Politics and Policies:

    I am avoiding thinking about national politics lately because it all seems so hopeless.

    For a good while I kept trying to believe that Bush and company might be trying to do the right thing but just not understand how to do it. (you know, “the ends justify the means”) and that maybe, just maybe things will turn around.

    I now think I was wrong, especially about Bush. I think he is most definitely either a puppet president (being too stupid to know what is going on, and who is pulling his strings) or a super-genius that plays dumb so folks will not see how evil his policies are.

    In either case, I don’t hate him or his cronies because it is wrong to hate people . . . but I do despise what they are doing to open and free government that is by and for the people. The evidence is overwhelming now and I frankly am too depressed and time-strapped to hunt down the now daily stories on what is going on in the Federal Government under the guise of “homeland security,” especially with the “Total Information Awareness” project (click here to read an NY Times op-ed piece by William Saffire on TIA).

    I will post one link for those still doubt how bad things are getting … a post with commentary and links from the Method to Madness blog.. This says everything that I would say if I had the time and emotional energy to do it (except he isn’t bleak enough).

    I think we will look back on the halcyon days of the late 1990’s and early 2000’s as being the last days of internet freedom and an truly democratic American society. If things continued as they are today, it appears that it is inevitible for the national government to go to Hades. The American people are simply too stupid and apathetic to cast out the fascists at the ballot box (and remember fascism/anti-freedomism is a bi-partisan activity… Democrats, Republicans, they’re all really the same thing. . . if you love freedom vote Green or Libertarian. Don’t waste your vote with the Republicrats.) but maybe we can speak out for freedom and social justice locally. Here are few ideas on how we can work through peaceful means for subversive change:


      Through moving to local-community based economics, we can pull away from supporting the American military-industrial complex. A good place to start is buying locally when possible at independent stores and restaurants.

      Pray.

      Buy used whenever possible.

      Pray.

      Pay with cash and avoid using debit/credit cards whenever possible. (the service charges that the merchants have to pay to let you use those cards take money from the community and send it to big corporate giants)

      Pray.

      Bank with a credit union that will keep your money working in the community instead of prop up rich fat cats.

      Pray.

      Care for the young, the old, and others that our industrial society sees as “unproductive.”

      Pray.

      Speak out for those who can not speak, be they the unborn, the indigent criminal defendants, the children of Iraq, or racial and ethnics minorities oppressed here in this country.

      Pray.

      Educate young people on the lies and deceptive tactics of military recruiters. Friends don’t let friends sign up for the army.

      Pray.

      Show kindness to those others ignore and mistreat.

      Pray.

      Try to buy more food from local sources.

      Pray.

      Most of all, plan now to plant a garden this spring. Growing your own food (and someday providing your own energy) is one of the most revolutionary things we can do. (Read Wendell Berry if you don’t believe me.)