Monday, June 23, 2008

State of Affairs

The US is in trouble. No money, no oil, nada, zilch, something BRT eluded to in The Long Emergency.

Common Dream's take is just as compelling:

Midwestern levees are bursting. Polar bears are adrift. Gas prices are skyrocketing. Home values are abysmal. Air fares, college tuition and health care border on unaffordable. Wars without end rage in Iraq, Afghanistan and against terrorism.

Horatio Alger, twist in your grave.

The sense of helplessness is even reflected in this year’s presidential election. Each contender offers a sense of order - and hope. Republican John McCain promises an experienced hand in a frightening time. Democrat Barack Obama promises bright and shiny change, and his large crowds believe his exhortation, “Yes, we can.”

Platitudes and BS don't cut it anymore. Both pols running for president, to date, haven't a clue about what's to be done. Here are some suggestions.

1. Tell the Truth! Americans need to know we are in very deep doo doo. Patriotic claptrap telling everyone why we are great is crap.
2. Be courageous as the decisions to be made are the kind that the powers at be are not going to like.
3. Be visionary in approaching the problems that face us.
4, Be inclusive and open in making change, don't approach problems like the way Hillary approached Health Care.
5. Do, not try a la FDR and his first 100 days.
6. Demand excellence. Stupidity is no longer acceptable, nor is sloth, greed or corruption as the earth does not need us and other nations in the world hate us.
7. Ride the horse, don't let the horse ride you and last but not least...
8. Good luck, you're going to need it.

End of rant - RM

Addendum: Climate change combined with man's shortsightedness forms a toxic brew worthy of Dune's Giedi Prime.
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