Showing posts with label democracy. Show all posts
Showing posts with label democracy. Show all posts

Monday, June 7, 2010

Rapidly Becoming Apathetic

I was filling out one of those online things and it asked what my political preference was. Not sure why but I gave it more consideration than necessary. I realized that things are kind of sucky and I just don't care. Seriously I don't see any of them making things better. The R's and D's have both had a shot recently and just done a bang up job. I am not sure our system will leave anybody willing to deal with our issues (mainly massive unfunded entitlements) because to do so would be political suicide. Getting any politician to do that is unlikely, let alone a majority.

I bet some folks on one side are getting a good chuckle at folks on the other who thought the cozy government + business relationship would change. They both take money from the same big corporations that like pet legislature as well as capitalism on the way up and socialism on the way down.

Some folks think maybe the Libertarians will save us but I am not so sure. It is pretty easy to be noble when nobody is offering you anything. It is equally easy to offer outside of the box solutions when you aren't responsible for anything and can just Monday morning quarterback it. Also as far as I know the Libertarians have never gotten anybody elected to anything more than (if even that?) county dog catcher. Even if they got ANYBODY elected to a meaningful position I don't think that would change anything. I love Dr. No (Ron Paul) as much as anybody could but aside from voting no on everything and proposing bills that doesn't every go anywhere what has he done?

Seriously on the national or likely even state level I am not so sure I see anything good coming. On the local level more grass roots stuff involving real people has some promise but I move around a lot now so don't really care about that.

I make predictions of what is coming here or there, no need to rehash.  I think I've given up caring until something worth caring about starts to happen. I am not holding my breath.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

"A government with the policy to rob Peter to pay Paul can be assured of the support of Paul."
George Bernard Shaw

Monday, March 15, 2010

quote of the day

"Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a President and senators and congressmen and government officials, but the voters of this country." -- Franklin D. Roosevelt

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Iran Selection, Crisis and Hope

Iran had a totally shamtastic (s)election. Only elections in Iraq under Sadam and in Cuba were more ridiculously biased. I think Iran does it a bit better because they aren't even pretending to elect their leader they are electing a 'president' who is really just a front man. In any case the people of Iran are not accepting this farce. In fairness it doesn't seem they are trying to drop the whole thing but sometimes movements like this gain enormous energy in an exponential manner by moving fast. Iran's population is very young which tends to be a destabilizing factor.

The talking heads have mentioned two significant events which would really escalate these events.

1. The opposition leader Mir-Hossein Mousavi saying that their whole corrupt totalitarian system is the issue, not just these elections.

1.5 Mr. Mousavi saying he is prepared for martyrdom is very very serious. In case you don't get the news followers of Shia Islam really don't play when it comes to that shit. Sort of like if a old grizzled Veteran says he is going to shoot somebody. Odds are very high that he will go home, get a gun and shoot that person.

2. If troops and police refuse to violently put down the protests then things are really in motion. As of now they are using (for the most part) relatively soft tactics of tear gas, water cannons and some beatings. Though somewhat rough by Western standards these are kids play for the rest of the world. The question will be if they are willing to really escalate their aggression. Usually revolutions can be put down if the security aparatus sticks with the regime. Machine gun some protestors, capture and torture their leaders, so on and so forth and pretty quickly just about any revolution has been put down.

Maybe it is just my American nature but I think people should have a say in their government. We do need to realize that just because a country is a democracy it does not mean they will like us. IMHO one of the biggest problems with our foreign policy over the last 20 years or so is that we give lip service to the idea of spreading democracy (and in some cases support) but what we really mean is that we want foreign countries who are amiable toward us and willing to play ball. The people of Iran may or may not like us but they should be able to control their own destiny.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Go Kalifornia

Rarely does this state do anything that pleases me but Kalifornians refused to increase taxes. It looks like their government is going to need to shrink by 20%. We will see what happens.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

quote of the day

"We protect Democracy, we don't practice it."
-1SG G$*(#
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