Politics and Coffee. Maybe I should rename my blog that or have a podcast with that name. What can I say? I have an addiction to both. One puts a smile on my face (the latter) and the other makes me furiously angry most of the time (the former), but I can’t quit either.
This of course is leading to some things I’ve read and heard recently that I’d like to share, just in case you, the reader, might also be interested to see what I’ve seen around the web lately and heard via podcast.
I’ll start with the elections. If you don’t know me or haven’t read much of this blog, then I’ll reiterate where I stand politically: I’m a socialist democrat. I’m not a conservative and actually abhor the Republican party, nor am I a part of the Democratic party (although they seem to think so). Since a socialist democratic party does not exist in the US, I guess I’m technically an Independent. But I lean liberal, very liberal.
I’m for pumping tax money (which needs to go up and by that I mean get rid of tax breaks for the rich and corporations – they’ve sucked us dry enough) into public education, social programs, health care (including mental health), protecting our environment, exploring our universe, and encouraging more scientific and medical research. We also need more government oversight on the banking, pharmaceutical, oil, and food industry, and inflated corporatocracy that has eaten away at the middle class. Capitalism is for the rich, not for the middle class or the poor. If you still think it works, then I am very sorry for you.
Like I said, I have strong feelings.
I’m also for limited US government involvement in other countries’ affairs. The American government has done more than enough damage outside of the US for decades now and ruined the lives of millions. Violence begets violence. War breads hatred and killing. We’ve all had enough of that. Well, that is pacifists such as myself. The military and defense industry has made billions of dollars off the backs of those less fortunate in the developing world, and has taken advantage of their resources, sucking them dry as much as possible, from Latin America to the Africa, the Middle East, and even parts of Asia.
If you are still unaware of this, then maybe you watch too much Fox News (and why are you reading my blog?).
The current political climate in the US is one engulfed by the upcoming November presidential elections. On the one side a clownfest that has the demeanor of a reality show is well in effect (the GOP), while the other side has two candidates – one moderate from the establishment (Clinton) and the other a socialist democratic liberal (Sanders).
Guess which one I support? Definitely not the clownfest (they make for great reality TV though).
In any case, if you are in need of some good reading or podcast listening, here are some stories I’ve come across recently that may peak your curiosity (and are of varying topical interest):
- Why the Arabs Don’t Want Us in Syria by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Politico
- Episode 580, Act One: That’s One Way to Do It, This American Life
- What Virginia Says to the Rest of the Country, Washington Post
- Bringing Down the Flowers: The Controversial History of Abortion by Olga Khazan, The Atlantic
Politics is a dirty game played by those who crave money and power. Refrain from idolizing any politician, because at the end of the day, they have mainly their own and their monetary supporters’ interests at heart.