Friday, July 02, 2004

Lesser of Two Evils is Still Evil

i got to see farenheit911 last night (and highly recommend it). while it was obviously disturbing to watch bush vacationing (and always tan) while iraqi women and children and young americans were getting killed and maimed, i found myself agitated on a higher level. was this really just the story of a few bad politicians?

no. we are no longer 'governing' or consciously choosing. there's nobody driving the boat. one congressman admitted that nobody he knew ever read the patriot act before voting on it. anyone realize that the 'tax reform' bill congress just passed gives $150 billion in cuts to foreign corporations? i sure didnt. did anybody know that congress has appropriated $1 billion for a new office called 'faith based initiatives'?...(read below. i was shocked.)

...By Executive Order, effective immediately, each of the following Cabinet agencies will create its own Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives to work in tandem with the White House OFBCI, to make federal grants available to Faith-Based and Community Initiatives nationwide.

Cabinet Centers for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives:
Department of Health and Human Services;
Department of Housing and Urban Development;
Department of Labor;
Department of Justice; and
Department of Education.

So i have to you really believe anyone is steering the ship? or are we faced with a government that has moved from 'of, for and by' to 'ignored, feared and dangerous'. is the result of decades of mindless, apathetic voting for meaningless candidates a totalitarian government that can wage wars based on lies, can thrive by keeping us all in a state of fear and mistrust and encouraging us to turn in our neighbors? wow. sounds like an old communist regime. has america become the last of the command and control, centralized governments?

Do you really believe we'll end this spiral by changing to a new regime? so we all agree bush lied to us and cheney fostered a military that abused power (and people), but will switching to kerry, a guy who has yet to take a stand on any issue, really change anything? what the hell does this statement mean...?

"I believe in an America that's strong at home and respected in the world. I believe we can have a strong economy focused on good-paying jobs, a health care plan that reduces costs, an energy plan that frees us from Mideast oil, and I believe we can lead a strong military and strong alliances that keep America safe and secure."

and this one really tells me a lot...

"John Kerry is unveiling a comprehensive economic agenda that will unleash the productive potential of America's economy to help it create 10 million jobs in his first term as President. Over the next several weeks, Kerry will unveil a series of proposals that will restore confidence in the economy and spur job creation."

Time to Democratize Democracy

i believe it's time for us to wake up and start 'owning' our government. we need a viable political movement that is about revolution over evolution, and can take a real stand on issues like...

* gun control - how about no handguns ever?,

* legalizing marajuana - since half our population consumes it and has yet to be proven as addictive as cigarettes or dangerous as alcohol. (btw, i'll predict that in the next election a candidate will lie claiming they DID smoke pot),

* tort reform - the world doesnt need billionaire lawyers

* education - how about spending more on schools than prisons?

* pro economy - please dont send me another economically challenged politician who believes the answer is raising taxes. at least clinton got that one right. all that raising taxes on the 'rich' does is push the super rich to move assets out of the US and increase the burden even further on the other 'rich', the poor shlubs who kill themselves for a salary only to send half to the local and federal government. believe me, the really rich here in california pay no state income tax. it's the poor guys who have to show up at work and cant move to incline village, NV that will pay even more until they finally wise up and leave the state. btw, 75% of all tax revenue in california comes from people making over $100k.

* religion and government - how about NOT EVER. i thought this was in the constitution somewhere. if not, can somebody add it?
[this was added by my friend nadine...
...Separation of Church & State in the U.S. Constitution: First Amendment
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or
prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech,
or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to
petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
...Article VI, Section III...
"The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the members of the
several State legislatures, and all executive and judicial officers, both of
the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by oath or
affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious test shall ever
be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the
United States."

* choice/abortion - duh

* corporate coruption - here's an easy one...just make them give the f'ing money back! how about saying that any insider selling during a period of accounting fraud has to return the money? hmm...gary winnick, nobody is saying you did anything illegal (we dont have the time or money to prove that) just return the $800 million to innocent investors you profited off.