Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Am I surprised? Not even!

I have started to do this post at least three times in the last week, but each time I get ready to start, an almost overwhelming angry urge tells me to calm down and wait a couple of days and see if the situation changes. I am, after all, an eternal optimist, who believes that people can and do occasionally change. Now, after procrastinating long enough, I have to acknowlege the fact that the elected Republican Party minority have changed. They've gotten even worse. They are totally out of touch with the health care dilemma that ordinary citizens are faced with. And, why not? We ordinary citizens have provided them with the best health care for them that our taxpayer money can buy. Then they stab us in the back. Once again, they have proved that they feel no responsibility to their constituents.
Do I think that the elected Democratic Party majority is any better? Not one little bit! Sure we have a few good people who actually seem to understand what the guy or gal on the street are going through, but they are overshadowed by the ones who are more interested in re-election and lining their own pockets with 30 pieces of silver to betray their constituents in favor of the insurance companies. They can call themselves Blue-Dog Democrats or whatever they want. They are outdoing Judas in the betrayal business. President Obama is being so careful not to alienate any of them, he too has become ineffective. I never thought of him as meek during the election campaign, but each time I hear of yet another conciliatory statement made so as not to offend anyone, I think meek, which rhymes with weak. He needs to put on his mean face and tell all the sorry SOB's that the public has had enough! Nearly 80 percent of the citizens polled want a public healthcare option, so what is he afraid of? Most of the D.C. elites will never like him anyway, for sure the insurance companies are not going to name him "man of the year". The common citizens are the ones who elected him, and if they can't count on him to stand up for public healthcare option, then why would they ever vote for him again? I have signed petitions until I'm blue in the face. My Wyoming representative and the two Wyoming senators are all happy about following the Republican Party line and one of them is a doctor! Who in the hell do they think they're fooling? They couldn't care less about you and your healthcare. They've got theirs, thanks to us.
Politicians are a useless lot. Am I being cynical? Yes, a little. Am I surprised? Not even one little bit. Until the citizens take away the healthcare privileges of those who are supposed to serve us, NOTHING is what we'll get from them. They have it too good! Why would they want to upset their own benefactors? They wouldn't, and they won't. So much for being an eternal optimist, I'm finished.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Judge not, lest ye be judged

If you want a laugh a minute, watch the questioning of Sonia Sotomayor by the right wing D.C. Republicans or what is left of them. It will thoroughly piss you off. It reminded me of a quote in my high school yearbook, to the effect that you appear to be intelligent until you open your mouth and speak, removing all doubt. If there was any question of the racism and misogyny rampant in the Republican Party, all doubt has been removed. Let me start by telling you that I don't consider myself a feminist, but rather a humanist. I believe that every human being rises or falls by the quality of their own abilities. Sex or gender should never be part of the equation. One thing I can state unequivocally, when Judge Sonia Sotomayor answers these dolts questions, she is clearly the most intelligent person in the room. Don't they love to posture and preen and play to their base? Obviously, they don't have any respect for the intelligence of the American citizen they claim to represent. If their base is as ridiculous as their representatives views and questions, then they got the representation they deserved! There are plenty of phony intellectuals in that bunch. It makes me wonder if they have ever read a book, or if they just parrot what the Republican political advisers tell them to.
Judge Sotomayor is a nicer person than I would be. If I were being questioned by those supercilious SOB's I'd have smacked a couple of them already. Do they really believe that the sun rises and sets on and in their bigotry? Judge Sotomayor will be an excellent Supreme Court Judge, at least she remembers what it is to be a common citizen with an uncommon aptitude for justice. Justice may be blind, but she's not stupid. I hope every person who displayed their ignorance and prejudice in these hearings will be sent packing by the voters in their home states next election cycle. Surely there must be better representatives than that in each respective state. One can only hope.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Independence or Imperialism?

Today we celebrate our country's Declation of Independence from the British Empire. I got a form email from President Obama wishing for me a joyous celebration of our independence day, along with a few sentences of gratitude to our military personnel who are protecting us around the world and our founding fathers for the Constitution they wrote declaring all people to be equal. Fine words.
It would be nice if our poor military people could be protecting us at home. Instead, they are stationed on bases in almost every country in the world, enforcing the imperial reach of the United States, fighting wars in two separate countries, and cross border attacks in a third country. The military are essentially protecting the rights of corporations in our country to interfere in other countries for their own benefit. Believe me when I tell you that I would never personally want any other mother's son or daughter to die in a foreign country in the name of defending my freedom. If I were attacked, I would rather defend myself, than ask someone else to do it for me.
As for the Founding Fathers, and the Constitution which laughingly declared all men equal. Except for slaves, who were only a percentage of a man, and women, who were to be protected from having the vote because they were the weaker sex and thought of as chattel for many years, someone to take care of men's needs, but not equals. You know how those women are, give them an inch and they'll take a mile!
What a grand notion they had, independence from the Brits. When they declared their independence there was yet another major problem to contend with. The indigenous natives who inhabited the country before the French and the British Empires took it over in turn. The newly minted Americans had to wipe out the original inhabitants of the country. They did this with a lot of relish, and the few that were left alive, had to be put on reservations so as not to offend the delicate sensibilities of the white Americans. It was okay to use them and their African brothers as slaves, but not to live in the white American's neighborhoods. To this very day, the descendants of those native tribes are treated as less than first class citizens. What part of equality am I too stupid to understand?
I didn't learn all of this until my later years when I took it upon myself to learn the real history of these United States. It is not a pretty picture. The history books that we were taught with in school as children were mostly fabrications. Fabrications hell, outright lies. The truth is much uglier, and not a lot has changed in America after all these 230 plus years. We still run rough-shod over anyone who doesn't completely agree to let America rule the world. Am I proud to be an American? Not so much. So celebrate with fireworks and fine words. Maybe no one will notice what forked tongues the American Imperialists speak with. If you want the truth about America, you are going to have to find it out for yourself. Fortunately, there are many truthful books out there to read at your public library. That's how I found out the truth about America. The truth does indeed set you free. From illusions about your country and the evils it has perpetrated all over the planet. I must warn you, however, you may have trouble sleeping at night while learning the truth, but you will sleep a lot better once you realize that you can't believe everything you hear from a politician. Then you can celebrate your personal freedom and independence. Start now.