Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty; power is ever stealing from the many to the few

Wendell Phillips, 1852

The enemies of Freedom do not argue: they shout and they shoot.

W.R. Inge, 1935

....and the more things change, the more they stay the same...

Friday, February 20, 2009

This past week, the Republicans in the California legislature, "ousted" the Republican House Leader. Why, you say, would those loyal Republicans do such a thing??? Well, seems the House leader was preparing to vote for the Governor's budget in an effort to save California from total financial collapse. It just doesn't pay to get out of bed some mornings.
Then there was one of the slickest 'bloodless coup " that I have ever had the pleasure of hearing about. Tenn. Republicans were taken by surprise when, after winning the legislature for the first time since the Civil War, Tn. Republicans were all prepared to elect their new House Leader and begin their assault on womeins rights, .......... But they got caught with their pants down...they had not a clue what was brewing on the other side of the isle, and then it was over and "slack jawed and stunned, previously arrogant and posturing Republicans knew they had been had. The Dems had recruited a Rep legislator to be their nominee. His name was placed in nomination and lo and behold, he won!!!
Now, the new Speaker of the House is no longer a Republican in good standing! But he is a gift to all clear thinking folks of the 21st Century.
The Right-wingers were all set up to begin dismantling women's rights, expand gun rights, destroy government programs, and give more tax breaks to the rich. I really do admire the actions of the Tn. Democratic a time when it is almost impossible to keep anything "below the radar", somehow they managed to meet, discuss, and plan their move to keep the Tn legislature out of the hands of extremists and in the hands of a more reasonable group. Would I have been so admiring if it had been the other way around? I still would have admired the plan and it implementation but I am sure I would not have been crazy about the outcome(just for the sake of disclosure, if you need any).
So, if California can do it, if Tn can do it, why can't Washington do it and find and elect new Democratic leaders in the Congress? Nancy Pelosi decided for the American people that impeachment was off the table...maybe because her secrets would also have been revealed. Dianne Finestein thought our new president should have checked with her before appointing his cabinet members, then turned around and publicly blurted out classified information regarding our bases in Pakistan. And Harry Reid, yes, poor old Harry. He doesn't work for the president, he works with him. Wonder if he has any memory for whom he does work? THEY ARE ALL TOO OLD, THEY HAVE BEEN THERE TOO LONG AND THEY, TOO, HAVE BEEN CORRUPTED BY THE SYSTEM.
Yes, I realize we would have to "tear it from their cold, dead hands", but a Patriot can dream. A Patriot can imagine a day when government works for all people. A Patriot can forsee a time when grassroot's movements have great and sustaining power around the world. A Patriot will hold these dreams and high ideas up to the greatest of scrutiny and will not find them wanting.

Saturday, February 14, 2009


Just one short year ago, it was a country named the most desirable country in the world. Today, its economy has been devastated by the collapse of its largest banks, unemployment rose 45% between Nov. and Dec., 40% of households and 70% of businesses are technically bankrupt. Yet, no political figures resigned, the bank and corporation boards remain essentially unchanged, and calls for new elections were ignored.

America and Britain closed a NATO base in this country, putting many out of work, and offered no help of any kind. The citizens of this country took to the streets with their drums, pots and pans, any noisemaker they could find, and assembled outside the building of their political leaders. They were loud and noisy. They managed to peacefully disrupt their government's attempt to ignore them and they also saw their government finally resig

This country is Iceland. A peaceful country, hasn't seen war for generations, nor violent conflict among its citizens

What happened? Laizze faire capitalism, unregulated capitalism. Just another example of how this economic theory will always result in disaster for everyone but the wealthy.Another example of how an unregulated, free market leads to more wealth for the rich, and less and less for the other 97%.

Such protests are presently being held in countries like Latvia, Greece,and South Korea. As early as 2000, Argentinians rose up against their government's use and abuse of the unregulated free market. Nations around the world were coerced and/or bribed to allow Americans to direct the economic policies of countries around the world, only to watch them drop, like dominoes. Seems there was another "Domino Theory" that got us in trouble 30+ years ago...Viet Nam comes to mind.

On post 02/08/09, Sarah-Sonia writes about how the economy in Denmark also greatly favors the rich. Well, PM Gordon Brown seems to be suggesting that Denmark, along with Norway, Sweden, and Greenland have become the new Axis of Evil. Wonder if Sarah-Sonia knows she is living in a terrorist country?

The video below will make clear the fears PM Brown watch and then RUN FOR YOUR LIVES 'cause these Icelanders are a scary bunch!

Video prepared by Norway to encourage the Scandinavian Community to support Iceland.
Patriot wanna-be's can more closely identify with other cultures, other countries by understanding that we share our economic fears with the world. An economic world for which American proponents, teachers, and politicians must take responsibility. So we continue to educate ourselves and learn more about our similarities with the rest of the world and learn to interact in the world in a way that serves others.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

With the votes of three Republicans (Snow, Collins, & Specter) the recovery & jobs bill has passed. All other Republicans chose to take themselves out of the mix. Many of you were not represented in this plan for America. Tennessee has two Republican senators who have the best interests of the wealthy at heart. One continued to call the Recovery Plan a "spending bill", assuming I suppose as he always does, that Tennesseans are just plain stupid. OF COURSE, IT'S FULL OF SPENDING...IT IS A SPENDING BILL...THAT IS THE WHOLE POINT! Calls were made, emails, and snail mails sent and still Corker and Alexander show absolutely no interest in helping the average citizen of Tennessee...however, if you are rich, you can count on these two.

I will continue to contact these senators. If Pres. Obama can continue to try to compromise, negotiate with Republicans after the pathetically political show they have just put on, then I will support him and continue to let the elected officials know what my thoughts and feelings are. After all, is that not what a true Patriot would do?

Letting your reps. know you appreciate their vote. Keep working at reaching the White House by phone, right wingers are trying to tie up the lines and they are doing a pretty good job, I have been trying for three days to get thru, no luck yet. So I continue to use emails and snail mail.

Sunday, February 8, 2009


An alert to all who support Pres. Obama and his stimulus/jobs plan...a radio talking head, whose name will not be seen on my urging his dittoheads(those who are incapable of thinking for themselves) to call the White House repeatedly and en masse to voice their opposition to the stimulus/jobs plan. They, of course, have answered their master's call.

So all you Patriot wannabe's...pick up your phone, call the White House and let our Pres. know that he has much more support than opposition. Word has it that many more calls are coming in from the trained seals than from clear-thinking Americans.

Phone #202-456-1111
Switchboard #202-456-1414
Fax: 202-456-2461
snailmail: 1600 Pennsylvania Ave
Washington D.C. 20500