AMERICANS WAKE UP – REALITY TIME

I doubt this is what the founding fathers had in mind for the United States …..236 years later the inequality of wealth is staggering. “Of the people …for the people” sounds out of touch, fiction, lost to the 99 plus percent of Americans.  Still many Americans think and believe they continue to live in and are part of the most prosperous nation in the world,  participants of the American Dream.  Well it is wake up time, reality and fact check,  before it is too late.

Today 400 Americans, that’s 400 people, 400 individuals, own more wealth than the bottom half of the American population, or 150,000,000!!! Americans…………that’s  400 individuals to 150,000,000! individuals!!! Now who said the “system” isn’t rigged?

At the same time the country is facing record poverty.  The highest growth in 6 decades.

Once the wealthiest nation per capita with the highest medium wealth per person the United States has “avalanched” downwards already bettered  by 17 nations (reference Credit Suiss report) Germany, Taiwan, Israel, Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain, Finland, Norway, Canada, France, Ireland, Switzerland, Singapore, United Kingdom at $121,853, Japan at 128,588, Italy, and on top now Australia with 221,704.  The United States medium wealth per person is  $52,752!!!

In the meantime the polarized congress only debates a politically motivated agenda which does not address the citizens  inequality and the country’s financial decline. The nation’s stagnant 8.2% unemployment is discussed as a political ball, stagnant and without constructive solutions. The inflated military budget of 700 billion per year. for the Military Machine and their lobbies becomes “patriotic” and untouchable,  Nor does Washington address the disproportionate share of the American tax bill.  While creating nothing more than dust, private wealth for the few multiplies as public services are squeezed and decline.

The founding fathers expressly feared the VENERATION OF WEALTH which has now become America’s common denominator.  Congress, public office holders, even robed judges in the highest court show their deference to the almighty CASH.  President for sale, government for sale, as congressmen, public service holders, hold out their cups to be filled with cash offering total obeisance.  GOP, Grand Old Party now means GUARDIANS OF PRIVILEGE. Democrats point to bankers as “fat cats” while dining with them at fund raisers.  Not surprising the citizens have lost their faith in Congress, 10% approval and declining!!

Is American’s democracy really only skin deep?   WAKE UP AMERICA

WAKE UP….and ACT…that’s what DEMOCRACY is suppose to be about!

 

GREAT JOB YOUR MAJESTY!

Over the last few remarkable days the world has witnessed the outpouring of tribute to a 86 year old lady.  A Queen who has steadfastly remained a powerful constant dependable support for her peoples for over 60 transforming years. She is a Mother, a Grandmother, a QUEEN to the Commonwealth and a positive stabilizing symbol to the world.  Less we forget, when QUEEN ELIZABETH was crowned in 1953 many proclaimed the beginning of a new Elizabethan Age.  No one had an inkling of the stupendous changes that would occur over the six decades which lay ahead not only in Britain and the Commonwealth but around the world. Few, if any, could foresee the monumental political, cultural, scientific, and social sweep that lay ahead.  The defining events of her 60 year reign are encompassed with change. This lady, the Queen,  has however remained the constant in a world of unprecedented unnerving metamorphoses.

There are the defining events and characters of her six decades reign. The birth of new countries. The rise and fall of changing political principles. Ministers from Winston Churchill, Presidents from Dwight Eisenhower to the youthful Prime Ministers and Presidents born during her reign. The brutal painful wars fought from Korea, Vietnam to Afghanistan, and Iraq. Scientific and space achievements and accomplishments that were the wildest imagination and fiction at the time of her becoming Queen in 1952.  She  has witnessed the changing of numerous generations, wealth, political theory , and international power.  From the angry young men, pop culture,  political challenge, industrial unrest, the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Reagan/Thatcher era, social change, this Queen has held our hand as a constant through it all.

It is easy to appreciate why in a world of political and social polarization she has achieved an approval of over 80%.  She has made an ancient institution regal, inclusive, stable and most of all relevant in this twenty first century world.

 

 

 

QUOTE OF THE DAY – PREACHERS GET CONTROL REPUBLICAN PARTY

“MARK MY WORD, IF AND WHEN THESE PREACHERS GET CONTROL OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY AND THEY’RE SURE TRYING TO DO SO, IT’S GOING TO BE A TERRIBLE DAMN PROBLEM.  FRANKLY THESE PEOPLE FRIGHTEN ME. POLITICS AND GOVERNING DEMAND COMPROMISE. BUT THESE CHRISTIANS BELIEVE THEY ARE ACTING IN THE NAME OF GOD, SO THEY CAN’T AND WON’T COMPROMISE. I KNOW I’VE TRIED TO DEAL WITH THEM”  Barry Goldwater   YES YES Republican Barry Goldwater

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AMERICAS FOUNDERS WHERE NOT DEVOUT CHRISTIANS!

The fathers of America, the founding fathers, the men who wrote the constitution were NOT devout Christians as so many Americans prefer to believe.  Preached from the pulpits or conservative podiums many Americans are lectured and choose to believe that following these “ardent God worshiping Christians” will save them and the country…some day!  The founding fathers are referred to, employed, adopted by fibbing politicians and doubt-dealing pundits  when trying to enforce a belief or theory. Many American Christians call the United States constitution a “sacred inspired text”.  One then needs to ask why,  which part and authored and written by whom?

“We want to impute to them our ideologies, our religion, because in them seems what we believe in” says the Utah Valley University President. However, historians who have seriously studied and researched the lives of these founding fathers claim most Americans assume, theorize, far too much about what these men really believed and how their beliefs, personal convictions, influenced the American constitution and it’s subsequent laws..

No doubt these founding fathers would have been quick to acknowledge it was an imperfect incomplete document, just remember slavery and suffrage!  The founding fathers OWNED people and Martha Washington, the First Lady of the Land, as other women, could not vote. The writers therefore cleverly allowed for future flexibility in the document. They wisely created a constitution that recognized necessary changes would and could be made as the new nation matured.

There is however  a reason why these men in the 1700s created the rules for a new country based on a strict separation of church (religion) and state (government).They had witnessed the negative influence in European countries where and when the Church and State merged. They believed that religion and government will both “exist in greater purity the less they are mixed together”. They did not want a state religion, rather the rights for all faiths which have spiritual and practical applications. The Father of the Constitution, James Madison, is responsible for the first amendment, the separation of church and state. It is he who argues of letting religion survive “on its own merits”. Madison was joined by the founding fathers warning against the peril and danger of the encroachment of Ecclesiastical Bodies in government.

George Washington was a member of the Church of England (Episcopal) and attended services near his home in Virginia. However although he accepted the philosophy of a supreme being rejected prophecy, miracles, and revelation.  He was considered a Deist.

John Adams was a Congregationalist who later changed to a Unitarian, believing in the resurrection however discarding the Trinity and that Jesus was divine.

Ben Franklin, of puritan decent, was raised an Episcopalian but identified himself, like Washington, as a Deist. He was the epitome, the embodiment, of the Renaissance Man, widely diverse in all areas of life and belief.

Thomas Paine, he too would be considered a follower of the Deism philosophy.

James Madison, who was responsible for the disestablishment of the Anglican, Church of England, in Virginia, was the owner of hundreds of slaves who worked on his plantation.

It was Madison who summarized the first amendment as ” CONGRESS SHOULD NOT ESTABLISH A RELIGION AND ENFORCE THE LEGAL OBSERVATION OF IT BY LAW, NOR COMPEL MEN TO WORSHIP GOD IN ANY MANNER CONTRARY TO THEIR CONSCIENCE OR THAT ONE MIGHT OBTAIN A PRE-EMINENCE, OR TWO COMBINED TOGETHER AND ESTABLISH A RELIGION TO WHICH THEY WOULD COMPEL OTHERS TO CONFORM.” (August 15,1789)

It was John Adams who is quoted “I UNDERSTAND THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION IT WAS, AND IS, A REVELATION. BUT HOW HAS IT HAPPENED THAT MILLIONS OF FABLES, TALES, LEGENDS, HAVE BEEN BLENDED WITH BOTH JEWISH AND CHRISTIAN REVELATION THAT HAVE MADE THEM THE MOST BLOODY RELIGION THAT EVER EXISTED?” (December 27/1816)

The American founding fathers were creative visionary wise men who believed in a God, but each in their own way.  Their individual beliefs were personal, practical, educated and  without religious passion. Their intention in the drafting of the United States Constitution was there be a written appreciation of that individual liberty, choice, to or not to, follow a faith as the citizen himself chooses without hindrance, impediment,  or the support financially and or dictate by rule of law of any government.

TRUTH:  The founding Fathers were brilliant visionaries but not divine DEVOUT CHRISTIANS!!! and as Ronald Reagan said “Our very unity has been strengthened by our pluralism. We establish no religion in this country, we command no worship, we mandate no belief nor will we ever.  Church and State are and must remain separate.”

Perhaps the founding fathers and those Presidents that followed might add…..BE AWARE OF THE RELIGIOUS PASSIONS OF THOSE  DEVOTED TO THE DOCTRINE ONLY THEIR BELIEF AND GOD EXISTS AND USE OF GOVERNMENT IS BUT A TOOL TO ACCOMPLISH THEIR GOAL.

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RESPECT TRUST GONE! HELL WITH EVERYONE ELSE

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DEMOCRACY depends on respect.  CAPITALISM depends on trust.
When respect and trust are under attack from a countries political, social and religious establishment, the cost is growing cynicism. It finds expression in the likes of the Tea Party in USA, religious fundamentalism, and the Occupiers. Bewilderment and anger brew in the populace. Economic disaster quickly prevails, without trust citizens avoid even the most sensible economic offers for fear of risk with the once regarded institutions. Lacking respect and void of trust, the citizenry thinks, and facts confirm, the “game” is rigged and not in their favor. Millions believe the banks, Wall Street, the government has sold them out. The mountainous inequality in wealth and power between the SUPER wealthy 1% and the rest is fodder to this hopelessness, frustration  and fear.  Seriously concerning, they, the 99%,  become prey, gullible to ambitious political “nuts” promising the impossible, the illogical, with their synthetic faces and fast talking tongues from their political podiums and religious pulpits. Lacking respect and trust a polarized society develops in each country, the formula spins hatred from fear and frustration.

A political spin is woven taking advantage of this fear and frustration. Political spin bosses control the information we read and use that reality to manipulate to their economic and political advantage.  The assumption is made that the voting public is ignorant, naive, immature and hence vulnerable.   Political parties, politicians, religious leaders, create a distortion of facts and concentrate on distractions to keep the citizens from focusing on the real issues that require attention and CHANGE.  Social issues are prioritized. Citizens are fed black and white thinking and outright lies through the media distortions.  Some “news” stations spew fanatic passionate controlled “information”, making voter emotionally reactive, polarized and easily manipulated.

The lack of RESPECT and TRUST also manufactures a new generation hardened to consideration of your neighbor, callous to equal rights for everyone, shameless to belonging and contributing to your community, disdain for the less fortunate, and inept to improving the environment. The cultural changes also easily spin a society of selfishness, greed, arrogance, wrapped up in oneself, with the first and only commandment MONEY.  It’s the creation of the ME GENERATION.    Like the 1% – this new generation’s  slogan:                                     HELL WITH EVERYONE ELSE.

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I DON’T REMEMBER

Memory loss.

I DON’T REMEMBER:

American Teachers, public employees, planned parenthood, Nation Public Radio, organized labor, crashing the US stock market, wiping out over half of American 401KS, grabbing TRILLIONS in taxpayer funded bail outs, spilling and dumping oil in the Gulf of Mexico, and then giving THEMSELVES BILLIONS in bonuses …… and  pay no taxes…..!!!!!!

NO, I DON’T REMEMBER

AMERICAN POLITICIANS ARE NUTS

FORTY SIX MILLION, 46,000,000 Americans live in poverty!!! This makes

the United States poverty rate the third worst in the developed nations (per OECD).

Twenty nine percent 29% adult women are more likely to be poor than adult men

Americans on food stamps passed FORTY ONE MILLION, 41,000,000!!!

One out of every six Americans are on at least one government anti poverty program.

One out of seven 7 mortgages in the United States is either delinquent or in foreclosure!!!

Bankruptcy filings in the United States rose twenty percent 20% in the year ending 2011..

Twenty five percent 25% of Americans have credit score below 550!!

One out of five CHILDREN in the United States is living in poverty!!!!!!!!!

and UNITED STATES POLITICAL CANDIDATES, CONGRESS,  ARE FOCUSED AND ADDRESSING THE IMPORTANCE  OF  CHURCH and STATE, ABORTION, GUNS, GAY MARRIAGE,  CURTAILING A WOMAN’S RIGHTS, DEFEATING HEALTH CARE.and of course ANOTHER WAR………….. …………………NUTS…………………AMERICAN POLITICIANS ARE TRULY NUTS ….FOCUSED ON KEEPING THEIR JOBS…..AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE NUTS FOR  ALLOWING IT.

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AMERICA SHOULD BE ASHAMED

America is in a crisis.  Economic downturn, educational losses, political stalemate, mountainous debt, a disappearing Middle Class, a slipping rating in world status, and the highest POVERTY in its’ history.

The U.S. economic system is dying.  Instead of addressing the toxic problem, like unemployment, debt, economic inequality, lacking education, repeated negative budgets  every year……..U.S. politicians are busy addressing contraception, abortion, gay marriage, woman’s “rights”, God in government, and YES, contemplating another war. They forget America has not paid for the last two wars they  charged “on the country’s credit card”… Blaming each other for the country’s problems they have managed to achieve an approval rating of their citizens UNDER 10%. Obviously these political in-it-for-life hacks,  do not have mirrors in their homes, they certainly don’t look at themselves!

NUTS most politicians from both parties in the USA are LEADER-LESS NUTS.

Running around the U.S. these masqueraders offering hope and change and giving the citizens a vague sense that things will get BETTER is NOT going to work. They cloak the monumental U.S. problems into home town mentality and bias.  Their pumped up religious, social and racial agendas are insulting and camouflage for the true problems of the country. Most of the politicians in America are much too busy either trying to get elected or to stay in power to worry about or tackle these very serious REAL problems. PROBLEMS which are quickly killing the American economy, souring the American people and destroying any semblance of the “fair and equal” American Dream.

The United States population, the citizens,  share the blame.  These days all many Americans seem to want is to watch a “good”  TV show. Americas’ problems are for others to solve. Voting? why that deed is for Dancing with the Stars or America’s got Talent…..Perhaps the Disney World inspired “paint job” has  worked. .Most Americans are  under the delusion the United States will always be the wealthiest nation in the world. That’s certainly what we hear on our TVs, where even “news” is often entertainment!

“QUICK, SEND IN THE CLOWNS”   “WELL MAYBE NEXT YEAR”    Thanks Stephen Sondheim…….but they’re already here…….

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FANTASY? OF A BETTER WORLD

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CAN WE  IMAGINE,  DREAM……enjoy a fantasy?                                                         YES,  without dreams how do we aspire?  What happens to hope?  How do we strive for a better life or struggle through another threatening day? Recognize our goals, our sexuality, and  be allowed to live and enjoy our own lives without interference and conflict?                                                                                                                             OUR IMAGINATION AND DREAMS are not yet controlled by government, big  corporations, religious institutions, political manipulators, or   THE ONE PERCENT…………. ……                        Not that they haven’t tried…

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IMAGINE: Our world void of physical conflict, disputes settled by conversation, honor for human life, respect required for mother nature and all the living, enraged angry words replaced by sincere and constructive deeds.  NO wars

IMAGINE:  Governments and their leaders listening to and orchestrating laws dedicated to all their citizens best interests. Each individual citizen having the same punch and influence as the corporations and super wealthy currently enjoy. Special interest lobbies serving the minority over the many are not allowed.

IMAGINE: Giant multinational mega-corporations being stopped from stamping the rights of workers throughout the world. Unable to bribe governments and politicians.  Forced to  pay a living wage, provide clean safe working conditions, caring for their employees. Corporations,  paying fair and appropriate taxes in the countries they do business.

IMAGINE:  The termination of billions in permanent or long term tax incentives to the oil, coal, gas industries bent on keeping the world dependent on oil products and the world’s people choked.  Redirecting  tax breaks for wind, bio fuels, and solar energy, eliminating the planets overrun junk yard of coal, oil,  natural gas pipelines, belching refineries, and gas stations.

IMAGINE:  Fundamental changes in governments at all levels starting with a term limit to each and every elected politician. Politicians being accountable, jailed, for mistreatment of their citizens, accepting bribes of any description, officeholders unable to sell off their natural  resources.  Politicians dedicated to  constructive policies, programs, taxes, and  tributes, reflecting the voters at the poll booth.

IMAGINE:  Fat cat money, corporation contributions, Super PACs,  outlawed in public elections, making it illegal to “BUY YOURSELF A PRESIDENT” or political influence.

IMAGINE:  Medical services being a human RIGHT for all citizens and not a privilege.   Medical facilities being Not-For-Profit institutions, not driven by any need for generous dividends to stock holders and the “over the top” bonus for their CEOs…

IMAGINE: Women being recognized as equal participants in the citizenry of the world. Females with control over their own bodies and health choices with the ability to decide how many children to have and when without interference from government. Women with equality and opportunity, able to contribute within their societies, their fullest physical and mental potential.

IMAGINE:  All the governments recognizing the global environmental changes, cooperating in combating the  impact of warming.   Attending the June meeting in Rio with urgency and recognition of the need for a bold solution, void of  government politics and  self serving corporate interests. Countries whose government fully undertake the task of cherishing  this planet and all its creatures as caretakers not abusers.

IMAGINE:  Every child not only has a right to a public education, but receives one.  Kids of all ethnic backgrounds enter this world with a chance for a good proud life, find employment of their choice, live with dignity and enter the “life game” on an unbiased, fair and equal playing field.

IMAGINE:  Citizens able to recognize and then freely follow their born sexuality and life style, without  government intervention or religious hypocritical preaching. People able to embrace, without threat, who they love and choose to share their life. A world where governments stay out of citizens bedrooms.

IMAGINE:  The news we read,  view on our TV and hear on our radio is dependable, true,  unadulterated fact void of bias. Media corporations who’s owners  distort fact for their selfish, political, and financial motives are removed from the air waves, remembering the air waves belong to the people.

IMAGINE:  Faiths coexist.  Citizens of different faiths enjoy detente, respect the religious values of others and heed each one’s choice as it may be.  Clerical  leaders are forbidden to  use a pulpit to preach hate, distrust, disrespect, nor dictate a citizen’s political direction.  A world where religion and state are totally separate, insulated, legally divorced.

IMAGINE:……

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QUOTE OF THE DAY – US POLITICS 2012

“THEY CLAIM TO BE SUPER PATRIOTS, BUT THEY WOULD DESTROY EVERY LIBERTY GUARANTEED BY THE CONSTITUTION.  THEY DEMAND FREE ENTERPRISE, BUT ARE THE SPOKESMEN FOR MONOPOLY AND VESTED INTERESTS.  THEIR FINAL OBJECTIVE TOWARD WHICH ALL THEIR DECEIT IS DIRECTED IS TO CAPTURE POLITICAL POWER SO THAT, USING THE POWER OF THE STATE AND THE POWER OF THE MARKET SIMULTANEOUSLY THEY MAY KEEP THE COMMON MAN IN ETERNAL SUBJECTION”

VP Henry Wallace was talking of  American Fascists…..HIS WORDS APPROPRIATE  DESCRIBING THE POLITICAL SITUATION 2012 IN US