Art offers his perspective as a movement progressive activist.
Hasidic master the Yehudi HaKadosh said: “Good intentions alone not accompanied by action are without value. The main thing is the action, as this is what makes the intention so profound.”
With the Obama camp doing a fundraiser at a opponent of public pensions next week in Houston it is time to get in action. We got to move to amend our Constitution and enact public finance of all campaigns. On November 9th there will be meetups to organize in your town to get your city councils and state legislatures to vote for abolishing corporate funding in campaigns. Go here for more.
Russ Feingold is teaming up with Strengthen Social Security to petition the Super Committee to lay off SS, Medicare and Medicaid. This is a neat tool to send each member of this body what you think. Go here.
While foolish pols move to try and bargain away our beloved social programs on the Super Committee, some members of Congress have brains and are moving to ill any possible deal. Better, Rep. Waters (D-Ca) has a bill to abolish the committee. Cool.
While Obama slumps with his base a prominent Democratic fundraiser goes public with her disgust. Who is it?:
Susie Buell Tompkins is a San Francisco powerhouse: she drives non-profit fundraising, Democratic fundraising, women’s issues fundraising. She’s a Democratic pillar of the money machine. And she knows everyone with money in the Democratic party. She was #4 among John Kerry’s 2004 fundraisers. Making this public statement is a very bad sign for Obama’s re-election fundraising prospects:
“I think this is a huge issue about our future, about the planet, not just America,” she said. “And he needs to be a leader “¦ to have the awareness of it. To fight for it.”
This just cannot be good. She also says she doesn’t now what Obama stands for. This is one of the top 5 Dem fundraisers in the nation folks.
Glenn Greenwald has the most thought provoking piece on OWS I have read. Basically he argues that OWS is NOT about worsening income inequality, but about how slanted the law has become against average working people. He notes:
Many Americans who once accepted or even cheered such inequality now see the gains of the richest as ill-gotten, as undeserved, as cheating. Most of all, the legal system that once served as the legitimizing anchor for outcome inequality, the rule of law — that most basic of American ideals, that a common set of rules are equally applied to all — has now become irrevocably corrupted and is seen as such.
While the Founders accepted outcome inequality, they emphasized — over and over — that its legitimacy hinged on subjecting everyone to the law’s mandates on an equal basis. Jefferson wrote that the essence of America would be that “the poorest laborer stood on equal ground with the wealthiest millionaire, and generally on a more favored one whenever their rights seem to jar.” Benjamin Franklin warned that creating a privileged legal class would produce “total separation of affections, interests, political obligations, and all manner of connections” between rulers and those they ruled. Tom Paine repeatedly railed against “counterfeit nobles,” those whose superior status was grounded not in merit but in unearned legal privilege.
The founders saw tyranny as that of the King’s law being not applied equally to all. Greenwald says we have a new tyranny seen in the law and thus protests:
…In lieu of the rule of law — the equal application of rules to everyone — what we have now is a two-tiered justice system in which the powerful are immunized while the powerless are punished with increasing mercilessness. As a guarantor of outcomes, the law has, by now, been so completely perverted that it is an incomparably potent weapon for entrenching inequality further, controlling the powerless, and ensuring corrupted outcomes.
The tide that was supposed to lift all ships has, in fact, left startling numbers of Americans underwater. In the process, we lost any sense that a common set of rules applies to everyone, and so there is no longer a legitimizing anchor for the vast income and wealth inequalities that plague the nation.
That is what has changed, and a growing recognition of what it means is fueling rising citizen anger and protest. The inequality under which so many suffer is not only vast, but illegitimate, rooted as it is in lawlessness and corruption. Obscuring that fact has long been the linchpin for inducing Americans to accept vast and growing inequalities. That fact is now too glaring to obscure any longer.
Elizabeth Warren will have the largest army of volunteers for a senate race in modern American history. Check out this first meeting of volunteers for Warren. Wow!