Monday, April 26, 2010

Do -It Yourself Government

Ok so I will attempt to explain how it works.

“We The People” find someone who we believe represents our views . We elect that person and send them to a big room where people from other areas (this happens at a local , state and federal level) get together and try to best figure out how we can all work together to make a happy home (city,county,state,country). This group of people are tasked to make laws everyone can agree on and decide how to spend the money we all throw in a big pot to take care of the country state etc. Seems pretty simple doesn’t it? Well it isn’t .Why? because many of the people for the most part are lazy and or stupid. Most people refuse to take the time to get involved or put in some work . How many people actually read legislation or attend open meetings be it city council or congress. Un fortunately we have media to feed the info to the lazy who will just believe what they hear either because they are easily scares or just too lazy to see if the facts check out. It used to be that news organizations had some journalistic integrity and what as reported was simply the facts, this is rather rare these days. Now we get constant fear mongering , spin, distorted info and downright lies. Really all one has to do is spend a little time reading and researching to find the truth. The hard part is that the truth and the facts aren’t usually found coming from the easiest accessed loudest most obnoxious source. Stop listening to the morons with the big signs waving the flag, they really don’t know what they are talking about. Most legislation is available for public viewing (the entire health care bill was available online). The main thing everyone needs to do if we want good government is to get involved. Corporations and special interest groups with big money should not run things people should, but only if they are well informed and literate.
Stop letting the idiots on TV especially those who are lying (FOX News) and the moronic fringe that make a lot of noise(Tea Party Types) drive the conversation. I hear a lot of talk about how a large percentage of people distrust the government , well you know whose fault that is it is? Your own. You hired them. There is nothing worse than some asinine loudmouth spouting off about how bad the government who didn’t vote or pay attention until someone on TV or Radio told them that they were wronged or that they should be afraid of something.
About Taxation, socialism and communism. Don’t use any of these words until you know what they mean. I hear a a lot of bitching about taxes, well taxes are how we get to have a country. Taxes pay for the infrastructure that our entire society is built on. We all pitch in (taxes) so that we can have the basic things we all need to survive. Roads , utility lines (Yes government subsidies make it so the electric company can afford to send that electricity everywhere) Police, Fire departments , agencies to oversee corporations to make sure they don’t rip you off (yes history proves that if we as a collective group don’t hire someone to regulate many corporations they will have their way with us. Competition works some of the time but corruption greed and bullying often run away if not kept in check). Stop crying socialism. Were it not for a sprinkle of socialism (which by the way is just a philosophy that expects everyone to help everyone out for the good of the whole. Doesn’t always work for the same reasons every other philosophy doesn’t always work.) we would not have a very functional society. Those who yell so loudly that they don’t want to share the burden by paying taxes or say that they are afraid of socialism should go ahead and stop paying but along with that, try to forget the education they got (or were at least offered) , stop driving on the public roads and interstate highway system, stop eating any food or taking any medicine made safe by the FDA and don’t drink any more of that clean water either. I could go on but then again this is probably already too long for any of those folks to read anyway.
Really it is pretty simple, educate yourself, send the right people to represent you and then if they don’t do what they promised fire them and get someone else. This way those tax dollars will go where you want them to.
Remember however that the most important part of this equation is the people and the people must educate themselves . This education should not be one gathered from lying drug addict millionaires on the radio or fake crying liars on TV. Read the real documents yourself. Watch the unedited speeches yourself. Pay attention when what those you elected say different things to different people.

Make government a do-it yourself project

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Dawkins on the Pope, well said.

Richard Dawkins on the pope,

“Should the pope resign?” No. As the College of Cardinals must have recognized when they elected him, he is perfectly – ideally – qualified to lead the Roman Catholic Church. A leering old villain in a frock, who spent decades conspiring behind closed doors for the position he now holds; a man who believes he is infallible and acts the part; a man whose preaching of scientific falsehood is responsible for the deaths of countless AIDS victims in Africa; a man whose first instinct when his priests are caught with their pants down is to cover up the scandal and damn the young victims to silence: in short, exactly the right man for the job. He should not resign, moreover, because he is perfectly positioned to accelerate the downfall of the evil, corrupt organization whose character he fits like a glove, and of which he is the absolute and historically appropriate monarch.

No, Pope Ratzinger should not resign. He should remain in charge of the whole rotten edifice – the whole profiteering, woman-fearing, guilt-gorging, truth-hating, child-raping institution – while it tumbles, amid a stench of incense and a rain of tourist-kitsch sacred hearts and preposterously crowned virgins, about his ears.