Three random thoughts today...
- The 2010 Census. I still hear some of my less informed, pretending to have a clue people talking about how the census is just the government's way of getting all in our business. Ok stupidos, if you need to beleive that, cool..
- Political Naivete. Ladies and gentlemen who didn't know where their polling place was before November 4, 2008, listen carefully. I love you, seriously, but shut up.
As intimated above, politics in this country requires participation in ALL aspects of the process, starting with getting counted. In order to have your voice heard, you must be counted among the living. That doesn't happen if you don't complete the census form people. If you want to continue to get your food stamp card filled every month, it would help if someone knew that, so that the money and food is there for you to use. Random thought #3 segue...
- The hidden rules of captialism. (poverty, middle class and wealth)
I have begun reading "A People's History of the United States", by Howard Zinn. Fascinating book. It tells the history of this country from the point of view of everyone except the wealthy and academia, who, in case you weren't aware, were/are the ones who decide what we should and shouldn't know about ourselves (all of us, not just the people with copious melanin in their skin). After I got beyond my general disgust at the way the Spanish and Italians killed off the aborigines on the Americas, I have been able to deal with colonial arrogance in the face of true economic and social wealth. We as a people in this country need to consider the words put to us via the media and from our pulpits. We really do.
so when pastor tells you not to complete the census form, or when the dudes on CNN only tell you the stuff someone upstairs told them to tell you, consider this:
This is still our country. We still get to comment and make our voice heard. We all have functioning brains and should begin to use them. You don't get to complain when your political lines are redrawn, or your taxes raised, or school funding in your district slashed... if you choose to be silent.
the forms come out in March. We shall revisit this topic at that time.