DIRECT PARTICIPATORY DEMOCRACY-that’s what is missing in this country, and something no candidate or political party is offering. What is transpiring is the rule of unrestrained Capitalism and greed, replete with all the associated negatives.
Negatives like wealth accumulating at the very top, the lack of meaningful regulations and the even handed enforcement of them, the glaring influence of Corporations, banks, and their lobbyists,and the growing distance between the haves and the have not’s.
In view of these things any who think government is representative of what is best for “main street”, or their party of choice is somehow the exception needs a reality check.
Influence is linked to wealth and status-in some cases just sheer numbers-but that more often than not translates to demographics seen as voting blocs that can be duped with promises and “patriotic” rhetoric.
Trickle down economics translates to trickle down misery, and the farther down you are the greater the misery. The only thing that so called shovel ready jobs share with reality is that shovels are required to remove manure.
Never has there been a time in this country when it could be said the blind are leading the lame more than currently. It is an age of greed and indifference to others unparalleled in this country save for the indigenous experience.
Solar and alternative energy will become the reality when they can be legislated to insure the profit line of Utilities and Corporations. For all the “visionary” talk of “green” one should remember it is also the color of money-and money is the priority.
Every last penny has to be wrung from fossil fuels and nuclear power plants-after all there are investments, profits, and stock holders to consider….first.
I challenge anyone to name a single politician who does not frequent the lobbyists trough, who isn’t linked to corporate campaign contributions. I also challenge anyone to explain to me how this serves any of us-black, white,red, brown, or yellow.
I’d like to know what benefit is accrued by being political photo ops and adopting and giving real honest to goodness “Indian” names to politicians?
It’s like saying thank you for being victimized and robbed, for starving and dying, for being sick and cold and jobless. For living in shacks with paper stuck in the windows and cracks to keep the weather out, or being warehoused on the rez or in projects.
Is this what native pride is, to be grateful for these things? To rally at a campaign stop for a candidate who we in all likelihood will never see again, and dry up and turn to dust before the promises made to us are kept?
Money has been appropriated-uh huh, appropriation and distribution are two entirely different matters as we’ve seen. Appropriations are things written on paper that have no validity until they are dispensed.
Sovereignty is on everybodies lips-it is THE catch phrase, but I am reminded of a thing said by Paul DeMain of NFIC recently- and that is that sovereignty begins with feeding oneself.
We haven’t seen the end of the global economic problem-I believe it is going to worsen-it hasn’t as yet due to a shuffling of the paper work, creative accounting, and the printing of yet more bogus money- wouldn’t it be great if we could all just print money or shuffle some papers around as the need arose?
When it all hits the fan unless we have taken steps now to in the least feed ourselves we are in BIG trouble, and our dependency and vulnerability will increase geometrically.
These tea partiers are the new 7th cavalry-they would strip everything from everybody to increase the wealth and power of their masters-they would take the food from our children’s mouths, blankets from our elders, and like their counterparts don’t much give a damn about us.
When push comes to shove it is always about “sacrificing” the few for the “greater good”-we are the few, and if Soylent Green were the way of it that would be us.
Maybe a part of the solution is to elect more from the nations as I’ve heard others say-but the only true solution is to become self governing, self reliant, and non dependent.
Easier said than done you say?-can’t be anymore difficult than it has been.