Saturday, December 31, 2022

Brother Michael Moore Connects the (Blue) Dots!

Michael Moore is up to know Good -- again!

If you haven't caught up with "Blue Dots in a Red Sea," yet, do so!  (It's a 12 part series of podcasts in progress, NOW.)

In a world where we find ourselves trying to navigate across a vast corporate sea of misinformation  -- one that portrays human nature as mostly fucked up and evil --  Michael Moore, sets the record straight.  

Challenging the corporate media's projection that the most evil among us -- the rich and powerful  (along with their unknowing dupes) -- will always be in control of things, Michael calls on us to get real!  Those political maps that give us the impression that we Progressives are tiny blue dots in a vast red sea don't really show what is happening:

In reality: There are more of us than there are of them!

As numerous reputable polls continue to show, item by item, most folks in the country -- even in the red zones -- support a progressive agenda!  Most people don't like bullies and bossy people.  Most people want to do what's fair.  They'll pitch in and help out when they can.  (Heck,  that even holds true for some of the Republicans you know, right?)

So, WTF? Why so much red?   

We just gotta get our political act together! 

In "Blue Dots in a Red Sea: How to Win if You're Blue in a Red State" (Each of the 12 podcasts is about 15 - 20 minutes long), Brother Michael makes the case for pulling off a peaceful and loving grass roots revolution in this country.  

He's not just "whistling Dixie"here. He backs it up with numerous examples,  pointing out some of the places where blue dots have been winning.  Just like that old dude in the Bible,  blue folks have been parting the Red Sea.  It's happening.

Brother Michael then goes on to lay out a strategy and list of practical things we can do to make it happen-- everywhere!  (Remember this guy's not just a talented and courageous filmmaker.  He's a freakin' activist. As a teenager, he got himself elected to a conservative school board out in Michigan.  )

Even if you, like me, live in an area where there are "nothing but blue skies," please have a listen.  There's still things you can do. Throw a rant and a link up on social media.  Think of friends and family who feel isolated and alone in areas the Republicans have dominated for awhile.  Call those folks up, send 'em an email or social media blast.  

Get the freakin' word out!  This is DO-ABLE!

Here is a link to Episode 4, but if you wanna take it from the beginning, you can scroll down that webpage to episode one and be along for the entire ride!  

Tuesday, December 13, 2022

Lumps of Coal: An Open Letter to Family and Friends


"Civilization, in the real sense of the term, consists not in the multiplication,  but in the deliberate and voluntary reduction of wants. This alone promotes real happiness and contentment, and increases the capacity for service."
---Mahatma Gandhi

It is my firm opinion that Europe today represents not the spirit of God or Christianity but the spirit of Satan. And Satan’s successes are the greatest when he appears with the name of God on his lips. Europe is today only nominally Christian. It is really worshipping Mammon. `It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom.’ Thus really spoke Jesus Christ.
---Mahatma Gandhi

I was appalled -- but not all that surprised -- to see that Christmas decorations had become part of the Halloween displays at CVS this year.  Early birds and worms come to mind.  "The worms crawl in, the worms crawl out" quickly follows. (But, I digress...sort of....)

The Mad Dash really begins on Black Friday as crowds of people stream into stores.  Sometimes pushing and shoving, sometimes actually punching each other out, people race to grab the very latest toys that the gears of Rapacious Capitalism have ground out -- almost invariably through the outright exploitation of other human beings and the destruction of the delicate biosphere that sustains Life on this planet.  What in the world does this all have to do with the birth of Jesus Christ, with His gospel of Love, Compassion, and Service to the "least among us?"  What do our family rituals of wrapping, then ripping paper and ribbons and bows off more stuff, creating more mountains of landfill material in the process, have to do with Peace on Earth, Good Will Toward Humankind?

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*