Thursday, December 8, 2011

America at the end of 2011

We disagree on many things…that’s great…it’s the human condition. We can argue, poke fingers, call names, threaten, joke, teach, learn…all those wonderful experiences that make up our lives. This is the greatest piece of America…the freedom to do this…and whether we agree or not on an issue, whether we condone civil disobedience, whatever…the value is in our “true” democracy…to hear as much as possible, to think clearly, and to individually make our choices and decisions based on OUR understanding and beliefs.

This separates us from all those countries and societies where this freedom is squashed. I fear that there are forces in this country that are taking us in the wrong direction from what I believe America is all about.

Just one example is well stated in the internet posting below…the message being…it doesn’t matter what YOU believe about climate change. The big $$$s, Faux News, Kock brothers, Grover Norquist, and others have teamed up in a concerted effort to circumvent the whole “democratic” process…discussion and debate! No longer can individual Republican leaders make their own decisions…they HAVE stick to the “party” line, whether it is climate change, raising taxes, gay rights…or face enormous economic/political pressure in their re-election.

You can’t buy morality!

“What happened to the Republican consensus on climate change? Three years ago, prominent Republicans including Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Rep. John Boehner (R-OH), Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), Tim Pawlenty, and Sarah Palin all expressed belief in human-caused climate change. Several even voiced strong support for policies to cap and reduce carbon pollution. Today, all six of these leaders have joined the rest of the Republican Party in a sudden and near-unified retreat to silence or denial.

It’s not the science that has changed — it’s only gotten stronger. What has changed, according to the National Journal, are the types and relative strengths of pressures on GOP lawmakers”.

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