A Look At The Socialist Party

By
K.G. Bethlehem 

Socialist Party USA - en.wikipedia.org
Socialist Party USA. en.wikipedia.org

The race for the presidency is now in the season of Spring. One could say “new life” is being renewed in the bid to be the President of the United States of America. This article will focus on the Socialist Party of the United States of America. First, lets look at the basic definition of socialism.

  • Socialism is a range of economic and social systems characterized by social ownership and democratic control of the means of production, as well as the political ideologies, theories, and movements that aim at their establishment.

The term has been thrown around a lot for the past few years and with the resurgence of socialist candidates like Bernie Saunders, it has been getting more attention. Mostly in a negative light, since most connect socialism and communism. Both have similarities and some circles would conclude that communism is socialism going 100mph, but there are stark differences. Most notably, while communism is a political system, socialism is primarily an economic system that can exist in various forms under a wide range of political systems. Communism can not exist among other political systems; not at all. For instance; In communism all people are the same and therefore classes are illogical. The government should own all means of production and land as well as everything else. People should work for the government and the collective output should be redistributed equally. With socialism, all individuals should have access to basic articles of consumption and public goods to allow for self-actualization and further progressive movement in society to enhance the whole in the long run. Major industries are collective efforts and the returns from these industries must benefit society as a whole.

African People's Socialist Party-USA - History. Chairman Omali with Huey Newton at the
African People’s Socialist Party-USA – History. Chairman Omali with Huey Newton at the

With that out of the way, lets look into the Socialist Party of the United States of America. Their current platform is:

  • The Socialist Party stands for the abolition of every form of domination and exploitation, whether based on social class, gender, race/ethnicity, age, education, sexual orientation, or other characteristics.
  • We are committed to the transformation of capitalism through the creation of a democratic socialist society based on compassion, empathy, and respect as well as the development of new social structures. Socialism will establish a new social and economic order in which workers and community members will take responsibility for and control of their interpersonal relationships, their neighborhoods, their local government, and the production and distribution of all goods and services.
  • For these reasons we call for social ownership and democratic control of productive resources, for a guarantee to all of the right to participate in societal production, and to a fair share of society’s product, in accordance with individual needs.
  • As we pursue a socialist transformation of society, we join with others in making radical demands on the existing system: demands that challenge the basic assumptions of a capitalist market economy while pointing the way to a new society. Although reforms will not in themselves bring about socialism, the fight for them will advance the cause by demonstrating the inherent limitations and injustice of the capitalist system. As we build the socialist movement, we organize around a platform committed to our common and interdependent struggles and aspirations.

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An example is their economic plan:

  • The Socialist Party stands for a fundamental transformation of the economy, focusing on production for need not profit. So-called fair trade is meaningless as long as the world economy is dominated by a few massive corporations. Only a global transformation from capitalism to democratic socialism will provide the conditions for international peace, justice, and economic cooperation based on the large-scale transfer of resources and technology from the developed to the developing countries.
  • The are in total agreement with federal minimum wage being raise to $15 per hour along with the cancellation of 3rd World countries debts.

Here is an example of their ideas on education:

  • The Socialist Party recognizes the right of students of all ages to a free, quality education in a safe and supportive environment, and of all school employees to good wages, benefits, and working conditions • We call for full and equal funding of public education; for the restoration of a comprehensive K-12 curriculum, including art, music, world languages, and physical education; for an end to all public funding of private schools; and for free tuition and full-time teachers with full benefits (not “adjuncts”) at the post-secondary level. This also includes equal access to higher education for all people and support publicly funded higher education.

Emidio Mimi Soltysik and Angela Nicole Walker

The Socialist Party of USA current President and Vice President candidates are Emidio “Mimi” Soltysik (P) and Angela Nicole Walker (VP). Here is an excerpt from their open letter expressing their commitment in being their party’s candidate for the presidency of 2016:

“The campaign’s focus throughout the upcoming year will not be on the candidates. The campaign’s focus will be on you. You are the mother, the father, the student, the worker. You are the community — the community that fights for the breath of dignity as the boot of oppression digs its heel into your throat – and you are the sacred, essential ingredient necessary for liberation. Capitalism and its defenders tremble when contemplating your power. That fear makes us smile, as we are seeing the dawn of a new era of equality, peace, and justice peeking over the horizon. Its light heals our collective wounds. It is the light of socialism.”

Emidio Mimi Soltysik (P) and Angela Nicole Walker (VP)

For more information please visit their website at: http://socialistparty-usa.net/index.html

Workout At Home!

By
K.G Bethlehem

 

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Funny Fitness Cartoons | Starting to Exercise Joke. http://www.pinterest.com

Working out can be a dreadful proposition. The more you climb in years, the more of a struggle it can be. First, you work long hours all week, and the weekends aren’t much better because you’re trying to do everything you couldn’t do during the work week. If you have kids that workload increases, and if you work shift work, your days off are at chaotic times. Then there’s your significant other that you must devote time for and with. With all of that and more, working out is the last thing you want to do, well sometimes–bills anyone?

So you decide you’re going to make time to workout, and you’re searching for a great and reasonably-priced gym.  Most of the so-called ‘deals’, aren’t deals at all, and membership costs are way out of your price range. Then, when you do find a great deal, location is a factor because the gym is farther from your home and/or neighborhood than you prefer which causes gas and mileage to affect your budget. Oh, let’s not forget the times you joined a gym and only went 10 times or less throughout the year?! Are there any other options!?

Here is an option, workout at home! You can do this without or limited workout equipment. Here are a few exercises you can perform and also will show what body parts that are being fine tuned.

 

PUSH-UPS: Main Muscle: Chest

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Orange Shoe Personal Fitness. The Fitness Benefits of Push-Ups. orangeshoe.com

 

  • 1) Wide-Grip Push-up: Target Area: Chest

Start from a normal pushup position but spread your hands wider than shoulder length. This will force your chest to pick up the brunt of the work from your triceps and shoulders.

  • 2) Narrow-grip pushup: Target Area: Triceps

Do normal a normal pushup with your hands just a few inches apart from each other underneath your chest.

  • 3) T-Push-Up: Target Area: Intense full-body workout

Start from the push-up position. Take one hand off the ground and raise it straight up in the air (making a T-shape out of your body). Keep your eyes locked on your raised hand. Repeat for your other side. Add dumbbells to the routine to increase the intensity of the workout.

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http://www.leanitup.com
  • 4) Single-Leg Push-up: Target Area: Intense upper body workout

Lift one leg up off the ground and do a set. Switch legs on the next set.

  • 5) Feet-Elevated Push-ups: Target Area: Intense upper body workout

Do a normal push-up, but with your feet elevated on a stable platform like a box or bench. The higher the platform, the more you’ll work your shoulders, chest, core, and scapular stabilizers (the muscles that connect your neck, midback, and shoulders).

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sit ups Archives. scullyfit.com

 

SIT-UPS: Main Muscle: Abdominals

 

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First, lie down on the floor placing your feet either under something that will not move or by having a partner hold them. Your legs should be bent at the knees. Place your hands behind your head and lock them together by clasping your fingers. This is the starting position. Elevate your upper body so that it creates an imaginary V-shape with your thighs. Breathe out when performing this part of the exercise. Once you feel the contraction for a second, lower your upper body back down to the starting position while inhaling. Repeat for the recommended amount of repetitions.

 

Variations:

  • 1. This exercise can be performed with a weighted plate being held by both arms resting on the chest. The way to perform this exercise is to cross your arms by making an X and grabbing the weighted plate. Note: Your hands will no longer be behind your head.
  • 2. This variation may be difficult to perform at first so start out using little to no weights until you feel comfortable with the movements.

LEG HOPS: Main Muscle: All Leg Muscles

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http://www.thefitindian.com4

Movement: Simply hop on one leg. Land on the toes and not the heels, and perform in a rhythmic fashion.

Repetitions: Perform all prescribed reps on one side, then on the other. This counts as one set.

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http://www.buildahardbody.com

These are a few to start off with. There are others, and you can incorporate more into your workouts as you develop. Also, during your workouts, you can wear a slim waistbelt to help lower the body fat around your stomach area. It won’t keep it off that comes from working out, but equally, if not more important, is watching and controlling what you eat. Yes, that means cutting out or cutting down on fast foods, and eating more vegetables and water. Late night snacks—forget about it, but that’s another article.

Working out is like listening to Miles Davis’ jazz. It’s unorganized brilliance with a clear path to perfection.

Here is a 30 minute sample video from fitnessblenders.com which shows some of the workouts written above with others added in.  Keep in mind these exercises were done without equipment!

EDITORIAL: Dinner With Prevaricators, In Nice Clothing

Editorial By
K.G Bethlehem
Theodoric Meyer | ProPublica | News www.nationofchange.com
Theodoric Meyer | ProPublica | News http://www.nationofchange.com

 

Politics Offer Strange Dinner Guests:

Were you ever invited to a dinner and you had no idea who was going to show up? Let’s say you were invited by a good friend you haven’t seen in a long time. You get dressed your best clothes and fragrance yourself with the cologne/perfume you save for unique occasions. You know… the expensive one that smells so good, you only use it twice a year—depending on your healthy schedule of fun? Now you’re ready; you set off to meet you friend who you haven’t seen in ages at a nice restaurant. The one you might go to if you wanted to impress a person you’re dating. Yes, that special one.

Finally you arrive, and tip the valet to park your car, who by the way; appears to be struggling with speaking and looking at you eye-to-eye as you walk inside the restaurant. You speak with the head matron who asks, “What is your party’s name good sir?”

You inform him of the name, he guides you to the table.

While walking to your party’s table, you view yourself in an unfamiliar place. You try to picture its location but it is hard for you to make a distinction from your memory.  It’s as if you’ve seen this dinner room in a movie filled of long trench men with burnt out cigars, and women smiling while holding knives behind their backs.

Black and white for those who see no gray:

You continue to search your mind but came up with no answers. The closer you got to your dinner table, the stranger your surroundings became. You felt like you did not belong, like it was a place that did not accept you or anyone who lived near you. Nevertheless, you kept walking, ignoring the feeling of cold stares and mumbling jeers. You could hear them of course, but you’ve trained yourself to ignore such distractions.

People use money to help dismiss such beguilement. Others love the taste of alcohol and drugs—legal or illegal;. Some divulge themselves in activities that normal people would deem loathsome. Or some would allow all of this to take place while omitting the absolute sin of engaging in youthful discussions of untouchables.

Whatever the case is, you kept walking to meet you friend and the other guests you don’t know or couldn’t remember if you’d previously met. As you near the table you hear a cry, “Fukuoka an Waugh.” You found that too foreign to you, so you just ignored it. You heard another phrase sedebat cum interfectores,” which sounded more familiar to your Western educated ears. This in turn, made the room more fulling to you; in essence, it made you more comfortable in meeting such strange people—with the exception of your friend.

Here you go good sir,” the matron voiced, extending his right arm to your table. Your friend, your long time good friend stood up and wrapped his arms around you. He greeted you with such a genuine smile that you forgot the coldness you felt when you first entered the restaurant. He then motions you to the others who sat at the table, they all, three of them, stood up and greeted you. You had no freaking idea who these people were.

Two were middle aged men, somewhat older than you, and the other other was a woman. To be honest, their genders, ages, their damn descriptions doesn’t matter—not as much as their intentions.

You greeted them and sat down. Your friend spoke while the others chimed in. Different voices intertwined in the music filled room. The expensive scent felt cheapened from the discussion at the table. Your friend appeared to be less friendly to what you base your friendship on, but more inclined to solidify foundations with money rewards. The other voices agree. They all agreed.

But you just sat there smiling. Looking around the room and noticing others glaring at you. You felt as if you were at the zoo, a caged animal for amusement. It started to feel a little unsettling, but then you remembered the free meal you’re receiving. You remembered the status incline of the ones you had around you, who mercilessly invited you. You felt the showcase of the wrong green and denied the life you could of had.

Just as Dr. Stein denied herself as a true revolutionary…

I really believed if you claim to be a person from a position of the greater good and an enemy of the absolute evil you must stand alone.  Corruption of world leaders in powers of global enterprises make weird bedfellows with the World Bank. If you can’t see this, I don’t know what to tell you. If you are not for the people, then who do you stand for? If you want the support of the diverse masses, one should eat bread with a leader of imperialistic power of one dominated culture that, by the surface is anti-color. Then, with more shame, you sit with a general of the greatest illusion power of exceptionalism and just smile.

Why would you smile so much??

I ask everyone who wants change to know begat themselves in front of such leaders. Such thoughts of submission without careful scrutiny will lead to a downfall.

Is that you Dr. Stein?

Or do you just want to rally against the use of vaccine machines in poor neighborhoods?