Inside Edition: Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.- ‘I Have a Dream’

Source: Inside Edition: Reverend Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. – ‘I Have a Dream’

One of the things I love about Dr. Martin L. King’s speeches is that there is never any need for a commentator or narrator for his speeches. He was so clear with how he spoke and always right to the point. There was no (pardon the word) bullshit with Dr. King. You always knew where he stood and what he believed. So in that sense it’s probably a good thing for him and bad for everyone else in America who wasn’t a bigot that Martin King never got involved in American politics as a politician. Because he would always say what he believed because he was honest to his core. And would have driven his political staff crazy! People who are professional pols who believe their bosses can’t afford politically to be always be honest, if ever.

Having said all of that and to get to Dr. King’s speech. I believe it’s the greatest speech in American history at least ever given by a non-political and non-governmental official. He laid out in one speech what America should always be about and since the civil rights movement I believe America has been about what we should be about which is this beautiful idea of America being that place on a shining hill for the rest of the world to see and to admire. (To paraphrase Ronald Reagan)

Where all Americans regardless of complexion, regardless of race, regardless of ethnicity, regardless of gender, regardless of religion, regardless of who we were born to and the economic backgrounds of our parents, that all Americans can make it in America if they just do the work and make themselves the best and most productive people that they can be. Get a good education and put their skills to work.

A big reason why I’m a Liberal is because of Dr. King’s I Have a Dream speech. He wanted an America where his children would be judged by the content of their character and not by the color of their skin. I want an America where everyone’s children and where every American is judged by the content of their character and not by the color of their skin or any other physical attribute that they were born with that comes from being a member of a certain race, ethnicity, or gender.

Which should always be what America should be about which is why we should always object to identity politics when it comes from the Far-Left or from the Far-Right. Or from whatever ethnic or racial group in America. And instead just look at Americans as people and judge them by what they do and what they think. Not by how they were born.

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Foundation Interviews: Betty Garrett- Discusses The Hollywood Blacklist

Source: This piece was originally posted at The New Democrat

Betty Garrett saying in this interview that workers in Hollywood we’re interested in the Communist Party (Communist Party USA) and not just interested but politically active, because the Communist Party back then were talking about issues like affordable housing, health care, civil and equal rights, what would be called progressive causes and that they were a progressive organization. Hearing the words communist and progressive, to describe Communists, is ironic at best.

I don’t doubt that Communists believe in adorable housing and that government has a big role in seeing that is available for everyone. Or that they believe in affordable health care and health insurance. Or that they believe in equal rights for everyone in the country. Keep in mind, the civil rights movement was just a baby back in the mid and late 1940s when the so-called Communists in Hollywood investigations were going on in Congress with the so-called House Un-American Activities Committee. Perhaps not even a baby and not even born yet. Equal rights for all Americans and seeing that Non-European Americans had the same civil rights and constitution rights as English-Protestants in America, was not a mainstream issue. After all, Communists are Socialists when it comes to economic policy and today even there’s still a lot of Marxism in the communist movement in America.

But, if Communists were to ever come to power in America (and it started snowing in Hell on the same day) most if not all of our civil liberties and constitutional rights would disappear. Most rights in America are individual rights. Free speech, the right to not be discriminated against under law based on race, ethnicity, gender, religion. The right to privacy, our property rights, equal justice under law. The right to a fair and speedy trial, etc.

Communists don’t believe in individual rights and individualism in general. They believe everyone in society should be subjects of the state and that it’s the job of the central state to see that everyone is taken care of and that the central government has to have not just broad but unlimited powers to see that everyone is taken care of in society, but to keep the regime protected and in power indefinitely. The Communists do have socialist leanings and policies when it comes to welfare rights and the general welfare, but it is a very regressive philosophy by in large especially when it comes to civil liberties and individualism.

As far as the Hollywood Ten and the Communists in Hollywood investigations. Americans (even in Hollywood) have the same free speech rights as Americans who believe in individual freedom and limited government. Or Americans who believe Christian Theocracy and ethno and racial nationalism. Or Democratic Socialists, or actual Progressives, or people who don’t believe in any form of government at all.

Americans have a guaranteed right to free speech in America because we are a constitutional liberal democracy with guaranteed individual rights under our Constitution. And therefor have the right to believe what they believe and speak out on what they believe and work for people who share their political beliefs. And shouldn’t be punished simply because of their politics. Which is what happened in Hollywood to the Hollywood ten and with by their own Federal Government by being persecuted by Congress because of their political beliefs.

Foundation Interviews: Betty Garrett- Discusses The Hollywood Blacklist

Michael Vermeylen: Hollywood Communists- Hollywood on Trial

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Source: Michael Vermeylen– Hollywood writer Dalton Trumbo

Source: This piece was originally posted at The New Democrat

My whole problem and issue with the so-called Communists in Hollywood investigation that Congress investigated in the 1940s first in the House and later in the Senate in the 1950s, is that it was hypocritical and violated most of the individual rights that Americans love and cherish and that so-called Conservatives back then said they cherished as well which was our individualism, free expression, free speech, free assembly, the right for Americans to believe what they want and to practice their own politics as they please. Whether they were Far-Left Communists and Socialists that believed America was the real Evil Empire and Russia as misunderstood. Or Far-Right Neo-Confederate Nationalists who saw African-Americans and other non-Europeans as animals.

You had these Far-Right Republicans in the House of Representatives especially, who saw even the belief in communism and people having communists beliefs as some threat to American and Western civilization, that even having Communists in America at all even as private citizens with no foreign government connections and people who just had communist beliefs, would somehow destroy America. And saw Communist Americans who again only had those political beliefs as people who don’t have the same constitutional and individual rights as people who believe African-Americans aren’t real Americans and therefor underserving of the same rights as European-Americans. You literally had right-wing racists believing that Communists who weren’t bigots, weren’t real Americans and therefor should be put in jail simply for their political beliefs.

You have political correctness on the Far-Left and some of that comes from Communists or people with communist leanings at least who believe they know best how every American should think and what they should believe. And believe any humor and criticism of racial and ethnic, as well as religious minorities is bigoted and therefore should be censored even though law even if the humor and criticism is accurate. But you also have political correctness on the Far-Right in America coming from the Christian-Right as well as Nationalist-Right or Alt-Right, who believe they the real Americans because of what they think and how they live and believe anyone who looks at the world differently are Un-American and therefor do not deserve the same rights as these supposed real Americans. And the so-called House Un-American Activities Committee was a big part of that.

The only Un-American thing about HUAC ( House Un-American Activities Committee) was the committee itself. They should’ve been investigating themselves for being Un-American. The House should have created another select committee to investigate the Un-American activities of UUAC. Because in America we have a guaranteed right to free speech under the First Amendment. That cover the freedom to practice any religion or no religion at all. The right to believe what we want, to associate with who we want short of known criminals, and the right to say what we want short of falsely libeling people or harassing people, inciting violence. And the so-called HUAC committee violated most if not all of our First Amendment rights and should have never been put together.

Michael Vermeylen: Hollywood Communists- Hollywood on Trial

PBS: NewsHour- Judy Woodruff Interviewing Richard N. Smith: Looking Back at The Life and Politics of Nelson Rockefeller

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Source: PBS

Source: PBS: NewsHour- Judy Woodruff Interviewing Richard N. Smith: Looking Back at The Life and Politics of Nelson Rockefeller

Richard Smith nailed it when he told Judy Woodruff and she asked him about how  to describe Nelson Rockefeller’s politics with Smith saying that Nelson was a Progressive-Conservative. Which I know sounds like an Oxymoron like jumbo shrimp or hot ice, the Cleveland Browns NFL franchise. (Not to pick on Cleveland)

And I prefer the term Progressive Republican like a Teddy Roosevelt or a Newt Gingrich. Someone who believes in government action to create progress but who puts limits on government to doing only the things that government should be doing. Like helping people in need help themselves.

Nelson or Nellie wasn’t a hardcore Conservative or Classical Conservative, Conservative Libertarian. As Richard Smith said Nelson disagreed with Barry Goldwater who did almost by himself put conservative libertarianism on the map in American politics, on almost all the issues. But he was a Conservative similar to Teddy Roosevelt in the sense that he believed in conserving what worked well in America like our Constitution, diversity, and individualism, and yes our environment. But he also believed in using government to again create progress and make things better.

A true Conservative in a political sense believes in conserving. Which has nothing to do with bigotry, national defense, property rights, to use as examples. But someone who believes conserving what works well and what makes society strong. And yes, Conservatives tend to believe in conserving those things that I just mentioned, but generally conservatism in a political sense is about conserving the U.S. Constitution and our individual rights. Not using government to force people to live in a certain way because those are the religious and moral values of some faction of believers. Nelson Rockefeller was a Conservative in that sense. But he also believed government could play a limited but constructive role in seeing that progress was achieved and that society could be better.

Theodore Roosevelt: Let Us Remember

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Source: AZ Quotes

It seems to me from this Theodore Roosevelt quote that he was arguing for both a progressive income tax and national service. A progressive income tax where Americans are taxed based on their ability to pay taxes.

The more money you make an earn on your own, the more in taxes that you would pay. For people in poverty they would pay the less if any in income taxes and people in the middle would pay a moderate level of income taxes. Which is the income tax system that America has right now, if you exclude the tax deductions and benefits that benefit corporations and wealthy individuals greatly. While middle class Americans other than being able to deduct their home mortgage interest and their state sales taxes, as well the child tax credit, tend to pay the U.S. Government (or Uncle Sam) what they owe by law in taxes. I believe its safe to say like its also safe to say that it snows in Minnesota in January, that Teddy Roosevelt wouldn’t be a fan of the modern American income tax system.

And then you look at the TR quote where he’s saying that as much that has been given must, much will be expected in return. Again, I believe he’s arguing for progressive taxation there, but he’s also arguing for national service and public service. That its a real privilege to live in and be born in America and we simply have the advantages that a lot of other people if not most people who are born and raised in other countries which is why we have the economic as well as personal freedom that we do, that we should be expected to give back to the country, because so much has been given to us. Not just in taxes but in public and national service to make the country a better place. Whether its military service, foreign service, law enforcement, becoming teachers, or volunteering for charities , that we should give back because so much as been given to us.

As strange as this might sound there is a lot of TR in the wealthiest and most successful of American families. The Bush Family has always believed in public service. The Roosevelt’s obviously, the Kennedy Family, the Rockefeller Family, the Carnegie Family, and many others. These great families believe that other Americans who didn’t grow up with the same advantages as they did and perhaps didn’t have any advantages at all, believe that the underprivileged deserve an hand up to help them have a better life in America. And not just through public policy, but through private charity and other non-profit organizations that serve the needy in America. Which is also a major part of Theodore Roosevelt’s legacy.

BBC Newsnight: Emily Maitlis Interviewing Kurt Anderson- Donald Trump and Fantasyland

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Source: BBC News

Source: This piece was originally posted at The New Democrat

Donald Trump and Fantasyland? Donald Trump is Fantasyland! Donald Trump is the President of Fantasyland! The United Donald of Fantasyland is the country that he presides over where facts don’t matter and even exist. “If Donald Trump says it, it must be true.” According the citizens of Fantasyland which is a fairly big country. Roughly 60 million people give or take voted for Donald Trump for President in 2016. If there was an amusement park called Fantasyland, Donald Trump would run the place. Well, he would probably just own it and instead hire someone who knows what they’re doing run the place for him instead.

About 46% of the vote, voted for Donald Trump for President. Not talking about Lebanon or some other country that might have an authoritarian government but is so small as well as poor that it doesn’t represent much if any threat to even its neighbors, let alone people around the world. Fantasyland is a country where everything that Donald Trump says especially about himself, of course is true. Because again we’re talking about Fantasyland where everyday is a marijuana high. Where facts don’t matter. If Donald Trump had to operate in the real world, take Planet Earth to use as an example, he would fail miserably because he would have to deal with truth all the time. Which is generally bad about him because lack basic human values. Like commonsense, maturity, character, decency, and unfortunately I could go on but I’ll spare you.

Albert Einstein once said about the truth that, “whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.” Donald Trump is a man who can’t even admit the simplest mistakes that he’s made in life. Like falling asleep one night on his phone when he was in the middle of tweeting something around 2AM. Or claiming that he had the largest crowd size ever for a presidential inauguration with the National Park Service, that was only in charge of the event contradicting the President of the United States hours later.

Donald Trump simply a man because of lack of knowledge as well as honesty, who mentally doesn’t operate in the real world. Says and sees things about himself and others that simply aren’t there. In some cases he’s simply lying, which of course is not uncommon with politicians, but in other cases he simply doesn’t know any better.

When you lose touch with reality or simply deny it and Donald Trump who is only the President of the United States unfortunately qualifies on both scores, you can’t be trusted. Because you’re dishonest and irresponsible. Anyone who trusts a dishonest person is asking to be screwed by that person. “I’m an idiot because I trust you, do your worst to me.” And the same goes with an irresponsible man who sees pigs flying in the air, three-million Americans voting illegally with absolutely no evidence to back that up.

I don’t enjoy saying these things about the President of the United States and have never been this harsh about any President including President Richard Nixon. But to quote Khaled Hosseini, “better to get hurt by the truth, than comforted with a lie.” The only way people can self-improve is to first know where they’re at fault. The only way Donald Trump could ever become an even decent President is to operate in the real world. And stop making things up and seeing things that simply don’t exist.

BBC Newsnight: Emily Maitlis Interviewing Kurt Anderson- Donald Trump and Fantasyland

Liberty Counsel: Newt Gingrich Q&A- Why Do You Admire Theodore Roosevelt?

Source: Liberty Counsel: Newt Gingrich Q&A- Why Do You Admire Theodore Roosevelt?

A lot of members of the Tea Party, sound like Libertarians on economic policy, even if they are Big Government Republicans when it comes to social policy and would like to outlaw a lot of personal activities including what people do in their own homes and privacy. Former Representative Michele Bachmann, former Governor Sarah Palin, Governor Scott Walker come to mind, Phyllis Schlafly from back in the day.

Newt Gingrich even though he has many things in common with the populist blue-collar wing of the Tea Party that now backs Donald Trump 100%, is not a Big Government Republican when it comes to either economic or social policy. He doesn’t want government taxing and regulating private business’s to the point where they’re essentially public utilities that are owned by shareholders. But he’s not a Libertarian either or even a Conservative-Libertarian. He believes in a big strong national defense and strong law enforcement, as well as low taxation and regulation. But he does believe in limited regulation not to run business’s, but to protect consumers and workers from predators.

Theodore Roosevelt was a Progressive Republican and so is Newt Gingrich. Where they differ on the issues, is anyone’s guess. They both believe in a strong America both economically, but also militarily and believe America can be positive force working with our allies around the world. And they both believe that government has a limited role in helping people achieve success for themselves. Neither one of them are Liberal and certainly in Teddy Roosevelt’s case, not a Conservative. But both believe in using a limited government to help build a better America by empowering people to take control of their own lives. And seeing that America is as strong and safe as possible. This is why they’re both Progressives and both Republicans.