“ … Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but in-wardly are ravenous wolves.” Mathew 7:15 I chose this passage from the bible, because I think that it exemplifies my New opinion of Barack Obama, a man whom I voted for twice, to my utter chagrin. Unfortunately I honestly don’t know if Hillary Clinton would have been a better choice or not. If her policies are those of the Wall street Democrats I still don’t know if I could support her, or not; probably not. My conscience would force me to vote for Bernie Sanders if Hillary turns out to be anther free trader. I was so angry and fed up with Obama’s support of the horrible TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership) that I tossed my big Obama fridge magnet into the trash can, Picture below. For eight years I have been defending this man against the most ludicrous and racist attacks imaginable, when all the while he has been stringing the people of this country along. He came to power on a progressive, populist platform and kept his true center right Wall street agenda hidden. If the Republicans had wanted to really destroy him, all they had to do was reveal the truth about him and he really would have been a one term President. I had believed with all my heart, that our 44th President was a good man, being led astray by smooth talking serpents whispering in his ear. Unfortunately the truth was that he was just another snake in a den of vipers. I even compiled a list of people that should not have been included in his administration. Here’s my list that in retrospect should have been a major clue to his true leanings. With out justice, what are kingdoms but great bands of robbers.” –Saint Augustus This is a list of Bush era creeps that should have been fired as soon as Obama took office. Instead of getting the well deserved boot; they were left in place, have sabotaged his first four years and tarnished his reputation, with bad advice and dubious tactics, which have violated human rights, including signature drone strikes. GEN. KEITH ALEXANDER director NSA HENRY PAULSON JOHN BRENNAN denied knowledge of CIA torture. TIMOTHY GEITNER Goldman Sachs crony DAVID AXELROD ROMM EMANNUAL wants to privatize education. RONALD RODGERS JAMES CLAPPER LEON PENNETA MICHEAL FROHMANN ROBERT RUEBEN LARRY SUMMERS advised abolishment of Glass- Steagall act. THOM WHEELER Former lobbyist for the telecom companies. Terrible nominees, Michael Boggs opposes same sex marriage, abortion Now I see how naive I was when I wrote this list, This man proved to be unworthy of my admiration. I am not going to finish this list, because it is no longer subject to debate. I know who and what Obama is, a betrayer and a Wall street lackey. In a 2006 speech he praises so called Free Trade and globalization, which has done nothing but drain jobs and money away from the country, Making us poorer not richer. Every Trade deal since NAFTA has cost us dearly.http://www.epi.org/publication/briefingpapers_bp147/ http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lori-wallach/nafta-at-20-one-million-u_b_4550207.html https:// http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-5Y74FrDCc Here’s some more information incase you’re not convinced https://www.citizen.org/tradewatch Call your U.S. Senator and Representative to let them know your displeasure with TPP and Fast track, we are supposed to be living in a democracy and not a Corporate Oligarchy. DEFEND AMERICA, OPPOSE CORPORATE TYRANNY, VOTE FOR PROGRESSIVE CANDIDATES!
I Can’t help but get political over such a politically charged movie as The Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire. Setting aside the plot which is disturbing enough the dystopian world where the story takes place, is familiar and alien at the same time. The things that are familiar are the social issues that are already evident in our second decade of the twenty-first century. I am referring to the widening gap in wealth between the rich and poor and the fast disappearing middle class, which is doomed to extinction. In the world of the Hunger games there are no unions, no minimum wage, no real upward mobility. You are born to a class and you die in that same class a virtual slave to the government.
I know that this makes me sound like some sort of tea party fruit cake, but let me assure you that I am for a strong centralized government. What I am against is a corporate controlled Oligarchy, where bought and paid for congressmen and senators do the bidding of their corporate masters. Although some people deny it and others either ignore it or are unaware of it, we are constantly manipulated by media pundits and politicians that have personal agendas, that are mostly motivated by greed and ambition. Even our highest most sacrosanct legal institution, the Supreme court is under suspicion. When they make decisions like Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, 558 U.S. 310 it makes me wonder if this is not the private agenda of a conservative good old boys club. If corporations are people too then why aren’t they subject to prosecution like individuals when they commit crimes against humanity, like dumping carcinogens into our lakes and streams. If I did what they do I’d be in jail.
There are enough uninformed or misinformed people out there to make a difference in crucial elections. We are at a critical junction in our history where unions are weakened, social programs are being stripped and voting rights and women’s rights, are being taken away at an alarming rate in local elections. The attitude of those like Ted Cruz, Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney, Governors, Rick perry, Scott(divide and conquer)Walker and Rick Scott, is that of take from the poor and give to the rich, while vilifying the poor. These people excluding Romney have won elections by heavily Gerrymandering districts, creating restrictive voter ID laws and reducing the numbers of voting places and cutting early voting schedules. They talk about takers and getting free stuff and not wanting to work; use wedge issues like same sex marriage, immigration reform and abortion and spread lies and half truths like jam on toast.
So what does all of this have to do with the Hunger games? Simply put this dystopian future of the poor versus the rich is closer than you think. The NSA intrudes on our privacy under the guise of national security; the CIA wages wars, pulls off political coups and conducts extraordinary renditions, a polite term for torture; these thing are happening now. The Patriot act, and not the affordable care act should be repealed but it demonstrates just how corrupted the right has become; although President Obama is not completely blameless nor are Democrats. The drone strikes as well as the Keystone pipeline are a major blight on his administration. Democrats who were more interested in getting reelected, than the safety of our children, voted against background checks for gun purchases.
In my six decades of life I have watched as we have advanced toward an enlightened free society, only to be snatched back into the darkness. Freedoms should be evolving rather than atrophying. Corporations like Walmart and McDonalds who make billions in profits while being subsidized with taxpayers dollars exploit the working poor and propagate the myth of cheap goods. This Thanks Giving I watched a news report about Walmart having an in house charity collection for its employees, while asking other employees to give so their colleagues could have a nice Thanks giving.
This action shows the despicable selfish attitude of Walmart and those at the top of that corporation. People with a fair working wage don’t require charity. Our very way of life is being threatened by right wing extremist and Wall street Crooks and hucksters. The nightmare world of Panem controlled by a bloated oligarchy, manipulated by the media and ground into submission by brute force is what we have to look forward to unless we not only vote for progressives at the poles, but to vote with our dollars and actively boycott unfair corporations.