On the horrors of a Ron Paul presidency

By Henry McRandall
WRISEUP.COM

It never seems to amaze me how so many supposedly thinking Americans have become so totally enthralled by “Libertarian” Republican Ron Paul’s sadly-lacking agenda. The only way their support for his great “vision” makes any sense to me is if I assume the vast majority of his supporters have never actually read his entire platform.
True, some of it sounds great — such as the vow to slash U.S. military spending. But most of the proposals he has made are sheer lunacy — and would be extremely destructive toward the material well-being of the Other 99 Percent.
For example, Ron Paul wants to privatize Social Security. The net result of privatizing Social Security would be that every retired or disabled American would see their pensions reduced by at least 20 percent so that the mega-billionaires who bought it could enjoy massive profits.
For example, Ron Paul wants to privatize Medicare. Once again, cutting a huge margin for private corporate profits out of the public funding Medicare receives would require either massive increases in government funding and/or massive reductions in health care for the elderly. Continue reading “On the horrors of a Ron Paul presidency”

The crying need for a leftist alternative

By Henry McRandall
WRISEUP.COM

The desperate and rapidly declining circumstances of so many in the Other 99 Percent — in both the U.S. and Canada — gives rock-hard testimony to the urgent need for a truly leftist alternative on both sides of the longest “undefended” border in the world.
While the corporate mainstream media, the captive public education systems and the jack-in-the-pulpit Kochsuckers of “Christian” conservativism like to portray the Democratic Party in the U.S. as “leftist” or “liberal,” the simple truth of the matter is that it has never been a “leftist” party and “liberals” have never been anything more than an ineffective minority in the party.
And with the gangster banksters and the corporate robber barons — the psychopathic millionaires and billionaires who make up the Top One Percent — now free — thanks to SCOTUS’ Citizens United decision — to spend as many tax-deductible dollars as they wish buying politicians, there is little hope that there will ever again be any real difference between the Democrats and the Republican Teabaggers, except in rhetoric.
While the rhetoric of the Republican Teabaggers may be harsh and savage, the rhetoric of the Democrats aims at being more soothing to the ears of the poor, the working class and even much of the middle class. But actions speak louder than words. And the history of the last 36 years shows that while Democrats talk the talk of a working-class hero — especially when out of power — they invariably fail to walk the walk of the working-class hero once they have gained power. True, they might not be as gleeful or as vindictive as the Republican Teabaggers toward the beleaguered masses but a Three Dressed Up As A Nine is still a Three. The prettier words fail to compensate for the destructive content of their deeds. Continue reading “The crying need for a leftist alternative”

WRISEUP.COM solves papal ‘mystery’

By Henry McRandall
WRISEUP.COM

Earlier this week, the Pope — Benedict XVI or Joseph Eloisius Cardinal Ratzinger or whatever he’s currently calling himself — stunned 75,000 young Catholics assembled in a Dublin, Ireland sports stadium, when he told them — in a pre-recorded video — that child sexual abuse by Catholic priests is a “mystery” to him.
And to stretch the incredulity of his audience even further, Benny explained: “That any man who regularly goes to confession and ‘receives the body of Christ’ (a euphemism for Catholic communion) could abuse a child is a ‘great mystery.'”
Please allow us to solve the mystery for you, Benny. Continue reading “WRISEUP.COM solves papal ‘mystery’”

And Amerikkka claims it’s not racist?

By Henry McRandall
WRISEUP.COM

Amerikkkans — and even Americans — who don’t want to deal with the issue are fond of insisting that Barack Obama’s election as United States president in 2008 proves that the “home of the brave, land of the free” is now a post-racist society.
Well, the latest statistics on the average wealth of Americans — and Amerikkkans — broken down by race, are now out and they paint a very different picture.
The average African-American (Black) man, woman or child is, of course, at the bottom of the heap with an average net worth of about $5,000. (I wonder how much lower this average would be if the 2,000-3,000 African-Americans who have made it to the top levels of sports and entertainment were subtracted from the equation.)
Next come Latino-Americans (Hispanics). One might have expected that with the language barrier so many face and with so many illegal immigrants having to work for less than the minimum wage, that their average wealth would be no greater than the average net worth of African-Americans. But this is not the case. In fact, the average Latino-American man, woman and child is about 50% wealthier than his or her average African-American counterpart, with an average net worth of about $7,600. Continue reading “And Amerikkka claims it’s not racist?”

When ‘democracy’ proves to be a dud

By Henry McRandall
WRISEUP.COM

The national elections held yesterday in three so-called Old World countries — Egypt, Greece and France — prove that this quaint little notion of “democracy” that western powers are attempting to foist upon the rest of the world today retains little relevance or relationship to the real world. It turns out that almost wherever so-called “democracy” is in vogue, it is nothing more and nothing less than a massive fraud.
In Egypt, the thoroughly corrupt U.S.-financed military usurped total control of the entire election process a few weeks ago and rigged the first round of presidential elections to ensure that the two candidates on yesterday’s final ballot would be candidates whose victory would be an unmitigated disaster, especially for women. In essence, that U.S.-financed Egyptian military employed the very device championed by the west — so-called “democratic” elections — to defeat the original Arab Spring and the Other 99 Percent of Egyptians and make sure the horrific status quo would be maintained.
In Greece, a complaisant corporate mass media echoed the stern warnings of a wide range of western so-called “leaders” in terrifying the masses into electing a motley crew of bought-and-paid-for politicians determined to keep the criminal vested interest of the international gangster banksters front and centre, and to keep any effort to redress the terrorism inflicted on the suffering masses on the back burner.
And, in France, the same corporate mass media and the same cacophony of interested voices diminished public support for the Leftist Front to the point where the “safe” so-called “Socialists” won enough seats to govern without the Leftist Front’s support. Whereas the Leftist Front would not have backed down from its promise to transfer a lot of wealth, income and power from the Top One Percent to the Other 99 Percent, the so-called “Socialists” will inevitably cave to the immoral demands of the Top One Percent. Continue reading “When ‘democracy’ proves to be a dud”

Will Torstar punish its rogue editors who engineered the Conservative election win?

By Henry McRandall
WRISEUP.COM

The exposure by WRISEUP.COM of the conspiracy between rogue publisher John Cruikshank and rogue executive editor Michael Cooke of the allegedly “Liberal” and “liberal” Toronto Star that singhandedly assured the election of a Conservative majority federal government on May 2, 2011, should be enough to prompt the immediate dismissal of both of them.
After all, a covert undertaking by the devious pair that thwarted any possibility of the Liberal Party returning to power in Ottawa could well be construed as an act of gross misconduct on the part of the duo that runs the newsroom of Canada’s largest daily newspaper, which had been a major power in the Liberal Party for decades.
True, even if the Liberals had managed to hold on to the 36 Greater Toronto Area seats Cooke and Cruikshank covertly delivered to extreme-right-wing Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper, they would still only have won 70 seats out of a total of 308 in Canada’s House of Commons and the party would still have wound up in third place. But combined with the 103 seats won by the social-democratic NDP, it would have been enough to give Canadians a left-leaning majority coalition and prevent the Tories from implementing a hidden agenda that is already causing serious damage to millions of poor, working-class and middle-class Canadians.
But will the directors of the Toronto Star, who purport to be diehard opponents of the Conservatives, have the integrity and the courage of their supposed convictions necessary to do the right thing and turf out this dangerous duo? Or will they be too embarrassed by their own failure to perform due diligence before putting this pair in charge of Canada’s largest newsroom? Continue reading “Will Torstar punish its rogue editors who engineered the Conservative election win?”

Ramming garbage down Canada’s throat

By Henry McRandall
WRISEUP.COM

As I write this column, Canada’s House of Commons should just be wrapping up a mammoth sitting — more than 24 straight hours — to vote on hundreds of amendments the various opposition parties have introduced in an effort to try to protect the Other 99 Percent of Canadians from the harm they will suffer under Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s omnibus so-called “budget” Bill.
True, the 400-plus-page Bill does have a tremendous amount in it related directly to the government’s spending plans for the next year — almost all part of a harsh “austerity” plan that will severely punish poor, working-class and middle-class Canadians through draconian cuts to spending on health care, education, social programs, scientific research, food inspection, drug testing, old-age pensions, etc. and by adding thousands of civil servants to the ranks of millions of Canadians already unemployed or severely underemployed — despite the fact this far-less-than-honest government continues to insist that Canada is not in a recession.
But in addition to the horrific economic implications of this budget-from-hell, there are literally dozens of major changes to many other laws that the Conservatives have tried to hide in the massive tome and steamroll into law before anyone could catch on to what they’re up to. By then the damage will be done. And for a great many Canadians the damage will indeed be very severe. Continue reading “Ramming garbage down Canada’s throat”

The real cost of Amerikkka’s sordid wars

By Henry McRandall
WRISEUP.COM

In light of United States President Barack Obama’s assertion today that Americans “will remember” the alleged al-Qaida attacks of September 11, 2001 that cost the lives of 3,000 people — mostly Amerikkkans, but also a few Americans — perhaps it is time for Americans to ponder what these wars have truly cost the Other 99 Percent — particularly the poor and working class kids who place life and limb on the line in the desperate hope of getting an education they could otherwise never be able to afford.
The U.S. government officially spends close to $600 billion a year on so-called “national defence,” which is more than every other country in the world combined. But that’s just the spending that is “on the books.” The additional military costs that are hidden from the public are almost as high, for a total cost of more than $1 TRILLION a year. That works out to a cost of almost $3,000 a year to every man, woman and child in the country.
And the devastation caused to the generally poor and largely defenceless victims of this murderous Amerikkkan aggression is in the TRILLIONS of dollars a year. If the TRILLIONS of dollars of destruction that Amerikkka causes around the world each year plus the more than $1 TRILLION a year Amerikkka spends on invading and occupying mostly Third-World countries were spent on construction rather than destruction, it would be almost enough to abolish poverty throughout the world. And what about the human costs? Continue reading “The real cost of Amerikkka’s sordid wars”

The world’s worst editor? Michael Cooke

By Henry McRandall
WRISEUP.COM

If you’ve ever wondered why the corporate mass media in the U.S. and Canada has become so deplorable, diabolical and dumbed-down in recent years, you need look no further than the sordid tale of the rise of Michael Cooke, the executive editor of Canada’s largest and allegedly most “progressive” daily newspaper, the Toronto Star, and also former executive editor of the Vancouver Province, the Chicago Sun-Times and the New York Daily News.
Unable to make his journalistic mark in his native U.K., Cooke arrived on the shores of North America in the mid-Seventies — initially as a copy editor at the Toronto Star — and immediately began boasting that he was here to “teach the colonials how to do journalism.”
While he was no great shakes even as a lowly copy editor, Cooke had brought with him the only real skills he would ever need: a knack for unabashed self-promotion and the innate ability to select the right asses to kiss and the right backs to stab.
Mere months into his initial employment at the Star, Cooke intuited that his limited journalistic skills would never carry him as far as his insatiable ambition would like to go. His solution? Quickly identify and begin to eliminate legitimate competitors for the lofty positions he craved even in his journalistic infancy, and worm his way into the affections of the powerful. His strategy: afflict his most competent competitors and cozy up to those who had already risen past their own levels of journalistic competence. Continue reading “The world’s worst editor? Michael Cooke”

If only the rich had the will to act …

By Henry McRandall
WRISEUP.COM

Right-wing propagandists and other delusional, semi-literate dimwits are fond of proclaiming that “governments don’t create jobs. Only the private sector can create jobs.”
Governments do, of course, create jobs. In every country of the world, a large portion of the working population is employed not in the private sector but in the public sector. They work in health care and education and social services and law enforcement and firefighting and national defense and food inspection and many, many other areas too numerous to mention. And there is not a one of these important jobs that rightly belongs in the private sector. In fact, there are many functions now performed by the private sector — for huge profits and at low rank-and-file wages, of course — that should rightly and urgently be returned to the public sector — to government.
All that having been said, however, a consumer economy — like the U.S. or Canada — must also be able to rely on the private sector to do its share of the heavy lifting when it comes to job creation. But there’s the rub! The private sector — the corporations — in both the U.S. and Canada has long since ceased creating jobs in North America in anywhere near the numbers needed to restore any semblance of prosperity.
The question is: Why? Continue reading “If only the rich had the will to act …”