Perhaps the greatest anger and critical rants that I receive come from people who believe the mythology about the United States; they have drunk the Kool-Aid. There is nothing more viscious than a right-winger who thinks God and all the forces of the world are on his or her side. Exhibit A might be Timothy McVeigh. He was so incensed by the federal government that he chose to blow up the federal building in Oklahoma City and kill hundreds of his fellow citizens. THAT is homegrown terrorism. But it gets worse.
The real terrorism that is being foisted on the U.S. is also by its own citizens. Greed mixed with wealth is doing its best to punish the poor and middle class for not being millionaires. There is absolutely no excuse for not being rich. And because you are not rich and greedy, the right-wing wants to choose to take away a few precious crumbs of yours so the rich and greedy can receive yet more tax breaks and special favors. Look at the federal budget. The military-industrial complex gets the most. Republican President Eisenhower warned us about the greed of the military-industrial complex. Who do you suppose benefits most from the huge Pentagon budget? Ex-CEO of Halliburton, V.P. Dick Cheney, saw to it that his old company got many sweetheart and non-bid contracts. It is happening right now, this minute.
Amidst all the platitudes, cliches, and niceties we are fed regularly by the media and all that appears on radio and TV that is purchased by wealthy individuals and huge corporate conglomerates, Americans are lulled and duped into thinking that these economic and political swings are normal. If you do not know historical accuracy, you accept all this as normal. You stand by and surrender to your wealthy masters.
We have no clue that today both major American political parties are right of center. The Democrats have yielded/surrendered/ceded their progressive stance to more conservative forces, and the Republicans have moved farther and farther to the right. What we are left with is a nation whose political, economic, and social face is now accepted as that of "true" Americana. We, without realizing it, are now beholden to a greed that uses flavoriings from whatever movement will give them more special favors and sweetheart deals.
I don't know, maybe it is our own fault. Maybe our political and historical ignorance has caused it. Maybe our own bigotry and insensitivity have brought it to be. Whatever the cause, it seems obvious that the four top offices in the U.S. should go to people far better qualified than those we must give our vote.
I carefully watched the Presidential and Vice-Presidential debates. Not much there. A leading nation in the world can do better than those guys. A leading nation in the world MUST do better.
If we had legitimate presidential-level candidates running for the White House instead of bought-and-paid puppets, they would be discussing some extremely important topics that are being avoided.
Why are our top four candidates not focusing in on the following...
It astounds me how Wisconsin citizens buy the crude snake oil pitches of Tommy Thompson. Haven't you had enough of this small town carnival side-show? Tommy reeks with the smell of the small town hick who played the big peoples' game of politics and turned it into $13 million of his own money. It has been done many times before by others, but it is usually limited to places like rural Mississippi or Alabama. The only requirement is that you either turn your back on ethics and morality or simply don't know any better when it comes to principles. With Tommy, you take your pick.
His legend is branded into Wisconsin mythology. His record as Governor of Wisconsin is still heralded by many as a great one. His fight for the common man is believed by many. His down-home approach with the public is embedded in our state's story-telling ["Believe me, ladies and gentlemen..."].
OK, for all of us complainers and huffers and puffers about the candidates we are forced to choose for President of the United States, who would we rather have for a choice for that high office?
Aaron Rodgers, for sure. If nothing else, he is a "straight shooter."
Several studies have concluded that at least 1/3 of presidential advertising in the media has one or more lies in them. Let me repeat: we are being lied to via political ads over and over.
Does anyone bear any responsibility for this? Of course the candidates do. Of course candidate staffs do. But what about the radio and TV local stations? Does your local TV station have any responsibility in this?
Each of us has a facet of his/her personality that secretly and/or without self-awareness tells us that we know more than we do. I'm guilty of it. All of us are.
I have no farther to go than the comments I used to get from readers of my blog. Some were strange. Some were sexist. Some were racially bigoted. Some were religiously bigoted. Many were politically ignorant, yet written with a self-assured tinge, even when they were clearly uninformed and illiterate to complex issues. But always with the silly confidence that they were right and others were wrong. God was on their side.
The reluctant "break" from campaigning by the Presidential candidates is very touching. Well, kind of. Romney used the campaign respite to do his part for his country [translation: image]. He is out raising funds to help the hurricane victims along the Atlantic seaboard. And he chose to do it in the Atlantic coast state of Ohio. Strange map. But the Red Cross can always use funds. And the Romney campaign can always use the exposure ...in Ohio.
If the election were held today it appears that Romney would win the popular vote, and Obama would win the Electoral College vote. More strangeness. Our Founding Fathers were dealing with a new nation that was made up of primarily uneducated citizens. The Electoral College was to protect our Founding Fathers from stupid mistakes made by uneducated voters. That was a safeguard to assure that only the landed gentry of while males could be elected. Ah, our Foundaing Fathers. The foundation of bigotry forged into our U.S. Constitution. But we simply ignore that. It disrupts our mythological image of democracy and fairness.