Here’s my second One Four Challenge, beginning with the original.
So, in my “I’m back” post I mentioned Don Carlin and his podcast Common Sense.
It merits mentioning again. You may not agree with his views, but it’s worth listening to the ideas and analysis of current events.
It merits listening because we have the spectacle of the 2016 elections in full swing.
I might be taken to task for this, but from my point of view, I see little difference between the parties.
Yes, yes, I know . . . abortion, gay marriage, gun control . . . name a “hot issue” and people will get blue in the face explaining how the two parties differ.
Hmmm . . . they certainly talk different, and yes, those are important issues . . . but they are not the most important issue. The most important issue is the power of the government.
Increasing every year, it is . . . and that might not be a bad thing except for one thing.
“In the 2014 elections, 31,976 donors — equal to roughly one percent of one percent of the total population of the United States — accounted for an astounding $1.18 billion in disclosed political contributions at the federal level.”
Read the article and let it soak in while I offer up my first variation on the photo.
It’s official . . . B&W ocean shots just don’t cut it.
Anyway, back to how the parties differ . . . let’s go back a moment to the Obama campaign; transparency, open government, no lobbyists.
Yeah, not so much. Lower health care costs. Not by a longshot. Financial reform. Dream on.
But, his supporters will say, it’s all that summabirch Bush’s fault! Give us another chance with Hillary, and we’ll do it right. Promise! . . . she cares about us little people.
The Republicans are no better.
The problem is that by the time we are presented with the “major” candidates our voices had zero input in the selection process. The current state of elections remind me of a quote by Henry Ford: “Any customer can have a car painted any color that he wants so long as it is black”. It was said with a touch of humor, but it’s not funny in the context of Federal Elections.
The choices we have been offered up have been picked by less than 1% of the population, and I can guarantee their interests and mine are nowhere close to being aligned. In other words, I can vote for any of the candidates that have been hand-picked by wealthy interest groups. Groups that are not me.
Secrecy, backroom deals, lies, influence peddling . . . the staples of government, be it right or left. Expanded surveillance, global treaties that require secrecy lest the “stupid” US citizens revolt, oh, and the expansion of executive power. You know, for “expediency”.
Within my lifetime, I contemplate seeing something I did not dream would be possible: the disappearance of the Middle Class. Some say that is a good thing. I suppose that when everyone is poor, no one has to feel bad about being poor.
Hey! How about faux B&W image? Something like this:
A little better.
Anyway, where am I going with this? Well, I’m frustrated.
It seems to me people walk blindly through this sea of information and miraculously avoid soaking it in.
Over and over people vote based on what are patently obvious lies served up by politicians who have been bought and paid for. The information is there for all to read.
. . . and then underinflated balls capture the headlines.
That’s probably why even as the same political faces keep reappearing in front of me, even as politicians have an uninterrupted record of lying spanning literally centuries, even as one can demonstrably show the corrupting power of money and how government does not serve the interest of the population at large, even after all that . . . 90% of politicians get re-elected.
I am watching the sovereignty of countries being superseded by treaties crafted not with our interests in mind, but those of corporations (my first exposure as a working adult was NAFTA). I am watching multinational conglomerates drive world resources, populations, and countries for their profit with little concern to long-term consequences.
I am watching a large portion of the world’s population losing control over their own fate and with little recourse to affect change. All I know is that history has shown us repeatedly that when you take from people the peaceful means of affecting change, bad things happen. I sure hope I’m not around to see it.
Hey! How about something drastic, like this:
Since I will have more of these, I’m setting up a SmugMug Gallery HERE. Them interested can go look at the full-sized photos. Some of the ones coming up will definitively be worth a look.
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