I will bet you that you have not heard about this by reading
it in the corporate-controlled capitalist main-stream news media, but on
Election Day of November of 2013 an open Socialist was elected to the city
council of Seattle. Her name is Kshama Sawant.
Before I tell you about her, I am sure that you already know
that on that same day the voters of the city of SeaTac, south of Seattle,
passed an initiative referendum that sets the minimum wage in that city as
$15.00 per hour. That is a REAL LIVING WAGE!
If you want to read more about Kshama Sawant, get yourself a printed copy of
the March issue of The Progressive. It has an excellent article by John Nichols
about the new Seattle progressive/liberal councilwoman. Or you can subscribe to
that magazine for only $18.00 per year.
Here are some excerpts from the Nichols article:
In 1960, Milwaukee had a Socialist Party mayor, Frank
In the first year of Ronald Reagan, an independent socialist
named Bernie Sanders was elected the Mayor of Burlington, Vermont. He was later
elected a U.S. Representative and later on was also elected to represent the
people of the state of Vermont in the U.S. Senate. He filibustered Barack
Obama's extension of huge tax cuts to capitalist billionaires and millionaires.
[JG: There are some rumors that Mr. Sanders will run for the
presidency in 2016, but some want him to do it as a Democratic Party member. That
would be a huge mistake. Democrats and Republicans are prisoners to the
greedy political/economic agenda of a failed American capitalism, which only
benefits the very wealthy and the super-rich.]
Let us continue with what Ms. Sawant has to say:
“We Socialists fight differently. We recognize that the vast
majority of working people are not going to be energized by a campaign that
does not speak to them. The only kind of campaign and platform that will speak
for them is one that is clearly advocating for their interests. And that
is something that socialists bring to the table.”
Sawant has denounced “the gigantic casino of speculation
created by the highway robbers of Wall Street.”
She also promised that “I will do my utmost to represent the
disenfranchised and the excluded, the poor and the oppressed – by fighting
for a $15 an hour minimum wage, affordable housing, and taxing the super-rich
for a massive expansion of public transit and education. I wear the badge of a
Socialist with honor.”
Sawant, in late January 2014 delivered a socialist response
to President Obama's State of the Union address.
[JG: Last but not least, in the 1990's the voters of the city
of Eugene, home to the University of Oregon, elected a member of CPUSA
(Communist Party) to the City Council.]
One of the most shameful episodes in U.S. history is drawing to a close for Fernando Gonzalez. In the USA of President Bill Clinton, if you were arrested for infiltrating anti-Cuba terrorist organizations in Miami, Florida, you are sent to jail for a long period of time.
It was a typical kangaroo trial in the bowels of Yankee imperialism. Jose Marti said it very well: "I have lived inside the monster and I know his entrails."
The message that the USA sent to the rest of the world was: if you are one of the terrorists working for our government you are an OK person. The trial was conducted in an atmosphere of total hate in the cesspool of the USA: Miami, Florida.
Anti-Cuba terrorist Luis Posada Carriles continues to walk the streets of Miami, thanks to the protection given to him by George W. Bush and Barack H. Obama.
“If you buy my APP today you will have eternal happiness.”
It is very similar to the old “buy my miracle elixir now and say goodbye to what ails you.”
One of the biggest truisms of life is the very famous saying of P.T. Barnum: “There is a sucker born every minute.”
Since the creation of the Internet, capitalism's scams keep on growing and growing at an alarming rate. The housing bubble comes to mind. When the music stopped, a huge economic crash followed.
All you have to do is create a buzz word and you can probably make millions of dollars. Capitalists now call a place to sleep and eat a “luxury apartment.” I will buy a hundred of them and sell them to the suckers.
Starbucks, became a very successful capitalist company after they “invented” a buzz word and called it latte. It turned out that they had not invented anything new. A latte is the very old and reliable cafe con leche (espresso coffee mixed with steamed hot milk). I was drinking it before leaving for school in the morning, when I was seven or eight years old.
The buzz word of the day is APP. It is also nothing new. I was writing apps in the late 1960's. It is merely instructions for a computer, written by a software programmer. Now they call them engineers. It sounds classy and more important.
Last week, a capitalist company paid $19 billion dollars for a company called “Whats App” which only has 65 employees. The owner and his company could very well become the biggest suckers of the month.
I am very happily retired now, and enjoying the great sunny weather in Florida. I no longer have to write apps for a living.
I am still drinking latte in the morning after I get up. I make it at home, and I do not have to pay Starbucks four bucks for it. Mine only costs me sixty five cents.