Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Blog on Hold

My computer is broken, so I only have internet access at work until I fix it.

This blog is on hold for a while.

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Kucinich for President

I just read a Kucinich interview that reminded me why I love him so much.

http://www.truthdig.com/interview/item/20061214_battle_muny_light/

My father, of course, hates Kucinich and always referred to something he had done while he was mayor as the reason. This was round about when I was born, so I wasn’t really sure what he was talking about, but I wasn’t about to ask for my father’s skewed version of the event. This interview explains exactly what Kucinich did, the price he was willing to pay, and why Clevelanders came to love him for it (something my dad could never understand).

I supported, and voted for, Kucinich in the last presidential primaries because I like pretty much everything for which he stands. Plus, he quotes Shelly! Seriously, how many politicians have the intellectual capacity to quote from “Prometheus Unbound?” I don’t know if America is ready for a leader like Kucinich, but I’ll be doing my best to get the word out:

Kucinich for President!

Thursday, December 14, 2006

What now?

Well, I think the majority of Americans are done pretending that this war in Iraq is anything other than a complete and total failure (and many Americans are finally realizing that this will be another dark moment in the history of our country).

So what now? I personally don't believe this mess can be fixed, and the troops and money it would take to even come close to fixing it will not be forthcoming.

So do we pull out and let chaos ensue, or do we stay and participate in the bloodbath? What course of action could we possibly take that would result in less misery for us and for the Iraqi people in the coming generations?

Crimes Against Humanity

Why is it, that while we have people hungry in our own country, intelligent kids who will never see the inside of a college classroom, and bipolar people homeless on the streets because the only other place we can put them is prison, does our current president and his cronies feel that we have a right to decide how other nations should be governed?

Who gave President Bush the moral authority to kill innocent women, children, students, truck drivers, entertainers, businessmen, mothers, fathers, grandparents, trash collectors, and everyone else in Iraq who was, like us, just trying to live their life and make a life for their children?

They say that the violence and death in Iraq from this war will have serious implications for generations. Generations of Iraqis will hate America, hate the western world, and worst of all hate each other because our president thinks he’s taking these orders from a benevolent god.

There are countries in Africa who have been in chaos for generations because the western colonial powers, when they finally realized they couldn’t control the people, pulled out and watched as sectarian rivalries turned into mass movements of genocide.

So what are we to do? The American public will never commit the manpower and money needed to stabilize Iraq (if that’s even possible after what this administration has done). The only other options are staying there and continuing to terrorize and bludgeon the Iraqi population as more and more of our boys die for nothing, or withdrawing completely and letting Iraq disintegrate into the pre-Saddam dark ages of it’s past where, like Africa, rival groups will continue to slaughter each other for generations.

Let’s face it, the Nazi’s were not forced to pay for their crimes because they were evil; the Nazi’s were forced to pay for their crimes because they lost the war. The chances of Bush, Cheney, Rummie, or any of these people ever paying for the misery they have wrought across the human race are slim to none. I wish I could believe that they have hell to look forward to.

Thursday, December 7, 2006

Media Consolidation

Media consolidation is a large part of a much larger issue. The United States government needs to stop trying to control the population and start facilitating the intellectual growth of its people. Only then will this country stop its rapid decline and start becoming the great nation it was meant to be.

Why is most of the country completely ignorant of the fact that Mexico is on the brink of civil war? But ask them why Britney Spears is divorcing K-Fed, and they'll give you ten good reasons. Sure, an ignorant population is easier to control, but what will inevitably become of a nation of ignorant people?

Americans can do so much to benefit humanity and change the course of human history for the better, but only if the government stops treating us like cattle to be herded.

The consolidation of the media can only result in the severe limitation of the freedom of the press and an increase in government and corporate control over what people are allowed to know and think.

If you treat your population like idiots, they will become idiots. And while that may work in the favor of the powers-that-be for a time; our country will be doomed to become the backwards, ignorant, 3rd world country of tomorrow.

Help stop media deregulation: http://www.commoncause.org/siteapps/advocacy/ActionItem.aspx?c=dkLNK1MQIwG&b=2280227&tr=y&auid=2201592

Saturday, December 2, 2006

The New Year

I'm looking forward to the new year for several reasons.

First, the Democrats will be taking over the Legislative branch, and I'm anxious to see what they'll do. Not enough, I'm sure, but hopefully it will be an improvement. I agree with Bill Mahar, who pointed out that the Dems didn't win this election; the Republicans lost it. The Dems won by default.

The most important thing they can do, I think, is to give us back our Civil Rights. And not just give them back, but take a hard-nosed, morally righteous stand on this issue, and use it as an example of how they are the ones who stand for freedom and the American way of life.

Everything else they do will be second guessed and criticized, but if they frame the argument of Civil Rights correctly, they can dominate the conversation and make critics look un-American. Sure this is a method the Republicans used but first of all: it was damned successful; and second of all: the Dems would ACTUALLY be protecting freedom and the American way of life.

The second reason I'm looking forward to the new year is because I'm going to apply for college financial aid for my brother in an attempt to keep him out of the ARMY. The recruiters have targeted him as a poor kid with no future; expendable, and an easy target. I want to show my brother that he has a future. I've pointed out to him that the government can't possibly give a shit about his life (why else would they send him into battle with no body armor?), but the recruiters are damn good at what they do. Well, wish me luck on this one; I'm going to need it. Unfortunately, it's easier for an 18-year-old boy to listen to an ARMY recruiter than to listen to his know-it-all big sister.