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July 12, 2010

You’ve got Cape Mail!

Filed under: Blog — Michael @ 8:11 am

Greetings and salutations from the sand, sun and surf of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket!  A much cooler morning here on Cape, as I just returned from Nantucket Sound here in Osterville, sipping some coffee and looking out onto the pristine waters that grace this beautiful region of the country.  The summer is just getting started so get your bathing suits and come on down!  We’ll leave the Light on for ya!  The Sunday talk show offered the same “stories of the week” featuring Obama turning up the heat on the p.o.h.n., but with the daunting task of fixing the leak in the Gulf, the unemployment numbers, a fragile economy, and Afghanistan, the President’s statement may have had a difficult time translating his central message–that this country is far better off than it was 8 years ago.  I have said before and I will say it again, 10 years is not that long a period of “time” from an historical perspective.  The republicans have done a great job in discouraging anyone from looking back even 2 years ago, using that tired old cliche, talking point number 8977, “blame it on Bush,” and we will thank you very much.  David Axelrod, the Senior White House adviser, said, “our job is to get people back to work, and get this economy moving forward.”  He reinforced what the President said a few days ago, “people have to ask themselves, do they want to move forward, or do they want to go back to the dark years of Bush/Cheney?”  Having inherited the worst economy since the Great Depression, and the fact that he is dealing with an unreasonable “party” whose chief goal is to regain power and to hell with the “small” people and anyone else who tries to get in their way, don’t forget about those “second amendment remedies” that the p.o.h.n. likes to threaten people with, Obama has had perhaps the toughest first two years a President has ever had in this country.  This is no more “Obama’s economy” than it is Obama’s war in Afghanistan.  The p.o.h.n. has no real solutions, no concrete plan to create jobs that have been permanently sent overseas by the corporations that control them, bringing back prosperity to the middle class and the U.S., as a whole, an impossibility.  That the premise offered up by Sarah, “mama grizzly-proud to shoot wolves from a helicopter”, Palin and her new polished Hollywood ad designed to offer nothing in the way of substance, but with plenty of hors#$t, will win over those poor souls with no outlet to the truth behind the mirage of the madness of the p.o.h.n., is a distinct possibility.  The reason why this country is in the state it is in boils down to one word–responsibility.  Does anyone in their right mind really believe that the p.o.h.n. will suddenly have an epiphany, wake up and demand that we as a nation stand up to the bullies (in the form of big oil, big banks, big coal, big natural gas, big insurance and big businesses of any kind), and demand that they, if they wish to do business in the United States, adhere to some simple and fair regulations that keep those businesses honest, barring them from raping and pillaging our countrymen, our natural treasures and our bank accounts?  Small business does not seem to have a chance in this country, as the path to globalization is paved with the largest corporations who, like a shark, are only interested in feeding, growing and repeating that cycle mindlessly, as another coastline is threatened with a deep brown sludge, choking off our food chain and wildlife sanctuaries, the building blocks of Life on planet earth.  Just ask the reporter who gave a brief but powerful report on the “cleanup efforts” by bp, and the heroic ones of some independent folks who saved 5 little sea turtles from certain death on NBC’s nightly news last night with Lester Holt.  I am sorry I cannot remember his name, but I want to thank you for that story, it made my week end…  The main goal of the p.o.h.n. and more importantly, it’s corporate puppeteers, is to create a true “plutocracy”, or rule by the wealthy, and as it is already happening, slowly as to not cause that much panic, as you will continue to see that great rift grow in this country of ours–where the facts have been so muddied, most citizens have no idea what to believe, think, or do.  Take a trip out to Arizona and visit racial profiling at its best, and as you ponder the validity and wisdom of a racial profiling law that will be going into effect soon in that great state, consider this, it is not just the White House that has them in court, 7 other law suits are forthcoming.  Jan Brewer, the Governor of that state, is one of the proponents of this bill, as she has championed it since her corporate handlers wrote it, and had this to say regarding “illegals” and their intentions when crossing over into the United States.  “The majority of illegals coming over the border, not to work, but to sell drugs, to extort our citizens, that’s the truth man!”  On ‘This Week’ on ABC,  Brian Bilbray (R-CA) actually refuted that claim, but offered some explanation, by saying on national television, “the majority of illegals are not actively engaged in the drug trafficking business, the difference is the perception, of those of us on the border, like myself who grew up down there, and somebody whose up on the northern border, like Chicago, see this differently.  She is seeing this, the fact that she is seeing crime, she is seeing that her capital is becoming the kidnap capital of the world…”  then, the interviewer interrupted the congressman with, “that is not true”…  (you know, the truth)…  Bilbray continued, “well, that’s not true, OK, ah, er, not in the world, but certainly at least in the United States, ah, has gone out of control”…(see the truth trip up the lie)…  The truth is 40 percent of the estimated 12 million “illegals” in this country came here legally.  They came on a tourist visa, a student visa, or a temporary worker visa, and they overstayed their visa.  According to Luis Gutierez (D-IL) a leading spokesperson for the Latino population in this country, says this, “So what we do is continue to focus on the border, as though that were the exclusive problem with our immigration system, it is not.  We are willing to work with you on these issues.”  Unfortunately for Mr. Gutierez and the human beings who have now lived here for 10 sometimes, 20 years, (who have children that were born here), their words fall on deaf ears–what do we do with them?  Send their mothers back to Mexico and leave the kids here?  That’s why it is called “comprehensive” immigration reform.  Not just men with guns on an already porous border.  George Will, baseball expert, offered us his vintage conservative opinion on Obama’s claim that the p.o.h.n. is just “selling you some more snake oil,” a valid claim on any truth scale.  Like an angry junior high school-er, George launched into a tirade about how, because Obama claimed that, “with the stimulus, the unemployment numbers would be around 8 percent,” when we all know that no one had any idea what the economy in this country let alone the world would do after that monumental collapse on Wall Street, it was Obama who was selling the snake oil to the “American people”…  Snake oil George?  The real snake oil salesmen already left the building–Dick Cheney and his sidekick George W. Bush, who were busy at work during the 00’s selling the “American people” down the river–deregulating industries so that those same corporations could continue to fleece the citizens, the middle class and the poor, of this great country of ours.  It was the snake oil salesmen of the Iraq War and the LIE about why we went there to begin with, that define the cliche of what a snake oil salesmen really is…selling you something that is not what it claims to be, or what you need, or that IT WORKS!  Right George?  You need more?  OK, what about the “war on terror” and the fact that it is suspect for a myriad of reasons, but the main one being that we are still in Afghanistan 9 years later after we were sold the snake oil that we must, “kill Osama Bin Laden’, at all costs, and, for many, it was truly “at all costs”, and rid the world of the evil, Al Qaida.  This “war on terror” is suspect BECAUSE it never accomplished a damn thing in Afghanistan–for we are not safer as a nation because we went to “war” with a country from the 4th century, nor have we stopped global terrorism, for it (terrorism) needs no country to operate in.  That all of our “government in a box” will not make these people interested in going to the mall, purchasing some Adidas tennis shoes and catching the movie, “Despicable Me,” starring our good friend Steve Carell.  No, for eight long years this country got it’s daily dose of snake oil from the “authority figures” who were nothing more than common thugs who used the bully pulpit with and iron fist, plenty of that snake oil and a commonly used method for centuries now, FEAR, (have you checked the color code of the terror alert system recently, well, have you?), and finally adding a special emphasis on BULLY.  What’s the matter George, does the truth sting?  GOD’S SPEED to the GULF–all of the people, SEA TURTLES, DOLPHINS, WHALES, BROWN PELICANS and marsh lands therein…may your miracle happen this week! Have a wonderful day folks!  Peace~M

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