Friday, September 30, 2011

Shouts may begin with whispers

"Wall Street's fear is understandable. If the public is ever given a voice to express its outrage, their party train will have to stop and some people will pay for their crimes. But when Americans can only express their right to free speech after they've been coralled into a "free speech zone," one that's far from the subject of the protests, that's not free speech at all.

And it's not America."

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  1. The "Dirty Thirties", are we there yet? If not, were getting closer!

    As we approach serfdom, our so-called democratic societies might regress into an era akin to the despotic middle ages. The elite and the wealthy want a larger slice of a diminishing pie. The better off in our society maintain that "I'm alright Jack" as they take more and give less.

  2. "The courageous and honorable protests underway in Wall Street should serve to bring this calamity to public attention, and to lead to dedicated efforts to overcome it and set the society on a more healthy course."

    Noam Chomsky

  3. This posting to BC Mary's site caught my attention.

    It's a REAL report from on-the-ground in the U.S., by one of us. A sobering read.

    RE: U.S. mulls major levy on cargo coming from BC ports ...

    03/Oct./11, dateline: Oakland, CA.

    As you know Mary I spend about three months of the year south of the 49th.

    I can tell you the economy stateside is much worse than anything we have in BC, with the exceptions of some truly isolated rural-coastal locals.

    Worst hit is California, where the newspapers here list unemployment & under-employment combined at near 35%!

    Infrasture both private and public is in bad shape, and as you note in your blog the ports and rail centers are rusting out.

    The Tea Party/Anti-Tax movements are opposed to any government expenditure of any kind.

    Democratic Governor Brown can barely hold the statehouse from going even more caveman.

    The "RON PAUL Stone Age" message of lets build a wall around America and go back to the God given American values and lifestyles of 1911 has lots of traction here, especially in the rural and trailer-park regions.

    Republicans are no longer the crowd associated with Nixon and Reagan but with a 19th Century version of bibles, guns and local preachers looking for simple answers and even simpler to define enemies . . . Foreign & Domestic.

    So the move to hit Canada with import fees & regulations is not only good politics going into an election year, but it is a low-cost economic-crutch to a devastated US market.

    But whatever little they have to say negative about "Soviet-Canuckistan" its nothing to what they say about "Communist" China.

    When Americans meet Canadians they are very friendly, helpful and in many cases more charitable than many a Johnny Canuck.

    But its the Group Think mentality you have to be careful of, just as "we" need to beware of the blame game Harper & Clark play in BC.

    You can expect much more of this rabid isolationism over the next 3-5 years.




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