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Sun Oct 14, 2012, 04:11 PM

Realize

One of the things that I found most outrageous about Paul Ryan in the vice presidential debate was his saying that “unelected” people should not be deciding issues such as abortion. Instead, he said, it should be left up to “the people” of a given state. The idiocy of his position is a given: the issue of abortion should be made by the individual woman. She should be respected as having the right to consult with her family and her doctor, but in the final analysis, that decision is her’s, and her’s alone.

Yet Ryan’s position is both dangerous and offensive for other reasons. It is, in fact, part of a larger agenda of the right-wing republican party. It involves both our federal government being rooted in the Constitution, and also public education. Let’s take a moment to look at each of these factors.

Although the republican party gives lip service to the Constitution -- much as they do the flag and the military -- they front for the oligarchy that runs this nation from behind a curtain. And that oligarchy is neither 100% domestic, nor does it want the concepts expressed in our Constitution to be revived. Just the opposite: the sad truth is that the corporatists are anti-American. And examples such as George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Willard Romney, and Paul Ryan provide ample evidence of exactly that.

There would be no need -- none whatsoever -- for the United States to have a federal court system, including the Supreme Court, if it was not necessary to balance the two other branches in terms of interpreting the Constitution. No intelligent person could claim that the USSC has been perfect in doing this vital task. This is true from this nation’s earliest decades, to more recent times. The two most obvious recent examples would be found in the USSC deciding important issues on purely political reasoning: the 2000 presidential election that placed the loser in the White House, and the decision to allow unlimited financial “contributions” to influence future elections.

But it more than these recent, high-profile cases. It has been in determining who is recognized as fully human, and thus having constitutional rights and protections. This has included all people who are not white men -- and plenty of white men, by the way. It has included everyone who doesn’t happen to share the ruling class’s religious belief system -- which, by no coincidence, places them in a category as “less human,” “less necessary,” and “less worthy.”

More, properly understood, the USSC should serve as the protector of individual and group rights in conflicts with corporate interests. Indeed, that is already at the very top of the mountain of issues that will define what it means to be fully what it means to be fully human in our society. Should, for example, a “religious corporation” that calls itself a church be able to decide who an adult American can or cannot marry? Or should an “energy” corporation decide that a community’s environmental integrity should be sacrificed on their alter of greed? The list goes on and on.

The truth is that the make-up of the United States of America is a-changing. Now, obviously all white men aren’t part of the oligarchy. Nor are all of the oligarchy’s members white men. But they do have similar features to one another, and they share common interests. They want to have the power to control society -- and that includes in the USA and the rest of this planet Earth. And to safely hold control over the changing population of America, they must destroy knowledge of what the Constitution has been, what it currently is, and what it can and should be.

Two of the most important ways to accomplish this are: to destroy public education, and to keep the masses in a state that involves equal parts of anxiety, ignorance, and distracted. In the proper sense, public education is one of the corner-stones of the very foundation of a Constitutional democracy. It prepares individuals, no matter what their particular talents or calling may be, to become valuable, contributing adult members of the greater society. Indeed, a sixth grade student should have the ability to identify three reasons why Paul Ryan’s call for “people” rather than the federal courts to decide constitutional issues is flawed. And a high school senior should have the ability to see the real reasons that the necroconservative branch of the republican party is determined to start a war with Iran -- a war in which they may well be called upon to kill or be killed.

Thus, the oligarchy finds it easier to deal with a pack of merry fools than with a single intelligent human being. Scare the public with “the threat of mushroom clouds” and “yellow cake.” Fill the prison-industrial complex with people caught consuming the “illegal” drugs -- because, as Abbie Hoffman noted, it’s only safe to abuse the drugs that your doctor prescribes. Forget who is actually flooding our communities with drugs -- or blame them darned college students. Keep people so distracted that they don’t realize that they’ve been hypnotized ….and that the very technology that handcuffs their conscious mind could be transformed into the tools to help them obtain their full humanity.

I could go on and on. But my editor tells me that I lose people when I carry on and on. So I will sign off for now, with hopes that I have conveyed my thoughts in a proper manner.

Fight the Good Fight!
H2O Man

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Reply Realize (Original post)
H2O Man Oct 2012 OP
porphyrian Oct 2012 #1
H2O Man Oct 2012 #2
porphyrian Oct 2012 #3
LiberalAndProud Oct 2012 #4
H2O Man Oct 2012 #5
malaise Oct 2012 #6
H2O Man Oct 2012 #9
hootinholler Oct 2012 #7
H2O Man Oct 2012 #10
spanone Oct 2012 #8
H2O Man Oct 2012 #11
spanone Oct 2012 #12
H2O Man Oct 2012 #25
JDPriestly Oct 2012 #13
H2O Man Oct 2012 #19
daleanime Oct 2012 #14
H2O Man Oct 2012 #20
LiberalAndProud Oct 2012 #26
heaven05 Oct 2012 #15
H2O Man Oct 2012 #21
Iggo Oct 2012 #16
H2O Man Oct 2012 #22
Astazia Oct 2012 #17
H2O Man Oct 2012 #23
Uncle Joe Oct 2012 #18
H2O Man Oct 2012 #24
Zorra Oct 2012 #27
H2O Man Oct 2012 #30
coeur_de_lion Oct 2012 #28
H2O Man Oct 2012 #31
coeur_de_lion Oct 2012 #33
countryjake Oct 2012 #29
H2O Man Oct 2012 #32

Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 04:16 PM

1. . n/t

 

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Response to porphyrian (Reply #1)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 04:31 PM

2. Thank you

(as always!)

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Response to H2O Man (Reply #2)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 04:35 PM

3. You're very welcome. Good post. n/t

 

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 04:47 PM

4. Hypnotized.

The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation.
Henry David Thoreau

Well said, as usual, H2O Man.

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Response to LiberalAndProud (Reply #4)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 04:58 PM

5. I like that quote.

Thanks for posting it!

It's funny: I was sitting out at my pond a couple of hours ago, and did the outline for the OP in my mind there. I tend to do a lot of thinking about these types of issues while I'm at the pond.

I was also thinking about putting together a focused series of the social-political essays I compose while at pond-consciousness.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 05:12 PM

6. Excellent post

Thanks H2O Man

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Response to malaise (Reply #6)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 06:22 PM

9. Thank you.

Much appreciated.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 05:43 PM

7. I wish I had your insight and capacity to fight the good fights

Respect for all you do and who you are, always.

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Response to hootinholler (Reply #7)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 06:23 PM

10. Mighty proud to be

on the same team as you.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 05:59 PM

8. k&r...

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Response to spanone (Reply #8)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 06:23 PM

11. Thanks!

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Response to H2O Man (Reply #11)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 06:26 PM

12. you're welcome. i respect your commitment and ability to communicate it.

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Response to spanone (Reply #12)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 10:42 PM

25. Likewise, for sure.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 06:30 PM

13. K&R

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Response to JDPriestly (Reply #13)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 07:18 PM

19. Thanks, Friend JDP

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 06:35 PM

14. Just think about what we could do....

if we took half of what we spent on the military and invested in to education.

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Response to daleanime (Reply #14)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 07:23 PM

20. Right.

I'm a member of the local school board. It's a strange experience, sometimes. But one thing is clear: if Willard Romney is "elected" -- and I believe that can only happen in what I anticipate as a wide-scale attempt at theft come election day -- federal aide to educate will be gutted in order to invest more in the military. More, President Obama's attempts to help college students and their families will be reversed. The military requires more young people with little or no job prospects to carry on the endless war.

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Response to H2O Man (Reply #20)

Mon Oct 15, 2012, 09:07 AM

26. Endless war is their jobs initiative. always.

And the war profiteers prosper. For them, endless war is the best of all possible worlds.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 06:37 PM

15. h20

 

succinct, astute, spot on.

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Response to heaven05 (Reply #15)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 07:23 PM

21. Thank you!

Much appreciated!

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 06:42 PM

16. The people are unelected.

He's a fucking idiot.

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Response to Iggo (Reply #16)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 07:24 PM

22. Right.

Facts have never gotten in Ryan'a way.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 06:59 PM

17. Brilliantly composed & thank you for leaving me speechless...

Thank you for your dispatch from the pond.

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Response to Astazia (Reply #17)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 07:24 PM

23. Well, thank you!

I surely do appreciate your kindness.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 07:12 PM

18. Well done.

Thanks for the thread, H2O Man.

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Response to Uncle Joe (Reply #18)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 07:25 PM

24. Thanks, Uncle Joe!

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Mon Oct 15, 2012, 10:03 AM

27. K&R nt

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Response to Zorra (Reply #27)

Mon Oct 15, 2012, 07:45 PM

30. Thanks!

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Mon Oct 15, 2012, 02:00 PM

28. Great post H

Especially this part:

a high school senior should have the ability to see the real reasons that the necroconservative branch of the republican party is determined to start a war with Iran -- a war in which they may well be called upon to kill or be killed.


These people have me more worried than I was about W. We're screwed if they manage to cheat their way into office.

I won't be able to watch tomorrow's debate but I hope the President kicks some right wing ass.

Thanks for always being the one person who can make me feel better about what goes on politically in this country.

As frightening as it is, at least I know there are good sane people out there willing to fight.

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Response to coeur_de_lion (Reply #28)

Mon Oct 15, 2012, 07:47 PM

31. Hi, Buddy-Buddy!

There are also a heck of a lot of para-sane, quasi-sane, and pseudo-sane people -- like myself -- who are also doing their best to fight the Good Fight.

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Response to H2O Man (Reply #31)

Mon Oct 15, 2012, 09:24 PM

33. Here's to the quasi-sane!!!

Not many of us left -- the quasi-sane.

Pat even members of my own family are among the in-sane. It's sickening.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Mon Oct 15, 2012, 05:39 PM

29. kickety!

Thanks for this, H20 Man! You'll never lose this person...I always love to read what you post!

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Response to countryjake (Reply #29)

Mon Oct 15, 2012, 07:48 PM

32. Thanks, CountryJake!

I appreciate that!

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