The Road To Hell – The Fall Of The American Empire

The more I think about it, the more I think America is going in the wrong direction, possibly heading for the proverbial drain. This is not a partisan statement. We’ve been on the wrong track for many decades. Some things have, to be sure, improved significantly. I would for instance rather be a black person in 2013 than in 1913 (that bit still has a ways to go, but at least pseudo dictator Michael Bloomberg of New York  got spanked by federal judge Shira Scheindlin over his fascist, racist and glaringly unconstitutional Stop & Frisk program). But other things have taken a dramatically degenerate turn. What’s worse is that it most likely can’t be fixed because our only choices are bad and really bad. We are in the process of giving up nationhood in favor of business incorporationhood. Think Citizens United.

“It must be fun to watch a President [or Congressman, or Senator, or Supreme Court Justice] run, just ask the man who owns [or owns a share] in one.”
~ Steppenwolf from the song Monster.

I’m pretty sure somewhere in our DNA there is a self-destruct gene; it’s just waiting for the right circumstances to kick in and we’ll all go down in a conflagration of thermonuclear war, or release a zombie bug, or devolve over time to render us hairy, knuckle dragging man-like creatures, or we’ll all be employed as greeters at Wal-Mart. I don’t know which would be the worse fate.

If you don’t wake up tomorrow you may take it as confirmation that you died in the apocalypse that took place when you were sleeping. We are like bacteria in a petri dish that flourish as long as it receives nourishment, but eventuality suffocates in its own waste.

Tell Corporations To Stick To Business

Tell corporations to stick to business.

I just received this e-mail. I acted on it. So should you.

Dear Lars,

Once upon a time, corporations existed to produce goods and provide services to customers.

But these days it seems like corporations have a new priority – namely, spending millions to elect politicians who will do their bidding.

It doesn’t have to be this way. We can take back our democracy.

Please sign our petition urging corporations to refrain
from political spending in 2012!

The Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision opened the floodgates to special interest money in our elections. That money is now threatening to drown out the voices of ordinary Americans like you and me.

And while there are lots of options for reversing Citizens United, we can’t wait two, five or ten years for politicians to take action to fix our broken system.

We need to do something NOW. Let’s remind corporations to stick to business and refrain from political spending in the 2012 elections.

Sign our petition today, and we’ll deliver it to the top 500 corporations – starting with Bank of America, our #1 target as chosen by you, our Common Cause members and activists.

Thanks for all you do,

Bob Edgar
and the rest of the team at Common Cause

P.S. Please forward this message to four friends who also want to see corporations doing more to strengthen community, not investing in politics that divide it.