Monday, May 14, 2007

Taking a Break

I did a Google image search on "Taking a Break," and this is one of the images that came up. For some reason, I find it hilarious.

[I have no recollection what the image was.] 

I'm not exactly taking a break, though, I just need to devote my time to some off-line projects.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Mother's Day Proclamation -by Julia Ward Howe 1870

Arise, then, women of this day!
Arise, all women who have hearts,
Whether our baptism be of water or of tears!

Say firmly:"We will not have great questions decided by irrelevant agencies,
Our husbands will not come to us, reeking with carnage, for caresses and applause.
Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn
All that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience.
We, the women of one country, will be too tender of those of another country
To allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs."

From the bosom of the devastated Earth a voice goes up with our own.
It says: "Disarm! Disarm!
The sword of murder is not the balance of justice.
"Blood does not wipe out dishonor, nor violence indicate possession.
As men have often forsaken the plough and the anvil at the summons of war,
Let women now leave all that may be left of home for a great and earnest day of counsel.

Let them meet first, as women, to bewail and commemorate the dead.
Let them solemnly take counsel with each other as to the means
Whereby the great human family can live in peace,
Each bearing after his own time the sacred impress, not of Caesar,
But of God.

In the name of womanhood and humanity, I earnestly ask
That a general congress of women without limit of nationality
May be appointed and held at someplace deemed most convenient
And at the earliest period consistent with its objects,
To promote the alliance of the different nationalities,
The amicable settlement of international questions,
The great and general interests of peace.

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Of the People

Our government has been hijacked and no one seems to care (enough). Our constitutional rights have been vanquished, our judicial system is being rigged, our economy has been on a twenty-year decline thanks to free trade (loss of industry, loss of the tax revenue from industry, and loss of tariffs), deregulation, tax cuts for the rich, and corporate welfare (which dwarfs the money spent on individual welfare by a long shot). The gap between the wealthy and the poor is widening and the middle class is disappearing.

The problem, I believe, is that our population is almost completely ignorant of the inner-workings of our own government. We vote based on the buzzwords that are spoon fed to us by the media. We vote for the politicians who are the best at whispering sweet nothings in our ear.

So I have a solution. It's an exercise in futility because few people will like it and it will never be put into practice, but I think it's worth mentioning.

The average citizen NEEDS a first-hand understanding of how our government works so they can be competent voters. We also need diversity in our government. We need more non-bureaucrats running the bureaucracy. We need more compassionate, non-control freaks working in our prison system. We need fresh minds and fresh ideas. Most of all, we need people in our government who would rather be doing something else. I know that sounds crazy, but you can't pull a cart out of the mud with people who have a vested interest in being stuck in the mud.

We need mandatory civil service by every citizen.

That's right, every citizen needs to serve a few years in the government in order to qualify for government services. In return for imposing on the lives and career tracks of every citizen, government services should extend to universal healthcare and higher education.

Not only would we be a country bursting with fresh ideas and renewed progress, but we would be a country of healthy, educated citizens.

Also, when Congress votes for a war, THEIR KIDS should be automatically enlisted in the military.

So now we would be a country of healthy, educated and involved citizens that would only go to war if there were an actual and serious threat to our nation's safety.

Oh well, it's a thought.