"Donald Trump is the most powerless President we have ever seen and nothing can change that because it is who he is. He is a weak President because he is a weak person."--Lawrence O'Donnell on The Last Word, March 24, 2017
"Yes, but I'll be sober tomorrow and you'll still be ugly."
Hillary Clinton may have had a bout with pneumonia, but she can and will get over it. Donald Trump will always be a raging asshole for the rest of his life. And, yes, 50% of his followers will continue to be hemorrhoids.
I try not to write here, anymore (not that I ever did much). I just want a repository for the collection of labor quotes that I believe to be as extensive as any online. And, frankly, life is too short.
But this election has got my stomach churning. And the blame lies with the media--especially shitheads like Chuck Todd. He's one of those useful idiots who doesn't believe its the job of journalists to report the truth.
After the recent Commanders In Chief forum, Todd spent his program talking about Trump's lack of substance and Hillary's lack of style as though the two things are equivalent. He even dismissively waived off any talk of "false equivalency". But it IS a false equivalency to make it appear as though whether someone would launch nukes willy nilly over a Tweet or whether another would know better than to launch nukes but not smile to his liking are in the same category. When Armageddon comes, I don't want to be standing anywhere near that asshole.
The duty of a journalist is to seek and report the truth. It is NOT the duty of a journalist to say, "Today, we have with us a Nobel Prize winning climate scientist who claims that Climate Change is a threat to the very existence of humanity. We also have with us the local weatherman from channel 9 who says its a hoax. Let's discuss."
Yet this is precisely the posture that Todd and most of the others in the industry have taken with the current presidential election.
There is a clear TRUTH in this election and it is not being reported. One of the two candidates is serious and has an extensive background in the many facets of governing. The other candidate is a fucking moron, a dictatorial fascist idiot who hasn't got the first clue about anything, a candidate whose every word is a provable lie, who has the instincts of a twelve year old and the attention span of a two year old. Why does anyone in the media take him seriously? No, it matters not at all that he is the candidate of one of the two major parties and it matters not at all that he has millions of followers. Those things have nothing to do with the TRUTH. It is not your job to treat Donny Dumbfuck as an equal of Hillary Clinton. He is not. However little anyone--including the press--might think of Secretary Clinton, Trump is not fit to be spittle on her shoes.
You've been exposed, media shitheads. The Clinton Rules have been published. The Rules that say that no charge against the Clintons is too scurrilous to report to death because the prize of the Clintons' heads on your wall is what you're all going for.
Your job is to report the TRUTH. And the TRUTH, here, is obvious. Donald Trump is not fit to be the President of the United States. And yet you keep following the lunatic fringe down every rabbit hole they throw in front of you.
Why are you still so enthralled by the fucking emails? Nobody gives a fuck. After all the years and all of the millions spent on all of the investigations, it is a huge nothing burger. There is no fire and, frankly, there isn't even any smoke. There is no there there. If there was, the Republicans would have found it years ago. And, of course, we all remember how hard (yeah, right) you went after Colin Powell for doing THE EXACT SAME THING (and Hillary's timeline has proven truthful while Powell's has proven to be a lie--not surprising considering his shameful performance at the UN; it's frankly time you stopped taking Powell seriously, too).
Why are you all still talking about the Clinton Foundation when the Supreme Court ruled unanimously that Bob McDonnell taking hundreds of thousands (at least) in personal "gifts" to use the power of his office to hawk diet pills on the public's dime did not rise to the level of corruption? I may think SCOTUS was completely wrong on that, but the ruling was unanimous--they all saw it the same way, right, left and center. And if Bob McDonnell wasn't corrupt, then certainly Hillary Clinton is not. Hell, that other candidate is bribing Attorneys General to keep from being tried for fraud. My guess would be that SCOTUS would be OK with that, too. Obviously, in the view of the court, there is no such thing as political corruption (just as Chief Justice Roberts believes there is no such thing as racism, I guess). Point is, if it isn't illegal to buy access (and it never has been, apparently), then the Clinton Foundation is guilty of nothing. If it isn't a crime, it isn't news. Certainly not when the opposing candidate is practically drooling over the prospect of launching nukes for kicks.
Donald Trump is an existential threat to democracy. It's a fact and one that's not all that difficult to see. Well then, you say, if its so clear, then the people will see it without us pointing it out. But that's YOUR job, not theirs. It is your job to seek and report the TRUTH. Every show and every broadcast should open and close with the simple declarative statement that Donald Trump is unfit to hold the office of the presidency. It's not a matter of opinion; its a fact. Its the TRUTH and you all know it is. That's what you're there for.
Were it left to the Chuck Todds of the world, Joseph McCarthy would have been president. Thank God there was a real journalist like Edward R. Murrow on hand to report the TRUTH. Were it left to the Chuck Todds of the world, we'd still be mired in Viet Nam. Thank God there was a real journalist like Walter Cronkite to report the TRUTH about that war. Were it left to the Chuck Todds of the world, David Duke would likely be a US Senator or, at least, a Governor. Thank God there was a real journalist like Tim Russert to report the TRUTH about that racist pig. Unfortunately, we seem to be fresh out of real journalists. How else can you explain that we are still in Afghanistan? How else can you explain that a brain dead fascist like Trump could still actually win the presidency?
If Donald Trump ever is elected, the resulting blood (and there will most certainly be blood) will be on your hands. Because you knew the TRUTH but failed to report it as such. I'll look for your names among the War Criminal trials that will surely follow any Trump presidency...assuming any part of America survives. I'm sure there were reporters in Germany who never thought Hitler would commit genocide, though he certainly wasn't trying to conceal his racism any more than Trump is.
Am I a fan of Hillary Clinton? No, I'm not. But, when the alternative is Donald Trump, no one who actually does loves this country can afford to be against her. That's the TRUTH. So tell me, why do you hate America so?
There was more real journalism in one segment of Jon Stewart's Daily Show than there is in the entirety of the careers of the many Chuck Todds who hold positions in the news media today. Do your fucking jobs. Report the TRUTH. Donald Trump is unfit to hold any elective office, let alone the highest position in America and the free world. Its not something you throw out there or wonder aloud about or debate. It is not something you leave to the voters to decide. It is the TRUTH. Report it as such. If you can't do that much, then get out of the business already.
“You may have heard Governor Bush say last week that Americans just need to work longer hours. He must not have met very many American workers.
Let him tell that to the nurse who stands on her feet all day, or the teacher who is in that classroom, or the trucker who drives all night.
Let him tell that to the fast food workers marching in the streets for better pay. They don’t need a lecture -- they need a raise!"--Hillary Clinton, July 13, 2015
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"Right-wing white men love to tell minorities they should be be less violent, as they bomb countries that didn't attack us and wantonly kill thousands and thousands of people."--comment by anon004 in response to racist tirade from Joe Scarborough about the Michael Brown case on MSNBC
"Ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have"--James Baldwin, author and Civil Rights activist
I don't know if this country's racism has ever been more on display than in the murder of Michael Brown and subsequent Star Chamber cover-up perpetrated by "the system" as employed by Robert McCulloch and Governor Jay Nixon. If I can ever get over my grief over what America has become, I may have more to say. Shame on McCulloch and Nixon. Shame. People like them give human beings a bad name. And Governor Nixon? Your career is deader than Richard Nixon's. No self-respecting Democrat--no self-respecting human being--would ever vote for a racist POS like you ever again. While Officer Wilson will have to live with the guilt (if he's capable of such) for murdering an unarmed teenager for no reason whatsoever, everything that has happened since is squarely YOUR fault, Governor Nixon. So don't come out with your speeches expressing faux outrage at looting and burning. It was in your power to prevent any of that from happening. It was in your power to ensure that justice was done. Instead, you abdicated your responsibilities and cowered in whatever dark corner you slither off to at night. You could have done the Right Thing. You CHOSE not to. Blood and destruction is your "legacy". The devil you sold your soul to is very proud of you, today.
Most income of the rich and super rich is the result of speculation, usury, and theft of the product of labor. Every mathematical study of the American economy verifies these simple facts. The rich and super rich are superfluous to society, they're irrelevant, they do nothing that can't be done without them.--Danny S, Yahoo comment to the story "The Poor Should Stop Whining, Says Luxury CEO"
I have, in my head, a list of individuals that I hope, someday, to investigate--to delve into their writings and speeches and songs and poems--to mine their words in the interests of adding to our repository, here. Of course, I never get around to doing any of that. Time is just so scarce. Pete Seeger was certainly on that list.
Pete Seeger, folksinger and activist, passed away January 27. Few individuals have participated in so much of America's history. Certainly, there are few who were so influential in the second wave (the thirties and forties) of labor organizing. Pete's "Talking Union Blues" is as powerful and delightful today as it was when he wrote it over 70 years ago. More than that, Pete never turned down an invitation to contribute to a labor action when asked. If he couldn't come himself, he'd send a contribution and words of encouragement.
Contrary to the claims of critics, who persist today, Pete loved America very much. There are some, and always have been, who believe in a very narrow America. They believe you cannot be a communist and an American. They believe you cannot be a Muslim and an American. They believe you cannot be African-American and American. Those poor twisted bigoted souls truly believe that only white conservative heterosexual Christians can be real Americans. Never mind that that kind of narrow view was exactly what the Constitution was seeking to guard against.
Pete Seeger believed in certain aspects of communism, its true. He believed in communism as was practiced by the Native Americans, not as it was practiced in the USSR. As Pete pointed out, the communism of Eastern Europe bore as much resemblance to true communism as the Christianity taught in the churches bears to true Christianity. I consider myself a Christian, but I want nothing to do with The Church which, in my opinion, preaches intolerance and bigotry--exactly the opposite of what I read in my copy of The Bible.
Anyway, point being, Pete was called to testify by the House Committee on Un-American Activities during the McCarthy era--as dark a stain as any on America's past. The Committee, of course, wanted Pete to "name names"--to "expose" other communists. While others would plead the Fifth Ammendment, Pete plead the First--the rights to free speech and freedom of assembly. It was a very brave thing to do at the time and Pete spent a year in prison for contempt of Congress until that conviction was, ultimately, tossed out. Twenty years from now, we won't be hailing Edward Snowden as a hero, but there will be a quiet acknowledgement that what he did was righteous and brave. Because that's how we do it, here. Quiet acknowledgement.
Pete was generally a pacifist. But that, too, has been painted with too broad a brush. In general, Pete found war to be such a waste of lives and resources, waged for the aggrandizement of those who never fought in them. He recognized, though, that some wars were necessary. He served during World War II, though his communist background kept him picking up cigarette butts rather than fighting. But wars like Viet Nam and Iraq--wars built on lies and profit--those he opposed with his weapon of choice--music.
In more recent decades, Pete had been a crusader for the environment, particularly through his Clearwater Foundation.
And Pete understood that human beings have a tendency to be overwhelmed by the size and number of things requiring change and improvement. There is a tendency to throw up your hands and say, "What can I do in the face of all that?" Pete's answer was to focus on small things that you could do. He spoke of the Teaspoon Brigade and said, "Realize that little things lead to bigger things."
Above all else, Pete brought a lot of great music into the world and spread it far and wide. His songs delivered positive messages, whatever the subject matter. It's impossible to listen to Pete Seeger sing and not picture him smiling with the sun just beyond his shoulder. He was an eternal optimist in song. His spirit will be greatly missed.
And, so, belatedly, we've added some Pete Seeger quotes to our humble repository. You'll find them gathered together on the "S" page, and scattered throughout the topic pages as appropriate. It is one of the "little things" I could do.
If the spirit so moves you, feel free to stop awhile and refresh yourself with the collective wisdom and inspiration within these pages. If you hold the copyright to any image herein and wish it removed, just let me know. Always open to verified and verifiable Labor Quotes--especially APWU related. Submit to email@example.com