4th Stage Oligarchy


4th Stage Oligarchy

You may  have seen  me use this label on any number of “political” posts on face book. Yes. It is a comparative reference to 4th Stage Cancer – when the malignancy has progressed to a point where little can be done to the system to save it.

Stage IV. This stage means that the cancer has spread to other organs or parts of the body. It may also be called advanced or metastatic cancer. http://www.cancer.net/navigating-cancer-care/diagnosing-cancer/stages-cancer

America Died

Yes. I call it  “4th Stage Oligarchy”. This death of Democracy in America. We all know it. Everybody knows…

“Everybody Knows”

Everybody knows that the dice are loaded
Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed
Everybody knows that the war is over
Everybody knows the good guys lost
Everybody knows the fight was fixed
The poor stay poor, the rich get rich
That’s how it goes
Everybody knows
Leonard Cohen – “Everybody Knows”
 Leonard Cohen wrote the words in 1988, and the song was released on the album/CD “I’m Your Man”.
The Play That Predicted Trump – Brecht’s Arturo Ui; a satirical allegory of the rise of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party in Germany prior to World War II. (The links are to the Wiki page)
Then this from Neal Gabler from Bill Moyers and Company Nov 10, 2016.

Farewell, America

No matter how the rest of the world looked at us on Nov. 7, they will now look at us differently.

Nothing new, really. Wisconsin’s own Fighting Bob Lafollette warned of trusts and “combined capital interests” control of money and credit. The moniker “4th Stage Oligarchy”, Fighting Bob referred to  as The Fourth Period – The Combination of Combinations. “The strife for more money, more power – more power, more money – swept everything before it.     – From a speech delivered in Philadelphia, Feb. 2, 1912. 

The threat has been ever present since the Industrial Revolution, and to give you a “feel” for that distance in time here is a speech by Fighting Bob delivered in 1910. Remember this speech on film was the cutting edge of technology at the time!

Trump, His Virus and Dark Age of Unreason

– By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship June 16, 2016

There’s a virus infecting our politics and right now it’s flourishing with a scarlet heat. It feeds on fear, paranoia and bigotry. All that was required for it to spread was a timely opportunity — and an opportunist with no scruples.
There have been stretches of history when this virus lay dormant. Sometimes it would flare up here and there, then fade away after a brief but fierce burst of fever. At other moments, it has spread with the speed of a firestorm, a pandemic consuming everything in its path, sucking away the oxygen of democracy and freedom. http://billmoyers.com/story/trump-virus-dark-age-unreason/

We are in a new era every bit as haunting and dark as an episode of the Twilight Zone, and is it any wonder how the truth stirs the subconscious before the conscious mind? Thus the popularity of “Walking Dead”?




It’s the Oligarchy (Economy) Stupid

“It’s the economy, stupid!” was the Clinton-Gore campaign slogan in 1992. There was a mild recession because of the transition from a wartime (Cold War) economy to a peacetime economy.Stentorian – 1992

Have trouble understanding the progressives’ failure to “fall in line” with Hillary? It is as simple as the 1992 campaign slogan of Bill, substituting just one word. OLIGARCHY. It is the oligarchy stupid.

Bernie Sanders lit fire as the first major candidate of the democratic party to expose the distribution of wealth as the elephant in hillary_downton4the room of all social unrest, political divisiveness. Bernie spoke emphatically to the primary threat to Democracy as defined by the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. It seems you either “get it” or you don’t.

But why would you “get it”? My friend had cancer for months without knowing it. It was only an unrelated injury that prompted the x ray to reveal the spots on his lung. Okay. (Spoiler – Here comes the “cancer analogy”). To take it a step further, I admit I was blind to the cancer of oligarchy until Bernie began is primary campaign. You see, I believed the threat of the Oligarch was at Stage 2. Only when I saw the “x ray” as represented by the  reporting of the mainstream media and the collusion of the established Democratic Party, only then, was I forced to admit we were at Stage 4 Oligarchy. Until then I trusted the folks on MSNBC. I watched the Rachel Maddow show religiously. I believed in the democratic party and Bill Clinton, msnbc_cheerleaders3Barney Frank, Al Franken, and Tammy Baldwin. When presented with results of the x ray offered by Bernie Sanders and faced the doom of Stage 4 Oligarchy, I went through all the levels of grieving. Yes. It was painful. Denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and finally, acceptance.

So, I no longer see the America or the world as I did a few months ago. I ask those who see the historical icon of the first woman President, and the real threat posed by Trump, to bear with me. I’ve come to acceptance that “It is the Oligarchy stupid”. The “stupid” is self directed. Sometimes the anger at myself comes out as an surly rant on face book, but  the truth is; I am angry with myself, mostly.  I have seen the awful diagnosis of Stage 4 Oligarchy. This is it. There is no time to experiment  with the therapy of “choosing the lesser evil” or “climbing aboard to beat Trump”. 

But let me share withbaldwin_berniephone you the event that “sealed the deal”, when Stage 4 Oligarchy was spoken so loud and clear that all power of denial was lost for good. It was the Wisconsin Democratic Primary.

Surely, if Bernie did well by the voters, the democratic establishment would represent their (large D) Democratic choice.  No. No. And NO. Three of the Super Delegates from Badger Land heard the voice of their constituents and denied them as quickly as a rooster can crow three times. I was slapped silly. kind_berniephoneHere in a state where democrats and progressives have been denied and muted for all the years of the reign of Scott Walker, surely we could count on the leaders of the democratic party to finally give us a hope for cheer. They would listen and honor the will of the people from the ultimate poll of polls; the ballot box. No. No. And NO. Super Delegates Ron Kind, Tammy Baldwin, and Gwen Moore all put the prevailing wind of the Oligarchy and party over the vote of the people they represent. They didn’t even apologize or waver overMoore_super their individual choice of Hillary over the overwhelming majority of the people of Wisconsin. No. No. And NO. I voted and trusted these people at every election and rally for years. That was it. No further doubt. Stage 4 Oligarchy.

The doctor walked slowly into my living room while MSNBC blared in the background with Chris Mathews delivering a bit of script supplied by the Hillary Campaign (documented in Wiki Leak emails) and stood silent for a moment. I knew what the diagnosis was, denial melted before he even spoke the words: “Stage 4 Oligarchy”.

Whether you agree with the diagnosis or not, this is where I live. It ain’t easy. I once enjoyed watching the day’s news on CNN and MSNBC and stayed up (I am a morning person these days) to watch The Rachel Maddow Show. No more. When you go Stage 4 the whole world changes. What once seemed truthful and entertaining, now smells of disingenuous babble. When you’ve gone Stage 4 there is no Hillary out there to save you. Hillary is the very Queen Oligarchy. At Stage 4 there is no more time for Hillary and the threat of Trump is a lesser evil than death of American Democracy. It has already been bought and trampled beyond recognition.

The last great hope is for a miracle at the democratic convention or the Green Party; the last two options for curing Stage 4 within the body politic.

So, if you are a Hillary supporter, please understand – It is the Oligarchy stupid.







CURVE Ball – Chris Mathews

Chris Mathews throws “sucker” pitches from his MSNBC “Hardball” platform

Yes. MSNBC is touting the Chris Mathew’s “Documentary”:  “Chris Matthews explores Hillary Clinton’s historic political course, from first lady to Secretary of State, and potentially first woman elected president of the United States. msnbc_hillaryboycottTune in Sunday at 9pm ET on MSNBC.”

HA!  This is not “Hardball”, but a curve ball – a spit ball delivered by a once great pitcher from a mound of defeated journalistic ideals.

Bernie supporters are well aware and furious at the unbalanced, skewed, and slanted messaging spewing from MSNBC and CNN. After all, why would Comcast or Time Warner want to pay their just taxes under the reign of that “socialist” Bernie Sanders?  But Chris Mathews has reinvented his “Hardball” platform to become little more than glee club for the Hillary campaign. Why is Mathew’s Hillary cheer leading any more insidious than that of his MSNBC and CNN mates? Mathew’s wife Kathleen (pictured above with her Hardball hubby) is running for Congress Maryland’s 8th District! Well how about them apples? And the proof of his unfair use of position lies within the winding strings within Mathew’s Hardball.

MSNBC Produces “Hillary” Documentary with Chris Mathews and Kathleen Gets the Prize

OK. Last June Mathews admitted the “possible” conflict of interest presented by Kathleen’s run for Congress.

“As a journalist, I also know how mathews_socialistimportant it is to respect certain boundaries on my support for her both in my public role and here on MSNBC. And while most of you know that our show doesn’t typically cover congressional races, I will continue to fully disclose my relationship with her as part of MSNBC’s commitment to being transparent and fair in our coverage.”

Well I have not heard him mention the “conflict” even once since that time. Have you?

All of my former favorite shows have become cheer sections for Hillary, but in the case of Chris Mathews the over reach and blatant disregard for anything approaching journalism has crossed a line. Isn’t it interesting how the Hillary Doc cropped up immediately after her anticipated victory in the New York Primary? Like it just showed up at the right time. Right.

So, how has Chris Mathews used his platform for Kathleen’s benefit?

“Using Federal Election Commission data andmsnbc_cheerleaders3 Hardball transcripts, The Intercept has identified 48 frequent guests of Matthews’s program who have made donations to the Kathleen Matthews for Congress campaign. These individuals, their spouses, or their political action committees donated $79,050 as of December 31, 2015 — about 5 percent of the $1.5 million Matthews had raised as of that time.”

“Some of the guests made the donations after they were on the show — in some cases, long after. But in at least 11 of these cases, the Hardball guests appeared on the program after Kathleen Matthews announced her candidacy, and without any disclosure of the donations. And in at least three of those cases, the donations came within days of the MSNBC appearance.” Read more


I will NOT be watching Chris Mathew’s documentary of the joy of being on the good side of Hillary Clinton Sunday night. Nope!



Walker Charged with Embezzlement

Yes. I am making the charges here and now. Anyone want to join me? Scott Walker is little more than a thief hiding in plain sight, unless I am not understanding the meaning of the word: “embezzlement”.
noun: embezzlement; plural noun: embezzlements
  1. theft or misappropriation of funds placed in one’s trust or belonging to one’s employer.
    “charges of fraud and embezzlement”

Visualize Justice

When was Scott Walker authorized to remove funds walker_arrested2from the state treasury for his private use? Can anyone point to such an authorization or legislative action ? Why do the Democrats and the press treat this crime as some sort of “cute” political anomaly? Scott Walker is a thief, an embezzler hiding in plain sight. One of the few slap-on-the-hand demands for repayment was issued last year! Yes 4 months ago. Not only is Scott Walker still walking free, he is planning on running for a third term!

Friday, 11 December 2015 15:13 – 4 MONTHS AGO!

MADISON – Nearly three months have passed since Governor Walker ended his presidential campaign and the day he promised to repay state taxpayers for costs incurred during his presidential campaign. As homeowners and small businesses begin receiving their property tax bills, the outstanding debt racked up by Governor Walker’s presidential campaign has largely gone unpaid.


For Immediate Release                                                  

January 29, 2016 3 MONTHS AGO !
Governor Walker Commits to Shifting Campaign Costs onto Wisconsin Taxpayers
MADISON – This afternoon, it was reported that Governor Walker’s political campaign will no longer be paying for his security team’s travel costs for campaign events. Wisconsin taxpayers will be left footing the bill, even when those costs are incurred by Governor Walker leaving the state for campaign rallies.
In response, Rep. Katrina Shankland (D-Stevens Point) released the following statement:
“Faced with $1 million in campaign debt, Governor Walker is trying to cut corners in any way he can. In this case, he is unloading his campaign security costs onto the backs of Wisconsin taxpayers.
“Since the governor is publicly announcing that he will bill his campaign security travel costs to taxpayers, it is even more pressing that the legislature take action. I urge my Republican colleagues to call a hearing on the Wisconsin Taxpayer Protection Act to end this abuse of public dollars.”

Posted: Apr 22, 2016 6:35 PM CST
Updated: Apr 22, 2016 6:35 PM CST

She urged. Stop urging and INDICT. Now. Today!

Embezzlement is a Crime

Wisconsin citizens who are not Governor get indicted and convicted of – “theft or misappropriation of funds placed in one’s trust or belonging to one’s employer” – every week, and for smaller takes than the current of Governor of Wisconsin.  I don’t see any letters from representatives “urging” that “something be done”.  Hell no. Slam. Bam. Thank you Mam.









Why were Stephanie and Jeffrey not allowed the same 4 month long delay before their convictions? Why were they abused of paying back the money over time? Why was there crime treated like breaking the law, while Scot Walker’s theft is seldom mentioned in the press, and when it is, it is washed over like some sort of silly slight of hand or fetching political maneuver? No. It is a crime committed by Scott Walker as much as the crime committed by Stephanie and Jeffrey! INDICT!

Yes – the Stolen Funds Remain Outstanding!

Posted: Apr 22, 2016 6:35 PM CST   MADISON (WKOW) — A recent campaign filing shows Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s campaign debt from his failed presidential bid is now under $1 million.

Filed this week, it shows the debt at $952,000, down around $141,000 from the previous month.

Gov. Walker has been slowly paying off his campaign debt since calling off his 71-day campaign for president last September. During the brief run, his campaign spent an average of $90,000 a day.

Walker’s latest Federal Election Commission filing shows he raised about $128,000 in the last month.

Call for Indictment

Citizens of Wisconsin have been wrangled by the shift and shuffle of lawyers and judges defending oligarchy for 7 long years, while the thief is hiding in plain site. Where have I heard this expression before? Enough is Enough!


WIS Super Delegate CALL LIST

The “declared” Super Delegates below became committed to Hillary in August of 2015 through a scheme explained in the Young Turks video at the bottom of the  page.

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Published on Apr 4, 2016

To give you a sense of how much the Democratic Party/DNC establishment is on Hillary Clinton’s side, we have an amazing story from Counterpunch about how they funneled millions into her campaign. Somehow this is apparently legal, but it seems a lot like money laundering. Cenk Uygur, host of The Young Turks, breaks it down.


Indict Walker! Tammy calls in the DOJ


The arrest and cuffing of the Wisconsin State Capital doors really did happen. Walker really did shut down the People’s House in reaction to the massive demonstrations in the early days of his “Act 10” administration. Even U.S. Congressman Dave Obey expressed anger that the Wisconsin State Capitol was closed to demonstrators this week. Obey, who served the state’s 7th District from 1969 until 2011, was himself denied entry.

Remember the Outrage

It just happened again – only worse. No, the physical doors were not locked and cuffed, but last week the doors to the people where locked and shuttered as surely as they were on that cold February day. After years of illegal, back room gerrymandering, stacking the Supreme Court, and buying votes in exchange for handouts of tax credits, real estate, and high paying political appointments – wallker_madoff2the path was cut to slam the doors of the Peoples’ House in a more devastating ploy than the physical cuffing of the entrance years ago. Slam, Bam, Thank-you Mam! Walker and the GOP just succeeded in a play that would have left Bernie Madoff or Al Capone hopping like students of at a “Jump Around” break at a Badgers Game. Yes in a sweeping power grab, that left the concept of democracy searching for new definitions from WIKI, the GOP passed laws to make it next to impossible to be investigated. All this in the same week that thousands of jobs were lost with the closing of Oscar Meyer in Madison and proceeded by other closings in recent months – Spartech of Portage, Eaton of Watertown – and what is the GOP Assembly, Senate, concerned about? Jobs? NO. Crumbling roads? NO. Making certain they cannot be investigated? YES. Jump Around!

So What’s To Do?

So with a sweep of Walkers pen the wrists of democracy are left slashed and bleeding in a State where we cannot investigate the wrong doing of our democratic political leaders. The John Doe investigation, the investigative action that has a longer life than Walker Administration itself, is no longer recognized as a “legitimate” tool for uncovering the corruption that most of the people can plainly see really did happen. Does anyone really believe Walker did not know about the secret emails being spit out like sunflower shells from a toothless lawmaker? No. All old hat. Jump Around!

What About the FBI

When I looked at the FBI web site they say:

It’s our top priority among criminal investigations—and for good reason.

Public corruption poses a fundamental threat to our national security and way of life. It impacts everything from how well our borders are secured and our neighborhoods protected…to verdicts handed down in courts…to the quality of our roads, schools, and other

walker_fbigovernment services. And it takes a significant toll on our pocketbooks, wasting billions in tax dollars every year.

And if you follow the link you will see the picture above. The grainy guy in the sport coat reminded me of a pic in my “Walker file”. Yes? No? Is he being investigated? Did they inadvertently pull a picture from an on-going investigation? Probably not.

Best Hope for a Walker Indictment

Thanks to the new legislation, Walker will never face indictment from any investigation within the State of Wisconsin. The only hope for justice must come from the Federal level, and it appears we finally have a representative willing to get the ball rolling. Enter Tammy Baldwin.

In a letter to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Baldwin asks for a review of how three loans by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation were handled. The loans have not been repaid.Call to DOJ

Of course, the three loans are just the tip of cold, blue ice berg of corruption. It is unclear what finally prompted Tammy to take the action, but it may be the last hope for a Walker indictment. A federal investigation would finally spill the Walker’s criminal pay-to-play orgy of naked depravity into the national press; the kind of scrutiny that may well be the real reason he dropped out of the Presidential race.

Here is the link to sign a petition to demand the end of Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation. Citizen Action of Wisconsin

Here is the address and phone for Tammy Baldwin’s Madison office.
30 W. Mifflin Street, Suite 700
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 264-5338

The Department of Justice recommends submitting a tip to your local FBI Field office. You will find the contact number on the same FBI page as the shadowy Walker photo:
Springfield, IL: (877) U-TIP-OFF

Walker – He gets things done!

Only in a culture of hyperactive, get rich quick, delusion can the adage “He gets things done” stand alone as an unquestionably desirable character trait for a leader. Yet, if we’ve heard it once as a sound byte to describe Scott Walker’s strong asset as a candidate, we’ve heard it a million times. Along with, “He won three elections in four years” or “He is a ‘doer'”.walkerbrownbackdone Being a “get things done” leader says nothing without further analysis. Stalin “got things done”, Jesus “got things done”, Bin Laden “got things done”, Martin Luther King “got things done”… well you see the point. Yet, you will hear this hollow description of “he gets things done” as one of the shining descriptors of Candidate Walker across the media as though it holds some rich and glorious meaning. He is a “Doer” – “He gets things done”. No analysis, no list, no details, – he just gets things done. Oh boy! That should put him up 7 points in the Iowa polls.

We in Wisconsin hold an entirely different set of images to the adage “He gets things done”, than the rest of the country. We see children whose learning programs are being canceled, we see teachers who are retiring early, we see elderly people being drug tested to get food, we see people suffering and dying for lack of affordable health care, we see our universities shedding talented staff, we see our roads crumbling, we see women’s health programs being cut, – all for what? For something to do? To “get things done”? Please do not tell the people of Wisconsin, “He gets things done” without further qualification. We know. We know it like telling our child that her favorite teacher will not be back next year. Oh yes. Scott Walker has gotten things done in Wisconsin. Oh yes, he has.

But let’s look at a fitting and appropriate example of how Walker’s brand of “he gets things done” is playing out in another state. Let’s look at Kansas. Let’s take a little peek at how Governor Sam Brownback is “getting things done”, because Brownback’s Tea political stance, and legislative initiatives offer a mirror image to those of Candidate Walker. The only difference is time. All that Brownback has “done” in Kansas has begun to play out and fester. Wisconsin is only beginning to feel the very earliest effects of the tax cutting, trickle down, policies that Brownback and Walker share. And, Kansas now offers clear map for what road ahead will offer Wisconsin in months and years to come.

Can you read this Iowa, New Hampshire, MSNBC, CNN, WISCONSIN?

Kansas Republicans Finally Admit That Their Tax Cuts For The Wealthy Have Failed

This isn’t some liberal/progressive warning of sour grapes. This is fact. This is exactly what is about to become an obvious fact in Wisconsin.

Since Kansas embarked on its “tea party experiment,” the state has faced severe budget shortages. They collected nearly $6 million less than expected in tax revenue — stemming mainly from a drop in sales tax revenue — this month adding on to an ongoing shortfall, and the legislature has gone into an extended session trying to figure out how to either cut spending or raise revenue to balance the budget.

Brownback told the legislature that he would unveil a tax plan Friday, but he abruptly canceled his appearance, leaving the legislature to debate the budget into the weekend. Ironically, each additional day they spend in session costs them an additional $40,000.kansas finally considers tax hikes to plug budget hole

Don’t get me wrong. Pleasing the Koch Brothers and Bradley Foundation does work for luring in campaign contributions. You know, big billboards that say things like “Walker gets things done”, however the “trickle down” tax cut experiment did not work under Reagan, does not work in Kansas, and is about to pull Wisconsin further and further into an anemic abyss of loss of opportunity for the next generation.

But you can always say, and we will always remember – Scott Walker gets things done!

Texas swallowing Tea

In early January of 2013 Congress finally approved a $9.7 billion package to pay flood insurance claims from Hurricane Sandy. The measure was supposed to come to a vote earlier in the week, but was tabled by House Speaker John Boehner, drawing much criticism from both Democrats and his fellow Republicans alike.
House Sandy Aid

The measure passed unanimously through the Senate, but 67 members of the House of Representatives voted “no” to assisting people who were left, at best, powerless or homeless by a hurricane in November. All 67 are Republicans. Republicans who vote “no”

Nine of the “NO” votes came from Texas the names of the Representatives are in bold at the right.

Not one GOP Representative from Wisconsin voted “yes” to Hurricane Sandy aid. Not One. Duffy, Ryan, Lip Sync Sandy Aid ‘NO’ Vote

In the same month more than 100,000 people signed an online petition calling on the Obama administration to allow Texas to secede from the United States and create an independent government received an official 476-word response from the White House last week.January 2013 New York Times

The short answer was no.

Ted Cruz voted “NO” to aid for victims of hurricane Sandy saying:

This bill is symptomatic of a larger problem in Washington – an addiction to spending money we do not have. The United States Senate should not be in the business of exploiting victims of natural disasters to fund pork projects that further expand our debt.Cruz demands federal money

In a recent press conference on the deadly flooding in Texas, Cruz said, “The federal government’s role, once the Governor declares a disaster area and makes a request, I am confident that the Texas congressional delegation, Sen. Cornyn and I, and the members of Congress both Republicans and Democrats will stand united as Texans in support of the federal government fulfilling its statutory obligations, and stepping in to respond to this natural disaster.

Sandy vote NO

Mike Conaway (R-TX)

Bill Flores (R-TX)

Louie Gohmert (R-TX)

Kenny Marchant (R-TX)

Randy Neugebauer (R-TX)

Paul Ryan (R-WI)

Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI)

Duffy (R-WI)

Mac Thornberry (R-TX)

Randy Weber (R-TX)

Roger Williams (R-TX)

The people have no government, but an absurd representation of such

This is not government by the people in the people’s House, this is government by the wealthy few who are writing the lyrics to be performed in a aria designed to preserve and protect their place at the top – while the average worker has seen their own wealth shrink to historical lows. The “Anthem Against Sandy” by Wisconsin House members was not representative of the majority of voters who turn out to help when their fellows when they are devastated by the calamities of tornadoes and floods. Yet, the Wisconsin and Texas Tea Party Caucus has shamed the true character of the Badger State, the Lone Star State, and democracy itself. They said “no” to disaster aid at one place and time, and “yes” in another. They sing the false, pre-written lyrics for all the world to know.

Please end this shameful ballad of partisan demagoguery. Let us not be represented on the national stage as uncaring and hard of heart. This is not Wisconsin or Texas. End the Tea Party sing-a-long once and for all.