9.08.2007

Too Tired to Blog(Honk if you Hate Halliburton)

Too tired and too sick to blog.

All my energy is sucked right outa me by the vampire economy we live in today. I work and yet I'm broke--how many of you can relate to that? A co worker, who once worked in manufacturing had a job that paid $15 an hour, until the plant got sold and the workers got sold out. And not too far from here, another group of workers went out on strike Thursday. United Auto Workers against Daimler-Chrysler in Whitestown, New York--one of the last union work sites still standing in our union busting nation.

And in Iraq, I learned recently about the e coli tainted water supplied to troops by KBR, a subsidiary of Halliburton, Dick Cheney's old company, before he joined BUSHCO. Read about the spoiled meat and canned food a year past its expiration date that was served in mess halls cited for "blood all over the floor." Read about the greed and callousness of Halliburton, its minions and our new privatized corporatized government of the corporations, by the corporations and for the corporations, but not for the people. Read the whole sordid story in September 6 Rolling Stone: The Great Iraq Swindle by Matt Taibbi.

I'm too tired to blog, and too sick, with no real access to health care because it's really wealth care. But as tired as I am, I'm tireder (is that a word?) still of the greed, the depravity, the heartlessness of the vampires running our country now, sucking the lifeblood out of the people. I'm more tired of seeing people get arrested for non-violent free speech. For exercising their constitutional rights--you know the rights those troops in Iraq are fighting to preserve. So I'm blogging anyway. For the Soldiers, and for the strikers.

I'm blogging to remind you--all five of you who read this--to wake the fuck up. Tell your friends to wake the fuck up. America is being turned into a third world country, block by block, city by city, low paid job by low paid job. Don't you see it--when you look at your paycheck, when you add up the monthly bills, when you buy food? When you buy shoes and they're all made in China. When you read about what happened to the Katrina victims, do you really think nothing like that could happen again? What about the bridge collapse? How fast that story disappeared from the news. The 15 year old girl who was dragged behind a truck in a Christian boot camp. What happened to that story? The miners who died in Utah for an non renewable energy source that produces huge profits for the companies that sell it to you the consumer, squeezing you financially, while it squeezed the life out of those miners in Utah and too many other miners in too many other states. Open up your eyes and ears and pay attention. The average CEO is making 270 times the workers' pay. Forty five million Americans have no health insurance and those who do have it can't always afford to use it because of the co payments and deductibles. The sick get sicker-- and poorer, and a lot of them wind up sleeping on subway trains, like Patrick (Social Insecurity, April) and the rich spit on our graves, and the collection agency scavengers pick at our bones for the unpaid medical bills and credit card bills we ran up because health care in this country is a commodity, like cable tv and light bulbs--not a basic human right-- and people who make starvation wages use credit cards to pay their electric bills and buy groceries. American workers are working more hours than ever for the same pay or less--and our volunteer troops are serving longer tours in Iraq, with no end in sight. WAKE UP!

The night before he was assassinated, Dr. Martin Luther King spoke to a group of striking sanitation workers in Memphis. He spoke against the Vietnam War and called for an end to the dying. And he said this: "Whenever men and women straighten their backs up, they are going somewhere because a man can't ride your back unless it is bent."

In his speech "I've Been to the Mountaintop, Dr. King spoke about developing a "dangerous unselfishness." "
He said: "When we have our march, you need to be there. Be concerned about your brother. You may not be on strike.(or in Iraq) But either we go up together, or we go down together."

Put another way: "An injury to one is an injury to all."

A few years ago in Tampa, Florida, a black judge addressing ten striking Teamsters who were issued citations for "obstructing traffic"while walking a legal picket line, dismissed the charges--
saying the Teamsters "were exercising their constitutional rights." We all win when judges like this one protect and defend our constitution.

If YOU think this war is going nowhere and no way but the wrong way--then speak up! Exercise your free speech option. (And never, ever cross a picket line.) Click the button to learn more. Sept15 buttonBTW--to David --I agree w/you that race is or should be irrelevant. ID ing the good judge as "black" was merely a way to try to identify and give credit to him for his just decision, as I don't recall his name. I included the reference because it's a stellar example of the justice system protecting free speech rights, and it took place after 9/11. If I were a MSM reporter working a paid job my editor could strike this, but I'm not--I'm a free lance blog writer and I'm free to write whatever I want to...even propaganda :) Thanks for reading.

2 comments:

ClapSo said...

WOW! Very well put! I'm glad you write! I'm glad I can read...

The scientifically impossible I do right away
The spiritually miraculous takes a bit longer

David B. Dancy said...

Cris, i like your message but y6ou lost me near the end , what relevance is there in pointing out the 'Black Judge" in Tampa. Those distinction do not mean a thing. I know the majority of people raping and pillaging our resources are white or working for white people, what is the point in that distinction? It only alienates people ; we are all capable of good and bad things regardless of the race religion or sexual orientation.