December 14, 2016

A Good Quote

At Robert Kennedy's funeral his brother Edward quoted from a recent presidential campaign speech of his:

All of us will ultimately be judged and as the years pass we will surely judge ourselves, on the effort we have contributed to building a new world society and the extent to which our ideals and goals have shaped that effort.

The future does not belong to those who are content with today, apathetic toward common problems and their fellow man alike, timid and fearful in the face of new ideas and bold projects. Rather it will belong to those who can blend vision, reason and courage in a personal commitment to the ideals and great enterprises of American Society.

Our future may lie beyond our vision, but it is not completely beyond our control. It is the shaping impulse of America that neither fate nor nature nor the irresistible tides of history, but the work of our own hands, matched to reason and principle, will determine our destiny. There is pride in that, even arrogance, but there is also experience and truth. In any event, it is the only way we can live.

Thanks to Stephen Pinker and his 2002 book 'Blank Slate'.

July 15, 2016

THE PARTIES VERSUS THE PEOPLE

The Parties versus the People

How to Turn Republicans and Democrats into Americans

By Mickey Edwards

2012

Mickey Edwards spent 16 years in congress starting with the Reagan years and in leadership during the Gingrich takeover led by many Reagan era College Republicans. In this book he analyzes the crisis level problems of partisan politics and proposes detailed solutions in a compact and easily readable tome. My only critique would be his omission of the legal profession in the partisan context, including the large numbers of that profession occupying our national legislature.

Political parties are not inherently bad - citizens of common disposition will naturally seek each other out and combine to seek out agreed-upon ends. But when the pursuit of party power becomes the end goal and not merely a tool for achieving a better society, it is democracy itself which is laid beneath the guillotine's blade.

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June 17, 2016

HILARY CLINTON, FEDERALLY EXPERIENCED SINCE 1992

Although Hilary Clinton is clearly winning the Presidential battle in the corporate media it is the sad truth that she is every bit as corrosive and divisive to America as is her competitor, Donald Trump. Yes, it is a different demographic segment - the traditional American middle class as opposed to the threats posed against traditional minorities by Trump.

Most disturbing is her corruption of feminism and female professionals by establishing legal precedents that abrogate constitutional rights via accusations of harassment, etc - without due process or fact - the rule of gossip, not law.

Certainly Donald Trump represents this same legal standard towards minorities, but the takeaway fact is that our narrow and divisive electoral system has committed corporate treason and constitutional rape against all of us under the color of law and the propaganda of the corporate media.

Although Hilary is the most experienced candidate, the roots of her experience documents this problem clearly.