Book one submission
THE INDEPENDENT MAJORITY
Copyright 2008 by john A almada
The Independent Majority
Independents are not middle of the road and we are weary of two extremes; moralistic ranting and ravings by the moral high ground hypocrites and the immoral criminal class. Tired of the preachers and tired of the perverts, but who speaks for us? How many Independents in the House and Senate? One? Two? It’s a joke and we know it. We nearly woke up during the GATT “debate,” but they slipped it by us and now it’s another layer of bureaucracy to peel off. The public outcry did not convince Congress that GATT wasn’t what we wanted. Are you kidding? A world trade bureaucracy? I don’t think so. No to GATT and no to the New World Order and no to a two tier global structure of struggling peasants and rich elite parasites and polluters.
How much longer will the 20 cent an hour worker remain silent, docile and obedient? Workers around the world struggle every day with the knowledge that, in their heart, they know something is wrong when they work so hard for so long under difficult conditions while a select few are clipping fat cigars at the country club. All these workers need is a match to set them off and I’m eager for the day when that will happen. If they unionized and protected themselves they’d be off to a good start but for now governments and corporations around the world conspire and murder or marginalize union activists. Our placid over consumptive lifestyle will be badly shaken if 20 cent an hour workers were to start making two dollars an hour. How about just a dollar an hour as a worldwide standard?
Asian sweatshops that make our clothing would pay workers more and, voila, suddenly American made clothing becomes more competitive. No more 3 for 10 dollars T sgirts at Walgreens. There might be inflation for us, but a more competitive market for our exports. What kind of capitalism is it that allows Big Business to swallow all small business? Now that GATT is passed, corporations have the WTO (World Trade Organization) to further advance their exploitation of resources and stomping of all small business that gets in their way. Human rights abuses of workers will continue and increase globally, all in the name of low prices for us.
Tortured in prison or slaves at work, it’s a living hell for many in this world. Where is the joy the Creator wanted? Or is life brutal with no universal consequences? The boss who screws us at work--is it any different than the cheetah biting and tearing the neck of the Impala? Just a slower death.”
“Where are the liberty seeking patriots? They aren’t the ones in the militia all fired up to fight a war with the government. They aren’t those big business sycophants who are holding up the crumbling façade of Manifest Destiny. The real patriots are the Independents. We love this country but are enraged at the antics of the Greedmeisters. The Agrarian Anarchy spirit of 1776 has been crushed and replaced with manufactured demand and the culture of the warrior elite. The War Culture, the tree cutting culture. Veterans feel they are patriots because they risked their lives in Europe and Asia and wherever else. George Washington might not agree with this patriotism angle. He’d ask, ‘what have you done lately?’ He often spoke of avoiding foreign entanglements and would find that bomb bomb bombing Iraq isn‘t the same kind of effort he made at Valley Forge.
He’d also discover that the “unprecedented” post war prosperity of the fifties and sixties was fueled by rapacious plundering. Forests clear cut to ignite the housing boom and the government subsidized nuclear power industry and other weapon manufacturing jobs gave people great pay but now we have a trillion dollar toxic cleanup no one wants to talk about at military sites. The profits of previous decades have given us this weapon saturated world of today and there will also be a multi-billion dollar effort to decommission these nuclear power plants that created temporarily cheap electricity.
The older generation has been brainwashed to worship all coercive authority. The boomers work ceaselessly to keep their heads above water or are deeply into the greed machine. The youth are looking ahead but don’t understand some of the old American traditions. We don‘t want militias or Unabombers. Did Mahatma Gandhi belong to a political party? Millions of us transcending generation, race, gender, and class barriers need to be unafraid to discuss the taboos and be aware of our right to speak out. We are the real majority, the Independent majority.
Individuals may have free speech, but when many are united in the associations and organizations we belong to, it gives a weapon to use against coercive authority. The big boat is starting to change its course so be prepared and look over the next rogue wave. Help is on the way. Be ready to snap out of our national coma and be prepared to burn the ticks, fleas, leeches and parasites off our wallets and/or pocketbooks. Get independent, get in the majority. Don’t focus so much on presidential races but congressional and senatorial races where we should elect independents. ho’s got the money, time or temerity to be independent and face down the Democrat-Republican monopoly? Our constitution demands we protect our liberty.
1 The Fundamental Orders
2 Shooting protestors from
3 CONVERSATIONS WITH CONSERVATIVE CONSERVATIONISTS
4 TWO HALF TRUTHS
5 Behold The Dreamer
6 Den of Vipers
7 The Independent Majority
8 Klondike capitalism
9 Jesus and Allah
10 The Illusion of prosperity
11 Beltane and the Great Awakening
12 The dawn of civilization
13 Liberty; in ascendance over Religion
John Almada ---My Favorite Quotes FROM BOOK ONE “There will be a separation of church and state or there will not be the United States that the founding fathers intended.“
“There is no hell and I only capitalize god at the beginning of a sentence.”
“The innovations of the future will come from the garages of America, not the boardrooms of corporations.”
“The theme to most American movies, the good guy wins in the end but they have all been pyrrhic victories. They won’t be real victories till we encode liberty, embed equality, ostracize criminality and vanquish cruelty. Let’s give ourselves the chance for a new start, with the rejection of violence and the ushering in of The Dawn of Civilization. "
“Do you truly believe we are preserving American freedom by the wars in Korea, Vietnam, proxy wars in Central America, and 2 wars with Iraq and the furthest away of all, Afghanistan. War may help the Gross National Product and is lucrative for people with stocks in weapon manufacturing companies, but it doesn’t work in real life anymore. Try as they might to make mass murder acceptable and patriotic, deep in our collective American hearts we know it’s wrong.”
“In Republican America the severity of the punishment ensures the authority as the warrior elite creates a necessity for war as our dominant reality.”
“If foreign goods began to go up in price because of higher labor costs then guess who benefits? We do! Get it? This is when inflation is a good thing; American goods still cost the same while those sneakers from Thailand will cost more and the more these Corporate Slaves in other countries get paid, the more competitive American products become. We can’t lose! It’s in our best interest to promote safety and good pay in all jobsites around the world no matter what the grumpy neocons may tell you. This is the secret corporate taboo no one is to speak of. Union is the word we dare not speak.”
“The clotted nothingness of liberalism and the venomous spewing of many conservatives actually represent only small slices of the American Pie. Unfortunately, the only two that have a voice in the mainstream media. What about the independent viewpoint? The independents have no steadfast, limiting ideology. We develop our own viewpoints and philosophies. We are tired of coercive governments and corrupt corporations.”
“Churches serve quasi-governmental functions, as do the Cub Scouts, the Rotary, Homeowners associations and Garden Clubs. Government should be our solid edge and border and all these civic groups are a high thread count in the fabric of freedom”
“Sam Adams was a brewer and roustabout who organized Bostons wharf rats into the sons of liberty. Other American Revolutionary heroes were Unitarians and Atheists and Deists that did not allow religious bugaboo to cloud the clarity of their thoughts. “
”These moral high ground religious hypocrites saw the native population as troublesome and ungovernable and sought their extinction from the start.”
Chapter 1 The Fundamental Orders
“In 1631, an Indian leader of the Podunk Tribe from the Connecticut River Valley invited people from Plymouth (1620) and Boston (1628) to come and live in the valley of the broad river. He hoped that somehow his tribe would prosper. Settlers moved west, the first westward seeking pioneers and they were explorers and adventurers as much as the gold seekers 200 years later during the California Gold Rush. In Wethersfield they encountered a Dutch trading post that had been set up in 1632. In 1633 the first permanent settlement was built in Windsor. In 1634 Wethersfield became the first incorporated town. In 1635 an area between the two towns, called Hartford was founded. This all happened west of the Connecticut River. The Podunks lived east of the river.
Wethersfield, Hartford and Windsor commingled in trade. They held town meetings and in 1639 banded together into what they called “One Publick State or Commonwealth.” Inspired by Thomas Hooker’s iconoclastic sermons in which he outlined the principles of a just government, Roger Ludlow drew up a document for governing this new organization. The Fundamental Orders he created has been praised as the first practical constitution to declare that, “...The foundation of authority rests with the free consent of the people.”
Stifling governments around the world led many to look for new homelands. Wethersfield, Hartford, and Windsor became known as the Connecticut Colony and this independent colony was a good area for those wishing to work their craft and live honestly, out of reach of the Puritans. It wouldn’t be long till there were 50 religious sects in the colonies and the Flag and King were far away and forgotten. It was a pity those pesky puritan preachers promoted patriarchal platitudes and were always looking for recently settled towns and cowering fearful superstitious people to brainwash.
Most of the population paid lip service to the preachers who were whipping up an anti-native frenzy. The new world was filled with heathens, and a popular T-shirt back then would have been, “So little time, so many pagans to smite.” They used scare tactics suggesting these Native Americans needed to be slaughtered. These moral high ground religious hypocrites saw the native population as troublesome and ungovernable and sought their extinction from the start.
By 1662 the Connecticut Colony was a proud and thriving region. The Governor sailed across the Atlantic to see the King of England. The governor and the king had a splendid time and along with extending the borders he also legalized the Fundamental Orders. It was the most liberal document ever approved by an English monarch, ever; anywhere. Remember that the English counted India, Africa, Hong Kong and many other places as part of the empire. Things went well for another 25 years as people peacefully farmed fertile flood lands. Their only government was the monthly town meetings which were guided by the spirit of The Fundamental Orders. In the mid 1680’s one of the first sparks of revolutionary fervor burned right in my old hometown of Wethersfield. A previously unprecedented defiance, they succeeded in their refusal to pay a five pound fine, which was imposed on them by the Royal Courts. They held a public election and voted in favor of not paying.
Feisty, independent and developing fervent civic pride, The Connecticut Colony did not kowtow or patronize British leadership. And yes, they excluded many from voting but the evolution of personal liberty had to begin somewhere. It had to begin somehow. A lot of Third World countries are hundreds of years behind us in understanding the notion that all people deserve freedom and liberty. The Connecticut Colony was mostly taking care of themselves and enjoyed unprecedented economic freedom. This was something new because in the old peasant days there was always a king, prince, pope or bishop, duke or some other petty tyrant to tax your labor, for their illegitimate wealth. In 1687 the new king, James the Second, took notice of the Connecticut Colony and unlike the friendly King in 1662, appointed a new governor who would be from England and not appointed by the colony. By that time, Old Saybrook and New Haven had become thriving port cities and had joined the Colony. The vile King James demanded Connecticut give up its precious charter, the now controversial Fundamental Orders. As he became aware of the autonomy granted the Connecticut Colony he immediately threw a spaz. “Authority is created from the free consent of the people!! This is an outrage!” The King sent a new Governor, Sir Edmund Andros, across the pond to try and govern this rabble. Amid fits of anger he , “…summoned Andros to physically pick up the charter so there would be no doubt where the authority lay. Andros sailed across the ocean and went to Wethersfield to endure a town meeting and listen to people rant and rave against his appointment and authority. Meeting day fell on Halloween and a long afternoon ensued for Andros who was forced to listen to declarations of defiance.”
As evening wore on candles were lit at the center of the large table. Apparently the town narcoleptic fell asleep at the main table and knocked the candles over. When the candles were relit, Andros was stunned that the charter, the original copy of the Fundamental Orders that was in plain view, had disappeared even though no one had left the meeting!” Freedom became a fugitive till 1776
Chapter 2 Shooting Protestors from Helicopters .
“What would we have now if McCain was elected? A 25% chance, statistically, that he would die in office and we’d have Sarah Palin shooting protesters from helicopters like she did with wolves in Alaska. “We need to put the fear of God in them” she’d say as unemployment climbs to 20% and Marshall Law is declared because of panic and economic instability. The Republicans are good at breaking things and bloating budgets and insulting foreign countries but are clueless to understand what compassion is. The Republicans inability to balance a budget, since Eisenhower, has dogged them for 55 years and is a reminder of their incompetence, deception and greed. Then you have idiots like Pat Boone declaring the White House has “vermin” living there and we need an exterminator.
Thomas Jefferson said, “We in America do not have government by the majority. We have a government by the majority who participate.“ What is developing in 2010 is a growing mob mentality similar to the McCarthy Era. The ones participating are now carrying psychological pitchforks to suppress the independent majority with their sputtering outrage at “Health scare”, the Twin Towers mosque and beheadings by Mexican drug gangs. One reason I had to be without healthcare by the end of 2009 is because of the inherent greed that most health practitioners will readily acknowledge is rampant through the entire system. Our insurance costs went over a thousand dollars and I opted out. Ask the family whose life savings had been absorbed by intrusive fancy pants end of life procedures as elderly parents last days were filled with indignities to keep them alive a few days or weeks longer, adding tens of thousands to an already bloated hospital bill.
We have the best health care in the world. Yes, if you are a hypochondriac getting 5 MRI’s a year for every itch you have. As George Bush fiddled to Cheneys fires, this health care inflation became the major cause of personal bankruptcies and President Obamas intention is to get you talking and thinking. You have to weigh in and make your influence felt, otherwise, you are accepting the tyranny that will fill the vacuum when good people do nothing.
Never mind Freddy Kruger and the Halloween movies, the proven failure of socialism is trotted out to put fear in the gelatinous lump called the American electorate. Obama is turning America into Communists right under our noses! The dream of people working out ideas for the future is being overwhelmed by fear mongering and corporate misology. We have a dream where American (or Canadian and Mexican for that matter) small business opportunities will proliferate. I have a dream where America will not be a place where my five little children are to be a herd of toilers to pay off the pension funds of those who worked in the weapons or chemical industry. Then there's the AIG’s and other banks who produce no actual products other than to make more money for those who already have enough, and are too big to fail. But not too big to take the handouts in the form of taxes from my five little children and 50 million other children who will soon become taxpayers.
Soon we will have two Americas, one where Earle, Eugene and Carlton(made up names) drink from the health care fountain gushing unlimited MRI’s and 300 dollar a month medications for 15 dollars and the non-insured fountain dribbling not enough care for people like me who can no longer afford to subsidize those who have ‘worked hard all their life’. Trust me I’ve worked hard all of my life, turning my passion into income but working with the earth as a gardener does not pay like those careers in the extractive and polluting industries. This is why the The Health Care bill works for most of us. We are all in this together now, preventative care costs rise now for a lowering of prices later. It’s called long term planning and I wouldn’t expect those with pensions and good medical coverage to be supportive.
Chapter 3 Conversations with Conservative Conservationists
“Can A Conservative be a Conservationist? Yes! For crying out loud, what else would a conservative be? A greedy exploiter? Militarist and religious restorers? To be conservative in ones dress or habits is a social conservative. Most people are economic conservatives and social libertarians. We are not Conservative or Liberal but The Independent Majority. Traditionally conservatives have been mistrustful of Big Business, Big Labor, Big Government, Big Religion and Big Media. A conservative historically, has fought against the amassed power of all these BIGs. But these phony neo-cons of 2010 promote Big Business and Big Religion and it’
Can A Conservative be a Conservationist? Yes! For crying out loud, what else would a conservative be? A greedy exploiter? Militarist and religious restorers? To be conservative in ones dress or habits is a social conservative. In business, trade, sales, service, many people are economic conservatives. Mistrustful of Big Business, Big Labor, Big Government, Big Media. A conservative historically, has fought against the amassed power of all these BIGs. But these phony neo-cons of 2010 promote Big business and Big religion and it’s very perplexing to me.
It was conservatives that finished the American Revolution. The Liberals of that era wanted freedom, but with a managed liberty by royalty, and they were ready to make our first president a king; called King George (Washington). It was the original G.W. that said, “A government is like fire, a handy servant but a dangerous master”, rejecting any inclinations toward monarchy or theocracy the new government would have. The Libertarian Patriots of 1776 would have no part of that. Conservatives said, gather in Philadelphia, and let’s get down to some business and create a libertarian type of freedom for the individual and to shield every American from religious zealots and their invisible friend that allegedly wrote the Bible.
Is it any wonder that in polls, preachers are rated very low along with car salesman? Just as they were in 1776 when they were viewed on a par with the snake oil salesman.
I am neither liberal nor conservative and I made up the phrase “Independent Majority” to describe many of us. Conservatives have corrupted the meaning of the word, conservative, since Reagan got in, and Liberal was not derived from the word liberty. In the Revolutionary Era liberals had a reputation for siding with totalitarians and royalty.
In the 60’s liberals became associated with liberty and civil rights, a traditionally conservative viewpoint. The Progressive Era (1890-1915)was represented by conservative conservationist Theodore Roosevelt (Republicans take note) who would find people like Jim DeMint, Sharron Anggle, Jim Buck of Colorado, and other phony conservatives as syncophant weenies for the elite rich and would laugh them right out of the oval office.
Liberals were disturbed by the mad devouring industrial machine and the need for full civil rights for all people. Liberals also stewarded laws to reduce and slow down air and water pollution by the greedy corporations and thusly, the Liberals modernized themselves. The land and air should belong to the people, not a waste bucket for the Protestant profiteers, even Richard Nixon knew that.
Two Half Truths
“A short while later Rush looked out his window and saw Hilary was taking the dog for a walk and he could hear Barry’s Guitar Hero booming out from a nearby room. Stealthily sneaking back into the kitchen he was mesmerized by the pie and pulled out a large spoon. Meanwhile the motion activated camera began to roll.
Rush dug away and practically inhaled 6 of 8 pieces. He had had enough and was chewing down one last mega mouthful when Hilary walked into the kitchen."Ah hah, you are SO in trouble you little pie addict!" she said laughing heartily.
"I am not an addict, I can quit anytime. Really, what is so funny," implored Rush and at the same time Barrys cell phone buzzer went off, a text from Hilary.” The pig is in the poke, over,” Hilary texted.
Barry hurriedly walked in and said, "You're busted and there is no way you can blame it on us because I got it awllllll on film." he said shutting off the camera. I'll have you on Youtube in 5 minutes and Mom and Dad'll have your butt hangin' on the barn door tomorrow."
"We may as well finish it now Hilary, one piece left for us, it's ruined anyways."
They finished the pie and Barry went back to his room to hide the tape from the young and devious Rush while Hilary finished her walk with the dog. Later that evening, Barry's music was loud and he didn't hear the phone ring. "Hi mom," said Rush picking up the phone.
"Hi son, are you getting ready for bed?"
"Yes mom" he said in a worried voice, then added, "I hate to be the one to tell you this but when I came in to get a drink of water Mike was finishing off the pie," which was true because Mike finished the pie and threw the pie plate in the sink. "Hilary and Mike ate it.' This is true that they ate some but certainly not IT, working in a couple of half-truths here.”
Chapter 5 Behold The Dreamer MAHATMA GANDHI Let us have a united India and not an India with Hindus and Moslems fighting each other. Rule together instead of each other.
Tolerance and then acceptance
BLAM! BLAM! BLAM!
MARTIN LUTHER KING We can build towards our dream. Where the difference between black and white becomes our acceptance of each other and we live together as equals.
BLAM! BLAM! BLAM!
BOBBY KENNEDY We should make a more direct effort To help the starving people of the world. Too many governments continue to harass their citizens and I ask myself why are things the way they are and how can we change them.
JOHN LENNON And if you want money for people with minds that hate, all I can tell ya bruther is ya have to wait. Living is easy with eyes closed, misunderstanding all you see. Running everywhere at such a speed, till they find, there’s no need.
BLAM! BLAM! BLAM!
Bang bang YOURE DEAD, That’s what the killer said
Doctor says you may live
But as long as you do, you can’t stop
People like that who talk to walls…….bother the women with obscene calls……Big problems come when those walls talk back……..citizens find they are under attack
Den of Vipers
“Was it President Andrew Jackson that said bankers were nothing but a den of vipers, or was that Jesus? In the 1830’s Andrew Jackson managed to eliminate the National Debt while calling those in the banking system ‘A pit of vipers’. He was determined to get these parasitical leeches off the life blood of the country.
With the exception of Alexander Hamilton, the founding fathers greatly feared a central banking system that was there to feed upon the healthy commerce of an emerging nation.”
the entire middle part is not represented here and makes an incredibly easy capitalist solution to banking reform.
“Let’s say Zeke the farmer has a 250,000 loan to pay for his family farm. He’s been payin’ it for 23 years, why heck, he should own it by now, but he doesn’t. He’s paid the bank $512,008.49 dollars for 270 months, but now is 3 months late and foreclosure is looming. With the interest, he’s paid the capital twice, yet the bank holds the note. Multiply Zeke by millions of others and ask yourself if this is what capitalism should be about? It is not, it’s a heartless aberration we have allowed to run amok.
As the capstone of greed, banking greases the wheels to what is referred to as predatory capitalism. If you’re not stealing from people with price gouging and market manipulation, you are stripping the worlds resources for quick profit, or paying people desperate for jobs 25 cents an hour. It’s that ghost of manifest destiny and the motivation to use the world to gain wealth because Jesus is coming back and Armageddon is coming and we won’t need the world anyways. How do they know? They just do I’m tellin’ ya.
Imagine working your land for 23 years, growing food. More herd dogs than you can count and all those tractor repairs and fixin’ that fence and rainstorms that made ya cry when the crops collapsed. How can you ever forget the bonding with the land, and the memories of teaching your children to drive with that ‘49 Hudson out in the south 40, and all those family gatherings and the Labor Day barbeque?
Bankers at the door; you’re late, you signed a contract that’s the way it is, life is tough pal, and those daily phone calls from the mortgage company was not harassment. As Andrew Jackson used to say, “If the people only understood the rank injustice of our money and banking system, there would be a revolution by the morning.” Shame on you worried about the ‘ground zero mosque’ or gay marriage. Ending Economic Slavery to banks will become the biggest permanent stimulus package for the middle class. If there isn’t a large middle class, how can the poor gain their charity and the rich profit from your labors?
Here come the evil bankers-den of thieves—pit of vipers>>>now you see what is wrong with America as you hand them the keys to the house. A moment of clarity….but there is nothing you can do. Please wake up America.
You need to emulate American Hero Pat Tillman who would say, ‘do something for yourself-do something for the future, do something now’, as he wrote in his diary, and ‘don’t depend on god’. America does not need god entwined with our money or educational learning facilities or court systems and we don’t need a chickenshit clergy afraid of bankers. Do you need Jesus to show you how to knock over the apple carts of these price gouging, spirit destroying, anti-family moral high ground hypocrites? Here is where religion can be useful for society. They can help the rest of us grow a green sustainable economy over the dead zone of authoritarian despots, instead of being compliant chumps.”
The Independent Majority
Chapter 8 Klondike Capitalism “How many of us were in the womb when these atomic bomb tests were being done, the baby boom, remember, 3 million births a year. Fallout from the atomic bomb tests in the western United States was gently swaying and bobbing on the mistral winds…..nestling their little molecules….in our mother’s lemonade as she was sitting outside anticipating our birth or all over your favorite cowboy shirt that you wore every Saturday when you went out to play.
America remained safe in the 50’s and 60’s because we had 15,000 nuke weapons. Security is what we are told is the reason for all those nukes, but actually greed was the underlying factor and the people who manufactured these weapons are all millionaires and their employees all await their pensions. Now in 2010 we have India, which is a day late and a dollar short when it comes to the population issue, and they are now planning to construct nuclear power plants to satisfy the baby boom they are going to experience. Their baby boomers will total 300 million compared to 60 million in the U.S. born between 1945 and 1965. They have more honor roll students than we have students to put that spin on it.
Corporations have taken the best of America’s natural resources and sold them, an extracting insanity the last 100 years as world population of less than 2 Billion then, to an out of control 6.4 billion now. People are not understanding how dwindling resources and skyrocketing populations is just plain stupid. Meanwhile, phony conservatives are decrying the preserved National Parks, Monuments and Estuaries saying they should be sold to ‘balance the budget’. This preservation of National Park Land for all Americans for all time, has stymied the potential profits they could make from oil, gas and mineral extraction. Cattle and mining interests lease government land. Mining interests have sold chunks of earth during their industries avaricious mining while others have made a lot of money during the weapon production for our military. Others test nuke weapons underground shaking Mother Earth to see if their product works and this is just wrong to an earth lover. Nuclear Power companies and weapon labs have made money supplying the largest military on the earth these last 60 years, a hell of a lot more than what is given to people with welfare, food stamps and Medicare. My main point is the wealth amassed by IVEGOTMINE America has blood and pollution on its conniving hands and the greatest generation were willing dupes all along.”
(2) “Tongue in cheek, this was my response. It hasn't destroyed us yet. I invested in GM in the 50's but taxpayers cleaned up the toxic waste from production facilities. Then I got a job at Dow Chemical where I made alot of money from the government designing methods to deploy napalm in Vietnam. Then I invested in a high profit company that obtained numerous government contracts and when they got caught pouring iridium down a well, we got fined peanuts. As this nuclear waste found its way into the water supply we all laughed and clipped fat cigars at the country club.
But then I realized I didn't have quite enough money so I got together with an old friend in the late 70’S, and we took great delight in bulldozing forests to make suburbs. When the sissy state I lived in started cleaning up the rivers and made my friends update their smokestacks, with those damn clean air laws, I moved to Florida where I got involved heavily in sugar production making gargantuan profits in the 80's as Americas seriously began to overeat and sugar was a tremendous growth industry. We emptied the Lake Okeechobee watershed and farmed the rich mud. By farming I mean applying lots of chemicals. Taxpayers are now paying for a 2 Billion dollar cleanup of the Everglades.
Now me and my fourth wife go out to Chez Gougeeng every night in our Rolls Royce and there's a rags to riches story for you. Forget Sotomayor, my newest wife grew up in Appalachia with coal dust in her fingernails and asbestos in her hair and joined the army and got lucky because for 18 of her 20 years of service, all she did was sell boots and shoes at the commissary and now she has a lifetime pension and free medical care. She doesn't need it really but it's nice to know it's there just in case Obama takes from us rich people who have worked hard all our lives.”
Chapter 9 Jesus and Allah Jesus said, “Yes, there was a movie called The Matrix which came pretty close.”
The sheer complexity of the project guaranteed them a good grade but by working closely together on the video, the class was impressed and so was the teacher.” There’s no I in team,” said Allah to Jesus when they found out they got the best grade in the class. Jesus smiled and reached out to shake Allah’s hand. Work together for the best results kids, that’s the lesson here.
Later that week the computer program that contained their project was disposed of in the vaporizer by the janitor for safety reasons. The evil created with their experiment on Earth was determined to be toxic bio waste and there became a necessity for disposal.
Are You The Gardener?
It’s unfortunate that patriotism requires us to enthusiastically hate our enemies, “Huns”, “krauts”, “nips”, “gooks” and now “Sand monkeys.” Then we’re told the United States is slipping into third world conditions with our liberal educational system. Well, the truth is, thanks to unions, we have only emerged from our own third world working conditions since 1945, and the liberal education system has kept American minds nimble and free. We started slipping back in the 80’s because most Republican jobs are low paying service industry jobs.
Civil rights advocates were abused and hassled and murdered. I’m not seeing how going back to that era, the golden age of the 50’s, would be good. Those who fought for civil rights were brave patriots who were directly fighting for equality and their constitutional rights in their own country, and there was no lifetime military pension as incentive either. They fought for equality and what was right and they did it right here in this country. Why are they not considered patriots?
Boomers, stand up to this claim that we are a lazy and immoral generation. We have discarded a lot of unfair traditions of racism and sexism. It was the “greatest generation’ that left us with 10,000 years of nuclear contamination to store and 160 toxic nuclear sites and aging nuclear power plants that will need to be decommissioned at a zillion dollars apiece. It was the greatest generation that told black people to stand up and get out of “their” seat and supported segregation as it persisted through the sixties, mostly in the south, and they wistfully want to return to those days when men could beat their children and wives and there was nowhere for these victims to go. The boomers managed to change these cultural nightmares and it was the parents of the greatest generation that did the lion’s share of risky strikes, labor reform and unionization during the 40 years preeeding world war 2 which shook the corporate world and finally gave American workers a good living and lifted us out of third world conditions. Look up the Ludlow Massacre of 1918 to get a feel for the middle of that era and the struggle they endured.
In 1918, my grandmother was twelve years old and working 12 hours a day in a factory. Meanwhile the company big wigs were at the country club clipping fat cigars and drinking martinis as they laughed at the workers who had to beg to take a bathroom break. I remember the pain in her face as she recounted some of this type of corporate cruelty.
Imagine that a long time ago, in 1834, one of the first organized labor strikes occurred. What I read is that child laborers went on strike to lower the work week to six days and limiting the workday to 12 hours. Factories and many other large companies really treated workers poorly. Our American ancestors endured difficult, torturous working conditions. Still today, so many employees are pushed beyond their endurance, but they keep going and going. Have you ever seen a 7-11 at lunch hour when there is only one employee? This cannot be the life the Creator intended and it’s very sad that so many people freely give their lives to enrich the few unworthy ones.
There’s no denying the extreme bravery of those in a war zone. But I ask myself, was it our victory in World War 1 (1914-1919) over the “Huns” that improved working conditions for my grandmother? NO! The child labor laws enacted during the Progressive Era and their enforcement as years went on was how her life improved; these labor reformers are the real patriots to me. Fighting the corporations and eventually all this reform paid off with the prosperity of the 50’s and 60’s which the “greatest generation” primarily enjoyed! Are there other examples of patriots…..how about the suffragettes? For over fifty years they endured the criticisms and efforts to thwart them. But of course they were right; half the country’s population was finally given a voice in 1920. Till then women were not allowed to vote. Talk about third world conditions!
Chapter 11 Beltane and the Great Awakening I don’t know about this Christian God creating everything and peoples insistence that I should just accept it. Don’t mock god I’m told. Some magical Dude with a really big wand creates the universe and life on earth. From like, out of nowhere basically. No experiments in his garage just POOF …. I am creator of everything
Women were treated as sub humans we are taught throughout history, mere vessels to birth exalted warriors and infallible popes and wondrously and divinely appointed Kings along with Bishops and Earls and Dukes. Mighty servants of god warning us of the many demons trying to steer us away from patriarchal pastors priests and preachers. But I propose these demons have another source. Demons are called into the Material World by Pentacostalists and others as they “speak in tongues.” Then these demons jump into people like Glenn Beck, Pat Robertson, Hannity and some of the others, trying to corrupt society with hateful mean spirited rants: uh huh, this is a true rumor I heard. This modern Great Awakening is really an attempt to put everyone back in the box and put everyone to sleep so this sweet land of liberty becomes a repressive theocracy. Edward Gibbon wrote about clergy and the basic deceptions of Christianity and how they are the antithesis of Liberty and Freedom. He compared the light hearted spirit of freedom that was developing as a contrast to the cold empty life that a Taliban style Christian ayatollah inspired world would be like. “The acquisition of knowledge, the exercise of our reason or our fancy, and the cheerful flow of unguarded conversation, may employ the leisure of a liberal mind. Such amusements however, were rejected with abhorrence, or admitted with the utmost caution, by the severity of the church fathers, who despised all knowledge that was not useful to salvation, and who considered all levity of discourse as a criminal abuse of the gift of speech. The unfeeling candidate for Heaven was instructed, not only to resist the grosser allurements of the taste or smell, but even to shut his ears against the profane harmony of sounds and view art with indifference.”( )
I don’t even understand how Christians can claim this is a Christian Nation. Their precepts are not compatible with the codes created in the constitution. Beginning with Thomas Morton the Pagan Pilgrim in 1626 and Thomas Hooker, the liberal preacher, in 1639, our pagan roots attempted to grow liberty out of chaotic tyrannies of the King and Pope. Thomas Mortons cheerful attempts to bring the maypole tradition to New England in 1626 was crushed by the Puritans and their austere, empty house of a religion. Thomas Hookers sermons were the inspiration of the Fundamental Orders I discussed in chapter one. “The foundation of authority rests with the free consent of the people,” wrote Roger Ludlow. The liberal preacher managed to slip by their radar but the Pagan Pilgrim, Thomas Morton, and his flamboyant attempts to party and mingle with the Native Americans were incompatible for a religion that nailed your tongue to a wall if you cursed.
The Dawn of Civilization
Everything you know may no longer be true. Would you vote for an atheist if he or she was running for President? Would You? What’s with people I ask, why wouldn’t you? It’s the mainstream media all right with its emotional vomit, hero worship and sentimental flotsam and jetsam and the façade of decency called religion. Of course people would say, I could never vote for an atheist as their head spins around looking for affirmation from the herd. Atheists have always been treated shabbily by the media, sort of a spit bucket for people paying lip service to god “I don’t want to get god pissed off,” people tell me. “What if the christians are right?” They’re not and There is no hell. Did we forget the separation of church and state? Atheist, Deist, Buddhist, it shouldn’t matter who the president is or even the Cub Scout leader. People collectively need to remember that by being an American; liberty should always be in ascendance over religion.
Let me go get my bible and randomly pick something, it must be time to bring out the good book by now, maybe a commentary or analysis relevant to this discussion. Proverbs 5:9-11, “Give your honor to others and your years to the merciless. Let strangers take the fill of your strength and your labors go to the house of an alien; and at the end of your life you groan when your flesh and body are consumed and you say ‘how I hated discipline.” What this verse says to me is that if you put your hopes in the unknown, you will regret it. But verse 6 continues with the solution to our woes, stating how the meek will someday overcome the evil lying Republican era of greed 1981 to 2010. Verse 6:12-15 of Proverbs states,” A wicked man goes about with crooked speech (Rand Paul), winks with his eyes, (Sarah Palin) scrapes with his feet(Huckabee) points with his finger (Nit Romney) and with perverted heart devises evil, (Newt G),continually sowing discord: (Pat Robertson):therefore calamity will come upon him suddenly; in a moment he will be broken beyond healing.”
Don’t worry all you cowering fearful children, there is no hell.”