Marc Platt's Politics: I'm a Lefty

Nov. 16, 2014

The gloves are off and we are about to see what the will of a U.S. President, not shackled by his own political party can do against an overmatched institution like the GOP-led Congress.

This is NOT hype. It is real and it will play out every week day over the next few weeks.

WE may be headed for another government shutdown if the House refuses to fund the government or continue a resolution to fund the government after December 11. There is a great chance Obama will sign an executive order allowing 4-5 million illegal residents to remain legally in the country.

I seem to remember John Boehner even admitting Obama could use his pen on this issue before Congress took all that time off to get re-elected. The GOP (to their own NATIONAL detriment) doesn't WANT TO embrace Latino voters. They must feel they can win elections without those voters who seem to be a growing force in the elecorate.

Obama doesn't have to answer to ANY Democrats in Congress. It is him against EVERYONE right now and he has the upper hand. 

Obama has several aces to play and the GOP will look bad no matter what happens because they want to obstruct and even take away things. The U.S. public would not like having things like voting, health insurance and better wages stolen from them like a thief in the night.

I took a lot of heat for my piece about a third party, but we are headed for that eventual reality because of Citizens United.

Until the Supreme Court changes over to more moderate Justices, the TWO-PARTIES we have will continue to suck th elife out of any possible governance.

The gloves are off and the Barack Obama Party is going to kick some ass and take names later.

Nov. 14, 2014

by Marc Platt
November 14, 2014

 

A funny thing happened to Barack Obama on his way to the Middle East this week. NOTHING HAS CHANGED. At least from his stand point. The man seems undeterred by elections when it comes to dealing with Congress. 

Everyone got so caught up in the horse race, they forgot that this man is focused ONLY on governing. He will use every political trick in his arsenal. He WILL take executive action on Immigration. He could give a rats ass what the Republicans have to say OR his own Congressional Democrats.

That's right. He is FREE from Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi since they can no longer help him with his agenda anyway.

John Boehner and ESPECIALLY Mitch McConnell probably hate strutting around like schoolyard bullies. They are both institutiolists who want to have some sort of legacy themselves.

What does this all mean?

WAR!

Yes. barack Obama is in a war with Congress that he must fight on his own. He never embraced these people and they certainly didn't embrace him or his agenda.

When Obama was re-elected, he absolutely knew that he would have to find a way to get this Immigration situation done. He will use his pen, the GOP will go wild and then they will get their asses kicked when America backs the President.

If they force a shutdown, we will all know who is to blame.

Congress doesn't seem to care that they are not popular. McConnell and Boehner want to be loved, but they don't have the tools. Obama has never stopped campaigning since he got in office. He knows how to campaign and will continue. 

Stuff will get done.

He will find a way to protect his signature legislation The Affordable Care Act.

Please Replublicans try to Impeach this President, knowing that you will never get 2/3 of the Senate to convict. DO IT. DO IT!

 

Nov. 10, 2014

Dear President Obama:

A lot of us voted for you TWICE. We deserve your best effort to thwart John Boehner and Mitch McConnell's efforts to destroy what you've started.

You need to put the gloves on and fight these guys tooth and nail for every last scrap. You are a junkdog just like they are. You started out in Chicago where it is always tough. You are a tough guy who speaks softly.

You are excellent at backroom dealing. We will have to trust that you will make the right deals.

Please call these guys out in public. If they try to gut the ACA call them out by NAME. Remind all the people that "John Boehner" and "Mitch McConnell" want to take away insurance from millions of citizens and that THOSE men can stop it...If THEY choose. THEY are in charge of their caucuses. 

If Boehner and McConnell want to everyone can have Immigration Reform. Mr. Boehner only needs to have a vote on the House Floor of the bi-partisan Senate bill that has already passed.

Look. If you are going to have to allow that pipeline deal to happen, cut a deal. Get Immigration, Minimum Wage and/or Unemployment Benefits restored. These right wing blowhards are killing our country. People are suffering and no one is doing anything.

Mr. President...You MUST figure out how to get these people to act NOW. It is getting very late. 

I blame YOU for not figuring out how to fix these three basic issues that are a neccessity for our people.

Sincerely,

Marc Platt
2-Time Obama Voter

Nov. 1, 2014

I am and have been a political junkie for a long time. I lean pretty far to the left and have always believed "Entitlement Programs" and Government in general are a very important factor in keeping the peace and protecting the citizens who cannot protect themselves from threats at home or abroad.

It pains me to no great end that there is a segment of elected representatives AND citizens who don't believe those basic necessities. They are ideologically opposed to helping the poorest citizens, as well as being against "Big Government."

These people are (for the most part) in the pockets of Wall Street and big business and basically make a nice living off the backs of America's poorest lower and middle class (or what's left of it). That is not to say that there aren't many Democrats in those same pockets. The difference is MOST Democrats vote to protect most of the citizens.

How did we get here?

In 2000 when Bush v. Gore happened and the Supreme Court basically decided that George W. Bush was the winner of that hotly-contested election, things really started to change. We would soon see more and more ideologically-based Supreme Court decisions coming down the pike. 

When President Obama was elected and got the Affordable Care Act shoved through a Democratic Congress, Republicans became so enraged that their once-protected Health Care deep pockets would be going away as the Citizens United decision has now detroyed the election process allowing unlimited money into all elections.

There is now so much money pouring into local, state and national elections that it is hard to tell what these people will do once they get there. They have to protect the people who spent all the money to get them elected for ideological reasons.

It used to be different. Democrats and Republicans could reach across the aisle and co-sponsor legislation that was goiong to HELP govern the people and not the politician's own interests.

Immigration Reform, Minimum Wage (Living Wage), Unemployment Benefits, lack of Ambassadors, Fair Pay and Reproductive Rights are ALL contested by the GOP. Think about that...They don't want to govern at all. They want to NOT govern and then get re-elected on OUR dime over and over again.

Local GOP-led legislations have shut down Women's Health Care Centers because the Koch Brothers and other right wing organizations PAY these people to vote against any and all legislation that they want to control.

The NRA is a very high-priced lobby with their hands in the pockets of many GOP AND Democraticly-elected officials. They don't even want "Background Checks" to pass which was something THEY promoted in 1999 after Columbine.

Is there any hope?

As long as Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and Scalia are on the bench, I would say "NO." These guys are the most conservative and ALSO in the pockets of a lot of Big Business and Wall Street guys and gals. These two justices have been seen quite frequently at JUNKETS that were fully paid for by political lobbies. That just isn't right.

The answer to this problem has to do with the make-up of the Supreme Court NOT the Tea Party and/or right wing politicians protecting their own self-serving interests.

I will vote the entire Democratic ticket here in California and will continue to support the lesser of two evils until Thomas and Scalia DIE or retire.

Oct. 22, 2014

As a lifelong Democrat and left-leaning political junkie, I am sad in my realization that we are now totally beyond repair.

I truly believe the writing is on the wall and It's OVER.

The two-party system in America is officially a failure and the people running the show are only in it for themselves (for the most part).

There are some good Democrats, Independents and some good Republicans, but the system is so rigged right now, it is just another get rich quick scheme.

Just look in your email box. How many "Politicians" have implored you to give $5-$10-$20-$50-$100 that you may or may not have at your disposal? How much disposable income do you have to give to a political campaign or a superpac to get some guy/gal elected in this day of Political Corruption and Citizens United.

One political party seems to want to govern and the other now exists to "Blow Up" the government.

What is the solution?

Blow up the system. I would rather see three or four major political parties form coalition governments like we see in other countries and the government actually GOVERN our damn country. It isn't happening folks.

I dig Obama, but even he is not in a position to govern. The GOP has jammed everything up so badly that our system has broken down. Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell are afraid to tamper with the "SACRED" U.S. Senate "Rules" like the filibuster.

The other night Florida Gubenatorial candidate and former Florida Governor Charlie Christ (correctly) accused current Governor Rick Scott for being complicit in a Florida execution being delayed in 2013 because the Secretary of State had to attend a political fundraiser. This is serious shit. Our U.S. Government and all the states have been hijacked by political saboteurs who get paid a lot of money to use their political ideology for their own benefit financially and politically.

This is very bad for us.

Unenploymant benefits have not been extended because George W. Bush destroyed the economy in 2008 and slipped out of town unchecked. Barack Obama did the best he could to fix the mess, but a lot of racist folks who didn't like having a black U.S. President did everything possible to obstruct every piece of legislation and bit of governance his administration tried to do.

This is bad for everybody.

So I say "BLOW IT UP."

Let there be a THIRD and FOURTH PARTY. Let there be coalition governments who can properly govern our beloved country. The system is so broken right now, it really won't matter who wins the midterm elections.

The U.S. Constitution has become a worthless scrap of paper with manipulative self-interested "People" using it for their own devices, so YOU figure it out. Our form of government doesn't work anymore. We need to start over. You cannot work with the system in place.