No, I'm not a violent, angry teenager.
And I am not a "leftwing whackjob."
As I've said before many times: labels are bullshit. I am who I am and You are who You are. We're probably not all that different even. Assuming is a bad thing to do, but I'm going to assume that you're a human being if you're reading this. You most likely have two eyes, a nose, two years, two hands, two feet, and either a vagina or a penis (whether or not your parts function properly isn't the point here). If you differ from that general description...more power to you for being different.
Anyway, the point I'm making is that we're all just people. Countless people have pointed this out over the past 9+ millennia of human existence. Unfortunately, we Homo sapiens sapiens tend to have thick skulls. So, get it through your fat head asshole. YOU'RE HUMAN.
Yea, I'm a hypocrite. I'm a liar and a cheat. I've fucked up more times than I can count. But: I have no more excuses for my behavior. I own my decisions as much as I possibly can. I don't apologize for shit I cannot control anymore. I've tried making those things better and it doesn't work. Trust me on this one fellow earthlings: YOU CANNOT CHANGE THE PAST.
Just live your life the best you can and you might be OK.
I can't promise anything other than that.
At this point in my life...I'm doing alright.
Thanks for reading fuckers.
Yes, I said it. I am one of those people. My ideals seem crazy and my anger is righteous.
Why am I an anarchist? I am so glad you didn't ask. Here is a question for you: why are you NOT an anarchist?
Is the natural state of nature not in anarchy? We are not born into a governmental and political society. Upon being expelled from our mothers' birth canals we are a part of a family. Politics and government arise only because we are a) social creatures and b) we are almighty pricks to each other.
What is the purpose of government? Of leadership?
Read some Locke. (His 2nd Treatise of Government in particular.) The only reason we give up personal and "unalienable" rights is to gain security. Governments exist to SERVE us. The citizenry of any given state, society, or nation is not there to serve the Government.
I know, I'm pissing all over John F. Kennedy here. Why should I ask what I can do for my country? Truth is: I Do. However, my definition of "my country" likely does not match up with most mainstream political views.
"My country" means the people, the citizenry of the land. I do not serve a government. I do not pledge allegiance to elected officials, symbols, or even the flag. I pledge allegiance to my fellow men and women and to the ideals I feel are worth my allegiance.
This means that, surprise surprise, "my country" is, first, this planet we call Earth. Why should I feel any pride in being born in a given nation/country? What the hell good does nationalism do? NONE.
When was the last time someone ever said something like "Gee, I'm sure glad I'm human" in public? Anyone ever feel proud of being something they've defined on their own? Try it. It is quite freeing.
I support my country only as much as it supports ME. At this point, that means I support it hardly at all. I honor and respect the armed forces, police, and other "public servants." Still, a servant is a servant and an elected official is an elected official.
Why should I be prideful that I happened to be born here? Our politicians are for sale. Bills and laws do not protect the common good anymore. Legislation in this shit country supports the status quo and those who seek to cement their influence.
Republican? Democrat? Nah, you're soulless and mindless sheep. Green Party? Weak-willed tree hugger. American Independent Party? Fuck that shit. TEA Party? Not even a party.
Liberal? Pussy. Conservative? Deluded fool.
Anarchist? I call you brother or sister.
Anarchy doesn't have to mean blowing shit up and killing needlessly. If you actual learn what true anarchy is...it doesn't mean no government. Anarchy is just a phase. Its a stage in the evolution of societal groups, not a permanent solution.
Still, its better than what we've got. Have some damn integrity and stand for something YOU actually want to be associated with. I am not defined by the labels others thrust upon me. I am Me and I Walk Like Thunder.
I will raise my fist in the streets and in the faces of those who would seek to dominate and oppress my fellows.
Up the Punks! Up with Humanity!
The revolution is now, don't miss your chance to make a change. Cast aside your vanity and moral pretensions with me. Clasp the hand of whoever is standing next to you and march as equals. We are all human. Black, white, Asian, Mexican, Gay, Straight, male, female, third gender, etc. etc. etc. Labels don't matter.
Reclaim what is YOUR BIRTHRIGHT. Don't sell yourself to the highest bidder. Money is worthless and you are worth more than any prize.
These are two names that may elicit a range of responses in people. Some despise the owners of these names and others like them. Others may feel neutral and many others applaud their courage and audacity.
Let's just look at some cold hard facts.
Federal/State Mandatory Minimum Sentences (Bold Sentences taken from the harshest State statutes)
Murder in the 1st Degree: None.
Trafficking Cocaine: 3 years (depends on amount)
Sexual Abuse: 1 year plus 1 day
Aggravated Sexual Assault (not rape): any term of years*
Rape: 10 years
Sex Trafficking of a child 14-18 (w/o force or fraud): 10 years
Enticing or coercing a child under 18 to engage in prostitution: 10 years
Transporting a child under 18 for illicit sexual purposes (Mann act): 10 years
Murder in the course of a Mann Act, sex trafficking, or production of child pornography offense: any term of years*
Child Pornography transportation, receipt, or sale: 5 years
Child exploitation enterprise; 3 or more instances involve 3 or more others and multiple victims of child pornography, child sex trafficking, or Mann Act involving a child: 20 years
Unlawfully bringing in aliens for profit or knowing the alien will commit a felony
within the U.S.: 3 years
Burning or bombing federal property: 5 years; 7 years if the offense
involves personal injury or a substantial risk of personal injury; if death results, 20 years or life
Brad (now known as Chelsea) Manning's Sentence: 35 years
Her crime? Telling the truth to people the Government wanted to continue lying to, namely: you and me.
What information was included in Manning's leaks to WikiLeaks?
Data pertaining to Government intel on WikiLeaks itself, media exposing war crimes committed by the U.S. and its foreign representatives, and other general documentation that the U.S. Government did not want you to see.
Let's take a moment to examine that top list of "mandatory minimum" sentences. Read it again. Then, read it once more just to let the information really sink in.
I could traffic YOUR 12 year old daughter and receive 10 years in a federal prison. 10 years. That means your daughter could be raped REPEATEDLY by strange men, possibly with STDs or other horrible disease, and I would spend 10 years in prison for it. Oh, and did I mention that, in many cases, the minimum isn't even the real minimum? If I had a shark for a lawyer I could be getting out on parole in a matter of years for "good behavior." How do you feel about that?
Now, consider that Chelsea Manning is sitting in prison for 25 years more than my sentence for selling your daughter as a sex slave. How do you feel about that?
Let's consider the phrase any term of years. I could sexually assault your 12 year old myself and serve that sentence. What does that mean? I could serve 1 year or I could serve 7 or I could serve 50. We don't know, it depends on the judge, jury, and how good my lawyer is. How does that make you feel?
I could rape your daughter and get "1 year and 1 day" in the harshest states (states like Alabama, Georgia, and Mississippi). How do you feel about that?
Chelsea Manning is in prison serving out a sentence of 35 years for exposing truths about the U.S. and its military officials. Oh, and Julian Assange, the editor in chief of WikiLeaks and the man who actually published the leaks? What time is he serving? 0. In a storm of providence I discovered that Assange has been accused of sexually assaulting two women in Sweden. What is his sentence for that? Asylum in Ecuador.
Take what you want from this information.
There has been much controversy surrounding the Affordable Care Act in the past three years. From conservatives denouncing it as the most evil thing since the Nazis to the liberals praising it as their safeguard against failure we're all talking or bitching about it. Many people decry ObamaCare as an attempt to make us a socialist country. This is bullshit.
ObamaCare does not provide for any subsidies or government paying of the premiums and other bills due health insurance providers. This is the main crux of the issue with the ACA. Socialist healthcare would include taxation to allow the government to pay for health services. There would be no premiums to pay in a socialist healthcare system.
It is ridiculous to even consider calling the ACA socialist. It has no features that are socialist outside the individual mandate, which is completely inconsistent with the rest of the massive bill.
I don't know why the left in the U.S. doesn't have the guts to just go socialist, as its obvious they want to do so. I guess they just don't want to lose power. In any case, I say Go socialist or stay free market. They cannot have it both ways.
"The Internationale, unites the human race!"
Note: I mean "apology" in the older sense of explanation and detailing. I am not saying "sorry" for being socialist.
Recently I've been thinking a lot about the utter vilification of socialism as a socio-economic system of government. In talks with my father and younger brother, I've started to understand why people harbor such hatred toward collectivism even to this day.
I hear a lot of Conservatives complaining about the evils of socialism. Both on TV and in the people around me, my father included, socialism is held in contempt. As I listen to my brother and dad debate these issues, usually as they relate to "ObamaCare" (which is a crock of shit on its own and is NOT socialist despite what many people may think), I hear a lot of guff about how socialists "don't want to work and want the Government to take care of them." I realize more and more one thing: people just do not understand what socialism actually is! Its really a misunderstanding perpetuated for decades by right-wing terror-mongers.
Here's what dictionary.com has to say about it.
so·cial·ism [soh-shuh-liz-uh m] Show IPA
1. a theory or system of social organization that advocates the vesting of the ownership and control of the means of production and distribution, of capital, land, etc., in the community as a whole.
2. procedure or practice in accordance with this theory.
3. (in Marxist theory) the stage following capitalism in the transition of a society to communism, characterized by the imperfect implementation of collectivist principles.
Its that simple and that innocuous. Obviously, a dictionary definition does not do many words justice, but we'll start from there.
"A system that advocates the vesting of the ownership...of the means of production...of capital...etc., in the community as a whole." Does that really sound so horrifying? What that means is not that the Government or some shadow agency that wants to take your rights away controls production. No, that isn't socialism at all! You're thinking of authoritarianism, which isn't the same thing. People still connect socialism and communism with the USSR and Cuba which had authoritarian/dictatorial governments. It doesn't have to be that way!
In socialism the People control the means of production, the capital, and the land. Isn't that really what most libertarians claim to desire wholeheartedly? This is where that ugly specter of economy comes in.
See, right libertarians believe in a free market system. There is a problem with that and it is the main reason I'm so liberal politically. The issue with a truly free market (which we haven't had since Teddy Roosevelt, a Republican and my favorite president I might add, began his campaign of "trustbusting" to avoid monopolies) is that it allows predatorial companies that use dishonest and destructive means to corner the capitalist market. We get corporations like Enron, Standard Oil, and other seriously polluting and/or monopolistic collections.
With regulation, we can still retain a relatively "free" market without allowing one company or two companies to control all the goods and services we receive. Could you imagine if Apple, Inc. also controlled the gasoline supply and a good portion of the food industry? There would be no competition. Products would likely lower in quality over time (or at least improve much more slowly), resources would be squandered, and it would be more difficult to maintain standards for wages and employee welfare.
Socialism offers an alternative to the extremes of capitalism and communism/Marxism. It allows us to take the middle road. We get to keep elements of our beloved capitalism while also increasing services for those that earn/need them and continue to ensure products improve. Socialism doesn't necessarily mean that the Government controls healthcare and oil (which it already regulates anyway) it means the public or the People control such things. People usually conflate "public" with "government" which isn't always the case. Still, in our country, when Government is PROPERLY implemented (which it is clearly not at the current time) the Government is "of the People, by the People, and for the People." This should mean that we keep our politicians on a tight leash and that the Government IS an extension of the People. Unfortunately, we are far too complacent to do our democratic duty these days.
Whatever you think about socialism, I think you can probably agree that things as they are just are not working. Our Government is corrupt, self-serving, and concerned more with money than the wellbeing of us, the People of these United States. Let's all stand up, reclaim our backbones, and say "NO MORE!" Even supposing we don't embrace socialism, I would be very happy just to see us reclaiming our rights as citizens and kicking those boneheads out of Congress and the Whitehouse.
As this is getting to be rather long, I'll skip a couple things I really wanted to get to for now. Namely, why "ObamaCare" is NOT a socialist idea but instead is a wishy washy wannabe socialist capitalist approach that attempts to please everyone and thus fails across the board. I will, hopefully, get there on my next post! Stay tuned and have an unbelievable day!
Oh, and please let me know what you think if you take the time to read some or all of this monstrosity! I want to hear your thoughts on anything I mentioned in here.