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Kerry's Bravado

Just listen to this bravado from Senator John Kerry: "With the pivotal 2006 elections approaching, we won't be blackmailed or denied. We won't stand for Swift Boat-style attacks. We won't be intimidated." --But isn't that essentially what this man told us back in 2004?
Back in Nov 2004 John Kerry had his big chance to stand up to the Republicans. He did not. It appears that he won the election, but he let the Republicans steal the White House and cover up evidence of election fraud. Kerry folded the way the Democrats have so often folded. Why should we believe him this time around?

Kerry should step aside. And the Democrats need to set up a leadership group that's not afraid to stand up to the Republicans and their corporate backers.

Below is a fund-raising email that Kerry and the Democrats who still follow him are sending around. Interesting reading. Fighting words from people who don't fight. Do they think they can fool us forever with their false bravado?


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Date: Fri, 30 Dec 2005 12:15:46 -0500 [11:15:46 CST]
From: John Kerry < info@johnkerry.com>
To: ___
Subject: Call them out, point them out, and vote them out


Dear ___,

What should your last political act of 2005 be about?

There's only one answer. It should be about fighting back - about laying down a marker that says we've seen enough, heard enough, and seen the Republicans who control Washington try to mislead America more than enough. And, in 2006, we're coming to take our democracy back from the Washington special interests that control it today.

With the pivotal 2006 elections approaching, we won't be blackmailed or denied. We won't stand for Swift Boat-style attacks. We won't be intimidated. And we won't stop working until we win.

Support the Fight Back Fund Now:

Throughout 2005, Keeping America's Promise, the leadership committee I helped launch, has raised over $2 million dollars for dozens of candidates - including our year-end drive under way right now focusing on women candidates locked in tough races.

Just as important, we've organized a vitally important Fight Back Fund. We're ready, willing and able to take on the vicious attacks, deceitful distortions, and truth-defying rhetoric - just the way we did when they tried to savage war hero John Murtha and other Bush administration critics.

When the Bush White House says one thing and does another, we'll call them out. When shadowy Republican front groups show up on the campaign trail, we'll smoke them out. When there are huge discrepancies between the successes they claim and the reality they've created, we'll point them out.

And, most importantly on Election Day 2006, we'll vote them out.

Support the Fight Back Fund Now:

I hope you'll act right now to strengthen Keeping America's Promise's 2006 Fight Back Fund. We need to be ready to respond in force and at a moment's notice.

We know what to expect. With their backs to the wall, the Bush White House, the Republican National Committee, and all their shadowy front groups are counting on skirting the truth, hiding the facts, and disguising their failures for one more election cycle.

Will we let them get away with it? Not a chance.

I urge you to end 2005 and start the crucial election year of 2006 with a generous donation to Keeping America's Promise's Fight Back Fund.

Support the Fight Back Fund Now:

I look forward to working side by side with you every day of 2006 as we stand up for our candidates and fight for our beliefs. Let's refuse to yield an inch to a Republican Party unconcerned about stopping the corruption in its midst . . . unwilling to address the failures in its record . . . and unable to speak the truth to the American people.

Sincerely,

John Kerry

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Understanding US politics 01.Jan.2006 14:46

Mike stepbystpefarm <a> mtdata.com

NOTE: This is NOT in support of Kerry and you should not imagine that I voted for him.

BUT -- a big but -- the "Civics" lesson to follow should not be necessary but apparently it is.

"Back in Nov 2004 John Kerry had his big chance to stand up to the Republicans. He did not. It appears that he won the election, but he let the Republicans steal the White House and cover up evidence of election fraud. Kerry folded the way the Democrats have so often folded. Why should we believe him this time around?"

Because the voters are likely to behave differently in 2006?

Hey folks, the reason that Kerry did not make a fight about the presidential election outcome was that the Democrats had been decisively defeated in the House and Senate races. It would have been USELESS to have attempted to take the presidency "on appeal" without control of at least one house of the legislature. A president can be effective even without control of at least one of the legislative bodies only if he (or she) had won the presidency decisively.

American political parties are only somewhat ideological. They may be ideological to a certain extent for their core constituency but that makes up only a fraction of their electoral support. The way it works is that our parties look at the interest groups currently within their coalition and try to find interests not being represented that they can "fit in". Think of it as a business almost -- we will represent your interest in exchange for your votes come election time << and maybe also some bucks for campaigning >>

At any given time there are interest groups out there not being represented by either party becuase what they want can't be fit into the existing coalition without kicking too many other people out. That's how the Republicans came into existence. Neither the Democrats nor the Whigs could accommodate the Abolitionist interest without totally disrupting their existing coalitions but instead of staying a minor thrid party, slavery became the burning issue of the day and the Whigs were displaced << usually one or the other major party (or both) manage to rearrange their coalitions and absorb the energy that might fuel a third party threat ---- which puts the kibosh on the 3rd party itself BUT gets representaton for the interest that had been fueling the 3rd party >>

The reason that the Dems have been lying doggo is simple --- in current US society it has not been possible to put together a coalition to oppose the ruling coalition ("Big business capitalism" plus "International interventionists/imperialists" plus "social conservatives). Trust me on this one -- IF various groups in our society rearrange their priorities and putting together an opposition coalition of interests becomes possible, the Dems (being professional pols) will jump at the chance to represent that coalition of interests and ride it back into power.

The smell of truth.... 01.Jan.2006 16:27

Bison

The reason the "Civics" lesson is needed is because what you just described is the
most disempowering, illogical, megalomaniac building nonsense.....and 100% true.

Is it any wonder people could care less about politics in this country? Who in the hell wants to work their ass off to build a movement so some plutocratic fuck knuckle can swing in and take power that rightfully belongs to you...UNTIL....its no longer convenient for them and then they just knife ya and carry off sacks of scrillah.


The word of the day: Dis-em-power-ing

Smell The Coffee, Civics Lessons 01.Jan.2006 18:58

Anarchy-nonymous

Everybody in Washington knows the last three elections were rigged. If they had been performed honestly, there would not be a Republican majority. The kinds of "statistically impossible" swings between exit polls, day before polls, etc, that occured in states like Georgia, Ohio, Missouri, Florida, Colorado, etc., would not have happened.

Florida was a conspiracy that took two years to unfold (see gregpalast.com for BBC coverage). In the US it was twisted into a hanging chad issue, but it really had to do with illegally unaudited voter purges and tampered ballots.

Kerry in 2004 was interesting, because by that time enough flaws had been identified with the voting machines that Kerry could have raised Hell on national TV and drawn enough mainstream attention that the rigging of votes would have been in serious jeopardy. Here was one individual with the power to expose it all and let the chips fall where they may, but against his word, he didn't. Even today he refuses to publicly challenge the validity of the 2004 vote.

Probably somebody has major blackmail potential on him or someone close to him. He may be scared of the Wellstone option, which in the excellent book, American Assassination by two Univ. of Minnesota professors, is suspected by almost all Dems in DC.

Quoting Henry Kissinger, one of David Rockefeller's chief New World Order boys, "the issues are too important to be left to the electorate."

The first thing you can do if you really want a civics lesson is to wake up and realize that, in the words of Gore Vidal, 2000 was the death of the republic. All three branches of government colluded to give Bush an illigitimate presidency. Wealthy elites behind the disguise of free market capitalism have taken control of governement. Unless people revolt in the streets before these criminals and traitors lay the legal framework to imprison dissidents en masse, then democracy will soon be dead and your civics lesson will just be a history lesson.

ok... 01.Jan.2006 20:03

j

^^whoever wrote these^^... hats way swooping down. thanks for the quick lesson.


When does it end? 01.Jan.2006 20:21

Burro

"Should anyone have any doubt at all that we have officially arrived at "one-party rule" just search the web and listen -- and read what the Dems are saying: "Stay the course;" "We need the USAPATRIOT Act;" "The budget savings are needed." And if that isn't enough; look at Lieberman, Hillary and the rest of the moneychangers. That my friends is the Democratic Party, and don't let anyone tell you any different. "One-Party Rule" means corporate rule. Any doubts?"
Frank Pitz

"The Democratic Party has evolved into a specialist in second-bananaism, a scavenger to the Republicans' top carnivore. So really, it's long past time to call in the vet and have the dear old donkey put down."
Michael J. Smith

repeat ad nauseum 01.Jan.2006 22:33

S

John Kerry is like Lucy in the cartoons. It is his job to sucker you in again. Just like Lucy, putting the football down yet again, promising she will not pull it away, and good hearted people are like Charlie Brown, running up, kicking and falling on his ass once more.

Mr. Skull and Bones John Kerry is paid to fuck you over.

Lay down the marker 01.Jan.2006 23:06

green bean

I agree with Mike. It is impossible to dispute the election results without any control of either of the Houses. 2008 would very well be gone too without the success of 2006. But I do have to say that America would be better off with any moderate Republican than a moderate Democrat. After this administration, softballing with Republicans is a tractor's act.

Fuck the Imperialists! - An angry response 02.Jan.2006 18:23

Marik marik@aracnet.com

It's funny how the author of this article asks, will we let Kerry fool and the Democratic party fool us again, then proceeds to say the Democratic Party needs to develop so and so kind of leadership.

I guess that mean's that yes, they will fool us, well you specifically, again. How many times do you need to be betrayed by the liberal imperialist wing of this glorius death machine of a country (the Democratic party) before you will think outside of the imperialist box?

For every bit of evidence (and there has been a whole slew of evidence as to why the Democrats have the same _imperialist_ agenda that the republican party does) there's always someone to promote a different section of the democratic party; whether it be John Kerry or Dennis Kuccinich.

Look what our votes have accomplished; not only were they completely disregarded, even when we have EVIDENCE that foul play was commited, no one in the government, even those 'on the other team' (which they very obviously aren't!) are willing to do anything about it or even talking about. Ultimately, it is up to us whether anything is done, and it's not through our meaningless votes.

It is our consciousness regarding the true nature of our system; it is NOT a democracy, it is a dictatorship of the rich, of the priviliged elite - that it is imperialist. This is what frightens them into doing something to buy us off. This didn't happen in 2000 either, Vidal was wrong. This is how the system FUNCTIONS. And this bullshit political circus that we all get caught up in is how they keep us tuned into this bankrupt system. This is how they trick us with bullshit excuses for betraying the working class. Bullshit like no senate or house control. As if we controlled it.

This is why anti-imperialists shout about the need to eradicate the Democratic Party and that we need working-class leadership so we can ultimately confront and destroy this system of exploitation. Others would have you believe that only the liberal mouth-pieces can do anything in the current situation (as if they've done something up to this day that's worth mentioning amid all their betrayals). That we have to think and act 'reasonably' - by kissing the ass of these fucking scum. To those people I ask you this; is our current system 'reasonable'? Why should we stand for another day of this bullshit? We need radical and militant action, and we needed it yesterday.

All power to the people!


Reply to Marik 02.Jan.2006 20:31

Daniel daniel41@lycos.com

"It's funny how the author of this article asks, will we let Kerry fool and the Democratic party fool us again, then proceeds to say the Democratic Party needs to develop so and so kind of leadership."


Marik -- I agree with you on much of what you say. It's true that the Democratic Party serves the interests of the corporations. We do, as you say, have to work to build an alternative. Nevertheless, in the short term, we do have to deal with what's currently out there, and at the same time not lose sight of our long term goals.

Meanwhile, there are two very good reasons why we have to put up with corporate tyrany for the time being. The first is that they currently have the power. The second is that we have not yet completed the ground work and built our alternative. Revolutions simply do not happen in one day, they take years and even decades of preparation. The French Revolution is an example.


eh 02.Jan.2006 20:49

Jason

"I agree with Mike. It is impossible to dispute the election results without any control of either of the Houses. 2008 would very well be gone too without the success of 2006."

I am sorry, but this is madness. If throughtout history people followed this advice, no progress in human rights would ever have been made.

If Kerry had said ANYTHING substantive that benefited people, if he had won the respect of people by speaking truth and actually caring, then maybe people would fight for him. He is nothing but a con artist, not deserving of anybody's support. He swindled all the people who voted for him, promising to fight, collected $50 million for that purpose and then sold out the hopes of all those people! I went around calling it for the lie it was long before the election, but the ABB madness gripped progressive minds and there was no turning that tide of fear. But now the lies should be evident. No need to be ashamed the first time, but DO NOT LET YOURSELF BE FOOLED AGAIN!!

The U.S. backed coup in Venezuela ousted Chavez, but it was the citizens who took to the streets to bring him back to power and foil the U.S. plan. The democrats offer nothing but a different plastic face and the candidate that wins the presidential nomination in 2008 will offer nothing of value. You can already see those groomed for office have nothing new to say and are just puppets to corporate interests.

ha 02.Jan.2006 23:10

Jason

"Meanwhile, there are two very good reasons why we have to put up with corporate tyrany for the time being."

We do not have to put up with it. We may not be able to defeat it just yet, but we can vigorously oppose it in our actions and words. We speak about it every chance we get. We can build local alternatives. And for the sake of sanity, we can stop putting any hope in the Democratic party. It is not for workers, it is not for labor on the broader scale, it serves its corporate masters. It rapes and pillages the earth and our communities.

We can give our time and energy to local economies. We can buy local food from local businesses. We can buy from local non corporate stores, from union shops, we can be serious about where and when we put our resources. There are many daily decisions where with some discipline, we can make a difference. If every day we do these things, and convince our friends and families to do these things, it makes a huge difference.

The entire energy of the democratic party power structure is geared towards keeping you voting for Coke or Pepsi, Republican or Democrat. It blocks out other alternatives with all its might. Democrats worked harder to stop Nader, than to stop Bush. That tells you everything you need to know about their agenda. The media daily brainwashes people into such specific dichotomous thinking patterns, that the ability to see outside those false choices is muddied. Seeing nothing else, many good hearted people fall in line.

What I hear over and over are words like we have to put up with, or we have to be realistic. This is corporate media programming speaking, not the will of a free determined human being. All over South America, exciting things are happening because people are exercising their power, daring to put their hearts and minds into great visions. Here the pervasive media has almost robbed people of the basic characteristics of creativity, imagination, determination. The people of Bolivia are showing the way. The people of Venezuela are lighting a torch of hope and moving forward. The people here can do the same.

TINA 03.Jan.2006 08:04

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"The entire energy of the democratic party power structure is geared towards keeping you voting for Coke or Pepsi, Republican or Democrat. It blocks out other alternatives with all its might. Democrats worked harder to stop Nader, than to stop Bush."

Nader is still raising funds to pay off those $10 million democrats spent on lawsuits to keep him off ballots. Democrats also sent a message to future indpendent & 3rd party challengers. They will face the same sledge hammers as Nader; and nearly all of the progressive/indy/alternative voters/media either ignored the dems efforts or cheered them on.

Democrats also use stealth operatives like as Medea Benjamin, Michael Moore, Code Pink, the progressive media & even small time shysters like David Cobb, to infiltrate movements (Cindy in 05, the Green Party in 04) and suck the life out of them.

Sadly, the TINA principle is applicable . There is no alternative

TINA and Others 03.Jan.2006 10:07

GreenPartyMike ollamhfaery@earthlink.net

Tina and others,

Hearing you loud and clear. There is a new game in town, here in Minnesota. Check out our site, feel free to help by organizing a fundraiser. I was an Official Re-count Observer in Ohio 2004 and I am coming out swinging. Against the cowardice of the Corporate wing of the Democrats, the same cowardice of the Corporate Media, against the very real threat to our democracy. Spread the word and set something similar up in Portland.

They have just pissed off and Irishman. God help us all.....

Call if you have any questions.

Michael Cavlan
Candidate US Senate 2006
Minnesota

http://www.cavlan.org
(612)327-6902

Cavlan Has A Point... Tina Doesn't 03.Jan.2006 19:22

Anarchy-nonymous

First of all, if you dig way deep into Nader's past, there is no question that he was funded and lifted to national prominence by the Ford Foundation. That he came to fame based on his book "Unsafe At Any Speed" that was directed against the Chevy Corvair, which was a commercial flop, should say enough. When you add in that the Ford Mustang (a commercial hit) had the exact same fuel-tank-behind-rear-axle design, it becomes pretty easy to predict. He's always had his prick in the pocket of the establishment. It's just amazing that the more inane progressives rally around this bootlick.