Yes, my friends, I believe the time has come to announce my candidacy for President of these great United State of America. I know most of you have… umm… that is to say, a great many of you… well, certainly some of you… or… I’m pretty sure there’s got to be at least one crackpot… I mean… individual… who has long awaited this announcement. So I give you leave to blow your kazoo and doff your groucho glasses and throw festive confetti (no, no, not the shredded newspapers from the bottom of the hamster cage … surely you can find something else…oh, never mind…) into the air with wild abandon, for now is the time for celebration. THE WINGOOV HAS ARRIVED.
After learning that my representative voted “aye” in support of “indefinite detention” of American citizens for crimes they have not been publicly tried or convicted of (I know – dangling “of” – but frankly, we’ve all got bigger things to worry about right now), and for crimes that have not yet even been committed, I have come to the conclusion that it is time for a change in the members of our nation’s law-making body. It is time, in other words, to fire ‘em. They are, after all, our employees. They are supposed to be working for us in a government “of the people, by the people, and FOR the people.” We hired them to protect our constitutional rights, and to keep our economy solvent and functioning. But they are not doing their jobs.
So I propose you elect … well… me, actually…to lead our nation’s government. I mean. Seriously. How much worse could I be than the fellows we’ve had in there for the last 30 years?
Let’s just put out there right from the get-go where I stand on the issues, shall we?
“Trickle down” is a big, fat crock. It’s never worked, and it never will. History has shown that whenever we try to solve our nation’s economic woes by shoveling out billions of dollars to CEOs, that money is rarely going to make it to the rest of us. I know. Hard to believe. But there you have it: The top 2% actually seem to like being in the top 2%.
There’s a proposal by Goldman Sachs to bring 1.5-mile-long open-container coal trains up the western part of Washington State every hour on the hour. These trains will be passing through one of the most beautiful parts of the world – a place of rich farmland, and an abundance of marine life, and wild birds. These trains would have a huge impact on the quality of life here, on the local produce, on the fish and wildlife and on the value of property.
Why would anyone support this proposal? It’s not going to bring much in the way of economic gain to most of us. It is, however, going to bring economic gain to the Goldman Sachs corporation, and to Warren Buffet. Yeah, I know. I thought Buffet was one of the good guys, too, until I heard about his involvement in the coal train debacle. Our governor also wants the coal trains coming through our state. As in most environmental battles, the coal train proposal is all about short term gain.
If our state needs money, tax us. But don’t compromise our long-term quality of life for short-term gain.
If I were President, I’d propose that we pay people to clean up our environment, not to destroy it.
Here’s a photo gallery of some of the people who would be affected by this proposal, the People of Bellingham Bay: http://bellinghambayblog.wordpress.com/2011/12/09/the-people-of-bellingham-bay-boardwalk/
And here’s a photo gallery of some of the flora and fauna of Bellingham Bay: http://bellinghambayblog.wordpress.com/2011/12/12/flora-and-fauna-of-bellingham-bay/
I believe that every citizen of this nation, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientiation, should have the exact same rights as every other citizen – and that includes the right of consenting adults to marry the person they love. Nothing else to say about that, really.
War in the Middle East:
Why are we there, really? We weren’t attacked by any one country on September 11th, 2011. We were attacked by an international group of terrorists. So why are we attacking whole nations?
You can’t ever bring real peace to the world by blasting it all to hell. The way to bring real peace – positive peace, as opposed to negative peace (which is just the absence of war) – is to work together with other nations on problems we have in common – problems with the environment, for instance – things we all share, like the air we breathe and the water that touches the shores of every continent. Meddling in other nations’ politics and government, trying to force others to adopt the same way of life we have, although maybe well-intentioned, is not going to bring peace. We can support other nations as they work towards social justice within their borders, but we have no business leading the charge. The people of a nation need to be allowed to do that for themselves, to take ownership of their own affairs.
Okay, that’s a start. Maybe tomorrow I’ll talk some about abortion and health care. Or maybe not. Probably what I should REALLY be doing if I want to get ready to be president is learning how to play golf. My golf balls tend to veer a little to the left…
Karen “Wingoov” Molenaar Terrell