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Change, Yes, But Cut the Rhetoric

Change is healthy – that is, real change, not just rhetorical.

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ghostcommander:

What no one seemed to notice...was the ever widening gap...between the government and the people...and it became always wider...the whole process of its coming into being, was above all diverting, it provided an excuse not to think, for people who did not want to think anyway...it gave us some dreadful, fundamental things to think about.. and kept us so busy with continuous changes and 'crises' and so fascinated...by the machinations of the "national enemies,' without and within, that we had no time to think about these dreadful things that were growing, little by little, all around us...Each step was so small, so inconsequential, so well explained or, on occasion, 'regretted,' that unless one understood what the whole thing was in principle. what all these 'little measures'..must some day lead to,one no more saw it developing from day to day than a farmer in his field sees the corn growing...Each act..is worse than the last, but only a little worse. You wait for the next and the next. You wait for one great shocking occasion, thinking that others,when such a shock comes, will join you in resisting somehow. You don't want to act, or even talk, alone...you don't want to 'go out of your way to make trouble.'..But the one great shocking occasion, when tens or hundreds or thousands will join with you, never comes. That's the difficulty. The forms are all there, all untouched, all measuring, the houses, the shops, the jobs, the mealtimes, the visits, the concert, the cinema,the holidays. But the spirit, which you never noticed because you made the lifelong mistake of identifying it with the forms, is changed. Now you live in a world of hate and fear, and the people who hate and fear do not even know it themselves, when everyone is transformed, no one is transformed..you have accepted things you would not have accepted five years ago. a year ago, things your father..could never have imagined. From Milton Mayer, They Thought They Were Free, The Germans, 1938-1945 (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1955) Compare this to the last 7 years of the Bush/Cheney mis-administration and their constant attempt to turn the USA into a Fascist State.

Peter Frady:

Capitol Punishment
And
Current Corrective Laws Revisited.

The Eternal Battle for Good over Evil continues. It’s Time to dust of Sparky, crank up the dial and cook some really hurtful criminals. I’ll do the Job, just offer.
Life, Liberty and the Pursuits Towards Happiness. Roughly translated, Civilized Society Governed by Laws established by Our Countries Founding Fathers, written in The Constitution of The United States of America.
These Laws and Implied Protections are granted to Any Lawful Citizen of said Lands.

Flash forward to Today year Two-Thousand Eight;

The current Nation Wide Governing Elected Officials have become hog tied, blow hards, frightened, submissive, inept, fat, lazy, greedy and corrupt and generally self centered from enacting out of Fear of Condemnation from certain subversive organizations, who’s Objective and Focus appears to be for the continuation of confusion, chaos and fostering of fear in Society.

Take any example of a criminal action resulting in the murder/death of any other Human being. That is not right.
Therefore, someone is surely Guilty of this action and no one rides through life free. Everyone pays in some form.
The perpetrators of deadly crimes have to be accountable and no longer allowed to victimize Civilized Society. Groups multiple times champion, loyal to One , their own egos using the criminal as a tool. Generally these criminals are lifers in the craft of Evil doings.

The Death Penalty is not barbaric, It the capturing of the Evil Spirits that escaped and returning them to Our Natural Creator. Either that or what? Place them in prisons to learn how to commit more Deadly and Sadistic acts? I say NFW!!!

My point is not to change or amend into uselessness the Judicial Systems. It’s to Fine Tune and Tweak our current laws and grow new teeth to better Protect Our Law biding Citizens. Society has become to submissive, inept, fat, lazy, greedy, corrupt and generally self centered. So we turn to Our Elected Officials.

Talk, talk, talk when will you all be true of your Words?

I wrote this sincerely, in the hope collectively, maybe one day soon, it will be done.


PJF, Boston, MA:

Capitol Punishment
And
Current Corrective Laws Revisited.

The Eternal Battle for Good over Evil continues. It’s Time to dust of Sparky, crank up the dial and cook some really hurtful criminals. I’ll do the Job, just offer.
Life, Liberty and the Pursuits Towards Happiness. Roughly translated, Civilized Society Governed by Laws established by Our Countries Founding Fathers, written in The Constitution of The United States of America.
These Laws and Implied Protections are granted to Any Lawful Citizen of said Lands.

Flash forward to Today year Two-Thousand Eight;

The current Nation Wide Governing Elected Officials have become hog tied, blow hards, frightened, submissive, inept, fat, lazy, greedy and corrupt and generally self centered from enacting out of Fear of Condemnation from certain subversive organizations, who’s Objective and Focus appears to be for the continuation of confusion, chaos and fostering of fear in Society.

Take any example of a criminal action resulting in the murder/death of any other Human being. That is not right.
Therefore, someone is surely Guilty of this action and no one rides through life free. Everyone pays in some form.
The perpetrators of deadly crimes have to be accountable and no longer allowed to victimize Civilized Society. Groups multiple times champion, loyal to One , their own egos using the criminal as a tool. Generally these criminals are lifers in the craft of Evil doings.

The Death Penalty is not barbaric, It the capturing of the Evil Spirits that escaped and returning them to Our Natural Creator. Either that or what? Place them in prisons to learn how to commit more Deadly and Sadistic acts? I say NFW!!!

My point is not to change or amend into uselessness the Judicial Systems. It’s to Fine Tune and Tweak our current laws and grow new teeth to better Protect Our Law biding Citizens. Society has become to submissive, inept, fat, lazy, greedy, corrupt and generally self centered. So we turn to Our Elected Officials.

Talk, talk, talk when will you all be true of your Words?

I wrote this sincerely, in the hope collectively, maybe one day soon, it will be done.


02-04-08

Ed Adams:

The American people are frustrated with the bickering and 'gottcha' mentality of our elected leaders, the constant blaming others when things go wrong: it is not complicated.

It seems Obama is catching on and the apparent agent of change. The...dream team... sounds good, Hillary, president and Obama, vice-president. After eight years in office, Obama will be compromised and morph into one of them.

The change eventually will come when a disciplined leader, with no ties to the Washington power brokers, becomes president.

Mary, Long Beach:

As always, interesting comments. I am looking for change in leadership. Someone who uses common sense analysis when making choices, not the same old "we acted on faulty intelligence" do not blame me personally, Hillary. I am looking for a bit of truth and new fashion politics. Not the same old sinks to any low to garner support, Hillary.

I too am distressed that the majority Democrat candidates got knocked out of the race, before the majority of people could have a say in the primary. I do not blame the press for that. I blame the DNC who is allowing a known liar to run for the job of First Man in the White House, and those that are voting for Hillary, because she is a woman.

Look for a Republican assured win in November if the people give her the Democrat bid. Even lifetime loyal Party people will not vote for her. Those that vote candidates not Party will never vote for her.

So yes, we can vote for the same Hawks or try for the only choice we have left an almost Dove who promises we, the people a voice in our government and an end to the Dubai connection types corruption that has been slaying us.

e safranek:

Vivian you are so naive. I have been living a good deal longer than you and can assure you that the “uninspiring and often baffling politics” you lament are not anything new. We probably have to go back to Truman to find a leader that would get a grade better than a B+. In fact, of all our leaders, the number of A’s would like be counted on one hand. Fortunately, we have quite a few who could be fairly graded B’s or at least a B-. LBJ screwed up on Vietnam, but got it right on Civil Rights; Nixon was wrong on South America, Vietnam and was an egomaniac, but he did move things forward on the environment, the Soviet Union and China; Carter had nearly everything right, but had a Congress (including members of his own party) working against him. OK he missed on that Shah thing. There is so much talk about Barrack’s lack of experience, but he has had a good deal more than Lincoln did when he took office. Lincoln, for the record is just about everybody’s pick for an A+ despite his trampling all over the Constitution.

MARY:

Nannie Turner - You are correct about the lack of media coverage on the candidates who dropped out of the race. The other day when I was watching John Edwards announce that he was pulling out of the race, the first thing I thought was that the media has given Britney Spears more coverage than they gave to John Edwards.

Nannie Turner:

good morning

Nannie Turner:

The Corporate Media have been allowed to determine which candidates stay in the race.The ones who had the most experience and real credibility,(Edwards,Richardson,Biden and Dodd) were forced out by the media.They were never given the media coverage as the ones chosen,for us by the media.What does that say about Democracy in America?Now that they have accompolished the first part of their agenda,they are proceeding to elininate Senator Clinton by accusing her of "using the race card".Which she never did.That was Obama.However the media,who work for and are owned by big corporations,know that Obama can never win in the general election,so they are promoting him to insure a Republican win in November.The phony Kennedys are also aware of this and are doing their part.

LOVEFORALL:

You bring up some interesting points. I'm glad the country as a whole is will and ready to discuss these types of issues. We'll be discussing more of these matters at 11pm EST Sunday night on the live radio show, The Real Revolution.

www.blogtalkradio.com/therealrevolution

All are welcome to call in with their thoughts, questions, comments, and/or concerns.

AE:

Well said! But there must be a strong signal that Americans are ready for real change. In my view, that strong and serious signal can only be emitted to Americans and the world by impeachment of its current leadership-Bush and Cheney- to show that there is also justice somewhere in that stew of Yankee politics.

RONALD SHAW:

Why is the press and media always beating up on Hillary Clinton , Mr Obama used race in his SC speech and no one said a word , when he use the words " HOOD WINK AND BAMBOOZLED to scare the voters in SC , because that code for for the white man is out to get you , the will come in the middle of the night drag your man out beat him and wink as they drive off . those are Malcom X words every black person know what he was talking about , the media is so against Hillary that they will fall for any thing , this is crazy , all the guys on the cable will not speak the truth , when Obama attacks he it okay , the cable guys are using Obama as thier hachet guy , America don't fall in to the trap wake up !!! they are tring to trick us again , like that did with John Kerry , the know Oboma can't beat the Republican , don't be fooled wake up Democrats let get be hind Hillary , and by the way I am a black man with my own opions

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