Tagged: democracy

Your Duty As a Responsible Citizen

Responsible citizens vote. In some European countries citizens are required by law to vote. Many — most — American’s don’t vote. The more one witnesses the awesome power of corporate TV ads, the more one suspects non-voting Americans might not be such a bad thing.  On June 8th, Californians will vote on party primaries and...

The Healthcare Fiasco and Market Capitalism

I must confess to something that might scandalize those more thoughtful and assiduous than I: despite having all sorts of strong opinions about the omnibus healtchare bill presently making its historic way through Congress, I have not actually read the 2000+ page document. I have, however, read what other people have said about it —...

Frightening America Out of Healthcare

There was an election in November, 2008. You may recall it. A person of color with a vaguely suspicious first and last name — and a positively terroristic middle name — was on the ballot, promising “change” and “new beginnings” and all that hoo-hah. The other guy was reassuringly old and white and aligned with...

Congratulations, America

For all of our Republic’s obvious imperfections (such as a dysfunctional healthcare system, environmental catastrophes looming at every river and lake, an obscene infatuation with violence, to name a few) the United States of America is still the place that everyone from everywhere else is trying to get to. If you talk with recent immigrants,...

A Modest Proposal: Criminalize Coffee

Let us resolve to do the right thing. Let us put aside our selfish obsessions and protect those who cannot or will not protect themselves. We must unite for the common good, to insulate American society from a growing and real menace that originates overseas but infects each of our United States.  It’s time to...

Philosophical Paradox

The armed security guard protecting the front gate of the posh condominium community fingers his automatic rifle and ponders his job. He wonders, though the urge to bansih reflection is strong, whether it has occured to those who have everything that the menial wages they pay to protect their property, their family, and all that...

Getting it Wrong on Prop 8

This weekend, a number of dear friends, some straight, some gay, will be picketing in front of Los Angeles City Hall, venting their anger at an empty building. The protesters are furious about the passage of Proposition 8, which amends the California Constitution to permit holy matrimony solely between a man and a woman. Prop...

President Obama: Reasons to Celebrate

For those who came of age in segregationist America, while Jim Crow laws still littered the South and neighborhoods in the North observed pernicious unwritten boundaries, Barack Obama’s victory feels like a hot shower after an interminable day spent toiling in a filthy, disease-ridden swamp. Even for people of my generation, who grew up post-Martin...

Payment Due

What a wonderful world it would be if we could spend all the money we had, plus buckets more that we didn’t have, and when we awoke from gorging ourselves on all the stuff we don’t really need yet somehow desperately wanted (for reasons we can’t quite elucidate) a magical Czar of Responsibility declared that...

Ignorance Triumphant!

A culture that knows more about the sexual peccadilloes of its cinematic court jesters than the crimes of its elected officials probably deserves leaders of grotesque incompetence. We understand (and care) more about power-hitting Third Basemen than our Supreme Court Justices. We feel that the romantic heartbreaks and triumphs of a pretty girl with no...