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Original Publication Date:  May 16, 2010

If we trust no one and nothing else, we absolutely MUST trust our instincts. We are not wrong on this, the issue of Climate Degradation, otherwise, why are corporations and their paid spokes-legions persistently trying to convince the more rational amongst us, that the phenomena of Climate Change is not what we actually are witnessing before our bewildered and disbelieving eyes?

How, after all, can we not be alarmed that roughly 15 of the 17 largest fishing regions identified world-wide, are in imminent danger of complete collapse? Or the fact that in the very center of the largest body of waters on earth (the Pacific ocean) – of all places on the planet – that acidification has not only reached this furthest most oceanic region, but is in fact rising? Never mind what this does, all the way down to microscopic life forms at the bottom of the food chain; what is of concern here is the deteriorating ability of the oceans, to continue the natural process of absorbing airborne CO2. Upon reaching this “limit,” imagine the cycles that will irreversibly be set into motion…

Likewise, no one appears very concerned (beyond citizens of a specified locale) that aquifers around the continental United States are dwindling so quickly, they WON’T replenish fast enough to meet demand, that increases yearly. In our attitude of seeing only endlessness of resources and negligible environmental impact, we are failing to see beyond the horizon, the world we are leaving to our progeny.

I’m reminded of a quote from the textbook of a recent Environmental Sustainability class I attended, which (to paraphrase) said, “…the worst invention of humankind was the interest rate; this has led to payback periods; discount rates; rational, quantitative excuses for ignoring the long term…” Simply put, our ability to absorb and comprehend is now limited to the next paycheck or election, which leaves us ignorantly unaware of the longer term, or how, when the U.S. simultaneously changed (downgraded) mile-per-gallon requirements on passenger cars/trucks/SUV’s, while blocking a recently (2001) implemented California law, mandating a solid percentage of new vehicles sold there MUST possess non-fossil fuel burning capacity. Just by guesstamation, the assumption would point toward a precipitous increase in CO2 levels, accelerating Climate Degradation.

So, are we not at all conscious, or are we simply sleep walking through this fast-expanding catastrophe? I say this to make a point, that there are more of us than there are of them (the nay-sayers and deniers), and Democracy still matters, by virtue of the cumulative effect of the voting process.

The will of the majority however, must be specifically articulated, to a degree of unequivocation. Particularly, in the instance of a crisis that is allowed to drag out, getting worse as time goes. This current situation with the explosion and fire that claimed 12 workers on the Deep Water Horizon oil rig, in the Gulf of Mexico is the dreaded example we’ve always feared. British Petroleum (BP), like other petroleum producers, operates with absolute disregard for customers, it’s employees and even nature itself. As time has gone by, we now know that with the installation of a $500,000 switching device was all that would have prevented the explosion and resulting oil spill that inevitably is going to defile the natural habitat and destroy the economy of an entire region, still recovering from Hurricane Katrina. What would it have taken to put mind and energy to action, for aversion of this catastrophe? The addiction we have to cheap energy, cheap oil in particular, is something we must break ourselves from, but oil money continues being the impediment to our becoming what was the goal of President Jimmy Carter, exactly 30 years ago.

Since then, we have completely abandoned his recommendations for national, even international energy independence, from petroleum. Well aware of the horrible after-effects caused by ALL fossil fuel use, it should be clear. President Carter, although a bit too cerebral and serious for the intellectually challenged, was no less a visionary in predicting that conflict, war and suffering would be the result of continues petroleum use, or failure to diversify our energy options. Events of the last decade have more than proven this point beyond the shadow of any such doubt.
Because of the duel wars our nation is currently waging, being a people given to fairness and justice, we are very apprehensive over the continuation of these wars, but are unable to extract ourselves, because of the “nature” of our objectives. Both nations are mineral rich and present strategic opportunities for our diplomatic and military goals. There is also the little problem of a disaffected population, who will be just a bit infuriated over being occupied for 10 years or longer.

But what is best way to proceed, in spite of these events?

Since we no longer enjoy the benefit of a national economic surplus, we can’t offer aid to these nations as bargaining chips, to consider a comprehensive constitutional Democratic governmental model, such as ours here in the United States. This was part of the effort of the Clinton administration, for its entirety, to get developing nations to engage with the larger world community, for their social, economic and environmental advantage. Imagine the continued outreach, as was extended to Africa, Central and South America, Asia and the Pacific nations, who showed an intense desire to emulate our better qualities?

Beyond government and economics, there is the matter of education, which is now in crisis not only in America, but in nations throughout the world, due to dire economic dilemmas. What could we gain, as a nation and a civilization, if we were to identify and nurture the minds and imaginations of all of our young people, toward the sustenance of all life and our natural world? What if our priorities were the uplift of ALL of the least among us? What would it mean to our economies, to our governments, to our societies, to forget about competition, and focus on creativity? The challenge to do for community, for nation, for the planet, is becoming an issue of greater significance, whether we recognize this fact or not.
Getting back to the Gulf oil spill catastrophe, the absence of quality, diverse educational backgrounds, is very much evident, from the greed of BP, Trans-Ocean and Halliburton, to the very limited engineering expertise of those who have been in the management process of these drilling operations, to the repair teams to the substances used to contain/neutralize the spill itself.

If the priorities of the oil companies remains central to our energy program, we will be in an even greater debacle, once it begins costing oil companies much more in expenditures, that it can reap in profits, as oil reserves worldwide, begin to plummet. We are already on the downward scale of available oil reserves, which begs the question of why a replacement material has not been in the experimentation process, or if already available, not introduced on the market, to replace gasoline/petroleum? Because, no that corporation control nearly every aspect of our lives, from our food, to clothing, to energy, to our money and politics, what will happen when an oil crash occurs and there simply is not enough for the myriad of operations it is now used for?

Have we put enough thought to this? Is it politics that will solve this problem? What about money, even though we are in an economic crisis, being the answer to decipher this obstacle? What about education? What about us? We, the people, have some good ideas, I’m sure. How about consolidating our will, in fact, toward initiatives that will limit – even eliminate the hazards of our destructively consumptive habits.
Being ever closer to the ecological “tipping point” of no return, we’d better come up with some viable choices really soon. Do we really want to risk running out of air to breathe and water to drink and soil for raising crops, before we run out of oil to burn? My bet is that we don’t…

 

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White American’s have to own up to what they’ve done to this nation – and the world – if we’re ever going to do anything to turn things around in this country. Case in point, while adding comments to an article posted on one of my favorite website, National Memo, the computer I was using at the Grand Valley State University computer lab was attacked, or should I say, hacked, as I was saying, or rather writing, and to paraphrase, … we as Democrats, as Liberal/Progressives, don’t need to think like conservatives and drive ‘wedges’ or anything anywhere! Our ideology is all about the citizenry, equality, truth and being maturity, in the process of responsibly owning and managing a Democracy. White voters not seeing it as such, have again fallen into the trap of racism laid by conservatives, painting (President) Obama as some ‘Black-male-terror-to-be-feared, when they (White voters) are just now realizing they’ve again, been made complete fools of.  Voting for conservatives in 2000, 2002, 2004, meant those votes were directly responsible for the destruction of the nation – like it or not.  Then, again in 2010 and 2014, voting against restoration, reconstruction and rebuilding of the nation their past votes represented, in the actual destruction of the nation originally, by again voting ‘AGAINST’ your best interests (i.e., President Obama/Liberal & Progressives/Democrats), in the two Mid-Term elections since, just because conservatives said he was ‘bad,’ and media money hypnotized you (White people) – in BOTH elections – to believe that ‘that Black guy in the White House’ was no good and not to be trusted – under ‘ANY’ circumstance!  It only came to pass because it was only money and corporate media played and replayed the same message, over and over, until it became so!

The article, by John Stoehr, titled Keystone, Patriotism And The White Working Class (see it at: http://www.nationalmemo.com/keystone-patriotism-white-working-class/ ), began as a call for all Americans to pay attention to the upcoming deadline for authorization of the Keystone XL Pipeline, which if it becomes a reality, will deliver the very worst and dirtiest petroleum imaginable (although we have yet to reach the absolute bottom of the petroleum reserves barrel yet, so the worst may still be yet to come, considering the chemical composition of Canadian tar sands petroleum that will course the length of the XL Pipeline). The processing itself will require more water and additional chemicals, in breaking down the tar sands petroleum, into eventually, a usable grade of fuel for the global consumer.

Mr. Stoehr then quickly shifted gears to the tragic plight of Democrats having lost precious support among so many White, middle and poor, working class voters during each Mid-Term election, since 2010. And it’s not even so much that they lost such traditionally steadfast demographics, but the issue is more how they lost that support! That White Americans in fact, were duped into this, as a long-term strategy, to not just turn on Democrats, but eventually, Obama himself, by the 2012 Presidential elections. But it goes far deeper…

Conspiracy To Treason And Vice Versa

Since the Civil (or more distinctly, Human) Rights era, White Americans certainly understood the plight of Black Americans and the inhuman reckoning faced daily in the Jim Crow h

American South and the complicit American North of the nation. It would take a joint, national and unified effort to undo centuries of oppression, but it was meaningless, once money stealthily moved into the picture and our politics slowly rightward.

Mr. Storhr told a tender story of a father – a long-haul steel driver and no doubt, Union member. While not mentioned directly and from the history of the period, his mother appears to have been a stay-at-home mom, as this being one of the more lucrative trades, afforded families to be able to rely on a single income of such magnitude.

This was around the 1980’s, as the narrative gives a glimpse of the times being categorically anti-government, as well as anti-military, which was the pervasive mood of the country during this period. As a consequence, we can see that the nation learned nothing in the interim, instead, shifting in an ever wrong direction, voting increasingly Republican with the psychic terror tactics again working against White American’s and inducing fears of some imaginary Black (drug-war spill-over into White suburbs) or Arab (terror attacks on servicepersons) menace – somewhere out there – ready to reach out and kill in the blink of an eye. What was not paid attention to was the fact that competent, coherent government was practiced the whole of the 1980’s by Democrats, as a check against the paranoia of the money and power elites of the nation, who feared the shifting demographic landscape would eventually look the way it would in the 1990’s. That with the obvious consequences of education being that it was indeed the great socio-economic equalizer – and then, in the 1990’s, it literally coming to pass. Middle Class and poor working class American’s of races, cultures, gender and age groups were perfectly fine with these developments and got along perfectly fine, during this period. The unease was reflected in the push-back against Clinton, making the opposition not about policy of economics or even ideology, but rather his personal morals and then, tying them to his associations with those people – people of color, we should make no mistake!

There was a desperation underneath all of this opposition, if reading Mr. Storhr essay carefully. We have the right-wing anti-government initiative, which was all about a pushback against giving stuff (or more precisely, rights, freedoms, liberties, equality and justice, to Americans as a birthright, but denied for centuries, even after the Emancipation of slaves and the Civil War) to those people. Reagan’s imagined welfare queen comes to mind. Along with that came attacks on labor unions, which became the perfect ally to non-White factory and then farm workers, during the 1950’s, into the 1960’s. Education – Public education, that is – became another object of derision, causing waves of violence from coast to coast, with the forced busing and property tax issues again dividing the nation, when it should have been coming together because the legislature, the Constitution and the courts, all working in unison, to make our nations laws uniform and equally applicable in every situation.

But this is where the shift occurred, where our thinking everything was ok, the slow shifting and redistribution of wealth during the 1980’s, would not actually manifest until 2000, when the Supreme Court aligned itself with elites and corporations, in the person and as supportive of George W. Bush. Over the years since the 1970’s, the donor class has exerted extreme muscle in wresting control of our government from us squabbling Middle Class and working class poor buffoons, not paying attention in the least, while the whole of us lost rights, liberties and eventually, control of our government.

I didn’t believe this myself, until I discovered something that came quite as a shock – a report that intricately details how the rich and corporate people (although we know there’s no such thing and if you don’t believe it, ask one (a corporate individual – NOT their paid representative, CEO, lawyer or PR person, but THE actual corporate PERSON!!!) have bribed control of our government from our legislature, judiciary and executive branches of government! Over the course of the same now, 34 years, the tax cuts to only the wealthy and corporations, have been paying, as the report is titled, Stacking the Deck, so that the power will eventually reside only in the hands of the one percent and corporations.

The data stunning in its unambiguous details of specifically how this effort is deliberatively racist, as the impacts are undeniably aimed to harm people of color. The report itself: Stacked Deck: How The Bias In Big Money Political System Undermines Racial Equality, (found at: http://www.demos.org/publication/stacked-deck-how-bias-our-big-money-political-system-undermines-racial-equity) could not be more accurate in analyzing the slow but poisonous trend of making irrelevant, the power of the nation’s broad, diverse and homogenous citizenry, becoming entangled in the same politics of capriciousness cultures, races, genders and age groups, against themselves, in the manner described in the article by John Stoehr.

The reversals, as detailed by the first half of the report, describing how racial equality and the legal remedies of government to correct this crisis, is then followed up by a second report with the same title, and subtitled, … How the Racial Bias in Our Bib Money Political System Undermines Our Democracy and Our Economy, has become therefore, the pivotal issue surrounding the amazing banality possessing the entirety of Americas voting age public. Not knowing what this all means nor how to correct it, what is so horrifying!

Using Mr. Stoehr story-line, of the impact that allowing the XL Pipeline project to move forward as plans, inevitably points our attention in the other direction of why the obsessive determination to continue using fossil fuels, when we have – tabled and shelved and unused – all sorts of Green, renewable energy options that, today, could make our dependency on fossil fuels obsolete with just a few years. Yet we can’t even come to a consensus on this issue, because we don’t have a clear enough understanding of exactly what Global Climate Change is – another issue where our understanding is tortuously dictated – again – by big money media propaganda. In essence now, this is not a problem for Democrats, but rather all live on the planet, if we fail to discontinue using fossil fuels immediately. Because what will our politics look like should we go even another 50 years, pursuing both courses that our energy and political policies are on a catastrophic course heading?

The Death Of Democracy – The Death Of Earth

While rank and file Democrats and sound-thinking, reasonable conservatives know what’s at stake in the climate debate, many are paralyzed by the bribery condoned, forbidding them to act – let alone speak. This is where the racial issues come into play, as White voters feel traitorous should they side with non-White voters on any issue even remotely reasonable, intelligent or racially relative. Education is currently under the same money influence, with Charter Schools robbing Public Schools nation-wide of gravely deprived funding, at a time when all of our children need the very best education they can get, so that should we fail, they will at least have a fighting chance to coordinate solutions among the whole of their numbers, to apply the knowledge gained through a full and comprehensive education. This is not a matter, as the article pointed out, of how Democrats will reach White voters, but whether or not they will use simple common sense in realizing they and their progeny likewise, are doomed to a slow and miserable demise, should they not make the choices NOW to correct their OWN voting errors and reengage the political system as instructed in the Constitution and Bill of Rights.

First, a quick look at the terrain is essential in order to even think about moving forward. Because if historical memory serves correctly, the Human Rights initiatives, linked together with the anti-war movement, the ecological movement and the much ignored, but no less crucial anti-imperialist movement – which was also an outgrowth of our own American Human Rights initiative, all were derailed by the Vietnam War. Where we are mere inches from the point we were EXACTLY 50 years ago! How can we NOT even see the parallels? Just when major decisions are demanded of our legislature, executive and judiciaries, they’ve all failed, because we have not yet realized our citizen-control and power has been short-circuited.

What Mr. Stoehr forgot to mention was how convoluted our political system has become as a result of big money initiatives to dilute and obstruct voting in poor and non-White communities nation-wide. Because of income, wealth and racial inequality, the whole of the bottom 89% of the nation’s ENTIRE CITIZENRY is under distinct duress. Then, there is the militarization of our police and their violently repressive tactics, purely intended to intimidate, harass and brutalize the public – especially non-Whites, non-conservatives, outspoken dissidents (such as myself, being just tonight, in the process of commenting on Mr. Stoehr’s own article, was my on-line access halted by the illegal and immoral surveillance I’m continually under specifically because of essays such as THIS!!!), or protesters of the inequality that was an outgrowth of the manufactured economic crash and depression of 2008.

The whole of the citizenry lost everything. The rich and corporations were the only demographics and entities to escape any harm at all! That should tell our White fellow citizens something about what we’re facing collectively, as a nation. The wealthy are in their own shut-off world and with the money poured into media, the propaganda has the intended results of dividing the collective minds of citizens against even utilizing government for the purpose it was originally intended – to be a check against the oppressive wealth and power of rich elites and corporations.

This is why it was and remains so critical to underfund Public education, so that neighborhoods schools are unable to teach the actual and true history of the American Revolution, the causes and consequences of the Civil War and why the Union achieved an honorable and just victory and any other notions are intentionally wrong, for the sake of, once again, dividing Americans against themselves. But we are so lost after these last 40 years of miseducation, as an imperative of the wealthy, to not just stop paying taxes toward equitable education and outcomes in White, non-White and diverse, mixed communities, equally. Bearing this our are graphs of the report mentioned earlier, showing the disparity of understanding and then, how their large donations move their feelings and opinions into reality – no matter what the general public thinks or desires. Understand now, that OUR Constitutional mandates are dictated by broad public consensus. We no longer even read the open paragraph of the Constitution the same, as a result of conflicts over White and non-White interpretations of life in America – no matter the savage levels of poor and Middle Class sufferings across racial lines!

I encourage every American to not only read this report, but recommend it to family, friends, neighbors and strangers, when and where possible. The consequences of not acting immediately will only result in a hastening to the destruction of all life on this planet. I matters not a damn whether we believe in Global Climate Change or not. Profit-driven lust and our obsession for cheap energy will be our doom if we fail to comprehend what conservatives mean to do to the population. Cheating us out of our Social Security and our birth-right obligations and responsibilities over our Democracy should be an insult to every American. Particularly because it has an unmistakably and exclusively racist nuance to it.

It was in fact conservative voters, along with frustrated, excluded non-White voters who have gotten the nation into the mess we’re in. They owe the rest of us a particular debt by helping undo the fiasco that has overtaken us over the last 40 – plus years. It is now far too late to even think about racist loyalties and owing what to whom (in the case of sympathizing with the rich in this case), during this – a brutal and unquestioned class war, that only the rich are waging, but that we, the non-rich, are too scared of hurting the feelings of the demographic of the very rich, who, coincidentally, are determined to kill us all – including THEMSELVES – should we fail to stop them! Remembering whose Democracy this is will not only reinforce your understanding, but also your own determination to initiate recalls of legislators whose only interest in self-enrichment and handing power over to those who mean the entirety of the non-wealthy, the most deliberate harm imaginable. Don’t let one more day pass without every American not determining to act on behalf of each other, our nation, our Democracy, and every other living thing on the planet…

Update: Thursday, February 19, 2015 –  Before I was even done with this article last night, I went back to National Memo’s website only to find that the article had already been taken down!  After only two hours!!! This is a serious issue and American’s had better clear they minds and souls of the foolishness that is ripping this nation apart and has us at the precipice of global annihilation – DIRECTLY BECAUSE of our continued use of fossil fuels – when alternatives are readily available.

The article, by John Stoehr, was/IS a fine piece of journalism and should be widely read.  But this is the terror facing the nation however, in the police-state suppression of thought, ideas and expressions of TRUTH we’re otherwise hiding from.  And more often now, by threat and intimidation.  Being a supposed Liberal website, National Memo has some explaining to do to it’s readers, on why this timely and crucial article was pulled and whose decision it was to pull it…  r21 –

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