Posted by honestpoet on December 23, 2006
I’m sitting at the dinner table; things are wrapping up, and I feel like a rant. We’ve been talking about Bush & Co. again, and the possibilities, if not for impeachment, at least for some significant change, so that we don’t end up in another mess like this down the road. And we are in such a mess. I just got the issue of Newsweek with Obama and Clinton (Hillary) on the cover. Among many lovely tidbits in it we saw a photograph of a national forest that had been clear cut. You know, when I’d heard that those bastards had opened up some national forests for logging, I’d naively imagined that, though it was bad enough to do any logging there, they’d at least have the decency and sense to log selectively. No. The hill I saw was cut bare, nothing but bare soil and tree stumps, a few stripped logs still willy nilly, waiting to be dragged away. My daughter just about cried, thinking about all the animals that had nowhere to go. My son was outraged. And so am I.
What a horror. What a crime. And though it may not be a charge we can make stick, though most of them may not stick, thanks to Bush’s legalistic wartime-power voodoo, we ought to at least be able to ensure that it doesn’t keep happening.
Let’s face it. As someone said, democracy is the sneaking suspician that more than half the people can be wrong most of the time. I didn’t set out to impugn the intelligence of the average American, but let’s face it. Too many Americans get fooled too often. A handsome smile, the right name, a slick campaign, and some bozo ends up running things. And if he’s surrounded by enough evil people (ahem), then things can go very wrong indeed.
How to make things better? Hubby is an aristocrat, believes that the rule of a capable minority would be better than the rule of the easily fooled majority. Face it. Bush was elected because most Americans aren’t comfortable with smart people. (Unless you believe he was elected through voter fraud, a possibility I have considered.) And why don’t most Americans feel comfortable wth smart people? Because most Americans are stupid. I’m sorry, but it’s true. As Carlin says, think how stupid your average guy is: half the people are dumber than that! And this makes democracy a problem.
But the problem with an aristocracy is, who says who’s meritorious? Now that’s a sticky wicket, isn’t it? So I guess we’re going to have to keep democracy. But we ought to protect ourselves from having to endure this much damage when a bozo with evil buddies gets elected. How can we do that? Well, funny you ask, because I’ve thought about this, too.
We remove corporate influence from government by making corporate contributions illegal. That’s how it is in Canada, and it makes a lot of sense. And we need to terminate the 14th-Amendment personhood of corporations. There’s pretty good evidence that the Supreme Court that allowed that to happen was “unduly influenced,” shall we say (some might say “bribed”), and it’s also been made clear over the past century, culminating in the current catastrophe, that corporations abuse the privacy afforded by such personhood. They need to be transparent, so that the real citizens, the actual people, can be protected from the evil men will do in groups for the almighty dollar.
What’s perfectly ugly about this whole scenario, what I’d gloat about if it didn’t mean death and suffering for so many, for so long into the future, is that Bush&Co. used religion to fool people. Further proof that religous people are suckers. Suckers for a lie.
I bet those Islamic big-wigs live pretty well, too.