The real change we need

In some ways no matter who gets elected President this fall, nothing seems likely to change in any real sense. The real problems that we face as a nation cannot be solved by any president or any Congress. They can only be solved by us, working toward common goals, and making personal sacrifice. There is abundant evidence that most Americans are unwilling to face this truth.

We bitch and moan that gas rises to $4 a gallon while most of the world pays much more than this because we are convinced we are entitled to cheap gas to drive when and where we want in any monster vehicle we think we deserve. We are convinced we are entitled to consume more of the world’s resources per capita than any other nation.

We are convinced we should have and endless supply of credit available to buy every bauble dangled in our vision by soul less producers who just want to sell more crap regardless of the cost to the environment, the people and the world.

Politicians cater to this insanity by doing what they think will mollify our infantile need to consume no matter what it takes to do so. George Bush was just the latest in a long line of ponzi scheme presidents who invade and subjugate other peoples so we never have to face reality and scale back our gluttonous appetites and inability to live within our means.

While Obama hints at some of this, McCain adamantly denies any need to rearrange our priorities. Neither has been willing to slap America across the face and tell us the truth about the current state of our nation. The last president who told any truth at all in this regard is the much maligned Jimmy Carter. Look at what America has done to him.

We act like spoiled children and demand that our president be daddy Warbucks for our wants. We save less than almost any other peoples, we are selling our nation to big money offshore, we want “happy talk” that tells us we do not need to sacrifice, cut back, economize. It is all someone else’s fault. It is all because “they” are unpatriotic.

Everything would be all right if we just went shopping. Grow up America. Stop the insanity.

10 Responses to "The real change we need"

  1. rickh1954  August 20, 2008 at 10:29 am

    Wow.

    Eloquent and dead on.

  2. Charlie Couser  August 20, 2008 at 12:31 pm

    We, as a nation, are spoiled. We are self-serving, greedy and, for the most part, inconsiderate of others and the environment — we want what we want when we want it!

    We are no longer a God fearing nation. Instead we are now a nation to be feared!

    Our cities are wraught with crime, trash, anger and hatred. We live in a police state, and in far too many instances, the police are no better than the criminals.

    Our children don’t want to work because they feel nothing is worth working for — everything is handed to them. Far too many are spoiled and lazy.

    Our schools are a total disaster. They are filled with drugs, gangs and hatred. Yes, there are still decent kids in school; but, they don’t stand a chance among the thugs, the bullies and the rift-raft.

    Our cities are decaying. Crime is rampant. Our prisons, like our schools, are a total failure. Criminals have far more rights than their victims. Because of prison overcrowding, too many prisoners are released early. They are then allowed to reek havoc on the innocent until caught again.

    Our politicans are all bought and paid for by big business and special interests. They are all more concerned with stuffing their campaign coffers and reelection than they with serving their constituencies.

    Phil, when you said our problems can’t be solved by either presidential candiate or party, you were absolutely right on! Unfortunately, the American people are too lazy and too uncaring to take matters into their on hands. We talk a good game; we’ll go the polls and vote; but, we won’t do a damned thing.

    Finally, after the November elections are over, we’ll place our faith in the new set of faces in charge. Some of us will be elated with the results; others will be dismayed. Some will voice their ‘Hale Caesars’ while others curse. But, irregardless of the outcome, this once great nation will continue along its blissful path to third world status, and we will all be asking ourselves, ‘What the hell happened?’

    Charlie Couser

  3. griff  August 28, 2008 at 10:35 pm

    Sweet!

  4. woody188  August 20, 2008 at 12:35 pm

    We bitch and moan that gas rises to $4 a gallon while most of the world pays much more than this because we are convinced we are entitled to cheap gas to drive when and where we want in any monster vehicle we think we deserve.

    Most of that is taxes to pay for their very expensive train and bus systems and public healthcare. We always hear about how good European trains are but the whole thing is subsidized via gas taxes as is their socialized medicine.

    Everything would be all right if we just went shopping. Grow up America. Stop the insanity.

    According to President Bush, shopping is just what we should be doing as good Americans.

    The unemployment rate has remained low, at 4.5 percent. A recent report on retail sales shows a strong beginning to the holiday shopping season across the country — and I encourage you all to go shopping more.

    President George W. Bush

  5. Direct Democracy  August 21, 2008 at 6:56 am

    Too many Americans are still trying to slap a fresh coat of paint on a deliberately rigged political system that was DESIGNED to perpetuate unfairness, inequality and oppression and call it a “new approach”.

    “This time instead of electing someone from Capitalist Party A, we’ll elect someone from Capitalist Party B and when it turns out that they lied their way into office we’ll sit on our hands for four interminable years until the next election, and then make the same mistake all over again.”

    In a world where madness, hubris or miscommunication can end the human race in less than one hour we just can’t wait four years, or even two years, or even one month to “throw the bums out.” Voters have to have the same ability to hire and fire as any other employer.

    How will the silent hand of competition bring forth the best possible government if the only candidates are from the Capitalist Party? Why is a free market imposed for goods and services but so conspicuously avoided when it comes to ideas?

    The history written by the victorious Capitalists has told us that it was necessary to exterminate the Native Americans, to bomb Hiroshima and to invade Iraq. They were blatantly, shamelessly, obviously lying. How can we believe these same brilliant criminals when they place their hand on the Bible and swear that giving voters the ability to directly shape policy will lead to “tyranny of the masses”?

    If you want change, when they lie to you don’t believe them. If you want change, when they try to tell you that you can only use the colors red, white and blue and you have to stay inside the lines, ignore them. If you want change, when they try to tell you that the universe of possibilities is limited to what you can find inside their star spangled envelope, demand your human birthright to work outside of the box.

    Vote of Confidence Amendment (VOCA) Now !!

    FREE AMERICA

    DIRECT DEMOCRACY

  6. Pablo  August 22, 2008 at 12:10 pm

    Tough Love,
    that’s what they need and Phil has dished it up quite nicely. Good man Phil, putting the blame where it’s due!

    The personal behavior of most americans totally irresponsible, as they totally neglect to apply the golden rule to those in other nations or cultures, or to future generations; wake up gluttons, these are humans too!

    And even scarier is that this naive, self-serving, egotistical bunch are allowed to vote for fellow self-serving, egotistical, too often violent citizens as their political representatives. Sure, a lot of the elections are rigged, as we saw in both 2000 and 2004, but the truth is that well over 90% of those that actually get off their asses and vote, vote for either of the two capitalist parties (as stated above). THAT is a problem, especially since about half of them vote for the jesus party, which is hell bent on continued warfare, selling our nation to the highest bidder, and leaving absolutely nothing for those they deem lazy that are left behind.

    Everything this nation does in our name, everyone we kill, every species we wipe out, every american suffering from lack of health care or decent food and shelter is the fault of the people as a whole, not the politicians who the people repeatedly select (although over half of them belong in prison I must say), as most voters support evil business as usual through their ignorant or selfish votes.

    The truth has been told. Now, how do you get them to listen? Unfortunately, I think they’re going to have to suffer like they make others suffer; only then they’ll start to give a rats ass.

  7. AveryMoore  August 25, 2008 at 12:47 am

    Like it or not some people did see their opportunity and went for it years ago. They organized, they identified themselves as an outsider group harassed by people who 40 years ago would not have dared.

    This group was scattered, but massive, and focused on their own survival. They decided what they wanted and offered to cut a deal with who ever would take concrete action on their behalf. Protect our rights from further harm and we will vote for you as an election-deciding bloc.

    It was not the trade labor movement or irate students – it was the religious right who figured out how to be noticed.

    You cite, “Our politicians are all bought and paid for by big business and special interests.”

    We agree. What else can that suggest but – IT’S TIME TO BECOME A “SPECIAL INTEREST” With massive numbers of voters at every level applying steady pressure pushing for political, financial, and every other reform required.

    You get it right, “The real problems that we face as a nation cannot be solved by any president or any Congress. They can only be solved by us, working toward common goals, and making personal sacrifice. There is abundant evidence that most Americans are unwilling to face this truth.”

    Agreed! Lamenting that Obama or Biden MAY be little better than McCain is confusing a possibility of disappointment with a certainty of far more trouble in everything that is dysfunctional already..

    The details of how bad things already are or will become if left to deteriorate, are less important than the obvious solution – stop letting the pols put up knee-jerk barriers between similar groups. Such barriers just reinforce lassitude, defeatism, mindless divisiveness and factionalism, and “I’d rather find a saloon with big screen sports channels and strippers”, than consider how all of us working together, patiently and with determination, can get this train we’ve built, and own, our lives in this gigantic enterprise, back on the rails.

    A nation so divided soon becomes a prey of other zones whose population is not already at war with itself.

  8. Direct Democracy  August 27, 2008 at 6:03 am

    Barack Obama is a Nazi good cop.

    He’s the kinder, gentler place keeper between authoritarian regimes.

    He’s a powerful sedative that allows Americans to keep believing that change is possible within the envelope of representative democracy.

    He’s a fraud.

    FREE AMERICA

    DIRECT DEMOCRACY

  9. griff  August 28, 2008 at 10:42 pm

    Although I don’t believe a direct democracy is a viable answer, if that’s what you intend, a truer sense of representation is indeed necessary.

    It’s good to see you contributing longer posts. And if I may quote Neil Young – “a kinder, gentler machine gun hand” would fit Obama nicely – superficially of course.

  10. wheresthebeef  August 30, 2008 at 9:59 am

    I’ll admit that I need to be bitch-slapped across the face and told to “wake up to reality”
    Now…if we could just do that to some politicians and other clandestine people and organizations that really control this country !!

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