Sunday, February 28, 2016

After the Election, Canada or Mexico?

Does it bother anyone else that this presidential election is so full of so many scary candidates? I've been an active voter for over thirty years now and I'm used to one candidate in each election that the press and the public really can latch onto and make fun of.  So much so that they drop out before it gets even close to debates, or shortly after the first round.  And we are left with two real front runners, one democrat and one republican.  In some eventful years, an independent actually got some ground but only to drop out to give the democrat more votes.  I'm not going to name names in this blog because I don't want a lot of 'mansplaining' or hateful comments because I might think your candidate is full of shit. 

But have you noticed that in the last few elections how the scope of candidates has changed?  And it's not just this election but somehow this elections seems worse.  Maybe it's because the country is so visibaly split and the scary candidates have not only followers but a voice that is changing minds.  Changing minds, means changing votes.  And throwing up your hands and not voting because you like no one, is voting.  If you do that, then your vote goes missing, and your missing vote might have been all the only good candidate needed to win.  It seems now that if you have a voice and you are speaking for the people and trying to give them what they want you are the odd candidate.  You are the one the press makes fun of and the evil politicians try to discredit with scary terms or out right lies. 

Our country is run by big business and we have voted that in, by voting for candidates who are funded by those big businesses.  It's not always our faults, before the internet we had no way of knowing which candidates were in the pockets of Big Oil, or Big Drugs, Big War, or Big Money (cue RUSH).  We look the other way and cross our fingers and pull the lever, or draw a line,  and cast our vote.  But we don't really know what we voted in until we see the results of a term of four years.   I've watched a lot of what I can only hope were good men, with good ideas, get elected and then have everything they ran on blocked by a bought out senate and house.  Who block every good idea and never let that good man get anything done.  Well, unless it has to do with Big Oil, Big Drugs, Big Money or Big War.  That changes a man.  It destroys his positive outlook that he can make a change.  And he spends the rest of his term in a battle of wits and words.  Bogged down by so much red tape that nothing can be done. 

Look, I'm sure we can agree on one thing this election.  Everyone wants a change.  Well everyone except the 1%.  They want to keep everything like it is if not worse.  They want a new Dark Ages where we are slaves and pacified.  Why do you think a drug like marijuana is finally becoming legal in so many states?  To keep the slaves passive.  Perhaps if that doesn't work a new Spanish Inquisition will be in order.  So that the church police can come into your home without a warrant and punish you for your lifestyle.  For reading those banned books, or smoking those banned plants that are more than medicine, or loving the wrong sex.  E Pluribus Unum does not mean In God We Trust.  It means Out of many, One.  Which was the original motto of the United States of America.  Our founding fathers were adamant about keeping church and state separate and they said some pretty smart things about a 'world bank' that we ignored too. 

But all of this can be fixed.  All of it.  But it wont be easy.  And it wont come from Washington.  Not at first.  At first its going to have to come from us.  From the people.  If we want our middle class back, if we really want a nation that is all about sending us your tired and poor and huddled masses, then we better start providing for them, and welcoming them even if they've never heard of nor want to believe in, our upstart religon of only 2000 years.   BTW, if we don't want to do this maybe we should change the poem on the Statue of Liberty to not say these iconic words.  Maybe we will have to change it to You Will Be Assimulated, Resistance is Futile.  Like we did with the Native Indians when we came and conquored this country.  It's unfortunate that we came from so many generations of submissive behavior that we coudln't change this warlike attitude and live in peace with the natives, but that's an mistake I hoped we wouldn't repeat....History repeats.  Are we ready to be the next natives on this soil to be taken over by a monster?  Whos ideas are as outdated as genecide.  I think to change we have to admit our failures and learn from them and not repeat our bloody past, but to move forward with kindness and love and use our great abilities at creating things and building them to make a new great contry.  One that the world wantd to emulate not make fun of. 

But just to remind you what we once believed and how we tried to build a great nation of change against controled religion, unfair taxes and monarchy ruling over slaves, a dream of equality for all men (we're still working on the woman part, but its better than it was). Here is a reminder of what the plaque near the statue of liberty actually says:
New Colossus
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame, 
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisioned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles.  From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
"Keep ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
With silent lips.  "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearing to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. 
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, 
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!" 
olden door!"