James Davis, Jr.
Too much of my tax money has already gone to support "artists" who create works like "Piss Christ". Supplementing people so that they can attack what other people hold dear will not create harmony.
The politicians and the real movers and shakers of our tax dollars love it when we, the American Public, get all worked up over a pittance of govt. funded controversy like the art piece you refer to.
We are suckers when we go down that road. While we're all arguing it out over the 50 or 100 or 200K that some guy/gal got to make art that someone found offensive the govt. crooks who egg it on are stealing hundreds of billions of dollars and funneling it through companies like Halliburton.
Yep. While we're arguing over something as insane and inane as whether or not to drill for oil off the CA coast, the movers and shakers are committing treason, ignoring congressional subpoenas, torturing fellow human beings in military prison camps, killing god knows who and how many, destroying our economy, and the honor this nation may have once deserved along with the biosphere on the planet we all share.
Yep. We can stay divided and conquered as easily as a kid separating colored marbles. The War Machine folks count on it, you know. They love us distracted and arguing over nothing while they play their games of madness and terror.
We can also just say no, no, no more to the liars and thieves and traitors who we call "elected" representatives of The People. Elections are a sham. Democracy can never exist where elections serve the body politic.
Lottery Representation is the only fair and decent way to administer democracy. SS#'s go in a big hat and we draw for positions.
No need to change anything else. Same positions for municipal, state and feds. You get drawn, you do your service unless you have a serious compelling reason not to.
Regardless of who you are and what prior experience you may have you serve a single term after having completed a two year special schooling focusing on relevant studies, i.e. civics, constitutional law, foreign policy, etc, etc.
You get the same salary that is currently appropriated for whatever position. You serve once and your name is forever removed from the "hat".
For this to work lobbying will no longer be a privately funded industry. All constituents will have an opportunity to regularly communicate with their reps via publicly funded caucuses, etc.
No private lobbying will exist. It will be outlawed.
So what does this have to do with the banking crisis this thread is supposed to focus on? Everything.
One planet, one family. We must do things together and no longer abdicate our personal responsibility to each other by giving away our power to commercial concerns ( by this I mean the corporations that we all know own our politicians ).
In the USA we have long mistaken our voluntary abdication of our power as a personal freedom that is due us. Well, I do not believe that freedom is something you give away. It is something you work for constantly. And work with.
Those who do not exercise their freedoms ought not be surprised when those freedoms no longer exist. If there is no market, then why should there be a supply? Just like capitalism.
I am tired, tired, tired of seeing my fellow human beings manipulated by the machinery of greed and corruption ( govt. and commercial media ). But hey...who do Americans think they really are, anyway? Some kind of born noble and honorable folk which have a moral hand up on everyone else?
'Course quite a large number of murdered Indians might not see it that way. And then there were a few million folks forcibly brought from Africa and violently enslaved who would probably feel differently. And of course the tens of thousands of folks in Central America who were murdered in the name of the United Fruit Company would surely take umbrage with the claim.
The list goes on and on. War after war after secret war after secret war and all in the "national interests" of whom? The United States? Or rather the United Corporations of Greed and Power?
We are all better than this. And we have proven it in the past. Convincingly. When women in this nation said they deserved to vote they went out into the streets and won the freedom to vote. When workers decided they deserved the right to unionize and not be shot down by corporations wielding govt. guns when they went on strike they then went out onto the streets en masse and won the right to unionize and exert bargaining powers.
When people of recent African ancestry decided they deserved equal protection under the law they went out into the streets and won the freedoms their paler skinned counterparts already had. The list goes on and on. The freedoms we enjoy today were all won by our fellows past and present who went out into the streets and demanded their rights and forced them from that entity which had denied them. That entity being the government of The United States of America. It wasn't Communist Russia or China or North Korea or North Vietnam or Central American nations or foreign religious fanatics who denied the citizens of this nation so many of the rights they enjoy today. It was the government of the USA.
Yep. If you love your freedom thank a Civil Rights Activist. Or better yet, become one. We can do it again. We can say we deserve to be free of the control and manipulation of commercial entities and their minions holding office all over this land.
So what I do is push the LRS ( Lottery Representation System ) of democracy to lots of folks. Of course most don't want to hear of it, they think I'm crazy. My senators and congressional rep. never return my emails or phone calls. So what? I'm doing something and that's what matters. I'm exercising my freedoms that were won for me by my fellows and using them to help create what I believe to be better freedoms.
And you know what...once in awhile someone gets to thinking about it and maybe that will help foster a change which might occur decades down the road. And many, many people are pushing their own ideas of positive and progressive changes which promote equitable living among all human beings.
We'll get there someday. We will. In the meantime I celebrate the right we all have to like or dislike a particular piece of taxpayer funded art and to speak of it. However I do not celebrate anything which acts as a distraction to offenses much more grievous than even the most universally offensive artwork could ever become.
What was it? Eight years ago? All that hubbub over the NEA's paltry $200 million dollar budget. And our representatives worked so hard and so long to do what? They cut it to $50 million, I think it was. This was back in the day of a Federal Govt. budget surplus. Today we have a deficit of near a half a trillion dollars.
Yep. American politicians…they're really working for us.