November 07, 2016

End in sight - Finally

While not commenting on the blog, I haven't stopped following the US presidential election. I've just been disappointed, appalled terrified and not able to write sensible text about this charade. To summarize what has happened since June:
  • The initial result from the California primary was unbelievable. Over time the numbers were turning closer to the poll results. But it was quite clear at this point that democratic primary was practically over. And like in many states, also in California there were many suspected cases of election fraud.
  • Bernie endorsing Hillary before the DNC convention was still a surprise to me. The convention itself was like a well written play - a coronation, with the exception ill-treated, disappointed Sanders supporters. While they tried to deliver a feeling of unity, I sensed a lot of drama going on in backstage.
  • But I must admit, well played by the two major parties. Once again they were able to dismiss the real important issues and the American people are now facing an election of which no respectable country can be proud of.
So now I just want it to be over. I wish I cared more about whether a mad man or the corrupted queen of big money wins. I don't know which one is worse, but I do know that neither of them deserves to win. When this shit circus is over, what will be the path forward to America? Or is there any?

The two major parties have let the people down. I hope masses do realize that. In that case, the two party majority will hopefully go down in history and the real change is possible.

June 07, 2016

California, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota. You're up.

Looking from Finland / Europe, the right thing isn't so hard to do.

April 25, 2016

Some remarks before the April 26th primaries

New York primary probably was a disappointment for Sanders, as much as it was for many purged voters and to the ideals of democracy. It's disturbing that the DNC is running primaries between two nominees by sabotaging one campaign and promoting the other.

At this point of the race, I ended up listing a few facts I consider more or less as undeniable, regardless of which democratic candidate you support:
  • The math - It is very hard now for Bernie Sanders to overtake Hillary in pledged delegates. It is also very hard for Hillary Clinton to win 2383 pledged delegates she needs for the nomination.
  • Because the math, there is no sensible reason for Bernie Sanders to drop out of the race right now. Doing so would be a disservice for democracy and his own goals.
  • Independent voters play a crucial role in the general election.
  • Hillary Clinton is still under FBI investigation. If she were indicted at some point of the race, she surely would leave a mark in history.
  • Hillary winning will not stop the revolution. I'm not convinced that the DNC really understands this yet.
Hillary supporter will probably disagree. Time will tell the truth of it.

    April 21, 2016

    Everyone lost The Battle of New York

    After New York primary I'm glad I'm not an American. This is because:
    • I don't have to know, which party will be my choice more than six months before the election day.
    • I don't have to worry if my voting rights will be purged every time there is an election.
    • If I'm allowed to vote, I don't have to worry, if my vote is counted.
    • If my vote is counted, I don't have to decide, whether I want my country to be run by CEO or President.
    • I don't have worry that supporters of the CEO are not worried at all about the state of the democracy.
    But I must worry how widespread phenomena voter suppression will be in the future. If "the greatest country in the world" continues the slide into an oligarchy, what will it mean for the future of Europe? And I must worry about the main stream media doing a very lazy job and not paying much attention to the poorly organized or rigged election process.

    The good thing is that this is not happening behind closed doors anymore. The people now see that the cards are stacked against them. Now we have to organize and fight back.

    March 30, 2016

    Bernie Sanders at The Young Turks

    Thanks to U.S. 2016 democratic primaries I've started following The Young Turks. My timing was quite perfect as few days later that they got Bernie Sanders into the studio and did a pretty good job with interview.

    March 26th, Bernie Sanders swept three states with large margins. Perhaps a little bit of credit goes to The Young Turks as well.

    March 20, 2016

    Where are the jobs that rich people were supposed to create?

    Well, that's the problem of global economy. Rich people created the jobs alright, just not is the U.S. Maximizing profits is the primary goal of capitalism. Workers are needed for production, but the costs are optimized. I hope I don't need a degree in economics or a successful business of my own to convince you.

    This is a fundamental issue that many western countries must face, rather sooner than later. The middle class required to keep the economy running is disappearing.

    Tens of thousands of people are gathering to Bernie Sanders rallies almost daily. They are learning the fact they have been marginalized by the establishment. The problem isn't going away.

    March 16, 2016

    A bad night for Bernie

    OK. March 15 wasn't what some expected. Also I was cautiously optimistic against the poll numbers. A while ago I came across a quote that perhaps partly explains the result.
    "Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires." - John Steinbeck
    Yep, land of opportunity. At the 80's I was a fool enough to believe it, but it's been a while. Well, whatever happens (and everything is still possible), Sanders' campaign will be remembered. People have woken up and hopefully there will be changes to the current corrupted election process and the political system. Sanders winning more states could have forced main stream media to downplay him as much as it did.

    The following article by The Nation quite well explains how I'm now seeing the situation.
    The Fight for Bernie’s Political Revolution Is Not Over

    March 12, 2016

    Why do I care about Bernie?

    Why does a Finnish, over 40 year old geek care about Bernie Sanders? Sometimes things just happen. Ultimately I can blame George W. Bush, his republican friends and the Iraq war about it. At the time I wanted to find out what the hell was going on in American politics, as frankly there didn't seem to be much sense left anymore.

    It was probably a lucky accident when I much later saw a news piece of Bernie Sanders running for president in 2015. Having watched MSNBC's Olbermann's earlier I knew Bernie was a rare man standing up against the large corporations in American politics. And I just couldn't believe that he was running for president against all imaginable odds.

    While I support in the market economy and democracy, I'm not a big fan of current hypercapitalism. The rich are getting richer and there is very little a hope left for common American working class.

    And Bernie knows that and wants to change things, as do I. There is an excellent visualization about American income inequality in YouTube. You have to see it to believe it. This is why I care.

    March 11, 2016

    What about Bernie?

    I've been thinking should my Bernie Sanders fandom take over this blog. Otherwise the real life gas taken priority over this blog. However, I seem (again) to really care about what going on in the world right now and I'm getting more worried. I want to believe that Bernie would be able to show a new direction. The world now needs better examples than the current super-power leaders.

    So I wonder, if I should write about Bernie Sanders, the one candidate I see worthy of U.S. presidency, from an outside-U.S. perspective. Would anyone be interested? Or would I have enough skills and energy to make in any difference?

    But, who's Bernie? It seems he's able to tell it in less than 80 seconds:

    Bernie's Closing Remarks at the Univision Debate
    In the wealthiest country in the history of the world, if we stand up and fight back we can do a lot better. That is why I am running for President of the United States of America.
    Julkaissut Bernie Sanders 9. maaliskuuta 2016