Democrats A Go Go

80+ days and counting……….

2018 will be an exciting event…..well that is the story that the media is passing off as news.

Some pundits think there will be a Blue Wave in this election…that is Dems will take back the House and gain in the states as well……but what will be the Dems direction in the 2018 mid terms?

Will it continue down the road as big money party or will it return to the days of a party for the working masses.

The Dems unveiled their new slogan for the mid terms……

House Democrats have finalized their campaign slogan heading into the last months before the midterm election: “For the People.”

The new motto, which Democratic leaders unveiled in a private meeting with members Wednesday morning, is meant to put a finer point on the broad economic-based messaging Democrats have been pushing with mixed success since last summer. That initial message — a “Better Deal” — has largely failed to break through with voters and has been openly mocked by some Democratic lawmakers.

Plus the Dems are truing to look like a party of the people……this by no longer accepting oil industry money….

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) has voted unanimously to ban contributions from fossil fuel companies, in a victory for activists and environmental advocates.

Following a vote over the weekend, the DNC will no longer accept donations from corporate political action committees (PAC) associated with oil, gas, and coal companies, HuffPost first reported Tuesday. The political organization reportedly adopted a resolution put forward by Christine Pelosi, the daughter of Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

https://thinkprogress.org/dnc-ban-fossil-fuel-companies-408e1595bcda/

Silly slogans are not a platform or a direction…..there leaders are starting to worry about the appeal that DSA is getting with the young….. As Donald Trump’s presidency stretches into its second year, democratic socialism has become a significant force in Democratic politics. Its rise comes as Democrats debate whether moving too far left will turn off voters.

There are 42 people running for offices at the federal, state, and local levels this year with the formal endorsement of the Democratic Socialists of America, the organization says. They span 20 states, including Florida, Hawaii, Kansas, and Michigan. Their key policies: Medicare for all, a $15 minimum wage, free college tuition, and the abolition of the federal department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, also known as ICE. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, Congress’ only self-identified democratic socialist, campaigned Friday with the movement’s newest star, Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, a 28-year-old former bartender who defeated one of the most powerful House Democrats last month. Her victory fed a flame that was already beginning to burn brighter. Click for the full story.

The DSA is scaring the middle of the road Dems to tears……

If Sen. Bernie Sanders is leading a leftist political revolt, then a summit here of moderate Democrats might be the start of a counterrevolution.

While the energy and momentum is with progressives these days — the victory of rising star Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in New York, buzz about Democratic Socialism and the spread of the “Abolish ICE!” movement are a few recent examples — moderates are warning that ignoring them will lead the party to disaster in the midterm elections and the 2020 presidential contest.

That anxiety has largely been kept to a whisper among the party’s moderates and big donors, with some of the major fundraisers pressing operatives on what can be done to stop Sanders, I-Vt., if he runs for the White House again.

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/elections/sanders-wing-party-terrifies-moderate-dems-here-s-how-they-n893381

As an old radical from the days gone by…I see this as a good thing that we on Left have been waiting for the mainstream voter to see and appreciate.

As a final thought…who repesents the people when the parties represent corporations?

We the people of the United States find ourselves in a political crisis and resurgent tribalism that pits left against right, hard-left against moderate-left, and extreme-right against everyone else. The result is a political impasse that leaves us unable to address our own needs domestically and has stripped us of credibility globally.

The crisis has a simple explanation, and it didn’t start with the current occupant of the Oval Office. Irrespective of where we fall on the political spectrum, a great many of us don’t trust our own political system. Nor should we: It represents power that is captive to interests quite at odds with our own.

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2018/07/25/who-represents-us-when-our-political-parties-represent-only-corporations

Watch the 2018 mid-terms and see if anything changes…..I feel like it will not.

Bernie was a hit back in the 2016 cycle and he still holds a bit of clout with progressive voters…….but is Bernie really the change the country needs?

Never mind that the progressive and mildly social-democratic policies Sanders and his cadre of Democrats back – Medicare for All, progressive taxation, free college tuition, a significant increase n the federal minimum wage, the re-legalization of union organizing – have longstanding majority support from the U.S. populace.

Never mind that it precisely the centrist neoliberal nothingness of the dollar-drenched dumpster- fire that is the current corporate Democratic Party (aptly described by Sheldon Wolin as “the Inauthentic Opposition” in early 2008) that has delivered state and federal government over to the widely hated, radically regressive and arch-reactionary (racist, sexist, white-nationalist, and eco-fascist) Republicans.

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/07/27/sorry-bernie-we-need-radical-change/

This election for all its interests will bring no change just a continuation of policies of corporate America.

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It’s Russia

All the hoopla when Our Dear Leader met with Vlad the Putin in Helsinki awhile ago just made me smile.

Why?

As an old radical I would from time to time try and let the people in my area know what was going on in Russia, USSR then, as far as social issues were…well I was attacked on multiple sides for saying anything positive about Russia….the old “Love it or Leave it” crowd.

By the way that crowd is the very same crowd that see nothing bad about Russia or its messing with our election…..the very same crowd….did you get that?  The very same people that condemned me for positive writing about Russia are the very same people that are condemning me for saying anything bad about them now.

Before Russia were godless commies…now they are a country of god fearing white people….is that the difference?  Are the Russians now acceptable because they have found religion and are mostly white?  If so, think about this….most of those running the country are the leftovers from the old Soviet system…..they may be white but for the most part they are just as anti-American as they were in the old days of the Cold War.

The thing I try to remember is that Russia is NOT the Soviet Union…….as a child of the Cold War it is hard to envision Russian any other way than an adversary…….

he American public and U.S. policymakers both have an unfortunate tendency to conflate Russia with the Soviet Union. That habit emerged again with the media and political reaction to the Helsinki summit between President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Trump’s critics accused him of appeasing Putin and even of committing treason for not doing enough to defend American interests and for being far too solicitous to the Russian leader. They regarded that as an unforgivable offense because Russia supposedly poses a dire threat to the United States. Hostile pundits and politicians charged that Moscow’s alleged interference in the 2016 U.S. elections constituted an attack on America akin to Pearl Harbor and 9-11 .

Trump’s supplicant behavior, opponents contended, stood in shameful contrast to the behavior of previous presidents toward tyrants, especially toward the Kremlin’s threats to America and the West. They trotted out Ronald Reagan’s “evil empire” speech and his later demand that Mikhail Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall as examples of how Trump should have acted.

https://nationalinterest.org/feature/russia-not-soviet-union-27041

I will admit there were certain parts of a Soviet society that was appealing…..health care, education, employment, etc……again these were  social issues not ideology (you see I can separate the two something most Americans found difficult)

My point is that it is a hard habit to break…….I do not think that the Dems are trying too hard to make Russia the foe here and with the help of MSM.  I have no doubt that Russia did some hacking and that is a shame but it is no different than the techniques we have used against other nations…..

So the question remains….Is Russia the foe the media and the Dems want them to be?

Parties Vs. Reason

I have written about my political stands and I have written what I think of Repubs as well as Dems and in all that time few have bothered to respond or to let me know their true feelings.

What I have watched these many years is the slow decay of the use of reason in government and politics.  That is truly sad.  We now have loud mouth politicians that owe big business everything and in doing so have abandoned reason completely.

It began when the media started labeling confused voters as independents…….then it continued with the advent of the term centrists……..I had a few thoughts along these lines some years back………

Centrist Vs Independent

The occurrences in DC these couple of decades are the perfect example of the erosion of reason from our national story…..

There have been several other writers that have watched this erosion…….

In the months leading up to her death 75 years ago, the controversial French intellectual Simone Weil feverishly filled notebook upon notebook with essays and articles. Brought to England by Charles de Gaulle’s Free French forces, Weil had sketched many of these pieces with an eye on post-liberation France and Europe. Many of her posthumous writings have deeply influenced not just political thinkers, but also policymakers. For instance, elements from The Need for Roots, with its emphasis on needs and duties, filtered into the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Other writings by Weil, however, have been brushed under the carpet as embarrassing aberrations. Most famously, there is her proposal to parachute unarmed and white-uniformed nurses — including herself — into Nazi-occupied France. Divining that their duty was less to aid dying soldiers than to invite their own deaths as symbols of self-sacrifice, de Gaulle dismissed the idea as crazy.

https://www.realclearworld.com/articles/2018/05/02/political_parties_versus_reason_112791.html

The problem as I see it is that people want instant gratification from a candidate ……so they will hang with slogans and dog whistle comments …..few seem to want to reason out why the candidate is a good one or a bad one….they just like his/her insults and slogans.

So I Have Written!

Solutions–Conclusion

This is the post where I bring all this history together……the 4 parts of this post can be read here if the reader needs to get caught up…….

https://gulfsouthfreepress.wordpress.com/2018/07/16/solutions-for-an-old-problem/

https://gulfsouthfreepress.wordpress.com/2018/07/20/solutions-part-2/

https://gulfsouthfreepress.wordpress.com/2018/07/25/solutions-part-3/

https://gulfsouthfreepress.wordpress.com/2018/07/30/solutions-part-4/

In today’s world war is an ever day occurrence ….and as usual these conflicts create  massive refugee problems and since the world, most of the world, tries desperately to ignore the problem that it helped create……..the people congregate in camps with little resources and even less aid the people turn to what has been called the “world’s oldest profession”….prostitution.

Now as the conflicts rage across the Middle East many refugees have made it to safety in Europe in countries like Germany and once there they find that all is not as they hoped for in the beginning and they have to try and make ends meet…..

Migrant women are being forced to become €10-a-time prostitutes in German refugee camps, it has been reported.

The country – which is braced for around one million asylum seekers this year – has seen a spike in violence at registration centres in recent weeks as conditions deteriorate and tempers boil over.

Sex attacks are now said to be an ‘everyday event’ while in one state alone there are understood to have been 100 cases of violence in just the last three months.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3276067/Migrant-women-forced-10-time-prostitutes-German-asylum-camps-sexual-assaults-everyday-event-violent-clashes-frequently-break-out.html

Keep in mind the term “forced”…….

The conflict in Burma (Myanmar) between the state and the Muslim population have caused a humanitarian crisis….the Rohingya Muslim female population have been driven into prostitution to buy survival supplies like food…….

As Rohingya women struggle to access even the very basics such as food and water in Bangladesh’s overcrowded camps, a flourishing sex trade offers cash in times of desperation.

Four women entered the clean-swept mud hut, took off their black shawls and sat cross-legged on the floor. When asked if they sold sex, the women stirred uncomfortably and were silent.

Later, after cups of tea, the question came up again. The women caught each other’s eyes. Slowly one of them walked across the room to shut the door, another blocked the window. Darkness fell in the small, humid hut and voices turned to whispers.

“If anyone finds out what we do, they will kill us,” murmured 26-year-old Romida.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/rohingya-muslim-crisis-latest-prostitution-refugee-camps-sex-trade-black-market-bangladesh-burma-a8017256.html

Then we turn to the civil war raging in Syria that has created about a million plus refugees many on the borders of the country like in Jordan……..

Walk among the plastic tents in one corner of this sprawling, dust-swept desert camp packed with Syrian refugees, and a young woman in a white headscarf signals.

“Come in, you’ll have a good time,” suggests Nada, 19, who escaped from the southern border town of Daraa into Jordan several months ago. Her father, sporting a salt-and-pepper beard and a ……..traditional red-checkered headscarf, sits outside under the scorching sun, watching silently.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/in-jordan-desperate-syrian-refugees-turn-to-prostitutio

My point in all that I have written is that no matter where these charities go or where the peacekeeper go there are those that are driven to prostitution to make ends meet….then why not use these women to satisfy any carnal desires these men may have……once again this is what I posted about a report of sexual abuse by MSF

Doctors Without Borders

My look into the military and prostitution was a bit of an eye opener…..again I am not advocating the use of force in ny way shape or form…..but it there is a solution to the amount of reported attacks on women by soldiers and/or peacekeepers……this is NOT a perfect world and there is NO perfect solution to the problems I have described.

As always I try to give a solution to problems instead of just bitching about them……those “solutions” are not always popular.

Side Note:  There has been a debate raging for decades on whether to legalize prostitution or not…..for those interested I have posted a link to that debate…..an interesting debate and a debate that needs to be had at the highest levels…….there are many aspects to the subject and most have been debated on referenced site…….read what has been said and let me know you thoughts……..

https://prostitution.procon.org/

Thanx for bearing with me on this trip through history…….chuq

Solutions–Part 4

This is a continuation of my series on prostitution…….the first 3 parts here….

https://gulfsouthfreepress.wordpress.com/2018/07/16/solutions-for-an-old-problem/

https://gulfsouthfreepress.wordpress.com/2018/07/20/solutions-part-2/

https://gulfsouthfreepress.wordpress.com/2018/07/25/solutions-part-3/

Now we look at the Vietnam War and prostitution…….Everyone in Vietnam was permitted ONE R&R during their one-year (13 months for the Marines) tour of duty. You had to complete 30 days in-country to be eligible.  Since I was there for 2 and half years I got 3 chances for R&R…actually I got 4 but one was because no one was left to take the allotted trip.

There were certain cities that were on the approved list of cities for R&R….

  • Hawaii
  • Sydney, Australia
  • Bangkok, Thailand
  • Hong Kong
  • Kuala Lampur (later changed to Penang), Malaysia
  • Manila, Philippines
  • Singapore
  • Taipei, Taiwan
  • Tokyo, Japan

The first two were seven days (extra travel time), the others were five days.  When I was there in country Hawaii was for married troops only so they could be reunited with their spouse for a week of happiness.

Now when one got to the city of choice they were sent to an approved hotel to begin their days of relaxation.

My destinations of choice were Singapore, Manila, Bangkok, Kuala Lampur……At each of these hotels there were women lounging around ready to service those horny GIs….now were they on the payroll of the US…I cannot say for sure but they were there and available thanks to the management of the hotel.

Back in country there were the usual “chippies” that hung around the bases looking for a good time……they were not encouraged but they also were not discouraged from servicing American GIs……price was negotiable…..and mats available.

Then there were the “Donut Dollies”…Red Cross volunteers (female) that would visit units and meet and greet the men that were not immediately in combat.  They would offer games and things as a distraction.

At my base camp in My Tho the “Dollies” had their own compound (for their protection) with 24 hour guards and an open door policy for captain and above……sometimes even the high ranking NCOs could enter the “gardens of paradise” as we grunts started calling their compound.

Now was the compound sanctioned by the government….again it was not official but word got out that our lovely “Dollies” were tricking behind closed compound doors.

Again the military basically turned a blind eye to prostitution…but retain plausible deniability.  These girsl were not coerced into their chosen profession.

Now part 5 will look at the costs of conflict and what lengths some must go to just to survive…..

Solutions–Part 3

This is a continuation of the series I started to try and find a solution for the modern problem of sexual assault by people sent to help a population…….Parts 1 and 2 can be read here….

https://gulfsouthfreepress.wordpress.com/2018/07/16/solutions-for-an-old-problem/

https://gulfsouthfreepress.wordpress.com/2018/07/20/solutions-part-2/

In Parts one and two we have seen the “brothels” were used to help the soldier fulfill some urges that he may have had…..Both World Wars there were “sanctioned” Brothels (not many want to admit the fact)…..but now I want to show the next war we fought….the Korean War of the 1950’s…….

During and following the Korean War, prostitutes in South Korea were frequently used by the U.S. military. Prostitutes servicing members of the U.S. military in South Korea have been known locally under a variety of terms.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prostitutes_in_South_Korea_for_the_U.S._military

After World War Two the world was settling into the new war, the Cold War and the Korean War was the firing line ………American soldiers would visit those “brothels” outside the camp…..

Things were different in the 1950s, ’60s, ’70s and ’80s, when this camp town, and others like it, were buzzing with soldiers, prostitutes and “juicy bars” – entertainment establishments that satisfied their young male customers’ every need. A lingering legacy of the Korean War, camp towns sprang up across South Korea as US bases firmed up their presence after the fighting ended in 1953.

“Mrs Kim” – she requested to be identified only by her surname, and refused to be photographed for this article – said of those days: “There were a lot of women.” She was forced to prostitute herself to American troops from 1972, when she was only 14 years old.

http://www.atimes.com/article/koreas-patriotic-prostitutes-us-soldiers-get-justice-last/

Sex is always a problem in one way or another for soldiers serving away from home.

You would think that with this knowledge then the situation would not have happened again, right?

To continue this post in Part 4 I will look at the Vietnam War of which I can testify to the accuracy to the accusations.

Solutions–Part 2

This is Part 2….a continuation of my post “Solution For An Old Problem”………the first part can be read here…….

https://gulfsouthfreepress.wordpress.com/2018/07/16/solutions-for-an-old-problem/

Sadly my research turned up the “brothels” that were set up by the Nazis in their Concentration Camps…….

WE have seen just how “brothels” were used to help the soldiers in their time of need during World War One…..well twenty years later and the next great war, World War Two, found “brothels” were once again used to help the soldiers in his time of need.

Kicking them with his boots, the SS soldier drove Margarete W. and the other women prisoners out of the train and onto a truck. “Move the tarpaulin, put the flap down. Everyone get in,” he yelled. Through the plastic window in the truck’s canvas side, she watched as they drove into a men’s camp and stopped in front of a barracks with a wooden fence.

The women were taken into a furnished room. The barracks were different from the ones Margarete W., then 25, knew from her time at the Ravensbrück women’s concentration camp. There were tables, chairs, benches, windows, and even curtains. The female overseer informed the new arrivals that they were “now in a prisoners’ brothel.” They would live well there, the woman said, with good food and drink, and if they did as they were told, nothing would happen to them. Then each woman was assigned a room. Margarete W. moved into No. 13.

The prisoners’ brothel at the Buchenwald concentration camp opened on July 11, 1943. It was the fourth of a total of 10 so-called “special buildings” erected in concentration camps between 1942 and 1945, according to the instructions of Heinrich Himmler, head of the SS. He implemented a rewards scheme in the camps, whereby prisoners’ “particular achievements” earned them smaller workloads, extra food or monetary bonuses.

http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/concentration-camp-bordellos-the-main-thing-was-to-survive-at-all-a-632558.html

But let’s not point too hard at the Nazis……Japan was just as guilty of this forced prostitution ….they were called “Comfort Girls”……..

Lee Ok-seon was running an errand for her parents when it happened: a group of uniformed men burst out of a car, attacked her and dragged her into the vehicle. As they drove away, she had no idea that she would never see her parents again.

She was 14 years old.

That fateful afternoon, Lee’s life in Busan, a town in what is now South Korea, ended for good. The teenager was taken to a so-called “comfort station”—a brothel that serviced Japanese soldiers—in Japanese-occupied China. There, she became one of the tens of thousands of “comfort women” subjected to forced prostitution by the imperial Japanese army between 1932 and 1945.

https://www.history.com/news/comfort-women-japan-military-brothels-korea

This Part 2 covers World War Two and the  attempts to make “Brothels” available to the German and Japanese soldier of the day.  Again these were forced prostitution not the point of the series I am just giving the history of such “brothels”.