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Thu Jul 12, 2018, 01:08 PM

Beware of Darkness

“Watch out now
Take care, beware of greedy leaders
They'll take you where you should not go
While weeping Atlas Cedars
They just want to grow, grow and grow
Beware of darkness (beware of darkness)”
– George Harrison; Beware of Darkness

Please allow an old Beatles' fan to speculate briefly upon the meaning of this song, and then offer a feeble attempt to connect it to some of the political debates found on this very day upon the internet. In my opinion, George was not giving a dire warning to Americans to be cautious of a candidate who is non-white. Others may disagree – some obviously do – but that's not my interpretation.

If one listens to the whole song, I think it's possible to believe that George was speaking symbolically, about the darkness found in people's hearts and minds. One might say that this darkness is engaged in warfare for the public's hearts and minds today. For example, the Trump administration has set up “relocation camps” for non-white asylum-seekers; these are not that different than the “reservations” for Native Americans, the camps for Japanese-Americans in WW2, or the misguided tactics in Vietnam. Now, it may be a sheer coincidence that all these human beings were non-white. But I don't think so. Maybe that's just me.

When Senator Obama ran for president in 2008, the majority of voters believed it to be a good thing. I was among them, and I never once thought, “Careful, Patrick! Listen to George closely!” However, a significant segment of citizens – almost exclusively white republicans – experienced great anxiety at the mere thought of a brown-skinned president. He was a socialist, an Islamic atheist (the worst kind!), and wasn't even born here. In my opinion, that was evidence of mental illness upon their part. As proof, I'd note these people frequently claim there was no racism in America until President Obama stirred it up.

Now, I don't think that Beatle George wrote that song for an intended republican audience. When he released it on his first post-Beatles effort, he was reaching a very different audience. I think it still has value for the general audience he spoke to. And that likely includes Democrats of every description. Thank you, George.

Today, there is fascinating news about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's victory in a NYS congressional district in which she was not even running. See below:


Now, various Democrats are going to interpret the true meaning of this. As a contributor to, and volunteer for Alexandria's campaign for the seat in the 14th district, I think it shows that many good people support the type of change that she represents. I expect that some in the corporate media will blabber on about it representing a massive divide within the Democratic Party. And there will be some well-intentioned party members who find Alexandria cause for discomfort.

Instead of focusing on the positive energy that an FDR-working class non-white female brings – note, for example, the dramatic increase in voter registration in her region – they express anxiety about her being in favor of “socialism” when it pertains to issues such as public education and health care. By no coincidence, FDR was attacked for his socialist “New Deal,” just as LBJ was for his “Great Society.” I'm okay with people attacking these things, I suppose, as long as they promise not to drive on public streets or highways. It may be difficult, though, for them to find enough privately-owned turnpikes these days.

Still other good people are upset that a non-white female candidate is reportedly lending support to a like-minded candidate outside of her district. Again, that would seem reasonable if they express the exact same moral outrage when other Democrats engage in the exact same activity. However, I haven't seen this, nor do I realistically expect to.

A small handful of Democrats are also out today, attacking Alexandria for her tweet about Joe Crowley. I'm willing to accept Mr. Crowley's saying there was a lack of communication between him and Alexandria's campaign. In fact, I'd like to take responsibility. For each and every time I've attempted to contact the top volunteers in the campaign, I've experienced no problem in getting through, and engaging in long conversations. Thus, I likely tied up the lines,preventing others from getting through. My apologies.

Others cling to misinformation and disinformation about an effort to promote an unwilling Crowley on a third-party ticket in November. It is not Crowley. It's just not. Rather, it is those corporate contributors that invested millions in his various campaigns for re-election. (Note: Crowley spread some of this to other Democratic candidates, similar to the current activities of the Ocasio-Coretz campaign today.) If one considers entities such as the Blackstone Group – which financed Trump's 2016 campaign – it should become obvious exactly who is opposed to Alexandria, and why.

Beware of darkness. Avoid being a Blackstone tool.

H2O Man

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bigtree Jul 2018 #1
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bigtree Jul 2018 #3
H2O Man Jul 2018 #4
kentuck Jul 2018 #6
H2O Man Jul 2018 #7
MagickMuffin Jul 2018 #5
H2O Man Jul 2018 #8
MagickMuffin Jul 2018 #9

Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Thu Jul 12, 2018, 01:15 PM

1. k&r

...that is an amazing result in the 15th.

Is this common in New York?

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Response to bigtree (Reply #1)

Thu Jul 12, 2018, 01:36 PM

2. I've never

heard of it before. And I've lived here for a long, long time.

When my cousin called to tell me about it, I thought he was confused at first. Once he corrected me, I was stunned. And I think it's fair to say that others and confused and stunned, too. (grin)

There is room for all types of Democrats -- both within the party, and serving in DC -- though I'm not saying anything that you don't know. The important thing is that for the general elections, we are open-minded and intelligent enough to make more room for the variety of Democrats, by removing republicans.

Thanks, bigtree!

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Response to H2O Man (Reply #2)

Thu Jul 12, 2018, 02:49 PM

3. some here questioned the depth of Ocasio-Coretz's victory

...I'm wondering how many candidates out there have been privileged to share this explosion of support, spilling across districts?


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Response to bigtree (Reply #3)

Thu Jul 12, 2018, 03:58 PM

4. Alexandria is

exactly the right person at the right time. Our party benefits when a candidate attracts the interest of new voters, and the passion of long-time Democrats. It's what resulted in her becoming a national figure overnight (which came as no surprise to those of us following her campaign).

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Response to H2O Man (Reply #4)

Thu Jul 12, 2018, 05:12 PM

6. I liked her from the beginning.

Then I heard that she was running on a platform similar to the "Democratic Socialists".

She was a big fan of Bernie Sanders.

Wow! She could start a movement!

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Response to kentuck (Reply #6)

Thu Jul 12, 2018, 05:30 PM

7. Right!

When I first became aware of her -- which was back when she was way behind in the primary polling -- I was impressed that she had worked for Senator Ted Kennedy and for the Sander's campaign. Then I learned about her community organizing, which republicans used to attack Obama for doing. (Seems like a pattern.) And hearing her talk about wanting to represent the working class people in her district, and about FDR, solidified my support for her.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Thu Jul 12, 2018, 04:45 PM

5. Beware of Darkness - For it is the Destroyer of LIGHT

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Response to MagickMuffin (Reply #5)

Thu Jul 12, 2018, 05:36 PM

8. Thanks!

Alexandria is the most dynamic advocate for that Light on the scene today. And that why republicans and corporate operatives are trying to spread misinformation and disinformation on the internet. Even today, I've seen at least one person who I think is sincere -- though not prone to insight -- posting a splattering of nonsense about her. In response to one friend correcting him, and providing documentation, that first fellow admitted he wasn't informed on the actual facts. I think the internet is a good thing. But it seems better to take the time to become informed, before making untrue claims attacking a candidate from the Democratic Party.

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Response to H2O Man (Reply #8)

Thu Jul 12, 2018, 05:45 PM

9. Understood, the tarnishing of candidates is nothing new,

but they are going better at it.

It gets hard to know who is to be trusted, and that's the DESIGN to cause chaos and destruction and sow seeds of discontent!

I see it here on a daily basis.

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