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Many of us Liberals thought last year that our country would have a completely new look of justice for all by the next Thanksgiving. I, for one, am disappointed that things aren't quite up to par.

As Thanksgiving 2009 approaches, I find myself thankful for the usual stuff:  family, friends, food, health, shelter, love and all those other warm fuzzy things.

But I think what is more interesting are the things I'm not thankful for this year.  So I ask the following questions:

   * Why do we remain in Afghanistan and why are we having to risk our children's lives in order to commit some 30,000 more troops into that country?
   * Has President Obama not studied our involvement in Vietnam, how we thought we had to do the same some 40 years ago when we feared the Communists instead of today's terrorists?
   * Why can't the Senate get their act together and approve health reform for citizens that would give us some of the benefits they now themselves have?
   * Why are one in seven in this country hungry while a few of those other seven live in extreme wealth letting their money support them rather than their labor?
   * Why are one in four homeowners behind in their mortgage payments while those who approved many of those mortgages continue to get bonuses?
   * Why does the Catholic Church welcome disgruntled married Episcopal MALE priests into its fold while telling their own priests that they will never be able to marry?
   * Why do our automobile manufacturers continue to make vehicles we don't really want rather than cars that are reasonably priced that offer us outstanding fuel efficiency and a good cup holder?
   * Why are our schools becoming more and more dangerous even though more and more dollars are poured into them each year?
   * Why do otherwise intelligent men and women continue to deny that global warming is really happening as they drive their Hummer a couple blocks to get a cup of coffee?
   * Why is it that when you are young you are underqualified and when you're old you're overqualified.  And when you are "best qualified" you don't happen to be looking for a job?
   * Why does it seem that when your kids are young it seems that they'll never grow up, but when they are grown up and gone, their childhoods seem like they didn't last any time at all?
   * Why does Bill Moyer have to leave PBS when he's the best news commentator out there?
   * Why do people insist on shopping at 4 am on the day after Thanksgiving when they could be sleeping in and enjoying one more day off?
   * Why can't the Israelis and Palestinians get along and let their children grow up in peace?
   * Why do we insist on putting bandaids on injustices rather than working for justice?
   *  Why can't a person make enough money to live above the poverty level when they work full time?
   * Why can't edible food be eaten by someone who is hungry instead of it being thrown into a locked dumpster or trash compactor?
   * Why do some industrial farmers have to plow under perfectly good food rather than give it to hungry people or at least selling it at a cheaper rate?
   * Why are our farmers subsidized to raise food that is not good for us or our livestock?

If anyone can answer these questions for me, I'll be more thankful this Thanksgiving.  I get tired of just loving warm fuzzy feelings and things.

In the meantime, Happy Thanksgiving to you!

Originally posted to people power granny on Tue Nov 24, 2009 at 08:40 PM PST.

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  •  Tip Jar (7+ / 0-)

    People Power Granny: Are you ready to leave something for the grand kids?

    by people power granny on Tue Nov 24, 2009 at 08:40:55 PM PST

    •  Bill Moyers (5+ / 0-)

       

      * Why does Bill Moyer have to leave PBS when he's the best news commentator out there?

      He doesn't have to leave.  He decided to leave PBS, the way I got it.  I will surely miss him.  I call him a truthteller, and a patriot.

      Because he's leaving PBS does not necessarily mean he's leaving broadcasting altogether.  He hasn't said what he's going to do.  I hope he lives to be 150.

      A few give much, a few give all, and most Americans give....NOTHING! ~~~ Support our troops - Bring them home

      by Hound Dog on Tue Nov 24, 2009 at 08:51:39 PM PST

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  •  The easy answers (1+ / 0-)
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    * Why do we remain in Afghanistan and why are we having to risk our children's lives in order to commit some 30,000 more troops into that country?

    Because our country is being held hostage by the military-industrial complex.  Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun, as Mao observed.

      * Has President Obama not studied our involvement in Vietnam, how we thought we had to do the same some 40 years ago when we feared the Communists instead of today's terrorists?

    See above.

     

    * Why can't the Senate get their act together and approve health reform for citizens that would give us some of the benefits they now themselves have?

    Because it's cheaper to mandate that everyone buy junk insurance and call it "health coverage for all."  Remember, Obama insisted that this bill be "revenue-neutral."

     

    * Why are one in seven in this country hungry while a few of those other seven live in extreme wealth letting their money support them rather than their labor?

    Poverty keeps those wages down, y'know.  It's discussed in Marx's Capital, vol. 1.

     

    * Why are one in four homeowners behind in their mortgage payments while those who approved many of those mortgages continue to get bonuses?

    Printing money has its advantages.

     

    * Why does the Catholic Church welcome disgruntled married Episcopal MALE priests into its fold while telling their own priests that they will never be able to marry?

    Doctrine?

     

    * Why do our automobile manufacturers continue to make vehicles we don't really want rather than cars that are reasonably priced that offer us outstanding fuel efficiency and a good cup holder?

    Because they still sell?

     

    * Why are our schools becoming more and more dangerous even though more and more dollars are poured into them each year?

    Are schools becoming more and more dangerous?  I thought they were just becoming test-factories per NCLB.

     

    * Why do otherwise intelligent men and women continue to deny that global warming is really happening as they drive their Hummer a couple blocks to get a cup of coffee?

    Because consumer society lives in an eternal present moment?

     

    * Why is it that when you are young you are underqualified and when you're old you're overqualified.  And when you are "best qualified" you don't happen to be looking for a job?

    Because being "working class" is a sucker's game?

     

    * Why does it seem that when your kids are young it seems that they'll never grow up, but when they are grown up and gone, their childhoods seem like they didn't last any time at all?

    Don't know.

     

    * Why does Bill Moyer have to leave PBS when he's the best news commentator out there?

    To start the revolution?

     

    * Why do people insist on shopping at 4 am on the day after Thanksgiving when they could be sleeping in and enjoying one more day off?

    Because they have money?

     

    * Why can't the Israelis and Palestinians get along and let their children grow up in peace?

    Because the US gives Israel weapons every day?

     

    * Why do we insist on putting bandaids on injustices rather than working for justice?

    Where's the money in that?

     

    *  Why can't a person make enough money to live above the poverty level when they work full time?

    See comment above on "being working class."

     

    * Why can't edible food be eaten by someone who is hungry instead of it being thrown into a locked dumpster or trash compactor?

    Under capitalism, food is produced for sale, not to feed people.

     

    * Why do some industrial farmers have to plow under perfectly good food rather than give it to hungry people or at least selling it at a cheaper rate?
      * Why are our farmers subsidized to raise food that is not good for us or our livestock?

    See above.

    "The greatest purveyor of violence in the world today -- my own government." -- Martin Luther King Jr.

    by Cassiodorus on Tue Nov 24, 2009 at 09:19:01 PM PST

  •  Welll, I am thankful (0+ / 0-)

    that somebody else has these "bah humbug" feelings and felt like venting.

    I have them, too, and they will get worse at Christmas! I actually enjoy both holidays, provided  we're  allowed to take a more balanced stance toward the traditional pieties of the season(s).

  •  asdf (1+ / 0-)
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    "Why does it seem that when your kids are young it seems that they'll never grow up, but when they are grown up and gone, their childhoods seem like they didn't last any time at all? "

    ain't that the truth?  (from one nonna to another...)

    this thanksgiving, i'm trying to put aside the things i worry about--war, health-care bills, etcadnauseum--

    and focus on things i Am grateful for:  the little things.  health, jobs, food, general well-being.

    and thanks for the smiles, granny, with your diary.

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