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Writer's Block: If I were president ...

What would you do if you were president or prime minister for a day?

Well, if you saw the movie (Shoes of the Fisherman) where Anthony Quinn plays the Pope and  gives away the resources of the Catholic Church in order to prevent mass hunger in a nation that was an enemy of the Church, you will have some idea of what i would hope i would do with power if it were ever thrust upon me.  What i would probably actually do however, would be somewhat less noble.  I would probably let the neo- Conservatives, the Fundamentalists, the Tea Party people and the neo-Nazis know that what they imagine is their effort to "save" America is actually destroying this place.  None of this "errors are made on both sides" crap. (all though errors are made on all sides).  I would say, you are responsible for this evil mess, acknowledge it, stop spreading the blame so thin that it is meaningless and take responsibility for your crackpot ideas, your ugly attitude toward people who are not like you or don't agree with you, and your selfishness.  Join the human race, or shut up, crawl back into your suburban houses, your professional offices, & your corporate board rooms,  and let people who actually care about this world try to do something about it.


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Aug. 28th, 2010 10:13 am (UTC)
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Aug. 28th, 2010 02:04 pm (UTC)
How sweet. :-)
Aug. 28th, 2010 11:25 am (UTC)
It's hard living in 1932, isn't it? Even with different technology.
Aug. 28th, 2010 02:04 pm (UTC)
ESPECIALLY with different technology.
Two images: 1) all the old lefties are left voiceless by their lack of tweets.
2) a Star Trek episode-its ancient Rome,but the "games" are televized and the soldiers carry automatic rifles.
Aug. 30th, 2010 12:56 pm (UTC)
Yeah, you're right. A bouquet of response:

The illusion of open access to communication further privileges those endowed with Right to Amplification and Status to Be Read. The Verizon ads in which young women salute "air" as non-sexist sadden me even more than they terrify me.

When I was growing up the proximity of the Second World War still had lots of people-- and notably Gene Roddenberry-- scared of how far humans would let ourselves go in cruel polarization. Though fear of Those Bad People had been and still was also being used to foster more polarization. But now, the Second World War seems to have occurred in another and remote country, one filled with Stirring Martial Music and apparently merely cosmetic mud and blood.

When I was a little girl I remarked to my father that if I were ever to kill someone I would prefer to do so with a gun and bullets, to be remote from it, I guess. And he-- a veteran of Guadalcanal and Bougainville, said in a voice churned with strength and horror and understanding and rage, "I think that anyone who kills another human should have to do it with bare hands." And so-- everything my father said was important, and perhaps especially the things I initially understood least-- I chewed on that for a decade or so and then understood. And now, we watch movies in which killing is viewed as a ballet and the killed a puppet, and in which killers approach their work as they approach video games.
Aug. 30th, 2010 05:36 pm (UTC)
Yes, i must see sanitized (whether by remoteness or authorization) violence as more horrifying than random or personal violence. I have an image of young fliers taking off into the wild blue yonder, experiencing the wonder of flight, pushing a button (which snuffs out the life of numerous living beings) and returning to base in time for dinner. Your Dad was certainly right on.
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