|Pretty cool design - the whole red revolution-thing going
with the socialist (oops, "industry") beehive
I wish I had had my camera. I'm still looking for a picture of that Ron Paul poster on-line, but there is a shot here of a pro-free-market-capitalism proponent who believes true capitalism would make us all happy. That's sounds a lot more Libertarian and maybe we only get happy through . . . Anarchy (well, I think not).
It is always fascinating to watch history happen whether its the tea party posturing on the right or the leftists (on the left, obviously). If only there were a system where we could all come together and work out our differences! But, I've promoted the U.S. Constitution before and will continue to do so as boring as it gets in all its convoluted history (not just the Founding) and the ongoing process.
All these voices help as they influence us one way or the other and we make our choices and work out our differences mostly in the middle. I just can't figure out why the Libertarians keep ending up in the middle of it all. Or are they the opposite of middle at the other end of the circle?
Same day- Just late at night if I get this in before the Ghosts' High Noon (Midnight in Gilbert & Sullivan's Ruddigore - completely off topic, I realize, but I have been to Basingstoke).
I do like these guys with the occupy movement a little better than I like the tea party and I'll explain why very simply. When you boil the tea down to the dregs, it is basically, anti-tax, anti-government, anti-compromise and anti-Obama. Did I miss anything?
The Occupy movement is anti-wall-street and anti-corporate-big-money influence in government. It clearly has its Anarchist and Socialistic philosophical aspects but is theoretical rather than outright revolutionary renouncing violence as it has and so far successfully.
And credit to the tea party too for not being violent and staying within the law. But it does seem like the anti-government, anti-compromise sentiment of the right is more nihilistic than the anti-corporate and anti-money-control left. My theories of government, simplistic as they may be rooted in a living Constitution of process government of, by, and for the People is frustrated by both the nihilism and anti-compromise philosophy of the right and would be promoted by lessening the corporate hold on government as promoted by the left.
I mean (and here comes the diatribe) how is it that we came to worship money so much in this country that we succumb to philosophies that those who have it deserve it just because they have it and those who don't have it obviously don't deserve it just because? It connects to the value of work only in the basest and most despicable theory that everyone gets what they deserve in this life by their own efforts. In what reality does that exist? and how we manipulate religious thought to get there in declaring those with money are not only more deserving for having it, but somehow as a sign blessed by God of their inherent worth because they can count it? It is true the poor don't understand the wealthy in this country and vice-versa. That is because we have this warped and evil philosophy measuring individual worth with individual wealth in our Western Culture.
All I am asking is that the people truly be allowed to rule. We all have more responsibility to get involved and it is only by more people getting involved that we as a people, through legal means at the ballot box, can put down the great powers of corporate and financial greed that tend to control political processes to the detriment of true representative democracy. We have the political system already in place to do it with our U.S. Constitution. But the system needs severe fixing not to destroy government of, by and for the people - not to destroy taxes as an oppression on business (!??) - but to use them for the people's good as the people see fit to provide equal opportunity on an equal playing field for all - not ownership of property and means of production by the people's government (that would be true Socialism) but certainly NOT by manipulation of those who already have money and power to keep it to the detriment of of the masses of people who do not have the chance to progress. The Citizens United case and others similar promoting wealth and power to the disadvantages of representative democracy don't help.
Maybe I am a revolutionary. Just a Constitutional one.
And now the Ghosts' High Noon has come and I must be to bed.