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The NRA has a solution: Make alcohol more widely available. Make it available in private sales, where no ID is required. Make it available to everyone! We need to put drunks in the schools to protect the children from alcohol. Legislators must be encouraged to carry booze to the office. And, by all means, we need to sell alcohol in containers with larger capacity. The problem, you see is not alcohol, it's people who misuse alcohol. Get rid of the people and your problem goes away!2 months ago
What the process for making that change. I've had people tell me how much they love Arpaio- they just don't seem to want (WANT) to recognize his woeful record. A man with the power to take away freedom shouldn't be subject to more political motivation than absolutely necessary. (Not to mention the power to have TV celebrities take the lead in breaking down doors, shooting puppies, and violating civil rights (for the media).)3 months ago
National Rifle Association Executive Vice President and CEO Wayne LaPierre has a solution to the serious problem this nation has with drunken driving and alcohol abuse: Make alcohol more widely available, and allow "private" sales to anyone, even without ID! It works with gun violence and suicide, after all. (Satire)3 months ago
Joe, as the previous post is trying to tell you: Than is different than then. Now the proofreaders are illiterate too? Keep up the good work publicizing scams.3 months ago
To all of our friends:
As most, if not all of you know- the gap between the rich and poor is growing rapidly. According to Bloomberg's Mark Dean the income of the wealthiest 10 percent of the population is nine times greater than that of the poorest 10 percent and that gap has grown about ten percent in the last 25 years.
We want you to know that we're listening. Perhaps this will provide you with some hope: We will always need people who will do an excellent job of landsaping our properties, serving and cleaning up after our banquets and lavish parties, providing housekeeping, and management of our household wait staffs and vendors, chauffers, nannies, tutors, private athletic trainers, certified nurising assistants, and so forth. So please don't worry about the future. It's time to take responsibility for your life and leave the responsibility for the government to us. We will promise that we'll always be able to provide you with a job somewhere. You might not be able to afford a house or quality health insurance, but we will see to it that you can afford a Netflix subscription and your kids will always have access to the latest video games.
Lets be honest- if you have time to read this, you probably will soon be replaced by a machine or a worker in an underdeveloped nation. You might as well adjust to the reality that the income gap is going to keep getting wider. But don't worry, that is to everyone's benefit. It was like this in the 1920's, and they are remembered as "roaring". Everything is going to be fine, in fact, we're making it even better.
Some of you have expressed concern for your kids education. We have kids too, so we understand. Don't worry- we are seeing to it that your children are getting all the education they need to ensure a lifetime of employment in the economy that we built and are stewarding through these challenging times! There will always be children who excel, and we see them every day at dinner time. They will attend the best universities, and become doctors, engineers, and scientists. They will build new companies funded by our concentrated wealth. They make us so hopeful about the future! They will create the jobs in the new service economy that will ensure that you and your children will always have a roof and inexpensive food that our companies are growing on an industrial scale.
Some of you have asked why we support candidates of both parties. The answer is pretty obvious- we like how they operate. There's little difference between the policies of these politicians, regardless of their party affiliation. True, the small differences between them can amount to hundreds of billions, even trillions in added or lost income for us and our companies over the course of a presidential term. That's why we collectively spend a few billion to make sure the right candidate usually gets elected. And that brings us to the reason we're writing to you now. There's a lot of needless concern about the election. It's causing name calling, and socio-economic disruptions. This is not to anyone's benefit. So we are asking you to pay extra attention to the informative advertising supported by our super-PACs. We understand that many of you want to know who we are, but it's in your interest for us to stay anonymous. We don't want the factual information we give you to take a back seat to your preferences for one group or individual over another.
Thanks so much for taking the time to read this, especially if you're doing so on your time away from the two or three jobs you're working. We are glad to provide them to you, and appreciate all of your hard work! In summary, don't worry about the future. The stock market is soaring, oil companies, coal companies, even mortgage lenders and big banks are making record profits. We know how to manage money, and as a result our country is getting more and more wealthy. So please look at your declining incomes as a blessing. Most people don't know how to manage their money, just look around at your neighbors. But we do. We appreciate your trust and confidence as we continue to make this a better country for us all!
Your eternal friend,
8 months ago
I enjoy your posts. These statements "politics is about the allocation of power", "politics is war by other means" are certainly congruous. I consider them completely accurate only when they are applied within the sphere of politics itself. There have been a few times in history when political activism (or struggle) resulted in direct social activism. The results were not good. Possibly the worst example is the rise of the Nazis in Germany. I stand by my statement that politicians exist to create and to solve political problems. I don't proffer that as a theoretical statement, but a practical one. It seems to me that when social activism results in political action the results have been much better.
Unfortunately (in many cases) political power has consequences outside the realm of politics. For one thing it serves to divide those who would otherwise be neighborly. In fact, sometimes is takes an actual disaster to make people put politics aside and ignore their differences. That's perhaps when you most clearly see the difference between social struggle, and political struggle. But as we can see in the current political climate it can have the effect of further dividing people.
And that brings me back full-circle: If anyone is deluded enough to think that their vote is going to make avarice obsolete...that certainly explains why things are so incredibly fouled up.8 months ago
Further, I propose that separating (or distinguishing) the components of political and social struggle is exactly as difficult as (and is analogous to) separating political financial support from the blood and sweat (literal and/or figurative) of those who foster social change.8 months ago
"It's often tough to separate them." I certainly agree- but it's not impossible. So, with what political party were the colonists aligned when they composed the Declaration of Independence? They may have been of different parties (and were), however the Declaration was a result of reasoned discussion not political activism.
You can argue that Linda is talking about social struggle, but I will let her speak for herself. To wit: "We must stay engaged in our political struggle. It does matter." Then she goes on to propose a false choice between socialism and personal freedom. One could fairly ask, does her personal freedom include depositing her Social Security checks or accepting the Medicare coverage she paid for? Will any of the changes to those programs proposed by politicians affect her or those of her vintage? Politicians exist to create and to solve political problems. Electing them merely prolongs the social problems and gives rise to the existence of new political ones. Churchill knew of no better alternative and he was pretty smart, but he was also a politician.8 months ago
Cincinnatus- I specifically excluded social struggle from my question- which is what all of the examples you cite represent.
It's true that those social struggles you mentioned each produced political as well as social change. Political struggles may also produce social change such as the disaggregation of communities (up to national-scale ones).
You make my point by citing the "civil rights struggles in the 60's US". They were by definition social and cultural, and manifestly not political. But as always, politicians attempted to capitalize on them.
You (unsurprisingly) can't cite an instance to refute my assertion that political struggle (of the sort that Linda promotes in her piece) has ever produced a solution to a significant problem such as that which she used as an example.
And that is the disagreement I have with the conclusion of her piece.8 months ago
As I read the piece, I was very impressed by how well Linda understands the terrible toll that corporate (institutionalized individual) greed (which fueled political malfeasance) and the resultant lawbreaking (which caused the near-depression) has affected hard-working people and families. It's a very difficult set of problems.
But when I read this: "We must stay engaged in our political struggle. It does matter. It’s not complicated.", I realized that she doesn't understand the problem, she merely recognizes the symptoms. I challenge anyone to name a single instance in which political struggle resulted in a meaningful solution to any serious problem(s). I am asking about political struggle, not societal transformation. As I read history, it is replete with examples of political struggle causing these (and many other) sorts of problems. The conditions in which the near meltdown of the world's financial system occurred were legislated by politicians.
If anyone is deluded enough to think that their vote is going to make avarice obsolete...that certainly explains why things are so incredibly fouled up.8 months ago