When some among us seriously harm the rest of the world in our name.

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To no one’s surprise, the response tends to be essentially “ho hum” and “yea so?” Yet we bloggers really are among the most civically active members of society and I wonder how it is that we got so sophisticatedly wise about political campaign strategy and remain so inept, ignorant and apathetic about genuine civic responsibility?

There are duties required by that  responsibility when things go wrong or when some among us seriously harm the rest of the world in our name.

There’s a notion that the most rapid path toward resolution of all America’s faults and mistakes –  not to mention restitution and repentance – lies merely in working to elect specific candidates. It is an empty and naive sentiment.

Civic responsibility is love of country and not about looking for or appreciating merely doing the least we must.

That’s like the Survivor nonsense. Some are voted out and some stay. The game will continue with a new slate of contestants next season.

It’s not unlike loving to shop for our favorite foods or things while having no idea about all the processes involved that brought our delectables to market.

We seem to consider the purchase itself a more significant and needful event than the actual creation – the bringing into being of that thing which we desire to possess.

Buyers may know how to cook, use or wear something they can easily obtain repeatedly and casually by mere purchase without any knowledge of the effort and circumstances that make such a purchase possible.

We may even consider ourselves knowledgeable afficionados about that which we glorify but in reality we have no idea.

We may even pooh pooh someone else’s concerns because  we can persuasively justify our investment of time, energy and emotional resources in our favorite things.

Such in fact is what I’m doing right now in grinding my ax about civics, national reputation, morality and conscience and not paying attention to getting a candidate elected or another defeated.

I admit it

So what’s your excuse?

How is it you can get excited or discouraged about the most recent polls, political stupidity, chicanery and  deception and how that might cost someone the election without making noise about REAL social global justice?

Will an election loss make for you a disaster that many seem to emotionally equate to your favorite teams’s having lost the Super Bowl?

Or perhaps your civic sense is a touch more intense than that. Perhaps losing the election will be result in a vague civic unease  that in actuality is mere intellectual awareness while we go about our post-election consumption?

How can we get so lost in the heat and competition of emotional politics but never arouse  a mature and wise emotion when we know we  ought to?

Are we genuinely moved to care about our future – a future that will be an undeniable consequence of failure to perceive past events honestly and accurately and failure to set them right?

Can Veterans of my generation still make a difference?

Hell, I don’t know.

I tell my own children and older grandchildren flat out that my generation has greatly and comprehensively screwed up their future; that they absolutely must take back their country in a way they themselves see fit.

How they do that is theirs to figure out. They should not believe that they can be told honestly and truthfully by any political party or church as to who they vote for without question.

They won’t take back their country by choosing more of the same thing that brought all this foolishiness to pass.

If we cannot and will not look at the future in that manner then those of us who don’t care; those of us who shrug it all off are THE citizens of an imperial nation that continues raping less able societies abroad.

We are the citizens who sustain the Imperial States of America and will make of the coming blowback events an ugly reality.

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On Silly Section courage:

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Americans Are Very Dumb

As you might have guessed, the Isis Books and Gifts store in Denver, Colorado is not a terrorist book store.

The Isis books store, which also offers psychic readings, is a 35-year-old spiritual book store named after the Egyptian goddess Isis, but that fact hasn’t stopped dumb Americans from vandalizing it.

Yeah … just whom are we supposed to most afraid of? Who is the more dangerous to truth, justice and the American Way?

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Armed protesters gather outside Islamic Center of Irving

About a dozen protesters — most carrying long guns, some masked and one with his mother — lined up outside an Irving mosque on Saturday. They had come from as far away as Hunt County to the green-domed complex. To “Stop the Islamization of America,” as the mother’s hand-drawn sign urged.

 

And this from a Facebook page:
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Or this on the party of chest-pounding personal responsibility:

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Let me spell it out fer ya … anuther silly sekshun entry

Democrats Have Better Grammar Than Republicans, Study Reveals

The findings are consistent with studies that do show Republicans are less likely, in general, to go to college than Democrats. But liberals should not get too smug. Studies also show that Tea Partiers, somewhat paradoxically, are more likely to have a college degree than non-Tea Partiers, so that certainly complicates matters.

Salt Lake Tribune Cartoonist Patrick F. Bagley’s unvarnished truth about Utah’s Ace Grandstander.

Jason Chaffetz uses bogus “facts”, otherwise known as Republican Talking Points. My graph, on the other hand, is 100% accurate.

What would a civic profile of the typical Utah voters who sent this guy to Congress look like?

If this fellar hadn’t been elected, I might have never spent time as an activist

Updated 8/20/2015

The Verdict is In: Guess Who’s the Worst President in History?

Americans of all stripes love to debate which president was best or worst. This is a subject that is too important to rely on opinion polls, which are skewed by individual bias and political views. While It’s difficult to rate how good or bad any president may have been in comparison to another, a careful look at the facts shows one president failed in virtually every aspect of the job to a degree unrivaled by any other.

When you review the facts below and consider his impact on our economy, foreign policy, and domestic policy, by almost any standard, it’s difficult to find any president who did more harm and left the country in worse shape than George W. Bush.

At the same time that Bush was leaving office with a 28% job approval rating, 61% of historians rated George W. Bush’s presidency as the worst in history. In another, informal survey of 109 professional historians, 98.2% judged the Bush presidency as a failure while a mere 1.8% classified it as a success.

Below you can find all the reasons that George Bush deserves the title of Worst President in US History.

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Originally published 08/19/15 as shown

George W. Bush will not be giving speeches on behalf of his brother anytime soon. In fact, if the Republican establishment has its way, Dubya won’t be anywhere near a camera for the 2016 election.

The Case of the Disappearing Dubya – TPM, Opinion

Them boys is afraid of where, how and when he might remind a few voters of the facts (think) truths about his presidency and his party’s participation.

His disappearance from the national spotlight is a strange phenomenon in contemporary American politics. Under normal circumstances, Bush would take his place along other ex-presidents as a national figurehead of some influence, especially with his brother as a presidential candidate. Yet, his deafening silence is indicative of not only his disastrous administration, but the GOP’s attempt to erase him from the country’s memory.

… Unfortunately for the Republicans, Democrats and independents do have functioning memory cells. They can recall two disastrous wars, mismanagement of Hurricane Katrina, the war profiteering of Vice President Dick Cheney, rampant Wall Street deregulation, and huge tax cuts for the rich that helped the national debt to balloon out of control in tandem with defense spending.

It became obvious long ago; Dubya is possibly the worst Republican you can quote, portray or set forth as an example of competent leadership, let alone mature statesmanship and expect to persuade voters.

If Reagan is an empty suit to be filled like exaggerated feats of heroism in a conservative piñata, Dubya is a dark political vortex that sucks away light and hope for another Republican president. Financially, militarily, diplomatically, and by every managerial standard of leadership, Dubya is a presidential tragedy brought to you by conservative philosophers. His two terms were devastating in every major category of judging a president. There wasn’t one element of government that escaped being damaged or compromised by his policy. By the time Bush left office, it was very easy to buy into the mythology that government doesn’t work, because it was many of his advisors who helped wreck the system so thoroughly that a sense of hopelessness pervaded.

Brother George had a lot to do with the skewed national image that government doesn’t work and his party’s “erase and displace” tactic that the fault lies not with  Dubya or his party, but  elsewhere.

We now have 15 years of a party, its leadership and its flagship broadcaster talking down to us, thinking we are stoopid and gullible and constantly striving to prove it.

With a party trying to disprove the reality of their most recent chief executive.

support pro-women organizations … the real ones … not the pretend ones that believe in stampedes.

I’m Pro-Life like this guy … and support pro-women organizations . the real ones … not the pretend ones that believe in stampedes.

Non-thinking non-critical thinkers want to know: “One can only dream of the impact those resources could have if directed into pro-life, pro-family, pro-women organizations

Where does he get off going against all them stampeding congress persons along with the rest of those who’ve bought into a stack of simple lies but think that their moral indignation is supreme and above common sense?

I’d be willing to sell bridges and waterfront properties to such gullibles.

An adult speaks to the Junior High Show Offs

Vote Fer Me! I’m Tuff on Stuff

The desperate party and it’s candidate show-offs are up on the stage doing the see-how-great-I-am shuffle?

I seriously doubt that the congressional de-funders actually took a poll in their home states and districts to see if their constituents really want them to defund Planned Parenthood.

But why let such a necessary check-with-your-voters procedure stop them? Even if their own constituents  aren’t being loud and stoopid enough in supporting them, they must assume that everyone else’s constituencies do … and that makes it a broad public sentiment to defund.

Right?

Well, consider the fruits of these pretend we-think-this-is-the-most-important-thing-to-do-right-now crowd.

These are strictly junior high school antics and maneuvers.

Won’t someone – an adult preferably – explain the facts of life to them.

Well, one very smart, thoughtful and capable adult lady did.

Now if they can just find someone smart in their own crowd to interpret what she said that may have been to deep or complicated …

Did you fall down, hit your head and think you woke up in the 1950’s or 1890’s?

Elizabeth Warren:

“I come to the Senate floor today to ask my Republican colleagues a question, Do you have any idea what year it is? Did you fall down, hit your head, and think you woke up in the 1950s? Or the 1890s? Should we call for a doctor?”

“Because I simply cannot believe that in the year 2015, the United States Senate would be spending its time trying to defund women’s healthcare centers.

And her very complicated declaration (from someone among their own body who knows),

“Just to be clear,” Warren continued, “even though the abortions performed at Planned Parenthood are safe and legal, the federal government is not paying for any of thm. Not — one — dime.”

Now, can’t this party of kindergarten konservativism and reactionary religion just start spending time on things worthwhile to the whole nation … at least once in this decade?

Now I think I understand the look on Lincoln's face from the high monument chair.

Now I think I understand the look on Lincoln’s face from the high monument chair.