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Eulogy for a Nation: The Bailout Passes; Democracy Passes on

 
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 04, 2008 6:03 pm    Post subject: Eulogy for a Nation: The Bailout Passes; Democracy Passes on  Reply with quote

Eulogy for a Nation: The Bailout Passes; Democracy Passes on...

http://www.opednews.com/articles/...he-by-John-Caelan-081003-518.html

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Let me point out that we have had plenty of change in the last eight years.  Our Constitution has been rendered anecdotal by executive orders, the Patriot Acts, and dozens of subversive policies that have the collective goal of subjecting all of us to the whims of an authoritarian regime.  We’ve changed the way we educate our children, by choking off opportunity with deceitfully titled programs like No Child Left Behind, a warped elitist concept akin to weighing babies weekly and only feeding the fat ones. We changed our morals and concept of honor, by shrugging off the use of torture, imprisonment of the innocent, and the vile exploitation of weaker states.  We’ve changed the structure of the Government by castrating Congress, empowering the executive beyond our founders’ wildest nightmares, and corrupting the judiciary.  We’ve changed a lot already.  Maybe we need to un-change a few things first, before our candidates change us anymore.

The pundits keep telling us we need new ideas for this new century; that we do not know what tomorrow will bring.  Let me tell you what tomorrow will bring if we continue on this path.  Tomorrow will bring yesterday, the echo of a hundred empires that have come and gone before us.  You want to see the future?  Pick up a history book.  The timeless reprise of tyranny, as always, is easy to identify.  It is always accompanied by death, suffering, and the dark cloak of angry greed.  That’s the fruit that such tyranny bears.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 09, 2008 2:08 pm    Post subject: email spam Reply with quote

I usually just delete what spam makes it past the filters into my email inbox, but today on a whim I opened one.

It was from some group called "True Majority" and they are so outraged about the AIG executives having a very expensive and lavish party to celebrate the bailout, that they are asking their members to write to Paulson to demand that the money be returned!

Obviously they are totally unaware that he will simply ignore their "demands" the same way that Congress did, and that in writing to him, they are recognizing and accepting his illegitimate authority.

If I didn't live here, I would find it impossible to believe that Americans are this stupid.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 09, 2008 9:23 pm    Post subject: I got that one, too. Reply with quote

I like True Majority because Ben of Ben & Jerry's ice cream (good stuff, btw) founded it.  I've done many of their action alerts, and for some reason, my congresscritter always paid attention to those (as opposed to about everything else I did until I started working Sojourners' action alerts.  The ones just from me have gone totally ignored since 1994.)  Anyway, I didn't send this one, because my legislators voted against the bailout both times; two are up for re-election, and Kansans gave them all earsful.  

Anyway, I guess that's a long way of saying that I don't believe True Majority thinks Americans are stupid, per se, but rather that they have been apathetic and maybe need prompting to perform their civic duties of directing their government.

Of course, it's too late now, I agree.  But that's the people's fault, I think.  Meanwhile, I agree that today's action alert would be an effort of futility.  I just had to stick up a little bit for the ice cream guy!  Laughing [/i]
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 09, 2008 9:42 pm    Post subject: Cool. Reply with quote

I like Ben the ice cream guy too, A.J.

But I'm sorta curious about one thing. You say that your Congresscritters paid attention to True Majority action alerts. How do you know?

There are various occasions in which Congresscritters are allowed to vote the way their constituents want them too, usually when legislation already has enough votes to pass or fail according to the wishes of the political party leaderships, so that a few contrary votes won't really matter, when the legislation at issue is a non-budget item for emotional purposes only, when the legislation won't interfere with the wars or with corporate profits, or when Congress is just posturing and had really planned to pass it the following week (or month) anyway.

All petitions says is, "I recognize and accept your right to make decisions for me, but I really wish that you would take me into consideration when you do so." If we recognize and accept their right to make the decisions, why should they take us into consideration?

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