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We are going to win this election.  How big I do not know. I am happy about that.  otherwise I am very sad about the context in which we see this election unfold.  I am unhappy because here I am an old fart of 76 and I want us to be the leaders in the coming years.  Instead I see the whole election scenario unfolding as it has year by year. The Germans and the Japanese were subdued then we had the USSR.   Then the terrorists and what enemy will come next.  It is the same old story.  The blacks were the scapegoats then the Hispanics (even though they were here before the Anglo Saxons) then the gays and who is next? The whole notion of "immigrants" must be so ironic to the people we stole the place from and committed a greater genocide than Hitler could ever imagine against! It is time to get over this pattern.  it is time to realize that we have evolved on this planet in a very special way.  That evolution is to be seen in a special way too.  We are rapidly fouling the planet that nurtures us to the point that we may never recover.  We can win the election.  We will win the election.  Then what?  People who do not care about their children, grandchildren, etc. are really no better than the people they defeat in an election.  Think about that!  Read on below if you want to try to come to grips with this,

Capitalism is not sustainable!  Our lifestyle is not sustainable.  Ignoring these uncomfortable truths simply is a way of condemning our offspring to a new kind of hell on Earth.  These are no longer even close to debatable statements.  The event of this one year have made even the most alarmist among our scientific community realize that the deniers had made them far too conservative in their estimates.  Nonlinear feed back is so much more than mere linear progression.  We all knew it would come.  WQe also hoped it would not be so soon.

That's climate.  Things are connected.  The wanton orgy of using resources is a part of this.  The capitalist orgy of getting more and more while so many people suffer is part of this .  This is an evolutionary story.  We are changing faster that we had hoped.  We had hoped we could go on playing at elections and economics and science as if we were as smart as we pretend to be.  We are not!

The facts are out there.  Mitt Romney is an easy scapegoat.  We will defeat him.  And what will we have won?  President Obama, probably more than any person alive knows exactly what I am talking about.  He has met the system.  He must be in awe of it.  His only hope is a big victory in November.  Then, maybe, we might have a small chance to do a little bit of what needs to be done.  Let's give him that chance.  He has been to Mordor.  He has seen it.  He dare not talk about it.   Yet he must deal with it.  Why would anyone want to be in his shoes?

Originally posted to don mikulecky on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 03:39 PM PDT.

Also republished by Systems Thinking, Anti-Capitalist Chat, and Postcapitalism.

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  •  Tip Jar (18+ / 0-)

    An idea is not responsible for who happens to be carrying it at the moment. It stands or falls on its own merits.

    by don mikulecky on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 03:39:35 PM PDT

  •  The myths (4+ / 0-)
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    don mikulecky, LynChi, worldlotus, MKSinSA

    have to be dismantled one at a time, but do we have time for that?

    "The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie -- deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic. Belief in myths allows the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought." -John F. Kennedy

    by basquebob on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 03:47:27 PM PDT

  •  Absolutely Capitalism may have worked (badly) (5+ / 0-)

    in a less populated world but we are getting to the point that resources & getting them is going to be a big problem.. Just like clean water, food and a world with destabilizing climate.... We need new answers or there is going to be a lot of death tp pay from all over the spectrum... There are answers and we got some big work to do. Let's get started for our grandchildren and great grandchildren...

    How can you tell when Rmoney is lying? His lips are moving. Fear is the Mind Killer

    by boophus on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 03:50:04 PM PDT

  •  When did "share" become a dirty word? (5+ / 0-)

    You rarely find a story that says two stoners beat each other up outside of a bar.

    by jparnell on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 03:57:08 PM PDT

  •  Sustainability is key. (2+ / 0-)
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    don mikulecky, basquebob

    My dear wife believes the primary reason I prefer driving old cars (my current vehicle is 15 years old) is because they're cheap.

    However, while that is a plus in my books, I also value them highly because every used car on the road is one that's not in a landfill, and it makes for one less order for a new car. Reusing is as vital as recycling and reducing, and I like to think it helps on a local and global scheme.

    My ideal life, however, would be car free, and involve walking, bicycling, and public transportation. It sounds positively Copenhagenish.

    "Growing up is for those who don't have the guts not to. Grow wise, grow loving, grow compassionate, but why grow up?" - Fiddlegirl

    by progressivist on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 04:07:01 PM PDT

    •  I am 76. I bicycled to work all my life (2+ / 0-)
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      beemerr, basquebob

      I take "navy showers"  .,..wet yourself...turn off the water...soap up (with real soap no chemical stuff) then rinse quickly.

      I grow a garden every year and we eat well and use no poisons nor anything but organic fertilizer.  We compost.

      I could go on.  I have contributed far more than I have taken.  Yet the society is driven by greed and illusion.

      An idea is not responsible for who happens to be carrying it at the moment. It stands or falls on its own merits.

      by don mikulecky on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 04:18:24 PM PDT

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  •  All profound; especially this truth: (2+ / 0-)
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    President Obama, probably more than any person alive knows exactly what I am talking about.  He has met the system.  He must be in awe of it.

    He has been to Mordor.  He has seen it.  He dare not talk about it.   Yet he must deal with it.  Why would anyone want to be in his shoes?

    Similar to my thoughts these past 4 years.  I believe he went in with every intention of dealing with all the its that he could.  I also believe that, if re-elected, he will continue to try & do so with a vengeance.

     Courageous obi wan kenobi man.

    He cannot do it alone.  No one can.  We have to all engage, commit & do our part.

    Thank you for faithfully engaging, committing & doing your part, don mikulecky.

  •  Another perspective from the 20th century... (2+ / 0-)
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    don mikulecky, basquebob

    I remember when we used airmail for fast communication and Western Union for immediate communication. Now the world moves at the speed of light.

    Today, machines (computers) are making decisions and organizing society in ways that scare me and this pre-millennial generation seems to buy in without a second thought. They sacrifice their privacy, individualism and human dignity for the latest phone or app or social networking site. They (myself included) have laid out our lives and personal assets as a buffet to be mined and manipulated by these smarter-than-me people.

    Wealth used to be a fluid, flowing around us and through us in volumes according to our industriousness and cleverness. But now our personal wealth is skimmed off the top by these people with the smartest, fastest machines who provide no product or service in return that makes our society or our lives any better.  Likewise, all of our planet’s assets are being skimmed off in the same way; whether it’s the best beachfront or mountain view property or the very oxygen we breathe.

    Our society is becoming stratified between the ones who own the machines that skim the wealth and the ones who are actually productive. I fear there will be no middle class anymore. It is just the opposite of what the Republican party claims as we are actually the ‘makers’ and they are the ‘takers’.

    Isn't it discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit? (Noel Coward)

    by Mid10Dem on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 04:49:46 PM PDT

    •  I hate to tell you that you are indeed back where (1+ / 0-)
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      basquebob

      you said.  That is so out of date!

      An idea is not responsible for who happens to be carrying it at the moment. It stands or falls on its own merits.

      by don mikulecky on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 04:51:51 PM PDT

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    •  Interesting post! Reminds me of this piece (2+ / 0-)
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      don mikulecky, Mid10Dem

      from NY Magazine looking back at the Lost Decade of the '00s.

      "The Ferality Show"
      http://nymag.com/...

      quote:
      "..Most of the promise, and peril, of the digital revolution, despite the naysaying in the wake of the 2000 dot-com bust, proved true by 2009, creating huge opportunities for people (mostly younger) who understood the potential of subcontracting their lives to the digital cloud and beginning to disenfranchise people (mostly older) who persisted in analog"

      "..The political class cannot solve the problems it created. " - Jay Rosen

      by New Rule on Mon Sep 24, 2012 at 10:55:51 AM PDT

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      •  Exactly how I feel.. (0+ / 0-)

        ..there are no 'off the grid' options. Well put. Either you are all in or just left out.

        Want 3 cents off each gallon of gas? Give us your e-mail address (Kroger, Mapco, Home Depot). So far I refuse and choose places that charge everyone the same price (Publix).

        Isn't it discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit? (Noel Coward)

        by Mid10Dem on Tue Sep 25, 2012 at 08:22:09 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

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