"The action I am taking is no more than a radical measure to hasten the explosion of truth and justice. I have but one passion: to enlighten those who have been kept in the dark, in the name of humanity which has suffered so much and is entitled to happiness. My fiery protest is simply the cry of my very soul. Let them dare, then, to bring me before a court of law and let the enquiry take place in broad daylight!" - Emile Zola, J'accuse! (1898) -

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

November 4, 2008 Is Going To Produce An Election Of Epic Political Tectonic Proportions That Will Not Be Fully Understood Until The After Shocks Have Subsided.


Like the great upheavals of the Earth, (that we are only now beginning to understand have pre-quake warnings); the political landscape and the foundations of our political institutions have been trembling on and off for years and where cracks have emerged expedient fixes have been employed and life and the system has moved on as usual.  

However the creeping totality of termors has taken its toll and it was only a matter of time before our political system experienced  “The Big One”!


It is at hand.  Failed and lowered expectations have eroded the joining seams and they are about to crumble and collapse.  The impact will be immense.


Like the great New Madrid Earthquake of 1811 and 1812 we have rumbled up to this election.

That great tectonic event rolled up through the Earth in one of the largest successions and most extensive inclusions of the American Geography until on February 7, 1812 the Earth was not to be denied.  

Like the repeated political skirmishes and scandals, abuses, wars and public out cries that have characterized The America of the Post World War II Era that have been endure, ignored and excuses, the Earth tremors of the early 1800s went without understanding and preparation, until an initial pair of quakes and aftershocks on December 16th 1811 and January 23, 1812 signaled the coming of a “great event”.    


These earthquakes destroyed approximately half the town of New Madrid. There were numerous aftershocks in the area for the rest of that winter with research indicating a series of some 2,000 earthquakes overall that affected the lands of what would become eight of today's heartland states of the United States.


There are estimates that the earthquakes were felt strongly over roughly 130,000 square kilometers (50,000 square miles), and moderately across nearly 3 million square kilometers (1 million square miles). The historic 1906 San Francisco earthquake, by comparison, was felt moderately over roughly 16,000 square kilometers (6,000 square miles).


Quake after quake shock the region, aftershock followed aftershock and no one knew what to do.  They were paralyzed in ignorance and fear and simple stood their ground…and then the Mega Quake of greater than 8.0 on the Richter scale let loose and the greatest expanse of America ever shaken and broken let loose!


The Earth moved.  A stretch of rock plate five miles deep spanning from Arkansas to Illinois shifted slipped and smashed loose beyond view and comprehension.


The results: large areas sank into the earth, new lakes were formed (notably Reelfoot Lake, Tennessee), and the Mississippi River changed its course, creating numerous geographic exclaves, including Kentucky Bend, along the state boundaries defined by the river. Some sections of the Mississippi River appeared to run backward for a short time.  Sandblows were common throughout the area, and their effects can still be seen from the air in cultivated fields. Church bells were reported to ring in Boston, Massachusetts and sidewalks were reported to have been cracked and broken in Washington, D.C. There were also reports it toppled chimneys in Maine.


The buildup of American frustration can be felt.  

The Earth is shaking with the marching thundering feet determined people in early voting lines.  

Their voices are loud and they are chanting: “We will not be denied”!  

They are preparing with every out cry for solution and change and their rage says you shall not steal this day from us!  


Fear, lies, wars, spying, lying corruption and simply being ignored, cowering fear of going into the streets the mob has emerged in voting lines; their challenge to make the outcome so overwhelming that attempts to thwart their will, will be mocked, discovered and defeated.


In the political quake we are about to witness more than sidewalks in Washington DC will be cracked and broken.  

A fractured Republican Party will be in such dire straits that if it were a state and a natural disaster it would be crying out for government assistance. Leaderless, many voiced tore within by those who fashion anew from the ruins they will do battle over the ruins.


But there will be even more rubble to sift through in search of surviving remnants of America’s fabric that will need expert and lengthy repair and reconstruction, renewal and restoration. 


A racial barrier will topple and we need not rescue that edifice from the political rubbish heap, though some will; they will be on their own in their obvious obsession.  Party realignments will have to be affected.  A nation’s economy will have to be rebuilt from the ground up with new building codes called regulation. 


American’s Election system will need a serious refurbishing cast in a new mold of uniformity of registration and ballot casting.  The new model must prioritize and encourage the swelling of the voter rolls rather than pay lip service to that noble goal while fashioning all manners of perverted exclusion tools to be employed by state and local elections lackeys and partisans.  

The pornographic indecency of election funding must come to end.  It is absurd.


Candidate debates must be wrested from the hands of media sock puppets and given to citizen panels to conduct.  

We need to be able to hold candidates legally criminally responsible for lies; slander and acts defamation of character committed in campaigns, perhaps even a citizen commercial screening board before any of that nonsense even sees the light of day.  

The word accountability in our society must cease to be a buzz word and become a real and effective legal tool of the people.


From the Rubble of “The Great Quake” of November 2008 we can fashion a new rational American foreign policy.  We can demand that this nation become energy green and independent.   


While is popular at the moment to refer to the necessary solutions to our current economic woes as Rooseveltian” in nature, and perhaps that is the best frame of reference for many to identify with; we are facing challenges that demand epic solutions but in this modern world we are not going to work our way out of this with Civilian Conservation Corps-like entities, but we certainly can and should be about the task of fashioning new vehicles that could be seen as somewhat parallel to stimulate employment by rebuilding the infra structure of America and cleaning up our environment.


We can provide incentives to research and development effort to build a true non-plug in electric engine that does not require at any point the burning on one drop of gasoline and in doing so revolutionize the world with “our” electric engine that will now power the Earth.  

We have the moment before us to provide full cradle to the grave medical coverage to and for everyone in this nation.  That should be a right, and whatever we must change to create that reality can and should be changed.  Such coverage is not the property of the privileged.   


Corporations must be made to understand they are contributors to this society, the term applied to all of the rest of us, and not blood sucking leeches on us.  Take your operation off shore it will cost you an arm and a leg to bring whatever product or service you provide back in the door.  We must educate the public to the notion that taxes are not an imposition, rather they are the dues we pay for the services and benefits we wish to enjoy.


And then there are in the family members named intolerance, division, polarization, hatred and imposition, all of whom must be disowned.  

Those who believe that it is correct to be intolerant of another’s race, color, religion or core beliefs, and that it is their duty to stamp them out, force them into conformity and beat them into either submission or extinction by the imposition of their beliefs by force of law are truly the un-American among us.


Those who in Ostrich style denial cling to “Creationism” to the extent of attempting to erase all traces of science at the expense of the truth are simply wrong-headed bigots.  I can make a case for a God-directed evolution that arrives at Adam and Eve’s arrival that would make some sort of minimalist sense, but I am not about to waste my time on that writing.    

Those who oppose Abortion in every instance, perhaps I could respect your advocacy if you were truly dedicated to the sanctity of life; meaning that you also oppose the death penalty and war as a legitimate tool of the state.  

You do not. So I cannot.


We need to accept people as they are and not make up rationale for why they are not as we would, so some would have them be. What business is it of anyone that a person is either Gay or Lesbians and not “straight”.  These people go around demeaning others in the most vile of intolerant labeling and demonizing name calling; things like sodomite…and worse.  

I wonder what they call it when a straight couple engages in consensual anal sex.


We have a real challenge in putting an end to negative campaigning and  integrity in our “news media”.  I will single out only FOX at the moment.  That network is not about news.  It is all about opinion formation and control appealing to the worst instincts of our species by providing one scapegoat after another for folks to beat up on to work out their frustrations rather than direct those actions into the resolution of the real ills of our society.   

They lead a folk assuming all followers are ignorant and just plain stupid.


We do not have to take them on all at once and FOX would be a most worthwhile target.  All one would have to do is go online and send a message to every sponsor that you are boycotting their products until they abandon sponsorship of anything on that network.  It can be done.  

Caesar Chavez showed us how to do it, and don’t tell me that you have neither the quality nor content of character to say it and then just simply not buy a product for a few weeks.


There is so much to do; so much that can be done and the door of opportunity waits next Tuesday.  Open it, walk through it and embrace the future, rebuild this nation and restore what we can and should be as a nation of citizens tolerant and hopeful.


In the wake and rubble of the quake we have coming next week we have opportunity.  Much will crumble and some will be worth repair and restoration; some will be lost forever and good riddance.  Let us not look back and mourn that which has not served us; relegate it to the pages of history where it may serve example of that which we should not allow to be repeated.  And in the words of Lincoln, certainly more eloquent that” “Get out of, or think outside of the box”…


“The Dogmas of the quite past are inadequate to the stormy present; we must think anew; we must act anew.”


After the political tectonics of next Tuesday; let us seize the opportunity to think and act anew, to restore that which is valuable and to fashion for the future that we which have only long dared to dream of…it is possible.

 Tuesday The Entire Nation Will Move!

Hang on I just felt another tremor!