The 98th monkey and YOU: CRITICAL MASS

A quick check of the internet will bring you to many hundreds of sites, and millions of pages on Agenda 21, ICLEI, communitarianism, and the impacts that we all see in our communities.

We are reaching critical mass.  The question, of course, is what do we do now?  You are doing it.  Reading, talking about it, blogging about it, tweeting, facebooking—getting the word out more and more.

The Hundredth Monkey story is a good one.  Lots of monkeys on an island, one learns how to open a particular kind of shell.  He shows a monkey, who shows a monkey etc.  Progress is slow on the shell-opening front.  Then, the 99th monkey learns it.  Suddenly, all the monkeys seem to know the trick.

We are at the 98th monkey.  Read our page: What you can do!  and do it!  Let’s turn back the tide and stop this in Sonoma County, Marin County, Los Angeles County, San Francisco …Portland, Seattle, Boise, Las Vegas, Phoenix.  Let’s stop Agenda 21 in Chicago, in New Orleans, Atlanta, Asheville, Richmond, Tampa, Raleigh.  Let’s block Agenda 21 in Dallas, Houston, Galveston, and Detroit, Nashville, New York, Pittsburgh.  Join us in kicking ICLEI out of Spokane, Cleveland, Georgetown and YOUR TOWN.

There is power in true grassroots activism.  Don’t be swayed by dogma.  You can be green and conserve energy and be a responsible world member without losing your rights and liberty.  Just because others have used the communitarian trick of ‘balancing your rights with the community good’ doesn’t mean that this makes sense.  A + B does not equal F and you are smart enough to see it.

BE THE 99TH MONKEY.  STOP AGENDA 21.  JOIN US.

WWW.DEMOCRATSAGAINSTUNAGENDA21.COM

Shocking! Who is behind this article?

The Mother of all Rants by: BettyJean Kling

Guess who/what group wrote this article?

I Challenge you to tell me who wrote this? What site did this come from? I am quoting this directly from the front page of a specific web site -word for word, but I will not give you the site or the answer to my question answer until you have had time to digest the contents and think over where this might have come from! Please read and re read this very carefully, pay close attention to the key words i.e.  grassroots, racists, hired thugs, the majority, mob, the progressives, etc. and please pay attention to the final paragraph– who does this appeal to and who is this directed at most and why?

Don’t cheat or try to find the authors on your own – I will not keep you waiting very long. Make it into a game for a short while – leave comments – try to out guess each other – it is urgent that you really absorb and fully digest the contents of this piece and consider all the possible authors before I confirm them for you. Please grant me this wish!

The language is very familiar-  we have been hearing most of these words for nearly two years and most of us who are very very savvy – we know where these words are coming from RIGHT? OR do we Do we really know what was behind this?  How many key words can YOU find?

 Summer Health Care fight heats up!

Last week the mayor of Hiroshima, Japan chose to commemorate the 64th year since the atom bomb destroyed his city by praising President Obama’s call for abolition of nuclear weapons. He referred to the “Obamajority” in the world which supports this cause.

Within our country, the Obamajority is needed to take to the streets in support of health care with a public option paid for by reversing the obscene tax giveaways to the super rich during the Bush years. If health care reform fails, it will be a giant step backwards for the Obama administration and for working people, the labor movement, African American, Latino, Asian-Pacific Island communities, women and youth on every issue including the economy, peace and democracy.

August is key. Members of Congress are home for summer recess. They will be seeking out the opinions of their constituents. The right wing is actively trying to shut down expression of opinion. They are using strong-arm tactics to disrupt town hall meetings, oppose any public option and push for taxing the health benefits of working people. Along with some centrists, they want to slow the process down. This would only benefit the medical-pharmaceutical corporate quest to further increase their profits.

The majority is not happy with their health care as right-wingers like Rush Limbaugh contend. The majority has no health care–or too little health care–or are in danger of losing what they have won through their unions. The majority want Medicare improved and expanded.
House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi says that in September, HR 3200, based on the work of three House committees, will come to the floor for vote. In the Senate, the finance committee continues to deliberate. The health committee has already put its legislation forward. These bills will have to be melded together.

Among the biggest points of contention are:

  • Will there be a public option?
  • Will the funding come from taxing the rich or from taxing working peoples health care benefits?
  • Will immigrants and women’s reproductive services, etc. be included?
     

The Republicans and right-wing extremists are spending hundreds of millions of dollars on media ads and hired thugs. They want to shift the atmosphere and create confusion and doubts to undermine the current overwhelming support for public option.

They aim to break the historic multi racial unity built up in the course of the Obama election. The racist cartoons that have surfaced against Obama, the “birthers” media campaign and challenges to the appointment of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court add to the Klan-like lynching atmosphere.

They are also attempting to build up hysteria by labeling Obama’s commitment to the right to health care as a “socialist agenda.” It is no accident that the first of the storm-trooper type mob actions disrupting congressional town hall meetings took part at the time of the celebration of the 40th anniversary of Medicare.

Medicare is a stellar example and argument for public option and for single-payer. Medicare is a government health program that is popularly thought of as essential. Only the privatization efforts of the Bush administration have weakened it.

The right-wing Republican tactics to stop healthcare reform are also meant to strengthen their hand against the Employee Free Choice Act and the entire labor program. The tactics are part of the right-wing plan to re-take Congress in the 2010 elections.

As the labor movement, Health Care for America Now, Organizing for America and so many other organizations have concluded, what happens in August is critical. The AFL-CIO  has developed a national 30-day plan of door-to-door campaigning and phone banking, including the Alliance of Retired Americans and Working America. They are letting members of Congress know that they will not give support for re-election to those who do not support health care and Employee Free Choice.

Progressive forces are organizing to attend every congressional town hall meeting and counter the right-wing attempts to disrupt, take them over, and deny the democratic process.

 Organizing for America (OFA) is planning thousands of events, door knocks and phone banks in August.  In an email to OFA President Obama called on all those who built the movement for his election to step forward now. He reiterated, “every day we don’t act, Americans watch their premiums rise three times faster than wages, small businesses and families are pushed towards bankruptcy, and 14,000 people lose their coverage entirely. The cost of inaction is simply too much for the people of this nation to bear.”

The phone banks, rallies, vigils and marches in favor of health care reform that have been organized in the last few weeks around the country have had good turnout and media. Much more street heat and visibility is needed, with those who lack healthcare coverage in the forefront. Many excellent materials are available. The daily on-line edition of the People’s Weekly World, as well as the weekly print edition, covers breaking news and provides a deeper understanding of the issue and how to win support.
A factsheet issued by Health Care for America Now (HCAN) answers point by point a 500 page right-wing e-mail document being sent around the country which is filled with false information that stirs up fears about rationing and lack of choice.
HCAN has issued a letter to the Blue Dog Coalition (PDF) on why public option and taxing top incomes are essential components of health care reform in order to keep down costs and cover both middle income and low-income individuals and families.

Blue Dog Democrats who were elected in districts that McCain carried have been targeted for pressure by the right wing to oppose these reforms. The Congressional Progressive Caucus, working with the Black, Hispanic and Asian Pacific Caucuses is pushing hard to make sure the language that comes to the floor includes measures for healthcare equity and a strong public option.
Rep Barbara Lee, who chairs the Congressional Black Caucus and is an active leader in the Progressive Caucus, issued an e-mail on August 5 emphasizing that “doing the bidding of insurance executives is the wrong way to go about reforming our health care system” There are now 57 signatures by members of Congress on a letter to Speaker Pelosi opposing any bill that does not include a strong public health insurance option. Voters are asked to request that their member of Congress sign the letter.
In compliment to supporting a strong public option to close the emergency health care gap, organizing continues in support of a single payer health care system which would create universal coverage at the lowest cost. Amendments for a single payer system are expected from the floor of the House. An amendment which allows states to implement single payer was passed with bi-partisan support in committee.

The Los Angeles City Council passed a resolution supporting “the immediate enactment of the Administration’s health care reform principles.” They are calling on other cities to do the same. The Council acted in response to marches, vigils and phone banks organized in East LA and other neighborhoods. (PDF)
 

Congress and the President have established websites to provide information about
what the health care reform bills mean to individuals.  The White House has established
a fact-check web page, called “Health Insurance Reform Reality Check” and the House Energy and Commerce Committee breaks down the impact of the legislation by Congressional District
 

This fight for health care is a fight for the ability to win on every other issue starting with Employee Free Choice and all the way to state budget priorities. It is a fight for unity against the ultra-right. What happens at the grassroots will in large part decide what happens in Congress. Now is the time for the Obamajority to act.

Crying Unity while on enemy Payroll

 

Dear Patriots ,

Last week I got this letter from Alexandra Trabor telling us how deeply she labored over her decision to finally switch to the Obama camp and how she finally decided to take the position of woman’s outreach and how she was asking us to follow Hillary’s lead. Quite frankly I pissed me off because I saw right through those Obama talking points and the garbage they are trying to get us to swallow. They still think they are talking to idiots.

 

I sent that letter right out with my take on it. Immediately that started a flurry of backlash from

                      Olivia Anne Morris Fuchs —–Business—– Kentucky Home Life Building 239 South Fifth Street, Suite 1700 Louisville, Kentucky 40202-3248 (502) 587-7700=Business; 587-7800=Facsimile oamfuchs@aye.net Team Hillary Kentucky Founder & Director Hillary Rodham Clinton Kentucky        Pledged Delegate to the DNC 2008 Convention S-129 Democrat Precinct Chair__    ___________ 

 

“Dear Bernie & Betty Jean, Oh my, PLEASE DON’T hurt our Alexandra.  She is one of the loveliest, kindest, most elegant people in the universe who worked herself crazy to support Hillary all across the country from in DC and then right here in Kentucky BECAUSE she was so valuable to Hillary and because Hillary knew how hard we had worked for her in Kentucky.  She is a paid political worker by vocation who has moved on to the currently active Democratic Candidate.  I promise she is having a hard time and needs our love and support as she, too, tries to make a transition.  I implore you to reconsider, please, please.  Olivia Anne”

 

 

Now I sent an apology thinking perhaps I had been too strong and restated my case that If Ms Tabor had a right to state her case and invite us to ask question . I had the same right to state mine and that there was no malice intended – this was politics  and each side has a right to appeal to the delegates likewise.  Next I got tears. Then I got a copy of a letter Bernie sent calling this a war of the grassroots against the ‘politically experienced Dems’.

 

 You mean the suck-ups Bernie? much of his characterization regarding the way the party treated grassroots- I must say is right on target – good job Bernie on that front but we are neither naïve nor has our passion gone over board we simply are real patriots not party suck-ups.

 

“Olivia,I think that the frustration that the grassroots feels is a product of Hillary’s abrupt turnaround after she suffered such horrid behavior that went unanswered.  Politically experienced Dems have moved on, the grassroots have not.  And the litmus test is and will remain–if you back Obama you are the enemy.  It is as simple as that.  There will never be unity for the grassroots.  The offenses were so eggregious and unanswered by the Party that a demand for purity is the result.  Now that is the analysis I give it, not my personal POV.  And whoever is caught in this crossfire is collateral damage.  Because this has happened twice I have decided to not forward any more calls for action aimed at persons not at the very top of the Party.  But, we have many instances of treachery in many state delegations and to inexperienced eyes any fraternization with Obama is a sin of magnum proportions.  Naive?  or Passion gone overboard?
I can tell you that the action on the roll call will lead to a very hard backlash when Hillary delegates capitulate to Party and switch to Obama.  There will be no catharsis.  It will be Vesuvius and Etna, not Serendipity and Harmony.
Most grassroots going to and observing Denver expect Hillary to win on the floor.  It will be insane.  The void has been filled with a nihilism born of the treachery at the RBC, the duplicity of the DNC, the misogyny of the MSM and Hillary’s heroic warrior woman campaigning.
All her good women followers like you and Alexandra should have felt this and backed away from the Party moving forward with Obama.
I can tell you from the emails I get and the temperature of the rising anger that nothing will quell this but the defeat of Obama.
Women want his head and Dean’s and Pelosi’s and Brazile’s.  The genie is out of the bottle.  Hillary taught them to never give up, and they will tear down the Party before they ever rejoin it with these persons in charge.

I apologize again for sending the info out.  But toiling in the garden of the serpents will get some people bitten.  This is the environment.  We can not control the anger of these women.  It may dissipate over time, but I sincerely believe we will see it go after office holders all over the country for years if they collaborated with this cabal in the Party. 

If the Democratic Party is to survive, they had better pass Hillary’s Universal Healthcare and the ERA, and make sure none of Hillary’s stalwart supporters like Rangle, Lee, Tubbs are not attacked in any way.  This will look like the War of the Roses otherwise.

I owe you again. And I will help you in any way I can, Olivia.  Your devotion to the Clinton’s is unparalleled, and your work for the Kentucky Party is legend.  And I respect you and value you for that.”

 

 
 
 
 

 

(Bernie Gagliano- bernie4hillary@gmail.com)

 

“On Fri, Aug 15, 2008 at 3:52 PM, Olivia Morris Fuchs <oamfuchs@aye.net> wrote:

8/15/08Dear BettyJean,
I don’t have the time right now to explain myself as you asked.  Perhaps, Bernie will do that for you and will tell you why we have been so busy in Kentucky with a Delegate Challenge which we filed with the DNC against an Obama supporter who was appointed to a Hillary delegate slot by our KDP Director.  My complete contact information was at the foot of the message I sent to you.  You sent no information about yourself as far as how to contact you, or I would have called you, immediately, and begged you to send a message of addition or correction.
I know that Hillary Clinton, herself, treasures the help Alexandra gave her, and always will give her.  I know the “how” of Alexandra’s being where she is now.  I know whether she is happy or is nearly reduced by this whole experience and desperately trying to be a professional.  I know that being targeted as an “evil doer” who would “use” women is more than most women could stand.  I know Alexandra, and count her a dear friend made only in the course of helping elect Hillary.

We got her to Kentucky when no other state got a “woman’s coordinator” for 2 reasons:  (1) Hillary loves Kentucky and Team Hillary Kentucky and our state Chair, Jerry Lundergan, and our Director, Jonathan M. Hurst, and (2) when I was trying to get women to the first in the history of the universe all Women’s Summit for Hillary for fundraising purposes in October, 2007, Alexandra was the best I’d ever known, and I begged Hillary to let us have her, and she did.  Alexandra was a whirling dervish of wonderful work for us here in Kentucky in delivering women’s votes and women to work and to fund this historic effort.  So, it nearly broke my heart, and it has been broken so much recently that I didn’t know it still was able to have such a pang, when that lovely young woman was the target of your message.  So, I did what I always do when I see a wrong and an injustice–I spoke up!”

 

 
 
 
 

 

 

 

Finally I started getting calls in camp that they passed this nonsense all over the place and I had enough of it so I fired this one back.

 

 

Please Ladies –while I never meant this to be an all out attack on those of you who have given in to the Democratic unity crap – I would like to be a bit more gentile, however, we are not playing bridge here. I already explained I was not trying to attack and I apologized for coming on strong and what I got back was a litany of tears.

 

So I will try again to tell you that just as in the case with Obama – I shant be quieted because I am afraid to tell the truth – the truth is that we had the right candidate in Hillary and the DNC selected a lesser candidate and we should not succumb to the party wishes under any circumstances.

 

Anyone who does so has become a pawn to the party!  Our allegiance is to God and Country. Please Olivia and Alexandra stop with guilt trip we have already had far to much of that with the white guilt trip and we do not need any more of it- if you want to lead by guilt you are simply not ready for the major party politics. You have got to learn to play with them big boys.

 

This is a matter of honor and patriotism and it is not for crybabies – so suck it up and act like patriots and not sissy girls – go watch Iron jawed angels and stop this caterwauling now! If you can’t stand the heat go back to baking cookies and leave the politics to real women who are ready for real politics! It pains me to see any democrat reduced to pawns for the party but it particularly disgusts me to see women doing as their told on command.

 

I don’t understand your objection Olivia- we are all patriots here fighting for our nation are we not? After all that you have done – to now try to persuade everyone else to fall in line where do either of you get off trying to prevent me from having that that very same right to step up and try to persuade those same folks NOT to.

 

Now I have heard enough of this whining to last me a lifetime. Gird up and start fighting for your nation and forget the party that sold you and the nation down the damned river.   

 

Go ahead and give it your best shot with your second choice inferior candidate and allow me to give it my best shot with what was your first choice because you darn well know she is and was The One after all.

 

This fight is not over – not by a long shot and if the DNC takes this from her and if you help them – – we will turn on this party and help the opposition take the DNC down! We will because we must.

 

So here is your choice return democracy to the Democratic party and nominate the candidate the people wanted – or risk the election. It’ s just that simple. We have just as much right as the rest of you do – we are fighting just as hard as the rest of you did.  We worked just as hard as you – we pounded the streets- we spent our time and money and we were as faithful- in fact more so- since we stayed faithful, you folks caved in . So how dare you pull tears and guilt on us?  I am sorry this is so hard on you – but then you made your choice – no one twisted your arm any harder than they twisted mine – I held strong and you don’t see me crying about it. Big girls don’t cry so stop it!

 

Go read that June Speech again Ladies – Hillary told us in her speech to never let anyone talk us out of what we believe in! So what was that you believed in anyway?

 

I still believe in the same things I did before the forced her out! If you really knew Hillary you would have heard that line and headed it- She wanted us to go where she could not!

 

 

Then I get this from my right arm and decided all of you should know the rest of the story and decide for yourselves what you think! I think I stinks to high heaven!

 

I never heard of her.  SO–I googled her:

 

Traber’s listed as a Hillary donor:

 

http://fundrace.huffingtonpost.com/neighbors.php?type=name&lname=Traber&fname=Alexandra

 

Now–that also lists her employer, Nancy Jacobson Consulting.  Nancy Jacobson is Mark Penn’s wife and she used to work for Evan Bayh. Check out this story:

 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/04/29/AR2007042901661_pf.html

 

Anyhow, sounds to me like this is all about political connections and not loyalty to Hillary.

 

S – Stands for Bettyjean right arm.

 

Bernie was right after all the grassroots are not politically experienced and I will tell you something else we are not – We are not on the pay rolls of those connected to politicians like most Trabor and of these folks are but we know a machine when we see one so Olivia save your tears girl they are wasted on grassroots- we can’t be bought – we are not for sale at any price. Our allegiance is to God and/or Country not to party and/or money.

 

This conversation is now over – once I found out this is a machine I am working against – I no longer have any interest in dealing with it – machines have no heart soul or conscience- they can not be aligned to country the are like slot machines that collect money and give nothing or little back.

 

Bettyjean Kling –

A Very Proud Grassroots American Patriot Free US Now

 

Below are PA Dems that show know about this perhaps they would change their minds if they knew it was a machine appealing to them and not a real democrat dealing from the heart as she appeared to do in her heartfelt letter.

 

rachel@padems.com>

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Dear Friends,

I want to thank you again for all of your hard work on behalf of Hillary Clinton during the presidential primary here in Pennsylvania.  You recruited your friends, knocked on thousands of doors, made millions of phone calls and won a resounding victory for us here in the Keystone state. You brought your mothers and daughters to our campaign events and showed Hillary each and every day that women in Pennsylvania believed in her. 

Thank you for helping us make history! 

Because Hillary’s message resonated with you all so strongly, you know that we must also fight on. I spent the early part of my summer grieving our loss and missing all of you and my campaign family – but after reading Hillary’s amazing June 3rd speech (I was crying too hard during the actual one to really listen!) I realized that this election is too important to just sit on the sidelines. The stakes are simply too high.  As of this week, I am the new Women’s Outreach Director in Pennsylvania for the Obama campaign.  As Hillary said “The way to continue our fight now – to accomplish the goals for which we stand – is to take our energy, our passion, our strength and do all we can to help elect Barack Obama the next President of the United States.”  

It’s great be back in Pennsylvania – and although this time I am working for a different candidate, I am still working for the same party and fighting for the issues that I believe in so strongly. So I would like to ask you to join me in fighting for equal pay, a stronger economy, affordable healthcare, better education for our children, and a brighter future for all of us.  This decision was hard for me, but I am proud to follow Hillary’s example. Hillary, like so many women, sees the bigger picture and thinks about how her actions can achieve the greatest good. She is blazing the path for the rest of us women by traveling across the country stumping for Barack Obama. If she can do it, we can too. 

I am asking you to follow her example. Inspire your daughters to know that not only can any woman be president, but every woman can pick herself up after she was knocked down and keep on fighting for what she believes in. Women should never be counted out or counted down. Let’s make Hillary proud and show her that the voices of women in Pennsylvania still count and all those 18 million cracks in the ceiling are not only still beside her, but will continue to fight for what she believes in.

In the next few weeks, we are planning on celebrating the 88th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment when women finally got the right to vote. We will honor this historic day with voter registration drives to make sure that every woman still counts and then end the night with watch parties of Hillary’s speech at the Democratic Convention. We are also planning on creating Women’s Unity Leadership Councils to ensure that we have a Democratic victory in Pennsylvania in November.

I want to make myself available to all of you for any questions, concerns, complaints, suggestions or even just the opportunity to chat and reconnect. Feel free to call me anytime at 717-222-7697.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Best Wishes Always,

Alexandra

P.S. If you are interested in signing up for Women for Obama, you can go to the following link http://my.barackobama.com/page/s/pa