Thursday, February 23, 2006

Wanted: A Great Leader

I know it is extremely difficult right now, to think about the future of our country. Even the most rabid neo-cons of the Republican Party are starting to realize the extent of the Bush administrations incompetence. It seems like every day, there is some new scandal or blunder that adds to a mounting litany of transgressions. But let’s put all that aside right now and think about where we are headed, after George Bush and company, finally leave office. Our history is filled with examples, of the rise of great leaders, when they are needed the most. Many times these leaders have come from obscure or even humble backgrounds. Everyone would agree that our country will need a leader to heal and unite us. Everyone would probably also agree that our country will need a leader to alter our direction and help us solve the enormous problems of the 21st century. The very survival of our republic may depend on this leader. My question is: Is that great leader out there, waiting for his/her calling?

Saturday, February 18, 2006

Dreams for Our Country

I have always been somewhat of a dreamer, who is almost blindly optimistic sometimes. Naysayers have never held me back. I have never paid much attention to; impossible odds or mountains too high. Yes, from an early age, I have been a dreamer. I dream of a nation, that was once a beacon of hope and a symbol of freedom and justice for the entire world. I dream of an economy, that once rewarded hard work and turned millions of the working poor into the working middle class. I dream of a government, that once understood that the most important resource it has, is its people. I dream of companies, who once operated with honor and fairness to both employees and customers alike. I dream of religions, who once exported their ideals instead of their dogmas. And finally, I dream of a people, who once had faith in and optimism for, the future of this great country. As I head for the last years of my life, I will continue to dream. I hope I am not alone.

Monday, February 06, 2006

The Pledge to Resist

Music is a part of any resistance movement, so I offer this piece from Saul Williams & DJ Spooky called, "The Pledge to Resist." Download here

Saturday, February 04, 2006

Tide Commericals and Toothpaste Ads

I am not one to watch much television, but on the occasions when I do decide to tune into the corporate media, I am always amazed by the commercials. The advertisements that used to sell us soap powder and toothpaste have been replaced by something very different. We all scratch our heads and wonder why we are being sold on a drug that only our doctor can prescribe. It’s hard to imagine recommending a particular drug that you saw on TV, to your doctor, for your own treatment. I may be missing something here, but what they are really selling here is acceptance.

I am also somewhat amazed by these ads depicting upper class individuals doing all kinds of amazing upper class things. How many Americans buy stocks on their laptops from home as their spoiled daughter asks for money to buy designer jeans? How many Americans buy their wife or husband a Lexus for Christmas? Who are these people? I am living in the wrong area of the country? I may be missing something here, but what they are really selling here is a dream.

Yes, as I get older, I miss the good old days of Tide commercials and toothpaste ads. At least, we could get a little excited about the shit we were buying. I don’t know about you, but no amount of slick advertisements are going to convince me that the drug companies are not fucking us. And they can take their (carrot on a stick) upper class wet dreams back to their gated communities and summer homes. We are not about to replace our real dreams with their lies.

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