It’s been a long time since the Democratic Party had a dream, a dream with actual substance, a dream that if not enacted in some shape would lead to a nightmare. When the Democrats came up with their New Deal in the 1930’s the nightmare had already arrived, Martin Luther’s Dream, now set back, Jimmy Carter’s energy dream ignored to America’ eternal shame.
So it’s time to put on the kettle, brew a proper cup of tea and contemplate who to bring down the old and build a new way of thinking, a new world world order.
Back to the original New Deal—then there was little precedent with which to understand what we now understand— unfettered capitalism will lead to the same dystopian nightmare that is created by unhinged communism.
The downward spiral created by the wanton destruction of the planet has been blatantly obvious since the 1970’s. The solutions have always been equally obvious, but it has become apparent that Homo Sapiens can only live in the moment—feast or famine, with few leaders inspiring enough to persuade society to store seven years’ worth of grain to see us through inevitable droughts, or a carbon tax meaty enough to prevent the ever increasing demand for fossil fuel leading to higher prices for energy, ill-health inducing pollution, the financial underpinnings behind middle eastern instability/terrorism and of course global warming.
It has been a long time since an American election has been fought over a real agenda. Newt Gingrich’s’ contract with America was the most recent example. It propelled him to power. Before that, Jimmy Carter had an energy plan that propelled him to defeat. AL Gore was likewise ignored, rendered impotent by the Supreme Court in 2000. God forbid that gas guzzling motorists pay for their myopic aversion to paying for the damage they reek.
Obama, an extraordinary human being, may have saved the economy from the consequences of unfettered capitalism, but that was thrust upon him— his 2008 campaign of “hope” was designed to appeal to people who were not really ready to pony up to serious reform, not ready to tackle the fact that although 80% of Americans may agree on obvious solutions—these wishes are ignored by congressmen without consequences, who get to power on the back of political donations, then enslaved by those donors. So Americans, unwilling to get off their cell phones, too distracted to spot obvious imminent dangers— have grown to love vacuous nonsense like Hope, God Bless America, and that simply leads to … well nothing at all, i.e.
- I have a right to my own opinion,
- USA, USA, USA
- God Bless America” (should be “God Bless Humanity),
- Stand your ground,
- Three strikes and you are out,
- Good guys with guns (to the rescue)
- It is written,
- It was a miracle (after someone survives a natural disaster)
- I am a Christian (any Trump voter)
- Reverse racism,
- Dead people voted,
- Voter fraud,
- I give to my church,
- Our hearts and prayers go out to… (Stupidparty politicians after a mass shooting)
- Cowardly act (after a terrorist attack)
- Live Free or Die,
- Land of the Free
- America is not a Democracy it is a Republic. (it’s meant to be both)
And when you allow nothing to compound upon nothing what do you ultimately get?
Make American Great Again—that’s what you get. An intellectual black hole. Now we are faced with the consequences of this intellectual vacuum—Homo Sapiens have failed to see beyond the end of their noses and what has happened? Trump, the master of nothing but fermenting gutless bile secreting across humanity. The pitch fork mob, a horde without a conscience, running amok, spouting vacuous nonsense—agitated by forces of greed, power or plain evil.
But as we reach that cliff, the pointless ramblings of nothing become crystal clear. Putin, treason, corruption, cheating, guilty plea after guilty plea, resignation after resignation, vile abnormal actions becoming normalized, integrity pointless—a new dawn must surely arrive. Self survival instincts must kick in, right?
It is said that a child eventually grows up to rebel against the excesses of its parents. Parents too strict? The supposedly suffering child might well grow up to raise their own children in a more laissez fair manner and vice versa. Today’s younger generation, seeing a bleak future for their own children should be looking at their parents in abject horror.
Americans have often demanded restitution for other countries sins, I would like to demand restitution from America (and I am just throwing in an unresearched number born out anger) of about $2 for every gallon of gas consumed since 1977—the year when Americans decided that that their love affair with their automobile trumped their responsibility to their grand children, to the rest of humanity.
The dawn of those grandchildren has now arrived.
European kids (above) rebelling, yet their parents have significantly less to be ashamed about than their American counterparts—whose children need to be far angrier…
Energy Consumption Scorecard:
Clean Energy score card:
Yesterday’s voters—seeing how their voting history has produced little substance, much nonsense, must surely reevaluate. That is the law of the universe—action, reaction. Or in America’s political frame—no intelligent thought leads to a breakdown of America’s political compass—it’s very democracy invalidated. Democracy can only work if voters are informed. All this is becoming crystal clear.
So up pops the New Green Deal. It required young un-corrupted newly minted Congress persons to turbo charge through fossilized orthodox complacency. The idea is rapidly gaining traction, not simply in Congress but across the nation. As Politico reports:
More than 80 percent of registered voters support the Green New Deal proposal being pushed by progressional Democratic lawmakers, a new poll found.
The survey conducted by the Yale Program on Climate Communication and the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication found that 92 percent of Democrats and 64 percent of Republicans back the Green New Deal plan.
So look at the bones and putting aside personal opinions about the pro’s and cons of Trade Unions’, what would one not like about the following?
i. On emissions:
a. “eliminating pollution and greenhouse gas emissions as much as technologically feasible”
b. “building or upgrading to energy-efficient, distributed, and ‘smart’ power grids, and ensuring affordable access to electricity”
c. “working collaboratively with farmers and ranchers in the United States to remove pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from the agricultural sector as much as is technologically feasible
ii. On water:
a. “guaranteeing universal access to clean water”
iii. On infrastructure:
a. “building resiliency against climate change-related disasters, such as extreme weather”
b. “upgrading all existing buildings in the United States and building new buildings to achieve maximum energy efficiency, water efficiency, safety, affordability, comfort, and durability, including through electrification”
c. “clean, affordable, and accessible public transit, and high-speed rail”
iv. On scientific research:
a. “making public investments in the research and development of new clean and renewable energy technologies and industries”
v. On the oppressed:
a. “to promote justice and equity by stopping current, preventing future, and repairing historic oppression of indigenous peoples, communities of color, migrant communities, deindustrialized communities, depopulated rural communities, the poor, low-income workers, women, the elderly, the unhoused, people with disabilities, and youth”
vi. On education:
a. “providing resources, training, and high-quality education, including higher education, to all people of the United States”
vii. On labor unions:
a. “strengthening and protecting the right of all workers to organize, unionize, and collectively bargain free of coercion, intimidation, and harassment”
viii. On social services:
a. “guaranteeing a job with a family-sustaining wage, adequate family and medical leave, paid vacations, and retirement security to all people of the United States”
b. “providing all people of the United States with high-quality health care, affordable, safe, and adequate housing, and economic security”
Some will argue that this will cost us money? Have you ever wondered why America, the wealthiest nation on the planet, has more poverty, less healthcare, less benefits, less education than virtually any other developed nation? It is because Americans have such a two dimensional view of such costs. By way of example – (and putting to the true costs of oil aside) are you of the opinion that a single health payer system would lead to increased taxes? Yes, technically you are correct—but in fact you do not really understand the true nature of taxes versus take home pay. Why? Because many people with good healthcare coverage simply think that someone else is paying for it. That is as daft as believing that oil consumption does not come with massive consequences. By the way America is paying about 50% more for its healthcare than Europeans pay for their far better system.
The new Green Deal—a new contract with America, that allows Americans to rejoin mankind’s effort to promote a sustainable future. A deal that will ultimately not only save the tax payer huge sums, but (minor detail) actually improves the odds of mankind’s survival.