Politics and the 2+ Party System

From the ‘Letter to the Editor’ – Midlothian Mirror archives circa Nov 2004. I found 2 versions, you can choose which moves you.

It is unfortunate we have so little choice for leadership in this country. We have the “current leadership” and “perhaps not quite as bad as the current leadership”. It appears to make little difference since the same powers will be running the country, regardless of our choice. We have the Demopublican Party and beyond the fence we have those others that have not been allowed on the playground. Neither of the top two parties are addressing the outrage that exists in this country today. Should I expect them to, that would be admitting that there is something to be outraged about. Really everything is fine, go back to your job, if you have one, your going to need the money.

I hope nobody really still believes the Middle East war is about WMD’s or atrocities committed by the powers in Iraq. Considering Saddam Hussein was committing those same kinds of atrocities when he was working for us, one has to wonder why it took us this long to get a conscience? Is there still anyone who thinks that Iraq had a strong enough connection to the terrorism of 911 to warrant the death of tens of thousands of innocent people in Iraq. I am also sorry if you were taken in by the weapons of mass distraction like “They hated us for our freedom” and “If you don’t agree with us you’re with the terrorists”. This war is about control of Middle East resources, “New American Century”, showing force, and the economics of war. Our nation is dependent on war and its economics, just as Eisenhower warned in a speech after WWII.

Are the American people really comfortable with the tens of thousands that have died in our pursuit of Middle East control? Here we are, nearly 2005 and we are still killing totally innocent men, women, and children with programs like “Shock and Awe”. It’s a disgrace that with all the resources at our command and the power of the American people, we could not accomplish our goal without destroying families, families just like yours and mine. Through no fault of theirs, or anyone they know, their country got itself on the global bully’s hit list. Imagine friends and maybe family being killed outright, or dying from lack of clean water, little food, and poor medical facilities. Infrastructure our military industrial complex is getting rich on destroying and then subsequently getting rich on rebuilding (supposedly). I can see where thousands of new terrorist recruits are willing to give their lives in revenge. I don’t feel safer, do you? We are openly showing the rest of the world exactly what Osama Bin-Laden wanted them to see. The bullying tactics that America employs around the world to get its way. Speaking of Bin-Laden, where is he? Will he ever be captured? Perhaps that’s no longer relevant to the mission.

I’m pleased to see so much information finally coming out about 9-11, although several years late. Most people will never see that so much evidence is in contradiction to this administration’s story. They have so lied to this country about 9-11 and that’s a pretty sorry way to govern. The contradictions and outright lies have been around since months after the attack and are only now hitting mainstream press, in a safe non-alarming sort of way. The major media in this country were and still are fully complicit in the “weapons of mass distraction” effort. They have earned my distrust for years to come for being such cowards.

I would like to set aside one day a week in appreciation of those that went to fight in Bush’s war. They have my utmost admiration. At the same time, we need a day of silence and reflection for all those that paid a greater price and did not return alive. In opposition to the policy of the Bush administration, silently sending them back home and hoping it doesn’t draw too much attention. This country needs to be allowed to mourn each and every loss. Not only our own, but those in Iraq that were just in the wrong place at the wrong time. War should be a last resort and it was not the case for this one. Our leadership lied and many innocent people died.

America can still rescue its reputation for freedom and integrity. We don’t really want the type of respect you show the neighborhood bully because you don’t want to be the next victim. Do we really want to incite the rest of the world to build up it’s own arsenals for that inevitable day when it will be their turn to have something America wants. Do we want everybody on the planet working to rebuild their defenses because of America the bully? But, we are the biggest arms merchants in the world. What goes around comes around.

It may take longer than you think to get back to the America you and I remember from days past, especially if we continue to limit our choices to tweedle-dee and the tweedle-dum of the Demopublican Party. So, Vote Tweedle if you like the way it is. Vote for one of the others if you’re tired of seeing America lose its reputation in the world year after year. But vote, and help your friends and neighbors to vote. Voter apathy tells those in charge; nobody cares, nobody’s watching, and nobody can stop us.

The next is an ever so slightly different version. – ed

I am totally frustrated with, and disappointed in our current leadership. It’s not like we really are offered a choice. We have the “current leadership” or “other than the current leadership”, the same powers will be running the country and little will change. Those that could have made a difference in this situation have remained silent but are just as responsible for our current situation. Mainstream press, are you listening. Moderates in the #2 party, are you listening. It appears we have what Robert Ringer called the Demopublican Party in “Restoring The American Dream” (1979). It’s a shame nothing has changed.

I hope nobody still believes this is about what weapons Iraq had or atrocities they committed. It’s about control of the Middle East, New American Century, and global hegemony. We have become an Empire and it will only get worse. Are we really comfortable with the tens of thousands that have died in our pursuit of Middle East control? Here we are, nearly 2005 and we are still killing totally innocent men, women, and children with our “Shock and Awe”, what a disgrace. With all the resources at our command we could not accomplish our goal without killing families, families just like yours and mine. We had Iraq essentially blockaded for ten years and we could not neutralize the threat he presented. We’re not talking about some subversive organization. This was the active governing body of Iraq, and this is the best we could do. Put your self in their situation for just a moment, I often do and am deeply saddened by it. Through no fault of yours, or anyone you know, your country got itself on America’s bad list. Imagine 20, 30 or 50% of your friends and maybe family being killed outright, or dying from lack of clean water, no waste purifying plants, and little food to go around. Infrastructure our military industrial complex is getting rich on destroying and then subsequently getting rich on rebuilding (supposedly). I can see where we have created thousands of new terrorist recruits. Many seeing all they had being destroyed by this invading force. Another country whose leadership was so entrenched in archaic methods that it could find no better solution to neutralize a threat to both Iraqis and the rest of the world. We are openly showing the rest of the world exactly what Osama Bin-Laden wanted them to see about how America deals with problems around the world. What an embarrassment. Speaking of Bin-Laden, where is he? Word on the net is he will be paraded out just in time to be used in the Bush re-election effort.

It’s great to see all the facts coming out about the 9-11, although way too late. Most people will never see that so much evidence is in contradiction to this administrations story. Information that has been around since months after the attack, it is only now hitting mainstream press. “They hated us for our freedom” and “If you don’t agree with us you’re with the terrorists”, thus began the assault with “weapons of mass distraction”. The major media was in full cower mode and they need to make it right, not to mention begging forgiveness for totally not doing their job. I will never trust them again. The cover-up of the truth behind 9-11 and the efforts undertaken to make sure the 9-11 commission came up with only token gestures to satisfy those in power is disgraceful but wholly predictable. I mean Henry Kissinger, really.

Given the chance, I would like to shake the hand of every person that returns from the Middle East for fighting Bush’s war. They deserve a special day of appreciation for real patriotism and sacrifice. I think we should also have a day of silence and reflection for all those that did not return alive. In opposition to the policy of the Bush administration, silently sending them back home and not allowing the entire country to mourn the loss.

This president has increased the dangers from terrorism 10 fold. This president has increased the danger of nuclear incident by turning it’s back on every major arms control treaty we had going before 2000. Other nations are scrambling to make sure they have defenses against an attack by America should they get included in the Axis of Evil. Arms control was working until Bush. Our world is substantially more dangerous because of Bush. Our constitution is weaker because of Bush and the Patriot Act I and II.

We need regime change in November. Anybody but Bush.

Yes, Our Civil Liberties are Going Bye Bye

This was responding to a Letter to the Editor in Midlothian Mirror in June 2004. Just a blurb, but still putting it out there along with the other stuff that is only getting worse. I don’t know if MISD went ahead with random drug testing, what a disastrous idea.  

Ms Mattocks is right to be concerned for eroding civil liberties ( Midlothian Mirror 6/2 ). Just keep in mind, it’s been building for years. Many feel neither safe nor proud.

We have legitimized “Pre-emptive” war. We can invade other countries based on what they could be doing, even if the reasoning later proves to be false and we knew it.

We have the “Patriot Act”.

This legislation was anything but patriotic to the America I know and love. Simply a laundry list of legislation waiting for the right national emergency. None of which would have passed had it been read and debated. None of it so needed as to relinquish our civil liberties. “Patriot Act II” is not far behind, beware.

We have ‘Random Drug Testing”

We are now testing individual school age kids for drugs before we have any proof they are using them. The word “Random” changes nothing. Guilty until proven innocent. If we’re going to apply this reasoning to the kids, let’s apply it to the entire MISD staff. How many people would tolerate random stopping of 25% of the vehicles on the road, just in case.

We have “Enemy Combatants” held in Off-shore prisons. Just like the corporate big boys, move outside the borders and you don’t have to obey the laws.

Sorry, there is no one agency to talk to about this. It comes from the top. You can however vote in November. Regime change begins at home.

Is the Lawlessness So hard to Believe

Originally published in 2007. I believe this one made it as a
Letter to the Editor in the local paper.

It is truly amazing and somewhat disheartening when I hear people complain about the lawlessness of today’s society and speculate on its origin. I’m truly sorry for the state of things but also disappointed that people don’t get it.

As long as those in control of the world continue to become rich and powerful by deceit, terrorism, rigged elections, and impotent media, how can we expect others, either individually or in groups, to conduct themselves any different? Combine that with society’s apathy and willful ignorance about what really goes on in the world and you have America today.

“If you’re looking for the guilty, you need only look into a mirror” ( V for Vendetta)

When we stop acting like lawless criminals on the world stage, will it trickle down to our cities. ‘Lead by example’ is more than a simple platitude.

War is now our biggest industry. It’s all about power and control. If you read the definition of terrorism in the ‘The Patriot Act’ (2001), our government qualifies on most counts. To quote a recent bumper sticker, ‘War Is Terrorism with a Bigger Budget’. Terrorism is a real danger, but our actions do little to help the situation. When our leadership decided that Osama Bin Laden was the mastermind behind 9/11 (the FBI still does not list 9/11 on the wanted poster for OSB) and hiding in the Middle East, our solution was to carpet bomb entire countries. Basically killing generations of innocent people for the crimes of a few. We torture men, women, and children by allowing them to starve or die of disease, among other methods. We sentence future generations to misery by irradiating good percentages of the world population with depleted uranium munitions ( yes, our own people too ). Is this the solution of a sane population? Is this a response for a progressive enlightened society? It is not. We pay billions a year to have the most sophisticated and the smartest military in the world and this is the best solution we could muster for addressing terrorism? We have the best intelligence and military in the world, comprised of people who care about what America does in the world, what we need is leadership. The problem is not with the courageous people that protect and fight to keep the American ideal alive, it’s the power mad leadership that doesn’t listen to those that know, and cares little for human life and suffering. As long as killing large segments of a population are profitable to even a small handful of powerful people, it will continue. It will only stop when each of us accepts the fact that we have the strength and the character to be better. We should demand that our leaders start finding rational solutions to world problems; problems, for the most part, created by our lame solutions to past problems. Only then will we see better behavior in the lives of the people around us. Needless violence justified anywhere is needless violence justified everywhere. You can see where our solutions as a country set an example for the conduct of society as a whole. We won’t scrutinize the source of the problem because we will be calling attention to our national hypocrisy and apathy. None of this will make the major news channels even though good reporters everywhere know it’s true.

The idea that we should kill large sectors of an innocent population because of the crimes of a few is backed up by religious dogma, and is as morally reprehensible as holding one generation responsible for the crimes of another. Organized religion and its dogma have offered little in the way of practical solutions. The Ten Commandments offer nothing to address moral behavior beyond the basic ideas that existed centuries prior to its appearance. Prison populations are weighted heavily in favor of the pious. Black collar crimes grace our news everyday. As guaranteed by the Constitution, individuals are free to let a particular spiritual viewpoint guide their lives, but the religious and non-religious alike are expected to make sane choices. If you believe a messiah is going to return to Earth in the next 100 years to rescue true believers, I will defend your right to believe that, but you are ill equipped to make choices for a sustainable future. We need leaders that are capable of making difficult and unpopular choices, based on our constitution and what is good for the long-term future of this planet and all its inhabitants. If they can’t do that, they need not step up. We need to start using reason, reality, science, common sense, and our best judgment to deal with problems of humanity, on a global level and in our personal lives. Religion has had enough time and the net result has been abysmal. When will the killing end?

A few suggestions for setting a good example;

1. Killing people is not a solution to anything. If you can justify the killing of one person, you can justify the killing of millions. And so can everybody else. That applies to torture as well. It accomplishes little compared to the cost that it exacts from society as a whole. It’s a price we can’t afford, ever.

2. Stop making terrorism (war) profitable. It will never end unless everyone pays the absolutely horrendous price. Profit from war (permission to kill innocent people for politics) is immoral, period.

3. Criminal behavior must be addressed even at the highest level of our government. When political connections and money allow you to avoid answering for your crimes, we will never be rid of crime in our neighborhoods.

4. Stop filling our prisons with those that are simply in need of help with drug abuse, or are victims of the above (#3). A Lack of political clout and money should not be an offense worthy of jail. We are simply ruining lives for profit and political expediency.

5. Find a place on the shelf next to all the great works of literature for dogmatic religious rulebooks that proscribe death and misery to those that don’t share the same beliefs. It’s time the dark ages came to an end.

Will we see past the lies?

My dollars worth ( been a while since a penny was worth anything );

As long as we continue to ignore the criminality in our government, we will be unable to change the direction of this country. The people, including the few that vote, will be seen by those in power as simply an ignorant force to be controlled and propagandized until we give up what little power we appear to have left. After that, it won’t really matter. The techniques used against us, paid for with our tax dollars, are far more sophisticated than most imagine and have been honed over decades. Sowing distrust, dis-information, and obfuscation is no accident. Voting for one controlled candidate or the other will have little positive long term effect because we fail to rectify the underlying lawlessness. We play in the rigged game and expect an outcome, for what little we participate, as if it were not rigged. The population of this country have failed test after test to do what is required to keep our politicians honest. There have been several of these testing events, and most people have failed to recognize them for what they are. One or two more and we will have relinquished what little control we have left.

I have no solution to offer other than to look at history and see how those in power have fooled us in the past. Unfortunately we fail to see through even the sheerest of lies, so I suspect we can only expect them to continue with what works. Even when most agree that they are lies, millions will claim that it is not their fight or are powerless to stop it. Neither is the case.

Corporate media will continue to report that which does not endanger the well being of those paying the bills and pulling the strings. Certainly independent media will continue to call out the lies, at least until those in power find a way to stop them or rob them of power. I’m just not sure it will be enough as long as people continue to trust those that history has shown do not deserve it. There is an incredible amount of information on the internet about what our leaders do in our name, you just have to research and come to your own conclusions. You won’t find solutions on the recommended viewing and reading from the popular corporate media, for obvious reasons. Please seek out alternatives and educate yourself. We may have substantial time to rescue things, but don’t underestimate those that have the power to alter your course should the population get knowledgeable enough to make a positive difference, at least to the rest of us. Good Luck.

The True 911 Criminals are Still Out There

This is a brief audio done by CorbettReport.com detailing those that should be investigated ( and jailed ) regarding 911. His idea is to start with some of the low level criminals and work our way up. But, as he laments, those responsible for this will never be brought to justice. They will continue to commit these crimes because they work, against a population that suspects nothing.

Time for Another False Flag?

This article says exactly what I have been thinking since our change in ‘leadership’. The new administration is having a bumpy ride and a good many people are pointing to an eminent financial bubble of one sort or another bursting in 2017, seems like it might be a good time for a handy false flag attack like the one that saved Bush and Company in 2001 by giving everybody a common enemy ( didn’t really matter who ), unlimited funding ( for whatever they wanted to do), reduction in Civil Liberties ( you know, for our safety ), and making us forget all those less important issues. Like the Pentagon announcing the week before 911 that it could not account for (lost) 2 trillion dollars, somehow.

https://steemit.com/news/@corbettreport/what-will-be-trump-s-reichstag-fire