Posts tagged democracy
Posts tagged democracy
Taking the UW shuttle this morning, I had the opportunity to eavesdrop on two cowboys (and veterinary science majors) discussing Mitt Romney’s 47% gaffe. This is why I carry a small notebook always:
1st cowboy: Did you know 47% percent of people don’t pay taxes? Moochers. That’s what Romney said this morning. If that’s real, then 47% of America needs to get off their lard asses.
2nd cowboy: Did you pay taxes this year? I didn’t.
1st cowboy: No, but I’m a student. Like you.
2nd cowboy: Then Romney thinks you’re suckling the government tit. Freeloader.
1st cowboy: Am not.
2nd cowboy: According to Romney, yeah you are.
1st cowboy: Fine. Shut your mouth. He’s lost my vote. He lost it a long time ago anyhow.
2nd cowboy: Eh, Romney’s a prissy asshole. But I’m not voting for Obama. I can’t. Obama sucks.
2nd cowboy: Hold on. We should write in Pistol Pete!
1st cowboy: FUCK YEAH!
Me: Wait. Is that a win or a fail for democracy?
1st cowboy: We gotta win something, right?! Pistol Pete 2012!
He’s right… our football team is 0-3 right now. For the record, meet Pistol Pete, the University of Wyoming mascot:
If it gets them to the ballot box, it’s a win. Right?
Maybe this one’s a draw…
From a pal’s textbook…
Ooh, I know!
The Giants won the Superbowl, but the bombs are falling and people are being massacred fighting for freedom in Syria.
I hope I don’t have to explain what you should care about more.
It turns out that destroying the American democratic republic was easy to accomplish, historians will write someday. Simply get the three major cable news networks to blather on about useless bull**** for a few days, while legislators meet in secret behind closed doors to rush through the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 (NDAA), and its evil twin sister, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), which is a clever name for an Internet censorship bill straight out of an Orwellian nightmare.
Sure, some independent media web sites and Jon Stewart warned us about this. Ron Paul & Son warned us about this. Amnesty International and the ACLU have been screaming from the rooftops, crying bloody murder. But the American people let it happen, because the vast majority of us simply didn’t find out in time.
And now President Obama’s advisers are saying he is withdrawing his veto threat against NDAA, so it will become law.
True story. I commend Rep. Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo., for voting against this. Her statement on the bill:
Although the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) contains important provisions for national defense, after careful review of the legislation, I believe that the language in the bill muddies the water concerning the due process rights granted to American citizens by the Constitution. Granting authority to indefinitely detain American citizens suspected of terrorism without charge and without sufficiently addressing what rights an American citizen has if they are suspected of terrorism and arrested on U.S. soil, sets a troubling precedent.
This bill is horrifying. For those who are saying, “Meh, big deal, we detain people already…” - yeah, we have, and that’s wrong. NDAA is much worse. It is authorizing detention of American citizens without due process if they’re suspected of terrorism, and that detention will occur on American soil. This is further encroaching our rights and turning the military against the American people.
NDAA is the PATRIOT Act on steroids.
A tear gas canister used against demostrators in Tahir during protests in Egypt.
Note where it was manufactured.
American Exceptionalism, indeed. We make the weapons desired by undemocratic regimes throughout the world.
Is it a radical statement to say the president should have issued this statement long-ago in regards to Occupy Wall Street? Because he hasn’t. I’d like to take this moment to point out how much Wall St. gave Barack Obama in 2008…
Here’s the top two recipients of donations from the financial/securities and investment sector since 2012:
As far as Wall Street, Obama’s already received over a third of what they donated in 2008 for the entire cycle. Though we can see who Wall Street’s favorite is for the GOP side. I don’t think it’s possible to deny the influence of corporate Wall Street dollars in our elections.
Let’s take Goldman Sachs as an example. Here’s their break down for 2012: They’ve donated a total of $1,858,958 thus far, $508,609 to Democrats and $1,350,349 to Republicans, for a 27%/73% split.
Compare to 2008. By the end of the election cycle, Goldman Sachs donated $6,025,681. Of that, $4,489,893 went to Democrats, and $1,525,448 went to Republicans for a 75%/25% split.
This is why I laugh nearly uncontrollably when I hear Fox News talking about Obama’s occupiers. He’s not on our side, guys.
Essentially, we’re supposed to support democratic movements elsewhere, not here at home. God forbid you actually participate.