Here We Go Again – Democrats Turning off Their Voting Base

Monday, October 5, 2009 may have been the beginning of the end of a Democratic majority in the House and Senate. Peace advocates demonstrated at the White House resulting in 61 arrests. The peace movement has grown tired of Obama’s failure to end the Iraq war, his escalation of the Afghanistan war, his expansion of the war into Pakistan and his growing military budget. They have turned their criticism onto him and the Democratic Congress but the Democrats are not listening.

Does President Obama remember how the Democrats regained the majority in the House and Senate? Does he remember how he bested Hillary Clinton in the primaries? Here’s a reminder.

Republicans dominated politics for the first eight years of the 21st Century. When President Bush attacked Iraq and pulled the U.S. into a war quagmire resulting in mass deaths of civilians and soldiers as well as bleeding of the U.S. treasury, the peace movement reacted. They highlighted the failures of the war, the lies that got America in to Iraq and the death, destruction and economic catastrophe the war was bringing. Peace activists demonstrated in Congress, sat-in the offices of elected officials and protested whenever Bush administration officials testified in Congress.

The public began to hear the full story – the weapons of mass destruction were a lie, there was no link between Saddam and Osama, the casualties of war were increasing, the cost of war was escalating, the largest mercenary force in history was violating laws. Opinion rapidly turned against the war. The result, in 2006, the voters threw out the Republicans and gave the Democrats solid control of both Houses of Congress.

In 2008, the front runner, then-Senator Hillary Clinton, was running a campaign for the presidency that seemed unstoppable. The media and politicians treated her election as an inevitable fait accompli. But, Clinton had voted for the Iraq invasion and this did not sit well with the American public, especially with anti-war Democrats – the base of the Democratic Party. The media anointed then-Senator Barack Obama as the “peace” candidate because of a speech he gave opposing the war before being elected to the U.S. senate. Aware of the mood of the voters he began his speeches with the promise: “I will end the war in Iraq.” Anti-war Democrats were enough to carry him through the primary and into the presidency.

In both cases, voters opposed to war were critical to determining the outcome.

But now, the Obama administration is ignoring those voters. The day after the protests at the White House it was reported in Talking Points Memo that the administration said: “White House officials say Obama is not focusing on antiwar protesters — neither the more than 60 who were arrested yesterday at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue nor the handful outside the White House gates today — or on a MoveOn email petition circulating asking him for a clear military exit strategy.”

The peace movement is noting that the president is ignoring their calls to end the war. Even worse for the president, this time we are starting as the majority. Polls show that more than 70% of Democrats oppose the Afghanistan war and sending more troops to the region as do a majority of Americans.

Obama is forgetting how he and the Democrats came to power. Who does Obama think provides much of the person-power for their elections? Or, the small grass roots donations? What do Obama and the Democrats think will happen if the peace movement stays home in 2010?

And, to make matters worse, he is repeating the mistake made in the health care debate. The president has been unable to excite grass roots support for reform because he and Congressional leaders took the most popular option, a single payer national health program, off the table. They would not consider the approach most Americans preferred. Instead, the Democrats have pushed a scheme that will enrich the health insurance industry – corporations that Americans hate and see as corrupt – by forcing Americans to buy their overpriced insurance.

So, what is his administration doing when it comes to Afghanistan? Making the same mistake. They are considering all options except the one Americans want. They have taken off the option list getting out of Afghanistan. Secretary Gates said this week “We are not leaving Afghanistan. This discussion is about next steps forward.” And, the president’s press secretary Robert Gibbs said: “I don’t think we have the option to leave. That’s quite clear.”

At a time when the Republicans are energizing their base by challenging President Obama, the Democrats are turning off their base whether on health care, bailing out Wall Street or now on the Afghanistan war. Do the Democrats really have the hubris to think they can turn their base off and stay in office? If they do, they are likely to learn a very painful lesson in 2010 and 2012.

Kevin Zeese co-directs Popular Resistance and is on the coordinating council for the Maryland Green Party. Read other articles by Kevin, or visit Kevin's website.

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  1. Michael Dawson said on October 7th, 2009 at 11:38am #

    Of course, “turning off” implies that Obama was ever willing to turn it on. He wasn’t. He simply outmarketed Hillary, meaning he was a better liar.

  2. bozhidar balkas vancouver said on October 7th, 2009 at 12:30pm #

    Protesting any war, and not just any waged by US, basing the protest on a number of rationalizations, such as: it causes massive deaths, depletes treasury, etc.
    Or because a prez lied. As if an aggression can be carried out based on truth; especially since there never had been a truth nor ever will.
    The word “truth” symbolizes peoples wishes, rationalization, guesses, or knowing so much that just aint so, other ideating about a country called iraq.
    In short, let’s admit or see that vast number of americans wished to wage a war against iraq and then looked for causative factors {and the word “truth” not being a cause] began en masse to engage in ratioanlizing their actions/ideating.
    And many object to that war because of a mere perception based mostly on lies told us by clero-political-miltary-educational elites that the ‘mission’ [yes, even that blasphemy] is a falure or is failing.
    But blame a lying prez as if any prez had not done it and as much or more of it, but not clergy, pols, media, entertainment industry; higher cia, fbi, army echelons.
    In short, we’ve had in US ab. 300mn lyars or truth tellers. Take ur pick to soothe ur nerves. In as any case, do dead and maimed lying = truth telling.
    And to add insult to injury, the protesters don’t know or pretend not to know that no protest to date had stopped a war.
    Only uncle delays, starts, or stops wars. tnx

  3. Hue Longer said on October 7th, 2009 at 2:42pm #

    He lied a little bit about health care but not at all about war. The voters lied to themselves.

    I don’t think Democrats give a fuck about losing position. What is a Democrat and who are the people who love them?

  4. lichen said on October 7th, 2009 at 4:27pm #

    Voters did not lie to themselves–the mainstream media and hardcore partisan democrats lied to them. We can’t let the corporate/establishment complete control of our elections go on but then expect the vast majority of people to somehow take a different path.

  5. Dave Schwab said on October 7th, 2009 at 5:01pm #

    Yesterday, the U.S. Senate approved the largest military budget bill in the history of our nation: $626 billion.

    Next, the bill will be sent to a conference committee and then back to the House and Senate for final passage.

    There remains a short window of opportunity to stop this wasteful military madness.

    Tell your members of Congress to vote “NO” on the 2010 defense appropriations bill:

  6. Danny Ray said on October 7th, 2009 at 5:32pm #

    Come On lichen, Admit it, The big dog dems lied like rugs to get elected. The little dog dems just wanted something different they were willing to believe anything.

  7. lichen said on October 7th, 2009 at 6:25pm #

    Sure, but my point is that the entire electoral system, run as it is by corporate money, corporate financing, and the entrenched establishment, is setup to facilitate the result that came; to paint Obama as something he wasn’t through a massive advertising campaign. If we had a different system–one with media fairness, 100% public funding, no lobbyists, proportional representation, instant runoff…if we had those reforms in place, we would get a different result. The current system is so corrupt and anti-democratic that there is no way to get a different result inside it, so instead of sitting here every four years bashing the voters, why don’t we change the system so as to facilitate different voter choices as the polls?

  8. Deadbeat said on October 7th, 2009 at 7:03pm #

    lichen writes…
    The current system is so corrupt and anti-democratic that there is no way to get a different result inside it, so instead of sitting here every four years bashing the voters, why don’t we change the system so as to facilitate different voter choices as the polls?

    So why did you defend Robert Oxman’s proposal to run a write-in third party candidate to “take over California” (TOSCA). I was very critical of his idea and yet you defended him “left and right” (to coin a phrase). Such action in such an unorganzied fashion will only waste people time, money, and hope — dispite his call for “no money”. Such proposals are not strategic whatsoever and in the end will dissipate and usurp attention from really developing strategies that can offer a real challenge such engaging in debt repudiation. Stategies like debt repudiation is taking a direct stance in the class struggle against the system and help to produce ways to protect people from the system.

    Debt repudiation is risky but extemely necessary yet I don’t see the Left proposing something that really gets to the heart of helping people and pushing back against the system in a militant manner.

  9. kalidas said on October 7th, 2009 at 7:33pm #

    What’s a democrat?

  10. lichen said on October 7th, 2009 at 8:29pm #

    I don’t see TOSCA as being about writing in a third party gubernational candidate, but an attempt to radically change the system, including reforming that office into a 6-10 person body; that is why I supported it. If any of us have something else in mind, we can try it, too. I think debt repudiation is great, especially in the face of the 2005 bankruptcy laws, which leave a lot of people suffering, including those shackled with 30,000+ of student loan debt which can never be forgiven and which the lenders intentionally look for ways to default upon (because they make more money that way), and all for a degree that generally means nothing in the current economy. And I think people should get to stay in the homes they are in no matter what.

    I definitely think we all need to organize to directly force systemic change instead of lining up behind this or that person in this disgusting satire of democracy.

  11. Mulga Mumblebrain said on October 7th, 2009 at 10:18pm #

    Even from a distance of thousands of kilometres this debate is bemusing. There is no difference between Democrats and Republicans. They are the two wings of the United States’ one party, the party of the business elite. Obama is the greatest confidence-man in history. When he said all those things he needed to say to get elected, he was lying. I knew that, from a cursory knowledge of US history, and happy accidents like reading Walter Karp’s ‘Indispensable Enemies’, which is all about the collusion between Democrats and Republicans, over decades, to keep the rabble in line.
    Obama, the archetypal ‘House Negro’ serving his white masters faithfully, was always going to dud the suckers. That is part of the plan. Part one is get the ersatz black man elected, as a propaganda coup and facade. Then implement the usual policies, of intimidation, demonisation, invasion, sabotage etc, to fight threats to the US Reich from such monsters as Chavez, Morales, Ahmadinejad etc. Have the eloquent Obama, so much better a trickster than McCain could ever be, make a few speechs offering ‘open hands’ as the money flows for destabilisation, terror attacks and incessant hatemongering, Iran the prime example. Central to the plan is not only maintaining perennial US policy behind a pleasant black disguise, but also enraging and demoralising the Democrat base. Obama may not have been let in on it yet, but he is due to serve but one term. His betrayals, and the psychotic hysteria confected by the ultra-Right in opposing him, built on a sturdy base of race hatred, are designed to demoralise Democrats, keeping them away from the ballot, and motivate the hate-obsessed Rightwing ultras to swarm out of their bunkers on election day. Bye-bye Democrat majority, not that it did anything, or ever intended to do so.
    Obama’s other salient characteristic is his total ownership by the Zionazis. I know that this hardly makes him Robinson Crusoe in a US political elite who vote 400 to 1 to congratulate Israel on its orgy of child-killing in Gaza, but Obama is exceptional. He signalled his intentions with his first appointment, of Zionist ultra Rahm Emanuel, and its been downhill since. He pretended for a while to question Israel’s absolute right, as God’s representatives on earth, to micturate all over international law in regard to the illegal colonies on occupied Palestinian land, but soon gave up as his masters told him to get stuffed. He has done nothing over the Goldstone Report into Israeli atrocities in Gaza, as the Herrenvolk have launched the most hysterical campaign of venom, vitriol, rabid denunciation and lying that they have ever entered into, with the targets for demonisation by the Judaic controlled Western media being the entire human rights establishment of the West.
    I actually pity anyone, particularly any American, who put faith in Obama. They obviously have never studied their own polity’s structure, its absolutely obdurate refusal to reform, and the inevitability that anyone who reaches the stage of Presidential candidacy, let alone the Presidency, will be a total Rightwing shite. And so Obama has revealed himself to be, from day one, with gusto. He has presented his sucker acolytes with no victories that I can think of, whatsoever, and will not do so. The current ‘anguished debate’ over Afghanistan is a smokescreen. Obama will do what he is told, by Emanuel and the military. And Iran will be obliterated.

  12. Don Hawkins said on October 8th, 2009 at 3:10am #

    one gigantic boat, we are all in it together. some rich, some poor, some supposed to be our smart ones, but it seems the dumb have figured out whats going on, but feel powerless to do anything about it! theres a behind the scene agenda, been there since time imortal. ok, you smart ones, what do we do about it? it’s only about good verses evil, who can change a mans heart!!!!!!!!! thats really the bottom line, its the human heart condition!!!

    That was a comment on DV a few moons back. I forget her name who wrote that and she summed it up very well. To just see and hear knowledge the real thing just once from so called leaders but oh no still greed profit the whole power thing and just a game with strange rules. Again it looks like the next 6 months or so the status quo will happen. Then what? The Republicans here in the States back for another try in 2012, Nostradamus it looks like you were right and the low road is the choice.

  13. Don Hawkins said on October 8th, 2009 at 3:46am #

    Still greed profit the whole power thing and just a game with strange rules and it goes from the top of the system to the bottom. Yesterday my Son and I with two other people are putting in thousands of feet of floor tile it’s a big building. Well the owners I guess were doing a walk around you know with shirt and tie and new hard hat and safety glasses. They came to the area I was working on and I had just put down a few hundred feet of tile and it was hot. This one man with the safety glasses I guess it makes you see in a different way gave me this look, what’s the best way to describe that look, arrogant and I just smiled at him and I think for a second he knew only a second. Then they moved on in time and space spacetime and left me in peace, thank you.

  14. Kevin Zeese said on October 8th, 2009 at 4:54am #

    Good discussion and comments.

    I’ve been involved in third party politics for years. It is a frustrating and challenging process. The duopoly has put up barriers every step of the way, the media rarely covers third party candidates and the money-dominated elections favor parties big business likes. I appreciate people trying to breakthrough electorally.

    But, we need a real mass movement to hold whoever is elected accountable. We know from looking around the world and in history what is needed — general strikes, shutting down the capitol so business as usual is stopped — efforts that demonstrate the people are organized and serious. We don’t have that yet in the U.S. and there are lots of challenges to achieving it. But, that is where we need to go — mass organization that is unwilling to compromise.

    Obama actually did not lie during his campaign. He put forward a crummy health care plan that was a giveaway to the insurance industry. He advocated for big bailouts of Wall Street. He talked about clean coal and nuclear power. And, he talked about expanding the Afghan and Pakistan wars as well as not really getting out of Iraq. He was slick in his salesmanship always beginning with “I will end the war” and not discussing the details too much. The corporate media labeled him the peace candidate and proclaimed he would provide health care to all–neither was true then and neither is true now. He is a Wall Street Democrat who believes in American Empire. So, don’t expect to much change over the next four or eight years — just tinkering at the edges.

  15. bozhidar balkas vancouver said on October 8th, 2009 at 7:48am #

    kevin zeese, with respect,
    In my house i allow only one politico-educational-military-educational party. Wld i be that stupid to allow two+?
    Wld uncle be that naive to allow/promote a second educational- informative-political system?

    having slavery, lynchings, segregation, 18o wars, nuking japan, reducing indigenous pop dwn to less than ?5% of original pop can be done only if there is one politico-educational system functioning on an interpretative writ called constitution; interpreters of it being the integral part of that system.
    Only one party system can and does prevent the basic human rights such as healthcare, higher education, right to be informed, etc.

    All members of US governance [one and the only; there ain’t two]: constitution, judiciary, education, media, corporations, military, cia, fbi, city police, entertainment industry, pols work-think-behave in unison

    US is not the only country that exhibits such a phenomenon: nazi germany, mussolini’s italy, and japan all had virtually the system that US had now for a few centuries.

    In short, in US today we have a near-perfect structure of governance for enserfment of lower classes.
    It can be changed in favor of low class [90% of americans] to some degree only by a political party. Of course, the new party wld not at first control to any degree corporate media, constitution, cia, fbi, miltary but as it wld grow it just might win over a general; a few cia agents, educators, et al.
    And that is i do not at this time hyphenate the second party to education, cia, judiciary, etc. I call it now a second party that might unite leftists and the rightists to obtain the minimum: healthcare, right to be informed. tnx

  16. David said on October 8th, 2009 at 8:48am #

    Mr. Zeese:

    Absent critical thinking skills and factual knowledge on a sufficient percentage of the U. S. voting population, there can be no peaceful change here, only as Bozh puts it, “enserfment of lower classes.”

    Do you recall the results of all of those protests in the Vietnam era? The Civil Rights bill of 1965? Clean Air and Clean Water?

    The result was Richard Mellon Scaife and his pals, in 1976, deciding to put an end to the prattling of the rabble. Voila! Ronald Regan appeared as if by magic and the game was over.

  17. Kevin Zeese said on October 8th, 2009 at 9:25am #

    David — time for the pendulum to swing back. The U.S. is facing so many crisis at once — environmental, economic, health, military, energy — that this is the time for dramatic change, but it is not going to happen by following any elected official, but demanding change from them — showing our anger, our organization and refusal to compromise. Of course the right wing responded to the Civil Rights, Vietnam and Environmental movements of the 60s — would you expect anything different? Now it is time for us to respond to the Reagan to Bush II era’s and not accept mere tinkering that Obama is proposing.

  18. Deadbeat said on October 8th, 2009 at 12:28pm #

    Kevin Zeese writes …

    that this is the time for dramatic change, but it is not going to happen by following any elected official, but demanding change from them — showing our anger, our organization and refusal to compromise. Of course the right wing responded to the Civil Rights, Vietnam and Environmental movements of the 60s

    There an aspect of what Mr. Zeese is saying that I’m in disagreement. He says that we need to demand change from the elected officials. I disagree with that. What we needed is to forget about the elected officials and demand change from ourselves. We need to rethink the strategy and become much more militant in our demands and to encourage and produce “leaders” from within. In other words time to take a page from the old Black Panthers manual. Going back and relearning their forms of organizing I think has been long forgotten by the Left.

    As an example the single payer health care issue is floundering because the demand is too weak and ISOLATED from other aspects that needed to be integrated for the attainment of good health. First off the system NEVER gives you want to demand you’ll always have to compromise therefore in order to get single pay you’ll have to THREATEN the system. A general strike is one way but since so many people are mired in DEBT and with a workforce lacking unionism it going to be difficult to use that as a tactic.

    Therefore in order to tackle the health case issue HOUSING and DEBT repudiation MUST BE INTEGRATED into the demand for single payer with MILITANCY.

    Take a listen to David Harvey and Alexander Cockburn in a discussion with Laura Flanders

    Listen to Cockburn suggest DEBT REPUDIATION and how it can be done with militancy to make a huge IMPACT. Also debt repudiation is the only response to the bank bailout with no bailout for ordinary citizens. In addition it also provide strategies to protect from the courts which is used by Capitalist to maintain the immerseration of the working class. To DEFY the courts and these UNJUST LAWS is the core of MILITANCY.

    Is the Left up to the task. I don’t think so because we still are hearing rhetoric about changing the politicians. Fuck the politicians. It’s time for PEOPLE to TAKE POWER and become our own leaders.

  19. bozhidar balkas vancouver said on October 8th, 2009 at 1:31pm #

    U`r right ab leaders. I never think of leaders when i right. Some 10 yrs ago i have stopped completely writing to our gov`t and politicians .

    i write having mostly in mind young people and with english that their mother speaks and understands. because that`s the only language they understand.
    They don`t undertsand the language of clinton and obama; i don`t either!
    It wld be ncie if kids from age ten wld read DV. We have to get to them before movies, tv, pols, cnn, `educators`, priests and other lyars get to them.

    In my experience, one can`t talk to most adults about their business; it just isn`t their business. They don`t seem to follow u! tnx

  20. Don Hawkins said on October 8th, 2009 at 1:36pm #

    They don`t undertsand the language of clinton and obama; i don`t either!

    I would like to second that.

  21. bozhidar balkas vancouver said on October 8th, 2009 at 4:01pm #

    don, yes
    When in america write/talk like ma and pa kettle. It may be s’mwhat broke like mine but can be understood by everybody. It may to dull and too broke.
    Speaking like a your mother, that shld be an amercan dream. The other dream, the one that the funni uncle promises doesn’t come without nightmares.
    Of course, a black mother, which at one time was mother of all mothers, speaks ebony, which u and i don’t use.
    We need a black on dv to write in ebony for blacks. Perhaps one of shld learn it and use it on dv to educate black kids! I think deabeat who speaks a lot about blacks but only a litte about whites or people with ‘tainted’ skin shdl learn that language. tnx don. u’r not a jew, are u. Like maybe hokski? thnx

  22. rosemarie jackowski said on October 8th, 2009 at 4:22pm #

    The Senate vote for more money for WAR was 93 in support, 7 opposed. Only one democrat – Feingold – opposed. $636 BILLION to kill more innocent people.

    This is no surprise. More than 90% of the voters voted for this during the last election. We need to stop blaming the government and start holding voters responsible. And about blaming the media – that’s a cop out. Voting has consequences.

    I agree that marching and protesting are not effective. It’s either ballots or bullets. Take your choice.

  23. Don Hawkins said on October 8th, 2009 at 4:32pm #

    No but I did work for a Jewish person years ago. Had a rather large house on the beach and was a chain smoker. Then of course my grandmother on my fathers side and those stories you hear in a small town two hundred miles out in the middle of the desert. Then my grandfather on my mothers side who told me once when I was about 10 years old, “I have forgotten more than you will ever learn”, that’s a quote. He also spoke 7 or 8 languages and we know he was born in Russia. The town I was born in would make a very good book if written with only one thing the truth as the truth is stranger than fiction. From what I understand this person Glenn Beck on Fox News has a new book and number one on New York Times best seller list. Just maybe fiction is stranger than the truth. Just a thought.

  24. lichen said on October 8th, 2009 at 5:01pm #

    Barely 50% of eligible voters voted in the last election, actually. ‘Blaming the voters’ let’s people like George Bush who murdered millions of people off the hook; lets CNN off the hook for intentionally misleading the public, firing anti-war people like phil donahue, and only giving one side of the evidence. Blaming voters gets you nowhere. The politicians are responsible for their war crimes; the media is responsible for it’s propaganda, and if we don’t change the system, there will always be the same results.

  25. lichen said on October 8th, 2009 at 5:03pm #

    The senate is a country club for the wealthy elite; there is nothing democratic about it.

  26. Glowing Face Man said on October 8th, 2009 at 11:16pm #

    Ugh. When the USSR entered Afghanistan, that was pretty much what killed them. Why are we still fighting these wars?

  27. mary said on October 9th, 2009 at 12:05am #


    ‘Tony Blair, prime minister when the conflict began in 2003, is due to join senior defence figures in attendance.’

    Queen to honour UK Iraq personnel
    About 120,000 UK service personnel and civilians served in Iraq.
    The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh are to lead the Royal Family at a service of commemoration honouring military and civilian personnel who served in Iraq.
    Veterans and relatives of the 179 people killed will take part in the service at St Paul’s Cathedral, London.
    Tony Blair, prime minister when the conflict began in 2003, is due to join senior defence figures in attendance.
    British combat operations in Iraq officially ended on 30 April with a flag-lowering ceremony in Basra.
    About 120,000 members of the UK armed forces and civilians served in Iraq.
    Other senior royals, including Princes Charles and William, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Princess Royal are expected to attend the service, along with the leaders of Britain’s main political parties.
    UK fatalities in Iraq: In images
    Emotions as UK honours Iraq force

    A candle will be lit on behalf of those who lost their lives by Tracey Hazel, mother of Cpl Ben Leaning, 24, from Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire, who was killed when his armoured vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb in April 2007.

    She said she felt “privileged and honoured” to perform the task.
    “The service is a fantastic idea. It makes me so proud to be British and a lot of other people should be,” she added.

    Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams will bless the centrepiece of the “Basra Wall”, built by troops in front of the 20th Armoured Brigade’s Iraqi HQ to honour fallen comrades.
    The wall, with its brass plaques and marble centre stone, was the focal point of the memorial service in April to mark the end of the UK operation. It is to be rebuilt at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire, with the help of a contribution from the Iraqi government…

    … Note that there is no mention of the Iraqi casualties in the BBC report above or anything about the effect of two savage wars and sanctions inflicted on the people of that country, the cradle of our civilisation.

  28. Mulga Mumblebrain said on October 9th, 2009 at 1:33am #

    Well mary, what else do you expect.?The English establishment has selected for psychopathy for centuries. That an Archbishop and a Rabbi and sundry others meet to honour a creature I believe is one of the great mass murderers, one of the most unprincipled liars and one of the most gigantic egotists of our age, and that the millions of dead whose deaths can be laid at Blair’s feet receive absolutely no mention (I imagine there will be the usual hypocritically nauseating and evil appeals to ‘morality’ and ‘ethics’ that these fiends specialise in) ought to surprise no one. In a sane, just, world, I believe Blair would be serving a life sentence, without parole, along with Bush, Howard and the others, for his crimes against humanity, but this world is the antithesis of sane and just.

  29. Don Hawkins said on October 9th, 2009 at 3:58am #

    The direct or exact opposite: Hope is the antithesis of despair.

    The Nobel Peace Prize (Swedish, Danish and Norwegian: Nobels fredspris) is one of five Nobel Prizes bequeathed by the Swedish industrialist and inventor Alfred Nobel. According to Nobel’s will, the Peace Prize should be awarded “to the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.”

    “Ladies and gentlemen, I have a grave announcement to make. Incredible as it may seem, both the observations of science and the evidence of our eyes lead to the inescapable assumption that we are all in deep do do”. In the name of peace and for the survival of the human race and all life forms on the third planet from the Sun in spacetime as of today a new way of thinking will begin”.

  30. Don Hawkins said on October 9th, 2009 at 4:36am #

    “A new way of thinking in deeds not words a new way of thinking not for profit or personal gain or power only an illusion in spacetime but to give my kid’s and there kid’s a fighting chance to survive. If we work together and use the knowledge we have with reason and imagination we can do this. Easy it will not be and a suit and tie is not the answer imagination the truth and at first everything will be made as simple as possible but not simpler will be in deed not words”. “Oh and no more noise generators in our cities”.