Greetings to all freedom fighters from Calico Blackie!
What is your definition of “obscene”?
What is your definition of “evil”?
To me, while the definition of obscenity and what is offensive exists in the eyes of the beholder………
Evil is always evil.
Cut and dried.
However, when something or someone is able to be both obscene and evil at the same time, that’s where the definition becomes clouded with our pre-conceived and learned notions of what constitutes an absolute “bad.”
Therefore, as I have stated in my past columns, we need to not only redefine how we view different aspects of society as a whole, but we also need to adjust our own personal world view and where we think ourselves and our views fit into our modern society.
Good vs. Evil. Obscene vs. “clean.”
Does obscenity necessarily involve nudity? Does evil necessarily involve malice and greed? What are examples of something which constitutes obscenity and evil at the same time?
These are all points worth considering in a post-modern world.
So, where is this leading us to?
It’s leading us to a re-examination of good vs. evil. Obscene vs. not obscene. It’s leading us to a re-definition of MORALITY in modern society. It’s leading us to a re-definition of how we govern and are governed.
It’s leading us to group together into protest movements and mutual protection groups. That’s how unions and political parties are formed. Groups of like-minded people begin to get together and form loose coalitions.
Before long, those “loose groups” begin to coalesce into a something much larger and more powerful. They build momentum, until their viewpoints and voices can no longer be ignored.
Maybe that’s what we should allow the occupy movement to evolve into.
Can we get a consensus from the General Assemblies and their supporters across the country to at least loosely form a coalition of dissatisfied people that is willing to ALWAYS act in unison to support each individual group?
I’m not talking about a new political party per-se. I’m talking about an alternate group that doesn’t work in association with, or support ANY of our current political parties.
I’m talking about a group that works totally OUTSIDE of our current system.
I’m talking about a group of citizens that has the potential to become bigger and more vocal than both the Democrat or Republican parties put together in America.
We would not field candidates in the traditional sense in our current system of rigged elections. Why bother to take part in that? Our current system of “Government of the corporations, by the corporations, and for the corporations” means that us fielding candidates would just guarantee that we’ll never have change for the better.
No. We would remain loosely tied to the General Assemblies within the Occupy Movement and eventually become such a large and united front that we could no longer be ignored.
But, we’ve got to believe. We can’t get discouraged.
And, if the Occupy Movement does fade away into obscurity, then we must be prepared to form yet another group to take up the original ideals of ending greed and corruption in government and supporting human rights.
An alternate government, free from malice and greed, within, but not supporting our current system.
Who is with me?
Judging from the way our economy is going, we should be getting more and more recruits every day.
FINALLY, the mainstream media reported on one of our “dirty little secrets.”
This latest news item made me think:
“I wonder how many of these suburbanites wrote us off (or are still writing us off) as little more than a bunch of dirty hippie protesters six months ago?”
In suburban America, middle class begins to confront poverty
BOULDER, Colo. – “The small communities that dot the picturesque mountain landscape outside Boulder, Colo., conjure up an image from long before the great recession.”
“Here the manicured lawns and expensive cars are a testament to the achievements of a fiercely independent and educated middle class; a 21st century version of suburban bliss. But often these days, the closed doors of well-kept houses hide a decidedly different reality: hushed conversation about food stamps and Medicaid, depleted bank accounts and 401K’s, kitchen shelves stocked with groceries from food pantries.”
“It’s this dirty little secret,” said Joyce Welch, a stay-at-home mother of three whose husband, a mechanical engineer, lost his job six months ago. “Everybody is supposed to be able to buy the new car, supposed to buy the new house. And what we don’t talk about is people who struggle, and they’re struggling more and more.”
“The Welch family lives in Superior, a Boulder suburb that was listed by Money Magazine as one of the “Top 20 best places to live in America” in 2011. Neighboring Louisville was ranked number one.”
“While these affluent communities still boast some of the lowest poverty levels in Colorado, the statistics were nonetheless startling: since 2008 the combined number of families on Medicaid more than doubled, as did the number of people utilizing food assistance.”
” Lafayette, another well-to-do suburb in East Boulder County experienced similar increases.”
“And it isn’t just happening in Boulder County. A 2011 study by the Brookings Institute revealed that for the first time in United States history there were more poor people living in the suburbs than in cities.”
“The need for help may transcend any published statistics. Sarah Nelson, the program director at the Sister Carmen Community Center a non-profit organization in Lafayette, Colorado, that provides financial assistance to low-income families in East Boulder County, said that Sister Carmen’s share of clients from Louisville and Superior rose from four percent in 2010 to a whopping twenty-two percent by the end of 2011.”
“Many of these formerly middle-class families, Nelson said, have struggled under the radar and have not accessed public assistance programs: ”Their resources are drained. They’ve utilized all of their savings, all of their retirement funds. Their unemployment’s run out. They’ve gotten as much help from family and friends as they possibly can. And we’re their last resort.”
“Boulder County has signed up non-profit organizations like the Sister Carmen Community Center to be conduits for some of its front-end services. With the center’s help Joyce Welch and her family qualified for county rent assistance until August 2012, enough time, Joyce hoped, for her husband to find a job that will get the family back on their financial feet.”
“But for now, she has begrudgingly accepted that she has become a new and different statistic of poverty in America.”
“People like me are on food stamps. It’s people who want to go to work and can’t find work and don’t have an alternative,” she said, drawing an invisible square around her face, “I am the face of food stamps in 2012. I’m the face of Medicaid in 2012. I don’t like it, you know, I don’t sit there and wanna scream it from the mountaintop. But this is reality. This is my reality. This is the reality for more and more people in America.“
Calico Blackie says:
We’ve got to put a stop to the killing of America at the hands of the 1%. At what point do we define poverty as “OBSCENE”?
After I read the above story, I read the comments left after the article and was genuinely surprised.
They weren’t the usual “Get a job” and “They made bad choices” type of comments left by smug idiots who don’t realize that eventually it’s going to happen to them too.
Here’s a sampling of those comments:
“The wealthy have gamed the system to their advantage.
Our elected officials do not serve the people.
And we, the people, continue to elect them.”
“Tell me, gullible Christian consumers, when the whole thing does finally collapse for the middle class, will you sleep soundly knowing that you saved stem cells, or fetuses, or that you pushed for creationism in school, or trickle-down economics, or fought the godless democrats all for baby Jesus, or stood hand in hand against the dire threat of gay marriage?
None of that helped. None of it put food on your table. None of it made a bit of difference.
“While you were distracted and divided and riled up for the wrong causes, your future was outsourced and offshored. Tax laws were rewritten. Wealth shifted upwards while you were fooled into thinking that you were doing ‘better’.
Spend and borrow! Take out a home equity loan! Buy a cart full of Chinese crap! Put your neighbors out of work to save a few bucks while shopping!”
What kind of lives will your children lead, selling each other cheap consumer goods and fast food for $9 an hour with no benefits and a college degree?”
The next comment was:
“What will it take for you to demand better from your elected officials?
What will it take for you to walk away from the pathetic distractions the Republicans drag out to trick you into voting for them, or the patronizing promises of ‘entitlements’ and ‘change’ that the Democrats weakly trumpet that never materialize?”
For the first time in my life, I really don’t care who is elected for President, it won’t matter one way or another.
On one hand we have Bush/ Obama who talks big, but does nothing. And on the other, we have Mr. Flip-flop who has yet to even say anything except for, “Economies bad”.
“I got a survey from the Obama campaign yesterday, and I said in it, “I would like for you too use your new NDAA law and just fu@king murder me already, I’m tired of ALL the political bullsh!t and lies from both parties.”
Then, the next comment was:
“Actually, we ALL have a part in the huge disparity between the rich and the poor, the “HAVES” and the “HAVE NOTS”. And it was a very simple matter of not paying attention to the ideological BS being subtly infused into our brains: That wealth is an entitlement of the few.
Show me where in the Constitution it states this. Now, show me where in the Constitution it states that a US CEO must, must, must earn the highest salary in the world or for that matter, earn 500 times more than his employees.
Don’t bother…there is no such entitlement and the BS 500 times higher salaries were entirely a fabrication of men who rammed that idea down their intimidated employees throats for 4 or more decades.”
“When an ideology…ANY ideology seeks to create a huge disparity for self-promotion and self-aggrandizment…that’s wrong. When an ideology stresses that some may not have to pay what all others do…that’s wrong. When an ideology cause one single American to struggle for no reason other than grabbing wealth…that’s wrong.”
Wealth that causes mass suffering isn’t wealth…it’s evil. It’s wrong and it has to be stopped.
No man in the US deserves to earn an obscene salary if that salary demolishes, dismantles and degrades any other American or their government.
So ….if you want more struggle…keep falling for the BS of the right. Keep believing that an employer is the only God to whom you owe your lives.
Keep believing that money, not people is all that matter….see how far that gets the civilization in which you live.
Oh and don’t expect the ritzy titzies to agree that their selfish, naricissism and greed is evil. They can’t “afford” to admit the truth.”
Calico Blackie says:
It’s time, people. We’re fed up. It’s time we take action and get together to take back control. Whatever it takes.
We can’t afford to delay. Every day, more and more people are falling into the ranks of the impoverished. More and more people are joining us among the ranks of the homeless and imprisoned.
More and more people are seeing their children go hungry, while their once secure lifestyle has turned to dust.
More and more good people are being humiliated and have had any last shred of pride taken away from them. The whole while the Wall Street banksters are reaping record profits.
More and more people are losing hope.
I say: GIVE THEM HOPE!
A BETTER WORLD IS POSSIBLE, BUT WE’VE GOT TO FIGHT FOR IT.
The only way we will EVER regain our freedoms and our way of life is to FIGHT THE ENEMY. That enemy is WALL STREET.
The ultimate obscenity is greed.
STAMP IT OUT
Citizens of the WORLD: Unite and abolish the big markets and money changers.
They are NOT job or wealth creators for we, the people.
HANG THE BANKSTERS
OCCUPY WALL STREET
Calico Blackie @kidakita