Debating our Future

debate?  It was a charade.  Cnn pretended to have a debate, two journalists pretended to moderate, Trump pretended to debate while ignoring most questions and repeating his most popular fabrications, while the President, apparently amazed at the betrayal by CNN attempted to answer the debate questions.

We know Trump’s record, we know what the President has actually done. What surprised me was how profit seeking has reduced cnn to pandering.  There is little left of their credibility.

The following quotes describe our path to this point.

    “When a man unprincipled in private life desperate in his fortune, bold in his temper, possessed of considerable talents, having the advantage of military habits—despotic in his ordinary demeanour—known to have scoffed in private at the principles of liberty—when such a man is seen to mount the hobby horse of popularity—to join in the cry of danger to liberty—to take every opportunity of embarrassing the General Government & bringing it under suspicion—to flatter and fall in with all the non sense of the zealots of the day—It may justly be suspected that his object is to throw things into confusion that he may “ride the storm and direct the whirlwind.”  (Alexander Hamilton)

      “We may congratulate ourselves that this cruel war is nearing its end.It has cost a vast amount of treasure and blood. . . .

It has indeed been a trying hour for the Republic; but I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country. As a result of the war, corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed. I feel at this moment more anxiety for the safety of my country than ever before, even in the midst of war. God grant that my suspicions may prove groundless.” [The passage appears in a letter from Lincoln to (Col.) William F. Elkins, Nov. 21, 1864.]

  “I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts.” ~ Abraham Lincoln

 “We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.” ~ Abraham Lincoln

 “If there is anything that links the human to the divine, it is the courage to stand by a principle when everybody else rejects it.” ~ Abraham Lincoln

“If you assume that there is no hope, you guarantee that there will be no hope. If you assume that there is an instinct for freedom, that there are opportunities to change things, then there is a possibility that you can contribute to making a better world.” ~Noam Chomsky

On our collective birthday in 2024 we find our government under a cloud of dark money, creating confusion among participants and apathy among bystanders. Its no wonder the crazies seem to reign, they feed on mayhen while rational people avoid it.

My birthday wish is that we arrest the popular criminals, label media according to Accuracy only make voting easier, ban or label any dark money and require that the oath of office be at the end of a civics course that explains that government is in the business of growing an educated and involved middle class, repelling attempts by business to dominate and keeping all citizens engaged in making the USA live up to its original Declaration of Independence, made into a world where None of it was true at the time, and now some of it is.

That’s our job.

Happy Birthday United States of America!

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