Category Archives: philosophy
…the description of what Romney is in that passage is the realistic description of what corporatist, capitalist, Darwinian Republican ideology holds, and the article is absolutely true in regards to the fact that being a capitalist in the private sector that is entirely focused on profit (over people) and serving its corporate masters — capitalists, corporatists and profiteers — is in absolute contrast to a government servant that understands that government’s “customers” are the same as government’s “bosses” — the taxpayers and citizens of this country, and that the government is not supposed to operate on a profit with it’s CEO (the president) only focused on maximizing profit, regardless of who it hurts.
The Tea Party Republicans are an anomaly in that the “movement” is comprised primarily of middle-class voters — even though it has its roots and primary financial backing from elitist Koch Brothers foundations. These middle-class voters are voting against their own best interests when they support the policies that benefit the wealthy elite, not themselves, and it at first seems mystifying, but when you view it as a process of redefinition and rewriting history that has taken place over decades, you see how we got where we are now.
Republicans now think of and use interchangeably capitalism and democracy as if they meant the same thing, and they do not. First, capitalism is an economic system, not a political one. Second, Anmerica is not a democracy: we do not live in a democracy, we live in a republic.
And this is the core difference between Republicans/Libertarians and Democrats in terms of their core constituency and policies. Never in my lifetime has the class division been so sharp. And it is due, in large part to the Republican redefinition of what defines our country. Continue reading
On one of the discussion blogs, there was mention of a movement to not participate in the next campaign because of the disgust with our elected officials, specifically, not to contribute to any campaigns. There is a problem with this: … Continue reading
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Citizens_United_v._Federal_Election_Commission: The Court overruled Austin v. Michigan Chamber of Commerce, which had previously held that a Michigan campaign finance act that prohibited corporations from using treasury money to support or oppose candidates in elections did not violate the First and … Continue reading
State officials back off Capitol damage claim e-mail print By Jason Stein and Sharif Durhams of the Journal Sentinel March 4, 2011 11:36 a.m. Madison — State officials charged with overseeing the state Capitol are now backing away from their … Continue reading
We need to see the “big picture” here…. The problem with the U.S. supporting Mubarak is that, as of late, his human rights record is atrocious. I realize that we support many other oppressive/suppressive regimes around the world, but we … Continue reading
I was rereading some of my old mail in order to clean out my inbox when I came across this. Seeing what has transpired in the Middle East (Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, etc.) over the past few weeks brings these concerns … Continue reading
Abandoning our democratic values in exchange for the delusion that we are safer is the greatest “win” the terrorists could have hoped for…. and we gave this to them out of fear…. Continue reading
Every town hall I have seen on the tube shows people screaming at the politicians or other presenters about unrelated issues or making wild accusations like the Palin comment about “death panels,” which is not just incorrect, it is grossly misrepresentative and a completely irresponsible remark for a former Governor and Vice Presidential candidate to make.
The bottom line is that we need information. I believe that Obama made a mistake to not have a solid plan to discuss before holding these town hall meetings. However, these meetings could be effective if they were used to discuss possible provisions, their pros and cons, and find out from the people what they need and want rather than dictating to them what the administration thinks they need and want. Timing is everything. Preparation is the next most important thing, and the administration blew it on both counts.
But it is not too late for the American citizens to stand up and take the issue back from the special interests and insist on sanity, clarity and truthfulness. We need to get the country focused on solving problems rather than acting out anger and ignorance, because whether you like any of the bills proposed or not, healthcare is the one singlemost important issue that prevents American labor from being competitive internationally. Continue reading
National Center for Science Education Defending the Teaching of Evolution in the Public Schools, May 21, 2008 http://www.ncseweb.org/resources/news/2008/US/861_united_methodist_church_adopts_5_21_2008.asp At its General Conference held in Fort Worth, TX, from April 22 to May 2, 2008, the United Methodist Church adopted three … Continue reading
The greatest problem our nation has is not the economy or health care or any other issue like abortion or gay marriage. It is the fact that our government is not operating effectively. And the gridlock in our government that prevents it from operating effectively is directly due to the polarization in our society and the concept of moral absolutism that prevents compromise and views it as weakness.
Polticis is the art of compromise. Knowing which points are negotiable and which ones aren’t is the job of the politician. And until we get over ourselves and our image of ourselves are morally superior and, therefore, entitled to absolute rule, it is not going to get better any time soon. Continue reading