Gentilly Girl- a part of the 99%

August 24, 2007

I HATE Materialistic Capitalists…

Some snippets from a current article in People For the American Way:

“As the nation reeled in shock at the destruction of lives and communities wrought by Hurricane Katrina, Americans from all political perspectives came together behind the mission of helping the victims and rebuilding the Gulf Coast. Sadly, however, it seems that a few influential right-wing think tanks, pundits, and legislators see the devastation as a “golden opportunity” (in the words of Jack Kemp) to push through long-sought components of an aggressive and regressive economic and political agenda. Controversial proposals and program cuts that have failed to pass muster in calmer times are now being prescribed as supposedly necessary measures during a period of national crisis.” 

“The Meese report called for the creation of a so-called “Emergency Board” to identify and remove industrial regulations, including environmental laws such as the Clean Water Act and the National Environmental Policy Act, financial regulations (to avoid “paperwork”), and worker protections like the Davis-Bacon Act, which mandates that federal contracts pay prevailing wages. Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform, a foe of both regulations and organized labor, commented that the immediate gutting of worker protections is necessary because “[u]nions have never hesitated to line their own pockets with extra taxpayer dollars, especially at the expense of lower-skilled workers.”

“The feverish daydreams of the right wing—to shirk the responsibilities of the government to all its citizens and to shrink it to “the size where we can drown it in the bathtub”—have never been a secret, but neither have they been fully adopted under conditions that lent themselves to calm reflection. As the nation has its mind and heart focused on the Gulf Coast, now is certainly not the time to sneak through an extreme ideologically driven economic agenda that would sacrifice the well being of many Americans. On the contrary— the government must concentrate on rebuilding the lives and communities torn apart by Katrina and Rita, on the path of consensus, not opportunism.”

You know, I have always valued the Social Contract. It, much like the goal of having manners, is to provide the grease that keeps us from killing each other. This is how we obtain Social Justice in a widely divergent polyglot Culture.

All of us are different: varying circumstances, family connections, education… but the Social Contract in this country was meant as a leveling of the playing field. We, each and everyone of us have the Right “to Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”.  This is our right and responsibility to each other to uphold. It is the glue that holds us together.

For some folk to view the double catastrophe of Katrina/Rita and the Federal Flood of New Orleans a perfect time to subject the American people to a NeoCon social experiment is somewhat like the experiments of Dr. Mengele in Nazi Germany. This is about Human lives and dreams, not the Ruling Elite and their aquireing of more money and toys.

He who has the most toys and shit at Death is NOT THE WINNER. It doesn’t work that way in the ‘Verse. It’s about how and why we live our lives… that we see a little bit of ourselves in those we meet, and we honor their Right to be who and what they are, just as they should do in return.

The NeoCons cannot understand this. They are stunted developmentally as Human Beings, and the kindest act we can perform for these creatures is to place them in a safe place and keep them from preying on each other. Watch over them and hopefully bring some enlightenment to their dark little psyches.

This is why I’m a Progressive Socialist.


  1. I was watching this cool PBS documentary called “Affluenza” about overconsumptive/excess capitalism, and they showed an interesting angle. A Christian minister was on there basically saying that the principles of capitalism and neo-conservatism do not parallel Christianity. True Christians, he said, should shun excess wealth as Jesus did, and live more simple lives that are based on relationships with others and that they should share, love, work with, and respect others in the community.

    Being an atheist myself, I was pretty impressed with this guy. If the Christian right really did follow “WWJD”, then they wouldn’t be Republicans, they’d be sexually conservative hippies ;-)

    Comment by Pistolette — August 24, 2007 @ 9:31 am

  2. I enjoyed meeting you.

    I will try and improve my pool game before we next meet.

    I thought of your story about beating disadvantaged shooters when I saw this

    Comment by dillyberto — August 25, 2007 @ 3:42 pm

  3. Hi Morwen!

    How did your presentation go? I know how hard it is to jam 1 hour into 15 minutes. I can’t even jam 1 hour into one hour.

    Nice post. I like hearing about the social contract. Neo cons will always want to benefit from it but never want to pay into it by doing the human thing.. Sad really.

    Comment by spocko — August 26, 2007 @ 1:39 pm

  4. yup… censorship.. i guess thats part of how you see something as right. too afraid to actually talk with all ideas on the table.

    thanks for proving my point as to the intolerance of such as you to ideas.

    Comment by Artfldgr — September 10, 2007 @ 4:15 pm

  5. Artfldgr,

    I have no fucking idea what you are referring to here. Did you drink too much of the Repug Kool-aid, or are you just itching for a verbal fight?

    Either way, bring your ideas forward and things will fall out as they will.

    I have never been accused of not hearing someone out, but I have a reputation for tearing concepts apart and baring the bones to the public spotlight.

    Wanna try the little swamp witch with your “thoughts”?

    Comment by Morwen Madrigal — September 12, 2007 @ 2:57 pm

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