systemic corruption

Get The Money Out of Our Power

It's not as though I'm any brighter than the other folks I've been hanging with, here, for the last few years. 

But sometimes the words do feel particularly right, as in 'right on the money'. We like to say that in these United States, I wonder if that idiom was developed in the halls outside of the lobbies of our Congressional leaders, perhaps? 

Anyhow, I liked this title five years ago when the sentiment of Get The Money Out of Our Power was appropriate to the Hurricane Katrina aftermath. The ring of truth is hitting me as strongly, today, as it did on September 7, 2005

I'd hate to be that right, but I seem to remember the context being Bush's contratulations to the helluva job being done by Brownie. Think he's got anything to do with emergency aid to Haiti?

Nader's never been righter, Get The Money Out of Our Power.

'You've got to put your bodies upon the gears': protestors return to Sen. Lieberman's insurance ATM

"There is a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can't take part; you can't even passively take part, and you've got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you've got to make it stop. And you've got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it, that unless you're free, the machine will be prevented from working at all!

Protesters returned to the office of Sen. Joe Lieberman


You've got to put your bodies on the gears

The Freedom of No Choice

[This piece began its life in response to CTMan's Independents, Fastest Growing Block of Voters, Reflect... Me?.]

Back in the dark ages, when I was young and a voter for the first time, I was a registered Independent.  That was partly due to the fact that I'd not enough insight or experience to know my own leanings much less to have tested them against party platforms.

What I call myself now is a lower-case "P" progressive and, like anyone stuck in the bipolar power struggle that disallows new entrants, I consistently aim to choose lesser evil. 

On rare occasion, I've considered "R" but that's become an impossible choice in the last ten years, or so.  Now, there's no choice in light of documents establishing that Republicans have been the proxies of a racketeering operation.

Max Baucus is a capital "D" example of why I can't be a knee-jerk Dem, though there are several I respect on that side of the aisle.

As I've considered the disappointment delivered by the full-house Democratic majority, I've come to a few tentative conclusions as to what's going wrong.