[FoRK] What a GREAT Day!
Andy Armstrong <
andy at hexten.net
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Wed Nov 8 12:37:02 PST 2006
On 8 Nov 2006, at 20:25, J. Andrew Rogers wrote:
> I'm with you on the "sorta" part. The Republicans deserved to lose
> but the Democrats did not deserve to win. Which left us where we
> are at.
> Went to vote at the elementary school on 11th Street and my name
> was mysteriously not on the list. I did a write-in instead — hope
> they don’t throw it out. As someone who doesn’t trust this
> government one inch I wouldn’t put it past them.
> Glancing at the headlines this AM I see the Dems have at least
> taken a few seats back, maybe enough to give them a majority vote
> in the house. I sang “This Land Is Your Land” to myself as I rode
> my bike downtown — I got choked up and started to cry. Maybe it
> will be the people’s land again, someday.
> I sense that the balance of power in the house and senate and the
> rollback of the neocon agenda is only part of the job ahead, as the
> country has been inundated with bully culture, the culture of
> greed, for at least a dozen years. For many young professionals,
> that’s all they know in their working lives — the attitude of
> winner takes all, bigger smashes smaller and do it if you can get
> away with it. It might take a while to allow another more humane
> culture of getting along and nurturing each other and benefiting
> from each other’s skills and knowledge to rise from the ashes. At
> present ashes are pretty much all there is. Social animals know
> better than this — they seem to instinctively know that there are
> limits to what the bosses and the alpha males can get away with,
> and that cooperation within the group is how the group survives.
> Checks and balances — something that’s been missing for a while.
> I sense this culture every day, on the streets and in the media.
> Every time a cop car from my local precinct runs a red light or
> speeds down a one way street the wrong way (just because they can,
> no other reason) and every time an SUV with darkened windows
> muscles other cars, bikers, old ladies and kids out of way —
> sometimes narrowly missing pedestrians as they run a red light —
> well, it’s all been sanctioned by Bush and Cheney and the senators
> and congressmen who allied themselves with these bastards. They
> reflect and encourage one another. Push in line, build your
> building right in front of someone else’s, destroy a neighborhood,
> be a winner, a survivor. To me, those reality shows “teach” bully
> culture — that’s the lesson that is imparted — and that includes
> ones like Laguna Beach, which seems to promote backstabbing, lying,
> duplicitous behavior and entitlement — all in a world where no one
> If these are the Republican ideals (and judging by the rampant
> corruption and entitlement in congress and elsewhere one would have
> to say it is) then changing the politicians will not clean the
> sheets. Not overnight.
> Op-Eds in the various armed forces newspapers have called for
> Rummy’s removal. At last. They themselves — the military — cannot
> directly effect political change, but surely in the pragmatic
> interest of protecting the boys they will send an incredibly strong
> message. As someone who lived through the Vietnam era and grew up
> suspicious of the military (I thought of them always as the bad
> guys, the ones who justified agent orange, massacres and outright
> lying) in this case they are appearing as the voice of reason.
> Reason from their POV. They sense that they, the military, at least
> know how to do their job, and they stake their lives on it — and
> Rummy and the others have proven that they are incompetent and are
> jeopardizing the lives of thousands if not hundreds of thousands.
Andy Armstrong, hexten.net
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