Tuesday, June 09, 2009

The Rake

I had the tiniest sliver of hope left in me

When Obama got elected.

It was tenuous hope, like a tiny dying ember.

Now it's gone.

Doused by reality.

Extinguished by the cold wind.

The false friend.

The Rake of Hopes with the glad smile.

Gone, but for the memory.

That fades in the light of day.

10 Comments:

At 4:13 PM, Blogger Sarah Sofia Ganborg said...

I understand that you are disappointed. But I see lots of poeple always getting so excited about somebody and be for something and then soon afterwards they are disappointed.

frankly I don't think there is any candidate that most people wouldn't be disappointed with.

I see you've got a link "write to your representative" and that's also what I believe the only thing to do is:
contact them and let them know what you want for them. it doesn't matter who is in charge, it only matters what we get them to do.

re terrorism and drugs: you're right, it really sucks, but there i also think one can just go the other way and just see to that there are just no more costumers to sell drugs to!

Police violence: yep, have whitnessed that as well plus I am the daughter of a police officer of a higher rank, who was just a complete pig. And what do you think such a bastard does at home, who is willing to exercise illegal and extreme interrogation methods and that sort of thing when he's on duty?!

In case you wonder who I am, here's a link:

http://ahealthierwayofliving.blogspot.com/2009/06/10-things-about-myself.html

I have so many blogs, you'd otherwise land on some of the rather bizarr stuff...

 
At 5:43 PM, Blogger Weaseldog said...

Welcome Sarah.

While Obama was Senator, I watched him work hard to make all of Bush's dreams come true. So I wasn't surprised.

As far as disappointment is concerned. Obama has betrayed the US Constitution repeatedly. He's looting the nation's wealth and strength.

The disappointment I feel is akin to the disappointment I'd feel if someone burglarized my house and burned it down.

 
At 5:46 PM, Blogger Weaseldog said...

As to my representatives, they have a pecular form of deafness that is treatable with six figure payments.

 
At 11:33 PM, Blogger Sarah Sofia Ganborg said...

I understand. But it is a sick and corrupt world we are living in and one can't give up, one has to do something constructive - even though others don't! You're right about the representatives, it's like that in every country. BUT the people who I know who do get results, they see to that many people at the same time apply pressure or make it uncomfortable enough either in public or in court and then things really happen. But I'm not saying it's easy. It takes a lot of efford and dedication.

 
At 7:23 AM, Blogger Weaseldog said...

Is it safe to assume that the people you do see making change, are more engaged at the local level and have some skin in the game?

 
At 7:34 AM, Blogger Weaseldog said...

I've had positive and negative interactions with police officers.

Which way they went, largely was determined by what city or state I was in, rather than circumstances. Surprisingly here in Texas, the only bad encounter I had was when an officer injured my mother when she bad mouthed him. She shouldn't have done that. But the cop shouldn't have gone into manly tough guy mode, in front of witnesses either.

We did have a local incident that I found very disturbing. We used to have a police officer as a neighbor. He often got drunk and beat up his wife. We'd hear her screams done the street. Then for hours there would be three or four police cars in front of his house. the officers would talk his wife into not pressing charges and the cycle would repeat like clockwork. It went on for over a year and he finally moved away.

I find it difficult to see how this officer was a net benefit to society in this mode. Every week he tied up police resources that could have been better used elsewhere. Instead they were paid to hang out and be enablers of continued wife beatings.

While they were covering for him, I wondered, are there other police officers in this city doing the same somewhere else?

My neighbors and I couldn't understand why the local police officers supported this abusive behavior with valuable police time and taxpayer dollars.

 
At 8:09 AM, Blogger Sarah Sofia Ganborg said...

I have known many police officers in different countries, and can only point to one who was neither corrupt, stupid or involved in some other kind of unethical behavior...

No, the people makeing change are also very much working on issues that affect us all, globally.

I know it's easy to only see what is presented in the media, pay attention to conspiracy theories and all that, but there are also people behind the scenes who are doing well and who are genuinely trying their best in spite of widely spread corrruption...

 
At 9:13 AM, Blogger Weaseldog said...

I don't pay a lot of attention to the MSM. The stories presented there are short, light on facts and usually slanted to give us the proper emotional perspective.

This morning as I headed out to work, one of the news stories was about how the US Government made a profit this quarter, and we may get another rebate.

In our US system there are only a few senators and congressmen that are fighting the good fight. I haven't forgotten them. But they are so outnumbered, that they are effectively marginalized. They have no influence over things that matter, like the rule of law, the US Constitution, the budget, war crimes prosecution etc... They are allowed to speak, then forgotten.

The slow deterioration sped up after 2001, and my country has undergone dramatic changes. We are on the road to a Great Depression.

When you see a big storm coming, you don't ignore it for fear of being a doomster. You don't pretend it isn't there, because it makes you happy. You prepare for it.

One simple definition of a conspiracy is two or people planning in secret. Planning for a surprise birthday party is a conspiracy. Three guys putting together a business plan is a conspiracy.

The conspiracies your referring to is well connected banksters conspiring to steal tax dollars. It's not even secret though. They do it in plain sight. Most things that look like conspiracies are really just institutionalized theft and fraud. A few guys think of a way to funnel tax dollars into private interests, and it balloons as every lobbyist and politician vies for a piece of the pie. It's greed driven primarily, by people with little regard for the law.

This is a very predictable outcome to a civilization in decline due to resource exhaustion. Every civilization in decline was marked by corruption, war and infighting. There is no sign that we will do things differently.

And we should expect our governments to do all the wrong things at the worst times. Not because they have nefarious plans at work, but because governments by nature tend to get lobbied to do things that provide instant gratification and increased spending. As times get tough, it gets harder and harder for governments to take a long view as they become very reactive to short term immediate problems.

As an example, Obama keeps telling us that his goal is to return us to a golden era of growth.

At the following link, you can find a blog posting of mine that explains why this will not happen, and why it is bad for us.
Where Are We Going? And Why Are We In A Handbasket?

Don't worry that i might be lacking in happy thoughts. I spend my weekends working in my garden, enjoying the little bit of semi-wildness I've brought to the suburbs.

 
At 11:25 PM, Blogger Sarah Sofia Ganborg said...

The link isn't available anymore.
Re Narconon: I left a comment below yours.

 
At 7:28 AM, Blogger Weaseldog said...

Try this one. i had a superfluous backslash in the link.

Where Are We Going? And Why Are We In A Handbasket?

 

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