Greetings and salutations from the sand, sun and surf of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and the raw, misty, foggy, haunting island of Nantucket! Great to be with you on this Monday morning–the 1st day of June, 2015–a darn right chilly one out on the Hyannis/Hyannis Port Waterfront(s), leaving behind in it’s wake the glorious week end had by all here on this little sand bar created 11,500 years ago by the “Last Great Ice Age”…
I mention that historical fact only to remind all just how quickly ‘time’ passes; a seemingly insignificant blip in that time/space continuum, living a life on this blue rock in the infinite expanse of our known universe. It is, in a word, staggering. Of course, that matters little to the GOP in the United States of America, whose main goal over the course of the next 18 months or so will be to pull as much wool over the American citizenry’s eyes as possible ensuring(?) the outcome predicted by George Orwell (1984) so many moons ago; saliva dripping from the mouths of the various monied interests who are now (for all intents and purposes) controlling power in many local, state and federal positions.
Coming to the Executive branch soon? Again? Can you say, ‘read my lips, no new world order’? Sure I knew that you could…
On Tuesday of last week, a former Mayor of Burlington, Vermont–home of the University of Vermont (Go Catamounts!)–now long standing U.S. Senator from said state, Bernie Sanders, announced his bid to become this nation’s 45th U.S. President. His platform is simple. Break up the big banks by reinstating the Glass Steagall Act of 1933, change monetary policies thus tackling the Grand Canyon gap between the haves and the have nots (ever growing) in the this very wealthy nation, improve on the Affordable Care Act by eventually making it like most other progressive countries, ‘medicare for all’, restore simple ethics, sanity and a moral compass to what Washington D.C. has become, expand Social Security, address the cataclysmic environmental challenges ahead, i.e. global warming, feed and educate OUR people, invest in American jobs through badly needed infrastructure programs (and by not passing another multinational trade agreements, i.e TPP and others that only benefit the international ‘new world order’, e.g. Oligarchies around the globe), ban GMO’s, investigate and expose secret societies and lobbying firms for who and what they really are all about, among many other pressing and logical issues. But most of all, immediately repeal the 2010 SCOTUS decision “Citizens United v. the F.E.C.”, which effectively ended this experiment called democracy with that little letter ‘d’ in it’s tracks simply because corporations are now giants, with all the rights of living, breathing human beings–without any of the liability–allowed to fuel political campaigns with unlimited monies, drowning out the concept created by men far greater than present political puppet$ of one man/woman=one vote.
And with the subsequent McCutchen decision that followed soon after by a ‘non activist’ John, “wink, wink, nudge, nudge”, Roberts’ U.S. Supreme Court, allowing individuals to donate unlimited amounts, e.g.(s) Koch Brothers, Sheldon Adelson, well, one could reasonably argue that this nation has been taken for one long and painful ride to nowhere while a few greedy bastards on top made out like the bandits they ARE; laughing their way to banks they own…gambling with your money.
Good Luck Vermont Senator Sanders; good luck indeed!
WE, “the people” (all 315 million), have the intelligence, heart and wherewithal to do just about anything. All WE ask is for a fair shake and some honest brokers, lo, real leaders to do their jobs. Not the bidding of men whose lives are only invested in their investments.
There is a path forward. The question is will WE take it?
“I took the road less traveled”, said author Scott Peck, “…and it made all the difference.”
Have a great week ahead folks!
PRESERVE THE WILDERNESS! Peace~M