I’ve long admired the position Iceland has taken, the embrace of their inherent rights as a sovereign people and nation.
I would think with all the concerns related to privacy and violations of the most fundamental of rights it would become the server capital of the world….but that would probably lead to “economic sanctions” and other coercive measures.
The world is marching in lock step to a global police state led by none other than that bastion of “liberty and free speech” the U.S.-thank you George Bush, and Obama who has embraced such policies as though he were conjoined to them.
I wouldn’t give two cents for either conservative or liberal ideology, there is a common sense middle ground that better serves.
I am an indigenous person and know all too well the face of oppression, disenfranchisement, and life in the gulag, euphemistically referred to as the rez.
Five hundred plus years of what we as a people have endured is coming to your neighborhood as bloated corporations and government seek to perpetuate what has become the status quo as the middle class dwindles, poverty increases, and wages decline as more and more jobs are exported leading to dozens of applicants for each job that remains – an employers dream come true as it suppresses wages and whether there are workers rights and benefits or not.
As a demographic small in numbers and not one to rely upon as a campaign donations source or a significant voting bloc we have little if any voice or influence.
We are photo ops and perhaps even a test audience to refine the rhetoric of the campaign trail at best.
An integral cog in the vehicle of decline is unreasoning, blind, party partisanship that is willing to overlook the moat in it’s own eye and be content with pointing the finger and passing the buck.
Content to listen to the words of carefully coiffed and manufactured media talking heads with a staff of writers making megabucks and so far removed from the day to day realities as to be laughable.
Divide and conquer – facilitated by the wedge of partisanship driven into the heart of a nation.
Partisanship has created a condition of stasis, too many lies, too many behind closed doors manuverings, too much legislation crafted by corporations and their lobbyists that whatever a person believes they voted for is cancelled, too many secret courts issuing secret warrants, too many out of control agencies, all of which for many leads to a resigned complacently that occasionally will utter an internet yelp from the comfort of their living room.
The opposite of that are trolls who drone on about patriotism or all that is wrong offering a solution to all things if only people would listen to them, and yet never participated in a single demonstration, never took a visible stand, never risked anything save perhaps developing a callous on their butt, blisters on their fingers from typing, or a migraine from what they refer to as “critical thinking”.
The first duty of “patriotism” is to speak the truth however unsettling or unpopular it may be, fully aware that you be will labeled a hater or subversive.
The second duty is to shape the face of government and direct the course it takes, not the opposite, it makes no difference if you are a citizen of this country, any other country, or the various nations of my people, for all are obliged to raise their voice against that which threatens the common welfare, that which is inequitable.
This is YOUR government, it has never been ours, no inclusion based on that premise of all being created equal has ever existed for us. We had our own form of “government” that worked and was wrested from us.
We have been dragged along through wars, depressions, social unrest, injustice, economic upheaval, political machinations, corporate greed, and now the decline of empire.
Whatever impacts the people of this country will impact the nations even more due to the poverty, unemployment, lack of opportunity, minority status, and above all lack of sovereignty.
Without sovereignty we will never have a traditional form of government again – if you value your’s it’s time to set the bickering of partisanship aside, hold the officials you elect to strict account and forgo the koolaid and those talking heads you’ve so come to admire.
It isn’t about that trite “it is what it is”- what it is about is what it could and should be.
“America love it or leave it” – that’s like saying if you love your body, yourself, and there is a cancer upon it either love the cancer or ignore it, do nothing and accept the inevitable without addressing it.
Better I think to say if you love your country, your homeland, your community, address the issues, all of them, and in doing so seek to restore it to a healthy cancer free condition.
V doesn’t stand for vendetta, it stands for vision, viability, value or the lack it when voting, and the political victory and aspirations of any freedom loving people.
Wave the banner of your country if so inclined and I will wave the banner of mine, of the nations – if we share the same values, the same love of family and our people we will find common ground- in doing so all will be served.
Having said that and in view of those celebrating Xmas, those who celebrated Hannuka, and all who have followed, read, or commented on this blog, best wishes to you and yours whether we have found ourselves in agreement or not.