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Friday, October 14, 2016

Dangerous Ideas, Necessary Ideals

A long time ago in a society that no longer exists teenage school children were encouraged to read Henry Thoreau's essay "On The Duty Of Civil Disobedience."   (click link to hear essay read)

This article on the interdiction of WikiLeaks has arrived in the last few hours  I include the details as we know them here from the website Wired.  When secrets are revealed those in power often pee their pants and then they get angry and then there is.... 

We'll have to wait and see what comes next.

Children are no longer encouraged to allow themselves to be influenced by the ideals set forth in this purely American document. Not, at least, in the United States in which Thoreau's philosophy was conceived and where in the 1960's these words inspired people to stand up for the good and speak truth to the power brokers which had taken over society. 

The ideal of personal responsibility is alien to the children being taught citizenship in today's America. Children are taught to obey authority instead of questioning when it runs contrary to common humanist values.  As a result we get candidates for President who have no honor or values that resemble the good that is inside the human heart.

We are now facing a future in the U.S. and in the world in general of following leaders who have no legitimate moral compass.  One is an accused sexual predator who claims he is not a sexual predator and one is an outright liar who is proud of being a liar and all the success her lies have achieved for her personal life at the expense of 'we the people'. 

The duty of Civil Disobedience has never been greater than it is now.  Today the corporations of the earth are on the verge of killing the earth outright due to their business practices resulting in climate change.

One candidate denies that climate change is happening and the other supports the corporations whose livelihood depends on polluting the earth but tells 'we the people' the story the people want to hear. We, the general public, have come to characterize the New Testament notion of a people with 'itching ears'.  

At the rock bottom of this is an outright attack on democratic principles of government including the freedom of the press and the right to assemble.  Amy Goodman, one of a few journalists left reporting on important topics, has been arrested for going to a place where news was being made and reporting on it. 

Democracy is in peril in the U.S. when reporters are arrested to protect corporate interests and keep information from the people who will be adversely affected by corporate / state activities.

Today 'the good' is held in dishonor while liars and those accused of sexual predation are held up to be acclaimed as saviors of a truly lost populace. If the potential outcome of these two candidates is not averted the U.S. might just as well say good night.

I'll be voting for Jill Stein.  When Clinton becomes President the future which can be expected is revealed in this Corbett Report.   

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