In the latest of nine (!!!) totally negative comments on my recent pro-New Democrat post here “As I’ve Been Saying…It’s TIME!!! (Updated)” (, centerfielddj wrote (In the false-accusative manner he or she has used countless times before on this blog.):

Please link a post from a community member who shares your explicit desire to allow States and Counties to deny the right to marriage for same sex couples.

Having a rare, enjoyably free Sunday…I basically work 7 days a week at my musical art/craft…I though I’d sit down and painstakingly refute some of those kneejerk accusations once again.


Read on.
Dear Centerfielddj…

I personally do not give a good goddamn which of the 7 sexes care to cohabit and/or marry in a legal sense. That’s one reason that I choose to live in this wonderfully complex and relatively free (compared to most other areas of the country) city of New York.

I also believe that people have a right to their own beliefs.

And…in majority rule.

The fractured state of this country today…culturally, politically, socially and economically…is witness to its basic problems in terms of dealing with those two concepts. The Trump regime is the lowest, worst result of this problem so far…rule by a minority that is trying to impose its own beliefs on the entire country.

I have no surefire, practical solutions to integrating those two ideas in a nation this large and this diverse other than some form of less centralized rule of law. You cannot legislate morality from a remote center…not efficiently, anyway…nor can you legislate “belief.” It just doesn’t work.

If you have some practical solutions to resolving that basic dichotomy other than the Looney Tunes farce that has been going on in Washington D.C. since the Long Coup of the assassination years…practical solutions that do not include some sort of governmental decentralization…please offer them.

If you do not…and it appears that all you really have to offer is a years-long list of complaints about my own attempts at figuring out this basic problem in this now completely multicultural nation that we laughingly call the United States…then I suppose we will all have to continue to suffer your own empty, kneejerk huffing and puffing.

So it goes.

You also write:

Feel free to link a post from another community member who shares your opposition to unemployment insurance.

If we had an adequate educational system…one that is not based on the economic position of neighborhoods (thus racially-based in this largely still segregated country)…and also an economic system that was not allowed to sell off jobs to nations with much lower wages in the name of obscene profit, our unemployment problems would diminish enormously within a couple of generations. I do not “oppose” unemployment insurance, I oppose planned unemployment in the interests of inadequate wages. Solve that problem…a problem that Ross Perot quite clearly sketched out during his presidential campaign in 1992…and massive unemployment insurance would shrink radically, needed only to sustain the unemployable.

From the NY Times coverage of the 1992 presidential debates:

Q: Yes, I’d like to direct my question to Mr. Perot. What will you do as President to open foreign markets to fair competition from American business, and to stop unfair competition here at home from foreign countries so that we can bring jobs back to the United States.

PEROT: That’s right at the top of my agenda. We’ve shipped millions of jobs overseas and we have a strange situation because we have a process in Washington where after you’ve served for a while you cash in and become a foreign lobbyist, make $30,000 a month; then take a leave, work on Presidential campaigns, make sure you got good contacts, and then go back out. Now if you just want to get down to brass tacks, the first thing you ought to do is get all these folks who’ve got these one-way trade agreements that we’ve negotiated over the years and say, “Fellows, we’ll take the same deal we gave you.” And they’ll gridlock right at that point because, for example, we’ve got international competitors who simply could not unload their cars off the ships if they had to comply — you see, if it was a two-way street — just couldn’t do it. We have got to stop sending jobs overseas.

To those of you in the audience who are business people, pretty simple: If you’re paying $12, $13, $14 an hour for factory workers and you can move your factory South of the border, pay a dollar an hour for labor, hire young — let’s assume you’ve been in business for a long time and you’ve got a mature work force — pay a dollar an hour for your labor, have no health care — that’s the most expensive single element in making a car — have no environmental controls, no pollution controls and no retirement, and you don’t care about anything but making money, there will be a giant sucking sound going south.

So we — if the people send me to Washington the first thing I’ll do is study that 2,000-page agreement and make sure it’s a two-way street. One last part here — I decided I was dumb and didn’t understand it so I called the Who’s Who of the folks who’ve been around it and I said, “Why won’t everybody go South?” They say, “It’d be disruptive.” I said, “For how long?” I finally got them up from 12 to 15 years. And I said, “well, how does it stop being disruptive?” And that is when their jobs come up from a dollar an hour to six dollars an hour, and ours go down to six dollars an hour, and then it’s leveled again. But in the meantime, you’ve wrecked the country with these kinds of deals. We’ve got to cut it out.

But we didn’t “cut it out,” and here we jolly well are, aren’t we…printing money at a disastrous rate in an attempt to stave of an economic collapse that this time would probably result in the necessity for some form of martial law.

Great work, slaves of the .01%.

Corporate-owned DemocRats and RatPublicans.

And…you finish with this doozy:

You’re welcome to find a post from another community member who shares your your support for voter ID laws.

The concept of  a “voter ID”…if it were to be applied honestly and without any aims at disenfranchising various minorities…is no more radically wrong than the idea of passports or driver’s licenses.

But here we find ourselves, right back in the kettle of the original statement regarding my personal beliefs above:

I believe that people have a right to their own beliefs.

And…I believe in majority rule.

If in a seriously dispersed, large country like the U.S. the central government…on plentiful evidence…cannot and/or will not police sections of the country that use gerrymandering, voter ID laws and whatever other dirty tricks they can conjure up to effectively disenfranchise minorities?

Then that is further evidence that said government is broken and needs to be fixed.

I have been supporting Beto O’Rourke here because I think that he is the one Democratic candidate…so far, anyway…that shows promise of being able to provide a landslide, supermajority-propelled win for the rapidly changing “new” Democratic Party. Perhaps a new majority is raising its head all over this country.

We shall see, soon enough.

Do the corporate-owned mass media still have enough juice to tip the scales centerward once again?

Or have they become so patently false…from MSNBC right on through to Fox News…that enough people have stopped being seriously influenced by them to be able to seriously change this system in a lawful way?

We’ll find that out soon enough, too.

Won’t we.

You, Mr. or Ms. Centerfielddj?

Your choice of blog name says all about you that needs to be understood.

I think that you are already old news.

Centrist news.



P.S. Keep flogging on, though.

Somebody’s got to be wrong…

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