Joyous Journey Rule #8 – Take the Dark Side In Small Doses

The dark side of life is kind of like a black hole, or maybe a Venus fly trap, it can suck you into its depths. and won’t let you go. If that happens there is no way for you to even fully dream of a joyous life. I must admit that much of the news from the world today is “dark side material”. Especially when it comes to politics. There just seems to be nothing good happening there recently. We shouldn’t drop out entirely from our political processes, but instead we need to take them in small doses. Kinda like … Continue reading Joyous Journey Rule #8 – Take the Dark Side In Small Doses

Drinking the Kool-aid, Etal…

Tomorrow is perhaps the most important election of my lifetime. ¬†It will determine if an extreme narcissist, habitual liar, con man continues to have free reign to do whatever he wants. Yeah, the tax cuts that the Republican party passed are having a temporary effect and the destruction of the regulations needed to prevent another meltdown have added a couple of bucks to the paycheck, but given our extreme deficits and underfunded infrastructure improvement that will end soon. What befuddles me about our current times are those who have eagerly gulped down this guy’s kool-aid. Can’t they look beyond the … Continue reading Drinking the Kool-aid, Etal…

When In Doubt, Vote For The Woman.

My new mantra for the coming election cycle is stated in the title of today’s cackle. We have pretty much given men control of our government for the last 242 years, it’s time for a change.¬† I think women generally are much more blessed when it comes to empathy and compassion, and that is what is sorely missing from our politics today and even the world in general. There are a couple of ways to make some real changes in how we govern ourselves. One is to bring on a third party to eventually replace at least one of the … Continue reading When In Doubt, Vote For The Woman.

I Am Suspending My Campaign..

I would really like to hear the words in the title of this post much more in the near future, at least from the wingnuts who have current control of the GOP. But in reality the title means that I will not be posting anymore about those yahoos until at least some of us have the opportunity to vote for or against them. It seems fruitless to worry about these guys grabbing control of our country and then driving it into the dust.¬† I wish we had saner and wiser choices for the November presidential election but that just doesn’t … Continue reading I Am Suspending My Campaign..

Nowadays Representatives Pick Their Voters..

It used to be that the voters would pick their representatives; but nowadays the representatives pick their voters. As we saw in Florida, some districts are drawn with purely partisan motivations so that if a candidate wins the primary they essentially win the seat. Florida is not an isolated case and there are districts around the country that are so irrationally drawn (just look at this image of IL-4) that it would be comical if it didn‚Äôt have such dire consequences…. The common thread among all of these obstacles is that they were enacted by the major parties to keep … Continue reading Nowadays Representatives Pick Their Voters..

VOTE….

Today is election day in the U.S. If you want to see change in our totally gridlocked government this is the way it happens. We can change over two-thirds of our federal government representatives today if we want. But that can’t happen as long as so many ignore their responsibilities in how our nation is governed. Anyone who doesn’t vote today should have their mouth duct taped. If you don’t exercise your critical right to vote then you should give up your other critical right to complain about how our government that you didn’t vote for or against is doing. … Continue reading VOTE….

The case for voting even if America is a corrupt plutocracy rigged by the rich…

With the approach of the 2014 midterms, perhaps the least consequential American election season in a generation, it’s worth asking a perennial question: should you even bother to vote? Many people have basically given up on the democratic project, arguing that the American system is completely rigged by the rich and that nobody on the ballot truly represents their interests…. Still, we know for a fact that low-turnout elections dominated by the enraged white paranoiacs of the Fox News set will keep power in the hands of the rich. If America had a turnout rate of 100 percent, our political … Continue reading The case for voting even if America is a corrupt plutocracy rigged by the rich…

Primary Election Day…

Today is the primary election day in my State. I write my posts usually well in advance of them being published but I can assuredly say that I have voted already. Those of you who know me at all know that I am a self-proclaimed “bleeding heart liberal”. I am a big believer in social and economic justice issues. They are a very strong part of how I vote in each election. Having said this it seems obvious that I generally vote the Democratic ticket in most elections so how come I voted in the Republican primary today instead of … Continue reading Primary Election Day…

Me Too…

“I’m worried a lot about power in the financial services industry and I’m worried about the fact that basically, starting in the ’80s, you know, the cops were taken off the beat in financial services. These guys were allowed to just paint a bull’s-eye on the backside of American families,” Warren said. “They loaded up on risk. They crushed the economy. They got bailed out. What bothers me now, they still strut around Washington, they block regulations that they don’t want, they roll over agencies whenever they can.” ¬†SOURCE: Elizabeth Warren Sidesteps Clinton Question, Says Wall Fat Cats ‘Strut Around … Continue reading Me Too…

Power To The People….

Our financial ills will never be¬†settled¬†till¬†you fix it so every man will pay an income tax on what he earns, be it a farm, grocery store or municipal or government bonds ¬† — Will Rogers ¬†March 21,1933 Will’s words above were spoken during the heights of the depression but even then the rich were finding loopholes to avoid paying taxes. ¬†I have never understood how “unearned income” is treated any¬†differently than the income the average guy has to sweat in order to earn. But for some reason, and I’m sure the politicians had their hand in it, “unearned income” is … Continue reading Power To The People….

How About Some Changes….

I guess I am still fixated on the post from yesterday about how so many very sparsely populated States in the U.S. now have so much power. It seems that our country is quite out of balance right now as a result of past decisions. ¬†Maybe it is time to revisit some of that stuff. ¬†Being that I am the fool who rushes in where angels fear to tread I will take a stab at this. If you want to call this the Walters’ Doctrine go ahead. I will take the blame for all of it. Here is my list … Continue reading How About Some Changes….