Don't petition the White House, Use

Don’t petition the White House, Use

Nov 18, 2012 Aaron Krager No Comments
Secessionists. I first want to say thank you for finally learning something from history. The last time so many desired to rid themselves of a tyrannical president they declared war on the Union. Thus, your use of a peaceful means through petitions on the White House’s site is commendable. Furthermore, each state now finds themselves represented by a petition and signatures from people possibly wanting to secede from the United States. Texas leads the way with more than 100,000 people asking the White House to address the issue. This is the same state governed by Rick Perry who drummed up his base of supporters with calls for seceding prior to his Republican bid for President. The irony seemed lost on him. Governor Perry is obviously not a viable option to lead the cause. He hardly put up a fight against a weak group seeking his party’s nomination. I also question...
The Country Moved to the Left Last Night

The Country Moved to the Left Last Night

The whole campaign season did not just depend upon the presidential race that finally came to an end last night. Yes, the country voted clearly to give Barack Obama another four years in the White House. He received more than 50 percent of the vote and won handily in the electoral college. Yet, it is what happened down the ballot that shows the nation’s move toward progressive values. It appears that Democrats will pick up a couple seats in the lower chamber but the real change happened on the senatorial level. Voters said no way to Republicans Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock after they attempted to scapegoat women and downplay the trauma of rape and sexual abuse. Furthermore, women won in Massachusetts, North Dakota, Hawaii, and Wisconsin for their first terms. All four of them will be more progressive legislators than their predecessors. In Wisconsin Tammy Baldwin will be the...
Republicans, Rape, Life, and Control of Women

Republicans, Rape, Life, and Control of Women

Oct 24, 2012 Aaron Krager No Comments
During last night’s Indiana Senate debate the Republican candidate, Richard Mourdock, did more than stick his foot in his mouth. I believe life begins at conception. The only exception I have for to have an abortion is in the case of the life of the mother. I struggled with myself for a long time but I came to realize life is that gift from God, even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape. It is something that God intended to happen. Mourdock joined a club made exclusively of Republicans but a club that seems to be growing as the November election nears. Illinois Congressman Joe Walsh made a reprehensible comment about exceptions for the life of the mother following his debate. “There is no such exception. With modern technology and science, you can’t find one instance.” Complete crap as this woman explains. Of course who can forget Missouri...

Wisconsin is about tearing America apart

Feb 22, 2011 Aaron Krager 6 Comments

An open letter to the protesters in Wisconsin and those joining around the country.

I have no dog in this fight other than my firm belief in the people’s right to have a voice at the table where decision are being made.  My mother is not a teacher like many of you.  My father is not a municipal employee.  There is nothing here for me to personally lose.  But each of us share common bonds – they connect us on a deeper level than we are able to fathom.  Thus when you lose one of your rights or your voice a piece of our connection is severed and lost forever.

Our interconnectedness is being torn apart by those who would benefit from us going our own separate ways.

More than 45 years ago President Lyndon B. Johnson declared a war on poverty with a vision of a greater society – the ultimate fulfillment of the American Dream.  Martin Luther King Jr. sought to unite leaders across ethnic, racial, geographic and religious boundaries around the struggle for economic equality. The greatest injustice of their time.  Sadly, the powers that be demonized the poor as purely lazy and out to collect a welfare check.   It has taken them time to win that battle.  They were able to silence the poor and take away their voice altogether.

Now they are on to their next conquest.  You.  Organized workers who only seek what is fair and just.  If they push you away from the table – take away your voice as well – one has to ask what is left?

The only people left at the decision making table are the politicians listening to the corporations sitting across from them.  Elected officials merely listening to the profit hungry desires of businesses is no longer a democracy.  It is no longer a properly functioning society.  It is no longer a place to chase the American Dream let alone a place that Jefferson wrote about – for the pursuit of happiness.  We will have become a society that merely serves the bottom line of Wall Street while hoping to have some pocket change at the end of the month to take the family out to dinner.  That’s not the America I was taught in class.  That’s not the America I want to leave for my future children.  That is only an America that has gone to hell and needs redeeming.  Only the every day citizens of this country can redeem our beloved country by ensuring citizens have a prominent and loud and clearly spoken voice at the table.

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  • Jim

    I saw your post over at DKos. If a seat at the table is referring to union representation, then that’s not too much to fight over. Unions have been co-opted by the system quite some time ago. I think it’s great that working people are beginning to fight back but I’m looking for signs the contest is more than for a “seat at the table”. Workers represent the majority of the population but are accepting a near serf-like condition. Shouldn’t the corporations be the ones begging for a seat at the table?

    The struggle will ultimately be about economic democracy – who knows, maybe we’re seeing the beginnings of it now.

    I wrote a post on the same thing today on my site at

  • AaronKrager

    Thanks for the comment and for visiting the site. I appreciate both

    I will certainly concede that unions have been co-opted by the system. They
    are run by humans and can fall into the same traps. Regardless, it is vital
    for unions to have a seat at the table – it is a table that in my view run
    by corporations.

    At the same time we need to formulate another way to have additional seats
    at that same table. The more every day Americans sitting down the better
    represented we will all be.

  • Anonymous

    So. It begins in Wisconsin. I can’t recall a message expressed so eloquently before. I live in Tehachapi, CA where the energy robber barons are attempting to make wind farms out of wildlands that are critical to the future of many endangered species. We are at war with Kern County and the people attempting to steal out lands.

    Do not stop your march under any circumstance. We will do our best to do non-violently. It is the preference. Democracy in this country has been lost through slick propaganda by the media and spindoctors of industry. There are more of us than them and we are in solidarity. Remember this.

    Aaron Krager, please keep writing and inspiring us. Please. It gives us strength and hope.

  • AaronKrager

    Wow. Thanks a million for such kind words. They touch my heart deeply. So thank you.

    I am interested in this struggle in Kern County. Is there any way you can provide a few links that would give me some background. I would really like to catch up on this issue.

  • AaronKrager

    Wow. Thanks a million for such kind words. They touch my heart deeply. So
    thank you.

    I am interested in this struggle in Kern County. Is there any way you can
    provide a few links that would give me some background. I would really like
    to catch up on this issue.

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