Those who are unhappy clutch at shadows, and to give themselves an enjoyment that truth refuses them, they artfully bring into being all sorts of illusions.
Marquis de Sade, Crimes of Love
Freedom of speech also allows lies. This is just insanity in a country where politicians are supposed to be respected citizens.
Have you heard this before? “Marches don’t work,” “Voting don’t work,” “Calling your congressperson don’t work”- Every major change or revolution has happened because people got out into the streets. When people were ignored, they struck- refused to work. If that didn’t work, they revolted and changed their government.
I’m not saying it’s easy to change wrong-headed policies, it’s more than a few words on a page. Slowly but surely people are being backed into the proverbial corner…
“It seemed clear that if acid had existed in Eastern Europe it would have brought about the collapse of communism there, just as it was bringing about the downfall of a certain kind of dour-faced, simple-minded America. And at that time it didn’t look like communism was anywhere near collapse. Well, I was wrong.”
“The drug that connected so many of us to the organic mystery of a vastly alive universe turns out to have been, at least in the beginning, a secret CIA project to find a truth serum. It’s frightening to think that CIA spooks have used LSD with electroshock and torture to get information out of prisoners. It’s even more frightening that they have used it themselves to little positive effect.”
Andrei Codrescu, Preface, Acid Dreams: The Complete Social History of LSD: The CIA, the Sixties, and Beyond”
“Cocaine users chasing the dragon at the end of a glass pipe spent Lincolns, Hamiltons, and Jacksons as fast as they could get their hands on them— no questions asked. And the things they did to get their hands on those greenbacks were sometimes unspeakable. When cocaine was legal in America, there was no link between cocaine and crime.”
Burl Barer, Frank C. Girardot Jr., Ken Eurell “Betrayal In Blue: The Shocking Memoir Of The Scandal That Rocked The NYPD”
The election and primaries are still on many peoples’ mind for many reasons. Voter suppression by both parties resulted in candidates unfathomably imagined winning- that the first obvious thing.
Conservatives can easily support Tea Party and even fascist candidates because regressives have no real principles other than the idea to “punish” their fellow citizens…
Neoliberals since the Clinton administration have been calling for “Social Security” reductions, essentially this is no different that conservatives and regressives…