Neither Bridges Nor Vaccines Have Been Built with Ideology

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Any conversation about economic theory that doesn’t include an assessment of social effect is shallow and divisive. Calls to privatize our economy without consideration for how that might amplify the gap in wealth distribution and encourage poverty growth, is making only half the case. More importantly, insisting on broadcasting half-baked opinions gets in the way of actually developing effective policy.

Effective economic policy, at its heart, respects social commitments, addresses market needs and resolves resource conflicts. It brings stability to markets, it nurtures future growth and brings the proper reverence to resource allocation using guidelines, controls and regulation. Good policy has well considered provisions, with foresight and is designed to adapt in operation, keeping the intent of the policy intact.

The health and wellbeing of our nation and our people are the tangible priorities we work for. Using ideology and theocratic dogma to amass political power, making dangerous decisions without merit, pushing exploitation policies with costly consequences and always heading the ship into the storm to interject fear and promote anarchy, has sinister motives for a purpose.

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Anew Day by Mary Margaret O’Hara

 

Though there are tears round your heart

and your eyes are of stone,

every bright star

will pale when you come home.

Though the ground is wet with sorrow,

it will always look that way.

Everyone walk in brightness,

cause it’s anew day.

Anew day.

 

Spring, and the rose again

will see the living end.

When your heart is sick with wonder,

at a long and lonely way,

walk in brightness,

cause it’s anew day.

Anew day.

 

Oh, dream of mine,

not lost in sleep,

I’ll call you down,

with the love you don’t give words to,

with the love you give away,

everybody walk in brightness,

cause it’s anew day.

Anew day.

 

Is it better to disappear

than just to stand so near a hole?

When your own hand won’t recognize your face,

makes you maybe go someplace.

With the tears round your heart

and the stone in your eyes,

look out your change of heart

and look at the same skies.

Over ground wet with sorrow,

that will always look that way,

everybody walk in brightness,

it’s anew day.

Anew day.

 

You and the rose again,

will be the living end.

When your heart is sick with wonder,

at the long and lonely way,

walk in brightness,

cause it’s anew day.

Anew day.

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Social Stability and Government

Saying it is ok to drive on any side of the street you like doesn’t work. We need government to avoid self-destruction. The idea that government is the problem is being exploited for political advantage, for and by politicians who lack moral character. However inappropriate and illogical the tactic might be, it is effective. It wakes up the aimless, disenchanted and confused and puts them into an agitated, ready for action state of mind. Just point them in any direction and turn them loose. They will do something disruptive.
This tactic is sinister, intentional and unacceptable. It is a threat to our stability and security as a nation and a people. We are a socio-economic federal republic complex. We are held together by common purpose, spirit, desire and law. We use government to keep us on track. We are in this together. We are the government. We are not the enemy. We are the people.

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How Do We Get There, If We Don’t Pull Together? (repost from 2010)

Saying it is ok to drive on any side of the street you like doesn’t work. We need government to avoid self-destruction. The idea that government is the problem is being exploited for political advantage, for and by politicians who lack moral character. However inappropriate and illogical the tactic might be, it is effective. It wakes up the aimless, disenchanted and confused and puts them into an agitated, ready for action state of mind. Just point them in any direction and turn them loose. They will do something disruptive.

This tactic is sinister, intentional and unacceptable. It is a threat to our stability and security as a nation and a people. We are a socio-economic federal republic complex. We are held together by common purpose, spirit, desire and law. We use government to keep us on track. We are in this together. We are the government. We are not the enemy. We are the people.

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When The American Nazi Party Came To San Diego State, Recalled Through The Lens Of Charlottesville Today

A crowd gathered at the Greek Bowl, an open amphitheater, to hear George Lincoln Rockwell, the head of the American Nazi Party speak, on March 8th, 1962. I was a curious Freshman, sitting about 10 rows up, in the middle of the bowl. There was an expectation that he would make incendiary remarks, and he did.

Standing on the stage, backed by a few brown shirt guards, he began making derogatory remarks about Jews. The crowd booed. He doubled down, the crowd got louder. He challenged anyone to dispute his accusations.

Ed Cherry, a student, walked up on the stage, to cheers from the crowd and tried to get to the mic. Rockwell didn’t want to let him speak. Some words were exchanged and Ed slugged Rockwell, at which point the brown shirt security stepped in.

A crowd of several hundred, were now standing and began moving toward the stage. Rockwell was shuffled off, to protect him from what was an increasingly angry situation. Shortly, Rockwell was escorted to a waiting car. The crowd followed and began egging the Nazi entourage and moving around their car. It was a tense few minutes, but Rockwell’s driver was able to get through the gathering crowd and leave.

The biggest difference between then and now is; Rockwell wasn’t a core part of the President’s (JFK at the time) base. And, although anti-Semitism and racism was as prevalent as it is today, it wasn’t well organized and certainly wasn’t backed with armed militias and networked propaganda outlets.

Beyond some cursory soul searching about 1st amendment rights, there was a general expectation that free speech came with responsibilities. The school newspaper was likely the most concerned, and even they quickly moved on to focus on routine events, an emerging manned Space Program, Louis Leakey’s fossil finds, rumors of Global Warming Theory and the school’s transition to a University. The country was in an unremarkable period of exceptional prosperity that came to be seen as the norm, and wouldn’t be interrupted until November 22nd, 1963.

With Winter all but gone, my thoughts had turned to weekends in Ensenada. Politics were nowhere on my horizon. Anyway, that’s my recollection, an odd parallel to the amplified events in Charlottesville today.

By way of comparison, here’s what the school paper reported:

Transcription of The Daily Aztec Reporting – March 1962

Self-styled American Nazi party leader George Lincoln Rockwell was slugged, hissed and booed when he spoke in the Greek Bowl March 8, as he hurled verbal blasts at minority groups to a crowd of about 3,000.

Rockwell said that he had no intention of causing trouble. “If I had wanted trouble I could have worn my uniform with my armbands and the whole works. Believe me, I know how to stir people up if I want to,” he said.

Rockwell was slugged in the face by Ed Cherry, a SDS senior physical education major, when Rockwell said that “the Jews are engaged in a great conspiracy.”

“I wanted to counteract Rockwell’s lies,” Cherry said.

A press conference followed in the Aztec office. Rockwell predicted that he will be in political power in Virginia within five years. However, he said that he has no special office to run for.

The following days found the incident receiving coverage on television and in newspapers all over the nation.

Rockwell was brought to the campus by the Committee for Student Action.

 

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It’s Nearly Impossible To Govern

It’s nearly impossible to govern our nation effectively when an intransigent GOP blocks all efforts to correct problems, refuses to bring anything but polarizing social issues to the table, insists on campaigning nonstop, lets funding expire for critical agencies, holds the national credit rating hostage for crazy political ransom, refuses to collect taxes on those with the means to pay, increases financial pressure on those already stretched to the breaking point, denies science in favor of religious dogma, floods the airwaves with bigoted propaganda, challenges settled law in courts, insists on fabricating an atmosphere of uncertainty and fear, exploits national resources and pushes to privatize control of energy, water & air, resists regulation of criminal financial operations, pledges allegiance to subversive activists, protects rights of anarchists, plants rational for assassins to act on, insists on loading the dice against workers rights and demonizes civil servants. But, who’s keeping track?

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Fear Has Gripped The Republican Party

The orchestrated chaos coming from the Trump White House that Republicans have willingly allowed to fester, in order to promote their agenda of drastic cuts to high end taxes, business and environmental regulations, public education and social safety net programs, is carrying with it an increasingly unmanageable paranoia, for the party controlling Congress. Republicans, rather than facing disoriented opposition, in their moment of opportunity, are looking into the face of a gathering storm, and fear is setting in.

What began, on November 7th, as shock, disbelief, and outrage in the country at large, has coalesced into indivisible resistance, confrontational bravado, unfettered resolve, growing political power, spontaneous organization, and enthusiastic activism. Support for legislation that might have swiftly moved through Congress to be signed into law by a President in more orderly times, has been met and challenged every step of the way. Republicans have gone from a disciplined Party, with a small government, private enterprise message, to disconnected clusters of single issue groups who spend every hour of every day defending the insane actions of a delusional maniac, who is more concerned with his papier-mache image, than his role as Chief Executive.

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