After some consideration I chose to write another letter to the editor in place of the “over the top” version the editor rejected. When I sent it in the editor returned an email saying, “much better.” I knew then the second version would print. It did.
You can find the second version here:
If you can’t get this link to work enter a comment and I’ll post the letter here.
As I wrote back and told the editor, we should be very glad we still have a free press in this country and especially that newspapers run the “Letters” column. Unlike the multitudinous emails TV news quotes (carefully picked from countless thousands) letters to the editor are unique in their ability to reach a community since they are not drowned out in the crowd nor are merely a flash on a screen for a few seconds but remain as a part of a print paper and an online archive forever. That Americans can still send letters to the editor and get them published is one reason America is still a great country!
Before I continue let me state the following?
I am a white man. I live in the South in the most “southern” (as in southern attitude, not geographical location) part of East Texas. I live in a mobile home. Do not make assumptions based upon these facts. By appearance and geography, my accent or even my colloquialisms one might mistakenly believe I am a “typical southern white man” or worse, a redneck. Such is absolutely not the case. I am neither Christian, prejudice, nor conservative. Those do certainly go hand in hand in this part of the world. I reject Christianity, detest prejudice and vehemently disagree with conservative politics. I live here by accident of birth and lack of funds to escape.
Having said all that, I am not exhilirated nor hopeful of a “new America” this day after O’BamBam has taken office.
The more I consider the implications of that horrific bill Congress passed last week the more worried I get about our future.
My wife is tapping me on the shoulder wanting to get to the computer so I have to wait for more writing on this subject but here is a letter I’m writing to Texas papers.
You have total permission to send this to your paper. I don’t care who you give credit for the letter as long as you keep the words intact.
After the letter I’ll post my raw notes on that bill. Later I’ll try to write more words.
Be afraid. Be very afraid. Congress passed the “Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008,” far more than a “bail out.” Did legislators actually read the bill? I did. Every American should. To say we’ve “given away the bank” is an understatement of enormous proportions.
Bush now has authority to buy ANY mortgage, security, or stock if the purchase “…promotes financial market stability.” It does NOT stipulate the item must be financially harmful to the holder. The administration can buy nearly a trillion dollars of American property, whatever it wants, with virtually no limitations! Consider the implications before reading further.
Oversight? Besides the Secretary himself the “oversight board” has the Fed chairman, SEC chairman, and director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency. Fox watching the hens! Congressional oversight is reduced to occasional reports to committees, like that will matter.
The Secretary has unlimited authority to hire employees, establish programs, contract with companies, designate financial institutions as federal agents and write regulations. In other words the Bush administration can hire or contract the very people who have caused this so-called crisis at premium federal rates and do whatever it wants with that $700 billion.
Besides the insanity of giving Bush these powers the bill has hundreds of pages Congressmen called “sweeteners.” Indeed. They’re mostly sweet to members of Congress, bitter for us. Some disturbing parts are not sweet at all, such as giving the IRS authority to conduct unlimited clandestine investigations and increasing the national debt from $10.5 to $11.3 TRILLION.
Congress has given the Bush administration one power after the other, beginning with the fantastically Orwellian Homeland Security bill. Where power wasn’t authorized the administration has simply taken it. Neither Congress, the Supreme Court nor the American people have had the guts to stand in his way. Now, at last, the administration has had the last bit of power handed to it through this bill. How bad will it get now that Bush/Cheney owns the bank? In the words of Bachman Turner Overdrive, “b-b-b-b-baby, you ain’t seen nothing yet!”
Here are my raw notes:
Watch me go out here on this limb and loose my credibility (and maybe get myself on that Homeland Security black list–if it isn’t there already).
Last night the kids and I watched a movie called “V. for Vendetta”. It was a four-hour movie on FX about a dark, masked “terrorist” who was actually trying to break a totalitarian regime that had overtaken Britain. I’d never heard about it before. It was dark, brooding, terrifying, and fatalistic. And it has some interesting parallels to 9/11.
Ignorance is Bliss.
Don’t remember who said that but it sure is true. Especially when it comes to American politics.
There was an article somewhere, Alternet I think, that pointed out the fact that the war has disappeared. Not from the earth, certainly not, but from the news. Every minute of every day American soldiers–and a growing number of American mercenaries–are battling God knows who in at least two countries. There is NO coverage so who knows exactly what George and Co. is up to. (When I say that understand that I mean Cheney and the Puppet.) But who hears anything? In the days of my youth I remember Vietnam was the lead story every single night. Day after day it was body counts and troop movements and Ho Chi Minh or Peace Talks or whatever. The tinker-toy wars we had in the nineties were front page news, too. Continue reading
Read the following article on Alternet. Read it now. Be afraid.
Be very afraid.
Democracy and Elections: In a dramatic speech, Chris Hedges warns that the nation is on the verge of becoming a full-blown corporate state.
These aren’t my words. I couldn’t have said them better, though. They’re a tiny excerpt of the article:
The country I live in today uses the same words to describe itself, the same patriotic symbols and iconography, the same national myths, but only the shell remains. Continue reading