OK, so Jon Ossoff came up just short. The total Democratic vote was about 49%. We have a shot in the runoff. Let us hope the Democratic National Committee takes note and starts busting its butt to support candidates across the country.
Meanwhile I remain entranced by this Administration’s inability to keep track of its aircraft carriers. J What really happened, pretty clearly, is that the military, who actually do know where their heavy equipment is, sent word up the chain of command and Trump either did not get the message or did not understand what he was told or mindlessly exaggerated and misrepresented what he was told for the immediate headline grabbing effect, oblivious of the fact that the truth would come out.
By the way, a propos some comments on this blog, Seoul, South Korea, a metropolis of more than ten million, is only twenty miles from the DMZ [de-militarized zone, the border established by the cease fire sixty-four years ago]. The North Koreans have more than twenty thousand artillery weapons – “tubes” as they are called – along the DMZ quite capable of reaching Seoul. At this point that, not the North’s nuclear capability, is the real danger.
With regard to the possibility of mass direct action, beyond what we have already seen, I dream of that but I am not hopeful. Labor unions are weakened, and student protests of the sort that played a role during the Viet Nam War are less likely because there is no longer a military draft. That is why America switched to an all-volunteer professional military more suitable to an imperial power.
Meanwhile, let us support every Democratic candidate we can find whose election would help reverse the overwhelming Republican domination of local and federal government.