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12 February 2013


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Edward Amame

Good for you.

I don't think it's you who's the "islander" on this subject. Apparently the blinders go on around here when the subject is too near and dear to one's heart.


I keep thinking of Pavlovs dogs.

Whether it is abortion, gay marriage, illegal immigrants or gun rights or city vs. country, it matters not. These are distractions.

No matter what the posturing, we all know that there is nothing Washington can do to prevent gun deaths, no matter what law gets passed or doesn't get passed.

He question therefore is why the constant distraction?

My answer is that the powers that be are as busy as beavers doing their level best to emulate the Russian Kleptocracy as fast as possible. That is why your healthcare is the mess it is. That is why the Post Office is being financially shackled - the powers that be want to privatise it - buy it for a song. The big banks want to channel your social security investments into their vaults. Everywhere their are big interests doing their level best to buy up institutions or get the Government to legislate for their monopoly.

This is why you keep reading the BS in the mainstram media : "Government can't do anything right" and all the "big governement" crapola. THe implication being that corporations can do it better. It wasn't "the Government" that caused the Global financial crisis, it was greedy bankers who have no morals and built a highly unethical and illegal real estate pyramid scheme, and when that inevitably failed, they went straight to the Government and got bailed out.

Of course Government is inefficient, it is not perfect and it has to do things in convoluted ways to comply with laws that corporations aren't saddled with, but to condemn the entire edifice?

Your real problem is that your legislators are way too closely coupled to very rich donors and they do their bidding. You aren't going to get gun control because its not in any corporations interest for you to have it. They make their money selling weapons or profiting from the aftermath of irresponsible gun ownership - right down to the private prison system.

Your public education system is in tatters because it suits corporations to sell to credulous fools rather than informed adults with critical thinking skills for example, taken from the Texas GOP platorm:

"Knowledge-Based Education – We oppose the teaching of Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) (values clarification), critical thinking skills and similar programs that are simply a relabeling of Outcome-Based Education (OBE) (mastery learning) which focus on behavior modification and have the purpose of challenging the student’s fixed beliefs and undermining parental authority."


To put it another way, you are going to hell in a hand basket with every corporate grifter greasing the skids under you. I have started to notice a trickle American immigrants here which suggests to me that the smarter folk know that things arent going to get any better.


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