Monday, November 10, 2014

Maybe George can Help Us Understand What Happened Last Tuesday

It wasn't a good day for the environment last Tuesday.  Many of the clean air, clean water, food and many other common sense health and environmental issues will no doubt be rolled back, tabled or eliminated completely. But, as they say, the people have spoken. Right?

One of the more famous quotes of the late comedian George Carlin could apply to last weeks midterm elections: "Ignorant citizens, elect ignorant leaders." 

This applies to all of us, regardless of party line BS, because a recent survey revealed nearly 75% (I think it's even higher) of the people who voted last week do not know the issues, or who they are voting for, or even care. They just check boxes. Name recognition is about as deep as most of us get. Understanding the issues in plain simple everyday language that everyone can understand ranks up there with the buying of politicians. Until this happens twisted elections and the corruption will continue to be part of the game.

Here's another one of George's quotes:

We'll be posting more on this topic of free thinking and understanding the language or babble of politicians. Here's a great place to start.

You've probably never heard of Pia Mancini. She was a recent speaker on TED. Pia and her colleagues want to upgrade democracy in Argentina and beyond. Through their open-source mobile platform [internet] they want to bring citizens inside the legislative process, and run candidates who will listen to what they say. Check it out HERE. Find out what she has to say and how it works.

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