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To Dream The Impossible Dream……

6:08 pm in Uncategorized by cmaukonen

Fabulous Freebirds - flickr

So Obama get four more years. and Elizabeth Warren is elected to the Senate along with Heidi Heitkamp and Allen Grayson, Patrick Murphy and Joe Garcia to the House. Among other notables and all those Democratic stalwarts and liberals and other lefties are so convinced that this is the beginning. That truth, justice and the American way will prevail and working with in the system is the only way.


If this were the case we would have national health, solar and wind energy popping up like bean sprouts, rail systems and public transportation systems in every good sized burgh and the jails would be overflowing with Wall Street bankers. And the last I checked the AMA and big Hospitals and insurance companies still call the shots, oil and gas and coal companies are still raking in the dough and our rail systems are falling apart.
Then there are those who firmly believe that if Jill Stein of the Green Party – the soccer mom candidate – or one of the others had been given a fair shake, they would have had half a chance.


Look at the results people. Nearly half the country thought some glorified sleaze bag used car salesman was a better pick than a technocratic Ivy Leaguer with no imagination. And a large number of them because he was white rather than black.

Listen up people this should give you a hint.

MORE ELIZABETH WARREN SPECULATION: FINANCE COMMITTEE? – From a top Hill watcher: “Finance may be a better fit. The banks all have tax issues that are at least as important as regulations, and that’s a better committee in terms of fundraising … and she’ll be in big demand as a Dem fundraiser the next two years. Plus … putting her on Finance would allow Schumer to tell the banks that he did something for them.Politico Morning Money

This maybe a rumor being spread but I guarantee you that neither Warren or anyone else will be allowed to make waves. Once you’re in DC you play by Wall Streets rules or you are disappeared. Assigned to some do nothing unimportant committee to get you out of the way unless you play ball. Do not look for any changes, even little ones.

But keep looking through that rose colored mist if you insist. Cheering your favorite professional wrestler. At least it will keep you out of trouble.

How capitalism and it’s genuflection killed America.

10:48 pm in Uncategorized by cmaukonen

Food Line - flickr

Another election is about to come to a close. A long, mean, bloody period that will be replace by an even longer bloodier, meaner and more retched period. Two self described diametrically apposed camps both convinced that only their way will save a country that has been terminal for over 30 years.

Two sides of the same double headed coin who are convinced that the other is the devil incarnate and they themselves are divine. Both blindly and with a death’s grip holding onto an ideal that was never valid in the first place.

One camp insisting on returning to a time that never existed – one of free market prosperity. Refusing to accept that this prosperity only existed for those of the Caucasian race and only because the rest of the world was in ashes and America had free reign over it’s remaining resources.

The other camp insisting that the greed and selfishness of the opposing camp is the reason for the countries troubles and forcing them to release their grip on their avarice is what’s needed. Neither side will accept that it’s each camp’s blind belief in capitalism at any cost is what is killing the country.

A country that is crumbling before their very eyes as this essay in Der Spiegel examines.

After a brilliant century and a terrible decade, the United States, in this important election year, has reached a point in its history when the obvious can no longer be denied: The reality of life in America so greatly contradicts the claim — albeit one that has always been exaggerated — to be the “greatest nation on earth,” that even the most ardent patriots must be overcome with doubt.

This realization became only too apparent during and after Hurricane Sandy, the monster storm that ravaged America’s East Coast last week, its effects made all the more devastating by the fact that its winds were whipping across an already weakened country. The infrastructure in New York, New Jersey and New England was already in trouble long before the storm made landfall near Atlantic City. The power lines in Brooklyn and Queens, on Long Island and in New Jersey, in one of the world’s largest metropolitan areas, are not underground, but are still installed along a fragile and confusing above-ground network supported by utility poles, the way they are in developing countries.

Both camps blindly and completely championing a country formed by those who wanted to pursue personal gain and wealth without any consequences, without any social responsibility, without any interference by some inconvenient government. Where ones social and political status is based solely on ones economic status and how one gained this was inconsequential to it.

The only recognizable basis for moral and political authority, in the eyes of the elite, is the attainment of material success and power. It does not matter how it is gotten. The role of education, the elites believe, is to train us vocationally for our allotted positions and assure proper deference to the wealthy. Disciplines that prod us to think are—and the sneering elites are not wrong about this—“political,” “leftist,” “liberal” or “subversive.” And schools and universities across the country are effectively stomping out these disciplines. The elites know, as Canetti wrote, that once we stop thinking we become a herd. We react to every new stimulus as if we were rats crammed into a cage. When the elites push the button, we jump. It is collective sadomasochism.Chris Hedges, Truth Dig

It’s this false religion that everyone is entitled to become a millionaire or billionaire that drives the American psyche. That hard word and dedication will always pay off in the end – remnants of the Puritan work ethic that is killing this country and it’s people. Still both camps believe we are still number 1 in the world even though that data says otherwise.

We’re 7th in literacy, 27th in math, 22nd in science, 49th in life expectancy, 178th in infant mortality, third in median household income, number four in labor force and number four in exports.

We lead the world in only three categories. Number of incarcerated citizens per capita, number of adults who believe angels are real and defense spending where we spend more than the next 26 countries combined 25 of whom are allies.Aaron Sorkin, Business Insider

And yet both camps insist that all will be well if you would just follow their religious denomination. Pray to their golden idol and sacrifice to their monetary gods. All the while the country’s infrastructure crumbles, educational system becomes a third rate joke, their health care becomes the property of only the very rich and the people become more impoverished while still worshiping their dream of eventual riches. Through a system that has thrown them overboard long ago.

When the inevitable finally happens will the American people finally wake up and realize that they have been believing a lie and a fairy story – a dream that cannot and will not possibly come true ?

Or will they simply sit wringing their hands and gnaw on their resentments like Gollum. Holding on the the ring of capitalism and refusing to let go of it.

“What had it got in its pocketses?” he said. “It wouldn’t say, no precious. Little cheat. Not a fair question. It cheated first, it did. It broke the rules. We ought to have squeezed it, yes precious. And we will, precious!”

Not in my life time….

3:10 pm in Uncategorized by cmaukonen

Storming of the Bastille (Duesseldorf version) -Flickr Creative Commons

Oh do I see so much rancor and vindictiveness here these days. Nearly as much for the current administration as the last. Ideologues and fanatics all in a tither with their tails in the air and oh so upset that their previous messiah has not turned out to be as they imagined.

Oh where have we seen this before. Historically in just about every chosen one.

With so many now convinced that if only they could get the right person elected or the citizens energized and as impassioned as they are, they can change the system instantly. Storm the gates of the Congress and demand…yes demand that they all resign and they WILL install a righteous and responsive government that WILL work for the people. And woo to he who says otherwise.


Not until the engineers and middle management of places like IBM, DELL, Apple, Microsoft, Simmons,  Blue Cross, Motorola, Boeing, MacDonald Douglas, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon….- who are still doing very well thankyouverymuch – are in as bad a shape as the worst of the so called 99%.

Or the retirees in Florida and Arizona and California and Mississippi…..are about to lose the retirement and be out of their nice gated communities in the cold.

Or that you can get Blacks and Asians and Latinos and native Americans and Muslims….all rallying to you side.

These visions are just that. I think there are those who need to reexamine the history of previous revolutions. How long it took and how bad it had to get before the “masses” were willing to risk themselves and what they had to overturn the powers that be.

There is a saying we have in computerdom about systems and our current political and economic one is a perfect example.

Functions as designed.

So you can go and vote for who ever you want (or not) and be disappointed again (which you most assuredly will be) and pout and talk and and throw brick bats at the system which is corrupt and treacherous and duplicitous and all the rest or you can make things better for yourself and your neighbors. Having hissy fits over what you really have little control over does not help one bit.

As far as a revolution goes…forgetaboutit.