That is something that the majority of people in this country totally
ignore. You are not participating in the process by just voting in
the presidential election every four years. Just the opposite, you
are in effect supporting the worst that the two parties have to
offer. If you really want a government that represents you...you must
get involved at every level from the local precinct to the oval
Exactly. Knock on doors, contribute what you can, attend meetings, clip
newspapers, pass out literature, register voters (except those of another
party), write letters, hold 'meet & greets,' whatever.
Some people think all those yard signs and bumper stickers just miracle
themselves into existence!
Suppose the campaign decides to send the candidate to your town 24 hours
from now. How do you think 10,000 people get the word to show up? How do the
bottles of water and the porta-potties materialize?
There's a complicated organization behind even the most innocent-looking
political event. That organization needs people and money. You can help.
Many years ago, I started at the bottom and worked up to being in charge of
ballot security for my county. For the next election, I was planning on
being part of the 'Black Ops Brigade' (dirty tricks, wire-tapping,
espionage, theft, intimidation, blackmail, assinations, etc.), but other
Democrats have been dividing the nation as long as I can rememeber. "The
rich didn't pay their fair share" and so on. Asking Obama to bring the
nation together is like asking Jack the Ripper to do first aid.
Quite the opposite.
It's a little late, isn't it, to continue quoting the tired rhetoric
of the failed McCain campaign, unparalleled in recent electoral
history in its lying, vicious, distortion of their opponent's words.
(And, it must be added, the inability or unwillingness of certain
elements of the electorate to seek out the original text and compare
it with the distortions.)
- Jesus preached the same philosophy -- but it never worked long-term
in the well-intentioned American communes of the 19th Century, and
certainly never worked in the Soviet Union. That "communism" quickly
deteriorated into a power struggle ending in a stultifying bureaucracy
run by cruel dictators where inequality became even more glaring than
under the Czars. And it was never remotely espoused by Obama,
no matter how his opposition distorted his words to delude an
People thrive when they are free to innovate, question, argue,
complain. (Check your U.S. Constitution.)
And compete -- FAIRLY!!! -- not with the corporate dice loaded
against the little guy/gal. Look at how much good has come out of
(mostly!) honest competition in our system, as opposed to the lack of
innovation in certain fatalistic Middle-Eastern theocratic systems
which haven't done **** in the last thousand years.
President Obama is a very, very, very smart guy. He has studied
history, unlike the outgoing empty suit, and unlike the war lover who
opposed him. He knows the only way American can prosper is to put
people to work on productive jobs that pay enough to support their
families and stay in their homes..
There are SO many jobs just WAITING to be filled, once we get the
White House fumigated to clear out the smell of those criminals who
spent eight years selling out honest citizens for money stolen from
our economy . Money we could have used at home was pissed away not
only in illegal wars, but in profits skimmed by oil and other
extractive industries, unegulated finance, Big Pharma and insurance
-- profits drained from the blood of our soldiers and Iraqui civilians
in that war-build-on-lies. (You DO know that there are as many
outsourced no-bid "contractor" gangsters in Iraq as there are
military? The former without the most minimal accountability.)
About those jobs: Rebuild or replaces bridges, 50 and 75 years old
before YOU drive on them and fall into the river.
Same for highways, badly deteriorated from decades of overuse before
YOUR family's car is wrecked.
Restore national treasures such as the Florida Everglades. Begin to
restore the Gulf wetlands that historically, buffered coastal cities
from hurricanes -- but which have been destroyed by unregulated
development. Enter Katrina...
Begin to restore forests that absorb carbon dioxide and exude oxygen
-- restore them from the ruined slopes left by rapacious clients of
the Administration who strip them and ship to Japan to make
chopsticks. Restore mountain tops blasted by rapacious coal barons
and dumped into streams that choke wildlife.
Adequately fund and scientifically pursue alternative energy, rather
than handing the prairie "red" states political pork in the form of an
ill-conceived rush to corn-based ethanol.
Give children pre-natal and post-natal care and decent educations by
qualified teachers from kindergarten through college, so they can
become productive members of society instead of throw-aways who cost
Generously fund PURE science research -- not the industry-directed
pork now ladeled out to bought&sold university to research institutes.
That's how unfettered science can work to discover that gem which
could better not only our lives, but those of the world.
That's "just" jobs -- not that they aren't BASIC to our future.
But there's also our good name to redeem.
We need to disavow torture and free innocents rounded
up by bounty hunters and never accorded due process.
Maybe if we work together instead of misquoting and distorting,
we can again become a light unto the world.
Is he? I honestly don't know. His voting record says one thing; his
words say both things. And in the end, what he believes or what he
"is" doesn't even matter; it's what he *does* as President that will
count. And I can honestly say that I have no idea how he's going to
govern. From the center? From the left? I don't know, and I have
nothing on which to base a judgement. I've heard people in the media
this morning asking "Who is Obama?" It might have been a good idea to
ask that question before we elected him....
Which is pretty much the Dem's view of bipartisanship too. GW's trust
in the concepts of bipartisanship were forged in Daddy's administration,
especially the outcome of the Budget Mugging... er Summit 1990. The Dems
said they wouldn't come to the table without a "bi-partisan" agenda that
included both tax increases and budget cuts. When Daddy responded in a
bipartisan manner and gave in on tax cuts, the Dems proceeded to pound
him soundly about the face and head with "read my lips". Oh, and they
sorta forgot to get around to the cuts.
Both sides have for a long time viewed bipartisanship as "you lay down
and take it whilst I do whatever I want". And this was pretty much
independent of the party's majority or minority status at the time.
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