Greetings and salutations from the sand, sun and surf of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and the cloudy, claustrophobic, cold island of Nantucket! Great to be with you on this Friday morning, the thirtieth day of January, 2015, two days before Super Bowl XLIX! Everyone ’round these here parts of Hyannis/Hyannis Port, as well as the the rest of New England, feeling rather ‘inflated’ about Sunday’s game, despite the rouge efforts of one ball boy who is being played by prominent South Boston actors in TV spoofs claiming that it was ‘they’ who deflated them footballs in this ‘Deflate-gate’ distraction, acting alone as it were in yet another example of the Greatest Show on Earth (American culture), ‘proudly’ demonstrating why we are the envy of every other advanced nation on the planet; the reasons why that is so are as diverse as the people who make up this United States of America! Go Patriots!
Back in Washington, D.C. however, there is a dark side to that equation, namely the hijacking of the once proud, independent and robust Republican party. Sadly no longer your grandfather’s GOP that is now made up of shadowy 501(c)(4)’s, or dark monied interests (Koch Industries backed group planning on spending nearly 900 million dollars into said local/state/presidential race in 2016), that wish to place a dummy in the White House come January 2017. A puppet like Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker who would make a nice book end to all the other wooden boys on the hill, men who can’t wipe their butts without Charles Koch’s permission. And this is only the dark money, as the RNC plans to spend at least a half a billion as well.
All of this of course having nothing to do with the landmark FOLLY of SCOTUS’ 2010 “Citizens United” decision that opened up the flood gates for special interests to run rough shod over OUR democracy with that little letter ‘d’. A narrow minded decision that will be overturned years from now, hopefully before it causes too much damage to an already fragile and seemingly coming apart at the seams democracy (please Google ‘voter suppression in 2016′; and recent gutting of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., crystallized into LAW by the late, great 36th U.S. President Lyndon Baines Johnson).
Instead of looking to real solutions for the mass majority of ‘the American people’, the Republican party is only interested in this new 21st Century version of ‘ear marks’–earmarks for Oligarchs as it were. Passing the ‘lights out for the environment’ Keystone XL Pipeline (a pipeline wealthy industrialists in Canada and America want built from Alberta to the U.S. Gulf, running right over the VITAL Ogallala Aquifer in Nebraska and South Dakota, claiming it is ’safe’–all while five separate pipelines burst or blew up this in the U.S. this past week alone! The caveat-ed carrot being it will “create jobs” and “establish independence from foreign oil”). When in reality it will only create 35 jobs full time while it destroys our world. A goal they could accomplish without creating the horrible pipeline, as there are plenty of other ‘jobs’ out there that are, as of this moment, not filled! Moreover, this pipeline (encouraging industrialists to continue unearthing fossil fuel laden materials that are chocking the life out of our atmosphere), will according to most if not ALL credible scientist from every advanced nation on planet EARTH, “…spell lights out for the environment”. Such as the beautiful Great Whooping Crane’s environment and eventually OURS too. For it won’t be long until that 2.5 degree Fahrenheit temperature threshold is reached (warming temperatures), where every country around the globe agrees cannot climb above; a statement of FACT that the earth can only take so much more warming before not only does the Polar Bear go, but so does man.
400 parts per million is the number one should pay attention to, not the number of ’sacred’ oil and gas jobs (35), being ‘created’ by the puppets on Capitol Hill for the Koch Brother’s ‘100 billion dollar nest egg’! (political plutocrats who have their eye on the Executive mansion, already mentioned, standing to double their money if the pipeline is built). A 21st Century ‘capitalism gone wild’ Interstate system that uses American land, air and water (not to mention her people), to run a bloody, dirty, horrible pipeline through the heartland in order to get all that sludge (tar sands crude)–chalk full of of deadly chemicals imbedded within the dirtiest form of oil known to man–to the already ravaged Gulf and ship it out to the highest bidder; having absolutely NOTHING to do with the exploited, lied to, manipulated and abused “American People”…
So Mr. President. what say you? Sea Cape Cod says NEIN! Nein, Nein, Nein! Enough is enough with the lies and shell game these clowns are playing with here.
In fifty years, the question will not be ‘why didn’t we build the XL Pipeline?’, rather, “…why didn’t we listen to those dire warnings about Global Warming when we had the chance?”. Or, “…why did we let these oil and gas tycoons–combined with the dirty coal industry–get away with polluting our air, water and soil for free for so long?”. Oh, and answering our daughter’s present and final question regarding this whole matter, “…why is the couch floating down the street daddy?”….
The pen is mightier than the sword and the VETO pen is the mightiest of them all! Well, almost.
Have a nice week end folks and stay warm Nantucket!
PRESERVE THE WILDERNESS! Peace~M