Well, the results are in, there ain't shit we can do about IT.
Damn, I went there.
I've been asking and observing, not just here but everywhere I can. There isn't a single person who knows what to do about IT.
I ran across this quote tonight which reflects the views of many conservatives and libertarians who believe if only we would follow the Constitution everything would be A-ok. It's also the same sentiment many on the left hold.
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by Ian Welsh
So, we have had a right-wing coup in Brazil. In Venezuela, the left still controls the Presidency, but has lost control of parliament. In Argentina, the right has won the election.
OK, so it appears the two duopoly political parties are going to make some kind of "compromise" on the health care issue which will include "bailing out" the insurance corporations.
4th of July. Fireworks. Hotdogs, parades, veterans, flags, songs, parties, illusions, delusions.
Go ahead and party Americans. You are the king of the world, the purveyors of righteousness and democracy. The "exceptional nation" gets to throw down it's hair and tell the world, "look at us! we're free! and you're NOT!!"
Here's what we're dealing with regarding the United States of America national political system of government.
What happens when the banks literally own everything?
No, I'm not asking this as a theoretical exercise. Nor am I being excessively pessimistic.
I'm speaking of a scenario that will happen if current trends continues.
First time I went to Las Vegas, me and a college friend drove down there from Olympia, WA on the way to Oklahoma City via Palm Springs, CA (but I've never been to Spain). I remember we decided to stand around and study the craps tables for awhile until we figured out how to play. After deciding we had learned enough to lose money, we placed our bets. Two bucks, on red. The dealer took a quick look at our bets and plainly stated, "no action".
Two bucks, no action.
"At what stage between one and nine, did this become something other than the tale of a slave?"
I read an article by Peter Koenig last night, "Slavehood 2017". It's a good rant. I'm seeing more of the alternative writers I've discovered and followed over the years, plus new ones, going on good rants, rants AGAINST THE POWER, telling it like it is, not circling the edges with political bullshit.
After the fifth online article I read today claiming how Donald Trump has been "turned (by the deep state), persuaded (by the deep state), has had a change of heart", etc., I decided to go on a rant. Confucius say, "rants are good for the soul".
Who benefits most - Rich people.
Who benefits least or not at all - everyone else.
"Democracy cannot function without an informed public."
There's a short essay going around the tubes titled "Fuck the U.S.A.!" It's a good rant, an angry rant.
"I want to scream. I want to scream. To separate from this. This government, this country.
The world shouldn’t have to suffer one more day of American exceptionalism.
Stardate April 5, 2017. Approx. 580 days until the next U.S. election, just over a year before the serious campaigning starts for the midterm elections of 2018. Currently Donald Trump is president, the republican party has the majority in the House and Senate and the serfs are as screwed as ever. More than ever.
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report for Trump and the Republican's "American Health Care Act" has come out.
Preface: This is just my uneducated opinion...and the rantings of a mindless lunatic.
The sad state we find ourselves in today hasn't been the republicans or the democrats fault, but a combination of both corporate bought and sold political parties, not to mention a population that seems to be able to only think in terms of binary logic. "You're either with us, or against us".
I caught onto Donald Trump's game early on in the presidential campaign. I'm not bragging, many others did as well, I'm just saying that to set up the next part.
I like watching people squirm.
Not really, not in a bad way.
James Marc Leas is a patent attorney and a past co-chair of the National Lawyers Guild Palestine Subcommittee. On January 25, 2017, he posted The Supreme Court Supplied a Blueprint to Overcome "Citizens United" -- We Just Need to Use It. Perhaps not the best title, because we really don't expect anything decent to come out of SCOTUS.
So Obama gives his farewell speech and goes out with a tear in his eye. Then he gives Biden a stupid medal, because it is stupid now that Biden has it, and they both have tears in their eyes.
"Twas the night before Christmas
and all thru the land
the people were shopping
while their President was killing innocent children in other countries"
Regarding the "issues". Aren't all issues dependent on a single issue - democracy? And since we don't have democracy, shouldn't we try to get that first?
Its purpose is to protect capital from the people.
No essay here, just reading and catching up with what was written the last couple of days. In this essay by Chris Hedges: Waiting for the Barbarians
Chris managed to post altogether 48 questions.
Is it mean to ask for 48 answers?
His last paragragh is what he sees coming for people like many in this environment.
What's that saying? "The more things change, the more they stay the same".