces profiteering and still invests in the future.  A federation of state Green Parties committed to ecology, non-violence, social justice, and grassroots organizing established the Green Party of the United States.

The two other major players in the American conversation of social democratic principles are the Labor Party and the Socialist Party USA.  The labor party stands for a democratic social revolution from the grassroots up in opposition to a single political party’s violent seizure of power. The Socialist Party USA is recently founded.  In June 1996, delegates from several hundred local and international unions and individual activists came together to identify new ways to advocate for working people.

Please spend some time with the websites and confirm for me the following idea. 

All six of these organizations recognize in varying degrees the need for a more radical democracy. There is a need for a government that will fight against and exposes fascist, communist-style state control.  These organizations can help assure primary government institutions, from the small town fire department to the Department of Defense, serve the people well.  These political parties believe in a diverse society. They know they can end racism. They are confident in building a new American understanding of a shared egalitarian future.  Can these organizations lead people to a socialist society that values cooperation, work, home, and community? If not them who, and if not now, when?

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