Greetings and salutations from the sand, sun and surf of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and the partly cloudy, warm, wonderful island of Nantucket! Great to be with you on this Thursday morning–the 9th day of July, 2015–another grand summer day out on the waters of Hyannis and Hyannis Port on this beautiful summer day, a day with a fair amount of cloud cover with the possibility of thunder a little later on… The summer season is in full swing now, the 4th of July being the kickoff to this most important season for the “little” people who live here year round. The “locals” if you will, men and women who serve your meals, make your bed, clean your cabins (or mansions), and do just about everything else for you under the sun, save wipe you behind, although that is an option…
Yes, the local folk who take you on fishing tours to catch “Stripers” or Blue Fish, or captaining you to ‘far away islands’ with ‘ner an incident, evoking fond memories of the classic film circa 1991, “What About Bob?” (starring Bill Murray, Richard Dreyfus and Julie Hagerty), recalling “Bob’s” tee-shirt screaming with loud, obnoxious colors and the words, “Don’t hassle me, I’m a LOCAL!” Summing up the sentiment and moral of this simple statement of gratitude for the good ‘local love’ that makes up this great community of PEOPLE on little old Cape Cod. People who eek out a living via the good tourists who flock here from every point on the compass.
Thank you for showing up!
PEOPLE are the reason for government in the first place, no? For far too long, only a few of those people have benefited from policies issued by this current U.S. government. This cronyism occurring in all three branches of the government; the Legislative, Judicial and most importantly, the Executive. For it is here, in this now most powerful branch of this 239 year old experiment of democracy called ‘the United States of America’, that those policies have gone off track, consequently failing the VAST majority of her people. Since 1978, this pattern of corporate welfare has emerged and the rise of “globalization”, or economic slavery, has proceeded unabated, like a German tank rolling over Poland in the late 1930’s. At no other time on Earth has income inequality been so stark a contrast. Not in the last twelve millennia has such a GRAND CANYON gap existed between those at the very top, living on Park Avenue, and those living on the other side of Park Avenue, north across the moat, I mean river, in New York City. Dubbed by some as “The Greatest City in the World”.
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has been speaking about this issue of income inequality for over forty years now, the same amount of time this trend has become such. This intelligent, compassionate, honest and forth write man from the great independent state of Vermont–”How America once was”–is running for president and by God I pray he wins. The country can no longer afford to go along the status quo line of ‘that’s the way it is’, for we all know that is horse hockey! Look up the real history of this nation (civil rights, women’s rights, gay rights, social security, medicare, Affordable Care Act, Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Minimum Wage, Union Rights, Regulations with teeth, Banking reform laws…), and you will catch the drift.
“Catch the mystery, catch the myth” (credit the Rock & Roll band Rush).
WAKE UP and smell the roses. We are a great people and we have fought the good fight before. And won, big time!
The doomed folly of the 2010 SCOTUS‘ “Citizens United v. FEC” decision–recognizing corporations as ‘real people’ with rights and all–may have wounded this young democracy with that little letter ‘d’, but not mortally. Too many people will fight tooth and nail to keep one or two out of touch oligarchs from buying that now ultra powerful sometimes puppet like Executive branch of the United States government.
Independent Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has nothing to hide. He is fresh because of that fact and is exactly what this country need right NOW! The beauty of Bernie also revolves around another fact–he has no angle! What other politician can really say that! Come on all you pundits out there, explain that away! He is the truth and will correct the mistakes of the past 35 plus years. All is not lost. We just need a course correction; a move towards reason and a Resource Based Economy, as opposed to a free for all ‘free market’ nightmare. One based in technological advancements. Chalk full of new and improved forward thinking that helps ALL of mankind, not just the “chosen few”. Global policies that will save this planet before it’s too late. The days of ‘the bottom line’ must end if the planet is to survive.
For this greedy notion of ‘globalization’ is, in fact, a two edged sword. To go along with all the social austerity ‘trending’ globally, e.g., Greece, is the shameful, outrageous, criminal exploitation of the poorest of the poor; atrocities wrought upon these ‘emerging nations’, or rather the poor impoverished, raped/pillaged/leveraged/impossibly indebted to the hilt nations. Helpless countires under the heel of powerful monied organizations such as the World Bank or the International Monetary Fund.
Yes indeed, for all that criminality (please Google Texaco Oil, now Chevron, noting the illegal dumping of 18 times more oil than the Exxon Valdez spill in Alaska, 1989), such as dumping unwanted crude into pristine rain forests of Ecuador–dumped on purpose to save money–thus, destroying that nation forever… Net result being that horrible human move making that much more of “it” for ‘their investors’. The bloody, sacred investors, or “shareholders”. The bulk of of whom own most of said stock and thus have everything to gain, the whole point Watson! However, at some juncture, you know, “at the end of the day”, there will be a reckoning.
It is written.
Have a great day folks! Hopefully steering clear of the lead painted wooden nickels thrown about by FOX ‘news’! Ever remembering that the shiny–yet ironically always dark and grim!–broadcasts are worth nothing. Save for the uncomfortable and sometimes deadly side effects. The loss of the human mind and/or soul is such a terrible waste.
Wouldn’t you agree Hobson?
PRESERVE THE WILDERNESS! Peace~M