Keeping it Small and Simple

2008.04.08

Not only NATO needs to be disbanded

The Democratic Party needs to be disbanded as well. Democrats love to make fun of the lack of intelligence among Republicans, but maybe it’s time for some inner reflection. Nancy Pelosi, to take but one example, manages to make utterances that make your average beetle appear intelligent.

The Democratic nomination process is turning into a farce. Sorry, it was one from the start. It’s turning worse. What is more important to the Democrats, finding a presidential candidate early or letting the people have their say? The latter would of course be the democratic alternative. And where do the Democratic candidates actually stand on issues that matter? Bring the troops home? Nope. The military industry owns Democrats as well as Republicans.

The Republican Party was hijacked by non-Republicans a long time ago. Either it gets back to republican values or it should be dumped into the cesspool of history. The so-called neocons can leave and form The American Empire Party, The Fascist Party of America or maybe just The War Party. Ron Paul is one of few Republicans with Republican values, and should have been their candidate. I don’t agree with many of his ideas, but at least he is a Republican.

Fortunately, there are alternatives, like The Libertarian Party and The Green Party. While I don’t see The Green Party doing well, the Libertarian Party probably has the best chance ever to really stir things up. They don’t have the big lobbyist support, but it’s the people who are going to cast their votes. If the Libertarians can really reach out to all the people who think the whole process is nothing but a bunch of humbug, they could really make a dent in the machinery.

There should have been a strong workers’ party. Something on the lines of European social democratic parties, which are all far to the left of the Democrats, who are not very left at all. Of course, most European social democratic parties have also taken quite a few steps right over the last ten or so years. The Labour Party in Britain is a good example of a party that has been directly hostile to the very groups of people they claim to represent. There are many other examples.

As I have mentioned many times before, Ralph Nader is the candidate the closest represents my own personal viewpoints. I just wish he were running for the Green Party. Although Nader doesn’t stand much chance of winning the race, his importance cannot be ignored, as the Democrats have learned. He stands a decent chance of forcing the other candidates to actually listen to the will of the people they are meant to serve.

Disband NATO, it outlived its usefulness a long time ago. Disband the Democratic Party, it gives the word democratic a bad name. And while you’re at it, place John McCain in a nice little retirement home. Somewhere quiet, where he can relax and not cause any damage.

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2008.03.30

Don’t just stay at home

If your tired of the endless hot air from Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and John McCain? Then look at the alternatives. They do exist, although mainstream media does their best to keep them out of the spotlight.

Don’t just stay at home on election day. Vote, it’s your right. There are candidates who propose real change, not just hope. There are candidates that do listen to the will of the people. For example, Ralph Nader. Another candidate you could look into is Mike Gravel. Note that both these candidates state exactly how they stand on important issues.

I personally have a lot of respect for Ralph Nader.

2008.02.10

The apes should evolve quickly

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , — Lorenzo E. Danielsson @ 21:30

The state of humanity has me feeling that we’d be better off if The Planet of the Apes were to actually become reality. After all this time on this earth, is capitalism, environmental degradation, Christian fundamentalism, racism, inequality, nationalism, stupid soap operas and Windows Vista the best we can come up with?

I don’t think things will change much if Mr. 100 year-war in Iraq or Mrs. Hollywood Tears gets to fart on the presidential seat next. And people like Huckabee shouldn’t even be on the campaign trail. They should be put in mental asylums along with their creepy supporter base.

I’m sure our primate cousins wouldn’t do half as bad. I therefore suggest that we demand of the apes that they speed up their evolution. Then again, they probably won’t even get the opportunity since we’re killing them off along with every other life form on the planet. Good work, humanity!

2008.02.01

What is a flip-flopper?

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , — Lorenzo E. Danielsson @ 15:39

Election time is great because it always adds loads of new empty slogans to the public vocabulary. American elections are especially important because they have a global effect. This also means that empty, non-sense statements used by American politicians get exported to various local political arenas. Get a list of all the countries in the world that will hold elections this year and I can almost guarantee you what expressions will be used in the political debates and by media of each one of those countries.

This time around the term flip-flopping is used with such regularity that I feel the need to barf out my lunch anytime I hear it. This term has of course been used before, but this around it’s popularity has really blossomed. Media, here playing the role of public educator, help to propagate these terms out the the “bewildered herd”, that is the general population, the large group of people whose role is to be politically inactive.

But what does it mean to be a flip-flopper? Judging from various statements made including the word, I can only conclude that a flip-flopper is somebody who is adult enough to realize that they may have been wrong at some point in the past and ready to re-evaluate their position. This is obviously bad and must be condemned.

The opposite, the morally upright “non-flip-flopper” is somebody who rightly holds on to their original standpoint, even when there is an overwhelming amount of evidence against it. This is a sign of strength and good character. It is also childish.

Watch out for these other great verbal pies that get thrown around: “black”, “woman”, “Christian”, “Muslim”, “Hero”, “too old”, “too young”, “inexperienced”, “radical”, “crazy”, “firm”, “soft”, “lobbyist”, “lefty”, “neo-con”. That is just a small selection. Expect to enrich your vocabulary with several more words that mean absolutely nothing this year.

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