Beauty is Greater than Words: Electoral Politics

It is interesting to me that during Obama’s first (2008) election I voted for him, even while explaining to people how it would change little if anything. After his first election I paid attention the whole time to his administration, and I tried to call the administration out on all the points at which he had betrayed his constituency when and where I could, appropriateness being the tantamount concern of course.

The next election (2012) I voted for “Rocky Anderson” (a true liberal) of the “Justice Party” (another good but doomed 3rd party) instead, fully knowing that Obama would win anyway because he was seen as “the lesser of two evils.” I had high hopes for 3rd parties until I realized they are all doomed because the Supreme Court has allowed states to impose higher standards upon 3rd party candidates than on Democrats or Republicans. The reason asserted by the Supreme Court was that the two-party system had served America so well in the past.

After realizing this I started explaining how he’s acting like a neoconservative again, but with a slight shift in my mindset towards the solution. Now I just advocate for “Protest Voting,” or turning in a blank ballot, till we get rid of the two-party system and legalized bribery.

I will even spell out the solution. We need to get public funding for political candidates,  and only public funding. We need the Supreme Court to repeal their silly interpretation of whatever law they used as justification for allowing the hobbling of 3rd parties. We need the loss of corporate person-hood. The acknowledgement by our judicial system that even though a corporation may have the responsibilities of a human being it does not have the rights of a human being. To say that a corporation is used as a person for tax and other useful reasons in a legal sense, but as a member or the community, it can only be a second class citizen; because it has no body, no soul, no brain, no heart, no pain, no life, and no mercy, a corporation is simply not a human being.

Anyway, I find it sad yet amusing to note that this young woman has come to many of the same simple conclusions as I have. I guess beauty does have its advantages.

P.S. This woman has obviously been flipped to the libertarian/anarchist side, which I think is complete and total hogwash. That said, everything she says is true.

There is No Bad Experience for a Writer: The Reality of the Times

I must credit the title of this short essay to a friend of mine whose health I am currently deeply concerned about. In fact, he is a man who is not unlike a mentor to me. I should also explain clearly that he cannot be accused of implanting any of the thoughts beyond the title in my grey matter. This is me just grabbing a ball that was thrown my way and running with it; or perhaps it is more akin to sauntering vaguely Westward like an owl with a broken wing and a dead mouse in one claw. Perhaps I should be skipping happily Eastward instead, merely being happy to be alive. But that could be explored in the future, assuming my mortal coil and the remains of the dead rodent I bear retain enough nutrients and calories to repair my broken wing. Yeah, the wing will likely heal.

As you may have guessed by now, the meat of the subject at hand is politics, economics, life, death, pain, suffering, and finally hope. It is surely the job of a gifted wordsmith to describe their understanding of their perceptions of the times as well as they are able for the posterity of history and progression of human thought and action; or at the very least to assess the current health of society at large. Unfortunately, I could not find a gifted wordsmith, so I feel compelled to write this rather trivial piece of literature myself instead.

We are currently living in an illusory global financial emergency and an actual, yet not fully acknowledged global environmental melt-down. Even first world countries are currently being cannibalized by regional and world powers through finance or war. There is general material instability among the vast majority of the world’s populace and total lawlessness in some places; Somalia is a good example of this. Then there is also the ever-present vexation of actual starvation for far too many.

Probably more importantly, there is a proliferation of conventional and nuclear weapons; which may actually make our species susceptible to near catastrophic global annihilation. The threat of nearly global nuclear destruction has surely been perceived to be more likely in the past. Yet this threat remains, and has become a part of everyday life that is nearly a joke for the simple reason that there is nothing anyone thinks they can do about it. A wise man once said to me: “Sometimes [Impartial Juror], you’ve got the choice of either laughing or crying.” He always laughed after repeating this anti-platitude. So perhaps it is healthy that we can laugh about it; but it doesn’t mean we should merely brush off the danger as if it doesn’t exist. Nonetheless, I will always be grateful for this wisdom that was passed on to me, and laughing.

Americans live in a society where a nearly half of the population simply lives from one paycheck to another, and a third are near bankrupt. Under such circumstances there is surely going to be some inordinately common and serious social turmoil in essentially all of our lives. Only the most well-to-do are able to avert such serious situations as possible evictions, divorces, addictions, physical illness, mental illness, or even actual starvation.

It is during these times of turmoil that many of our elected officials find the audacity, excuses, and audience that will support their policies of regressive tax policies and cuts in social welfare programs despite the clear evidence that such policies are actually counterproductive. How do they do it? The short answer is that they divide and conquer through manipulation using fear and intimidation. The long answer is a different article entirely.

Should it be any surprise that it seems like everyone knows somebody who is absolutely in complete crisis? Somebody  who has had or is having part if not all of their world shaken so violently that the magma at the center of their planet is in danger of exploding out of the globe and destroying an overwhelming amount of their health, security, and happiness? And who is benefiting from all this misery? Is the answer not most assuredly that the global elite are the only ones profiting from this suffering?

With that in mind, I admit that I too am a part of this shared, sustained, national trauma.  It has become an accepted part of life in our society that, not out of callousness, but out of sheer necessity, nearly everyone is jumping from crisis to crisis trying to manage situations that are often inevitably unmanageable, forcing us to leave some behind.

This sort of lifestyle takes a toll on people. The effects have become evident in every community in this nation. We must bring this to an end. We have to make this rock bottom and rise again. If we don’t take action soon, I fear we will not have the resources or freedom to act at all. In fact, we need to take action yesterday ladies and gentlemen. I have some ideas, and they will be forthcoming in future posts.

All that said, I must admit that it’s good to have something to write about. There is no bad experience for a writer, just material. I think my pal is right about that. Though I wish the material at hand was more positive.

So, let’s inject some positivity into this post in the form of a song about a woman, a single brave woman who made a difference. Let us not forget that we all can. Furthermore, alone we can make waves, and together we can move oceans.

This woman had the determination we have lacked, the passion we should be adhering to, and the kind of courage we need, Mary Harris Jones, Mother Jones. Her story always gives me strength and resolve, and Ani Difranco has paired up with Utah Phillips to write an inspiring song about her. It encourages me and gives me a sense of hope for humanity whenever I listen to it. It reminds me that if she alone could make so much of a difference, together, we can make all the difference in the world. So, without further ado, let’s listen to a song about the most dangerous woman in the world! May Day is coming!

Why is America the greatest country in the world? It isn’t.

Video

This is a clip from the HBO series “The Newsroom.”  If only I was able to rant like this whenever a jingoistic Republican started getting in my face about how America is the greatest country in the world.