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Challenging War and Austerity, Corbyn Sails to Victory in UK

Bernie, America’s Jeremy Corbyn, is being purposefully ignored by the MSM. Last night, Bill Maher, HBO’s favorite liberal, again ignored Bernie while talking about other candidates with single digit support.

I am not interested in what people think of me I am interested that they think. Please post your resources regarding his being the real thing.

Hello Unite,

I don’t want the elite to “shed their fat,” I want their corporations to be taken over by worker and consumer co-ops.

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Here’s a roundup of some of the reaction to Corbyn’s win. Let the smear begin. The fight here against Bernie for not meeting the requisites of certain self credentialed leftists is getting tedious. William Kaufman’ s article cited yesterday is a brilliant rebuttal to the lot of them.

http://www.alternet.org/media/american-media-freaks-out-after-socialist-wins-uk-labour-leadership

And both he and Clinton were essentially the unknown, unfamiliar guys that came out of nowhere, who you had never known or heard about, unless of course you were from Chicago or Possum Gulch Arkansas…Just A couple of turds that washed downstream and landed on stage with the usual jive assed bullshit confidence of A used car salesman…

Tony Benn, now there was one fine leader- I loved his position against Nukes- I loved his attitude, opinion and outlook…

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Tripling the size of the British Labour Party required an enormous output of grassroots organizing.

If we can do the same here in America, Bernie will win for sure.

Especially, we should be out registering new voters in poor and minority neighborhoods, and keeping them in touch with local progressive groups.

Since this is about Britain and British politics I thought I would throw in this jolly poem by Michael Dickinson from Counter-Punch:

A POEM FOR THE QUEEN’S DIAMOND JUBILEE
Michael Dickinson

“Ring out the bells and shout loud with glee
To celebrate the year of the Diamond Jubilee!
Raise your voices and proclaim the story
Of Her Majesty’s enduring glory!

Let there be bunting and firework displays,
Pageants, fanfares, concerts, thanksgiving and praise.
Beacons lit, new coins and medals minted –
Royal Gala costs by no means to be stinted.

And as she’s ferried upriver for all to be seen
Let the people wave their flags and cry - “God Save the Queen!”

“ Yeah, 60 years on the throne for Good Queen Liz -
But who exactly do you think she is?”

“Who she is? What do you mean?
Everyone knows she’s Great Britain’s Queen!
Monarch of the people. Ruler of the land.
Defender of the Faith. Don’t you understand?”

“I’m trying to brother, I really am –
But it all comes over as a great big sham.
Explain please precisely just why and how
To a fellow human being I’m obliged to kowtow.”

“Bow in respect, you idiot, to one by God appointed,
With consecrated oil at her coronation annointed.
Of the Anglican Church she’s the Governor Superior
The Archbishop of Canterbury’s an ecclesiast inferior.

MP’s swear faith and allegiance to her in solemn holy oath
As do judges, soldiers and policemen in Wales and England both.
The Sovereign is Head of the British Armed Forces
She’s a lover of corgies and a breeder of horses.

The fountain of Honour, High Majesty and Boundless Might,
Elizabeth Alexander Mary Windsor - Queen by Divine Right!”

“Divine Right, my ass! It’s all about elitism, privilege and class.

Church and Crown pull the wool over ignorant people’s eyes
Dazzling them with ceremonies and fabulous lies.
Tracing Old Testament roots, patriarchal and tribal,
The Queen says “the jubilee is rooted in the Bible.’

At the St Paul’s Thanksgiving Service, read out loud by a pastor
A new prayer calls Jesus her ‘servant’ not her ‘master’.
A camel passing through a needle’s eye might seem an idea fantastically odd
But it’s more likely seen than a very rich queen entering into the Kingdom of God.

Elizabeth is Head of the Church, of the State and of the Army,
Contemplation of her powers is enough to drive you barmy.

As Commander in Chief of the Forces she can start and end a war,
But God forbid the latter – the top brass and she want more.

Of the world’s top military spenders, Great Britain is the third
That’s 63 billion dollars a year, in case you hadn’t heard.
There’s always Money for weapons to defend the Windsor realm
Big profits for the arms manufacturers with Elizabeth at the helm.

Trillions are fed to the greedy warmonger,
A trickle, a drip, to relieve need and hunger.

And by the way, it’s Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. That’s the queen’s real dynastic name.
Granddad George changed it in the First World War to avoid anti-German blame.
Elizabeth is of Germanic blood, traced back to the royal House of Wettin
‘Windsor’ was chosen for its English tone, at least that’s what I’m betting.

Through inbreeding she’s related to fellow rulers who reign,
In Holland and Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Spain.
Other countries have suffered the Wettin brood, but now they are no more
Since their subjects opted for republics and kicked them out the door.”

“Her Majesty is sovereign over nations sixteen,
Canada, Australia and New Zealand hail her as Queen.
In Jamaica, Malta, Antigua and Belize
Her Commonwealth subjects bend their loyal knees.”

“Only sixteen countries left in the club? What happened to the others?
They decided being kingless might make them better brothers.
More than 800 millon members of the so-called Common Wealth
Survive on less than a dollar a day and suffer from bad health.

Instead of relieving poverty with useful jobs and education
The natives endure near-slavery and capitalist exploitation.
Meanwhile the Queen and her crony courtiers are pampered billionaires
Who enjoy tax-free unearned income and hand it on to their heirs.”

“She’s only worth about 500 million according to the Forbes report.
That’s peanuts compared to the King of Brunei and the Royal Saudi court.”

“Poor old queen! But far from lowly-o!
She has plenty more in her secret portfolio.
Exempt from freedom of information laws
She counts untold wealth behind closed doors.

Private investments increase her stash of money
While she sits in the parlour eating bread and honey.
As well as stocks and shares there are the vast royal estates
Which reap high rents for Elizabeth and her entitled mates.

And as for those despots of the Far and Middle East
She invites them to the palace to chat and to feast.
Entertains brutal tyrants who suppress human rights,
Sharing jokes and small talk between nibbles and bites.

And while these unelected rulers sit cozy on their butts
The British people suffer unemployment, crises and cuts,
Benefits stopped, services scrapped, a state of dire recession
While the fawning press focus adoring eyes on the Jubilee Procession.

Press barons and media moguls choose what the people might see.
Controlled by such oligarchs we will never be free.
A monarch rules a country described as a democracy
Feudalism live on – an absolute hypocrisy!”

“Oh, come now! The people of England have freedom of speech
They can say what they like and can write it and preach.
And if they want to protest, it’s by the law allowed
To belong to such a country I think you should be proud.”

“Thousands of armed police and stewards will marshal the Jubilee crowd.
Good luck to any protestors who raise their voice aloud!
God forbid the Queen’s bouquet should contain irritating nettles
Any protestors will be rounded up, surrounded in police kettles.”

“The Jubilee Concert at Buck Palace should be quite a party
Gary Barlow’s appearing there along with Paul McCartney.
Elton John, Cliff Richard too, each one a Pop Star Sir
Knighted by the Queen’s fair hand, subjects loyal to her.”

“Would John Lennon turn in his grave to see old mate Sir Paul
At his royal masters’ feet, on the beck and on the crawl?
Or would he, if living, have abandoned the role of imaginary dreamer
And become like many showbiz folk, a greedy selfish schemer?”

“Count yourself lucky you can criticize your ruler.
If you did it in Thailand you’d be locked up in the cooler.
In some countries it’s an offense to insult or berate
The reigning sovereign or leader of state.”

“‘Violating Majesty’s dignity’ is the law’s proscribed reason,
Just a little less serious than the higher crime of ‘treason’.
In Britain to “compass or imagine” the death of the Queen
Is a treasonous act, disloyal and obscene.

But one can’t help imagine - as up the Thames the royal flotilla passes
Carrying the Queen and her cohorts to be ogled by the masses,
Accompanied by politicians, rich tycoons and persons of rank -
Wouldn’t it be funny if the whole lot sank?

And when they’d all sunk and were lost without a trace
No others would be allowed to aspire to take their place.
We’d build a new democratic system without a Head of State
Where everyone was equal – now wouldn’t that be great?!

As it is, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee will go down to posterity
As a breathtaking display of pomp and waste in an era of austerity.”

Cease your jeremiad! These disloyal babblings begin to annoy.
Rule Brittania! Long live the Queen! You anarchistic killjoy!”
Confound your politics! Frustrate your knavish tricks!
On Her our hopes we fix!
God Save the Queen!”

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He never seems to be out of bad things to say about Muslims though- I loved the way Glenn Greenwald put him in his place on that show one night about this-

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People don’t give her enough credit but yes indeed she was the progressive and she pressed for much that FDR got credit for.

Ah, poor Eg - threatened by the idea that a candidate described as well to the left of Sanders could win …

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Spoken like a true Dem …

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That makes me very glad we cancelled our HBO subscription a few months ago. Maher had been getting up my nose for a while, and initially, his show had been the only reason we’d held on to HBO for so long. He’s gone over to the dark side, it seems.

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From the aricle:

“…“far left” and divisive” is the same as those leveled against Bernie Sanders: “unelectable”, “socialist”, “far left”. "

Hmm, sounds like what they say about the Greens … from what i can tell Corbyn sounds a lot more like Stein, than he does Sanders - that should be the comparison … if Corbyn in the UK, why not Stein here?

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That’s one scenario, albeit a very pessimistic one at that… I would say that there has been a global awakening at work simmering for some time and it has finally taken shape waiting to galvanize into a huge global movement that due to its global nature no military will be able to put down completely.

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Ms. Perkins had much to do in influencing FDR- Eleanor was A Good Lady though and was not A Racist as many upper class were in that day- She honored and supported the Tuskegee Airmen-

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The mayor of London and the former mayor of Burlington. Leaders of democratic socialism. May they both succeed nationally.

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I also am for Bernie and will vote for him in the primary. He is the ONLY Democrat I will vote for. I will NEVER vote for Hillary or any of the others. I will go back to the Greens if Bernie is not the Democratic nominee for President, and I urge everyone else for Bernie to do the same. He may have had to pledge his support to whoever the Democratic nominee is to be allowed to play in their sandbox, but the rest of us didn’t. Bernie 2016!

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Just a general comment to all…

The world is not a winner-takes-all environment, even if political systems encourage people to see it that way. It should be possible to discuss positively or negatively (the pros and cons) of ANYONE in politics (or elsewhere for that matter) without others jumping around like hypersensitive zealots of their own ideas.

Example: I could make a list of criticisms about Sanders and a separate list of criticisms about Corbyn - but that is NOT to say that I think voting for either is a BAD idea. Politics should never descend to tribalism in which one is robbed of the ability to critically appraise anyone or anything. Living in this world is not a black and white matter. Bickering over details only strengthens opponents.

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