Tuesday, March 08, 2011

just some perusing the news....

i posted in my last post about dr. hillman's idea that we don't know what's going on beneath the veneer of 'americana'- and he was right... my thought is that nothing scares the bejeezus out of the ruling class more than well educated, thinking, compassionate human beings...and i, for one, am tired of those who are ignorant, selfish bastards... but i digress...

my mom started me on the blogging journey because she would hear things on the news that didn't add up and she would put me on the hunt- 'can you google this?' was her standard question and i would dutifully oblige and i learned to use the new fangled internet...i had no idea what kind of power we bloggers would wield and what kind of power that phones with internet capability would have- so, at this point in my life it comes as no surprise that the internet has taken on a new kind of power... there are folks out there that make the corporates and the militarists and the fat cat ruling class realllly nervous- they young, techno savvy folks who think outside the box and who think in code... these young people are fearless and smart and maybe our best chance at taking these folks down...

my other notion is that perhaps america is waking up a bit from it's orgy of consumerism...folks across the country have been roundly thumping down some of the more egregious stupidity from the right- union busting, repealing health care and i am crossing my fingers that they may begin taking on the sacred cow of education... fingers crossed...

it is my belief that your country is only as good as its people- and from what i can see- we have been a pretty sucktacular people... until we can take a hard look at the facts of our america- we won't be able to fix it. it is my belief that america can't be 'fixed' in the same way we remember it in our folklore- we have a hard road ahead and our empire days are waning but if we can regroup- we can salvage what we have left and perhaps build anew...

we have to realize that we can't make jobs on the backs of others- small government can't be a reality no matter how much the right wing wants it simply because the government exists to create jobs; we can't cut welfare and human services simply because it exists to perpetuate jobs- not to help people; ditto with our education and health care system- and the creation of homeland security has opened up swaths of career opportunities for the military industrial machine... don't get me started on the privatization of the penal system....

the reality is- america may have more money than many countries in the world but we definitely aren't the richest- we have lost our compass as a people... perhaps the government never had one but we, the people, believed in our country as a guiding light of freedom in the world...we won't be able to truly realize that belief until we recognize that all human beings are people (in spite of how i feel about cheney and rumsfeld) and we recognize that all human beings should have access to basic human rights- life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness...

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