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Posted by Overseas in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Wed Apr 21st 2010, 12:03 AM
Seriously.

When you deny climate change is carbon pollution driven, you just want to keep chugging and burning that oil and you want to spend billions and kill millions to protect your access to it.

When instead, we could be thrilled by ingenious new technology. If solar, wind and conservation technologies were funded like our military (or even got the subsidies our fossil fuel companies do), we would be seeing all kinds of brilliant new forms of solar panels, wind turbines, electric vehicles, renewed mass transit, etc. All kinds of great evolving ideas to save and treasure the fossil fuel we do need to keep using somewhat.

So cruel of the energy hogs to just keep burning it and finding ways to defend their wastefulness, in the face of mountains of indisputable evidence of the damage excess carbon usage has wrought. Keep burning the stuff at a racing clip and expect us to keep those wars going so the oil can keep flowing at the same pace they want it to.

We all know we're going to need to use some oil for a long long time, and we would therefore want it to last a whole long time, and we would love to see American and international ingenuity at work, designing many ways to use the black gold more judiciously. We've got lots of great engineers ready to keep waves of great ideas flowing on ways to save energy and generate independent, decentralized power. Could be a great American Renaissance--

That's what a lot of my gorgeous dream of President Obama coming in as a 21st Century Green FDR was about. The Bush Crash and Bush Bailout set the stage for my dear president to come in and declare a Time Out on Republican Corporate Values. My dream was that we would say, we have tried it the Republican Way for eight years, and our economy crashed, and our core values outlined in the Geneva Conventions and the Nuremberg Trials, were breached. The people of America voted for change. They need a bailout, so at long last, we are going to open up Medicare for All. We are going to prioritize National Health Security. We can't have people being foreclosed then struck with daunting medical bills. We tried it that way for many years and the people are exhausted. They voted for change. They voted for the party of FDR, and we welcome the opportunity to demonstrate the value of those ideals, brought forward into the 21st Century, where America is part of a global community and marketplace.

Even our miserably bankrupt circumstances could have been utilized to draw us together. To return to cherishing the basic joys of life-- cooking at home, taking walks, making music and dancing with friends. And putting us back to work on all the amazing ingenious projects suspended 30 years ago, when Reagan came in and told us we didn't need to explore our genius and resourcefulness, we could Drill & Kill and go crazy buying junk bonds.

We could be having so much more fun-- with 15 types of alternative energy up and running by now. States comparing their conservation systems and alternatives in use. Rolling out forward-thinking new projects in every state, employing all those citizens of ours who were sucked dry in the Bush Crash. Watching that Trickle UP Economics heal the nation.

The seditious prudes craving their fiery judgment day are so very boring. Guys, we could be having a lot more fun trying a thousand new things. Instead of driving 100 miles per hour shouting at all the other cars while scarfing down another pack of fries on our way to our third jobs.

Desperation Row could have been presented much more creatively. I love seeing new gadgets and hearing about new solutions to shared problems. I'd so much rather hear 6 democrats talking over their varied ideas than have to have the TV discussions incorporate brainwashed rage-aholics. Or The Golly Things Weren't That Bad-- Bush Incompetence Deniers, if you will.

The nation really needed a conscious time out on Republican Values. A precious rebirth. We all suffered the Bush Crash together. And I'm not getting a bonus. So far.

But we could be sharing plenty of bonuses if our people who voted for change were acknowledged more. That could be the pitch for the second term. If you will give us our 21st Century FDR stuff, we could be enticed back. The Hysterical Brainwashing Party owns the voting machines, though. So I'd suggest starting early. Hang tough with another Supreme choice, who will vote for the majority of us who are not conservative. 100-35 = 65%.

But the deal is-- we could be having so much more fun as a people. But it's all about decentralization. Local farming. Local light rail. Local power sources.

And alas, I don't want to accept what I know, that those who have amassed great power are loathe to let it go. They would rather we continue pouring billions into war, instead of moving those billions into alternative, decentralized energy and healthcare for all.

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