Archive for April, 2012

Feeling good

Saturday, April 28th, 2012

I walked over to a restaurant with my two boys last evening. The smiling waitress was sure she knew me from somewhere. The boys were cheerful and story-telling. We filled the long wait for our pizza with soda pop and conversation, and I began feeling good; just solid, wholesome, and joyful.

I don’t always feel good. I work a lot. I expect a great deal from myself. Most days, I suppose, I’m just waiting for it all to end.

I sat in the sunlight this morning on my couch, remembering dinner with the boys. I began feeling good again.

It’s surprising to me, and I think, “what if this happened all the time?”

On wealth and working

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

Wealthy parents don’t raise their own children. They hang out with them. The national theater is celebrating its indignation over recent commentary on the super-rich candidate’s wife. She hasn’t worked a day in her life. But pointing that out is broadcast as an attack on all womanhood. The shocked and astonished would have us believe she’s been toiling away like the rest of us – because she’s got five kids.

It doesn’t work that way, folks. Wealthy wives are different. They have nannies, tutors, housekeepers, boarding schools, and paid friends to handle every minute of ‘work’ involved in raising a child. The only thing they share with the rest of us is a desire to be good parents. And they’ve got a multi-billion dollar advertising industry to help them pretend they are.

This isn’t just a problem for parenthood. Prosperity is healthy and fun. Wealth diminishes the soul. The awareness a person ‘never has to work again’ cuts that same person adrift from humanity. And it’s tragic. Rich people want to be like everyone else. Most believe they truly are. They struggle mightily to maintain the facade of professional pursuits and ‘social contributions.’ Some of them, superficially, are even decent people.

But they’re not like you and me, and we should never trust them.

It’s show time!

Sunday, April 8th, 2012

Recently, I was exposed to some reportedly accidental audio from a conversation between the Russian and US presidents, revealing Mr. Obama’s intentions to be more flexible after the upcoming elections. It’s remarkable people believed this was accidental. This is a smart guy who knows he’s disappointed his constituency, and he knows when his microphone is on.

Our president hasn’t been just disappointing, he’s been purposefully attacking the principles he swore to defend. He chose to funnel money to private insurers instead of into national health care. He chose to shovel money to banks instead of American workers. He chose to expand the Executive’s secret global army, and to extend its system for monitoring the private lives of every American.

We were hoping he wouldn’t do that.

He’s always had this explanation: we’ve got to face reality. He just can’t do what we elected him to do. He’s the helpless president. And now we’re offered a new hope. At last, he’ll be free to honor his promises once he’s won the next election!

Health care at court: a win-win situation.

Sunday, April 1st, 2012

Being a liberal (“honestly, I’m not a liberal, sweetheart, I’m a christian socialist”), I at times succumb to an attraction toward the Democratic Party just because – it’s the Democratic Party. Sort of like the gut-felt tilt of the right-wing extremist toward that Republican group. And with as much sensibility.

Look, national health insurance is a fundamental human right (whatever that is). In the long run, we’ll get there. The obstacles are posed by private money holders who literally kill us sooner than help us, and will do so as long as they can. A lot of good folks who support the Democrats – well, just because – have been out there cheering for this ‘Affordable Health Care’ charade – well, just because. Remember, the law under debate is designed to force everybody to pay money to private health insurance companies. That liberal America was able to swallow this cow whole says just about everything about liberal America.

If the court allows the executive to force all citizens to pay private corporations, we can only rejoice: the final apocalyptic collapse of all this has moved several steps closer.

On the other hand, if the court agrees abandonment of any and all principles is acceptable in the name of party politics – well, then, we’ll be set up to move forward with the ‘public option,’ which will quickly become the only way the system can support itself.