The Leeches Have Sucked the Hosts Dry

Originally Posted on November 29, 2011 by jackdetate 


After decades of bleeding wealth from the middle class and channeling it to wealthy Corporatists, we have reached the breaking point. Workers have no disposable income left. Products and services are going unpurchased. Rental homes and commercial space is being abandoned. The leeches have sucked the hosts they need to survive dry.

Wealth has no value when it is held by a few. In a social structure where there are no jobs for people, dreams vanish in the dust of empty wallets. When field workers can’t live on poverty wages, they don’t raise crops. When people can’t afford housing prices, the value of property collapses and cash flows dry up.

A healthy economy can’t afford to pay financial robber barons to broker deals, when the essentials of family existence are already beyond grasp of workers and small, community businesses.

It’s time that property and wealth are redistributed to the working class. If you have more than you can personally maintain and spend, you have more than you need. There are too many of our people with nothing or worse.

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Government Is Not The Problem

originally posted on June 29, 2018


Saying it’s ok to drive on any side of the street you like doesn’t work. We need rules to avoid self-destruction. The idea that government is the problem is being exploited for political advantage, for and by politicians who crave power and lack character.

However inappropriate and illogical the tactic might be, it is effective. It wakes up the aimless, disenchanted and confused and puts them into an agitated, ready for action state of mind. Just point them in any direction and turn them loose. They will do something disruptive.

This tactic is sinister, intentional and unacceptable. It is a threat to our stability and security as a nation and a people. We are a socio-economic federal republic complex. We are held together by common purpose, spirit, desire and law. We use government to keep us on track. We are in this together. We are the government. We are not the enemy. We are the people.

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Regarding Advice & Consent

Originally Posted on March 22, 2011


The GOP wants you to believe that consultation with Congress is sacred, like the right to own guns or corporate personhood. Historically, however, they add little when asked for opinions and often supply bad advice.

For example, after decades of well-founded attempts to deal with toxic fuel exploitation and impending energy disasters on our horizon, we are in a serious bind because of intentional Congressional dithering, a preference for fabricated science & illogical argument, allegiance to corporate sponsors and a penchant for divisive political posturing & pandering. The Congress is much more interested in campaigning for election, consolidating power & lining up donors, than in governing.

The result of that extended effort at Advice & Consent has given us world deforestation, global health problems, coal mine disasters, species extinction, toxic holding ponds, natural gas in our water supplies, massive oil spills, nuclear contamination and wars over control of fuel supplies. Asking the Congress for advice has been a disappointing activity for decades.

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The Heart Beats With a Different Rhythm for a While


The heart beats with a different rhythm for a while.

What filled the head with jocund dreams just yesterday

has changed to gray confusion,

expectations are swallowed in confining fog,

and tears distort everything but persistent waves of sorrow.

This heaviness will pass in time,

and fond memories will return.

The way forward is, for now, more guarded,

until the rhythm of the heart’s restored.

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When The American Nazi Party Came To San Diego State, Recalled Through The Lens Of Charlottesville

Originally Posted on August 12, 2017 by jackdetate


A crowd gathered at the Greek Bowl, an open amphitheater, to hear George Lincoln Rockwell, the head of the American Nazi Party speak, on March 8th, 1962. I was a curious Freshman, sitting about 10 rows up, in the middle of the bowl. There was an expectation that he would make incendiary remarks, and he did.

Standing on the stage, backed by a few brown shirt guards, he began making derogatory remarks about Jews. The crowd booed. He doubled down, the crowd got louder. He challenged anyone to dispute his accusations.

Ed Cherry, a student, walked up on the stage, to cheers from the crowd and tried to get to the mic. Rockwell didn’t want to let him speak. Some words were exchanged and Ed slugged Rockwell, at which point his security stepped in.

A crowd of several hundred, were now standing and began moving toward the stage. Rockwell was shuffled off, to protect him from what was an increasingly angry situation. Shortly, Rockwell was escorted to a waiting car. The crowd followed and began egging the Nazi entourage and moving around their car. It was a tense few minutes, but Rockwell’s driver was able to get through the gathering crowd and leave.

The biggest difference between then and now is; Rockwell wasn’t a core part of the President’s (JFK at the time) base. And, although anti-Semitism and racism was as prevalent as it is today, it wasn’t well organized and certainly wasn’t backed with armed militias and networked propaganda outlets.

Beyond some cursory soul searching about 1st amendment rights, there was a general expectation that free speech came with responsibilities. The school newspaper was likely the most concerned, and even they quickly moved on to focus on routine events, an emerging manned Space Program, Louis Leakey’s fossil finds, rumors of Global Warming Theory and the school’s transition to a University. The country was in an unremarkable period of exceptional prosperity that came to be seen as the norm, and wouldn’t be interrupted until November 22nd, 1963.

With Winter all but gone, my thoughts had turned to weekends in Ensenada. Politics were nowhere on my horizon. Anyway, that’s my recollection, an odd parallel to the amplified events in Charlottesville.

By way of comparison, here’s what the school paper reported:

Transcription of The Daily Aztec Reporting – March 1962

Self-styled American Nazi party leader George Lincoln Rockwell was slugged, hissed and booed when he spoke in the Greek Bowl March 8, as he hurled verbal blasts at minority groups to a crowd of about 3,000.

Rockwell said that he had no intention of causing trouble. “If I had wanted trouble I could have worn my uniform with my armbands and the whole works. Believe me, I know how to stir people up if I want to,” he said.

Rockwell was slugged in the face by Ed Cherry, a SDS senior physical education major, when Rockwell said that “the Jews are engaged in a great conspiracy.”

“I wanted to counteract Rockwell’s lies,” Cherry said.

A press conference followed in the Aztec office. Rockwell predicted that he will be in political power in Virginia within five years. However, he said that he has no special office to run for.

The following days found the incident receiving coverage on television and in newspapers all over the nation.

Rockwell was brought to the campus by the Committee for Student Action.

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Domestic Terrorist Activity: The Political Hostages

Updated from an original posted on August 2, 2011 


Healthcare (multiple victims – like Single Payer, Negotiated Drug Prices), the Long Term Unemployed, Female Reproductive Health Services, Equal Access to Education, Labor Bargaining Rights, The Right To Vote, The National Budget, The Debt Ceiling, Agency Funding (multiple victims – like the FAA, EPA, CPA), Individual Influence in Forming Government – Citizens United, The Right to Raise Taxes.

The threat to our freedom is from within and it’s happening in full public view. Elements of the MSM, the compromised keepers at Freedom’s Gate have seen better days, there are some serving as a propaganda agents for Terrorist Cartels, creating a false equivalence that introduces confusion into Public understanding and dampens their response with cynicism.

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Dating Isn’t For Everyone

Posted on August 17, 2011 by jackdetate


Republicans who were ashamed of being associated with Bush, were angry and wanted a new party partner for their narrow, aging, out of fashion, religion based politics. The Tea Party seemed like the new next hope for an updated national identity and they took a leap.

Well, the thrill is gone. The old dissatisfaction has returned and the core of the GOP is right back where they started, ashamed of who they’ve been hanging with and looking for an identity makeover they can go out in public with. You’d think it would have hit them by now; it’s their personality that has them scavenging for sustenance in an over pruned garden.

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2016 – Unwelcome Winds of Change


Individual threads on the tattered edge

of the time bleached fabric of a nation flutter,

disconnected, now, from one another,

clinging against disappearing hope,

to a final tiny anchor of their identity.

Alone before relentless raging winds of destructive structural decay,

they’re overwhelmed and torn away,

disappeared from what remains of their dissolving dreams of unified serenity.

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Family planning is an imperative.


We live in a world where exploding human population is stressing our water, food, air, climate, social institutions and economic structures. As a species, we are using up and polluting the things we require to survive. When we logically consider threats to our survival as a species, nation and individuals, terrorist attacks pale by comparison.

No matter how shocked we are by outrageous attacks by home grown crazies and desperate foreign zealots, we are inevitably destined to suffer crippling and even extinction level assaults that are self imposed.

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Prosperity and Declining Production



thoughts originally posted November 27, 2011 

edited December 27, 2020


These are my priorities going forward,

there is no way to change the past:

Have less children.

Two generations, seriously committed, will bear serious fruit, by cutting into demand.

Manage prosperity as a shared benefit, in a time of declining production and power reduction.

It’s the challenge of our lifetime, and however many lifetimes begin tomorrow. We need to do more with less; move from building too many products and building them recklessly, to considered selective production of things carefully made. We.

We need to reward from home service work, redefine our priorities and imagine a better destiny for all concerned, all plants, animals, and elements of our living planet.

We need an emphasis on delivery of education, fire & crime prevention, maintenance of infrastructure we intend to keep, point of use green energy production, water conservation, security and quality, food safety, healthcare, internet logistic, information delivery and waste management.

We can shift away from accelerating resource exploitation to improving the quality of life and contributing to our environment in a positive fashion.

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