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Why Democracy Won’t Work

June 10, 2010

There are a lot of plus points for all the varying forms of government [a.k.a. slavery] but though democracy may be one of the more beneficial and gentler of the forms, it simply will not work. Why? Because it runs contrary to human nature.

Most people are only concerned with their daily lives and those around them and closest to them: friends and family.

The original concept for this country was a union of states, as most people could, at least, identify with the state they were from. Many could not think in that large a scale but most of the citizenry could.

So who decided that we had to be connected nationally? globally? How does it serve the interest of the totality of the citizenry of this country if multinational corporations can thrive while keeping foreign workers at poverty wage scales (rather than hiring workers in the US at union scales)? It certainly enhances the bottom line for the modern robber barons, but it does nothing for the country as a whole.

That is, unless you happened to buy the old line that what was good for General Motors was good for the U.S.A.

Most people cannot conceive of the whole world and the diversity of cultures to be encountered – yes, and nurtured – around the planet. Most people do not get the opportunity to travel abroad. But then most people really don’t want to do that. They are comfortable in their neighborhood, with their friends, their family, and most will grab up their gun and defend all that they hold dear.

To bother these people with the plight of the salmon on the Columbia River or the coal miners of Appalachia – unless they live in either region – is really not fair. They have more personal concerns, more immediate needs.

And those are the things that make democracy such a stretch. If it does not immediately concern you or your loved ones, why bother? And many people just refuse to be bothered by it anymore.

Democracy is fine in theory, but we need a better system in practice.

We are a Christian Nation? NOT!

April 29, 2010

There has been a lot of press recently concerning the Constitutional Amendment to limit marriage to a man and a woman. Many people see allowing gay marriage as a threat to our national survival. That is LUDICROUS!

I remember people saying the same thing about allowing freed slaves the vote. I remember they said the same about allowing women the vote. I remember they said the same about allowing 18 year olds the vote. Who are these stupid people who keep seeing the demise of America by allowing the freedoms we have supposedly extended to ALL people in our society?

Well, Christians, of course.

I am a Christian, as well as a heterosexual white Anglo-Saxon Protestant, but I also happen to be an American. And that implies a belief in equality under the law to ALL people regardless of race, creed, et cetera. Restrictions to any group segregated by some ethnic or cultural belief is unConstitutional. States that have passed laws making same-sex marriages illegal are in violation of Federal law as encoded in the Constitution.

That is why the Christians of this country want a Constitutional Amendment to legalize their prejudices — yes, let’s make another BIGOTTED LAW. Let’s show the world what a bunch of hypocrites we are. Christian? HA! These “Christians” do not show any of the qualities of understanding or forgiveness or charity that Christ was so famous for.

This has always been a country famed for its diversification and universality. This Amendment could do more to stop immigration than the much-touted Immigration Bills in Congress. Who would want to come to a country where religious freedom no longer exists, where the once embraced diversification of peoples around the world is shunned and replaced by a narrow-minded medieval culture?

The further problem with allowing such demented legislature to be passed, is what it would open the door for in the future. Are we ready to join Iraq, Iran, and the countries whose Islamic tyrannies we so abhor, by becoming another theocracy? And what if the particular brand of Christian ethic codified happens to be a brand of Christianity not exactly your own? Will we devolve into the same religious wars we see in the Middle East, the same wars we fought in Europe in the Reformation? Methodist against Baptist, Evangelical against Catholic, a religious civil war taken to the streets all across America.

The Founding Fathers instituted religious FREEDOM for a good reason. Let’s not subvert any more of our freedoms to the terrorists in Washington OR in pulpits across the nation.

Gay marriage will NOT destroy the family or the nation. But this Amendment WILL.

the Three Stooges of Government

April 12, 2010

A recent Zogby poll showed that most American’s could name the three Stooges but not the branches of the government. They could name some of the dwarves, but not the Supreme Court Justices. It does not mean American’s are stupid, just uninformed about issues that mean little or nothing to them.

People have an easy time remembering things that matter to them: song lyrics, people’s names, certain dates, directions, et cetera.

Were it not for the ability of the brain to store and summon-up these memorized tidbits, our whole society would come crashing down. And a key factor in this type of memory actually working is the pleasure associated with the data.

And as there is little pleasure (for most people, anyway) in even thinking of the government, it is small wonder that anyone can name the three branches of government. The knowledge of such data would imply that people actually care about, or are concerned with this government of, by, and for the people themselves.

An unspoken freedom in America is the freedom from even thinking about the government. The freedom to ignore what the lawmakers and diplomats are doing to the world every day in OUR name… yes, we can breathe easy and simply ignore all of that.

Also, one might think it a nifty piece of psychological buffoonery for the pollsters to ask about the three branches of government and immediately enquire about the famous comic trio.

So, for those of you who could not come up with the three branches of government, I will tell you: Larry, Moe, and Curly Joe.

Land of the Free…

April 1, 2010

The basic freedoms of the citizenry in this country continue to erode at a frightening rate. Corporate mega-giants continue their rape of the country unabated, given a helping hand by the President, the Congress, the Courts, and the media who continues to distract us with smoke and mirrors at issues of such trifling moment that we are kept from looking at the actions being done.

The populace follows like sheep, looking at what we are “supposed” to look at and not question the rapine being done in the guise of national security (translation: protecting the holdings of the very very rich – notice that in the latest recession, the very rich got richer faster than in previous years while we tightened our belts?). Like lambs to the slaughter, we tell the government “take away my freedoms, please, as I am incapable of utilizing them”. They have told us it is those very freedoms that led to the 9/11 attacks. And so, in abject fear, we relinquish them.

But isn’t it those very freedoms that have kept us strong throughout our history? Isn’t that the reason the whole world envies us?

Perhaps it is time to pack up our belongings and leave this nation of crumbling standards and move to the land of the free, the home of the brave: Canada.

People with No Vision

March 21, 2010

“If God had intended Man to fly, He would have given us wings.” A rather narrow sentiment spouted by many otherwise good and intelligent people over a century ago. It turns out God DID give us wings, we had only to stretch our imaginations a little further and build them.

Quite a few areas of human endeavor have encountered this same sentiment, as close-mindedness is not confined to any one field of endeavor.

I remember a computer mechanic years ago talking about the 64K ram in a computer. “No one is ever going to need more than 64K to write a program,” he stated with confidence. “That’s plenty of memory to create a program to do anything.”

What was sad is that at that same time, NASA was using programs much larger than 64K. Today, I don’t know of any program on the market that could be under 64K, but I could be wrong.

Our species makes its greatest strides when certain people can expand their vision – see outside the box – and spread their vision to others. But only certain others, as most people are going to be of the kind who express the negative, doubting sentiments. It’s not to say there’s anything wrong with those people as they usually have the same stability in other areas of their lives – and we need some very stable people, too.

Still, the thrill of discovery is good for invigorating the species.

Ignatz Verbotham once said, “If God had intended for Man to do anything but copulate, He would have given us brains!”

That might be a good catch-phrase for the intelligensia, but there’s a lot to be said for people who don’t crave the adventure of experiment and discovery. They are the solid people who keep the society working smoothly.

The darker side of this type of person is seen in the robotic masses of 1984 or Brave New World, but we should not forget that they are the ones who have kept the wheels of society going so that the inspired ones can do what they do. If there was no stable environment for one to develop their keen interests, there would be fewer and fewer leaps of the human imagination.

It is like the astrological sign Libra: these people are often seen as stuck-in-the-mud. But stability is the upside of the trait.

I don’t think we should institutionalize either extreme. We truly need both.