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The United States has spent EIGHT TRILLION DOLLARS fighting and policing in the Middle East. Thousands of our Great Soldiers have died or been badly wounded. Millions of people have died on the other side. GOING INTO THE MIDDLE EAST IS THE WORST DECISION EVER MADE.....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 9, 2019
Granted Trump may arguably be more corrupt than Joe Biden. But that’s splitting hairs over which crook is more crooked. Bullying vassal states and “doing well by doing good” are indicators of finesse in Washington. Inside the beltway, corruption is not a liability for holding high political office, but a requirement. The key to membership in the power elite club is carrying water for the imperial state, and most club members must go through an elaborate vetting process to prove that they are reliable. Some such as Trump slip through.
The sine qua non for membership in this exclusive club is to prove you’ll take a hit for the empire. When the results of the 2000 US presidential election were inconclusive, Al Gore took a fall rather than risk instability at the top: “(for) the strength of our democracy, I offer my concession.” There are higher callings than merely winning the presidency for good servants of the empire.
But would Trump have been so compliant? Maybe not. So, impeachment is in order to either chasten him to faithful obedience or get rid of him.
The Not Thoroughly Vetted President
The presidential primaries are an audition process to see who can best serve the ruling class while conning the public. If the presidential “debates” demonstrate anything, it is that all the contestants are aspiring reality TV stars. Trump was different only in that he had previous experience.
Whenever one of the contestants shows vacillation on empire, they get slapped on the side of the head. Gabbard got summarily dismissed from the debates for her failure of faith in wars of imperial aggression as the highest expression of humanitarianism. Sanders had to grovel, calling the democratically elected president of Venezuela a “vicious tyrant.”
On Sunday, October 13, the Sacramento Area Chapter of Peace and Freedom party attended the capital city’s annual Freethought Day to spread the word about the Peace and Freedom Party and help local county central committee candidates get supporting signatures on candidate petition forms.
State Central Committee member C.T. Weber and PFP state chair John Reiger (pictured below, explaining the registration process to a Peace and Freedom supporter) spent the day meeting and greeting PFP registrants and other members of the Sacramento community. Ultimately, they were successful in getting about 80% of the needed signatures.
Why become a PFP County Central Committee Member?
There are at least two great reasons why you should become a member of your Peace and Freedom Party (PFP) County Central Committee. As an elected member of your county’s Central Committee you will have a vote in deciding who will be our Presidential candidate for the 2020 Presidential Election. Every elected County Central Committee member is automatically a member of the State Central Committee and becomes an official delegate to our Presidential Nominating Convention in August 2020.
Also, as an elected member of your County Central Committee you can be a Peace and Freedom Party activist in your area, help decide on local PFP events and issues, participate in local actions, and help your county become a better place for everyone. And as a member of the State Central Committee you can help shape the actions and direction of the Peace and Freedom Party.
Join your friends and comrades - become a candidate for your county PFP Central Committee.
How to become a candidate
Peace and Freedom Party endorses the Free Lula Rally and Celebration hosted by our comrades of PSL Los Angeles to be held on Saturday, October 26 beginning at noon. The event will be held at the Brazilian Consulate in Beverly Hills (MAP).
How to Hide an Empire: A History of the Greater United States
by Daniel Immerwahr
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2019
Picture in your mind a map of the U.S. It probably shows the continental states, with Hawaii and Alaska somewhere off to the side. Does it have Puerto Rico? How about Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, etc.?
In How to Hide an Empire, the author attempts, and succeeds I believe, in introducing us to the United States Empire.
A great deal more of this empire existed in the past, but there are bits, big and small, still out there that we give very little thought to. Puerto Rico is the big bit. Its “Commonwealth” status obscures the fact that it really is a colonial possession. There are other little bits left over from the time that the U.S. had a much larger empire.
The United States Empire has a long history and Immerwahr takes us along for the ride as the U.S. expands through the designated “Indian Territory” that eventually results in many new states, states that were originally colonial possessions. The last continental state to lose its colonial status was Arizona in 1912. Hawaii and Alaska only ended their colonial status in 1959.
Prior to World War II, empires needed overseas possessions in order to supply and resupply their far-flung military. The U.S., like the other colonial powers, held many overseas places in its colonial/military grip. But post-war air power changed that: No longer were ships the major military and transportation mode. No longer were ports-of-call of supreme militarily importance. What matters now are airbases, and we don’t need whole territories for that, just compliant governments to grant long-term leases. The U.S. empire is now one of “points,” in the author’s wording.
This is an important book, a fitting companion to A People’s History of the United States.
Open Letter to Potential Presidential Candidates and their Supporters from John Reiger, State Chair, Peace and Freedom Party.
We welcome presidential aspirants who are not affiliated to the two parties of the billionaires to participate in the Peace and Freedom Party March 2020 California Primary Election. Our Presidential Preference Primary is a non-binding primary election in which our party registrants will vote for their preferred candidates for President.
Our election systems give a guise of democracy but bipartisan election laws, huge amounts of private money, and the corporate media deny representation for a great many of us. The President is not elected by the people of this country. Instead, the president is selected by a majority of an Electoral College which is tilted to favor states which have much smaller numbers of people where each elector represents fewer people.
The Peace and Freedom Party has taken positions for or against 18 bills and one proposed constitutional amendment in the 2019-2020 session of the California legislature; we are currently watching the progression of 14 other bills. Below run the PFP’s current positions on this legislation. For the full text and more information on a bill, click on the given bill’s title.
Additionally, the PFP Legislative Committee has drafted and sent several letters to state senators and assemblypersons detailing the party's support of or opposition to each bill. Each position letter may be accessed individually via the links marked [Position letter] below or click here for a list of all PFP position letters. Last update: October 1, 2019.
• AB 32 (Bonta) – State prisons: private, for-profit administration services – SUPPORT
Would end state of California contracts with private prisons. [Position letter]
• AB 33 (Bonta) – State public retirement systems: divestiture from private prison companies – SUPPORT
Would stop CalPERS and CalSTRS investments in private prisons. [Position letter]
• AB 36 (Bonta/Chiu) – Residential tenancies: rent control – SUPPORT
Would modify those provisions of Costa-Hawkins that prevent local rent control measures from applying to new construction. [Position letter]
• AB 392 (Weber) – Peace officers: deadly force – SUPPORT
Would restrict police officers’ use of deadly force to only when necessary to prevent serious bodily injury or death. [Position letter]
Spread the word about the Peace and Freedom Party. Encourage your friends to register Peace and Freedom, join the supporting membership program, and get involved.
Here are some introductory handouts you can download and print for distribution. For a more extensive archive of our literature, click here.