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Revolution and Beer…of the week: Hirter Morchl and harmony

IMG_0371Hirt. I’ve been through the town, back some years ago. Tucked in that storybook region of south-central Austria, within site of the alps. The town is on the Ljubljana-Klagenfurt-Vienna line. I’d just come out of my first trip to the former Yugoslavia, still mired in conflict. Exhausted but tortured by all I’d experienced and witnessed, my gaze was fixed out the window on that overnight train to Vienna.

The hills and mountains were lost to darkness and the reflection of my face in the window of the small, empty compartment. There were but a scattering of lights in the distance. Hirt was one of those ocassional places. I can’t recall if the train stopped there or not. What I do recall was the soft, almost sweet scent of the chilly autumn air through the window, juxtaposing with the struggling floor heater near my sore and tired feet. My shoulders still ached from the backpack perched on the seat opposite. I luxuriated in a cleansing breath and felt those last days and weeks wash from my body and soul. Last night, as I poured a glass of Hirter Morchl, an elegant but not overbearing dark Austrian Lager, the scent of the beer reawakened that moment on the train.

I’d barely chilled this beer. I actually prefer darker, fuller beers at not much below a comfortable room temperature. Too cool and I feel the aroma of the beer is subdued, and with it the taste. The craft and artistry of these beers is their character. I want that. I want to explore that. I also want a nice controlled and foamy head in a good beer. Silly as it sounds, I want my nose in that soft head, where I can fully and deeply breathe the beer in. Hirter Morchl did not disappoint. So that’s where I began with Hirter Morchl, that caramel-tinged head. It didn’t remain for too long. It shouldn’t, instead withdrawing into the body, or remaining upon the sides of the chaliced glass in tatters. Beer aficionados dub this lacing.

There is a harmony to European trains at night. The rhythmic clunk-a-clunk, the slow cradling, lolling of the train coaxes sleep or deep thought. As the Berlin wall was coming down and Europe in the course of a fundamental revolution, I travelled Europe by train almost exclusively, much of it in Eastern and Southern Europe. The uncounted and untold hours and days I spent writing, daydreaming, lamenting and exploring for almost two years were a university all to their own. A world happens on European trains; politics, romance and more. Unlike trains in America, European trains are community. I always liked to think that the European Union was inevitable, if for no other reason than for the ultimate community drawn East to West by trains.

At first taste, I found its gently fruity sweetness giving way to the a nutty, chocolate and dark malt depth, saved at the end bit a hint of hops, just to remind me this was beer and not silk. This is a pleasant, hardly overwhelming beer reminding us that, while not gone, the darkest and coldest days of winter are behind us, and that spring awaits. We’ve bested winter once again.

The train arrived in Vienna the next morning after a rain. The streets were soaked and glistening. The long tall avenues, imbued with a timeless history, fully open to the fiction of one’s fantasies were rendered in hues of blue and gray. A soft, cold drizzle still remained. I shivered at a chill. Despite a night without sleep, I was fully refreshed, a consequence of the train, alpine air the luxury of unfettered thought: Harmony. From the first taste of Hirter Morchl I found that same harmony.

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Unemployed(sort of): a Diary-day 8, A slow start is still a start

Excuses, excuses, but it seemed the week through everything in the book at us. First Rocco, and then our two primary computers going down, but this is precisely the time folks are at their most vulnerable. It isn’t enough to simply throw money at the issue, as in the back of my mind is that whole rainy day thing. The time to start thinking critically about budgets and necessary expenditures is well before that final day at the office. Ana and I began slowing down on our spending well before Christmas, mapping out strategies and contingencies. I was concerned about the loss of one computer, but our back up laptop(say that fast three times) was a real blow.

Most of us have been through tough times. I can’t think of a more difficult time in my life than when Ana first got here from Europe. To say it was a struggle was an understatement, and it it seemed as if the world was bullying us. It seemed as if the world was intent on destroying us, for all the trials and calamities that came our way, including a tire coming off the car while we were driving. The world wasn’t conspiring against us, of course, but when your back is to the wall every challenge becomes a moral one.

We’re in a far better position to weather these storms now. Not that I’d like to necessarily press that luck. This time our nearly new Honda is paid for. We’ve got assets to lean on, if worse comes to worse, and I like to think we’re a bit smarter. I know Ana is. I hope to hell I am.

My job skills and experience have certainly grown. I benefited from working in the IT field, doing logistics for a major airline, and innovating an industry alongside an awesome team. Indeed, innovation and communication were cornerstones of the job. Working in real time with stations and costumers around the planet required precise management and communication skills. There is an art to issue resolution and working to goals and deadlines, in which millions of Dollars hang in the balance across oceans, continents and among diverse and different cultures. With media, social media, broadcasting, publishing, I have a great deal to offer an employer. Now the key will be in finding that best fit for them and for me.

But the preparations for a proper job search can be immense. I think that’s why I found the national conversation on the country’s debt these past two years sometimes ridiculous. As the nation plunged into the dark and uncharted abyss of a very manufactured financial crisis critics decried taking the nation into debt to stem the damage to the overall economy. Sometimes it is the only thing to do. I’m first to argue against that foolish notion that the country should be run like a household. It isn’t a household, and besides, the people who say that talk in platitudes about their checkbook, and how dutiful they are to pay the bills monthly to balance their account. Somehow they forget they probably have a car note, a mortgage and more, and if they don’t have any of those things, they are among the very few and aren’t a part of the real conversation.

For the job I want, it is going to cost us something up front. I’ll have to chance a little debt for a few new and contemporary suits, particularly since I’m about 30 pounds, much leaner and in far better shape that I was for the 4 suits I could swim in now hanging in the closet. I’m good on ties, and thinking about an interview-ready pair of shoes. The computers, or at least one of them is imperative for a modern job search. Luckily it was fixable for not a great deal of cash, but I was very seriously prepared to spring for a new or rebuilt system. Funny that we have all heard the old saying, “you’ve got to spend money to make money.” It is true. All those partisan geniuses in the media and government somehow missed that old adage.

So earlier today I got off the first serious queries to prospective employers. There were just two. They were based off a tip from a friend. I did the requisite research on both, using industry acumen building an argument why I would be right for the position, highlighting pertinent experience and background for each cover letter, and tailoring the resume to each position if necessary. That final detail, I think, is a weak spot for a lot of job seekers. The cover letter is viewed as this malleable tool, but all too often it is as if the resume is written in stone. With a bit of computer know how, a bit of copy/cut and paste and alignment knowledge, a one or one and a half page resume can be reworked in 10 or 15 minutes.

Tomorrow, the importance of maintaining a schedule, and the best recipe for perfect sweet potato fries…

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Unemployed(sort of): a Diary-day 2

It’s about spirit. The first thing Ana and I did the day I got laid off was to celebrate with something positive and affirming. There is a spiritual and psychological aspect to transitioning careers, and that is exactly what it is. You are not losing a job and being cast off to a great void. This is an in between time. You’re in between careers. The only real question, and this is where the stress comes in, is how long that in between will last.

So Ana and I collect art, and we’d been eyeing this sort of odd and interesting and whimsical southwestern piece at a friend’s upscale resale shop, a little place in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood called Euphoria. Gus, at the shop, called it “The Hobbit House.” 105_3142It wasn’t an expensive piece. We weren’t blowin’ the wad, so to speak, but simply setting out to define the character of this transition. It didn’t hurt, and it came as a nice surprise that Gus was having a 15% off sale as well. 

Truth of it was, I had some time to think about this  bit,  and to some degree, at least as far as timing I was also an agent in the decision to stay with the project until the final day. On the radio show just before the presidential election I done an interview with a reporter in Freeport Illinois, where workers at the local Sensata plant were being thrown from their jobs after Bain Capital sold off their profitable factory to China, forcing the workers to train their Chinese replacements. Nor was I a worker at Hostess, in which management virtually looted the company then blamed the demise on unions.

The first thing I needed to get was perspective. At 50, in the current job market, and with congress’ head deeply buried up their fiscal ass, gaining a proper perspective can be daunting. The fact of it is, everything I’ve done I have done well and with passion and integrity. And I have done just about everything: Journalism, advocacy, Public Relations, Relief work for Africa, war correspondent in Bosnia, author, logistics, management, bartender, international business, union laborer, non-profit organizer, and radio host. The final week at the project my buddy from WCPT radio in Chicago, Mike Sanders, called and asked if there was anything he could do to help, and what would I like to do?

“Let me think what I haven’t done yet,” I replied. “I think I’d like to do that!”

But the key was evaluating my situation. Right up there on top of that list is, obviously, the financial situation. Ana has a good job, but that allows us to tread water, and not get ahead or save, and certainly puts us in jeopardy of some unforseen calamity. The car, a nearly new Honda, is paid off. A decent severance protects us for a bit. Unemployment insurance will become a necessity for a time, but still cuts our financial margin too short for comfort. On the good  side, at least in the short-term, I know our assets (income) and liabilities (costs) to the penny. First priority; adjust the budget to reflect the new income level. 

Think out of the box a bit when it come to finances. It may seem antithetical, but instead of recoiling financially, we are taking a risk on becoming a bit more aggressive about changing our financial realities.  Apart from the day-to-day of getting resumes and cover letters, and the follow-up and research required in each job query. We’ll be dissecting our complete financial existence, from the mortgage down to the grocery budget to better understand opportunities. We are moving forward. Money is an abstract and a tool. It is an odd dichotomy, but the idea that our economic realities are malleable rather than static, shifting sums of physical money is fundamental to opening the imagination to opportunities. 

The next step is the toughest of all. An honest and complete self-evaluation of strengths and weaknesses is critical. Like any issue in every business environment we have one of two choices, that is to be reactive or proactive. Without a doubt a prospective employer will hit upon a weakness  during the interview process. Not that weaknesses, necessarily are some crippling or shameful affliction. We all have weaknesses. The interviewer will have weaknesses. The key is that you understand your weaknesses and have a plan, a pro-active plan for working on, around or past those weaknesses. I think back over jobs and job interviews, and it was my summation and direct confrontation of my own weaknesses that was as important  as the skills the employer was looking for. Proactive rather than reactive.

There was  one more thing I resolved not to do during this in between period. It came to me on the way to a strategy meeting for the HelpHouseChicagoHomelessPeople 501c3 I helped start. We’d just gotten word that Bank of America is liquidating hundreds of foreclosed homes in Chicago from their books. But throughout the meeting I had this nagging thought that I could luxuriate with a nap later on that afternoon. The thought was seductive. Ana was at work. The house would be quiet, but such thoughts are a trap. And if I do it today, I will do it tomorrow, and the next day and the…

Instead, I went home and built an excel spread sheet to begin the job search in an organized and methodical way. More on that tomorrow…

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Poll Shows Overwhelming Majority of Illinois Voters Think Corporations Should Disclose Tax Information

Majority of Republicans Say Corporations Aren’t Paying Their Fair Share of Taxes and Support Closing Corporate Tax Loopholes

Please call your Illinois Representative today and tell them as a voter you want them to Pass SB282! Find your Rep’s contact here: http://ilga.gov/house/

 SPRINGFIELD—The majority of Illinois voters—including a majority of Republicans—say corporations are not paying their fair share of our state taxes and overwhelmingly support legislation that would require publicly traded corporations to disclose certain tax information, according to a new statewide poll of Illinois voters, conducted by Public Policy Polling (PPP).

 Nearly 80 percent of Illinois voters say legislation to require publicly-traded corporations to disclose how much they pay in Illinois corporate income tax is a good idea—with 75% of Republicans, 80% of Democrats and 84% of Independents saying it is a good idea—according to the survey. 

 The Illinois Senate passed corporate income tax disclosure legislation (SB 282) in November, but the bill must pass the Illinois House by January 8th to be sent to the Governor. 

 “The vast majority of Illinois voters agree—it’s time for Illinois to create a more transparent corporate tax system and make sure corporations are paying their fair share,” said Sue Gries, a leader with the Lakeview Action Coalition. “Illinois Representatives should listen to their constituents and pass SB 282 to move our State toward making better, more informed policy decisions.”

SB 282 provides transparency by requiring publicly-traded corporations in Illinois to disclose the amount of corporate income taxes they pay to the State of Illinois.  The Secretary of State would disclose this information to the general public on the Internet a full two years after the fact.

 This legislation would cover only publicly traded corporations and would not require small single proprietor or family-owned businesses to disclose information. 

 “Overwhelmingly voters say it hurts our state’s economy that two-thirds of corporations aren’t paying any corporate income tax in Illinois,” said Rev. Marilyn Pagán-Banks, President of IIRON.  “To keep our state competitive and attract jobs we need to know that everyone is paying their fair share, but we can’t hold big corporations accountable when the truth about wasteful tax breaks is being hidden.” 

In addition the poll showed that: 

  • 66% of voters think it hurts the state’s economy that two-thirds of Illinois corporations pay no Illinois corporate income tax—including nearly 60% of Republicans;
  • 68% of voters—including 58% of Republicans—say the division of taxes in our state is unfair because corporations don’t pay enough taxes;
  • 65% of voters think our state would be in better shape if some state corporate tax loopholes were closed—including 60% of Republicans;
  • 70% of voters think most Illinois politicians put the interests of large corporations and their lobbyists ahead of the interests of the people in their district—including 71% of Republicans.

 Independents were the strongest supporters of corporate tax fairness—with 70% saying it hurts the state’s economy that two-thirds of Illinois corporations pay no Illinois corporate income tax; 73% saying the state would be in better shape if some state corporate tax loopholes were closed; 68% saying division of taxes in our state is unfair because corporations don’t pay enough taxes; and 76% saying most Illinois politicians put the interests of large corporations and their lobbyists ahead of the interests of the people in their district.

 “Illinois should have tax policies that are based on facts, not guesses,” said Bill Poorman, a community leader in the Peoria Chapter of Illinois People’s Action.  “Legislators need to decide whether they represent the nearly 80% of voters who support corporate tax disclosure or just represent the big corporations who don’t want the public to know if they are paying their fair share.”  

 This survey was commissioned by a coalition of Illinois organizations working in support of SB 282 including IIRON (Illinois–Indiana Regional Organizing Network), Illinois People’s Action, Lakeview Action CoalitionNorthside P.O.W.E.R., A Just Harvest, National People’s Action, SOUL (Southsiders Organized for Unity and Liberation) and others.

 The survey was conducted by Public Policy Polling (PPP). PPP surveyed 500 Illinois voters from December 18th to 19th through automated telephone interviews. The margin of error is +/-4.4 percentage points. For more information about methodology, please go to http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/aboutPPP/about-us.html or email info@publicpolicypolling.com.

 Kristi Sanford
Communications Coordinator
IIRON

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The Burden of Being on the Right: The NRA, Newtown and Michael Medved’s Confused Logic

So this is the narrative from the NRA and the Right: Evil men are poised to bust down your door or attack you every moment of the day. So that’s why you need to pack a bazooka at all times; cooking dinner, taking a dump, making love you…who ever you make love with. You have to have a gun because it is a brutal dangerous world, filled with brigands and marauders constantly stalking you. You my friend are a limping gazelle in a lion’s den. Without an AK-47, body armor and  more ammo than a Marine battalion you’re done for.

And that narrative has worked, at least as far as the gun industry is concerned. They have reaped a fortune pimping fear and distrust, feeding “scripts” to their surrogates in the right-wing media and in the government. Lobbyists spend huge sums to sway public opinion on guns, and to skew debate about reasonable gun legislation. The NRA spent $2.2 million in lobbying and n additional $17.6 million in outside propaganda, that is, to help create the pressure on and in you to buy guns. And make no mistake, the NRA loves the attention from mass shootings, and exploit it to great financial advantagehttp://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-08-07/nra-sought-donations-in-days-after-colorado-shootings.html.

And we’ve bought it fully, despite the fact that the very few incidents of people defending themselves with a gun are so remote as to barely be anecdotal. You are far more likely to be shot with your own gun, by someone you know, like the 7-year-old boy accidentally killed by his father a few weeks ago as the weapon discharged while he was getting in his truck at a local gun store. Last week, following the Connecticut tragedy two Kansas police officers were gunned down last week, responding to a suspicious vehicle report at night http://edition.cnn.com/2012/12/17/justice/kansas-officers-killed/index.html. Both officers were armed. Last August, 9 were wounded in a gun battle between police and  a murder suspect. All 9 were accidentally wounded by the police during the battle http://edition.cnn.com/2012/08/25/justice/new-york-empire-state-shooting/index.html.

On Friday, the NRA, suspiciously silent since the deaths of 27 a week ago, but for their media servants, spit in the proverbial face of the Connecticut shooting victims by saying “the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.” The truth of it is, not one “good guy” with a gun has ever stopped any of these mass shootings. To believe they would or could is childish and foolish. The victims’ families, that teases their pain with the cruelty of what-if scenarios after the fact.

So where is the inconsistency? Following the Connecticut shooting  it is unavoidable to draw attention to the dangerously high and frequent numbers of mass shootings in the United States, where gun proliferation far exceeds nations at war. Last week Michael Medved, who frequently has difficulty, like many on the right, remembering their previous B.S. positions on critical issues, revealed the absolute inconsistency in the Right’s gun-culture religion.

Right-wing talk host and history propagandist, Medved is an advocate for the NRA’s irresponsible proliferation ideology,  a champion of fraudulent conceal/carry laws and a defender of ridiculous and demonstrably false and cartoonish public perceptions on gun proliferation. Cornered by logic, or the illogic of his positions, Medved claims that America is not a violent nation, and that violent crime has actually declined. And that is true, but that calls to mind a fundamental flaw in the whole perverse NRA ideology.

On one hand they tell us we need guns because the world is a dangerous place. Then, when confronted by the blood-soaked product of that religion of violence they tell us that crime is declining and the nation isn’t violent and dangerous, which would ultimately mean that we all don’t need a personal array of weaponry. And maybe that means that I can take a dump without being strapped, with a thousand yard stare and a finger on the trigger as I reach for the toilet paper. But then taking a very liberal and large dump on the American people is exactly what the Right and the NRA have been doing from the start.


Please send thoughts of peace and healing to: Sandy Hook Elementary School

A reader and fellow blogger wrote to tell me that bloggers are encouraging cards and letters of peace, prayer and support be sent to the school. Please use this as a moment of thoughtfulness, nuture and love for that community. The school’s address is:
Sandy Hook Elementary School
12 Dickenson Drive
Newtown, CT 06482

Peace.


Occupy Rogers Park (ORP), allies to erect memorial and host tribute for record number of Chicago homicide victims: Begins long term action on root causes of the violence.

Date/time: Saturday, December 15, 2012; at 4 p.m.

Location: Lunt Beach, at Lunt Avenue and the lakefront.

~Occupy Rogers Park announces an event to recognize the 496 people killed in Chicago so far this year, to demand action to end the violence, and to inaugurate their own youth initiative.The event will include a display of 496 individual wooden stars, cut to resemble the iconic six pointed stars of the Chicago flag. Upon each star is written the name of one victim of violence, creating a powerful image of the fallen and it’s cost to our communities.

According to Occupy Rogers Park member Kelly Hayes: “Violence and killing affects all of us and degrades our communities, and to address that we must confront the real causes, which disproportionately impact communities of color and the poor…”

Adds another member, Jim Ginderske, “A “war” on drugs and some of the strictest gun control laws in America can’t overcome decades of neglect of education and other core functions of civil society. “

ORP will be joined by the Peace Angels, a mostly volunteer Rogers Park youth engagement group, and by the Overpass Light Brigade who will participate in the event to recognize the fallen. Other groups, including Occupy the South Side and Occupy El Barrio will join in our call for real solutions and peace on our streets. This event will also inaugurate the ORP youth initiative, an organized effort to connect youth to community members and to assist existing service providers in reaching our most vulnerable kids.

Occupy Rogers Park rejects the oversimplified cultural narrative of “gang related” criminality, which has consistently been used as a means of dismissing an epidemic of violence rooted in poverty and oppression. ORP believes that the real drivers of the violence are poverty, segregation, and corruption, and that our other systemic issues are rooted in that deadly combination and it’s confluence here in Chicago. We have more police than any other large city, and very strict gun laws, yet homicide is a nearly daily occurrence in Chicago.

Contact: Jim Ginderske

ginderske@gmail.com

773-494-6620


Romney supporter tries to kill husband for not voting…thank you, Talk Radio

I am new to doing talk radio, but not in listening to it, and certainly not to the arc of inciteful rhetoric, most especially on the Right. It has grown to an out of  control conflagration of hate since Obama’s election. below is an excerpt from a Reuters article by d:

PHOENIX – An Arizona woman, in despair at the re-election of Democratic President Barack Obama, ran down her husband with the family car in suburban Phoenix on Saturday because he failed to vote in the election, police said on Monday.Holly Solomon, 28, was arrested after running over husband Daniel Solomon following a wild chase that left him pinned underneath the vehicle. Daniel Solomon, 36, was in critical condition at a local hospital, but is expected to survive, Gilbert police spokesman Sergeant Jesse Sanger said. Police said Daniel Solomon told them his wife became angry over his “lack of voter participation” in last Tuesday’s presidential election and believed her family would face hardship as a result of Obama winning another term.

 In the months, weeks and days leading up to the election, Limbaugh, Beck, Coulter, Hannity and others pressed listeners to believe their lives, their children’s lives, the nation and Christianity were under direct threat if Obama was re-elected. Lies and innuendo covered the spectrum from Obama being a communist, not  an American citizen, a racist, to having a gay relationship.

When accused or confronted they claim it is all entertainment, confuse to obscure their guilt or outright lie. They know full well they are driving a culture among self-interested and gullible people, or people robbed by corporate media consolidation of balanced information(note: FOX’s Fair and Balanced refers to their perception of fair, and balances truth and facts with their  agenda) based solely upon greed-the greed of the 1%. 

Most of us understand this perversion, and understand that to sell the theft of the economy and government by a few they must swathe that in alarmist rhetoric about job stealing immigrants, collapsing home values caused by irresponsible blacks and a pretend moral degradation of the society. Some, like the misguided woman above, and working class people who voted for the likes of Mitt Romney- a true corporate oligarch took it hook line and sinker. Their hate speech is not political discourse, it isn’t entertainment, it is irresponsible speech.

The airwaves are public, not the private domain of these hosts. To borrow their line, there is nothing in the constitution guaranteeing their right to those public airwaves. They are free to express their views, but not to squat on the air to the exclusion of other viewpoints. The airwaves are publically licensed, and each station’s license can be directly challenged to the FCC by any person.

I am new to talk radio-progressive talk radio. I would not exclude other viewpoints, and I welcome challenges and arguments to my own. I would not prefer a nation in which only progressive ideas predominate on the air and in the media.  Media consolidation has done exactly that. 90% of all news media, television, print and talk radio are now owned by 3 companies.3 companies. THREE COMPANIES. All of them either skew Right or are blatantly Right. Goebbels and the Nazis could have only dreamed of that sort of media control… 

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Springfield Lobby Day for Corporate Tax Transparency Tuesday, November 27, 2012 7:00am-7:00pm

Get Involved..

Join LAC and our allies in Make Wall Street Pay Illinois for a press conference and lobby day in Springfield. We need a fair and progressive tax code in Illinois and corporate tax transparency is the first step! Register now! http://www.lakeviewaction.org/ The Lakeview Action Coalition (LAC) is a non-profit, multi-issue community organization. The Coalition is comprised of 49 institutional members, including religious congregations, non-profit agencies, banks, business associations, a credit union and a senior citizens caucus. These diverse institutions are stakeholders in the Chicago communities of Lakeview, Lincoln Park and North Center. LAC enables its members to act on their values in public life by participating in the decisions that shape our community’s future. We fulfill this mission by organizing people around issues affecting our members and by developing leaders through training, action and reflection. Since our founding in 1993, we have fought for justice, solidarity and diversity.

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The Post-Republican republicans

Post-Republican. The term is  far more legitimate than the fictitious “post-racial,” a term pundits on the right invented as though electing Barack Obama finally ended America’s racial apartheid.  No one on the Left entertained seriously the term. The Right, however is quickly scrambling to come to terms with their post-election, post-Republican reality.

From within the party is being torn apart by significant forces, while proving itself increasingly narrow, obsolete and insignificant, except as obstructionists without focus. Conservative Moderates will have to confront that, and confront the ability to negotiate and compromise, things the old and not so grand party has set a standard in eschewing. That won’t be an easy fight, and no matter which side prevails, it heralds the end of the Republican party as we no it. Whether that will be a complete swing towards extremism, or something capable of functioning with other adults remains to be seen.

So far prospects for some sort of reasonable and workable party are disappointing, to say the least.  First, the party cannot even come to terms with the losses, particularly presidential, that it wrought on its own. The radio, TV and print pundits, as well as the party heavies, like Rove and Gingrich refuse to say Romney lost, and instead blame the results on a cleverly employed democrat scheme to confuse voters with issues such as minority, immigrant and gender rights, human rights, economic inequality and a rollback of hard fought civil rights and a woman’s right to make choices about her own body. Karl Rove called democrat rebuttals to their foolishness, voter suppression.

The next post-republican party will also have to come to terms with a loud and un-American religious zealotry. That tiny, but wealthy minority, of maily white bigots and narrow-minded bullies attempted to manipulate and guilt the public into their fraudulent prism of extremism masquerading as religion.  It funds legal groups to bully and abuse efforts to firewall the public from such extremism, casting the ACLU-American Civil Liberties-as a hate group to legitimize funneling the public into pretend-religious dogma, which was the cause for the real division in American these last four years. I believe the American people spoke loudly about that as well.

So what is the post-republican reaction and strategy? So far a vocal punditry is attempting to steer the post-party identity towards concealing and obscuring their true motivation. The  effort is to trick  Hispanics, minorities and others to the party to help change the perception from the old white guy party into something resembling, well, the democratic party. Check FOX News’ Sean Hannity’s catharsis regarding his views on economic refugees, which the Republicans called illegal aliens. If you buy it for a second, you’ve been stuck on FOX too long.

 It is a ruse, and all those who enter the party and look around will quickly see they are either being used as the candy coating meant to conceal the true intentions and interests of  a wealthy white power elite. There is no big umbrella, because the former republican party was never about inclusion. It was always about hierarchy and the 1%. They only needed to prey on those who would stumble blindly to the polls, voting for the 1% and against their own interests. Paper thin.

So don’t be fooled. The post-Republican party isn’t changing in structure, just trading one mask for another. Behind the new mask is the same old exclusive and abusive song and dance.