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Demanding a Nation That 'Cares for All' Not Just the Wealthy Few, Progressives Unveil People's Charter

Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/10/08/demanding-nation-cares-all-not-just-wealthy-few-progressives-unveil-peoples-charter

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More desperate attempts to prop up Biden, an enemy of all things progressive. Nothing will move him left, other than actually voting for what you want (all this is in the Green Party’s platform) and against both Biden and Trump. Or, a level of civil disobedience that would dislodge any toadie of the 1%.

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And I get so sick and tired of so many well meaning people who say: " WE MUST VOTE BIDEN IN AND THEN HOLD HIS FEET TO THE FIRE!" Let me ask: HOW IN THE HELL CAN YOU HOLD A WARMONGERING, WALL STREET STOOGES FEET TO THE FIRE!

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Not good enough.
Back to the table.

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Yes. Forgotten: more than half the US budget goes to war profiteering and the US global dominance machine. Cut the “defense” budget by 90%, close down NATO and the 800 bases, legislate Wall Street down to a nubbin. Support the UN Treaty banning all nukes and rid the world of them. Amplify the Green New Deal. Nationalize Amazon and FB. Etc.

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The d-party will not enact this agenda.
The party that will fight for this kind of agenda is the MPP.
Ro Khanna needs to rethink which party he wants to be a part of.
He’s a marginalized nobody in the party he’s in now.

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For an idea of how hard Biden will laugh at your foreign policy suggestions, there’s this from John Kiriakou:

“Nobody has ever accused Negroponte of being a progressive in any sense of the word. He loves war and has proven happy to jump into it with both feet. And he happily and publicly endorsed Biden.”

~https://consortiumnews.com/2020/10/06/john-kiriakaou-what-would-bidens-foreign-policy-look-like-just-look-at-his-supporters/

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Hate to be a negative nellie, but there are a few points of reality that need to be addressed:

  1. Without total campaign finance reform, none of these proposals have any chance of happening, ever

  2. If a viable 3rd party were using this platform as a launch pad whilst at the same time all of the progressive reps switched to this party, then I would be excited;

As it stands the core of the dem party is against all of these proposals. Oh, they’ll give them lip service so long as they have absolutely zero chance of becoming real - see point one.

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This “Charter” is on the right track (though still only a partial measure), but I believe the Green Party already has such policies in place. The only thing that I can think of right now, to move the PTB even a tiny bit towards helping people would be for multitudes to suddenly join the Green Party, November 4. It’s possible that such might be noticed (if enough folks joined in). Thanks

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why do we have to respond to an event? why can’t we just read the damn thing?

The WFP need to join with the Green Party, Socialist Party, Progressive Party, and other progressive minor parties & progressive independents to form a coalition party that can compete against the 2 factions of the corporatist Duopoly. Maybe some progressives in the Democratic Party would find it worthwhile to join.

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I am officially registered with the Democratic Party so that I can vote in their primaries. But my heart is with the Green Party. If there is enough momentum for a widespread party switch, I’d be game.

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Wisconsin republicans are disgusting. I thought maybe we learned something in 2000 when Florida just couldn’t seem to count ALL of the votes.
Now after and appeals court has ruled, votes not received by voting day will not count. If a postal truck runs out of gas on election day I guess those votes don’t count if brought in the next day.
Dishonest elections have REPUBLICAN written all over them.

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That work is so profitable it is a major thing legislators point at to get re-elected at the state level. With trade agreements outsourcing more and more of the non-national security jobs (if they are financed by tax money) to the lowest bidder, which will likely be overseas firms, wars will be all thats left that they can keep here that earns high profit margins.

The service areas that have high wages that are unionized they want to offshore and GATS and GPA and likely soon again TTIP and TISA and other FTAs set that up.

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Maybe it can be turned into an aisle of slots and tables which leads to the restrooms at Trump Taj Mahal.

Absorbed by The Postal Service (no, not the band) perhaps?

Maybe it won’t get better soon. But I’m sick and tired of witnessing the downhill ride this country is on with republican rule.

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They can demand of Biden all they like. He’s not listening. Once so-called progressives told everyone to vote for him, he knew they’d been captured. He’ll respond by saying it’s a wish list, castles in the air, there’s no money after the pandemic… and of course there’s the 2021 military budget to save up for, and that’ll be bigger than ever under the ultra-militaristic Biden.

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Yeah, sure, and thereby all but insure that Trump and the Republicans continue to rule for the next 4 years and probably well into the future.

My task: to read the charter critically.
Before I even start I can point to one foolish idea, the proposed national $15/hour minimum wage. Why is it foolish? Because the cost of living and typical wage differs by quite a bit across the nation. Costs and wages in San Francisco CA are much higher than they are in small city Mississippi. Here Justice Brandeis is correct: let the states set their own minimum wage according to their own understanding of their own economics. The Federal Govt. and Washington DC should stay out.

This is even understood in Mexico, where several parties explicitly state that they are ‘revolutionary’. Wages and costs in Oaxaca are different, lower, than they are in Mexico City or Monterrey, therefore there are different minimum wages for different parts of the country.

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