Is Political Equality Possible?
Citizenship is waning. There are the obvious, brutal signs of this: the police apparently have a free hand to kill and cage certain citizens, more or less as they see fit; the fiscal state is crippled by the ability and willingness of its wealthier subjects to refuse taxation; voters must now share political space with corporations, their new legal equivalents in significant elements of democratic life. In many places, especially poorer places like Greece and Detroit, unelected bureaucracies now explicitly overrule the will of electorates.
Crooked Timber, To Carry the Past Around with You
Bread and Circuses: Round II
That a superficial media whore like Trump is taken seriously in his bid for the presidency clearly shows the extent of amorality circulating through the political cesspool we know as Washington DC.
Assisting in this fiasco are the ignorant millions who believe that the value of the examined life is based solely on media exposure. This cult of the celebrity has foisted onto national prominence low-brow icons like Sarah Palin, Herman Cain, Trump, the Kardashian family, Honey Boo Boo, and the Duck Dynasty.
Beauty and the Beast
Ms. Coulter is laughing all the way to the
bank. She employs her ivy-league education and great personal charm to give
credibility to a multitude of racist memes circulating through a growing population
of under-educated white males struggling to avoid redundancy. Devoid of any thoughtful
content, her books are nothing but literary methamphetamine fueling a resurgent
fascism. To paraphrase Nietzsche,
"He who sides with monsters should take care lest he become a monster."
Notable Texas Politicians: Rep. Louis Gohmert
“There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.”
― Isaac Asimov
NRA: We're Racists with Guns
NRA spokesperson Wayne Lapierre tells his membership that, "Yeah, I have to tell you eight years of one demographically symbolic president is enough." And I thought the NRA was just about protecting the 2nd amendment. This is a man whose ethics are shaped by simple economics. Lapierre will say or believe anything for the right price.
Inmates Running the Asylum
Former US Representative Michele Bachmann says that President Obama's actions will initiate the Apocalypse. To quote Ms. Bachmann, "Jesus Christ is coming back. We, in our lifetimes potentially, could see Jesus Christ returning to Earth, the Rapture of the Church."
Unfortunately, crazies like Bachmann are found in great numbers in both the Senate and Congress. There must be some flaw in our election process that allows these intellectually challenged characters to rise up through the cultural backwaters in which they were formed. Their growing numbers don't bode well for our future.
Indiana's Religious Freedom Law: Stand Your Ground for Bigots
Gov. Mike Pence says his state's new religious freedom law does not legalize discrimination ... it simply allows citizens of Indiana to exercise their religious freedom without sanction.
Sorry, but this law does nothing more than to create a stand-your-ground shield for Indiana's bigots. Some people just got to denigrate others to feel superior. American history is a story of ever increasing human rights. With this new law, Indiana has taken a major step backwards.
Pennies for Dollars
Gov. Chris "Sit Down and Shut Up" Christie sells out the citizens of New Jersey for pennies on the dollar in order to mask his budget shortfall.
While few expected NJ to receive anything near the $8.9 Billion in damage and cleanup costs levied against Exxon Mobil, prosecutors did believe the final charges against Exxon Mobil would amount to some $3.5 Billion.
The billions in potential fines could have been used to strengthen New Jersey's underfunded public pension system and forestall a host of potentially burdensome tax increases. Looking to improve his budget numbers, Gov. Christie stiffed the citizens of NJ and struck a deal with Exxon Mobil that waived all claims against the company, as well as all cleanup costs. In exchange for dropping the $8.9 Billion lawsuit, Christie agreed to accept $225 Million as full compensation for Exxon Mobil's destruction of over 1,500 acres of public lands in Northern New Jersey.