Monday, May 28, 2007

Wanted: Democrats with the Courage to Change

On Thursday of this week, Democrats of the House and Senate essentially turned tail and allowed a vote on a $120 billion war funding measure containing weak benchmarks and little in the way of consequences should the Iraqi government fall short. Millions of progressives across America received this news with feelings of disgust, anger, and betrayal. We expected our representatives to represent us. We expected our representatives to stop the madness of George Bush’s killing machine.

So the question is, where do we go from here? Do we continue to support what appears to be a lame, shortsighted, gutless party? Or do we move in the direction of a third party?

This latest capitulation by the Democrats validates the feelings of many, that the Democrats are just a different version of the same thing. We had fooled ourselves into believing that by just changing the players we could change the system.

This cave-in by the Democrats is a wake up call for all Americans. The label “Democrat” is not good enough anymore. We need Democrats who will fight to fix our broken government. We need Democrats with the courage to change, the very system, that got them elected. We need Democrats who understand that they govern with the consent of the people, not by the divine right of King George Bush.

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Book Excerpt: The Assault on Reason by Al Gore

It appears the Al Gore is again, brutally honest and insightful, in his upcoming book. Check it out below:

Not long ago before our nation launched the invasion Iraq, our longest-serving Senator, Robert Byrd of West Virginia, stood on the Senate floor and said: "This chamber is, for the most part, silent--ominously, dreadfully silent. There is no debate, no discussion, no attempt to lay out for the nation the pros and cons of this particular war. There is nothing. We stand passively mute in the United States Senate."

Why was the Senate silent?
"The chamber was empty because the Senators were somewhere else. Many of them were at fund-raising events they now feel compelled to attend almost constantly in order to collect money--much of it from special interests--to buy 30-second TV commercials for their next re-election campaign. The Senate was silent because Senators don't feel that what they say on the floor of the Senate really matters that much anymore-- not to the other Senators, who are almost never present when their colleagues speak, and certainly not to the voters, because the news media seldom report on Senate speeches anymore."
"While American television watchers were collectively devoting 100 million hours of their lives each week to these and other similar stories, our nation was in the process of more quietly making what future historians will certainly describe as a series of catastrophically mistaken decisions on issues of war and peace, the global climate and human survival, freedom and barbarity, justice and fairness."

Read entire article here.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

I Want To Be Sedated

Someone please tell me what millions of Americans see in programs like American Idol and Survivor? Is there something here that I am missing? Can someone help me get plugged into the Matrix? Connect me to their artificial reality, so I don’t have to think, so I don’t have to question, and so I don’t have to witness, the fucking of our people, our country, and our world.

Perhaps sometime soon, I too can have “favorite” shows to look forward to and talk about with others. Maybe, I’ll even have a favorite night of immersion in several programs that I regularly, “watch”.

Intelligence, critical thinking, creativity, reading, writing, and living in the real world are vastly overrated. I just want to be sedated!

Sunday, May 06, 2007

King George, Jefferson and a New Government?

At the end of 2006, the American people called for a new direction for the United States. After suffering through many years of Republican (manufactured) division, the American people are once again unified. They are unified in their belief that there is something inherently wrong with their government.

On July 4th, 1776, the want, the will and the hopes of our people for change was spelled out in the Declaration of Independence. Seeing no hope for change within the system, our founding fathers decided to throw off the yoke of King George and his government.

Now 231 years later, we find ourselves in the grips of anther despot, another King George. We find ourselves with a government that ignores the will of the people and serves only it’s corporate masters.

So at what point do we, (the people) stop trying work within the system and start thinking about replacing the system? Thomas Jefferson’s words from the Declaration of Independence are worth reading again.

That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.


Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License.