It appears that the Congress has come to “an understanding” on this billion dollar legislation, it is save the bank and burn the houses. Nice try but no cigar, and it is anyone’s guess what is going to happen from this point on.
This morning I have been reading postings by bloggers who are thoroughly convinced that the world as we know it will end by Monday. I just read a 700 word post on another site, and the author could not spell “McCain” (McCane?), good internet advice abounds this Friday morn from the net.
The politicians are up there sitting on the stump, proclaiming that they are going to give me what I want, and life goes on. There isn’t all that much to worry about, we all OWE WAY TOO MUCH MONEY for it to all come tumbling down. As long as I have a buck in my pocket, they are going to come around and try and separate me from it.
It is a rule of life.
Yesterday I was watching this fascinating documentary on Robots and the 21st century, and it concerned issues dealing with computers and functioning machines built by man. One of these projects was out of Japan; have you ever noticed that the most interesting machines and/or products come out of Japan?
The documentary dealt primarily with how man has made them super smart, and it could in fact, lead to the end of civilization by creating a totally new species on the planet. This new computer species could look at us as a pet or something like that. Or in the worst case scenario, might find us useless and remove us completely. I believe the word for this is biotechnology. I would ask Brother John about it, but unfortunately he has joined a cult or something and they are not allowing him email or telephone privileges.
We are on the verge of creating life out of what amounts to randomly spliced cells. Researchers have taken nerves from a leech and integrated them into a computer (for the I.R.S no doubt). In years to come, doctors may cure excruciating diseases with the aid of strangers’ biological materials (DNA). Somewhere in this din of innovation, we will have to answer questions about genetic rights, parental responsibilities and the government’s role in deciding who qualifies as a person and who “owns” an organism.
Let me be clear: I don’t believe these developments presage a new age of tyranny in this country. But it’s obvious that some trends in technology and governance aren’t exactly congenial to acknowledging the uniqueness of every human life.
What is crucial here is that Democracy depends on a sturdy notion of dignity. It establishes a social absolute. It limits what the strong may do to the weak. At the same time, it beckons us to help others … to recognize their dignity by offering our time, muscle and even money from time to time. Above all, Democracy should be honest and fair to everyone, not just a select privileged few.
I kind of doubt it.
It could be possible, who knows? I truly believe we are living amongst a den of thieves, money hungry industrial whores, people of low or totally non-existent American values. What they cannot do seems to be literally unthinkable any more. With each day this run amuck wrecking crew in Washington seems to propel us towards financial ruin and into the abyss.
It is my profound hope that somehow we will weed this problem out and accomplish this daunting task sometime soon. If we don’t, then I suppose the soothsayers are correct … We are toast. Will the last American leaving, please turn out the lites.
Having hope, I eventually desire to see dignity and honesty thrive again in this country, this money problem can be solved, it can happen since Americans are more devoted to our sense of personal worth than to ideology. This entire thing is basically a moral and monetary problem. I also seriously doubt if any one candidate can pull this off, the problem seems to be too complex and far reaching.
All this leaves the unanswered key question: “Will we defend other people’s rights to the point of bankruptcy or take care of our business FIRST here at home?”
Not easy being an American these days … We are the robots and the U.S. Government is our master. 540 some odd folks, telling 330,000,000 people what to do. Sorta like Sodom and Gomorrah in the bible, “Show me one honest man, and I will save the city.”
And we all know how that one went down, don’t we?
More on this so-called rescue plan here.
“The cartoon(s) was published by the Center for American Progress” (online)