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Thursday, November 10, 2016

RE: [CCDS Members] I was wrong. But about what?

We keep doing what we've been doing

and run for office to aid what we're doing.  [note to Peace and Freedom central committee – speaks of our platform as a basis for campaigning]

Please decide to run for office.  Many socialists communists Marxist anarchists running for office at the local level will give us a cross-talk conversation to make the fact appear, that we are a serviceable force – that we are many and are able.  Find out now for what office you could file to run in 2018 – local, non-partisan – although you will claim at every turn , your position – socialist and more. 

Nice capitalism … = socialism.  Eco-socialism means socialism.  As we watch our Owners try to grab the remaining fossil fuel for THeir profit it becomes crystal clear that the environment cannot survive in any form that we need it in the capitalist system.

Read the platform and pronounce It among neighbors and communities for the next two years as part of your campaign, as your positions.  It feels good to do.  It helps your neighbors.  It affirms what they already think, what they want to think-believe.  They're looking for political friends like you.  Make yourself known.  The electoral podium is a vestige – one of few that remains of some degree of democracy.  Share your ideas of what to do – access news reports and media and actions where you can further people's efforts and display our positions.  Write up a brief quarter page flyer about one point on our platform, one action in the community – with your ID on it for contact.

Run for office.  Which offices will be open in two years where you live?

You can get heard – certainly more than you can when you don't run.  Some of our backward people will tell you we need to run only professionals.  Don't wait.  It's not correct – that we need specially schooled-degreed people to run.  You've been through 50 years of tutelage more or less already.  You know a lot.  You know more than enough to mount your campaign.  And you learn as you run.

All the elected offices relate to planks in our platform.  Getting on the ballot might not cost much where you live.  Ask your local office of the County Registrar.

I can try to help you if you want.

Norma

a Marxist anarchist works to wither the state away as we overthrow capitalism, intercede to seize state power, simultaneously build our institutions that serve us, supplant our Owners' imperialist structures, see the process to end profit, all while defending our revolutionary gains with our troops/allies.

Norma

 

From: Members [mailto:members-bounces+normaha=pacbell.net@lists.cc-ds.org] On Behalf Of John Case
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Subject: [CCDS Members] I was wrong. But about what?

 


Ever since shortly after Donald Trump began to show strength in the polls with his Breitbart-style horseshit, racism, male supremacy, and completely incoherent, indeed comical, foreign and domestic policies, I thought, wrote and said: This guy is running to lose. I even imagined a conspiracy headed by a "deep game" of Bill Clinton to secretly promote a candidate against which Hillary, even with her mostly right-wing-contrived "baggage", could and should easily prevail. Not only prevail, but deliver a win in the Senate permitting at least protection of all the hard won gains the US working class SHOULD hold dear: Defense of Obamacare, medicare, medicaid and social security, union and collective bargaining rights, a modicum of justice in the appointment of judges including the supreme court, etc, etc, etc. Even upping the minimum wage nationally was perhaps in the cards, as well a significant investment in infrastructure including in hard hit coalfields. 

 

The polls agreed. Every time he lowered the bar on raw appeals to his phony "anti-establishment", and garbage politics, focused on the grievances of white men, through  targeting Latino, Black,Asian, immigrant and women voters for crude insults, the polls reported his support dropped precipitously. 

 

But the polls were wrong. The country was actually much more like my state of West Virginia than anyone wanted to admit. And what is that like? That's like a state where the major source of middle class incomes, and the sole revenue model for state finances --- coal and natural gas -- is dying or moribund, but the coal industry has pinned blame for the state's poverty and lost happiness on Obama and Clinton. It now does not matter whether, or to what degree, there is any truth in the charge. The point is: lost opportunities, and lost hope, drove the current result. If you separate the results from that reality, there is no way out. That lousy reality, doubly lousy with the edge of hatreds directed at African Americans, immigrants and unions, has been building for a long time: over 40 years in fact.

 

What did I get wrong? That a Hillary led coalition could withstand a Trump campaign and leverage it to deal a critical blow against the austerity policies of the billionaire-led Republicans and their declared war on  inclusive democratic governance. 

 

What did Hillary get wrong? Lots of commentary coming on that, no doubt, and more data as well.  But, my gut tells me that the political conversation when both Bernie and Hillary were debating raising wages, big investments in jobs, big investments in education, big investments in retraining, labor rights...was far superior to the "Trump is unfit to serve" messaging that dominated MOST of the campaign after the Democratic convention. A shorthand way of saying this is: She should have picked Bernie for VP if she -- or I -- really calculated the dynamics needed to WIN correctly.

 

What now? I do not know. I have no idea what Trump's real policy positions are, if he even has any.  Most of his statements from "build a wall" forward are idiotic and impossible, and have no value beyond their entertainment, agitational origin. If he does not, then I am sure some very strong institutional actors will capture him fairly quickly. Which ones? Who knows?. But I am sure in their contention for control,  they will do nothing to defend the American people against the economic and social chaos that has now been unleashed. A recession is now coming. The FED has exhausted its remedies in fighting the great financial crisis. No fiscal stimulus without raising taxes on the rich is possible. So the crap from Trump on jobs and "bring America Back" will end up the cruelest joke.  We will see how all that horseshit stands when unemployment reaches 30%

 

Indeed, they can be relied upon to quickly resort to force and scapegoating to herd us toward hell.

 

Its time for the Higher Wages and Equality Party to take the field friends and comrades. Its also time to get much tougher and more prepared for a protracted and determined struggle that will reach into every home, be on the lips of  every dinner conversation. Be on the watch for immediate aggressions against vulnerable American communities. Be prepared, as neighbors, to respond where state and public services fail. We are our own protection. Take care of each other. Its late,but everything comes next.

 

 

cheers

 

John

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John Case
Harpers Ferry, WV

 

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