Wednesday, September 2, 2009


This healthcare debate is mindblowing.

Every night on TV I see the right wingnuts going crazier and crazier. The scenes are replayed over and over again at so called "townhall meetings". Where is the dignity and grace in this debate that made our country great; the charged dissent between the Federalists and the Antifederalists or Noam Chomsky vs. William F. Buckley respectfully and articulately arguing over Vietnam?

We have been left with an LNTELLIGENT debate where reason, point and counterpoint have been replaced by politicized insanity and lies spouted off by mental patients like Glenn Beck, Lou Dobbs, and Rush Limbaugh only later to be analyzed by the likes of Keith Olbermann, Jon Stewart, and Rachel Maddow.

Occasionally there are some moments of clarity, like last night when former homeland security head Tom Ridge came on Rachel Maddow's show and talked intelligently about his book, and his decisions and disagreements with the Bush administration. He admitted mistakes, and she showed understanding. They talked like two intelligent human beings. They didn't stick to talking points, and both sides came off better for the debate.

I started this blog to spotlight the stupidity of people, hoping that these examples were exceptions and not the norm.

I believe in democracy, and most of all I believe in the brilliance and ingenuity of the people in this country. I believe in free speech, but it sickens me to my core when I see clips like this. Scenes replayed over and over again where empathy and understanding have been completely replaced by blind ignorance and hate.

There is no debate, there is no thought. It is a primal fear, it is hate, and must be changed.

I ask myself how can this be done. Death Panelers and Birthers obviously aren't going to read blogs like this and realize the folly of their ways. When people are booing a women in a wheelchair for valiantly speaking out to the angry ignorant horde, and speaking not from talking points propaganda but her own human experiences, then it seems that all hope is lost for reconciliation.
Can there be any room for a centrist at a health care reform town hall meeting

Propaganda Machines whether it be Murdoch's Fox News, or Goebel's Nazi Propaganda Machine are the enemy of truth and reason. They aren't based on what's good for the people, they are based on what's good for the people making the propaganda. There is no democracy or free speech in talking points, but the greedy and self serving leading the blind. Convincing people to willingly give up their vision and reason for the sake of their "common good".

What can we do to make a difference?

There have been so many examples of this blind hatred and ignorance driven by propaganda in our own history, McCarthyism, and again in the opposition to the Civil Rights, Equal Rights, and the Gay Rights movements. Time and time again we see fear, hatred, violence and then eventually assimilation if not acceptance.

How do you quell this fear, and illuminate this ignorance? Will holding a mirror up to their face wake them or is their perception too distorted by the filters that have been programmed into their heads by political talking points and fear mongers?

They all need a good ass kicking from Rowdy Roddy Piper, not to hurt them, but to let them see the truth. Maybe we can get Shepard Fairey to do a poster... FOX NEWS SAYS OBEY: HEALTH CARE ISN'T MEANT FOR YOU. WE HATE YOU AND THINK YOU ARE STUPID SHEEP. MONEY IS OUR GOD. SHUT UP AND OBEY.

Showing people how their strings are being pulled is often the only way to get people to cut those same strings. As George Ivanovich Gurdjieff said to paraphrase Beelzebub's Tales to His Grandson, we are all robots, we must acknowledge that fact and take responsibility for programming ourselves. The best we can do for others isn't to reprogram them with our own agenda, but to awaken them to programming themselves.

I love this country and I love that our government, with warts and all, is trying to do something noble for our population.

Health care should be a right in our society, as should the voice of dissent, but we've got to find ways to raise the level of understanding in this debate.

For tools in the debate see, Principia Discordia, The Illuminatus Trilogy

or educate yourself with some wiki cliffnotes if you are too lazy to read books:



by ashtarchris

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