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  •  What I want to know is, what in the hell is it (7+ / 0-)

    really, that keeps our US Congress full of men and women of such low esteem that they are unwilling to follow the desires of up to 90% of their constituents on issues like #GunControl.

    Is it just the fucking money? I know they are on a double-damned treadmill 3 and 4 days a week, begging for dollars for their next election. I know that. But other than that, don't they give a flying fuck about the rest of us, whom their legislating or worse, lack thereof, affects in ways serous and far-reaching?

    If not, are they truly all sociopaths? Hell bent on amassing as big a fortune with as little effort as possible, and nothing more? Without empathy for the millions who's lives can be changed by something as simple as funding low-income workers mass-transit costs via free and/or reduced bus/rail passes? Instead of which we mostly see things like bills to increase refundable tax credits to the poor, beleaguered corporations in the petroleum industry (who are grossing billions a year and sometimes netting billions, too) who already are paying no income taxes due to credits already in the IRS code.

    I've met some politicians at the local level, up to state senator. I've been six feet from Vice-President Biden and Senator Murray at an event in 2010. None of these people seem like they are empty of empathy or care. But none of them ever really take a chance on hurting their careers by standing up one day and saying,

    "Hey, you know what? No one is telling all of you  the truth, about anything. Don't you think you ought to ask why not?

    I mean, look at Bradley Manning. He's, what, 23 years old? He'll likely spend 20 to 40 years in a military prison. He showed the world that the US Military was murdering civilians in Iraq during the Occupation, and doing it like they were playing Missile Command.

    It was so shocking that instead of the US chain of command standing up, and taking stock, and sending out clear orders to change the standing 'rules of engagement' and to educate the active duty Armed Forces on the new rules...

    they arrested Manning and held him in solitary confinement under what amounts to (I simply can't call it anything else) daily doses of torture in small degrees - no clothes to wear, woken every 5 mins around the clock because they put him on 'suicide watch'. His fate was never in question, our vaunted 'innocent until proven guilty' national motto aside.

    What did they do about what happened, what Manning exposed to the world? Did they make public accounting, hold trials for the worst excesses? Show the world that the American Military is not just the biggest, most powerful military entity in the history of the world - but that it still answers to the civilian government which purportedly runs it? No. We did not do that. To my own eternal and lasting shame.

    But what about the shame of those who we elect to lead us and to run our government? Where is their shame?

    Because I don't see signs of that anywhere.


    "I like paying taxes...with them, I buy Civilization" -- me

    by Angie in WA State on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 09:24:06 PM PDT

    •  bloomberg (1+ / 0-)
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      is starting to open his wallet, and i hope he gets very serious about it. so far, it's just pocket change to him, but he could really change the entire dynamic. and what happened to manning is typical of the most transparent administration ever- whistleblowers pay the price- the apparatus of empire is sacrosanct.

      The cold passion for truth hunts in no pack. -Robinson Jeffers

      by Laurence Lewis on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 09:40:27 PM PDT

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      •  I swear to you, there are nights here, when I'm (4+ / 0-)

        alone, that I actually tear up when I think about this country of ours, and what's happened to it since I was a kid in the 1960s.

        Everything we learned to loathe about the Communist USSR?

        Authoritarianism. Overly militaristic, invading other nations all the time. Forcing their form of government on other nations (See eastern European block). Denying their citizens modern civil rights. Secret police and secret courts and secret prisons.

        Everywhere I look in our government, I see one or more of those things happening. Even the really bad ones.

        Why did the fucking conservatives have to have a damned empire, anyway? Wasn't an entire continent good enough for them?


        "I like paying taxes...with them, I buy Civilization" -- me

        by Angie in WA State on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 10:10:42 PM PDT

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      •  When he drops about 95% of it, call me. (0+ / 0-)

        Until then, he's an rich asshole engaged in a public relations exercise.

        income gains to the top 1% from 2009 to 2011 were 121% of all income increases. How did that happen? Incomes to the bottom 99% fell by 0.4%

        by JesseCW on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 01:07:56 AM PDT

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        •  he helped in chicago (1+ / 0-)
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          but i agree, he has much much more to do, if he's really going to neutralize the nra.

          The cold passion for truth hunts in no pack. -Robinson Jeffers

          by Laurence Lewis on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 01:09:27 AM PDT

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          •  The problem isn't "The NRA". That's a symptom. (3+ / 0-)

            The problem is that rich assholes who are comfortable watching children die of exposure on the streets of the cities they rule, while they themselves bask in billions, are being treated as if they were anything other than beasts decent men should revile.

            income gains to the top 1% from 2009 to 2011 were 121% of all income increases. How did that happen? Incomes to the bottom 99% fell by 0.4%

            by JesseCW on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 01:25:34 AM PDT

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