Thursday, August 22, 2013

Painfully Progressive Politics

If you've read any of my previous blog posts or my Tweets, then you'll realize that I side with "people", not businesses or corporations, and that I write and share others' information in pointing out what the late George Carlin described as - "the American okey-doke".

My social and political views tend to be on the Progressive side, but I'm also a cynic.

Cynics understand that human beings are born inherently selfish, and that we often fail in the ability to control our emotions, especially our negative emotions (e.g. fear, greed, anger, hate). When push comes to shove, we'll almost always put our own personal agenda ahead of what's good for everyone.

That's how we roll. It takes a great deal of awareness and effort to control our emotions, requiring that we consistently think about them before reacting. Most of us can't do that. That's what I write about, and that's probably why I have few followers.

I'm sure that my "rocking the boat" writing style annoys some people, but I only communicate in that way in order to motivate others to think for themselves and question things. I want other "humans" to use some of that uncontrollable "anger" to get on board the boat with me.

Because, in this digital age where access to information is immediately available twenty-fours hours every day, it bothers me that some Americans are still blindly following the herd and believing all the bullshit they're being handed, regardless of the facts that can be found at their fingertips.

As such, the few people who do follow me probably assume that because I'm a Progressive, I'm going to automatically side with whatever bullshit the Democratic Party is trying to push. In an ideal world, I probably would. But the political world of today is NOT IDEAL for ordinary Americans.

Judged by what has occurred in the American political and judicial system over the past 10-15 years, its become apparent to me that corporations control both the political and judicial processes.

It should be obvious to everyone by now that both the GOP and Democratic parties work on behalf of the corporations that fund their elections. The only differences between them are in their rhetoric and their methods. Their actions in supporting the corporate state are equivalent.

So, it pains me when I meet fellow Progressives who still believe that the Democratic Party is working on behalf of the "people". They're still foolishly believing in President Obama and his party's rhetoric, and still supporting them, even though their actions have consistently served corporate interests and the country's wealthiest 1% at the expense of the rest of us.

Why? Is it because they're blind followers, or because they can't control their negative emotions?

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Is Political Fear-Mongering Cyclical?

What happened 60 years ago in America that's just as relevant today, as it was back then. Except back then the fear-mongering buzzword was Communism. The buzzword now is Terrorism.