Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The Democratic Demise

Robert Reich
Damn! Once again, my Lilliputian Brother Robert Reich nails it -- at least on the level of common sense.  Although President O stepped up to the plate and claimed "mea culpa" for the midterm election democratic debacle, Robert Reich disagrees. 

Why did they -- perhaps I should say We (the People and Democracy) -- get our butts kicked?

It seems that Reich and I almost see eye to eye on this one.  I'm only 5'2" -- so in my case this is relatively easy.  

In my words, not his
(Reich's article on truthdig is linked below)

The Freakin' Democrats didn't campaign on the real issues:  
$$$ Gross Income Inequality $$$

$$$ Abuse of Power  $$$
the unlimited money corrupting our democratic process 

$$$ Propaganda and Mind Control $$$
mass media dominated by huge corporations 
and advertising dollars

 Of course, many, if not most, of the elected folks among the current Democratic Party are feeding at the same trough as their Republican brothers and sisters.  It's something that left leaning lovers of America's experiment in democracy have been clamoring about for a long, long time.  We've been hurtling toward hell in a handbasket since Clinton/Gore took the Democratic Party to the Right and Bet on Wall Street to keep cooking the books throughout the Dot Com bubble by gutting Glass Steagall and packing the SEC with corporate foxes.  They'd drunk the neo-liberal kool-aid of Free Trade and unfettered corporate capitalism.  Reich, a member of that team as the Secretary of Labor, saw the light.  (at least, mostly...).  
Yet, beyond the obvious fact that a political economy dominated by the rich is rapidly destroying any semblance of what's left of democracy, I think it's also destroying our souls -- big time.
When we are increasingly enslaved to Mammon, blinded by a propaganda network and culture that promotes the top three deadly sins (Lust, Gluttony, and Greed) there'll always be hell to pay --right?  
Most of us would do well by looking up from our cell phones and realizing that a lot of folks are REALLY suffering out there, that the sustaining network of life on this planet itself is being messed with, and that EACH of us gotta be getting our act together and doing something about it.
But, I digress.  Here's Robert Reich' take on it.

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My Humble Take on the Real Deal

I believe that the movement for peace, economic democracy and social justice is a Spiritual Quest. No mean feat, what is called for is a True Revolution of the Heart and Mind--and it starts with each of us.

This revolution has to be Peaceful. The Hippies (and Jesus and Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. King, et al) had it right. It really is all about Peace and Love. Besides being a total drag, violence just doesn't work. It keeps our wheels spinning in fear, anger and pain. Who needs that?

Besides some hard work, I think the Revolution also calls for dancing, plenty of laughter, and some sitting around just doing nothing. (Some folks call it meditation.)

As Stephen Gaskin, proclaimed years ago:

"We're out to raise Hell--in the Bodhisattvic* sense."

Doesn't that sound like some serious fun?

(*The Bodhisattva Vow is a set of commitments made in the Mahayana Buddhist tradition. It basically says I vow to get my act together and figure it out well enough to really help out--and I ain't gonna stop until everybody is covered.

I've found that doesn't necessarily have to happen in that order. It's best to try to help out even before you have it all together! Like right now.)

-----Brother Lefty Smith, Founding S.O.B*