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I am an old fart, 75 going on 76.  Fifteen years ago I managed to get caught-up in the healthcare mill, having suffered a half dozen (more than that)  major illness’s, most of which are on standby and will die with me.  The keyboard is seen through a mist, typos are frequent, and posting here remains a mystery.  Having spent several afternoons fumbling with the links the Daily Kos has put out, I managed to post twice.  

Generally I do not react to the politics of the day.  My training and career has given me an insight into trends, so, my politics are all about where we have been and where we appear to be going.  Statistical inference reveals many things.  During the last general election I was fascinated by Nate Silver and his approach to forecasting.  He did what most people fail to understand, he changed the data base by relying on the vast sampling of local polls taken by hundreds of legitimate pollsters.  During my career many moons ago, I used a similar formula to forecast government revenues.  Bravo to Nate!

Having lived through World War II, served in military intelligence just before Vietnam, owned my own business, changed careers to local government; trends seem to be so obvious.  Very few see this.  An old management principle says, “First we must identify the problem, then the problem is half solved.”  The federal government doesn’t do that any longer.  Government has become reactionary. Or, if you like, the political doings of government is all about what the latest poll says.

Yes, I know the House of Representatives became entrenched in ideology and did little for the general public.  These events reflect the districts and the view towards re-election.  That is okay until you realize the effects of gerrymandering and schemes to suppress minority voting.  There was little concern for the “general public”.  So I ask, where is the out front leadership?  Harry Reid seems timid.  Pelosi barks.  Where is the President who stands up before America and says, we are going to the Moon within a decade?  Where is the President who gets on a train and rides through America giving speeches on what is at stake?  Where is the unity among voters?  Apathy rules.  America is virtually ignorant of the motivations of everyday politics and the mainstream news is filled with puff stories.

All right, so what?  Here is what: this nation is headed towards of form of fascism, corporate interests rule – although they are “people” they do not suffer the penalties of law,  yet, if you run a stop sign be prepared for a series of enemas because you flexed your ass.  Yes, I am an old hippy from the SF Bay Area.  I still believe in peace, not imperialism, not war of any type, and an invasion of my privacy will not reveal any sort of terrorism.  (For the NSA reader- go fuck yourself).  My posts have been about trends, yes, but there was very little response.  I worry for America.  I worry about the cancer of Tea Partyism. I worry about the incessant and untrue propaganda we see.  I worry about the corruption I see, mostly in the name of PACs and campaign contributions.  I worry about the national wealth distribution.

I shoulda run for President.  I was much too busy searching for freedom on a Harley after my time in the military barrel..

Kootie J

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  •  And, I was under the delusion, Kootie, (1+ / 0-)
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    that once I pulled the lever every two years my "civic duty" had been done.  That I could just sit back in the barcolounger and let the politicians I just helped elect take care of the peoples business; thinking that it truly was the peoples business that they were about to take care of.  Silly me.

  •  Thank you very much Sir (0+ / 0-)

    Thank you for your service to the country.  I appreciate it deeply.  My own service was limited to almost 20 years as a volunteer fireman.  The heart is still willing but the body cannot keep up.  I suppose I shall become a driver and pump operator in time.

    "Government has become reactionary. Or, if you like, the political doings of government is all about what the latest poll says."

    True.  George Washington said himself we should avoid the "baneful spirit of party".  John Adams avoided what polls - and his own cabinet said - and did what he felt was right.  Which was very different from what was popular.  I wish President was the same as Adams.

    "Yes, I know the House of Representatives became entrenched in ideology and did little for the general public.  These events reflect the districts and the view towards re-election."

    It's the same with every House and Senate over the decades.  They all do what they can do become re-elected and push party favors.

    "All right, so what?  Here is what: this nation is headed towards of form of fascism, corporate interests rule – although they are “people” they do not suffer the penalties of law"

    Please, Sir, keep in mind that the "people" ruling was limited to campaign financing and not a whole cloth covering every legal topic.  Make no mistake, corporations have and do suffer under the law.  Yet they are not "people" with respect with other issues.

    I worry about the cancer of Tea Partyism.

    Cancer?  No need to worry.  Most (but not all) Tea Party members just want personal freedom, love of neighbor, and fiscal responsibility.  Think of the day when this country has no debt., when it's children can go to a school of choice, and when billions are not sent overseas in an unaccounted for manner.  Yet a safety net is always provided for those who fall on hard times.  That is today's Tea Party.

    I worry about the national wealth distribution.

    I do as well.  As a country we need to focus on job creation, not jealousy with our neighbors.

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