By Abayomi Azikiwe www.workers.org
Editor, Pan-African News Wire
Feb 19, 2011
In 1901 the Socialist Party of America, after much ideological and political struggle, emerged as a coalition of various factions within the socialist movement. It had conservative, moderate and revolutionary tendencies within its ranks. Eugene V. Debs, an organizer of workers in the railroad industry, emerged as a charismatic figure, the party’s political candidate and a public spokesperson for the socialist movement.
Debs ran numerous times for presidential office and opposed wars of imperialism waged by the U.S. ruling class. He served prison terms for his outspoken opposition to war and U.S. foreign policy.
Remember the 2000 presidential election? Many progressives like yours truly supported Ralph Nader and other Green Party candidates. Here in Florida, we were vilified by the Democrats for not supporting Gore- they railed that we enabled Bush to win. Well, history and extensive investigations proved that false. Bush won because the Florida election was stolen from Gore. The Bush crew used every means possible, even rigged voting machines, to secure their theft. The really sad testimony from that election and most elections is how so many voters enable the two major political parties to under represent their interests. Continue reading →
“Speaking Fee” is the New Name for Political Donation Laundering-Rechanneling (PDLR)
Political donation laundering-rechanneling (PDLR) is a business in its own right, whether it is for pre-election donations or post-election maintenance contributions. In most cases, PDLR requires savvy strategists and planners, quick-witted implementers, friends and enablers in high-places, and a high degree of creativity, almost to the point of being artistic. However, once in a while, an extraordinary situation may present itself, where neither imaginative planning nor creative strategy is necessary, and where limitless dollars can be channeled to Candidate A or Public Servant B or Representative C in plain sight. Really! In the PDLR world they call this the Miraculous Human Funnel. For the last ten years Former President Bill Clinton has been PDLR’s continuous miraculous funnel, and what a funnel he’s been, indeed!
Shortly after Seif Gaddafi, the son of Libya’s longtime leader, warned in a Sunday-night speech that the country would descend into “civil war” if protests continued, a Libyan American spoke with his brother in Tripoli, who described intense combat in the capital, where anti-government protesters were attacked after taking the main square.