Organizing Notes

Bruce Gagnon is coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space. He offers his own reflections on organizing and the state of America's declining empire....

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With a new administration in Washington it will be a challenge to get the 'liberals' to hold Biden-Harris to the few 'progressive promises' they made during their campaign. Biden is bringing back many of Bush & Obama's neo-cons to head his foreign policy. I'll be on this case without hesitation.

Saturday, August 14, 2010


The Republicans are going for broke now in hopes of retaking control of Congress in November. They are increasingly hyping the immigrant and terrorist threat - particularly this new angle of claiming that terrorists will come have their babies inside the U.S. and then incubate them for the next 20-30 years outside the country before sending them back to "destroy our way of life".

The Republicans are demonizing Mexicans so badly that any hopes they had of making inroads into the Hispanic community are now shot to hell.

They are making Muslims and immigrants the new "Commie" threat and apparently having enough success with some portion of the electorate that many analysts think they will in fact do well at the polls in November.

Here in Maine the Republican party has been largely captured by the right-wing zealots and their candidate for governor is a doosey. He says climate change is a "hoax", wants to teach creationism in the schools, is in favor of off-shore oil drilling (Maine is a fishing state), and a whole lot more. Just days ago the former Vice-chair of the Maine Republican party wrote an op-ed for the state's largest newspaper endorsing the Democrat candidate for governor, saying the Republican was off his rocker.

This strategy of creating widening disgust and hatred among the electorate is just what the ruling oligarchy wants. The more people that drop out of voting the better for them as it makes winning elections for their corporate candidates that much easier.

And as long as the public is clawing each others eyes out they can't focus their real attention on the ruling class at the very top of the pyramid who are taking us all to the cleaners.

The job of the Republicans at this current moment in history seems to be to act as the clowns. These "know-nothings" make the Democrats look better to the average voter who can't hardly stomach them either.

Either way the corporate oligarchy comes out a winner.

Those of us who are fed up with this whole process need to figure out a new path around the obstacle.


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