I personally do not buy into the conspiracy theory that the government is monolithic and evil.
But clearly, there are those within the Cheney administration who have goals that are diametrically and cynically opposed to the interests of most Americans. They see everybody with any kind of nonoligarchic opinion as a threat. They want to throw us back into the 19th century legally. And they see themselves as above all law. Those are the people who really scare me. They probably scare a lot of people in the NSA too, although they can't discuss why intelligently because they 'know too much'.
Here's the way I see this as working out. We need to keep talking about these things and keep calling them on their attempts to create legal precedents that legalize official lying and outright totalitarian behavior. This has to happen as part of a national dialogue, so they cannot target just the few who are speaking out.
Yes, intelligence agencies are scary because they have a lot of power. But lets not forget that in the transition of many authoritarian states to free-er nations the intelligence agencies have often stepped forward at crucial moments to help open things up.
If people from intelligence agencies are reading this, don't let yourselves get drawn into the fascists movie.. they do this by emotional blackmail.. Stay above the slime and ultimately, we will all be the richer.. Professionalism is important. The important allegiances in a democracy are to the people and the rule of law of the nation.
If it doesnt pass the smell test.. lets face it, it stinks.. 'Leaders' come and go. Who misses Richard Nixon now, for example. Or Spiro Agnew.
Look at the IP numbers of posters, and store them in a database. Analyze this for patterns. Graph them over time and see if the number of spam postings increases after any other posts.. (maybe they are an attempt to drive other dairies into a noise level) etc..
We ALL are 'children of immigrants'. Bluntly, CHILDREN should NEVER be 'punished' for ANYTHING their parents do. Many countries view children who are not born in their countries - as not their citizens. So these children, despite their being Americans - would be CHILDREN WITHOUT A COUNTRY..
This is absolutely evil. Ultimately, what the GOP snakes are pushing for is the creation of a 'slavery society' in which huge numbers of people are consigned to a limbo, membership in an underclass in which they can be exploited and manipulated.
We already marginalize nonmarital children in inheritance law. More than 1/3 of American children are marginalized and prevented from receiving any inheritances from their fathers if they die intestate. Now we want to marginalize millions more poor children?
If Jesus was alive today, he would SPIT IN THE FACES OF THESE LYING GOP SNAKES.
"By their fruits, shall you know them"
The 'fruit' of the GOP is theivery and pain for human beings all around the world. God, please protect us from THEM. Free us from their yoke and lies..
We all will, in lives ruined from cancer, in homes taken by the costs of sudden medical disasters. The impact on a family of a member developing a serious disease are far reaching. Children can't go to college. Families break up, hearts are broken.
Is this "a cost of doing business"?
"We have to stay competitive"
Who are these jobs saved or created by lowering environmental standards going to, anyway?
But crooks and theives often think alike, and work together to steal all of our futures.. without needing to discuss how or why..
For a good example of a fascist conspiracy, check out the portions of "Nazi Conspiracy and Agression" (the documents collected for the Nuremberg trials) - particularly those dealing with the Nazi economic takeover of Germany. Do a search on that phrase to find the various versions online.
You'll see many examples of behaviors that resemble those going on in modern America right now by people like this - who are clearly working towards establishing an American brand of fascism here.
except that they have a DEEP AND JUSTIFIED MISTRUST OF ALL POLITICIANS and indeed, all members of the middle class.. to understand on any but the most superficial of levels what they endure every day..
Many of the truths are disturbing.. very disturbing..
We choose to believe that most poor people are poor because they (insert one) have drug problems | are lazy | are mentally deranged | don't care enough about life to try
instead of the truth.. that increasingly, ANY ONE OF US COULD EASILY SUFFER A STRING OF MISHAPS THAT COULD PROPEL US INTO POVERTY AND HOMELESSNESS.
First they came for the Jews
and I did not speak out
because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for the Communists
and I did not speak out
because I was not a Communist.
Then they came for the trade unionists
and I did not speak out
because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for me
and there was no one left
to speak out for me.
Unless you could defend it.. And you have to sleep.. right?
Dont forget, most crime is against the poor and powerless.. Along with your poverty would come powerlessness.. If someone stole all your posessions, and you were also homeless, and you compmained, what do you think a cop would do for you?
Hint.. laugh in your face and give you a ride - or a boot in the butt.. out of town..
and so is the NEED FOR A SUSTAINABLE GREEN ENERGY INITIATIVE
Otherwise, the GOP will successfully FORCE us into a extreme vulnerability to oil price increases that will bring about their wet dream, a global war to steal - uh, 'liberate' oil from whoever else has it that we think we can defeat. This would be a huge mistake as it would join many of the other developed nations interests in a need to prevent this power grab..
We might start - and LOSE WWIII
Thats what this is all about.. Pathological greed vs. sanity and sustainability..
There wont be many jobs for the unskilled in the 21st century. technology will do the dumb jobs. That is a given. Thats not anybody's fault, except for the people who export the remaining jobs we have in the intirim. Oil only represents about 2% of business costs. Salaries are much higher and so the rewards for businesses that automate fully are astronomically high. Silicon gets cheaper by a remarkable rate. Actually, Moores Law was pessimistic, processing power available for a given dollar value is doubling every 14 months, approximately.. not 18. At that rate, new automation technologies become affordable very quickly.
So, the march of business automation will continue. Jobs will disappear, not just here, all over the world. Eventually, people will realize that 'jobs' are a thing of the past and adjust government accordingly. But before that point, we will see a lot of pain as millions lose their jobs, then homes, then lives in a struggle against each other for work - work often better done by machines.
During that period, the (eventually doomed?) right will try to blame the continuing decline in employment on the lack of cheap oil. If they manage to start WWIII over this issue, expect a bloodbath that could spell the end of America and democracy. Perhaps the end of humanity. That would be a huge mistake!
Just as the possibilities for some real change are before us.. the dead hand of the past in the form of neofascism comes to drag us back.. and down..
We CAN avoid the paralysis of communism.. How? We need to revitalize humanity and rethink incentivization.. We need to renounce greed and declare money a tool for achieving greater societal goals. Without chaos or mass injustice. It CAN be done.. But we need to start the discussion now. Technology's goal is the end of work. This is a good thing. But only if we approach this historic possibility MINDFULLY..