HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » freshwest » Journal
Introducing Discussionist: A new forum by the creators of DU
Page: 1 2 3 4 5 6 ... 310 Next »


Profile Information

Member since: Fri Dec 10, 2010, 10:36 PM
Number of posts: 45,611

Journal Archives

TMN, it's right on schedule:

It's in the David Koch Libertarian platform since 1980. Sanders put the whole thing online.

They have gotten just about every thing they have on their list, playing the CT, Tea, GOP and the public who don't understand what the world the Koch brothers are forcing on us to accept this. Note that Social Security and the Post Office are on the list:

BERNIE SANDERS Uncovers 1980 Koch Agenda- "What Do the Koch Brothers Want?"

What else do the Koch brothers want?

In 1980, David Koch ran as the Libertarian Party’s vice-presidential candidate in 1980.

Let’s take a look at the 1980 Libertarian Party platform.

Here are just a few excerpts of the Libertarian Party platform that David Koch ran on in 1980:

“We urge the repeal of federal campaign finance laws, and the immediate abolition of the despotic Federal Election Commission.”

“We favor the abolition of Medicare and Medicaid programs.”

“We oppose any compulsory insurance or tax-supported plan to provide health services, including those which finance abortion services.”

“We also favor the deregulation of the medical insurance industry.”

“We favor the repeal of the fraudulent, virtually bankrupt, and increasingly oppressive Social Security system. Pending that repeal, participation in Social Security should be made voluntary.”

“We propose the abolition of the governmental Postal Service. The present system, in addition to being inefficient, encourages governmental surveillance of private correspondence. Pending abolition, we call for an end to the monopoly system and for allowing free competition in all aspects of postal service.”

“We oppose all personal and corporate income taxation, including capital gains taxes.”

“We support the eventual repeal of all taxation.”

“As an interim measure, all criminal and civil sanctions against tax evasion should be terminated immediately.”

“We support repeal of all law which impede the ability of any person to find employment, such as minimum wage laws.”

“We advocate the complete separation of education and State. Government schools lead to the indoctrination of children and interfere with the free choice of individuals. Government ownership, operation, regulation, and subsidy of schools and colleges should be ended.”

“We condemn compulsory education laws … and we call for the immediate repeal of such laws.”

“We support the repeal of all taxes on the income or property of private schools, whether profit or non-profit.”

“We support the abolition of the Environmental Protection Agency.”

“We support abolition of the Department of Energy.”

“We call for the dissolution of all government agencies concerned with transportation, including the Department of Transportation.”

“We demand the return of America's railroad system to private ownership. We call for the privatization of the public roads and national highway system.”

“We specifically oppose laws requiring an individual to buy or use so-called "self-protection" equipment such as safety belts, air bags, or crash helmets.”

“We advocate the abolition of the Federal Aviation Administration.”

“We advocate the abolition of the Food and Drug Administration.”

“We support an end to all subsidies for child-bearing built into our present laws, including all welfare plans and the provision of tax-supported services for children.”

“We oppose all government welfare, relief projects, and ‘aid to the poor’ programs. All these government programs are privacy-invading, paternalistic, demeaning, and inefficient. The proper source of help for such persons is the voluntary efforts of private groups and individuals.”

“We call for the privatization of the inland waterways, and of the distribution system that brings water to industry, agriculture and households.”

“We call for the repeal of the Occupational Safety and Health Act.”

“We call for the abolition of the Consumer Product Safety Commission.”

“We support the repeal of all state usury laws.”

In other words, the agenda of the Koch brothers is not only to defund Obamacare. The agenda of the Koch brothers is to repeal every major piece of legislation that has been signed into law over the past 80 years that has protected the middle class, the elderly, the children, the sick, and the most vulnerable in this country...

Tomorrow it will be Social Security, ending Medicare as we know it, repealing the minimum wage. It seems to me that the Koch brothers will not be content until they get everything they believe they are entitled to.

Our great nation can no longer be hijacked by right-wing billionaires like the Koch brothers.

For the sake of our children and our grandchildren, for the sake of our economy, we have got to let democracy prevail.




to kpete:


We've heard these memes for years, Americans have come to believe this is how it has to be.

Another explanation of this here:

How Freedom Became Tyranny

Rightwing libertarians have turned “freedom” into an excuse for greed and exploitation.

George Monbiot - December 19, 2011

Freedom: who could object? Yet this word is now used to justify a thousand forms of exploitation. Throughout the rightwing press and blogosphere, among thinktanks and governments, the word excuses every assault on the lives of the poor, every form of inequality and intrusion to which the 1% subject us. How did libertarianism, once a noble impulse, become synonymous with injustice?

In the name of freedom – freedom from regulation – the banks were permitted to wreck the economy. In the name of freedom, taxes for the super-rich are cut. In the name of freedom, companies lobby to drop the minimum wage and raise working hours. In the same cause, US insurers lobby Congress to thwart effective public healthcare; the government rips up our planning laws; big business trashes the biosphere. This is the freedom of the powerful to exploit the weak, the rich to exploit the poor.

Right-wing libertarianism recognises few legitimate constraints on the power to act, regardless of the impact on the lives of others. In the UK it is forcefully promoted by groups like the TaxPayers’ Alliance, the Adam Smith Institute, the Institute of Economic Affairs and Policy Exchange. Their conception of freedom looks to me like nothing but a justification for greed.

So why have we been been so slow to challenge this concept of liberty? I believe that one of the reasons is as follows. The great political conflict of our age – between neocons and the millionaires and corporations they support on one side and social justice campaigners and environmentalists on the other – has been mischaracterised as a clash between negative and positive freedoms.

More at the link about the meaning of positive and negative freedoms and how the word is being used against us:



An unexpected ending:

Caddyshack was one of my favorite flicks. Is he in the movie?

But the GOPher steals the show!

Beautiful leopard gif, ralps!

CONTACT the DOJ by these methods:

Contacting the Voting Section


Voting Section
Civil Rights Division
U.S. Department of Justice
Room 7254 - NWB
950 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.
Washington, DC 20530


You may call the Voting Section at:

(202) 307-2767

Or call toll-free at:

(800) 253-3931.


You can send a fax to the Voting Section at:

(202) 307-3961.


You can send a complaint form to the Voting Section at:



You can send an email to:


More at link:


Perhaps send the Politicusua link:

Militia Group Plans To Target African-American Democrats At Polling Places In Wisconsin

With the twitter exchange, perhaps it can be tweeted to the DOJ:

Here is their webpage:



They consider themselves educated. Eugenics employed the now discredited 'science' of phrenology.

The CSA made what they thought were scientific claims of the innate inferiority of blacks and women to participate in government. They said, as conservatives have continued to say, that liberals are insane for opposing God's plan and the Laws of Nature (you know, like Gravity).

Read the following links to see where they came to think this way:

Confederate philosophy, read the dreck (emboldening font mine) and weep


Scratch them on their Libertarian side, and you will find them adoring ancient philosophers from societies that just so happened to be built on the backs of slaves. The same place the CSA, TPs, Constitutional Party, etc. got their brainy talk. It's actually much worse than what the CSA said:

Ancient Greece and Rome were built on slavery and ruled by a leisure class who talked a lot


This is what I learned when I tried to reason online with these goons over the years. They feel very secure in their own version of reality. it works for them, actually. It gives them a rationale for their mistreatment of laborers. And it gives them cover to use terrorism to run people off their land or take their property, as an excuse that enriches them. It's not all what we define as hate. It's greed draped uner a flag and family and God.

When all else fails, they tell you that you should be killed off as a danger to 'their' country. Some CTers ascribe to this way of thinking, too, but use different terms. And one more here:

Okay, I will quit after this



There will be no awakenings, just recycling. The Past is Never Dead:

"It's all now, you see. Yesterday won't be over until tomorrow and tomorrow began ten thousand years ago."

~ William Faulkner

I've practiced this. It makes no sense, but it really works:

"At a certain point the alternative versions of all of this information no longer matters. What does matter is the balance of energy on the inside. Free flow of energy or not... We walk through the world being constantly challenged. At some point we have to realize that what we feel on the inside is creating life outside. We are magnetized and we can decide what we attract. We're more than anything that we were ever taught. It truly is all about frequency."

Sounds like woo, but as I said, I've done it in the past consciously. It was a long process. No, not TheSecret©.

Right now, I am shutting almost everything out of my life. There is a reason, as old as life and death.

So are we...

And besides:

I know the standard meaning, but also...

This is where I've been for a while.

Go to Page: 1 2 3 4 5 6 ... 310 Next »