OK, I admit it, I am getting old. Also very tired, tired of having to deal with physical pain every damn day. Tired of needing pain meds to manage each day. Big deal, there are many people in this world who are way worse off than I am.
What has really got me pissed off of late has been the attitudes of a seemingly majority of the "left" in the old US of A. I check in at the web site "Crooks and Liars" every day or so. The prevailing attitude there and some other "left" leaning web sites is that no matter what, we all need to vote for the donkey gang this coming November. Well, my reply to that is, bull shit! Absolute bull shit in fact.
Why would any sane human being just blindly vote for the donkey gang? They are not very much better than the elephant gang. I see them as being just the "opposite" sides of the very same coin. It used to be said that there was "not a dimes' worth of difference" between them. I don't see that much difference. True, there may be some members of either party who do not follow the "party line" totally, but between the two parties, there is very little difference today. In my opinion, they have both sold out to the big money interests. The "too big to fail" gang has bought both the donkey and the elephant gangs. Lock, stock, and both barrels.
If the donkey gang really cared about the working people, as they supposedly once did, why, when they had majorities in BOTH houses of Congress AND the presidency, didn't they push for and get a real national health care plan? Why are they going along with the idea that "entitlements" (read Social Security and Medicare for starters) need to be cut, while they make permanent the Shrubbie tax cuts for the super rich? Why do the donkey gang continue to vote ever more monies, that we don't have, for the damn fool wars of choice we are bogged down in?
An article today at Counterpunch really set me off on this. It has been bothering me for some weeks now, but the article by Mr. Brain Foley really got me to vent on this. The article is great and I highly recommend it to you. Here is the link to it;www.counterpunch.org/foley07212010.html
After you read his article, let me know if you are also "spitting mad".
Actually, I have to wonder why any working class person would be tempted to send money to either of the animal gangs.
Another question, why would any working class person ever vote for either of the animal parties again? Once upon a time, it seemed as though the donkey gang cared about the working class. They once counted on support from the unions. Of course that isn't very much now days. How can the unions matter now that most of those jobs have been sent off shore? Fewer union jobs means fewer union members and that means less political clout for the unions. Well, that was a pretty "easy" way to break those unions wasn't it? Yes sir, just send all those high paid, skilled union jobs to Pakistan, India, or some other country with very low labor rates. And where are the donkey gang members in all this? Please, you should not have to ask, remember, Billy Bob Bubba pushed for and got NAFTA! Yep, a "democrat" got that "free trade" bill pushed through Congress and he signed the damn thing. And now they want us to give money to that "party"? Do they really think we are that damn stupid?
There are alternatives to the animal gangs. You can vote for a third party candidate. I do not think that such a vote is a "throw away" vote. I also do not believe that Nader "cost" Gore the 2000 election. Gore and his "pal" Joe lost it themselves. And then they didn't even fight for a true recount. Looks like they really didn't want to win that bad after all. Just how I see it.
A good start to making a change in the old US of A might be over at the following web site.www.uspvp.org. They have a very interesting proposed amendment. Well worth looking into.
Some how things must change in our country. We are broke. Our infrastructure is falling apart. We have high unemployment. Most of the skilled jobs have been sent off shore. The political clowns in D.C.want to cut Social Security and Medicare among other social programs. They want to make the tax cuts for the rich that W. Shrub signed as permanent. They keep spending borrowed (!!) monies on idiotic wars of choice that do not make us safer. They funnel obscene amounts of money into the "too big to fail" banksters who caused the economy to collapse. And they keep trying to scare us all with new "terror" threats.
We are bombing people who have never had any intention of harming us. We kill by remote control people who probably could not have found the US on a map, let alone have any ill feelings towards us. Oh, they hate our guts now, because we killed members of their families. Hell, if some foreign army killed your family members, you'd hate the country who sent those troops also. America is the invader in Iraq and Afghanistan and we are fighting those idiot wars with borrowed money! Just like the oil disaster in the Gulf, paying for these wars will fall to our great grand children and maybe even beyond that generation.
We are spoiling our own nest, killing and maiming people who never had any ill will towards us before we invaded their countries. We are damaging the ecology of the planet and yet the "liberals" say we need to elect more "democrats"? WHY?
What war has Go-bomber stopped? What prison in Cuba has he closed? (He did make that a campaign promise to close Gitmo.) How will anybody except the insurance companies benefit from the health care "reform"? How long will these "democrats" continue to spend borrowed money on useless wars?
Do not tell me how the elephant gang is the "war party". BOTH the elephant AND the donkey gang are the war party. America does not have a "peace party", we have two wings of one war party.
My suggestion, if you get a letter asking you for money for either the elephant or the donkey gang, don't send any, of course. However, do NOT throw the return envelope away. Nope. Send it back to them, empty. That way they have to pay the return postage. Sending them an empty envelope at their expense is just about what they deserve. After all, they give us empty promises each election cycle. Maybe we should return the favor. Just my opinion.