Progressive Left-liberal politics - an overview from the 1960s protests against the Vietnam War and protests for civil rights to the modern 21st century protests against illegitimate Bush & Co. regime.
by James K. Sayre
As Danny Kaye sang so long ago, "It all began when I was born..." Actually, obtaining political and social awareness is a long slow process, and for some of us never happens at all. Be that as it may, what follows are some personal sketches and useful links about the anti-Vietnam War protest in the 1960s though the environmental movements in the 1970s and including the present day 21st century protests against the illegitimate Bush & Co. regime that is currently running America (and is trying to run the whole world...).
First, a few short definitions and frameworks:
Progressive - one who believes in the usefulness of social progress.
Left - from the French parliment seating arrangement, where the progressives sat on the left side (when viewed from the back of the room; they would be sitting on the right side when viewed from the speaker's podium; so it all depends upon your viewpoint).
Liberal - Folksinger Bob Dylan sang in one of his 1960s songs, "I'm liberal, but to a degree, I want everybody to be free....". Liberal basically refers to one who believes in liberty.
links to a few of my progressive left-liberal essays:
An Overview of the late 1960s and early 1970s anti-Vietnam war protests, social and political background notes and a discussion of rock 'n roll music. Including: Background sketch, Beatnik and Bohemian roots, The War in Vietnam, Anti-Vietnam War Protests, The Draft, Hippies and Yippees, Organic food, The Civil Rights movement and folk singers, Mainstream media/alternative media, Drugs and A Sampler of Rock 'n Roll Music.of the late 1960s. Anti-Vietnam War Protests
Caution: an orange plastic warning tape that reads: "do not disturb: bush crime scene in progress" Bush crime scene warning tape
Late 1960s political and social background plus rock and roll music notes Late 1960s social and political background plus rock and roll music notes
FDR stopped Bush's grandfather, Prescott Bush, and Bush's great-grandfather, George Herbert Walker, from doing any further business with Nazi Germany in 1942 by invoking the "Trading with the Enemy Act." Prescott Bush: Published in The Montclarion on 11 February 2005 and also in the Berkeley Daily Planet on 11 February 2005.
The Voter's Internet Party. The Voter's Internet Party 26 January 2005 Pubished in The Berkeley Daily Planet on 18 February 2005.
There is no real need for the City of Oakland to restart spraying toxic herbicides in parklands in the hills. The Blue Gum Eucalyptus trees do not present any real danger to Oakland residents living near the hills. Stop Oakland herbicides 25 January 2005 Published in The Montclarion on 28 January 2005.
Restoring our American democracy Restoring our democracy before the 2006 elections 19 January 2005.
Bush is always prattling on about democracy and freedom, but he is profoundly anti-democracy and anti-freedom. Bush prattles about deomcracy and freedom 27 December 2004. Published in the Berkeley Daily Planet on 4 January 2005 and in The Montclarion on 7 January 2005.
The corporate print media gives very scant coverage to the explosive story that the Bush & Co. may have stolen another election, this time on 2 November 2004. Scant coverage of a possibly stolen election 9 December 2004.
The extreme likelihood (odds of 250,000,000 to 1) of electronic hacking and rigging theft of the November 2nd Presidential election by Bush & Co. Rigged Bush elections 5 December 2004.
Election rigging in the U. S. election compared with election rigging in the Ukraine election. U. S. rigged elections vs. Ukrainian rigged elections 29 November 2004.
What a hoot! Officials of the Bush administration are pointing at exit polls and saying that they show that the election was stolen. Exit polls and stolen elections 23 November 2004.
Another stolen election: Bush re-stole the election in November 2004 with the aid of rigged computerized electronic voting machine counting. Another stolen election 11 November 2004.
Historically, no incumbent President with approval ratings below 50% has ever been reelected. Bush's pre-election approval ratings have been stuck at 48% for the last several months, yet magically in the 2004 Presidential election he supposedly received some 52% of the total popular vote. Ah, the magic of electronic computerized voting in the 21st century with no nasty, troubling annoying paper trails; now elections can be rigged and stolen and at first, no one hardly seems to notice. stolen election 11 November 2004
On 10 November 2004 the Sacramento Bee printed a page ten story from the Cox News Service condescendingly headlined, "Diehard Kerry backers push conspiracy theories." That's rich. All we are asking for is to give honest vote-counting a chance. We want each vote counted in an open, transparent and verifiable method. This seemingly quaint notion of wanting honest elections is being characterized in an extremely negative way by the corporate news media. Media minimizes outrage over stolen election 10 November 2004.
Just say President Kerry and oppose Bush who just re-stole the election in November 2004 with the aid of rigged computerized electronic voting machine mis-counting. President Kerry 7 November 2004.
Bush re-stole the election in November 2004 with the aid of rigged computerized electronic voting machine counting. Bush stole the election again with the aid of electronic computer vote counting 4 November 2004. (Published in the Berkeley Daily Planet on 9 November 2004 under the banner, Another Stolen Election.
The absurdly high level of incompetence of the Bush Administration has been clearly revealed by the current flu vaccine fiasco. Bush flu vaccine fiasco 16 October 2004.
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