Friday, June 23, 2006
I remember him saying that people are often 'love things and use people' and should learn to be 'love people and use things'. In the past few decades (since Reagan particularly, there has been a rapid rush to the top of the wealth heap by a tiny minority of Americans - at the expense of the majority sliding to the bottom or being squeezed lower in the middle. Where are the religious voices? What happened to the rich man and the camel and all that?
As for the Democrats - yes, they may win congress and even the Presidency by letting Bush and company self-destruct. But where is the fervor for what is right? Where are the voices for building a real democracy? What about the poor? What about the international disgust with America? What about torture and rendition? What about medicare for all? What about education, and hungry children and reducing the prison population?
May the spirit of William Sloane Coffin enter the discourse in America... and may the fires rage.
On a more cheerful note - I am convinced now that "the system as we know it" has to completely crumble before anything new can arise. So yes, the Democrats in the US are part of what has to crumble as well; no vision, no stamina, no nothing ... very much unlike Sloane Coffin who could articulate issues in his time.
One of the issues in the US which have to be abolished and destroyed before you even can talk about a Democratic country again, is that those who seek positions in politics presently only win a seat hear or there if they prove to be multimillionaires and use that money to campaign, which in my view could instead be used to improve other things in society. What I mean is, the one who has the "buck" wins. That is not democracy, that is bourgeois hierarchy.
Besides, a democracy needs a minimum of three vital parties - otherwise you remain to be a "Duocracy".
Long live the empire, until it crumbles...
Zee, some people post anonymous because they don't have accounts - others just because they prefer it.
Anonymous, Zee likes to provoke now and then, but he's an artist and a lover at heart.
I have my Vietnam POW/MIA bracelet. Remember those? The guy named on mine was shot down and killed. I didn't find this out until about five years ago. I did some work with the help of a reporter in NY and found his son. I offered the bracelet to him and he said he would like it at some time, but I haven't heard from him again.
I do remember the bracelets - it would have been interesting to meet the son (perhaps difficult).
Secondly, what an insightful post. You seem to have an excellent comprehension of what's going on here. Are you just super smart or is the distance you have on the subject or both (I'll pick C).
Thirdly, who painted that portrait? It looks like a Rockwell sort of thing. Do you know?
Yes, we could use this man's spirit right about now.
The portrait came from a cool site called Americans Who Tell The Truth and is by Robert Shetterley.
"It's too bad that one has to conceive of sports as being the only arena where risks are, [for] all of life is risk exercise. That's the only way to live more freely, and more interestingly."
someone wise has this posted on their blog, and it's good to remember at times like this.
things may change - heard on the news this morning Warren Buffet is giving away his wealth to the Bill Gates charity. that's the top two wealthiest blokes on the philanthropist trail.
Ian, it is interesting, isn't it? I wonder if Bill and Melinda Gates will excerpt social and political will at sometime to shift systems in the world - I admire their hard work on causes.
Btw Gary, found you by way of Lindsay's lobes..them lobes are &^% magnets I tell ya!
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