Life’s a Gamble.
Life’s a Gamble.
Bernie Sanders has proven to be a surprisingly effective presidential candidate with a powerful message that’s now resonating with millions of people. He’s also in the unique opportunity to became a reformer and even a transformer. Whether he wins the nomination (and election) or not, his economic message will resonate within this generation and the next and could lead to another phase of glory like we witnessed during FDR‘s time, when the challenges seemed insurmountable.
As a candidate who has openly embraced the virtues of socialism both as a social activist and an elected official, Sanders must now step up his game. This is his time. He needs to sell not only himself along with his leftist ideology to a much broader segment of the American electorate than he’s managed to do so far — he must also mount an even higher pedestal as a teacher, lecturer, doctor, architect, and rabbi-preacher of sweeping political reforms and economic justice. How he ultimately performs in this unprecedented role as a bona fide presidential candidate sure to garner lots of curiosity and attention over the next six months may come to redefine the progressive movement. If he’s successful, it could even realign the American political establishment on levels not seen since FDR’s
new deal. That’s the form of “revolution” most people will believe in and support.
Whatever the outcome of the 2016 presidential race, liberals already owe a huge debt of gratitude to U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders and the legitimacy of his candidacy. For the first time since the 1960’s, self-identifying as a “liberal” or “leftist” is no longer socially toxic, nor politically suicidal. To the contrary — progressive ideas are credible. They’re not only mainstream, but widely popular among several demographic groups and in certain geographic regions. Without Sanders stumping away daily along the campaign trail, making his case to audiences who have never met a real socialist in the flesh, consistently on message, while often speaking until his voice cracks, one has to admit this would be a much different (and duller) political race were he not a candidate. This time around, there aren’t just glaring differences between the Democratic Party and Republicans. There are deep and clear divides within both parties as to basic philosophies and a greater sense of priorities.
Indeed, even though this political stew is made considerably more appetizing with the added ingredient of “democratic,” the overriding pungency of “socialism” remains allergenic when served at most American dinner tables. Never mind that socialism remains preposterously misunderstood and perniciously maligned, especially within the modern political lexicon.
Democratic socialism has proven to be an abundantly prosperous economic system when practiced within numerous countries across different continents. No, we don’t need more capitalism and less government, as the other side argues ad nauseum. Indeed, we need more democratic socialism. We need the next generation to step up and seize the torch — a new phase and a more modern version — of Golden Gate Bridges and Empire State Buildings that will endure into the next century.
For this to happen, we will need more education as to what democratic socialism truly means.
FOOTNOTE: The government programs listed above are but a small sample of “democratic socialism” in practice. Sen. Sanders can also cite the following — anti-trust laws against corporate and private monopolies….national parks, wilderness areas, and public beaches….Social Security Administration..Medicare and Medicaid….guaranteed student loans and federal grants to education….unemployment and disability benefits….Welfare and the Food Stamp Program….the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency….the Occupational Safety and Health Administration….and mass transit.
There’s more. As proof the principles of democratic socialism make all of our lives much safer and better, Sanders can add essential government programs including — the military….intelligence agencies…..public libraries….police protection….fire protection….US Postal Service….garbage collection….sewers….roads, highways, bridges and maintenance….vaccines….museums….public schools and universities….zoos….U.S. Food and Drug Administration….the Bureau of Mines…. PBS and NPR/NPR Music/NPR Books….snow removal and disaster relief….the CDC (Center for Disease Control)….streetlights….public defenders….emergency health care….the U.S. Census Bureau.….border patrol and customs….the Peace Corps….the U.S. National Weather Service (NWS)….and so forth and so on.
I have known and studied supremely gifted people for four decades and a few of them are now ensconced in the .01% of the top 1% of the world’s wealthy in $$$$ and property, and as rich as they have become, in ALL cases $$$$ is NOT their primary (i.e. #1) concern, drive or desire. For the most wealthy among the cohort, the essential motivation is far more complex than tokens of mere cash; this includes their understanding that power resides in trustworthy-friends and loyal-retainers, an ability to imagine and stir the pot for the ‘common good’/‘common goal,’ and in at least one case, the power arising from a deep and strong personal commitment to family and heritage. $$$$ accumulates as a side effect thereof.
With the subversive Citizens United decision transforming corporations into ersatz, bloodless, disloyal, bloodthirsty, ‘real’ people; a ‘high position’ now comes packaged, gift-wrapped and presented to bidders with an auction-number stenciled on it. The spoils go to the highest-bidders, who owe allegiance to none except their own private-interests.
I believe there are yet majority numbers of Americans who think for themselves, include the health and welfare of their nation in their thinking, and for whom the teases and enticements of $$$$ are enjoyed but not worshipped as God.
Every now and then, at the behest of the American voters in perhaps unrigged elections, a ‘High Office’ will put the bid so high that not even the billionaires can afford it, and that office ought to be that of President of the United States.
There are droves of billionaires who are threatening to push into the political-pot billions of dollars in pocket-change bets on how much financial good it will do them to buy and employ The American President (next in line).
The saavy Detroit bookies fix that number for The White House, including a majority in the Congress, plus a very public donation to the candidate’s favorite philanthropy.
The question raised by the Bernie Sanders landslide in New Hampshire is what happens if there is a ‘High Position’ that is up for the most unsecret kind of auction?
Answer by Barnard Law Collier:
Cynicism is an easy trap in a bigger maze. Fall for it at your peril.Before greed gets the rap for everything, the truth is that greediness is probably the last way the very rich/smart accumulate their treasures.Some people in “high positions” do desire more than money. Many desire the gratification that comes from doing others some good.Some desire the thrall of power.I have known and studied supremely gifted people for four decades and a few of them are now ensconsed in the .01% of the top 1% of the world’s wealthy in money and property, and as rich as they have become, in all cases money was not their primary concern, drive, or desire.For the most wealthy among the cohort, the essential motivation was far more complex than the tokens of mere cash; this includes their understanding that power resides in trustworthy friends, loyal retainers, an ability to imagine and stir the pot for the “common good” or “common goal,” and in at least one case I know of, the power rose from a deep and strong personal commitment to family and heritage. Money accumulated as a side effect.With the subversive Citizens United decision transforming corporations into ersatz, bloodless, disloyal, bloodthirsty, “real” people, a “high position” now comes packaged and gift wrapped and presented to bidders with an auction number stenciled on it. The spoils go to the highest bidders, who owe allegiance to none except their own private interests.I believe there are yet majority numbers of Americans who think for themselves, include the health and welfare of their nation in their thinking, and for whom the teases and enticements of money are enjoyed but not worshipped.In times of war, such as on 9/11 in Manhattan, the tens of thousands of people who came out to help were not Cynics and they were not cynical, nor were the Brits during the Blitz, and humankind on such devastating occasions throughout history.Every now and then, at the behest of the American voters in perhaps unrigged elections, a “High Office” will put the bid so high that not even the billionaires can afford it, and that office ought to be that of President of the United States.There are droves of billionaires who are threatening to push into the political pot billions of dollars in pocket-change bets on how much financial good it will do them to buy and employ the next American president.The saavy Detroit bookies fix that number for the White House, including a majority in the Congress, plus a very public donation to the candidate’s favorite philanthropy.The question raised by the Sanders landslide in New Hampshire is what happens if there is a “High Position” that is up for the most unsecret kind of auction?The results will be riveting.
‘I misspoke on the Bill Maher show recently, and apologize for what’s been misinterpreted as implying young women aren’t serious in their politics,’ says Ms. Gloria Steinem in a post on Facebook. ‘Whether they gravitate to Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton, young women are activist and feminist in greater numbers than ever before.’
To some, the apology rings hollow. ‘Obviously, they are desperate because Hillary’s numbers are falling, so they are really pulling out the heavy artillery,’ says Camille Paglia, author and self-described ‘dissident feminist,’ who supports Mr. Sanders and has been critical of Ms. Steinem before.
‘The question, I think, is how concerned one is about having a woman elected to the presidency,’ says Ms. Marion Just (professor, Wellesly, since 1970) of young women today. ‘This generation has a rather optimistic worldview, which is probably not deserved by the way things have been going for women in this country.’
‘What pulls me to Hillary is that she’s a woman, and a strong woman at that; but in the end, it’s about who is going to beat the republicans,’ says Jaimee Warbass.
On May 26, 2016, Wynn Las Vegas will open the all-new poker room that will offer guests an elevated-experience thanks to a convenient location, in-room amenities and a spacious environment for playing cards.
Located near the center of the action, adjacent to Encore Player’s Club, Surrender Nightclub and Andrea’s Encore Restaurant At Wynn In Las Vegas, the new Wynn Poker Room will provide easy access to players thanks to being a short walk from both the Wynn and Encore self-parking garages.
“We are excited to introduce an enhanced poker room and look to create the ultimate poker gaming experience at Wynn,” Ryan Beauregard, Director of Poker, says; “The new room will incorporate carefully selected amenities specific to poker players that will set Wynn Las Vegas apart as a poker destination.”
The new poker room will occupy 8,600 sq. ft., feature 28 tables and offer dedicated amenities for players. Each table will be equipped with USB ports for electronic device charging. Additionally, a sports book window will be conveniently located inside the room and 35 65” televisions located within the space will stream live sporting events.
In-room restrooms and a spacious high-limit area will also create an all-inclusive experience, providing players with an added level of exclusivity and convenience.
• Did you accomplish all that you wanted to?
• Did you start that new business venture?
• If so, more importantly — did you follow through on it?
• Did you leave anything undone that’s nagging you to complete it?
• Or did you allow that slick seducer of many nicknamed Procrastinator hold you back one more year?
No. The hookers I’ve met and know are fulfilled and prosperous, including the high class ones. They’re providing a crucial service that’s in demand, while making $$$ (a living). Not only the oldest trick(s) in the book; also; the oldest profession.
Answer by Franklin Veaux:
Not as far as I can tell, no. The sex workers I’ve met seem quite a bit happier in their chosen profession than I was that summer I worked as a groundskeeper at a drug and alcohol rehab center, for one. And they’re providing a service that’s in demand, no question.I see nothing particularly wrong with sex work.