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Month: September 2018

Peace & Freedom Party Presidential Candidate Says No Freedom No Peace

I’ve often thought that one of the best features of this 50-year Throwback Thursday column is how closely articles from our Issues back then – week-by-week, year-by-year – often tracked right along with the contemporary news.
Examples abound: ecology concerns vs. the cry against climate change, Gay parades and now legalized same-partner marriages, protesting Dow Chemical and winning suits against Monsanto, Union Oil spills and BP’s cleanup, smog reduction and fighting for fuel efficiency, water scarcity and… water scarcity, skid row and homelessness, the War on Drugs and today’s losing battle against opioids, topless to braless, considering bi to turning trans, whispering socialism to shouting “Why not?”, Women’s Lib to the Million Woman March, and so many more.

Each one is an evolution from then to now – their past somehow right in step with headlines 50-years later – even Jane Fonda is right on cue! But, of course, we pointed out these ‘remarkable coincidences’ purposefully.
In fact, a main objective of our ‘re-incarnation’ was to show that while the ideology of the 60’s was on target, the process of turning it into reality was amiss; for gosh sakes! we’re still striving for the same goals 50 years later!! The hope was that you would would see where we went wrong and would add to the conversation of how we could set it aright.

But I digress 🙂 … what I need to say is this: while it has been a pleasure to lay the parallel tracks of old news and new news before you, we’ve reached an inconvenient crossing; ‘this year’s’ Presidential election (in 1968) has no parallel in our current year.
And, surely, we want to put, what turned out to be, one of the most dynamic races of all time up as a history lesson. So here is what we’ll be doing just to keep somewhat to that side-by-side format ~ we’re going to compact those candidates’ yearlong run into the very short period between now and what will be our mid-terms. Let’s see if it, too, will be a neck-to-neck race!
***An Important Note: 6 Candidates later – with the oddities of them and their campaigns discussed – you’ll have an unexpected epiphany… of how you can change the course of history come 2020. So…

Presidential Candidate #1 (we aim to get your interest right from the start) – Black, Independent, a progressive (convicted) serial rapist, self-educated to the point that he could – and did – write a best-seller on the gist of a revolution (a classic, actually). He’s lectured at some of our Nation’s finest universities (he, still, is quotable), was key to the development of the first Party to truly promote the dictum that BlackLivesMatter and, eventually, became a conservative with letters behind his name (GOP).
Here’s the viewpoint, and the reasons that compelled the candidacy of Mr. Leroy Eldridge Cleaver.

p.s. Our Front Page story was of our continuing struggle to compete – legally – in the forum of the Establishment (read as ‘the mainstream press’). Graciously, Mr. Cleaver gives us kudos for that effort.

And one last note… John Mayall is the big name, CTA is the big band (yup, it’s Chicago), and the Mug-Wumps will bring Monday to mind. You can catch them all 3 nights if you hurry.

FBI Chief (Of Course) Writes to the LA Free Press. McCarthy to go on Ballot.



So… what’s new about today’s 50-Year-Old Thursday Throwback? Well, it’s more about what it isn’t than what it is.
For instance, it isn’t complete. Generally, we post the balance of the Front Page articles that flow onto a next page. Not this time. Instead, we’ll be giving you some links as there is just too darn much happening in this – and coming – 1968 Issues to place everything in this one section.
As an example, the important speeches given at the ‘Alt Convention’ (vs the Democratic National Convention) by Tom Hayden, Rennie Davis, and Sidney Peck. We’ll be giving them space elsewhere, and links to them, to you, shortly. (We’re thinking that we’ll have that all organized by the time you get back to this feature next Thursday. K?)
In the meantime, what we’ve chosen for today’s space is an article of an idea that surely should be more feasible than when little more than the LAFreep was around to help it succeed: Putting a candidate on the ballot.
So, while it should not be forgotten the we did have a success in a similar effort – ‘legitimitizing’ the Peace and Freedom Party (and this article, itself, notes that that was likely tougher to accomplish than this) – undoubtedly, today’s ‘new’ social platforms can power-push such concepts into reality much faster than most folks ever imagined ‘back in the day’.
Now you may be wondering if I am advocating for a write-in candidate. The simple answer to that is “No, not yet.” Therefore, I want to plant this seed of an idea – now – so that it has some time to sprout, and so that you have enough time to consider how big you might want it to grow.
To begin… What if, when the next election cycle comes, you don’t like any of the dozen or more Presidential candidates? What if, in fact, you’re not keen on selecting a salesperson with the hope that they can- or will – convert to a competent administrator when elected?
Or what if you believe that, for real, totally eliminating big contributors IS a good thing? And how bad would it be if you were able to wait till the very last months to, just then, pick the right person for the job… better suited to the most current national situation, maybe both in temperament and training, than the ‘Winner’ who got into the race when all was well?
Give it a moment… then picture a plurality in every state going down to the polls knowing a single name well enough that they can spell it correctly on the ballot. Could happen, hey?
Or…maybe not if you don’t help put the pieces in place by then. Here’s what a test run looked like – 50 years ago:

Big concepts with large implications – better to take note, and a break, for the concert in that small ad? Box seats, $6.50? Maybe this is just 2 no-brainers on the same page??