My Rant for Today!
“The United States is the best place in the world.” “The United States is THE example of democracy.” “The United States has the best health care in the world;” “I would never want to have a health care system like Canada, England, Australia.”
American arrogance at its best!
It infuriates me when this becomes a topic of campaigns wherein the political candidates spew this utter nonsense. It's beyond infuriating that their foolish pundits and moronic supporters parrot the shameless garbage to the point it’s embarrassing to anyone with enough brain power to perform even the most rudimentary research into the facts of the state of health care, the state of democracy, in the United States.
I wish I could be amused, but I cannot find amusement in the sheer stupidity of those who refuse to see the facts; those who choose to ignore the poor, uninsured people walking and sleeping in the streets in the U.S., the greatest representation of democracy in the world; turn their backs on those with no choice but to live a short, unhealthy life; accept as the way it is that others are faced with no choice but to settle for substandard education filled with elitist propaganda instilling blind acceptance of “The American Way of Life;” allow our puppet government to force Americans to live in abject poverty all the while convincing them that they are “ the working middle-class of America,” “the heartbeat of the nation.”
With unemployment at astounding rates and a redistribution of wealth reversed to pre-WWII standards, we’re far from the shining light that the talking heads on Fox News, the fundamentalist Christians, the skinheads and neo-Nazis espouse. In fact, when you compare some of the statistics related to health care, civil liberties and democracy, our light is a dim (perhaps even dim-witted), world-wide bully which demands conformity from the rest of the world neighborhood, others who are advancing beyond the self-righteousness of self admiration.
Many of us were hoping, perhaps beyond hope, that President Obama would usher into the U.S. real and meaningful health care reform, bring peaceful resolution to the wars and political hot spots around the world, return the U.S. to the compassionate, giving neighbor it once was. But, unfortunately, we were sold out once again by the political machine in favor of the massive corporations. Obama is but the President, he is not the savior of democracy and he cannot change the tide of ruthless, heartless elitists with world-wide domination as their life’s determination. Not by himself.
Now, rather than universal health care, we have “universal health care insurance premiums” mandated by the insanely powerful insurance corporations with their strings firmly attached to our political puppets. Premiums demanded of those who cannot afford annual health care checks much less monthly premiums.
Massive corporations are defying legislation designed to defend America and the world against monopolistic business practices, yet Wal-Mart, the largest corporation in the world, has successfully depleted this country of small enterprises. No longer can you find a mom and pop grocery store, butcher shop, vegetable stand, fish market. They’re all consumed by the gargantuan “one-stop sells all.”
Five of the ten largest corporations in the world - oil companies, freely pollute our world beyond recoverable limits in the name of free, unregulated enterprise.
Thank You! Thank You! Oh shining light of democracy!
The puppet master’s controlling our world strings have become a twisted rope far too strong to break and we, at the mercy of their whims, their desire for destruction, their detestable, war mongering, imperialistic global domination goals, seem utterly helpless to do anything.
Vote you say?? When was the last time your vote mattered? When was the last time the men/women you elected made a difference? When was the last time our elected officials defied the corporations with their boards of directors and CEOs receiving multi-million dollar salaries and bonuses despite failure or success? When was the last time you heard about a politician successfully running for office without the support of hundreds of millions of dollars in campaign funds from deep pockets behind the scenes? And most of all; when was the last time you actually heard honesty come from the mouth of a politician?
We live in a world of demagoguery and boundless corporate greed joining hands to usher into this world the destruction of humanity. Like ebola, our “democracy” will devour its host until that host hemorrhages every ounce of life’s blood and dies. And like the host, the virus will die alongside its victim.
Once again, back to the drawing board to design a true democracy.
For those of you who like to see truth –
The ten largest corporations of the world.
The health care system in the U.S. ranks 37th in the world, well behind those evil socialized countries - UK, Canada and Australia, the countries most often compared to the U.S. as a measurement of successful nations.
The United States ranks 24th in life expectancy, again well behind UK, Canada and Australia
The United States ranks 72nd among member countries in total health care performance
But you know what? We Americans spend the 2nd highest amount as a % of GDP on health care, behind only the Marshall Islands. WHOAHHH!
According to "The Economist" the United States ranks 17th out of 25 in 6 measures of democracy. Civil liberties - 8.53 out of a possible 10, political culture 8.75, political participation 7.22, functional government 7.86, electoral process 8.75.
We take 24th place in nations with the most murders per capita, right between Bulgaria and Armenia. This is one place where we again beat our Canada, UK and Australia.
Doug Thompson - Capital Hill Blue
"Last month, Republican Congressional leaders filed into the Oval Office to meet with President George W. Bush and talk about renewing the controversial USA Patriot Act.
Several provisions of the act, passed in the shell shocked period immediately following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, caused enough anger that liberal groups like the American Civil Liberties Union had joined forces with prominent conservatives like Phyllis Schlafly and Bob Barr to oppose renewal.
GOP leaders told Bush that his hardcore push to renew the more onerous provisions of the act could further alienate conservatives still mad at the President from his botched attempt to nominate White House Counsel Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court.
"I don't give a goddamn," Bush retorted. "I'm the President and the Commander-in-Chief. Do it my way."
"Mr. President," one aide in the meeting said. "There is a valid case that the provisions in this law undermine the Constitution."
"Stop throwing the Constitution in my face," Bush screamed back. "It's just a goddamned piece of paper!"
And in that statement, you have it all