The Frank Factor began August 21, 2007 during the reign of the far right Corporacrats known as the Bush administration. I drew upon my experience as a television professional to create video commentaries aimed at giving voice to opinions and news that I felt were deliberately stifled in the corporate media and hopefully with passion and a little humor.
As I return after a brief hiatus, I would like to improve and modify my approach to this vital issue–the state of American politics. It is my intention to appeal to not only those with whom I enjoy solidarity but also to those who are in disagreement with me. I want to appeal to logic, reason, a sense of humanity and the fellowship of all of us here in America and the world. There will be no “sales” in the pejorative sense of the word, only appeals to reason. If after careful consideration we agree to disagree-so be it. The effort is an honest one. Hopefully I will succeed at containing my contempt but not at the expense of remaining humorous.
Obama’s cabinet appointments were hideous. Suddenly the Democrats were somehow held hostage by a minority of the party from which America was running.
- I am not interested in anything right wing.
- I don’t want to debate the merits of idiotic “free market” ideologies
- No Paranoiac rants about “The Collective”
- No Moronic blather about the “Confiscation of wealth” by idiots that have no fucking idea how taxes are imposed and the real world operation of government in the United States.
- I will not entertain any “armed insurrection/revolution bull shit”. Turning America into the streets of Baghdad is another moronic “bright idea” for reasons that, if need be explained, speak to the idiocy of the proponent.
- And if you can’t tell the difference between me saying “you’re and idiot, asshole” or pejorative of choice and, “I want to kill you”, don’t waste my time and the time of others. You may need counseling or perhaps a better education.
- No LIbertarians!
- No Democratic Party apologists!
I began as an equal opportunity offender and was later bamboozled into actually believing that a nation disengaged and bullied for so long had actually found a Progressive voice in Barack Obama. That didn’t last long. With solid majorities and a Democratic executive we should have been at least as effective and powerful as the Bush administration. But then the signals appeared. Obama’s cabinet appointments were hideous. Suddenly the Democrats were somehow held hostage by a minority of the party from which America was running. Then the ultimate kick in the privates-Health Care.
In the face of overwhelming public support for single payer or a public option, the Democratic head of the committee entrusted with the most power over the proceedings banished any discussion of these publicly desired options from the debate. Further inaction of this new “Hope and Change” administration did anything but change to any significant amount many of the most egregious of the right wing Corporatists policies.
If there is going to be any hope for a change it will have to be found in more than showing up to vote. We have to prepare the ground for a new planting.
It was clear that both parties are merely extensions of the same monied interests. The Democrats are in essence paid to be ineffectual bumblers and well meaning wimps. If there is going to be any hope for a change it will have to be found in more than showing up to vote. We have to prepare the ground for a new planting. We have to weed out decades of entrenched Madison Avenue propaganda intended to serve one end–the expansion of corporate power over the People.
I want to elevate Progressivism and to define the goals and philosophies we strive for in such as way as to be concise, honest and comprehensive. I firmly believe that it is the best way forward for America and that the majority of Americans are actually socially Progressive and marginally economically conservative.
Our voices are muted by the fact that Progresivism promotes social and economic justice and these two points are anathema to predatory capitalism. I believe in and promote a mixed market economy, one in which private enterprise is encouraged and nurtured to promote innovation and progress but where American Citizens are seen as a family. We pitch in together toward Democratically defined goals and programs and protect our valuable resources both tangible and intangible.