Monday, March 11, 2013


Too busy to post yesterday, going through records for information that can help me help my youngest with the school bureaucracy. Noticed this morning that almost every inch of the several inches of snow we had on the ground on Friday is all gone on this Monday morning. And Spring is definitely in the air.

One of the posts I had to delete because it was mostly just a huge lie (that "most scientists" now refute global warming!) reflects the intransigence of the followers of people who know better. Most of the Republican politicians know that much of what their most rightwing constituents claim is false but they cannot deny any of it in public without risking losing to their base in the next primary. Nor can they go against their corporate donors and the lobbyists who represent them.

The Democrats aren't in quite as much of a political prison in terms of their base, but they are in terms of their lobbyists and the corporate or group interests those lobbyists represent. One of the things that makes me prefer the Dems is simply that a lot of what their base and even some of their lobbyists are for I believe are best for the rest of us, like not being beholden to the big oil corporations but having to consider what the teachers unions feel they need to better teach our children.

Yes, it's the lesser of two evils, but life experience has taught me that that is preferable to the kind of blind idealism of my youth when I thought it possible to actually perfect humanity and its various interests and their impact on the world. I know now that the lesser of the two evils of the kinds of violent protection of the self interest of our nation and that of the totalitarian nations of say Nazi Germany or Soviet Russia deserved support because if the latter two had succeeded in their attempts to spread their versions of governing across the entire globe we would all be very very sorry.

If a third party that represented all I believe in were to become viable politically I would support them. But in the meantime, what we have is a two-party system and the one that best represents the interests of most of us is the Democratic one. Now we have to pressure that party into taking steps to thwart the corporate greed that has led to the pollution that has led to global warming that has led to climate change that has led pretty directly to the damage my family members and friends sustained and are still recovering from with "super storm" Sandy and the "super storms" to come, let alone the melting of the planet's glaciers and polar ice.

A worldwide movement to protect the planet should be number one on all of our agendas.


Robert G. Zuckerman said...

One would think, yes (about protecting the planet)? Don't know about you, but I'm tired of having to choose between the lesser of evils. I want to be able to choose between the greater of greats.

Anonymous said...

Well said. If only we could choose between the greater of greats, this blog would not have had to have been posted. That WOULD be the perfect world.

Robert G. Zuckerman said...

let's keep trying, let's not give up.

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JenW said...

Stay idealistic- never settle. The politicians aren't the ones solving problems. We all must. This talk is 10 years old but the message is powerful & sums up beautifully how each individual has a role in creating positive change- knowledge and understanding the problems, hard work and perseverance to solve them, showing love and compassion for all life. (Absolute non-violence. ) PS- Dr. Jane will be speaking in PA next month @ Lafayette& podcast too.

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