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.