America's governments can't really do anything positive or progressive , they're to busy chasing money (bribes) from the corporate moneymen , i think in America these shysters are euphemistically called 'lobbyists', when in reality its nothing short of legalized bribery. The rich establishment who own all the wealth and corporations, use this as a method of controlling government , 'every government'.
Today Thom Hartmann had a caller that mentioned a work by Peggy McIntosh, entitled “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack”. I wish I could remember the caller’s name, for he has exposed me to something that has truly had an impact upon me. I hope that he reads this and if he does I want to say to him: Sir, thank you.
Here are the main elements of her work:
“I was taught to see racism only in individual acts of meanness,
not in invisible systems conferring dominance on my group”
So, the furor continues because of Colin Kaepernick’s refusal to stand for the Star Spangled Banner. How dare that Nigger have the audacity to be ungrateful to white folks for their great gift to the Black Person in America. By George, we should be grateful for being kidnapped by the hundreds of thousands if not millions. We should be grateful for having our names and religions stripped from us.
Why do Americans pay the highest drug prices in the world? Ask the Republican party who in 2007 held the Presidency and a majority in both houses. These buggers used the power of their minute in total control of the US government to shove corporate drug profits so far up Americas ass its still costing them the highest prices in the world in 2016.
Change the collective "mind of the community". Make education and working the mindset of the many. Out number the negative forces in the community . If there's 100 gang members, there should be 500 new jobs. Make the "gangs" who are working and going to school larger than the "gangs" who are doing illegal stuff. Everybody wants to be in the biggest, best "gang".
The health care profiteers can’t settle for just making big profits from the American public--no--they want to make HUGE profits—they want your last dime. The last few episodes of unabashed greed when it comes to drugs tells a bigger story about the costs of privatizing the health insurance industry. The basic fact is that we can’t afford it and it is killing Americans. These economic terrorists want to squeeze every last bit of life out of the American family and damned the consequences.
Recently, President Obama said:
"Ultimately, if you think about all the youth that everybody has mentioned here in Africa, if everybody is raising living standards to the point where everybody has got a car and everybody has got air conditioning, and everybody has got a big house, well, the planet will boil over — unless we find new ways of producing energy..." (is it just me, or does this not sound up to his usual level of rhetorical-polish? Moral of the story, some artists just aren't as good live.)
In Japan during the second world war, America only won by systematically fire bombing every major city in Japan to a destruction level of 60-90%, a war crime, then dropping two nuclear bombs on civilian targets. The fact is America won against the tough Japanese military ,by systematically killing the mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers and elders of the brave Japanese fighter, a cowardly barbarous war crime that even the psychopath General Curtis Lemay would later own up too.
Anytime there is improvement in the jobs report, the Republican Pundits denegrate it by stating that the workforce utilization factor is only 63%. They never mention that its highest was under the Clintons @ 65% and the lowest in the past 70 years was under Eisenhower @ 59%. Google it and read how it is calculated. Under Ike it was low due to the GI Bill. People in school are still part of the workforce.
About a year ago, I wrote an op-ed entitled Independence Day: “…With Liberty and Justice for All” http://www.thomhartmann.com/users/r-kenyatta/blog/2015/07/independence-day-%E2%80%9C%E2%80%A6with-liberty-and-justice-all%E2%80%9D In that op-ed, I reflected on the holiday and it’s contraindications for Black People in America.
Never will I say the “Pledge of Allegiance”.