Sept. 1, 2014 By Jack Jodell (in association with Fair and Unbalanced.com)
Happy Labor Day, workers of America! As we celebrate your many fine accomplishments over the years, let us be ever aware of how the wealthiest 1% in this country, those who actually produce very little by themselves but are quick to grab huge profits for themselves from all YOU produce for them, are ripping you off by underpaying you and/or shipping your jobs overseas to cheap slave wage markets. Keep in mind, too, all the bought-out corporate shills who habitually vote against YOUR interests to ensure that these greedy 1%-ers can make as much money as they can while leaving you far behind, eating their dust. Sounds pretty gloomy, doesn’t it? Well, it doesn’t have to be! By totally ignoring all the lying, slickly-produced corporate ads this upcoming election season designed to brainwash or confuse voters into voting for the same deluded corporate stooges who currently inhabit much of Congress, and by voting instead for fair-minded, PROGRESSIVE candidates who aim to vote for pro-worker policies, we can and MUST clear out all the corporate sludge that we can! If you are in favor of slowing or even reversing our 30+ year record of increasing wealth disparity, only a progressive candidate dedicated to economic justice will do the job! That, of course, completely EXCLUDES all Republican officeholders, and a large number of existing Democratic ones as well!
This being Monday, it is time once again for another brilliant podcast from my friend Burr Deming, the creator and chief author of the fabulous blog site Fair and Unbalanced.com (see my nlogroll at lower right). Today, the ever-thoughtful Mr. Deming points out how recent statements by Republican Texas governor Rick Perry are rash and not well thought out. He contrasts the style of Perry with that of a great thinker who was also the governor of a large population state, the late Adlai Stevenson of Illinois. Somebody ought to remind that tough-talking Texas blowhard Perry that “only ants and savages kill strangers,”
In Burr’s own words: “Fast decisions with little information, without thinking for more than a fraction of a moment, may have kept our most vulnerable ancestors alive. Our modern term for the process is ‘common sense.’
The ability to think things through took us beyond immediate survival to a greater measure of security. Every major advance in human development, from technology to military defense to law, came from analysis. So did much of spirituality. Our relationship to each other could finally transcend personal survival.
Analysis when things don’t yet matter is what prevents paralysis when they do. It allows for rapid response that is thought out. It often allows for intelligent, realistic, compassion.
When ‘common sense’ leads to suspicion, fear, and unfounded accusation, it can bring us to the invasion of wrong countries with loss of life and tragic unanticipated danger. When it diminishes compassion, even for frightened children, it endangers the national soul.”
Click on the link below to hear this latest presentation. ENJOY!